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Singles Reviews was a feature in Sounds music newspaper, where music journalists would review new singles releases. It is not known when this started, but may have began when the newspaper started back in 1970. One of the many journalists who reviewed the singles was Penny Valentine, who previously worked for Disc & Music Echo and made her name as that paper's singles reviewer.

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Peel contributed to Sounds' singles reviews between 1973 and 1975. From available evidence, he wrote at greater length on individual records than in most of his journalism for other papers and magazines - even when the singles he had to review weren't to his taste.

In 1975 Peel introduced an asterisk system (more commonly called a "star system") to rate the records he reviewed. He explains why in the Single File page of Let It Rock of April 1975; "Basically this is a cop-out device but with the torrent of singles there are to be considered each week, some sort of labour-saving tactic is necessary...."[1] The system didn't seem to last long, as by the end of the year, it seemed to have been abandoned. This may have happened when Peel's stint on the page ended; he mentions in the "Single File" page of the October 1975 issue of Let It Rock that he was no longer doing singles reviews for Sounds. The list below includes Peel's explanation of the ratings:

  • No stars = pass by on the other side
  • * = Very ho-hum
  • ** = Ho-hum
  • *** = Good, try to hear it
  • **** = Well worth having if you got the money
  • ***** = An essential buy

1973

Peel's first singles review for Sounds was published on 14th July 1973, where he reviewed the following singles:

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  • Gary Glitter: I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am!) (7") Bell
  • Hetherington: Teenage Love Song (7") MoWest
  • David Gates: Clouds (7") Elektra
  • Jonathan Edwards: Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboy (7") Atlantic
  • Queen: Keep Yourself Alive (7") EMI
  • Nazareth: Bad, Bad Boy (7") Mooncrest
  • Shawn Phillips: Anello (Where Are You?) (7") A&M
  • Stephen Stills / Manassas: Guaguanco De Vero (7") Atlantic

In the 21st July 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [2]

  • Suzi Quatro: 48 Crash (7") RAK
  • Hot Chocolate: Rumours (7") RAK
  • Stardust: Golden Oldie Show (7") Sonet
  • Chubby Checker: Reggae My Way (7") Pye International
  • Upsetters: Bucky Skank (7") Downtown
  • Inshallah: Calico Jam (7") Chapter One
  • Blue: Little Jody (7") RSO
  • Love: Alone Again Or (7") Elektra
  • John Perry: Nancy Sing Me A song (7") Philips

In the 28th July 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [3]

In the 4th August 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [4]

  • Hudson-Ford: Pick Up The Pieces (7") A&M
  • John Prine: Spanish Pipedream (7") Atlantic
  • Carole King: You Light Up My Life (7") Ode
  • Michael Jackson: Morning Glow (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Glencoe: Friends Of Mine (7") Epic
  • Ted Taylor: I Want To Be Part Of You Girl (7") Contempo
  • Alice Stuart & Snake: Golden Rocket (7") Fantasy
  • Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen: Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (7") Paramount
  • Edgar Winter Group: Free Ride (7") Epic

In the 11th August 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [5]

  • Handley Family: Boing, Boing, Boing (7") Tiffany
  • Bobby Womack: Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out (7") United Artists
  • Gryphon: Glastonbury Carol (7") Transatlantic
  • Donny Osmond: Young Love / A Million To One (7") MGM
  • Aretha Franklin: Angel (7") Atlantic
  • Stray: Hallelujah (7") Transatlantic
  • Horslips: The High Reel (7") Oats
  • 10cc: The Dean And I (7") UK

In the 18th August 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [6]

  • Stealers Wheel: Everything Will Turn Out Fine (7") A&M
  • Wizzard: Angel Fingers (7") Harvest
  • John Baldry & Lisa Strike: She (7") GM
  • Jaki Whitren: Human Failure (7") Epic
  • Osibisa: Super Fly TNT (7") Buddah
  • Leo Sayer: Why Is Everybody Going Home (7") Chrysalis
  • Geordie: Electric Lady (7") EMI
  • Chieftains: The Morning Dew (7") Claddagh
  • America: Muskrat Love (7") Warner Bros.

In the 25th August 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [7]

  • Rod Stewart: Oh! No, Not My Baby (7") Mercury
  • Joe Walsh: Rocky Mountain Way (7") Probe
  • Big Carrott: Blackjack (7") EMI
  • Ike And Tina Turner: Nutbush City Limits (7") United Artists
  • Cross Country: In The Midnight Hour (7") Atlantic
  • Bobbie McGee: Rock And Roll People (7") EMI
  • Rolling Stones: Angie (7") Rolling Stones
  • Dusty Springfield: Learn To Say Goodbye (7") Philips
  • Jackson Five: Sky-Writer (7") Tampa-Motown
  • Trinidad Old Oak Casablanca Steel Band: Hallelujah Chorus (7") Ashanti
  • Uriah Heep: Stealin' (7") Bronze
  • Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin' (7") Reprise

In the 1st September 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [8]

  • Status Quo: Caroline (7") Vertigo
  • Steely Dan: Show Biz Kids (7") Probe
  • Paul Simon With The Dixie Hummingbirds: Loves Me Like A Rock (7") CBS
  • Graham Bell: 60 Minute Man (7”) Charisma
  • Link Wray: Lawdy Miss Claudy (7") Polydor
  • Don Nix: Black Cat Moan (7") Stax
  • Reg Presley: 'S Down To You Marianne (7") CBS
  • Chaos: Down At The Club (7") Polydor

In the 29th September 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [9]

In the 6th October 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [10]

  • Who: 5:15 (7") Track
  • Lynsey De Paul: Won't Somebody Dance With Me (7") MAM
  • Jimmy Ruffin: Thank You Girl (7") Polydor
  • Can: Moonshake (7") United Artists
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Giddy Up A Ding Dong (7") Vertigo
  • Stevie Wonder: Higher Ground (7") Tamla Motown
  • Ann Peebles: I Can't Stand The Rain (7") London

In the 13th October 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [11]

  • David Bowie: Sorrow (7") RCA Victor
  • Eddie Kendricks: Keep On Truckin' (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Wolf: Two Sisters (7") Deram
  • Roberta Flack: When You Smile (7") Atlantic
  • Chick Churchill: Broken Engagements (7") Chrysalis
  • James Brown: Woman (Parts 1 & 2) (7") Polydor
  • Stackridge: Galloping Gaucho (7") MCA
  • Betty Wright: Let Me Be Your Lovemaker (7") Atlantic
  • Spooky Tooth: All Sewn Up (7") Island

In the 20th October 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [12]

  • Four Tops: Sweet Understanding Love (7") Probe
  • Joe McDonald: Fantasy (7") Vanguard
  • Ringo Starr: Down And Out (7") Apple
  • Wilbert Harrison: Get It While You Can (7") Action
  • Blue Ridge Rangers: You Don't Owe Me (7") Fantasy
  • Mud: Dynamite (7") RAK
  • I-Roy: Buck And The Preacher (7") Ackee
  • Independents: Baby I've Been Missing You (7") Pye

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In the 27th October 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [13]

In the 3rd November 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [14]

  • Grateful Dead: Let Me Sing Your Blues Away (7") Atlantic
  • Steve Miller Band: The Joker (7") Capitol
  • Troggs: Strange Movies (7") Pye
  • Hudson-Ford: Take It Back (7") A&M
  • Rover: Window The In Doggie (That Is Much How) (7") RSO
  • Zakatek: Get Your Gun (7") Bell
  • Barry Blue: Do You Wanna Dance? (7") Bell
  • Bronco: Steal That Gold (7") Polydor
  • Tank: Fast Train (7") Polydor
  • Wild Angels: Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet (7") Decca
  • Edwin Starr: You've Got My Soul On Fire (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Vinegar Joe: Black Smoke From The Calumet (7") Island
  • Humble Pie: Oh La De Da (7") A&M
  • Peters & Lee: By Your Side (7") Philips
  • Tartan Lads: The Royal Romance (7") Columbia

In the 10th November 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [15]

  • Roxy Music: Street Life (7") Island
  • Kevin Coyne: Lovesick Fool (7") Virgin
  • Vernons Girls: Ring, Ring (7") Pye
  • Shadows: Turn Around And Touch Me (7") EMI
  • Dennis Coulson: What Went Wrong? (7") Elektra
  • Marie Osmond: Paper Roses (7") MGM
  • Alvin Lee & Mylon LeFevre: The World Is Changing (I Got A Woman Back In Georgia) (7") Chrysalis
  • Donny Osmond: When I Fall In Love (7") MGM
  • Gary Glitter: I Love You Love Me Love (7") Bell
  • Jackson Five: Get It Together (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye: You're A Special Part Of Me (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan: Why, Oh Why, Oh Why (7") MAM
  • Ducks Deluxe: Coast To Coast (7") RCA Victor

In the 17th November 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [16]

In the 24th November 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [17]

  • Mott The Hoople: Roll Away The Stone (7") CBS
  • Major Lance: Sweeter (7") Warner Bros.
  • Badfinger: Love Is Easy (7") Warner Bros.
  • Syl Johnson: Back For A Taste Of Your Love (7") London
  • Jook: King Capp (7") RCA Victor
  • Barnaby Bye: I Think I'm Gonna Like It (7") Atlantic
  • Jack The Lad: Why Can't I Be Satisfied (7") Charisma
  • Band: Ain't Got No Home (7") Capitol

In the 1st December 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [18]

  • Faces: Pool Hall Richard (7") Warner Bros.
  • New York Dolls: Jet Boy (7") Mercury
  • T. Rex: Truck On (7") Tyke
  • Leo Sayer: The Show Must Go On (7") Chrysalis
  • ELP: Jerusalem (7") Manticore
  • Judy Mowatt: Emergency Call (7") Gayfeet
  • Elton John: Step Into Christmas (7") DJM
  • Slade: Merry Xmas Everybody (7") Polydor
  • Roy Wood: Forever (7") Harvest
  • Stealers Wheel: Star (7") A&M

In the 8th December 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [19]

  • Wizzard: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday (7") Harvest
  • Harley Quinn: Such A Night (7") Bell
  • Diana Ross: All Of My Life (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Geordie: Black Cat (7") EMI
  • Paul Simon: American Tune (7") CBS
  • Clifford T. Ward: Scullery (7") Charisma
  • John Baldry: Let Me Pass (7") GM
  • Strider: Esther's Place (7") GM
  • Beckett: Little Girl (7") Raft

