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Monday, December 31, 2012
1982 - 30th Anniversary Wrap Up
Below is the full list, alphabetically, in case you missed any. Just take a title and use the Search function of the blog to find that particular review.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Ric Ocasek - Beatitude
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Neil Young - Trans
Young played guitar, bass and piano as well as did the lead vocals. On a bulk of the tracks, he also used a Vocoder to give his voice a more electronic sound. Joining him on the album were Nils Lofgren (guitar, piano, organ), Ben Keith (guitar), Bruce Palmer (bass), Ralph Molina (drums), Joe Lala (percussion), Frank Sampedro (guitar) and Billy Talbot (bass).
Friday, December 28, 2012
Favorite Things 2012 Edition
Even though the main focus of my blog has been music from decades back, I do have a few other things going on in my hobby circles. With the end of the year upon us, I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about some of the new things that I got into during 2012. Wherever applicable, I'll include some links if it sounds like stuff you want to check out too.
Let's take a look, in no particular order, at a few categories:
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Labels: Chris Hardwick, Dr. Who, Eureka, Felicia Day, Geek and Sundry, miscellaneous, Netflix, personal, Post-Apodaclypse, Revenge of the 80's, Skyrim, the Guild, the Nerdist Channel
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Sonic Youth - Sonic Youth
Because of its short length, less than twenty five minutes total, the 1987 cassette re-release basically gives you the album twice - once on each side. However, the song order on the second side went from last to first, a rather interesting way to go. That certainly saved on rewinding back in the day, if that was your music format of choice.
Let’s take a look at this debut as part of its thirtieth anniversary celebration.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Foghat - In the Mood for Something Rude
The album, which went to number 162 on the US Billboard Hot 200, takes a group of R&B and country tunes by other artists and puts them through a blues-rock spin-cycle. Today, we will take a look at this record as part of its thirtieth anniversary celebration this year.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Bob & Doug McKenzie - The Great White North
On December 12th, 1981, The Great White North entered the Canadian album charts at number 3. Within a week, it rose to number 1 and remained there until January 23rd of 1982. Not a bad Christmas present for comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, who portrayed the fictional Canadian television personalities “Bob and Doug McKenzie” on the sketch program SCTV.
Monday, December 24, 2012
The Sugarhill Gang - 8th Wonder
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Blues Brothers (soundtrack)
In June of 1980, comedians John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd took their characters from a Saturday Night Live musical sketch and spun them off into a full-length feature film. Directed by John Landis, The Blues Brothers told the story of Jake and Elwood Blues on “a mission from God” to save the Catholic orphanage they grew up in from being foreclosed. This led to a rollicking R&B road-trip with a number of amazing guest appearances from the pantheon of soul and blue music.
To go along with the film, the Blue Brothers released their second album as a soundtrack to the film. It was released on June 20th of 1980 and spent a total of nineteen weeks on the US Billboard Album chart, peaking at number 13. Today, we will give this one a spin on the virtual turntable.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
DVD: Queen - Live In Budapest
Celebrating Robin and Maurice Gibb
Friday, December 21, 2012
DVD: Peter Gabriel - So (Classic Albums series)
While I was very familiar with the album (click here for my review of the album), there was a lot I did not know about the behind the scenes of this landmark record. I had the opportunity to review this DVD this week and thought I would share a few of my thoughts on it.
Poco - Ghost Town
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Alice Cooper - Zipper Catches Skin
Working with Cooper on the record were Duane Hitchings (guitar and synthesizer), John Nitzinger (guitar), Mike Pinera (guitar), Erik Scott (bass), Jan Uvena (drums), and Dick Wagner (guitar). Backing vocals were done by Jeanne Harris, Franne Golde, and Flo & Eddie. Patty Donahue, lead singer of the Waitresses, also provided vocals and sarcasm.
