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Archive for the ‘Unexpected Gems’ Category

  • Unexpected Gems – Elkie Brooks The Rising Cost of Love

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    The continuing saga of The Unexpected Gems carries on with Elkie Brooks version of The rising cost of Love. This Norman Jay favourite is an upbeat funky little number taken from the 1979 album Live and Learn. Darrow Fletcher also recorded a more downbeat...

  • Unexpected Gems – Barbra Streisand Stoney End

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    The latest installment in our Unexpected Gems series is the soulful version of Stoney End by Barbra Streisand. Stoned End was written by singer and songwriter Laura Nyro. When Nyro originally released the song as a B side  it caused controversary as it...

  • Lennie Peters – A Brief Retrospective

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    For those of us old enough to remember the 1970s, no Saturday night watching the telly was complete without a song from the then ubiquitous Peters & Lee. Whether it was the Des O’Connor show, Seaside Special or the hilarious Mike and Bernie...

  • Unexpected Gems – The Carpenters All i can do

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    This unexpected gem comes from the Seventies Answer to The White Stripes – Brother and sister easy listening duo The Carpenters.  All I can do is a Jazz dance style groover from 1969, apparently Gilles Peterson use to drop it into his set on Sunday...

  • Unexpected Gems – Gilbert O’Sullivan – Too Much Attention

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    Much like finding a tenner you’d forgotten about in a coat pocket we love it when we stumble across great songs by artists we don’t usually listen to. Call it Great Songs by Unlikely Artists or Songs We’re Really Surprised To Be Hearing From...