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Peter Frampton - All Blues (2019)

One track on All Blues (7 June 2019; Ume), which contains Peter Frampton’s cover versions of his favourite blues classics, stands out above all the rest for its poignancy: Howlin’ Wolf’s (based on Jimmy Oden’s 1942 standard) Going Down Slow.   On Going Down Slow, Frampton teams up with Steve Morse to extend and distort...

Pretenders - Pretenders (1980)

The Pretenders eponymous debut album (7 January 1980; Real Records) is not without its critics – some argue that it is overrated – but we at Guitars Exchange rotundly disagree, because the fact is that there is a huge amount to celebrate about this band’s first offering.    Firstly, let’s talk about Chrissie Hynde....

Rory Gallagher’s best songs

Rory Gallagher is one of the best guitarists that ever existed, we all agree on that, but that fame makes us forget that this guy also composed and performed great songs, beyond his splendid solos. It's a shame that today he is still remembered more for a false story, (the one that says that when Jimi Hendrix was asked what it felt like to be the...

Steve Hunter Interview

American Steve Hunter (14 June, 1948) first played with Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, before working with Bob Ezrin, Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, and Tracy Chapman, among many others. He played guitar on Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill and wrote and played the introduction for Reed’s Sweet Jane on Rock ‘n’ Roll...

Orianthi

Orianthi Penny Panagaris (22 January 1985), normally known as Orianthi, is an Australian guitarist, singer and songwriter who performed for several years with Alice Cooper, and was slated to be Michael Jackson’s lead guitarist on his final This Is It tour.   Orianthi’s 2009 single According to You...

Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (1969)

As 31 December 1969 approached, more than the end of the decade it seemed like the end of the world, mainly because the United States was caught up in a spiral of violence from which it seemed they might not emerge. The corpses of their young continued to arrive in coffins from Vietnam, their leaders were shot, like Martin Luther King and...

Tom Morello

Today at Guitars Exchange we would like to take a look at the life and times of New Yorker Tom Morello, the guitarist, singer/songwriter, actor, writer, and political activist who earned global fame through his stint with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, among other projects. Born Thomas Baptiste Morello on May 30, 1964, in Harlem, he...

Stray Cats - 40 (2019)

A few weeks ago Little Steven released the joyful album Summer of Sorcery and now Stray Cats return with 40 (24 May; Surfdog Records); a huge celebration of rockabilly. With new records by Black Keys, Tool and even the Pixies rumoured to be on the way, we may be heading for a much anticipated revival of rock and guitar music in the not too...

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (1969)

Green River was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s third album, the second of the three they released in 1969 and the first of their ‘trilogy of masterpieces’, to be completed with Willie And The Poor Boys and Cosmo's Factory. John Fogerty seemed to be touched by a magic wand and his creativity overflowed. It is incredible to think...

Idlewild - Interview Music (2019)

‘Expect the unexpected’ might be one summation of Idlewild’s eighth album, Interview Music, released 5th April.   “It is a disparate record; it’s more explorative. Some of the songs are classic Idlewild, whereas the rest of it goes off on different tangents,” guitarist Rod Jones recently told Guitars Exchange, and a listen...

Rich Robinson

If the Black Crowes were a kind of second coming of the Rolling Stones, then Rich Robinson would be the Keith Richards of the band,  the sound maker, and the riffs master with his open tunings, on which, mainly, others shone on the guitar solo. His is like a profile of Keith or Malcolm Young, always in the shadow of the brother who doesn't...

The Dream Syndicate - These Times (2019)

Californian-band The Dream Syndicate’s latest album, These Times (3 May 2019; Anti-) in many ways has the feel of a straight-forward road album, although the image they have chosen for the cover evokes a kind of psychedelic river trip. Either way, the journey is without doubt worth making.   Following 2017’s well-received...

The Who - Tommy (1969)

Tommy is one of those albums that is much more than an album, Tommy was quite an event that turned The Who into a group as popular as the Beatles and Stones. In its time it was considered to be the first rock opera in history and had a tremendous impact on its contemporaries, it may not be true but it was the album that best exemplified the concept...

Chuck Morrongiello

Chuck Morrongiello was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 19, 1960. We met on the occasion of the release of The Greatest Love (2016), the last album by Marty Balin (January 30, 1942 - September 27, 2018), the legendary American musician who is known for being the lead singer, composer and founder of the band Jefferson Airplane. Chuck was the last...

Johnny 'Guitar' Watson

Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson is one of those men who has fallen unjustly into oblivion. In the 50s he took his guitar into space with his innovative flashy style, without the need for a pick he found a vocal sound in the best tradition of Texan blues, by making his guitar sing. In the 60s he was crowned the gangster of love and the 70s saw him as a...

Little Steven - Summer Of Sorcery (2019)

Steven Van Zandt is one confident dude.   He sees the world as being in a disastrous state - “It’s unbelievable what’s going on; we’re in a civil war here” - and so decides to make an album, Summer of Sorcery (3 May 2019; Wicked Cool/UME), as celebratory and as sunny as could be. And then he organizes a huge world tour to...

Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)

At the end of 1968 Neil Young was quite disoriented, and he continued pretty lost after leaving Buffalo Springfield with a first solo album that, in his own words, had too many 'pre-recordings'. But then he listened to an album that he liked a lot; namely the debut album by the Californian band The Rockets. Young had known of them from the...

Dan Auerbach

Dan Auerbach and the Black Keys have been central to keeping the flame of rock alive in the 21st century, making their music ring out beyond the homes of the longtime fans of that music and having managed to convert more than one millennial to the religion of rock & roll and guitars. That is just one reason why we would hold him in the...

The Wildhearts - Renaissance Men (2019)

It must have been a hugely traumatic concert in Berlin with The Head Cat (Lemmy’s rockabilly group), because afterwards Ginger Wildheart said that he never wanted to play another acoustic set again in his life. “There was me and a friend on stage with acoustic guitars and thousands of Motörhead fans; to say it went down badly would be...