Cream Live in Royal Albert Hall

I Cream sono stati una band rock britannica attiva tra il 1966 e il 1968, che, rivisitando vecchi schemi del blues, riuscì ad innovare il rock in generale,[3] influenzando molti artisti, tra i quali Jimi Hendrix,[3] Queen[4], Black Sabbath[5] e Van Halen.[6] Formati dal chitarrista Eric Clapton, dal bassista Jack Bruce e dal batterista Ginger Baker, furono il primo power trio ad aver avuto notevole successo[1][7][8] e uno dei primi supergruppi della storia.[1][3][7][8]

Nei soli tre anni di attività il gruppo riuscì a pubblicare tre album[9] e a vendere 15 milioni di dischi.[3][8] Dopo lo scioglimento del gruppo, i tre componenti ebbero delle carriere molto diverse tra loro: Clapton divenne uno dei musicisti più conosciuti del mondo, grazie a canzoni come Layla e Cocaine, Bruce collaborò con artisti jazz, mentre Baker si dedicò alla world music.[3] Tuttavia, la band si riunì in due occasioni: nel 1993, per suonare alla cerimonia della loro introduzione nel Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, e nel 2005, esibendosi in quattro concerti al Royal Albert Hall di Londra e in due al Madison Square Garden di New York.[8]

In una classifica stilata nel 2003 dalla rivista Rolling Stone, sono tra i 100 migliori artisti di sempre, figurando al 67º posto.[10] L’emittente VH1 ha classificato il gruppo al sedicesimo posto tra i 100 migliori artisti hard rock di sempre.

Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock,[1] combining psychedelia themes, Clapton’s blues guitar playing, Bruce’s powerful, versatile vocals and prominent bass playing, Baker’s pulsating, jazz-influenced drumming and Pete Brown’s poetry-inspired lyrics. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album.[2][3] The band is widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup.[4][5][6][7] In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide.[8] Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”.

The band’s biggest hits are “I Feel Free” (UK, number 11),[3] “Sunshine of Your Love” (US, number 5),[9] “White Room” (US, number 6),[9] “Crossroads” (US, number 28),[9] and “Badge” (UK, number 18).[10] The band made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix, and Terry Kath of Chicago, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Jeff Beck Group and Black Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. The band’s live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush.[11] The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.[12] They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1’s lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” at number 67 and 61 respectively.[13][14] They were also ranked number 16 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”



I Traffic sono stati un gruppo musicale rock britannico, i cui membri erano tutti originari delle West Midlands[2], regione contenente la seconda città più popolata dell’Inghilterra, Birmingham.
Traffic was an English rock band whose members came from the West Midlands.[1] The group formed in April 1967 by Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason.[2] They began as a psychedelic rock group whose early singles were influenced by The Beatles,[citation needed] and diversified their sound through the use of instruments such as keyboards like the Mellotron and harpsichord, sitar, and various reed instruments, and by incorporating jazz and improvisational techniques in their music.[2] Their first three singles were “Paper Sun”, “Hole in My Shoe”, and “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”.[1]

After disbanding in 1969, during which time Winwood joined Blind Faith, Traffic reunited in 1970 to release the critically acclaimed album John Barleycorn Must Die. The band’s line-up varied from this point until they disbanded again in 1975. A partial reunion, with Winwood and Capaldi, took place in 1994.[2]

In 2004, Traffic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Van Der Graaf Generator – Rockpalast – COMPLETE SHOW

I Van der Graaf Generator sono un gruppo progressive inglese.

La loro formazione ha subito nel tempo molte trasformazioni, sciogliendosi varie volte, ma quella considerata classica e maggiormente conosciuta, era composta dal leader Peter Hammill (voce, chitarra, pianoforte, nonché principale autore delle canzoni), Hugh Banton (tastiere, basso elettrico, chitarra), Guy Evans (batteria) e David Jackson (fiati).

Ebbero un notevole successo, sin dagli inizi della loro carriera, soprattutto in Italia, e raggiunsero la fama a livello europeo con l’uscita dell’album Pawn Hearts nel 1971. Dopo lo scioglimento del gruppo nel 1978, la formazione classica dei VDGG si riunirà nel 2005.

