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

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

Sit Down Series: Brooks Hubbard

Colossus Music is committed to developing new content for our readers! Our Sit Down Series is the next step towards more coverage of rising artists. Enjoy! – The Colossus Team Brooks Hubbard is a rising singer out of the Nashville music scene. Originally from New Hampshire, Brooks moved to the epicenter of the country and folk genre where he joined Justin Kimball and Nate Mould … Continue reading Sit Down Series: Brooks Hubbard

Live from the Ryman – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

  Jason Isbell is a four time grammy winner, a soon-to be Oscar nominee, and one of the most prolific country songwriter’s around. Pretty impressive right? Well, the impressive fact is that the majority people outside of the country genre have no idea who he is. Isbell has gained popularity in recent weeks, because of his work on the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper’s film, A … Continue reading Live from the Ryman – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

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

Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan

This week for Flashback Friday, I’ve decided to throw it way back, all the way to August 30th, 1965, when Bob Dylan released his sixth studio album, Highway 61 Revisited. Bob Dylan is sort of a shapeshifter in a sense, in that each of his albums has a completely different feel and tone. On this record, Dylan puts his folk music past on a shelf … Continue reading Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan

Back In Black – AC/DC

In 1980, AC/DC released Back in Black, the band’s first album with new lead singer Brian Johnson. Its all black cover and the title track were meant to mourn the passing of former frontman Bon Scott following his untimely death just months earlier. AC/DC perfected the art of minimalist rock with slick riffs, hard power chords, and even harder vocals, and Back in Black is … Continue reading Back In Black – AC/DC