Wednesday, 27 April 2022


Reston, Virginia again Wings – Magneto And Titanium Man Grinderswitch – Higher Ground Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale (tribute to Gary Brooker, R.I.P.) Slade – Get Dowm Get With It Deep Purple – Highway Star Blind Faith – Had To Cry Today U2 – I Will Follow Russ Ballard – Voices String Driven Thing – Circus Pete Townshend – A Little Is Enough Robin Trower – I'm Out To Get You Sniff 'n' The Tears –Driver's Seat Planet P – Why Me Gary Wright – Blind Feeling Ted Nugent – Papa's Will The Youngbloods – Get Together Gamma – Voyager Nazareth – Holiday Rory Gallagher – Country Mile Rare Bird – Peace Of Mind Roger Daltrey – After The Fire Rod Stewart – Blondes Have More Fun Journey – The Girl Can't Help It Triumvirat – March To The Eternal City Shooting Star – Hollywood Survivor – Poor Man's Son Dan Fogelberg – Illinois David Crosby & Graham Nash – Immigration Man Billy Rankin – Baby Come Back Danny Spanos – Hot Cherrie Mott The Hoople – All The Way From Memphis Bob Welch – Hot Love, Cold World Hooters – All You Zombies Renaissance – Ashes Are Burning The Animals – The House Of The Rising Sun Led Zeppelin – How Many More Times John Lennon – Mind Games Dire Straits – So Far Away And my stuff: Blodwyn Pig – Getting To This Ofra Haza – Queen In Exile Peter Hammill – And Close As This Tyrannosaurus Rex – Unicorn Saga – Worlds Apart Wishbome Ash – Wishbone Four Joan Osborne – Radio Waves Laurie Anderson – Mister Heartbreak Al Green – Greatest Hits Jethro Tull – Benefit Toumani Diabaté – The Mandé Variations Dead Can Dance – Into The Labyrinth Christine McVie – Christine McVie Mike Oldfield – Platinum Propaganda – A Secret Wish Ad Vielle Que Pourra – Ménage à Quatre Ten Years After – The Essential Ten Years After Collection Jane Siberry – The Walking Mama's Pride – Mama's Pride Talk Talk – History Revisited Waterson:Carthy – Broken Ground The Johnstons – The Johnstons Fairport Convention – Jewel In The Crown George & Eileen Monger – The Lilting Banshee Various Artists – Big Blue Ball Patty Griffin – American Kid Marillion – An Hour Before It's Dark King Crimson – Larks' Tongues In Aspic John Kirkpatrick et al. -- Plain Capers Various Artists – New Wave Hits Of The 80s Vol. 6 Altan – Harvest Storm Kate Rusby – The Girl Who Couldn't Fly Todd Rundgren – The Best Of Todd Rundgren


