Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Music

Nocturnal experiments compiled on CD for the first time While none of the recordings contained on this release were ever intended to be heard outside of Jimi’s inner sanctum, Hear My Music, issued on Experience Hendrix’s Dagger label, provides valuable insight into the ever fertile imagination of the 20th Century’s greatest electric guitarist. What has… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Music

Golden Miles – Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974

Exemplary compilation of Oz Rock’s glory years For anyone who is well familiar with the Australian progressive-rock scene of the late ‘60s early ‘70s, then Golden Miles – Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974, issued on the Raven label, is essential. And even for those who weren’t there, but are interested in the alternative Oz music world,… Read More Golden Miles – Australian Progressive Rock 1969-1974

Ale Torriggino – Blue Light

Hope, war and happiness intermingle on Argentinian singer-songwriter’s latest LP After listening to Alejandro Torriggino’s latest album, Blue Light, it is obvious that this talented singer-songwriter from Argentina has grown considerably since his superb debut Sureste, an album which took the listener back to the days of classic Neil Young and the sunny, reflective climes… Read More Ale Torriggino – Blue Light

Dirty Three – Ocean Songs

Peaceful, turbulent, majestic fourth album by Melbourne trio For anyone who hasn’t heard, or who is unfamiliar with The Dirty Three, then you don’t know what you’re missing, because this trio of instrumentalists from Melbourne, Australia were, at least for a time, one of the world’s best kept musical secrets, and perhaps still are, since… Read More Dirty Three – Ocean Songs

Diesel – The Lobbyist

Stylish blend of Blues-Rock and white Soul for the ’90s Eager to cash in on the huge success of his first solo album (or second if you count 1989’s Johnny Diesel & The Injectors), 1992’s Hepfidelity, Diesel (real name Mark Lizotte) was under pressure to release a follow up. But since he didn’t have enough… Read More Diesel – The Lobbyist

The Yardbirds – Live At The BBC

“Here they are, The Yardbirds!” Just like John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds were also a breeding ground and apprenticeship for the next generation of English guitar heroes, namely Eric Clapton (ex-Bluesbreaker), Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Led by the charismatic Keith Relf, the band were one of England’s preeminent blues-rock groups and, some say, one… Read More The Yardbirds – Live At The BBC

Beautiful People – If 60’s Were 90’s

Intriguing reconstruction of late guitar genius by English techno-dance troupe In 1994, a couple of years before the legacy of Jimi Hendrix was handed back to the guitarist’s family, the then current curator of the Hendrix estate, Alan Douglas, approved the release of one of the most unique tributes to the late guitar genius one… Read More Beautiful People – If 60’s Were 90’s

Leslie West – Mountain

Big loud brash debut by hard-rock pioneer After several years as a member of The Vagrants, a rock, blue-eyed soul band from Long Island, guitarist Leslie West decided that the time was right to form his own outfit. And so in 1969, with Rock Producer Felix Pappalardi (bass, keyboards), ND Smart (drums) and help from… Read More Leslie West – Mountain

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends – Solos, Sessions & Encores

Stunning collection of rarities by the Texas Tornado Stevie Ray Vaughan is best remembered for his incendiary guitar playing, where on albums such as Texas Flood, Couldn’t Stand The Weather, and his final solo LP In Step, Vaughan blazed a trail while also showing that the blues wasn’t dead, it just needed some mainstream exposure,… Read More Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends – Solos, Sessions & Encores

Tommy Bolin – Private Eyes

Guitar virtuoso turns the amp down low on sophomore solo effort After Deep Purple Mk 4 had imploded, Tommy Bolin went about putting together his own group, known as the Tommy Bolin Band in 1976. Touring in support of Teaser, Tommy’s solo debut, soon Bolin began work on his next project, what would sadly turn… Read More Tommy Bolin – Private Eyes

