Thursday, July 14, 2011

...from Mark #22 - David Rodigan

 Great news for music fans all round as Radio 2 moves away from show tunes and 80's pop for an hour and embraces the great David Rodigan with a new Reggae show starting tonight (and available on the iplayer for the next week).

Whether you like Reggae or not this is pretty phenomenal news as it marks a massive step in the right direction for a station that has made a lot of curious and regressive choices over the last few years.

For those that don't know, Rodigan is the acknowledged greatest Reggae DJ the world over (revered in Jamaica) and I believe this will make his national radio debut as a host.

I did have him as a guest on my own show back around 2000 and this was one of his excellent choices:

69 comments:

  1. Great news! Thanks for the info Mark, I doubt this will be highly advertised so I probably wouldn't have known about it. I haven't listened to Radio 2 since you left as even the music documentaries seemed to have moved to 6Music. BBC music documentaries are amazing so I'm glad they are at least still around! your James Brown one was on the other week. I've heard it at least twice and it still makes me laugh when he tells you to go to Church!

    Katie S

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  2. Last nights show was very good - a real mix of old, new and tracks I'd never heard before - noticed he played one of Marks choices too (Hollie Cook).

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  3. I meant to listen to this last night when it was on, but I am kind of glad I forgot, because this is just what I need on a Friday morning! :)

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  4. I thought it was a little lack lustre. I hated the Bitty MacLean track + several others. I like his style. He's enthusiastic about his subject but it seemed he was trying to appeal to a young audience. (I'm not young). I read a review of him 2 days ago saying that even the older Jamaican men love his stuff. (I bet they'd prefer an Alton Ellis track). When he said "Wow, Gold Dust" it made me laugh like an old man. I thought it was good apart from several duff tracks for teenagers.
    Note: I don't dislike modern music, however it has to be good. I suppose it was worth it for his patter & enthusiasm.

    Good Work but could do better. B-

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  5. This is a perennial problem both for listeners and broadcasters, people not liking EVERYTHING. That's just a fact of life, and Rodigans great strength is that he is very enthusiastic about new Reggae, though I understand that may be his weakness to some. I very much doubt he was consciously trying to appeal to young listeners, it is radio 2 after all. I was there for 13 years and while I had a lot of praise, there wasn't a single show that didn't have a complaint that I had played a track they didn't like. I remember once , about 5 years into Shake Rattle And Roll, I had a complaint from someone who'd heard every show and only disliked 2 tracks I'd played in that time. He listed them too !
    It's the death of music when you start trying to please everyone, which is why the daytime playlists are generally stultifying.What's good to me (or Rodigan) might be bad to you,but he's certainly one of the very few broadcasters whose passions I would trust.
    I always used to say, don't worry if I play a tune you don't like, worry when I play a tune I don't like.

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  6. I regret posting my comment as I did very much enjoy the show. (I'm a critical bastard though).
    I fully realise he is an excellent DJ. He's obviously very knowledgable and this is quite thrilling. He's incredibly enthusiastic also which means that, indeed, he'll play stuff he likes. I don't like Bitty McLean but then again. I expected more of his off-the-wall choices but I suppose it's radio 2. Let's face it, it's the BBC.
    I read recently that the BBC are supposed to attempt to appeal to niche audiences (it's in their remit).
    Having said all this I still regret saying the tracks were "lack lustre".
    People will never like everything unless they have had a 'labotomy' or are 'the mother of the DJ'. It's a problem with BBC's over wrought officials. Not me.

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  7. The Hollie Cook track is brilliant, although i prefer late 60's early 70's reggae its always good when you find new music that hits the spot. I really enjoyed the show, and anytime Alton Ellis is on the radio means there is something right with the world. I can't imagine that many teenagers would be listening to Radio2 at 11pm on a Thursday night (I’m only 26 and i can’t even imagine people my age listening to radio 2 now).

    I can't believe that people took the time to write in and complain about the music you played mark, surely the whole point of Gods Jukebox was that it was an eclectic mix.

    Katie S

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  8. I agree.

    My point is that with Steve Wright, Chris Evans, Zoe Ball etc etc Their audiences are listening with ear muffs on.
    In a sense it's what happens with politics.
    The sounds/things which are being fed to the listener/layman are simply washing over them. Nothing is going in. Nothing is being learned. Nothing is fluttering, ruffeling, or being gained. There is simply very little thought process going on except "oh, i love this one Jim" (you know, the one they play every 3 days on rotation).
    Revolutions in music happen because of passion (like Reggae for instance). I don't see many new revolutions partly due to 'money' being utmost. I see this is much modern music.

    I agree the 60's were better, not sure about the 90-2000's.

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  9. I mean the goddanm psychology of it is that if 3 people write in and complain about 3 songs - It means they like the show. THEY ARE PARTICIPATING. The is 1st year, very basic psychology.

    Currently listening to 1st pressing Kingstonians album..

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  10. I think eclectic is kind of like freedom of speech, to some people it's only good when you agree with them. There was an interesting comment on the previous post which said something along the lines of 'it's rare to find a music fan who likes more than two styles' which definitely got me to agreeing. Not something I'd noticed before.
    I do hope I haven't bullied the last poster into a retraction, though. It wasn't my intention. Opinions are sacrosanct , as long as they're open to a little nudging.

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  11. Don't worry - I'll always hate Bitty McLean.

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  12. Here's the very nudging I referenced. I didn't really like Bitty Mcleans stuff in the charts , but his 2004 album 'On Bond Street' is an absolute masterpiece, taking old Treasure Isle backing tracks and writing new songs to them.
    All of you lovers of Rocksteady should at least have a listen to it, it's an indispensable album for me. I was once in Jamaica and the oldies show did an entire show just playing the whole thing repeatedly. Here's a couple of the best tracks


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuUaZtxtuX8


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzJrFPQ9eEY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYnw88AhUdw

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  13. Revolutions happen in music because of a reaction to something happening in the world regarding social or political issues usually I guess, and I’m pretty sure this penchant for folk at the moment isn’t a reaction to anything happening in the world unlike the folk revival by Woodie Guthrie and the like so maybe it is more about the money!

    I think sometimes ‘serious’ music lovers tend to be more opinionated about the style of music they are into but maybe that’s just an undying passion for their chosen genre.

    I’ve got a soft spot for ‘ it keeps raining’ by Bitty McLean as i was 9 years old when it came out and there was some kind of reggae revival which got me into reggae to start with (although i very quickly moved on from inner circle’s bad boys.... everybody’s got to start somewhere!)

    I have heard 'On Bond Street' as you played a track (or two?) on either the Reggae show or Gods Jukebox and i thought it was really good. Really liked Your Heart and Walk Away From Love.

    Katie S

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  14. I don't like the production on 'walk away from love'. I like the production better on 'my lover's call' even though it sounds more heavily produced. The first is also quite good. I agree he's got a good voice but when he was around years ago his voice almost empitomised everything I didn't like about young male singers with big production techniques.
    You've turned me.

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  15. It wouldn't be in my top 500.

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  16. I hope you don't write an email to the blog and complain about listening to it ;)

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  17. How about a bit of signing here. You don't necessarily have to register, just sign your name at the end. I don't know if I'm answering 2 people or 10.
    Is the I'll never like Bitty chap the same as top 500 ?Who was turned. What are 500 better albums ? I still haven't come across them, but I'm open to know them.

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  18. I'm 4,6,8,9,11,14,15.

    I'm in a chatty mood tonight.

    I'll send you a list of my top 500 if you want.

    FAT

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  19. Please do. It might be interesting to know what readers of the forum rate as the great albums. The Dave Davies documentary on now is very dull so how about some random top ten great albums in no particular order.
    And no sniping each others choices please.

