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*****

We are hurtling
towards press day like
Usain
Bolt
going down
Mount Snowdon, on ice. With greased trainers. Or something. And
what an issue this
will be, what with a massive, in-detail interview with
Ray
Davies
of
The
Kinks
and a major
tribute to the late and great
Jon
Lord
. Plus we meet
the greatest soul group of all time, and I’m not talking about
Kiss, who also
feature. It’s gonna be a classic, but there’s still lots to do before it gets
packed off to the printers at the end of the week. Like… find out what a, uh,
rubber pony is (see
Mark
Stewart
, below). We
did, but we don’t fancy it much, frankly. So much to learn, so little
time…

It’s not been a
week of great record finds for me, mostly because I blew all my spare cash at
the start of the month, so I don’t dare look! Although luckily a few decent CDs
are satisfying my hunger for new (if old) music. Tickling my fancy most is Ace’s
Action!, which features
26 songs from
Tommy Boyce
& Bobby Hart
. If that sounds
like bubblegum to you, you are partly right, although it’s the best kind –
The
Monkees
’ Valleri, and
the theme from their TV show (how much must Boyce & Hart have made from
that?!), plus
The
Standells
’ version of
Clarksville, which I am lucky enough to have on vinyl, and
The
Flies
’ cut of I’m Not
Your Stepping Stone, which I don’t. There’s also
Gary Lewis &
The Playboys
and The
Shangri-Las (The Dum Dum
Ditty – imagine writing a lyric like that and expecting people to sing it). But
it’s all very fresh on the ear and not totally cheesy. In fact, one of my
favourite sides of the 60s is here from the great soul dramatists
Little Anthony & The
Imperials
. Of course, it’s
almost impossible to do a lousy version of this tune and I remember this
cover being used
somewhere on Radio 1 during the 60s – but I don’t know on which show. If anyone
does, I’d be glad to hear about it rc.editorial@metropolis.co.uk

Another
fantastic release – in fact, an entire set of – is the latest five reissues from
Rory
Gallagher
, due out on 1
October but sent into the office as promos last week. They include
Photo-Finish, Top Priority and Jinx, but I’m particularly
taken with the first two, the wonderful
Against The
Grain
(1975) and
Calling
Card
(’76). Compare
his playing to that of our current cover star,
Jimi
Hendrix
, and there’s
hardly a top E string’s width between them. Best of all, Sony/Capo aren’t just
doing CD and download, they’ve pressed them up on vinyl, the way they were built
to be heard. These records
rock, and even more
so on black plastic.

I’d better let
you get on with it. Hope you have a good week,

Best,


IanMcCannSig

Ian

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We celebrate
Jamaica’s 50th anniversary by choosing the island’s greatest
records
from the past 50 years.
In one of the last interviews he
conducted, Victor Spinetti talked to RC about his time making
films with the Fab Four.
Life’s Been Good for Joe Walsh
as he talks to Terry Staunton about this solo work, The Eagles &
James Gang
.

Edwyn
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battles back from the
brink.
Legendary producer-engineer, Ken Scott, on shaping the sound of
'The White Album', Ziggy Stardust

Plus Gentle
Giant, Robert Cray, Paul Heaton, Bill Fay, Jimmy Cliff, The
Distractions…

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