10 Worst Classic Rock Songs – the Heavy Metal Hall of Shame!

There is always debate over the Ten Best Classic Rock Songs, but little about the worst – so here are ten contenders for the Heavy Metal Hall of Shame. They keep coming around, those lists of the top ten rock songs, the best riffs, best guitar solo, greatest live act. And many people spend hours … Read more10 Worst Classic Rock Songs – the Heavy Metal Hall of Shame!

A Brief History of Progressive Rock

A timeline of rock music at its most creative, experimental, and controversial One of the more prominent subgenres of rock music to emerge from the 1960s was undoubtedly progressive (or ‘prog’) rock. While rock itself was becoming an increasingly sexual fusion of electric blues and 50s rock and roll, the more adventurous groups began to … Read moreA Brief History of Progressive Rock

The Greatest Band In The World?

Although the age of “when giants walked the earth” is over, a retrospective look at possibly the greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band ever serves as a reminder… Led Zeppelin represent most if not all of what Rock ‘n’ Roll stand for: charismatic stage presence, distinctive characters, talented musicians, an enigmatic and sexual aura, and of … Read moreThe Greatest Band In The World?

Mars on Earth: Rock Band and Followers Take Over Atlanta

Rock band 30 Seconds to Mars takes over The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA for an epic performance filled with excitement, emotion… and dress up? It is February 28, 2011, a freezing Friday night on Luckie Street in downtown Atlanta. A line forming around the block 500 strong belts out a chorus of one of 30 … Read moreMars on Earth: Rock Band and Followers Take Over Atlanta

Odessa: Bee Gees Early Career Masterpiece

The Bee Gees 1968 concept album “Odessa” was both an artistic triumph and their Waterloo. Recorded at New York’s Atlantic Recording Studios, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb’s Odessa has been compared in stature to The Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart’s Club Band. Odessa gets off to a rocky start with the title track, “Odessa (City on the Black Sea).” … Read moreOdessa: Bee Gees Early Career Masterpiece

The Story Albums of the Sixties – Part One

The development of concept recordings and story-telling through songs in the 1960s, starting with the album ‘S.F. Sorrow’ by The Pretty Things. During the 1960s, rock groups took a step into the realm of storytelling. When certain composers saw the direction that pop/rock recording was taking (especially in light of the new predominance of the … Read moreThe Story Albums of the Sixties – Part One

The Story Albums of the Sixties – Part Two

Continuing our look at 1960’s concept/story records with the release of The Small Faces’ “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake in 1968. OGDEN’S NUT GONE FLAKE (“HAPPINESS STAN”) – THE SMALL FACES Story by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, narration by Stan Unwin. Songs by Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagen & Kenney Jones Characters: Happiness Stan, … Read moreThe Story Albums of the Sixties – Part Two

Elvis Presley: ’68 Comeback Special

In late 1967, Elvis Aaron Presley, was in deep trouble. On January 12, 1968, after four somewhat difficult months of pushy negotiation with the ever-pugnacious and notoriously demanding cigar-puffing music manager, Colonel Tom Parker, NBC Vice President, Tom Sarnoff, announced in a press conference the details of an ambitious agreement that had the eyes of the entertainment … Read moreElvis Presley: ’68 Comeback Special