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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...

Dire Straits - Dire Straits (1978)

The back story is like a fantasy.   In 1977 Mark Knopfler was so broke following his recent divorce he had to go and sleep in his brother David’s flat, where John Illsley happened to be staying. As Mark was a lead guitarist, David played rhythm and John bass, it seemed straightforward, once they had found drummer Pick Withers,...

The Magpie Salute - High Water 1 (2018)

Two years after The Magpie Salute released their debut live record, the band make a powerful return with their first studio album High Water (released 10 August; Mascot/Eagle Rock).   In many ways the album represents a cathartic moment for Black Crowes’ fans, as it was difficult to foresee what might happen when it all became...

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977)

When Fleetwood Mac, the first album with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, reached top spot on record sales charts, the group was already recording the sequel. What should have been a party became something else, by this time both couples in the band had split up, and to top it off, Mick Fleetwood’s wife was cheating on him with his best...

Paul Weller - True Meanings (2018)

Paul Weller’s True Meanings was released on September 14th and is his fourteenth solo album; but impressively it is the twenty sixth studio album of his career if his time with The Jam and The Style Council are included.   He has travelled a long way musically since first helping shake-up the charts as an 18 year old in...

Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run (1975)

After two notable albums with great reviews but few sales, Bruce Springsteen found himself at a crossroads. His record company was thinking of rescinding his contract but then an article appeared in which someone wrote prophetically: "I've seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen." It was the critic Jon Landau, whom...

Lenny Kravitz - Raise Vibration (2018)

Some 30 years after his debut album Let Love Rule, New Yorker Lenny Kravitz has cut his 11th record, Raise Vibration, released this month, with the same purpose and intent, “The message remains the same, it was and always will be about love...With these songs I offer you vibrations of peace love and unity.” The album opens with We Can Get...

Pink Floyd - The Wall (1979)

While many punk fans happily went to gigs to gob at their heroes on stage in the late 1970s, one star – from a completely different genre – decided to spit back.     Roger Waters had grown sick at the perceived lack of contact between the audience and a band who, during the In the Flesh tour, were sometimes playing in...

Paul McCartney - Egypt Station (2018)

Sir Paul McCartney at 76 years of age, a superstar since he was 20, shows no signs of slowing down on his ‘long and winding road’. He has just released his 18th solo album titled Egypt Station and we’re going to take a look and a listen. When you’ve achieved as much as “Macca” (McCartney) in music over the decades, and have...

The Verve - Urban Hymns (1997)

A Northern Soul, the The Verve’s second album was an artistic success but not so much commercial. Launched in the heat of Britpop it did not manage to enter the British Top Ten and barely had repercussion outside Britian. The recording had been chaos and the band decided to separate. But a few days later Richard Ashcroft, their...