Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles reinvent themselves and popular culture in the process When the Beatles released their long-awaited follow-up to Revolver, it was almost as if suddenly the band had gone from black and white to full-blown Technicolor, thanks to the cover, one of the most iconic of its time, or any time (and one which would… Read More Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Marshall Tucker Band

Laurel Canyon Utopia makes way for a new form of rustic expression As the hippie movement began to dribble into a puddle of lysergic disillusionment, psychedelic-rock found itself gradually being usurped by music that was more country oriented. The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers were at the forefront of this shift, blending elements of… Read More The Marshall Tucker Band

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Howl

Rock’s most miserable trio turn down the volume on third outing In the early 2000’s, BRMC got off to a pretty good start. Their self-titled debut, released in 2001, became one of the hottest records around, and helped fan the flames of the garage rock scene in America (not that garage rock had ever really gone… Read More Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Howl

Kids In The Kitchen – Shine

Kick out the synths and electric drum kits! Throughout the first half of the ‘80s, the popular music scene was awash with an overabundance of pop/rock/indie acts, all vying for their very own moment in the neon spotlight. Bands such as Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Thompson Twins, Culture Club, plus a host of other English… Read More Kids In The Kitchen – Shine

Jimi Hendrix – By Himself – The Home Recordings

An intimate, fascinating glimpse into Jimi’s musical sketchbook As the title suggests, these solo demos were made by Hendrix at his Manhattan apartment sometime in April 1968, in between touring and recording sessions for his third studio album Electric Ladyland. And while the tapes had been widely bootlegged, this was, and remains, their first and… Read More Jimi Hendrix – By Himself – The Home Recordings

The Original Animals – Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted

Old dogs, no new tricks. As the ‘60s morphed into the ‘70s, groups like The Animals, though still celebrated, were considered to be long in the tooth, and clearly the group thought so too, finally disbanding (after several line-up changes) in 1969, for good it seemed. But then something miraculous happened. In 1977, the original… Read More The Original Animals – Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted

Phil Manzanera – Diamond Head

Ex-Roxy Music guitarist steps out on his own Phil Manzanera is a man of intelligent musical expressions, a quiet achiever, and one of the finest psychedelic guitarists of his generation. David Gilmour might get the accolades, but Manzanera is right up there, believe me, with a style just as unique and worthy of any of… Read More Phil Manzanera – Diamond Head

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy

Lennon re-emerges from middle-age retirement Out of all the ex-Beatles, it was John Lennon who seemed to garner the most attention, and for good reason. Lennon was one of the most cultural and political figures the Pop world has ever known. The moment he stated in 1966 that “We’re more popular than Jesus right now”… Read More John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy