The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

Septuagenarians still prove that they’ve got the blues The Rolling Stones are like the Stone Henge of rock ‘n’ roll: iconic, ancient and indestructible. With Keith Richards having just turned the tender age of 73, and Mick Jagger fathering his eighth child (also 73, to a woman less than half his age), one has to… Read More The Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome

Van Morrison – His Band And The Street Choir

Hippie vibes intermingle with Belfast Soul After the fireside candlelit intimacy of Moondance, Van, his wife Janet, her son and their newborn daughter relocated to Woodstock, not far from where Bob Dylan (one of Morrison’s idols) was residing. Though despite its idyll surroundings, the local environs were literally crawling with hippies, whose way of life… Read More Van Morrison – His Band And The Street Choir

The Byrds – Play The Songs Of Bob Dylan

All the Dylan you’ll ever need by folk-rock troubadours on one CD The Byrds predominately made a name for themselves via their superb interpretations of Dylan, versions some might say surpassed even those of the original author himself. So a compilation devoted solely to Dylan covers makes a lot of sense, especially since they recorded… Read More The Byrds – Play The Songs Of Bob Dylan

Eric Clapton – Money And Cigarettes

God struggles with relevancy in the early ’80s Throughout much of the Seventies Eric Clapton was on auto-pilot, sleepwalking his way through a series of lacklustre albums which failed to capture the spark of his earlier, younger days. What was frustrating is not so much that his albums stank, There’s One In Every Crowd (1975),… Read More Eric Clapton – Money And Cigarettes

Nick Drake – The John Peel Session

Fabled recording at long last receives an official outing The session that Nick Drake recorded in 1969 for John Peel’s Son of Night Ride show has long been the stuff of legend, not so much for Drake’s performances themselves, but for the fact that the tapes have remained something of a holy grail for many a… Read More Nick Drake – The John Peel Session

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac – Live At The BBC

Superb collection of previously unheard Mac at the height of their pre-AOR powers Where would any serious music lover be without the BBC, whose archives over the years have been lovingly preserved and made available to the public. From Bowie, Hendrix and Cream, to Led Zeppelin and even Syd Barrett, the BBC has acted as… Read More Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac – Live At The BBC

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Set the controls for the heart of dystopia For more than 25 years, Radiohead have gone out of their way to challenge both their fans and critics, in ways they themselves wouldn’t even have imagined. From their ugly duckling debut, to swan-like follow-up, The Bends, Thom Yorke and his band of existential minstrels were always… Read More Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool