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Album Releases This Week (July 26 – Aug 1)

Here’s a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop – the best music ever made! – which were released this week:

Jul 26

Moody Blues, The —— In Search Of The Lost Chord >> 1968
ZZ Top —— Tres Hombres >> 1973
Wyatt, Robert —— Rock Bottom >> 1974

Jul 27

Pink Floyd —— More [Sndtrk] >> 1969
Temptations, The —— All Directions >> 1972
Sweet —— Sweet >> 1973
Grateful Dead —— Terrapin Station >> 1977
Nicks, Stevie —— Bella Donna >> 1981
Young, Neil —— Everybody’s Rockin’ >> 1983
Madonna —— Madonna >> 1983
Metallica —— Ride The Lightning >> 1984
Bodeans, The —— Home >> 1989
Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— All The Greatest Hits Live >> 1993
Scissor Sisters —— Scissor Sisters >> 2004

Jul 28

Black Sabbath —— Sabotage >> 1975
R.E.M. —— Lifes Rich Pageant >> 1986
Barenaked Ladies —— Gordon >> 1992
Morrissey —— Your Arsenal >> 1992

Jul 29

Metallica —— Kill ‘Em All >> 1983

Jul 30

Moby Grape —— Truly Fine Citizen >> 1969
Chic —— Risque >> 1979
Cutting Crew —— Broadcast >> 1986
Psychedelic Furs, The —— World Outside >> 1991
Sublime —— Sublime >> 1996
Springsteen, Bruce —— Rising, The >> 2002

Jul 31

Beach Boys, The —— Best Of The Beach Boys, Vol. 2, The >> 1967
Rascals, The —— Goovin’ >> 1967
Journey —— Escape >> 1981

Aug 01

Lee, Brenda —— Brenda Lee >> 1960
Jethro Tull —— Stand Up >> 1969
Bonzo Dog Band —— Tadpoles >> 1969
Aerosmith —— Rock And A Hard Place >> 1982
Adams, Bryan —— So Far So Live >> 1994
Buffett, Jimmy —— Barometer Soup >> 1995
Perkins, Pinetop —— Got My Mojo Workin’ >> 1995
Buffett, Jimmy —— Live At Wrigley Field >> 2006

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 25 – 31)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 25
1925 ● William “Benny” Benjamin → The Funk Brothers (Motown house band)
1941 ● Manuel “Manny” Charlton → Nazereth, “Love Hurts” (1976)
1942 ● Bruce Woodley → The Seekers
1943 ● Jim McCarty → Yardbirds, Renaissance, Illusion, solo
1943 ● Tom Dawes → The Cyrkle, “Red Rubber Ball” (1966)
1946 ● Jose Chepito AreasSantana
1948 ● Steve Goodman → Folkie, wrote “The City Of New Orleans”
1950 ● Mark Clarke → Uriah Heep
1951 ● Verdine White → Earth, Wind & Fire
1958 ● Thurston Moore → Sonic Youth
1973 ● Ladybug Mecca (Mary Ann Vieira) → Digable Planets

Jul 26
1937 ● Al Banks → The Turbans, “When You Dance” (1955)
1938 ● Bobby Hebb → “Sunny” (1964)
1941 ● Brenton Wood (Alfred Jesse Smith) → R&B/soul, “Gimme Little Sign” (1967)
1941 ● Neil Landon (Patrick Cahill) → The Flower Pot Men, “Let’s Go To San Francisco” (1967)
1942 ● Dobie Gray (Leonard Victor Ainsworth) → R&B/soul, “Drift Away” (1973)
1943 ● Michael Philip “Mick” JaggerThe Rolling Stones, solo
1949 ● Roger TaylorQueen
1961 ● Andy Connell → Swing Out Sister, “Breakout” (1986)
1961 ● Gary Cherone → Extreme, Van Halen, solo
1967 ● Headliner (Timothy Barnwell) → Arrested Development
1980 ● Dave “Brown Sound” Baksh → Sum 41, Brown Brigade

