People can’t go to the pub yet so they’re still drinking at home instead and often drinking more than they usually would. I was amused by this short letter in a recent issue of The Times newspaper:

“I am restricting myself to one drink per day. Today I have reached the 20th of July 2033”.

Elvis Presley – Elvis is back!

The Ventures – Another Smash

Joey Dee and the Starliters – Hey let’s twist
Ray Charles – Modern sounds in Country and Western
Booker t and the MGs – Green Onions


Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Summer Holiday
Beatles – Please please me
James Brown – Live at the Apollo
Bob Dylan – The freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Phil Spector – A Christmas gift to you
Beatles – With the Beatles
Joan Baez – Joan Baez in Concert part 2

Bob Dylan – The times they are a changin
Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones
Beatles – Hard days night
Johnny Cash – I walk the line
Beach Boys – All summer long

Animals – Animal tracks
Bob Dylan – Bringing it all back home
Them – Them
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 revisited
Otis Redding – Otis Blue
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Going to a Go-Go
Beatles – Rubber Soul
Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Lovin Spoonful – Do you believe in magic?
Who – My Generation

So the first half of the 1960s only contains 27 “great albums” by 21 different artists.

So what are the other 73 “great albums”?


Simon and Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence

Mamas and Papas – If you can believe your eyes and ears

Various Artists – Solid Gold Soul

Rolling Stones – Aftermath

Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde

John Mayall – Bluesbreakers

Beatles – Revolver

Ike and Tina Turner – River deep mountain high

Monkees – Monkees

Roy Orbison – Roy Orbison sings Don Gibson

Rolling Stones – Big Hits High Tide and Green Grass

Temptations – Greatest Hits



Love  – Da Capo

Byrds – Younger than yesterday

Doors – Doors

Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow

Velvet Underground and Nico – Same

Beatles – Sgt Pepper

Country Joe and the Fish – Electric music for the mind and body

Pink Floyd – Piper at the gates of dawn

Four Tops – Greatest Hits 




Diana Ross and the Supremes – Greatest Hits

Buffalo Springfield – Again

Moody Blues – Days of future passed

Who – Sell out

Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding

Canned Heat – Boogie with Canned Heat

Fleetwood Mac – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac

Leonard Cohen – The songs of

Blood Sweat and Tears – Child is father to the man

Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends

Stevie Wonder – Greatest Hits

Small Faces – Ogdens nut gone flake

Cream – Wheels of fire

Jeff Beck – Truth

Big Brother and Holding co – Cheap Thrills

Byrds – Sweetheart of the rodeo

Doors – Waiting for the sun

Hollies – Greatest

Bloomfield Kooper Stills- Super session

Van Morrison – Astral weeks

Jimi Hendrix – Electric ladyland

Kinks – Village green preservation society

Beatles – Beatles (white album)

Steve Miller Band – Sailor

Judy Collins – Who knows where the time goes

Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet 



Four Seasons – Edizone D’Oro

Donovan – Greatest Hits

Sly and Family Stone – Stand

Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis

Who – Tommy

Joe Cocker – With a little help from my friends

Crosby Stills Nash – Same

Joni Mitchell – Clouds

Neil Young – Everybody knows this is nowhere

Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking

Aretha Franklin – Aretha’s Gold

Blind Faith – Same

Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa

Jethro Tull – Stand up

Beatles – Abbey Road

Creedence Clearwater – Green River

Various Artists – Easy Rider

The Band – Same

Bee Gees – Best of the Bee Gees

Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica

King Crimson – Court of the crimson king

Led Zeppelin – 2

Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

Rolling Stones – Let it bleed



Various Artists – Woodstock


Forty six

Jun 1, 2020

I was forced to run the gauntlet recently for the first time in eight weeks to collect my repeat prescription. I found it quite stressful visiting the local town. The only shop open was the Chemists with one lady in full hazmat uniform. Returning to the car parked on the oddly empty street it seemed like I was walking through a once-familiar place that had now been abandoned due to a zombie invasion. Got a letter asking me to go for my annual blood test. Not looking forward to that. The future sure ain’t turning out like I expected it would.

