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The Rock Machine (Still) Turns You On

July 7, 2017


There is a fascinating column in the pages of R2 magazine (the former Rock ‘n’ Reel) called “It started with a disc”. The idea is that the magazine’s contributors write about the record or CD that started their love affair with music. For me it would probably have been Pat Boone’s “Speedy Gonzalez“. But that is another story. This is about an album I had many years later when I was in my teens which helped cement my fanaticism for music. The Rock Machine Turns You On was originally released in 1968 but probably bought by me a year or two later.

The album was remarkable on three levels. First, it only cost 75 pence (around $1) which at the time made it one of the cheapest LPs (long player for the young among you) available. Second. it was arguably the first rock compliation ever made, bringing together…

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