Archive for April, 2007

JOHN TAMS ~ A Complete (?) Discography

jt-head.jpgThis discography attempts to list the original release of all the recordings that feature JOHN TAMS. All catalogue numbers refer to UK releases unless otherwise noted. Subsequent reissues are only included if they contain additional material. Please write if you spot any errors or omissions. Thanks.

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HOME SERVICE ~ “What a cacophony of noise” ~ a little history

The HOME SERVICE that went into Raezor Studios in Wandsworth in December 1985 to make their third LP was a band with a pedigree second to none in its field of English music. That third LP was ALRIGHT JACK and it found the band on a creative streak. At the time of its release critics hailed it as one of the seminal albums in its field, one to rival the best albums that Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, the Albion Band or Richard Thompson had produced. The passage of time has borne out how perceptive those assessments were, for like those other classic albums, it proved more than a ‘genre album’. In a quintessentially British tradition ALRIGHT JACK proved a classic.

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HELEN WATSON ~ A Complete (?) Discography

This discography attempts to list the original release of all the recordings which feature HELEN WATSON. All catalogue numbers refer to UK releases unless otherwise noted. Subsequent reissues are only included if they include additional material. Please write if you spot any errors or omissions. Thanks.

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Terry Reid ~ The River

Artist: Terry Reid
Title: River
Originally released on LP in 1973: Atlantic SD 7259
Reissued on CD in 2002: Water 107

The touch-paper for this unique album was the meeting between Terry Reid and David Lindley at the second Sky River Rock Festival held in Tenino, Washington State, USA at the end of August 1969.

When Lindley’s band, Kaleidoscope, disbanded David wrote to Terry in the UK saying he was the guitar player that Reid needed. Terry told him to come on over, so he dropped everything and moved to England. They lived in Terry’s country cottage in Brampton near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire not far from Holywell where Reid was born. Material was worked up and they played a number of gigs at different venues around the UK. Terry took a lot of his vocal phrasings from Aretha Franklin and in turn Lindley took many of his guitar phrasings from Reid’s vocals. The line up went through various musicians before settling down to Lee Miles on bass (from the Ike & Tina Turner Review) and Alan White on drums.

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John Kirkpatrick & Chris Parkinson ~ The Sultans Of Squeeze

Title: The Sultans of Squeeze
Artist: John Kirkpatrick & Chris Parkinson
Label: Fledg’ling Records
Recorded & Mixed by: Oliver Knight
Released: 2005

This is so damn enjoyable. I listen to everything from Afghanistan finger cymbals to the feedback from Hendrix’s Stratocaster – anything played with emotion, spirit and soul. There are, however, not many albums of new work in 2005 that I come across which take up permanent rotation in the CD players in the home, car, etc.

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SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ A Sussex Tale

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Shirley and Dolly Collins have long been regarded as pivotal figures in the English folk song revival of the 1960’s and ’70’s. Shirley’s beautiful singing style, apparently lacking any affectation, has earned her accolades such as “the first lady of folk”. Dolly’s contributions to their recordings were by comparison often overlooked. Her sensitive accompaniment on piano and portative organ and marvellous arrangements have rarely been equalled in the past three decades. Alongside her work with Shirley, Dolly was the arranger on the late Peter Bellamy’s masterful ‘The Transports’, as well as his unrecorded ‘We Have Fed Our Seas’. She also worked on albums by the Incredible String Band, Ian Matthews, Mark Ellington, Chris Darrow and Tony Rose.

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MARTIN CARTHY ~ A Complete (?) Discography

mc-head.jpgThis discography attempts to list the original release of all the recordings which feature MARTIN CARTHY. All catalogue numbers refer to UK releases unless otherwise noted. Subsequent reissues are only included if they include additional material. Please write if you spot any errors or omissions. Thanks.

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ROBERT WYATT ~ A Complete (?) Discography

This discography attempts to list the original release of all the recordings that feature ROBERT WYATT. All catalogue numbers refer to UK releases unless otherwise noted. Subsequent reissues are only included if they contain additional material. Please write if you spot any errors or omissions. Thanks.

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RICHARD THOMPSON ~ A Complete (?) Discography

This discography attempts to list the original release of all the recordings which feature RICHARD THOMPSON. All catalogue numbers refer to UK releases unless otherwise noted. Subsequent reissues are only included if they include additional material. Please write if you spot any errors or omissions. Thanks.

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