George Harrison – The Concert For Bangladesh

Ex-Beatle recruits Rock Royalty for good cause The 1960’s was a decadent, extremely hedonistic decade, where to be young was everything, and people all around the world were beginning to connect through the power of popular culture, just as many teenagers had done in the ‘50s, thanks to the advent of rock ‘n’ roll and… Read More George Harrison – The Concert For Bangladesh

Lou Reed – Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal

The man who hated everyone turns up the heat on stunning live show Recorded at The Academy of Music, New York City, on 21st December, 1973, and released the following year, Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal was arguably Lou Reed’s grandest, most majestic statement yet. Berlin, in contrast, was dark, claustrophobic, and dysfunctional, just the way… Read More Lou Reed – Rock ‘N’ Roll Animal

Tommy Bolin – The Ultimate: Redux

Intriguing, intimate odds and sods collection of the late guitar wunderkind This 2008, three CD collection, titled The Ultimate: Redux, consists mainly of material found on previously released single-disc compilations (namely the long out of print From The Archives Vols 1 & II), however with so many collections produced over the years, the posthumous legacy… Read More Tommy Bolin – The Ultimate: Redux

Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze – An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

Low key, no frills tribute to the late Tulsa Troubadour Tribute albums are often a tricky business. Sometimes they are little more than a quick way for other musicians to extend their musical credentials, or at least get back in the spotlight, while some just don’t make any sense at all (take Pickin’ On Led… Read More Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze – An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

The Marshall Tucker Band – Together Forever

Confident and impressive follow-up to Platinum selling Carolina Dreams How often do married couples declare their eternal love, only to divorce just a couple of years later under a cloud of bitter acrimony? Therefore a title such as Together Forever was always going to be a pretty bold statement, but one which certainly rang true… Read More The Marshall Tucker Band – Together Forever

Guns N’ Roses – G n’ R Lies

Controversial third outing by LA rockers After the eventual (and probably unexpected) global success of Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses couldn’t put a foot wrong. Drugs, booze and babes have been de rigour of rock for decades, but at a time when pop was generally quite clean and polite, the Gunners wore the LA… Read More Guns N’ Roses – G n’ R Lies

Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

Jazz-rock, R&B, and a whole lot of LSD If Are You Experienced was the explosive and dynamic Mount Olympus of debuts, then Jimi Hendrix’s sophomore effort was the more subdued, more reflective, Temple of Delphi follow up. Here you’ll find nothing akin to the psychedelic freak-out of “Purple Haze”, or the misogynist libido thrust of… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

Captivating collection of the man who would be King Elvis Presley’s career has been exhaustively analysed and documented over the years with more compilations and comprehensive box sets that one has to wonder whether the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll ever managed to sleep. Such is the sheer wealth of music he recorded that it… Read More Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads

Soul, blues and R&B, British style In 1965, The Rolling Stones were on the cusp of true rock ‘n’ roll greatness, and Out Of Our Heads, released on the Decca label, would further entrench their reputation. Having returned from an American tour, the band were cocked and primed with a collection of soul material, much… Read More The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads

Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire

Rock ‘n’ Roll’s real wild one gets to reassert his greatness The popularity of the 1987 film La Bamba (based on the brief life of Ritchie Valens) and its accompanying soundtrack, no doubt prompted Hollywood into considering adapting the lives of other ‘50s rockers to the big screen (Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran come to… Read More Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire

Stray Cats – Blast Off!

Quality comeback by one of rock’s most antediluvian of trios Following 1983’s Rant N’ Rave With the Stray Cats, Brian Setzer (guitar), Slim Jim Phantom (drums) and Lee Rocker (bass) chose to call it a day (at least until 1986’s Rock Therapy), leaving behind a small but exceptional body of work that was the antithesis… Read More Stray Cats – Blast Off!

