Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

For this week’s Flashback Friday I’ll continue a trend from last week, and take a look at another important three-piece band. This time we’ll be going all the way back to 1967 when the Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced. Jimi Hendrix’s unique new approach to songwriting and electric guitar helped to establish an outline for the “Psychedelic Rock” movement, as … Continue reading Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The Essentials – Johnny Cash

This week I wanna take it back not only to 2005, when The Essentials was released – but to anywhere from the year he started in 1955 until the year he died in 2003. Johnny Cash is legendary, as well as one of my grandparents’ many favorite musicians. Unfortunately for my family, but fortunately for my grandpa…my grandma passed a few days ago at the … Continue reading The Essentials – Johnny Cash

Nevermind – Nirvana

For today’s Flashback Friday, we’re going back to check out an album that helped define an emerging genre known as “Grunge Rock.” Grunge is a sound that mixes hard rock and heavy metal with punk music. The genre is synonymous with Seattle band Nirvana, a three-piece group that all but invented this new sound. Son put on your flannels and ripped jeans as we take … Continue reading Nevermind – Nirvana

American Beauty – Grateful Dead

For my first Flashback Friday of the year, I thought I’d kick it off with one of my favorites. In 1970 Grateful Dead made their fifth studio album American Beauty. Still, on the stream of country and folk rock from their previous album, Workingman’s Dead, the album is filled with soft swinging vocals and acoustic instruments. Let’s take a look. The Vocals: The vocals on … Continue reading American Beauty – Grateful Dead

Sonic Temple – The Cult

This review is part of the Colossus Guest Time Series. Some weeks will have one, some will have two, others will have none. At Colossus we are committed to be for the people and by the people! If you are interested in writing a review of your favorite album, DM us on Twitter at @music_colossus! One of the few bands I’ve seen live across multiple decades, … Continue reading Sonic Temple – The Cult

A Night At The Opera – Queen

After seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, I decided to take a closer look at one of Queen’s best albums, A Night at the Opera. This album was very ahead of its time in 1975, and it wasn’t cheap. At its release it was the most expensive rock album ever made, estimated cost was £40,000, which today is worth about $350,000. With a peculiar blend of genres all … Continue reading A Night At The Opera – Queen

Grave Dancers Union – Soul Asylum

This review is part of the Colossus Guest Time Series. Some weeks will have one, some will have two, others will have none. At Colossus we are committed to be for the people and by the people! If you are interested in writing a review of your favorite album, DM us on Twitter at @music_colossus! The Nineties’ rock sound pulled together elements of hard rock, punk, … Continue reading Grave Dancers Union – Soul Asylum

Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon

It’s Friday again, and it’s time to flashback. I missed last week as I was in the midst of a midterm marathon, but I’m coming back with one of my favorites. In January of 1978, Warren Zevon released his classic album Excitable Boy. Zevon is one of my favorite artists, combining an unmistakable rock and roll structure with folk song type lyrics. My dad showed … Continue reading Excitable Boy – Warren Zevon

Rubber Soul – The Beatles

It’s Friday, and you know what that means. We’re flashing back to 1965 to, for the first time in Colossus music history, take a look at a Beatles album. In December of 1965, The Beatles were coming off a very successful American tour, and that prolonged exposure to America’s Motown, Soul, and Folk music helped the band to create Rubber Soul. The name of the … Continue reading Rubber Soul – The Beatles

Hunky Dory – David Bowie

It’s Friday, and therefore time for another flashback in music history. Today we’re looking into the work of music icon David Bowie, who released an astonishing 27 studio albums over the course of his career. We’ll be focusing in on his fourth album, Hunky Dory, the first album he released after signing his first record deal with RCA in 1971. David Bowie has a very … Continue reading Hunky Dory – David Bowie