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Albums Released This Week (October 16 – 22)

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

October 16


The Supremes —— A Bit Of Liverpool ► Soul – Motown >> 1964
Cher —— All I Really Want To Do ► Pop-Rock >> 1965
Brenda Lee —— Reflections In Blue ► Country-Pop >> 1967
Three Dog Night —— Three Dog Night ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1968
Three Dog Night —— Captured Live At The Forum ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival —— Live In Europe ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
Aretha Franklin —— You ► Soul >> 1975
Thin Lizzy —— Johnny The Fox ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Elton John —— A Single Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Eurythmics —— In The Garden ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Thin Lizzy —— Life Live ► Hard Rock >> 1983
ZZ Top —— Afterburner ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Masque ► British Rock >> 1987
All About Eve —— Scarlet And Other Stories ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Goth Pop >> 1989
Erasure —— Wild! ► Alt. Dance >> 1989
Goo Goo Dolls —— Hold Me Up ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1989
Paul Simon —— The Rhythm Of The Saints ► Folk-Pop >> 1990
Buju Banton —— Stamina Daddy ► Dancehall Reggae >> 1992
Natalie Cole —— I’ve Got Love On My Mind ► Soul-Pop >> 1995
Suggs —— The Lone Ranger ► Reggae-Pop/Ska >> 1995
Tears For Fears —— Raoul And The Kings Of Spain ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1995
Cast —— All Change ► Britpop >> 1995
Faithless —— Back To Mine ► Trip-Hop >> 2000
Kylie Minogue —— Hits+ ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
All Saints —— Saints & Sinners ► Electronic Dance-Pop >> 2000
Cocteau Twins —— Stars And Topsoil ► Folk-Rock >> 2000
John Mellencamp —— Cuttin’ Heads ► Roots Rock >> 2001
Ozzy Osbourne —— Down To Earth ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Journey —— The Essential Journey ► AOR Rock >> 2001
New Order —— Get Ready ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2001
Michael McDonald —— In The Spirit: A Christmas Album ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2001
Neil Young —— Borrowed Tunes II: A Tribute To Neil Young ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Gov’t Mule —— Mighty High ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2007
R.E.M. —— R.E.M. Live ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2007
Aretha Franklin —— Rare & Unreleased Recordings From The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul ► Soul >> 2007
The Rolling Stones —— Light The Fuse (Live 2005) ► Blues-Rock >> 2012
Donald Fagen —— Sunken Condos ► Jazz-Rock >> 2012

October 17


The Rolling Stones —— 12X5 ► Rock n Roll >> 1964
The Cryan’ Shames —— Sugar & Spice ► Pop-Rock >> 1966
The Easybeats —— Vigil ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1968
The Jazz Crusaders —— Old Socks, New Shoes…New Socks, Old Shoes ► Jazz Fusion >> 1970
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Street Survivors ► Southern Rock >> 1977
Dire Straits —— Making Movies ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1980
Various Artists —— The Blasting Concept Vol. 2 ► Post-Punk >> 1985
Stacey Q —— Better Than Heaven ► Dance-Pop >> 1986
Steve Earle —— Copperhead Road ► Alt. Country >> 1988
R.E.M. —— Eponymous ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1988
The Waterboys —— Fisherman’s Blues ► Folk-Rock/Celtic >> 1988
Suicidal Tendencies —— Controlled By Hatred/Feel Like Shit…Déjà Vu ► Punk Metal >> 1989
Kiss —— Hot In The Shade ► Hard Rock >> 1989
Belinda Carlisle —— Runaway Horses ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Kate Bush —— The Sensual World ► Prog Rock >> 1989
Billy Joel —— Storm Front ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Yngwie Malmsteen —— Trial By Fire: Live In Leningrad ► Heavy Metal >> 1989
Stacey Lattisaw —— What You Need ► Quiet Storm >> 1989
Skyclad —— The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth ► Heavy Metal/Folk Metal >> 1991
Jamiroquai —— The Return Of The Space Cowboy [UK] ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1994
Steely Dan —— Alive In America ► Jazz-Rock >> 1995
Luis Miguel —— El Concierto ► Latin Pop >> 1995
Limp Bizkit —— Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water ► Rap-Metal >> 2000
David Coverdale —— Into The Light ► Hard Rock >> 2000
2Pac —— The Rose That Grew From Concrete ► Spoken Word Rap >> 2000
Aerosmith —— Devil’s Got A New Disguise – The Very Best Of Aerosmith ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Troy Shondell —— This Time: The Best of Troy Shondell ► Swamp Pop >> 2006
Sarah McLachlan —— Wintersong ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
The Tragically Hip —— World Container ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Chris Isaak —— Live In Australia ► Adult Contemporary >> 2008
Rod Stewart —— Soulbook ► Soul-Pop >> 2009
Aretha Franklin —— Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics ► Soul/Disco >> 2014
Manfred Mann —— Lone Arranger ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2014

October 18


Cactus —— Restrictions ► Hard Rock >> 1971
The Rolling Stones —— It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Blues-Rock >> 1974
The Jacksons —— Goin’ Places ► Soul/disco >> 1977
Elton John —— The Very Best Of Elton John ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
Hawkwind —— Sonic Attack ► Heavy Metal >> 1981
Elton John —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
Hall & Oates —— Rock ‘N Soul Part !: Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1983
Carpenters —— Voice Of The Heart ► Easy Listening >> 1983
Frank Zappa —— Them Or Us ► Art Rock >> 1984
The Cult —— Love ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Revival >> 1985
Duran Duran —— Big Thing ► Synth-Pop >> 1988
Sonic Youth —— Daydream Nation ► Indie Rock >> 1988
Martika —— Martika ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Paul Simon —— Negotiations And Love Songs 1971 – 1986 ► Folk-Pop >> 1988
The Smithereens —— 11 ► College Rock >> 1989
The Bangles —— Everything ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Insane Clown Posse —— Carnival Of Carnage ► Indie/Midwest Hip Hop >> 1992
Cocteau Twins —— Four-Calendar Café ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Carcass —— Heartwork [UK] ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1993
Kenny G —— Montage ► Jazz-Pop >> 1993
Iron Maiden —— A Real Dead One ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
The Go-Go’s —— Return To The Valley Of The Go-Go’s ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
B*Witched —— Awake And Breathe ► Pop/Girl Group >> 1999
Westlife —— Flying Without Wings ► Teen Pop/Boy Band >> 1999
Alcazar —— Casino ► Euro Dance-Pop >> 2000
Simple Minds —— Our Secrets Are The Same ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2004
Simple Minds —— Silver Box ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2004
Bryan Adams —— Anthology ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Melissa Etheridge —— Greatest Hits: The Road Less Traveled ► Roots Rock >> 2005
Depeche Mode —— Playing The Angel ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2005
Supertramp —— Retrospective – The Supertramp Anthology ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2005
Rod Stewart —— Thanks For The Memories: The Great American Songbook, Volume IV ► Traditional Pop >> 2005
Stevie Wonder —— A Time To Love ► Pop-Soul >> 2005
Queen —— The Singles Collection: Volume 4 ► Glam Rock >> 2010
Huey Lewis & The News —— Soulsville ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
The Rolling Stones —— The Brussels Affair ’73 ► Blues-Rock >> 2001
Chris Isaak —— Beyond The Sun ► Adult Contemporary >> 2011
Jane’s Addiction —— The Great Escape Artist ► Alt. Rock >> 2011
Poliça —— Shulamith ► Dream Pop >> 2013

October 19


Elvis Presley —— The Real Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1956
The Kingston Trio —— Here We Go Again! ► Folk-Pop >> 1959
The Beach Boys —— Beach Boys Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Brenda Lee —— Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1964
Simon & Garfunkel —— Wednesday Morning, 3 AM ► Folk-Pop >> 1964
Cass Elliott —— Dream A Little Dream ► Pop-Rock/Folk-Rock >> 1968
The Shadows —— Shades Of Rock ► Instrumental Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1970
The James Gang —— Straight Shooter ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
The Wailers —— Burnin’ ► Roots Reggae >> 1973
America —— Hat Trick ► Folk-Rock >> 1973
David Bowie —— Pin Ups ► Glam Rock >> 1973
The Who —— Quadrophenia ► British Rock >> 1973
Styx —— Cornerstone ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1979
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Damn The Torpedoes ► Album Rock >> 1979
Prince —— Prince ► Funk >> 1979
Fleetwood Mac —— Tusk ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
INXS —— Underneath The Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Fates Warning —— The Sprectre Within ► Heavy Metal >> 1985
INXS —— Kick ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Roxette —— Look Sharp! ► Pop-Rock >> 1988
Salt-N-Pepa —— Blacks’ Magic ► Pop-Rap >> 1990
The Cure —— Mixed Up ► Post-Punk >> 1990
The Traveling Wilburys —— Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 3 ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Mötley Crüe —— Decade Of Decadence ► Heavy Metal >> 1991
Julian Cope —— Jehovahkill ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1992
PJ Harvey —— 4-Track Demos ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Rush —— Counterparts ► Arena Rock >> 1993
Black Moon —— Enta Da Stage ► East Coast Rap >> 1993
Jesse Colin Young —— Makin’ It Real ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Alexis Korner —— Mellow Yellow ► Blues-Rock >> 1993
The Zombies —— New World ► Art Rock >> 1993
Santana —— Sacred Fire: Live From South America ► Jazz Fusion >> 1993
Pearl Jam —— Vs. ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Talisman —— Humanimal (Part 2) ► Hard Rock >> 1994
Billie Piper —— Honey To The B ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Idlewild —— Hope Is Important ► Post-Hardcore >> 1998
Three Dog Night —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Three Dog Night ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1999
Ringo Starr —— I Wanna Be Santa Clus ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Natalie Cole —— The Magic Of Christmas ► Holiday Soul-Pop >> 1999
Gin Blossoms —— Outside Looking In: The Best Of The Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 1999
Three Dog Night —— 35th Anniversary Hits Collection ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2004
Jimmy Eat World —— Futures ► Post-Grunge >> 2004
Lou Reed, John Cale & Nico —— Le Bataclan ’72 ► Art Rock >> 2004
Rod Stewart —— Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3 ► Traditional Pop >> 2004
Twisted Sister —— Still Hungry ► Hair Metal >> 2004
John Mellencamp —— Words & Music: John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Peter Cetera —— You Just Gotta Love Christmas ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Bob Dylan —— The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos 1962-1964 ► Folk-Rock >> 2010
Rod Stewart —— Fly Me To The Moon: The Great American Songbook Volume V ► Traditional Pop >> 2010
Bob Dylan —— The Original Mono Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2010
Elton John —— The Union ► Pop-Rock >> 2010
Elvis Presley —— Roustabout ► Rock n Roll >> 1964

October 20


John Lennon & Yoko Ono —— Wedding Album ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Elvis Presley —— Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas ► Rock n Roll >> 1971
Peter Frampton —— Frampton’s Camel ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Peter Frampton —— Somethin’s Happening ► Arena Rock >> 1974
B. J. Thomas —— Reunion ► Country-Pop >> 1975
The Damned —— The Black Album ► Punk-Rock >> 1980
U2 —— Boy ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1980
Donna Summer —— The Wanderer ► Disco >> 1980
The Human League —— Dare! ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1981
Quarterflash —— Quarterflash ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Oak Ridge Boys —— Deliver ► Country-Pop >> 1983
Frankie Goes To Hollywood —— Liverpool ► New Wave Club/Dance >> 1986
Nine Inch Nails —— Pretty Hate Machine ► Industrial Metal >> 1989
Kenny G —— Breathless ► Jazz-Pop >> 1992
Madonna —— Erotica ► Dance-Pop >> 1992
Keith Richards —— Main Offender ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Elton John —— Rare Masters ► Pop-Rock >> 1992
The Sea And Cake —— The Sea And Cake ► Indie Rock/Experimental >> 1994
Gary Numan —— Exile [UK] ► Industrial Rock >> 1997
Crucial Conflict —— Good Side, Bad Side ► Chicago Rap >> 1998
Heart —— Heart Presents A Lovemonger’s Christmas ► Holiday Rock >> 1998
George Martin —— In My Life ► Beatles Retrospective >> 1998
Kansas —— King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas ► Prog/Arena Rock >> 1998
Aerosmith —— A Little South Of Sanity ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Black Sabbath —— Reunion ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Ringo Starr —— VH1 Storytellers ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
The Human League —— The Golden Hour Of The Future: Recordings By The Future And The Human League ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2002
The Clash —— Singles Box ► Punk >> 2006
AC/DC —— Black Ice ► Hard Rock >> 2008
Timothy B. Schmit —— Expando ► Country-Rock >> 2009

