Who would have thought we would still be working from our sofas when we first hauled the laptops home over a year ago? Not us, that’s for sure. But non-essential shops have opened in England and Wales, so hopefully there is now light at the end of the tunnel, and a return to some sort of normalcy – and, more importantly, live music! – shouldn’t be too far ahead of us.
With the absence of live music, though, it’s been the records that have kept us – and I’m sure many others reading this magazine – sane throughout this past 12 months, and this issue we’ve taken a deep dive into the making of some absolute classics, starting off with none other than Sir Paul McCartney looking back at his Ram album, a record that this year celebrates its fiftieth birthday
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On a remote Scottish farm in 1971, as he escaped the harrowing post-Beatles darkness that threatened to consume him, he created an album that would save his soul. Fifty years on, McCartney tells the liberating story of Ram.
Forty years ago, she stepped out from the chaos and control of Fleetwood Mac with a hit-laden debut solo album that showed she could fly just as high on her own.
Always be yourself. Heaven is “right now, this moment”. Hard work takes you to another realm. We all crave the truth. Later-life success is good… The are just some of the things that shape his world view.
The guitar ace is channelling a tough upbringing into a big, grungy, bluesy rock noise – and battling racial stereotypes while he’s at it.
Former band members Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Stratton look back at the early days of the band and the self-titled debut album that changed the face of heavy metal.
The country-rock superstar returns with a new triple album, optimism for future gigs, and thoughts on that controversial interview he gave that landed him in hot water three years ago.
His debut album Are You Experienced was pieced together over six frantic months in London. A future classic and a shop window for his genius, it put Jimi on the path to superstardom.
Classic Album Sundays
We all love to put on a favourite album, switch off the lights and just totally tune in. So does Colleen Murphy, and with her Classic Album Sundays she’s taken the experience further.
What else comes with my magazine?
Free eBook: 100 Greatest Records You Should Own
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Also available this month - a Myles Kennedy Bundle edition
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In spite of covid-19, Record Store Day gears up for another year of excellent releases; Journey finally reached an “amicable settlement” with their former long-time bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith; Elton John and Metallica in mind-boggling team-up; Jon Bon Jovi says stadium tours are no longer “motivational”… Welcome back The Datsuns and Trucker Diablo… Say hello to Twisted Illusion and L.A. Edwards… Say goodbye to Alan Cartwright, Gerri Miller, James MacGaw, Lou Ottens…
The Stories Behind The Songs: Otis Redding
Written by soul great Redding and his guitarist/producer Steve Cropper, (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay became one of the Stax label’s enduring songs.
Q&A: Paul Stanley
The Kiss legend on his new soul album, deafness, feelings of inadequacy and loneliness, Kiss playing Download 2022, and how they can’t keep going much longer.
Six Things You Need To Know About… Dirty Honey
In a world over-sweetened with pop syrup,they tell stories from the darker side of Los Angeles.
The Hot List
We look at 12 essential new rock tracks you need to hear and the artists to have on your radar. This month they include Crobot, Wayward Sons, The Damn Truth, Zach Person, Rosalie Cunningham, The L.A. Maybe, J Lee & The Hoodoo Skulls, ’68, The Cold Stares and more…
New albums from Myles Kennedy, Gary Moore, Royal Blood, Electric Boys, Motörhead, Dinosaur Jr, Mick Fleetwood And Friends, Badfinger, Cactus, Motorpsycho, Robin McAuley, Deap Vally… Reissues from John Lennon, The Mars Volta, Jethro Tull, Porcupine Tree, Tom Petty, Spirit, Paul McCartney, T2, Bob Mould, It Bites… DVDs, films and books on Jimi Hendrix, punk fanzine, Richard Thompson, Captain Beefheart, Don Letts, New Order, Bob Dylan… Lockdown live reviews of Thunder, Danko Jones, Joe Bonamassa, Crowded House, Stoner, Dropkick Murphys…
Buyer’s Guide: Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl took his one-man project to one of the world’s most successful bands while retaining credibility.
Find out who’s playing where and when. We hope!
The SoundtrackOf My Life: Rick Wakeman
The keyboard maestro on the records, artists and gigs that are of lasting significance to him.
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