Category Archives: Rock

RICK WAKEMAN-THE MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE.

RICK WAKEMAN-THE MYTHS AND LEGENDS OF KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE. In January 1973,  Rick Wakeman released his sophomore album The Six Wives Of Henry VIII. It was a groundbreaking album, one that would forever change prog rock. The Six Wives Of Henry VIII was the album that legitimised synths in …

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MICHAEL CHAPMAN-WINDOW.

MICHAEL CHAPMAN-WINDOW.  Michael Chapman never set out to be a make a living as a musician. No. Originally, he was a teacher. By day, Michael Chapman taught art and photography. Music was something he did in his spare time. However, there was a sense of inevitability that one day soon, Michael Chapman would leave the …

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-THE VELVET UNDERGROUND.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND-THE VELVET UNDERGROUND. Following disagreements about The Velvet Underground’s future musical direction, John Cale left the group. This was almost inevitable.  For some time, John Cale and Lou Reed views about The Velvet Underground’s future differed. John Cale wanted The Velvet Underground to continue to innovate and create experimental music like White Light/White …

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DEKE LEONARD-ICEBERG.

DEKE LEONARD-ICEBERG. Four years after founding Man in 1968, Deke Leonard was on a sabbatical from the Welsh rockers. Deke left Man for the first time in May 1972. This allowed Deke to do something he’d always wanted, record his debut solo album. Over the next twenty months, Deke with a few of his musical friends, …

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MAN-REANIMATED MEMORIES.

MAN-REANIMATED MEMORIES. There aren’t many bands whose recording career spans six decades. That’s the case with Man. Founded in 1968, Man released their debut album Revelation, a year later in 1969. Since then, the Welsh rockers have enjoyed a long, prolific and sometimes, controversial career. Since their 1969 debut, Man have released over twenty albums …

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JERRY LEE LEWIS-WHO’S GONNA PLAY THIS OLD PIANO…THINK ABOUT IT DARLIN’ AND SOMETIMES A MEMORY AIN’T ENOUGH.

JERRY LEE LEWIS-WHO’S GONNA PLAY THIS OLD PIANO…THINK ABOUT IT DARLIN’ AND SOMETIMES A MEMORY AIN’T ENOUGH. As 1972 drew to a close, Jerry Lee Lewis was back where he belonged, at the top. It had taken four years since he began his latest comeback. However, Jerry Lee Lewis had been here before.  In 1964, …

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CHRIS REA-WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BENNY SANTINI?

CHRIS REA-WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BENNY SANTINI? Musically, Chris Rea was something of a late developer. Chris only bought his first guitar when he was twenty-two. This seemed to give Chris a sense of purpose. Before this he was drifting.  Chris, who was born Middlesborough, England in March 1951, had drifted between jobs. He’d worked as …

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TOM RUSH-TOM RUSH.

TOM RUSH-TOM RUSH. For many people, Tom Rush was a trailblazer. He was the first of the singer-songwriters. His career began in 1961, when Tom, who was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire began singing in clubs. Back then, Tom was still a student at Harvard University, where he studied English literature. A year later, in …

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BIG STAR-KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY.

BIG STAR-KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY. Sadly, in music, talent doesn’t equate to commercial success. If it did, Big Star would’ve been the biggest bands in musical history. That wasn’t the case. Lady luck failed to smile on Big Star when they released a trio of albums between 1972 and 1978. Despite this, nowadays, …

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BACK AGAINST THE WALL-A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD.

BACK AGAINST THE WALL-A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD. Nowadays, the word “classic” is used far too often. There’s a reason for this. Much of the music being released today isn’t as good the music being released during the sixties and seventies. That was without doubt, the golden age of music. Forty years later, and we’ve …

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DAVID KNOWLES-FOOTSTEPS.

