Archive for the ‘ROCK’ Category

Exile On Main St (Deluxe edition) – Rolling Stones | CD review

(Polydor) 5 stars In 1971 British tax exiles the Rolling Stones relocated to the south of France, where in between much partying they managed to lay down most of the tracks for one of the band’s iconic albums. Masterminded by Keith Richards, it was recorded mainly in the basement of his rented villa. The 2010 […]

Black Rock – Joe Bonamassa | CD review

(Only Blues Music) 4.5 stars The decision by US guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa to record in Greece has produced one of the more exciting world blues albums in a long while. Bonamassa has evolved from a precocious talent into one of the genre’s leading lights, earning comparisons with major influences such as Hendrix, Stevie Ray […]

Jeff Beck Rock’n’Roll Party: Honouring Les Paul
| DVD review

(Shock) 4 stars Les Paul, godfather of the modern electric guitar and multi-tracking pioneer, was a jazz virtuoso whose country and Hawaiian-laced recordings (with wife Mary Ford) made him a star of the pre-rock era. For the last 25 years of his life, up to his death in 2009, Paul’s jam sessions were a weekly […]

Emotion & Commotion – Jeff Beck | CD review

(ATCO/Warner) 5 stars Here at last is the bravura studio album Jeff Beck had threatened to deliver since his classic mid-’70s albums, Blow By Blow and Wired. Like the late Roy Buchanan, whom Beck admired greatly, the British guitar wunderkind can make his instrument cry one moment and deliver ear-shredding power-chords the next. With Emotion […]

Mojo – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | CD review

(Reprise) Tom Petty’s last studio outing with the Heartbreakers was nine years ago, although he did collaborate in 2008 with the band’s guitarist Mike Campbell and pianist Benmont Tench, reviving their pre-Heartbreakers line-up to record the self-titled ‘Mudcrutch’. Understandably, some of that raw rock ethos has carried through to Petty and the Heartbreakers’ latest, ‘Mojo’, […]

Roadsongs – Derek Trucks Band | CD review

 (Sony Masterworks) Comparisons between the Derek Trucks and Allman Brothers bands are inevitable. Guitarist Derek is the nephew of veteran Allmans’ drummer Butch Trucks and played with the touring line-up in recent years, while his free-flowing technique recalls the great Duane. But the music from Derek and his own band over a decade surpassed mere […]

Band of Joy – Robert Plant | CD review

(Decca) Avoiding the temptation to recycle his back-catalogue, English blues-shouter Robert Plant has ranged far and wide in his recent exploration of genres, from world music to the collaboration with Alison Krauss, Raising Sand. Now, in a deliberate step away from that Grammy-winning roots pairing, Plant delivers Band of Joy, a solo offering named after […]

The Promise – Bruce Springsteen | CD review

(Columbia) Some songwriters struggle to fill a CD, while prolific artists like Bob Dylan or Elvis Costello usually face the dilemma of what to leave out. Likewise Bruce Springsteen. Back in 1978, after three years of litigation in the wake of his breakthrough album ‘Born To Run’, he had already recorded about 40 songs but […]

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