Ray Manzarek – The Golden Scarab

Psychedelic jazz-rock by ex-Doors keyboardist When Ray Manzarek passed away in 2013, the world not only lost a fabulous musician, but also a wonderful human being. As anyone who has read his 1998 autobiography Light My Fire – My Life With The Doors will know, Manzarek was something of a wacky eccentric, who liked his… Read More Ray Manzarek – The Golden Scarab

Nick Drake – Time Of No Reply

Solitude, self-pity, alienation, poetry Nick Drake was a man of many shadows. Intense, aloof and sensitive are perhaps three words to describe him, whose brief career resulted in three extraordinary albums, each of which are wondrous reminders of Drake’s unique gifts as a singer/songwriter. However his was a talent that went largely unnoticed, despite the… Read More Nick Drake – Time Of No Reply

The Allman Brothers Band – Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival 3rd & 5th July 1970

Outstanding archive release of vintage Allmans The Allman Brothers Band hit the ground running on their self-titled 1969 debut, and never stopped. That album was a fine blend of southern rock, gritty blues with a little jazz thrown in for good measure. The following year’s Idlewild South was even better, including such immediate classics as… Read More The Allman Brothers Band – Live at the Atlanta International Pop Festival 3rd & 5th July 1970

John Lennon – Wonsaponatime

Yoko Ono opens the vaults on first official collection of Lennon’s home, live and studio recordings Compiled by Yoko Ono, Wonsaponatime is a one CD collection of 1998’s four disc Anthology, whose 96 tracks are here condensed down to a mere 21. Yes, the box set is far more authoritative, and clearly the one every Lennon… Read More John Lennon – Wonsaponatime

Models – Out Of Mind Out Of Sight

Models bold ambitious fourth outing When it comes to Australian pop-rock bands in the 80s, no doubt INXS dominate the collective consciousness of the general public. Which is not surprising: statistically they outsold pretty much every other Oz group of the time; wrote decent, memorable ditties, and had a hedonistic front man to boot. But… Read More Models – Out Of Mind Out Of Sight

Wolfmother – Wolfmother

Stoner rock for generation X Call it timing, or just plain old fashioned good luck, but Wolfmother’s 2006 debut came out when the whole garage-prog-rock movement was on the ascent, especially amongst those who were born in a post Sabbath/Zeppelin world. Lead singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale is clearly a child of the ‘70s, no doubt force-fed… Read More Wolfmother – Wolfmother

Neil Young – Mirror Ball

“People my age, they don’t do the things I do” By the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Neil Young was back in favour and releasing some of his finest albums since his ‘70s heyday. Young’s renaissance began in earnest with Freedom (1989), followed by the grungy Ragged Glory, (1990), the wistful Harvest Moon (1992), and… Read More Neil Young – Mirror Ball

Marc Ford – It’s About Time

Ex-Crowes lead guitarist makes his own mark on impressive debut Marc Ford will always be associated with The Black Crowes, whom he joined in late 1991 and remained until his departure in 1997 (he later rejoined the group in 2005/06). Yet apart from collaborations with Blue Floyd, Chris Stills and a couple of live albums… Read More Marc Ford – It’s About Time

The Doors – Live Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1970

Quality live release from The Doors’ Archives Apart from 1970’s Absolutely Live, Live Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1970 is the sixth (and almost) complete live archive release on The Doors’ Bright Midnight label and, it could be argued, one of the best. At just under 80 minutes, this is the full set as recorded 2nd May… Read More The Doors – Live Pittsburgh Civic Arena 1970

Stephen Stills – Carry On

Long overdue anthology chronicles Stills’ 50 year career As one-third of CSN, Stephen Stills has had a remarkable career. From Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, to Manassas and beyond, Stills, now in his 70’s, truly has earned his position as one of the great singer/guitarist/songwriter’s not just of his, but any other generation. His music has always… Read More Stephen Stills – Carry On

David Crosby – King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents

Superb live show from one of Rock’s true survivors Recorded live at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia on 8th April 1989, but not released officially on CD until 1996, The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents was captured after what had been, for Crosby at least, an extremely difficult decade. After a period in prison in the… Read More David Crosby – King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents

The Beatles – Past Masters Volumes One & Two

Flawless collection of Beatles rarities, all in the one convenient package In the 1980’s, once EMI had reissued the original Beatles albums on CD, the question remained as to what to do with all the remaining tracks that were released separately as singles. The solution was as obvious as it was simple: compile all their… Read More The Beatles – Past Masters Volumes One & Two

Jeff Buckley – Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk

Befitting epitaph for the fallen troubadour Jeff Buckley’s first and only official studio album Grace was a long time coming. Even during recording sessions, Buckley was still playing catch up, writing new material as he went with his fellow band mates. Only three of its ten tracks were written solely by Jeff himself, with the… Read More Jeff Buckley – Sketches For My Sweetheart the Drunk

Jimi Hendrix – Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself Dead

No Johnny Winter, no Buddy Miles, but certainly a whole lot of Jim Morrison Of all the thousands of Hendrix bootlegs issued over the years, this would have to be one of the most infamous. Taken from a 2-track tape recording made by Jimi, Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself Dead (there are a… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Woke Up This Morning And Found Myself Dead

Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs – Long Live Rock And Roll (Long May It Move Me So)

Previously unheard Aztecs in their prime In the 1970’s, The Sidney Myer Music Bowl was to Melbourne what Madison Square Garden is to New York.  Nowhere near as vast of course, but an important locale for live music nevertheless. In those days, one could sit on the grass with their esky, sipping beer in the… Read More Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs – Long Live Rock And Roll (Long May It Move Me So)

David Sylvian – Secrets Of The Beehive

A journey of danger, sensuousness, and serenity David Sylvian has always remained something of an enigma. As lead singer of Japan, whose electronic sounds and peroxide-pop tendencies pre-empted the new-romantic movement by at least a couple of years (a long time in the late ‘70’s), Sylvian’s unique and unassuming vision would ultimately pave the way… Read More David Sylvian – Secrets Of The Beehive

The Black Crowes – The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion

Retro rockers come up with their own Exile On Main Street for the 90’s Rolling Stones references aside, The Black Crowes had a style and swagger all their own, enough to make them one of the more authentic rock groups getting around in the early ‘90s. And while grunge was on the ascent, the Crowes… Read More The Black Crowes – The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion

David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name

Crosby’s timeless, haunting masterpiece The first time I became aware of this album was after reading a review in Mojo Magazine’s “Forgotten Classics” section, many years ago while in my early twenties. Such is the influence of music journalism I knew I had to hear it. So one Saturday I went off to do a… Read More David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’t Stand The Weather

Texas guitarist whips up a tornado of his own on second album The career of Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 1980’s could be likened to that of Eric Clapton’s in the 1960’s; that is, both played an important and integral part in popularising a style of music either ignored, unknown or largely forgotten by the… Read More Stevie Ray Vaughan – Couldn’t Stand The Weather

Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits

Whom the Gods love dies young For someone who had such a short career, there can probably never truly be what could be described as a definitive best of. Box of Pearls, which contains all of her original studio albums, with bonus tracks, is far more authoritative, but perhaps way too exhaustive and comprehensive for… Read More Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits

Brothers Of A Feather – Live At The Roxy

Brothers in arms get back to basics The Black Crowes were never strangers when it came to acoustic performance. So it should come as no surprise that principle members Chris and Rich Robinson decided to embark on a separate tour of their own, playing smaller, more intimate venues while sitting down on chairs and telling… Read More Brothers Of A Feather – Live At The Roxy

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live Alive

Sort of live, but definitely alive The 1980’s was a pretty strange time to be in if you were a blues guitarist. Since the ‘70s the blues had taken a serious back step since its ‘60s heyday. Even Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, two of England’s finest blues guitarists, had updated their style and sound… Read More Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live Alive

Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits

All of Jimi’s pre-1968 A- and B-sides in the one package In the ‘70s, superior compilations of Hendrix’s work were presented (i.e The Essential Vols 1 and 2), although Smash Hits was the first, having been released when Jimi was still alive, and contained many non-LP tracks that had been available only as singles. Because… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits

Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain

Frilly shirts, high heels, and a Harley. Prince’s star finally rises As the soundtrack to an extremely mediocre movie of the same name, Purple Rain was Prince’s long overdue arrival on the world stage. The man had talent, that’s for sure, but it wasn’t until this long player came along that his career truly took… Read More Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain

The Style Council – Café Bleu

Paul Weller turns his back on rock for more sophisticated climes Having spent the latter part of the ‘70s and early ‘80s championing the virtues of punk-rock with The Jam, when Paul Weller decided to embark on a completely different journey altogether, one which looked back to the ‘60s for inspiration, it came as an… Read More The Style Council – Café Bleu

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

Kids In The Kitchen – Shine

Stylish debut by talented New Wave quartet 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 groups… 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

Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels

The grave robbing continues, only to prove that there’s still enough magic left in the can While there are no shortage of 20th Century musicians who managed to break the equivalent of the musical sound barrier within their own chosen field, when it came to the electric guitar, Jimi Hendrix was akin to the speed of light,… Read More Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell And Angels

Blackfeather – At The Mountains Of Madness

Psychedelic blues-rock by underappreciated Oz pioneers When it comes to what is now regarded as the golden era of ‘classic rock’, i.e. the late ’60s and early ‘70’s, the antipodes remains an oft overlooked contributor to that particularly explosive chapter of popular, and less than popular, music. If the likes of Lobby Lloyde and Billy Thorpe had… Read More Blackfeather – At The Mountains Of Madness

Eagles – On The Border

Panache, and plenty of California cool Unlike CSN, The Eagles knew how to compose a song that would immediately appeal to the masses. Country-rock, West-Coast AOR, whatever you want to call it, The Eagles were a class act – predictable, maybe – but in their case at least, quality always outweighed quantity, something which explains… Read More Eagles – On The Border

Jimi Hendrix – By Night – The Blues Album Outtakes

Unofficial collection of curios by the late great guitarist As Alan Douglas sifted through the seemingly endless multi-track tapes in search of potential candidates for his next project, what would become 1994’s Blues album, he uncovered a veritable cache of jams, outtakes and unfinished ideas, most of which had remained in the vaults unheard for… Read More Jimi Hendrix – By Night – The Blues Album Outtakes

John Coltrane – “Live” At The Village Vanguard

Jazz’s spiritual awakening begins in earnest Saxophonist John Coltrane was clearly someone on a journey, a quest even, toward some sort of enlightenment. Yet it was an experience he wanted to share, one not based on orthodox values, religiously speaking, even though religious belief remained at the very core of his convictions, Coltrane wanted to… Read More John Coltrane – “Live” At The Village Vanguard

The Allman Brothers Band – Live from A&R Studios, New York, 26th August, 1971

Hirsute Southerner’s make their mark on New York The death of guitarist Duane Allman was one of blues-rock’s greatest losses, whose untimely passing cast a serious pall over The Allman Brothers Band. It was an event from which they never seemed to truly recover. Live from A&R Studios, New York, 26th August 1971 was recorded… Read More The Allman Brothers Band – Live from A&R Studios, New York, 26th August, 1971

Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George (with John Hammond) – Ultrasonic Studios 1972

Obscure radio broadcast sheds further light on a bygone age Released on the Iconography label, this CD taken from a live FM broadcast is apparently an official document of sessions organised by Long Island radio station WLIR-FM on 17th October, 1972. With no actual audience in attendance, Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George and John Hammond run through… Read More Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George (with John Hammond) – Ultrasonic Studios 1972

