Tuesday 22 May 2012

News Views and Music Issue 145 (Top Five): Six More Random Recent Purchases

I’ve been doing quite well for purchases recently so, in lieu of any other burning things to talk about, I thought I’d treat you to a few more mini-reviews about the AAA linked ‘second tier’ albums that have joined in with my collection recently...

Ian Anderson “Thick As A Brick 2” (2012)

We don’t often cover Jethro Tull on these pages (I discovered them a little too late for adding to this site, although that said their best known albums are – unusually – their best ones and don’t need me to talk them up) but I adore the first ‘Thick As A Brick’ which is 42 minutes (and one long song) of corruption, inspiration and madness. When we left that album in 1972 Gerald Bostock is a confused 10 year old, the winner of a poetry competition he’s excluded from for using profanity in his language and finds himself condemned by the adult world despite playing by their own rules. Part autobiography, part fiction, part good old fashioned send-up, it’s an amazing achievement that fans of most of the bands on this site will enjoy. Like many fans I’ve wondered for years what might have happened to master Bostock when he finally did reach the adult and world and master Anderson, chief singer flautist and one-legged maniac, has not disappointed. We don’t get just one answer on this album – we get lots, as the album flowers out into several parallel universes where Gerald becomes a soldier from Wooton Bassett, a scholar, a banker, a shop-keeper and a tramp (with shades of the other classic Tull album ‘Aqualung’!) It’s a shame that the album isn’t sequenced like the first one (being broken into bits rather than being one long rant is a shame) and the lack of other Tull personnel (including the absence of Martin Barre for the first time since 1968) is unfortunate, but for the most part Anderson manages to make an album that’s a convincing portrait of both what might have happened to one of rock’s most beloved characters and an album that works well on it’s own level, damning so-called progress in the past 40 years in a manner very in keeping with the original. There are a few too many instrumentals, it’s true, and the spoken word passages pall after a time but the lyrics we have are spot-on and the similarities to the record (it fades up in the same way side two of the original did and ends in exactly the same way) make it well worth your time. The packaging is also tremendous: where the original spoofed petty village life (with a replica of a newspaper that went on for pages!), this version comes with a mock-up local website with the exactly the same mix of plausible but stupid stories, band in jokes and album references. Those who don’t know the original might not ‘get’ this album, but if you love the original as much as I do then this is a must-have – certainly it’s the best thing from the ‘Tull’ camp since before they went electronic/heavy metal in the 1980s. Track to download: the banker-bashing ‘Banker Bets, Banker Wins’ and the two ‘What-ifs, Maybes and Might Have Beens’.

Henry McCullough “Poor Man’s Moon” (2009)

Don’t worry if you don’t recognise the name – chances are few of you will know it even if you own some of the album she plays on. But guitarist Henry McCullough was for an all too brief time a member of Wings, playing on the singles ‘My Love’ and ‘Live and Let Die’, the album ‘Red Rose Speedway’ and the TV show ‘James Paul McCartney’ (which still hasn’t had a proper release yet!) He left before ‘band On The Run’, refusing to go to Lagos to record the album (with good reason as it turned out, what with the muggings, monsoon weather and Macca’s collapse from a lung complaint) and to most people disappeared. Henry’s always been around though, playing small gigs (mainly in America) and releasing albums for low budget record labels (again mainly in America). His latest, ‘Poor Man’s Moon’, is the first of his many solo records to fall into my hands and its delightful, much slower and much bluesier than you’d expect for such a rocky guitarist (for both Wings and oe Cocker’s Grease Band) and Henry’s lived-in vocals suit his new acoustic compositions very well indeed. If I had a complaint its that the songs all sound so similar you’d be hard pressed to tell where one ends and another begins if you weren’t paying attention closely, but that can also be a good thing, with this album conjuring up a mood of laid-back weariness and thoughts about approaching old age and death. Henry’s always been a forgotten talent despite appearing in one of the 70s’ best-selling bands and – although not as essential a purchase as most of Denny Laine’s albums – all Wings collectors should own at least one of these records. Tracks to download (not that you can download them, but never mind): Opener ‘Too Late To Worry’ and ‘Big Old River’.

Mick Jagger “The Best Of” (2011)

A lot of fans won’t even know that Mick has released solo records away from the Stones, given how poorly most of them have sold over the years. Few will know that he’s released enough tracks to make up a 34 track album. And only the very smallest part of those would ever think that all of these songs deserve to get re-released on a two CD album. That said, considering the bad press Mick’s solo work has got over the years (causing a rift between him and Mick that still festers to this day, given some of the comments in Keef’s book ‘Life’) this set isn’t half bad. I only own two of Mick’s solo albums properly and whilst I can’t say I’ve played his first album ‘She’s The Boss’ all that much I do have a soft spot for third album ‘Goddess In The Doorway’. Mick’s sudden dalliance with disco and funk caught most fans on the hop in the late 70s and although the best of his work with the Stones has aged well (‘Miss You’) the first two solo Mick albums in a similar style aren’t anything like as good. The best songs from this set nearly all come from ‘Goddess’(‘Hide Away’ ‘Brand New Set Of Rules’) but the best song of all is a wonderful yearning ballad ‘Angel In My Heart’ from ‘Wandering Spirit’. Actually no, check that, because I’ve just been playing ‘Rules’ again and it’s even better than I first thought. It’s also clearly the first draft for one of my favourite Stones songs ‘Laugh, I Nearly Died’, with Mick regretting his recent mistakes and trying to put things right (it single-handedly manages to be the best Stones-related track of the past 30 odd years!) For that moment alone it’s worth buying this set, although 34 tracks are a good 20 too many. Tracks to download: ‘Angel In My Heart’ ‘Brand New Set Of Rules’.

Rolling Stones “Some Girls” (deluxe re-issue) (2011)

Another year, another Stones re-issue. We’ve already reviewed ‘Some Girls’ on these pages (it’s on News and Views no 30 if you want to go have a read) and it’s one of the last great Stones albums, recorded during the height of punk which really spurs the Stones on to get out of their lethargy and have fun with their music. Since writing that review I now have a copy of the live DVD ‘Some Girls Live In Texas’ and it’s a complete revelation: the songs that sounded great if a little stiff on record are majestic, with Charlie Watts driving everything at such a tempo that the Stones have never sounded younger or sparkier, even in the 1960s. Unfortunately they sound even more old and middle-aged on the outtakes here than ever before (the cover of ‘Tallahassee Lassie may well be the worst Stones recording I’ve ever heard. Yes, it’s even worse than anything on ‘Emotional Rescue!’) Most of these ‘new’ songs are aimless jams, the sort of doodle they released on ‘Tattoo You’ because they couldn’t think of anything better. Compared to the excellent re-release of ‘Exile On main Street’ in 2010 (an OK album that sounded great thanks to three or four of the best unreleased Stones tracks in their canon, easily up to the standard of the record if not a little higher) this was a disappointment. That said, ‘Claudine’ is an old rocker that sounds good in the Stones’ hands and ‘Do You Think I Really Care?’ is a good starting point for a song that never happened, with a distinctive Stones riff and some great guitar-play interplay (the lyrics would have had to be changed for a ‘proper’ take though). Let’s hope the next deluxe re-issue is back to standard (and when are the band going to release some of the outtakes for their late 60s LPs?!)  Tracks to download: ‘Claudine’ ‘Do You Think I Really Care?’

The Kinks “Deluxe Re-issues” (Kinks Kontroversy-Face To Face-Something Else) (1965-67/2012)

