Owen Bailey

The Genius Of… The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground

An album that spawned entire genres, influenced countless bands and altered the course of rock ’n’ roll history has taken its deserved place in the hall of fame. But its guitar-fuelled soundscape still sounds just as avant-garde and dangerous over 50 years on from its release.

Peter Green’s 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

The late Peter Green was unquestionably one of the blues-guitar greats. Yet as his prolific early career progressed from the Bluesbreakers and on to Fleetwood Mac, his prodigious talent revealed itself in many other ways, too.

The Genius Of… You In Reverse by Built To Spill

With great songs and guitar interplay to rival the likes of Marquee Moon, Built To Spill’s collaborative 2006 return to form, You In Reverse, is a hook-laden gift that keeps on giving for guitarists.

The Genius Of… Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band

In 1965, the Original Blues Brothers – harp maestro Junior Wells and livewire showman Buddy Guy – sidestepped broken amps and contract wrangles to bottle the sound of Chicago’s blues clubs on this classic album.

The Genius Of… A Meeting By The River by Ry Cooder and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Two strangers, two different musical cultures, two different slide instruments… one Grammy. Ry Cooder and VM Bhatt’s world-music classic, A Meeting By The River, is a lesson in collaboration.

The Genius Of… Blur – Blur

A ‘mid pop life crisis’ and an abrupt change of style gave Graham Coxon free reign to soundscape on one of the most enduring and experimental guitar records of the 90s.

The Rolling Stones’ 20 greatest guitar moments, ranked

From the elegantly wasted to the demonic and dangerous, are 20 standout moments from The Stones’ sprawling studio catalogue.

The Genius Of… Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

A one-off album that evolved the sound of electric guitar remains misunderstood over 50 years on – and still has plenty to teach aspiring players.

Why you should give Eric Clapton and BB King’s Riding With The King another spin for its 20th birthday

Ahead of its 20th Anniversary reissue, we take a track-by-track look back at an album that brought together two of the most iconic figures in blues guitar with Grammy winning results.

The Genius Of… BB King – Live In Cook County Jail

How the King Of The Blues put his guitar to use in the fight against inequality.
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