October 21


Manfred Mann —— As Is ► Rock n Roll >> 1966
Bob Dylan —— New Morning ► Folk-Rock >> 1970
Stevie Wonder —— Greatest Hits Volume 2 ► Pop-R&B >> 1971
Mike Oldfield —— Ommadawn ► Instrumental Rock/Fusion >> 1975
Meat Loaf —— Bat Out Of Hell ► Arena Rock >> 1977
The Beatles —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Genesis —— Seconds Out ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Bobby And The Midnites —— Bobby & The Midnights ► Country-Rock >> 1981
Simple Minds —— Once Upon A Time ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1985
Jethro Tull —— Original Masters ► Prog Rock >> 1985
“Weird Al” Yankovic —— Polka Party! ► Comedy/Parody >> 1986
Steve Winwood —— Chronicles ► Album Rock >> 1987
Tiffany —— Hold An Old Friend’s Hand ► Dance-Pop >> 1988
Don Dokken —— Up From The Ashes ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1990
Carcass —— Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Grand Funk Railroad —— Bosnia ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Yes —— Keys To Ascension 2 ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Artension —— Phoenix Rising ► Heavy Metal/Progressive Metal >> 1997
The Psychedelic Furs —— Shou;d God Forget: Retrospective ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 1997
Little Feat —— Kickin’ It At The Barn ► Southern Rock >> 2003
The Allman Brothers Band —— Live At The Atlanta International Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970 ► Southern Rock >> 2003
Rush —— Rush In Rio ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2003
The Cryan’ Shames —— Very Best Of The Cryan’ Shames ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
Eagles —— The Very Best Of ► Country-Rock >> 2003
Van Morrison —— What’s Wrong With This Picture? ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Bob Dylan —— Pure Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2011
Bob Dylan —— The Real Bob Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
Motörhead —— Aftershock ► Heavy Metal >> 2013
Jerry Garcia Band —— Garcia Live Volume Five ► Roots Rock >> 2014

October 22


Donovan —— Fairytale [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1965
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin II ► Hard Rock >> 1969
Kiss —— Hotter Than Hell ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Elton John —— Blue Moves ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Night Moves ► Album Rock >> 1976
Led Zeppelin —— The Song Remains The Same ► Hard Rock >> 1976
Cher —— Prisoner ► Pop-Disco >> 1979
The Cure —— Concert: The Cure Live ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Paul McCartney —— Give My Regards To Broad Street ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Mason Williams & Mannheim Steamroller —— Classical Gas ► Folk-Rock >> 1987
Ozzy Osbourne —— No Rest For The Wicked ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Pet Shop Boys —— Behavior ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1990
A-Ha —— East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon ► Synth-Pop >> 1990
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Arc ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Matthew Sweet —— Girlfriend ► Power Pop >> 1991
Death —— Human ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1991
Tina Turner —— Simoly The Best ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Various Artists —— Two Rooms: Celebrating The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Weld ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Sarah McLachlan —— Fumbling Towards Ecstasy ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Van Halen —— Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I ► Hard Rock >> 1996
Phil Collins —— Dance Into The Light ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Gov’t Mule —— Live From Roseland Ballroom ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 1996
Journey —— Trial By Fire ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1996
The Dillenger Escape Plan —— Under The Running Board ► Heavy Metal/Mathcore >> 1998
The Cranberries —— Wake Up And Smell The Coffee ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2001
Rod Stewart —— It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook ► Traditional Pop >> 2002
Foo Fighters —— One By One ► Grunge Rock >> 2002
Santana —— Shaman ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002
Various Artists —— VH1 Divas Las Vegas ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Ray Davies —— Working Man’s Café ► Pop-Rock >> 2007
Richard Marx —— Christmas Spirit ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2012

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Albums Released This Week (September 18 – 24)

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

September 18


The Ventures —— Another Smash!!! ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1961
Fleetwood Mac —— Kiln House ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Black Sabbath —— Paranoid [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Elephant’s Memory —— Elephant’s Memory ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
Ace Frehley —— Ace Frehley ► Pop-Metal >> 1978
Hall & Oates —— Along The Red Ledge ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Kiss —— Gene Simmons ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Kiss —— Paul Stanley ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Kiss —— Peter Criss ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Twisted Sister —— Under The Blade ► Hair Metal >> 1982
Dokken —— Breaking The Chains ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Kiss —— Lick It Up ► Hard Rock >> 1983
The Replacements —— Tim ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Glass Tiger —— Thin Red Line ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Kiss —— Crazy Nights ► Hard Rock >> 1987
Janet Jackson —— Rhythm Nation 1814 ► Dance-Pop >> 1989
The Band —— To Kingdom Come: The Definitive Collection ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
Derek & The Dominos —— The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition ► Blues-Rock >> 1990
The Easybeats —— The Definitive Series ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1992
At The Drive-In —— El Gran Orgo ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Fantastic Plastic Machine —— Luxury ► Trip Hop >> 1998
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Trip Hop >> 2000
Alice Cooper —— Dragontown ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 1 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 2 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 3 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 4 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
Phish —— Live Phish Volume 5 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2001
The Knack —— Premium Gold Collection ► Power Pop >> 2001
Billy Idol —— Original Sound ► Hard Rock >> 2006
Free —— Chronicles ► Hard Rock/Blues-Rock >> 2006
The Stranglers —— Suite XVI ► Punk-Rock >> 2006
Pearl Jam —— Live At Lollapalooza 2007 ► Hard Rock >> 2007
Paul Simon —— Live In New York City ► Folk-Pop >> 2012
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— Songs About Cars, Space And The Ramones ► Southern Rock >> 2012
Madonna —— Celebration ► Dance-Pop >> 2009
David Gilmour —— Rattle That Lock ► Prog Rock >> 2015

September 19


Elvis Presley —— King Creole ► Rock n Roll >> 1958
King Curtis —— Old Gold ► Soul >> 1961
Mick Jagger —— Performance [Sndtrk] ► Rock >> 1970
Dave Mason —— Split Coconut ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Linda Ronstadt —— Living In The USA ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Country Joe McDonald —— On My Own ► Blues-Rock >> 1980
White Spirit —— White Spirit ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal >> 1980
Triumph —— Allied Forces ► Arena Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Give Me The Reason ► Smooth Soul >> 1986
Paul McCartney —— Press To Play ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cocteau Twins —— Blue Bell Knoll ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Bon Jovi —— New Jersey ► Hard Rock >> 1988
Level 42 —— Staring At The Sun ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1988
Anthrax —— State Of Euphoria ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1988
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Tender Prey ► Alt Rock >> 1988
Enya —— Watermark ► Jazz-Pop >> 1988
David Bowie —— Sound + Vision ► Glam Rock >> 1989
Obituary —— Cause Of Death ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1990
The Tragically Hip —— Day For Night ► Folk-Rock >> 1994
Kylie Minogue —— Kylie Minogue ► Dance-Pop >> 1994
The Flaming Lips —— Clouds Taste Metallic ► Neo-Psychedelia >> 1995
Michael Bolton —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Pink Floyd —— London ’66-’67 [EP] ► Prog Rock >> 1995
Son Volt —— Trace ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1995
Glenn Frey —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Glenn Frey ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
AFI —— The Art Of Drowning ► Hardcore Punk >> 2000
Madonna —— Music ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Björk —— Selmasongs: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Dancer In The Dark ► Trip Hop >> 2000
Jethro Tull —— Auqualung Live [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The Church —— Of Skins And Heart/Blurred Crusade ► Alt. Power Pop >> 2005
Indigo Girls —— Despite Our Differences ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Weather Report —— Forecast: Tomorrow ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2006
The Black Crowes —— Freak ‘N’ Roll…Into The Fog ► Southern Rock >> 2006
Jane’s Addiction —— Up From The Catacombs: The Best Of Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 2006

September 20


The Tornadoes —— Bustin’ Surfboards ► Surf Rock >> 1963
The Stills-Young Band —— Long May You Run ► Folk-Rock >> 1976
Yes —— Tormato ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Ozzy Osbourne —— Blizzard of Ozz ► Hard Rock >> 1980
Poco —— Ghost Town ► Country-Rock >> 1982
Dire Straits —— Love Over Gold ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1982
Bruce Springsteen —— Nebraska ► Album Rock >> 1982
Renaissance —— Time-Line ► Prog Rock >> 1983
Clarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers —— Hero ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Kate Bush —— Hounds Of Love ► Prog Rock >> 1985
Huey Lewis & The News —— Fore! ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Jane’s Addiction —— Jane’s Addiction ► Alt. Rock >> 1987
Luther Vandross —— Any Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1988
BulletBoys —— BulletsBoys ► Heavy Metal/Glam Metal >> 1988
Ween —— The Pod ► Avant Garde/Lo-Fi >> 1991
Seam —— The Problem With Me ► Indie Rock >> 1993
Cilla Black —— Through The Years ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Robert Palmer —— Honey ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1994
Liz Phair —— Whip-Smart ► Indie Rock >> 1994
Jamiroquai —— 1999 Remixes ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1999
Rae & Christian —— Blazing The Crop [UK] ► Electronic Dance Mix >> 1999
Yes —— The Ladder ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus ► Alt Rock >> 2004
Bryan Adams —— Room Service ► Pop-Rock >> 2004
Poco —— Bareback At Big Sky ► Country-Rock >> 2005
Bon Jovi —— Have A Nice Day ► Arena Rock >> 2005
Earth, Wind & Fire —— Illumination ► Soul-Funk >> 2005
Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam Twenty ► Hard Rock >> 2011

September 21


Billy Preston —— Everybody Likes Some Kind Of Music ► Funk >> 1973
Thin Lizzy —— Vagabonds Of The Western World ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Foghat —— Boogie Motel ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cheap Trick —— Dream Police ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1979
The Stranglers —— The Raven ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
Sheena Easton —— You Could Have Been With Me ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
Luther Vandross —— Forever, For Always, For Love ► Smooth Soul >> 1982
Janet Jackson —— Janet Jackson ► Pop-Soul >> 1982
America —— Perspective ► Folk-Rock >> 1984
Various Artists —— Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2 ► Mixed Rock >> 1987
Phish —— Lawn Boy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1990
Indigo Girls —— Nomads Indians Saints ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
ABBA —— Gold: Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1992
Led Zeppelin —— Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Sting —— Demolition Man ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
Scorpions —— Face The Heat ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock >> 1993
Nirvana —— In Utero ► Grunge >> 1993
Led Zeppelin —— Led Zeppelin Boxed Set 2 ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Bad Religion —— Recipe For Hate ► Punk Rock >> 1993
Melissa Etheridge —— Yes I Am ► Roots Rock >> 1993
Skunk Anansie —— Paranoid And Sunburnt ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Diabolical Masquerade —— Nightwork ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1998
The Church —— A Box Of Birds ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Essential Live Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ ► Southern Rock >> 1999
Pete Townshend —— Pete Townshend Live: A Benefit For Maryville Academy ► Prog Rock >> 1999
Tori Amos —— To Venus And Back ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1999
The Monkees —— The Headquarters Sessions ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
Green Day —— American Idiot ► Alt. Rock >> 2004
John Fogerty —— Déjà Vu All Over Again ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— The Delivery Man ► Roots Rock >> 2004
John Waite —— The Hard Way ► Power Pop >> 2004
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Il Sogno ► String Quartet >> 2004

September 22


The Band —— The Band ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Smokie —— Changing All The Time ► Glam Rock >> 1975
George Harrison —— Extra Texture (Read All About It) ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
Camel —— Breathless ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Jethro Tull —— Busting Out: Jethro Tull Live ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
The Buzzcocks —— Love Bites ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
The Ramones —— Road To Ruin ► Punk-Rock >> 1978
King Crimson —— Discipline ► Prog Rock >> 1981
Alice Cooper —— Constrictor ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Icehouse —— Man Of Colours ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1987
Lyle Lovett —— Step Inside This House (Disc 1) ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Robbie Krieger —— Door Jams ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Bob Dylan —— Oh Mercy ► Folk-Rock >> 1989
2 Live Crew —— Live In Concert ► East Coast Rap >> 1990
Extreme —— III Sides To Every Story ► Pop-Metal >> 1992
Jethro Tull —— A Little Light Music ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Roy Buchanan —— Sweet Dreams: The Anthology ► Blues-Rock >> 1992
Happy Mondays —— Double Easy – The U.S. Singles ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1993
Elton John —— The Big Picture ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
BT —— ESCM (Electric Sky Church Music) ► Electronic/House Music >> 1997
Goo Goo Dolls —— Dizzy Up The Girl ► Alt Pop-Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1998
Apocalyptica —— Inquisition Symphony ► Heavy Metal/Neo-Classical Metal >> 1998
Kiss —— Psycho Circus ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Millencolin —— Same Old Tunes ► Euro-punk >> 1998
Chris Isaak —— Speak Of The Devil ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1998
Luca Turilli —— King Of The Nordic Twilight ► Heavy Metal/Symphonic Metal >> 1999
Cilla Black —— Beginnings: Greatest Hits & New Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
David Gilmour —— Live in Gdańsk ► Prog Rock >> 2008
Pearl Jam —— Backspacer ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Stephen Stills & Manassas —— Manassas Pieces ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Various Artists —— Where The Action Is! Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 ► Garage Rock >> 2009