In the 15th December 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [20]

  • Judge Dread: Molly (7") Trojan
  • Stevie Wonder: Living For The City (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Isley Brothers: Highways Of My Life (7") Epic
  • Zappo: Rock And Roll Crazy (7") Magnet
  • Dazzling All Night Rock Show: 20 Fantastic Bands (7") Magnet
  • Carpenters: Merry Christmas Darling (7") A&M
  • Madeline Bell: I'm So Glad (7") RCA Victor
  • Mayer Sisters: The Donny Song (7") Dart
  • Jonathan King: The Kung-Fu Anthem (7") UK
  • Chuck Berry: South Of The Border (7") Chess
  • Brad Lundy: I Could Never Have Another (After Loving You) (7") Pyramid

In the 22nd December 1973 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [21]

  • Joni Mitchell: Raised On Robbery (7") Asylum
  • Charlie Rich: The Most Beautiful Girl (7") Epic
  • Martin Mull: San Tafly (7") Capricorn
  • Pable & Fay: Bedroom Mazurka (7") Randy's
  • Dexter Redding: God Bless (7") Capricorn
  • Marvin Gaye: Come Get To This (7") Tamla Motown
  • Donnettes: My Donny (7") Jam
  • Lloyd & The Lowbites: Pussy Cat (7") Harry J
  • Neil Young: Time Fades Away (7") Reprise
  • Gentle Giant: In A Glass House (7") WWA
  • Gallagher & Lyle: Shine A Light (7") A&M

1974

In the 12th January 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [22]

  • Lulu: The Man Who Sold The World (7") Polydor
  • Bob Dylan: A Fool Such As I (7") CBS
  • Allman Brothers Band: Jessica (7") Capricorn
  • Sweet: Teenage Rampage (7") RCA Victor
  • Alice Cooper: Teenage Lament '74 (7") Warner Bros.
  • Smokey Robinson: Just My Soul Responding (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Al Green: Livin' For You (7") London
  • Bay City Rollers: Remember (7") Bell
  • 10cc: The Worst Band In The World (7") UK

In the 19th January 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [23]

  • Sutherland Brothers & Quiver: Dream Kid (7") Island
  • Grand Funk: Walk Like A Man (7") Capitol
  • Elephant's Memory: Tonight (7") Polydor
  • Chuck Armstrong: God Bless The Children (7") Action
  • Tom Green: Rock Springs Railroad Station (7") Action
  • Mill Edwards: I Found Myself (7") Action
  • Average White Band: How Can You Go Home? (7") MCA
  • Supremes: I Guess I'll Miss The Man (7") Tamla Motown
  • Zappow: This Is Reggae Music (7") Island

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In the 26th January 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [24]

  • Aretha Franklin: Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) (7" - Until You Come Back To Me / If You Don't Think) Atlantic
  • Nemo: It's Only A Paper Moon (7") UK
  • Love Unlimited Orchestra: Love's Theme (7") Pye International
  • Al Wilson: Show And Tell (7") Bell
  • Black Oak Arkansas: Jim Dandy (7") Atlantic
  • Granny: Lady (7") DJM
  • Drifters: I'm Free (For The Rest Of Your Life) (7") Bell
  • Carol Hunter: Look Out Cleveland (7") Purple

In the 2nd February 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [25]

  • Medicine Head: Slip & Slide (7") Polydor
  • Alvin Stardust: Jealous Mind (7") Magnet
  • Hudson-Ford: Burn, Baby, Burn (7") A&M
  • Barry White: Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up (7") Pye
  • Hollies: The Air That I Breathe (7") Polydor
  • War: Me And Baby Brother (7") United Artists

In the 9th February 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [26]

  • Marc Bolan And T.Rex: Teenage Dream (7") T.Rex
  • Bob Dylan: On A Night Like This (7") Island
  • Independents: It's All Over (7") Pye International
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan: Happiness Is Me And You (7") Mam
  • Brownsville Station: Smokin' In The Boy's Room (7") Philips
  • David Nicholson: Get Up Get Out (7") RSO
  • Edgar Winter Group: Hangin' Around (7") Epic
  • Dana Gillespie: Weren't Born A Man (7") RCA-Victor

In the 16th February 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [27]

  • Bowie: Rebel Rebel (7") RCA Victor
  • Ringo Starr: You're Sixteen (7") Apple
  • Barry Blue: School Love (7") Bell
  • Michael Chapman: The Banjo Song (7") Deram
  • Richard & Linda Thompson: I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (7") Island
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band: The Faith Healer (7") Vertigo
  • Carpenters: Jam Balaya (7") A&M
  • B.B. King: I Like To Live The Love (7") Probe
  • Carly Simon: Mockingbird (7") Elektra

In the 23rd February 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [28]

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In the 9th March 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [29]

  • New Seekers: I Get A Little Sentimental Over You (7") Polydor
  • Queen: Seven Seas Of Rhye (7") EMI
  • Lesley Duncan: Watch The Tears (7") GM
  • Ross: Alright By Me (7" - Alright By Me / Caroline) RSO
  • Canned Heat: One More River To Cross (7") Atlantic
  • Phillip Goodhand-Tait: Almost Killed A Man (7") DJM
  • Gallagher & Lyle: I Believe In You (7") A&M
  • Jimmy Ruffin: Tell Me What You Want (7") Polydor
  • Osibisa: Happy Children (7") Warner Bros.
  • Fleetwood Mac: For Your Love (7") Reprise

