ONE of the most spectacular plants you will ever see in this country is giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). It can grow to 16ft or even more with leaves up to … Continue readingGiant hogweed: Look but don’t touch
‘Just bury me down beside the railroad, so I can hear the trains go by.’ And so the title track of Ry’s classic 1972 LP concludes our season of train … Continue readingRy Cooder: Boomer’s Story
I always thought Cat Stevens (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, now known as Yusuf Islam) was underrated both as a singer and a song-writer. This great track is from his 1967 … Continue readingCat Stevens: I’ve Found a Love
Excellent cover of the Terry Allen song, highlight of the 1977 Time Loves a Hero album. And here’s the man himself on the album Lubbock (on everything) which didn’t appear … Continue readingLittle Feat: New Delhi Freight Train
A bit of gospel never did anyone any harm. Written by Turner, this was the title track of his 2003 debut album.
From the 1983 album Hearts and Bones. And here’s a live version from 2008.
DESPITE its being ridiculed in a Monty Python sketch (here’s a Lego version) which led to its adoption as a term for junk mail, I have always been inordinately fond of … Continue readingIn praise of Spam
A real period piece, this. A 1982 live version of the song from 1971’s Aqualung. Ian Anderson sweats for England.
The first part of which is The FFV – Bill Monroe’s story of a train crash. ‘So the very last words poor Georgie cried were, “Nearer my God to thee”.’
This is one of my favourite songs, and I love this version on Nilsson’s 1973 album A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night. The orchestration by Gordon Jenkins is terrific, almost … Continue readingHarry Nilsson: As Time Goes By