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Metallica - Master of Puppets (1986)

Metallica was like a gift from heaven for the world of metal, a kind of bastard child of the riffs of Black Sabbath and the speed of Motörhead. The mastery of playing in the compact way of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Cliff Burton on Master of Puppets is, quite simply, brutal. If Ride the Lightning was the record on which they...

Morrissey - Low In High School (2017)

Morrissey's eleventh full length solo album, Low in High School delivers a series of snarling, anti-establishment driven alternative rock songs, typical of the former Smiths’ frontman.    Released on 17 November, the album art for this LP makes the content of the record obvious, with a young boy standing...

Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young has died and Guitars Exchange would like to pay tribute to him. The news has come to us while we plan the following articles, among which is a special about rhythm guitarists, in which his name was the first to come to our minds, along with Steve Cropper. Despite Malcolm ‘being in the shadow’ because he gave the spotlight to...

James Gang - Rides Again (1970)

One particular genre that had American bands playing catch-up to the Brits in the late 60s  was hard rock. While the English were putting out monsters like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, American ‘equivalents’ amounted to the likes of Bloodrock and Grand Funk Railroad. Part of the problem was a misunderstanding of what hard rock was, a) a...

Gail Ann Dorsey

American Gail Ann Dorsey is perhaps best known as David Bowie’s long-term bass guitarist, but she is also a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with an incredible range of top artists that include: Eric Clapton, Tears for Fears, INXS, Gwen Stefani, The The, Boy George, the B52s, Lou Reed, NIN, and many more.  She...

Kirk Hammett

In 1983 a Californian band called Metallica was preparing to record its first album in the city of New York. That band was formed by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, a newcomer Cliff Burton and a guitarist named Dave Mustaine who increasingly mixed his taste for drugs with a tendency to violence that made it increasingly unbearable to live with him in...

Robert Plant - Carry Fire (2017)

Robert Plant is one of the greats of rock that is aging with dignity and class, knowing that his voice is no longer for singing Whole Lotta Love or Immigrant Song, he  has found a way to adapt to it with the expertise that has always been with him. Delighted with his new tone and search for the roots, without forgetting to look at the future,...

R.E.M. - Automatic For The People (1992)

R.E.M.’s eighth album came when the boys from Athens became global rock stars on the heels of their success with Out of Time. But instead of following that vein they decided to make a more somber, intimate record. A record on which the ballads play a major role and the lovely voice of Michael Stipe is especially brilliant. It is the least direct...

Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine (1992)

In 1992, when the debut album of Rage Against The Machine appeared, the world saw that rap and metal mixed perfectly, as they had seen a couple of years earlier with Public Enemy and Anthrax. Furthermore, throw in the fact that Tom Morello took the electric guitar sound a step further, just as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen had done before,...

Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967)

In July of 1966 Eric Clapton left John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, when he was replaced by the great Peter Green, and hooked up with the 2 musicians who, like him, had been named the  best on their instruments by an English music magazine, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. The name they chose showed that the `power trio’ were full of...

Bonnie Raitt

American blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt became a superstar after 10 albums and no commercial success until her 1989 blockbuster Grammy winning album Nick of Time. It vaulted her into the limelight and she hasn’t stopped since. She has amassed 10 Grammys, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), is listed at 50 on Rolling...

Annie Clark / St. Vincent - Masseduction (2017)

It is not easy to get a handle on Annie Clark, aka St Vincent.   On this occasion, Clark has again taken another leap into the dark with her new album, Masseduction, released on 13th October. Specifically, for example, she has thrown her long-time fans a curveball by largely eschewing guitars for drum machines, pianos and synths....

Ringo Starr - Give More Love (2017)

Ringo Starr is back with friends and his All Starrs on his latest effort Give More Love, released in September of this year. It is his 19th studio record since the Beatles broke up, something quite extraordinary since he was considered the least of the Fab Four to get anywhere after the split. Often derided as talentless and juvenile, he certainly...

George Harrison - Cloud Nine (1987)

Cloud Nine represented the return of George Harrison after the early 80s’ period in which he had released the weakest albums of his career. He had semi-retired because he was tired of the bad reviews that Gone Troppo had received and bitter about John Lennon’s death in December 1980. By the time this album appeared Harrison had gone five...

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970)

Cosmo’s Factory was the 5th record released in 2 years by Creedence. But instead of being logically exhausted, it was a moment of glory for the band. John Fogerty returns as the main man, composing all the original songs on the record, providing one of the most gravely voices in rock history, and being the lead guitarist. As he once declared in...

Bert Jansch

When Bert Jansch is spoken of, two points are usually highlighted: first, that one of his biggest fans, by his own admission, took his arrangement from the traditional folk song Blackwaterside and converted it into an instrumental on Led Zeppelin’s song, Black Mountain Side, and then put his own name to it: Jimmy Page. The second is that...

Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches (2017)

Born in 1945, a shipyard worker’s son, raised listening to country, blues, and gospel, a young Van Morrison was a traveling musician at 13 playing the guitar and sax in several bands until he formed Them in 1964. And now 53 years later, with 37 albums on the shelf, 2 Grammy Awards, an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (‘93), Knighted...

Royal Blood - How Did We Get So Dark? (2017)

In 2014, with their debut album, Royal Blood were described as being something like “the saviours of rock", with their powerful mix of riffs and choruses to be chanted aloud. The distinctive point of this duo, which drank from the sources of rock at the start of the XXI century (with White Stripes and Queens Of The Stone Age at the head), was...

Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power (1973)

The Stooges had broken up without seeing any great success in 1971 after two great albums, The Stooges and Fun House, a short while after James Williamson joined them on guitar. But meanwhile a fan of the band had become a star. David Bowie had met Iggy Pop and had hired him for his manager’s record company; shortly afterwards, Iggy had a...