Jimi Hendrix – Band Of Gypsys

Hendrix reconnects to his funk and R&B roots The narrative is familiar enough to anyone who has done their research, or better still, read the liner notes of the more recent cd reissues. Basically if it wasn’t for Jimi Hendrix failing to notify his manager Michael Jeffery of a contract he once signed with PPX… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Band Of Gypsys

David Sylvian – Secrets Of The Beehive

Despair, romance, and ancient Greek myth. Sylvian’s Orpheus still haunts 30 years on David Sylvian has always remained something of an enigma. As lead singer of Japan, whose electronic sounds and peroxide-pop tendencies pre-empted the new-romantic movement by at least a couple of years (a long time in the late ‘70’s), Sylvian’s unique and unassuming… Read More David Sylvian – Secrets Of The Beehive

Cold Chisel – You’re Thirteen, You’re Beautiful, And You’re Mine

Superb live document of a band on the cusp of greatness Recorded at the Regent Theatre in Sydney, 1977, You’re Thirteen, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine was issued while the band were in the middle of laying down Breakfast at Sweethearts. If it weren’t for all the tension they were experiencing while making that album,… Read More Cold Chisel – You’re Thirteen, You’re Beautiful, And You’re Mine

Brian Eno – Another Green World

Thoughtfully crafted album by ex-Roxy Music maestro I have to confess that I’m certainly no Enophile much less an expert on electronic music. It’s as if the genre’s cold and mechanized compositional aesthetics have been constructed by and large for unthinking automatons, to the extent that one almost needs to be made of optic fibre… Read More Brian Eno – Another Green World

Pink Floyd – Meddle

The experiment continues Ever since the premature departure of Pink Floyd’s leader and principle song writer, Syd Barrett, in 1968, the remaining members found themselves over the next few years pissing about in seeming musical limbo, unsure of which direction they should take. And while Floyd always had a solid, albeit non-commercial following, the group… Read More Pink Floyd – Meddle

Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

Miles runs the voodoo on seminal jazz-fusion landmark Bitches Brew should come with a recommendation by every mental health professional as a potential way of warding off Alzheimer’s. If for the basic fact that there is so much going on, one can play it repeatedly and still hear something new and unexpected each time. If… Read More Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

Jimi Hendrix – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun

Jimi’s unfinished masterpiece revisited Within only a few months of completing his third LP, Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix was already contemplating his next move. He began writing down potential titles, one of which was First Rays of the New Rising Sun. The only problem was that Hendrix himself had no idea in terms of what… Read More Jimi Hendrix – First Rays Of The New Rising Sun

Blind Faith – Blind Faith

Classic one-off collaboration between old friends While the 1960’s is often celebrated as the golden era of modern rock (and pop), for many of those who were the agents of such a radical social experiment, otherwise known as the counter-culture, the times were often anything but all dope and daisies. Sure, there were moments of… Read More Blind Faith – Blind Faith

Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child – The Jimi Hendrix Collection

Yet another compilation, albeit one with a difference In 2000, Experience Hendrix/MCA released the four CD boxed set The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a then mammoth and unprecedented compendium of previously unheard recordings made by the late guitarist between 1967 and 1970. And then, in 2001, came Voodoo Child – The Jimi Hendrix Collection, a 2CD… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child – The Jimi Hendrix Collection

Sweet Pickle Salad

Dark, depressing, still unreleased side-project by Crowes frontman In 1993, with The Black Crowes in a seemingly never-ending spiral of friction and inner turmoil, Chris Robinson (vocals) and Marc Ford (guitar) took some time out to begin sessions for what is collectively known as Sweet Pickle Salad. Joining them in the studio was Craig Ross… Read More Sweet Pickle Salad