Rolling Stones – Voodoo Lounge Cassette (1994)

Rolling Stones - Voodoo Lounge audio cassette

One of the reasons bands like The Rolling Stones have enjoyed such longevity is that they’ve created and played from the listener’s viewpoint. They’ve never appeared bothered about looking clever, or skilled as musicians. All that matters in the music is Continue reading

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Spin Doctors – Pocket Full of Kryptonite Cassette

Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite cassette

It’s often hard to remember why you bought albums. Singles are easier to explain – at least you have a specific track to analyse when trying to determine what appealed to you. With albums, you know you like the artist, but you may not be sure which of the tracks, if any, first caught your attention.

As regards Pocket Full of Kryptonite by The Spin Doctors, however, I know Continue reading

The Who – Live At Leeds Audio Cassette

The Who Live at Leeds Audio Cassette

Whether or not this is “the best live rock album of all time”, it’s certainly had a phenomenal impact on the world of music, and since not even Wikipedia mentions the availability of a compact cassette version, I’ve done my good deed for the day and added this rather interesting specimen to the Internet.

You know the basics: recorded at Leeds Uni in Continue reading

Led Zeppelin ‘1’ – Audio Cassette

Led Zeppelin 1 audio cassette

I made a post about the Jimi Hendrix Experience the other day, taking a glance at their defining role in the birth of rock music. But Hendrix didn’t single-handedly invent heavy rock. He was a supreme innovator, but when it came to setting the musical paramaters of what we now refer to as hard rock, there was a much more direct instigating force. That force, was Led Zeppelin. Continue reading

Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live at Winterland cassette

Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Winterland audio cassette

No one raised the importance of the electric guitar like Jimi Hendrix. Not that electric guitars were any sort of insignificance before Hendrix arrived on the scene, of course, but he did markedly elevate the guitarist’s potential status within a band. He showed that it was possible for the guitar to grab such attention in a rock group, that Continue reading

Siouxsie & the Banshees – Tinderbox Cassette 1986

Siouxsie & the Banshees - Tinderbox audio cassette 1986

The only thing wrong with this album as far as I’m concerned is that it’s not long enough. There aren’t really too many albums you can say that about. Of course, whether four tracks per side really is long enough for an album depends on the length of the songs and whether or not you like them, but I’d say this is definitely a bit light on quantity given that it was released and sold as a full LP. Continue reading

Yngwie Malmsteen – Eclipse Audio Cassette (1990)

The impact of Swedish prodigy Yngwie Malmsteen on the guitar scene in the 1980s was almost inescapable. He was most often documented as a classically-influenced rock/metal guitarist, and there was nothing inaccurate about that. But there was a lot more to Malmsteen’s ‘product’ than taking Paganini violin lines and fusing them with existing hard rock techniques on a guitar.

Yngwie Malmsteen Eclipse Audio Cassette (1990) Continue reading