| My Northern Friday 4 |

So Long, Goodbye, We’re Through – Midnight Skyracer (Fire)
Good Enough – Molly Tuttle (Rise)
Wish You Were Here – Terry Emm (Single)
Roger O’Hehir – Planxty (The Woman I Loved So Well)
New Half Step – Cosmic American Derelicts (The Twain Shall Meet)
Pot Neuve/De La Flamme – Topette (Bourdon)
Louise – Plainsong (In Search of Amelia Earhart)
Martha’s Harbour – All About Eve (Single)
Southbound Train – Graham Nash David Crosby (Graham Nash David Crosby)
Letty’s Song – Possil Mor (Tales From the Garscube Road)
I Unveil a Peppercorn to See It Vanish – Sirom (The Liquified Throne of Simplicity)
Kindhearted Woman Blues – Robert Johnson (King of the Delta Blues Vol 1)
See You Again – Bonham Bullick (Single)
Lighthouse Keeper – Cosmic American Derelicts (The Twain Shall Meet)

Flick the Dust Off | Plainsong – In Search of Amelia Earhart | Elektra K42120 | 1972

I first became aware of Plainsong through the ads in the UK music press back in the early 1970s.  After signing to Elektra in 1972, the newly formed band set about recording a fine debut album that we would still be talking about fifty years later.  Taking as its theme the story of the doomed adventurer Amelia Earhart, who disappeared during her attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, In Search of Amelia Earhart was initially thought of as a concept album, yet on closer inspection, the links are tenuous.  There’s a healthy mix of originals and covers (before we used the irritating term ‘covers’), including a Paul Siebel song (“Louise”), a Dave McEnery song (Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”) and another by Jerry Yester and Judy Henske (“Raider”), which closes the album.  Perhaps the most noteworthy song on the record is Ian Matthews’ “True Story Of Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight”, which delves further into the rumour of Earhart’s espionage exploits.  Despite having a smash hit with a ‘cover’ of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” with Matthews Southern Comfort, this album is arguably Matthews’ finest post Fairport achievement.

Singled Out | All About Eve – Martha’s Harbour | Mercury EVAN 8 | 1988

There was always something otherworldly about Julianne Regan’s performance of “Martha’s Harbour”, All About Eve’s highest charting single from 1988.  Regan, who earlier played bass in the band Gene Loves Jezebel, probably never lived down the much repeated cock up on Top of the Pops, when the band couldn’t hear the pre-recorded tape they were meant to be miming to and therefore still sitting there motionless before a live audience waiting for their cue half way through the song.  Such was the bizarre stupidity of the BBC’s insistance of not being allowed to play live on the show.  Still, this moment, which is difficult to erase, doesn’t really alter the fact that “Martha’s Harbour” is an astonishingly good song.

Fifty Years Ago | Graham Nash David Crosby – Graham Nash David Crosby | Atlantic K50011 | 1972

Graham Nash David Crosby is the first album by the partnership of  Crosby and Nash, released on Atlantic Records in 1972, after the break up of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young a couple of years earlier, though both had already recorded and released solo albums by then, If I Could Only Remember My Name and Songs for Beginners respectively.  The album features several high profile contributions, notably Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann from the Grateful Dead, former Traffic guitarist Dave Mason and some of the best session musicians working on the West Coast, including Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, and Russell Kunkel, who would go on to achieve much success with the likes of James Taylor, Carole King and Jackson Browne.  If some of the duo’s later work left a lot to be desired as the 1970s wore on into the Punk era, Graham Nash David Crosby remains one of the duo’s most commercially successful albums.

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