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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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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: Simon & Garfunkel (1/26/70) 40 Years!

Simon & Garfunkel’s hugely successful folk-pop partnership was unraveling during the recording sessions for their fifth album. Bridge Over Troubled Water was released on January 26, 1970 and proved to be a fitting and reflective bookend to a turbulent decade and the stellar run for Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, the most popular folk duo of the Sixties – and inarguably all time.

S&G (see my playlist here) found a broad audience in all age groups and across the spectrum of pop and rock music with Bridge Over Troubled Water. With its gospel-tinged title track, the tambourine chops and light African rhythms of “Cecilia,” the haunting mandolin of “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” and the flowing introspection of “The Boxer,” the album won the hearts of the public, garnered multiple Grammy awards, spent more than ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard album chart, and sat for an astounding 33 weeks atop the British charts. But despite their lifelong friendship, the strains of a decade-long artistic association, Garfunkel’s move toward an acting career and Simon’s desire for freedom as a solo artist were causing a rift even before they began to record Bridge in October 1969. By the time the album came out, the ampersand was gone and the two were headed down separate paths.

One of the top selling albums of the 70s and a 25 million plus seller over 40 years, Bridge Over Troubled Water is available as downloads for iPods and mp3 players 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: Cat Stevens (9/27/72)

41Q5E352HEL._SL160_For a time in the early 70s, Cat Stevens was the hottest folk-rock artist on either side of the Atlantic. Born Steven Demetre Georgiou, he took the stage name Cat Stevens in the mid-60s just as he was launching his musical career on the London club scene. His run of five Top 10 albums, Tea For the Tillerman (1970), Teaser And The Firecat (1971), Catch Bull At Four (September 27, 1972), Foreigner (1973) and Buddha And The Chocolate Box (1974) garnered millions of units sold, several Top 40 hits, and awards for songwriting, particularly with the oft-covered single “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” which Stevens wrote in 1967 and received ASCAP awards for songwriter of the year in 2005 and 2006. Catch Bull At Four came at the peak of Steven’s career, following the massively popular Tea For The Tillerman and Teaser And The Firecat, which blended folk, light rock and easy listening sounds and allowed Stevens to find avid listeners on both AM and FM radio. Although it hit #1 in the U.S., Catch Bull At Four was something of a letdown after the previous two albums and signaled the beginning of the end. Stevens seemed to lose the magic and delve deeper into religious themes and harder, non-pop sounds, and the album sold well for only a short time. The last two of the five album run plus a Greatest Hits release in 1975 were all that was left. Two modest sellers, Numbers (1976) and Izitso (1977) preceded Stevens’ announcement of his conversion to Islam, a name change to Yusuf Islam, and an official retirement from public performances. He finally released a retrospective album in 1990 and two studio works in 2006 and 2009, but the glory days were gone. Cat Stevens is in the Playlist Vault on DrRock.com. Catch Bull At Four is available as a CD on Amazon and as download tracks on iTunes.

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Album of the Day: Chad & Jeremy (9/11/67)

510A7YZYXML._SL160_British folk-pop duo Chad & Jeremy scored an early hit in the U.K. with the 1963 single “Yesterday’s Gone,” but that was pretty much the extent of their chart activity at home. On the other hand, they were widely accepted in the U.S. as part of the first wave of the British Invasion. By the time their seventh U.S. album, Of Cabbages And Kings, was released on September 11, 1967, the duo had scored several hits on American charts, including a re-release of “Yesterday’s Gone” and the 1964 Top 10 “A Summer Song.” Even greater exposure came from appearances on music-oriented TV programs such as Hulabaloo, Shindig and The Hollywood Palace, and the pair was guests on sitcoms The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Patty Duke Show and was featured on two episodes of Batman. Despite all the exposure, the times were changing and the late-60s shift toward harder psychedelic rock doomed Chad & Jeremy’s brand of commercialized, light folk-pop. Neither the critically acclaimed Of Cabbages And Kings nor its respected follow-up, The Ark (1968) could save the duo. Of Cabbage And Kings an imaginative leap into the sounds of psychedelia with a firm grip on their folkie roots, with six decent artsy pop songs on Side A and a long, somewhat overdone but still enjoyable “The Progress Suite” on the back. A Chad & Jeremy playlist is planned for The Playlist Vault at DrRock.com and Of Cabbages And Kings can be purchased as a CD on Amazon.

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Album of the Day: Sarah McLachlan (9/10/91)

31FCRXRCJYL._SL160_In the late 80s and early 90s, Nova Scotian Sarah McLachlan almost single handedly revived the female singer/songwriter genre that had been largely dormant since the 70s. With a full-range voice and a keen sense for both indie folk and mainstream pop sounds, McLachlan found instant success in Canada with her 1989 debut album, Touch. Her sophomore disc, Solace (released September 10, 1991) made her a top star in Canada and formed a beachhead in the U.S., U.K. and Australian markets. Three good singles – “Into The Fire” (#4 on U.S. rock charts), “Drawn To Rhythm” and “The Path Of Thorns (Terms)” – gathered radio airplay and followers in the U.S. for Solace, which eventually became a gold seller. There’s also a catchy cover of Donovan’s “Wear Your Love Like Heaven.” Her global breakthrough came on with her third album, 1993’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. Besides a catalogue of great indie folk-pop albums, McLachlan’s also well-known for launching the Lilith Fair touring festivals that focused on emerging female singer/songwriters and bands over three summers beginning in 1997. The tour will reputedly resume in 2010. A Sarah McLachlan playlist is planned for The Playlist Vault at DrRock.com and Solace can be downloaded on iTunes or purchased as a CD on Amazon.

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Album of the Day: Donovan (8/11/69)

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Scottish singer/songwriter Donovan released Barabajagal on August 11, 1969 at the peak of his recording career. Following a run of great, late 60s hallucinogenic, flowery, folkie pop-rock hits (among them, “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “There Is A Mountain” and “The Hurdy-Gurdy Man”), the album presents a mixed bag of folk, kiddie songs, ballads and three harder-edged folk-rockers, “Superlungs My Supergirl,” “Trudi,” and the title cut.  On the latter two Donovan is backed by the first incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group, with Jeff Beck on guitar, Ron Wood on Bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano and Micky Waller on drums. Barabajagal was a U.S.-only release for Donovan and yielded two singles, the title track and the Top 10 hit “Atlantis.” Barabajagal is on Amazon and iTunes, and Donovan will be in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault soon.

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