Jul 27
1933 ● Nick Reynolds → Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (1958)
1943 ● Al Ramsey → Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1944 ● Bobby Gentry (Roberta Lee Streeter) → “Ode to Billy Joe” (1967)
1947 ● Andy McMaster → Ducks Deluxe, The Motors
1949 ● Henry Weck → Brownsville Station, “Smokin’ In The Boys Room” (1973)
1949 ● Maureen McGovern → “The Morning After” (1973)
1950 ● Michael Vaughan → Paper Lace, “The Night Chicago Died” (1974)
1953 ● Suzi Carr → Will To Power, “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird” (1989)
1960 ● Conway Savage → Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
1963 ● Karl Mueller → Soul Asylum
1967 ● Juliana Hatfield → Blake Babies, solo, “Spin The Bottle (1994)

Jul 28
1938 ● George Cummings → Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
1943 ● Michael Bloomfield → Butterfield Blues Band, solo
1943 ● Richard WrightPink Floyd, solo
1946 ● Jonathan Edwards → Folk-rock, “Sunshine” (1971)
1949 ● Peter Doyle → The New Seekers, “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” (1972)
1949 ● Simon Kirke → Free, Bad Company
1949 ● Steve Peregrine Took → T. Rex, “Hot Love” (1971)
1954 ● Steve Morse → Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple, Kansas
1962 ● Rachel Sweet → “Everlasting Love” (1981)
1963 ● Tex Axile (Anthony Doughty) → Transvision Vamp
1990 ● Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) → Rapper, “Crank That” (2007), record producer,

Jul 29
1953 ● Geddy Lee (Gary Lee Weinrib) → Rush
1953 ● Vivienne Patricia “Patty” ScialfaE Street Band, solo, wife of The Boss
1959 ● John Sykes → Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake
1966 ● Martina McBride (Martina Mariea Schiff) → Country diva, “A Broken Wing” (1997)
1967 ● Chris Gorman → Belly
1972 ● Simon Jones → The Verve, “The Drugs Don’t Work” (1997)
1973 ● Wanya Morris → Boyz II Men, “End Of The Road” (1992)

Jul 30
1936 ● George “Buddy” Guy → Blues guitarist, Rolling Stone #30 Greatest Guitarist
1938 ● Edward “Kookie” Byrnes → 77 Sunset Strip
1945 ● David Sanborn → Jazz-pop sax, Butterfield Blues Band, Brecker Bros., solo
1946 ● Jeffrey Hammond-HammondJethro Tull
1949 ● B.B. Dickerson → War, “Spill The Wine” (1970)
1949 ● Hugh Nicholson → The Poets, Marmalade
1956 ● Phil Fearon → Galaxy, “Dancing Tight” (1983)
1957 ● David Joseph → Hi-Tension
1957 ● Rat Scabies (Chris Millar) → The Damned
1958 ● Kate Bush → “Don’t Give Up” (1986)
1971 ● Brad Hargreaves → Third Eye Blind

Jul 31
1923 ● Ahmet Ertegun → Atlantic records founder/executive
1932 ● Morey Carr → The Playmates, “Beep Beep” (1958)
1937 ● Bonnie Brown → The Browns, “The Three Bells” (1959), solo
1939 ● John West → Gary Lewis & The Playboys
1941 ● Fatboy Slim (Quentin Leo Cook) → Brit-hop, “The Rockafeller Skank” (1998)
1941 ● Paul Anka → Teen-idol, crooner, “Lonely Boy” (1959)
1943 ● Lobo (Roland Kent Lavoie) → “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo” (1971)
1946 ● Bob WelchFleetwood Mac, solo
1946 ● Gary Lewis (Gary Harold Lee Levitch) → Gary Lewis & The Playboys, son of Jerry Lewis
1947 ● Karl Green → Herman’s Hermits
1951 ● Carlo Karges → Nena, “99 Luftballons” (1984)
1953 ● Hugh McDowellElectric Light Orchestra
1957 ● Daniel Ash → Bauhaus, Love & Rockets, solo
1958 ● Bill BerryR.E.M.
1960 ● Malcolm Ross → Aztec Camera
1964 ● Jim Corr → The Corrs, “What Can I Do” (1998)
1971 ● John Lowery → Marilyn Manson, “Mechanical Animals” (1971)
1978 ● Will Champion → Coldplay

