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Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring

Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring       Chris Woodstra: ‘With It’s My Life, Talk Talk proved that they could pull off an entire album of strong material. With The Colour of Spring, they took it one step further, moving to a near-concept song cycle, following the emotional ups and downs of relationships […]

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Pet Shop Boys – Please

Pet Shop Boys – Please Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘A collection of immaculately crafted and seamlessly produced synthesized dance-pop, the Pet Shop Boys’ debut album, Please, sketches out the basic elements of the duo’s sound. At first listen, most of the songs come off as mere excuses for the dancefloor, driven by cold, melodic keyboard riffs […]

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The Housemartins – London 0 Hull 4

The Housemartins – London 0 Hull 4 Rick Anderson: ‘Like a box of chocolate truffles with BBs hidden in them, a Housemartins album offers deceivingly simple and tuneful pop songs that are designed to cause you some discomfort once you start chewing on them. Singer and songwriter Paul Heaton sings with a disarmingly boyish voice, […]

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Stan Getz – Voyage

      Scott Yanow: ‘Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz found a perfect accompanist in pianist Kenny Barron, who would regularly play in his group for his last five years. This out-of-print Black Hawk LP finds the pair, along with bassist George Mraz and drummer Victor Lewis, performing two standards and four more recent pieces, including […]

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Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet ‘Andrew Leahey’ Slippery When Wet wasn’t just a breakthrough album for Bon Jovi; it was a breakthrough for hair metal in general, marking the point where the genre officially entered the mainstream. Released in 1986, it presented a streamlined combination of pop, hard rock, and metal that appealed to […]

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Paco De Lucia – Entre Dos Aguas

Paco De Lucia – Entre Dos Aguas       This is one of Paco de Lucia most poplar albums among modern Spanish guitar listeners. It’s also a great place to start listening to De Lucia as the CD offers samples form both new and traditional Flamenco, plus other Spanish rhythms. Eight themes from De […]

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Mussorgsky – Pictures at an exhibition (Karajan)

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an exhibition (Karajan) Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite in ten movements (plus a recurring, varied Promenade) composed for piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. The suite is Mussorgsky’s most famous piano composition and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. It has become further known through various […]

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The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

      The Queen Is Dead is the third studio album by the English rock band The Smiths. It was released on 16 June 1986 in the United Kingdom by Rough Trade Records. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead spent twenty-two weeks on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 2. The album […]

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The Cure – Staring at the Sea

The Cure – Staring at the Sea       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: ‘Staring at the Sea: The Singles collects all of the Cure’s biggest U.K. hits and best-known songs from the late ’70s and early ’80s. Spanning from “Killing an Arab” and “Boys Don’t Cry,” to “The Lovecats,” “In Between Days,” and “Close to […]

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Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Metallica – Master Of Puppets Master of Puppets is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on March 3, 1986 by Elektra Records. Master of Puppets is the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus crash in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour. The album […]

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David Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em And Smile

David Lee Roth – Eat ‘Em And Smile AMG review: Few would argue that David Lee Roth’s first solo EP was a complete comedy send-up, albeit a very successful one that gained him enough favor with the MTV peanut gallery to solidify his potential as a solo artist. When threat became fact, however, Roth was […]

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Peter Gabriel – So

Peter Gabriel – So AMG Review:  Peter Gabriel introduced his fifth studio album, Peter Gabriel – So, with “Sledgehammer,” an Otis Redding-inspired soul-pop raver that was easily his catchiest, happiest single to date. Needless to say, it was also his most accessible, and, in that sense it was a good introduction to So, the catchiest, […]

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Cocteau Twins – Victorialand

Cocteau Twins – Victorialand Victorialand (1986) is the fourth album by Scottish band Cocteau Twins. Working without member Simon Raymonde, who had been enlisted to work on This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow album, vocalist Elizabeth Fraser and guitarist/producer Robin Guthrie produced a record almost completely devoid of percussion, drenching acoustic guitars in reverberant space […]

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Paul Simon – Graceland

Paul Simon – Graceland AMG review:  With Paul Simon – Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its […]

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