Category Archives: Rock

THE REBEL KIND: GIRLS WITH GUITARS.

THE REBEL KIND: GIRLS WITH GUITARS. It was back in 2004  that Ace Records released Girls With Guitars. Featuring twenty-four tracks, Girls With Guitars it brought back memories of the golden age of the girl group. Record buyers were reminded of the sound of The Angels, The Beattle-Ettes, The Tomboys, The Daughters Of Eve and …

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ROBBIE BASHO-THE VOICE OF AN EAGLE.

ROBBIE BASHO-THE VOICE OF AN EAGLE. There are some artists who follow trends, while others are trendsetters. Trendsetter describes Robbie Basho perfectly. His love and appreciation of various cultures, especially Indian culture, resulted in a series of albums of genre-defying music. Robbie’s raison d’être seemed to be broaden the minds of music lovers. He wanted …

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JOE TURNER-THE REAL BOSS OF THE BLUES.

JOE TURNER-THE REAL BOSS OF THE BLUES. After enjoying a renaissance in its popularity during the early sixties, blues music was in doldrums. Soul had replaced the blues in popularity. However, many of the new breed of rock bands had been inspired by the blues. This included Jimi Hendrix, Cream, The Yardbirds, The Animals and …

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ENNIO MORRICONE-MORRICONE HIGH-THE TRIPPIER SIDE OF MORRICONE.

ENNIO MORRICONE-MORRICONE HIGH-THE TRIPPIER SIDE OF MORRICONE. Although Ennio Morricone’s name is synonymous with film soundtracks, there’s much more to his career than that. This includes over 100 classical pieces that Ennio wrote between 1946 and the late-fifties. After that, Ennio worked at RCA as an arranger. He arranged over 500 songs, and worked with …

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RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO.

RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO. There aren’t many solo artists who can claim to have been part of one of the most successful bands of all time. Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante can. His debut solo album Cavalo will be released on 5th May 2014, on Mais Um Discos. He was a member of Los Hermanos. Their four albums sold millions of …

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STIAN WESTERHUS AND PALE HORSES-MAELSTROM.

STIAN WESTERHUS AND PALE HORSES-MAELSTROM. Having established a reputation as one of the finest abstract guitarists in Europe, Stian Westerhus decided to change direction. After three critically acclaimed solo albums and several collaborations, Stian decided that now was the time to go from solo artist to frontman. Not long after this, Pales Horses, an electronic rock …

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T-BONE WALKER-EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES.

T-BONE WALKER-EVERY DAY I HAVE THE BLUES. T-Bone Walker was, without doubt, one of the most innovative and influential blues guitarists ever. He was a pioneer of both the jump blues and electric blues. That may seem like a bold statement, but it’s not. It’s the truth. After all, T-Bone was one of the first …

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COME SPY WITH US-THE SECRET AGENT SONGBOOK.

COME SPY WITH US-THE SECRET AGENT SONGBOOK. For many people, the fifties and sixties were the golden age of both the spy novel and film. That’s no surprise. This was the post war era. The Iron Curtain separated Eastern and Western Europe. Suspicion and paranoia were common place. Especially after the defection of Philby, Burgess …

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OTIS SPANN-SWEET GIANT OF THE BLUES.

OTIS SPANN-SWEET GIANT OF THE BLUES. For many people, Otis Spann will always be remembered as Muddy Waters’ pianist. Granted Otis spent fifteen years as a member of Muddy Waters’ band. However, there’s much more to Otis Spann’s career that that. Much more. No wonder. Otis Spann was without doubt, one of the greatest postwar …

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END OF NEIL-HEADSPINNIN’

END OF NEIL-HEADSPINNIN’ Over the last couple of years, I’ve been documenting the rise and rise of End Of Neil, one of Scotland’s best up and coming singer songwriters. End Of Neil’s unique brand of acoustic folk has seen Neil Stewart continue to win friends and influence people. So, much so, that End Of Neil …

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BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID.

BLACK SABBATH-PARANOID. Just seven months after Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album in February 1970, they were back with the album that defined their career, Paranoid. It was released in September 1970 and features three Black Sabbath classics Paranoid, Iron Man and War Pigs. They’ve since become staples of Black Sabbath’s live performances. They’re …

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ELTON JOHN-GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD.

ELTON JOHN-GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. Although critical acclaim and commercial success were constant companions for Elton John between 1970 and 1978, one year stood out, 1973. During 1973, Elton released two of his most successful albums. The first of these two albums was Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player which was released in …

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HAL BRADBURY-THIS IS LOVE.

HAL BRADBURY-THIS IS LOVE. During the late-seventies and early eighties, the Hawaiian music scene was thriving. A generation of artists were making a name for themselves. Many of these artists would go onto release albums. As a result, the Hawaiian music industry was thriving. Everyone from songwriters, session musicians and owners of recording studios were …

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A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE DOORS.

A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE DOORS. Generally, I’m not a fan of tribute albums. Far from it. Tribute albums are nothing new. They’ve been around since the fifties. Often, they’re well intended, but end up with what can be best described as a list of the usual suspects trying to kickstart their failing careers. Then …

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ELVIS PRESLEY-ELVIS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE ON MEMPHIS.

ELVIS PRESLEY-ELVIS RECORDED LIVE ON STAGE ON MEMPHIS. There aren’t many albums that twenty-five years after their release, they’re certified gold. That was the case with Elvis Recorded Live On Stage On Memphis. Recorded on March 20th 1974, Elvis Recorded Live On Stage On Memphis was released in July 1974. The album stalled at just …

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SIMONE FELICE-STRANGERS.

SIMONE FELICE-STRANGERS. Although Strangers is only Simone Felice’s sophomore album, his career began back in 2006, when Simone was a member of The Felice Brothers. They began busking in the New York subway. By 2009, The Felice Brothers were signed to a major label. Then tragedy struck for Simone, which resulted in him leaving The …

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LINDA PERHACS-THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS.

LINDA PERHACS-THE SOUL OF ALL NATURAL THINGS. Back in 1970, twenty-seven year old dental hygienist Linda Perhacs released her debut album Parallelograms. It was released to critical acclaim, but sadly, this psychedelic folk classic wasn’t the huge commercial success it should’ve been. Despite this, many people within the music industry forecasted a great future for …

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BOMBAY DISCO-DISCO HITS FROM HINDI FILMS 1979-1985.

BOMBAY DISCO-DISCO HITS FROM HINDI FILMS 1979-1985. Disco. Never has a musical genre divided opinion like disco. For some people, disco was  the musical equivalent of a four letter word. In their eyes, disco sucked. That was the case back in 1979. Thirty-five years later, disco still divides opinion.  During the thirty-five year period, disco …

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MOVEMENTS 6.

MOVEMENTS 6. One of the longest running compilation series is Movements, compiled by Tobias Kirkmayer. The first instalment in the series, Movements was released back in 2005 on Perfect Toy Records. In an ever crowded compilation market, Movements was well received. A year later, in 2006, came Movements. Then nothing. Four long years passed without …

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WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS.

WITHERED HAND-NEW GODS. Five long years have passed since Withered Hand recorded their debut album Good News. It was released to critical acclaim and praised for its stark honesty. There was a reason for this. The man behind Withered Hand, Dan Willson was  a latecomer to music. He was already thirty when he wrote his …

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