Albums Released This Week (March 21 – 27)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):

Mar 21


Al Green —— Back Up Train ► Soul (Southern) >> 1967
The Faces —— First Step ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Tangerine Dream —— Rubycon ► Art Rock/Electronic >> 1975
AC/DC —— Let There Be Rock [Australia] ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Slade —— Whatever Happened To Slade ► Hard Rock >> 1977
Rose Royce —— Rose Royce III: Strikes Again! ► Disco/Funk >> 1978
Pink Floyd —— The Final Cut ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Southern By The Grace of God: Lynyrd Skynyrd Tour 1987 ► Southern Rock >> 1988
Pixies —— Surfer Rosa ► Garage Rock >> 1988
Tina Turner —— Tina Live In Europe ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Madonna —— Like A Prayer ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
Bonnie Raitt —— Nick Of Time ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
Alison Moyet —— Essex ► Synth-Pop >> 1994
Stevie Wonder —— Conversation Peace ► Pop-R&B >> 1995
The Tea Party —— The Edges Of Twilight ► Blues-Rock >> 1995
Death —— Symbolic ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1995
Against All Authority —— 24 Hour Roadside Resistance ► Ska-Punk >> 2000
Patti Smith —— Gung Ho ► Heartland Rock >> 2000
Led Zeppelin —— Latter Days: The Best Of Led Zeppelin Volume Two ► Hard Rock >> 2000
NSYNC —— No Strings Attached ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Ben Harper —— Both Sides Of The Gun ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2006

Mar 22


The Beatles —— Please Please Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
Bob Dylan —— Bringing It All Back Home ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
The Beatles —— The Early Beatles ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
The Temptations —— The Temptations Sing Smokey ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
Elvis Presley —— You’ll Never Walk Alone ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Frank Zappa —— Apostrophe (*) ► Art Rock >> 1974
Eagles —— On The Border ► Country-Rock >> 1974
The Soft Machine —— Bundles ► Jazz Fusion >> 1975
Elvis Presley —— The Sun Sessions ► Rock ‘N Roll >> 1976
The Beatles —— Reel Music ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Savatage —— The Dungeons Are Calling ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1984
Alcatrazz —— Disturbing The Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
John Paul Jones —— Scream For Help [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Anthrax —— Among The Living ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1987
Morrissey —— Viva Hate ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
White Zombie —— Make Them Die Slowly ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1989
Nine Inch Nails —— Head Like A Hole ► Industrial Metal >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— A Real Live One ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Yes —— Talk ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Cheap Trick —— Woke Up With A Monster ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1994
The Headstones —— Teeth And Tissue ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— B-Sides & Rarities ► Alt Rock >> 2005
Billy Idol —— Devil’s Playground ► Hard Rock >> 2005
Soundgarden —— Live On I-5 ► Grange Rock >> 2011

Mar 23


Elvis Presley —— Elvis Presley ► Rock n Roll >> 1956
Bobby Darin —— That’s All ► Pop-Rock >> 1959
Dionne Warwick —— Dionne Warwick In Valley Of The Dolls ► Pop-Soul >> 1968
Roxy Music —— For Your Pleasure ► Prog Rock >> 1973
King Crimson —— Lark’s Tongues In Aspic ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Judas Priest —— Sad Wings Of Destiny ► Heavy Metal >> 1976
Genesis —— …And Then There Were Three… ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Kaya ► Roots Reggae >> 1978
Van Halen —— Van Halen II ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Journey —— Departure ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1980
Rick Springfield —— Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet ► Power Pop >> 1982
ZZ Top —— Eliminator ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Ratt —— Out Of The Cellar ► Heavy Metal >> 1984
Howard Jones —— Dream Into Action ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1985
Joni Mitchell —— Chalk Mark In A Rain Storm ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Fates Warning —— No Exit ► Heavy Metal/Progressive >> 1988
ZZ Top —— Recycler ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
The Fall —— Code: Selfish ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1992
The Mothers Of Invention —— Ahead Of Their Time ► Art Rock >> 1993
Depeche Mode —— Songs Of Faith And Devotion ► Synth-Pop >> 1993
Dwight Yoakam —— This Time ► Alt Country-Rock >> 1993
Everclear —— Sparkle And Fade ► Grunge-Punk >> 1995
Iron Maiden —— Virtual XI ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
Elton John & Leann Rimes —— Elton John And Tim Rice’s Aida ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
A+ —— Hempstead High ► Pop-Rap >> 1999
Gov’t Mule —— Live…With A Little Help From Our Friends, Vol. 2 ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 1999
Mark Knopfler —— Metroland [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock >> 1999
Peter Pan Speedrock —— Killermachine ► Punk Rock >> 2000
Lou Reed —— Animal Serenade ► Album Rock >> 2004
Guns N’ Roses —— Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Eric Clapton —— Me And Mr. Johnson ► Blues-Rock >> 2004
Triumph —— A Night Of Triumph ► Arena Rock >> 2004
Ringo Starr —— Tour 2003 ► Pop-Rock >> 2004

Mar 24


The Easybeats —— It’s 2 Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1966
Elton John —— Friends [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Slade —— Slade Alive! ► Hard Rock >> 1972
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks —— Striking It Rich ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Pink Floyd —— The Dark Side Of The Moon [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Chicago —— Chicago VIII ► Jazz-Rock >> 1975
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Nuthin’ Fancy ► Southern Rock >> 1975
Motörhead —— Overkill ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
Talking Heads —— The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1982
The Rolling Stones —— Dirty Work ► Blues-Rock >> 1986
Pet Shop Boys —— Please ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
They Might Be Giants —— Apollo 18 ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Running Wild —— Black Hand Inn ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1994
Supertramp —— Some Things Never Change ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1997
Everclear —— White Trash Hell ► Grunge-Punk >> 1997
Journey —— Greatest Hits Live ► Arena Rock >> 1998
Blue Öyster Cult —— Heaven Forbid ► Metal >> 1998
NSYNC —— NSYNC ► Dance-Pop >> 1998
Indigo Girls —— Poseidon And The Bitter Bug ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks —— Tangled Tales ► Country-Rock >> 2009
Van Morrison —— Diuets: Reworking The Catalogue ► Folk-Rock >> 2015

Mar 25


The Beach Boys —— Surfin’ U.S.A. ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
Billy Preston —— The Wildest Organ In Town ► Soul >> 1966
Jimi Hendrix —— Band Of Gypsys ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
John Cale —— Vintage Violence ► Art Rock >> 1970
The Kinks —— The Kink Kronikles ► British Rock >> 1972
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Open Our Eyes ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
John Cale —— Slow Dazzle ► Art Rock >> 1975
Paul McCartney & Wings —— Wings At The Speed Of Sound ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Triumph —— Progressions Of Power ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Devo —— DEV-O LIVE ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave >> 1981
The Church —— The Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1982
Joe Jackson —— Big World ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
The Cure —— Entreat ► Post-Punk >> 1991
Shakira —— Peligro ► New Jack Swing >> 1993
Powerman 5000 —— True Force ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
Sleater-Kinney —— Call The Doctor ► Punk/Riot Grrl >> 1996
Matthew Sweet —— Blue Sky On Mars ► Power Pop >> 1997
Dinosaur Jr. —— Hand It Over ► Alt. Rock >> 1997
Daft Punk —— Homework ► House >> 1997
The Notorious B.I.G. —— Life After Death ► Gangsta Rap >> 1997
Machine Head —— The More Things Change… ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 1997
Simple Minds —— The Early Years 1977-1978 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1998
Rick Slick —— The Art Of Storytelling ► Rap >> 1999
Iron Maiden —— Rock In Rio ► Heavy Metal >> 2002
Ringo Starr —— Ringo Rama ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
The Raconteurs —— Consolers Of The Lonely ► Alt. Rock >> 2008
The B-52’s —— Funplex ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 2008
Counting Crows —— Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008
Simple Minds —— Celebrate: The Greatest Hits ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2013
Iron Maiden —— Maiden England ’88 ► Heavy Metal >> 2013
Eagles —— The Studio Albums 1972-1979 ► Country-Rock >> 2013
Jack Bruce —— Silver Rails ► Prog Rock/Fusion >> 2014

Mar 26


John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— John Mayall Plays John Mayall ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
The Kinks —— Percy [Sndtrk] ► British Rock >> 1971
The Mothers Of Invention —— Just Another Band From L.A. ► Art Rock >> 1972
ABBA —— Ring Ring ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Smokey Robinson —— A Quiet Storm ► Soul/Quiet Storm >> 1975
Santana —— Amigos ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Thin Lizzy —— Jailbreak ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Village People —— Go West ► Disco >> 1979
Van Halen —— Women And Children First… ► Hard Rock >> 1980
The Oak Ridge Boys —— Fancy Free ► Country-Pop >> 1981
Keel —— The Right To Rock ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Southern Accents ► Album Rock >> 1985
Van Halen —— 5150 ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Heart —— Brigade ► Album Rock >> 1990
Cross —— Mad: Bad: And Dangerous To Know ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Digital Underground —— Sex Packets ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991 ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Rod Stewart —— Vagabond Heart ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Anal Cunt —— 40 More Reasons To Hate Us ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1996
Bonnie Tyler —— Free Spirit ► Pop Vocals (Female) >> 1996
Mark Knopfler —— Golden Heart ► Roots Rock >> 1996
The Monkees —— Missing Links, Volume Three ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Elton John —— Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 2007
David Gray —— Shine: The Best Of The Early Years ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2007
Coldplay —— The Singles 1999-2006 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2007
Iron Maiden —— En Vivo! ► Heavy Metal >> 2012

Mar 27


Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits ► Folk-Rock >> 1967
Ringo Starr —— Sentimental Journey ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Three Dog Night —— Seven Separate Fools ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1972
Ian Hunter —— You’re Never Alone With A Schizophrenic ► Album Rock >> 1979
David Gilmour —— About Face ► Prog Rock >> 1984
Run-D.M.C. —— Run-D.M.C. ► Rap >> 1984
King Crimson —— Three Of A Perfect Pair ► Prog Rock >> 1984
The Outfield —— Voices Of Babylon ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Slint —— Spiderland ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1991
Silverchair —— Frogstomp ► Grunge >> 1995
Embrace —— Drawn From Memory ► Alt Rock/Post-Britpop >> 2000
Peter Cetera —— Another Perfect World ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Bruce Springsteen —— Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live In New York City ► Heartland Rock >> 2001
Natalie Cole —— Anthology ► Soul-Pop >> 2003
Massive Attack —— Collected ► Trip-Hop >> 2006
Machine Head —— The Blackening ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2007
Stevie Nicks —— Crystal Visions – The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock >> 2007

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  1. #1 by Rob Frustaci on March 26, 2016 - 5:16 am

    Van Halen’s 5150 wasn’t released on March 26th, 1986. It was released on March 24th. Your release date is incorrect

    • #2 by Dr. Rock on March 28, 2016 - 1:33 pm

      Rob:
      I use a number of different sources for the album database, including Wikipedia, Allmusic, Discogs, Last.fm plus artist sites and several others. In the case of 5150, I’ve found a discrepancy between March 24 and March 26, but it seems as though more sites list the 26th than the 24th, so I’ve gone with that date. If you have a definitive source, please let me know.
      Cheers, Dr. Rock

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