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Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending September 5, 2014

Live 8 Concert - Hyde ParkThe 10 most anticipated albums this autumn

 

 

 

 
2014-08-29-image-8Turntable buying guide: What to look for in new & used record players

 

 

 

 

Obama Accepts Nomination On Final Day Of Democratic National ConventionFoo Fighters Offer Second Snippet of Music From Upcoming Album ‘Sonic Highways’

 

 

 

 
radioheadRadiohead updates app with new music and artwork

 

 

 

 
1994featureThe 100 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1994

 

 

 

 
faithFaith No More Plan 2015 Release of First New Album in 18 Years

 

 

 

 

harrisonapleyearsGeorge Harrison’s first six solo albums to be reissued with unreleased songs and videos

 

 

 

 
WilcoWilco Announce Fall Tour Dates, Greatest Hits Compilation + Rarities Box Set

 

 

 

 
AnimalsPower Station on Pink Floyd’s ‘Animals’ Cover to Become Luxury Housing Complex

 

 

 

 

black-keysThe Black Keys to begin work on new album in January

 

 

 

 

140903-robert-plant7 Albums to Stream: Robert Plant, Death From Above 1979, Ryan Adams, and More

 

 

 

 
bcp-setting-a-record-20140902-001Record Collecting Isn’t Just Jack Moore’s Hobby, It’s Part Of His Worldview

 

 

 

 

capCaptain Beefheart Box Set Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, Featuring Unreleased Tracks, Announced

 

 

 

 
social-distortion-logo-big-e1401320696847Mike Ness on the musical direction and current status of new Social Distortion album

 

 

 

 
Toxic_TwinsJOE PERRY Explains What It Takes To Keep AEROSMITH Together

 

 

 

 
Jane's Addiction Perform At The 02 Apollo, ManchesterJane’s Addiction, Devo Set to Headline CBGB Festival in New York

 

 

 

 
caveNick Cave and the Bad Seeds Share “Give Us a Kiss”

 

 

 

 
Led Zeppelin_promo_68Led Zeppelin Drops Unreleased ‘Black Dog’ Take From ‘IV’ Reissue

 

 

 

 

metallica-guinness-world-recordMetallica Enter the History Books With New Guinness World Record

 

 

 

 

daft35Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo Allegedly Plotting Solo Album

 

 

 

 

ggggggggggBrian Wilson, Wayne Coyne, “Weird Al”, Strokes/Weezer/Spoon Members, More To Play George Harrison Tribute

 

 

 

 

ozzy-osbourne-veganOzzy Osbourne Planning ‘Hell Gate’ Event for October 2015

 

 

 

 
falloutboy2k13promoUPDATE: Fall Out Boy to release new single on Monday

 

 

 

 
taylormomsenpressphoto2014_638PRETTY RECKLESS Becomes First Female-Fronted Band To Reach No. 1 With First Two Hits

 

 

 

 

640x360Genesis movie coming to DVD

 

 

 

This Week In Music History – August 25 – August 31

 220px-BorntorunOn August 25, 1975, Bruce Springsteen released his third album, ‘Born to Run,’ and the single of the same title. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200, eventually selling six million copies in the US by the year 2000. Two singles were released from the album: “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” the first helped Springsteen to reach mainstream popularity. The tracks “Thunder Road” and “Jungleland” became staples of album-oriented rock radio and Springsteen concert high points.

 

 

 

 

220px-BostonBostonOn August 25, 1976, Boston releases its self-titled album. The album’s singles, most notably “More Than a Feeling” and “Long Time,” were both AM and FM hits, and nearly the entire album receives constant rotation on classic rock radio. The album has been referred to as a landmark in 1970s rock and has been included on many lists of essential albums. The album has sold 17 million copies in the US alone and 20 million worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 
220px-You_Really_Got_Me_coverOn August 26,1964, the Kinks released the single “You Really Got Me” in North America. It was the group’s breakthrough hit; it established them as one of the top British Invasion acts in the US, reaching #7 there later in the year. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at #82 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time and at #4 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.

 

 

 

 
Hey_Jude_BeatlesOn August 26, 1968, the Beatles released “Hey Jude” b/w “Revolution” in North America, the first single on their own Apple Records label. It was released in the UK four days later. More than seven minutes in length, it was at the time the longest single ever to top the UK charts. It also spent nine weeks at #1 in the US—the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles single—and tied the record for longest stay at #1 until the record was broken by Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life.” The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics’ lists of the greatest songs of all time.