September 23


The Beach Boys —— Surfer Girl ► Surfer >> 1963
The Easybeats —— Easy ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1965
Isaac Hayes —— Hot Buttered Soul ► Soul >> 1969
The Temptations —— Puzzle People ► Soul – Motown >> 1969
Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Together ► Soul >> 1969
The Allman Brothers Band —— Idlewild South ► Southern Rock >> 1970
The Who —— The Story Of The Who ► British Rock >> 1976
Steely Dan —— Aja ► Jazz-Rock >> 1977
The Rolling Stones —— Love You Live ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
The Stranglers —— No More Heroes ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Carpenters —— Passage ► Soft Rock >> 1977
Blondie —— Parallel Lines ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1978
The Opposition —— Breaking The Silence ► Post-Punk >> 1981
Frank Zappa —— You Are What You Is ► Art Rock >> 1981
Billy Joel —— The Nylon Curtain ► Pop-Rock >> 1982
The Fall —— This Nation’s Saving Grace ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1985
10,000 Maniacs —— The Wishing Chair ► Folk-Rock >> 1985
Boston —— Third Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Poco —— Legacy ► Country-Rock >> 1989
The Human League —— Romantic? ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— Best Of The Beast ► Heavy Metal >> 1996
Fatboy Slim —— Better Living Through Chemistry ► Brit-Hop >> 1996
John Parish & Polly Jean Harvey —— Dance Hall At Louse Point ► Indie Rock >> 1996
Three Dog Night —— 20 Greatest Hits ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1997
Jann Arden —— Happy? ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live In Osaka ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Jackson Browne —— The Next Voice You Hear: The Best Of Jackson Browne ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
Cream —— Those Were The Days ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
Sarah Brightman —— Time To Say Goodbye ► Showtunes >> 1997
John Waite —— When You Were Mine ► Power Pop >> 1997
Todd Rundgren —— With A Twist… ► Pop-Rock >> 1997
Gin Blossoms —— 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Gin Blossoms ► Power Pop >> 2003
Joni Mitchell —— The Complete Geffen Recordings ► Folk-Rock >> 2003
Alice Cooper —— The Eyes Of Alice Cooper ► Hard Rock >> 2003
Triumph —— Live At The US Festival ► Arena Rock >> 2003
The Yardbirds —— Live! Blueswailing July ’64 ► Blues Rock >> 2003
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— North ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Limp Bizkit —— Results May Vary ► Rap-Metal >> 2003
Jackson Browne —— Time The Conqueror ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Little River Band —— We Call It Christmas ► Soft Rock >> 2008
John Mellencamp —— Plain Spoken ► Roots Rock >> 2014
Frank Zappa —— ZAPPAlite ► Prog Rock >> 2016

September 24


The Rolling Stones —— Out Of Our Heads [UK] ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Laura Nyro —— New York Tendaberry ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
T. Rex —— Electric Warrior ► Glam Rock >> 1971
Roy Orbison —— Milestones ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Rush —— Caress Of Steel ► Prog Rock >> 1975
Motörhead —— Motörhead ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Eagles —— The Long Run ► Country-Rock >> 1979
Kool & The Gang —— Something Special ► Funk >> 1981
The Honeydrippers —— The Honeydrippers, Vol. I ► Roots Rock >> 1984
David Bowie —— Tonight ► Glam Rock >> 1984
Spandau Ballet —— Heart Like A Sky ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Badfinger —— Day After Day: Live ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
AC/DC —— The Razor’s Edge ► Hard Rock >> 1990
Megadeth —— Rust In Peace ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Simple Minds —— Themes – Volume 1: March 79 – April 82 ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1990
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— Blood Sugar Sex Magik ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1991
The Cult —— Ceremony ► Hard Rock >> 1991
Kid ‘N Play —— Face The Nation ► Comedy Rap >> 1991
A Tribe Called Quest —— The Low End Theory ► Jazz Rap >> 1991
John Prine —— The Missing Years ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Nirvana —— Nevermind ► Grunge >> 1991
James Taylor —— New Moon Shine ► Folk-Rock >> 1991
Thompson Twins —— Queer ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1991
Little Feat —— Shake Me Up ► Southern Rock >> 1991
Bryan Adams —— Waking Up The Neighbors ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Led Zeppelin —— The Complete Studio Recordings ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Zumpano —— Goin’ Through Changes ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1996
Frank Zappa —— Läther ► Orchestral Rock >> 1996
Elton John —— Love Songs ► Pop-Rock >> 1996
Weezer —— Pinkerton ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop >> 1996
Sheryl Crow —— Sheryl Crow ► Roots Rock >> 1996
Frank Zappa —— Mystery Disc ► Art Rock >> 1998
Elvis Presley —— Elv1s: 30 No. 1 Hits ► Rock n Roll >> 2002
Steve Earle —— Jerusalem ► Alt. Country >> 2002
Blue Öyster Cult —— A Long Day’s Night ► Metal >> 2002
Jackson Browne —— The Naked Ride Home ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Beck —— Sea Change ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
Jesse Colin Young —— Songs For Christmas ► Holiday Folk-Rock >> 2002
Peter Gabriel —— Up ► Prog Rock >> 2002
Linda Ronstadt —— The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
New Order —— iTunes Originals – New Order ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 2007
PJ Harvey —— White Chalk ► Indie Rock >> 2007
Foreigner —— Can’t Slow Down ► Arena Rock >> 2009
Ace Of Base —— The Golden Ratio ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2010
Peter Gabriel —— And I’ll Scratch Yours ► Prog Rock >> 2013
Cher —— Closer To The Truth ► Pop-Rock >> 2013
Gov’t Mule —— Shout! ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2013

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This Week’s Birthdays (December 25 – 31)

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Happy Birthday this week to:

December 25

1907 ● Cabell “Cab” Calloway III → Popular jazz and scat singer, pianist, songwriter and bandleader, “Minnie The Moocher” (1931 and R&B #91, 1978), continued to perform up to his death following a stroke on 11/18/1994, age 86
1913 ● Tony Martin (Alvin Morris) → Big Band and trad pop singer with a steady flow of hits in the 40s and 50s, including “It’s a Blue World” (#2, 1940), “Walk Hand In Hand” (#10, 1956) and 28 other Top 20 singles, was rolled under by the mid-50s rock ‘n’ roll onslaught but became a cabaret performer with his wife of 60 years, singer/actress Cyd Charisse, died from natural causes on 7/27/2012, age 98
1929 ● Chris Kenner → New Orleans R&B and early rock ‘n roll singer and songwriter, “I Like It Like That” (#2, 1961), his “Land Of A Thousand Dances” was covered by Wilson Pickett, Patti Smith and others, died from a heart attack on 1/25/1976, age 46
1929 ● William Franklin “Billy” Horton → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop vocal quartet The Silhouettes, “Get A Job” (#1, 1958)
1937 ● O’Kelly Isley, Jr. → Vocals for six-decade, multi-generation R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2” (#6, 1973), died following as heart attack on 3/31/1986, age 48
1939 ● Bob James → Jazz-pop crossover keyboardist, composer, arranger and bandleader, “Feel Like Making Love” (#88, 1974) and two Grammy-winning albums, One On One (1980) and Double Vision (1986)
1940 ● Pete Brown → Poet and co-lyricist for blues-rock Cream, co-wrote “I Feel Free” (1966) and “White Room” (#6, 1968) with Jack Bruce and “Sunshine Of Your Love” (#5, 1968) with Bruce and Eric Clapton
1943 ● Trevor Lucas → Guitarist and vocalist with renowned Brit folk-rock Fairport Convention, “Si Tu Dos Partir” (UK #21, 1969) and Fotheringay, producer for Al Stewart, The Strawbs and others, died of a heart attack on 2/4/1989, age 45
1944 ● Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine → Guitarist for folk-blues-rock Canned Heat, “”Let’s Work Together” (1970) and Frank Zappa-led satirical rock group The Mothers Of Invention, “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It” (1967), died from heart failure in a Paris hotel at the end of a Canned Heat tour of Europe on 10/20/1997, age 52
1944 ● Jonathan “John” Edwards → R&B/soul singer on regional circuits in the 60s and early 70s with one big hit, “Careful Man” (R&B #8, 1974), joined Grammy-winning Motown Records and later Atlantic soul group The Spinners in 1977 for their last two of twelve Top 20 hits in the 70s, the medley “Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl” (#2, 1980) and “Cupid” (#4, 1980), stayed with the group until a stroke sidelined him in 2000
1944 ● Kenny Everett (Maurice James Cole) → BBC Radio DJ, Thames Television host, comedian and musician, “Snot Rap” (1983), died from an AIDS-related illness on 4/4/1995, age 50
1945 ● David Noel Redding → Bassist for psych-rock Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Purple Haze” (US #65, UK #3, 1967), solo, died from complications of cirrhosis of the liver on 5/11/2003, age 57
1945 ● Steve Mancha (Clyde Darnell Wilson) → Vocals in Motown funk/soul group 100 Proof (Aged In Soul), “Somebody’s Been Sleeping” (#8, R&B #6, 1970) and little-known 8th Day, “She’s Not Just Another Woman” (#11, R&B #3, 1971), later tried gospel and an unsuccessful return to funk/soul but largely disappeared from the music business in the 00s
1946 ● Jimmy Buffett → Country-folk-pop-rock singer, songwriter, perpetual beach bum and chief Parrothead, “Margaritaville” (#8, 1977)
1948 ● Barbara Mandrell → Country singer, songwriter and three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed” (Country #1, 1977)
1948 ● Merry Clayton → Soul and gospel touring and session singer, recorded with Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Neil Young and others, duet with Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones‘ “Gimme Shelter”, solo
1954 ● Annie Lennox → Vocals for New Wave pop-rock The Tourists, “I Only Want To Be With You” (#83, 1980), co-founder and one-half the synth-pop duo Eurythmics, “Sweet Dreams” (#1, 1983), Grammy-winning solo career, “Walking On Broken Glass” (#14, 1992) and three other Top 40 hits
1954 ● Robin Campbell → Guitar and vocals for multiracial reggae-pop UB40, “Red Red Wine” (#1, 1988) and over 30 other Top 40 hits
1957 ● Shane MacGowan → Guitar and vocals for Irish folk-punk-rock The Pogues, “Tuesday Morning” (Rock #11, 1993)
1958 ● Alannah Myles → Sultry, smoky and sensual Canadian pop singer and songwriter, “Black Velvet” (#1, 1990)
1964 ● Bob Stanley → Guitars and songwriter for indie dance-pop Saint Etienne, “Nothing Can Stop Us” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1967 ● Jason Thirsk → Bass player with power punk trio Pennywise (“The Western World,” Alt Rock #22, 2008), died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds on 7/29/1996, age 28
1971 ● Dido (Armstrong) → Electro-dance-pop singer and songwriter, “Thank You” (#3, 2001)
1971 ● Noel Hogan → Guitarist for Irish jangle/dream pop-rock The Cranberries, “Linger” (#8, 1993)
1972 ● Josh Freese → Drummer for industrial rock Nine Inch Nails, “The Day The World Went Away” (#17, 1999), also with The Vandals, Devo and others
1984 ● Jessica Origliasso → With her identical twin sister, Lisa, one half of the Aussie teen dance-pop duo The Veronicas (“Untouched,” #17, AUS #2, 2007)
1984 ● Lisa Origliasso → With her identical twin sister, Jessica, one half of the Aussie teen dance-pop duo The Veronicas (“Untouched,” #17, AUS #2, 2007)

December 26

1921 ● Steve Allen → TV personality, musician, composer, comedian and author, first host of The Tonight Show, hosted numerous game and variety shows including The Steve Allen Show and I’ve Got A Secret, penned thousands of songs including Grammy-winning “The Gravy Waltz” (1963) and pop/easy listening tunes covered by Perry Como, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme and others, issued several albums of piano works, died from a heart attack following a car accident on 10/30/2000, age 78
1935 ● Abdul “Duke” Fakir → Ethiopian-American tenor vocalist in six decade R&B/soul vocal quartet The Four Tops, “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” (#1, 1966), last surviving member of the group that performed together for over 40 years from 1953 without a change in lineup
1939 ● Phil Spector → Musician, songwriter, record producer and originator of the “Wall of Sound” recording technique, pioneer of 60s girl groups and former husband of Ronnie Bennett Spector of The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (#2, 1963)
1946 ● Bob Carpenter → Pianist (from 1977) for country-folk-bluegrass-rock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and simply The Dirt Band, backed Steve Martin on “King Tut” (#17, 1978)
1947 ● George J. Porter, Jr. → Founding member and bassist for influential New Orleans soul-funk The Meters, “Chicken Strut” (1970), backing bassist for Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, Tori Amos and others, continues to perform and record with others and as a solo artist into the 10s
1951 ● Paul Anthony Quinn → Early and influential New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band Saxon, “Power And The Glory” (#32, 1983)
1953 ● Henning Schmitz → Sound engineer then keyboardist for German electro-rock Kraftwerk, “Autobahn” (#25, 1975)
1953 ● Steve Witherington → Drummer for Brit pub rock/blue-eyed soul Ace, “How Long” (#3, 1975)
1956 ● Kashif Saleem (Michael Jones) → Singer, producer, songwriter and key figure on the development of R&B in the post-disco 80s, joined funk/disco B. T. Express (“Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied),” #2, R&B #1, 1974) in 1971 as a teenager, in the 80s did session work, went solo with numerous R&B hits, including “I Just Gotta Have You (Lover Turn Me On),” #103, R&B #5, 1983) and produced hits for Whitney Houston, went behind the scenes in the 90s, wrote several books and was producing a documentary film about R&B music when he died from undisclosed causes on 9/25/2016, age 59
1963 ● Dana Baldinger → Bassist for Brit indie-folk-pop Popinjays, “Vote Elvis” (Modern Rock #17, 1988)
1963 ● Lars Ulrich → Drummer for heavy metal Metallica, “Enter Sandman” (#10, 1991)
1967 ● J. (Jay Noel Yuenger) → Guitarist for groove/alt metal White Zombie, “More Human Than Human” (#10, 1995)
1969 ● Peter Klett → Founding member and guitarist for grunge-rock Candlebox, “Far Behind” (#18, 1994)
1971 ● Jared Joseph Leto → Lead vocals, guitar and songwriter for indie pop-rock 30 Seconds To Mars, “From Yesterday” (Alt Rock #1, 2006), actor
1979 ● Chris Daughtry → Fifth season American Idol finalist, bandleader and guitarist for rock Daughtry “It’s Not Over” (#4, 2006)

