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Mark Knopfler – was essentially Dire Straits (see D); singer, lead guitar and songwriter.  He quietly disbanded them in 1995 after more than a decade of huge success – but even before that he had been recording soundtracks and a handful of collaborations.  The Notting Hillbillies was a group of session players, featuring Mark, and mainly Brendan Croker singing, Guy Fletcher on keyboards and a few others to flesh out the sound.  Brendan was a folk singer who Mark admired and so the single album Missing, Presumed Having A Good Time was released in 1990.  A relaxed bluesy record where Mark takes mostly a back seat (he sings on ‘Your Own Sweet Way’ and of course his guitar picking is recognisable.  (Incidentally he also produced and played on Dylan’s Infidels in the late 80’s too).  This is just one of those records you can happily smile and drift away too.  Best songs – ‘Bewildered’, ‘Will You Miss Me’ and ‘That’s Where I Belong’.   The same year Mark also made an album with Chet Atkins called Neck and Neck.  Mark obviously loved his guitar picking style and this was maybe meant to be a purely instrumental album at first.  It is just a happy feelgood record, some instrumental, one or two sung by Chet and a couple by Mark.  Not the highlight of his career, but highly enjoyable – best songs – ‘There’ll Be Some Changes’, ‘Yakety Axe’ and ‘The Next Time I’m In Town’.  Mark’s first proper solo album was 1996’s Golden Heart.  And what an album; maybe his best, many of these songs would have graced a Dire Straits album.  But there is a folky feel to some of the songs and a scattering of gentle ballads too; a great mix, almost too many good songs.  Favourites include opener ‘Darling Pretty’, ‘Cannibals’ and ‘Are We In Trouble Now’ – but really I could have stuck a pin in and chosen any three.    Four years later and we saw Sailing To Philadelphia.   Another great album, maybe not quite as good as Golden Heart, just a touch tired sounding sometimes.  Best songs – the title track, ‘Who’s Your Baby Now’ and ‘Do America’.   2002 and The Ragpickers Dream came out, led by the theme song of the rejuvenated TV programme – Auf Weidershein, Pet – ‘Why Aye Man’ – a great rollicking song celebrating the North-East.     The album is on the whole quite pastoral and gently folky, mostly acoustic and glides along perfectly.  Maybe not his very best but so pleasant you just have to smile along to it.  Other good songs ‘Quality Shoe’ and the title track.  This album was accompanied by a live 4 track bonus disc.   Shangri-La appeared a couple of years later.  A much quieter affair, more folky and softer in tone.  I liked it but maybe it just felt that Mark was repeating himself and not really going anywhere new.   Although the record got better towards the end…’All That Matters’ is beautiful and ‘Lonnegan’s Gone’ ( a tribute to Lonny) – and best of all, the final track ‘Don’t Crash The Ambulance’.   He has continued with his solo albums but I haven’t kept up.   I did buy All The Roadrunning – a collaboration with Emmy Lou Harris (see h), but was slightly disappointed.  The sum of two brilliant parts not quite living up to expectations.  Oh, the songs are okay – and the singing and playing perfect – it just seems to lack a spark I had expected to find, and never really gets alight.  Best songs are ‘I Dug Up A Diamond’ and ‘Bellestar’.  I think it falls between the folk/rock style of Mark and the Americana of Emmy.  Oh Well.  Still a great artist and I may well return to him sometime

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Kaiser Chiefs – just the one album, Employment – which I think was their big hit album.   Quite an interesting sound, a bit like a 21st Century Squeeze (see S) I suppose; quite laddish and upbeat songs.   But also, quite forgettable too.  They may still be around but they have had their 15 seconds of fame.  Best songs – the single ‘I Predict A Riot’ and ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’. 

Howard Kaylan – a real rarity this.   Howard was one of the singers and songwriters with the Turtles (see T) who became along with Mark Volman, Flo and Eddie (see F) and now tour occasionally as The Turtles again.  This single album Dust Bunnies (2006) doesn’t seem to be listed as an official release – and I suspect was made for a few friends and maybe fan-club members.  I found it in a charity shop and recognised the name.  It isn’t great I must admit but I keep it for sentimental reasons.  It is all covers of songs…one or two are good though ‘Eloise’ and ‘Have I The Right’ – but most pass in one ear and out the other.

Keane – another hopeful band of the last few years…the hope was a bit overhyped.   Only the one record – 2004’s Hopes and Fears.  The record is quite pleasant and rolls along but apart from the big single ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ nothing else seems to penetrate to my brain.  I am getting old I expect, but I really wonder; if this is the future of Rock and Roll, we are in trouble.  Anyway, I have bought no more Keane since then – and they seem to have either disappeared or are just resting on their laurels.

Jonathon Kelly – was just another of those hopeful Seventies singer-songwriters.  I saw him at The Roundhouse and bought his two solo albums.  Twice Round The Houses (1970) was the first effort from this Irish troubadour – and lovely it was too.  Very lyrical and folky – best songs ‘Madeleine’, ‘Sligo Fair’ and ‘Beware The Cursed Anna’.  A couple of the songs almost rocked but most were soft and harmonic.  2 years later and Wait Until They Change The Backdrop appeared.  More of the same but a touch rockier as the production was ramped up a bit.  Not quite as good as his debut maybe but still a handful of good songs ‘Godas’ and ‘Anna’ and the quite rocky ‘Down On Me’.  Jonathon sort of disappeared and made one last album in the late Seventies – but I had moved on by then.

Carole King – Well, they don’t get much bigger than Carole.  She was part of the famous Goffin-King song-writing duo – but she split with her husband and went solo.  She hit the big time with Tapestry (1971) – and this album was in the charts for 2 years.  This is where I, and most of her fans, came in so that is where we will start.  This was the very early Seventies, when singer-songwriters were exploding onto the scene.  James Taylor (see T) had already recorded with Joni and he now worked with Carole on ‘You’ve Got A Friend’.  But Carole was the consummate songwriter – and had a huge back library to call on.  She included ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. But most of the other tracks were new originals.  Where does one start -almost impossible to choose best songs as they are all brilliant.  Carole has a seemingly effortless delivery, gliding into the notes with an ease and maturity; she was already in her prime when she made the album.  The early Seventies were a time of great parties, often impromptu, and always accompanied by Tapestry playing on the record player.  My favourites are probably ‘Way Over Yonder’, ‘I Feel The Earth Move’ and ‘Natural Woman’.  I have actually played this album to death over the years – and yet it always sounds fresh and takes me back to those heady years.

