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Rufus Harley: Re-Creation Of The Gods (1972)

It’s not an immediately enticing prospect. Rufus Harley: jazz-funk bagpiper. Yes, really. Harley originally studied saxophone and flute, but his musical career was changed by the death of JFK, as he was fascinated by the ominous potency of the Black … Continue reading

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Les Blousons Noirs: Special Rock (1961-1962)

We all know about so-called ‘outsider music’: music made, for one reason or another, outside the normal boundaries. Some disagree with the boundaries: Captain Beefheart, Harry Partch. Others have their musical expression coloured by their mental illness: Daniel Johnston, Wesley … Continue reading

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Peter Kelley: Path Of The Wave (1969)

For what is effectively a major-label release, information on this little beauty is remarkably difficult to find. The only way to get your hands on the nine-track album these days is via the 2008 CD reissue by controversial semi-bootleg Radioactive … Continue reading

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Gil Scott-Heron 1949-2011

Gil Scott-Heron 1 April 1949 – 27 May 2011

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Lord Sitar: Lord Sitar (1968)

So it’s 1968. George Harrison has introduced the sitar into Western pop. It’s the must-have instrument of the time. But you’re the only established session guitarist in England who owns one. How do you capitalise on your enviable position? Why, … Continue reading

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Timmy Thomas: Why Can’t We Live Together (1972)

A real oddity this one. The title track was actually a huge hit in 1972, but the album quickly disappeared. So why is a million-seller on a silly blog focusing on underappreciated records? Because it’s so damn WEIRD. I’ve never … Continue reading

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F.J. McMahon: Spirit Of The Golden Juice (1969)

Asked to nominate his favourite Bob Dylan song, Frank Black discussed how the drum fills in ‘Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again’ could move him to tears. F.J. McMahon’s Spirit Of The Golden Juice has the same … Continue reading

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