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Albums Released This Week (October 4 – 10)

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:

Oct 04

Hall & Oates —— H20 >> 1982
Associates, The —— Sulk >> 1982
Jefferson Starship —— Winds Of Change >> 1982
Robertson, Robbie & The Red Road Ensemble —— Music For The Native Americans >> 1994

Oct 05

Pink Floyd —— Atom Heart Mother >> 1970
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin III >> 1970
John, Elton —— Goodbye Yellow Brick Road >> 1973
Rolling Stones, The —— No Stone Unturned >> 1973
Jackson, Joe —— I’m The Man >> 1979
Who, The —— Quadrophenia [Sndtrk] >> 1979
Police, The —— Reggatta De Blanc >> 1979
Depeche Mode —— Speak & Spell >> 1981
Carlisle, Belinda —— Heaven On Earth >> 1987
D’Arby, Terence Trent —— Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby >> 1987
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Legend >> 1987
American Music Club —— Everclear >> 1991
Heart —— Rock The House Live! >> 1991
Tyler, Bonnie —— Angel Hreat >> 1992
Etheridge, Melissa —— Your Little Secret >> 1999
XTC —— Homespun >> 1999
R.E.M. —— Around The Sun >> 2004

Oct 06

Genesis —— Foxtrot >> 1972
Sweet, Rachel —— Fool Around >> 1978
Richie, Lionel —— Lionel Richie >> 1982
A-Ha —— Scoundrel Days >> 1986
R.E.M. —— Automatic For The People >> 1992
Marley, Bob & The Wailers —— Songs Of Freedom >> 1992
Mellencamp, John (Cougar) —— John Mellencamp >> 1998
Kiss —— Sonic Boom >> 2009

Oct 07

Heart —— Dog & Butterfly >> 1978
Loverboy —— Get Lucky >> 1981
Mellencamp, John (Cougar) —— Uh-Huh >> 1983
Slayer —— Reign In Blood >> 1986
Talking Heads —— True Stories >> 1986
Exodus —— Pleasures Of The Flesh >> 1987
Buffett, Jimmy —— Live In Auburn, WA >> 2003
Pretenders, The —— Break Up The Concrete >> 2008

Oct 08

Springfield, Dusty —— Everything Coming Up Dusty >> 1965
Move, The —— Message From The Country >> 1971
Prince —— Dirty Mind >> 1980
Talking Heads —— Remain In Light >> 1980
Love, Mike —— Looking Back With Love >> 1981
Joy Division —— Still >> 1981
Diamond Head —— Borrowed Time >> 1982
Madness —— Presents The Rise & Fall >> 1982
Fall, The —— Wonderful And Frightening World Of The Fall, The >> 1984
Starr, Ringo —— Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band… >> 1990
Clapton, Eric —— 24 Nights >> 1991
Soundgarden —— Badmotorfinger >> 1991
Pixies —— Trompe Le Monde >> 1991
Mellencamp, John (Cougar) —— Whenever We Wanted >> 1991
Buffett, Jimmy —— Christmas Island >> 1996
Bon Jovi —— Bounce >> 2002
Slaughter —— Then and Now: Slaughter >> 2002

Oct 09

Cream —— Heavy Cream >> 1972
Judas Priest —— Hell Bent For Leather >> 1978
Boomtown Rats —— Fine Art Of Surfacing, The >> 1979
Armored Saint —— March Of The Saint >> 1984
Devo —— Shout >> 1984
KBC Band —— KBC Band >> 1986
Springsteen, Bruce —— Tunnel Of Love >> 1987
Psychedelic Furs, The —— Book Of Days >> 1989
Styx —— Edge Of The Century >> 1990
Carpenter, Mary Chapin —— Shooting Straight In The Dark >> 1990

Oct 10

Lee, Brenda —— This Is …Brenda >> 1960
Simon & Garfunkel —— Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme >> 1966
Kinks, The —— Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire) >> 1969
Zappa, Frank —— Hot Rats >> 1969
King Crimson —— In The Court Of The Crimson King >> 1969
Renaissance —— Ashes Are Burning >> 1973
Manfred Mann —— Chance >> 1980
Thin Lizzy —— Chinatown >> 1980
Springsteen, Bruce —— River, The >> 1980
UB40 —— Present Arms In Dub >> 1981
Kiss —— Creatures Of The Night >> 1982
Triumph —— Stages >> 1985
U2 —— Rattle And Hum >> 1988
Harrison, George —— Best Of Dark Horse (1976-1989), The >> 1989
Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Truth In A Structured Form >> 1989
Frampton, Peter —— Frampton Comes Alive! II >> 1995
Fleetwood Mac —— Time >> 1995
Tubes, The —— Tubes World Tour 2001 >> 2000
Buffett, Jimmy —— Take The Weather With You >> 2006