I then worked back and bought her earlier release Writer (1970) , which hadn’t made much of an impression when it was released.  In some ways it is as good as Tapestry – same piano led songs and silky voice and great songs.  A couple of old hits ‘Goin back’ and ‘Up On The Roof’ and some great new songs; ‘Spaceship Races’ and ‘Raspberry Jam’ and the sad ‘Eventually’.  A lovely record and a great companion piece to Tapestry.

Much later I bought The Early Years, released in 1999 – but dating back to the late 60’s.  These are much simpler arrangements, probably demos really.  Actually, the production is much closer to typical 60’s hit singles – a la Phil Spector than her later albums.  On investigation however I find that four songs are originals and the other 6 are poor copies from her third album ‘Music’.  Still, an interesting rawer sound seems to emerge from this album so it feels new and fresh,  Best songs are ‘Crying in The Rain’, ‘It started All Over Again’ and ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’ – which always sounds good.

Another later release after she achieved fame is The Legendary Demos released in 2012 but recorded from 62 to 71.  These do sound like genuine demo tapes, maybe recorded to help sell the songs of Goffin-King.   This is much better, great songs of course – most by Goffin-King, including ‘Crying In The Rain’, ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’ and ‘Take care Of My Baby’ plus 6 demos from Tapestry.  The follow-up to Tapestry came out in 1971 – Music – which was her third official release.  As all artists must know it is almost impossible to release anything as good as a number one album that sold 7 million copies and was the anthem of so many of us in 1970.  This record is pretty damn good, but lacks a little of the magic of Tapestry.  The songs are just a bit quieter, more studied rather than seeming spontaneous – however it too was a great hit.  Best songs  – ‘Surely’, ‘Music’ and best of all ‘Back To California’.  Carole was in the vanguard of the Singer Songwriter movement, but maybe her reluctance to sing live or her older years or just that we all began to suspect that her best songs were her collaborations with Gerry Goffin – whatever it was it, for me at least, it was slowly diminishing returns.  The following year’s Rhymes And Reasons contained some excellent songs…and yet, it somehow failed to hit the mark she had set so high.  This release only made it to number 2 and sold less well over the years.  But, as so often happens, on re-listening my perceptions change somewhat and I have to admit it is quite a decent album.  I think the problem was that all of her contemporaries (Joni, James Taylor, Neil Young etc) were moving on and up at a pace, especially in these early years of the new decade, whereas Carole seemed stuck in a very pleasant groove.  Anyway, best songs ‘Peace in The Valley’, ‘Feeling Sad Tonight’ and ‘Been to Canaan’.   Next up is Fantasy (1973) – I really gave up on Carole at this point.  She went into a more jazzy style and I think she lost it.  Only a couple of songs seem to have any quality to me, ‘Being at War with each other’ and ‘Believe in Humanity’. 

Well – Carole has continued recording down the years, though she hardly ever performs live.  I only have one other album Wrap Around Joy from 1974, which actually sounds better; much more like her original 2 albums.  No really classic songs I think but a nice relaxing album.  The title song is probably the best song; almost a soul classic.  Also, not so bad are ‘Change in Mind, Change of Heart’ and ‘You Gentle Me’.   I also have a greatest Hits Natural Woman which is all her best songs.

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Martyn Joseph – singer songwriter still going strong since the Eighties.  I first discovered Martyn on a CD single ‘Dolphins Make me Cry’ (actually a song by Fred Neil, he of Everybody’s Talkin of Nilsson fame) and went out and bought his album, and many many more since then.   An absolute top ten favourite artist, I have seen him live a few times, and been photographed with him.  He is absolutely uncorrupted by fame – mostly because he avoids it; simply making his records and singing live and garnering enough of an audience to keep on going without hits or huge record company promotion.  A socialist and a Christian and a proud Welshman – I love him.  He reminds me so much of the singer-songwriters emerging in the late Sixties and early Seventies.  First up is about his sixth album (still haven’t got round to digging out his earlier ones) Being There (1992); by now all the elements were there, beautiful acoustic guitar and that yearning yet amazing voice – oh, and the songs – which is really the key.  He sings about ordinary people and ordinary emotions – a bit like a British Springsteen (see S).  So, best songs  – the title track of course, ‘Working Mother’ (who is a part-time prostitute to pay the bills), ‘Swansea’ (squaddies reminiscing and wishing they were back home), ‘Please Sir’ (a kid asks why his redundant miner cries at night) and of course the beautiful ‘Dolphins’.  Next is 95’s self-titled album Martyn Joseph (which may have been the record companies attempt to stir some new interest).   Well, another great album with some classic songs – best of which are ‘Cardiff bay’, ‘Talk About It In The Morning’ and ‘Carried In Sunlight’.   A hauntingly lovely record.  Next up was Full Colour Black and White (1996). And the great songs just kept on coming, favourites include ‘Arizona Dreams’, ‘The Ballad of Richard Penderyn’ (a very personal take on a Welsh working-class hero) and ‘Hang The World.’  Following on in 1998 is Tangled Souls, another classic album.  I really don’t know how a singer like Martyn can keep on coming up with such brilliant new songs – but he does.  Another album packed with great songs – ‘Somewhere In America’, ‘I Don’t Know Why’ and ‘Sing To My Soul’.   Next is a live CD, which I got from The Passport Queue, which was a fan magazine sent out by Martyn three or four times a year…Live at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff.   This was a 1995 concert; I know I saw him there once , but I think it was a few years later.  A lovely acoustic album, mostly just Martyn and his guitar – nicely they have included his in-between songs chat and tuning his guitar.  On some songs he expands the words as if he is in a trance before bringing the song back to its conclusion.  Best songs ‘An Aching and a Longing’, ‘Between the Rainbows’ and ‘Carried in Sunlight’.  A very nice addition to my collection. 

