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The Dream Syndicate - These Times (2019)

Californian-band The Dream Syndicate’s latest album, These Times (3 May 2019; Anti-) in many ways has the feel of a straight-forward road album, although the image they have chosen for the cover evokes a kind of psychedelic river trip. Either way, the journey is without doubt worth making.   Following 2017’s well-received...

The Who - Tommy (1969)

Tommy is one of those albums that is much more than an album, Tommy was quite an event that turned The Who into a group as popular as the Beatles and Stones. In its time it was considered to be the first rock opera in history and had a tremendous impact on its contemporaries, it may not be true but it was the album that best exemplified the concept...

Little Steven - Summer Of Sorcery (2019)

Steven Van Zandt is one confident dude.   He sees the world as being in a disastrous state - “It’s unbelievable what’s going on; we’re in a civil war here” - and so decides to make an album, Summer of Sorcery (3 May 2019; Wicked Cool/UME), as celebratory and as sunny as could be. And then he organizes a huge world tour to...

Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)

At the end of 1968 Neil Young was quite disoriented, and he continued pretty lost after leaving Buffalo Springfield with a first solo album that, in his own words, had too many 'pre-recordings'. But then he listened to an album that he liked a lot; namely the debut album by the Californian band The Rockets. Young had known of them from the...

Bob Seger - Night Moves (1976)

‘Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight’, as the saying goes, and one gent who knows that to be true is American rock God Bob Seger, the Detroit native kicked around in various bands like The Decibels, The Town Criers, and Doug Brown & the Omens, then fronted his own groups called Bob Seger and the Last Heard, then The Bob...

Erja Lyytinen - Another World (2019)

Finn Erja Lyytinen’s latest self-produced album Another World (26 April, Tuohi Records) is a real treat for guitar lovers everywhere.   The European Blues Award Winner is well established as a blues artist but recently her music has tended more towards 80s rock and metal. On her latest record she has also brought in American...

Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger (1975)

In 1975 Willie Nelson had definitively ‘found himself’. This is because the key elements that led to the discovery of the Nelson that we all know today were: firstly, in 1969, when he took control of Trigger, a classic Martin N-20 with nylon strings (on which he added the pickup from his old Baldwin to amplify its sound). When he received...

Steve Earle - Guy (2019)

When American Steve Earle was 14 he ran away from home to try and seek out his guitar idol Townes Van Zandt, and when he was 19 he hitch-hiked from San Antonio to Nashville and came across Guy Clark; and both became his lifelong friends, musical colleagues and guides. “When it comes to mentors, I’m glad I had both,” says Earle....

Prince and The Revolution - Purple Rain (1984)

Prince's career was built gradually until ‘the final assault’ of Purple Rain. Prince was first seen as the heir to Stevie Wonder with his first two albums; then Dirty Mind was his critical consolidation, 1999 his first massive success and later came Purple Rain, the definitive peak of his career, which consolidated him as a pop star with a...

The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones (1964)

In April 1964 The Rolling Stones released their eponymous debut album with what Keith Richards described as half-comprised mixes, mostly all covers and rushed to the market by then producer Andrew Loog Oldham; it was cut in just 5 days. It was, however, what knocked the Beatles off their top spot in the U.K. charts at #1. But certainly the haste in...

Donna Grantis - Diamonds & Dynamite (2019)

When Guitars Exchange interviewed Donna Grantis last year she sent our readers two previews of tracks she was working on at the time: Diamonds & Dynamite and Elsa; from that we knew something special was on its way, and now it is here!      Diamonds & Dynamite (eOne; 21 March 2019) is a glorious fusion of...

Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline (1969)

Bob Dylan’s ninth studio album, Nashville Skyline (Colombia Records: 9 April, 1969), built on the more countrified- and Nashville– oriented direction of John Wesley Harding and, musically and lyrically represented a radical break from the past.   While critics initially gave it a mixed reception, Nashville Skyline has come...

Bob Daisley and Friends - Moore Blues for Gary (2018)

It’s been almost eight years since the sad departure of one of Ireland’s most outstanding guitarists, Gary Moore, who touched the entire music world with his stellar guitar work in Thin Lizzy and Coliseum II, and on such solo hits as Out in the Fields and Parisienne Walkways to name just a few in a career loaded with classic gems. Here at...

Small Faces - Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake (1968)

Great Britain in the mid-60s was a hotbed of great bands that led the famous ‘Brit Invasion’ on the American charts captained by the Beatles, we can also add the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and The Who to complete the marvellous poker full-house of the main bands, followed by an endless number of remarkable ones like the Animals, the Yardbirds,...

Gary Clark Jr. - This Land (2019)

Gary Clark Jr has always been impacting live but has not, until now, been able to really transmit that same thrill and emotion in his studio albums.    That dynamic has now completely changed with the release of This Land (22 February 2019; Warner Bros Records), which builds on the variety and success of his 2015 offering,...

Bryan Adams - Shine a Light (2019)

Shine a Light (released 1 March 2019 on Polydor) is the 14th studio album by the mutli-talented Canadian Bryan Adams.   The album debuted at number 1 in Adams’ native country and a huge arena tour will follow but, despite containing a number of highlights, this album is unlikely to attract new fans. Anyone hoping for anything like...

Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys (1970)

It is the dawn of the 70s, the flower-power impulses of the 60s were fading, and perhaps the most famous band of the day, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, had just dissolved. Hendrix was left without a band, but that didn’t stop the rock God in the least, he decided to keep it simple and called up his old army mate Billy Cox to play bass, and...

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...