Classic Rock Albums: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

Released 45 years ago (4th August 1975) this album marked Ritchie Blackmore’s departure from Deep Purple, after he became more disillusioned during recent recordings and tours.  Allegedly he disliked the funkier elements of Purples later songs and wanted to return to a hard rock approach including suggesting the song Black Sheep of the Family as … Continue reading Classic Rock Albums: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

When life imitates art … the video that killed the radio star…

While searching for the classic album of the week a couple of weeks ago I realised that back in July 5th, 1984 American singer/ songwriter Billy Squier released his fourth album – ‘Signs of Life’.  When this album was released Billy Squier was at the peak of his career opening for bands like Whitesnake and … Continue reading When life imitates art … the video that killed the radio star…

Classic Rock Albums: No Sleep ’til Hammersmith

Released on 27th June 1981, No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith was Motorhead’s first live album. It reached no.1 in the UK album charts, capitalising on the preceding success of the St Valentine’s Day Massacre (with Girlschool) and Ace of Spades.  However, Lemmy believed its success was due to a building anticipation from their fan base for … Continue reading Classic Rock Albums: No Sleep ’til Hammersmith