The Who – The Kids Are Alright

The Who reflect on over a decade of music and mayhem Cinematic autobiographies by bands can often be tedious, over-bloated, self-aggrandising affairs, short on fact, and high on celebrity (U2’s 1988 Rattle And Rum being one such example). Yet The Who, while no strangers to cinema, with two ambitious rock-epics already under their belts –… Read More The Who – The Kids Are Alright

Faces – Five Guys Walk Into A Bar…

English pub-rock at its best “Although we spent a lot of time at the pub, we did rehearse as well, and it’s a complete surprise to hear how good we sound after all these years…” So said Ian McLagan when compiling this four CD retrospective, one that includes highlights from each of their albums, as… Read More Faces – Five Guys Walk Into A Bar…

Jimi Hendrix – Isle Of Wight

Thank you very much for showing up, man. Y’all really beautiful and outtasight… It has been a long time hasn’t it. With mounting pressure on Jimi Hendrix to complete his long awaited follow up to 1969’s Electric Ladyland, to embark on a European tour just when his next album was a mere three weeks away… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Isle Of Wight

The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

The Fab Four raise fan worship to new heights on historical live recordings In June 1965, The Beatles began a two-week tour of France, Spain, and Italy, where they played fifteen shows in just eight days (eight days a week indeed). It was a tour which, while not exactly disastrous, hadn’t been properly planned much… Read More The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Various Artists – The Best Of ACE Rockabilly

The preservation of long forgotten gems from rock ‘n’ roll’s golden age continues When people think of ‘50’s rock ‘n’ roll, the name Elvis Presley will likely be at the top of their list. But the evolution and revolution of rock can never be credited to just one man alone. Blues, Rhythm & Blues, country,… Read More Various Artists – The Best Of ACE Rockabilly

The MC5 – The Big Bang! Best Of The MC5

Proto-punk combined with free-jazz explorations. Kick out the jams indeed The MC5 released a mere three albums, before imploding in a haze of booze, drugs and dysfunction. Just the way rock ‘n’ roll bands ought to. But in their short existence as one of the 1960’s and early ‘70s most raucous, uncompromising rock groups ever,… Read More The MC5 – The Big Bang! Best Of The MC5

Various Artists – Hollywood Rock ‘n’ Roll

Absorbing insight into a near-forgotten age In the 1970’s and 80’s Ace Records established a reputation for quality releases by artists who may not have been of the same calibre as Carl Perkins or Gene Vincent, but who were worth hearing all the same. Most names on this compilation will be unrecognisable to anyone but… Read More Various Artists – Hollywood Rock ‘n’ Roll

The Beatles – Help!

Their holy fabness take yet another step towards world domination By 1965 The Beatles were practically Pop’s latest aristocracy, who in the eyes of their adoring fans could do no wrong. However John Lennon was fast becoming disillusioned with the music business, and what The Beatles had become in particular, whom he felt were being… Read More The Beatles – Help!

Elvis Presley – The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956

The Hillbilly-Cat finely preserved on early historic recordings In the 1950’s, Elvis Presley seemed to sum up everything that was great about rock ‘n’ roll. Not only did he have the looks, but also the right voice, combined with a charismatic presence whenever he walked on stage. Although Elvis didn’t write his own material, as… Read More Elvis Presley – The Complete Louisiana Hayride Archives 1954-1956

Jon Hassell – Power Spot

Music without borders Along with Miles Davis, Jon Hassell has one of the most unique and immediately identifiable trumpet sounds ever, whose distinctive style and approach to the instrument really does prove that sometimes less is more. His almost subatomic, otherworldly arrangements seemed to come from either a science laboratory or outer space. If Rothko… Read More Jon Hassell – Power Spot

Jimi Hendrix – The Jimi Hendrix Concerts

The re-branding of Hendrix’s legacy begins in earnest Throughout the 1970’s, a succession of Jimi Hendrix live albums were released, many of which were of dubious sound quality, and of even more dubious origins. But so long as people were interested in hearing anything by the deceased guitarist, then you could bet your Granny that… Read More Jimi Hendrix – The Jimi Hendrix Concerts

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session

Battle of the blues between teacher and pupil Recorded at CHCH-TV Studios in Ontario, Canada on 6th December, 1983, In Session documents the time when Stevie Ray Vaughan reunited with one of his greatest blues heroes, Albert King. At first King was reluctant to perform with someone he didn’t know, but when he learned that… Read More Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan – In Session

Derek And The Dominos – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Clapton finds inspiration and solace in the face of unrequited love Arguably the most famous album of Clapton’s career, and one that might never have been were it not for Delaney and Bonnie’s rhythm section deserting ship over the issue of wages and conditions. But since they had nowhere to go, each thought to give… Read More Derek And The Dominos – Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs

Roy Buchanan – Live Stock

Blistering set from “The world’s greatest unknown guitarist” Although not entirely forgotten, Roy Buchanan remains an oft ignored figure in the annals of great guitarists. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix might receive the majority of interest and accolades, however Buchanan himself was no less inspired when it came to instrumental acumen.… Read More Roy Buchanan – Live Stock

Cold Chisel – Circus Animals

Chisel wear their hearts on their sleeves and unleash a classic in the process On the cover for their fourth studio album we see the group congregated around a lone and disused caravan somewhere in the vast and scorching Australian desert. If it weren’t for the enormous blue horizon behind them, you’d be mistaken for… Read More Cold Chisel – Circus Animals

Curtis Knight (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) – Live At George’s Club 20

Raw live tapes highlight Hendrix in his pre-fame prime There is a wealth of information and interest regarding Jimi Hendrix as a solo artist, and rightfully so. The guitarist’s unique approach and vision has rarely been bettered over the decades since his death in 1970. However what many people may not know is that before… Read More Curtis Knight (Featuring Jimi Hendrix) – Live At George’s Club 20

Billy Cobham – Spectrum

Cobham reaches into the far reaches of outer space, thanks to some quality comrades When Billy Cobham released his solo debut Spectrum in 1973, Jazz Fusion was at its peak in terms of appeal and popularity. Miles Davis was still flying high and pushing boundaries like no-one else; while a plethora of other fusion groups… Read More Billy Cobham – Spectrum

John Lennon – Walls And Bridges

Lennon’s legendary lost weekend summed up on one LP As a songwriter, John Lennon penned some of the most iconic and anthemic tunes of the 20th Century. Songs such as “All You Need Is Love,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” and “Strawberry Fields” remain pristine examples of his genius. Even… Read More John Lennon – Walls And Bridges

Chuck Berry – His Best Vol 1

Roll over Beethoven Ask any teenager today who wrote “Sweet Little Sixteen” and they’ll probably say Justin Bieber. Ask the same question to any random teenager during the late 1950’s and ‘60s, and the answer would have no doubt been considerably different. Chuck Berry was to the 1950’s what Bob Dylan was throughout much of… Read More Chuck Berry – His Best Vol 1

Rod Stewart – Blondes Have More Fun

Rod sells out… well sort of By the late ‘70s, Rod Stewart was becoming ever marginalised by popular music. Punk, disco, and all that electronic warfare known as New Wave, were beginning to take their toll on many an aging rocker, and Stewart, in this respect, was no exception. Yet unlike the majority of rock… Read More Rod Stewart – Blondes Have More Fun

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

Log fire ruminations and mysterious symbols. The myth-making has finally begun Work on Led Zeppelin’s fourth album began in December 1970 at Island Studios, however it wasn’t until the band moved into Headley Grange that the whole process of writing and recording started in earnest. And it was at Headley Grange that the basic tracks… Read More Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965–1972

Pink Floyd go all out on mammoth box set When it comes to archival releases, this one’s a whopper, a staggering 27 discs covering everything from Pink Floyd’s earliest studio recordings, BBC sessions to film soundtracks, including over twenty unreleased songs and more than seven hours of previously unreleased live footage, plus another five hours… Read More Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965–1972