009 - 'SWEET BABY JAMES' WITH BRUCE CARROLL

Grammy and Dove Award winner Bruce Carroll joins Mike to chat about 'Sweet Baby James', the breakthrough album from American singer-songwriter James Taylor.

Bruce looks back on discovering Taylor's music in the early 1970's and the effect it had on him and society as a whole at that time.

Who did James Taylor write the title track of 'Sweet Baby James' for?

Which band does Mike cite as a potential influence on track 'Sunny Skies'?

Why did 'Fire and Rain' prompt Carole King to write 'You've Got a Friend' as a response to the song?

PLUS Mike shares an anecdote from his stag weekend at a Steel Panther show! It's all right here on Episode 9 of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

008 - 'BLUE' WITH SAMANTHA PREIS

Mike is joined by US singer-songwriter Samantha Preis to discuss the album that inspired her and so many others to start their own emotional journeys into music. Joni Mitchell's quintessential album 'Blue' is this month's Classic Album!

Samantha chats about just what makes this album so special to her as well as the impact it has had on her both as a music fan and as a musician and lyricist.

What is the heartbreaking story behind 'Little Green'?

How do Joni's experiences writing 'California' remind Samantha of experiences from her own life?

Which hard rock band made 'This Flight Tonight' their own to the point where Joni joked at live shows that she covered it?

All this PLUS a review of Amy Macdonald's latest album 'Under Stars' right here on Episode 8 of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

 
 

007 - 40 YEARS OF 'RUMOURS' WITH NEIL O'DONAGHUE AND KEN CAILLAT

On 4th February 2017, Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' will be 40 years old! Join us and look back at one of the most loved and best selling albums of all time...

Mike is joined by Neil O'Donaghue, Fleetwood Mac fan and the man responsible for www.fleetwoodmac-uk.com. Together Mike and Neil look back on the emotional, heartbreaking and iconic story behind the making of this phenomenal album.

Which song was famously dismissed by a prominent radio presenter because he "couldn't find the beat?"

What was Stevie Nicks' process when writing and recording 'Dreams'?

Why didn't 'Silver Springs' (the 'Rumours' track that never was) make the album and how did it find it's own lease of life nearly twenty years later?

Not only that but Mike is also joined by 'Rumours' producer and engineer Ken Caillat! Ken has so many stories from his time in the studio with the band and shares a few with Mike exclusively for 'My Classic Album'.

What was Ken's initial reaction to the album in its early stages?

Which tracks stand out to Ken as particularly strong 40 years on?

What on Earth is Kowlooning?

All this and more on this very special edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

006 - 'THE QUEEN IS DEAD' WITH NATHAN STEPHENS-GRIFFIN

Episode 6 of 'My Classic Album' is here! Mike is joined by member of DIY pop group Martha and old school chum Nathan Stephens-Griffin. Together they look back on the Smiths 1986 classic 'The Queen Is Dead'.

athan talks about discovering both the album and the band during his teenage years and how Morrissey's lyrics inspired him and continue to to this day.

hich track on the album does Nathan call one of the best pop songs of all time?

ho is the Mr Shankly ridiculed on Track 2 of the album?

Which track was the song that introduced Mike to the Smiths?

All this and more on this episode of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

005 - 'TIME OUT OF MIND' WITH ADRIAN NATION

Mike is joined by guitar maestro Adrian Nation for a look back at Bob Dylan's 'Time Out of Mind', the 1997 album that started a resurgence for the legendary singer-songwriter after losing steam in the 1980s.

Find out about the production process in the studio and the huge role that producer Daniel Lanois had in contributing to the sound of the album.

Which song was victim of a stage invasion when Dylan performed it at the Grammys in 1998?

Which song on the album is Dylan's longest studio recording at 16 and a half minutes and what on Earth is it about?

What was Mike's wife's reaction to Dylan's original version of 'Make You Feel My Love', the smash hit for Adele that originates from this very album?

All this and more in this episode of 'My Classic Album'

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Music Credit: 'This Is Rock' by Silvia Marchese

004 - 'GOOD OLD BOYS' WITH REED TURCHI

On Episode 4 of 'My Classic Album', Mike teams up with blues rock musician Reed Turchi to learn about Randy Newman's 1974 album 'Good Old Boys'; a collection of songs about the history and life of people in the Southern states of America such as Louisiana and Alabama.

Which song from the album has a greater resonance in America after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005?

Which of the great tracks from this album is being performed by Reed at his live shows?

Who is the 'Naked Man' and why is he naked?

All these questions and more will be answered on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: "This Is Rock" by Silvia Marchese

003 - 'LED ZEPPELIN II' WITH ANDY BARKESS

On Episode 3 of 'My Classic Album', Mike is joined by Andy Barkess as they 'Ramble On' about the album that arguably kick started hard rock and heavy metal: 'Led Zeppelin II'

Which song is heavily inspired by the work of JRR Tolkien?

Do accusations of plagiarism affect the way Andy listens to the album?

Which song outs Mike as a fan of teen drama 'One Tree Hill'?

All these questions and more will be answered on this edition of 'My Classic Album'.

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Music Credit: "This Is Rock" by Silvia Marchese

002 - 'OK COMPUTER' WITH IAN MATTHEWS

On our second edition of 'My Classic Album', Mike welcomes Ian Matthews to the show for an all encompassing conversation about Radiohead's 1997 classic 'OK Computer'.

Why does Ian contend that Radiohead aren't a depressing band?

How does the album share similarities with 'Revolver'?

Who ate all of Radiohead's sandwiches???

Listen to this edition of 'My Classic Album' for the answer to all of these questions and more!

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Music Credit: "This Is Rock" by Silvia Marchese

001 - 'REVOLVER' WITH ROBIN ELLWOOD

On this first edition of 'My Classic Album', Mike and his special guest Robin Ellwood discuss the Beatles album that changed everything. Almost 50 years since its release, 'Revolver' has become acclaimed by critics and fans alike. Mike and Robin look back to 1966 when Robin bought 'Revolver as his first ever album!

What songs do the guys cite as their favourites?

How does it pair up to 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band?

Who the hell is Doctor Robert?

Listen to this first edition of 'My Classic Album' for the answer to all of these questions and more!

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Music credit: "This Is Rock" by Silvia Marchese