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Number 189

Randy Newman - Land of Dreams (Reprise 925 773-1) I first heard Randy Newman's LP Land of Dreams upon its release in 1988, which possibly planted the seed of longing to visit New Orleans, which I eventually did a good few years later. The largely autobiographical songs carry with them the familiar...

Number 188

Split Enz - Dizrhythmia (Chrysalis CHR 1145) The New Zealand-based new wave band Split Enz were formed in the early 1970s by Phil Judd and Tim Finn, whose style changed dramatically throughout the 1970s, with several line-up changes and frequent shifts in musical direction. Originally an acoustic...

Number 187

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic 2401 002) Led Zeppelin II was the second LP that I ever bought, joining Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits in my steadily growing collection. For a period it became my favourite LP and marked the beginning of a life-long love of music. I was aware there was a...

Number 186

Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (Charisma CDS4006) Well I was one of the many Genesis fans in 1975 who found the breaking news of Peter Gabriel's departure from the band quite difficult to take. I refused to give the new band a chance and spent the next few years deriding just about everything the...

Number 185

The Bhundu Boys - Shabini (Diskafrique Records AFRI LP 02) It was around the mid-1980s when I first became aware of World Music, due to its alliance with the current folk journalism of the day. The more I wanted to read about British folk music in the magazine then known as Folk Roots, the more the...

Number 184

Sandy Hurvitz - Sandy's Album is Here at Last (Verve V6-5064X) Something of a curiosity, the debut LP by Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter Sandy Hurvitz was a bit of a disappointment to all involved, not least Hurvitz, who claims Producer Ian Underwood didn't actually know what he was doing. In...

Number 183

Tim Buckley - Blue Afternoon (Straight STS1060) I would almost certainly have seen Tim Buckley for the first time on The Monkees TV show back in 1968, due to the fact that I never ever missed an episode. I was one of the pop group's biggest fans at the time and all that crazy zany fooling around...

Number 182

Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains (Chime 00.05S) I have to be honest, Robyn Hitchcock pretty much passed me by in the early 1980s, when I was still in the middle of my tunnel-visioned country blues period and was probably still mourning the death of John Lennon to take much notice...

Number 181

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers and Sisters (Capricorn Records 2429 102) My first introduction to the Allman Brothers was on the Janet Martin compilation LP The Age of Atlantic released in 1970 for a mere 99p. Black Hearted Woman was taken from the band's debut LP released in 1969 on the...

Number 180

Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne (Asylum SYL9002) I must admit I was late coming to the music of Jackson Browne having only really heard his version of the old Maurice Williams song Stay, memorably featuring David Lindley's falsetto and I vaguely recall being told that The Eagles' Take It Easy was...

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