Peter Falk as… Columbo. The ‘perfect’ mystery show, without the mystery?

“Peter Falk as”… those three words were possibly the most reassuring to me that I was about to be entertained in the cleverest, most unique of ways for the next hour and a half or so, maybe longer, when Columbo appeared on our small screens all those years ago. Even now, despite the digitised boxContinue reading “Peter Falk as… Columbo. The ‘perfect’ mystery show, without the mystery?”

The 12 UK Beatles albums from the 1960s ranked

One of the most remarkable things about The Beatles is that they remain one of the only groups in history with a complete contemporary UK album discography (of more than one disc) which is wholly indispensable. That is to say, each record represents some kind of progression, whether it be the song-writing, the musical stylesContinue reading “The 12 UK Beatles albums from the 1960s ranked”

George Harrison’s solo work appraised… and my view on box sets

Now look, I’ve been a fan and collector of this man’s work for years and have played my numerous copies of these albums in various formats literally to the point where some of them don’t work anymore and am always curious to hear whatever ‘unreleased’ material that may be made available… however, as with mostContinue reading “George Harrison’s solo work appraised… and my view on box sets”

The optimum time to watch Bond films… or is it just me?

Before I go on I should just stress that this is very much a tongue-in-cheek entry… I wasn’t going to write it at all, but then thought what the hell, we need more silliness… I’ve been watching Bond films for years and I find there is a definite optimum time in the week for meContinue reading “The optimum time to watch Bond films… or is it just me?”

Really the “worst” of the best? Rethinking The Prisoner episode Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

I’ve already stated that, in my view, The Prisoner stands in a class of its own in television history. https://therockandrollguy.com/2021/03/13/appraising-televisions-ultimate-masterpiece-the-prisoner/ Edgy, uncompromising and totally unpredictable, much like its principal creator, the show remains unparalleled in its ability to both entertain and stimulate thought, even after all these years. Of all the 17 episodes, the oneContinue reading “Really the “worst” of the best? Rethinking The Prisoner episode Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling”

Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes appraised by episode… which is my favourite?

In 1984 Jeremy Brett hit the small screen with the first series of what would become, in my opinion, the definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. The series was notable in the beginning for its adherence to the source material and over the next 10 years viewers were treated to some television magic as many ofContinue reading “Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes appraised by episode… which is my favourite?”

What Bob Dylan’s music means to me as the legend turns 80

To attempt to explain in a few lines what the music of Bob Dylan means to me could be impossible, but since today marks his 80th birthday I thought I’d share a few thoughts on the subject, not all-encompassing but entirely my own opinion. I remember a few years back having a conversation with anContinue reading “What Bob Dylan’s music means to me as the legend turns 80”

Ram by Paul and Linda McCartney is 50 years old and still one of my favourite albums

I’ve written about Ram before, here https://therockandrollguy.com/2021/01/06/ram-versus-imagine/ but I find I must return to the subject again because it is at the forefront of my mind on account of the fact that today is the 50th anniversary of its release. How could I let such a moment pass without comment? If you’ve read the aboveContinue reading “Ram by Paul and Linda McCartney is 50 years old and still one of my favourite albums”

Why John Lennon’s Instant Karma! could be his best solo single

When John Lennon put out the single Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) in February 1970, to the outside world he was still a member of The Beatles, despite having unofficially left the previous year, while to the casual observer the group still existed, with McCartney’s headline announcement that he was in fact “quitting theContinue reading “Why John Lennon’s Instant Karma! could be his best solo single”

Man In A Suitcase – TV drama’s great step forward?

When I wrote a recent entry: “Appraising television’s ultimate masterpiece – The Prisoner” https://therockandrollguy.com/2021/03/13/appraising-televisions-ultimate-masterpiece-the-prisoner/ I realised afterwards that in saying that Patrick McGoohan and Edward Woodward were two leading actors of an era I could think of off-hand capable of conveying controlled intensity, I was doing one other essential protagonist a disservice. I’m talking about theContinue reading “Man In A Suitcase – TV drama’s great step forward?”