The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group The Beatles, released on 22 November 1968 on the Apple Records label. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed. There were two versions of this released, one on the plain black vinyl and a collector’s version with white vinyl. This album also contains a poster and four individual photos of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. This album was the beginning of the major problems in the band a lot of tracks were not recorded together. In fact, out of the album’s 30 tracks, only 16 have all four band members performing. Some people think this is the best album they have ever recorded and I agree. Until this album Lennon and McCartney was writing songs as a team. On this album each of The Beatles was writing their songs alone. My favorite tracks on this album is Back In The U.S.S.R., While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Rocky Raccoon, Birthday, Good Night, Blackbird and much more. The track Helter Skelter was used my Charles Manson and his family to justify the Tate-LaBianca murders. In fact several cuts off the album Manson thought The Beatles was talking to him with this album and sending a message to start a race war. This is my favorite album of all The Beatles albums. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced by George Martin. This is one album you must add to your Beatles record library.
1967–1970 (widely known as “The Blue Album“) is a compilation of songs by the English rock band The Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. It was released with 1962–1966 (“The Red Album”), in 1973 on the Apple Records label. I own two versions of this album, the version on regular black vinyl and the collector’s edition on blue vinyl. As with 1962–1966, this compilation was produced by Apple/EMI at least partially in response to a bootleg collection titled Alpha Omega, which had been sold on television the previous year. Print advertising for the two records made a point of declaring them “the only authorized collection of The Beatles”. This two album set includes such tracks as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields Forever, All You Need Is Love, Hey Jude, Revolution, Get Back, Let It Be and much more. This album was well recorded, compiled and produced. I recommend adding this collection and the red collection to your Beatles library.
Arc of a Diver is the second solo studio album by singer/multi-instrumentalist and former member of Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith Steve Winwood, released in 1980 on the Island Records label. All of the instruments featured on the album were played by Winwood. This album features my favorite Steve Winwood song When You See A Chance which peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Other notable tracks off this album are the title track Arc Of A Diver and Night Train. All songs were written or co written by Steve Winwood and this album was well recorded, performed and produced. This is an album I would recommend for your record library.
In My Own Skin is my second review for Nashville based singer-songwriter Janey Street since her 2016 album My Side Of Paradise. This album will be released June 23, 2017 on the Blue Elan Records label. This album was well written, performed and recorded. Among my favorite tracks off this album are When You Are Loved, Guilty Pleasures, Sex Is Easy Love Is Hard, and Wreckage. I enjoyed this album from start to finish. This album is available on Amazon, Itunes and wherever CD’s are sold.
Led Zeppelin is a box set compilation of songs by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released on 7 September 1990 on Atlantic Records, digitally remastered on four compact discs. In addition to their major hits this compilation also has two unreleased tracks Travelling Riverside Blues which was recorded on 24 June 1969 and White Summer/ Black Mountain Side which was recorded on 27 June 1969. This collection is great from start to finish with such great hits as Immigrant Song, Whole Lotta Love, Dazed and Confused, Heartbreaker, Stairway to Heaven and much more. This collection was well written, recorded and produced. This is one collection you must have in your library.
Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London is the re-release of the soundtrack to the 1967 documentary featuring the music of Pink Floyd, Small Faces, Chris Farlowe and others. This album also features interview tracks by Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Lee Marvin and others. Listening to this album takes you back to the sound of the 60’s. My favorite tracks is Interstellar Overdrive by Pink Floyd and a remake of the Rolling Stones hit Paint it Black done by Chris Farlowe. This album was well recorded and produced. This album is available on Amazon
1962–1966 (also known as “The Red Album“) is a compilation album by the English rock band The Beatles, spanning the years indicated in the title. Released with its counterpart 1967–1970 (“The Blue Album”) in 1973 on Capitol Records it reached number three on the Billboard Album Charts. This two album set has such great hits as Love Me Do, I Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You and other early hits as well as later hits such as Nowhere Man, Yellow Submarine, Day Tripper, Paperback Writer and much more. I am proud to have two versions of this album, one on black vinyl and one on red vinyl. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced by George Martin. I recommend this album for your Beatles library.
In Memory of Gregg Allman who passed away on May 27th 2017 at age 69, I am reviewing one of my favorite albums of all time. Laid Back is the debut studio solo album by American singer-songwriter Gregg Allman, released in October 1973 by the Capricorn Records label. Allman, best known as the vocalist/lyricist of the Allman Brothers Band, first began considering a solo career after internal disagreements with that group. The lead single from this album was Midnight Rider becoming a top 20 hit in the U.S and was certified gold. Among the other great tracks on this album are All My Friends and my two favorite tracks Queen Of Hearts and Please Come Home. This album was well written, performed and recorded. This album is one of my most played and one you must add to your record library.
With N With Out is the sophomore album by prog-fusion band Bangtower released December 2016 on the Declassified Records label. This album has different sound which I enjoyed with bass legend Percy Jones of “Brand X”, L.A. “Drum-Guru” Walter Garces, Grammy winner Neil Citron and Indie musician Jon Pomplin returning, the album also features drummers Frankie Banali (Quite Riot) & Rodger Carter (John 5), and bassist Robbie “Pag” Pagliari (Ohm). Others making appearances are Joan Fraley (The Rave), Justin Stone, Chris Colovus & Josh Greenbaum. . My favorite tracks off this thirteen song album are Chipotle, Uncle Floyd, McGown’s Pass, This Is My Town, and Good Bye N Good Night. This album was well written, performed and recorded. I recommend this album to anyone’s rock library. You can purchase this album at CD Baby, Amazon, Itunes and any other places that CD’s are sold.
Blues rock guitarist Alex Lopez and his band The Xpress released their eagerly awaited third album titled “Slowdown” on the MarEmil Records label on May 19, 2017. This album features great vocals and a amazing blues guitar sound. Alex learned how to play guitar as a teen developing a style influenced by guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. On this 14 song album there are such great tracks as Dangerous, Slowdown, I Love You Blues, Dance The Night With Me (which is a bonus track on this album) and my favorite track off this album Stolen. I am very impressed with this album and want to hear their first two albums. This album was well written, performed and recorded. This album is available on Amazon, CD Baby.