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Album of the Day: Guns N’ Roses (7/21/87)

In mid-summer 1987, punk had mellowed out, the New Wave had largely settled into synth-dance pop, heavy metal had mostly gone mainstream to pop-metal, and good ol’ rock ‘n roll was on life support, waiting for a savior. The White Knight, it turns out, was Guns N’ Roses. With their July 21, 1987 debut LP, Appetite For Destruction, they burst into the void with a swaggering, down-and-dirty, loud and unpretentious hard rock that instantly covered the landscape with sounds not heard since the Stones, Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin in the 70s.

GNR formed three years earlier when the cream of two Southern California bands, L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose, joined to form a new band and took to the road to spread their venomous bites of grinding rock ‘n roll. Lead guitarist Tracii Guns (nee Tracey Ulrich) and singer/frontman Axl Rose (William Rose Bailey. Jr.) formed the nucleus of the group, but Guns left before Appetite…. His replacement, Slash (Saul Hudson) formed a twin-guitar attack with guitarist Izzy Stradlin (Jeff Isbell), matching licks and riffs atop the pounding rhythm section of drummer Steve Adler and bassist Duff McKagan.

Appetite For Destruction started slowly, but increasing grassroots pressure on radio and MTV programmers gained significant airplay, especially for the three great singles that came off the LP. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (#1 in the U.S.) is power balladry at its best (and a signature GNR track). “Welcome To The Jungle” (#7) speaks to the dark underside of L.A. and its careless rock ‘n roll scene. Hard rocker “Paradise City” (#5) is about anything but paradise.

Those three hit singles and the heroin-laced, late-80s gem “Mr. Brownstone” make Appetite… a true classic and (for good reason) one of the hottest selling debut albums of all time. It’s available for purchase as a CD or individual MP3 files on Amazon, and as iPod downloads on iTunes. GNR is in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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Album of the Day: The Beatles (7/20/64)

In the summer of 1964, Beatlemania was in full force and The Beatles’ movie, A Hard Day’s Night, was in theaters on both sides of the Atlantic. Frantically trying to cash in on the pop phenomenon and not get left behind, three record companies released very similar albums of material from the Fab Four that summer, with the latecomer being Capitol Records’ Something New on July 20, 1964.

United Artists owned the rights to the movie and in late June issued what was billed as the “soundtrack album,” although only available in the U.S. and with instrumental filler by Beatle manager George Martin’s orchestra. In the U.K., Parlophone released their version of A Hard Day’s Night on July 10 with songs from the movie on Side A and tracks written for but not included in the film on Side B. Not wanting to miss the boat, Capitol responded with Something New, which offered eight songs from the movie (but not the title track), plus three fillers including the infamous “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand,” the German-sung version of the January 1964 hit “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”

This infuriating practice of simultaneous issues of similar material in different packages by two or more record companies was S.O.P. in the US and UK in the mid-60s. Market and business differences dictated separate releases, which meant all consumers – from regular fans and serious collectors – were forced to double- or triple-up to enjoy the full menu of most top-level bands. With the Beatles catalogue, it finally stopped with Sgt. Pepper’s, the first Fab Four LP to hit the streets everywhere on the same day and with the same material and packaging.