In the 16th March 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [30]

  • Jimmy Osmond: I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door (7") MGM
  • Dells: I Miss You (7") Chess
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips: I've Got To Use My Imagination (7") Buddah
  • Maggie Bell: Oh My My (7") Polydor
  • Zzebra: Zardoz (Beethoven Opus 91) (7") Polydor
  • Nazareth: In Shanghai (7") Mooncrest
  • Deep Purple: Might Just Take Your Life (7") Purple
  • Kiki Dee Band: Hard Luck Story (7") Rocket
  • Hot Chocolate: Emma (7") Rak
  • Tyrone Davis: I Wish It Was Me (7") Brunswick
  • Neil Innes: Momma B (7") United Artists
  • Elvis Presley: Take Good Care Of Her (7") RCA Victor
  • Mungo Jerry: Long Legged Woman Dressed In Black (7") Dawn
  • Mott The Hoople: Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll (7") CBS

In the 23rd March 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [31]

In the 6th April 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [32]

  • Ducks Deluxe: Fireball (7") RCA Victor
  • Procol Harum: Nothing But The Truth (7") Chrysalis
  • Kinks: Mirror Of Love (7") RCA Victor
  • Horslips: More Than You Can Chew (7") Oats
  • Sparks: This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us (7") Island
  • Owen Gray: Jealous Guy (7") Island

In the 13th April 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [33]

  • Mud: The Cat Crept In (7") RAK
  • MFSB: TSOP (7") Philadelphia International
  • Allan Clarke: Sideshow (7") EMI
  • Jim Stafford: Spiders And Snails (7") MGM
  • Thin Lizzy: Little Darling (7") Decca
  • Kool And The Gang: Jungle Boogie (7") Polydor
  • Golden Earring: Instant Poetry (7") Track
  • Alan Price: Jarrow Song (7") Warner Bros.

In the 11th May 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [34]

  • Lyn Roman: Stop, I don't Need No Sympathy (7") Brunswick
  • Budgie: Zoom Club (7") MCA
  • PFM: The World Became The World (7") Manticore
  • JSD Band: Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond) (7") Cube
  • Deke Leonard: Louisiana Hoedown (7") United Artists
  • Slapp Happy: Casablanca Moon (7") Virgin
  • Montrose: Bad Motor Scooter (7") Warner Bros.
  • Scaffold: Liverpool Lou (7") Warner Bros.

In the 18th May 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [35]

  • Bryan Ferry: The 'In' Crowd (7") Island
  • Kevin Coyne: I Believe In Love (7") Virgin
  • Leon Russell: If I Were A Carpenter (7") A&M
  • Uriah Heep: Something Or Nothing (7") Bronze
  • Zark Mountain Daredevils: If You Want To Get To Heaven (7") A&M
  • First Class: Beach Baby (7") UK

In the 25th May 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [36]

  • Hollies: Son Of A Rotten Gambler (7") Polydor
  • Andy Mackay: Ride Of The Valkyries (7") Island
  • 10cc: The Wall Street Shuffle (7") UK
  • Marie Osmond: In My Little Corner Of The World (7") MGM
  • Blue: Lonesome (7") RSO
  • William DeVaughn: Be Thankful For What You Got (7") Chelsea
  • Good Habit: Find My Way Back Home (7") RCA Victor
  • Neil Innes: Re-Cycled Vinyl Blues (7") United Artists
  • Home: Green Eyed Fairy (7") CBS

In the 1st June 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [37]

  • Elton John: Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (7") DJM
  • Ronnie Lane: The Poacher (7") GM
  • Lena Zavaroni: You've Got Personality (7") Philips
  • Brownsville Station: Let Your Yeah Be Yeah (7") Philips
  • Ray Stevens: The Streak (7") Janus
  • Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters: Ejection (7") United Artists
  • Hudson-Ford: Floating In The Wind (7") A&M

In the 8th June 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [38]

  • Mott The Hoople: Foxy Foxy (7") CBS
  • Van Morrison & The Caledonia Soul Express: Caledonia (What Makes Your Big Head Hard?)
  • Roger Ruskin Spear: On Her Doorstep, Last Night (7") United Artists
  • Colin Blunstone: It's Magical (7") Epic
  • Barclay James Harvest: Poor Boy Blues (7") Polydor
  • Wee Willie Harris: Together (7") Decca
  • Lynsey De Paul: Ooh I Do (7") Warner Bros.
  • Leo Sayer: One Man Band (7") Chrysalis

In the 22nd June 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [39]

  • Slade: The Bangin' Man (7") Polydor
  • Be-Bop Deluxe: Jet Silver (7") Harvest
  • Rusty Strings: Can't Help Lovin' That Man (7") RCA Victor
  • Heavy Metal Kids: Rock 'N' Roll Man (7") Atlantic
  • Montclairs: Make Up For Lost Time (7") Contempo
  • Jackson 5: Dancing Machine (7") Tamla-Motown

In the 29th June 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [40]