The New Riders Of The Purple Sage – Panama Red Tony Carey – The First Day Of Summer Wet Willie – No No No Boz Scaggs – Dinah Flo Peter Gabriel – Red Rain Pete Townshend – Rough Boys The Band – Up On Cripple Creek Aphrodite's Child – Loud Loud Loud / 4 Horsemen Taxxi – I'm Leaving Mott The Huuple –The Golden Age Of Rock And Roll Boston – A Man I'll Never Be The Moody Blues – Dear Diary Black Oak Arkansas – Jim Dandy Michael Fennelly – Touch My Soul Frank Zappa – Don't Eat The Yellow Snow Steve Winwood – While You See A Chance Steely Dan – Black Friday Eddie Money – Get A Move On The Grateful Dead – Hell In A Bucket Stillwater – I Reserve The Right Golden Earring – Are You Receiving Me The Edgar Winter Group – Round And Round Bob Dylan – Knockin' On Heaven's Door Bandit – Visions Of You Dan Fogelberg – Part Of The Plan Neil Young – Cinnamon Girl Atlanta Rhythm Section – I'm Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight Genesis – Man On The Corner Supertramp – It's Raining Again The Souther-Hillman-Furay Band – Trouble In Paradise Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Fanfare For The Common Man Flash & The Pan – Down Among The Dead Men Heartsfield – As I Look Into The Fire Zebra – Who's Behind The Door Sad Caf – Black Rose And my own personal playlist: Kiki Dee – Gold (3 CDs) Jefferson Starship – Red Octopus Various Artists – City Of Angels The Allman Brothers Band – Brothers And Sisters The Albion Band – Road Moves Lisa Gerrard – Whalerider Van Morrison – The Healing Game The Derek Trucks Band – Songlines Dave Swarbrick – Swarbrick / Swarbrick 2 / Smiddyburn (2 CDs) Paul Kantner – Blows Against The Empire The Waterboys – Room To Roam Lyle Lovett – Pontiac Kate Bush – The Dreaming Puccini – Madama Butterfly (2 CDs) Martin Carthy – Because It's There Kathryn Tickell – The Gathering Richard Thompson – Strict Tempo! Cat Stevens – Laughing Apple Zaz – Sur La Route The Pointer Sisters – Jump: The Best Of The Pointer Sisters. Yes – 90125 Roy Wood & Wizzard – Archive Series Waterson : Carthy – A Dark Light The Ronettes – Be My Baby: The Very Best Of The Ronettes Kate Rusby – Hand Me Down Steeleye Span – Bloody Men (2 CDs) The Hooters – One Way Home Afrocelts – Seed Various Artists – Africa Rising Jane Siberry – No Borders Here

Tuesday, 29 March 2022



Listening from Reston Virginia again.

The Marshall Tucker Band – Fly Like An Eagle

10 c.c. -- Dreadlock Holiday

Bubble Puppy – Hot Smoke And Sassafras

Lake – Do I Love You

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Helpless

Strawbs – Heartbreaker

Ray Manzarek – Perfumed Garden

April Wine – Just Between You And Me

U2 – Two Hearts Beat As One

Gerry Rafferty – Right Down The Line

Dixon House Band – Sooner Or Later

Jefferson Starship – Caroline

Shooting Star – Last Chance

38 Special – Wild-Eyed Southern Boys

Wishbone Ash – Phoenix

Angel – The Tower

Eric Clapton – Promises

UFO – Lights Out

Starz – She's Just A Fallen Angel

Robin Trower – Day Of The Eagle

Atlanta Rhythm Section – Neon Nites

Utopia – Love Is The Answer

Grand Funk Railroad – I Can Feel Him In The Morning

The Little River Band – Statue Of Liberty

Nantucket – California

The Michael Stanley Band – In The Heartland

REO Speedwagon – Tough Guys

The Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet

The Painter – West Coast Woman

Manfred Mann's Earthband – Don't Kill It Carol

Charlie – Fight Dirty

Kantner Balin Casady Band – America

Joe Walsh – The Confessor

Poco – Bad Weather

Jackson Browne – Here Come Those Tears Again

Supertramp – From Now On

And my own playlist:

Lindisfarne – The Very Best Of Lindisfarne

The Waterboys – Fisherman's Blues

The Albion Band – Demi Paradise

Jorma Kaukonen – Quah

Shooglenifty – Solar Shears

Levellers – Levellers

Kirsty MacColl – Tropical Brainstorm

Curved Air – Second Album

Jefferson Airplane – The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane

The Kinks – Preservation Act 1

Norma Waterson -- Norma Waterson

Steely Dan – Aja

Niamh Parsons – In My Prime

Various Artists – Fright Night

Eliza Carthy – Anglicana

Capercaillie – Sidewaulk

Maddy Prior – Woman In The Wings

Brass Monkey – Going & Staying

Various Artists – The British Invasion, Vol. 7

The Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces

The Chieftains – Tears Of Stone

Davy Spillane Band – Out Of The Air

All About Eve – All About Eve

Blowzabella – Vanilla

John Renbourn – Sir John Alot Of Merrie Englande's Musyk Thynge

Lucinda Williams – World Without Tears

Adele – 21

Zaz – Recto Verso

Various Artists – The Songs Of Leonard Cohen Covered

Bob Seger -- Beautiful Loser

Puccini – Madame Butterfly (2 CDs)

