537 Essential Rock Albums pt. 20

Opher's World

191. Roy Harper – Flashes from the archives of oblivion

I have a certain nostalgia for this album as I was at most of the concerts in which they were recorded. The duet with Jimmy Page was at the Royal Albert Hall concert, as was Kangaroo Blues. I remember it well because not only was it a big gathering of the clans but a young Nick was there complete with toy guitar.

I was also at the Rainbow and spent the afternoon at the sound-check along with all sorts of Rock luminaries, many of whom, such as Ronnie Lane, Keith Moon and Jimmy Page were going to perform in Roy’s backing band. It was a special afternoon and everybody was extremely friendly. There was a party atmosphere.

This album was recorded when Roy was at the absolute peak of his song-writing and performing. The tracks on here are testament to…

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