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Albums Released This Week (Noember 4 – 10)

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

Nov 04


The Rolling Stones —— Got Live If You Want It! ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
The Allman Brothers Band —— The Allman Brothers Band ► Southern Rock >> 1969
David Bowie —— Man Of Words/Man Of Music ► Glam Rock >> 1969
David Bowie —— The Man Who Sold The World ► Glam Rock >> 1970
Passport —— Hand Made ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1973
The Temptations —— House Party ► Soul – Motown >> 1975
Jean-Luc Ponty —— Imaginary Voyage ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1976
Rod Stewart —— Foot Loose & Fancy Free ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Ramones —— Rocket To Russia ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Black Sabbath —— Mob Rules ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Paul Simon —— Hearts And Bones ► Folk-Pop >> 1983
Hawkwind —— This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic ► Space Rock >> 1984
Hawkwind —— Anthology, Vol. 1 ► Space Rock >> 1985
Barbra Streisand —— The Broadway Album ► Easy Listening >> 1985
The Clash —— Cut The Crap ► Punk >> 1985
The Pretenders —— Get Close ► Post-Punk >> 1986
Megadeth —— Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying? ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
They Might Be Giants —— They Might Be Giants ► Alt. Rock >> 1986
Sinead O’Connor —— The Lion And The Cobra ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1987
Aphex Twin —— Richard D. James Album ► Electronica – Dark Ambient >> 1996
Soundgarden —— Down On The Upside ► Grunge >> 1997
Bad Manners —— Heavy Petting ► Ska Revival >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Philadelphia ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Harmonia —— Tracks And Traces ► Krautrock/Kosmische Musik >> 1997
Evanescence —— Origin ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2000
The Allman Brothers Band —— Peakin’ At The Beacon ► Southern Rock >> 2000
Sarah McLachlan —— Afterglow ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Bob Seger —— Greatest Hits 2 ► Album Rock >> 2003
Coldplay —— Live 2003 ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop >> 2003
Stephen Stills —— Turnin’ Back The Pages ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
The Rolling Stones —— Live Licks ► Blues-Rock >> 2004
Lou Reed —— Berlin: Live At St. Ann’s Warehouse ► Hard Rock >> 2008
ZZ Top —— Live From Texas ► Blues-Rock >> 2008

Nov 05

Manfred Mann —— Mann Made ► Folk-Pop >> 1965
Barclay James Harvest —— Barclay James Harvest And Other Short Stories ► Prog Rock >> 1971
Status Quo —— Dog Of Two Head ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Elton John —— Madman Across The Water ► Pop-Rock >> 1971
Grateful Dead —— Europe ’72 ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Various Artists —— All This And World War II [Sndtrk] ► Beatles Covers >> 1976
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— A Kiss In The Dreamhouse ► Post-Punk >> 1982
Alison Moyet —— Alf ► New Wave Synth-pop >> 1984
Phil Collins —— Serious Hits…Live! ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
My Bloody Valentine —— Loveless ► Indie Rock >> 1991
Paul Simon —— Paul Simon’s Concert In The Park ► Folk-Pop >> 1991
Johnny Cash —— Unchained ► Classic Country >> 1996
The Clean —— Unknown Country ► Post-Punk >> 1996
New Order —— Back To Mine ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2002
Little Feat —— Live At The Rams Head ► Southern Rock >> 2002
David Gray —— A New Day at Midnight ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Eric Clapton —— One More Car, One More Rider ► Blues-Rock >> 2002
The Wallflowers —— Red Letter Days ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002

Nov 06

The Stylistics —— The Stylistics ► Philly Soul >> 1971
The Cars —— Shake It Up ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Rod Stewart —— Tonight I’m Yours ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Rod Stewart —— Absolutely Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
The Pointer Sisters —— Break Out ► Soul >> 1983
Stevie Wonder —— Characters ► Pop-R&B >> 1987
Various Artists —— Less Than Zero [Sndtrk] ► Various >> 1987
N.W.A. —— N.W.A. And The Posse ► Hip-Hop >> 1987
Scorpions —— Crazy World ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
The Pogues —— Hell’s Ditch ► Post-Punk/College Rock >> 1990
Steve Winwood —— Refugees Of The Heart ► Album Rock >> 1990
Gram Parsons —— Gram Parsons Archive, Vol. 1: Live At The Avalon Ballroom 1969 ► Country-Rock >> 2007
Aerosmith —— Music From Another Dimension ► Hard Rock >> 2012