Then we have what, at the time, was really my favourite album of his – a long title; Whoever It Was That Brought Me Here, Will Have To Take me Home (2003).  But now, with the space of distance, I feel that while another excellent album I quite like the older albums better.  Still, a cracker of an album – opener ‘Love Is’ soon became a live favourite.  Also excellent are the title track and ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Walk Down The Mountain’.  This is a quieter album, with his voice softer, almost whispering at times.  Then I have a double live album; Folk Faith and Anarchy (2004).  This is actually a rather unusual record – it is a collaboration between Martyn, Tom Robinson and Steve Knightley; they toured the UK and I saw them live.  They sang some of their own songs but also each other’s, so a really interesting evening.  Anyway, I really like this record, especially the contributions from Tom  – ‘War Baby’ and ‘Tattooed Me’, and Steve’s ‘Yeovil Town’.  Next is Run For Cover (also 2004) where Martyn sings some of his favourite songs by other artists; Dylan, Springsteen, U2 and others.  I especially like ‘The Mayor Of Candor’ by Harry Chapin (see C) and ‘One Of Us’ by Joan Osborne (see O) and of course ‘Anthem’ by Leonard Cohen.  Call these covers records self-indulgent, and maybe they are – but I do quite like them.    Deep Blue (2006) followed; another quite quiet album, although it does contain ‘Proud Valley Boy’ – a song about the time that Paul Robson came to sing for the miners in the valleys of Wales.  I also love ‘I Can’t Breathe’ and ‘Turn Me Tender’ – another great album.  Also in 2006 Martyn released MJGB06 – which is a live concert from Greenbelt Festival.  Nothing really different, but some good live versions of old and more recent favourites.  Vegas (2007) followed – a slightly more upbeat album.  Not really my favourite record; not that it is bad by any means, it is just me I expect.  It is just sometimes you get a bit of overload, and unless something really grabs you, you simply listen and file away without truly realising the songs.  Saying that, relistening again I do like a few songs which at first I probably ignored.  ‘Coming Down’ is one of those bluesy songs which slowly worm their way into your brain.  ‘The Fading Of The Light’ has a tentative melody and lovely words. And the closer ‘Nobody Gets Everything’ has a sadness and truth about it.    Martyn, like most performers I suspect, has found that as time goes by his songs, especially sung every night, change from their recorded versions.  So, in 2008 he released updated versions of some of his songs.  The album called Evolved is mostly acoustic guitar and voice, I know the songs almost by heart and love these evolved versions.  Nothing new here but a lovely resume of his career – every song is a winner.  Under Lemonade Skies came out in 2010; at the time it rapidly became a favourite.  Some artists can simply do no wrong; he seems to grow better as time passes.  A lot of barely sung slow songs; ‘There’s Always Maybe’, social conscience songs – ‘So Many Lies’ and ‘Lonely like America’ and the elegiac closer ‘Brothers In Exile’.  A superb album.    Songs For The Coming Home (2012) is up next.   Another classic album with Martyn almost losing himself in the songs – best are ‘Falling From Grace’, ‘Still A Lot Of Love’ and ‘Archive’. Tires Rushing By In The Rain – (2013) is another covers album – but this time all the songs are Bruce Springsteens.  I love it and at 17 songs it is a tad overlong, but hey – I cannot fault a single song.  Favourites are ‘The River’, ‘One Step Up’ and ‘Growing Up’.  I could listen to this all day – and just have done….hahaha.  Next was an a album called Sanctuary, and I bought the accoustic version (2016).  This is really quite e demo version.  Not really so good, and I cant say I loved the songs – still.  I was for a while a member of The Passport Queue, which was Martyn’s fan club.  Occasionally you would receive free CDs of rare and live stuff.  Lyrics and Landscapes – was a Radio Wales broadcast of an interview with Martyn and a few of his songs – quite pleasant but nothing new.  Best of them was Summer of Flowers, which had a lot of original stuff on it and a few live songs and interviews in Canada.   Last, but not least is a double greatest hits album Thunder and Rainbows, a gorgeous collection of his songs, almost all my favourites are there and mostly it is the slightly earlier stuff.  Hard to keep up as Martyn continues to release new stuff and I am about 2 albums behind as I write.  One of my very special favourite artists.

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Joan As A Policewoman – This is an American, Joan Wasser, who is very 21st Century, with a laid-back aching vocal and beats.  Mostly piano-led and sad songs which drift one into the other.  She got a great write-up in Uncut music magazine so I bought her album, her second actually, I Survive.  Despite having so many very favourite artists I am always on the lookout for new voices.  I would hate to be stuck in the past, glorious as it is.  The album is pretty good and different enough to make your ears prick up, and her photo on the cover is gorgeous.  The album reminds me in some ways of Portishead (see P). Best songs  – hard to pick, but ‘Magpies’, ‘Holiday’ and the title track.  I don’t really understand much of the lyrics – but sometimes you don’t really need to I find.  I have one other album of hers- The Deep Field (2011).  Well, she seems to have moved on a bit and yet somehow remained in the same place; some of the songs are a bit more disco-ish and some slow as ever.  Mostly piano led of course, and that world weary yet probing voice.  Again, the words wash over me – I hear them but they don’t stay.  Songs?  Best is ‘Forever and a Year’ and most of the others I can’t recall.  So, after this I haven’t bothered with her again.  There are just too many singers to collect them all.

Billy Joel – American singer songwriter, around mostly in the 70s and 80s.  I did have a couple of his albums on vinyl and cassette, but now only have the Greatest Hits.  And what a collection it is.  Surprising, when you re-listen – just how many great songs he wrote.  Not least ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘An Innocent Man’.  This is packed full of excellent stuff – but somehow the whole is not equal to the sum of the parts.  There is almost too much on show here; too many clever hooks; astute lyrics – and all wrapped up in a commercial, slightly middle of the road sound.  Okay for the occasional listen.

Jon and Vangelis – a unique collaboration between Jon Anderson of Yes and Vangelis of ‘Chariots Of Fire’ fame.  When this album Short Stories came out in 1980 I was blown away – the sheer beauty of the voice and the brilliant arrangements seemed so new and vibrant.  A long-time favourite, a brilliant combination of classic and electronic keyboards, clever lyrics and a haunting voice.  Best songs ‘Curious Electric’, ‘Far Away In Baagad’ and ‘One More Time’.  Their second album was even more successful commercially, but in my opinion it was less exciting.   The title track is an imagined screenplay with music and words and in my mind doesn’t really work.  Best tracks are ‘I’ll Find My Way Home’ and ‘State Of Independence’.  They did make one final album which I had on vinyl but not now on CD.

