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Past, Present and Future (Album of the Day)
Main Course (Album of the Day)
Christopher Cross (Album of the Day)
Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary (Album of the Day)
On The Waters (Album of the Day)
Discover America (Album of the Day)
As lyricist for The Beach Boys' SMILE, Van Dyke Parks shared Brian Wilson's ambition, deep knowledge of American music and sense of fun – all things that would come in handy on Parks' own DISCOVER AMERICA. The 1972 Warner Bros. set (the singer-songwriter's second) is an eccentric and thoroughly entertaining history lesson told entirely through other people's songs. Though there are covers of roots music heroes Allen Toussaint and Little Feat, the bulk of the collection's 16 tracks are pre-WWII public domain compositions. Bing Crosby, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and actor Jack Palance are among the many characters celebrated in these masterful arrangements, which are based on the calypso music of Trinidad. Like its namesake country, Van Dyke Parks' DISCOVER AMERICA is by turns strange, inspiring and beautiful.
Like A Virgin (Album of the Day)
While Madonna's debut was a big hit, it was on her follow-up, LIKE A VIRGIN, where she truly grabbed the reins of superstardom. Produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers (and featuring instrumental work from that band's Bernard Edwards and Tony Thompson), the album was a savvy mix of Madonna originals and outside material including such singles as “Angel,” “Dress You Up,” “Material Girl” and the title track. With iconic videos of the last two songs in heavy rotation on MTV, the set soared to No.1 on the U.S. chart, becoming the first solo album by a female artist to sell more than 5 million copies on this day in 1985. Diverse, ambitious and endlessly listenable, LIKE A VIRGIN is one of the defining albums of the decade.
40 Golden Greats (Album of the Day)
Don't dismiss Cliff Richard with other early 1960s teen idols; along with his band The Shadows, he practically invented British rock 'n' roll. Epochal rocker “Move It” opens 40 GOLDEN GREATS, a well-chosen survey of the still-active performer's influential early recordings. Richard's first double album - a No.1 U.K. hit upon its 1977 release – includes classic group and solo sides, soundtrack recordings and his mid-'70s comeback single “Devil Woman” (which became the performer's biggest stateside hit). Sir Cliff has been an entertainment icon in England for nearly 60 years, and 40 GOLDEN GREATS shows why.
Life And Times (Album of the Day)
If the 1970s singer-songwriter movement is most closely associated with Southern California, the East Coast had a strong representative in Jim Croce. The Philadelphia-born troubadour brought an urban directness and a gentle sense of humor to the music – along with a colorful cast of characters. His fourth studio album, LIFE AND TIMES, profiles a “Roller Derby Queen,” “Speedball Tucker” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” (which went to No.1 on the U.S. singles chart on this day in 1973). Though no one was better at these amiable story-songs, Croce could also break your heart with intimate ballads like “These Dreams,” and the unerring balance he maintains between these moods makes LIFE AND TIMES one of the performer's very best albums.