Nov 07

Bette Midler —— The Divine Miss M ► Pop-Rock Vocals >> 1972
Neil Young —— Journey Through The Past [Sndtrk] ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
David Bowie —— Space Oddity ► Glam Rock >> 1972
Billy Joel —— Piano Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Chris Squire —— Fish Out Of Water [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Bette Midler —— Divine Madness ► Pop-Rock Vocals >> 1980
Eagles —— Eagles Live ► Country-Rock >> 1980
Ozzy Osbourne —— Diary Of A Madman ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Grace Jones —— Living My Life ► Disco/Club-Dance >> 1982
Yes —— 90125 ► Prog Rock >> 1983
U2 —— Under A Blood Red Sky ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1983
The Rolling Stones —— Undercover ► Blues-Rock >> 1983
Yes —— 9012Live: The Solos ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Elton John —— Ice On Fire ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
David Sylvian —— Secrets Of The Beehive ► Ambient >> 1987
R.E.M. —— Green ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
Wet Wet Wet —— The Memphis Sessions [UK] ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1988
Eric Clapton —— Journeyman ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
Alice In Chains —— Alice In Chains ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1995
Fear Factory —— Demanufacture ► Industrial Metal >> 1995
Queen —— Made In Heaven ► Glam Rock >> 1995
Bonnie Raitt —— Road Tested ► Blues-Rock >> 1995
Greg Graffin —— American Lesion ► Alt Rock >> 1997
Genesis —— Genesis Archives, Vol. 2: 1976-1992 ► Prog Rock >> 2000
The Pretenders —— Greatest Hits ► Post-Punk >> 2000
James Taylor —— Greatest Hits Volume 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
Fatboy Slim —— Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars ► Brit-Hop >> 2000
The Aquabats —— Myths, Legends And Other Amazing Adventures, Vol. 2 ► Ska-Punk Revival >> 2000
Phish —— The Siket Disc ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2000
J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton —— The Road To Escondido ► Blues-Rock >> 2006

Nov 08

The Beach Boys —— Beach Boys’ Party! ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Diana Ross & The Supremes And The Temptations —— Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations ► Soul >> 1968
Neil Diamond —— Neil Diamond ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Billy Preston —— I Wrote A Simple Song ► Funk >> 1971
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin IV ► Hard Rock >> 1971
Elton John —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Styx —— Man Of Miracles ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1974
Thin Lizzy —— Nightlife ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Sly & The Family Stone —— High On You ► Funk >> 1975
George Harrison —— The Best Of George Harrison [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Motörhead —— Ace Of Spades ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Architecture & Morality ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Queen —— Greatest Hits ► Glam-Rock >> 1981
The Waitresses —— I Could Rule The World If I Could Only Get The Parts ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
ABBA —— The Singles: The First Ten Years ► Euro-Pop >> 1982
New Edition —— All For Love ► Soul-Pop >> 1985
W.A.S.P. —— Inside The Electric Circus ► Heavy Metal >> 1986
Quincy Jones —— Back On The Block ► Soul-Pop >> 1989
Iron Maiden —— Live At Donington ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Paul McCartney —— Paul Is Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Eagles —— Hell Freezes Over ► Country-Rock >> 1994
Big Audio —— Higher Power ► Dance-Rock >> 1994
Limp Bizkit —— Greatest Hitz ► Rap-Metal >> 2005
Pablo Cruise —— It’s Good To Be Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2011
Rush —— Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2011

