EAGLES Released Magnum Opus ‘HOTEL CALIFORNIA’ 45 Years Ago Today

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8 December 2021

Band: EAGLES
Who: Iconic Los Angeles rockers
Original members: Don Henley, Glenn Frey (R.I.P.),
Randy Meisner, Bernie Leadon, Don Felder
Active: 1971–1980, 1994–2016, 2017–present / 7 studio LPs

Anniversary album: HOTEL CALIFORNIA – their 5th LP
Released: 8 December 1976 – 45 years ago today

AllMusic/William Ruhlmann said: The album was their first to be made without
Bernie Leadon, who had given the band much of its country flavor, and with rock guitarist
Joe Walsh… In the early part of their career, the Eagles never seemed to get a sound big enough for their ambitions; after changes in producer and personnel, as well as a noticeable growth in creativity, Hotel California unveiled what seemed almost like a whole new band. It was a band that could be bombastic, but also one that made music worthy of the later tag of “classic rock,” music appropriate for the arenas and stadiums the band was playing. Result was the Eagles’ biggest-selling regular album release, and one of the most successful rock albums ever.”

Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave! Yep, that’s what happens with a pure gold classic. Their best, without a shadow of a doubt.

Singles/clips: Hotel California / New Kid In Town / Living In The Fast Lane

– HOTEL CALIFORNIA –

– NEW KID IN TOWN –

– LIVING IN THE FAST LANE –

Stream full album…

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KING CRIMSON – Fourth Longplayer ‘ISLANDS’ Came Out 50 Years Ago

2 December 2021

Band: KING CRIMSON
Who: Prog rock legends from London featuring Robert Fripp,
John Wetton (Roxy Music / Uriah Heep), Bill Brufford (Yes / Genesis)
Active: 1968–1974, 1981–1984, 1994–2003,
2008–2009, 2013–present / 13 studio LPs

Anniversary album: ISLANDS – 4th LP
Released: 3 December 2021 – 50 years ago

AllMusic said: “The weakest Crimson studio album from
their first era is only a real disappointment in relation to the
extraordinarily high quality of the group’s earlier efforts.”

Full review here. Score: 2.5/5.

Full album on Spotify…

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(group pic: cover of their 1973 ‘Red’ LP)

Prog Rock Kings YES Released Their Album ‘FRAGILE’ 50 Years Ago Today

26 November 2021

Band: YES

Who: Legendary British prog-rockers who started in 1968 with
nightingale voice Jon Anderson, and masterly musicians Chris
Squire
(bass), Peter Banks (guitarist), Tony Kaye (keyboardist)
and Bill Bruford (drummer).

Active: 1968–1981, 1983–2004, 2008–present / 22 studio albums
so far, with this year’s The Quest as the most recent one.

Anniversary album: FRAGILE
Released: 26 November 1971 – 50 years ago today

Pitchfork said: “‘Fragile’ introduced Yes’ highest-powered line-up, as
the silver-cape wearing, 12-keyboard-hauling Rick Wakeman replaced
Tony Kaye. But the question is, what was “fragile?” Their egos? The battle
between the perfectly balanced arrangements– as on classic rock radio
staples “Roundabout” and “Long Distance Runaround”, and each virtuoso’s
need to grandstand, vented through five solo interludes (most memorably
Steve Howe’s “Mood for a Day”)? All that firepower could have ruined the
band, yet on Fragile, they put songcraft firmly over indulgence.
” Score: 8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: The Kings of prog-rock symphonies 6th LP.
1974’s Relayer still is my Yes favorite, but Fragile comes in second.

Key single: Roundabout…

Stream full LP here…

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THE KINKS – 10th Album ‘MUSWELL HILLBILLIES’ Came Out 50 Years Ago

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24 November 2021

Band: THE KINKS
Who: Legendary Brit-beat-pop band led
by iconic singer/songwriter Ray Davies
Active: 1963-1996 / 24 studio LPs

Anniversary album: MUSWELL HILLBILLIES
Released: 24 November 1971 – 50 years ago today

Pitchfork says : “Muswell Hillbillies may very well be the best
Kinks album you never heard, a scathing but witty take on urban
renewal. No, it’s not quite a concept album, more like an idea album,
a buncha songs that are a bit downbeat in theme but lively in execution.”

Full review here. Score: 9/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Where have all the good Kinks times gone?

Highlights: 20th Century Man / Have A Cup Of Tea / Oklahoma U.S.A.

– 20th CENTURY MAN –

– HAVE A CUP OF TEA –

– OKLAHOMA U.S.A. –

Full album stream…

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN Released Their Lauded 2nd Album ‘IF YOU’RE FEELING SINISTER’ 25 Years Ago

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20 November 2021

Band: BELLE & SEBASTIAN
Who: Veteran indie-pop daydreamers from Glasgow
led by singer-songwriter Stuart Murdoch
Active: Since 1996 / 10 studio LPs so far

Anniversary album: IF YOU’RE FEELING SINISTER
Released: 18 November 1996 – 25 years ago
It was their 2nd LP coming only 6 months after
their debut Tigermilk.

AllMusic said: “Belle & Sebastian’s second record, If You’re Feeling Sinister,
is, for all intents and purposes, really their first, since their debut in 1996 was
not heard outside of privileged inner circles… ‘Sinister’ plays like a great forgotten
album, couched in ’80s indie, ’90s attitude, and ’60s folk-pop. It’s beautifully out
of time, and even if other Belle & Sebastian albums sound like it, this is where
they achieved a sense of grace.”
Score: 5/5.

