Reviews Of Classic Rock & Pop Albums

Back in the old business, in a new way

Please Note: All currently produced reviews are monitored on the Only Solitaire Blog, which gives the opportunity to access them as soon as they are written and also - yes! - to freely leave comments if you really feel like it. (That way I do not have to add the comments manually, although I reserve the right to purge the blog at will).

As for the site, all the new reviews are stored in one file, available for downloading as a Microsoft Word version or in an HTML version. New reviews are being added to the file once per week; a detailed schedule of past updates (at the moment, normally one review per day) is available here in Word format. All reviews are new and, for the most part, independent of past writings even when dealing with records already reviewed formerly. The new format leaves no space for reader comments, but I will be glad to see critique, opinions, and corrections on the message board.

Thus, in a nutshell:

Only Solitaire Blog | Only Solitaire reviews: DOC version | Only Solitaire reviews: HTML version | Only Solitaire review timeline

What you see below is the original version of Only Solitaire, mostly untouched since early 2007. This version will no longer be updated, but may serve as an interesting reminder of past times. If the new reviews are occassionally found to be in disagreement with the old ones, please disregard the old version and concentrate on the new one.


The Old Site [1998-2007]

Table Of Contents

 Music reviews

 View list of artists sorted by time period 

[gradation approximate]

 View list of artists by style/category 

[includes complete album listing]

 View list of artists in alphabetic order 

[including those in appendices]

Auxiliary Pages


Introduction: The Proto-Rock Heroes Page

  • Bill Haley
  • Buddy Holly
  • Carl Perkins
  • Chuck Berry
  • Elvis Presley
  • Fats Domino
  • Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Little Richard
  • Muddy Waters
  • Robert Johnson
  • Special review project

  • ATLANTIC RHYTHM & BLUES

  • 1. The Early Years: 1962-1965

    Class A artists

  • The Beatles
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • Class B artists

  • The Byrds
  • The Kinks
  • Class C artists

  • The Animals
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Hollies
  • The Yardbirds
  • The Zombies
  • Class D artists

  • The Pretty Things
  • Class E artists

  • The Dave Clark 5
  • The Searchers
  • Unrated artists

  • Manfred Mann

  • 2. The Psychedelic Years: 1966-1968

    Class B artists

  • Cream
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • The Doors
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Pink Floyd
  • Class C artists

  • Arthur Brown
  • Captain Beefheart
  • Family
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Frank Zappa
  • Janis Joplin
  • The Left Banke
  • The Moody Blues
  • Procol Harum
  • Roy Wood/The Move
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex/T. Rex
  • The Velvet Underground
  • Class D artists

  • 13th Floor Elevators
  • Bee Gees
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Free
  • The Grateful Dead
  • Jeff Beck
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Love
  • The Mamas & Papas
  • The Monkees
  • The Nice
  • Quicksilver Messenger Service
  • The Small Faces
  • Soft Machine
  • Spooky Tooth
  • Ten Years After
  • Traffic
  • The United States Of America
  • Class E artists

  • Country Joe & The Fish
  • Iron Butterfly
  • The Troggs
  • Unrated artists

  • Aphrodite's Child
  • The Band
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Blue Cheer
  • Bonzo Dog Band
  • Donovan
  • Electric Prunes
  • Fairport Convention
  • Harry Nilsson
  • The Incredible String Band
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lovin' Spoonful
  • Moby Grape
  • Nico
  • Sly & The Family Stone
  • Spirit
  • Steppenwolf
  • Tim Buckley
  • Special review project

  • NUGGETS

  • 3. The Artsy/Rootsy Years: 1969-1971

    Class B artists

  • Genesis
  • John Lennon
  • King Crimson
  • Paul McCartney
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Class C artists

  • Alice Cooper
  • Amon Düül II
  • The Allman Brothers Band
  • Bob Marley
  • Can
  • Caravan
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash
  • David Bowie
  • Deep Purple
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Electric Light Orchestra
  • Elton John
  • Eric Clapton
  • Gentle Giant
  • George Harrison
  • Gong
  • J. J. Cale
  • Jethro Tull
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Lou Reed
  • Renaissance
  • Yes
  • Class D artists

  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Argent
  • Atomic Rooster
  • Badfinger
  • Black Sabbath
  • Budgie
  • Colosseum
  • Curved Air
  • Faust
  • Mountain
  • Neil Young
  • Nick Drake
  • Rod Stewart
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Van Der Graaf Generator
  • Class E artists

  • Blind Faith
  • Bloodrock
  • Grand Funk Railroad
  • Gravy Train
  • High Tide
  • James Gang
  • MC5
  • Mott The Hoople
  • Ringo Starr
  • Stone The Crows
  • Syd Barrett
  • Unrated artists

  • Barclay James Harvest
  • Carole King
  • The Carpenters
  • Chicago
  • The Faces
  • Flamin' Groovies
  • Flying Burrito Brothers
  • Focus
  • Funkadelic
  • Hawkwind
  • Hot Tuna
  • Humble Pie
  • It's A Beautiful Day
  • Jack Bruce
  • Joe Cocker
  • John Cale
  • Joni Mitchell
  • Kraftwerk
  • Lindisfarne
  • Nazareth
  • Peter Hammill
  • Rory Gallagher
  • Santana
  • Seatrain
  • Slade
  • Sparks
  • Steamhammer
  • Steeleye Span
  • The Stooges
  • Strawbs
  • Tangerine Dream
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Uriah Heep
  • Vangelis
  • ZZ Top

  • 4. The Interim Years: 1972-1975

    Class B artists

  • Brian Eno
  • Class C artists

  • 10CC
  • ABBA
  • AC/DC
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Cockney Rebel/Steve Harley
  • Patti Smith
  • Queen
  • Roxy Music
  • Steely Dan
  • Steve Hackett
  • Tom Waits
  • Class D artists

  • Big Star
  • Gryphon
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Pete Townshend
  • Premiata Forneria Marconi
  • The Residents
  • Robin Trower
  • Class E artists

  • Eagles
  • Fruupp
  • New York Dolls
  • Unrated artists

  • Aerosmith
  • Al Green
  • Alan Parsons Project
  • Alvin Lee
  • Ash Ra Tempel
  • Bad Company
  • Blue Oyster Cult
  • Camel
  • Clannad
  • Eloy
  • Henry Cow
  • Kansas
  • Kayak
  • Kiss
  • Klaus Schulze
  • Magma
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  • Mike Oldfield
  • Paul Simon
  • Rainbow
  • Rick Wakeman
  • Ronnie Lane
  • Ronnie Wood
  • Rush
  • The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
  • Styx
  • Supertramp
  • The Sweet
  • Tina Turner

  • 5. The Punk/New Wave Years: 1976-1979

    Class B artists

  • The Police
  • The Ramones
  • Talking Heads
  • Class C artists

  • Accept
  • Blondie
  • The Clash
  • The Cure
  • Dire Straits
  • The Jam
  • Peter Gabriel
  • Class D artists

  • The Cars
  • Unrated artists

  • Boston
  • Brand X
  • Cheap Trick
  • Elvis Costello
  • Foreigner
  • Gary Moore
  • Heart
  • Ian Dury
  • Iggy Pop
  • Japan
  • Joy Division
  • Judas Priest
  • Kate Bush
  • Klaatu
  • Meatloaf
  • Michael Jackson
  • Midnight Oil
  • Motorhead
  • National Health
  • Nina Hagen
  • Pere Ubu
  • Prince
  • The Sex Pistols
  • Siouxsie & The Banshees
  • Television
  • Tom Petty
  • Van Halen
  • Wire
  • XTC

  • 6. The Divided Eighties: 1980-1989

    Class C artists

  • The Birthday Party/Nick Cave
  • Cocteau Twins
  • The Flaming Lips
  • Class D artists

  • Adrian Belew
  • Art Of Noise
  • Bangles
  • Crowded House
  • Class E artists

  • Traveling Wilburys
  • Unrated artists

  • Asia
  • Coil
  • Current '93
  • Dead Can Dance
  • Depeche Mode
  • Duran Duran
  • Einsturzende Neubauten
  • Enya
  • Eurythmics
  • Extreme
  • Faith No More
  • INXS
  • Iron Maiden
  • Joe Satriani
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Loreena McKennitt
  • Madonna
  • Marillion
  • Meat Beat Manifesto
  • Megadeth
  • Metallica
  • Ministry
  • Oingo Boingo
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Pixies
  • The Pogues
  • Queensryche
  • R.E.M.
  • The Replacements
  • Sade
  • Sepultura
  • Sinead O'Connor
  • Slayer
  • Smiths
  • Sonic Youth
  • Steve Vai
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Sting
  • Stone Roses
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Swans
  • Tears For Fears
  • They Might Be Giants
  • This Mortal Coil
  • U2

  • 7. From Grunge To The Present Day: 1990-2005

    Class B artists

  • Ween
  • Class C artists

  • Alice In Chains
  • Björk/The Sugarcubes
  • Blur
  • Class D artists

  • Angra
  • Autechre
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • The Cranberries
  • Unrated artists

  • Fountains Of Wayne
  • Hole
  • Mariah Carey
  • Morphine
  • Mr Bungle
  • Nirvana
  • Oasis
  • Pavement
  • Pearl Jam
  • Portishead
  • The Posies
  • Primus
  • Radiohead
  • Tori Amos
  • Wilco