Nov 09

Elvis Presley —— Girls! Girls! Girls! ► Rock n Roll >> 1962
Badfinger —— No Dice ► Power Pop >> 1970
Roberta Flack —— Quiet Fire ► Smooth Soul >> 1971
Diana Ross —— Lady Sings The Blues [Sndtrk] ► Soul – Motown >> 1972
Santana —— Welcome ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1973
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers ► Album Rock >> 1976
Iron Maiden —— The Soundhouse Tapes [EP] ► Heavy Metal >> 1979
The Stranglers —— La Folie ► Punk-Rock >> 1981
Men At Work —— Business As Usual ► Synth-Pop >> 1981
Twisted Sister —— Come Out And Play ► Hair Metal >> 1985
Aerosmith —— Done With Mirrors ► Hard Rock >> 1985
Y&T —— Down For The Count ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
W.A.S.P. —— The Last Command ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Loudness —— Thunder In The East ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1985
Dokken —— Under Lock And Key ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
Killer Dwarfs —— Stand Tall ► Heavy Metal/Pop Metal >> 1986
Candlemass —— Nightfall ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1987
Eurythmics —— Savage ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
The Tubes —— The Best Of The Tubes, The ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Genesis —— The Way We Walk, Vol. 1 (The Shorts) ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Phil Collins —— Both Sides ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Céline Dion —— The Colour Of My Love ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
The Outlaws —— Hittin’ The Road ► Southern Rock >> 1993
The Dubliners —— Further Along ► Irish Folk >> 1996
Jimmy Buffett —— Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Anal Cunt —— It Just Gets Worse ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1999
38 Special —— Live At Sturgis ► Southern Rock >> 1999
Tonic —— Sugar ► Alt/Roots Rock >> 1999
Linda Ronstadt —— Hummin’ To Myself ► Pop-Rock >> 2004

Nov 10

Elvis Presley —— His Hand In Mine ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
The Moody Blues —— Days Of Future Passed ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
Grateful Dead —— Live/Dead ► Album Rock >> 1969
Barclay James Harvest —— Baby James Harvest ► Prog Rock >> 1972
The Byrds —— The Best Of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II ► Country-Rock >> 1972
Dusty Springfield —— See All Her Faces ► Pop-Rock >> 1972
The O’Jays —— Ship Ahoy ► Soul – Philly >> 1973
Chicago —— Chicago IX: Chicago’s Greatest Hits ► Jazz-Rock >> 1975
Neil Young With Crazy Horse —— Zuma ► Folk-Rock >> 1975
The Sex Pistols —— Never Mind The Bollocks Here’s The Sex Pistols ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Works, Vol. 2 ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Babylon By Bus ► Roots Reggae >> 1978
The Clash —— Give ‘Em Enough Rope ► Punk >> 1978
Neil Diamond —— The Jazz Singer [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Mötley Crüe —— Too Fast For Love ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Billy Idol —— Rebel Yell ► Hard Rock >> 1983
Nik Kershaw —— The Riddle ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Triumph —— Thunder Seven ► Arena Rock >> 1984
The Who —— Who’s Last ► Hard Rock >> 1984
Bruce Springsteen —— Live 1975-1985 ► Heartland Rock >> 1986
Kate Bush —— The Whole Story ► Art Rock >> 1986
Cher —— Cher ► Pop-Rock >> 1987
Robert Earl Keen, Jr. —— West Textures ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Gregorian —— Sadisfaction ► Euro-Pop >> 1991
Biohazard —— Urban Discipline ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1992
Rush —— Different Stages ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1998
The Ataris —— Look Forward To Failure ► Pop-Punk >> 1998
Ayumi Hamasaki —— Loveppears ► Pop/House >> 1999
The Tubes —— Mondo Birthmark ► Alt. Rock >> 2009

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Albums Released This Week (July 22 – 28)

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

Jul 22


The Moody Blues —— The Magnificent Moodies ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers —— Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
Stevie Wonder —— Fulfillingness’ First Finale ► Pop-R&B >> 1974
Commodores —— Machine Gun ► Soul-Funk >> 1974
Elvis Costello —— My Aim Is True ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1977
Amy Grant —— The Collection ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1986
LL Cool J —— Bigger And Deffer ► Hip-Hop >> 1987
Disco Inferno —— Technicolour ► Post-Punk Alt/Experimental >> 1996
Earth, Wind & Fire —— In The Name Of Love ► Soul-Funk >> 1997
Kreator —— Outcast ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1997
Gavin DeGraw —— Chariot ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Kiss —— Kiss Symphony: Alive IV ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— Déjà Vu Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Counting Crows —— iTunes Live From Soho ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2008

