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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...

Gary Clark Jr. Portrait

Despite a hugely promising start as a guitarist at the centre of the blues world, when Gary Clark Jr was 26 years old there was a moment when he wondered whether it was all worth it.   “In 2010 I was thinking about doing something else,” he says, “bills weren’t being paid, my electricity got cut off and I’m sitting there...

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...

Steve Hackett

Londoner Steve Hackett (born February 12, 1950) is best known as the lead guitarist for the legendary English progressive rockers Genesis, along with Phil Collins/drums, Peter Gabriel/lead vocals, Mike Rutherford/bass, and Tony Banks/keyboards. Today we will look at his formidable career as guitarist, songwriter, singer and composer that has...

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....

Phil Manzanera

Phil Manzanera’s guitar served to define the sound of art/rock during his time with Roxy Music, his original sound and innovative solos that gave more angularity and musicality to a band ahead of its time that mixed art, fashion, and cinema with avant-garde music and rock & roll from the 50s. His curiosity also led him to innovative projects...

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...

Carl Perkins

Carl Perkins found fame writing Blue Suede Shoes and taking it to the very top of the charts; played alongside Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and the Beatles; and was named as one of Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time, but his roots were as humble as can be imagined, and he carried them with him...

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...

Howlin' Wolf

They say that sometimes life imitates art, so in the case of Howlin' Wolf we could say that his life was a long blues with a lot of art and, incredibly, a happy ending. After all the possible stops: the 'Dickensian' childhood, the plantation, the alcohol, the women and, of course, the music, came recognition. The music that howled in the...

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...

Xtatic5

The online magazine AltFloyd called Xtatic5’s debut album ‘a diamond in the rough’ and said that “Do You Want to Play? surprises us at the same time as it brings names like David Bowie to mind”; while Rock y Punk described the band as having “complex harmonies and high quality lyrics full of human and social content. Bands like...

Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills is, in the words of his friend and companion Neil Young, "a musical genius". And I’m not going to disagree with the Canadian. It would be difficult to do so with someone who has traded solos with Young, Hendrix and Clapton, has a vocal register as high as Graham Nash, harmonizes with David Crosby and writes songs like For What It's...

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...