Curtis Knight & The Squires – You Can't Use My Name

On the album cover we see four young, well dressed musicians, posing enthusiastically for the camera. One of the young men pictured here would go on to revolutionize popular music forever, and it wasn’t Curtis Knight. That honour would go to Jimi Hendrix, the man standing to the right of the camera. Someone who certainly… Read More Curtis Knight & The Squires – You Can't Use My Name

Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings

Whether Robert Johnson really did sell his soul to the Devil in exchange for fame and fortune, the fact remains that the guitarist is deemed to be one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th Century. And although he died in 1938, under what can only be described as mysterious circumstances, it wasn’t… Read More Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings

Masters Apprentices – Do What You Wanna Do

What can be said about the Masters Apprentices that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? One would think not all that much. After conquering Australia, they tried to break into the UK market, albeit unsuccessfully (a familiar story for many an Oz outfit). And when in 1972 the band broke up, it seemed that… Read More Masters Apprentices – Do What You Wanna Do

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – CSNY 1974

CSNY’s Doom Tour at last sees the light of day Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are an idiosyncratic bunch I must say. A supergroup which have had more reunions and breakups than Jerry Lee Lewis has had marriages. The band had only released two albums, 1970’s Déjà Vu and the follow up, 4 Way Street,… Read More Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – CSNY 1974

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

George Harrison may have been “the quiet Beatle” but he was still one fourth of what was probably the most important band on the planet, whose contribution to the group, and popular music in general, cannot be underestimated. His use of the 12 string electric on the A Hard Day’s Night album, and subsequent movie… Read More George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern

Paul Weller’s Saturns Pattern might have been Mojo Magazine’s album of the week, but it certainly isn’t mine. Not that there’s anything particularly wrong with it, in my view. No bad songs, just an aging musician hiding his years behind technology. Which is a shame; because artists of his vintage should really stick to what… Read More Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern

Jack Bruce – Things We Like

Jack Bruce remains one of the most enduring and fascinating figures of late 20th century popular music. By the age of eleven, he had already written his own string quartet while attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, from which he left at the age of seventeen having become disenchanted with his tutors and also… Read More Jack Bruce – Things We Like

Lowell George – Thanks, I'll Eat It Here

By 1976, Lowell George was rapidly losing interest in the band which he had largely founded, back in 1969, the one and only Little Feat. And so began work on what would ultimately become Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here, which was apparently the early title for their second album Sailin’ Shoes. Recordings were made in… Read More Lowell George – Thanks, I'll Eat It Here