DAVID KNOWLES-FOOTSTEPS. It’s nearly twenty years since singer-songwriter David Knowles first picked up a guitar. Back then, grunge was King. Straight away, David Knowles was hooked. Inspired by the musical vortex that was grunge, David began to explore other musical genres. It made sense to start at what was the genesis of modern music, the …

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LED ZEPPELIN-PHYSICAL GRAFFITI-DELUXE EDITION BOX SET.

LED ZEPPELIN-PHYSICAL GRAFFITI-DELUXE EDITION BOX SET. February 24th 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of what was Led Zeppelin’s most ambitious and eclectic album, Physical Graffiti. This was Led Zeppelin’s sixth album since their 1969 eponymous debut. However, Physical Graffiti was a first for Led Zeppelin. Physical Graffiti the first double album that Led Zeppelin had …

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CAMERA OBSCURA-BIGGEST BLUEST HI-FI.

CAMERA OBSCURA-BIGGEST BLUEST HI-FI. Ever since they formed in 1996, Camera Obscura have been doing things their way. It’s paid off though. Nineteen years later, and Camera Obscura have established a reputation as one of finest purveyors of hook heavy, perfect pop. During that period, Camera Obscura released five albums. Their debut album was 2001s …

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JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER.

JOHN MARTYN-GRACE AND DANGER. In November 1977, John Martyn released what’s was undoubtably one the finest albums of his career, One World. It was an atmospheric, experimental and genre-defying album. Everything from folk, jazz, reggae and rock melted together over eight tracks. Released to overwhelming critical acclaim, One World was hailed a classic album. This …

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BOB DYLAN-SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT.

BOB DYLAN-SHADOWS IN THE NIGHT. There aren’t many recording artists whose career spans fifty-three years. Bob Dylan’s has. There’s a reason for this. Constantly, Bob Dylan has sought to reinvent himself. Having began life as a folk singer, he’s released albums of country, gospel, blues, rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly to jazz and even the …

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JIMMY HOLIDAY-SPREAD YOUR LOVE-THE COMPLETE MINIT SINGLES.

JIMMY HOLIDAY-SPREAD YOUR LOVE-THE COMPLETE MINIT SINGLES. Jimmy Holiday was an accidental singer-songwriter. Originally, he wanted to be a boxer, and fought in the annual Golden Gloves  competition. Then Jimmy started to get beat. That wasn’t in his plans. Realising he was never going to be more than a contender, Jimmy Holiday hung up his …

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STONED-A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE ROLLING STONES.

STONED-A PSYCH TRIBUTE TO THE ROLLING STONES. Last year, Cleopatra Records released A Psych Tribute To The Doors, where a new generation of bands covered thirteen Doors’ classics. These tracks were given a makeover by everyone from Elephant Stone, The Black Angels, Sons of Hippies, Dead Skeletons, VietNam and Geri X. The idea was simplicity …

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ZAKARY THAKS-IT’S THE END-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION.

ZAKARY THAKS-IT’S THE END-THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION. During the sixties, garage bands sprung up all over Texas. Some recorded a handful of singles, before disappearing. Others never got that far. Most recorded just the one single, and played a handful of gigs, before calling it a day. They’re long forgotten, having played  just a walk-on part …

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RICK WAKEMAN-THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII.

RICK WAKEMAN-THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII. In early 1972, Yes were touring America to promote their fourth studio album Fragile. On a stopover  in Richmond, Virginia, Rick Wakeman, who had joined Yes in August 1971, and made his debut on Fragile, was perusing the airport bookshop. Eventually, Rick bought four books, including Nancy Brysson …

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ERIC CLAPTON-461 OCEAN BOULEVARD.

ERIC CLAPTON-461 OCEAN BOULEVARD. By 1974, Eric Clapton had established a reputation as a survivor. He had managed to overcome heroin and alcohol addiction. His life had spiralled out of control after releasing his debut solo album, Eric Clapton in August 1970. It reached number seventeen in Britain and number thirteen in the US Billboard …

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