I Van der Graaf Generator non hanno molto in comune con gli altri gruppi del genere, infatti i loro testi non trascendono il reale nel favolistico, come i Genesis, gli Yes o i King Crimson, ma si sviluppano in contesti più filosofici vicini allo psicodramma. Anche la loro musica è abbastanza diversa dai loro contemporanei, non sono presenti virtuosismi, barocchismi o riempimenti vari, ma le atmosfere sono cupe, caratterizzate da arrangiamenti allo stesso tempo essenziali e complessi.

Van der Graaf Generator are an English progressive rock band, formed in 1967 in Manchester by singer-songwriters Peter Hammill and Chris Judge Smith and the first act signed by Charisma Records. They did not experience much commercial success in the UK, but became popular in Italy during the 1970s. In 2005 the band reformed, and continue to perform as of 2014.

The band formed at Manchester University, but settled in London where they signed with Charisma. They went through a number of incarnations in their early years, including a brief split in 1969. When they reformed, they found minor commercial success with The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other, and after the follow-up album, H to He, Who Am the Only One, stabilised around a line-up of Hammill, organist Hugh Banton, saxophonist David Jackson, and drummer Guy Evans. The quartet subsequently achieved significant success in Italy with the release of Pawn Hearts in 1971.

After several exhausting tours of Italy, the band split in 1972. They reformed in 1975, releasing Godbluff and frequently touring Italy again, before a major line-up change and a slight rename to Van der Graaf. The band split in 1978. After many years apart, the band finally united at a gig at the Royal Festival Hall and a short tour in 2005. Since then, the band has continued as a trio of Hammill, Banton, and Evans, who record and tour regularly in between Hammill’s concurrent solo career. Their most recent album, ALT, was released in June 2012.

The group’s albums have tended to be both lyrically and musically darker in atmosphere than many of their prog-rock peers (a trait they shared with King Crimson, whose guitarist Robert Fripp guested on two of their albums), and guitar solos were the exception rather than the rule, preferring to use Banton’s classically influenced organ, and, until his departure, Jackson’s multiple saxophones. While Hammill is the primary songwriter for the band, and its members have contributed to his solo albums, he is keen to stress that the band collectively arranges all its material. Hammill’s lyrics frequently covered themes of mortality, due to his love of science fiction writers such as Robert Heinlein and Philip K. Dick, along with his self-confessed warped and obsessive nature. His voice has been a distinctive component of the band throughout its career. It has been described as “a male Nico” and would later on be cited as an influence by Goth bands in the 1980s. Though the group have generally been commercially unsuccessful outside of early 1970s Italy, they have inspired several musicians, including John Lydon and Julian Cope.

Soft Machine – Live in Paris 1970 (Full Concert)

I Soft Machine sono stati un gruppo musicale inglese formatosi nel 1966 a Canterbury, nel Kent. Il nome viene dall’omonimo romanzo di William S. Burroughs del 1961, pubblicato in italiano con il titolo La macchina morbida.

Costituiscono una delle formazioni di punta della scena di Canterbury, nonché una delle band pioniere del rock progressivo. Il loro stile musicale combina elementi tratti dal pop rock, dal rock psichedelico e dal jazz. Insieme ai Pink Floyd e ai Tomorrow rappresentano la prima originale ondata della sperimentazione e della psichedelia a Londra.
Soft Machine were an English rock band from Canterbury, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. They were one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene, and helped pioneer the progressive rock genre. Though they achieved little commercial success, they are considered by Allmusic to be “one of the more influential bands of their era, and certainly one of the most influential underground ones.”

Led Zeppelin III and IV Sessions *RARE OUTTAKES*

I Led Zeppelin sono stati un gruppo musicale britannico formato nel 1968, considerato tra i grandi innovatori del rock e tra i principali pionieri dell’hard rock.

La loro musica, le cui radici affondano in generi diversi tra cui blues, rockabilly e folk, ha costituito una formula completamente inedita per l’epoca, finendo con l’influenzare in qualche modo tutti i gruppi rock del loro tempo e del futuro.[5][6]

Il gruppo, scioltosi nel 1980, anno della morte del batterista, fu composto per l’intero periodo della sua attività da Robert Plant (voce, armonica), Jimmy Page (chitarre), John Paul Jones (basso, tastiere) e John Bonham (batteria, percussioni).

La discografia del gruppo comprende nove album in studio pubblicati dal 1969 al 1982.[7] A partire dagli anni novanta hanno visto la luce diverse raccolte di brani, editi e inediti, e alcune incisioni di spettacoli dal vivo risalenti al periodo di attività. Degna di segnalazione è anche la circolazione di un cospicuo numero di bootleg sul mercato “non ufficiale”.

