Jimi Hendrix – By Night – The Blues Album Outtakes

Unofficial collection of curios by the late great guitarist As Alan Douglas sifted through the seemingly endless multi-track tapes in search of potential candidates for his next project, what would become 1994’s Blues album, he uncovered a veritable cache of jams, outtakes and unfinished ideas, most of which had remained in the vaults unheard for… Read More Jimi Hendrix – By Night – The Blues Album Outtakes

John Coltrane – “Live” At The Village Vanguard

Jazz’s spiritual awakening begins in earnest Saxophonist John Coltrane was clearly someone on a journey, a quest even, toward some sort of enlightenment. Yet it was an experience he wanted to share, one not based on orthodox values, religiously speaking, even though religious belief remained at the very core of his convictions, Coltrane wanted to… Read More John Coltrane – “Live” At The Village Vanguard

The Allman Brothers Band – Live from A&R Studios, New York, 26th August, 1971

Hirsute Southerner’s make their mark on New York The death of guitarist Duane Allman was one of blues-rock’s greatest losses, whose untimely passing cast a serious pall over The Allman Brothers Band. It was an event from which they never seemed to truly recover. Live from A&R Studios, New York, 26th August 1971 was recorded… Read More The Allman Brothers Band – Live from A&R Studios, New York, 26th August, 1971

Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George (with John Hammond) – Ultrasonic Studios 1972

Obscure radio broadcast sheds further light on a bygone age Released on the Iconography label, this CD taken from a live FM broadcast is apparently an official document of sessions organised by Long Island radio station WLIR-FM on 17th October, 1972. With no actual audience in attendance, Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George and John Hammond run through… Read More Bonnie Raitt & Lowell George (with John Hammond) – Ultrasonic Studios 1972

The Who – The Kids Are Alright

The Who reflect on over a decade of music and mayhem Cinematic autobiographies by bands can often be tedious, over-bloated, self-aggrandising affairs, short on fact, and high on celebrity (U2’s 1988 Rattle And Rum being one such example). Yet The Who, while no strangers to cinema, with two ambitious rock-epics already under their belts –… Read More The Who – The Kids Are Alright

Faces – Five Guys Walk Into A Bar…

English pub-rock at its best “Although we spent a lot of time at the pub, we did rehearse as well, and it’s a complete surprise to hear how good we sound after all these years…” So said Ian McLagan when compiling this four CD retrospective, one that includes highlights from each of their albums, as… Read More Faces – Five Guys Walk Into A Bar…

Jimi Hendrix – Isle Of Wight

Thank you very much for showing up, man. Y’all really beautiful and outtasight… It has been a long time hasn’t it. With mounting pressure on Jimi Hendrix to complete his long awaited follow up to 1969’s Electric Ladyland, to embark on a European tour just when his next album was a mere three weeks away… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Isle Of Wight

The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

The Fab Four raise fan worship to new heights on historical live recordings In June 1965, The Beatles began a two-week tour of France, Spain, and Italy, where they played fifteen shows in just eight days (eight days a week indeed). It was a tour which, while not exactly disastrous, hadn’t been properly planned much… Read More The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

Various Artists – The Best Of ACE Rockabilly

The preservation of long forgotten gems from rock ‘n’ roll’s golden age continues When people think of ‘50’s rock ‘n’ roll, the name Elvis Presley will likely be at the top of their list. But the evolution and revolution of rock can never be credited to just one man alone. Blues, Rhythm & Blues, country,… Read More Various Artists – The Best Of ACE Rockabilly