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Martin Popoff – eBook – April Wine's The Nature Of The Beast

The 2013 Martin Popoff 12-page ebook about the making of the April Wine album, The Nature Of The Beast. Harder... Faster is my fave April Wine album, and I've written about that too, but The Nature Of The Beast is...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Blackfoot - Strikes

The 2013 Martin Popoff 14-page ebook about the making of the Blackfoot album, Strikes.  Southern rock’s hardest riff rockers Blackfoot floundered on CBS with two solid but dated records before adjusting their pants, moving over to Atco and rocketing their...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Gamma's Gamma 2

The 2013 Martin Popoff 19-page ebook about the making of the Gamma album, Gamma 2.  One of the gosh-darned coolest classic metal albums of all time, Gamma's second (of four, and arguably... two!) is a cogent, potent evocation of Deep...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Iggy And The Stooges – Raw Power

The 2015 Martin Popoff 18-page eBook about the making of Iggy And The Stooges’ 1973 album, Raw Power.  One of the most notorious records ever made, Raw Power is a mountain of filthy guitar tones and sneering vocals, recorded like...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Judas Priest – Sad Wings Of Destiny

The 2014 Martin Popoff 20-page ebook about the making of the Judas Priest album, Sad Wings Of Destiny.I’ve often maintained that 1976 Priest masterpiece Sad Wings Of Destiny represents the first great heavy metal moment since the genre’s inception back...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Lone Star, Firing On All Six

The 2013 Martin Popoff ebook analyzing the complete two-record catalogue of '70s hard rock band Lone Star. Lone Star were a strange, knotted-up, progressive hard rock band from the UK, sort of like Widowmaker, and this is the story of...

Martin Popoff – eBook – MC5 – Back In The USA

The 2014 Martin Popoff 12-page ebook about the making of the MC5 album, Back In The USA.Detroit’s Motor City Five took a shocking left turn when it came time to crafting their first studio album, 1970’s Back In The USA....

Martin Popoff – eBook – MC5 – High Time

The 2014 Martin Popoff 16-page ebook about the making of the MC5 album, High Time.MC5’s third and last record, 1971’s High Time found the band making a very different album from the first two, although the psychedelic gumbo of it...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Mercyful Fate - Melissa

The 2013 Martin Popoff 17-page ebook about the making of the Mercyful Fate album, Melissa. Proud of this one, as we explore one of the most imposingly scary and skilled metal classics ever, the grand and merciless debut from Satanic...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Mountain – Nantucket Sleighride

The 2014 Martin Popoff 16-page ebook about the making of the Mountain album, Nantucket Sleighride.Was it Mountain or was it Cactus that was called America’s Led Zeppelin? Coulda applied to either, but I know that in some circles, Mountain is...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Quartz – Stand Up And Fight

The 2015 Martin Popoff 19-page eBook about the making of Quartz’ 1980 album Stand Up And Fight. Birmingham bashers Quartz were long in the tooth as they kerrang’ed their way into the NWOBHM with their MCA-issued classic Stand Up And...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Savatage - Sirens

The 2015 Martin Popoff 13-page eBook about the making of Savatage’s 1983 album, Sirens.  The metal class delivered, in 1983, at least three of the genre’s greatest records, Kill ’Em All, Melissa and Sirens, the latter, by our band at...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Sweet – Desolation Boulevard

The 2013 Martin Popoff 21-page ebook about the making of the Sweet album, Desolation Boulevard.Emphatically not the Desolation Boulevard we roller-rinked to over here in North America, but this is the story of the stand-alone British version. Long story (and...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Sweet – Give Us A Wink

The 2013 Martin Popoff 24-page ebook about the making of the Sweet album, Give Us A Wink.Y'know, this is exactly the type of record that makes writing these things worthwhile. Any old school metal watcher worth his salt knows that...

Martin Popoff – eBook – Sweet – Off The Record

The 2013 Martin Popoff 28-page ebook about the making of the Sweet album, Off The Record.If you want a whole book of stories from 1977 (including this one, but in shorter form), go pick up Ye Olde Metal: 1977. But...

Martin Popoff – eBook – The Stooges – The Stooges

The 2015 Martin Popoff 12-page eBook about the making of The Stooges’ 1969 album, The Stooges.  Sadly, three of four of this record’s makers are gone, with only Iggy Pop remaining. However, here the story is told, through the words...