Stream album here…

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TEENAGE FANCLUB – 30 Candles For 3rd Album ‘BANDWAGONESQUE’

19 November 2021

Band: TEENAGE FANCLUB
Who: Scottish indie jingle-jangle rockers
Active: Since 1989 / 11 studio albums
with this year’s Endless Arcade as the
most recent one.

Anniversary album: BANDWAGONESQUE
Released: 19 November 1991 in the US,
and 4 November 1991 in the UK.

AllMusic says: “The gold standard of the early-’90s power pop revival, in its own way Bandwagoneque was as much a benchmark as contemporary records like Nevermind
and Loveless; though not the generational rallying cry of the former nor the revolutionary
sonic breakthrough of the latter, Teenage Fanclub’s 2nf LP nevertheless heralded the return
of melody and craft, coupled with energy and spirit, hallmarks of much of the greatest rock
and roll of the past, and virtues as rare as hen’s teeth in the years immediately prior to the disc’s release.”
Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Status Quo playing slacker rock
with 60s legends The Byrds in harmony on vocals.

Singles/clips: The Concept / What You Do To Me / Star Sign

– THE CONCEPT –

– WHAT YOU DO TO ME –

– STAR SIGN –

Full album on Spotify

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U2 – Berlin Inspired Masterpiece ‘ACHTUNG BABY’ Turns 30 Today

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18 November 2021

Band: U2
Active: Since 1976 / 14 studio LPs (so far)

Anniversary album: ACHTUNG BABY – 7th LP
Released: 18 November 1991- 30 years ago today

Pitchfork said: “Achtung Baby is rightly known as one of rock’s greatest reinventions
because it was so complete. Sure, U2 changed their sound from chiming melodics to lurching, distorted rhythm. But they also changed their attitude, their demeanor, their look, their ideas on how to deal with celebrity.

All of a sudden, they were funny, sexy, a bit dangerous– three things few would’ve associated with U2 in the 80s. And yet, at their core, the band’s values remained constant. They were still ethically minded and interested in the real-life connection between living beings. But the way they went about projecting those core tenets flipped. In TV-news parlance, their attitude switched from “60 Minutes” to “The Colbert Report”. Score: 9.5/10.

Turn Up The Volume: Big bands make big records filled
with big songs like U2 with this big masterpiece.

Singles/clips: The Fly / Mysterious Ways / Zoo Station / One

– THE FLY –

– MYSTERIOUS WAYS –

– ZOO STATION –

– ONE –

Full album on Spotify…

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All info about the 30th-Anniversary Edition here

Lads Rock Nostalgia – FACES Released LP ‘A NOD IS AS GOOD AS A WINK…’ 50 Years Ago Today

17 November 2021

Band: FACES

Who: 60s/70s beat band Small Faces minus founder Steve Marriott who
left to form Humble Pie, but featuring Rod Stewart, who also continued
his booming solo career along the way, and guitarist Ronnie Wood
Active: 1969–1975, 2009–2011 / 4 LPs

Anniversary album: A NOD IS AS GOOD AS A WINK…
Released: 17 November 1971 – 50 years ago today

AllMusic wrote: “The Faces’ third album, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink…to a Blind Horse, finally gave the group their long-awaited hit single in “Stay with Me,” helping send the album into the Billboard Top Ten, which is certainly a testament to both the song and the album, but it’s hard to separate its success from that of Rod Stewart’s sudden solo stardom… There are few records that feel like a never-ending party like A Nod — the slow moments are for slow dancing, and as soon as it’s over, it’s hard not to want to do it all over again. It’s another classic — and when you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it’s hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this.” Full review here. Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Lads rockers playing lads boogie-woogie fueled with
lads riffs-licks-hooks and super deluxe lads icon Rod Stewart in the middle.

Key track: classic single Stay With Me

Full album stream on Spotify…

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Legendary Songstress JONI MITCHELL Released 8th LP ‘HEJIRA’ 45 Years Ago Today

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14 November 2021

Artist: JONI MITCHELL
Born as Roberta Joan Anderson
78 years ago in Canada

Active: 1964–2002, 2006–2007, 2013 / 19th studio LPs
with Shine as the most recent one (2007)

Anniversary album: HEJIRA
Released: 14 November 1976 – 45 years ago today

AllMusic wrote: “Hejira is the last in an astonishingly long run of
top-notch studio albums dating back to her debut… by and large,
this release is the most overtly jazz-oriented of her career up to this
point, hip and cool, but never smug or icy. This excellent album is
a rewarding listen.”

Key single: Coyote (performed at The Band‘s last concert in 1978)…

Full album on Spotify…

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TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS Released Self-Titled Debut LP 45 Years Ago Today

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10 November 2021

Band: TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS (Florida, US)
Active: 1967-2017 / 13th studio LPs

Tom Petty passed away on 2 October 2017 following an
accidental drug overdose. He was only 66. Rest in peace.

Anniversary album: Self-titled debut LP
Released: 10 November 1976 – 45 years ago today

AllMusic says: “At the time Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ debut was
released in 1976, they were fresh enough to almost be considered punk.
They weren’t as reckless or visionary as the Ramones, but they shared a
similar love for pure ’60s rock and, for the Heartbreakers, that meant
embracing the Byrds as much as the Stones. And that’s pretty much what
this album is — tuneful jangle balanced by a tough garage swagger.”

Full review here. Score: 4.5/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Tom Petty was a pure all-around Americana
rocker at heart. Single Anything That’s Rock ‘N’ Roll is an
absolute classic in my book.

Full album on Spotify…

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