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The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones (1964)

In April 1964 The Rolling Stones released their eponymous debut album with what Keith Richards described as half-comprised mixes, mostly all covers and rushed to the market by then producer Andrew Loog Oldham; it was cut in just 5 days. It was, however, what knocked the Beatles off their top spot in the U.K. charts at #1. But certainly the haste in...

Donna Grantis - Diamonds & Dynamite (2019)

When Guitars Exchange interviewed Donna Grantis last year she sent our readers two previews of tracks she was working on at the time: Diamonds & Dynamite and Elsa; from that we knew something special was on its way, and now it is here!      Diamonds & Dynamite (eOne; 21 March 2019) is a glorious fusion of...

Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline (1969)

Bob Dylan’s ninth studio album, Nashville Skyline (Colombia Records: 9 April, 1969), built on the more countrified- and Nashville– oriented direction of John Wesley Harding and, musically and lyrically represented a radical break from the past.   While critics initially gave it a mixed reception, Nashville Skyline has come...

Bob Daisley and Friends - Moore Blues for Gary (2018)

It’s been almost eight years since the sad departure of one of Ireland’s most outstanding guitarists, Gary Moore, who touched the entire music world with his stellar guitar work in Thin Lizzy and Coliseum II, and on such solo hits as Out in the Fields and Parisienne Walkways to name just a few in a career loaded with classic gems. Here at...

Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (1968)

Great Britain in the mid-60s was a hotbed of great bands that led the famous ‘Brit Invasion’ on the American charts captained by the Beatles, we can also add the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and The Who to complete the marvellous poker full-house of the main bands, followed by an endless number of remarkable ones like the Animals, the Yardbirds,...

Gary Clark Jr. - This Land (2019)

Gary Clark Jr has always been impacting live but has not, until now, been able to really transmit that same thrill and emotion in his studio albums.    That dynamic has now completely changed with the release of This Land (22 February 2019; Warner Bros Records), which builds on the variety and success of his 2015 offering,...

Bryan Adams - Shine a Light (2019)

Shine a Light (released 1 March 2019 on Polydor) is the 14th studio album by the mutli-talented Canadian Bryan Adams.   The album debuted at number 1 in Adams’ native country and a huge arena tour will follow but, despite containing a number of highlights, this album is unlikely to attract new fans. Anyone hoping for anything like...

Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys (1970)

It is the dawn of the 70s, the flower-power impulses of the 60s were fading, and perhaps the most famous band of the day, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, had just dissolved. Hendrix was left without a band, but that didn’t stop the rock God in the least, he decided to keep it simple and called up his old army mate Billy Cox to play bass, and...

Heart - Dreamboat Annie (1975)

It is difficult to imagine now just how revolutionary Heart’s debut album, Dreamboat Annie, was at the time.   Apart from Janis Joplin, Suzy Quatro, and perhaps Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, it is difficult to think of many women who were really rocking out at the time. Branded the “female Led Zeppelin,”...

Keith Richards - Talk Is Cheap (1988)

As the 1980s wore on, relations between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were wearing perilously thin.   Jagger wanted the Rolling Stones to move in new and more contemporary musical directions, while Richards wanted to keep mining the band’s blues roots. Something had to give and when Jagger decided not to tour to support...

Boston - Boston (1976)

In September 1976 the airwaves were filled with disco and punk rock, as rock and roll was in decline, then came the eponymous debut album from Tom Scholz’s Boston and everything changed in the blink of an eye. With it, Boston sold more copies than any other debut album in history, with over 17 million cha-chings! (the record was broken by Guns...

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs (2019)

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is back with a new, 4th studio album of their career, (Feb. 15) Signs, (Fantasy Records), in a collection of some of their most diverse material, ranging from their signature mash of blues, soul, rock, gospel, and traditional rock jams, but this time the scores are markedly more sophisticated while remaining big, brassy,...

Soundgarden - Superunknown (1994)

A 25th anniversary is a time for reflection but, in contrast to the celebration of the 20th year of Superunknown’s 1994 release, we cannot this time ignore the tragic loss of Soundgarden’s co-founder, lyricist, guitarist and lead singer, Chris Cornell.  When Cornell walked into his hotel room after closing another successful concert...

Dream Theater - Distance Over Time (2019)

The progressive metal band Dream Theater has released their 14th studio album this month, Distance Over Time, (Feb. 22) and will certainly please fans with a shorter, scaled down collection of songs but the material isn’t scaled back at all. Unlike their previous record, The Astonishing, which was a 34-song, 2 hour and 10-minute opus, this...

George Harrison - Brainwashed (2002)

The twelfth and last album by George Harrison, Brainwashed, was released in November 2002, nearly a year after his death. Despite having begun to record it more than a decade before its release was finalised by his son Dhani and his mate (and Travelling Wilbury) Jeff Lynne after his death. What could have been a washed-out record and without much...

AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (1977)

In early 1977 AC/DC already had 3 albums under their belts but it would be their 4th where they would find their winning formula, their own hard sound, one  that they would etch in stone and be faithful to the rest of their career. Malcolm Young had taken a step back to focus on the rhythm and left the spotlight to his brother Angus, as you...

Metallica - Helping Hands...Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (2019)

American heavy metal giants Metallica have released their first official acoustic set in a 2 LP package of a live performance they played on November 3, 2018 at The Masonic in San Francisco. Helping Hands...Live & Acoustic at the Masonic was a benefit concert for the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation which raises funds for charities who...

Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (1976)

Jailbreak was Thin Lizzy’s sixth album and the third with the classic lineup, with the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, as well as the founders, Phil Lynott, on vocals and bass, and Brian Downey, on drums. Although their previous work, Fighting, already inaugurated the sound of their classical era, success was still...

Rival Sons - Feral Roots (2019)

It’s been almost 10 years since Before the Fire, Rival Sons first album release, and since then the band have gone from strength to strength. In terms of quality, confidence and variety, Feral Roots certainly ranks up there with their outstanding Pressure and Time, and may even top it.   For their sixth release, the Californian...