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Albums Released This Week (January 10 – 16)

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:

Jan 10

The Beatles —— Introducing…The Beatles >> 1964
The Monkees —— More Of The Monkees >> 1967
Rod Stewart/Faces —— Coast To Coast: Overture And Beginners >> 1974
The Ramones —— Leave Home >> 1977
Dire Straits —— ExtendedancEPlay >> 1983
Lou Reed —— New York >> 1989

Jan 11

Howlin’ Wolf—— Howlin’ Wolf >> 1962
Chicago —— Chicago III >> 1971
Womack, Bobby —— Lookin’ For A Love Again >> 1974
Waitresses, The —— Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? >> 1982
Badfinger —— BBC In Concert 1972-1973 >> 2000

Jan 12

Johnny Cash —— Greatest! >> 1959
The Kinks —— Live At Kelvin Hall >> 1968
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin >> 1969
Jennings, Waylon, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter And Tompall Glaser —— Wanted! The Outlaws >> 1976
April Wine —— Nature Of The Beast, The >> 1981
Deep Purple —— House Of Blue Light, The >> 1987
Triumph —— Edge Of Excess >> 1993

Jan 13

Bob Dylan —— Times They Are A-Changin’, The >> 1964
Manfred Mann —— Soul Of Mann >> 1967
Springfield, Dusty —— Dusty In Memphis >> 1969
The Beatles —— Yellow Submarine >> 1969
<strongPoco —— Deliverin’ >> 1971
Aerosmith —— Aerosmith >> 1973
Peter Frampton —— Premonition >> 1986
King Crimson —— Night Watch >> 1998

Jan 14

Paul Simon —— Paul Simon >> 1972
David Bowie —— Low >> 1977
Nena —— Nena >> 1983
Smokey Robinson —— Smoke Signals >> 1986
Lou Reed —— Magic And Loss >> 1992
Eric Clapton —— Rush [Sndtrk] >> 1992

Jan 15

Jimi Hendrix Experience —— Axis: Bold As Love >> 1968
MC5 —— Back in the USA >> 1970
Dusty Springfield —— Brand New Me, A >> 1970
John Lee Hooker And Canned Heat —— Hooker ‘N Heat >> 1971
Marvin Gaye —— In Our Lifetime >> 1981
John Fogerty —— Centerfield >> 1985
The Commodores —— Nightshift >> 1985
Sabbat —— History Of A Time To Come >> 1988
The Sundays —— Reading, Writing And Arithmetic >> 1990
David Lee Roth —— Little Ain’t Enough, A >> 1991

Jan 16

ZZ Top —— ZZ Top’s First Album >> 1971
Blue Öyster Cult —— Blue Öyster Cult >> 1972
Michael Jackson —— Forever, Michael >> 1975
Bob Dylan —— Desire >> 1976
Wang Chung —— Points On The Curve >> 1984
Murphy, Peter —— Deep >> 1990
Jett, Joan —— Hit List, The >> 1990
Knack, The —— Serious Fun >> 1991
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Rapture, The >> 1995
America —— Here & Now >> 2007

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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: 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 (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: Chicago (6/25/73)

Chicago was one of the most popular pop-rock acts in the U.S. in the 70s, offering solid, horn-based MOR chart hits amidst harder rock and jazz-rock fusion tracks that reached over and grabbed enough fans on the fringes of mainstream music to generate a uniquely broad following. The band’s aptly titled sixth LP, Chicago VI was released on June 25, 1973 and quickly became one of their most successful. (To view, download and comment my Chicago playlist, click here).

Chicago VI held several firsts for the band. It was their first recording at a studio custom-built in Colorado by manager and producer James William Guercio, who had overseen all previous Chicago productions at studios in New York City (but not their hometown?). The album also welcomed Brazilian percussionist Laudir De Oliveira, who would command the skins for the next eight albums and bring a much smoother, Latin-tinged rhythm to the band’s sound. And it marked the first Chicago album on which trombonist James Pankow penned two hits to bandmate and keyboardist Robert Lamm’s none. On the first five Chicago albums, Lamm carried the songwriting and with one exception, “Make Me Smile” (1970), Pankow never could match Lamm’s parade of pop-rock hits. But with the #4 single “Just You ‘N’ Me” and the #10 “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day,” Pankow outshone Lamm (at least for one moment).

Chicago VI spent five weeks in the #1 position on the Billboard Pop Album chart, the second of four straight Chicago albums to reach the pinnacle and the fourth in a string of eight straight Chicago Top 10 albums from 1970 to 1977. That chart dominance places Chicago up there with Aerosmith and the Beach Boys among the top selling American rock bands in history. My Top 25 Chicago tracks are in the Playlist Vault, and Chicago IV is available as a CD or mp3 downloads on Amazon and as iPod downloads on iTunes.

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Album of the Day: The Beatles (6/1/67)

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (released June 1, 1967) is an album of superlatives. It’s oft-described as the most influential pop album ever released, the first “concept” album, the album that launched FM radio, the best Beatles album of all, and the first by any artist anywhere/anytime to truly combine so many of music’s disparate elements – rock ‘n’ roll, pop, R&B, psychedelia, jazz, orchestra, Big Band, country, Eastern, and so much more.

Hyperbole notwithstanding, I still won’t argue any of those descriptors. Yes, it was all of that, and more. But despite being #1 on so many lists (including Rolling Stones’ Top 500 albums and my Top 25 for 1967), it’s still not the best Beatles album. In my book, The White Album claims that title, but Sgt. Pepper’s … paved the way and deserves a close second. The album completed the bridge between the pop-love fests of Please Please Me and Help! and the exhilarating, experimental sounds the Beatles produced on Revolver and The White Album. No longer a touring act but a cohesive band of mature musicians, composers and lyricists, the Beatles abandoned forever the notion of a carefully rehearsed and recorded, 3 minute and 30 second AM radio song for a free-format assemblage of tracks carefully crafted and spliced together from pieces and sections recorded at different times and (often) different places.

Sgt. Pepper’s… opened an artistic freedom and expression that rock music hadn’t seen, and quickly became the standard against which all future concept albums were judged. Unfortunately, its creators lasted only a short three years following the album’s release. The Beatles split up for good in 1970. There are two Beatles playlists in the Playlist Vault. Sgt. Pepper’s… is for purchase as a CD or mp3 downloads on Amazon (but not on iTunes).

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