Johnny Black

Johnny Black  |  Feb 21, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Efterklang, Kitt Philippa, Penguin Cafe and Louien.
Johnny Black  |  Feb 18, 2020  |  0 comments
Released in 1971, the singer's second solo LP was to be her last, the temptation to use unbridled self-medication in order to dull a life beset by insecurities leading finally to her untimely passing. But it's a work that assured her a place in rock history... Words: Johnny Black

Although her biggest commercial success, Janis Joplin's final album, Pearl, is all too often overshadowed by the tragic fact that she died before completing it. Her drug and drink problems and her complicated sex life during the sessions have been all too well documented. But HFN's Vinyl Icon features are first and foremost about the making of music, so the horror show of Janis's final days will feature here only to show the impact it had on the recording of Pearl.

Johnny Black  |  Jan 29, 2020  |  0 comments
With their first album a commercial disaster and the band now looking as if they might soon be without a record deal, they entered the studio with a set of tracks that trod the line between blues and radio-friendly rock 'n' roll. Could they come up trumps?

On its release in early 1972, Little Feat's second album, Sailin' Shoes, didn't even sniff the Billboard Top 40, selling a meagre 13,000 copies. In the decades that followed, however, the album's status has grown immeasurably, making it one of the most acclaimed releases of its era.

Johnny Black  |  Jan 16, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Slaughter Beach, Dog, Press Club, Minor Pieces and Manu Delago.
Johnny Black  |  Dec 23, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Caravan Palace, A Girl Called Eddy, My Life Story and The Black Watch.
Johnny Black  |  Dec 18, 2019  |  0 comments
The outlook for the couple appeared grim, yet despite having no record contract, their marriage being on the rocks and Linda finding it difficult to sing, their sixth and what would be their final album together is now hailed as a British folk rock classic...

After a decade of recording and touring as a couple, Richard and Linda Thompson found themselves dropped by Chrysalis Records when their 1979 LP Sunnyvista flopped. They had made five albums in total, and brought two children into the world, with another one on the way. Clearly, it was time for a radical re-think.

Johnny Black  |  Nov 20, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: The National, The Hold Steady, Taffy and Mungo's Hi Fi x Eva Lazarus.
Johnny Black  |  Nov 06, 2019  |  0 comments
Johnny Black examines the booming business of music merchandising

Here's a story I wish I didn't have to tell. Unfortunately, not to tell it would mean ignoring the alarming truth that recorded music is no longer – at least commercially – always the most important element in the recorded music industry.

Johnny Black  |  Oct 25, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jones, Wasuremono, Keywest and Hackney Colliery Band
Johnny Black  |  Sep 17, 2019  |  0 comments
This month we review: Howard Jones, Tusks, Crazy P and Jamie Freeman

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