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Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears (1991)

Ozzy's first farewellNo More Tears was Ozzy Osbourne's sixth solo album and also the most successful of his career, alongside Blizzard Of Ozz. The sales were justified as No More Tears is arguably Ozzy's third best album after the first two, alongside Randy Rhoads, and is the best of his collaborations with another of the great lead guitarists of...

Gov't Mule - Heavy Load Blues (2021)

Mule Variation Heavy Load Blues (12 November 2021; Fantasy Records) has been heralded as Gov’t Mule’s “first-ever blues album”, but Warren Haynes’ participation in The Allman Brothers Band and his various collaborations with legend Little Milton, show that the band and its leader already have a strong blues...

Rory Gallagher - Deuce (1971)

Igniting the flameRory Gallagher's second solo offering, Deuce, is arguably the studio album that best reflects the Irish guitarist's ferocity in his preferred medium, live. Deuce also represents the peak of his ‘power trio career’, surpassing any Taste album and narrowly edging out his remarkable debut, Rory Gallagher, released just six months...

Ronnie Wood - Mr. Luck - A Tribute to Jimmy Reed: Live at the Royal Albert Hall (2021)

Homage to a Hero Legendary guitarist Ronnie Wood has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Rolling Stones and The Faces, and has also played with The Jeff Beck Group; so when he seeks to pay homage to his own heroes, it’s time to sit up and listen.       Mr. Luck – A Tribute to...

Joe Walsh - But Seriously, Folks... (1978)

Keeping on going “I have a mansion, forget the priceAin't never been there, they tell me it's niceI live in hotels, tear out the wallsI have accountants pay for it allThey say I'm crazy but I have a good timeI'm just looking for clues at the scene of the crimeLife's been good to me so far…”   Life’s Been Good was the...

Eric Clapton - The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions (2021)

Faithful Testimony Eric Clapton’s latest release, The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions (12 November 2021; Mercury Studios) came about because the rock and blues guitar legend had to cancel his planned concerts at The Royal Albert Hall in February 2021, due to the pandemic. Like a number of other artists Clapton decided to capture the...

Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps (1979)

Rock & roll can never dieOn 16 August 1977, Elvis Presley died bloated on pills; fat and lonely in his Graceland mansion. We don't know if the last word he muttered was ‘Rosebud’ or something similar, but what was clear was that the King had died a long way from the Adonis who spread rock & roll fever halfway around the world. Rust...

Biffy Clyro - The Myth of the Happily Ever After (2021)

Upbeat Nihilism? Biffy Clyro’s The Myth of the Happily Ever After (22 October, 2021/Warner and 14th Floor) was produced shortly after A Celebration of Endings, with these latest songs reportedly being ‘left overs’. However, what might have been a hodgepodge collection of B-sides is nothing of the sort because the band retreated to their...

The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969)

The Bible of country rock Despite being a newcomer Gram Parsons had a huge influence on Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, the Byrds record that inaugurated what is now known as country rock, but, even though he was the main driving force, that band was still ruled by Roger McGuinn and that's why that record sounded like an anthropologist approaching...

Joe Bonamassa - Time Clocks (2021)

The Man Who Never Sleeps For a man who sings that he “was never a great puncher of time clocks” on the song that gives Time Clocks (29 October 2021/ Provogue) its name, Joe Bonamassa nonetheless maintains a work rhythm that is exhausting just to think about.     ‘Does this man ever sleep?’ asks one commentator...

Paul McCartney And Wings - Band On The Run (1973)

Rediscovering the magic By 1973 Paul McCartney had released four studio albums and several singles after the Beatles split up but few had taken him very seriously. The critics had taken a pop at him, and while his first two albums did not deserve the scorn, the next two were not up to the standards of a songwriter of his stature. On the other...

Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel (2018)

Transforming vulnerability into strength   There is something very endearing about a woman who is on the one hand a sensitive lyricist and highly talented composer but on the other is laid back, does everything on her own terms, and manages to transmit great strength while talking about her own vulnerabilities. In sum, Australian...

Tom Petty - Wildflowers (1994)

The great maturity album of his career"In the middle of his life, He left his wife and ran off to be bad, boy, it was sad to see"          Tom Petty was 44 when Wildflowers came out and at the comercial peak of his career, with Generation X seeing him as one of the few legit classic rockers. But his...

Pat Metheny - Side-Eye NYC (2021)

An Eye To The Future  Side-Eye NYC (10 September, 2021; Modern Recordings) is prolific Pat Metheny’s third album release this year following Road To The Sun and Down In Texas (Live Houston ‘81). This 2019 live recording from Sony Hall, New York, offers 30 minutes of new music plus a few imaginative re-workings of Metheny...

The Beatles - Let It Be (1970)

Re-evaluating the beginning of the end It seems that 2021 is going to be the year of Let It Be, because this Friday the Special and Deluxe edition is released; which follows those of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (2017), The BEATLES (better known as the The White Album) (2018) and Abbey Road (2019); and on November 25 the highly...

Robert Jon and The Wreck ‎– Shine A Light On Me Brother (2021)

Pure Class Robert Jon & The Wreck are a blast of fresh air, a class act, and a contender for album of the year with their latest offering, Shine A Light On Me Brother (3 September 2021). Following on from last year’s Last Light On The Highway the Orange County band, led by guitarist and lead vocalist Robert Jon Burrison, continue to...

Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007)

Completing the set of masterpiecesWhen it first came out, In Rainbows was more talked about for its revolutionary way of paying for it, as it was made available for digital download with a "pay what you want" philosophy for its content, but Radiohead's seventh studio album is one of the peaks of a career that already had three other masterpieces...

Iron Maiden - Senjutsu (2021)

Epic Tales of Derring-do Iron Maiden's seventeenth studio album, Senjutsu (3 September 2021; Parlophone), is the band’s first in six years following The Book of Souls, but has been well-worth the wait.    The album's Japanese title is loosely translated as "tactics and strategy," which is appropriate given that it has hit...

Joe Bonamassa - Now Serving: Royal Tea - Live from the Ryman (2021)

Another Cuppa? If you want to know why Joe Bonamassa has released Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman (11 June 2021; Provogue/Mascot Label Group) shortly after releasing Royal Tea you need to look no further than the track Conversation with Alice.    The live version bursts with more emotion from the off, bubbles in...