Something New is a great album and a must for any serious Beatle fan. If you can’t buy all three mid-1964 releases, this is the one to own. It’s available for purchase as a CD or individual mp3 files on Amazon, but is not currently on iTunes. The Beatles have two sets in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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Albums Releases This Week (July 19 – 25)

Here’s a sampling of the great albums of 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop – the best music ever made! – which were released this week:

Jul 19

Cale, John —— Academy In Peril, The >> 1972
Summer, Donna —— Donna Summer >> 1982
Taylor, Alex —— Voodoo In Me >> 1989
Olson, Carla & Mick Taylor —— Too Hot For Sankes >> 1991
Edmunds, Dave —— Plugged In >> 1994
Rolling Stones, The —— Voodoo Lounge >> 1994

Jul 20

Beatles, The —— Something New >> 1964
Jefferson Airplane —— Long John Silver >> 1972
REO Speedwagon —— Nine Lives >> 1979
Parker, Graham —— Burning Questions >> 1992

Jul 21

Vee, Bobby —— Bobby Vee Recording Session, A >> 1962
Black Sabbath —— Master Of Reality >> 1971
T. Rex —— Slider, The >> 1972
Chicago —— Chicago XIV >> 1980
Adams, Bryan —— You Want It, You Got It >> 1981
Young, Neil —— Landing On Water >> 1986
Guns N’ Roses —— Appetite For Destruction >> 1987
Madonna —— Who’s That Girl >> 1987
Sonic Youth —— Dirty >> 1992

Jul 22

Moody Blues, The —— Magnificent Moodies, The >> 1965
Wonder, Stevie —— Fulfillingness’ First Finale >> 1974
Earth, Wind & Fire —— In The Name Of Love >> 1997
Kiss —— Kiss Symphony: Alive IV >> 2003
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Déjà Vu Live >> 2008

Jul 23

Moody Blues, The —— Every Good Boy Deserves Favour >> 1971

Jul 24

Schmit, Timothy B. —— Tell Me The Truth >> 1990
Lofgren, Nils —— Crooked Line >> 1992

Jul 25

Iron Butterfly —— In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida >> 1968
Donovan —— Open Road >> 1970
Stevens, Cat —— Foreigner >> 1973
AC/DC —— Back In Black >> 1980
Bee Gees, The —— One >> 1989
Beastie Boys, The —— Paul’s Boutique >> 1989
311 —— 311 >> 1995

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Album of the Day: The Byrds (7/18/66)

5th Dimension (released July 18, 1966) was The Byrds’ third album after their blockbuster debut and sophomore releases, Mr. Tambourine Man (June 1965) and Turn! Turn! Turn! (December 1965). While not a commercial success on the level of its predecessors, 5th Dimension marked the band’s innovative shift from electrified folk-rock into a neat blend of psychedelic rock and nascent country-rock.

The standout track and rock classic, “Eight Miles High” was written by original Byrd Gene Clark, who would exit the group before 5th Dimension was completed. Clark’s departure left Roger McGuinn and David Crosby to assume the primary songwriting role, and they responded with a mix of picks and pans (with Crosby’s “What’s Happening?!?!” being dead center in the latter category). At its best, 5th Dimension is uneven, but it remains one of the mid-60s best examples of the coming diversity of folk, country and psychedelic rock (and all the mixtures thereof). The ethereal title track, the astral “Eight Miles High” (with no lead vocals and loads of spacey McGuinn/Crosby guitar work), the abstract “I See You,” the experimental “2-4-2 Foxtrot (The Lear Jet Song)” and Crosby’s aforementioned flopper are the earliest of the psych-rock genre. They’re balanced by decent folk-rock covers in “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “John Riley.” Then there’s that jaunty “Mr. Spaceman,” a sing-along country-rock gem that’s a bit dated but still has a fond 60s trippy feel.

