Monday, 10 May 2021

Kindred Spirits - Endurance

Dear readers, as you all know by now Alan's Album Archives was put to bed last year after 12 years, 32 e-books and nearly 1300 blog posts. After all that lot its probably fair to say I am about written out when it comes to music. So I have been busy with a new task, writing a series of novels (possibly a quintet if I get that far!) 

This series isn't strictly related to my music books at all, but it might interest some of you given that there is quite a lot of crossover. After all, this book is about what it means to be human, something touched on somewhere in almost every album covered on this site The first volume is now up and might be of interest to anyone who wants to see what happens to the human race in the future and might be of particular interest to those of you who have enjoyed our April Fool's Day posts, as many of the same alien races from the future appear again (Camalosians, Clandusprods, Belobrats, Doosbury Giants, Glabdihardits, Habridats, Maggrumphs, Mekkions, Mrasianarts). There are naturally more than a few musical references in there too (though far more in the second book 'Insurgence' - we'll keep you posted when that one's out). For once I've even bee able to publish it as a physical copy in paperback in edition to an e-book, after years of struggling to get Amazon Kindle KDP to accept any of my music books in that format (I'm still trying folks, honest!) I've also entered it into the #kindlestorytelingcontest2021 if anyone enjoys it enough to give me a bit of a boost there. More to come later in the year!

Anyway for anyone whose interested you can take our 'which alien race are you quiz?' at the AAA sister site here or buy the book in paperback here or in kindle format here  Thankyou dear readers, always! 

Oh and remember to go your way as explorers, not pirates...



Friday, 1 January 2021

The Alan's Album Archives E-Book Collection

 

Blimey...That's it folks. All 32 Alan's Album Archives E-books are now published and available from Amazon (and hopefully in some new places this coming year - we'll add the new links as we go!) Don't be too sad though - there will always be new albums to review, other things to write, I still plan to add a 'review of the year' here each year as long as I am able and there are still plenty of new Spice Girls jokes to crack. Plus it's not like we didn't leave enough for you to read - by my reckoning there's 17.500 odd pages here and surely you can't have read them all (I'm not even sure if I did and I wrote them!!!) However, that's it for now. To make it easier for you to find our books here they all are again. Thankyou so much for your custom and readership over the years! 

All our books feature every band or artist's studio albums reviewed in-depth (7-10,000 words) with mini-reviews of live, solo, compilation, rarities and spin-off albums plus non-album recordings, plus an essay, biographies and 'thematic threads'. Each book also contains a 'B-Sides' section featuring the run-down on surviving TV clips, outtakes, key cover versions, landmark concerts, extracts from the Alan's Album Archives 'top ten' columns and plenty more besides. 

1) 'Music Arcade - An Alan's Album Archives Selection Box'

(Includes Extracts From 31 Books, Endless Quantities Of Songs, 646 Pages)



$2.99/£1.77/Eur 2.69 Available From Amazon     

Looking for a new band to discover? Try our 'Music Arcade' playlist - three recommended tracks by all thirty AAA acts (plus a few extras!) in chronological order!


2) 'Add Some Music To Your Day - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Beach Boys' 

(29 In-Depth Reviews, 419 Songs, 918 Pages)



$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.99 Available From Amazon



New to The Beach Boys? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo songs and TV clips

3) 'Every Little Thing - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Beatles'

(13 In-Depth Reviews, 300 Songs, 799 Pages)



$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.99 Available From Amazon

New to The Beatles? Are you serious? Have you been living under a rock? Were you looking for a Spice Girls website and ended up here by accident? If so then it was your lucky day, try our playlist and have your mind blown- ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best outtakes and TV clips


4) 'Rollercoaster Ride - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Belle and Sebastian' 

(10 In-Depth Reviews, 178 Songs, 398 Pages)


$5.25/£3.99/Eur 4.49 Available from Amazon

New to Belle and Sebastian? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and TV clips


5) 'Flying On The Ground Is Wrong - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To...Buffalo Springfield' 

(4 In-Depth Reviews, 61 Songs, 289 Pages)



$3.99/£2.99/Eur 3.33 Available From Amazon

New to Buffalo Springfield? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and TV clips (plus the full unedited 'Bluebird'!)


6) 'All The Things - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Byrds'

(12 In-Depth Reviews, 194 Songs, 627 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.77 Available From Amazon

New to The Byrds? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and TV clips



7) 'Change Partners - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young' 

(37 In-Depth Reviews, 489 Songs, 978 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.70 Available From Amazon

New to CSN/Y? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and TV clips


8) 'Solid Rock - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Dire Straits' 

(6 In-Depth Reviews, 60 Songs, 342 Pages)


$4.99/£3.99/Eur 4.50 Available From Amazon

New to Dire Straits? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and TV clips



9) 'High Time - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Grateful Dead' 

(16 In-Depth Reviews, 200 Archive sets, 279 Songs, 815 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.65 Available From Amazon 

New to The Grateful Dead? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and of course live performances


10) 'Unknown Delight - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...George Harrison' 

(11 In-Depth Reviews, 155 Songs, 383 Pages)


$5.25/£3.99/Eur 4.50 Available From Amazon

New to George's solo stuff? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs 


11) 'Reflections Of A Time Long Past - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Hollies' 

(21 In-Depth Reviews, 360 Songs, 743 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.80 Available From Amazon

New to The Hollies? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs 

12) 'Wild Thyme - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Jefferson Airplane/Starship' 

(21 In-Depth Reviews, 360 Songs, 743 Pages)



$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.99 Available From Amazon  


New to The Jefferson family? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and TV clips 

13) 'Little Girl Blue - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Janis Joplin' 

(4 In-Depth Reviews, 104 Songs, 262 Pages)


£3.90/£2.99/Eur 3.49 Available From Amazon

New to Janis? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best spin-off songs and TV clips 


14) 'Maximum Consumption - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Kinks'

(23 In-Depth Reviews, 370 Songs, 860 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.79 Available From Amazon

New to The Kinks? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo and spin-off songs and TV clips

15) 'Remember - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...John Lennon' 

(7 In-Depth Reviews, 116 Songs, 173 Pages)


$5.85/£4.50/Eur 5.29 Available From Amazon


New to John's solo stuff? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best of Yoko and TV clips


16) 'Passing Ghosts - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Lindisfarne' 

(19 In-Depth Reviews, 279 Songs, 540 Pages)


$5.99/£4.99/Eur 5.45 Available From Amazon


New to Lindisfarne? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best of Jack The Lad and solo songs and TV clips


17) 'Smile Away - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of Paul McCartney'

(22 In-Depth Reviews, 408 Songs, 932 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.70 Available From Amazon

New to Macca? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best of Denny Laine and TV clips

18) 'Every Step Of The Way - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Monkees' 

(13 In-Depth Reviews, 266 Songs, 60 TV Episodes, Film+Specials, 1014 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.70 Available From Amazon


New to The Monkees? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus one solo single each



19) 'New Horizons - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Moody Blues' 

(18 In-Depth Reviews, 228 Songs, 659 Pages)


$6.40/£4.99/Eur 5.80 Available From Amazon

New to The Moody Blues? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo songs





20) 'Little By Little - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Oasis' 

(14 In-Depth Reviews, 240 Songs, 570 Pages)


$6.40/£4.99/Eur 5.86 Available From Amazon

New to Oasis? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo songs and spin-off songs and TV clips



21) 'Watch The Stars - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Pentangle' 

(11 In-Depth Reviews, 131 Songs, 472 Pages)


$5.90/£4.50/Eur 5.29 Available From Amazon

New to Pentangle? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo songs and TV clips



22) 'Remember A Day - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Pink Floyd' 

(14 In-Depth Reviews, 176 Songs, 690 Pages)


$7.85/£5.99/Eur 7.10 Available From Amazon

New to Pink Floyd? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo songs and TV clips 


23) 'Change Is Gonna Come - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of Otis Redding' 

(6 In-Depth Reviews, 141 Songs, 296 Pages)


$3.85/£2.99/Eur 3.50 Available From Amazon


New to Otis Redding? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best from backing band Booker T and the MGs and TV clips 


24) 'Yesterday's Papers - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Rolling Stones' 

(22 In-Depth Reviews, 389 Songs, 836 Pages)


$7.45/£5.99/Eur 6.70 Available From Amazon

New to  the Stones? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo songs and TV clips


25) 'Once Upon A Time - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of The Searchers' 

(8 In-Depth Reviews, 179 Songs, 355 Pages)


$5.30/£3.99/Eur 4.52 Available From Amazon

New to The Searchers? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, one famous and one not so well known singles plus the best solo songs and TV clips


26) 'Patterns - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Simon and Garfunkel'

(26 In-Depth Reviews, 389 Songs, 715 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.65 Available From Amazon

New to Simon and Garfunkel? Then try our playlist - ten of the best together and three each of the best apart, plus our book title track, pre-fame songs and TV clips


27) 'All Our Yesterdays - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of The Small Faces' 

(6 In-Depth Reviews, 101 Songs, 462 Pages)


$5.45/£4.50/Eur 4.95 Available From Amazon

New to The Small Faces? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, three each for Humble Pie and The Faces, plus solo songs and TV clips


28) 'One Day At A Time - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of Cat Stevens' 

(15 In-Depth Reviews, 135 Songs, 434 Pages)


$5.90/£4.50/Eur 4.97 Available From Amazon


New to Cat Stevens? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track and TV clips

29) 'Memories - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of 10cc'

(12 In-Depth Reviews, 145 Songs, 516 Pages)


$5.99/£4.50/Eur 5.05 Available From Amazon

New to 10cc? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, pre-fame recordings and TV clips



30) 'Gettin' In Tune - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...The Who' 

(12 In-Depth Reviews, 249 Songs, 830 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.30 Available From Amazon

New to The Who? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, best of the solo songs and TV clips


31) 'Here We Are In The Years - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Music Of...Neil Young' 

(40 In-Depth Reviews, 438 Songs, 1036 Pages)


$7.99/£5.99/Eur 6.30 Available From Amazon

New to Neil? Then try our playlist - ten of the best, plus our book title track, the best of Crazy Horse and TV clips


32) 'A Scrapbook Of Madness - The Alan's Album Archives Guide To The Madness Of...Alan's Album Archives'

(11 Time-Travelling April Fool’s Day Issues, 250 News, Views and Music Newsletters, 1600 Pages)


$1.99/£1.49/Eur 1.79 Available From Amazon


Feeling Monkeynuts? Then try our playlist - four increasingly insane adverts



Or, if you're mad/rich enough, you could buy the whole lot in one go (!): Amazon