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Articles by Luke Edwards

How Chic’s Self-Titled Debut Album Raised The Bar For Disco
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How Chic’s Self-Titled Debut Album Raised The Bar For Disco

A delirious mix of funk and R&B with lyrical nods to UK art-rock, Chic’s self-titled debut album brought glamour to disco dancefloors.

‘… But Seriously’: Behind Phil Collins’ Politically Charged Fourth Album

‘… But Seriously’: Behind Phil Collins’ Politically Charged Fourth Album

With ‘… But Seriously’, Phil Collins turned his sights on the state of the world and capped off the 80s with a socially conscious master class.

Stars: The Story Behind Simply Red’s Astronomical Hit Song
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Stars: The Story Behind Simply Red’s Astronomical Hit Song

Looking to the sky for inspiration, Simply Red’s hit single ‘Stars’ explored the nature of fame and skyrocketed the band to cosmic heights.

‘The Road To Hell Part 2’: How Chris Rea Added Fuel To The Fire

‘The Road To Hell Part 2’: How Chris Rea Added Fuel To The Fire

Hitting the road yet again, Chris Rea’s sequel album, ‘The Road To Hell Part 2’, went off the beaten track to fuse guitar with dance rhythms.

‘The Tears Of Hercules’: Rod Stewart Returns Stronger Than Ever
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‘The Tears Of Hercules’: Rod Stewart Returns Stronger Than Ever

Full of libido and revelling in his rock’n’roll ‘icon’ status, Rod Stewart’s ‘The Tears of Hercules’ is a joyous and confident album.

‘Hello, I Must Be Going!’: How Phil Collins Greeted Pop Stardom
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‘Hello, I Must Be Going!’: How Phil Collins Greeted Pop Stardom

Bringing soul influences to the fore, Phil Collins’ second album, ‘Hello, I Must Be Going!’, saw the singer return with another smash.

‘Shepherd Moons’: Why Enya’s Celestial Masterpiece Still Shines
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‘Shepherd Moons’: Why Enya’s Celestial Masterpiece Still Shines

With astral influences and layers of vocals, Enya’s ‘Shepherd Moons’ album turned the tide and swept audiences along with a New Age classic.

‘Espresso Logic’: How Chris Rea Took A Shot At Pole Position

‘Espresso Logic’: How Chris Rea Took A Shot At Pole Position

Fuelled by a love of sports cars and strong coffee, ‘Espresso Logic’ quenched Chris Rea’s thirst for cinematic imagery and slow-moving blues.

‘Love And The Russian Winter’: Behind Simply Red’s Chill-Out Comedown
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‘Love And The Russian Winter’: Behind Simply Red’s Chill-Out Comedown

A heartwarming mix of dance-pop and jazz, Simply Red’s ‘Love And The Russian Winter’ is a testament to the group’s refusal to play it safe.

Best Guitar Solos: 20 Face-Melting Fretwork Performances
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Best Guitar Solos: 20 Face-Melting Fretwork Performances

From rip-roaring metal bends to soul-stirring vibrato, the best guitar solos push guitarists to the edge with earth-shattering consequences.

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