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Hear Here – Part Six

SAIL AWAY

Randy Newman (from the album Sail Away, 1972)

I’m a fan since his first album in 1968. His lyrics, full of wit and irony, changed my way of thinking. Sail Away is a prime example. Disguised by a beguiling simplicity, his caustic take on slavery is ever relevant.

ICE COLD DAYDREAM

Shuggie Otis (from the album Freedom Flight, 1971)

A song that sounds as fresh as it ever was; great riff, guitar, arrangement, voice…well, everything.

 

Hear Here – Part Four

7 & 7 IS

Love (from the album Da Capo, 1966)

Arthur Lee’s Love, was a startlingly original band from the west coast onslaught of Flower Power. Episode Six played several of their songs and we were always amazed by the freedom of their songs; nothing like anything we’d heard before.

YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE

Philip Sayce Group (from the album Philip Sayce Group, 1997)

Philip Sayce shared a tour with DP ten years ago, and left a great impression.

 

Hear Here – Part Five

QUEEN BEE

Taj Mahal (from the album Señor Blues, 1997)

Taj Mahal has carved an amazing place for himself. He can make the simplest of songs unforgettable, with soul, feel, and phrasing.

CAROLAN’S CONCERTO

The Chieftains (from the album The Celtic Harp, 1992)

The traditional intricacies of Irish music are a revelation, especially when played by The Chieftains. This tune was written by Turlough O’Carolan in the 17th century.

 

Hear Here – Part Three

SCARECROW

Rupert Hine/David MacIver (from the album Pick Up A Bone, 1971)

I met Rupert Hine and David MacIver in the mid 60s. They were sort of modelled on Simon and Garfunkel, I was in Episode Six. Years later, we hooked up again, this time I was in DP. They were still writing interesting acoustic songs, so when Purple records happened, I resolved to record them.

 

Hear Here – Part Two

WORLD TURNING

Monte Montgomery (from the album Live at the Caravan of Dreams, 2012)

I’ve always loved the Fleetwood Mac original, but this live performance is in a class of its own. For a live recording, it’s superb––the drum solo in particular. The musicianship all round is impressive, really great bass player. Monte has amazing chops and I love his voice.