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Monday, September 30, 2013
10cc - Windows in the Jungle
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Nicolette Larson - Nicolette (35th anniversary)
Please click here to read my full review of that album.
Tom Browne - Rockin' Radio
The Big Chill (soundtrack) (30th anniversary)
Yesterday (September 28th) marked the thirtieth anniversary of the release of The Big Chill, a dramatic-comedy about baby boomer college friends coming together, after fifteen years apart, for the funeral of a friend hit the theatres. This smart, funny and engaging film featured an all-star cast.
The Big Chill soundtrack album was pretty all-star too. It featured a who's who of Motown artists and more that perfectly spoke to the baby boomer generation. Click here for my complete review of this record.
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Labels: 60's, 80's, Aretha Franklin, Exciters, Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, Procol Harum, Smokey Robinson, soundtracks, Temptations, the Big Chill, Three Dog Night, Young Rascals
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Alice Cooper - DaDa
here for that review), rocker Alice Cooper returned to record his fifteenth studio album. The result was DaDa which was released thirty years ago today (September 28th, 1983). While it failed to make the US Billboard Album chart, it did peak on the UK charts at number 93.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Art of Noise - Into Battle With the Art of Noise
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Linda Ronstadt - Living in the USA
Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil (30th anniversary)
Click here for my full review of this multi-Platinum selling record.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Village People - Cruisin'
Michael Sembello - Bossa Nova Hotel (30th anniversary)
If you're a dance music "Maniac" like I am, you'll want to check out my full review of the 1983 album here.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
DeBarge - In A Special Way
here for that review), the five-member family group DeBarge returned to the studio to work on their third album. The result was 1983’s In A Special Way which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary today (September 24th). This one charted similarly to its predecessor, reaching number 36 on the US Billboard Album chart and number 4 on the US Billboard R&B chart.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Blondie - Parallel Lines (35th anniversary)
Click here for the complete review of this 1978 album.
Aldo Nova - Subject: Aldo Nova
here for that review), the Canadian rocker returned in 1983 with Subject: Aldo Nova. This one peaked at number 56 on the US Billboard Album chart. Today, we give this one a listen to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary this month.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Al Stewart - Time Passages
Eddie and the Cruisers (soundtrack) (30th anniversary)
Tomorrow (September 23rd) marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of Eddie and the Cruisers, the tale of a fictional rock 'n' roll band with a mysterious band leader. The film starred Tom Berenger, Michael Paré, Joe Pantoliano, Matthew Laurance and Ellen Barkin. The soundtrack of the film, with music by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, rocked listeners long after the film left the theatres.
So, join me "On the Dark Side" and check out my full review of the album here.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Tommy Tutone - National Emotion
Friday, September 20, 2013
Dokken - Breaking the Chains
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Teena Marie - Robbery
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
The Wiz (soundtrack) (35th anniversary)
Click here for my full review of that album.
KISS - Lick It Up
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Gary Numan - Warriors
Joining Numan on the record were Tracey Ackerman (backing vocals), Russell Bell (guitar), Joe Hubbard (bass), Dick Morrissey (saxophone), Bill Nelson (guitar and keyboards), Chris Payne (keyboards and viola), Cedric Sharpley (drums), and John Webb (keyboards).
Monday, September 16, 2013
The Motels - Little Robbers
here for that review), this 1983 record reached number 34 in Australia and number 22 on the US Billboard Album chart.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
André Cymone - Survivin’ in the 80’s
here for that review), André Cymone returned to the studio for his follow up. This month marks the thirtieth anniversary of Survivin’ in the 80’s
Huey Lewis and the News - Sports (30th anniversary)
For my complete review of this huge-selling, chart-topping album from 1983, click here.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Terri Gibbs - Over Easy
Friday, September 13, 2013
Tavares - Words and Music
here for that review), Tavares returned a year later with their twelfth and final studio album. Today we will give a listen to 1983’s Words and Music, which charted at number 208 on the US Billboard Album chart and number 48 on the US Billboard R&B chart, in celebration of its thirtieth anniversary.
JoBoxers - Like Gangbusters (30th anniversary)
For my full review of this 1983 release, just click here.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Saga - Heads or Tales
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
UB40 - Labour of Love
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
X - More Fun in the New World
here for that review), the Los Angeles rock band X returned to the studio with the Doors’ Ray Manzarek once again at the production reins. The result was More Fun in the New World, the band’s fourth album. This September of 1983 release, which reached number 86 on the US Billboard Album chart, is the focus of today’s thirtieth anniversary review.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Jimmy Buffett - One Particular Harbour
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Joe Jackson - Mike's Murder (soundtrack)
After his successful 1982 release Night and Day (click here for that review), Joe Jackson was invited to contribute a track to Mike’s Murder. The film was written and directed by James Bridges and starred Debra Winger. Jackson ended up writing a number of songs and instrumental pieces.
Deciding to release all of it as an album, Mike’s Murder soundtrack came out in September of 1983. The film, however, was delayed and did not open until March of 1984. Much of Jackson’s work was replaced with a score by John Barry. Despite this disconnect, Jackson’s album reached number 64 on the US Billboard Album chart. Today we will give it a listen to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
The Romantics - In Heat
The line-up for the band included Coz Canler (lead guitar and vocals), Jimmy Marinos (drums and lead vocals), Wally Palmar (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and harmonica) and Mike Skill (bass, guitar and vocals). The quartet had additional assistance from Pete Solely (keyboards) and Irene Cook (vocals).
Friday, September 6, 2013
Linda Ronstadt - What's New
Teaming up with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra for backing, the album scored big (becoming a multi-Platinum seller and spending eight-one weeks on the US Billboard Album chart). It charted at number 31 in the UK, number 29 in Japan, number 21 in New Zealand, number 18 in Canada, number 11 in Australia, number 3 on the US Billboard Album chart and number 2 on the US Billboard Jazz chart. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance Female.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Was (Not Was) - Born to Laugh at Tornadoes
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
Spin magazine, in 1989, ranked it the second greatest album for all time. UK music magazine Q, in 2006, placed it at number 36 on its list of the 40 Best Albums of the 80’s. Pitchfork Media listed it as the 11th best album of the 1980’s while Slant Magazine listed it at number 26 on its Best Albums of the 1980’s list. Even Rolling Stone magazine’s reviewer Don Shewey gave it a four-star rating in the November 24th, 1983, issue of that periodical.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Kid Creole & the Coconuts - Doppelganger
here for that review), Kid Creole and the Coconuts returned to the studio to work on their fourth record. The result was 1983’s Doppelganger which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this month. It charted at number 54 in Germany, number 46 in the Netherlands, number 44 in New Zealand, number 21 in the UK and number 13 in Sweden.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Sheena Easton - Best Kept Secret
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Styx - Pieces of Eight
Today we are marking the thirty-fifth anniversary of Pieces of Eight, the eighth studio album from Styx. This September of 1978 release went to number 38 in Sweden and number 6 on the US Billboard Album chart.
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