December 27

1931 ● William “Scotty” MooreSun Records sessionman, longtime Elvis Presley backing band guitarist and Rolling Stone magazine’s #29 Greatest Guitarist of All Time, established the guitar as a lead instrument in rock ‘n’ roll music and invented power chording, played on dozens of Elvis‘s early hits, including “Hound Dog” (#1, 1956), “Jailhouse Rock” (#1, 1957) and “Little Sister” (#5, 1961), left Sun Records in 1964 for a career as a freelance studio engineer, died on 6/28/2016, age 84
1941 ● Leslie Maguire → Piano and saxophone for Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1941 ● Mike Pinder → Keyboards and vocals for Brit prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967), left in 1978 for a solo career
1942 ● Mike Heron → Guitar, keyboards and vocals in esoteric Scottish psych-Celtic-folk/early World music duo The Incredible String Band
1943 ● Peter Sinfield → Early member of prog/space-rock King Crimson, “The Court Of The Crimson King” (#80, 1970), then solo and songwriter
1944 ● Michael Leslie “Mick” Jones → Rock guitarist for Spooky Tooth and founding member of hard/arena rock Foreigner, “Double Vision” (#2, 1978)
1944 ● Tracy Nelson → Founder, frontwoman and lead vocals for underappreciated 60s psych-blues-rock Mother Earth, then solo
1946 ● Lenny Kaye → Musician, writer, record producer and lead guitarist for the Patti Smith Group (“Because The Night,” #13, UK #5, 1978), compiled and produced Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (1972), the double album collection of garage rock and proto-punk recordings that influenced punk and college rock in the 70s, co-authored Waylon, The Life Story of Waylon Jennings, produced albums for R.E.M., Suzanne Vega, Soul Asylum and others, continues to write and record into the 10s
1948 ● Larry Byrom → Guitar for Canadian-American hard rock, proto-metal Steppenwolf, “Born To Be Wild” (#2, 1968), solo, sessions
1948 ● Ronnie Caldwell → Founding member, keyboardist and lone white member of soul/funk The Bar-Kays, “Soul Finger” (#17, R&B #3, 1967), which also served as Stax Records‘ in-house session group and Otis Redding‘s backing band, died three weeks shy of his 19th birthday in the Wisconsin plane crash that killed Redding and four Bar-Kays bandmates on 12/10/1967, age 18
1950 ● Terry Bozzio → Drummer for Frank Zappa‘s band, then founded New Wave pop-rock Missing Persons, “Walking In L.A.” (Mainstream #12, 1982)
1952 ● David Knopfler → Rhythm guitar and vocals for post-punk New Wave rock Dire Straits, “Sultans Of Swing” (#4, 1979), solo, songwriter, younger brother of Mark Knopfler
1952 ● Karla Bonoff → L.A. pop-rock singer and songwriter, backing vocalist in Linda Ronstadt‘s band, solo “Personally” (#19, 1982)
1957 ● Jerry Gaskill → Drummer for progressive metal/Christian rock King’s X, “It’s Love” (Mainstream Rock #6, 1990)
1960 ● Martin “Youth” Glover → Founding member and bassist for post-punk New Wave dance-rock Killing Joke, “Follow The Leaders” (Club-Dance #25, 1981)
1972 ● Matt Slocum → Lead guitar and principal songwriter for Christian pop-rock Sixpence None The Richer, “Kiss Me” (#2, 1998)
1988 ● Hayley Nichole Williams → Lead vocals and keyboards for alt rock/pop-punk Paramore, “Misery Business” (#27, 2007)

December 28

1903 ● Earl Kenneth “Fatha” Hines → Early and influential modern jazz pianist and orchestra leader, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan played in his band, died 4/22/1983, age 79
1910 ● Billy Williams → R&B/soul-blues singer with six Top 40 hits in the 50s, including the oft-covered pop standard “I’m Going to Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter” (#3, 1957), lost his voice due to diabetes in the 60s and became a social worker until his death on 10/17/1972, age 61
1910 ● Harold Rhodes → Inventor of the Rhodes electric piano, which became the most successful piano of its kind and dominated rock, pop, soul and jazz music in the 60s and 70s until succumbing to Japanese competition and digital synthesizers in the 80s but enjoys a resurgence of use in the 00s, died from complications of pneumonia on 12/17/2000, age 89
1915 ● Roebuck “Pops” Staples → Patriarch and manager of influential R&B/soul-gospel father-daughters quartet The Staple Singers, whose gospel roots and early focus shifted to soul music and non-religious lyrics in the 70s and produced a string of Top 40 hits, including “I’ll Take You There” (#1, 1972), died on 12/19/2000, age 84
1921 ● Johnny Otis (Ioannis Veliotes) → Swing-era bandleader, R&B record producer, record company A&R executive, rock band manager, songwriter and 50s and 60s R&B/soul singer, “Willie And The Hand Jive” (#9, R&B #3, 1958), continued to perform and record with his band The Johnny Otis Show into the 80s and host an annual rock and R&B festival in Los Angeles into the 00s, died from natural causes on 1/17/2012, age 90
1932 ● Dorsey Burnette → Country-pop and rockabilly singer with his brother in the Johnny Burnette Trio, solo, “(There Was A) Tall Oak Tree” (#23, 1962), prolific songwriter with over 350 titles covered by Glen Campbell, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rick Nelson, Stevie Wonder and others, died of a coronary arrest on 8/19/1979, age 46
1938 ● Charles Neville → Saxophonist for Joey Dee & The Starlighters, “Peppermint Twist” (#1, 1962) and New Orleans R&B/soul sibling act The Neville Brothers, “Yellow Moon” (1989)
1943 ● Charles “Chas” Hodges → Guitar, banjo, piano and vocals for Brit country-rock Head Hands & Feet, then pop-“rockney” duo Chas & Dave, “Gertcha” (UK #20, 1979)
1946 ● Edgar Winter → Straight blues and blues-rock keyboardist and saxophonist, songwriter and bandleader, The Edgar Winter Group, “Frankenstein” (#1, 1973), younger brother of Johnny Winter
1947 ● Dick Diamonde (Dingeman Ariaan Henry van der Sluijs) → Bassist in Aussie-based 60s pop-rock The Easybeats, “Friday On My Mind” (#16, 1967)
1948 ● Joseph “Ziggy” Modeliste → Founding member and drummer for New Orleans soul-funk The Meters, “Chicken Strut” (1970), backing drummer for Robert Palmer, Dr. John and others, formed funk band The Wild Tchoupitoulas in the 70s, continues to perform with both band and record as a solo artist into the 10s
1948 ● Mary Weiss → Lead vocals for quintessential girl group quartet The Shangri-Las, “Leader Of The Pack” (#1, 1964), resurfaced with a solo album in 2007
1950 ● Alex Chilton → Frontman for short-lived blue-eyed soul The Box Tops, “The Letter” (#1, 1967), then influential but only cult-level power-pop band Big Star, “September Gurls” (1974, Rolling Stone #178), died from heart failure on 3/17/2010, age 59
1951 ● Louis A. McCall, Sr. → Drummer, songwriter, singer and co-founder of R&B/soul-funk Con Funk Shun, “Ffun” (#23, R&B #1, 1978), murdered in a home invasion robbery on 6/25/1997, age 45
1953 ● Richard Clayderman (Philipe Pages) → The Guinness Book of World Records‘ “most successful pianist in the world,” French easy listening/instrumental pop composer and pianist with over 400 albums and 70 million in unit sales, compositions include original works, covered materials, film scores and easy listening renditions of classical works
1954 ● Rosie Vela → Model, actress, pop-rock singer and songwriter, “Magic Smile” (Adult #29, 1986)
1958 ● Mike McGuire → Drummer for neo-trad country Shenandoah, “The Church On Cumberland Road” (Country #1, 1989)
1960 ● Marty Roe → Founder, rhythm guitar and lead vocals for country-pop-bluegrass Diamond Rio, “One More Day” (Country #1, 2000)
1961 ● Christine Collister → Contemporary Brit folk-rock vocalist, backing singer with the Richard Thompson Band and five albums of duets with Clive Gregson in the late 80s, released solo albums in the 90s, toured with all-female vocal group Daphne’s Flight and collaborated in various projects and tours in the 00s and 10s
1964 ● Paul Wagstaff → Guitarist for Madchester electro-dance club septet Paris Angels, “Perfume” (UK #55, 1990), then Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992) and Black Grape, “In The Name Of The Father” (UK #8, 1995)
1969 ● Joey Shuffield → Drummer for alt rock/power pop Fastball, “Out Of My Head” (#20, Adult Top 40 #3, 1999)
1971 ● Anita Dels → Vocals for Euro dance-pop 2 Unlimited, “Tribal Dance” (Dance/Club #7, 1993)
1978 ● John Legend (Stephens) → Neo-soul singer, pianist and songwriter, “Ordinary People” (#24, 2005)

December 29

1931 ● Buddy Bailey → Founding member, tenor and lead vocals in pioneering, genre-defining R&B/doo wop The Clovers, “Ting-A-Ling” (R&B #1, 1952) and 18 other R&B Top 10 hits in the early 50s plus the crossover “Love Potion No. 9” (#23, R&B #23, 1959), stayed with the group and various splinters, and toured with other doo wop groups until his death on 2/3/1994, age 62
1935 ● Virgil Johnson → Lead singer for R&B/doo wop The Velvets, “Tonight (Could Be The Night)” (#26, 1961)
1939 ● William Edwin “Ed” Bruce, Jr. → Country music songwriter, singer and TV actor, co-wrote the Grammy-winning “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” for himself (Country #15, 1976) and covered by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (Country #1, 1978) on the duet album Waylon & Willy (#12, Country #1, 1978), wrote and sang the theme song, and co-starred with James Garner in the TV series Bret Maverick (1981-82), scored six Country Top 10 hits in the 80s
1941 ● Ray Thomas → Founding member, harmonica and vocals for prog rock then pop-rock The Moody Blues, “Nights In White Satin” (#2, 1967)
1942 ● Jerry Summers (Gross) → Lead and first tenor for doo wop a cappella harmony turned early garage-rock/dance craze The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961)
1942 ● Rick Danko → Canadian-born bassist, vocalist and occasional songwriter for seminal roots rock The Band, “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25, 1970), solo, died at home in his sleep from heart failure on 12/10/1999, age 56
1943 ● Bill Aucion → Artist consultant and band manager credited with discovering campy hard/glam-rock Kiss, “Detroit Rock City” (#7, 1976) and developing their costumes, stage presence, record contracts and merchandise into a multi-million dollar enterprise, also managed other hard rock bands, including Billy Idol, Starz and Finnish heavy metal Lordi, died from complications following prostrate cancer surgery on 6/28/2010, age 66
1946 ● Marianne Faithfull → Pop-rock singer and songwriter, former paramour of Mick Jagger, co-wrote The Rolling Stones‘ “Sister Morphine,” solo vocalist, “As Tears Go By” (#22, 1964), continues to record and release albums into the 10s
1947 ● Cozy Powell (Colin Flooks) → Journeyman but sought after and influential rock drummer with the Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and others, died in a one-car crash in the UK on 4/5/1998, age 50
1948 ● Charlie Spinosa → Trumpeter in blue-eyed soul one hit wonder John Fred & His Playboy Band, “Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)” (#1, 1968)
1951 ● Yvonne Elliman → Hawaii-born pop-rock singer and songwriter, acted in the Broadway stage production of Jesus Christ Superstar (1971), member of Eric Clapton‘s band and solo “If I Can’t Have You” (#1, 1977)
1955 ● Neil “Spyder” Giraldo → Lead guitarist for Pat Benatar‘s band, “Love Is A Battlefield” (#5, 1983)
1961 ● Jim Reid → Co-founder and lead singer in Scottish alt-pop-rock Jesus And Mary Chain, “Sometimes Always” (Modern Rock #4, 1994)
1961 ● Mark “Cow” Day → Guitarist for Madchester electro-dance club Happy Mondays, “Stinkin Thinkin” (Dance/Club #1, 1992)
1963 ● Alex Gifford → Keyboards, bass and DJ for techno-dance Propellerheads, “History Repeating” (Dance/Club #10, 1998)
1965 ● Bryan Keith “Dexter” Holland → Aspiring molecular biology PhD candidate turned frontman, guitar and vocals for 90s punk revival The Offspring, “Gone Away” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1997), returned to academia in the 10s
1968 ● Sadat X (Derek Murphy) → DJ and MC for alt hip hop trio Brand Nubian, “Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” (#54, Rap #3, 1998)
1970 ● Glen Phillips → Founder, lead vocals and songwriter for alt pop-rock Toad The Wet Sprocket, “All I Want” (#15, 1992), solo

