The Yardbirds – Live At The BBC

“Here they are, The Yardbirds!” Just like John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds were also a breeding ground and apprenticeship for the next generation of English guitar heroes, namely Eric Clapton (ex-Bluesbreaker), Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Led by the charismatic Keith Relf, the band were one of England’s preeminent blues-rock groups and, some say, one… Read More The Yardbirds – Live At The BBC

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends – Solos, Sessions & Encores

Stunning collection of rarities by the Texas Tornado Stevie Ray Vaughan is best remembered for his incendiary guitar playing, where on albums such as Texas Flood, Couldn’t Stand The Weather, and his final solo LP In Step, Vaughan blazed a trail while also showing that the blues wasn’t dead, it just needed some mainstream exposure,… Read More Stevie Ray Vaughan & Friends – Solos, Sessions & Encores

Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze – An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

Low key, no frills tribute to the late Tulsa Troubadour Tribute albums are often a tricky business. Sometimes they are little more than a quick way for other musicians to extend their musical credentials, or at least get back in the spotlight, while some just don’t make any sense at all (take Pickin’ On Led… Read More Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze – An Appreciation Of JJ Cale

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

The Yardbirds – Live Yardbirds

Birds of a feather rock together By 1968, The Yardbirds had come a long way since the release of their first album Five Live Yardbirds in 1964, an LP which featured a very young Eric Clapton (the rest of the band members were also pretty young themselves let’s not forget). 1965’s For Your Love, the group’s… Read More The Yardbirds – Live Yardbirds

Doyle Bramhall II – Rich Man

Gifted blues guitarist discovers wisdom on long awaited fourth studio outing Doyle Bramhall II’s 2001 album Welcome was a superb and inspired showcase for the guitarist’s outstanding talents, whose ‘70s friendly blues-rock tunes were as delicious as they were down to earth. However anyone expecting an immediate follow up would be sorely disappointed, as Bramhall… Read More Doyle Bramhall II – Rich Man

Jack Bruce – Spirit: Live At The BBC 1971-1978

Jack Bruce was one of the finest and most original of musicians of his age. And while he is famous predominately for his work in Sixties supergroup Cream (with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker), his solo output is no less impressive, which in itself was a genre-defying display of talent that remains startling even today.… Read More Jack Bruce – Spirit: Live At The BBC 1971-1978