2020 has been an odd year in many ways. It’s the first year I’ve never read/purchased any new/old comics. My credit card expired last december and I decided not to give Amazon/Ebay my new card details. And as I can’t go shopping during lockdown there aren’t (m)any options to buy anything at all. I have been listening to some old LPs thanks to a book I unearthed (see another post around here somewhere). Sitting in the garden in the unseasonably warm weather, with some great old music and a few drinks has helped lighten my mood. Hence yet another music mix is right here for a short time/forever/who knows.

PS: “run the gauntlet” is an odd phrase isn’t it? It’s something I’ve always assumed refers to carrying out a difficult task but it seems to mean other things too.


Jun 1, 2020


May 1, 2020

Surely Tesco mean the exact opposite of what they’ve written front and centre on their website? When this is all over (will it ever be?) they’ll realise that 2m was far too close. And cough droplets can hang in the air for up to 30 minutes waiting for the next passing sucker to breathe them in.

Tesco and all the others are really missing a trick during this unfolding pandemic. They ought to be quadrupling the number of delivery slots/delivery drivers to cope with the surge in demand. Currently there’s a looong waiting list and you have to be lucky to bag a slot for 3 weeks time. If I’m struggling then it would be impossible for my mother’s generation. (She says “It’s worse than the war”. I say “Pity you didn’t keep your gas mask”.)

In fact my mother was down memory lane again today about the good old days of the 1960s. Then no one ever needed to leave their home/their street to get all the provisions required to survive. Vans came up the street all the time and the housewives went out to them for either odd things or orders they had previously placed.
The Bread man
The CO-OP Butcher
The Fish man straight from Grimsby
A van selling Hardware, Vinegar, Calor Gas you name it
The Fruit and Veg man with other provisions. I reminded her of the other important stuff his van contained like Sherbet fountains, Flying saucers, packs of sweet cigarettes containing collectors cards and Bazooka Joe bubblegum with those odd mini strip cartoons.
A Knife grinder came round periodically for goodness sake
An Ice cream van every evening from Easter to September
The Newsagent not only delivered our morning and Evening papers and my comics. They delivered my father’s miniature cigars so he could go straight in to work without wasting any time.
The grocery shop delivered provisions to my mother every friday. Meat, toilet rolls, Washing powder etc so she didn’t need to lug heavy/awkward things home on the bus.
Of course there was the little shop at the bottom of the street where I would regularly be despatched for stuff like bags of frozen peas to be used 5 minutes later to make a meal. They even sold stamps so I could send off entries to competitions in my comics.

PS: Luckily I’m old school enough to still have milk delivered. Milk and More bring potatoes, bananas, cornflakes and bread so even without Tesco I could survive after a fashion on banana sandwiches or cornflakes three times a day!

PPS: I’m staying in as the carer for my 91 year old mother but crowds of people continue to pass the house potentially spreading germs. Joggers, cyclists, gangs of teenagers, families of four with babies in pushchairs and dogs… always with dogs… up and down multiple times a day. They think that it doesn’t apply to them. I was amused when visiting some other forum where someone said about all those defying the lockdown:

“I’d have them sign a disclaimer from using all NHS facilities should they fall victim to Covid 19. This would be called the Totally  Withhold  All  Treatment policy and they would have to wear a badge with those initials on it, or have it tattooed on their foreheads so Doctors, Nurses and Medical staff don’t waste their precious time treating them”.

Forty five

May 1, 2020

Over the last six weeks this country and indeed the whole planet has changed to such a level that it will never go back to “normal” in my lifetime. Handshakes and foreign cruises will be remembered as things our parents used to do. Traffic pollution levels have already reduced dramatically. I’ve never gone so long without using the car. Hardly any planes in the sky for weeks. The sky has been blue ever since. Any connection I wonder? During lockdown I planned to get loads of jobs done around the house. All I achieved today was another musicfile.
Take care.