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Heart - Dreamboat Annie (1975)

It is difficult to imagine now just how revolutionary Heart’s debut album, Dreamboat Annie, was at the time.   Apart from Janis Joplin, Suzy Quatro, and perhaps Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, it is difficult to think of many women who were really rocking out at the time. Branded the “female Led Zeppelin,”...

Keith Richards - Talk Is Cheap (1988)

As the 1980s wore on, relations between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were wearing perilously thin.   Jagger wanted the Rolling Stones to move in new and more contemporary musical directions, while Richards wanted to keep mining the band’s blues roots. Something had to give and when Jagger decided not to tour to support...

Boston - Boston (1976)

In September 1976 the airwaves were filled with disco and punk rock, as rock and roll was in decline, then came the eponymous debut album from Tom Scholz’s Boston and everything changed in the blink of an eye. With it, Boston sold more copies than any other debut album in history, with over 17 million cha-chings! (the record was broken by Guns...

Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs (2019)

The Tedeschi Trucks Band is back with a new, 4th studio album of their career, (Feb. 15) Signs, (Fantasy Records), in a collection of some of their most diverse material, ranging from their signature mash of blues, soul, rock, gospel, and traditional rock jams, but this time the scores are markedly more sophisticated while remaining big, brassy,...

Soundgarden - Superunknown (1994)

A 25th anniversary is a time for reflection but, in contrast to the celebration of the 20th year of Superunknown’s 1994 release, we cannot this time ignore the tragic loss of Soundgarden’s co-founder, lyricist, guitarist and lead singer, Chris Cornell.  When Cornell walked into his hotel room after closing another successful concert...

Dream Theater - Distance Over Time (2019)

The progressive metal band Dream Theater has released their 14th studio album this month, Distance Over Time, (Feb. 22) and will certainly please fans with a shorter, scaled down collection of songs but the material isn’t scaled back at all. Unlike their previous record, The Astonishing, which was a 34-song, 2 hour and 10-minute opus, this...

George Harrison - Brainwashed (2002)

The twelfth and last album by George Harrison, Brainwashed, was released in November 2002, nearly a year after his death. Despite having begun to record it more than a decade before its release was finalised by his son Dhani and his mate (and Travelling Wilbury) Jeff Lynne after his death. What could have been a washed-out record and without much...

AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (1977)

In early 1977 AC/DC already had 3 albums under their belts but it would be their 4th where they would find their winning formula, their own hard sound, one  that they would etch in stone and be faithful to the rest of their career. Malcolm Young had taken a step back to focus on the rhythm and left the spotlight to his brother Angus, as you...

Metallica - Helping Hands...Live & Acoustic at the Masonic (2019)

American heavy metal giants Metallica have released their first official acoustic set in a 2 LP package of a live performance they played on November 3, 2018 at The Masonic in San Francisco. Helping Hands...Live & Acoustic at the Masonic was a benefit concert for the band’s All Within My Hands Foundation which raises funds for charities who...

Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (1976)

Jailbreak was Thin Lizzy’s sixth album and the third with the classic lineup, with the twin guitars of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson, as well as the founders, Phil Lynott, on vocals and bass, and Brian Downey, on drums. Although their previous work, Fighting, already inaugurated the sound of their classical era, success was still...

Rival Sons - Feral Roots (2019)

It’s been almost 10 years since Before the Fire, Rival Sons first album release, and since then the band have gone from strength to strength. In terms of quality, confidence and variety, Feral Roots certainly ranks up there with their outstanding Pressure and Time, and may even top it.   For their sixth release, the Californian...

Alice Cooper - Killer (1971)

1971 was the year for Alice Cooper and his band.   First they released Love it to Death in February and had a hit with I’m Eighteen. Then they hooked up with producer Bob Ezrin and in November of the same year released Killer, which transformed their image from a band with an outrageous touring show to a group of substance....

Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)

Pink Floyd’s tenth studio album, Animals, released 23 January 1977, is framed by two warm and gentle acoustic pieces, but that ‘packaging’ does not fool anyone: this record exudes rage and anger from start to finish. Ironic then that it was released in the midst of the explosion of punk rock, which was in some ways a reaction to...

Tom Petty - The Best of Everything: The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016 (2019)

2019 is going to be a celebration for Tom Petty fans because this year brings certain dates marked in red on the calendar, October 19th marks the 40 year anniversary of his masterpiece with the Heartbreakers, Damn The Torpedoes, while the 29th of April celebrates the 30th birthday of his most popular album, Full Moon Fever, and November 1st marks...

KISS - KISS Alive! (1975)

It is considered to be one of the greatest live rock albums of all time, right up there with Cheap Trick At Budokan, Made in Japan by Deep Purple, and Frampton Comes Alive by Peter Frampton, we are of course talking about KISS Alive!, released in 1975. It was an explosive package that delivered more than anything out there at the time. For...

Bruce Springsteen - Springsteen on Broadway (2018)

Springsteen seems to have decided that this is the moment to pull back the curtain on the show of his life and let his audience into his private living room, with pretty much just him, his guitar, and his piano.   Mixing his stripped back songs with - sometimes long, but always entertaining or amusing - tales from his highly...

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I (1969)

The debut album of the most important rock band of the 70s provided a definitive fusion between blues and rock and created something totally new. Jimmy Page drew heavily on other tunes, mainly blues, to create these songs but the result, once played by the four members of Led Zeppelin is something entirely of their own. It is true that Page could...

David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971)

In January 1971 David Bowie had just turned 24, and had behind him three studio albums and a seven-year career (if we count from the release date of his first single) - that did not seem to be taking him anywhere. He had tasted the sweetness of success in 1969 with Space Oddity but, after the failure of The Prettiest Star, he had returned to the...

Suede - The Blue Hour (2018)

Fans will be pleased that Brett Anderson’s relocation from the city to rural Somerset has done nothing to soften his dark edge.   Where others might focus on the rolling hills, gambling lambs and warm fireplaces, Anderson is drawn more by the abandoned playgrounds, junk filled wastelands and frozen fields. Furthermore, on The Blue...