Jul 23


The Supremes —— More Hits By The Supremes ► Soul – Motown >> 1965
The Moody Blues —— Every Good Boy Deserves Favour ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1971
Jethro Tull —— A Passion Play ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Joan Baez —— Gracias A La Vida ► Folk-Pop/Latin >> 1974
Various Artists —— The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas [Sndtrk] ► Country-Pop >> 1982
Teddy Pendergrass —— This One’s For You ► Soul-Pop >> 1982
Sammy Hagar —— VOA ► Arena Rock >> 1984
Color Me Badd —— C.M.B. ► New Jack Swing >> 1991
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince —— Homebase ► Pop-Rap >> 1991
The Innocence Mission —— Umbrella ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
The Black Crowes —— Three Snakes And One Charm ► Southern Rock >> 1996
Fiona Apple —— Tidal ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1996

Jul 24


The Beach Boys —— The Best Of The Beach Boys, Vol. 2 ► Pop-Rock >> 1967
Yes —— Time And A Word [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Jon Anderson —— Olias Of Sunhillow ► Prog Rock >> 1976
The Go-Go’s —— Beauty And The Beat ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Timothy B. Schmit —— Tell Me The Truth ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Dread Zeppelin —— Un-Led-Ed ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Nils Lofgren —— Crooked Line ► Roots Rock >> 1992
Cake —— Comfort Eagle ► Alt Rock/College Rock >> 2001
Joni Mitchell —— The Beginning Of Survival ► Folk-Rock >> 2004

Jul 25


The Troggs —— From Nowhere…The Troggs [UK] ► Garage Rock >> 1966
The Troggs —— Wild Thing ► Garage Rock >> 1966
Yes —— Yes [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Cosmo’s Factory ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Donovan —— Open Road ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Cat Stevens —— Foreigner ► Folk-Pop >> 1973
Boston —— Boston ► Arena Rock >> 1976
AC/DC —— Back In Black ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Teddy Pendergrass —— TP ► Soul-Pop >> 1980
Loudness —— Lightning Strikes ► Heavy Metal/Japanese Metal >> 1986
Kim Carnes —— View From The House ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Bee Gees —— One ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
The Beastie Boys —— Paul’s Boutique ► Rap >> 1989
Boredoms —— Chocolate Synthesizer ► Noise Rock >> 1994
311 —— 311 ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1995
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony —— E. 1999 Eternal ► Gangsta Rap >> 1995
Dark Tranquility —— Haven ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal >> 2000
Béla Fleck And The Flecktones —— Outbound ► Jazz Fusion >> 2000

Jul 26


Buck Owens —— Before You Go ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1965
The Moody Blues —— In Search Of The Lost Chord ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1968
ZZ Top —— Tres Hombres ► Blues-Rock >> 1973
Robert Wyatt —— Rock Bottom ► Art Rock >> 1974
The Clash —— The Clash ► Punk >> 1979
Bucks Fizz —— Bucks Fizz ► Europop-Dance >> 1981
The Human League —— Love And Dancing ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The League Unlimited Orchestra —— Love And Dancing ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
Asia —— Alpha ► Prog Rock >> 1983
John Waite —— Mask Of Smiles ► Power Pop >> 1985
Odeta Adams —— Evolution ► Jazz-Pop Fusion >> 1993
Ani DiFranco —— Out Of Range ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
The Aquabats —— The Return Of The Aquabats ► Ska-Punk Revival >> 1996

