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The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992)

The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion appeared in full explosion of grunge and alternative music at the beginning of the 90s, those behind it couldn’t have been farther out of  sync with those bands, even if they shared a certain rejection of the pompous metal hair of the previous decade. And while the first bands cited the Pixies,...

Radiohead - Ok Computer (1997)

On their third record Radiohead managed to square the circle, bringing together two worlds, which had until then been opposed, the guitar rock of their previous album, The Bends, with the technological experimentation of other musics and worlds that appear on their following record Kid A. Ok Computer was that moment when Radiohead emerged as the...

The Black Keys - El Camino (2011)

The Black Keys had begun their career in the shadow of the White Stripes, as Jack White’s ilk, their thing being  basic, simplified blues/garage rock ; guitar, drums and voice. Little by little they had gained a reputation and got their career off the ground in a most interesting way, in 2008 they broadened their palat by hooking up with...

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (2011)

If the record/documentary ‘Sonic Highways’ (a much better documentary than record) showed anything, it is that Dave Grohl’s influences fall between classic rock and the alternative  and hardcore scene he was part of.  Someone who has an intense love for the Beatles and Hüsker Dü at the same time, balancing the search for yourself...

Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967)

One of the three ‘kings’ of blues, together with B.B. and Freddie, Albert King was at his best in 1966 when he signed on to legendary label Stax; accompanied by the studio band, none other than Booker T. & THE M.G.’s with the Memphis Horns, King lets fly in a series of sublime singles between March 1966 and June ‘67 that appear on this...

Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)

Out of the great bands that surfaced in the early 90s in Seattle, Pearl Jam were the ones who had their roots firmly in classic rock. It may be that Vedder, Gossard, McCready and Ament liked the Pixies but you didn’t see it as much as their love for Hendrix, Kiss, Neil Young, or The Who. Not surprisingly, out of all of those bands, they would...

Deep Purple - Made In Japan (1972)

Made in Japan serves as a type of greatest hits of the most popular combination of Deep Purple members, known as Mk II where the original members, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, and Jon Lord, were joined by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to become a hard rock reference. Recorded in August 1972, in just two recitals in Japan, the record...

Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)

People normally think that the 90s began January 1, 1990, but it isn’t so, the real beginning was on the 24th of September 1991, the day Nirvana’s Nevermind was released, and was officially confirmed the 11th of January 1992, when it followed Dangerous by Michael Jackson as #1 on the charts in the U.S.. The 80s finally died, and long live the...

Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (1990)

Gary Moore was destined to make a record like Still Got the Blues, not for nothing was he one of tons of lads who decided to pick up a Les Paul after hearing Eric Clapton play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and he has mentioned that All Your Love was the song that changed his life. But besides that, Moore was the owner of one of the most...

John Mayall - Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)

The most important record in British blues history comes signed by one of the fathers of the genre in the U.K., John Mayall, but has another leading man as well, a young Eric Clapton who was going to have to give credit to the wall graffiti that flooded London with the phrase ‘Clapton is God’. The guitarist had quit the Yardbirds after...

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975)

Four notes from David Gilmour’s black Stratocaster (B flat, F, G, E) were what triggered the most melancholic and heartfelt record by Pink Floyd. Those four notes made something click in Roger Waters’ head that brought him to his friend and ex leader and founder of the band, Syd Barrett. His ghost, who had always been with them since his...

Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994)

When I met him, he was already dead. What I mean is when I heard him, listened to him for the first time; his prodigious voice, his guitar. This is another dramatic rock story, another one of a genius youngster immortalised by death. It’s also the story of a Telecaster, which for having been a loan to friend, ended up selling for $50k,...

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass (1970)

In the Twickenham studios, George Harrison couldn’t keep his head from spinning. They came to a boil in his guts and under his fingers on tens of new tunes, but he was keeping them for himself. The last experience came off rather disappointing. For sure, Something and Here Comes the Sun deserved a spot on Abbey Road, the last album together with...

The White Stripes - Elephant (2003)

He’s the most modern musician playing the oldest music. The most primitive blues which through his hands and savage guitar pick — “the hardest he can find”— which he uses to strike the chords on a plastic guitar, turns it into a thing of postmodernist magic with the deconstruction of the newest sound of this new century....

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate (2016)

Michael Kiwanuka is a Brit who grew up listening to Oasis, Blur, and the rest of the shining stars of Britpop. But not much of it shows in his music, as he himself says in one of his songs, he is “a black man in a white world”, and when he started recording, the influences that we could see were from the likes of Curtis Mayfield,...

Derek & The Dominos - Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

August 26, 1970 should be a date highlighted in red by all guitar lovers. That was the day that two of the best guitarists in history met, Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, and they ended up playing together in the studio, exchanging notes, smiles, and tremendous mutual admiration. I have always considered Layla & Other assorted Love Songs...

Gary Clark Jr.

Texan born Gary Clark Jr., at 33 is one of a few rising stars on the blues scene with his trademark howling guitar and velvet voice. His influences range from soul, blues, rock, country, and hip-hop, but mainly he’s a Texan guitar player; he wants it to be “bangin”. Throughout his short career, he has powerfully reminded us how blues has...

Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare (1990)

The record that revolutionised the guitar and made him a legend   As a good Frank Zappa student, Steven Siro (June 6, 1960, Carle Place, New York), known in rock history as Steve Vai, collates the two conditions needed to be a genius: he’s a master player, and he’s completely mad, but not in the sick sense, rather in one of...

Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Not Fragile (1974)

For a look at the quintessential Canadian rock band (1974-79) we turn our eyes and ears to Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO), who had a steely grip on 3 & 4-chord rock from the get-go, and still get radio rotation time worldwide. Their hit Takin’ Care of Business ranks number 10 of the 100 most covered songs in history. They had 5 albums...