A transitional album from a band that is now recognized for its influence on 60s and 70s psychedelic and country-rock, 5th Dimension spent half a year on the album charts and peaked at #24. Some call it a precursor and challenger to Sgt. Pepper’s as the top psychedelic rock LP. I think it’s a classic, but not that high. 5th Dimension is available for purchase as a CD or individual mp3 files on Amazon, or as iPod tracks on iTunes. The Byrds are in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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This Week’s Birthdays (July 17 – 24)

Happy Birthday this week to:

Jul 18
1929 ● Jelacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins → “I Put A Spell On You” (1956)
1931 ● Thomas Sylvester “Papa Dee” Allen → War, “Spill The Wine” (1970)
1935 ● Johnny Funches → The Dells, “Stay In My Corner” (1968)
1938 ● Ian StewartThe Rolling Stones early keyboardist
1939 ● Brian Auger → The Trinity, Oblivion Express
1939 ● Dion DiMucciDion & The Belmonts, solo
1941 ● Lonnie Mack (McIntosh) → Blues-rock guitar, sessions, solo
1941 ● Martha Reeves → Martha & The Vandellas
1943 ● Robin MacDonald → Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
1945 ● Danny McCullock → The Animals
1946 ● Tim Lynch → Flamin’ Groovies
1948 ● Phil Harris → Ace, “How Long” (1974)
1949 ● Wally Bryson → The Raspberries, Fotomaker, The Choir
1950 ● Cesar Zuiderwijk → Golden Earring “Radar Love” (1974)
1950 ● Glenn Hughes → Village People
1950 ● Sir Richard Branson → Founder, CEO of Virgin Records
1954 ● Richard Lee “Ricky” Scaggs → Country-bluegrass star, “Highway 40 Blues” (1983)
1955 ● Terry Chambers → XTC, The Dukes Of Stratosphear
1957 ● Keith LeveneYes roadie, The Clash, Public Immage Ltd.
1958 ● Nigel Twist → The Alarm
1962 ● Jack Irons → Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eleven, Pearl Jam
1975 ● Daron Malakian → System Of A Down
1978 ● Tony Fagenson → Eve 6
1982 ● Ryan Cabrera → Pop-rock, “On The Way Down” (2004)

Jul 19
1926 ● Sue Thompson (Eva Sue McKee) → Novelty pop, “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)” (1961), then country
1937 ● George Hamilton IV → Pop-country-folk, “Abilene” (1963)
1941 ● Vikki Carr (Florence Cardona) → Pop vocalist, “It Must Be Him” (1966)
1944 ● Commander Cody (George Frayne IV) → Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen
1946 ● Alan Gorrie → Average White Band
1947 ● Bernie Leadon → Flying Burrito Bros., Eagles
1947 ● Brian MayQueen
1948 ● Keith GodchauxGrateful Dead
1952 ● Alan CollinsLynyrd Skynyrd
1960 ● Kevin Haskins → Bauhaus, Love And Rockets

Jul 20
1933 ● Buddy Wayne Knox → Early rocker, “Party Doll” (1957)
1944 ● T.G. Sheppard (Billy Neal Browder) → Country singer, “Last Cheater’s Waltz” (1979)
1945 ● John LodgeThe Moody Blues
1945 ● Kim Carnes → “Bette Davis Eyes” (1981)
1947 ● Carlos SantanaSantana, solo
1954 ● Jay Jay French (John French Segall) → Twisted Sister
1955 ● Marisa DeFranco → The DeFranco Family, “Heartbeat-It’s A Lovebeat” (1973)
1956 ● Paul Cook → Sex Pistols, Greedy Bastards
1958 ● Michael McNeil → Simple Minds
1964 ● Chris Cornell → Soundgarden, Audioslave, solo
1966 ● Stone Gossard → Green River, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam, solo
1969 ● Vitamin C (Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick) → Eve’s Plum, solo, “Smile” (1999), actress
1978 ● Elliott Yamin → American Idol finalist, “Wait For You” (2004)

