A selection of what has recently been on the Vinyl Connection turntable.
Bowie’s 2003 release is a strong album. Really enjoyed it during a recent re-visit.
“The Hermit” (Transatlantic 1976)
John Renbourn was one of two brilliant guitarists in Pentangle. He also had a rich solo career, including this excellent album.
Bo Hansson “Magician’s Hat” (1973)
Superb instrumental progressive rock from Swedish composer Bo Hansson.
There’s no way I’d call myself a serious Neil Young fan. I have barely 30 records and CDs by the Canadian songwriter/icon. But amongst those albums are some that have been with me for decades.
One of my most loved albums—by anyone, not just Neil— is one rejected by Young himself, “Time Fades Away”. (I’ve written about it here). The story is intense and riveting and sad. So is the music: a combination of fragility and fury that is potent and timeless.
Allman Brothers Band “Eat A Peach” 
Both tribute and celebration, this part live / part studio double album was the first release after Duane died.
It is a rambling delight, including the gorgeous “Melissa” (3:56) and their epic jam on Donovan’s “First there is a mountain“ (33:40). Wonderful.
Pentangle’s second album (1968) was a double, a delicious blend of folk and jazz, with touches of folk-rock. The playing and singing is fabulous. Jacquie McShea is in great voice. Guitarists John Renbourn and Bert Jansch (born 3 November) are brilliant, and brilliantly supported by the peerless rhythm section of Danny Thompson and Terry Cox.
The gorgeous cover was designed by Peter Blake (of Sgt. Pepper fame).
A five star sixties album worth investigating.