December 30

1928 ● Bo Diddley (Ellas Otha Bates McDaniel) → Grammy-winning early R&B/rock ‘n roll guitarist, prolific singer and songwriter, “I’m A Man” (R&B #1, 1955) and nine other R&B Top 40 hits, originator of the oft-used “Diddley Beat” (bomp, ba-bomp-bomp, bomp-bomp), died from heart failure on 6/2/2008, age 79
1931 ● Skeeter Davis (Mary Frances Penick) → Unheralded early rockabilly and later country-crossover singer, “The End Of The World” (#2, 1963), died from breast cancer on 9/19/2004, age 72
1934 ● Del Shannon (Charles Westover) → Early rock ‘n roll teen idol then heralded pop-rock singer/songwriter, “Runaway” (#1, 1961), rumored to be replacing Roy Orbison in pop-rock supergroup Traveling Wilburys but shot-gunned himself to death before any official announcement on 2/8/1990, age 55
1937 ● John Hartford (Harford) → Grammy-winning folk-pop-country-rock and Newgrass singer, songwriter and guitarist, wrote and recorded the oft-covered and hugely popular standard “Gentle On My Mind” (1967), died from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on 6/4/2001, age 63
1937 ● Paul Stookey → Vocals and guitar for seminal folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary, “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” (#2, 1963), then solo, “Wedding Song (There Is Love)” (#24, 1971)
1939 ● Felix Pappalardi → Producer for blues-rock Cream, “Sunshine Of Your Love” (#5, 1968) and later bassist for pioneering hard rock/heavy metal trio Mountain, “Mississippi Queen” (#21, 1970), shot dead by his wife in a supposed accident on 4/17/1983, age 43
1940 ● Kenny “Mr. Popeye” Pentifallo → Drummer for New Jersey rock ‘n roll bar band Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, “Talk To Me” (1978)
1940 ● Perry Ford → Member of Brit pop vocal trio The Ivy League, “Tossing And Turning” (#83, UK #3, 1965) and backing vocals for The Who
1942 ● Michael Nesmith → Guitarist, songwriter and vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966), then Grammy-winning country-rock solo career (“Joanne” #21, 1970) and producer
1942 ● Robert Quine → Heralded punk-era guitarist with Richard Hell & The Voidoids, then collaborated with Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Tom Waits and others, committed suicide on 5/31/2004, age 61
1945 ● Davy Jones → Lead vocals for 60s bad-rap pre-fab pop-rock The Monkees, “Last Train To Clarksville” (#1, 1966), solo and stage actor, died from a heart attack on 2/29/2012, age 66
1946 ● Clive Bunker → Drummer for early line-up of Brit folk-rock Jethro Tull, “Living In The Past” (#11, 1973)
1946 ● Patti Smith → The “Godmother of Punk,” singer, poet, songwriter and bandleader, co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen “Because The Night” (#13, 1978)
1947 ● Jeff Lynne → Top-level producer, keyboardist, songwriter and frontman for The Move, “Blackberry Way” (UK #1, 1968), Electric Light Orchestra, “Telephone Line” (#7, 1977), and the Traveling Wilburys supergroup, “Handle With Care”, Mainstream Rock #2, 1988)
1951 ● Chris Jasper → Brother-in-law, keyboardist and key member of six-decade, multi-generation R&B/soul family group The Isley Brothers, “That Lady, Pts. 1-2” (#6, 1973)
1956 ● Suzy Bogguss → Award-winning country singer and songwriter, “Drive South” (Country #2, 1992)
1959 ● Trace “Tracey” Ullman → 80s “girl-group revival” pop-rock singer “They Don’t Know” (#8, 1984), then TV comedienne
1969 ● Jason “Jay Kay” Cheetham → Lead singer in Grammy-winning Brit acid jazz-funk-pop Jamiroquai, “Canned Heat” (Dance #1, 1999)
1970 ● Sister Bliss (Ayalah Bentovim) → Former club DJ then founding member of techno-club-dance duo Faithless, “Insomnia” (Dance/Club #1, 1997)
1973 ● Jon Theodore → Current drummer for hard rock/stoner metal Queens Of The Stone Age (“No One Knows,” #51, Mainstream Rock #5, 2002) and in power duo One Day As A Lion with Zack de la Rocha of Grammy-winning punk/hip hop/thrash metal Rage Against The Machine (“Guerrilla Radio,” Modern Rock #6, 1999)
1978 ● Tyrese Darnell Gibson → R&B/hip hop singer, songwriter and rapper, “How You Gonna Act Like That” (#7, 2003), film actor, producer
1986 ● Elena Jane “Ellie” Goulding → Brit indie folk-pop singer and songwriter with several charting hits in the U.S., including “Lights” (#2, UK #49, 2011) and “Love Me Like You Do” (#3, UK #1, 2015)
1988 ● Leon Jackson → Scottish pop singer and winner of the UK TV talent show The X Factor in 2007, “When You Believe” (#1, 2007)

December 31

1914 ● Cyril Stapleton → Brit jazz-pop bandleader in the 40s and 50s, “Children’s Marching Song (Nick, Nack Paddywack)” (#13, 1959), producer and record company A&R executive, died on 2/25/1974, age 59
1920 ● Rex Allen → Actor, songwriter and “singing cowboy” with nearly 50 Western movie roles, over 150 narrations of Disney films, a dozen albums and five Top 30 country-pop crossover hits, including his cover of “Crying In The Chapel” (#8, Country #4, 1953), died after his caregiver accidentally ran over him with his car in his driveway on 12/17/1999, age 79
1928 ● Ross Barbour → Founding member of clean-cut, jazz/collegiate-pop harmony quartet The Four Freshmen (“Graduation Day,” #17, 1956), a major influence on Brian Wilson of The Beach Boyss but lost relevance during the British Invasion, retired in 1977 and died of lung cancer on 8/20/2001, age 82
1930 ● Odetta Holmes → “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” folk-blues and folk revival protest singer, songwriter and guitarist, National Endowment of the Arts award-winner, died from heart disease on 12/2/2008, age 77
1942 ● Andy Summers (Andrew James Somers) → Multi-instrumentalist, composer and songwriter best known as the guitarist for post-punk New Wave pop-rock The Police (“Every Breath You Take,” #1, 1983), briefly with psych rock Soft Machine and The Animals in the 60s, joined short-lived rock band Strontium 90 with Sting and Stewart Copeland in 1977 before the trio left to form The Police late that year, issued a dozen solo albums, composed several film scores, toured and recorded with other artists, ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the 85th greatest guitarist of all-time
1943 ● John Denver (Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.) → Light folk-country-pop singer/songwriter, “Rocky Mountain High” (#9, 1973) plus 14 other Top 40 singles, Grammy-winning children’s music album All Aboard! (1997), died when his experimental airplane crashed on 10/12/1997, age 53
1943 ● Peter Quaife → Founding member and first bassist for Brit folk-pop-rock The Kinks, left before “Lola” (#9, 1970) for a brief solo career, then cartoonist and graphic artist, died from kidney failure on 6/24/2010, age 66
1947 ● Burton Cummings → Founder and frontman for Canadian rockers The Guess Who, “American Woman” (#1, 1970), solo
1948 ● Donna Summer (LaDonna Adriene Gaines) → The unparalleled “Queen of Disco”, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, “Bad Girls” (#1, 1975) plus 19 other Top 40 hits, died from lung cancer on 5/17/2012, age 63
1951 ● Fermin Goytisolo → Percussionist for R&B/soul-funk-disco KC & The Sunshine Band, “That’s The Way (I Like It)” (#1, 1975) and five other #1 hits
1951 ● Tom Hamilton → Bassist for Grammy-winning, venerable hard rockers Aerosmith, “Dream On” (#6, 1976), “Angel” (#3, 1988), “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” (#1, 1998), “Baby, Please Don’t Go” (Mainstream Rock #7, 2004)
1959 ● Paul Westerberg → Founder, frontman and songwriter for garage punk then alt rock pioneers The Replacements, “I’ll Be You” (Mainstream Rock #1, 1989)
1961 ● Scott Taylor → Guitarist for New Wave synth-pop-soul Then Jerico, “The Motive” (UK #18, 1987)
1963 ● Scott Ian (Rosenfeld) → Guitarist for speed/thrash metal Anthrax, “Only” (Mainstream #26, 1993)
1970 ● Danny McNamara → Founder and lead vocals for Brit pop-rock Embrace, “Gravity” (Mainstream Rock #36, UK #7, 2004)
1972 ● Joey McIntyre → Vocalist in early 90s teen-pop boy band New Kids On The Block, “Step By Step” (#1, 1990)
1977 ● PSY (Park Jae-Sang) → South Korean singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, rapper and “K-Pop” phenomenon known for his global hit “Gangnam Style” (#2, UK #1, 2012)
1979 ● Bob Bryar → Drummer for 00s alt rock/emo band My Chemical Romance, “Welcome To The Black Parade” (#9, 2006)

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Albums Released This Week (September 26 – October 2)

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

September 26


The Beatles —— Abbey Road ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Billy Preston —— That’s The Way God Planned It ► Funk >> 1969
J. Geils Band —— “Live” Full House ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
John Lennon —— Walls And Bridges ► Pop-Rock >> 1974
Ringo Starr —— Ringo The 4th ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Mötley Crüe —— Shout At The Devil ► Heavy Metal >> 1983
Magnum —— Vigilante ► Hard Rock >> 1986
Oingo Boingo —— Boingo Alive ► New Wave Ska-Pop >> 1988
Daniel Lanois —— Acadie ► Alt. Rock >> 1989
Thompson Twins —— Big Trash ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1989
Kool & The Gang —— The Ballad Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Kool & The Gang —— The Dance Collection ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Massive Attack —— Protection ► Trip-Hop >> 1994
AC/DC —— Ballbreaker ► Hard Rock >> 1995
Prince —— The Gold Experience ► Soul-Funk >> 1995
The Velvet Underground —— Peel Slowly And See ► Alt. Rock >> 1995
Soul Asylum —— Black Gold: The Best Of Soul Asylum ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2000
John Hiatt —— Crossing Muddy Waters ► Roots Rock >> 2000
Good Charlotte —— Good Charlotte ► Punk Rock/Ska Punk >> 2000
Mark Knopfler —— Sailing To Philadelphia ► Roots Rock >> 2000
Matthew Sweet —— Time Capsule: Best Of 90/00 ► Power Pop >> 2000
Janet Jackson —— 20 Y.O. ► Pop-Soul >> 2006
Sarah McLachlan —— Mirrorball: The Complete Concert ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Pink Floyd —— Discovery ► Prog Rock >> 2011
The Smiths —— The Smiths Complete ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2011

September 27


Chad & Jeremy —— The Ark ► Folk-Pop >> 1968
Status Quo —— Picturesque Matchstickable Messages From The Status Quo ► British Rock >> 1968
Cat Stevens —— Catch Bull At Four ► Folk-Pop >> 1972
Harry Chapin —— Portrait Gallery ► Folk-Pop >> 1975
Depeche Mode —— A Broken Frame ► Synth-Pop >> 1982
The Fall —— Room To Live (Undilutable Slang Truth!) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1982
Alphaville —— Forever Young ► New Wave synth pop >> 1984
Billy Squier —— Enough Is Enough ► Hard Rock >> 1986
New Order —— The John Peel Sessions I ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1986
Cyndi Lauper —— True Colors ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Randy Newman —— Land Of Dreams ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Tears For Fears —— The Seeds Of Love ► Synth-Pop >> 1989
Pet Shop Boys —— Very ► Electro-pop/Dance >> 1993
Walter Becker —— 11 Tracks Of Whack ► Jazz-Rock >> 1994
Brandy Norwood —— Brandy ► New Jack Swing >> 1994
Santana Brothers —— Brothers ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1994
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— In The Hot Seat ► Progressive Rock >> 1994
R.E.M. —— Monster ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1994
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Strategem ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
The Moody Blues —— Time Traveler ► Prog Rock >> 1994
Dave Matthews Band —— Under The Table And Dreaming ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1994
Sasha & John Digwood —— Northern Exposure ► Progressive House/Trance >> 1996
Cocteau Twins —— BBC Sessions ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Gary Moore —— A Different Beat ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1999
John Cale —— Black Acetate ► Art Rock >> 2005
The Everly Brothers —— Give Me A Future ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
The Psychedelic Furs —— Heartbreak Beat ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 2005
Big Star —— In Space ► Pop-Rock >> 2005
Robert Palmer —— Legend: Live On Stage ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 2005
Toni Braxton —— Libra ► Soul-Pop >> 2005
Neil Young —— Prairie Wind ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The Band —— The Musical History [Box Set] ► Folk-Rock >> 2006
Eric Clapton —— Clapton ► Blues-Rock >> 2010
Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Matthew Sweet —— Modern Art ► Power Pop >> 2011
Everclear —— Return To Santa Monica ► Grunge-Punk >> 2011
Machine Head —— Unto The Locust ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2011
Youth Lagoon —— The Year Of Hibernation ► Dream Pop >> 2011
Rush —— Vapor Trails Remixed ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2013

