Unplugged

Kirk Hammett

In 1983 a Californian band called Metallica was preparing to record its first album in the city of New York. That band was formed by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, a newcomer Cliff Burton and a guitarist named Dave Mustaine who increasingly mixed his taste for drugs with a tendency to violence that made it increasingly unbearable to live with him in...

Robert Plant - Carry Fire (2017)

Robert Plant is one of the greats of rock that is aging with dignity and class, knowing that his voice is no longer for singing Whole Lotta Love or Immigrant Song, he  has found a way to adapt to it with the expertise that has always been with him. Delighted with his new tone and search for the roots, without forgetting to look at the future,...

R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (1992)

R.E.M.’s eighth album came when the boys from Athens became global rock stars on the heels of their success with Out of Time. But instead of following that vein they decided to make a more somber, intimate record. A record on which the ballads play a major role and the lovely voice of Michael Stipe is especially brilliant. It is the least direct...

Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine (1992)

In 1992, when the debut album of Rage Against The Machine appeared, the world saw that rap and metal mixed perfectly, as they had seen a couple of years earlier with Public Enemy and Anthrax. Furthermore, throw in the fact that Tom Morello took the electric guitar sound a step further, just as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen had done before,...

Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967)

In July of 1966 Eric Clapton left John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, when he was replaced by the great Peter Green, and hooked up with the 2 musicians who, like him, had been named the  best on their instruments by an English music magazine, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. The name they chose showed that the `power trio’ were full of...

Bonnie Raitt

American blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt became a superstar after 10 albums and no commercial success until her 1989 blockbuster Grammy winning album Nick of Time. It vaulted her into the limelight and she hasn’t stopped since. She has amassed 10 Grammys, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), is listed at 50 on Rolling...

Annie Clark / St. Vincent - Masseduction (2017)

It is not easy to get a handle on Annie Clark, aka St Vincent.   On this occasion, Clark has again taken another leap into the dark with her new album, Masseduction, released on 13th October. Specifically, for example, she has thrown her long-time fans a curveball by largely eschewing guitars for drum machines, pianos and synths....

Ringo Starr - Give More Love (2017)

Ringo Starr is back with friends and his All Starrs on his latest effort Give More Love, released in September of this year. It is his 19th studio record since the Beatles broke up, something quite extraordinary since he was considered the least of the Fab Four to get anywhere after the split. Often derided as talentless and juvenile, he certainly...

George Harrison - Cloud Nine (1987)

Cloud Nine represented the return of George Harrison after the early 80s’ period in which he had released the weakest albums of his career. He had semi-retired because he was tired of the bad reviews that Gone Troppo had received and bitter about John Lennon’s death in December 1980. By the time this album appeared Harrison had gone five...

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970)

Cosmo’s Factory was the 5th record released in 2 years by Creedence. But instead of being logically exhausted, it was a moment of glory for the band. John Fogerty returns as the main man, composing all the original songs on the record, providing one of the most gravely voices in rock history, and being the lead guitarist. As he once declared in...

Bert Jansch

When Bert Jansch is spoken of, two points are usually highlighted: first, that one of his biggest fans, by his own admission, took his arrangement from the traditional folk song Blackwaterside and converted it into an instrumental on Led Zeppelin’s song, Black Mountain Side, and then put his own name to it: Jimmy Page. The second is that...

Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches (2017)

Born in 1945, a shipyard worker’s son, raised listening to country, blues, and gospel, a young Van Morrison was a traveling musician at 13 playing the guitar and sax in several bands until he formed Them in 1964. And now 53 years later, with 37 albums on the shelf, 2 Grammy Awards, an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (‘93), Knighted...

Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark? (2017)

In 2014, with their debut album, Royal Blood were described as being something like “the saviours of rock", with their powerful mix of riffs and choruses to be chanted aloud. The distinctive point of this duo, which drank from the sources of rock at the start of the XXI century (with White Stripes and Queens Of The Stone Age at the head), was...

Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power (1973)

The Stooges had broken up without seeing any great success in 1971 after two great albums, The Stooges and Fun House, a short while after James Williamson joined them on guitar. But meanwhile a fan of the band had become a star. David Bowie had met Iggy Pop and had hired him for his manager’s record company; shortly afterwards, Iggy had a...

Badi Assad Interview

If you have ever had the sensation that you cannot believe what you are seeing or hearing is really happening, then you are in some small way prepared for the experience of the Brazilian virtuoso guitarist Badi Assad.   It is true that Assad is one of only three women on Rolling Stone’s list of 70 Brazilian guitar masters, whose...

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr is one of the most atypical ‘guitar heroes’ in history, a guy who built his legacy almost without the need to do solos, but who managed to integrate his multiple influences into one the most recognised styles in the history of music. With The Smiths, he was given a titanic task, to replicate the famous ‘Wall of Sound’ by Phil...

The Killers - Wonderful, Wonderful (2017)

Wonderful Wonderful, The Killers fifth studio album, again sees the band topping the UK album chart, following the success of Battle Born (2012).            The Killers are undoubtedly currently one of the biggest bands in the world. And befitting their status, they are surrounded by rock royalty...

Supersonic Blues Machine - Californisoul (2017)

The members of the Supersonic Blues Machine are of the same opinion as Homer Simpson, that “rock attained perfection in 1974. It’s a scientific fact!”. Little wonder then that their ideologue and bassman Fabrizio Grossi has affirmed that this Californisoul, the 2nd record of their career sounds like “the lost soundtrack of a trip down a...

The Butterfield Blues Band - East-West (1966)

Paul Butterfield was the first white harmonica player to be accepted as a true bluesman due to his commitment to the instrument and his deep love for the blues, jazz and everything in between. Up to that point blues was something of ‘forbidden’ territory for whites, a musical culture that simply wasn’t their story. The Paul Butterfield Blues...