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Donovan - HMS Donovan

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left

V/A - Willow's Songs (perfect May Day compilation from Finders Keepers records. The original source music for the Wicker Man soundtrack, and just as beguiling).

Comus - First Utterance
Comus - Out Of The Coma (a band that goes from the sublime to the ridiculous to the hard to listen to, but definitely one-of-a-kind, and their live reunion shows were excellent).

Genesis - Nursery Cryme
Genesis - BBC Sessions 1970-1971

Shelagh McDonald - Album
Shelagh McDonald - Stargazer

Mark Fry - Dreaming With Alice

Ravi Shankar - Alice In Wonderland (an inspired choice of composer for Jonathan Miller's wonderfully offbeat BBC production, this sitar/oboe score matched the visuals perfectly)

The Amazing Blondel - The Amazing Blondel & A Few Faces
The Amazing Blondel - Evensong
The Amazing Blondel - Fantasia Lindum
The Amazing Blondel - England

Rokurokubi - Saturn In Pisces
Rokurokubi - Iris, Flower Of Violence (two of the best psych folk LPs of recent years from the very talented Rose Io (nee Dutton) now a solo artist. Not a weak song on either of these. https://timespunrecords.bandcamp.com/album/saturn-in-pisces

Pet Shop Boys - Battleship Potemkin

Can - Flow Motion
Can - Saw Delight
Can - Out Of Reach

Tangerine Dream - Electronic Meditation
Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Tangerine Dream - Atem

Michael Pinder - The Promise
Tom Robinson - North By Northwest/War Baby 7"/Feel So Good Hurt So Bad 12"
Murray Head - Nigel Lived (3 LPs I selected from a 3 for £5 box at the annual Rochester Sweeps record fair. Felt timely finding the late Mike Pinder's LP from the period where all the Moodies were doing solo albums. Was hoping there'd be lots of Melotron but sadly not. The Tom Robinson album felt like a particular bargain being packaged with two other records, but only the War Baby single justified the purchase. North By North West sounds a bit clunky production-wise, and includes an inferior early version of Atmospherics, one of my favourite singles of the 80s when it came out in souped-up form a couple of years later, and the Feel So Good EP suffers from dated late-80s production. The real find here was the excellent Murray Head album, one I've listened to online quite a bit over the past few years, and had often been tempted to pay £20+ on eBay for an original vinyl. I'm glad I waited. £1.66 for a copy in excellent condition with gatefold sleeve and booklet. A bargain!)

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Rattlesnakes (first band I saw live back in 1985. Hadn't played this in years, but it still sounds rather wonderful).

The Monkees - The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees

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