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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...

Willie Nelson

Music history is full of legendary guitarists and their guitars, B.B. King and Lucille, Eric Clapton and Blackie or Peter Green and Greenie, but none is more iconic than that of Willie Nelson (born 29 April 1933) and his guitar Trigger. Together for 48 years, Nelson has a lasting faith in his guitar, despite, he says, “ We are both quite old,...

Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967)

One of the three ‘kings’ of blues, together with B.B. and Freddie, Albert King was at his best in 1966 when he signed on to legendary label Stax; accompanied by the studio band, none other than Booker T. & THE M.G.’s with the Memphis Horns, King lets fly in a series of sublime singles between March 1966 and June ‘67 that appear on this...

Johnny Thunders

John Anthony Genzale Jr., better known as Johnny Thunders was born the 15th of June 1952 in New York, and died the 23rd of April 1991 in New Orleans. In between, his way of playing guitar (something that can be qualified as howling noise, with licks lifted from Chuck Berry’s songbook) made him one of the fathers of punk. It’s not surprising...

Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)

Out of the great bands that surfaced in the early 90s in Seattle, Pearl Jam were the ones who had their roots firmly in classic rock. It may be that Vedder, Gossard, McCready and Ament liked the Pixies but you didn’t see it as much as their love for Hendrix, Kiss, Neil Young, or The Who. Not surprisingly, out of all of those bands, they would...

Cris Méndez

We met on a beautiful April afternoon: she was punctual, in cowboy boots, blue jeans, and a jacket with swallows sewn into it, the same ones she’s got tattooed among many others. Two questions were more than enough to make us feel at home, as if we were chatting to an old friend. That’s what happens when you talk with Cris Méndez, when she...

Deep Purple - Made In Japan (1972)

Made in Japan serves as a type of greatest hits of the most popular combination of Deep Purple members, known as Mk II where the original members, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, and Jon Lord, were joined by Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to become a hard rock reference. Recorded in August 1972, in just two recitals in Japan, the record...

Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)

People normally think that the 90s began January 1, 1990, but it isn’t so, the real beginning was on the 24th of September 1991, the day Nirvana’s Nevermind was released, and was officially confirmed the 11th of January 1992, when it followed Dangerous by Michael Jackson as #1 on the charts in the U.S.. The 80s finally died, and long live the...

Gary Moore - Still Got The Blues (1990)

Gary Moore was destined to make a record like Still Got the Blues, not for nothing was he one of tons of lads who decided to pick up a Les Paul after hearing Eric Clapton play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and he has mentioned that All Your Love was the song that changed his life. But besides that, Moore was the owner of one of the most...

Muddy Waters

The blues had a son and his name was rock and roll, of course the kid was a bastard, and had more than one father. Among them, one of the most important was McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, born April 4, 1913 (or 1915), who was the link between the delta blues and rock, or, if you like, between Robert Johnson and Chuck Berry. The...

John Mayall - Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)

The most important record in British blues history comes signed by one of the fathers of the genre in the U.K., John Mayall, but has another leading man as well, a young Eric Clapton who was going to have to give credit to the wall graffiti that flooded London with the phrase ‘Clapton is God’. The guitarist had quit the Yardbirds after...

Paul Kossoff

At the end of the 60s, England, the centre of rock music at that point, was dominated by hundreds of blues/rock bands where the guitar hero figure was prominent along the lines of Clapton, Beck, Page, or Peter Green. Among these hundreds of challengers the next on the list was one Paul Kossoff, born in London 1950, and his band Free. They did reach...

Ry Cooder

Ryland Peter Cooder, born the 15th of March, 1947, was already playing guitar at the age of 3. This Ry Cooder is able to play any chorded instrument just by looking at it. But despite this ability to play several instruments, he will always be associated with the ‘slide’ guitar, where he is with Duane Allman and Elmore James, its best...