I’m still trying to track down the early and later albums from the mammoth six-album deluxe Kinks re-issue series, but I have at least managed to track down half of them. Frankly, I’m disappointed. Pye had already released pretty darn special single CD sets of all the 60s Kinks albums with a mouth-watering selection ofg a few choice bonus tracks at a decent price. These two CD sets are mainly made up of the same bonus tracks again (but added to a second disc), a few alternate mixes and a handful of BBC sessions which are either out already on ‘The Kinks At The BBC’ 2CD set or are due out on the mammoth Kinks BBC set in August. All that just leaves a handful of new tracks: ‘Kontroversy’ has a second version of ‘Mr Reporter’ with Ray on lead (not Dave), a looser take on ‘Never Met A Girl Like You Before’ (nice but a shame the ending is missing!) and the piece-de-resistance, a cracking alternate take of ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’. ‘Face To Face’ includes the fascinating first attempt at ‘Dead End Street’ as featured on the ‘Kinks Music Box’ set (Ray hated the recording and prayed that producer Shel Talmy, on what would turn out to be his last session with The Kinks would let him re-record it with the stern austere tone he wanted; as chance would have it the producer dislocated his shoulder putting his coat on to go him and didn’t turn up to the next session, leaving Ray to do what he wanted), plus a slower jazzier and even more laidback ‘You’re Looking Fine’ and an equally jazzy first go at ‘Little Miss Queen Of Darkness’ (with Pete Quaife on bass, not John Dalton as per the album). For me the weakest album of the three is the much-lauded but directionless ‘Something Else’ – however this set is easily the best of the three with a long list of new recordings to savour. ‘Sand On My Shoes’ is a sweet first go at ‘Tin Soldier Man’ (there’s also a backing track for the song), an early version of ‘Afternoon Tea’ sounds even more like a Noel Coward vignette than a Kinks song, ‘Mr Pleasant’ is sunnier and funnier, although Ray’s vocal is clearly a guide vocal rather than a proper take, an alternate mix of ‘Lazy Old Sun’ sounds even more warped and psychedelic than the finished one and BBC sessions for ‘Autumn Almanac’ and especially Dav Davies’ wonderful ‘Susannah’s Still Alive’ make for entertaining glimpses at how these songs must have sounded live in the day. A few interesting and a couple of essential additions to the Kinks Kanon then, but really these few extras aren’t worth forking out £15-£18 for if you already own these albums and considering what we know Ray Davies has sitting in his studio attic a real disappointment for long-term Kinks Kollectors. Tracks to download: from the original albums ‘Milk Cow Blues’ ‘Fancy’ and ‘Love Me Til The Sunshines’ respectively, plus the outtakes of ‘I’m Not Like Everybody Else’ and ‘Dead End Street’.

Harry Nilsson “The Point” (1972)

Yes, I know Harry Nilsson isn’t an AAA member, but there is logic to my reasoning. When The Monkees split in 1970 Davy Jones and Micky Dolenz were at a loose end. Deciding they wanted to get back to theatre, they travelled to England and met up with their old Monkees writing partner who had just come up with a weird musical and needed a pair of names for the stage show who could act and sing. Not many people know about this show – it didn’t last very long and sadly there’s no recordings of Davy and Micky singing the songs. But we do have Harry’s album of his songs and fascinating they are too. The plot concerns a world of cxreatures where everyone is born with a ‘point’ on their heads. All except poor Davy who doesn’t (the joke being that because he doesn’t look like the others he is ‘pointless’). Micky played the baddy, who picks on poor Davy before seeing the error of his ways. Typically mad and as zany as everything its creator ever made, this is clearly his crowning glory (and I say that as someone whose sat through the complete Nilsson box set, albeit only once) and deserves to be better known, even if it would have been better to hear Micky and Davy singing (I’ve never been a big fan of Nilsson’s voice, though I do enjoy his writing). I actually used this album a lot in my ‘Monkees and Postmodernism’ dissertation and I’ve been dying to hear the songs to go with the plot and the snippets I know from Youtube. The songs are inter-spliced with lots of talking, which doesn’t make for the easiest album to listen to but does help explain the plot! The songs thsemlves are a pretty good bunch, even though my MP3 always seems to give me the deliberately annoying jingle ‘Buy My Album’ every time I put it on random (it’s one of those songs guaranteed to stick in your head for years!) Not for every Monkees fan, but interesting to me at least! Tracks to download: ‘Lifeline’ and ‘Down To The Valley’

And that’s all for another week. Join us next time for the long-awaited results of our lyric competition – remember there’s still time to enter. Just have a read of News and Views Issue 140, work out which AAA bands you think sang each of these lines from songs and send in your answers to pattin82@yahoo.co.uk!

