Vinyl Connection’s countdown of 1970 favourites resumes after a home-organising hiatus. Welcome back folks! #30 — #21 30  JOE COCKER — Mad Dogs and Englishmen * The throaty growl of Sheffield born Joe Cocker gave a fresh twist to his rock ’n’ soul stylings, as evidenced by his iconic set at Woodstock. Cocker’s skill was […]

Well, we’re back home and the vinyl has all been shelved. About a tonne. Sadly, that’s not all required in moving house. There are the CDs too. AND setting up the stereos. Vinyl Connection will continue in due course, but in the meantime, here’s a piece written for Discrepancy Records that I imagine will evoke […]

It’s just another elderly musician gone. Happens so regularly that writing rock obituaries would be a full-time job. So why does the death of Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider fill me with sadness? Actually, not sadness… loss. A electronic hole in the musicverse leaving one man standing. Hütter and Schneider, Schneider and Hütter. Now just Ralf. […]

My first computer-based list of albums was created on an Apple Classic. Filemaker Pro was the program, as I recall. Back then I insisted on spelling it programme. Queen’s English. The entire collection was housed in a three shelf unit made from a cut down wardrobe. When I took to the robe with a circular […]

Occasionally I have posted an article originally commissioned by Discrepancy Records here at Vinyl Connection. This is one of those posts, the catalyst being comments on the appearance of Carole King in the recent Album Cover Quiz. * No matter what the decade, a good song is a good song. And they don’t come much […]

Thanks to everyone who participated in the quiz, either here or via fb. I hope you enjoyed it. Here are the 20 albums. * Frank Zappa – Hot Rats Led Zeppelin – Presence This Mortal Coil – This Mortal Coil The Clash – The Clash White Stripes – Elephant Crowded House – Temple of Low […]

Here are excerpts—or, as art lovers know them, details—from twenty album covers.   How many of these albums/artists can you identify (by fair means or foul)?   Please don’t list the answers, just your score out of 20     Remember, please just report your score. Not the answers. (Answers in a separate post, here)

With this, the fourth instalment in the endless 1970 countdown (that began here), we cover entries #40—#31. * 40  SYD BARRETT — The Madcap Laughs He has been named ‘the greatest cult hero in rock history’ and is one of the 60s most studied casualties. After Pink Floyd’s fabulous debut, Barrett became more and more […]

I don’t want to appear uncharitable, but how come it misses Donald, glances off Boris, and takes out Tim Brooke-Taylor? In what universe is that fair? Cambridge graduates Bill Oddie (born 7 July 1941), Graeme Garden (born 18 February 1943) and Tim Brooke-Taylor (born 17 July 1940) first performed to a large audience (larger than […]

Continuing a personal trawl through Vinyl Connection’s favourite albums of 1970 Previous instalments… 70 FROM ’70 — PART 6 70 FROM ’70 — PART 7 * 50 GRATEFUL DEAD — Workingman’s Dead Tuneful country-folk songs with pleasing, slightly ragged harmonies. Some of these took their places in the Dead setlist for years. “Dire wolf”, “New […]