My new album '1971' is available for pre-order now at the pre-decimalisation price of two pounds and five shillings. (That's £2.25 in 'new money'.) If you are subscribed to my mailing list on the release date of 1st June, you will receive it as a free download. To subscribe, follow this link: eepurl.com/dV04f
I wrote and recorded this album at home during lockdown. 1971 was the year I was born and is arguably popular music’s greatest year. It's certainly the year that some of my favourite songs and albums were released: Donovan’s ‘HMS Donovan’ LP, Fleetwood Mac’s “Dragonfly b/w The Purple Dancer” single, Jethro Tull’s ‘Aqualung’, McCartney’s ‘RAM’, Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, Joni’s ‘Blue’, Quo’s ‘Dog of Two Head’, Van’s ‘Tupelo Honey’, ‘Who’s Next’, ‘Led Zep IV’… the list goes on.
Anyway, I tried to combine a lot of these influences into the songs I wrote. The first track, “The Free Life”, is a cover of an Alan Parker song that was the theme tune to the ITV schools programme “My World", that some of you may recall. It was that time of day when the big telly on a stand would get wheeled into the classroom and everyone would shoot the seconds as they counted down on the TV ‘clock’ before the programme began. I hope that this track, and the album as a whole, captures something of the spirit of the era.