In seguito alla morte di Bonham, Page e Plant hanno proseguito la propria attività musicale come solisti,[8] incidendo insieme gli album No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded e Walking into Clarksdale e ritrovandosi occasionalmente per esibirsi dal vivo nel corso di eventi commemorativi o celebrativi. I Led Zeppelin sono tra i gruppi di maggior successo commerciale nella storia della musica moderna: dal 1968 ad oggi il gruppo ha venduto oltre 300 milioni di dischi.[9]

Il 12 gennaio 1995 i Led Zeppelin sono stati introdotti nella Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In una classifica stilata nel 2003 dalla rivista Rolling Stone, i Led Zeppelin risultano al 14º posto tra i 100 musicisti più importanti di tutti i tempi:[10] la stessa Rolling Stone ha avuto modo di definire a più riprese i Led Zeppelin come “Il gruppo più pesante di tutti i tempi, indiscutibilmente uno dei gruppi più duraturi della storia del rock” e “il gruppo più importante degli anni settanta.[11][6]

Nella stessa misura, la Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ha affermato che l’influenza che il gruppo ha esercitato negli anni settanta è «rilevante come quella che i Beatles hanno avuto nel decennio precedente»[12] e l’emittente VH1 ha definito i Led Zeppelin come «il più importante gruppo rock della storia».[13]

Nel 2007, a seguito dell’incredibile richiesta di biglietti per la loro esibizione all’The O2 Arena di Londra (oltre 20 milioni di prenotazioni in circa 24 ore), il gruppo è entrato nel Guinness dei primati per la “maggior richiesta di biglietti per una singola esibizione dal vivo”.

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

After changing their name from the New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin signed a deal with Atlantic Records that afforded them considerable artistic freedom. Although the group was initially unpopular with critics, they achieved significant commercial success with albums such as Led Zeppelin (1969), Led Zeppelin II (1969), Led Zeppelin III (1970), their untitled fourth album (1971), Houses of the Holy (1973), and Physical Graffiti (1975). Their fourth album, which features the track “Stairway to Heaven”, is among the most popular and influential works in rock music, and it helped to secure the group’s popularity.

Page wrote most of Led Zeppelin’s music, particularly early in their career, while Plant generally supplied the lyrics. Jones’ keyboard-based compositions later became central to the group’s catalogue, which featured increasing experimentation. The latter half of their career saw a series of record-breaking tours that earned the group a reputation for excess and debauchery. Although they remained commercially and critically successful, their output and touring schedule were limited during the late 1970s, and the group disbanded following Bonham’s death from alcohol-related asphyxia in 1980. In the decades that followed, the surviving members sporadically collaborated and participated in one-off Led Zeppelin reunions. The most successful of these was the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in London, with Jason Bonham taking his late father’s place behind the drums.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group’s record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the second-best-selling band in the United States.[1] Each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and six reached the number-one spot.[2] Rolling Stone magazine described them as “the heaviest band of all time”,[3] “the biggest band of the ’70s”,[4] and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”.[5] They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum’s biography of the band states that they were “as influential” during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s.

The Alan Parson’s Project

The Alan Parsons Project (Abbreviato APP) è stato un gruppo rock progressivo britannico nato nel 1975 per iniziativa di Alan Parsons ed Eric Woolfson, attivo, discograficamente parlando, dal 1976 sino ad inizio anni novanta, anche se il periodo di maggior successo si ferma al 1987.

The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990,[1] consisting of Eric Woolfson and Alan Parsons surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott and vocalist Lenny Zakatek.

Behind the revolving line-up and the regular sidemen, the true core of the Project was the duo of Parsons and Woolfson. Woolfson was a songwriter by profession, but also a composer and pianist. Parsons was a successful producer and accomplished engineer. Almost all songs on the band’s albums are credited to “Woolfson/Parsons”.

Big Star


I Big Star sono un gruppo statunitense indicato come progenitore del power pop.[1] La formazione nasce a Memphis, nel 1971, da un’idea di Alex Chilton (19502010), già voce nei Box Tops, e Chris Bell (19511978).

