Paul McCartney turns 72 on June 18, so you probably can expect to come across some online tributes that laud his achievements, longevity and best-loved songs. But while everyone else will most likely praise "Band on the Run," "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Silly Love Songs," I'd like to draw attention to 10 tracks from McCartney's solo career — a career that started 44 years ago — that just don't get the love they deserve in 2014.
Musicians can still be a little fuzzy when it comes to describing the sound of a fuzz box. Some guitarists will tell you it sounds like a 2,000-pound bee trapped in a sturdy metal box — perhaps with a potentiometer installed somewhere behind the wings. And while many early fuzz guitar tunes and tones did indeed make the most of the original fuzz buzz, fuzz actually has many facets, many sides, many fuzz faces, if you will.
On this date in 1984, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters released his first solo album, The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking. The album abounded with something that Eric Clapton’s early Eighties albums sorely lacked: screaming guitar solos — played by Eric Clapton!
Robert Johnson, the man who Eric Clapton called "the most important blues musician who ever lived," was born 103 years ago on May 8, 1911, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. Although he lived only 27 years, his haunting singing, guitar skills and compositions have influenced generations of musicians — and continue to fascinate the most gifted of guitarists.
We've been waiting a while for this video to be posted to YouTube, and it's finally here. Below, check out a pro-shot clip of Stevie Ray Vaughan performing "Texas Flood" at a 1989 concert celebrating the inauguration of George H.W. Bush.
Waters, the father of modern Chicago blues, was a major inspiration to several generations of blues artists — including most of the key players in the British blues explosion of the Sixties. He also helped define blues for the latter part of the 21st century—an impact felt in a host of other genres including rock, R&B, folk and country.
Whether he’s racing with devils on Spanish highways or chasing aliens in Arabian deserts, Al Di Meola has enjoyed a career highlighted by new musical adventures in exotic locales. His latest call of duty? Recording a tribute to one of his favorite bands—the Beatles—at London’s Abbey Road Studios.
Just as “Crossroads” introduced a new generation of music fans to the mystique of Robert Johnson, Cream’s “Spoonful” brought extra exposure to Willie Dixon, who wrote the song, and Howlin’ Wolf, who originally recorded it in 1960.
I'm not exactly sure how to describe my take on music in 2013. Did I simply take a year off from listening to new stuff? Did I intentionally focus on old stuff, reissues, box sets and new albums by incredibly old artists? Simple answer ... yeah, that's what I did.