Norah Jones – is actually the daughter of sitar genius Ravi Shankar, and an American music publisher.   Well, a voice to soothe the hardest heart.   She sings langoruos slow jazzy ballads which wind their way to the end of the record before you know it.  I have the one album, her debut Come Away With Me (2002).  This was a huge hit, especially in America where it sold over 10 million copies.  And while it is sumptuous and her voice is like honey, it simply leaves no impression behind.  Superb wallpaper music I must admit, but not enough to make me buy any more of her albums.

Tom Jones – and what can you say about Sir Tom, who is now a national treasure.  He seems to have always been around from his first hit single ‘Delilah’ to becoming a resident judge on The Voice.  And no-one can deny either his voice or his personality, and yet….I have never really considered him as a rock artist.  To my knowledge he has never written a song and doesn’t play a musical instrument – he is, rather, a great interpreter of songs.  So, for whatever reason I have sort-of avoided him – but still have 3 albums in my collection.  First up was a relatively recent album Reload (1999), where Tom, after more than a few years in the doldrums and after the razzamatazz of Vegas, decided to record with some of today’s artists.  A real rocking record with Stereophonics, Talking Heads, Van Morrison and many others.  Most of the songs were pretty classic rockers.  Best are ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ with Cerys Mathews, ‘Burning Down The House’ and of course ‘Sex Bomb’, which could have been written especially for old Tom himself.  I also have one of many Greatest Hits, where one can relive those heady sixties hits – ‘What’s new Pussy Cat’, ‘Delilah’ and ‘Green Green grass of Home’

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Jethro Tull – Well, one of the classic prog-rock bands of the Seventies and beyond.  I suppose I must have heard them around the release of Aqualung, their second album, I think.  The band really revolves around lead singer and flautist extra-ordinaire Ian Anderson.  My first purchase of theirs was 1972’s Thick As A Brick and I have sort-of worked both backwards and forwards since then.  I have seen them 2 or 3 times and they always put on a great show.  But they started off as a blues band in the mid-sixties, releasing their debut album This Was in 1968, which I later bought.    This is a very bluesy record heavily influenced by joint songwriter and guitarist Mick Abrahams.  Now, Mick left soon after the recording of these songs and the direction of the band became far more folky and progressive under Ian.  So, this album is really not so representative of the band, but still quite a pleasant album in itself.  Best song is ‘My Sunday Feeling’.  The rest are okay but too bluesy for my liking.  Much better was their fourth and really their breakthrough album Aqualung (1971).  The band were now established in Ian Anderson’s trademark prog-rock style, with complex songs at times lyrical and almost classical with bursts of heavy guitar and drums.  Jethro Tull were one of the leading bands playing this new inventive music – almost anything went and Tull soon became one of the biggest bands on the University and Concert circuit.  Ian plays flute wildly and uniquely and has a raspy sort of voice which can be quite hypnotic – he used to stand centre stage on one leg like some hippy pixie and captivate audiences.  The title track of this album is superb, one of their best ever songs.  Quite a few tracks are acoustic like the gentle ‘Mother Goose’ as well as much heavier tracks like ‘Locomotive Breath’.  Altogether a triumph and it is still their best selling album.   However, not quite my favourite of theirs.  I had fallen in love with the following year’s Thick As A Brick, and nothing ever quite replaced it for me.   The whole preposterous idea that the album was written by a 12 year old genius; the 12 page newspaper which was the cover of the vinyl album, the beautiful music and words which were grandiose but made little sense.  The whole thing was a brilliant piss-take and yet a hauntingly great record.  No titles for the songs, and – to my ears – it seems all one long piece anyway.  Great stuff – and the beauty of it was that both audience and record company were open-eared ready for whatever came next.   My next Tull album is Minstrel In the Gallery from 1975.  Despite the folky title and some lovely lyrical acoustic stuff, this is still a typical (if there is such a thing) Tull album.  Full of inventive and complex songs and a royal mix of heavy and lighter music.   The title track is the best, but I also like ‘Baker Street Muse’ and ‘Black Satin Dancer’.  The following year’s Songs From The Wood is even better, the songs seem more of a piece – though there is the usual mix of dainty acoustic ditties, flights of fancy flute and bursts of heavier stuff.  Best songs – the title track, ‘The Whistler’ and ‘Velvet Green’.  Next up is Heavy Horses, and again a pretty good album of mixed songs.  In many ways Anderson’s writing is symphonic with repeating motifs and mood changes, yet retaining an overall feel that is all his own.  This is probably why I really like music from this band and although I have failed to keep up with his many releases I have seen them three times in Concert, where somehow the music comes alive even more.  Best songs on this album ‘No Lullaby’, ‘And The Mouse Police Never Sleep’ and ‘One Brown Mouse’.  But in the end one tires of repetition and Jethro Tull were , excellently I must admit, simply repeating themselves – so I sort of lost interest.  Not that precludes me from buying something in the future if the fancy takes me.  One last album, a greatest hits The Very Best Of Jethro Tull.   A few tracks I didn’t have including ‘Too Old To Rock’n’Roll, Too Young To Die’, ‘Life’s a Love Song’ and ‘Bouree’.  A nice, if rather long listen. 

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Neil Innes – Famously a member of the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band, along with Viv Stanshall (see S).  I don’t have any of the group records, but Neil did continue with a solo career, he even had a BBC2 short series where he made amusing videos for his idiosyncratic songs.  I have a sort-of hits album The Innes Book Of Records; well this is really a series of comedy songs, as you might expect from a Bonzo.  Quite a nice listen, but for afficionados only I suspect.

Chris Isaak – An American singer songwriter who has a unique sound, almost old-fashioned 50s crooner style – but he has been making records since the Eighties.  I only have one album San Francisco Days (1993).  Not really sure why I only have the one album – but there you go; even I have to draw the line somewhere.  A very good record though, great singing and the songs are pretty good with a timeless feel.  Best songs ‘Solitary Man’ and ‘San Francisco Days’. 

Bon Iver – only one album, which I bought on the recommendation of Uncut magazine, which raved about it.   Well.  It is okay, but very undercooked; the production so minimal it is barely more than a demo.  Still, okay in it’s way I suppose. The record, his debut is For Emma, Forever Ago and is a sort of love letter to a departed love.  Best tracks, opener ‘Flume’ and ‘The Wolves’ – but maybe I am just getting old, but I really need something I can get my teeth, or at least a couple of braincells into.  This is so flimsy you don’t even notice when the record has ended.

