OPINION PIECE #12: Wings Albums Ranked

DIKvVRPUQAAnSqNThere’s a lot of fun to be had putting together ranking lists as I have done before with The Beatles and Cream, so I thought I’d do the same again but with Wings. Wings are a band that some people make fun of these days but I personally love them, with McCartney continuing his excellent songwriting he started with The Beatles. The two bands can’t be compared for obvious reasons, but I love Wings and their seven albums, so here is my ranking from least favourite to favourite.

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OPINION PIECE #11: Favourite Albums Of 2017

2017 2A year ago I said that 2016 wasn’t the best year for new music, but it was considerably better than 2017 in my opinion. There haven’t been many new albums that have stood out, but the following are my favourites from the year.

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SONG REVIEW: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Fort Knox

maxresdefaultA couple of weeks after Noel Gallagher dropped the first song from his next album, another one has arrived. This track is called Fort Knox and opens the album in spectacular fashion. The song pushes his new sound and the song itself could be from a film soundtrack. It’s mostly instrumental apart from the odd vocal line, but as an extended intro to the new album I think it’d be a great opener. Take a listen: Continue reading “SONG REVIEW: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Fort Knox”

BOOTLEG SERIES #21: Jack Bruce & Friends – Fillmore East, New York, NY, USA // 31st January 1970

2397ba357b887b1910cdb8fdf389b1ccJack Bruce has long been one of my all time favourite bassists due to his work with Cream but I’m ashamed to say that aside from his 1969 solo album Songs For A Tailor, I’m not overly familiar with the rest of his solo career. However that changed after hearing this excellent recording of a show he played at Fillmore East in New York with Jack Bruce & Friends, which includes Mitch Mitchell on drums, Larry Coryell on guitar and Mike Mandell on organ. The band only played seventeen dates together between the 24th January and 1st March 1970 and sadly there are less than a handful of live recordings of them. Thankfully, however, this late show recording from the 31st January is one of them.

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CLASSIC ALBUM SERIES #20: Paul McCartney – McCartney

mccartney-50f38f2c9e19aOn the 17th April 1970, Paul McCartney stepped out of the shadow of The Beatles with his first solo album McCartney. It was unlike anything he had done before and as a result received a lot of criticism across the board. At the time, of course, the breakup of The Beatles was still fresh in peoples minds and McCartney received (unfairly) a lot of the blame. But this album set him on a  course away from The Beatles and their legacy and in my opinion it is one of the best solo albums to be released by any member of The Beatles.

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SONG REVIEW: The Rentals – Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad

22141130_10155716517303810_7071093866951747883_nThe Rentals have long been one of my all time favourite bands and up until 2014 I didn’t think we’d hear from them again. Then, their third album Lost In Alphaville dropped which saw them return to their incredible form of the mid-90’s. Three years later a new song Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad has been released with plans for a fourth album in 2018. Take a listen:

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