There have only ever been a handful of people that can truly be considered musical legends, musicians who not only defined a genre but also defined every generation of music since. Chuck Berry was one of those legends.
Released on the 23rd April 1971, Sticky Fingers was the first album by The Rolling Stones to fully feature new guitarist Mick Taylor, who had been brought in to replace Brian Jones two years earlier. The album also signalled a change in musical direction of which would continue throughout Taylor’s tenure, ending with 1975’s It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll. The music the band made during this time is widely seen as their best and even though Let It Bleed contained some great music, it is, in my opinion, Sticky Fingers that fully cemented their new sound.
There are often a number of albums per decade which have continued to stand the test of time decades since release, and Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble is definitely one of them from the 80’s. It’s also one of the finest debut albums by anyone and really injected the blues with a much needed adrenaline shot, bringing the genre back to the ears of millions.
Last month John Mayer released Wave One from his new album The Search For Everything, essentially the first four songs of the album. And today Mayer released the next four, Wave Two, and I’ve been listening to it non-stop all day. These four songs build on the brilliance of the first four and contain so many different vibes, tones and genres it’s unreal.
Recently I had the huge pleasure of interviewing Bobby Whitlock, one quarter of the legendary Derek and the Dominos, on his soon to be released new studio album Tornillo and upcoming tour. I interviewed Bobby for the first time back in 2012 and have spoken to him multiple times as I complete my biography on Derek and the Dominos, and speaking to him again on his new album and tour was a joy.
For the 20th instalment of my BOOTLEG SERIES I return to one of my favourite bands of all time, Cream, a band who have been the focus of four previous instalments in this series. This show at New Haven Arena in New Havan, CT from the 11th October 1968 is one of the farewell shows the band played on their last tour of the United States and unlike many recordings from this tour, the band appear to be just getting through the show. That said there are countless great moments on each song and they’re enjoyable to listen to.