Monthly Archives: July 2013

1973 – Selling England By The Pound – Genesis

“Can you tell me where my country lies? Said the unifaun to his true love’s eyes.” Peter Gabriel’s plaintive voice begins an album that is at once quintessentially English and possibly Genesis’ best work. All the usual elements are there: … Continue reading

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1973 – Lou Reed, Status Quo, Genesis

1973 was a year of musical contradictions. Within a matter of four weeks I had started my life as a concert-goer (we never used the word ‘gig’) and seen three completely different artists. The first concert my brother and I … Continue reading

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1973 – Foxtrot – Genesis

My older brother had started buying New Musical Express and we’d both started listening to the Alan Freeman Rock Show on the radio on Saturday afternoons. All afternoon we’d sit with the cassette recorder wired up (some Heath Robinson style … Continue reading

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1973 – Aladdin Sane – David Bowie

“Who’s playing that bloody piano?!” This was the year the alien landed, Bowie came to ground. He still occasionally sang about driving a module and sleeping in capsules but it was obvious he was a real human being with cigarette-stained … Continue reading

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1972/73 Gasworks – Gasworks

Whilst I never actually owned this album, it’s here because of its importance in shaping my musical outlook. Mum and Dad took us all to The Crucible Theatre one night to see the duo. They were in The Studio, not … Continue reading

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1972 – Ride A White Swan – T.Rex

Even with a new two pence coin balanced on the cartridge, and even though it may have been “electronically enhanced for stereo effect”, I could never manage to play “One Inch Rock” without it jumping all over the place! It … Continue reading

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1972 – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars – David Bowie

Top Of The Pops on a Thursday night had, by this time, become pretty much essential viewing for my brother and I. He didn’t really like all the glam-rock type of stuff and thought it was too ‘poppy’, but he … Continue reading

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1972 – School’s Out – Alice Cooper

This is when I began to realise that it’s not always just about the music, it’s sometimes about the whole package – the album cover, the photography, the concept. The second album I bought. Obviously the anthemic “School’s Out” drew … Continue reading

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1972 – All The Young Dudes – Mott The Hoople

“How do you feel?…sick!” Ian Hunter’s words during the fade out of this, the first 7″ single I ever bought. It made the whole thing sound live and exciting – the band interacting with the audience – if you went … Continue reading

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1972 – The Slider – T.Rex

The first album I ever bought, starting me off on my journey through buying music! Not long before this came out, we’d been having lunch at Tankersley Golf Club (dad was treating us) and the single “Metal Guru” came on … Continue reading

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