Jul 21
1922 ● Kay Starr (Katherine LaVerne Starks) → Jazz singer, “Rock And Roll Waltz” (1955)
1942 ● Kim Vincent Fowley → Singer-songwriter, producer, manager, The Runaways
1946 ● Barry Whitwam → Herman’s Hermits
1948 ● Cat Stevens (nee Stephen Demitri Georgiou, now Yusuf Islam) → “Oh Very Young” (1974)
1953 ● Eric Bazilian → The Hooters, “And We Danced” (1985)
1955 ● Henry Priestman → The Yachts, The Christians, solo
1955 ● Howie EpsteinTom Petty & The Heartbreakers
1955 ● Taco (Ockerse) → Pop-rock One Hit Wonder, “Puttin’ On The Ritz” (1982)
1961 ● Jim Martin → Faith No More, “I’m Easy” (1993)
1969 ● Emerson Hart → Tonic, “If You Could Only See” (1997)
1974 ● Terry Caldwell → Brit pop-rockers East 17, “Stay Another Day” (1994)
1981 ● Blake Lewis → Beatboxer, American Idol runner-up, “How Many Words” (2008)

Jul 22
1937 ● Chuck Jackson → The Del-Vikings, Downchild Blues Band
1940 ● George Clinton → Parliament, Funkadelic
1943 ● Bobby Sherman → Pop-rock, “Little Woman” (1969), TV actor
1944 ● Estelle Bennett → The Ronettes
1944 ● Rick Davies Supertramp, solo
1947 ● Don HenleyEagles, solo
1956 ● Mick Pointer → Marillion, “Kayleigh” (1985)
1961 ● Keith Sweat → New Jack swinger, radio DJ, producer
1963 ● Emily Saliers → Indigo Girls
1964 ● Will Calhoun → Living Colour
1967 ● Pat Badger → Extreme, “More Than Words” (1992)
1973 ● Daniel Jones → Savage Garden
1973 ● Rufus Wainwright → Singer-songwriter, Rolling Stone 1998 Best New Artist

Jul 23
1935 ● Cleveland “Cleve” Duncan → The Penguins, “Earth Angel” (1955)
1943 ● Tony Joe White → “Pork Salas Annie” (1969)
1944 ● Dino DanelliThe Rascals, Bulldog, Fotomaker
1946 ● Andy Mackay → Roxy Music
1947 ● David Essex (David Albert Cooke) → “Rock On” (1973)
1948 ● John Hall → Orleans, solo “Power” (1979), U.S. Congress (NY-D-19th)
1950 ● Blair Thornton → Bachman-Turner Overdrive
1952 ● Janis Siegel → Manhattan Transfer, solo
1961 ● Martin GoreDepeche Mode
1964 ● Tim Kellett → Simply Red
1965 ● Slash (Saul Hudson) → Guns ‘N Roses
1968 ● Nick Menza → Megadeath
1970 ● Sam Watters → Color Me Badd, “I Wanna Sex You Up” (1991)
1971 ● Alison Krauss → Folk-bluegrass, Union Station, solo
1971 ● Chad Gracey → Live
1971 ● Dalvin DeGrate → Jodeci, “Cry For You” (1993)
1980 ● Steve Jocz → Sum 41, “Fat Lip” (2001)
1980 ● Tenitra Michelle Williams → Destiny’s Child, solo , “Hear A Word” (2002)

Jul 24
1941 ● Barbara Jean Love → Friends Of Distinction, “Grazing In The Grass” (1969)
1942 ● Heinz Burt → The Tornados, “Telstar” (1962), solo
1944 ● Jim Armstrong → Them, Truth, Light, Jim Armstrong Band
1945 ● Alan Whitehead → Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” (1970)
1947 ● Chris Townson → John’s Children
1951 ● Lynval Golding → The Specials, Fun Boy Three, English Beat
1958 ● Mick Karn (Anthony Michaelides) → Japan, solo
1961 ● Paul Geary → Extreme, manager
1969 ● Jennifer “J-Lo” Lopez → Dancer, actress, R&B/dance “If You Had My Love” (1999)

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