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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...

Alice Cooper - Killer (1971)

1971 was the year for Alice Cooper and his band.   First they released Love it to Death in February and had a hit with I’m Eighteen. Then they hooked up with producer Bob Ezrin and in November of the same year released Killer, which transformed their image from a band with an outrageous touring show to a group of substance....

Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)

Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album, Animals, released 23 January 1977, is framed by two warm and gentle acoustic pieces, but that ‘packaging’ does not fool anyone: this record exudes rage and anger from start to finish. Ironic then that it was released in the midst of the explosion of punk rock, which was in some ways a reaction to...

Tom Petty - The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 (2019)

2019 is going to be a celebration for Tom Petty fans because this year brings certain dates marked in red on the calendar, October 19th marks the 40 year anniversary of his masterpiece with the Heartbreakers, Damn The Torpedoes, while the 29th of April celebrates the 30th birthday of his most popular album, Full Moon Fever, and November 1st marks...

KISS - KISS Alive! (1975)

It is considered to be one of the greatest live rock albums of all time, right up there with Cheap Trick At Budokan, Made in Japan by Deep Purple, and Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton, we are of course talking about KISS Alive!, released in 1975. It was an explosive package that delivered more than anything out there at the time. For...

Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen on Broadway (2018)

Springsteen seems to have decided that this is the moment to pull back the curtain on the show of his life and let his audience into his private living room, with pretty much just him, his guitar, and his piano.   Mixing his stripped back songs with - sometimes long, but always entertaining or amusing - tales from his highly...

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I (1969)

The debut album of the most important rock band of the 70s provided a definitive fusion between blues and rock and created something totally new. Jimmy Page drew heavily on other tunes, mainly blues, to create these songs but the result, once played by the four members of Led Zeppelin is something entirely of their own. It is true that Page could...

David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971)

In January 1971 David Bowie had just turned 24, and had behind him three studio albums and a seven-year career (if we count from the release date of his first single) - that did not seem to be taking him anywhere. He had tasted the sweetness of success in 1969 with Space Oddity but, after the failure of The Prettiest Star, he had returned to the...

Suede - The Blue Hour (2018)

Fans will be pleased that Brett Anderson’s relocation from the city to rural Somerset has done nothing to soften his dark edge.   Where others might focus on the rolling hills, gambling lambs and warm fireplaces, Anderson is drawn more by the abandoned playgrounds, junk filled wastelands and frozen fields. Furthermore, on The Blue...

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley (1958)

The name Bo Diddley graced the music world in the mid-fifties as a founder of ‘real’ Rock and Roll with his infectious guitar playing style known as the ‘Bo Diddley beat’ (more on that later), with others like Chuck Berry, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters and Little Richard setting the world ablaze with this new thing called Rock n Roll...

The Smashing Pumpkins - Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1 (2018)

It can’t be easy being Billy Corgan. The maverick Smashing Pumpkins’ frontman penned a stream of smash hits in the ‘90s, filled stadiums across the world and earned himself an army of loyal followers.   His huge desire for a return to the spotlight saw him build bridges with drummer Jimmy Chamberlin and guitarist James...

Motörhead - No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith (1981)

No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith arrived at the right time, after the magnificent 3 aces Bomber, Overkill, and Ace of Spades, the most remembered lineup of Motörhead, (with Lemmy Kilmister on bass and voice, Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor on drums, and ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke on guitar) were a perfectly well-oiled machine that when they passed the...

Steven Wilson - Home Invasion: In Concert At The Royal Albert Hall (2018)

In March 2018 Steven Wilson recorded the last concert of his three night residency at the Royal Albert Hall, London. This resulted in both a DVD and an album of what is in someways in support of his previous record, To The Bone, but has in effect morphed into a live performance of his greatest hits.   Wilson, who The Daily Telegraph...

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...