Album: Various artists, Delta Swamp Rock (Soul Jazz Records)

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If the country-rock-soul of Alabama has held its place in the hearts of UK music lovers for decades, it is largely thanks to The Old Grey Whistle Test.

And fittingly, Area Code 615's theme for that show is on this compilation. Even better, it's one of the weaker moments. Those who, like me, favoured the spiky-haired over the long-haired at the time, will have ample proof of their misjudgement here in the shape of the Allmans, Bobbie Gentry, Boz Scaggs and all. The real beautiful South.