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Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien (1987)

Joe Satriani (Satch to his mates) is the most commercially successful instrumental guitar soloist the world has ever seen. He has 6 gold and platinum records, has sold over 10 million copies to date, and has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards so far. Impressive street creds indeed! Things broke open for him with his 2nd album Surfing With the...

The Black Keys - Let's Rock (2019)

It was something of a concern to all lovers of the six string – and rock music in general -when, following the release of Brothers (2011) Dan Auerbach told Rolling Stone magazine that “guitar bores the shit out of me most of the time.”     Scroll forward to 2019 however and The Black Keys’ ninth album...

The sound of the ’59 Les Paul, through 10 mythical songs

There is no guitar model more desired in the world than a Gibson Les Paul Standard, or Burst as the connoisseurs prefer; particularly those of three years in which it was made, the 58, the 59 and the 60. Specifically those of the year 59 are considered the authentic Holy Grail of the guitar; they do not reach a thousand copies, some 1,500 if...

Nils Lofgren - Blue With Lou (2019)

The real heart of Nils Lofgren’s latest album Blue with Lou (26 April; Cattle Track Records) can be found in the tender third track Talk Thru The Tears -  which is a reworking of Smile – when Lofgren croons: “Laugh, though your heart is breaking…” because in many ways this album is a lament and a tribute to two men Lofgren...

Kenny Wayne Shepherd - The Traveler (2019)

Louisana-born Kenny Wayne Shepherd debuted with his outstandingly successful blues album Ledbetter Heights in 1995 and continues to show his class almost a quarter of a century later with the release of The Traveler on 31 May 2019 (Provogue/ Mascot Label Group/ Concord Records).   Over those years Shepherd has grown...

Syd Barrett - The Madcap Laughs (1970)

“I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us are.  Very hard to explain why you're mad, even if you're not mad.” [backed by distant manic laughter]   Speak To Me, Dark Side of The Moon   There are so many stories about the Pink Floyd co-founder, original lead singer and...

Rory Gallagher - Blues (2019)

The release of Blues, a 3 LP collection Rory Gallagher’s material, released on May 31, 2019, is a special treat for fans of the legendary Irishman’s style and commitment to the mastery of his instrument and the blues. It comes in 3 delicious parts, Acoustic, Electric, and Live performances, a treasure chest of rare unreleased recordings,...

Blondie - Parallel Lines (1978)

Blondie’s third album, Parallel Lines (23 September 1978; Chrysalis Records), was a pop sensation that brought the band international success and sold over 20 million copies but, like a lot of classic albums, it was born out of almost total disorder.      One key element of this chaos - and success - was...

Hollywood Vampires - Rise (2019)

You will be forgiven if you don’t know the new kids on the rock block, Hollywood Vampires, but the band’s components will certainly ring bells. The main moving parts are rock God Alice Cooper/lead vocal, Aerosmith’s axe-shredder Joe Perry, and superstar Hollywood actor/bad boy Johnny Depp brandishing his guitar on this their 2nd LP, Rise...

Jeff Beck - Truth (1968)

It’s been 51 years since the release of an album that defined an era in rock history: Truth, by the Jeff Beck Group. It would become the standard bearer of all things blues/rock to come. For starters, it brought together young talents like singer Rod Stewart, bassist Ronnie Wood, pianist Nicky Hopkins, drummer and ex-Bluesbreaker Mickey Waller,...

Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars (2019)

The Boss has released his first studio album in 5 years, a pretty little gem called Western Stars that is lined with his hybred country inclinations, backed by soulful orchestral cinematic brushes, yet while ever-Springsteen, the album is more thoughtful and less political, housing a well produced package of slow-baked short stories, woven through...

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....

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...

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...

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...