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Album Releases This Week (August 30 – September 5)

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:

Aug 30

Dylan, Bob —— Highway 61 Revisited >> 1965
Byrds, The —— Sweetheart Of The Rodeo >> 1968
Beach Boys, The —— Surf’s Up >> 1971
Rolling Stones, The —— Tattoo You >> 1981
XTC —— Mummer >> 1983
Miami Sound Machine —— Eyes Of Innocence >> 1984
Scaggs, Boz —— Other Roads >> 1988
REO Speedwagon —— Earth, The, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken >> 1990
Oasis —— Definitely Maybe >> 1994
Death Cab For Cutie —— Plans >> 2005

Aug 31

Ventures, The —— Going To The Ventures’ Dance Party! >> 1962
Beach Boys, The —— Sunflower >> 1970
Rolling Stones, The —— Goats Head Soup >> 1973
Jackson, Michael —— Bad >> 1987
Charles & Eddie —— Duophonic >> 1992

Sep 01

Mayall, John & The Bluesbreakers —— Crusade >> 1967
Stevens, Cat —— Teaser And The Firecat >> 1971
Grateful Dead —— Blues For Allah >> 1975
Jethro Tull —— A >> 1980
Bowie, David —— Tonight >> 1984
Turner, Tina —— Break Every Rule >> 1986
R.E.M. —— Document >> 1987
Mötley Crüe —— Dr. Feelgood >> 1989

Sep 02

Rolling Stones, The —— Through The Past Darkly (Big Hits, Vol. 2) >> 1969
Van Der Graaf —— Quiet Zone, The/The Pleasure Dome >> 1977
Moody Blues, The —— Present, The >> 1983
UB40 —— Baggariddim >> 1985
Joel, Billy —— Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 (1973-1985) >> 1985
Bowie, David & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine II >> 1991
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Universal >> 1996
Genesis —— Calling All Stations >> 1997

Sep 03

Fleetwood Mac —— Future Games >> 1971
Iron Maiden —— Powerslave >> 1984
Rush —— Roll The Bones >> 1991
Nicks, Stevie —— TimeSpace >> 1991

Sep 04

Rolling Stones, The —— Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out >> 1970
Queen —— Queen >> 1973
Scott-Heron, Gil & Brian Jackson —— Winter In America >> 1973
Who, The —— It’s Hard >> 1982
Summer, Donna —— Cats Without Claws >> 1984
Triumph —— Sport Of Kings, The >> 1986
Love And Rockets —— Love And Rockets >> 1989
System Of A Down —— Toxicity >> 2001

Sep 05

Poco —— From The Inside >> 1971
Jethro Tull —— Minstrel In The Gallery >> 1975
Skinny Puppy —— Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse >> 1986
Motörhead —— Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1987
Grim Reaper —— Rock You To Hell >> 1987
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Peepshow >> 1988
Soundgarden —— Louder Than Love >> 1989
Big Audio Dynamite —— Megatop Phoenix >> 1989
Jones, Mick —— Mick Jones >> 1989

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Album Releases This Week (August 16 – 22)

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:

Aug 16

Ethiopians, The —— Dread Prophecy >> 1989
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Mother’s Milk >> 1989
Crosby, Stills & Nash —— After The Storm >> 1994
Prince —— Come >> 1994
Barenaked Ladies —— Maybe You Should Drive >> 1994
Young, Neil —— Sleeps With Angels >> 1994

Aug 17

Band, The —— Stage Fright >> 1970
Frampton, Peter —— Wind Of Change >> 1972
XTC —— Drums And Wires >> 1979
New Order —— Substance >> 1987
Moody Blues, The —— Strange Times >> 1999

Aug 18

Burning Spear —— Man In The Hills >> 1976
Who, The —— Who Are You >> 1978
Yes —— Drama >> 1980
ABBA —— ABBA Live >> 1986
Aerosmith —— Permanent Vacation >> 1987
Clapton, Eric —— Unplugged >> 1992

Aug 19

Nilsson —— Pussy Cats >> 1974
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young —— So Far >> 1974
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends >> 1974
Doobie Brothers, The —— Livin’ On The Fault Line >> 1977
Mellencamp, John (Cougar) —— Scarecrow >> 1985
Seger, Bob & The Silver Bullet Band —— Fire Inside, The >> 1991
Brown, Arthur With Jimmy Carl Black —— Brown, Black & Blue >> 1991
Fleetwood Mac —— Dance, The >> 1997

Aug 20

Kiss —— Kiss Destroys Anaheim, Pt. 1 >> 1976
Kiss —— Kiss Destroys Anaheim, Pt. 2 >> 1976
Dylan, Bob —— Slow Train Coming >> 1979
Heart —— Passionworks >> 1983
Black Sabbath —— TYR >> 1990

Aug 21

Nice, The —— Nice >> 1969
Jethro Tull —— Rock Island >> 1989
Prince —— Graffiti Bridge >> 1990

Aug 22

Depeche Mode —— Construction Time Again >> 1983
L.A. Guns —— Cocked & Loaded >> 1989
Jefferson Airplane —— Jefferson Airplane >> 1989
Portishead —— Dummy >> 1994
King Crimson —— B’Boom: Official Bootleg – Live In Arentina >> 1995

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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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Album of the Day: Fleetwood Mac (2/24/68) 42 Years!