Jul 27


Pink Floyd —— More [Sndtrk] ► Prog Rock >> 1969
The Temptations —— All Directions ► Soul – Motown >> 1972
Genesis —— Genesis Live ► Prog Rock >> 1973
Sweet —— Sweet ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Grateful Dead —— Terrapin Station ► Album Rock >> 1977
AC/DC —— Highway To Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Stevie Nicks —— Bella Donna ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Neil Young —— Everybody’s Rockin’ ► Folk-Rock >> 1983
Madonna —— Madonna ► Dance-Pop >> 1983
Metallica —— Ride The Lightning ► Heavy Metal >> 1994
10,000 Maniacs —— In My Tribe ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
The Bodeans —— Home ► Roots Rock >> 1989
Sloan —— Peppermint ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1992
Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— All The Greatest Hits Live ► Album Rock >> 1993
The Smashing Pumpkins —— Siamese Dream ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Dying Fetus —— Killing On Adrenaline ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1998
At The Drive-In —— Vaya ► Punk Rock >> 1999
.38 Special —— Drivetrain ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Pearl Jam —— Live At Benaroya Hall ► Hard Rock >> 2004
Scissor Sisters —— Scissor Sisters ► Dance-Techno Pop >> 2004

Jul 28


John Coltrane —— Live In Paris ► Contemporary Jazz >> 1965
Harry Nilsson —— Son Of Schmilsson [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Black Sabbath —— Sabotage ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Rainbow —— Down To Earth ► Arena Rock >> 1979
Zapp —— Zapp ► P-Funk >> 1980
Sade —— Diamond Life [UK] ► Quiet Storm >> 1984
R.E.M. —— Lifes Rich Pageant ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Barenaked Ladies —— Gordon ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1992
Mary J. Blige —— What’s The 411? ► Hip Hop Soul >> 1992
Morrissey —— Your Arsenal ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1992
Company Flow —— Funcrusher Plus ► Experimental Rap >> 1997
Mary J. Blige —— The Tour ► Hip Hop Soul >> 1998

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Album of the Day: Fleetwood Mac (2/4/77)

Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was released today in 1977 (click here for my FM playlist). Coming 18 months after 1975’s eponymous Fleetwood Mac, the album completed the transformation of the band from a late-60s, moderately successful British blues-rock outfit to a juggernaut, pop-rock phenomenon. Within months of its release, the LP shot to the top of the charts and spawned four U.S. Top 10 singles (“Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way” and “You Make Loving Fun”). It’s full of classic 70s vocals and jingle-jangle guitar licks, not to mention thinly-disguised references to the romantic inner turmoil that was beginning to pull the band apart. Original (and the lone remaining) founder Mick Fleetwood was enduring a messy divorce, caused in part by his affair with new singer Stevie Nicks, whose relationship with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was unraveling, and bandmembers John and Christine McVie were separating and headed for divorce as well.

The rock star version of Peyton Place didn’t stop Rumours from quickly becoming the one of the best-selling albums of all-time. To be a part of the amorous sub-plot, you’ll find Rumours available as a CD or individual mp3 downloads on Amazon (click here) and as $.99 download tracks for iPods and mp3 players on iTunes (click here).

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Album of the Day: Paul Simon (1/14/72)

This second full week of January is a week for debut albums. First-outs this week include The Beatles’ Introducing…The Beatles (1/10/64), Led Zeppelin’s 1/12/69 debut, Aerosmith’s 1/13/73 first effort and ZZ Top’s First Album from 1/16/71. Today, January 14, marks the 39th anniversary of Paul Simon’s eponymous debut album (click here for my Rhymin’ Simon playlist).

Hot off his decade-long, multi-platinum gig with partner Art Garfunkel in the acclaimed 60s folk-pop duet Simon & Garfunkel, Simon cooled off for two years to work on his debut album as a solo artist. When released 1/14/72, Paul Simon became the first of three straight Top Ten, million-selling studio LPs for Simon (not including the 1974’s Live Rhymin’).

Paul Simon expands from the straightforward folk-pop music of his Simon & Garfunkel years and includes reggae influences (“Mother And Child Reunion,” a Top Ten hit), African rhythms and texture (“Duncan”), and Latin tinges (“Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard”). This subtle exploration of different musical genres continued with the R&B and gospel influences on 1974’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon and the jazzy sounds of 1975’s Still Crazy After All These Years, which hit #2 and #1 on the U.S. pop charts (Paul Simon made it to #4 in 1972). After a relatively quiet 10 year stretch, Simon returned in 1986 with Graceland, an album deftly mixing American folk-pop with South African mbaqanga music. Those four albums, plus the heavy Latin sounds of 1990’s The Rhythm Of The Saints are Paul Simon’s best five and an incomparable collection of world-pop from one of the best all-around folk-pop songwriters of all-time.

