Widely considered to be one of his strongest albums, “Blood on the Tracks” is often referred to as his “divorce” album although Dylan strongly contends this sentiment.
The music of saxophonist John Coltrane has left an indelible print on jazz and many other forms of music. His music has also influenced people spiritually as evidenced by his canonization by the African Orthodox Church in The Church of St. John Coltrane in San Francisco.
Legend has it The Stone Roses secured their first big gig supporting Pete Townsend when Ian Brown sent a charming note to the promoter: ‘I’m surrounded by skagheads. I wanna smash ‘em. Can you give us a show?’
“Blue” is Mitchell’s first song cycle whereby all the songs interrelate in their theme of loss and transformation. Released in 1971, the album reflects the disillusionment and disenchantment felt by a generation during the closing of The Sixties.
Amy Winehouse was somewhat of an anomaly within the music biz. Despite topping the pop charts and winning a slew of awards including five Grammy Awards, an Ivor Novello, a BRIT, a MOBO and much, much more, she did not fit into the pop star mould in any shape or form.
How did an album about mental illness, mortality and the need for human empathy become one of the most classic, iconic albums of all time staying on the US Billboard Charts for 741 weeks (14 years)?
“Dare” was the first album recorded with the new Human League line-up and catapulted the band into pop success. Thee band’s roots were more avant-garde and experimental as evidenced on their first two albums “Reproduction” and “Travelogue”.