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MAGGIE BELL Best Of Maggie Bell (Angel Air) * SCOTTISH songbird Maggie Bell is one of Britain's finest singers, particularly in blues and rock.

During the 70s she was regularly voted top female vocalist in the annual polls conducted by the New Musical Express and Melody Maker.

She made a name for herself with the band Stone The Crows, releasing four albums with them. A solo career followed and some of her best recordings can be found on this compilation CD.

My favourite tracks include As The Years Go Passing By, We Had It All, Free's Wishing Well and No Mean City (the theme to TV cop series Taggart).

There's also a DVD of a concert filmed in 1981 at Montreux with her band Midnight Flyer, which also features guest appearances by US bluesmen Taj Mahal and Albert Collins.

LITTLE FEAT Time Loves A Hero / Down On The Farm (Edsel) * LOS Angeles seminal rock sextet Little Feat were formed in 1970 by singer and guitarist Lowell George and became one of the most respected bands on the American rock scene.

But in 1979 George died of a drug related heart attack, at the age of just 34. Big name artists lined up to pay tribute in a big benefit gig for his widow.

Time Loves A Hero (1977) and Down On The Farm (1979) were the last two Little Feat albums to feature Lowell George, and are now available on this budget-priced CD.

It's a hugely enjoyable eclectic blend of rock, blues, boogie, folk, gospel, soul, funk and jazz.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Jul 15, 2012
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