September 28


Status Quo —— Hello! ► British Rock >> 1973
Slade —— Sladest ► Glam Rock >> 1973
Stevie Wonder —— Songs In The Key Of Life ► Pop-R&B >> 1976
Black Sabbath —— Never Say Die! ► Hard Rock >> 1978
Alice Cooper —— DaDa ► Art Rock >> 1983
Depeche Mode —— Music For The Masses ► Synth-Pop >> 1987
Wet Wet Wet —— Popped In Souled Out ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1987
Alice Cooper —— Raise Your Fist And Yell ► Art Rock >> 1987
MC Hammer —— Let’s Get It Started ► Hip-Hop >> 1988
Brian May —— Back To The Light [UK] ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Live Seeds ► Alt Rock >> 1993
The Police —— Message in A Box: The Complete Recordings ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1993
Anal Cunt —— Morbid Florist ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1993
Paul Simon —— Paul Simon 1964/1993 ► Folk-Pop >> 1993
PJ Harvey —— Is This Desire? ► Indie Rock >> 1998
Depeche Mode —— The Singles 86>98 ► Synth-Pop >> 1998
Tony Bennett —— Bennett Sings Ellington: Hot & Cool ► Easy Listening >> 1999
Sting —— Brand New Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1999
Indigo Girls —— Come On Now Social ► Folk-Rock >> 1999
Creed —— Human Clay ► Alt Rock/Post-Grunge >> 1999
The Church —— Under The Milky Way: The Best Of The Church ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1999
ZZ Top —— XXX ► Blues-Rock >> 1999
Iggy Pop —— Ultimate Live ► Alt. Rock / Punk >> 2004
Jerry Garcia Band —— After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80 ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Buzzcocks —— The Complete Singles Anthology ► Punk-Rock >> 2004
Melissa Etheridge —— Lucky Live ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Joss Stone —— Mind, Body & Soul ► Pop-Soul (Neo-Soul) >> 2004
Mark Knopfler —— Shangri-La ► Roots Rock >> 2004
Slade —— Live At The BBC ► Hard Rock >> 2009
Mariah Carey —— Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Tina Turner —— Tina Live ► Pop-Rock >> 2009
Gin Blossoms —— No Chocolate Cake ► Power Pop >> 2010
Soundgarden —— Telephantasm ► Grange Rock >> 2010
The Doobie Brothers —— World Gone Crazy ► Pop-Rock >> 2010

September 29


The Jackson 5 —— Goin’ Back To Indiana ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band —— Glorified Magnified ► Prog Rock >> 1972
Rush —— All The World’s A Stage ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Billy Joel —— The Stranger ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Kool & The Gang —— Celebrate! ► Disco-Funk >> 1980
Stevie Wonder —— Hotter Than July ► Pop-R&B >> 1980
The Fall —— Bend Sinister ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1986
New Order —— Brotherhood ► Power Pop >> 1986
Chicago —— Chicago 18 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1986
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— The Pacific Age ► New Wave Synth Pop >> 1986
The Smiths —— Strangeways, Here We Come ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1987
Red Hot Chili Peppers —— The Uplift Mofo Party Plan ► Alt. Funk-Rock >> 1987
Alice In Chains —— Dirt ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 1992
10,000 Maniacs —— Our Time In Eden ► Folk-Rock >> 1992
Peter Gabriel —— Us ► Prog Rock >> 1992
Stone Temple Pilots —— Core ► Arena Rock >> 1982
Rammstein —— Herzeleid ► Industrial/Krautrock >> 1995
The Rolling Stones —— Bridges To Babylon ► Blues-Rock >> 1997
The Fall —— Levitate ► Post-Punk Pop-Rock >> 1997
Simple Minds —— The Promised ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 1997
The Verve —— Urban Hymns ► Psych Rock/Britpop >> 1997
AFI —— A Fire Inside ► Hardcore Punk >> 1998
Peter Wolf —— Fool’s Parade ► Blues-Rock/Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1998
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Painted From Memory ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1998
Joni Mitchell —— Taming The Tiger ► Folk-Rock >> 1998
Alice In Chains —— Black Gives Way To Blue ► Heavy Metal/Grunge Metal >> 2009
Lynyrd Skynyrd —— God & Guns ► Southern Rock >> 2009
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ —— The Great American Bubble Factory ► Southern Rock >> 2009

September 30


Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Heat Wave ► Soul – Motown >> 1963
Rare Earth —— Get Ready ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1969
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— A Pocket Full Of Miracles ► Soul – Motown >> 1970
Joe Walsh —— Barnstorm ► Blues-Rock >> 1972
Ian Dury —— New Boots And Panties!! ► Punk-Rock >> 1987
Gary Moore —— Back On The Streets ► Roots Rock (Irish) >> 1978
Godley & Crème —— Freeze Frame ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Hall & Oates —— Live At The Apollo ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Madness —— Mad Not Mad ► Ska >> 1985
Tom Waits —— Rain Dogs ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble —— Soul To Soul ► Blues-Rock >> 1985
Wang Chung —— To Live And Die In L.A. ► New Wave/Dance-Pop >> 1985
R.E.M. —— The Best Of R.E.M. ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Paul McCartney —— Choba b CCCP ► Pop-Rock >> 1991
Nitzer Ebb —— Ebbhead ► Industrial/EBM >> 1991
Simply Red —— Stars ► Alt Pop-Rock >> 1991
Robbie Robertson —— Storyville ► Roots Rock >> 1991
Natalie Cole —— Twin Best Now ► Soul-Pop >> 1992
The Beatles —— The Beatles & Tony Sheridan ► Rock n Roll >> 1994
Lake Of Tears —— Greater Art ► Doth/Doom Metsal >> 1994
Secret Chiefs 3 —— First Grand Constitution And Bylaws ► Experimental/Indie Rock >> 1996
Patti Smith —— Peace And Noise ► Heartland Rock >> 1997
Bob Dylan —— Time Out Of Mind ► Folk-Rock >> 1997
The Apples In Stereo —— Tone Soul Evolution ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop >> 1997
Turbonegro —— Darkness Forever! ► Heavy Metal/Glam Punk >> 2000
Ace Of Base —— Da Capo ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 2002
The Rolling Stones —— Forty Licks ► Blues-Rock >> 2002
Mark Knopfler —— The Ragpicker’s Dream ► Roots Rock >> 2002
Bonnie Raitt —— The Best Of Bonnie Raitt On Capitol 1989-2003 ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Toto —— The Essential Toto ► Pop-Rock/Arena Rock >> 2003
Martina McBride —— Martina ► Alt. Country >> 2003
Sting —— Sacred Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
James Taylor —— Covers ► Folk-Rock >> 2008
Dion —— Heroes: Giants Of Early Guitar Rock ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
Melissa Etheridge —— A New Thought For Christmas ► Roots Rock >> 2008
Kool & The Gang —— Back To Back ► Funk >> 2011
Rush —— The Studio Albums 1989-2007 ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2013
Lucinda Williams —— Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone ► Alt. Country >> 2014
Melissa Etheridge —— This Is M.E. ► Roots Rock >> 2014
Bryan Adams —— Tracks Of My Years ► Pop-Rock >> 2014

October 01


Elvis Presley —— G.I. Blues ► Rock n Roll >> 1960
Elvis Presley —— Blue Hawaii ► Rock n Roll >> 1961
The Monkees —— The Monkees Present ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
John Cale —— Fear ► Art Rock >> 1974
Rory Gallagher —— Against The Grain ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
Styx —— Crystal Ball ► Prog/Art Rock >> 1976
Rory Gallagher —— Photo-Finish ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
Slade —— Return To Base ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies [EP] ► Folk-Rock >> 1982
The Damned —— Strawberries ► Punk-Rock >> 1982
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth ► Punk-rock >> 1984
Chaka Khan —— I Feel For You ► Funk >> 1984
Romeo Void —— Instincts ► Post-Punk >> 1984
Midnight Oil —— Red Sails In The Sunset ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Ramones —— Too Tough To Die ► Punk-Rock >> 1984
U2 —— The Unforgettable Fire ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1984
John Fogerty —— Eye Of The Zombie ► Folk-Rock >> 1986
Lennie Gallant —— Breakwater ► Folk-Rock >> 1988
Dannii Minogue —— Dannii ► Pop/Freestyle >> 1990
10,000 Maniacs —— Hope Chest: The Fredonia Recordings 1982-1983 ► Folk-Rock >> 1990
Iron Maiden —— No Prayer For The Dying ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Elton John —— The Very Best of Elton John [1990] ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Prince & The New Power Generation —— Diamonds And Pearls ► Soul-Funk >> 1991
Cheap Trick —— The Greatest Hits ► Hard Rock/Power Pop >> 1991
Marduk —— Those Of The Unlight ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1993
Natalie Cole —— Holly & Ivy ► Soul-Pop >> 1994
Edge Of Sanity —— Purgatory Afterglow ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal >> 1994
East 17 —— Up All Night ► Dance-Pop >> 1995
Bad Brains —— Black Dots ► Post-Punk/Hardcore >> 1996
Nirvana —— From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah ► Grunge >> 1996
Thompson Twins —— Greatest Hits ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1996
Curtis Mayfield —— New World Order ► Soul/Funk >> 1996
Matchbox Twenty —— Yourself Or Someone Like You ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Carbon Leaf —— Shadows In The Banquet Hall ► AA Alt Rock >> 1997
Eighteen Visions —— No Time For Love ► Metalcore >> 1999
Kylie Minogue —— Fever ► Dance-Pop >> 2001
Elton John —— Songs From The West Coast ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Weather Report —— Live And Unreleased ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 2002
Matthew Sweet —— To Understand: The Early Recordings Of Matthew Sweet ► Power Pop >> 2002
The Psychedelic Furs —— Best Of The Psychedelic Furs ► Post-Punk New Wave >> 2007

October 02


The Ventures —— The Colorful Ventures ► Rock n Roll Instrumental >> 1961
The Kinks —— The Kinks [UK] ► British Rock >> 1964
The Kinks —— You Really Got Me ► British Rock >> 1964
Dolly Parton —— Coat Of Many Colors ► Country >> 1971
J. Geils Band —— The Morning After ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Barry White —— Stone Gon’ ► Soul >> 1973
Frank Zappa & Captain Beefheart —— Bongo Fury ► Art Rock >> 1975
Neil Young —— Comes A Time ► Folk-Rock >> 1978
Chicago —— Hot Streets ► Jazz-Rock >> 1978
Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Survival ► Roots Reggae >> 1979
The Police —— Ghost In The Machine ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1981
Bathory —— Bathory ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal >> 1984
The Replacements —— Let It Be ► College Rock >> 1984
Sheena Easton —— A Private Heaven ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
Neil Young —— Freedom ► Blues-Rock >> 1989
The Kinks —— UK Jive ► British Rock >> 1989
Tiffany —— New Inside ► Dance-Pop >> 1990
Oasis —— (What’s The Story) Morning Glory ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1995
Iron Maiden —— The X Factor ► Heavy Metal >> 1995
Richard Marx —— The Best Of Richard Marx ► Adult Contemporary Pop-Rock >> 2000
The Rembrandts —— Lost Together ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Machine Head —— Supercharger ► Heavy Metal/Groove Metal >> 2001
Bob Dylan —— Dylan ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Matchbox Twenty —— Exile On Mainstream ► Alt. Rock >> 2007
Bruce Springsteen —— Magic ► Heartland Rock >> 2007
John Fogerty —— Revival ► Folk-Rock >> 2007
Van Morrison —— Born To Sing: No Plan B ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
Heart —— Fanatic ► Album Rock >> 2012
The Tragically Hip —— Now For Plan A ► Folk-Rock >> 2012
Janet Jackson —— Unbreakable ► Pop-Soul >> 2105

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Albums Released This Week (February 9 – 15)

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

Feb 09


The Mothers Of Invention —— Burnt Weeny Sandwich ► Art Rock >> 1970
ZZ Top —— Tejas ► Blues-Rock >> 1977
Phil Collins —— Face Value ► Pop-Rock >> 1981
The Highwaymen —— Highwayman 2 ► Outlaw Country >> 1990
Deacon Blue —— Fellow Hoodlums [UK] ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Jellyfish —— Spilt Milk ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1993
Mick Jagger —— Wandering Spirit ► Adult Contemporary >> 1993
Dinosaur Jr. —— Where You Been ► Alt. Rock >> 1993
Stratovarius —— Dreamspace ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1994
Bad Manners —— Rare & Fatty ► Ska Revival >> 1999
The Other Ones —— The Strange Remain ► Jam Band >> 1999
Elvis Presley —— Sunrise ► Rock n Roll >> 1999
Bad Company —— Hard Rock Live ► Hard Rock >> 2010