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  20. In no particular order, albums i think are great:
    Safe as Milk - Captain Beefheart
    Otis Blue- Otis Redding
    Curtis- Curtis Mayfield
    Ogdens Nutgone Flake- The Small Faces
    Swordfishtombones- Tom Waits
    There's a riot goin' on- Sly and the family stone
    Keep it Hid- Dan Auerbach
    Smell of Female- The Cramps
    This Is Desmond Dekkar- Desmond Dekkar
    do complications count? if so then Lost & Found - Real R&B And Soul by Keb Darge & Paul Weller if no compliations then
    Sea Change- Beck

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  21. Top 10 is too difficult. I could only muster some from somewhere around my top 100.

    This week.
    I recently bought a Kingstonians album 'Sufferer' obviously. Def. high on scale.
    Neil young - Harvest.
    Uniques - absoloutely rocksteady
    Fred Neil - other side of this life
    Pixies - Come on pilgrim
    ladysmith black Mambazo - shaka zulu
    don drummond memorial
    jb's- food for thought
    sam cooke - the legendary sc
    billie holiday - BH
    The Heptones - on top
    Afro-Rock - collection rare & unreleased afro-beat
    Freak-off - Latin breakbeats, basslines & boogaloo
    Ska - down jamaica way (vol.6)
    Studio 1 DJ's (vol.1)
    Joan Baez - on Vanguard
    Karen Dalton - It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best
    TuneYards - BirdBrain
    Otis Redding - US double album from 70's (I can't find it)

    I've got a half finished list of my albums. A half catalogue. It's hard work.

    FAT

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  22. Fine choices madame, though I don't know the Beck one. Lot's of those artists would be knocking around my lists, though possibly different albums (which says something for the quality of the artists involved).

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  23. Give us a rough idea of 10 somewhere in your top 5,10. It might scare me.

    FAT

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  24. Same for you sir, I'm particularly fond of all those Latin Breakbeats albums, phenomenal stuff. And Sufferer is a not often enough acknowledged great.

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  25. I've spent nearly 20 years on the Radio. I've given enough clues.

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  26. The Beck album is quite different to the rest of his stuff (but he is somewhat a musical chameleon!) sea change is almost an acoustic album. I particularly like this track
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6zAT15vaFk

    beautiful album i think.

    What are your alternatives for some of those albums in my list?

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  27. Good choices FAT. I adore Sam Cooke and have been reading Dream Boogie:the triumph of Sam Cooke, big book, great read!

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  28. If anyone wants a list of useless list of secondhand records please email me at healthy_ethos@yahoo.co.uk

    I think that's right.

    I'll send you a list of poor condition records, although 'sufferer' is mint.

    FAT

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  29. Very nice, he is some sort of genius I suspect. Many years ago (Odelay period) I spent an afternoon with him for a TV show and he was a fine chap too, lots of George Jones chat went on.
    I may, but only may,have gone for one of the earlier Cramps albums, maybe Raindogs by Tom and certainly Love Man by Otis. Otis Blue gets all the attention, but I think this is more consistent. Blue is plainly great , too.

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  30. I just can't understand why Beck doesnt get more attention in this country. His most recent album, Modern Guilt, was also a brilliant . I can imagine he is a nice guy so thats good to hear!

    it was a tough choice between love man and otis blue. Blue just pipped it for me (maybe because of the Sam Cooke covers).

    The BBC radio documentary on Otis re-ran a couple of weeks ago, i love the story about Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)! Also the Curtis Mayfield doc is on iplayer at the moment and is pretty interesting.

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  31. To go back to the show on Thursday night, I really enjoyed it. I get what you mean about not being sure about efforts from the 90s-2000s but there are some really great bands making quality reggae/rocksteady/ska music out there at the moment. One of my favourites is this little-known rocksteady band called the Sidewalk Doctors who I saw at the London International Ska Festival in Clapham last easter:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYUvB83RZGg

    Rich

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  32. Really nice track. I wasn't able to make the SKA festival sadly but It sounds incredible.

