Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live Alive

Sort of live, but definitely alive The 1980’s was a pretty strange time to be in if you were a blues guitarist. Since the ‘70s the blues had taken a serious back step since its ‘60s heyday. Even Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, two of England’s finest blues guitarists, had updated their style and sound… Read More Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live Alive

Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits

All of Jimi’s pre-1968 A- and B-sides in the one package In the ‘70s, superior compilations of Hendrix’s work were presented (i.e The Essential Vols 1 and 2), although Smash Hits was the first, having been released when Jimi was still alive, and contained many non-LP tracks that had been available only as singles. Because… Read More Jimi Hendrix – Smash Hits

Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain

Frilly shirts, high heels, and a Harley. Prince’s star finally rises As the soundtrack to an extremely mediocre movie of the same name, Purple Rain was Prince’s long overdue arrival on the world stage. The man had talent, that’s for sure, but it wasn’t until this long player came along that his career truly took… Read More Prince & The Revolution – Purple Rain

Betty Davis – Betty Davis

Punk-Funk at its flamboyant flirty best (BYO Afro) This is one funky album. Before the Black Eyed Peas came along with their “yes to sex” and other puerile lyrical fantasies, there was Betty Davis, who legend has it was as mad as a cut snake, whose own lusty lyrics would make even Beyoncé blush. Betty’s… Read More Betty Davis – Betty Davis

The Style Council – Café Bleu

Paul Weller turns his back on rock for more sophisticated climes Having spent the latter part of the ‘70s and early ‘80s championing the virtues of punk-rock with The Jam, when Paul Weller decided to embark on a completely different journey altogether, one which looked back to the ‘60s for inspiration, it came as an… Read More The Style Council – Café Bleu

Beatles – With The Beatles

The Beatles continue to perfect their craft and pave the way for a new style of pop With each generation that comes along, the original impact The Beatles had on youth culture diminishes exponentially. What The Beatles mean to young people today is perhaps more akin to curiosity than worship. Popular groups nowadays might be… Read More Beatles – With The Beatles

The Outlaws – Outlaws

Classic debut by Country-rockers who play just for you Originally from Tampa, Florida, The Outlaws took some time to build momentum. The band started out in 1967, although it wasn’t until 1975 that they released their self-titled debut. Along with The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws were part… Read More The Outlaws – Outlaws

Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles reinvent themselves and popular culture in the process When the Beatles released their long-awaited follow-up to Revolver, it was almost as if suddenly the band had gone from black and white to full-blown Technicolor, thanks to the cover, one of the most iconic of its time, or any time (and one which would… Read More Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band