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  • Welcome to my Saturday music selection. Camp Saint Helene (https://www.campsainthelene.com/) hail from Catskill, New York and are clearly fans of late 60s classic psych-folk/acid rock. Recorded on 8-track only, this is the haunting single Farfisa Song (self-released digital 2019), also the opening track (wise move there) of their debut LP Mother (self-released 2019). Buy here: https://campsainthelene.bandcamp.com/track/farfisa-song or https://campsainthelene.bandcamp.com/album/mother for the LP. Hope you like it as much as I do.

    Last edited by agutterfan; 9 May 2020, 01:33 PM.

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    • The Klubs (The Klubs – British Music Archive) were formed in Bikenhead in 1965, sadly they only managed one single in their existence, but producer Vic Smith (of The Jam fame) produced their next recording session in West Hampstead at Decca Studios in 1968, from which comes Midnight Love Cycle. Unfortunately no recording contract followed.

      Last edited by agutterfan; 9 May 2020, 01:38 PM.

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      • Next up, blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins. Born Samuel John Hopkins in Centerville Texas in 1912 he is one of Blues greatest singer/guitarist/composers. This is the relatively unknown Give Me Central 209 (Sittin' In With shellac 10" 78rpm 1952). Hard to believe it's 68 years old, it still sounds fresh to me.

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        • Now for some modern black music with London born singer/songwriter Tawiah (http://www.tawiahmusic.com/), and here's the truly excellent Borders, from her second LP Starts Again (First World Records 2019), buy here: https://tawiahmusic.bandcamp.com/album/starts-again.

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          • We conclude with a brace from 90s Britpop legends Blur. First, Song 2 (Food 7"/CD 1997) from their eponymous fifth album Blur (Food 1997), and then we finish with the official video for my favourite of theirs, the awesomely brilliant The Universal (Food 7"/12"/CD 1995), from their fourth and probably their best LP The Great Escape (Food 1995). Until next week ...



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            • Trevor Bannister was a budding songwriter who was the second artist signed to Apple Records on 4 June 1968 (the first one being Jackie Lomax). He recorded a demo acetate Lovers From The Sky and Around And Around, recorded at Trident Studios for his group Contact’s debut single. John Lennon loved it but unfathomably it was never released. So here's Contact and the brilliant Paint It Black-vibe of Lovers From The Sky in all its kinetic aural glory. I just love this. Hope you do too.

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              • Death Cab For Cutie, who take their name from a Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band single, are an American alternative rock band formed in 1997 in Bellingham Washington. From The Blue E.P. (Death Cab For Cutie self released digital 2019) here's Kids In '99, written about the children killed in their hometown Bellingham by the Olympic Pipeline explosion, see https://www.historylink.org/File/5468. Buy here: https://deathcabforcutie.bandcamp.com/album/the-blue-ep.

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                • Next up, Fleetwood Mac and my favourite single of the Peter Green years, his beautiful composition Man Of The World (Immediate 7" 1969), which was their only single for ex-Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham's Immediate record label (it folded soon after). It reached No. 2 in the U.K. singles chart. The original B-side was another sensitive composition, Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite.

                  Last edited by agutterfan; 16 May 2020, 01:04 PM.

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                  • Now for blues legend John Lee Hooker (1912 or 1917- 2001), believed to be born in Tutwiler Mississippi. This is the originally unreleased Baby, I'm Gonna Miss You, recorded for Modern Records in late 1954, it finally saw the light of day on the LP Folk Blues (Crown 1962).

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                    • Olivia Jean (https://www.oliviajeanmusic.com/) is a Nashville Tennessee singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who went solo after being in the Garage Goth band The Black Belles. From her second solo LP Night Owl (Third Man Records 2019) here's the official video for title track Night Owl, and then The Hunt, with its great piano riff. Buy here: https://oliviajean.bandcamp.com/album/night-owl. Until next week ...


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                      • Originally posted by agutterfan View Post
                        Next up, Fleetwood Mac and my favourite single of the Peter Green years, his beautiful composition Man Of The World (Immediate 7" 1969), which was their only single for ex-Rolling Stones manager Andrew Oldham's Immediate record label (it folded soon after). It reached No. 2 in the U.K. singles chart. The original B-side was another sensitive composition, Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite.

                        The best Fleetwood Mac line up. Peter Green was such an immense talent & Danny Kirwan was a worthy disciple.
                        Such a shame they both succumbed to mental issues!

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                        • We start with The Membranes (https://themembranes.co.uk/), originally a post-punk band formed in Blackpool in 1978 by music journalist John Robb. They reformed in 2009 and last year released their excellent LP What Nature Gives ... Nature Takes Away (Cherry Red 2019). Here's the official video for Black Is The Colour. You can also buy here: https://membranes.bandcamp.com/album...ure-takes-away.

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                          • Emma Russack & Lachlan Denton hail from Melbourne Australia and from their second LP Take the Reigns (Bobo Integral 2019) here's the official video for Love For Myself. Buy here: https://emmarussacklachlandenton.ban...ake-the-reigns.

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                            • Sadie's Expression (https://www.sadiesexpression.co.uk/index.html) hailed from Southend Essex and released three singles. In 1968 they recorded a demo of the Bill Fay song Yesterday Was Such A Lovely Day (Elsie) but sadly it was never released, and never saw the light of day until recently. I love it, I hope you do too.

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                              • This needs no introduction. Sex Pistols and their classic third single Pretty Vacant (Virgin 7" 1977) with its classic opening guitar tracer.

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