Fairport Convention – Gladys' Leap

Judy Dunlap & Ashley Hutchings – Sway With Me

John Kirkpatrick & Chris Parkinson – The Sultans Of Squeeze

Colin James – Take It From The Top: The Best Of Colin James

Talk Talk – It's My Life

Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger

Laurie Anderson – Bright Red

Wednesday, 23 March 2022



Listening from Reston, Virginia again abd trying to sort this out..

Blind Faith – Sea Of Joy

Aphrodite's Child – Break

Buffalo Springfield – Bluebird

Paul McCartney – Monkberry Moon Delight

The Michael Stanley Band – Strike Up The Band

The Little River Band – Days On The Road

Michael Wynn Band – Don't Need Nobody

Novo Combo – Tattoo

Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airman – Hot Rod Lincoln

Procol Harum – Whisky Train

The Buoys – Timothy

Stephen Stills – Turn Back The Pages

Off Broadway – Bad Indication

Tucky Buzzard – Gold Medallions

Michael Nesmith – Joanne

Titus Groan – Hall Of Bright Carvings

Jefferson Starship – Can'f Find Love

Journey – Dixie Highway

Night City – Summer Eyes

Harry Chapin – Taxi

Manfred Mann's Earth Band – For You

Elton John – Harmony

King Crimson – Epitaph

The Doobie Brothers – Turn It Loose

Eddie Money – Gimme Some Water

The Beatles – Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight / The End

The Police – Canary In A Coalmine

Fleetwood Mac – Sunny Side Of Heaven

Eric Clapton – Blues Power

The Kinks – Where Have All The Good Times Gone?

Genesis – Alone Tonight

Frank Zappa – Joe's Garage

Brewer & Shipley – One Toke Over The Line

Jefferson Airplane – Crown Of Creation

Rod Stewart – Hot Legs

It's A Beautiful Day – A Hot Summer Day

Neil Young – Tell Me Why

Nantucket – Heartbreaker

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows

Sandy Denny – The North Star Grassman And The Revens

Bruce Guthro – Celtic Crossing

Eliza Gilkyson – Lost And Found

Wendy Carlos – Wendy Carlos's Clockwork Orange

Stéphane Grappelli w. McCoy Tyner – Warsaw Jazz Jamboree

Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn

Jeff Beck – Loud Hailer

Zaz – Isa

The Keef Hartley Band – The Battle Of North West Six

Nick Lowe – Basher: The Best Of Nick Lowe

Donovan – The Hurdy Gurdy Man

Garmarna – Hildegard Von Bingen

Colin James – Open Road

Yes – Yessongs (2 CDs)

Ella Fitzgerald – The Platinum Collection (3 CDs)

Ben Waters – Boogie 4 Stu

Bobby Darin – Dream Lover: The Concert Collection

Dead Can Dance – Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun

Various Artists – Crossing Jordan

New Order – The Best Of New Order

Peter Hammill – Clutch

Joe Jackson – Night And Day II

Kate Rusby – Underneath The Stars

Ashley Hutchings – The Guv'nor, Vol. 1

Bluehorses – Thirteen Fires

Phil Collins -- ...Hits

Alison Krauss – Essential

Hot Tuna – Burgers

Steeleye Span – Hark! The Village Wait Live

Dave Pegg – The Cocktail Cowboy Goes It Alone

Jethro Tull – The Minstrel In The Gallery

Terje Rypdal – Waves

The Pretenders – Greatest Hits

P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love

Fernhill – Ca' Nôs

Mike Batt And Friends – Tarot Suite

Klassics Show January 23, 2022


I was in Reston, Virginia this week, not screwing up the chronology at all at all.

