Johnny Black

Johnny Black  |  Jul 25, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: James Morrison, Hajk, Josefin Öhrn And The Liberation and Ishmael Ensemble
Johnny Black  |  Jul 17, 2019  |  0 comments
The singer/songwriter's third album not only included two of her most celebrated songs but was the springboard for a career that would eventually see her achieve a number of firsts for UK female artists. Yet teasing out her talent was not straightforward...

Joan Armatrading was the first black British singer-songwriter to achieve major success. She would deserve to be hoisted shoulder-high for that alone but, above and beyond her commercial success, she should be recognised for having produced over the years a catalogue featuring a clutch of the finest songs ever written by any songwriter, male or female, black or white.

Johnny Black  |  Jun 20, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jon Amor, Delicate Steve, Crows and Nick Waterhouse
Johnny Black  |  May 24, 2019  |  0 comments
While other white artists were dipping their toes into soul and funk, The Doobies rode forth from San Jose with a magpie-mix of blues, country, rock and jazz that secured them a string of boogie-woogie hits. Now it was time to capitalise on that sound...

The Doobie Brothers didn't need to know the way to San Jose, because that's where they lived in 1970. And, with a smidgeon of guidance from their heroes, San Francisco Bay Area combo Moby Grape, it was where they formed the band whose driving twin-guitar attack, twin-drummer assault, tight vocal harmonies and memorably singable tunes would bring them multi-Platinum success in the '70s.

Johnny Black  |  May 14, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Steel Woods, Katie Doherty And The Navigators, Deep Cut, and MXMJoY
Johnny Black  |  Apr 03, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Raoul Vignal, Me And My Friends, Michael Blyth & The Wild Braid, & Frankie Davies
Johnny Black  |  Mar 29, 2019  |  0 comments
Named after the iconic movie star, the group's second LP was packed with pop gems, the songs honed by electronics wizard Thomas Dolby with the mainstream in mind. Commercial success failed to follow, yet today the album is considered a classic...

When Prefab Sprout released their second album, Steve McQueen, on June the 14th 1985, music critics worldwide immediately set about falling over themselves in their efforts to outdo each other with effusive praise.

Johnny Black  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Foxtrott, Me And My Friends, Amos Lee, & Ed Motta
Johnny Black  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  0 comments
This month we review: KT Tunstall, John Butler Trio, Ian William Craig, and Advance Base
Johnny Black  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  0 comments
When the singer agreed to make a live album he was obligated to tour, only to find the project dominated by American songwriter/producer Leon Russell as it was decided to film the events. Could a rock 'n' roll circus of excess be turned into commercial success?

Joe Cocker's legendary 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen double live album is not, let me make it absolutely clear, your regular run-of-the-mill, superbly recorded and immaculately produced Vinyl Icon. This is an artefact which has achieved Vinyl Icon status despite the ramshackle method by which it was recorded, and despite the chaos and drug-addled confusion of the 1970 tour for which it is named.

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