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This is where I indulge in my passions - VINYL & ROCK 'n' ROLL

Keef Hartley Band - Halfbreed

Keef Hartley Band - Halfbreed

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This came out in 1969 at the tail end of the British blues boom and is often overlooked as a classic album of that period. It features the wonderful Miller Anderson on guitar - another British blues man who is overlooked all too often. This is classy blues rock at it's best.Also recommended are the [...]
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Ace - 5-a-Side

Ace - 5-a-Side

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Really only known for their huge international hit, 'How Long' Ace produced three wonderful records, of which this is the best. How Long is on here, and it's a strong record in a smooth, soft rock kind of way. With Paul Carrack on keyboards and vocals, there's always a soulful edge to their music too. [...]
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The Band - Music From Big Pink

The Band - Music From Big Pink

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This record is good contender for most influential album in rock history. It's blend of Americana and rock still sounds so fresh and modern...or perhaps more accurately, it is just timeless music. An original UK copy on the black/rainbow Capitol label in mono is currently listed as a £70 record, the stereo version £40.00 Not [...]
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Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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It's an album that should be in everyone's collection and is a template against which to judge all other rock music.One of the greatest achievements in rock n roll, this remains my favourite Sabbath record. While the band are characterised as proto-heavy metal, there's so much more to them than that. Lovely acoustic moments, some [...]
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Pat Travers - Crash and Burn

Pat Travers - Crash and Burn

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I could recommend any number of Pat Travers records - the debut album is excellent (I saw him on his first UK tour in 1976 supporting SAHB) but I went for this one because it has Snortin' Whiskey, Drinkin' Cocaine' on it which is probably his finest riff. He also does a fine version of [...]
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Be Bop Deluxe - Sunburst Finish

Be Bop Deluxe - Sunburst Finish

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Their finest of many great records, this encapsulates everything that was so magnificent about Be Bop Deluxe. Great riffs, great songs, dynamics and some magnificent Bill Nelson guitar solos. Crying To The Sky may be their finest ever song as he wrenches out one of the most emotional guitar solos ever recorded. Astonishing. If you've [...]
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Mountain - Flowers of Evil

Mountain - Flowers of Evil

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This incarnation of Mountain were at their peak when they recorded this. The first side is studio songs - all great but especially Crossroader, which they'd play live for years. The whole of the second side is recorded live at the Fillmore East and encapsulates everything they were about - big riffs and a driving [...]
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Pat Benatar - Best Shots

Pat Benatar - Best Shots

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Often overlooked when it comes to great rock singers, there was a time in the late 70s and early 80s when she shifted millions of records and had hit after hit. Records like Best Shot and the brilliant Fire and Ice which she won a Grammy for, deserve every bit of success they got. Innovative [...]
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Marillion - Seasons End

Marillion - Seasons End

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Hard to believe this is now 26 years old. Still seems like a new record to me! This is a rare picture disc that plays well and it's a lovely thing, isn't it? It remains my favourite Marillion record, largely because it features Easter, which is my favourite Marillion song. Steve Rothery's solo is just [...]
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Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation

Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation

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This might just be BOC's best album The band's second record was, at the time, called 'intelligent heavy metal' and that feels like a good description. It's not heavy metal as we know it today, of course - but it is heavy in its own way and is very accessible. Always been an interesting band [...]
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Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink

Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink

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There's such an analogue warmth to this record. It feels like sitting beside a roaring fire on a winter's afternoon. I return to Caravan most weeks because they ooze a lovely spirit mixed with restless invention This is possibly their best album, though in truth all of them are high quality adventures in progressive rock. [...]
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Jimi Hendrix - Isle Of Wight

Jimi Hendrix - Isle Of Wight

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This has always been my favourite live album by Jimi. Wonderfully wild and loose, and with a wonderful photo gracing the cover, it should be held in higher regard than it often is. Wisdom has it that his last performance in England wasn't very good and was too shambolic but this record disproves that long [...]
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Atlanta Rhythm Section - A Rock n Roll Alternative

Atlanta Rhythm Section - A Rock n Roll Alternative

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Never as big as Skynyrd or the Allmans, especially in Europe, ARS were nonetheless a fantastic southern rock band and this was their big hit album. It featured their top 10 single So Into You - a lovely mid 70s smooth song that even made it into the Easy Listening chart. Don't be fooled though, [...]
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Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Mounting Flame

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner Mounting Flame

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I fell in love with this aged 14. Maybe I was an odd kid, but I loved its blizzard of guitar mixed with spirituality. I knew it was like nothing I'd heard in my short life and now I'm 54, it's still like nothing I've heard before or since. Everyone who plays on the record [...]
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Grand Funk Railroad - Live

Grand Funk Railroad - Live

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A 1970 double live album that was disliked by the music critics but loved by the fans. I love it. The cover sums up the music, somehow - full of raw, wild energy. This was the only record of their to chart in UK, making 29 on the charts. It peaked at 5 on the [...]
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Record Of The Day

Record Of The Day

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Deep Purple MKII singles collection gathers together the 7 releases onto one record but it's the purple vinyl that makes it collectible. This is in Record Collector at £20, I picked it up for £10 and am delighted to put it on the shelves alongside the black vinyl version. You could have a huge record [...]
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