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It’s that mad time of
the month when the cat hides because it knows that when I get home I will yell
at it or eat it – perhaps both. Mmm, fur tastes delicious when you’re tired.
Only problem is, I don’t have a cat, so whose pet am I eating? Yes, it is press
week, and life is suspended until the mag’s gone to the printers. But what an
issue we’ve got lined up for you – Led Zeppelin’s most controversial
album; goodbye to the great Alvin Lee; Bert Jansch, and that other
band of 60s and 70s longhairs – UK Subs. (I’m not kidding; you ought to
see the photos the amazing Charlie Harper has kindly put our way.) We
have a piece about the developments in 60s and 70s pop told through the story of
one band, and we meet the man who has discovered and developed so many legends
that he probably couldn’t name them all. Plus we bring you a guide to rare
San Francisco psych gems. Of course, all this is actually dependent on
our getting it to the presses on time… otherwise I’ll draw it all out on some
sheets of A4, photocopy and deliver them to you personally, just like I had to
do with my legendary punk fanzine, Niffin’ Poo, back in the glory days of

One of the nice things
about being into music is the fact that almost everyone comes back sooner or
later assuming you or they survive long enough. Of late we’ve had Bowie,
Wire, and this lot, who sound
more or less exactly as they did in their prime. (No reason why not, of course,
since the technology OMD helped pop come to grips with has remained the way a
lot of pop is still made, albeit with refinements.) For those of you with a lot
more time to spare and who are into groove, I’d recommend this, which is a
mixtape full of tracks that have provided the inspiration for an album by
Medline that I’ve been enjoying. And while I’m roughly in that vein,
here’s a mellow jazz tune
that I’ve mentioned in a Richard Hawley single review in the next issue –
it’s not the same, but the atmosphere is similarly haunting yet calm.

One last mention:
really sorry to see that Clive Burr of Iron
Maiden and Samson has passed away after a long illness. I knew Clive before he
was famous. He was a great drummer even in his teens, and of all the aspiring
musicians I met back then, he
likely to be the one
who made it. Rest in peace, Clive.

Thank you for reading
this, and for supporting Record Collector.

a great week,





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