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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...

Brian Setzer

Brian Setzer was born on April 10, 1959, in Massapequa, New York, the very same year Buddy Holly had died on February 3, Elvis was halfway through his 2 years of military service, Little Richard had quit rock & roll to find religion, Chuck Berry had various problems with the law, and Jerry Lewis was losing his career due to his scandalous...

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...

Kurt Cobain

It is 25 years since the death of Kurt Cobain, the man who led Nirvana and became the last great rock star; something he hated deeply, having been a part of the alternative and 'underground' music of the 80s. Twenty-five years after his death his legacy remains alive, and is the main reference of 90s music. His career was short but practically...

Don Felder

Don Felder (21 September 1947) is an American guitar legend who was a key member of The Eagles, with whom he played for over a quarter of a century. Among his enormous contributions to the band, he cowrote the huge international hit Hotel California.   Felder also played and toured with Crosby and Nash, among many others, and in 2008...

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...

George Benson

When Wes Montgomery died on June 15, 1968, the jazz world didn’t have to look very far to find his substitute, some months before George Benson had released his 3rd solo album, Giblet Gravy, and his refined, melodic style made him the deserving successor to the crown as the new king of the jazz guitar. This was also what the heavyweights of the...

Shawn Lane

The man who played with Ringo Starr, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, turned down an Alice Cooper tour, and reportedly ‘blew away’ Ted Nugent on an onstage guitar riff duel – Shawn Lane - is not well-known outside guitar circles.    And, even ‘among those in the know’, it is his shredding that predominantly captures the...

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,”...

T-Bone Walker

Perhaps T-Bone Walker is remembered more for his famous disciples than his own music, but anyone who plays an electric guitar is indebted to him, as he was the first one to plug the instrument in to play and sing the blues, thus creating, electric blues. His Stormy Monday pushed B.B.King into getting an electric guitar but, besides that, the show...

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...

Wilko Johnson

Wilko Johnson (12 July 1947) is an enormously loved and respected guitarist and singer. He was a founder member of Dr Feelgood in the 1970s and played rhythm for Ian Dury and the Blockheads in the early 80s, before forming The Wilko Johnson Band around 1984.     In 2013, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he responded...

Emily Wolfe

American guitarist Emily Wolfe (11 May 1990), who has just released her eponymous debut album, is light, warm, and open in conversation; but there is also a darker side to her personality. And these two extremes are strongly expressed in her music, to powerful effect.   If you haven’t heard her yet, take a moment now to listen to...

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...