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Albums Released This Week: December 27 – January 2

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:

(Slim pickings due to the Holidays)

Dec 27

Bob Dylan —— John Wesley Harding >> 1967
Cohen, Leonard —— Songs Of Leonard Cohen, The >> 1967
Jackson 5, The —— Greatest Hits >> 1971
Genesis —— Wind & Wuthering >> 1976

Dec 28

Wonder, Stevie —— With A Song In My Heart >> 1963
Suicide —— Suicide >> 1977
Redbone, Leon —— Christmas Island >> 1987

Dec 29

Grand Funk Railroad —— Grand Funk >> 1969
America —— America >> 1971
The Byrds —— Farther Along >> 1971
Trammps, The —— Disco Inferno >> 1976
Neil Young —— Trans >> 1982
Meat Beat Manifesto —— 99% >> 1990

Dec 30

Squire, Chris —— Fish Out Of Water >> 1975
Rough Trade —— For Those Who Think Young >> 1981

Dec 31

Wet Wet Wet —— Memphis Sessions, The >> 1993

Jan 01

Perkins, Carl —— Dance Album, The >> 1957
The Hollies —— Stay With The Hollies >> 1964
Beck, Bogert & Appice —— Live In Japan >> 1974
Rush —— Permanent Waves >> 1980
Badfinger —— Say No More >> 1981
Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions —— Man Of Inspiration >> 1998

Jan 02

Elvis Presley —— Elvis’ Gold Records Volume 4 >> 1968
Haggard, Merle —— Sing Me Back Home >> 1968
Elvis Presley —— Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old) >> 1971
Elvis Presley —— Elvis: A Legendary Perfomer Volume 1 >> 1974

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Album of the Day: Billy Joel (10/13/78)

Billy Joel’s first #1 album, 52nd Street, was released on October 13, 1978 (to see my B.J. playlist and albums, click here). Following on the breakout success of 1977’s The Stranger, Joel’s rise to superstardom was complete with 52nd Street. The album sold over two million copies in the first month after its release and won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1979. For those thrilled with Joel’s piano-based pop-rock, 52nd Street was and still is a triumphant album. Three Top 40 hits (#3 “My Life,” #14 “Big Shot” and #24 “Honesty”) drove radio airplay and sales, but the remaining tracks, including the jazzy “Zanzibar”, the staccato “Stiletto” and the ballad “Until The Night” are not filler by any stretch. In fact, those three are among the best of Joel’s recordings from the late 70s. 52nd Street is included at #352 on Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 albums of all time. It’s further distinguished by being the first rock album to be issued on CD when the new format entered commercial distribution in 1982. 52nd Street is available on Amazon (as a CD) and iTunes (as track downloads).

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Album Releases This Week (September 13 -19)

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:

Sep 13

Darin, Bobby —— If I Were A Carpenter >> 1967
Yes —— Close To The Edge >> 1972
Fleetwood Mac —— Heros Are Hard To Find >> 1974
Bush, Kate —— Dreaming, The >> 1982
Simple Minds —— New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) >> 1982
Kiss —— Animalize >> 1984
Dokken —— Tooth And Nail >> 1984
Wonder, Stevie —— In Square Circle >> 1985
Tikram, Tanita —— Ancient Heart >> 1988
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey >> 1988
Smiths, The —— Rank >> 1988
Healey, Jeff, Band —— See The Light >> 1988
Fishbone —— Truth And Soul >> 1988
Turner, Tina —— Foreign Affair >> 1989
Cure, The —— Show >> 1993
Mayfield, Curtis —— Live >> 1994
Notorious B.I.G. —— Ready to Die >> 1994

Sep 14

Jethro Tull —— Stormwatch >> 1979
Genesis —— Abacab >> 1981
Jagger, Mick —— Primitive Cool >> 1987
Blind Melon —— Blind Melon >> 1992
Counting Crows —— August And Everything After >> 1993
Prince —— Hits, The/The B-Sides >> 1993
Adams, Bryan —— Live >> 1993
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Millenium >> 1993
Iggy Pop —— Avenue B >> 1999

Sep 15

Kinks, The —— Something Else By The Kinks >> 1967
Band, The —— Cahoots >> 1971
Womack, Bobby —— Communication >> 1971
Poco —— Crazy Eyes >> 1973
Hall & Oates —— Daryl Hall & John Oates >> 1975
Crosby, David & Graham Nash —— Wind On The Water >> 1975
Pink Floyd —— Wish You Were Here >> 1975
Zappa, Frank —— Studio Tan >> 1978
Lewis, Huey & The News —— Sports >> 1983
Motörhead —— No Remorse >> 1984
Costello, Elvis —— Blood & Chocolate >> 1986
Summer, Donna —— All Systems Go >> 1987
Ramones, The —— Halfway To Sanity >> 1987
Tiffany —— Tiffany >> 1987
Love And Rockets —— Express >> 1986
Wakeman, Rick —— 2000 A.D. Into The Future >> 1991
America —— Human Nature >> 1998

