Content tagged 'Rock'
Hunting High And Low (Deluxe Edition) (Album of the Day)
On this day in 1985, a-ha became the first Norwegian group to score a U.S. No.1 when “Take On Me” soared to the top of the chart. The single helped launch the debut album from singer Morten Harket, keyboardist Magne “Mags” Furuholmen and guitarist Pål Waaktaar, which sold more than 10 million copies around the world (including a million in the U.S.) and earned the group a Best New Artist Grammy nomination. Along with that aforementioned hit, the ten varied originals on HUNTING HIGH AND LOW include such addictive singles as “The Sun Always Shines On T.V.,” “Love Is Reason,” “Train Of Thought” and the title track. Rhino's 4-CD/1-DVD 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition of the synth-pop gem includes a remastered version of the original album, B-sides, two dozen rare demos, an unreleased version of the album in early and alternate mixes, and a 60-page hardback book packed with photos and stories about the making of the album.
Stunt (Album of the Day)
With a distinctive blend of humor and harmonies, Barenaked Ladies rose through the ranks of the Canadian rock scene, making the leap to major label status with a Reprise Records contract in 1992. The band's fourth studio album, STUNT, became their U.S. breakthrough, spurred by the success of “One Week,” which topped the singles chart on this day in 1998. Songwriters Steven Page and Ed Robertson have peppered these originals with plenty of BNL's trademark satire, but the eclectic arrangements and punchy performances of tracks like “It's All Been Done,” “Call And Answer” and “Alcohol” lift the album far above novelty status, making the quadruple-Platinum STUNT one of the group's very best.
The Very Best of The Everly Brothers (Album of the Day)
OU812 (Album of the Day)
If the title “Oh, you ate one too” was a nod to David Lee Roth's EAT 'EM AND SMILE, Van Halen's 1988 album shows the band settling in quite well with frontman Sammy Hagar. The second album with the Red Rocker at the microphone, OU812 scores with a wide variety of originals, including Top 10 power ballad “When It's Love,” the acoustic-inflected “Finish What Ya Started” and party-rock anthem “Cabo Wabo.” The set was dedicated to Eddie and Alex Van Halen's late father, and it's clear the boys are playing their hearts out here – this is some of Van Halen's most ambitious instrumental work. Sammy Hagar was born on this day in 1947, and in his honor, we'll dish up some birthday cake and the quadruple platinum OU812.
Warehouse: Songs And Stories (Album of the Day)
Minneapolis' Husker Du - guitarist Bob Mould, bassist Greg Norton and drummer Grant Hart – set land speed records for hardcore punk in the early 1980s. But the trio also had an appreciation for pop conventions, and as the decade progressed, melody and song structure grew more pronounced in their music. By the time of Husker Du's final studio release, 1987's WAREHOUSE: SONGS AND STORIES, Mould and Hart had emerged as writers of the first order, though such highlights as “Could You Be The One?” and “She Floated Away” reveal the pair heading down separate creative paths. Being on the Warner Bros. roster afforded the group access to top studios, and the WAREHOUSE double album is likely their most well-produced.
The Atlantic Studio Albums In Mono (Remastered) (Album of the Day)
A music legend like no other, Ray Charles earned the nickname "Genius" for recording countless jazz, country, R&B and pop masterpieces during a career that spanned seven decades. The iconic performer hit his stride in the 1950s after signing with Atlantic Records, and Brother Ray's output for the label has just been reissued in a new 7-LP vinyl boxed set, THE ATLANTIC YEARS IN MONO. From his eponymous 1957 debut to 1961's THE GENIUS SINGS THE BLUES, each album has been fully remastered from the original mono analog tapes (reflecting an era driven by monaural record players, jukeboxes and radios) and packaged in sleeves that replicate the original releases in exacting detail. With a perfect-bound booklet including period photos by Lee Friedlander and liner notes by Ray Charles biographer David Ritz, THE ATLANTIC YEARS IN MONO is the ideal way to rediscover this historic music.
Prime Prine (Album of the Day)
Fittingly for a former mailman, John Prine delivers songs that are both literate and personal. Since his 1971 debut, the singer-songwriter has enjoyed widespread critical acclaim, and to judge from PRINE PRINE, it's easy to see why. The 1976 best-of gathers tracks from Prine's first four albums for Atlantic Records, and every one's a winner - from “Sam Stone,” “Illegal Smile,” “Dear Abby” and “Hello In There,” this is a skilled and compassionate storyteller at the top of his game. Though the performer's ongoing career produced further highlights, the aptly titled PRIME PRIME is a marvelous snapshot of his early classics, and we'll give the collection another spin today in honor of John Prine's 70th birthday.
Ramones: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue (Album of the Day)
Celebracion: The Warner Bros. Recordings (Album of the Day)
Originally a Bay Area R&B group called The Malibus, Malo was among the first wave of Latin-influenced rock bands in the early 1970s. Led by singer-guitarist Jorge Santana (Carlos' brother), the band signed to Warner Bros. and promptly produced a classic self-titled debut album and Top 20 single, “Suavecito,” which decades later would be sampled in Sugar Ray's chart-topping “Every Morning.” CELEBRACIÓN: THE WARNER BROS. RECORDINGS takes the story from there; the 4-disc set include all four of the group's albums (MALO, DOS, EVOLUTION and ASCENCIÓN), all of their non-LP single versions and a previously unreleased edit of "Pana,” all remastered from the original tapes. With a stronger jazz influence than most of their Latin rock brethren, Malo carved out a distinctive niche during their original two-year lifespan, and this comprehensive and highly listenable set is truly cause for CELEBRACIÓN.