Lost Albums

Music journalist Pete Paphides reveals the stories and music behind some of the great albums which were never released.


0101Elton John: The Thom Bell Sessions2007050120070505

Producer Thom Bell gives a rare interview remembering a session recorded in the late 70s.

Elton had split up with Bernie Taupin and was looking for a fresh soul sound.

0102Bright Phoebus2007050820070512
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Pete Paphides reveals the story and music behind the 1972 folk album by Mike Waterson, Martin Carthy and Ashley Hutchings.

The story of the 1972 folk album by Mike Waterson, Martin Carthy and Ashley Hutchings.

Folk legends Mike Waterson, Martin Carthy and Ashley Hutchings talk about the writing and recording of the 1972 album now considered one of the definitive recordings of the genre.

When it was released, it was shunned by both critics and audiences.

0103 LASTRobin Gibb: Sing Slowly Sisters2007051520070519

Robin talks for the first time about a collection of songs whose existence he denied until five years ago.

Sing Slowly Sisters was recorded in 1970 when the Bee Gees had split up.

It was never released as the brothers reformed and took the world by storm with their new soul sound.

0201Denis Wilson: Bambu2008052720080531

The unreleased solo album by Beach Boy Denis Wilson reveals a towering musical talent to rival that of his brother Brian, writing and singing with a much more soulful style.

Bambu suffered from lack of finance and coincided with other Beach Boy projects.

It is only due for release this year, some 25 years after Denis's untimely death.

The programme features a rare interview with Denis's first wife and son.

0202The Devils: Dark Circles2008060320080607

Stephen Duffy and Nick Rhodes recorded some extraordinary electronic pop before forming Duran Duran in 1978.

Their material was only released in 2002, when Duffy and Rhodes reunited and decided to revisit their Warholian tribute to Birmingham.

0203 LASTVashti Bunyan: Just Another Diamond Day *2008061020090410

After Vashti Bunyan tried and failed to secure herself a career as a willowy chanteuse, she left it all behind and moved to join her friend Donovan, who was in the process of setting up a commune in the Outer Hebrides.

On her journey north in a Romany caravan, she wrote the songs which would surface in the late 1990s as Just Another Diamond Day.