Category: Rock Albums

Dave Edmunds – Repeat When Necessary

Dave Edmunds – Repeat When Necessary       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Recorded simultaneously with Nick Lowe’s Labour of Lust, Dave Edmunds’ Repeat When Necessary continues the winning streak of Get It and Tracks on Wax 4 simply by sticking to the formula. Though Rockpile’s sound is a little cleaner here than before, nothing’s changed […]

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Ron Wood – I’ve Got My Own Album To Do

Ron Wood – I’ve Got My Own Album To Do       ‘I’ve Got My Own Album To Do’ is the first solo album by Ron Wood, released in September 1974. An all-star project recorded outside of his activities with the Faces, the title was a dig at Rod Stewart, who appeared to be […]

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Faces – First Step

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘The notorious sloppiness of the Faces was apparent on their debut, almost moreso on the cover than on the music, as the group was stilled billed as the Small Faces on this 1970 debut although without Steve Marriott in front, and with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood in tow, […]

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Big Star – #1 Record

      William Ruhlmann: ‘The problem with coming in late on an artwork lauded as “influential” is that you’ve probably encountered the work it influenced first, so its truly innovative qualities are lost. Thus, if you are hearing Big Star’s debut album for the first time decades after its release (as, inevitably, most people […]

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Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for “Money for Nothing,” a sardonic attack on MTV. But what […]

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Foreigner – 4

Foreigner – 4 Eduardo Rivadavia: ‘Over the course of their first three late-’70s albums, Foreigner had firmly established themselves (along with Journey and Styx) as one of the top AOR bands of the era. But the band was still looking for that grand slam of a record that would push them to the very top […]

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Elvis Presley – The Platinum Collection

Elvis Presley – The Platinum Collection It is easy to run out of superlatives when talking of the phenomenon that was Elvis Presley. As a solo artist he remains unparalleled and only the Beatles have outstripped him of worldwide sales of singles and albums. We hope you enjoy this collection of music from the King […]

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Atomic Rooster – In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster – In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster Progarchives: ‘Probably the best progressive album ever produced by a group that no one talks about. In Hearing of Atomic Rooster belts out a broad range of great songs from the fast paced ‘Breakthrough’ the slower and more somber ‘Decision/Indecision’ to the raucous instrumental ‘A Spoonful of […]

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Van Morrison – Moondance

Van Morrison – Moondance Jason Ankeny: ‘The yang to Astral Weeks’ yin, the brilliant Moondance is every bit as much a classic as its predecessor; Van Morrison’s first commercially successful solo effort, it retains the previous album’s deeply spiritual thrust but transcends its bleak, cathartic intensity to instead explore themes of renewal and redemption. Light, […]

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Motörhead – Overkill

Motörhead – Overkill Jason Birchmeier: ‘Motörhead’s landmark second album, Overkill, marked a major leap forward for the band, and it remains one of their all-time best, without question. In fact, some fans consider it their single best, topping even Ace of Spaces. It’s a ferocious album, for sure, perfectly showcasing Motörhead’s trademark style of no […]

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Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean boulevard

Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean boulevard Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘461 Ocean Boulevard is Eric Clapton’s second studio solo album, arriving after his side project of Derek and the Dominos and a long struggle with heroin addiction. Although there are some new reggae influences, the album doesn’t sound all that different from the rock, pop, blues, […]

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Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic pillow

      Bruce Eder: ‘The second album by Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow was a groundbreaking piece of folk-rock-based psychedelia, and it hit like a shot heard round the world; where the later efforts from bands like the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and especially, the Charlatans, were initially not too much more than cult […]

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The Beatles – Help !

The Beatles – Help ! Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Considering that Help! functions as the Beatles’ fifth album and as the soundtrack to their second film — while filming, they continued to release non-LP singles on a regular basis — it’s not entirely surprising that it still has some of the weariness of Beatles for Sale. […]

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Thin lizzy – The Black Rose

Thin lizzy – The Black Rose Greg Prato ‘Black Rose: A Rock Legend would prove to be Thin Lizzy’s last true classic album (and last produced by Tony Visconti). Guitarist Brian Robertson was replaced by Gary Moore prior to the album’s recording. Moore had already been a member of the band in the early ’70s […]

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Rolling Stones – Some Girls

Rolling Stones – Some Girls       Stephen Thomas Erlewine ‘During the mid-’70s, the Rolling Stones remained massively popular, but their records suffered from Jagger’s fascination with celebrity and Keith’s worsening drug habit. By 1978, both punk and disco had swept the group off the front pages, and Some Girls was their fiery response […]

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John Lennon Legend – The Very Best Of

John Lennon Legend – The Very Best Of Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon is the third official compilation album of John Lennon’s solo career, coming after 1975’s Shaved Fish and 1982’s The John Lennon Collection. Because neither collection spanned Lennon’s releases up to and including 1984’s Milk and Honey, Lennon Legend: The […]

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Humble Pie – Humble Pie

Humble Pie – Humble Pie ‘ im Newsom’ Alternating hard-driving blues-rockers with country-folk numbers, Humble Pie neatly showcases the two sides of this band’s personality on their first release for a major American label and third album overall. All of the elements are in place for the sound that would reach its studio peak with the next […]

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Faces – A Nod Is As Good As A Wink

Faces – A Nod Is As Good As A Wink       A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… to a Blind Horse was the third album by British rock group Faces, and their second album of 1971. It was their most successful album, peaking at #6 in the US, and reaching #2 […]

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The Doobie Brothers – The Captain and Me

The Doobie Brothers – The Captain and Me Released in 1973, The Doobie Brother’s third album “The Captain And Me” was a combination of beautiful acoustic guitar based songs and some of the best rockers of the year. “China Grove” and “Long Train Runnin’” received strong FM radio station airplay and later “Without You” became […]

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Santana – Santana III

Santana – Santana III Santana is the third studio album by Santana. The band’s second self-titled album, it is often referred to as III to distinguish it from the band’s 1969 debut album. The album was also known as Man with an Outstretched Hand. It was the third and last album by the Woodstock-era lineup, […]

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