Keith Richards – Main Offender

When Keith Richards graduated from the University of Drugs and Debauchery he did so with flying colours. The fact that he’s still alive and making music should qualify him for his very own listing in Reader’s Digest’s Mysteries of the Unexplained. A cross between Don Juan and Count Dracula, the man’s colourful life and famous… Read More Keith Richards – Main Offender

Jimi Hendrix – Live in Paris and Ottawa 1968

France’s love affair with American music, especially jazz and blues in particular, goes all the way back to the 1920’s, from Josephine Baker to Nina Simone only a few decades later. Certainly the French were no strangers when it came to new and exciting forms of artistic expression, and whose appreciation of high culture was… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Live in Paris and Ottawa 1968

The Black Crowes – Three Snakes And One Charm

Underrated fourth outing by Southern Rockers Just like Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis, brothers Chris and Rich Robinson are also notorious for their infighting and on-off hatred of each other. Such familial bickering had reached its summit during the recording and subsequent tour in support of their third album Amorica. Several times it looked… Read More The Black Crowes – Three Snakes And One Charm

Syd Barrett – Opel

In 1988, due to constant enquiries and even petitions sent in by Barrett’s ever growing legion of fans, EMI-Harvest finally relented and released Opel, a compilation of previously unreleased songs and recordings, eight of which had never before been made available in any form, or at least not officially. That the album was released at… Read More Syd Barrett – Opel

Jimi Hendrix – Burning Desire

The liner notes to this album begin with: “Jimi Hendrix: Burning Desire is the ninth release in the Dagger Records authorized ‘bootleg’ recording series. Burning Desire represents compelling new examples of Jimi’s remarkable creative explorations through 1969 and early 1970.” Now I haven’t quoted this out of sheer laziness, it’s just that it pretty much… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Burning Desire

Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece

Does Van Morrison really matter anymore? It’s a valid question, and one which some people were asking even as far back as the 1970’s. Certainly the man has remained one of the most enigmatic and, dare I say, spiritual figures of popular music, whose lyrics can be as compelling and impenetrable as any metaphysical poet from… Read More Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece