Articles tagged “album anniversary”

Led Zeppelin III Has the Best Opening Track Ever

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When Led Zeppelin’s third album was released 50 years ago, it was greeted with a combination of enthusiasm and bewilderment. Why had the stacks of face-melting Marshalls been traded for a 12-string acoustic? Bandleader Jimmy Page was so infuriated by reviews of his folksy left turn that he refused to talk to the press for […]

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20 Years Later, Radiohead’s Kid A is 2020 in a Nutshell

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View Kid A on Discogs If someone told you 20 years ago that a stark, alienating sonic experiment about anxiety attacks and dissociative response told the future, would you believe them? In so many ways, Radiohead’s fourth studio album was a prophecy. Eschewing guitars for modular synths and Cubase, the accidental rock gods forged a […]

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I Listened to the Whole Wish You Were Here Album for the First Time

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I woke up this morning to a burnt orange sky and thoughts of a slow apocalypse. What better time to listen to Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here for the first time? This isn’t my Pink Floyd introduction. At seven years old, when I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz, my mom sat me […]

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How Judas Priest Created Painkiller at the House of Brad and Angelina 30 Years Ago

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Judas Priest’s Painkiller was more than just a comeback album for the iconic British group. It was a bold new statement of intent and a record that would prove to be highly influential on the European metal scene in the early 1990s. The quintet showed that they still had plenty of fire left and could […]

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Music That Wouldn’t Exist Without Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run

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Rock and roll was already having a spectacular 1975 when Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run came along on August 25. We had so far been graced by Physical Graffiti, Toys in the Attic, and Katy Lied, albums so beloved they don’t even require the bands’ names to be attached. While there were certainly moments of celebration, […]

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Zapp Taught Funk How to Talk, Then a Tragedy Silenced Them

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If Stevie Wonder never croaked the alphabet through a plastic tube on a childrens’ show, a funk pioneer’s career arguably wouldn’t have happened. One day in 1973, Wonder stopped by Sesame Street to perform a tune he wrote for the show — and when Roger Troutman watched, his ears pricked up. “A-B-C / 1-2-3 / […]

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25 Years Ago, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Released E. 1999 Eternal, A Classic That’s Forever Human

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Harmony is powerful. Choir singing has been linked to boosting the immune systems of those with cancer and scientists have argued that the human brain is more receptive to harmony. It’s also why a rap group from a forgotten town in the Midwest was able to make cop killing, welfare checks, and unspeakable illegal activity […]

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A Love Letter to CCR’s Cosmo’s Factory at 50 Years Old

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One Saturday when I was a kid, my mom dragged me to a department store. She probably promised me a new comic book. As she shopped in the Exasperated Single Mothers section, I wandered away and started crawling through racks of clothes. I didn’t realize we were near the record department, which had an old-school […]

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AC/DC Has Been Back in Black for 40 Years

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Death has cast a long shadow over rock and roll. Many famous bands disbanded for years or permanently after an iconic member passed away. Some reunited but rarely if ever recorded new music. Following the death of their exuberant frontman Bon Scott in early 1980, the shocked and saddened members of AC/DC were unsure of […]

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Closer at 40: There’s More than Gloom to Joy Division’s Final Album

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Shortly after the suicide of Joy Division’s singer, Ian Curtis, their label owner called their graphic designer, who literally had a grave realization. “We’ve got a tomb on the cover of the album,” Peter Saville told Factory Records’ co-founder Tony Wilson. “Oh, fuck,” he replied. The cover of the band’s second and final album, Closer, […]

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