Albums

 

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The Album Is The DNA of Rock

Just as Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses The Album and The Single/Song and RNA are essential for all known known transmission of music. Most DNA molecules consist of two biopolymer strands coiled around each other to form a double helix, as Albums consist of selections/collections of Songs ans Singles coiled around each other to form multiple polar musical helixes.

Lay down the needle, crank up the volume and listen to a few records.

Thank You Lester J. Bangs.

Steve Forbert – Streets of This Town– (Geffen) – 1988

Streets Of This Town by Steve Forbert
Streets Of This Town by Steve Forbert

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Streets of This Town is a 1988 album by singer-songwriter Steve Forbert. Streets of This Town was Forbert’s first album in six years and his first with Geffen Records……..  Listen & more…….

The Envoy – Warren Zevon – Asylum 1982

The Envoy by Warren Zevon
The Envoy by Warren Zevon

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The Envoy is the fifth studio album by American singer/songwriter Warren Zevon. The album was released on July 16, 1982, by Asylum Records. The album’s lack of commercial success caused Zevon’s label to terminate his recording contract, a fact that Zevon discovered only after reading about it in Rolling Stone. In reaction, Zevon went on a self-destructive binge that nearly killed him, followed by a rehab stint that kept Zevon clean and sober for the rest of his life.

The title track was inspired by veteran American diplomat Philip Habib‘s shuttle diplomacy during Israel‘s Lebanon incursion of 1982.

Listen to “The Envoy” and more here……………

Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here by Lowell George 1979 Warner Bros Records

Thanks, I'll Eat It Here by Lowell George 1979
Thanks, I’ll Eat It Here by Lowell George 1979

Thanks, I’ll Eat it Here is the title of the only solo album by the late rock and roll singer-songwriter Lowell George. While George is best known for his work with Little Feat, by 1977 Lowell felt that they were moving increasingly into jazz-rock, a form in which he felt little interest. As a result, he began working on his own album. Listen to Thanks, I’ll Eat it Here by Lowell George and more here…………

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“Don’t Call Me Buckwheat” by Garland Jeffreys……

Garland Jeffreys - Dont Call Me Buckwheat 1991
Garland Jeffreys – Don’t Call Me Buckwheat 1991

Garland Jeffreys (born July 3, 1943, Brooklyn, New York) is an American, singer and songwriter, traversing the musical genres of rock and roll, reggae, blues and soul. Don’t Call Me Buckwheat is his eighth solo album. It was released in 1991 by BMG Records.

After a long hiatus, much of it spent woodshedding, reading and researching, Jeffreys released Don’t Call Me Buckwheat, devoted to the complexities of race in America. The title was triggered by an incident at Shea Stadium where Jeffreys was enjoying the game and feeling carefree. He stood to go get a hotdog when a voice shouted “Hey buckwheat, sit down!” The casual epithet was a jolt and it spurred a number of memorable songs including “Don’t Call Me Buckwheat, ” “I Was Afraid of Malcolm,” “Racial Repertoire.” In February 1992, Jeffreys’ recording of “Hail Hail Rock ‘n’ Roll” (RCAPB49171), spent one week at #72 in the UK Singles Chart.

Listen to “Don’t Call Me Buckwheat” by Garland Jeffreys……


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Sly & The Family Stone ‘STAND!’ EPIC Records, 1969

Sly and the Family Stone, 'Stand!'
Sly and the Family Stone, ‘Stand!’

Stand! is the fourth studio album by soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone, written and produced by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Sly Stone and released on May 3, 1969 on Epic Records, just before the group’s celebrated performance at the Woodstock festival.  Listen to Stand! by Sly and The Family Stone and more ……………….


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Verities & Balderdash by Harry Chapin 1974 Elektra

Verities & Balderdash by Harry Chapin 1974 Elektra
Verities & Balderdash by Harry Chapin 1974 Elektra

Verities & Balderdash is the fourth studio album by the American singer/songwriter Harry Chapin, released in 1974. (see 1974 in music). “Cat’s in the Cradle” was Chapin’s highest charting single, finishing at #44 for the year on the 1974 Billboard year-end Hot 100 chart. The follow-up single, “I Wanna Learn a Love Song,” barely entered the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. A third single, “What Made America Famous?”, failed to chart.

