Unplugged

Nils Lofgren

People don’t usually know Nils Lofgren, Chicago born on June 21, 1951, beyond his role as a band member accompanying 2 of the most important figures in rock music, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, the guitarist has a considerable career on his own behalf,  be it on his own, or as a member of Grin or Crazy Horse, which added to his...

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...

Steve Hunter

Steve Hunter, born June 14, 1948, in Decatur (Illinois), is possibly the best session guitarist in history, with only one other competitor for the title, his friend Dick Wagner, of course whereas they have both appeared on several immortal records by Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, Hunter edges him out,  even if it’s just for the monument to the...

Les Paul

If we said the name Lester William Polsfuss, born June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and died August 13, 2009 in New York, there wouldn’t be many people who’d recognise him, but if we said Les Paul,  those two words would sound like magic to millions of electric guitar fans. Of course many of these folk, when putting a face on this...

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...

Ronnie Wood

A Jeff Beck student born to be a Rolling Stone. One is tempted to feel compassion and pity for Ron Wood, writing that he is just one more great guitarist that the rankings and encyclopedias unfairly consign to the crowd of 6-string masters. But no, Ronald David Ronnie Wood (Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, June 1st 1947) is a Rolling Stone, 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...

Mick Ronson

Mick Ronson (May 26, 1946 - April 29, 1993) is one of the most undervalued musicians in history, partly due to the fact that a big part of his best work was working for others, mainly David Bowie, to which he played the right hand man during those lofty years, but also Ian Hunter, Dylan, and Roger McGuinn. He wasn’t just an exceptional guitarist,...

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...

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is one of the most important blues figures of the second half of the 20th Century, but to frame his career in one musical genre would be too simple given that Henry St. Clair Fredericks, born in New York 1942, has had many playing styles: folk, calypso, reggae, rock, and R&B. What he’s done with his approach to playing blues has...

Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp is the most atypical rock star in history, from the way he looks, more like a high school teacher than a guitar legend, to the way he plays, always seated, and in between his personal habits, non-drinking anti-drug, and his signature sound, with classic and jazz influences, without hardly any contact with the blues. Always 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...

Bob Seger

Bob Seger (May 6, 1945) is not a genius, but a hard-working man, someone who’s built a remarkable career on blood, sweat and tears, having done thousands of gigs and hours on the road. A good guitarist and excellent singer who one day decided to become the voice of the working class, and instead of an acoustic guitar, he did it with all the...

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...