Joe Jackson – had a couple of hits in the Eighties, a sort of rock’n’roll and soul mix.  Great voice though.  I have a greatest hits ‘The Collection’.  I also had a BBC concert on tape which was brilliant.  This album is okay, the hits are great; ‘It’s Different For Girls’ and ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him’ but most of the other songs are not so familiar (except ‘Another World’ which I remember from the live radio concert) and fall away from my consciousness.  He pops up every now and then and is still recording I think but I have no desire to add to my collection.

Jean Michel Jarre – Ah, the great French maestro and electronic music pioneer.  I saw him twice – or rather heard him at the Destination Docklands Concert as we were the other side of the river at Beckton.  Also at Versailles where he had the most amazing dancing laser light show.  I used to have a few albums of his, but only have Oxygene on CD.  It is, of course an absolute classic and was a massive hit.   All the instrumentals are titled Oxygene with numbers after them.  Six pieces of music in all and very good listening too.  Of late I bought my daughter Laura one of his recent albums Electronica.  I am listening to it on Amazon Music and am very impressed.  I will no doubt buy the album for myself soon.

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Jools Holland – Famous for his late night live TV show, of which I have watched many; I only have one album Big Band Small World (2001) where the vocals are taken by a fabulous collection of artists including George Harrison, Sting, and Clapton – to name but a few.  All are backed by Jools and his ‘Orchestra’, most songs are piano-led – and, as they say, a splendid time was guaranteed for all.  This was picked up in one of my charity shop trawls.  A nice album, but hardly essential.  My favourite song may be the Beatles song Revolution sung by Stereophonics.  Still.  

The Housemartins – This was the band Paul Heaton was lead singer in before he formed The Beautiful South (see B).  Only one album, a compilation of a few Housemartin tracks and slightly more ‘South’ ones.  Only really notable song from the former is ‘Caravan Of Love’.

Janis Ian – When Alison deserted me in Crete, way back in the late 70’s she had left a single cassette at mine.  One side had Elvis Costello’s My Aim is True (see C) on it and the other Between The Lines by Janis Ian.  I played it to death then went out and bought the albums.  Working backwards later I bought a compilation of Janis’s Sixties recordings – Society’s Child.  Not a bad collection, though very few of the songs really stay in my brain that long.  Then I bought Stars (1974).   This was the Immmmediate predecessor to Between the Lines.  Already her softer, almost whispered and hypnotic voice was here – her earlier style was far higher in pitch; now her voice is slow and seductive and immensely sad.  Great stuff here, so many sad sad songs; this is true bedsit singer songwriter territory – and I loved it.   Best song; the title track ‘Stars’, ‘The Man You Are In Me’ and ‘Jesse’.   The following year and Janis released what most people consider her masterpiece, and is certainly my and most fans favourite album – Between The Lines.  From the opening chords and words the album captivates and holds you close; it seems she is whispering into your ear, a confessional and at times desperately personal and intensely moving voice which seems to bore its way into your soul.  The best known song is ‘At Seventeen’, the realisation of an ‘ugly’ girl who is left out by both boys and peers as well.  Impossible not to sympathise, the words tear at your heart.  But almost every song is moving and this is really a concept album as the feel of almost all the songs is steeped in sadness, even the cover shows an unsure hesitant unsmiling Janis.  My favourite tracks among so many great songs are ‘Light a Light’, ‘Lover’s Lullaby’ and ‘Bright Lights and Promises’.  But really it could have been any three of the 11 wonderful songs.   This remains one of my enduring favourite ever albums…and not just because of Alison….  The next year’s offering Aftertones is still quite pleasant but doesn’t have the magic of Between The Lines.  Still a pretty good record; the opening title track is silky smooth and gorgeous.  Other good songs are ‘I would like to Dance’ and the haunting closer ‘Hymn’.  I did buy a couple of other albums on vinyl but was generally disappointed and haven’t rushed to get more on CD

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The Highwaymen – A country music supergroup of the late 80’s.  Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, kris Kristoffersen and Willie Nelson; all Superstars whose stars had maybe faded as times changed.  They had appeared together in a film and recorded 3 albums over 10 years.  A few country hits but eventually they went their separate ways.  I have a Greatest Hits Collection as I am a big fan of both Cash and Kris.  I had barely heard any of these songs before I bought the record – again, a charity shop find I suspect.  Quite a nice listen, a touch too country in some ways, but pretty good.  They all take vocal duties, but best are those by Johnny Cash.  Quite a few of the songs are re-recordings of Kris Kristofferson songs – ‘Desperados Waiting For A Train’, ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ and also a great version of ‘Deportees’, which I think first appeared on a Byrds album, but which Dylan covered brilliantly on the Rolling Thunder Tour.  Maybe I should look out for some of the original albums…

Rupert Hine – A surprise favourite, ever since I bought an LP back in the early seventies called Unfinished Picture.  I knew nothing about Rupert but had read a review in City Limits and took a punt.  He had released one album prior to this, which I tracked down a few years ago.  Pick Up A Bone (1971) was a flop but was the debut album by Rupert and his then writing partner David McIver.  I think Rupert did all the singing and David wrote the lyrics.  A strange album, sometimes whimsical and sometimes a bit angry sounding.  I came to this after his second album and was quite disappointed, but being the completist I am I had to have it.  Re-listening I see signs of the artist that Rupert would become but this record seems a bit hesitant, a bit unsure of itself.  Best songs, ‘Me You Mine’ and ‘Landscape’ – but most of the rest leave me wondering just what was the point.  Still, this was 1971, when record companies were willing to take a chance on new artists, and more importantly give them the freedom to mature and produce really good stuff like Rupert’s second album Unfinished Picture (1973).   This album, by a then unknown artist, was rarely off my turntable.  I loved his off-kilter style and the crazy lyrics (again by David McIver); it was in fact ‘Indie-Pop’ long before the genre was invented.  Rupert plays guitar and piano, and some of the tracks like ‘Doubtfully Grey’ are acoustic, almost a demo but hauntingly beautiful; on others, the production is quite incredible – the whole album was recorded in a church in Paddington; the track ‘Anvils In Five’ featured a thunderstorm recorded as the track was sung.   Rupert was already recording other artists and his skills are used on this record to great effect.  I love every track and especially his voice; as you know it is the voice I especially love with singers, where they are instantly recognisable and the words sound as though they really mean them and are singing just for me. Other great tracks ‘Don’t Be Alarmed’ and ‘Concord(e) Pastiche’.  All round a superb album.

