Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

Depending on your mindset, this is one strange album. By 1967 Pink Floyd had become the latest darlings of the lysergic underground movement in London. While The Beatles were at Abbey Road Studios applying the finishing touches to their latest masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pink Floyd were busy recording their debut, whose… Read More Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

The Doors – Waiting for the Sun

Unlike The Doors’ previous two albums, Waiting for the Sun, their third, is one of disparity. While the band’s earlier efforts formed an effective marriage between madness and melody, a dark Dionysian blend of electronic Baroque intermixed with blues, jazz, and early vaudeville, all held together with a strong literary expression, they were perhaps just a little… Read More The Doors – Waiting for the Sun

Jimi Hendrix – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

As 1969 was drawing to a close, Jimi Hendrix was virtually locked down in intense rehearsals with Buddy Miles and Billy Cox ahead of the trio’s four performances at the Fillmore East in New York.  Although Jimi had a handful of new songs in various stages of development, it was clear that considerable work was… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East

When it comes to the title of ‘greatest live albums of all time’ there is certainly no shortage of contenders. Whether it’s Live Rust by Neil Young; The Who’s Live at Leeds; Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport; Van Morrison’s It’s Too Late to Stop Now, or The Band’s The Last Waltz, the list just goes on and on. At Fillmore East could… Read More The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East

Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard

461 Ocean Boulevard was the first album by Clapton where he really got his arse kicked by the critics. Rolling Stone magazine in particular was especially disparaging, describing it as teetering “precariously on the very edge, flirting with, but in the nick of time always just skirting, dullness”. Ouch. Move forward some forty years and… Read More Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard

Return To Forever – Romantic Warrior

By the mid 1970s albums based on medieval themes were hardly new; in fact they were a dime a dozen, especially in merry old England, where the likes of Jethro Tull and Rick Wakeman practically based their entire careers around it. Particularly the latter, who’s 1975 solo LP The Myths and Legends of King Arthur… Read More Return To Forever – Romantic Warrior