  • Chi-Lites: I Found Sunshine (7") London
  • Ann Peebles: Do I Need You? (7") London
  • Tiny Tim: The Happy Wanderer (7") Polydor
  • Mike Oldfield: Mike Oldfield's Single (7") Virgin
  • Randy Pie: Highway Driver (7") Polydor

In the 6th July 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [41]

  • Sweet: The Six Teens (7") RCA Victor
  • New York Dolls: Stranded In The Jungle (7") Mercury
  • Chapman - Whitney: Roxianna (7") Reprise
  • George McCrae: Rock Your Baby (7") Jay Boy
  • Magma: Mekanik Machine (7") A&M

In the 13th July 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [42]

  • Rubettes: Tonight (7") Polydor
  • Groundhogs: Pleasing Plea Song (7") WWA
  • Paul McCartney & Wings: Band On The Run (7") Apple
  • Stevie Wonder: Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (7") Tamla Motown
  • Bryn Haworth: Grappenhall Rag (7") Island
  • Kool And The Gang: Hollywood Singing (7") Polydor
  • Eric Clapton: I Shot The Sheriff (7") RSO
  • R. Dean Taylor: Window Shopping (7") Polydor

In the 20th July 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [43]

  • T.Rex: Light Of Love (7") T.Rex
  • Betty Wright: Secretary (7") Atlantic
  • Don Covay: It's Better To Have (And Don't Need) (7") Mercury
  • Graeme Edge Band: We Like To Do It (7") Threshold
  • Sparks: Amateur Hour (7") Island
  • Kevin Ayers: After The Show (7") Island
  • David Cassidy: Please, Please Me (7") Bells

In the 27th July 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [44]

  • Rolling Stones: It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (7") Rolling Stones
  • Carol Grimes: Give It Everything You've Got (7") Goodear
  • Chris Stinton's Tundra: They Don't Know (7") Goodear
  • Joe Cocker: Put Out The Light (7") Cube
  • John Cale: The Man Who Couldn't Afford To... (7") Island
  • Mud: Rocket (7") RAK
  • Wizzard: This Is The Story Of My Love (7") Warner Bros.
  • Sly & The Family Stone: Time For Livin' (7") Epic
  • JSD Band: Hayes And Harlington Blues (7") Cube

In the 3rd August 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [45]

  • Billy Livsey: Let's Get Drunk And Ride On The Dodgems (7") WWA
  • Mike Patto: Sitting In The Park (7") Goodear
  • Little Johnny Blair: Momma's Gone (7") Pye International
  • Glitter Band: Just For You (7") Bell
  • Cymande: Brothers On The Slide (7") Contempo
  • Brian Protheroe: Pinball (7") Chrysalis
  • Kiki Dee Band: I've Got The Music In Me (7") Rocket
  • Isley Brothers: Live It Up (7") Epic
  • Tooter Boatman: The Will Of Love (7") Injun
  • Alaska: I Don't Know Why (7") Warner Bros.
  • Grand Funk: Shinin' On (7") Capitol
  • Sensational Alex Harvey Band: Sergeant Fury (7") Vertigo
  • Hawkwind: The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke) (7") United Artists
  • 100% Pure Poison: You Keep Coming Back (7") EMI International
  • Duster Bennett: Comin' Home (7") RAK

In the 10th August 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [46]

  • Frankie Miller: Little Angel (7") Chrysalis
  • Thomas Jefferson Kaye: American Lovers (7") ABC
  • B.B. Seaton: Dancing Shoes (7") Virgin
  • Barry White: Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe (7") Pye
  • MFSB: Love Is The Message (7") Philadelphia International
  • Boz Scaggs: I Got Your Number (7") CBS
  • Peters & Lee: Rainbow (7") Philips

In the 24th August 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [47]

  • Bryan Ferry: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (7") Island
  • Osmonds: Love Me For A Reason (7") MGM
  • First Class: Bobby Dazzler (7") UK
  • Rodeo: Dance To The Music (7") Thrust
  • Tribe: Tribe (7") ABC
  • Clifford T. Ward: Jayne (From Andromeda Spiral) (7") Charisma
  • Graham Nash: Grave Concern (7") Atlantic
  • Hudson-Ford: Free Spirit (7") A&M
  • Bob Sargeant: Situation (7") RCA Victor
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips: On And On (7") Buddah
  • Impressions: Finally Got Myself Together (I'm A Changed Man) (7") Buddah
  • Horslips: Nighttown Boy (7") RCA Victor
  • Sharon Forrester: Put A Little Love Away (7") Ashanti
  • 10cc: Silly Love (7") UK

In the 31st August 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [48]

  • Truth & Beauty: Tuff Little Surfer Boy (7") RAK
  • Ariel: Jamaican Farewell (7") Harvest
  • Gonzalez: Pack It Up (7") EMI
  • Jonathan King & Eiri Thrasher: Help Me Make It Through The Night (7") UK
  • Yvonne Fair: Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On (7") Tamla Motown
  • Millie Jackson: How Do You Feel The Morning After (7") Polydor
  • Etta James: Out On The Streets Again (7") Chess
  • Neutrons: Dance Of The Psychedelic Lounge Lizards (7") United Artists
  • Wet Willie: Keep On Smilin' (7") Capricorn
  • Mighty Clouds Of Joy: Time (7") ABC

In the 7th September 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [49]

