I WAS saving this hymn for Harvest Festival but other things intervened and I missed the date, which was September 22. I didn’t realise until I looked it up that … Continue readingWe Plough the Fields and Scatter
This was The Turtles’ biggest UK hit, reaching No 4 in 1967. It got to No 3 in the US. It was written by Alan Gordon and Garry Bonner, who … Continue readingThe Turtles: She’s Rather Be With Me
Dreamy instrumental from Darwen’s finest; last track on his 1974 debut album for Island, Let The Days Go By.
LONDON was blockaded by a major protest yesterday but there was not the slightest disruption. No one sat for hours in a traffic queue. No one was late getting to … Continue readingBBC simpers with the luvvies as eco warriors wreak havoc
You have to admire the nerve of young clog-dancing lasses from the North East taking on almost sacred rock classics – and winning. This one, from the 2011 album Last, … Continue readingThe Unthanks: Starless
FOLLOWING my recent column about Genesis, I have received thousands of requests (well, a good few) to look at another giant of the British progressive rock scene. To which my … Continue readingJust say Yes
‘I ‘ave a dog and a good dog too, and I keeps him in me keepin’.’ Wise words from the Tabester on her 1976 debut album Airs and Graces. The … Continue readingJune Tabor: While Gamekeepers Lie Sleeping
Gorgeous clip from the 1972 album Carl and the Passions – ‘So Tough’. Carl and the Passions were Brian Wilson and Mike Love’s high school band.
This song, featuring the unique voice of Colin Blunstone, was the Zombies’ debut single. It was written by the group’s organist Rod Argent and released in 1964, reaching No 12 … Continue readingThe Zombies: She’s Not There
I FIRST heard this decades ago as the signature tune to a BBC serial reading of Henry James’s The Aspern Papers, and I was captivated. I don’t know why it is … Continue readingClassics on Sunday – Schubert: Notturno D897