April Wine – All Over Town

Blood, Sweat And Tears – Hi-De-Hi

Dirty Tricks – Too Much Wine

David Bowie – Jean Genie

Wings – Bluebird

Rare Earth – (I Know) I'm Losing You

Rusty Wier – Don't It Make You Wanna Dance?

Trapeze – Medusa

Franke & The Knockouts – Sweetheart

Atlanta Rhythm Section – Homesick

King Crimson – Twenty First Century Schizoid Man

Cream – I'm So Glad

Jethro Tull – Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll, Too Young To Die

Jesse Colin Young – Grey Day

Toto – Ninety Nine

REO Speedwagon – In Your Letter

PM – Piece Of Paradise

Bob Seger – Get Out Of Denver

Stanley Clarke – School Days

Robert Palmer – Every Kind Of People

Foghat – My Babe

Styx – Father O.S.A.

Frank Marino – Strange Dreams

Neil Young – The Loner

The Tubes – Talk To Ya Later

Supertramp – Ain't Nobody But Me

Elton John – Where To Now St Peter

Little Feat – Feats Don't Fail Me Now

Chicago – Happy Man

Eric Burdon – Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Steve Winwood – Arc Of A Diver

Stevie Nicks – If Anyone Falls

Santana – Everybody's Everything

Billy Joel – Prelude / Angry Young Man

Charlie Daniels – Trudy

The Small Faces – Itchykoo Park

Laurie Anderson – Mister Heartbreak

Chris Leslie – Fiddle Back

Mozart – Die Zauberflöte (2 CDs)

Dead Can Dance – In Concert

Cornershop – When I Was Born For The 7th Time

Counting Crows – August And Everything After

Penguin Café Orchestra – Broadcasting From Home

Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow

Jethro Tull – J-Tull Dot Com

Jill Sobule – Jill Sobule

Kate Rusby – Hand Me Down

John Fogerty – Revival

Fairport Convention – "Babbacombe" Lee

The Association – Greatest Hits

Kathryn Tickell – The Gathering

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East

Kesha – Rainbow

City Boy – Anthology

The Beatles – Love

Caro Emerald – Emerald Island

Kate Rusby – The Girl Who Couldn't Fly

Roxy Music – The Best Of Rpxy Music

Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets

Various Artists – The Glory Of Gershwin

Maggie Reilly – Past Present Future

The Waterboys – Room To Roam

Various Artists – Golden Years 1974

Talking Heads – Fear Of Music

Paula Cole – Ballads

Brand X – Unorthodox Behaviour

Gryphon – Red Queen To Gryphon Three

U.K. -- Danger Money

Sparks – Exotic Creatures Of The Deep

Terje Rypdal & The Chasers

Curved Air – Phantasmagoria

Mike Oldfield – Islands

Blodwyn Pig – All Said And Done (2 CDs)

Bonnie Raitt – Fundamental

Dave Edmunds – The Collection

Thursday, 17 March 2022


Listening from North Bergen, New Jersey this morning, and i'm going to grade it am A. There was really only one song i hated (Mason Proffit, if you must know) and a lot of favourites.

LeRoux – Last Safe Place On Earth

Flo & Eddie – Keep It Warm

Rare Bird – Turn Your Head

Eagles – Outlaw Man

Nils Lofgren – No Mercy

Todd Rundgren – Love Of The Common Man

Bruce Springsteen – Badlands

America – Sandman

April Wine – I Like To Rock

Couchois – Roll The Dice

Mason Proffit – Two Hangmen

Rush – Cinderella Man

Manfred Mann's Earthband – You Angel You

Yes – Time And A Word

The Marshall Tucker Band – Ramblin'

The J. Geils Band – Looking For A Love

Nektar – Show Me The Way

The Moody Blues – I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)