A NOW COMPLETE List Of Top Five/Top Ten/TOP TWENTY  Entries 2008-2019
1) Chronic Fatigue songs http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2008/08/news-views-and-music-issue-1-top-five.html

2) Songs For The Face Of Bo

3) Credit Crunch Songs

4) Songs For The Autumn

5) National Wombat Week

6) AAA Box Sets

7) Virus Songs

8) Worst AAA-Related DVDs

9) Self-Punctuating Superstar Classics

10) Ways To Know You Have Turned Into A Collector

11) Political Songs

12) Totally Bonkers Concept Albums

13) Celebrating 40 Years Of The Beatles' White Album

14) Still Celebrating 40 Years Of The Beatles' White Album

15) AAA Existential Questions

16) Releases Of The Year 2008

17) Top AAA Xmas Songs

18) Notable AAA Gigs

19) All things '20' related for our 20th issue

20) Romantic odes for Valentine's Day

21) Hollies B sides

22) 'Other' BBC Session Albums

23) Beach Boys Rarities Still Not Available On CD

24) Songs John, Paul and George wrote for Ringo's solo albums

25) 5 of the Best Rock 'n' Roll Tracks From The Pre-Beatles Era

26) AAA Autobiographies

27) Rolling Stones B-sides

28) Beatles B-Sides

29) The lllloooonnngggeesssttt AAA songs of all time

30) Kinks B-Sides

31) Abandoned CSNY projects 'wasted on the way'

32) Best AAA Rarities and Outtakes Sets

33) News We've Missed While We've Been Away

34) Birthday Songs for our 1st Anniversary

35) Brightest Album Covers

36) Biggest Recorded Arguments

37) Songs About Superheroes

38) AAA TV Networks That Should Exist

39) AAA Woodtsock Moments

40) Top Moments Of The Past Year As Voted For By Readers

41) Music Segues

42) AAA Foreign Language Songs

43) 'Other' Groups In Need Of Re-Mastering

44) The Kinks Preservation Rock Opera - Was It Really About The Forthcoming UK General Election?

45) Mono and Stereo Mixes - Biggest Differences

46) Weirdest Things To Do When A Band Member Leaves

47) Video Clips Exclusive To Youtube (#1)

48) Top AAA Releases Of 2009

49) Songs About Trains

50) Songs about Winter

51) Songs about astrology plus horoscopes for selected AAA members

52) The Worst Five Groups Ever!

53) The Most Over-Rated AAA Albums

54) Top AAA Rarities Exclusive To EPs

55) Random Recent Purchases (#1)

56) AAA Party Political Slogans

57) Songs To Celebrate 'Rock Sunday'

58) Strange But True (?) AAA Ghost Stories

59) AAA Artists In Song

60) Songs About Dogs

61) Sunshiney Songs

62) The AAA Staff Play Their Own Version Of Monoploy/Mornington Crescent!

63) What 'Other' British Invasion DVDs We'd Like To See

64) What We Want To Place In Our AAA Time Capsule

65) AAA Conspiracy Theroies

66) Weirdest Things To Do Before - And After - Becoming A Star

67) Songs To Tweet To

68) Greatest Ever AAA Solos

69) John Lennon Musical Tributes

70) Songs For Halloween

71) Earliest Examples Of Psychedelia

72) Purely Instrumental Albums

73) AAA Utopias

74) AAA Imaginary Bands

75) Unexpected AAA Cover Versions

76) Top Releases of 2010

77) Songs About Snow

78) Predictions For 2011

79) AAA Fugitives

80) AAA Home Towns

81) The Biggest Non-Musical Influences On The 1960s

82) AAA Groups Covering Other AAA Groups

83) Strange Censorship Decisions

84) AAA Albums Still Unreleased on CD

85) Random Recent Purchases (#2)

86) Top AAA Music Videos

87) 30 Day Facebook Music Challenge

88) AAA Documentaries

89) Unfinished and 'Lost' AAA Albums

90) Strangest AAA Album Covers

91) AAA Performers Live From Mars (!)

92) Songs Including The Number '100' for our 100th Issue

93) Most Songs Recorded In A Single Day

94) Most Revealing AAA Interviews

95) Top 10 Pre-Fame Recordings

96) The Shortest And Longest AAA Albums

97) The AAA Allstars Ultimate Band Line-Up

98) Top Songs About Sports

99) AAA Conversations With God

100) AAA Managers: The Good, The Bad and the Financially Ugly

101) Unexpected AAA Cameos

102) AAA Words You can Type Into A Caluclator

103) AAA Court Cases

104) Postmodern Songs About Songwriting

105) Biggest Stylistic Leaps Between Albums

106) 20 Reasons Why Cameron Should Go!

