It’s hard to imagine a band like Fleetwood Mac being popular today, the Peter Green era lineup I mean, playing their white working class blues, with a passion and conviction that belied their age. The Pious Bird of Good Omen was compiled in late 1969, as a way of cashing in on the imminent release of… Read More Fleetwood Mac – The Pious Bird of Good Omen
Over the past few decades there have been hundreds, if not thousands of bootlegs of the Beatles and each member’s solo work, to the extent that it was as if almost anyone could simply walk off the street into Apple Studios and make copies of just about every demo and multi-track that took their fancy.… Read More George Harrison – Early Takes Volume 1
To be honest I’ve never been all that much of a Beach Boys fan, as sacrilegious as that may sound to their millions of followers. I guess it’s a bit like saying that you love the electric guitar but dislike Jimi Hendrix. Don’t get me wrong, there are a few songs I genuinely adore, and… Read More Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue
Throughout the 1980’s Robert Plant seemed to spend a lot of time and energy avoiding his former past, as if embarrassed by what his own legacy had spawned. But how was he to know that once songs such as “Communication Breakdown” and “Whole Lotta Love” were released into the musical ether, that there would soon… Read More Robert Plant – Fate of Nations
Pink Floyd were the psychedelic pioneers whose leader went AWOL on LSD in the late 1960’s, only to reinvent themselves in the ‘70s as one of progressive rock’s most popular bands. And when they released Dark Side of the Moon in 1973, never had depression and existential angst sounded so accessible much less agreeable to… Read More Pink Floyd – Animals
As the late great Bill Graham once said about The Grateful Dead; “They’re not the best at what they do, they’re the only ones who do what they do.” When I read that many years ago, I thought it to be one of the most pertinent summations of one of the most iconic bands of… Read More The Grateful Dead – From The Mars Hotel
Subtitled The Rolling Stones In Concert, for many years this would remain the best live album by the group (1977’s Love You Live had its moments, but is nowhere near as good). The tapes were sourced from their 1969 American tour, their first since 1967, and so when the LP came out in 1970, it was… Read More The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
When Alan Douglas was asked by Warner Brothers in 1974 to oversee the musical legacy of Jimi Hendrix, I’m sure he must have had mixed feelings about the prospect of being expected to successfully market the music of an artist who was no longer living, and therefore hardly viable from a commercial perspective. But that… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Nine To The Universe