An inspired piece of cutting-edge experimentation, Frank Zappa considered his 1967 album ‘Lumpy Gravy’ to be one of his absolute masterpieces. He was right.
With his own recording studio and a seemingly endless head for ideas, Frank Zappa was a truly independent artist who paved the way for future generations.
With a harmony-laden music commonly referred to as “sunshine pop”, Spanky And Our Gang’s self-titled album represented the antithesis of 60s protest rock.
Delaney And Bonnie had a profound influence on Eric Clapton when they released ‘Home’. The album remains a down-home classic mixing blues with blue-eyed soul.
Queen's 10th studio album ‘Hot Space’ saw the band experiment with electro-disco and featured Freddie and Bowie's iconic single, 'Under Pressure'.
When the Queen II album came out in 1974, those who heard it were impressed and spiritually uplifted. Queen had arrived in style and Freddie could give up his weekend job and...
Queen’s 11th studio album, ‘The Works’, was a return to rock album, though they didn’t entirely discard the grooves found on ‘The Game’ and ‘Hot Space’.
The guitarist, songwriter and producer Steve Hackett is a quiet pioneer. We celebrate some of the best Steve Hackett solos in an always innovative career..
With thrilling live work-outs, playful interludes and doo-wop covers, ‘Burnt Weeny Sandwich’ found Zappa indulging his greatest loves.
Twenty months after the release of The Miracle, along came Innuendo in February 1991. Queen's fourteenth studio album is tinged with sadness as it was the last to be released during Freddie...
A Night At The Opera, as we all now know, is a masterpiece. Everything from its title (borrowed from The Marx Brothers 1935 movie) to the music, the album’s artwork and the...
From biting satire to loving homage, the best Frank Zappa songs prove exactly why he’s one of the few artists who truly deserves the epithet “genius”.
A musical and sonic mind blast, the four LA Roxy performances have goneGoing down in history as some of Zappa and The Mothers’ finest ever live shows.
From ‘American Bandstand’ to Elvis Costello’s ‘Spectacle’, US music TV has caught the winds of change in pop and rock. We revisit some classic performances.
From hip 60s shows such as ‘Ready Steady Go!’ to the iconic ‘Top Of The Pops’ and anarchic mayhem of ‘The Tube’, UK music TV has a rich history.