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Johnny Cash - At the Carousel Ballroom, April 24th, 1968 (2021)

The Trilogy Complete Johnny Cash, At The Carousel Ballroom, April 24th 1968 (24 September 2021; Sony Music, Owsley Stanley Foundation and Renew Records/BMG) is a previously unreleased live concert recorded in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, just days before the release of the legendary At Folsom Prison, and around six months before...

T. Rex - Electric Warrior (1971)

It's just rock & roll (with makeup) but we like itMarc Bolan had been a mod, a hippie, a folkie troubadour and many other things, but, at the age of 24, the only thing he knew for sure was that he was going to be a star. In his tiny 165 centimeters was enclosed a giant ego and a blind confidence in himself, so when in January 1971 Ride A White...

Eagles - One Of These Nights (1975)

Five In Flight  The Eagles were already a big act in the early 1970s but the release of One of These Nights (10 June, 1975; Asylum) brought them their first number one single, topped the US album charts, and took them to another level.     While guitarist Glenn Frey and drummer Don Henley wrote four of the nine...

Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham (2021)

Going his own way Stevie Nicks was only able to join Fleetwood Mac because of Lindsey Buckingham’s insistence, but that didn’t stop her years later allegedly demanding his ejection following a row during an award’s ceremony. Then, in 2019, the American guitarist underwent a triple bypass operation following a heart attack, and soon after...

B.B. King - Live In Cook County Jail (1971)

The intensity of the king of the bluesIn 1970, after a performance at Mister Kelly's, one of Chicago's best nightclubs, the warden of Chicago's Cook County Prison approached B.B. King to ask him to perform at the prison. He accepted and his record company decided to record him, since concerts in prisons had become fashionable after Johnny Cash's At...

Sturgill Simpson - The Ballad of Dood and Juanita (2021)

A Restless Spirit You have to hand it to country artist Sturgill Simpson; he doesn’t hang around. Following the release of two volumes of Cuttin’ Grass in the last two years, he now returns with a concept album The Ballad of Dood and Juanita (20 August 2021; High Top Mountain), which he reportedly canned within a...

The Wallflowers - Exit Wounds (2021)

Refocusing On Roots Rock Following Jakob Dylan’s folk solo records, Seeing Things and Women + Country, his first Wallflowers album in nearly a decade, Exit Wounds (9 July 2021; New West Records), sees him focusing once more on roots rock.     Lyrically Dylan seeks to strike a balance between the difficult times of...

John Lennon - Imagine (1971)

Lennon SquaredIt is 50 years since John Lennon said "imagine no possessions" from his huge mansion in Tittenhurst Park, in one more of the many contradictions that fill the life of the man who, together with Paul McCartney, formed the most important songwriting duo of the 20th century. Precisely from his relationship with Paul comes another of the...

Queen - A Day At The Races (1976)

Top Marks  A Day At The Races (10 December 1976; EMI/ Elektra) is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Queen, comprising Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.    Recorded at The Manor, Sarm West and Wessex Studios in England, Queen sought to build on the success of their previous album, A...

Stevie Ray Vaughan - In Step (1989)

His involuntary musical testament In Step is Stevie Ray Vaughan's last solo album – specifically with his inseparable Double Trouble -  as 15 months after releasing it the singer and guitarist died in a tragic accident. It must be one of the cruelest ironies of fate, because after a lifetime of playing with fire, and countless...

The Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup (1973)

A remarkably high level stumble In 1972 the Rolling Stones had reached the pinnacle of their art with Exile On Main Street, completing an incredible four-year period in which they released the four best albums of their career, as well as a great live album, and on which, after the Beatles' split, they had become what their motto said: "the...

David Crosby - For Free (2021)

Golden Years Octogenarian David Crosby has survived a liver transplant, multiple heart attacks and diabetes, as well as his own drink and drug problems, but he continues to surprise with his creativity and strong spirit on For Free (23 July 2021; BMG).     Nowhere is that feeling more evident than on the title track,...

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Layla Revisited (Live At Lockn' 2021)

Should Hendrix Be Covered? When I listened to Layla Revisited (Live at Lockn') (16 July 2021; Fantasy Records) I couldn’t help but think of the words of a knowledgeable friend of mine who once said: “don’t try to cover Hendrix!”        The fact is that here the Tedeschi Trucks Band have not only...

John Mayer - Sob Rock (2021)

 Some Tequila In Your Coffee Four years after releasing the hugely popular The Search for Everything, John Mayer draws together singles he has been releasing over the interim years on his eighth solo album, Sob Rock (16 July, 2021; Columbia Records).      Before exploring his latest offering it is worth...

Brian May - Back To The Light (1992)

Driven By You There is a touching moment at the end of a live version of Driven By You when Brian May, with his legendary signature Red Special in hand, turns momentarily away from the tens of thousands of fans in the stadium and gently smiles to the camera. The clear message of that moment is ‘everything I do is driven by you [the...

Billy F Gibbons - Hardware (2021)

Hot! Hot! Hot! Billy Gibbons’ latest solo album Hardware (4 June 2021; Concord Records) follows hot on the tails of his 2015 offering, the Latin-tinged Perfectamundo, and 2018’s The Big Bad Blues. Here the ex- ZZ Top legend seems to have swapped his legendary ’59 Les Paul for an SG custom to successfully give shape and flavour to a...

The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965)

The album as a work of art Rubber Soul is one of the most important albums in the history of the Beatles (and that means in the history of rock). It is the work that separates them from their first period as pop idols and put them at the vanguard of the genre, turning the recording studio into the perfect place to experiment. It was the album...

Myles Kennedy - The Ides Of March (2021)

Let Rock Ease Your Worried Mind There may be multiple layers of complexity in Myles Kennedy’s choice of title for his latest album, The Ides Of March (14 May 2021; Napalm Records). One is that ‘The Ides’ originally referred to the new moon of a given month, and so suggests a time for rebirth and celebration. On the other hand Shakespeare...

Emily Wolfe - Outlier (2021)

No Secrets In Emily Wolfe’s exclusive interview with Guitars Exchange to launch her eponymous debut album, she said “I want to show the aggression, the anger and the dark side of me in my guitar playing, and then the lighter happier side of me in my voice... [I want] to do something that no-one has ever done before…”...