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Labels: 80's, Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner, Duane Hitchings, Erik Scott, Flo and Eddie, Franne Golde, Jan Uvena, Jeanne Harris, John Nitzinger, Mike Pinera, music, Patty Donahue, Zipper Catches Skin
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Free Music - Ashton Lane
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Chris de Burgh - The Getaway
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Labels: 80's, Anthony Thistlethwaite, Chris de Burgh, David Caddick, John Giblin, music, Nigel Warren-Green, Phil Palmer, Rupert Hine, Stephen W. Tayler, Steve Negus, The Getaway, Tim Wynveen
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Bad Company - Rough Diamonds
It was also the last one by the group's original line-up of Boz Burrell (bass), Simon Kirke (drums), Mick Ralphs (guitar) and Paul Rodgers (vocals, guitar). As part of the thirtieth anniversary of the record, today we will take a look at the songs which it included.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Level 42 - The Pursuit of Accidents
This year marked the thirtieth anniversary of the release of The Pursuit of Accidents, their third studio album. It charted at number 17 in their native UK and number 31 in Norway. It also generated a trio of singles.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Kurtis Blow - Tough
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Labels: 80's, Kurtis Blow, music, rap, Tough
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Chris Rea - Chris Rea
Friday, December 14, 2012
Vandenberg - Vandenberg
In early 1982, they went to Jimmy Page's Sol Studios to record their debut album. The self-titled Vandenberg was released near the end of 1982 and climbed the US Billboard Hot 200 charts to number 65. Today, we will take a look at this record as part of its thirtieth anniversary.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wall of Voodoo - Call of the West
The line-up of the band at the time of this album was Stan Ridgway (lead vocals, harmonica, and keyboards), Marc Moreland (guitars), Joe Nanini (drums, percussion, and spoken word) and Chas T. Gray (synthesizer, bass, backing vocals).
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Kenny G - Kenny G
On August 1st of 1982, he released his first album. The self-titled Kenny G went to number 10 on the US Jazz charts and eventually went Gold. Today we will look at this record as part of its thirtieth anniversary celebration.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Kansas - Vinyl Confessions
The band released Vinyl Confessions, its eighth studio album, in June of 1982. It did well on the US Billboard Hot 200 chart, climbing all the way to number 16. Part of that was due to a handful of singles that were popular on the Mainstream Rock charts.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Jam - Dig the New Breed
It was also the final release of “new” material by the band before they broke up that same month.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
George Clinton - Computer Games
Computer Games climbed to number 40 on the US Billboard Hot 200 and number 3 on the US Billboard R&B charts. Slant Magazine ranked it at number 97 on its list of the Best Albums of the 1980’s.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Cher - I Paralyze
I Paralyze was only promoted on shows like American Bandstand and Solid Gold. It failed to make any major chart impacts though, leading to a five-year recording hiatus for the singer/actress.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Tavares - New Directions
It charted at number 137 on the US Billboard Hot 200 and number 30 on the Billboard R&B charts. It was also the first of two albums they recorded on the RCA label (the last and the group's final album would come in 1983).
Thursday, December 6, 2012
UB40 - UB44
The record reached number 4 on the UK charts and number 15 in New Zealand. Today, we will take a listen to it to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Taco - After Eight
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Robyn Hitchcock - Groovy Decay
Performing along with Hitchcock on the album were Sara Lee (bass player from the Gang of Four), Anthony Thistlethwaite (saxophone player from the Waterboys), Rod Johnson (drums), and Matthew Seligman (bass). The record was produced by Steve Hillage, a former member of the Franco-British band Gong.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - The Distance
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Amy Grant - Age To Age
It won the Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year awards at the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards in 1983. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary in 1983. In 2001, the album was listed at number 92 on the CCM's 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Grace Jones - Living My Life
On November 7, 1982, Jamaican-American singer-actress Grace Jones released Living My Life, her sixth studio album in as many years. It reached number 46 in Germany, number 18 in the Netherlands, number 15 in the UK, number 13 in Norway, number 7 in Sweden and number 3 in New Zealand. Here in the US, it stalled at number 86 on the Billboard Hot 200 while it climbed all the way to number 19 on the Billboard R&B chart.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Michael Jackson - Thriller (30th anniversary)
Today (November 30th) marks the thirtieth anniversary of Thriller, the sixth solo album by legendary American R&B star Michael Jackson.
This record was a number 1 seller is so many countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, the UK and the US). It has gone multi-Platinum the world over as well.
For my track by track full review, please click here.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Sammy Hagar - Three Lock Box
Joining Hagar on the record was Bill Church (bass), Gary Pihl (guitar) and David Lauser (drums). He also got some assist from Alan Pasqua (keyboards) and Richard Page of Mr. Mister (on backing vocals).
