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Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd (1973)

In 1972 Al Kooper discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert and didn’t hesitate in signing them to his label and produced their first record, Pronounced Leh Nerd Skin Nerd. It was the crowning moment of what was known as ‘southern rock’, the Allman Brothers came first but their music was from a different approach, with blues and jazz being as...

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II (1991)

Clearly Appetite for Destruction is the great Guns N’ Roses album, but that doesn’t mean that the 2 volumes of Use Your Illusion lack substance. At the peak of their fame, Axl, Slash, Izzy, and Duff released 2 records at the same time, selling more than half a million copies in their first week and shot to # 1 and #2 on the charts worldwide. It...

Queen (1973) - Queen II (1974) - Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

‘Queen’ (1973) On the 13th of July 1973, record stores presented the first Queen album, they had recorded it between December 1971 and November 1972, among their influences are hard rock, progressive rock, and glam, but they had their own thing that nobody else sounded like. It’s still a work in progress but shows the many qualities, as...

The Stooges - Fun House (1970)

One of the best rock albums of all time. It was dirty work, indecent and dangerous, where Iggy Pop and his boys let loose the biggest gob of spit at American society at the time, a moment when the slogan “peace, love and music” was still moist. That wasn’t what the boys saw, there was violence, racial riots, and so much inequality, and this...

The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday (1967)

The Byrds always seemed to be one step ahead of their contemporaries, if with their first record they had created folk rock guided by Roger McGuinn’s legendary 12-string Rickenbacker, in February of ’67 they brought the ‘summer of love’ closer by a few months and delivered some of the first masterpieces of psychedelia. The band had...

The Yardbirds - Little Games (1967)

Little Games is not a great album but it certainly is an important record for electric guitar lovers thanks to its two absolute heroes, Jimmy Page and his Fender ‘Dragon’ Telecaster from 1959. This is the 4th and last record by the Yardbirds, and the first where Jimmy Page takes over lead guitar after Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, what is...

KISS - Love Gun (1977)

Love Gun is one of the most special records in the Kiss discography, it was their 6th studio record and 4th in 2 years, their second collaboration with legendary producer Eddie Kramer (not counting the fabulous live Alive), after  the first album where all 4 members sang at least one song, the first by Ace Frehley on such a task, and the...

The Band - The Last Waltz (1978)

On the 25th of November 1976, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., The Band took the stage at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco to celebrate their last show. Joining them on stage were la creme de la creme of rock music back then, from Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, and on to Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters or Dr. John, besides an ex-...

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...