Tag: 79

Dave Edmunds – Repeat When Necessary

Dave Edmunds – Repeat When Necessary       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Recorded simultaneously with Nick Lowe’s Labour of Lust, Dave Edmunds’ Repeat When Necessary continues the winning streak of Get It and Tracks on Wax 4 simply by sticking to the formula. Though Rockpile’s sound is a little cleaner here than before, nothing’s changed […]

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Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones Album

      William Ruhlmann: ‘With her expressive soprano voice employing sudden alterations of volume and force, and her lyrical focus on Los Angeles street life, Rickie Lee Jones comes on like the love child of Laura Nyro and Tom Waits on her self-titled debut album. Given the population of colorful characters who may or […]

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UFO – Strangers In The Night

UFO – Strangers In The Night       Greg Prato: ‘Unfortunately, this concert album is often overlooked when discussions of the great live rock albums of the ’70s arise. UFO’s Strangers in the Night deserves to be right up there with Kiss’ Alive! and Thin Lizzy’s Live and Dangerous, based on the excitement the […]

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Motörhead – Overkill

Motörhead – Overkill Jason Birchmeier: ‘Motörhead’s landmark second album, Overkill, marked a major leap forward for the band, and it remains one of their all-time best, without question. In fact, some fans consider it their single best, topping even Ace of Spaces. It’s a ferocious album, for sure, perfectly showcasing Motörhead’s trademark style of no […]

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Stiff little fingers – Inflammable material

Stiff little fingers – Inflammable material ‘Thom Jurek’ One more time Restless Records, in association with Ryko, trot out the first three Stiff Little Fingers albums for reissue (Inflammable Material, Nobody’s Heroes and the live Hanx), this time in the United States. They are identical to the 2001 versions with bonus tracks, so punters beware […]

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Thin lizzy – The Black Rose

Thin lizzy – The Black Rose Greg Prato ‘Black Rose: A Rock Legend would prove to be Thin Lizzy’s last true classic album (and last produced by Tony Visconti). Guitarist Brian Robertson was replaced by Gary Moore prior to the album’s recording. Moore had already been a member of the band in the early ’70s […]

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Motorhead – Bomber

      Jason Birchmeier:  ‘Recorded in late summer 1979 and released by the end of the year, Bomber quickly followed up Overkill, Motörhead’s landmark breakthrough album from earlier in the year. Bomber bears a lot in common with its fan-favorite predecessor. For starters, it features the classic Motörhead lineup: Lemmy (bass and vocals), “Fast” […]

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Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady

      ‘Ned Raggett’: If Never Mind the Bollocks and London Calling are held up as punk masterpieces, then there’s no question that Singles Going Steady belongs alongside them. In fact, the slew of astonishing seven-inches collected on Steady and their influence on future musicians – punk or otherwise — sometimes even betters more […]

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Cheap Trick – Dream Police

Cheap Trick – Dream Police Dream Police is the fourth studio album by Cheap Trick. It was released in 1979, and was their third release in a row produced by Tom Werman. It is the band’s most commercially successful studio album, going to No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and being certified platinum within […]

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Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

      Unknown Pleasures is the debut studio album by English post-punk band Joy Division. It was recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport in April 1979, with Martin Hannett as producer, and was released on 15 June 1979 by Factory Records. Joy Division’s `Unknown Pleasures’ arrived in 1979 without warning or fanfare. Product inwards, […]

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The B-52 – B-52

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Even in the weird, quirky world of new wave and post-punk in the late ’70s, the B-52’s’ eponymous debut stood out as an original. Unabashed kitsch mavens at a time when their peers were either vulgar or stylish, the Athens quintet celebrated all the silliest aspects of pre-Beatles pop […]

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Buggles – The Age of Plastic

Buggles – The Age of Plastic AMG review: The fun, quirky single “Video Killed the Radio Star” garnered The Buggles international attention in 1980, but it was just one of The Age of Plastic’s fascinating, futuristic visions. From the title track’s opening strains, Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes transform your living room into a world […]

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The Cars – Candy-O

The Cars – Candy-O       Greg Prato: ‘ Since the Cars had created a perfect album with their 1978 self-titled debut, it would be nearly impossible to top it. Instead of laboring long and hard over a follow-up like many ’70s bands did after a huge commercial success, the band cranked out their sophomore […]

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The Specials – The Specials

The Specials – The Specials AMG Review: A perfect moment in time captured on vinyl forever, such is the Specials’ eponymous debut album; it arrived in shops in the middle of October 1979 and soared into the U.K. Top Five. It was an utter revelation — except for anyone who had seen the band on-stage, […]

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Bee Gees – Greatest

Bee Gees – Greatest AMG  Review:  In its original form, this double-LP compilation was a very generous repackaging of four years’ worth of hits and notable album tracks, plus the Andy Gibb-authored “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away.” It was a perfect distillation of the sound that had put the Bee Gees on top […]

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XTC – Drums And Wires

XTC – Drums And Wires AMG Review: Following Go 2, keyboardist Barry Andrews left XTC and, rather than finding a replacement keyboard player, the band opted to recruit another guitarist (who could also play keyboards), Dave Gregory. The album that followed the lineup change, Drums and Wires, marks a turning point for the band, with […]

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Gang Of Four – Entertainment!

Gang Of Four – Entertainment!       Andy Kellman: ‘Entertainment! is one of those records where germs of influence can be traced through many genres and countless bands, both favorably and unfavorably. From groups whose awareness of genealogy spreads wide enough to openly acknowledge Gang of Four’s influence (Fugazi, Rage Against the Machine), to […]

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Joe Jackson – Look Sharp!

Joe Jackson – Look Sharp! AMG review: A brilliant, accomplished debut, Look Sharp! established Joe Jackson as part of that camp of angry, intelligent young new wavers (i.e., Elvis Costello, Graham Parker) who approached pop music with the sardonic attitude and tense, aggressive energy of punk. Not as indebted to pub rock as Parker and […]

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Mozart – Requiem (Giulini)

Mozart – Requiem (Giulini) – Vinyl LP Wikipedia: The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in Vienna in 1791 and left unfinished at the composer’s death on December 5. A completion dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the […]

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