Sep 16

Hendrix, Jimi, Experience —— Electric Ladyland >> 1968
Gaye, Marvin —— Easy >> 1969
Ross, Diana —— Baby, It’s Me >> 1977
Talking Heads —— Talking Heads: 77 >> 1977
Numan, Gary —— Warriors >> 1983
Kiss —— Asylum >> 1985
Slayer —— Hell Awaits >> 1985
Waterboys, The —— This Is The Sea >> 1985
Talk Talk —— Spirit Of Eden >> 1988
Richman, Jonathan —— I, Jonathan >> 1992
Buena Vista Social Club —— Buena Vista Social Club >> 1997
Stone, Joss —— Soul Sessions, The >> 2003

Sep 17

Starr, Ringo —— Ringo’s Rotogravure >> 1976
Zappa, Frank —— Joe’s Garage: Act I >> 1979
Doobie Brothers, The —— One Step Closer >> 1980
Lynott, Phil —— Phil Lynott Album, The >> 1982
General Public —— All The Rage >> 1984
Yes —— Big Generator >> 1987
Osbourne, Ozzy —— No More Tears >> 1991
Uncle Tupelo —— Still Fear Gone >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion I >> 1991
Guns N’ Roses —— Use Your Illusion II >> 1991
ZZ Top —— Rhythmeen >> 1996

Sep 18

Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Paranoid >> 1970
Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory >> 1972
Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge >> 1978
Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade >> 1982
Dokken —— Breaking The Chains >> 1983
Kiss —— Lick It Up >> 1983
Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line >> 1986
Kiss —— Crazy Nights >> 1987
Jackson, Janet —— Rhythm Nation 1814 >> 1989
Idol, Billy —— Original Sound >> 2006

Sep 19

Presley, Elvis —— King Creole >> 1958
King Curtis —— Old Gold >> 1961
Young, Neil —— After The Gold Rush >> 1970
Young, Neil —— On The Beach >> 1974
Mason, Dave —— Split Coconut >> 1975
McDonald, Country Joe —— On My Own >> 1980
Triumph —— Allied Forces >> 1981
Vandross, Luther —— Give Me The Reason >> 1986
McCartney, Paul —— Press To Play >> 1986
Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun >> 1988
Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria >> 1988
Enya —— Watermark >> 1988
Bowie, David —— Sound + Vision >> 1989
Son Volt —— Trace >> 1995
Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow >> 2006

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Album of the Day: John Lennon (9/9/71)

John Lennon issued 12 separate albums between the 1969 breakup of the Beatles and his murder in December 1980. Six were studio albums recorded with Yoko Ono and/or the Plastic Ono Band, four were straight solo discs, one was a live recording and the last was a “best of” compilation of his non-Beatles singles, Shaved Fish (1975). Of the lot, his September 9, 1971 solo album Imagine is the best, due in large part to the peace and love exultation of the marvelous title track.

But Imagine also contains some of Lennon’s lesser-known gems. From the pot-shot at former composing partner Paul McCartney on “How Do You Sleep?” to the beer-hall bounce of “Crippled Inside” to the shuffling love song “Oh Yoko” to the piano-and-strings balladry of “Jealousy Guy,” they’re the best all-around set of Lennon’s non-hit, post-Beatles work. Imagine may lack the deep introspection, primal screaming and vehement protest themes of his other albums, but that’s a large reason why it was an across-the-board #1 seller in the U.S., the U.K., Australia and Japan.

— Dr. Rock www.DrRock.com

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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 of the Day: The Beatles (8/5/66)

Parlophone and Capitol Records’ maddeningly frustrating policy of pressing two different versions of Beatles records continued with Revolver, which came out in the U.K. on August 5, 1966 and three days later in America. The British version had 14 tracks, while Capitol’s U.S. version had just 11 (“And Your Bird Can Sing,” “Doctor Robert” and “I’m Only Sleeping” appeared on the earlier Yesterday And Today). Nevertheless, Revolver is a remarkable album that completes the Beatles’ transformation in lyrics, sounds and subjects begun with 1965’s Rubber Soul and sets up the magnificent Sgt. Pepper’s that followed in June 1967. The album largely eschews the love themes that dominated all previous Beatles’ albums and offers a broad array of sounds and subjects, from the goofy “Yellow Submarine” to the lonely, McCartney-and strings-only ballad “Eleanor Rigby” to the sunny “And Your Bird Can Sing” to the trippy “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Beatles fans ate it up, regardless of which version they bought, as both hit #1 on their respective charts on either side of the Atlantic in the late summer of 1966. Revolver is available for purchase as a CD or individual mp3 files on Amazon but is not (frustratingly) available on iTunes. The Beatles have two playlists (First Set and Take Two) 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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