07 June 2020

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs - Wooly Bully (June 1965)

55th anniversary of album release: June 1965: most remembered for this song, influenced by the British rock sound during the British Invasion, mixed with traditional Mexican-American conjunto rhythms.

07 April 2020

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (released 24th February 1975)

Commercially successful: it was the first album to go platinum on advance orders alone.

It was also critically successful, viewed as one of the group's strongest albums and the artistic peak of their career. A reviewer wrote that the album was "the band's Tommy, Beggar's Banquet and Sgt. Pepper rolled into one". Another wrote that it's "a towering monument to the glory of Zeppelin in their high-flying heyday".

Robert Plant later felt that Physical Graffiti represented the band at its creative peak, and has since said that it is his favourite Led Zeppelin album. Jimmy Page has also said the album was a "high-water mark" for the group, and the creative energy from jamming and gradually working out song structures together led to some strong material.


02 September 2019

Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)

25th anniversary of the release of a classic rock album: 29th August 1994: their debut studio album: was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK: went straight to number one in the UK Albums Chart and became the fastest-selling debut album in the UK at the time.

It helped to spur a revitalisation in British pop music in the 1990s and was embraced by critics for its optimistic themes and supposed rejection of the grunge music of the time. The album is regarded as a seminal entry of the Britpop scene, and has appeared in many publications' lists of the greatest albums of all time.

Reviews were gushing:
- Noel Gallagher was called "a pop craftsman in the classic tradition and a master of his trade";
- a reviewer wrote: "It's like opening your bedroom curtains one morning and discovering that some f—er's built the Taj Mahal in your back garden and then filled it with your favourite flavour of Angel Delight. Yeah, that good."
- another noted: "For thousands of people, Definitely Maybe is What the World's Been Waiting For, a record full of songs to live to, made by a gang of reckless northern reprobates who you can easily dream of joining. If you don't agree it offers a dozen opportunities to believe that 1994 is the best year ever for pop/rock music, then you're... wrong"
- another wrote: "This is transcendental rock'n'roll music that celebrates the moment, not a moment."
- a review of the 2014 reissue said: "Twenty years on, Oasis' debut album remains one of the most gloriously loutish odes to cigarettes, alcohol and dumb guitar solos that the British Isles have ever coughed up"

Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)
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