One of the best psychedelic albums of 1967, ‘Disraeli Gears’ saw the short-lived hard-rock/blues supergroup Cream at the peak of their powers.
A cult classic that’s influenced generations of female artists, Nico’s debut album ‘Chelsea Girl’ is as compelling and vital in 2017 as it was fifty years ago.
Pink Floyd’s debut album ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’ is the greatest testament to the genius of Syd Barrett, as well as a key evolutionary milestone in British psychedelia.
Massively expanding the potential for what an album could actually be, there can be few albums as important to the development of pop music than ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
The sonic impact of Jimi Hendrix’s debut album ‘Are You Experienced’ still reverberates 50 years later.
The archetypal ‘cult album’ whose impact on alternative rock music is incalculably vast, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ turns 50 years old.
by Ed Biggs By the time 1966 rolled around, The Beatles had unquestionably re-asserted their primacy in British pop music as a creative force, in addition to their long-standing commercial triumphs which had never shown any sign of flagging. Rubber Soul, hot on the heels of Help! in 1965, had been one of pop’s greatest artistic achievements, and their relentless touring schedule had ground on in the face of exhaustion. But
by Ed Biggs The final instalment of the triptych of masterpieces that made up Bob Dylan’s imperial phase of the mid-1960s, Blonde On Blonde is arguably the most impressive album he has ever recorded. Thought to be the first ever ‘double album’ in rock history, his seventh album is an exhaustive (but not exhausting) tour through Dylan’s ever-evolving musical and songwriting repertoire.
by Ed Biggs Given the endless summers, sun, surfing and convertibles with which The Beach Boys’ early career is always associated, the manner in which they delivered Pet Sounds, one of the very first undisputed masterpieces in pop, was rather curious and somewhat unexpected. Its release certainly blindsided many at the time, as critics were baffled by this resplendent, carefully orchestrated and not entirely danceable song cycle of love, heartbreak, depression,
by Ed Biggs The story of The Monks would surely have been written for a movie script if it hadn’t actually happened in real life. You can picture it on the big screen: five American GIs stationed in Germany during the ‘60s pop revolution and the outbreak of the Vietnam War, form their own group out of frustration and boredom. Honing their basic garage rock sound into guttural, twisted but undeniably