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Frontiers – Journey

Radio-friendly, corporate rock icon, Journey, was riding atop a tidal wave of popularity off the back of their most successful album (Escape… or E5C4P3, if you prefer), finding themselves a legion of new fans, all of whom were waiting to hear what was in store for their follow-up. That follow-up, their eighth studio album, would be … Continue reading

The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie

When it comes to innovation and constant reinvention, no career can compare to that of David Bowie. For his fifth album, the (then) glam-rocker opted to tell the story of Ziggy Stardust in his 1972 concept album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. It’s an interesting concept that gave … Continue reading

“Emotional Rescue” (Single) – The Rolling Stones

In 1980, after two years of recording, The Rollings Stones put out their 15th (or 17th in the US) album, Emotional Rescue. Released alongside it was the single version of the title track. Although a solid song, it would prove to be polarizing. While some fans embraced it, others were not happy with the change … Continue reading

Meet The Beatles! (Mono) – The Beatles

Today we have Meet The Beatles! It’s the first American release of Beatles material, but no, not really, because Vee-Jay released Introducing…The Beatles! ten days earlier (with two different sets of tracks due to legal issues). And although Meet The Beatles!  is basically our version of their second UK album, With the Beatles, a handful of songs were omitted for … Continue reading

“Sex as a Weapon” (Single) – Pat Benatar

I think I’m going to start designating Saturday as an unofficial ‘single day’. It’s so much easier to do a  two-song quickie instead of sitting inside with an entire album while everyone is outside playing. You know, rolling hoops with sticks, dancing around the Maypole, painting fences, etc. So here’s Pat Benatar with her 1985 … Continue reading

Panorama – The Cars

Panorama, released in 1980, was the Cars third album. Going for a more “experimental” sound, the album met with some mixed reviews but nonetheless sold quite well. Personally, it wouldn’t be the Cars album I would start with. But it’s what I was assigned. So off we go… With this album, the Cars definitely did … Continue reading

“My Sharona” (Single) – The Knack

I cheated a little today. I actually landed on “Joanna” by Kool & The Gang. But right before it was an absolute perfect power-pop single by a little band called the Knack. On the cover is a young Sharona Alperin – who was dating lead singer Doug Fieger at the time – wearing a sheer … Continue reading

Blondes Have More Fun – Rod Stewart

Aw crap! I pulled a Rod Stewart album. All these wonderful records up on the shelf and I stop on a whammy. It’s like going out for ice cream and coming home with syphilis. I just plum don’t like the man. At any rate, I do have a job to do so let’s get on with … Continue reading

Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2) – XTC

I swear I didn’t cheat. Yesterday, I covered XTC’s Apple Venus Volume 1. After scheduling it, I went to randomly pull a new album and landed on the same one. According to my own rules, I had to go to the next nearest album, which would be Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2). I had … Continue reading

Apple Venus Volume 1 – XTC

Excellent! After some questionable choices from the internet random number thing-a-ma-bob, I’ve been given an album I know I will enjoy: XTC’s Apple Venus Volume 1. Let’s see how well this my eardrums can be tickled with a fresh listen. A little history behind this album: XTC (Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding, Dave Gregory) was unhappy … Continue reading

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