 

 

 
creed_My_Own_PrisonOn August 26, 1997, Creed released their debut album ‘My Own Prison.’ The LP has been certified six times platinum and is one of the top 200 selling albums of all time in the US. The person kneeling on the album’s cover is Justin Brown, a friend of the band. The picture was taken by guitarist Mark Tremonti’s brother, Daniel, for a photography class. The album has spent over 150 weeks on the catalog albums chart and over 110 weeks on the Billboard 200.

 

 

 

 

 

 

stevieOn August 27, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughn had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton’s crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton’s crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton’s entourage were also killed. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Stevie Ray Vaughan #7 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist’s of all time.

 

 

 
220px-PearlJam-Ten2On August 27, 1991, Pearl Jam released ‘Ten.’ The album produced three hit singles: “Alive,” “Even Flow,” and “Jeremy.” While Pearl Jam was accused of jumping on the grunge bandwagon at the time, ‘Ten’ was instrumental in popularizing alternative rock in the mainstream. In February 2013, the album crossed the 10 million mark in sales and has been certified 13x platinum by RIAA.

 

 

 

 
220px-PearlJam-NoCodeOn August 27, 1996, Pearl Jam released their fourth studio album, ‘No Code.’ Although No Code debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, it left a large section of the band’s fanbase unsatisfied and quickly fell down the charts. The album became the first Pearl Jam album to not reach multi-platinum status, receiving a single platinum certification by the RIAA in the United States.

 

 

 

 
220px-Dixie_Chicks_HomeOn August 27, 2002, the Dixie Chicks released their sixth studio album, ‘Home.’ The album was nominated at the 45th Grammy Awards for 6 awards, including their second attempt for Album of the Year. The group went home with 4 in 2003, including Best Country Album, Best Recording Package, Best Country Instrumental Performance for “Lil’ Jack Slade”, and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Long Time Gone.” The album was certified 6× Multi-platinum status by the RIAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are_We_Not_Men_We_Are_Devo!On August 28, 1978, Devo released their debut album called ‘Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo.’ Produced by Brian Eno, it was recorded primarily in Cologne, Germany and released in the US by Warner Bros. Records company. The album received somewhat mixed reviews from critics and peaked at #12 on the UK album charts and #78 on the US Billboard charts.

 

 

 

 
220px-Green_Day_-_Boulevard_of_Broken_Dreams_coverOn August 28, 2005, Green Day cleaned up at this years MTV awards held in Miami winning seven awards including, Video of the Year for “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and the Viewer’s Choice Award. Best Male Video went to Kanye West for “Jesus Walks,” Best Choreography went to Gwen Stefani for “Hollaback Girl” and Breakthrough Video went to Gorillaz for “Feel Good Inc.” The awards went ahead despite concerns over Hurricane Katrina, which hit Florida last week, and after a shooting at a pre-awards party. Record boss Suge Knight was shot in the leg during at a party for Kanye West.

 

 

 

 

 
66_beatles_001On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) brought cameras on stage and took pictures between songs. During this tour, the Beatles did not play a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver.’ They finished the show with a version of Little Richards “Long Tall Sally.” After the show, George Harrison was heard half-joking, “Well, that’s it. I’m not a Beatle anymore.”

 

 

 
OasisDefinitelyMaybealbumcoverOn August 29, 1994, Oasis’ first studio album, ‘Definitely Maybe,’ was released. It was an immediate commercial and critical success in the UK, having followed on the heels of singles “Supersonic”, “Shakermaker” and “Live Forever.” The album went on to sell over eight million copies worldwide and brought widespread critical acclaim.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Chandler_Duke_EarlOn August 30, 1961, 24 year old Gene Chandler records “Duke Of Earl” for Vee Jay Records. It will become the label’s first #1 and first million seller next February. This song was a 2002 inductee into the Grammy Hall of Fame and has been selected by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

 

 

 

 
Bob_Dylan_-_Highway_61_RevisitedOn August 30, 1965, Bob Dylan released his second electric guitar album, ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ Leading with the hit single “Like a Rolling Stone,” the album features songs that Dylan has continued to perform live over his long career, including “Ballad of a Thin Man” and “Highway 61 Revisited.” He named the album after the major American highway which connected his birthplace, Duluth, Minnesota, to southern cities famed for their musical heritage, including St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, and the Delta blues area of Mississippi. The LP peaked at #3 in the US charts and #4 in the UK. The album was ranked #4 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” “Like a Rolling Stone” was listed at #1 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

 

 

 

TheByrdsSweetheartoftheRodeoOn August 30, 1968, the Byrds released their sixth album, ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo.’ Recorded with the addition of country-rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it was influential as the first major country-rock album by an established act and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band’s previous LP, ‘The Notorious Byrd Brothers.’ The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band’s shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the most commercially unsuccessful Byrds’ album to date upon its initial release, the album is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country-rock album.

 

 

 

 

 
Goats_Head_SoupOn August 31, 1974, the Rolling Stones released ‘Goat’s Head Soup.’ It featured the song “Angie,” which went to #1 as a single in the US and top 5 in the UK. At the time of release, Jagger said, “I really feel close to this album, and I really put all I had into it… I guess it comes across that I’m more into songs. It wasn’t as vague as the last album which kind of went on so long that I didn’t like some of the things. There’s more thought to this one. It was recorded all over the place over about two or three months. The tracks are much more varied than the last one. I didn’t want it to be just a bunch of rock songs.”

 

 

 
flyyOn August 31, 1999, the Dixie Chicks released their album, ‘Fly.’ The band’s fifth studio LP, it was very successful for the group, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200. It has received diamond status by the RIAA on June 25, 2002 in the United States, for shipments of 10 million units. The album earned 4 Grammy nominations in 2000, and the group won 2: Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Ready to Run and Best Country Album. It was also nominated for Album of the Year and the writers of Ready to Run, Marcus Hummon and Martie Seidel were nominated for Best Country Song.

 

 

This Week In Music History – July 28 – August 3

black_Sabbath_SabotageOn July 28, 1975, Black Sabbath released their sixth studio album, ‘Sabotage,’ in North America. The LP peaked at #7 in the UK and at #28 in the US. It was certified Silver (60,000 units sold) in the UK by the BPI on 1 December 1975 and Gold in the US on 16 June 1997, but was the band’s first release not to achieve platinum status in the US. Songs such as “Hole in the Sky,” and “Symptom of the Universe” became fan favorites.

 

 

 

 

R_E_M__-_Lifes_Rich_PageantOn July 28, 1986, R.E.M. released their fourth album, ‘Life’s Rich Pageant.’ The cover of the album depicts drummer Bill Berry on the upper part of the cover and a pair of bison. On the vinyl and cassette releases, R.E.M. labeled side one (tracks 1-6) as the “Dinner side” and side two (tracks 7-12) as the “Supper side.”

 

 

 

 
220px-What'sThe411_On July 28, 1992, Mary J. Blige released her debut album ‘What’s the 411?’ The album spawned six singles, including “You Remind Me” and “Real Love.” The album eventually sold 3.4 million copies and was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blowin_in_the_Wind_PPMOn July 29, 1963, Peter, Paul & Mary released their single of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind,” a song Dylan later claimed he “probably wrote in about ten minutes.” The trio’s version, which was used as the title track of their third album, peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts. The single sold a phenomenal three hundred thousand copies in the first week of release and made the song world famous. Peter Yarrow recalled that, when he told Dylan he would make more than $5,000 (in 1963 dollars) from the publishing rights, Dylan was speechless. Peter, Paul & Mary’s version of the song also spent five weeks atop the easy listening chart.

 

 

 

HelponesheetOn July 29, 1965, the Beatles’ second movie, “Help!,” premiered in London with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance. The film had its North American premiere in New York on August 11 and went into wide release August 25. Critics didn’t like the movie as much as “A Hard Day’s Night” and John Lennon commented that “the best stuff is on the cutting room floor.” Later the film earned first prize at the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival in Brazil.

 

 

 

 

220px-Hall_Oates_VoicesOn July 29, 1980, Daryl Hall & John Oates released their ninth studio album, ‘Voices,’ the first album they produced themselves. It spent 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #17.

