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The new issue is
hitting the shops just about… now. It features
Ray
Davies
of
The
Kinks
talking in
incredible detail about the band’s career. If you want to know what they did,
where they did it and why, this is the story for you – and it’s just part one of
our massive Kinks retrospective. The same issue includes a fulsome tribute to
the great
Jon
Lord
, written with
heartfelt passion by Chris Welch, a man who knew Mr Lord for decades, plus
Rick Wakeman
offers his
feelings about the brilliant Purple organist. We find out about the agony of
XTC in creating the
superb
English
Settlement
album; we chat
to
Kiss; take our
orders from the mighty
Bunny
Lee
, the big boss
of reggae; say goodbye to
The
Dells
, our favourite
soul group; hear mid-60s music biz madness from
The
Merseys
, and seek
answers from
Renaissance,
Jane
Birkin
and
Greg
Lake
. And there’s
even our latest rare vinyl offer featuring
Wellington, a band with a
touch of acid-folk genius. Ooh, I don’t know how we fit it all in…
missus.

Lots of
amusement lately about the ‘Northern soul’ edition of the BBC’s
Inspector George
Gently
, which has also
drawn a few letters from readers. Seem to remember a snippet of What’s Going On
used as incidental music during a bit of hanky panky too, which is intriguing
from an episode set in 1968. What’s more, the following week’s show, also set in
1968, had
Jethro
Tull
’s Living In The
Past playing. Must have been a (very) advanced promotional copy… shame really,
as I do like the programme a lot and its heart is clearly in the right place.
Next week on ITV,
Poirot shakes his
moustache at a
Barclay James
Harvest
gig in
1947.

Not sure what
the famous Belgian detective would think about Trojan records’ new online Deezer
radio
channel
, but the second
we heard Iggy Iggy, the 1971
Augustus
Pablo/Lord Comic
record that
came on when we tuned in,
RC’s reggae-loving
crew (all two of us) was hooked. Of course, we already own Iggy Iggy on a
Scorpio-label 45 (just as we’ve got
Iggy
Pop
’s Augustus
Augustus – and I apologise to
Nick Lowe
for stealing his
concept), but that’s hardly the point. Playing the station has got us through a
long hard day of cleaning old vinyl with vodka at our desks – drinking the vodka
once it’s become too filthy for cleaning – and there’s loads of other
good-for-the-ears channels on the same site.
Legal note: RC
in no way supports polishing vinyl with vodka, or binge cleaning.

Thank you for
reading, and for supporting
RC. 

IanMcCannSig

Ian McCann, Record Collector Editor


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