Unplugged

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...

John Mayer - Continuum (2006)

 Stepping Up, from Pop to Blues On Continuum (12 September, 2006; Colombia Records) John Mayer sought to draw on the spirit of Hendrix, Clapton and BB King to give his music a blues edge that had been lacking on his previous two offerings: Room for Squares (2001) and Heavier Things (2003). The gamble paid off as Continuum sold more than...

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...

Cliff Gallup

The approximate time that Clifton E. Gallup, better known as Cliff Gallup, was in the front line of rock & roll was eight months, from February 1956, when he was part of Gene Vincent's backing band, until October 18 when he had his last recording session with the singer. In those eight months he recorded 35 songs with Vincent that form, along...

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...

Fast Eddie Clarke

To talk about 'Fast' Eddie Clarke is to talk about Motörhead… yes, we know that he had already been playing for more than 10 years when he met Lemmy, including his time with Zeus, Curtis Knight's progressive blues band, and also that when he left the mythical band he formed Fastway, another more than acceptable band. But it was his six years...

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...

Tremonti - Marching In Time (2021)

The Tremonti Powerhouse The powerhouse that is Mark Tremonti has just released Marching In Time (24 September 2021; Napalm Records); his fifth release in nine years. This is only one less than his production with Alter Bridge. That would normally be more than sufficient to be considered a full and successful career; but as all fans know he...

Don McLean - American Pie (1971)

American pies and starry nights Don McLean was a little known folk singer, a disciple of Pete Seeger and with a debut album behind him that few had heard, until he decided to record the song he had composed about a tragedy - that had happened when he was a teenager and was delivering papers after school -, the death in a plane crash of Buddy...

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...

Hank Williams

Hank Williams was called the hillbilly Shakespeare and, believe me, this is not an exaggeration; his imprint on country music is absolutely gigantic. In just six years of recording career Williams left a legacy that still remains the Rosetta Stone of the genre.   If the US popular music of the early twentieth century has what is...

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...