Fleetwood Mac (for Dr. Rock’s playlist, click here) is more than the 70s superstar group that brought “Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way” and “The Chain” to the top of the pops. Surely those are undeniably great and lasting tunes, but long before Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, and John and Christine McVie cut those classic pop-rock tracks, FM was a hardcore 60s British blues band organized around and named for the rhythm section of bassist McVie and drummer Fleetwood. But the two led the band in name only. Founder, blues guitarist and songwriter Peter Green and his partner Jeremy Spencer controlled things, at least until Green succumbed to lengthy drug fests and left Mick and John to move forward on their own in 1970. Seven years and seven LPs later, the latter two had the last laugh en route to the bank.

Debut album Fleetwood Mac (2/24/1968) is top-notch material from the British blues-rock bloom of the mid- and late 60s. A mix of Green/Spencer originals and covers of mid-level Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James, it’s one of the era’s best and a terrific counterpoint to what the world thinks is the real Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac made it to #4 on the album charts in the UK but barely registered in the US. It’s available on CD, LP or mp3 at Amazon. Downloads for iPods are on iTunes.

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Album of the Day: ZZ Top (1/18/94) 16 Years!

No other rock band can match ZZ Top’s record for longevity and consistency (click here for Dr. Rock’s playlist). They’ve been playing and recording for over four decades with the same line-up: Billy Gibbons (vocal and guitar), Frank Beard (percussion) and Dusty Hill (bass and keyboards). Since forming in Houston in 1970, the band has kept their sound firmly rooted in pounding, Texas-baked blues-rock with occasional updates to match the changing decades and musical tastes. Theirs is a remarkable test of time and critical and commercial success.

After seven straight-ahead blues-rock albums between 1970 and 1981, ZZ Top layered in New Wave synthesized backing sounds and a bit of MTV glamour to their trademark. There followed three Top 10, multi-platinum albums – Eliminator (1983), Afterburner (1985) and Recycler (1990) – that brought the band a level of success unmatched by even their best 70s discs. For their eleventh studio album, Antenna (released on January 18, 1994), the boys returned to the hard edge of Tres Hombres (1973 and Fandango! (1975) but maintained just enough synth-pop to keep the music relevant. Antenna is not their best, but it’s quite good and worth a long listen for its two Top 10 singles, “Pin Cushion” and the slow-burning “Breakaway,” the searing guitar on “Lizard Life” and the growling pump of “Fuzzbox Voodoo.”

ZZ Top has scheduled a concert tour of South America in mid-2010 and is expected to release a 15th studio album later in the year. Those events will kick-off the fifth consecutive decade for the “little ol’ band from Texas”. Antenna 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: Led Zeppelin (10/22/69)

41UGySBN4OL._SL160_We’ll argue forever about which Led Zeppelin album is better, their debut or Led Zeppelin II, which came out 40 years ago today on October 22, 1969, nine months after its predecessor. If you’re on the “other side’, you still can’t deny that Led Zeppelin II was a monster album, and together they are a formidable duo of highly influential hard blues-rock music (tracks from both are included in my LZ playlist on DrRock.com). One interesting fact: while Led Zeppelin I was recorded at a leisurely pace in the fall of 1968, Led Zeppelin II was laid down during breaks in the band’s hectic touring schedule in the U.S. and U.K. between January and August 1969. With no time for unlimited retakes and overdubbing, II is a raw and energetic album, a full set of great guitar riffs, distorted vocals, heavy metal rhythms and very memorable tunes (“Ramble On,” “Whole Lotta Love,” “Thank You” and “What Is And What Should Never Be” are the best).

Now back to the argument at hand. Rolling Stone magazine fails provide any true guidance on the issue of which is better. Led Zeppelin II is listed on the RS Top 100 albums at #59, is included on the RS200 (there were no rankings on that one), and takes the #75 spot on the RS Top 500 list. Led Zeppelin I isn’t on the Top 100 or Top 200 lists, but finds itself at #29 on the Top 500 list. Go figure.

Led Zeppelin II (my pick of the two) is available as download tracks from iTunes (click here) and as a CD from Amazon (click here).

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