  • Medicine Head: Mama Come Out (7") WWA
  • Leo Sayer: Long Tall Glasses (7") Chrysalis
  • Gene Dozier & The United Front: Give The Women What They Want (7") Mercury
  • Souther, Hillman, Furay Band: Fallin' In Love (7") Asylum
  • Roy Orbison: Sweet Mamma Blue (7") Mercury
  • Tony Visconti: I Remember Brooklyn (7") Regal Zonophone
  • Yvonne Keeley: Tumbling Down (7") EMI
  • Andy Fairweather Low: Reggae Tune (7") A&M
  • Rufus: Tell Me Something Good (7") ABC
  • Staple Singers: City In The Sky (7") Stax
  • Little Milton: Behind Closed Doors (7") Stax

In the 14th September 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [50]

  • Tony Orlando & Dawn: Steppin' Out - I'm Gonna Boogie Tonight (7") Bell
  • Eddie Kendricks: Girl You Need A Change Of Mind (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Dr. John: Let's Make A Better World (7") Atlantic
  • Roger McGuinn: Peace On You (7") CBS
  • Robert Wyatt: I'm A Believer (7") Virgin
  • Bowie: Knock On Wood (7") RCA Victor
  • Pan's People: You Can Really Rock And Roll Me (7") Epic
  • Arthur Brown: Gypsies (7") Gull

In the 21st September 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [51]

  • Johnnie Taylor: I've Been Born Again (7") Stax
  • Kool & The Gang: Higher Plane (7") Polydor
  • Climax Blues Band: Sense Of Direction (7") Polydor
  • Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich: She's My Lady (7") Antic
  • Laura Lee: I Need It Just As Bad As You (7") Invictus
  • Splinter: Costafine Town (7") Dark Horse
  • Barry Reynolds: Outsiders Point Of View (7") RAK

In the 5th October 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [52]

In the 12th October 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [53]

  • Slade: Far, Far Away (7") Polydor
  • Bay City Rollers: All Of Me Loves All Of You (7") Bells
  • Veda Brown: Short Stopping (7") Stax
  • Brett Smiley: Va Va Va Boom (7") Anchor
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers: So Jah Seh (7") Island
  • Spooky Tooth: Two Time Love (7") Goodear
  • Average White Band: Nothing You Can Do (7") Atlantic
  • Glitter Band: Let's Get Together (7") Bell

In the 19th October 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [54]

  • Queen: Killer Queen / Flick Of The Wrist (7") EMI
  • Hydra: Glitter Queen (7") Capricorn
  • Man: Day & Night (7") United Artists
  • Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance (7") RCA Victor
  • Eric Clapton: Willie & The Hand Jive (7") RSO
  • Steppenwolf: Straight Shootin' Woman (7") Mums
  • Van Morrison: Bulbs (7") Warner Bros. (Import)

In the 26th October 1974 issue, he reviewed the following singles: [55]

  • Zenda Jacks: Rub My Tummy (7") Magnet
  • Jack Bruce: Keep It Down (7") RSO
  • Mott The Hoople: Saturday Gig (7") CBS
  • Bobby Bland: Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City (7") ABC
  • Neil Harrison: Eyes In The Back Of My Head (7") Deram
  • Kenny: The Bump (7") RAK
  • Traffic: Walking In The Wind (7") Island
  • Kinks: Holiday Romance (7") RCA Victor
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: Sweet Home Alabama (7") MCA

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On 2nd November 1974, Sounds published Peel's reviews of singles by the following artists: [56]

  • Paul McCartney & Wings: Junior's Farm (7") Apple
  • Rain: Everyday There's Another Tomorrow (7") Bradley's
  • Gladys Knight & The Pips: I Feel A Song (In My Heart) (7") Buddah
  • Goodies: The Inbetweenies (7") Bradley's
  • Hustler: Get Outa My 'Ouse (7") A&M
  • Ariel: Yeah Tonite (7") Harvest
  • Suzi Quatro: The Wild One (7") Rak
  • Geordie: Ride On Baby (7") EMI
  • Commodores: The Zoo (The Human Zoo) (7") Tamla-Motown
  • Tim Rose: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (7") Dawn

1975

Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks included, published on 25th January 1975: [57]

  • Babe Ruth: Private Number (7") Harvest *
  • Johnnie Taylor: It's September (7") Stax **
  • Glitter Band: Goodbye My Love (7") Bell ***
  • Return To Forever Featuring Chick Corea: Earth Juice (7") Polydor ****
  • Pearls: Doctor Love (7") Bell **
  • Brian Protheroe: Fly Now (7") Chrysalis ***
  • Joni Mitchell: Big Yellow Taxi (7") Asylum ****
  • Dobie Gray: Watch Out For Lucy (7") MCA **
  • Linda Ronstadt: You're No Good (7") Asylum *
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan: You Are You (7") Mam **
  • Coven: I Need A Hundred Of You (7") Buddah (No stars)
  • Sha Na Na: Hot Sox (7") Kama Sutra (No stars)
  • Sparks: Something For The Girl With Everything (7") Island ****
  • Revelation: Sweet Talk And Melodies (7") RSO **
  • Wigan's Chosen Few: Footsee (7") Pye International *
  • Ronnie Lane & The Band 'Slim Chance': Roll On Babe (7") GM ***
  • Betty Wright: Shoo-rah! Shoo-rah! (7") RCA-Victor ***
  • Lonette McKee: Save It (Don't Give It Away) (7") Sussex ***
  • Fox: Only You Can (7") GTO ****
  • Brinsley Schwarz: Everybody (7") United Artists ***
  • Bobby Bland: I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (To Way You Treated Me) (7") ABC ****

Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks included, published on 1st February 1975: [58]

  • Stackridge: Spin 'Round The Room (7") The Rocket ***
  • ZZ Top: La Grange (7") London ***
  • Santana: Mirage (7") CBS ***
  • Richard & Linda Thompson: Hokey Pokey (7") Island *****
  • Suzi Quatro: Your Mamma Won't Like Me (7") RAK ***
  • Troggs: Good Vibrations (7") Penny Farthing **
  • Alvin Stardust: Good Love Can Never Die (7") Magnet ***
  • John Lennon: #9 Dream (7") Apple *****
  • Claire Hamill: Geronimo's Cadillac (7") Konk ***
  • Stonedelight: Reach Out For Me (7") Island ***
  • Eddie Holman: Since I Don't Have You (7") ABC *
  • Atlanta Rhythm Section: Doraville (7") Polydor ***
  • Roy Buchanan: Rescue Me (7") Polydor **
  • Kenji Sawada: 愛の逃亡者 / The Fugitive (7") Polydor *
  • Kiss: Nothin' To Lose (7") Casablanca **
  • Z.Z. Hill: Second Chance (7") Contempo *****
  • Creative Source: Migration (7") Sussex ***

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks included, published on 8th February 1975:

  • Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel: Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me) (7") EMI ***
  • Grand Funk Railroad: Some Kind Of Wonderful (7") Capitol ***
  • Gene Cotton: Sunshine Roses (7") ***
  • Arrows: My Last Night With You (7") RAK ***
  • Stevie Wright: Evie (7") Polydor **
  • Love Unlimited: It May Be Winter Outside (But In My Heart It's Spring) (7") 20th Century **
  • Ohio Players: Fire (7") Mercury ****
  • Survival Kit: Daybreak (shared 7" with Bobby McClure - Daybreak / You Bring Out The Love In Me) Island ****
  • Paul French: Love Letter Blues (7") CBS ***
  • Paul Sabu: Out In The Country (7") Pye **
  • Gene Clark: No Other (7") Asylum ****
  • Hudson Brothers: Coochie Coochie Coo (7") Casablanca ***
  • Syl Johnson: Let Yourself Go (7") London ***
  • Stylistics: Star On A TV Show (7") Avco ***
  • Phoebe Snow: Poetry Man (7") Shelter ****
  • Love Featuring Arthur Lee: Time Is Like A River (7") RSO ***
  • Kool & The Gang: Rhyme Tyme People (7") Polydor **
  • Ronnie Williams: Dreamin' (7") Chelsea ****
  • Wild Fire: Come On Down (7") RAK ***
  • Horslips: King Of The Fairies (7") RCA Victor ***
  • Hues Corporation: I'll Take A Melody (7") RCA Victor (no stars)
  • John Denver: Sweet Surrender (7") RCA Victor (no stars)

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks included, published on 22nd February 1975:

  • Kilburn And The High Roads: Crippled With Nerves (7") Dawn ***
  • Rikki Nadir: Birthday Special (7") Charisma ****
  • Linda Lewis: (Remember The Days Of) The Old Schoolyard (7") Bell ***
  • Little Feat: Dixie Chicken (7") Warner Bros. *****
  • Simon Stokes: Captain Howdy (7") Casablanca ****
  • Peter Shelley: Love Me Love My Dog (7") Magnet **
  • Bob Sargeant: First Starring Role (7") RCA ****
  • Billy Swan: I'm Her Fool (7") Monument **
  • Telly Savalas: If (7") MCA (no stars)
  • Mike Oldfield: Don Alfonso (7") Virgin ****
  • Ben E. King: Supernatural Thing (7") Atlantic *****
  • Ducks Deluxe: I Fought The Law (7") RCA Victor ****
  • Herbie Hancock: Palm Grease (7") CBS ***
  • John Entwistle's Ox: Mad Dog (7") Decca ****
  • David Bowie: Young Americans (7") RCA Victor ****
  • Gene Pitney: Trans Canada Highway (7") Bronze ***
  • Blue: Cookie In A Jar (7") RSO ***
  • Black Oak Arkansas: Taxman (7") Atlantic *
  • Duane Eddy & The Rebelettes: Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar (7") GTO ***

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks included, published on 26th April 1975:

  • Wombles: Wombling White Tie And Tails (Fox-Trot) (7") CBS ***
  • Grand Funk: Bad Time (7") Capitol ***
  • Soul Food: Tom The Peeper's Brother John (7") Power Exchange **
  • Harold Melvin & The Blue-Notes Featuring Teddy Pendergrass: Bad Luck (7") Philadelphia International ***
  • Kevin Coyne: Rock 'N' Roll Hymn (7") Virgin ****
  • Genesis: The Carpet Crawlers (7") Charisma ****
  • John Lennon: Stand By Me (7") Apple *****
  • Alan Price: Mama Divine (7") Polydor ***
  • Nazareth: My White Bicycle (7") Mooncrest **
  • Goodies: Stuff That Gibbon (7") Decca *
  • Justin Hayward & John Lodge: I Dreamed Last Night (7") Threshold **
  • A Band Called O: There Ain't Nothing I Wouldn't Do (7") Epic ****
  • Gary Glitter: I'll Carry Your Picture (Everywhere) (7" - Love Like You And Me) Bell ***
  • Bobbi Humphrey: Fun House (7") Blue Note ****
  • Curly: High Flying Bird (7") Epic ****
  • Crusaders: Stomp And Buck Dance (7") ABC ****
  • Sunshine Band: Shotgun Shuffle / Hey J (7") Jay Boy ***
  • Rollettes: We Love You Rollers (7") GTO *

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks included, published on 3rd May 1975:

  • Kinks: Ducks On The Wall (7") RCA Victor ***** (Peel's record of the week)
  • Dr. Hook: Millionaire (7") Capitol ***
  • Billy Swan: Don't Be Cruel (7") Monument ****
  • Henry Gross: One More Tomorrow (7") A&M ****
  • Speedy Keen: Someone To Love (7") Island ***
  • Simtec Simmons: Some Other Time (7") Contempo ***
  • Bob Relf: Blowing My Mind To Pieces (7") Black Magic **
  • Mal Grey & Flight 56: Look Out For Love (7") Arista ****
  • Donald Byrd: Flight Time (7") Blue Note **
  • Muscles: Space Party (7") Big Bear ***
  • Charlie Daniels Band: The South's Gonna Do It (7") Buddah ****
  • Fox: Imagine Me, Imagine You (7") GTO *****
  • Gary Glitter: Love Like You And Me (7") Bell **
  • Telly Savalas: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin (7") MCA *
  • A Raincoat: I Love You For Your Mind (Not Your Body) (7") EMI **
  • Bugatti And Musker: All Made Up (7") Epic ***

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks, published on 7th June 1975:

  • Sadistic Mika Band: Typhoon (7") Harvest ****
  • Roger Daltrey: Get Your Love (7") Polydor ****
  • Steely Dan: Black Friday (7") ABC ****
  • Frankie Valli: Swearin' To God (7") Private Stock ***
  • Kenny Rankin: Silver Morning (7") Little David ***
  • Rare Bird: Don't Be Afraid (7") Polydor *** and a half, I think
  • Kinks: You Can't Stop The Music (7") RCA Victor ***
  • Pan's People: He's Got Magic (7") Epic **
  • Al Stewart: Carol (7") CBS ***
  • Jack The Lad: Gentleman Soldier (7") Charisma ****
  • Pete Wingfield: Eighteen With A Bullet (7") Island ***** (Record of the week according to Peel)
  • Hudson-Ford: When Love Has Overgrown (7") A&M ***
  • Equals: Georgetown Girl (Yes I) (7") President ***
  • Olympic Runners: Drag It Over Here (7") London ****
  • Wigwam: Freddie Are You Ready (7") Virgin ****

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks, published on 5th July 1975.

  • David Essex: Rolling Stone (7") CBS ****
  • Jessi Colter: I'm Not Lisa (7") Capitol ***
  • Sharonettes: Going To A Go-Go (7") Black Magic ***
  • Sadistic Mika Band: Typhoon (7") Harvest ****
  • Soul Fox Orchestra: Thumb A Ride (7") Black Magic ***
  • David Cassidy: I Write The Songs (7") RCA Victor *
  • Mike Harding: Rochdale Cowboy (7") Rubber ***
  • Lonnie Liston Smith: Expansions (7") RCA Victor **
  • Uriah Heep: Prima Donna (7") Bronze ***
  • Peter Skellern: Make It Easy For Me / Lie Safely There (7") Decca ****
  • Kursaal Flyers: Speedway (7") UK ****
  • Aphrodite's Child: Break (7") Vertigo ****
  • Sparks: Get In The Swing (7") Island ****
  • Moonrider: Having Someone (7") Anchor ****
  • Thin Lizzy: Rosalie (7") Vertigo ****
  • Valentino: I Was Born This Way (7") Gaiee ***

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Peel reviewing the following singles with asterisks, published on 12th July 1975. He also invited his wife, the Pig to review the Bay City Rollers' track:

  • Bay City Rollers: Give A Little Love (7") Bell **
  • Bay City Rollers: Give A Little Love (7") Bell ** (Pig's verdict)
  • Mike McGear: Dance The Do (7") Warner Bros. ***
  • Betty Davis: Shut Off The Light (7") Island *****
  • Osibisa: The Warrior (7") Bronze ****
  • Biddu Orchestra: Summer Of '42 (7") Epic **
  • Jimmy James & The Vagabonds: You Don't Stand A Chance (If You Can't Dance) (7") Pye **
  • Mike Batt: Summertime City (7") Epic ***
  • Tina Charles: You Set My Heart On Fire (7") CBS **
  • Cat Stevens: Two Fine People (7") Island **
  • Grimms: Back Breaker (7") DJM ***
  • Sweet: Action (7") RCA-Victor ****
  • Linda Lewis: It's In His Kiss (7") Arista ***
  • Stampeders: Ramona (7") EMI ****
  • Dr. Feelgood: Back In The Night (7") United Artists ****

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