1971 was a year to savour, musically. So many great albums and bands, but one band that had run their course were The Beatles. Whilst the fab four had gone their separate ways, they were all still making fab music.
We continue our occasional series reappraising a selection of our favourite 1971 albums in greater detail. This time, we have a new close look at the album many saw as the First Folk Rock Opera: Fairport Convention’s Babbacombe Lee.
A long overdue appreciation of one of the great lost albums – Urban Nomad – that welds together various Prog Rock influences.
Rick Pilkington of The Blackheart Orchestra joins us once again to help us celebrate a special year with his 1971 mixtape full of love.
The first in a series of in depth retrospectives on the great albums of 1971. Gene Clark and White Light.
John Barlass trawls his memory banks for a detailed piece of the first Cropredy Festival in 1979 and Fairport’s Farewell.
How did we get to hear the music we loved back in the late 60s and early 70s, when it was never played on the radio and we were too impoverished to buy full-priced albums? By buying SAMPLERS – that’s how!
What happened when The Sensational Alex Harvey Band hit the stage in Bolton in 1973. John Barlass takes us back in time.
Psych-prog-alt rock outfit The Bloody Mallard, the brainchild of guitarist Tom Walding, writes for us once again. This time he takes us back into the Time Tunnel to share his experiences of one of his greatest ever live experiences.
Our man John takes us back into the Time Tunnel and to a time when he shook the shackles of pop music for the experimental side of the coin and ended up seeing Captain Beefheart in Manchester in 1973.
Mike Ainscoe travels back in time to 1982 when he had his first encounter with Marillion. A guilty pleasure for nigh on forty years.
Howard King looks back to 1974 when he was one of the lucky ones who saw Pink Floyd in their prime.
We take another trip into the time tunnel as John Barlass recollects his trips to Buxton and the Buxton Festivals of 1973 and 1974. Enjoy tales of Party Four cans, negligible use of polythene sheets, a lot of rain, and lots of great music.
Mike Ainscoe looks back at his first ever gig – an encounter with thin Lizzy at Manchester Apollo in 1979.
We take a trip through the Time Tunnel to 1974 to hear about a stunning concert bill from our writer, Howard. The Who, Lou Reed, Bad Company, Montrose and Humble Pie no less.