Bob Dylan – A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

Gary Wright – Can't Find The Judge

James Taylor – Steamroller Blues

The Animals – It's My Life

Bobby & The Midnites – Too Many Losers

Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well

City Boy –

The Allman Bros. Band – Don't Want You No More / Not My Cross To Bear

Eddie Money – When You Took My Heart

Nazareth – Another Year

Jay Ferguson – Cinnamon City

Chicago – Beginnings

Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Hey You

Iron Butterfly – Scorching Beauty

Traffic – Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – I Need To Know

Molly Hatchet – Gator Country

Jackson Browne – That Girl Could Sing

And this is the shit i played at home:

Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

Dead Can Dance – The Serpent's Egg

Stephen Duffy – Music In Colours

Sharon Shannon – Libertango

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Like A Rock

Runrig – The Stamping Ground

Various Artists – The Route to Quadrophenia

The Cocteau Twins – Lullabies To Violaine (2 CDs)

Eliza Carthy – Heat, Light & Sound

Various Artists – Buster

Kate Bush – The Sensual World

Nanci Griffith – Other Voices / Other Rooms

Various Artists – Hard Cash

Edith Piaf – L'Accordéoniste

Malcolm McLaren – Fans

London Grammar – California Soil

Planxty – The Well Below The Valley

Eliza Carthy – Dreams Of Breathing Underwater

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (2 CDs)

Madonna – You Can Dance

Lene Lovich – Stateless

Kronos Quartet – Caravan

Jimi Hendrix – Rainbow Bridge

Marillion – Anorak In The U.K. Live

Chris Leslie – Dancing Days

Rita Coolidge – The Best Of Rita Coolidge

Altan – Harvest Storm

Terje Rypdal – Odyssey

Joan Osborne – Radio Waves

Martin Allcock – Maart

Paul Simon – You're The One

Zaz – Effet Miroir

French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson – Live, Love, Larf, Loaf

Saturday, 12 March 2022


 It seems that every few years i make a Major Musical Discovery – a brilliant and extremely popular artist (in the rest of the world) i'd never heard of before. Recent inclusions in this merry bunch were Dan Fogelberg, Happy Rhodes, Caro Emerald and, most recently, Zaz (the stage name of Isabelle Geffroy), whose voice rips my heart out. And this year ... there wasn't anyone.

I bought a couple of CDs each by artists who were new to me – Patty Griffin and God Is An Astronaut -- and they were both fine but not staggeringly brilliant (although Ms Griffin deserves more attention); the vast majority of albums i bought in 2021 were digital replacements for old vinyl (which i can no longer play) and a few new releases by old favourites.

And what, i hear you ask, were my faves of the new releases?

I have loved Kate Rusby's gorgeous voice ever since i heard her perform with Kathryn Roberts 'way back when. She's primarily a singer of English folk songs but her new album, “Hand Me Down,” is full of covers of pop songs and it's absolutely wonderful. It's a little disconcerting at first, hearing songs by James Taylor, The Bangles, Cyndi Lauper, The Cure etc., sung in her thick Yorkshire accent but she makes it work brilliantly. “Hand Me Down” is my 2021 album of the year.

Of the CDs i bought to replace old vinyl, i picked up a few of Laurie Anderson's early records and they're all great but i think i'll have to give the golden apple to “Mister Heartbreak,” Plus a runner-up apple to Jeff Beck's “Blow By Blow.” Why did i not have this already? Jeff is extraordinary.

In radio stations, there's nothing much new there: favourite station remains Radio Paradise (where i first heard Patty Griffin and God Is An Astronaut) and my pick for Program Of The Year is once again KSHE's Sunday Klassics Show. KSHE, incidentally, now runs another station dedicated to Klassics. I haven't listened much because, unlike the deep cuts on Sunday mornings, these tracks aren't deejay-mixed but determined by some algorithm and who needs that?

Th-th-that's all folks!