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Joya Landis – Moonlight Lover  

This gives me goosebumps. Reminds me of fairgrounds in the sixties and skinheads who were a bit frightening. Odd to think what a big part they played in bringing West Indian music to Britain.

 
Snooks Eaglin – Alberta  

Blind Snooks learned to play listening to the radio.

 
Crooked Fingers (featuring Emma Pollock of The Delgados) – Sleep All Summer  

Nice careless song.

 
Tom T. Hall – Homecoming  

Ian Dury and me used to play this in the middle of the night, god we loved it. It's about being on the road and a bit of regret, but not too much.

 
Sly & The Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay  

The ever so funkadelic Larry Graham played bass with Sly. He went on to form Graham Central Station. That's a bass player.

 
George Perkins & The Silver Stars – Cryin' In The Streets  

A year after 1966 and all that in America, which this song is mostly about, the Stax Roadshow (Otis Redding, Booker T and the MGs etc) hit this country and I saw them at Hammersmith Odeon. The black musicians were loved in England and they loved that they were loved of course, young white people coming up to them in the street. But what really got them was that when they went into a restaurant to eat a breakfast they could sit anywhere they liked.

 
Bob Dylan – Song to Woody  

Woody Guthrie said 'anyone who stops anyone from writing a song, him I don't like'.

 
The Byrds – Wasn't Born To Follow  

Good for driving along with windows down, which I do in the studio all the time.

 
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Sanson Ki Mala Peh Simroon Bhajan  

Pakistan country music.

 
Johnnie Allan – Promised Land  

Sitting still to this, well, just try it.






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