A NIGHT AT THE ODEON QUEEN
Just four guys making one hell of a racket for their first live BBC TV broadcast in 1975. Crazy tight musicianship and Brian May’s guitar is a feral kaleidoscope of tones and textures. No synths. No slop. Sensational.
THE SMITH TA PES: LOS T INTERVIEWS WITH RO CK STARS AND ICONS, 1969-1972, EZRA BOOKSTEIN, EDITOR
Reel-to-reel recordings of columnist Howard Smith’s talks with counterculture heroes like John Lennon, Dick Gregory, and Abbie Hoffman were MIA for decades. Read ’em now to revisit ’70s America at a crossroads.
LIVE IN HYDE PARK THE WHO
A magnificent Who tribute band with two original members. Roger still a powerhouse, but wish Pete didn’t need multiple guitarists to mimic what he once did much more ferociously with an SG and a Hiwatt.
THE BIG SWING THE BIG SWING
Italy’s Alex De Rosso is back with big tones, clever rhythms, and super-tasty solos in this power trio format. The guitars have less gain but more balls, and the chord voicings are fresh and surprising. Molto bravo!
THE RITCHIE BLACKMORE STORY
Blackmore gets in-depth about his early years, Deep Purple, Rainbow, his metamorphosis into a medieval minstrel, and much more in this excellent DVD documentary. Tons of footage of him shredding his ass off makes it a must!