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Lene Lovich - No Man's Land
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Ozzy Osbourne - Speak of the Devil
The record was mostly culled from recordings done at the Ritz in New York City on September 26th and 27th in 1982. Three of the tracks came from rehearsals with crowd noise added during the post-production.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Robert Hazard - Robert Hazard (EP)
Robert Hazard and the Heroes (Ken Bernard on drums, John Lilley on guitar, Rob Miller on bass/vocals, Michael Pilla on guitar/vocals, and Jerry Weindel on keyboards) were big on the Philadelphia music scene in the late 70’s, but it took a number of years before the record labels and the rest of America to come to appreciate their sound.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Paul Simon - One-Trick Pony (soundtrack)
On August 29th of 1980, Warner Brothers released One-Trick Pony, a film written by and starring singer-songwriter Paul Simon as a once-popular folk singer who has not had a hit in a decade. His co-stars were Blair Brown, Joan Hackett and Rip Torn.
The soundtrack for One-Trick Pony was the fifth solo album for Simon. The record went Gold in the US, peaking at number 12 on the US Billboard Album chart; it spent twenty-six weeks total on that chart. It also reached number 35 in Japan, number 23 in Canada, number 17 in the UK, number 15 in Australia, number 11 in France, number 9 in Sweden, number 8 in the Netherlands, number 6 in New Zealand and number 2 in Norway.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Queen - News of the World
On October 28th of 1977, the English rock band Queen released News of the World, their sixth studio album. As had previous albums, this one too was a multi-Platinum seller in the US and Canada. Chart-wise, it went to number 15 in New Zealand, number 9 in Sweden and Austria, number 8 in Australia, number 7 in Germany, number 4 in Norway and the UK, number 3 in Japan and on the US Billboard Hot 200, number 2 in Canada, and number 1 in France and the Netherlands.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Bruce Hornsby and the Range - The Way It Is
On August 1st, 1986, Hornsby and his band the Range (David Mansfield on guitar/mandolin/violin, George Marinelli on acoustic guitar, Joe Puerta on bass, and John Molo on drums) released their debut album The Way It Is. The multi-Platinum seller went to number 3 on the US Billboard Album chartand number 15 in the UK. Along with a number of successful singles, the album helped win the group the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1987.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Talking Heads - The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
On March 24th of 1982, Talking Heads released their first live album. The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads was a double-album with seventeen tracks total. It charted at number 31 on the US Billboard Hot 200. It also reached number 32 in Sweden, number 22 in the UK and number 7 in New Zealand.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The Members - Uprhythm, Downbeat
The roster of the group in 1982 consisted of Nicky Tesco (vocals), Nigel Bennett (guitar, keyboards), Jean-Marie Carroll (guitar, keyboards), Adrian Lillywhite (drums), Simon Lloyd (keyboards, trumpet, saxophone), Chris Payne (bass), and Steve “Rudi” Thompson (saxophone).
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Joe Walsh - There Goes the Neighborhood
On May 15th of 1981, Walsh released his fifth studio album There Goes the Neighborhood. It reached number 20 on the US Billboard Album chart (with an eighteen week total time on the chart) and generated a trio of popular tracks on the US Mainstream Rock charts.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Led Zeppelin - Coda
The Platinum seller hit number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 200. Around the world, it peaked at number 43 in Denmark, number 18 in Norway and France, number 16 in Japan, number 9 in Australia, number 7 in New Zealand, number 4 in the UK and number 3 in Canada.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Rank and File - Sundown
This month we mark the thirtieth anniversary of Sundown, the group’s debut album.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Chaka Khan - Chaka Khan
Friday, November 16, 2012
Barry Manilow - Here Comes the Night
The album was a Platinum seller in both the US and the UK. In the former, it reached number 32 on the Billboard Hot 200. In the latter, it reached number 7 on the charts.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay
After his self-titled debut album in 1985 (click here for that review), O’Neal put out his second studio album in 1987. Hearsay, which was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, has gone on to be his highest charting album to date. It went multi-Platinum in the UK where it peaked at number 4. It also hit number 26 in the Netherlands, number 22 in Austria and Germany, number 18 in Norway, and number 13 in Sweden. Here in the US, it climbed to number 29 on the Billboard Hot 200 and number 2 on the Billboard R&B charts. Rolling Stone magazine even recognized it as one of the influential albums of 1987 in their year-end review.
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