Feb 10


Dionne Warwick —— Presenting Dionne Warwick ► Pop-Soul >> 1963
The Troggs —— Trogglodynamite ► Garage Rock >> 1967
Buffalo Springfield —— Retrospective: The Best Of Buffalo Springfield ► Folk-Rock >> 1969
Diana Ross —— Diana Ross ► Soul – Motown >> 1976
John Cale —— Church Of Anthrax ► Art Rock >> 1971
Carole King —— Tapestry ► Female Vocalist >> 1971
Carpenters —— Golden Double Deluxe [Japan] ► Easy Listening >> 1972
Dusty Springfield —— It Begins Again ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Judas Priest —— Stained Class ► Heavy Metal >> 1978
Van Halen —— Van Halen ► Hard Rock >> 1978
John Lennon —— Live In New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 1986
Manic Street Preachers —— Generation Terrorists ► Hard Rock >> 1992
Wet Wet Wet —— High On The Happy Side ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1992
Blur —— Blur ► Alt Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 1997
Gary Numan —— Exile ► Industrial Rock >> 1998
Yngwie Malmsteen —— Facing The Animal ► Heavy Metal >> 1998
Massive Attack —— 100th Window ► Trip-Hop >> 2003
Kanye West —— The College Dropout ► Rap >> 2004
Carpenters —— Gold: 35th Anniversary Edition ► Easy Listening >> 2004
Melissa Etheridge —— Lucky ► Roots Rock >> 2004

Feb 11


The Rolling Stones —— Between the Buttons ► Blues-Rock >> 1967
Blue Öyster Cult —— Tyranny And Mutation ► Heavy Metal >> 1973
Jethro Tull —— Songs From The Wood ► Prog Rock >> 1977
Golden Earring —— N.E.W.S. ► Hard Rock >> 1984
The Firm —— The Firm ► British Rock >> 1985
Cowboy Junkies —— Black Eyed Man ► Alt. Rock >> 1992
Cathedral —— Forest Of Equilibrium ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1992
Riders In The Sky —— Saturday Morning With Riders ► Western Swing/Pop >> 1992
The Church —— Almost Yesterday ► Alt. Power Pop >> 1997
Big Head Todd & The Monsters —— Beautiful World ► AA Pop-Rock >> 1997
Anal Cunt —— I Like It When You Die ► Heavy Metal/Grindcore >> 1997
Hall & Oates —— Do It For Love ► Pop-Rock >> 2003
The Calling —— The Very Best Of The Calling ► Post-Grunge Alt. Rock >> 2011
Bob Dylan —— House Of The Rising Sun ► Folk-Rock >> 2013

Feb 12


Brenda Lee —— Sincerely, Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop >> 1962
The Three Souls —— Soul Sounds ► Soul-Jazz >> 1965
The Allman Brothers Band —— Eat A Peach ► Southern Rock >> 1972
Olivia Newton-John —— Have You Ever Been Mellow ► Pop-Rock >> 1975
The Kinks —— Sleepwalker ► British Rock >> 1977
Bryan Adams —— Bryan Adams ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
XTC —— English Settlement ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1982
Various Artists —— Vision Quest [Sndtrk] ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 1985
A Flock Of Seagulls —— The Best Of A Flock Of Seagulls ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1991
Phish —— A Picture Of Nectar ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1992
Aphex Twin —— Selected Ambient Works 85-92 ► Electronica – Dark Ambient >> 1992
Voice Of The Beehive —— Sex & Misery [UK] ► Alt. Rock >> 1996
Cocteau Twins —— Milk And Kisses ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Sloan —— One Chord To Another ► Alt Indie Rock >> 1997
David Gray —— Lost Songs 95-98 ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2001
Chris Isaak —— Always Got Tonight ► AA Pop-Rock >> 2002
The Kingston Trio —— Twice Upon A Time ► Folk-Pop >> 2008

Feb 13


The Rolling Stones —— The Rolling Stones, Now! ► Blues-Rock >> 1965
Black Sabbath —— Black Sabbath ► Hard Rock >> 1970
Three Dog Night —— Around The World With Three Dog Night ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1973
Peter Frampton —— Frampton Comes Alive! [UK] ► Arena Rock >> 1976
Thompson Twins —— Into The Gap ► Synth-Pop >> 1984
Jermaine Jackson —— Precious Moments ► Soul-dance-pop >> 1986
The Black Crowes —— Shake Your Money Maker ► Southern Rock >> 1990
Gin Blossoms —— Congratulations…I’m Sorry ► Power Pop >> 1996
Jackson Browne —— Looking East ► Folk-Rock >> 1996
Lucinda Williams —— West ► Alt. Country >> 2007
The Who —— Greatest Hits & More ► British Rock >> 2010

Feb 14


Neil Young —— Harvest ► Folk-Rock >> 1972
Roy Harper —— Valentine ► Folk-Rock >> 1974
Heart —— Dreamboat Annie ► Album Rock >> 1976
George Harrison —— George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 1979
Heart —— Bebe Le Strange ► Album Rock >> 1980
Various Artists —— Footloose [Sndtrk] ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Smiths —— Meat Is Murder ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1985
Honeymoon Suite —— The Big Prize ► Arena Rock >> 1986
Elvis Costello —— Spike ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1989
Tha Alkaholics —— Coast II Coast ► West Coast Rap >> 1995
Belly —— King ► Alt Rock/Dream Pop >> 1995
John Waite —— Temple Bar ► Power Pop >> 1995

Feb 15


Brenda Lee —— Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits ► Country-Pop >> 1965
Dionne Warwick —— The Sensitive Sound Of Dionne Warwick ► Pop-Soul >> 1965
The Monkees —— Instant Replay ► Pop-Rock >> 1969
Buck Owens —— Bridge Over Troubled Water ► Country-Rock/Bakersfield >> 1971
Deep Purple —— Burn ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Slade —— Old New Borrowed Blue ► Hard Rock >> 1974
Rush —— Fly By Night ► Arena Rock >> 1975
America —— Harbor ► Folk-Rock >> 1977
The Knack —— …But The Little Girls Understand ► Power Pop >> 1980
Graham Nash —— Earth & Sky ► Folk-Rock >> 1980
Elvis Costello And The Attractions —— Get Happy!! ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1980
Jimmy Page —— Death Wish II [Sndtrk] ► Blues-Rock >> 1982
Jethro Tull And The London Symphony Orchestra —— A Classic Case ► Symphonic Rock >> 1985
Anathema —— Serenades ► Goth/Doom Metal >> 1993
Gloria Estefan —— Best Of Gloria Estefan ► Latin Pop >> 1997
The Creatures —— Anima Animus ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock >> 1999
The Who —— BBC Sessions ► British Rock >> 2000
The Cure —— Bloodflowers ► Post-Punk >> 2000
Gov’t Mule —— Life Before Insanity ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock >> 2000
Tracy Chapman —— Telling Stories ► Folk-Rock >> 2000

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Albums Released This Week (November 17 – 23)

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

Nov 17


The Kinks —— Sunny Afternoon ► British Rock >> 1967
Bob Dylan —— Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Laura Nyro —— Gonna Take A Miracle ► Folk-Rock >> 1971
Miles Davis —— Live-Evil ► Jazz-Funk Fusion >> 1971
The Moody Blues —— Seventh Sojourn ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1972
ABBA —— Greatest Hits ► Euro-Pop >> 1975
Tommy Bolin —— Teaser ► Hard Rock >> 1975
Bette Midler —— Broken Blossom ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
The Doors —— An American Prayer ► Blues-Rock >> 1978
The Jam —— Setting Sons ► Punk-Rock >> 1979
The Easybeats —— Absolute Anthology ► Rock ‘N’ Roll >> 1980
John Lennon —— Double Fantasy ► Pop-Rock >> 1980
The Fall —— Grotesque (After The Gramme) ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk >> 1980
Chaka Khan —— Chaka Khan ► Soul-Funk >> 1982
The Kinks —— Think Visual ► British Rock >> 1986
The Pretenders —— The Singles ► Post-Punk >> 1987
Various Artists —— The Bodyguard [Sndtrk] ► Mixed R&B/Pop >> 1992
Ice Cube —— The Predator ► Gangsta Rap >> 1992
The Anti-Nowhere League —— Scum [UK] ► Punk Rock >> 1997
Mariah Carey —— #1’s ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Kylie Minogue —— Body Language ► Dance-Pop >> 2003
U2 —— Go Home: Live From Slane Castle ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2003
Mariah Carey —— The Ballads ► Pop-Rock >> 2008
The Damned —— So, Who’s Paranoid? ► Goth Rock >> 2008
Paul McCartney —— Good Evening New York City ► Pop-Rock >> 2009

Nov 18


Three Dog Night —— Naturally ► Blue-Eyed Soul >> 1970
Genesis —— The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway ► Prog Rock >> 1974
Al Green —— Have A Good Time ► Soul (Southern) >> 1976
Bob Welch —— French Kiss ► Pop-Rock >> 1977
Brand X —— Livestock ► Jazz-Rock Fusion >> 1977
The Damned —— Music For Pleasure ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
The Jam —— This Is The Modern World ► Punk-Rock >> 1977
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Love Beach ► Prog Rock >> 1978
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Emerson, Lake & Palmer In Concert ► Prog Rock >> 1979
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Ian Anderson —— Walk Into Light ► Electronic/Art Rock >> 1983
Slade —— Crackers – The Christmas Party Album ► Hard Rock >> 1985
LL Cool J —— Radio ► Hip-Hop >> 1985
Robert Palmer —— Riptide ► Adult Contemporary >> 1985
Stevie Nicks —— Rock A Little ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Duran Duran —— Notorious ► Synth-Pop >> 1986
Madonna —— You Can Dance ► Dance-Pop >> 1987
Whitesnake —— Slip Of The Tongue ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Aldo Nova —— Aldo’s Dream ► Progressive Rock >> 1997
AC/DC —— Bonfire ► Hard Rock >> 1997
Metallica —— Reload ► Heavy Metal >> 1997
Paul Simon —— Songs From The Capeman ► Folk-Pop >> 1997
The Ramones —— We’re Outta Here ► Punk-Rock >> 1997
Savatage —— Believe ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1998
Sheena Easton —— Fabulous ► Pop-Rock >> 2000
John Cale —— HoboSapiens ► Art Rock >> 2003
The Human League —— Original Remixes & Rarities ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 2005
Phish —— At The Roxy ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2008
David Cook —— David Cook ► Post-Grunge Pop-Rock >> 2008

Nov 19


The Beach Boys —— The Beach Boys In Concert ► Pop-Rock >> 1973
Emerson, Lake & Palmer —— Brain Salad Surgery ► Prog Rock >> 1973
George Harrison —— The Best Of George Harrison ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
George Harrison —— Thirty-Three & 1/3 [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1976
Frank Zappa —— Joe’s Garage: Acts II & III ► Art Rock >> 1979
Neil Young & Crazy Horse —— Live Rust ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Barry Manilow —— Barry ► AM Pop >> 1980
Led Zeppelin —— Coda ► Hard Rock >> 1982
Don Henley —— Building The Perfect Beast ► Pop-Rock >> 1984
The Kinks —— Word Of Mouth ► British Rock >> 1984
U2 —— Achtung Baby ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1991
Teenage Fanclub —— Bandwagonesque ► Power Pop >> 1991
Jeff Beck —— Beckology ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Talk Talk —— Laughing Stock ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1991
Luis Miguel —— Romance ► Latin Pop >> 1991
Boz Scaggs —— Fade Into Light ► Pop-Soul >> 1996
Bush —— Razorblade Suitcase ► Grunge Rock >> 1996
George Harrison —— Brainwashed ► Pop-Rock >> 2002
Toni Braxton —— More Than A Woman ► Soul-Pop >> 2002
Joni Mitchell —— Travelogue ► Folk-Rock >> 2002
Simple Minds —— 5X5 Live ► New Wave Alt. Pop >> 2012
Led Zeppelin —— Celebration Day ► Hard Rock >> 2012
The Who —— Live At Hull 1970 ► British Rock >> 2012
Eric Clapton —— Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 ► Blues-Rock >> 2013

Nov 20


The Yardbirds —— Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds ► British Invasion >> 1965
Stevie Wonder —— Eivets Rednow…Alfie ► Soul-pop >> 1968
Sly & The Family Stone —— There’s A Riot Goin’ On ► Soul-Funk >> 1971
Alice Cooper —— Muscle Of Love ► Hard Rock >> 1973
Phil Collins —— …But Seriously ► Pop-Rock >> 1989
Debbie Gibson —— Anything Is Possible ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
Run-D.M.C. —— Back From Hell ► Rap >> 1990
Blue Rodeo —— Casino ► Country-Rock >> 1990
Cinderella —— Heartbreak Station ► Heavy Metal >> 1990
Peter Gabriel —— Shaking The Tree: Sixteen Golden Greats ► Prog Rock >> 1990
Paul McCartney —— Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights! ► Pop-Rock >> 1990
The Beatles —— Anthology 1 ► Pop-Rock >> 1995
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Playback ► Album Rock >> 1995
HiM —— Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666 ► Heavy Metal/Goth Metal >> 1997
The Slackers —— The Question ► Ska Revival >> 1998
Sting —— …All This Time ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Aerosmith —— Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology ► Hard Rock >> 2001
Foo Fighters —— Five Songs And A Cover [EP] ► Grunge Rock >> 2005
Oasis —— Stop The Clocks ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Britpop >> 2006
Melissa Etheridge —— The Awakening Live ► Roots Rock >> 2007
The Kingston Trio —— Live At The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium ► Folk-Pop >> 2007
Phish —— Vegas 96 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 2007
Billy Idol —— In Super Overdrive Live ► Hard Rock >> 2009

