Listen out for Richard Thompson’s guitar and Richard and Linda’s backing vocals. You don’t have to agree with the politics to enjoy it.
This was written in 1968 by group member Howard Kaylan but by agreement it was credited to all five members: Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Jim Pons and John Barbata. … Continue readingThe Turtles: Elenore
This was written by John Beveridge and Peter Oakman and released in 1962 as the B-side of A Lay-About’s Lament, which was a truly terrible number. Record buyers knew better … Continue readingJoe Brown and the Bruvvers: A Picture of You
Not a band I play very often nowadays but I love the percussion on this live cut from 1970.
HARDLY a week goes by without my mentioning Brian Eno, so a look at his solo career must be long overdue. In getting on for half a century, Brian has … Continue readingEno’s, You Know
Great title. Back Door were a strange little group. Not keen on the saxophone noodling but Colin Hodgkinson’s lead bass was brrrilll. From the 1973 album 8th Street Nites.
Title track of his album released on New Year’s Day 1985. This was the first time he had worked with the great guitarist Marc Ribot.
TWO of the most beautiful pieces of music I know are based on the same Roman Catholic prayer, the Ave Maria or Hail Mary. This is it: Hail Mary, full of grace,the Lord … Continue readingAve Maria
Standout track from their first album. I saw them do it at the July Wakes Festival in 1976.
The song was written by Paul Kaufman and Mike Anthony, who don’t seem to have written much else of note, which is a shame because these are among the best … Continue readingJohnny Tillotson: Poetry in Motion