Rupert spent the rest of the Seventies in a band Quantum Jump, I had both albums on vinyl and cassette but so far not on CD.  Then in 1981 a new solo album Immunity.  And what an album, the voice and lyrics emanate panic and danger – lyrics on this and the next 2 albums by poet Jeanette Obstoj, music, production and most instruments by Rupert.   This is one of my all-time favourite records, the production is so clear and different from almost everything else I might have heard.  And the singing and the words are just brilliant.  Hard to pick favourite tracks as they are all good; maybe ‘Samsara’ really stands out, and ‘Psycho Surrender’ and ‘Surface Tension’ always give me that warm feeling of recognition.   Obviously on a roll he followed this the following year with Waving Not Drowning (a quote from Sylvia Plath, and incidentally the title of a different song by Clifford T. Ward {see W}).  Another excellent album, if slightly too close in tone to Immunity.  Still pretty good, favourite songs – ‘The Set Up’, ‘Dark Windows’ and ‘The Outsider’.  The following year he released The Wildest Wish To Fly.  At the time, 1983, I thought he was sounding too samey – but on re-listening I hear new elements to his music.  True, the same sense of danger but a slightly softer production – and the songs seem to have more sections in them.  Anyway, another pretty damned good record from Mr. Hine – best songs – the title song, and ‘Firefly in the Night’.  In the late Eighties, as well as being a full-time producer he released a trio of albums under the band name Thinkman – which was essentially Rupert and a handful of session players.  The first was The Formula (1986).  I came to these rather late, as I had not realised who Thinkman were – however, the albums are pretty good and not that different really from his eponymous records.  This one seems a bit flat and samey; best songs ‘The Formula’ and ‘There Shines The Promised Land’.   Next was Life is A Fulltime Occupation (1989) ; well not my favourite record of his – it seemed a bit too much like its predecessor, a bit ranty – best songs ‘Dance Yourself Sane’ and ‘Bad Angel’.   He did release one other Thinkman disc but I don’t have it (yet).  Then his last solo album in 1994 The Deep End, which surprisingly is really good.  Quite a few slower, dare we say it, love songs – or at least more conventional sounding.  The production is still crystal clear and full of unusual sound collages, especially the final track ‘The Other End’.  But really quite a good record – which was completely ignored by the buying public as per usual.  Favourite songs include ‘Thursday’s Child’, ‘Let It Rain’ and ‘Silver Shoes In The Rain’.  A lovely album.  And sadly Rupert passed away in 2020 – so that is it…

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Paul Heaton – the genius behind The Beautiful South (see B), Paul broke up the band and released a solo album in 2001 under the name Biscuit Boy; Fat Chance was surely once intended as a group album.  Without the band the songs are a bit thin, but quite good anyway.  Actually, as so often, on re-listening I really quite like it.  No really outstanding songs but pleasant enough anyway; maybe ‘Man’s World’ and ‘Poems’ stand out.  Soon after Paul resurrected Beautiful South for a few more albums.

Helicopter Girl – is the recording name of black singer Jackie Joyce, a 21st century eclectic singer who emerged in the dance music scene with her very original sound.  First album How to Steal the World (2000) was maybe her best, certainly my favourite. Some great moody arrangements and that silky almost sinister voice; best songs – ‘Glove Compartment’, ‘Escape Cloud’ and the weirdly wonderful ‘Putin Circle Stockings’.  A quite unique sounding record.  Four years later and Voodoo Chic arrived.   The record is a touch more mainstream, a bit more soul or r’n’b, a bit less electronica – consequently it doesn’t quite touch the same spot her previous album did.  Still, a nice record – but one I would probably not have bought without its predecessor.  Best songs – ‘Rivermouth’, ‘Her Lucille’ and ‘Umbrellas in the Rain’.  Of course, as so often happens in these reviewing days, I look at the music differently and see hidden gems I was oblivious to – or maybe just forgot years ago when I was seriously listening to these records.  How strange the mind is – you listen to an album, oh so many times, sometimes loving and sometimes dismissing, often not really listening at all; then on re-listening with the distance that time brings you hear it quite differently.  I will never tire of music – it is my main joy and occupation, if I have one at all.   Final album from Helicopter Girl is Metropolitan (2008). She seems to have been without a contract since then – a few tracks self-released.  It is getting so hard for new artists these days, what with wretched streaming and Spotify, where they earn so little and no-one except me and a few die-hards still buying CDs.   But back to this (so far) final album – a bit more rock sounding to my ears. Quite a decent album actually – fave songs ‘The Things You Do’, ‘Doesn’t Get Much better Than This’ and ‘Ghosts in the Machine’.  Not a bad record.  She self-released her fourth album and I seem to only be able to listen to it on Spotify or Amazon Music.  – Wanda Meant (2015).  If I like it I will try to but it. (just downloaded it on Amazon – I only download if CDs are unavailable).