Esordiscono nel 1972 con #1 Record, disco pubblicato dall’etichetta soul Stax. La loro musica univa le armonie vocali dei Beatles e dei Beach Boys con le melodie e gli arpeggi di chitarra dei Byrds, il tutto filtrato attraverso un’energia rock che, solo a posteriori, i critici e gli storici definiranno come power pop.[1][2]

L’ingombrante personalità creativa dei due leader porta Bell a lasciare la band nel 1973, subito prima di registrare il secondo disco, Radio City (1974) che, fondandosi sulla scrittura del solo Chilton, denota molte più influenze soul e r’n’b.

Lo scarso successo di pubblico crea un’inevitabile crisi che porta la band – ovvero, Chilton, il bassista Andy Hummell e il batterista Jody Stephens – allo scioglimento. Era il 1975 ed era appena stato registrato un disco che vedrà la luce solo tre anni più tardi, per onorare la prematura scomparsa di Chris Bell, morto nel 1978 in un incidente d’auto. Il disco sarà Third/Sister Lovers e chiude la prima fase della carriera dei Big Star.

Dalla fine degli anni settanta in poi, i Big Star diventano quello che si definisce un gruppo di culto. Moltissime formazioni citano Chilton e Bell tra le influenze della loro musica (ricordiamo i R.E.M., i Replacements, i Posies, i Teenage Fanclub, i Jesus and Mary Chain dei primi due dischi) e l’attenzione degli appassionati verso quei tre dischi dimenticati diventa spinta per un vero e proprio passaparola che fa conoscere – in un circuito pur sempre circoscritto – le canzoni del gruppo.

La band decide quindi di tornare sulle scene nel 1993. Chilton e Stephens decidono di suonare dal vivo accompagnati da Jon Auer e Ken Stringfellow dei Posies. I risultati di questa riunione si possono sentire nel live Columbia: Live at Missoury University. Ma per aspettare un nuovo disco di canzoni devono passare altri dodici anni. Tanti ne distano tra il sopracitato disco e il nuovo In Space. Pubblicato nel 2005 per la Rykodisc con la stessa formazione del 1993. Il 15 settembre 2009 esce la prima raccolta del gruppo Keep an Eye on the Sky, box set di quattro dischi pubblicato dalla Rhino Records.[3]

Big Star was an American power pop band formed in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1971 by Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel. Despite exceptional reviews from critics and widely acknowledged influence upon numerous notable musicians, Big Star attained only cult status, lacking commercial success. The group broke up in 1974, but reorganized with a new line-up nearly 20 years later. In its first era, the band’s musical style drew on the vocal harmonies of The Beatles, as well as the swaggering rhythms of The Rolling Stones and the jangling guitars of The Byrds. To the resulting power pop, Big Star added dark, existential themes, and produced a style that foreshadowed the alternative rock of the 1980s and 1990s. Before it broke up, Big Star created a “seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” in the words of Rolling Stone,[1] as the “quintessential American power pop band” and “one of the most mythic and influential cult acts in all of rock & roll”.[2]

Big Star’s first album—1972’s #1 Record—was met by enthusiastic reviews, but ineffective marketing by Stax Records and limited distribution stunted its commercial success. Frustration took its toll on band relations: Bell left not long after the first record’s commercial progress stalled, and Hummel left to finish his college education after a second album, Radio City, was completed in December, 1973. Like #1 Record, Radio City received excellent reviews,[3] but label issues again thwarted sales—Columbia Records, which had assumed control of the Stax catalog, likewise effectively vetoed its distribution. After a third album was deemed non-commercially viable and shelved before receiving a title, the band broke up late in 1974. Four years later, the first two Big Star LPs were released together in the UK as a double album. The band’s third album was finally issued soon afterward; entitled Third/Sister Lovers, it found limited commercial success. Shortly thereafter, Chris Bell was killed in a car accident at the age of 27.

The Big Star discography drew renewed attention in the 1980s when R.E.M., and The Replacements as well as other popular bands cited the group as an influence. In 1992, interest was further stimulated by Rykodisc‘s reissues of the band’s albums, complemented by a collection of Bell’s solo work.[4] In 1993, Chilton and Stephens reformed Big Star with recruits Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, and gave a concert at the University of Missouri.[5] The band remained active, performing tours in Europe and Japan,[6] and released a new studio album, In Space, in 2005. Chilton died on March 17, 2010, after being admitted to a New Orleans hospital with heart problems.[7] Hummel, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2008, died on July 19, 2010.[8] These deaths left Stephens as the sole surviving founding member.