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Hear Here

One of my favourite occupations––when I’m not busy doing my other favourite occupations––is listening to music. Although I have a decent vinyl collection, mostly from the 70s and all bought decades ago, it’s downstairs. In any case, I rarely play much because it involves such a ritual. But I’m proud of it.

So apart from background kitchen radio din or pop insincerity in the car, sitting at my computer is mostly where I listen.


Hear Here – Part Three


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 Five


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.


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 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.


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 Six


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.


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.