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Mick Taylor

"It's just that demon life has got you in its sway"   Mick Taylor played with fire and got burnt. He was part of “the greatest rock n roll band in the world” in its best period and was the best guitarist, technically, that they have had, doing solos that Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Ron Wood could only dream about; but in...

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...

Robby Krieger

Robby Krieger is a very special guitarist. No one has sounded, either before or since, quite like him. The sounds that his fingers got out of an SG seem to be produced by another instrument that is completely distinct to that also used by Angus Young, Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi. However it is clear that there are few rock guitarists who...

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...

John McLaughlin

Who was that English guitarist seated beside Paco de Lucía and this other guitarist whom I didn’t know at that time and who was playing an acoustic Ovation at  such speed that you could hardly see which notes he was playing? His fingers traveled the fretboard of the neck with dizzying speed, but the sound seemed to come quicker than his...

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...

Bo Diddley

There are guitarists that need hundreds of notes to make you notice them, Bo Diddley can do that with just one chord. For Diddley everything is in the rhythm and the guitar becomes a percussion tool that stays etched in memory. Few can do so much with so little, he is the only guitarist with a beat linked to his name, the ‘Bo Diddley beat’, as...

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...

Adrian Belew

American Adrian Belew (23 December, 1949) is an incredibly versatile guitarist whose skill on the six string often puts in the shadow his exceptional gifts as a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer. Among his many achievements, he recently won an Oscar for his musical contribution to the Pixar film ‘Piper’. ...

Scotty Moore

Before there was a Mick and a Keith, a Robert Plant and a Jimmy Page, there was Elvis and Scotty Moore. The first fellow needs no introduction, he’s still the King, but not so many people remember a Winfield Scott Moore III, born December 27, 1931 and died June 28 2016, . Something not at all fair if we remember that Scotty was the first guitar...

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...

Ten Years After - Cricklewood Green (1970)

Cricklewood Green was the 4th studio album by English blues rockers Ten Years After, (TYA) released in 1970, it is a record typical of the druggy, trippy sounds of the day, with rousing guitar work by lead guitarist Alvin Lee on his semi-hollow body Gibson ES-335 ‘Big Red’ or his Heritage H-535. The record is perhaps their best studio recording...

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...

Dickey Betts

Dickey Betts is one of the best guitarists of all time. Period. Dickey Betts is not usually recognised  as one of the best guitarists of all time. Why not? Possibly because of the giant shadow cast by Duane Allman, a man with whom he invented a new way to play the guitar, where the roles of lead and rhythm guitar are forgotten, and as in jazz,...