107) The AAA Pun-Filled Cookbook

108) Classic Debut Releases

109) Five Uses Of Bird Sound Effects

110) AAA Classic Youtube Clips Part #1

111) Part #2

112) Part #3

113) AAA Facts You Might Not Know

114) The 20 Rarest AAA Records

115) AAA Instrumental Songs

116) Musical Tarot

117) Christmas Carols

118) Top AAA Releases Of 2011

119) AAA Bands In The Beano/The Dandy

120) Top 20 Guitarists #1

121) #2

122) 'Shorty' Nomination Award Questionairre

123) Top Best-Selling AAA Albums

124) AAA Songs Featuring Bagpipes

125) A (Hopefully) Complete List Of AAA Musicians On Twitter

126) Beatles Albums That Might Have Been 1970-74 and 1980

127) DVD/Computer Games We've Just Invented

128) The AAA Albums With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

129) The AAA Singles With The Most Weeks At #1 in the UK

130) Lyric Competition (Questions)

131) Top Crooning Classics

132) Funeral Songs

133) AAA Songs For When Your Phone Is On Hold

134) Random Recent Purchases (#3)

135) Lyric Competition (Answers)
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136) Bee Gees Songs/AAA Goes Disco!

137) The Best AAA Sleevenotes (And Worst)

138) A Short Precise Of The Years 1962-70

139) More Wacky AAA-Related Films And Their Soundtracks

140) AAA Appearances On Desert Island Discs

141) Songs Exclusive To Live Albums

142) More AAA Songs About Armageddon

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159) A (Not That) Short Guide To The 15 Best Non-AAA Bands http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/a-not-that-short-guide-to-15-of-best.html%20%0d160

160) The Greatest AAA Drum Solos (Or Near Solos!) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-greatest-aaa-drum-solos-or-near.html%20%0d161

161) AAA Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speeches http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/aaa-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame.html%20%0d162

162) AAA Re-Recordings Of Past Songs http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/aaa-re-recordings-of-past-songs-news.html%20%0d163

163) A Coalition Christmas (A Fairy Tale) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/a-coalition-christmas-news-views-and.html%20%0d164

164) AAA Songs About Islands http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/aaa-songs-about-islands-news-views-and.html%20%0d165

165) The AAA Review Of The Year 2012 http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-aaa-review-of-year-2012-news-views.html

166) The Best AAA Concerts I Attended

167) Tributes To The 10 AAA Stars Who Died The Youngest http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tributes-to-10-aaa-stars-who-died.html

168) The First 10 AAA Songs Listed Alphabetically

171) The 10 Best Songs From The Psychedelia Box-Sets ‘Nuggets’ and ‘Nuggets Two’ http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-best-of-two-nuggets-psychedelia.html%20%0d172

172) The 20 Most Common Girl’s Names In AAA Song Titles (With Definitions) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/girls-names-in-aaa-song-titles-from.html 

180) First Recordings By Future AAA Stars http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/first-

185) A Tribute To Storm Thorgerson Via The Five AAA Bands He Worked With http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/a-tribute-to-hipgnosis-via-five-aaa.html

188) Surprise! Celebrating 300 Album Reviews With The Biggest 'Surprises' Of The Past Five Years Of Alan's Album Archives! http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/celebrating-300-album-reviews-10.html

190) Comparatively Obscure First Compositions By AAA Stars http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/comparatively-obscure-debut.html

193) Evolution Of A Band: Comparing First Lyric With Last Lyric: http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/evolution-of-band-comparing-1st-lyric.html

200) The Monkees In Relation To Postmodernism (University Dissertation) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/university-dissertation-monkees-in.html

202) Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain': Was It About One Of The AAA Crew? http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/carly-simons-youre-so-vain-was-it-about.html

217) AAA 'Christmas Presents' we'd most like to have next year http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/aaa-christmas-presents-wed-most-like-to.html