    I like most reggae but I don't get to hear much around this end of the world.

    It's mainly popular music which stifles me at the moment. Let's face it, Reggae/Calypso/Rocksteady etc could be the most perfect music ever made but it will never be popular. Having aid that, I quite like Elbow from UK bands.

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  33. This is good news. I listened to this yesterday after a particularly stressful journey, haha, it was just what I needed. I have wanted to listen to more music on the radio but every time I look at the list on iPlayer I get intimidated by the sheer number of shows hosted by people I've never heard of. It is very difficult to know who to trust when you're not very savvy. Recomendations like this one are incredibly helpful.

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  34. Astral Weeks. Would be in my top 10.

    ThanX

    Sloe Gin + Old man river

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  35. What type of music are you into Magpie?

    I've found a couple of good online radio stations on iTunes that have no DJ's just music, they can be a bit hit and miss but i've found some quite good stuff on a couple.

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  36. I'm still trying to expand my music taste. I haven't deviated much from the mainstream, and I do like some pop. Most of the reggae and country music is also from the mainstream (I think I can hear Mark screaming now). So this is great that I can hear new (to me) stuff. Thank you, Vee.

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  37. I recently heard the bee gees for the first time and I can't remember the song but it was a hit. I honestly have never felt this was about any song before. Quite stupid really. I'll email it on the site when I figure it out.

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  38. The Bee Gees are pish. It's all insincere stuff. You want to listen to personality crisis by new york dolls.

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  39. I really love the Bee Gees.

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  40. To Veebee, not screaming at all, everyone starts at the mainstream, the majority are too docile to look any further.
    I'm very worried at the tendency in these comments to score points,elitism is often just another word for narrow minded.
    And on an unrelated point (I hope) , personally I think the Bee Gees had just as many highlights as the New York Dolls, though a lot more lowpoints.
    At their best they were pretty riveting, at their worst they were the worst.
    But just for writing 'To Love Somebody' and those gorgeous versions by Gram Parsons and Nina Simone, they deserve some respect.

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  41. I thought you didn't like Gram Parsons.

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  42. If we're talking mainstream. I agree 'to love somebody' is superb.
    Unrelated but I really like the Bitty McLean album 'on Bond treet' (only one track I don't like).

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  43. Totally unrelated. Listening to Fred Neil.

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  44. Just found out that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home. How incredibly sad - I thought she was incredibly talented. Very sad indeed. This is what happens when you have useless people surrounding you.

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  45. This version of To Love Somebody is another great one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3Ili2VvtvU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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  46. Never heard this version before. Probably better than Bee Gees.

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  47. I never said I didn't like Gram Parsons, I'm very fond of him. I have said he's not in the same league as Merle Haggard/George Jones and I don't understand why he's the Mojo friendly face of country. I think it's journalistic laziness to name him the voice of country just because he hung out with the Stones and is more accessible to that audience. That's far from saying I don't like him.
    As to Amy Winehouse, an absolute and rather too typical tragedy . I can't claim to have known her but I did work with her and bump into her now and then. She was a clearly troubled individual and I'm not sure it's fair to blame anyone else til the facts are known.

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  48. Re: Amy Winehouse.

    I'm not blaming. Loved ones are always culpable in a persons life. In most cases it's merely people who claim to be 'loved ones'. Frankly her father didn't seem like much of a father (in my opinion). Her husband was also troubled. It's very strange that no one who respected/loved her stepped in to help with any conviction/love.
    The world watched while she wasted away.

    It happens every day.

    Re: Gram Parsons. The only decent magazine which used to be around was sounds. I liked select as well. Mojo is full of crap anyway. I only read one decent poll once which put George Best as top album circa 1991 (surprising yet so right).