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Leonard Cohen Death of a Ladies Man

Leonard Cohen Death of a Ladies Man Columbia 1977
Leonard Cohen Death of a Ladies Man Columbia 1977

Death of a Ladies’ Man is the fifth studio album by Leonard Cohen. Produced and co-written by Phil Spector, the voice of typically minimalist Cohen was surrounded by Spector’s Wall of Sound, which included multiple tracks of instrument overdubs. The album was originally released by Warner Bros., but was later picked up by Cohen’s longtime label, Columbia Records. Listen to “Death of A Ladies Man” by Leonard Cohen.

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A Long Time Coming by The Electric Flag

The Electric Flag: A Long Time Coming
The Electric Flag: A Long Time Coming

A Long Time Comin’ is the first album by American rock band The Electric Flag, released in 1968. The meat of the album is soul along with blues and rock with a horn section. It is widely seen as an ambitious debut album by music critics. The album was somewhat of a failure in the charts, much to the disappointment of Bloomfield, who had worked hard on the album. His disappointment was worsened by the success of the Al Kooper directed Super Session, which, featuring Bloomfield, charted much higher than A Long Time Comin’ despite only being recorded over a period of two days.
The vinyl LP had 10 tracks, and the subsequent CD had 4 bonus tracks. A compilation called “The Electric Flag – American Music Band/A Long Time Comin’” had a further 5 tracks, making 19 in all.

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Jailbreak by Thin Lizzy 1976 Vertigo UK / Mercury Records USA

Jailbreak is the sixth studio album by Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1976. It proved to be the band’s commercial breakthrough in the US, and the only Thin Lizzy album with a certification (in this case, Gold) in that country. The singles include “Jailbreak” and “The Boys Are Back in Town”, the latter being Thin Lizzy’s biggest hit.

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Frampton by Peter Frampton 1975 on A&M

Frampton by Peter Frampton 1975
Frampton by Peter Frampton 1975

Frampton is the fourth studio album by Peter Frampton, released in 1975 before he went on tour and recorded Frampton Comes Alive! The most recognizable songs from the album are “Show Me the Way” and “Baby, I Love Your Way” which became big hits when released as singles from Frampton Comes Alive! The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200.

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Sweet Baby James by James Taylor

“Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor

Sweet Baby James is the second studio album, by American singer-songwriter James Taylor, and his first release on Warner Bros. Records. Released in February 1970, it showcased Taylor’s talents and showed the direction he would take in the early 1970s with the expansion of his career. The album featured one of Taylor’s earliest single successes: “Fire and Rain (song)”, which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself also managed to reach #3 on the Billboard Album Charts. Sweet Baby James made Taylor one of the main forces of the ascendent folk movement. The album was nominated to a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, in 1971. The album was listed at #103 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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“Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen”

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen “Born To Run”

Born to Run is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen. As his effort to break into the mainstream, the album was a commercial success, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200 and eventually selling six million copies in the United States. 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 rockradio and Springsteen concert high points. Listen to Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen and more…………


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“Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones 1971

“Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones 1971

Sticky Fingers is the ninth British and 11th American studio album by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in April 1971. It is the band’s first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band’s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor’s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which singer Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.

Sticky Fingers is widely regarded as one of the Rolling Stones’ best albums. It achieved triple platinum certification in the US and contains songs such as the chart-topping “Brown Sugar”, the country ballad “Dead Flowers”, “Wild Horses”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, and the sweeping ballad “Moonlight Mile”.

Listen to “Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones and more …………..


Listen to “Sticky Fingers” by The Rolling Stones and more …………..

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“Yesterday and Today” by The Beatles

 

Yesterday and Today is the ninth Capitol Records album release by the Beatles and the eleventh overall American release. It was originally issued only in the United States and Canada. In the 1970s it was issued in Japan. A later UK release (on Compact Disc) followed in 2014. The album is remembered primarily for the controversy surrounding its original cover image, the “butcher cover” featuring the band dressed in white smocks and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of meat. The album’s title is based on the song “Yesterday”. Early album cover proofs show the word “Yesterday” in quotes.


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“Rickie Lee Jones” by Rickie Lee Jones

 

Rickie Lee Jones  is the eponymous debut album of singer-songwriter Rickie Lee Jones. After arriving in California in the mid-1970s, Jones started taking songwriting more seriously, and by 1977 had met singer-songwriters Chuck E. Weiss and Tom Waits (Jones consequently became romantically involved with Waits).


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