Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits

Whom the Gods love dies young For someone who had such a short career, there can probably never truly be what could be described as a definitive best of. Box of Pearls, which contains all of her original studio albums, with bonus tracks, is far more authoritative, but perhaps way too exhaustive and comprehensive for… Read More Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits

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

Rod Stewart – Foot Loose & Fancy Free

The title says it all When Foot Loose & Fancy Free hit the stores Rod Stewart had come a long way from digging graves and singing “Maggie May.” As lead singer of The Faces, Stewart established himself as one of the finest R&B exports England had ever known, whose raspy, down to earth vocals were… Read More Rod Stewart – Foot Loose & Fancy Free

The Rolling Stones – Got Live If You Want It!

Stones rock out on debut live album Not the best recorded Stones album, but one of their most thrilling. Along with The Yardbirds’ Five Live Yardbirds (1964), Got Live If You Want It! remains an exciting and vigorous snapshot of a band who were yet to reach their creative peak. Although unlike The Yardbirds’ own… Read More The Rolling Stones – Got Live If You Want It!

Jimi Hendrix/Lightnin' Rod – Doriella Du Fontaine

Hendrix explores the origins of rap Originally released as a twelve-inch single in 1984 (and on CD in 1992), “Doriella Du Fontaine” is something of an anomaly in the Hendrix catalogue. Recorded at The Record Plant in November 1969 with Buddy Miles (drums, organ) and Jalal, of proto-rap group The Last Poets, this impromptu jam… Read More Jimi Hendrix/Lightnin' Rod – Doriella Du Fontaine

The Doors – London Fog 1966

Newly unearthed recording sheds light on The Doors pre-fame days Before their self-titled debut, and long before L.A. Woman, The Doors were a predominately pure blues-rock band, plying their trade in the clubs along Sunset Strip, building a steady, if unpredictable following, thanks largely to charismatic lead singer Jim Morrison, whose personality and penchant for… Read More The Doors – London Fog 1966