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  49. What's your favourite Calypso album? Can you recommend one.

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  50. There are quite a few styles of calypso, and suddenly quite a lot is available after a lenghthy drought .The two I return to most often are this one-
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Poor-But-Ambitious-Calypso-Classics/dp/B0000023TG/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1311459095&sr=8-6

    and this one
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bahamian-Songs-Blind-Blake/dp/B0026OO2KC/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1311458895&sr=1-4
    though strangely it doesn't include my favourite of his

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHj0LB5-lkQ

    Hopefully it will be out on an album I've compiled of songs for kids. Fingers crossed.

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  51. Blind Blakes voice is surprisingly crisp. He's got a touch of the Nat King Cole about his sound. It's a really good track, very smooth. I like the more haphazard Calypso with quite rough instrumentation, possibly sounds older, less smoothness, less in general. Calypso does seem like perfect music for kids, anyone really. I've never seen any albums such as 'songs for kids' - It sounds quite interesting.

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  52. I'm not sure how I feel about the events of yesterday. Poor Amy

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  53. I'm trying to take stalk.

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  54. My ex-boyfriend was horrified.

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  55. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tvu5Wr18pQ
    Slightly political.

    There's quite a lot on this really. I can't bear it if Calypso dispenses with the horn/trumpet/clarinet thingy.

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  56. My last few posts have been honest expressions about how i feel about music. However the responses I recieved from everyone were brilliant and extremely encouraging, so thank you.

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  57. That is encouraging and how I hope it always should be.

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  58. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV2Ej3XzK_I

    Fat

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  59. Thank you Dalai, but am concerned that I am the same age as you and coming late to the party for new music. And being so very late to a party has never served me well! But I'll just have to play catch up! Veebee

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  60. I realise this was aimed for the Dalai, however.

    How many parties have you been to young man? Music is about the manner in which it's appreciated and nothing to do with age, although i feel many older people have a better appreciation of the stuff. I usually sit around scratching my balls at parties because I'm so out-of-it. My advice is to go to better parties.

    Fat

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  61. Would it be possible to get in contact with some younger people also, say nieces or nephews. Kids have a fascination with music.

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  62. I've been listening alot to Aretha Franklin recently. I'm only 17 but she's very cool, especially this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ6HOUGE-Ok

    Sloe Gin

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  63. Fat, hoping this wasn't meant to be as patronising as it came across to me. I'm neither young, nor a man. Like music you don't know what the party will be like until you get there! But am enjoying the music that the Dalai is putting up here. Veebee

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  64. Mark has very good taste obviously. Apologies for mistaking your sexuality but i'm sure it doesn't matter.
    I would advise you to contact friends and ask them what they are listening to. Mark said on one of his posts about listening to friend's music and learning stuff at a greater rate this way. I prefer to talk to friends and don't usually like blogs. I find blogs stressful on ocassion. It's great to hear you are enjoying the blog. It's great.

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  65. I always listen pretty hard at parties to see what makes people tick - so i find it easy to distinguish crap.

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  66. Grooveshark.com has lead me to find some great music through the radio feature. Its a streaming website which is free, the radio feature chooses music based on your previous selections. i've sound soul, reggae funk and even 'A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings' through it. Since God's Jukebox finished i've used Grooveshark a lot now that i havent got Mark to guide me to other types of music!

    Katie S

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  67. In response to the Dalai Lamarr's last comment about being pleased that muso's can express their opinion honestly. I'd just like to say that I have only found this one recently and don't follow many blogs but this one is excellent. Greatest appreciation.
    Sharon Templeton.

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  68. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVlXAm8M0cM

    I see someone posted a Jansch track. I saw Jansch in this 2006 set of tours, among others. He wore the same shirt for most which is another reason I like him so much. I thought I'd post this but am never sure what to say in the comments. Jansch alaways whisks me off to somewhere better in my mind.

    Sharon

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