The Man In Me (Profile GMOR 003) 1974 UK *

This was Allan’s first album review.
Pleasant natural acoustic vibes from this likeable understated British folkie. Harmonica solos embellish strummed titles like ‘School Days’, ‘Business Man’, ‘Busking Song’ and ‘Mary Said To Joe’, with bass, drums and piano filling in the sound. ‘Looking Out My Window’, ‘Cynical Sam’, ‘Like A Child’ and ‘Maybe You’re Not Sure’ are all quiet acoustic ballads that feature delicate string-quartet backing. Fourteen songs in all, many of which are under the two-minute mark. Shiers’ gentle timid voice bears similarity to Kevin Gould, while the music suggests the quiet acoustic approach of early Mark Heard. A simple but enjoyable release from this collectible UK custom label. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

Lamplighter (Grapevine GRV135) 1980 UK *


Sorry no review on this one.
This was at least Allan’s second album if not more.


01 – Lift Me Higher
02 – Lamplighter
03 – A Love Song
04 – Never Again
05 – Love Is
06 – Sarah
07 – Save Me (I’m Falling)
08 – Not For Sale
09 – Underneath It All
10 – You Make All Things New
11 – Sail Away