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Sonic Youth - Sister (1987)

Sonic Youth were the definitive alternative band, they had the sound, the concept and the attitude. Besides, they were cool. Yet, they lacked the songs. With Sister they began to refine themselves and to find the perfect vehicles to prove their theory, making this record one of the first of what came to be known as ‘noise pop’, a formula that...

Ben Harper - The Will To Live (1997)

By 1997 Ben Harper was the critics choice with 2 records on the market, Welcome to the Cruel World and Fight for Your Mind, which place him in the blues and folk revivalism, mainly acoustic, with his Weissenborn touch playing slide on his knees, what is known as a lap guitar. But that year, with The Will to Live, the equation was going to get into...

The Derek Trucks Band - Joyful Noise (2002)

Just listening to the first 24 seconds of this album will make you say, “Has Duane Allman come back to life?”. Of course when you find out that what you’re listening to is Butch Trucks’ (original drummer for the Allman Brothers) nephew, and he’s called Derek, after the fictitious group called Derek & The Dominos; a band the oldest of...

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus (1977)

It is not strange that the album has this title, Exodus is Bob Marley’s exile record, one that he recorded in London after surviving an assassination attempt in Jamaica, which led him to become the biggest star in history to have ever come from the 3rd world . An album divided in two parts, the first more political and religious, and the second...

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

In 1965 Brian Wilson listened to Rubber Soul and was stunned, The Beatles had released a perfect record form the first to the last song, without any stuffing. That’s how, a year later, Pet Sounds emerged, an incomparable record, in which he got the best out of a recording studio. The Beatles, especially Paul, became fascinated with the result and...

Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)

1995 was the official year of Britpop, the NME and the rest of British music magazines always willing to take anyone for a ride  (mainly if it’s on a scooter) they rubbed their eyes and never stopped selling samples thanks to the re-edition of the stupidest question ever asked: ‘Beatles or Stones?’ that in 1995 became ‘Oasis or...

The Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach (1972)

On October 29, 1971, Duane Allman died in an accident on his Harley Davidson. His band, The Allman Brothers, were in their finest hour, and that very October At Fillmore East, won them a gold record. Duane was in the middle of recording the new album and his death was much more than a shock to the rest, as most in the industry thought that they had...

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,...