‘Rare Stamps Vol.1’ found JJ Barnes and Steve Mancha taking the Detroit sound to Memphis for a series of great soul records that are now collectors’ items.
Hailed as “America’s band”, The Beach Boys gave the world so much more than the surf-pop that made their name – as the best Beach Boys songs reveal.
After flying solo on ‘Full Moon Fever’, Tom Petty reunited the Heartbreakers for ‘Into the Great Wide Open’ and propelled them back atop the rock zeitgeist.
A rare ABBA song recorded outside of Sweden, ‘Voulez-Vous’ emerged as a classic floor-filling disco track whose reputation has continued to grow.
‘The Last In Line’ remains one of the great metal albums of the 80s, proving that Dio were capable of muscle, flash, and a subtler, more reflective side.
The Crickets' final UK chart appearance was a nod to the late Ritchie Valens, and featured A-list contributors James Burton and Leon Russell.
By the late 1970s, Palmer’s smooth, sophisticated and brilliantly-produced blue-eyed soul-rock was becoming more and more established.
A dazzling array of British stars played on Billy's stirring Apple single of 1969.
A feast of beautifully crafted, airwave-friendly pop, Crowded House’s ‘Woodface’ featured some of the band’s most melodic, infectious tunes to date.
Hailed as “one of the greatest songs ever written” in the new Danny Boyle movie, ‘Yesterday’, does the classic Beatles song deserve such status?… Well, yes!
If “Americana” has ever had any solid definition, it is in the songs that The Band recorded for their epochal debut album, ‘Music From Big Pink’.
This landmark pair of albums remain relevant and moving, decades later. Reggie Mint explains why.
Reggae stars had little to no global profile in the 60s and 70s, but a pair of Jamaican movies, ‘The Harder They Come’ and ‘Rockers’, instigated a change.
Whether fighting for the legalisation of cannabis or battling dark forces in politics, the best reggae protest songs spoke to their times yet continue to resonate today.
A live recording of ‘No Woman, No Cry’ helped make Bob Marley a global star. The song remains a celebration of life in the face of hardship.