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Billy F Gibbons - The Big Bad Blues (2018)

The release of Billy Gibbons’ 2nd solo record The Big Bad Blues (Concord Records, September, 2018) gets him back to what he does best, the rowdy, swaggering Texas blues, after his debut album Perfectamundo, (2015) where he dabbled brilliantly in Cuban styles, but that was then, this is now. Even though he covers some classics like Muddy Waters’...

Muse - Simulation Theory (2018)

English rock band Muse released their 8th album Simulation Theory this November to both the delight and dismay of their die-hard followers and experts. They’ve gone from the alternative rock of their debut album in 1999 Showbiz, featuring lead singer/guitarist/keyboardist Matt Bellamy’s melancholic falsetto voice, to more instrumental...

John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band (1970)

On one of the most naked and unadorned records in history, John Lennon tells the world that the Beatles dream is over and the he now only believes in himself...well, in Yoko Ono and him. An album that serves as therapy for the artist with some of the most personal lyrics of his career and with spartan accompaniment despite having the famous ‘Wall...

Mark Knopfler - On the Road Wherever (2018)

Mark Knopfler, apart from being Dire Straits’ ex-frontman and a guitar hero to many, is a known motorbike fan. Now 69, and with his legacy assured, the cover of Down the Road Wherever apparently indicates a calmness and openness to whatever comes his way.   Knopfler seems to be taking advantage of this moment to be...

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz (1981)

Ozzy Osbourne, rock God extraordinaire as lead singer of Black Sabbath, the band many say invented heavy metal, released his first solo album Blizzard of Ozz in 1981, it is a remarkable set of neo-classical metal that became a pillar of metal guitar. Upon its release there was real doubt whether Ozzy was up to the task after his...

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

When the world had not yet recovered from the tremendous impact of Are You Experienced?, released barely 7 months before, the Jimi Hendrix Experience was back with his 2nd masterpiece from 1967. It was December 1, 1967, and the world of rock and thus the electric guitar, returned to bow at the feet of its new Master and Lord. Of course Hendrix...

Nita Strauss - Controlled Chaos (2018)

Despite being the album she “always wanted to make” and having worked regularly with top acts like Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and Jermaine Jackson for years, it is clear that LA native Nita Strauss (7 December 1986) needed to wait a little until she had the confidence to embark on her debut solo album, Controlled Chaos, released 16...

The Allman Brothers - Idlewild South (1970)

In February of 1970, the Allman Brothers went into the studio to record their 2nd album. The sessions were squeezed into the few dates they had open between their uncountable concerts. The band’s leader Duane Allman used these gigs to try out new material provided by his brother Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts, making arrangements on the...

Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers (2018)

Richard Thompson is an amazing guitarist and a highly talented songwriter but, let’s say, he is not the cheeriest of souls.   However if dark is your thing, you can find it hear in spades. And fortunately, while Thompson does not quite have the wit of Tom Waits, he does have sarcasm and a unique style that lifts his songs far...

Neil Young - After The Gold Rush (1970)

After tasting the sweet success with Crosby, Stills & Nash on Déjà Vu, Neil Young resumed that same year, 1970, his solo career with After the Gold Rush, his 3rd record on his own after his stint with Buffalo Springfield. It is a record where he combines things from his previous 2, the country flavour and folk arrangements from the first, and...

Joe Bonamassa - Redemption (2018)

New Yorker Joe Bonamassa has been on the music scene for some 26 years. The boy prodigy started his ascent when he was 12, by opening for B.B.King, and hasn’t stopped since. He’s teamed up with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Beth Hart, Foreigner, Steve Winwood, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks to list just a few. His latest release...

The Police - Outlandos D'Amour (1978)

It is difficult to believe now that the debut album of The Police, released 40 years ago this week, was an outrageous double-bet at the time.       Firstly because Stewart Copeland’s brother, Miles, lent the band 1,500 pounds (approx 8,200 pounds in today’s currency) to allow them to record music he didn’t...

Slash - Living The Dream (2018)

The much anticipated new release of Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Living the Dream was dropped on September 21, 2018, and is everything fans wanted: adrenaline. While the Guns N Roses top-hatted axeman rejoined his former bandmates, and toured the world anew, (breaking tour records as he went) he was also busy playing with his...

Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On (1969)

If the Bard had the gift of words unmatched in the English language, to many guitar aficionados, Peter Green was the “to be or not to be” pillar of perfection on 6-string. This magnum opus was their 3rd, and his last as member of the band he formed, named after the rhythm section Mick Fleetwood/drums and John McVie/bass, Fleetwood Mac. It was...

Elvis Costello - Look Now (2018)

In 1982 Elvis Costello threw open the doors of the bedchamber on his classic Imperial Bedroom to reveal often sad and sometimes twisted characters adrift on the rollercoaster of passion and love.   Now we find that the wily storyteller has spent the last 20 years developing a largely new group of characters who, it could be said,...

Pearl Jam - Vs. (1993)

1993 was the year of confirmation for grunge and alternative music, the two most popular bands of the movement, Nirvana and Pearl Jam, both put out, with barely a month apart, the sequels of Nevermind and Ten, and the world turned its head once again towards Seattle. At stake was something much more important than both band’s success: integrity....

Eric Clapton - Happy Xmas (2018)

Eric Clapton has released his first Christmas album this month, (October 12) titled Happy Xmas. It’s his 24th studio effort and his first since I Still Do, in 2016. It is a bluesy blend of well-known Xmas classics, some forgotten pieces brought back to life, and an original called For Love On Christmas Day. In his own words, “I had it in my...

Grateful Dead - American Beauty (1970)

American Beauty is the great album of the Grateful Dead, a perfect record on which can be found some of the best songs of their career such as Box Of Rain by Phil Lesh, Sugar Magnolia by Bob Weir, and three absolute classics by the main two composers in the band (Jerry Garcia putting the music and Robert Hunter the lyrics) such as Friend Of The...

Buddy Guy - The Blues Is Alive And Well (2018)

George “Buddy” Guy, born in Louisiana in 1936, started playing guitar on a 2-string diddley bow that he made when he was 5 or 6 he says, he was later given a Harmony acoustic that now resides in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he has just released his 18th studio album The Blues Is Alive and Well, (RCA Records) and well...it is, and so is...