221) Dr Who and the AAA (Five Musical Links) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/01/dr-who-and-five-musical-links-to-alans.html

222) Five Random Recent Purchases http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/01/five-random-recent-purchases-news-views.html

223) AAA Grammy Nominees http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/02/aaa-grammy-nominees-top-twelve-news.html

224) Ten AAA songs that are better heard unedited and in full http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/02/ten-aaa-songs-that-are-better-unedited.html

225) The shortest gaps between AAA albums http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-shortest-gaps-between-aaa-albums.html

226) The longest gaps between AAA albums http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-longest-gaps-between-aaa-albums.html

227) Top ten AAA drummers http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2014/03/top-ten-aaa-drummers-news-views-and.html

228) Top Ten AAA Singles (In Terms of 'A' and 'B' Sides) http://www.alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/top-ten-aaa-singles-and-b-sides-news.html

229) The Stories Behind Six AAA Logos http://www.alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/the-stories-behind-six-aaa-logos.html

230) AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!! The Best Ten AAA Screams http://www.alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-best-aaa-screams-top-ten-news-views.html

231) An AAA Pack Of Horses http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/aaa-songs-about-horses-top-ten-news.html

232) AAA Granamas - Sorry, Anagrams! http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/aaa-anagrams-news-views-and-music-issue.html

233) AAA Surnames and Their Meanings http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/aaa-surnames-and-their-meanings-news.html

234) 20 Erroneous AAA Album Titles http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/twenty-erroneous-aaa-album-titles-news.html

235) The Best AAA Orchestral Arrangements http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/fifteen-great-aaa-string-parts-news.html

236) Top 30 Hilariously Misheard Album Titles/Lyrics http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/top-thirty-hilariously-misheard-aaa.html

237) Ten controversial AAA sackings - and whether they were right http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/ten-controversial-aaa-sackings-news.html

238) A Critique On Critiquing - In Response To Brian Wilson http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/a-critique-on-critiquing-in-response-to.html

239) The Ten MusicianS Who've Played On The Most AAA Albums http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-ten-musicians-whove-played-on-most.html

240) Thoughts on #CameronMustGo http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/thoughts-on-cameronmustgo.html

241) Random Recent Purchases (Kinks/Grateful Dead/Nils Lofgren/Rolling Stones/Hollies) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/six-random-recent-purchases-kinksg.html 

242) AAA Christmas Number Ones http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/aaa-christmas-number-ones.html 

243) AAA Review Of The Year 2014 (Top Releases/Re-issues/Documentaries/DVDs/Books/Songs/ Articles  plus worst releases of the year) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/aaa-review-of-year-2014.html

244) Me/CFS Awareness Week 2015 http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/mecfs-awareness-week-at-alans-album.html

245) Why The Tory 2015 Victory Seems A Little...Suspicious http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/why-tory-victory-seems-deeply.html

246) A Plea For Peace and Tolerance After The Attacks on Paris - and Syria http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/a-plea-for-peace-and-toleration.html

247) AAA Review Of The Year 2015 http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/the-aaa-review-of-year-2015.html

248) The Fifty Most Read AAA Articles (as of December 31st 2015) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/the-fifty-most-read-aaa-posts-2008-2015.html

249) The Revised AAA Crossword! http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2016_07_10_archive.html

251) Half-A-Dozen Berries Plus One (An AAA Tribute To Chuck Berry) http://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/an-aaa-covers-tribute-to-chuck-berry.html

252) Guest Post: ‘The Skids – Joy’ (1981) by Kenny Brown  https://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/guest-post-skids-joy-1981.html

254) Guest Post: ‘Supertramp – Some Things Never Change’ by Kenny Brown https://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2018/06/guest-review-supertramp-some-things.html

255) AAA Review Of The Year 2018 https://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2018/12/the-aaa-review-of-year-2018.html

256) AAA Review Of The Year 2019 plus Review Of The Decade 2010-2019 https://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2019/12/the-alans-album-archives-review-of-year.html

257) Tiermaker https://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2019/06/alans-album-archives-on-tiermaker.html

258) #Coronastock https://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2020/04/coronastock.html

259) #Coronadocstock https://alansalbumarchives.blogspot.com/2020/05/coronadocstock.html

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