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

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

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy

Lennon re-emerges from middle-age retirement Out of all the ex-Beatles, it was John Lennon who seemed to garner the most attention, and for good reason. Lennon was one of the most cultural and political figures the Pop world has ever known. The moment he stated in 1966 that “We’re more popular than Jesus right now”… Read More John Lennon & Yoko Ono – Double Fantasy

The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

The Fab Four raise fan worship to new heights on historical live recordings In June 1965, The Beatles began a two-week tour of France, Spain, and Italy, where they played fifteen shows in just eight days (eight days a week indeed). It was a tour which, while not exactly disastrous, hadn’t been properly planned much… Read More The Beatles – Live At The Hollywood Bowl

John Lennon – Walls And Bridges

Lennon’s legendary lost weekend summed up on one LP As a songwriter, John Lennon penned some of the most iconic and anthemic tunes of the 20th Century. Songs such as “All You Need Is Love,” “I Am The Walrus,” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” and “Strawberry Fields” remain pristine examples of his genius. Even… Read More John Lennon – Walls And Bridges

George Harrison – Living In The Material World

After the glorious, transcendent high of All Things Must Pass, George Harrison’s follow up, 1973’s Living In The Material World was something of a let down. The album was essentially a collection of songs concerned with the reward of enlightenment and the spiritual insolvency that comes with materialism. Harrison himself described the difference in approach… Read More George Harrison – Living In The Material World

The Kinks – Something Else By The Kinks

In 1967, with The Beatles hanging out in Strawberry Fields, The Small Faces getting high in Itchycoo Park, and The Rolling Stones 2000 Light Years From Home, The Kinks’ Ray Davies was busy waxing poetically on the virtues of drinking ice cold beer, having a nice cuppa, and watching sunsets. Davies was, without a doubt, an extremely… Read More The Kinks – Something Else By The Kinks

The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man

Heavily influenced by the Beatles, The Byrds rapidly transcended their folk origins and incorporated the electric vigour of The Fab Four, thus inadvertently creating a whole new sound in the process. And just like the Beatles, they also had the look, growing their hair long, but unlike their idols, The Byrds wore individual outfits of… Read More The Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man

John Lennon – Imagine

Of all John Lennon’s solo albums, Imagine was his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful. And while his debut was emotionally powerful, it didn’t quite have the appeal of this record, which Lennon himself described as “Working Class Hero with sugar on it”. Not long after purchasing Tittenhurst estate in 1969, Lennon installed an 8-track… Read More John Lennon – Imagine

John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

It is well documented that John Lennon had an unhealthy preoccupation with two themes: religion and his mother. Especially the latter, whom he felt had loved him as a child however was denied that love by his father. And so it was in 1970 that John and Yoko (who couldn’t leave his side) decided to undergo… Read More John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band