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Number 199

McDonald and Giles - McDonald and Giles (Island ILPS 9126) The McDonald and Giles LP sleeve caught my eye on many occasion back in the early 1970s, when I believed every single Island release was essential listening. Just looking through the LP collection, there were records by Fairport Convention...

Number 198

Pearls Before Swine - Balaklava (Fontana 888 802 TY) Balaklava was the second LP release by American psychedelic folk group Pearls Before Swine. Released in 1968, the album was conceived as an anti-war album, choosing the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava during the Crimean War as a...

Number 197

The Doors - Strange Days (Elektra EKS-74014) The Doors were a band that pretty much passed me by when I was in my early teens, during the late stages of my school days when Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath almost exclusively ruled the turntable. The second studio album by the LA-based...

Number 196

Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die (Island ILPS9116) In the late 1960s and early 1970s it was difficult to keep up with Steve Winwood. He'd already fronted the Spencer Davis Group as a fifteen-year old soul singer, then formed the band Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, churning...

Number 195

Area Code 615 - Trip In The Country (Polydor 2425 023) The Nashville-based band Area Code 615 was formed in the late 1960s by session musicians who had previously worked on such notable albums as Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline. The band only made two albums under the Area Code...

Number 194

Whippersnapper - Tsubo (WPS WPS002) I first heard the British folk quartet Whippersnapper via local radio in the mid-1980s after the band had made a successful appearance at the Beverley Folk Festival. Having already made their debut LP Promises, the band toured the UK and I got to see them a few...

Number 193

Dave Burland - A Dalesman's Litany (Trailer LER2029 ) Dave Burland has become a stalwart on the British folk scene over the last 40-odd years and can still be heard singing in folk clubs up and down the country today. Personally I think he's been overlooked as one of the UK's finest singers of...

Number 192

Jethro Tull - Stand Up (Island ILPS9103) Encased in a pop-up gatefold sleeve with a woodcut designed by James Grashow, the band's second album Stand Up was the first to feature the guitarist Martin Barre, who replaced Mick Abrahams, the original guitarist who parted company with the band after a...

Number 191

Incredible String Band - Wee Tam (Eleckra EKS 74036) The fourth LP by The Incredible String Band in 1968 was originally released both as a double album entitled Wee Tam and the Big Huge and as two separate LPs. Wee Tam was the most accessible disk, featuring a mixed selection of both Robin...

Number 190

Doc and Merle Watson - Down South (Sugar Hill SH 3742) In the mid-1980s Doc Watson was hardly off the turntable, both on his own and with his son Merle, who would later tragically die in a farming accident. I was playing in a duo with my old friend Malc Ware at the time and much of our repertoire...

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