The 25 Best Albums of 2018

The music industry has suffered from the splintering of the monoculture for years, but 2018 was especially slow in terms of hits from world-conquering pop stars. Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Cardi B all released albums, sure, but they served more as vessels for personality than artistry, and only Cardi was capable of releasing even one […]

REVIEW: The best new rock albums – including releases by Saxon, Martin Barre, Nazareth

SaxonThe Eagle Has Landed(BMG)★★★★★ Considered the cornerstone of live albums from the NWOBHM era upon its release in 1982, this expanded re-release buttresses the original recording with six extra bonus tracks. From the roar of the chanting Saxon crowd and the revving intro to Motorcycle Man, this essential live document from Saxon’s classic Denim and […]

Mike Ward previews tonight’s TV: Classic Albums

On hearing the name Amy Winehouse, there’ll be those who won’t immediately be reminded of her supreme talent and her extraordinarily expressive, soulful voice, who won’t think of her as the creator and performer of evocative Fifties and Sixties-flavoured pop songs, nor as the winner of a stack of awards: Grammys, Brits, Ivor Novellos and […]

Deep Purple to release a limited edition collection of classic albums on purple vinyl

With a changing personnel of musicians from Ian Gillan and Roger Glover to David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, and Tommy Bolin eventually taking the place of guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, these releases are a fine document of a sensational British rock band. Taken from the original master tapes at Abbey Road Studios, all of these vintage […]

My six best albums: Emeli Sandé

D’ANGELO: Voodoo (EMI) I had a love of music from my dad but this was the first time I discovered something independently. I loved the rawness of this album and it feels like a journey. AMY WINEHOUSE: Frank (Universal/Island) When I was in London doing showcases, my manager said I needed to hear this girl […]

REVIEW: The week's best Rock and Metal albums from Black Sabbath to Saxon and more

Black SabbathSupersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set(BMG) ★★★★★ Big Brummy bangers Black Sabbath were not only a legendary albums and live act, they also released seminal hit singles during their seventies heyday, too. Collected here is the band’s entire singles output from their sensational seventies rock years. This superbly crafted box set contains […]

Rita Coolidge: My six best albums – Aretha Franklin, Eagles, Keb’ Mo’ and more

Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (Rhino) I had just graduated and was living in Memphis with my sister Priscilla when we got hold of this album. We played it constantly for a year. I know every word, every note. I loved her voice and her interpretation. Ry Cooder: […]

Martha Reeves: My Six Best Albums – Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells and more

MARVIN GAYE: A Stubborn Kind Of Fellow (Jasmine) My favourite Motown artist. We sang behind him on his first three major hits.  He was such a gentleman and I was always flirting with him.  When he sang he would close his eyes and tilt his head and you could tell he was feeling his lyrics.  […]

Alexander Armstrong celebrates release of In A Winter Light with his top 10 vinyl albums

GETTY Alexander Armstrong reveals his top 10 vinyl records On his newly released In A Winter Light, the 47-year-old presenter of quiz show Pointless covers everything from Fleet Foxes’ 2008 White Water Hymnal to There Is No Rose Of Such Virtue, which, he says “is about as old as English church music gets – it’s […]