Readers suggest the 10 best summer albums Songs from Northern Britain – Teenage Fanclub As recommended by: Diggers71, Sedge72, Alehead This upbeat, alt-rock album, the sixth album from Teenage Fanclub was released in 1997, and features Start Again and Ain’t That Enough. Diggers71 writes, “Superb sunny tunes, lush harmonies and song writing that will knock you over.” Swim – Caribou As recommended by: Bashmore Dan Snaith’s third album as Caribou, Swim, should have made the cut, according to Bashmore: “It became my summer soundtrack almost the second it came out.” Forever Changes - Love As recommended by: Rotwatcher & Drust Forever Changes was the third album by American band Love, and was recorded during 1967’s Summer of Love. Parklife - Blur As recommended by: Bryce Paul Mills Bryce Paul Mills “can’t believe” Blur’s Parklife is not on the list. Off the Wall – Michael Jackson As recommended by: BenSCR BenSCR’s favourite summer album is Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall. Skylarking - XTC As recommended by: Vibedoctor Future Days – Can
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers are a pioneering English blues band, led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall, OBE. Mayall used the band name between 1963 and 1967, but then dropped it for some fifteen years. However, in 1982 a 'Return of the Bluesbreakers' was announced and the name was in use until the band again dissolved in 2008, to be resurrected again in 2009. The name has become generic, without a clear distinction which recordings are to be credited just to the leader, or to leader and his band. History The band that would evolve to the Bluesbreakers in 1965 was formed in March 1963 and became an ever-evolving lineup of more than 100 different combinations of musicians performing under that name. Eric Clapton joined in April 1965 just a few months after the release of their first album. By the time the 1960s were over, the Bluesbreakers had finally achieved some success in the United States. Joe Yuele, drummer with the band, 2008 DVDs
Jeff Beck Geoffrey "Jeff" Arnold Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He is one of the three noted guitarists to have played with The Yardbirds (the other two being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page). Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. Much of Beck's recorded output has been instrumental, with a focus on innovative sound, and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues rock, Hard Rock, jazz fusion, and an additional blend of guitar-rock and electronica. Although he recorded two hit albums (in 1975 and 1976) as a solo act, Beck has not established or maintained the sustained commercial success of many of his contemporaries and bandmates. Beck appears on albums by Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Morrissey, Jon Bon Jovi, Malcolm McLaren, Kate Bush, Roger Waters, Donovan, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Zucchero, Cyndi Lauper, Brian May, Stanley Clarke and ZZ Top. Early life Beck has cited Les Paul as the first electric guitar player who impressed him.
Rod Stewart Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Early life Roderick David Stewart was born at 507 Archway Road, Highgate, North London on 10 January 1945, the youngest of five children of Robert Stewart and Elsie Gilbart. His father was Scottish and had been a master builder in Leith, Edinburgh, while Elsie was English and had grown up in Upper Holloway in North London. Music career 1961–1963: Early work and The Dimensions 1964–67: Steampacket and "Rod the Mod" image
Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990 Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990, often referred to as The Storyteller Anthology or simply Storyteller is a 4-disc compilation released by Rod Stewart in November 1989 (see 1989 in music). It was released by Warner Bros. Records (WEA 9 25987-2) and contains sixty-four tracks. Five of the tracks had never before been released. Album Information Track listing For details on previous releases see original. Disc One Disc Two Disc Three Disc Four Production Personnel "Can I Get a Witness?" Charts Certifications References Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990 album liner notes. External links
Tina Turner Anna Mae Bullock (born November 26, 1939), better known by her stage name Tina Turner, is a singer, dancer, actress, and author, whose career has spanned more than half a century, earning her widespread recognition and numerous awards. Born and raised in the Southeastern United States, she is now a Swiss citizen. One of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, she has also been referred to as The Queen of Rock 'n' Roll. Turner has been termed the most successful female rock artist, winning eight Grammy Awards and selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. Her combined album and single sales total approximately 100 million copies worldwide. She is noted for her energetic stage presence, powerful vocals, and career longevity. In 2008, Turner returned from semi-retirement to embark on her Tina! Early life As a youngster, Anna sang in the church choir at Nutbush's Spring Hill Baptist Church. Ike & Tina Turner
Van Morrison Sir George Ivan Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. In 2016, he was knighted for his musical achievements and his services to tourism and charitable causes in Northern Ireland. Moondance (1970) established Morrison as a major artist, and he built on his reputation throughout the 1970s with a series of acclaimed albums and live performances. He continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. Life and career Early life and musical roots: 1945–1964 At age 17, Morrison toured Europe for the first time with the Monarchs, now calling themselves the International Monarchs. Them: 1964–1966 The band's strong R&B performances at the Maritime attracted attention. Start of solo career with Bang Records and "Brown Eyed Girl": 1967 Music
The Very Best of Rod Stewart The compilation was particularly notable for dividing the songs between rock and pop tunes on the first disc (A Night Out) and love songs on the second disc (A Night In). Also, even though most of the songs included on the album enjoyed big success (29 out of the 34 songs originally reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom and/or the United States), many hit singles were missed-out, including US Top 10 hits as "Passion", "Infatuation", "Handbags and Gladrags" and "My Heart Can't Tell You No". A particular inclusion on the album was the track "In a Broken Dream", recorded by Stewart as a guest with Python Lee Jackson back in 1969. The track wasn't a hit until 1972, when Stewart was already a superstar, and then the single reached #3 in the UK. The song remained unreleased on a Rod Stewart until its inclusion on this set. Track listing The Story So Far Disc one: A Night Out Disc two: A Night In The Voice Encore Charts Album Certifications