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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...

Johnny Winter

On December 13, 1968, Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper gave a concert at the Fillmore East in New York. They had a record among the bestsellers, Super Session, and Bloomfield was considered, rightly so, to be the best white blues guitarist in the USA, but he was a nice guy, and was always more attentive to the new talented guitarists, just 2 months...

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...

Jack White

It’s 2003, Jack White (born in 1975, real name- John Anthony Gillis) was already declared the ‘savior of rock´n roll’ 2 years ago, as frontman for his White Stripes, but he still wants more. With his new release he’s about to get weirder still, a ‘guitar hero’ ala old school, a species on the road to extinction. He just needs two...

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...

Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson changed the course of pop music on a couple of occasions together with Bob Dylan and his Band. The first time by bringing the fire of rock and roll to the poetry of Like a Rolling Stone’s author, the second time by getting  back the to the simplicity of American pop music’s roots at the moment when rock seemed headed to...

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-...

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...