Beatles 60s album openers compared with Dylan’s… a subjective list!

Just for fun, I thought I’d consider the UK Beatles LPs from the 1960s in terms of their opening tracks and see which ones I thought worked best as ‘openers’, in other words, not necessarily thinking about which are the best songs, by some subjective set of criteria, but rather which ones grab attention theContinue reading “Beatles 60s album openers compared with Dylan’s… a subjective list!”

Six reasons why Roger McGuinn is an inspiration

For this post I had intended to explore some of Bob Dylan’s live output from the 60s and its lasting impact… but I find I’m having to postpone that for another day because I want to take this opportunity to thank one of rock’n’roll’s pioneers and (as the rock and roll guy recently discovered, kindContinue reading “Six reasons why Roger McGuinn is an inspiration”

The most subversive record of the 70s?

Musically, the year 1973 instantly brings to mind The Dark Side Of The Moon, album-wise. It was also the year Slade conquered the singles charts, most notably with that song at Christmas. What were the other big LPs from around that time? Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Goats Head Soup, Aladdin Sane, Quadrophenia… yes it wasContinue reading “The most subversive record of the 70s?”

Rating Oasis albums – with a surprise near the top!

The last blog entry suggested in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way that the band we all know as Oasis may not have actually been a “band” at all but rather a morphing vehicle for a songwriter with a great ear for a tune and big production, coupled with a powerhouse singer with enough energy to keepContinue reading “Rating Oasis albums – with a surprise near the top!”

Oasis – really the “biggest band” in the world?

In the mid-to-late 1990s one could frequently hear Oasis referring to themselves as “the greatest/biggest band in the world” but was that true? Well… definitely, in the sense that the records were selling in bucket loads, the shows were sell-outs, the headlines were frequent and Liam and Noel Gallagher were seemingly omnipresent. No one canContinue reading “Oasis – really the “biggest band” in the world?”

Licence to be subjective – Bond films reappraised

The Bond films. What a topic. Everyone has their favourites. There are numerous rankings and lists available to view online and each has its merits. The general consensus tends to be fairly predictable. Connery was the best, Lazenby wasn’t an actor, Moore was a joker, Dalton very serious, Brosnan tapered-off towards the end and CraigContinue reading “Licence to be subjective – Bond films reappraised”

So much more to The Byrds than jangly guitars…

The recent release of McCartney III drew my attention to the often-used phrase “trilogy of albums” and initially got me thinking about it in terms of his solo efforts. These records have appeared over a 50-year period and despite their titles, McCartney, McCartney II and McCartney III and method of production, they don’t particularly haveContinue reading “So much more to The Byrds than jangly guitars…”

What if… The Beatles White Album had been a single LP?

Ah, The Beatles aka The White Album. Where to begin with this? I can say with utmost certainty this will not be the last time I mention this record. It has been a mainstay on my stereo for years in many formats and all things considered, the CD version’s second disc is a strong contenderContinue reading “What if… The Beatles White Album had been a single LP?”

Ram versus Imagine

In 1971, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were at loggerheads. Was this the low point of their famous friendship? Possibly. That is for another day (no pun intended). However, if their musical output from this year is anything to go by, they weren’t exactly on great terms. The year also saw the release of twoContinue reading “Ram versus Imagine”