Jimi Hendrix –  Well; one of the immortals really, only of course he was only too mortal in the very soon end.  His guitar playing was legendary and amazed us all in the Sixties.  My albums start with Are you Experienced.   It was an instant success, as were his first three singles.  It seemed at the time that Jimi had dropped into the London scene unheard of and fully formed, with his note-bending blues, fuzzy guitar solos and that gravelly deep voice.  Of course, the year was propitious – 1967 – when all things psychedelic were instantly loved.  And Jimi not only jumped on the bandwagon – he was the bandwagon and inspiration for thousands of guitarist imitators down the years.  It could be argued that the whole heavy metal scene was created by Jimi.  The LP is superb, and one of the best ever debut albums, every track is brilliant and considering that this was only a three piece band, the sound is enormous.  Best songs – hard to pick but I do love ‘Foxy Lady’, ‘May This Be Love’  and ‘Fire’.  The whole record lasts barely 38 minutes – but what a dynamic 38 minutes its is.  One’s first response is to immediately turn it over and play it again (that was in the good old days of 12 inch vinyl records).  Even now over fifty years later it still hits the brain like a bullet.   Later that same year the Jimi Hendrix Experience released their second album Axis Bold As Love; not quite as big a hit as the debut, and not such memorable songs.  Maybe it was rushed out as in those days Record Companies demanded constant new material to sell to eager fans.  Still, a pretty good record; best songs ‘Little Wing’, ‘If 6 was 9’ and ‘Castles made Of Sand’.  His final album while alive was Electric Ladyland (1968). This was a double album, self-produced and probably overlong, but he was bursting with musical ideas and ‘hot to trot’.  Most critics thought this his best album and it was his best seller.  But I found it far too long and rambling, some great guitar – but how much do you really need.  Best songs ‘Voodoo Chile’, ‘Burning Of The Midnight Lamp’ and the Dylan re-invention ‘All Along The Watchtower’.  There have been numerous posthumous albums released since Hendrix overdose death in 1970 – but I have not bought them.  I do have ‘Smash Hits’ – which with ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ is really all you need.

Don Henley – The ‘voice’ of the Eagles (see E); that almost desperate voice that sung on most of their records – instantly recognisable and one of the greats.   Except, that as the Eagles disintegrated at the end of the highly successful Seventies Don tried for a solo career, and like so many, it sort of fizzled and popped but barely made him a Superstar.  He made several albums in the Eighties and Nineties – I only have his Greatest Hits (2009), again a charity shop pick as I remember.   And there is nothing wrong with his songs, almost good enough to have been on Eagles albums, the same formula – only slightly more disco-ish.  Best songs, the hits ‘The Boys of Summer’ and Not enough Love In The World’ of course, but also ‘New York Minute’ and the last three songs which show a maturity missing on the earlier songs – especially ‘For My Wedding’.  I don’t think I will be buying any others of his; this is quite okay but enough.

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George Harrison – Well, what can you say about the wonderful George?  Overshadowed by the song-writing genius of Lennon and McCartney, he came into his own on the last 3 albums, writing some of the best Beatles tunes ever.  But he was always there, his lead guitar licks embellishing the earlier tracks.  But in 1970 the Beatles split up, or confirmed that they were going their own separate ways, although in fact they often guested on each other’s records.  He had actually released 2 albums of electronic noodling, which I have never bought, but in the very year the boys called it a day he recorded and released what at the time was the first triple album entitled All things Must Pass.   In reality it could have been a double, but there were a couple of alternate versions and a couple of jams best forgotten.  Still, it was and remains one of the best ex-Beatle albums ever.  Strange that all three (and even Ringo) released great albums in the first couple of years after going solo.  Anyway, the album is a cracker.  Of course, the big hit single ‘My Sweet Lord’ but also ‘Wah Wah’ and ‘Beware of Darkness’ and even a Dylan cover ‘If Not For You’.  And some great session players too.  A triumph, which in fact not only established him, but defined him to the point that he never quite produced anything again as brilliant; I think it was, as usual, the quality of the songs themselves – and of course Georges gentle voice and soft note-bending slide guitar.  Almost as soon as the album was released George was shocked by the war between Pakistan and the break-away former East Pakistan, known as Bangla-Desh.  His immediate response was to put on a concert, which was filmed and another triple album released in 1971 The Concert For Bangla-Desh.   The album was mostly George, but with an opening Indian music section with Ravi Shankar, and Dylan himself closing the concert with a very rare appearance.  But also Billy Preston sang ‘That’s The Way God Planned It’, and Ringo singing ‘It Don’t Come Easy’ – Badfinger were on stage and a huge army of players including Eric Clapton and Leon Russell, who duetted on ‘Beware of Darkness’.  A great album really and for a great cause – it may well have been the inspiration for Live Aid itself 13 years later.  Dylan, slowly coming out of a self-imposed seclusion appeared nervous and unsure and safely stuck to songs from his first great period. George resumed his solo career in 1973 with Living In The Material World.  In a way the title of this album summed up George’s whole philosophy.  He was dedicated to the spiritual world and possible life to come, but meanwhile he had to live here in this life with all its imperfections, and George had many.   The album is in many ways a more mature reflection on life than All Things Must Pass; the production is far more acoustic, less bombastic, less ’rock-star’ and more ‘elder statesman’.   It was like its predecessor a huge hit with another number one single ‘Give Me Love (Give me Peace On Earth)’, there was a bitter reflection of the breakup of the Fab Four – ‘Sue me, Sue You Blues’ and a few heavily religious songs – but not joyful as in ‘My Sweet Lord’ but more worshipful and serene.  Along with that there are a couple of gorgeous ballads, my favourite being closer ‘That Is All’ a gorgeous song later covered splendidly by Harry Nillson (see N).  Another lovely song is ‘Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long’, which could have come off a Beatles album.  A gentle record but which pointed to Georges slow withdrawal from the role of ‘Pop Star’ and his further involvement in Eastern Spiritualism.  The following year George released Dark Horse; a less successful album with some disappointing songs.  It all sounds a bit rushed and uninspired.  George had just finished a huge world tour and was probably tired and wanting to escape the same frenzy he had rebelled against as a Beatle.   Anyway, the album is really quite poor, with song lyrics often about his break-up with Patti Boyd, and almost all the spirituality of Material World out the window, replaced by a pointless and unrewarding hedonism coupled with drug taking.  I quite liked George’s Christmas single ‘Ding Dong’ and the track ‘Far East Man’, co-written with Ronnie Wood is quite good too – but overall maybe his worst album – or one of them.  He followed this with another under-par disc Extra Texture (Read All About It) in 1975.  This was slightly better and had no songs about Eastern Religion.  It felt very much like he was desperate to just release something to keep the record company (his last for Apple) happy.  Although like his earlier albums it had a stellar cast of players it just sounds flat, the songs poor and even the singing sounds raw and forced.   A couple of half decent songs ‘The Answer’s At The End’ and ‘Tired Of Midnight Blue’.  1976 saw George on his own record label, Dark Horse, release his 7th album – Thirty-Three and a Third – both his age and the speed it played at.  George had been ill prior to recording and was indulging in alcohol and cocaine.  He seems though to have got it together for this record; his best since Material World.  A more upbeat feel and a together band and a good collection of songs.  Singles in America did well, less so in England which was in the middle of Punk and the music press considered the Beatles as well past it.  Best songs ‘Crackerbox Palace’, ‘This Song’ and Cole Porter cover ‘True Love’, and ‘You’. 1979 saw the release of a self-titled album ; George Harrison.   This far into a career this begins to look a touch desperate, however the album is almost his best so far.   After all the turmoil of the Seventies, when he needed to establish himself in his own light, and the touring and drug abuse, George seemed in a safer place.  His new wife Olivia (Patti Boyd had departed with Eric) and a child Dhani and George was leading a more settled life.  Money worries seemed to have eased too.  He was pursuing other interest; gardening – he was re-landscaping Friar Park; Formula 1 racing and of course his involvement with Monty Python and his rescuing the film ‘Life Of Brian’.  The songs, after almost three years, seem more mature and less hurried.  The singing is perfect and the production seems light and lets the music breathe.  Almost every song is a winner, hard to pick favourites though I especially like ‘Here Comes The Moon’ (almost a pair with the song on Abbey Road), ‘Faster’ about motor racing and opener ‘Love Comes To Everyone’.  At last George seemed happy, no longer anything to prove and in his mid-thirties a more mature man.   George was being pushed by Warner Brothers for new product and the slightly rushed Somewhere In England appeared in 1981.  Initially rejected he reworked some of the songs and discarded a couple.  George had been shocked by the murder of John Lennon the previous year and re-wrote the words to ‘All Those Years Ago’ – he also invited Paul and Linda to sing on it while Ringo played drums.  It is a fine tribute to John and became a hit single.  Other notable tracks – ‘Blood From A Clone’ (about record companies), ‘Teardrops’ and ‘Writing’s On The Wall’.  But a bit of a disappointment after the last album.  Then in 1982 and his last album for Warner Brothers Gone Troppo.   And this has all the hallmarks of the ‘Contractual Obligation’ album.  It was his least successful record – and I don’t think George could care less – at this point he had had it with the music business.   Nothing of real significance and my least favourite of George’s efforts.    George retreated into his film company Handmade Films….and now comes a curiosity.  In a moment of madness or sheer naivety George agreed to make a film, Shanghai Surprise, with Madonna and Sean Penn.  It was apparently a disaster from day one, despite George recording several songs for, and actually appearing (in the background) singing one of them.  The film bombed and NO soundtrack was released, but occasionally tracks have slipped out in strange place.  My son-in-law manged to collect 2 rare pressings of Cloud 9 which had these as extra tracks – and I copied them onto my own recording.  The quality, both of the songs and the production is poor – but, hey this was a Beatle.   Anyway, it counts as one of my records.  But it was 2 years later that George had a renaissance.  He got friendly with Jeff Lynne of ELO (see E) fame who was now a record producer.  Jeff had always revered and loved The Beatles and persuaded George that they could make a great record together.  Which they did – Cloud 9 came out in 1987 and it was possibly the best album George had ever made.   George had some good songs and now an excellent and sympathetic producer, along with his usual stellar cast of musicians.  His voice was mellower and silky but it was the upbeat numbers that were subtle and deftly played.  Almost impossible to highlight best songs but the single ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ is a classic and was a huge hit worldwide.  At times the production seems almost too Beatle-esque (if such a thing is possible), but that is as much a complement as a criticism.  This is music for grown-ups – new tunes on old shoulders.  Specially love ‘Fish On The Sand’, ‘Devils Radio’ and ‘Wreck of The Hesperus’.   Eric invited George for a short tour of Japan with his band.  George rehearsed and played songs from his entire career – some like ‘Old Brown Shoe’ and ‘Taxman’ almost better than the originals, some not so great – but a lovely double album appeared in 1992 Live In Japan.   Well, George had just made 2 albums with the Wilburys and no-one knew if he would record solo again, so it was a welcome release – at least for me, but maybe through poor promotion it didn’t sell that well.  Never mind, this was a Beatle and I loved it.  Best track is possibly ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.  Great to just hear George sounding relaxed and happy playing live again.

