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Music Index

The starting point for an index of all my musical sections.


Historic Album Reviews

I am gradually building up my reviews of historic albums from America to U2


The Music Years

Albums reviewed by years from 1963 until the present day.


The Gig List

A list of concerts and gigs I have attended over the years with reviews when I can remember what they were like.


Music Writing

My music writing - both published and unpublished.


Here and Now

Details of Eastern Evening News Here and Now columns I was involved in.


2009 Album Reviews

Major 2009 albums reviewed and rated.


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Free music - Best of 2009


Free music - Best of 2010

My favourite tracks from 2010 compiled as a playlist.






The Music Years - 1995

The following albums were released in 1995 and have been reviewed thanks to the following legal music sites:


Joan Baez - Ring Them Bells  - 4

Only die-hard Baez fans will be happy with a live album that could have been so much better. Joan duets with the likes of Mary Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the McGarrigles and Janis Ian, but the choice of material is sometimes extremely bland. The only tracks worth the time are Janis Ian's Jesse, and an excellent version of Diamonds and Rust. Elsewhere it's rather turgid stuff with a dreary unaccompanied version of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.