Nov 21


The Animals —— Animalism ► Blues-Rock >> 1966
Joan Baez —— Noël ► Folk-Pop/Latin >> 1966
The Moody Blues —— To Our Children’s Children’s Children ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1969
Sly & The Family Stone —— Greatest Hits ► Soul-Funk >> 1970
Neil Diamond —— Tap Root Manuscript ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Queen —— A Night At The Opera [UK] ► Glam Rock >> 1975
Scorpions —— Virgin Killer ► Heavy Metal >> 1976
Earth, Wind & Fire —— All ‘N All ► Soul-Funk >> 1977
Rod Stewart —— Foolish Behavior ► Dance-Disco >> 1980
Steely Dan —— Gaucho ► Jazz-Rock >> 1980
REO Speedwagon —— Hi Infidelity ► Arena Rock >> 1980
Duran Duran —— Seven And The Ragged Tiger ► Synth-Pop >> 1983
Frank Zappa —— Francesco Zappa ► Art Rock/Classical >> 1984
Don Henley —— Actual Miles: Henley’s Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Frank Zappa —— Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers Of Prevention ► Art Rock >> 1985
Soul Asylum —— While You Were Out ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 1986
Skinny Puppy —— Rabies ► Alt. Rock – Industrial >> 1988
Chicago —— Greatest Hits 1982 – 1989 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1989
Kenny G —— Kenny G Live ► Jazz-Pop >> 1989
Rush —— Presto ► Arena Rock >> 1989
Tiffany —— Dreams Never Die ► Dance-Pop >> 1993
Ace Of Base —— The Bridge ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1995
Bruce Springsteen —— The Ghost Of Tom Joad ► Heartland Rock >> 1995
Stevie Wonder —— Natural Wonder ► Pop-R&B >> 1995
Backstreet Boys —— Black & Blue ► Dance-Pop >> 2000
Everclear —— Songs From An American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time For A Bad Attitude ► Grunge-Punk >> 2000
Korn —— Take A Look In The Mirror ► Post-Grunge/Nu Metal >> 2003
Cocteau Twins —— Lullabies To Violaine: Singles And Extended Plays 1982-1996 ► Folk-Rock >> 2005
The dB’s —— Christmas Time Again ► Power Pop >> 2006
Daughtry —— Daughtry ► Alt. Rock >> 2006
Kylie Minogue —— X ► Dance-Pop >> 2007
Bob Seger —— Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets ► Album Rock >> 2011

Nov 22


Phil Spector —— A Christmas Gift To You From Phillies Records ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
The Beatles —— With The Beatles ► Pop-Rock >> 1963
The Beatles —— The Beatles (The White Album) ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Dusty Springfield —— Dusty…Definitely ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Elvis Presley —— Elvis ► Rock n Roll >> 1968
The Kinks —— The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society ► British Rock >> 1968
Miles Davis —— Get Up With It ► Jazz-Funk Fusion >> 1974
Chic —— Chic ► Disco >> 1977
Motörhead —— Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers ► Heavy Metal >> 1980
Split Enz —— See Ya’ Round ► New Wave Power Pop >> 1984
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions —— Easy Pieces ► AA Pop-Rock/Synth >> 1985
Yoko Ono —— Starpeace ► New Wave Art-Rock >> 1985
Candlemass —— Ancient Dreams ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal >> 1988
Bette Midler —— Beaches [Sndtrk] ► Female Vocalist >> 1988
Chaka Khan —— CK ► Funk >> 1988
Pink Floyd —— Delicate Sound Of Thunder ► Prog Rock >> 1988
Jethro Tull —— Nightcap: The Unreleased Masters 1972-1991 [UK] ► Folk-Rock >> 1993
Aerosmith —— Box Of Fire ► Hard Rock >> 1994
ZZ Top —— One Foot In The Blues ► Blues-Rock >> 1994
Rory Gallagher —— Meeting With The G-Man ► Blues-Rock >> 2003
Rush —— R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour ► Prog/Art Rock >> 2005

Nov 23


The Beatles —— The Beatles Story ► Pop-Rock >> 1964
Cat Stevens —— Tea For The Tillerman ► Folk-Pop >> 1970
Yoko Ono —— Feeling The Space ► Avant Garde/Experimental >> 1973
The Moody Blues —— This Is The Moody Blues ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1974
Earth, Wind & Fire —— The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 ► Soul-Funk >> 1978
Teddy Pendergrass —— Live! Coast To Coast ► Soul-Pop >> 1979
Public Image Ltd. —— Metal Box ► Post-Punk >> 1979
Mike Oldfield —— Platinum ► Progressive Rock >> 1979
David Bowie —— Changestwobowie ► Glam Rock >> 1981
Pink Floyd —— A Collection Of Great Dance Songs ► Prog Rock >> 1981
AC/DC —— For Those About To Rock We Salute You ► Hard Rock >> 1981
Chicago —— Greatest Hits, Volume II ► Jazz-Rock >> 1981
The Who —— Who’s Greatest Hits ► British Rock >> 1983
Bad Religion —— Against The Grain ► Punk Rock >> 1990
Archers Of Loaf —— Icky Mettle ► Indie Rock/Noise Pop >> 1993
Metallica —— Live Shit: Binge & Purge ► Heavy Metal >> 1993
Cowboy Junkies —— Pale Sun, Crescent Moon ► Alt. Rock >> 1993
Ace Of Base —— The Sign ► Euro-Dance Pop >> 1993
Guns N’ Roses —— The Spaghetti Incident? ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Linda Ronstadt —— Winter Light ► Pop-Rock >> 1993
The Beastie Boys —— Beastie Boys Anthology: The Sounds Of Science ► Rap >> 1999
Phish —— Hampton Comes Alive ► Prog Rock/Jam Band >> 1999
Guns N’ Roses —— Live Era: ’87-’93 ► Hard Rock >> 1999
Blondie —— Live In New York ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1999
Mötley Crüe —— Live: Entertainment Or Death ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Metallica —— S&M ► Heavy Metal >> 1999
Freedom Call —— Stairway To Fairyland ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal >> 1999
Jessica Simpson —— Sweet Kisses ► Tenn Dance-Pop >> 1999
Sarah McLachlan —— Afterglow Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2004
Evanescence —— Anywhere But Home ► Hard Rock/Alt Metal >> 2004
U2 —— How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb ► Alt. Pop-Rock >> 2004
Simon & Garfunkel —— In Concert ► Folk-Pop >> 2004
The Allman Brothers Band —— One Way Out ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Nirvana —— With The Lights Out ► Grunge >> 2004
Guns N’ Roses —— Chinese Democracy ► Hard Rock >> 2008

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Albums Released This Week (April 18 – 24)

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):


Apr 18

Cilla Black —— Cilla Sings A Rainbow ► Rock ‘N’ Roll/Merseybeat >> 1966
The Pretty Things —— Emotions ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1967
The Miracles —— Renaissance ► Soul – Motown >> 1973
ZZ Top —— Fandango! ► Blues-Rock >> 1975
The Cure —— Seventeen Seconds ► Post-Punk >> 1980
Butthole Surfers —— Rembrandt Pussycat ► Post-Punk Hardcore >> 1986
Eric Clapton —— Crossroads ► Blues-Rock >> 1988
Timbuk 3 —— Eden Alley ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1988
Erasure —— The Innocents ► Alt. Dance >> 1988
Reba McEntire —— Reba ► Country-Pop >> 1988
Pixies —— Doolittle ► Garage Rock >> 1989
Tricky —— Maxinquaye ► Electronic Trip-Hop >> 1995
Black Label Society —— Stronger Than Death ► Heavy Metal >> 2000
Daniel Powter —— Daniel Powter ► Folk-Rock >> 2006


Apr 19

The Zombies —— Odessey and Oracle ► Art Rock >> 1968
Laurie Anderson —— Big Science ► Art Rock >> 1982
Jethro Tull —— The Broadsword And The Beast ► Prog Rock >> 1982
Ultravox —— Lament ► New Wave Synth-Pop >> 1984
Live —— Throwing Copper ► Post-Grunge Alt Rock >> 1994


Apr 20

Jethro Tull —— Benefit ► Prog Rock >> 1970
Paul McCartney —— McCartney ► Pop-Rock >> 1970
Dr. John —— Dr. John’s Gumbo ► Roots Rock >> 1972
Rick James —— Come And Get It! ► Soul-Funk >> 1978
Ronnie Wood —— Gimme Some Neck ► Hard Rock >> 1979
Charlie Daniels Band —— Million Mile Reflections ► Southern Rock >> 1979
Amy Grant —— My Father’s Eyes ► Pop-Rock/Christian >> 1979
Dave Edmunds —— Twangin’… ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1981
Bon Jovi —— 7800° Fahrenheit ► Arena Rock >> 1985
Pavement —— Slanted And Enchanted ► Garage Rock >> 1992
Dave Edmunds —— The Anthology (1968-1990) ► Roots/Pub Rock >> 1993
Aerosmith —— Get A Grip ► Hard Rock >> 1993
Little Feat —— Highwire Act: Live In St. Louis 2003 ► Southern Rock >> 2004
Prince —— Musicology ► Dance-Pop >> 2004
Jimmy Buffett —— Encores: Live ► Folk-Rock >> 2010


Apr 21

King Curtis —— King Soul ► Instrumental Soul >> 1960
The Mothers Of Invention —— Uncle Meat ► Art Rock >> 1969
ABBA —— ABBA ► Euro-Pop >> 1975
Ringo Starr —— Bad Boy [UK] ► Pop-Rock >> 1978
Pete Townshend —— Empty Glass ► Prog Rock >> 1980
Accept —— Russian Roulette ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal >> 1986
Siouxsie And The Banshees —— Tinderbox ► New Wave Pop-Rock >> 1986
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) ► Album Rock >> 1987
X Japan —— Blue Blood ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal >> 1989
The Cure —— Wish ► Post-Punk >> 1992
Widespread Panic —— Light Fuse, Get Away ► Southern Rock >> 1998
Lou Reed —— Perfect Night: Live In London ► Hard Rock >> 1998
Ray Davies —— The Storyteller ► Pop-Rock >> 1998
Depeche Mode —— Sounds Of The Universe ► New Wave/Synth-Pop >> 2009


Apr 22

The Monkees —— The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees ► Pop-Rock >> 1968
Iron Butterfly —— Live ► Psychedelic Rock >> 1970
Merle Haggard —— Hag ► Country Classics >> 1971
The Temptations —— Sky’s The Limit ► Soul – Motown >> 1971
Frank Zappa —— Apostrophe (*) ► Art Rock >> 1974
J. Geils Band —— Blow Your Face Out ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Heart —— Magazine ► Album Rock >> 1978
Prince —— Around The World In A Day ► Pop-Rock >> 1985
Chicago —— The Heart Of Chicago 1967-1997 ► Jazz-Rock >> 1997
Asia —— Live ► Prog Rock >> 1997
Son Volt —— Straightaways ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 1997
Madonna —— American Life ► Dance-Pop >> 2003


Apr 23

Joe Cocker —— With A Little Help From My Friends ► Blues-Rock >> 1969
The Rolling Stones —— Sticky Fingers ► Blues-Rock >> 1971
Stills, Stephen & Manassas —— Down The Road ► Country-Rock >> 1973
The Rolling Stones —— Black And Blue ► Blues-Rock >> 1976
Gentle Giant —— Interview [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Burning Spear —— Marcus Garvey ► Reggae-Folk >> 1976
The Ramones —— The Ramones ► Punk-Rock >> 1976
Jethro Tull —— Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll, Too Young To Die [UK] ► Prog Rock >> 1976
Judas Priest —— Sin After Sin ► Heavy Metal >> 1977
Bob Dylan —— Bob Dylan At Budokan ► Folk-Rock >> 1979
Madness —— Complete Madness ► Ska >> 1982
Men at Work —— Two Hearts ► Synth-Pop >> 1985
Dave Mason —— Two Hearts ► Prog Rock >> 1987
Death Angel —— The Ultra-Violence ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal >> 1987
Dead Milkmen —— Metaphysical Grafitti ► Punk-Rock >> 1990
Joe Walsh —— Ordinary Average Guy ► Blues-Rock >> 1991
Wilco —— Yankee Hotel Foxtrot ► Alt. Country-Rock >> 2002
Bob Dylan —— Together Through Life ► Folk-Rock >> 2009
Asia —— Omega ► Prog Rock >> 2010


Apr 24

David Bowie —— Diamond Dogs ► Glam Rock >> 1974
Cameo —— Cameosis ► Soul-Funk >> 1980
The Bee Gees —— This Is Where I Came In ► Pop-Rock >> 2001
Lou Reed —— Hudson River Wind Meditations ► Art Rock >> 2007
Patti Smith —— Twelve ► Hard Rock >> 2007

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