This late career success did not prompt George back into a full time return to music – but it maybe became the spur for his two albums with The Travelling Wilburys (see T).  Sadly, though he was working on a new album as he knew he was dying from cancer, his last album was released posthumously – Brainwashed (2002).  Actually, quite a good, if slightly subdued sounding, album.  The songs are pretty good and Jeff Lynne and son Dhani did the production.  Best songs ‘Any Road’, ‘Pisces Fish’ and ‘the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea.’.  A nice, if sadly posthumous, record.  Of course, in the nature of things this wasn’t quite the end.  Various Greatest hits, of which I have Let It Roll, a nice collection, reminding us of the large number of great songs he released – two slight rarities – ‘Cheer Down’ (a Tom Petty co-write from film Lethal Weapon 2) and a (as far as I know) never recorded song by Dylan ‘I Don’t Want To Do It’ (from Porky’s Revenge Soundtrack). Also 3 live Beatles songs from Bangla Desh concert, but strangely no Bangla Desh itself.  I would probably have included half a dozen songs not on this, but there you go.  George also contributed and was a driving force behind a charity album for his wife Olivia’s Romanian Angel Appeal.  The resulting album was Nobody’s Child released in 1990.   The title track was credited to the Wilbury’s but was mostly George and Jeff Lynne; George included a live version of ‘Homeward Bound’ a duet with Paul Simon; he also played guitar on 2 tracks, one by Eric Clapton of an unreleased George song ‘That Kind Of Woman’.  The album is actually quite good in itself and ends with Ringo singing ‘Little Help From My Friends’ live.   After his death his son curated and released Early Takes Volume 1 in 2012 (sadly volume 2 has never arrived) consisting of demo’s George made mostly for All Things Must Pass.  But a couple of real rarities – singing Dylan’s ‘Mama You’ve been On My Mind’ and ‘Let It Be Me’ another Dylan favourite.  Very lovely versions, stripped down and acoustic; a great coda to his music.  A couple of years after his death The Concert For George was released.   A truly stellar cast assembled at the Royal Albert Hall to play Georges music.  Some lovely versions and a whole disc of Indian Music just as George would have wanted.  Featuring Jeff lynne, Eric, Joe Brown, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Paul and Ringo – a star studded cast sung his songs: a beautiful tribute to one of my heroes.

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