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Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (2018)

American instrumental rock guitarist Joe Satriani started off as a guitar teacher, guiding people like Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, and Kirk Hammett to name a few, toured with Mick Jagger on his solo record, had a brief stint as lead guitarist for Deep Purple, founded the G3 tour, working with a whole battery of guitarists, and was part of the...

The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

The Notorious Byrd Brothers is the most riotous album in The Byrds turbulent career; it also represents a good reflection of their career and is the favourite for fans of the band. Here the tremendous influence that this band had can be heard - it was at the forefront of various musical revolutions of the 60s like folk-rock, psychedelia and...

Wilco - Being There Deluxe Edition (2017)

Chicago based alt-rock/country band Wilco (shorthand for ‘will comply’) released a remastered version of their albums Being There (‘96) and A.M. (‘95) in December 2017, it comprises 5 CDs, the first two ‘original’ albums with 19 songs, some new and others re-edited, the 3rd is a collection of outtakes, alternates and demos, then discs 4...

AC/DC - Back In Black (1980)

Released in July of 1980, AC/DC’s Back In Black is a hard-rock fossil that is bigger than a dinosaur as a place in rock history. By far the band’s trophy album, and is the 2nd best-selling album ever (behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller)  with over 50 million copies sold, and reached #4 on Billboard 200. The record was recorded just 6...

Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)

Pink Floyd is one of the great bands in history - their huge albums of the 70s form part of the collective subconscious of rock - but it is frequently forgotten that the band’s origins were completely different; although equally brilliant. Led by the madcap genius of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd were at the avant-guard of psychedelia in the...

The Rolling Stones - On Air (2017)

The Rolling Stones were reportedly surprised by the global success of their December 2016 covers album Blue & Lonesome - replete with ‘Chicago blues’ -, and so in its wake have decided to follow it up with the release of On Air, which collects together their live performances on BBC radio shows from October 1963 to September...

Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968)

In English there is a saying that says “The family that prays together, stays together”, so the boys of Spirit decided to play with the words and changed it to something more apt, “The family that plays together…”. In their case they were not lying as two of the band members were indeed family. The drummer Ed Cassidy, who was 45 years...

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía - Friday Night In San Francisco (1981)

The performance one Friday night in December of 1981 at San Francisco’s Warwick Theatre by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco de Lucia is considered to be the event that launched the acoustic guitar into the collective global conscience. Three virtuosos, ‘The Guitar Trio’ put on a show of dextrous plucking and picking with such energy and...

Focus - Moving Waves (1971)

In 1971 the Dutch progressive rock quartet Focus, led by guitarist Jan Akkerman and singer/ multi-instrumentalist Thijs Van Leer, released their second record Moving Waves (also known as Focus II), and achieved something few continental European bands could do, find success in an Anglo market, reaching #2 on the British charts and #8 in the...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Barefoot In The Head (2017)

American blues rock band The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, led by ex-Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson, released their 5th album this year called Barefoot in the Head (Silver Arrow Records). It is a cleanly produced collection of original numbers that stick to what they do best, southern rock, psychedelic nuance, and funk grooves that bring back the...

ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (1973)

Something very special must have impregnated the air in the southern United States in the months prior to the summer of 1973 because, to mention only the most outstanding examples, the Allman Brothers released their album Brothers and Sisters in August, an authentic jewel with which they ‘left behind’ recent tragedies (it was...

Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real - The Visitor (2017)

Has Neil Young lost the plot on his 39th studio album - or is he a stalwart shining beacon of hope for those feeling overwhelmed by the current political situation?      Certainly the repeated references to Donald Trump cannot be missed on this ‘patchwork quilt’. Whether that quilt is felt to be a little bit too...

Noel Gallagher - Who Built The Moon? (2017)

It was time for a change of direction and Gallagher successfully delivers it on Who Built the Moon?, his third ‘solo’ studio album, released on 24 November 2017.   Gallagher himself noted the need for a new direction in a recent interview “I don’t know how far I can take [my usual approach] anymore. You can do songs [that...

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)

Let’s put ourselves in the moment. It’s 1970, and everything is full of colour and hippie cheer, everyone wanted to go to San Francisco with a flower in their hair, the recently created festivals were all overflowing with world peace and love, hallucinogens and psychedelia...when suddenly four guys appear on the scene from Birmingham with...

The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man (1965)

It was a completely iconic and influential debut. The Byrds were a group of folk singers (Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, and Gene Clark) who had gone nuts after seeing the movie A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles. Together they would blend the music of the Fab Four with Bob Dylan lyrics creating in this attempt what would became known as folk rock....

Bob Seger - I Knew You When (2017)

It’s been almost 40 years since Old Time Rock and Roll became the soundtrack for a generation of Americans, and its legendary author Bob Seger was their ‘pied piper. His new release I Knew You When, in November of this year, shows he still hones his craft in much the same way, although he’s a little older now, he hasn’t lost his...

Mavis Staples - If All I Was Was Black (2017)

If All I Was Was Black is the third collaboration between the legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples and the leader of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy. It is the first time that Tweedy has taken responsibility for composing all the material (although on three of the tracks with the help of Staples herself), but it seems clear that he has done it with...

The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

At the end of April 1967, with Sgt. Pepper's recently finished but not yet released, Paul McCartney had an idea for a new Beatles project, a film that focused on the coach journeys that they made as children in the north of England, the ‘mystery trips’ in which the destiny was unknown. It is clear that it being 1967, and with LSD...

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1968)

Electric Ladyland was the definite explotion of Jimi Hendrix, the moment when he realised that his talent couldn’t be contained in the three minute songs format his producer (and discoverer) Chas Chandler, wanted to keep. The recording of this record was an orgy of creativity, splashed with drugs and invited guests, recorded in the wee hours of...