Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

Jazz-rock, R&B, and a whole lot of LSD If Are You Experienced was the explosive and dynamic Mount Olympus of debuts, then Jimi Hendrix’s sophomore effort was the more subdued, more reflective, Temple of Delphi follow up. Here you’ll find nothing akin to the psychedelic freak-out of “Purple Haze”, or the misogynist libido thrust of… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

Nick Drake – Family Tree

Intimate insight into a creative family That Nick Drake has gone on to sell more albums since his death than when alive is one of those ironies life is fraught with. Three near perfect LPs released during his existence, along with numerous compilations, prove that Drake was the ultimate shoe-gazing troubadour and one of the… Read More Nick Drake – Family Tree

Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

Captivating collection of the man who would be King Elvis Presley’s career has been exhaustively analysed and documented over the years with more compilations and comprehensive box sets that one has to wonder whether the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll ever managed to sleep. Such is the sheer wealth of music he recorded that it… Read More Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-1955 Recordings

The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads

Soul, blues and R&B, British style In 1965, The Rolling Stones were on the cusp of true rock ‘n’ roll greatness, and Out Of Our Heads, released on the Decca label, would further entrench their reputation. Having returned from an American tour, the band were cocked and primed with a collection of soul material, much… Read More The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads

Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire

Rock ‘n’ Roll’s real wild one gets to reassert his greatness The popularity of the 1987 film La Bamba (based on the brief life of Ritchie Valens) and its accompanying soundtrack, no doubt prompted Hollywood into considering adapting the lives of other ‘50s rockers to the big screen (Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran come to… Read More Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls Of Fire

Stray Cats – Blast Off!

Quality comeback by one of rock’s most antediluvian of trios Following 1983’s Rant N’ Rave With the Stray Cats, Brian Setzer (guitar), Slim Jim Phantom (drums) and Lee Rocker (bass) chose to call it a day (at least until 1986’s Rock Therapy), leaving behind a small but exceptional body of work that was the antithesis… Read More Stray Cats – Blast Off!

Ray Manzarek – The Golden Scarab

Psychedelic jazz-rock by ex-Doors keyboardist When Ray Manzarek passed away in 2013, the world not only lost a fabulous musician, but also a wonderful human being. As anyone who has read his 1998 autobiography Light My Fire – My Life With The Doors will know, Manzarek was something of a wacky eccentric, who liked his… Read More Ray Manzarek – The Golden Scarab

Elvis Presley – King Creole

21 plus minutes of the man who sang ‘like nobody’ Once Elvis Presley signed to RCA Victor in 1955, Colonel Tom Parker wasted no time in getting his young client a film contract, eager to maximum Presley’s star potential as much as possible (Presley himself was also keen to embark on a movie career, having… Read More Elvis Presley – King Creole