Paul Simon is available for download on iTunes (click here) and can be purchased as a CD or mp3 downloads from Amazon (click here).

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Album of the Day: David Bowie (1/6/67)

Two years and many moons before David Bowie stepped onto the world stage with his 1969 single “Space Oddity,” he released his eponymous debut album on Deram/Decca records on January 5, 1967. Long out of print as a vinyl record and available now in several expanded CDs (with multiple early Bowie bonus tracks), the album’s nothing like the David Bowie (aka “The Chameleon”) we came to know and love starting with “Space Oddity.” David Bowie is a mixed bag of vaudevillian stage songs (“Uncle Arthur”), tuba-based marching tunes (“Rubber Band”), slightly twisted MOR pop-rock tunes (“Love You Till Tuesday”), and a few memorable mid-60s psych-pop ditties (“Maid Of Bond Street”).

You needn’t listen carefully at all to hear Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, Thin White Duke and other 70s/80s Bowie characters waiting for their time to come on David Bowie. If you’re a Bowie diehard, this album should be in your collection. If you’re just a casual Bowie fan, it’s worth a close listen.

My Top 25 David Bowie (the artist) tracks are available for download at DrRock.com (click here). David Bowie (the album) is on Amazon as an expanded CD (click here) and on iTunes (click here) as individual downloads.

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Album of the Day: Yes (1/4/72)

Yes released their fourth album, Fragile on January 4, 1972, a scant six months after Rick Wakeman left The Strawbs and joined Yes, bringing synthesizers and another strong classical music background to a band on verge of breakthrough. While contractual issues precluded any official credit for his keyboard and co-writing work on the album, Wakeman’s presence solidified the band, their sound and their place in rock history. Fragile quickly rose to #4 on the Billboard 200 chart and pushed the band to the forefront of the burgeoning prog-rock movement.

The success of the album was driven by the surprise hit single “Roundabout,” a shortened version of the 8-plus minute romp on the album. The cut-down single became a cross-over AM and heavy FM hit, an extremely unusual achievement (not to mention prog-rock on AM!) that lifted an otherwise excellent prog-rock album to unheard of heights and began a nearly 40 year reign for Yes as the quintessential and longest-running prog-rock show on Earth.

Surprisingly, Fragile is not on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Greatest albums of all time. I think it should be, and in the first 100 at that. However, it is available as a CD on Amazon (click here for my Yes album list) and download tracks on iTunes (click here to access my Yes playlist).

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Album of the Day: The Clash (12/14/79)

London Calling is the best damn punk album ever. Period.

And it’s in Dr. Rock’s Top 10 best damn rock albums ever.

London Calling was released by The Clash and Epic Records in the U.K. 31 years ago today, December 14, 1979 (it came out in the U.S. in January 1980).

Without losing one snarling bit of the raw, nervous, socio-politically-nihilistic core of pure punk, The Clash spanned the huge gap between late 70s mainstream pop-rock, power pop and straight-up rock ‘n roll (on the one side – the left?) and the incessant driving noise of pure punk rock (on the right? – or whichever). They pulled everyone back into the middle ground. And London Calling’s no commercial sell-out. A double album (yes!), it’s is full of catchy riffs, toe-tapping rhythms, sing-along lyrics and more distinct genres than the Sex Pistols or Generation X could ever play. And it’s still very much pure punk.

London Calling mixes the shuffling reggae sounds of “Rudy Can’t Fail,” the anachronistic, danceable celebration of “Revolution Rock,” the pulsing but melodic punk of “Hateful,” the roots rockabilly of “Brand New Cadillac,” the metal-rock title track, and the hard-edged pop-rock of “Train In Vain” (which was not listed on the cover or Side 4 label of the original Epic vinyl release – but I’ve got mine!).

London Calling is an essential LP in any rocker’s collection. It’s a Grammy Hall of Fame record, #8 on the Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 top albums of all time, and #1 on the magazine’s Top 100 Albums of the 80s.

It’s available as a CD on Amazon (click here) and download tracks on iTunes (click here). You must own this one if you don’t already! Trust me.

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