 

 

 

 

 

 
headsOn July 30, 1965, the Rolling Stones released the LP ‘Out Of Our Heads’ in the US. The LP was a mixture of recordings made over a six-month period, including the Top 10 hit “The Last Time” and the worldwide #1 “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” In 2003 the US edition was listed as #116 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

 

 

 

 

 

Sublime_Self-TitledOn July 30, 1996, Sublime released their self-titled debut album. The album was a major commercial success, selling over 6 million copies by 2010 and etching Sublime into a permanent place among the stars of mid-90s alternative rock. The album was faithful to Sublime’s ska, dub, and reggae influences, with tempos ranging from the frantic — such as “Seed,” “Same in the End,” and “Paddle Out” — to the slow and deliberate, such as “Pawn Shop” and “Jailhouse.”

 

 

 

 
220px-Springsteen_The_RisingOn July 30, 2002, Bruce Springsteen released his 12th studio album, ‘The Rising,’ with songs inspired by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. It was his first studio album in seven years, and his first with the E Street Band in 18 years. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of over 520,000 copies. The album also garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2003; although nominated for the Album of the Year award as well, it was beaten by Norah Jones’ debut album ‘Come Away with Me.’ The title song “The Rising” was also a Grammy recipient.

 

 

 

 

 
300px-Blue_Oyster_Cult_1977_publicity_photoOn July 31, 1976, Blue Oyster Cult’s epic cut “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was released (from their 1976 album, ‘Agents of Fortune’) The song reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of November 6 and November 13, 1976. The song remained on the charts for 20 weeks. It was written and sung by the band’s lead guitarist, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and it is built around Dharma’s guitar riff that opens the song and repeats throughout. A cowbell is used in the background, although there are differing accounts as to who played it.

 

 

 

JourneyEscapealbumcoverOn July 31, 1981, Journey released ‘Escape,’ their seventh studio album and eighth overall. It spawned three Top 10 singles: “Don’t Stop Believin’” (which peaked at #9), “Who’s Crying Now” (#4), and “Open Arms” (#2). It was a massive success, being certified nine times platinum by the RIAA and selling over 12 million copies worldwide. It is recognized by fans and critics as one of the greatest and most successful arena rock albums of the 1980s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
oh,_Pretty_Woman_Single_CoverOn August 1, 1964, at Fred Foster Sound Studio in Nashville, Roy Orbison recorded “Oh, Pretty Woman.” The song spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1999, the song was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #222 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

 

 

 

 

Concert_For_Bangladesh_CoverOn August 1, 1971, the Concert for Bangla Desh was staged to raise money for victims of famine and war in that country. The show featured George Harrison, with some help from his friends Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Ravi Shankar and some members of Bad Finger. The three disc live album from the show reached #1 in the UK and #2 in the US in 1972, as well as winning a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. By 1985, through revenue raised from the Concert for Bangladesh live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief.

 

 

 
mtvOn August 1, 1981, MTV made its debut at 12:01am. The first video to be shown was “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

 

 

 

 

 
Apple_20_sleeveOn August 2, 1969, Paul McCartney presented his demo of the song “Come And Get It” to Apple band Badfinger (then called The Iveys). The single was released on Apple Records on December 5, 1969 in the UK, but not until January 12, 1970 in the US. “Come and Get It” was a hit single for the band, peaking at #7 in the US, and #4 in the UK. It was the opening theme for the film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. Paul McCartney produced the track.

 

 

 

 

220px-American_graffiti_ver1On August 2, 1973, ‘American Graffiti’ premiered in Los Angeles and became something of a surprise hit. The film, centered on a group of teenagers growing up on the West coast of the US in the 1960s, cost just over $700,000 to make, but has garnered an estimated return of well over $200 million in box office receipts and home video sales. The soundtrack album reached #10 in America and has been certified triple Platinum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John LennonOn August 3, 1963, the Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the very last time, a month after the band recorded “She Loves You” and just six months before the Beatles’ first trip to the US They had made 292 appearances at the dingy, basement club since their debut there 2½ years earlier. Their first gig paid them $14 and their last brought in $840. At the time, Brian Epstein promised the club’s owners that the Beatles would return someday, but it was a promise that was never fulfilled.

 

 

 

 

220px-Def_Leppard_-_Hysteria_(vinyl_version)On August 3, 1987, Def Leppard released their album ‘Hysteria.’ Clocking in at 62 and a half minutes, the album was, at the time, one of the longest albums ever issued on a single vinyl record. It is the band’s best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.