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Joe Perry - Sweetzerland Manifesto (2018)

Joe Perry’s latest solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, released January 19th on his own Roman Records label, adds to the impression that Aerosmith’s co-founder, key composer and lead guitarist is a man who loves variety and is having a lot of fun.   It is true that Perry suffered a heart attack while on stage in July 2016 but...

Van Halen - Van Halen (1978)

Now legendary hard rockers Van Halen, from Pasadena California, put out their debut album Van Halen 40 years ago this month (Feb 10). It hit the ground running behind the excellent work of producer Ted Templeman, known for his work with the Doobie Brothers and Captain Beefheart and went to #19 on the Billboard pop music charts. The original group...

The Doors - The Doors (1967)

If The Doors had only recorded this record, their legend and their singer, Jim Morrison, would be just as big. One of the greatest debuts in history, The Doors is a call to rebellion and the rebelliousness by the band that was the image of all the dangers surrounding youth and rock. If it sounds musically perfect it’s because the band had...

Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Black Coffee (2018)

Beth Hart is an edgy, take-no-prisoners soul singer from L.A., (along the lines of a Janis Joplin or Aretha Franklin), and Joe Bonamassa from NY, the guitar shredding bluesman, have put out their 3rd studio album together, Black Coffee in January 2018. This dynamic duo, one of the best in the business, first met in 2010 when famed producer Kevin...

Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (1973)

Billion Dollar Babies is both the culmination and the beginning of the breakup of the original legendary Alice Cooper band. It is, song for song, their best album, but also one in which you most notice producer Bob Ezrin’s touch by bringing aboard Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner to cover for Glen Buxton who was lost to booze. This could also be...

Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything? (1972)

Something/Anything? is a colossal work by one of the great talents the 70s gave us, the singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Todd Rundgren. It’s a double album where Rundgren plays all the instruments, and sings all vocals (except on the final side), besides producing the entire record. It is the fundamental record of an unjustly forgotten...

Small Faces - Small Faces (1967)

Released on June 23, 1967, Small Faces was the second record of the group led by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, being the first to release on the Immediate label and the second which was named after them. To complicate things further, their ex-label Decca had released another record, From the Beginning barely three weeks before this one. Yet, both...

Ty Segall - Freedom's Goblin (2018)

2018 looks like being Ty Segall’s breakthrough year.     The man who is often compared to David Bowie, because of his capacity to produce outstanding songs across a huge range of genres, releases Freedom's Goblin on January 26 and it is being viewed as his most ambitious and best album yet.     The...

Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul (1968)

Lady Soul was the record that made Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul, giving the genre its perfect voice and definitive sound. Franklin proves on this album what the most famous couple from ‘Swingin’ London’, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull said, “Aretha is the voice of God”. Released in January of ‘68, Lady Soul is one of the most...

Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (2018)

American instrumental rock guitarist Joe Satriani started off as a guitar teacher, guiding people like Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, and Kirk Hammett to name a few, toured with Mick Jagger on his solo record, had a brief stint as lead guitarist for Deep Purple, founded the G3 tour, working with a whole battery of guitarists, and was part of the...

The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

The Notorious Byrd Brothers is the most riotous album in The Byrds turbulent career; it also represents a good reflection of their career and is the favourite for fans of the band. Here the tremendous influence that this band had can be heard - it was at the forefront of various musical revolutions of the 60s like folk-rock, psychedelia and...

Wilco - Being There Deluxe Edition (2017)

Chicago based alt-rock/country band Wilco (shorthand for ‘will comply’) released a remastered version of their albums Being There (‘96) and A.M. (‘95) in December 2017, it comprises 5 CDs, the first two ‘original’ albums with 19 songs, some new and others re-edited, the 3rd is a collection of outtakes, alternates and demos, then discs 4...

AC/DC - Back In Black (1980)

Released in July of 1980, AC/DC’s Back In Black is a hard-rock fossil that is bigger than a dinosaur as a place in rock history. By far the band’s trophy album, and is the 2nd best-selling album ever (behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller)  with over 50 million copies sold, and reached #4 on Billboard 200. The record was recorded just 6...

Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)

Pink Floyd is one of the great bands in history - their huge albums of the 70s form part of the collective subconscious of rock - but it is frequently forgotten that the band’s origins were completely different; although equally brilliant. Led by the madcap genius of Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd were at the avant-guard of psychedelia in the...

The Rolling Stones - On Air (2017)

The Rolling Stones were reportedly surprised by the global success of their December 2016 covers album Blue & Lonesome - replete with ‘Chicago blues’ -, and so in its wake have decided to follow it up with the release of On Air, which collects together their live performances on BBC radio shows from October 1963 to September...

Spirit - The Family That Plays Together (1968)

In English there is a saying that says “The family that prays together, stays together”, so the boys of Spirit decided to play with the words and changed it to something more apt, “The family that plays together…”. In their case they were not lying as two of the band members were indeed family. The drummer Ed Cassidy, who was 45 years...

Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Paco de Lucía - Friday Night In San Francisco (1981)

The performance one Friday night in December of 1981 at San Francisco’s Warwick Theatre by Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco de Lucia is considered to be the event that launched the acoustic guitar into the collective global conscience. Three virtuosos, ‘The Guitar Trio’ put on a show of dextrous plucking and picking with such energy and...

Focus - Moving Waves (1971)

In 1971 the Dutch progressive rock quartet Focus, led by guitarist Jan Akkerman and singer/ multi-instrumentalist Thijs Van Leer, released their second record Moving Waves (also known as Focus II), and achieved something few continental European bands could do, find success in an Anglo market, reaching #2 on the British charts and #8 in the...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Barefoot In The Head (2017)

American blues rock band The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, led by ex-Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson, released their 5th album this year called Barefoot in the Head (Silver Arrow Records). It is a cleanly produced collection of original numbers that stick to what they do best, southern rock, psychedelic nuance, and funk grooves that bring back the...