Jaco Pastorius – Jaco Pastorius

For any serious fan of jazz fusion, the release of Jaco Pastorius’ debut solo album should have come as no surprise. Largely self taught, by 22 he was already teaching bass at the University of Miami, where he forged a strong friendship with guitarist Pat Metheny, one which would lead to the two eventually recording together, issuing… Read More Jaco Pastorius – Jaco Pastorius

Radiohead – The Bends

Bleak, depressing, brilliant. Radiohead’s transformation is complete When The Bends came out in 1995, Radiohead went from being a relatively obscure cult band into international rock stars, where suddenly they were the latest musical darlings of a post-Cobain world desperately looking for answers. And for all the group’s cynical, moribund tendencies, on their second album,… Read More Radiohead – The Bends

Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds

Get out the lava lamp, warm up that old Marantz, and let Pink Floyd take you into another world In the late 1960’s and early ‘70s there was a movement among (mostly European) film makers who wanted to include popular music as some sort of modern statement concerning their latest cinema creation, and La Vallée, directed by… Read More Pink Floyd – Obscured By Clouds

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

Dysfunctional, drugged-out quintet unleash AOR masterpiece There are other albums in the band’s catalogue, but this is the one most people probably own. Born out of internal conflict between its members, by 1976 Fleetwood Mac were clearly falling apart, with failing marriages, affairs, and drugs taking their toll on the collective psyche of everyone involved.… Read More Fleetwood Mac – Rumours