Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco De Lucia – Friday Night in San Francisco

On 5th December, 1980, Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Paco De Lucia were two months into what had so far been an extremely successful and creative tour. Even just the concept itself was intriguing – three guitarists, and acoustic to boot! With not a drummer, percussionist, or bassist in sight. The sheer novelty of… Read More Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin & Paco De Lucia – Friday Night in San Francisco

Tamam Shud – Goolutionites and the Real People

Underrated prog-rockers invent their own unique world The Australian music scene in the late 1960’s early ‘70s had no shortage of progressive rock bands brimming with talent, who would do the rounds for a couple of years, record one album, before disappearing altogether into the musicians equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle. Tamam Shud was no… Read More Tamam Shud – Goolutionites and the Real People

Al Di Meola – Land of the Midnight Sun

At the mere age of twenty-two, Al Di Meola released his first solo record, Land of the Midnight Sun, in 1976, after having already gained considerable acclaim with Chick Corea’s jazz fusion super group Return to Forever, which he had joined only two years earlier. The mid ‘70s was a time when young and extremely… Read More Al Di Meola – Land of the Midnight Sun

Robert Plant – The Principle of Moments

Robert Plant’s second solo venture was something of a departure from his first, but not much. Both were recorded at the same recording studio in Wales, with Plant deciding to retain the same group of musicians and production personnel. And just like its predecessor, the album had a sound that was more sterile and microbe-free than… Read More Robert Plant – The Principle of Moments

Miles Davis – Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969–1974

For anyone unfamiliar with his work, Bill Laswell is something of a producer’s producer, and who has worked with a wide array of artists ranging from John Lydon to Whitney Houston (though not on the same record one would assume). At some point Laswell almost miraculously managed to convince the powers that be to hand… Read More Miles Davis – Panthalassa: The Music of Miles Davis 1969–1974

Syd Barrett – The Radio One Sessions

Considering Barrett’s fragile state of mind, it’s extraordinary that this precious little document exists at all. It seems a shame that one cannot comment on Syd’s artistic output without also remarking on the psychology behind it. Many a friend of his and scholar have argued that Syd had been in serious decline for some time,… Read More Syd Barrett – The Radio One Sessions