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AC/DC was BACK in BLACK #music #1980 #AC/DC

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The year was 1980 and the album “Back In Black” featured a new lead singer named Brian Johnson who replaced former AC/DC singer Bonn Scott who died months earlier.

With the death of Scott, there were folks (non-believers) who that thought this was the end of the hard rocking Australian band. But we were all shocked that “Back In Black” was a HUGE success with essentially no filler tracks.

The album produced a number of hits with the title track, “Hells Bells” and “You Shook Me All Night Long”. In my opinion some of the best songs on the album were the deeper cuts such as “Shoot To Thrill”, “What Do You Do For Money Honey” and “Shake A Leg”.

With Johnson being added to the line up, the band seemed to be stronger and more powerful than ever, and Angus Young’s guitar riffs and power chords are absolutely amazing. Just listen to his lead guitar in “Shake A Leg” and I’m sure you’d agree.

I had to think really hard which album came out in 1980 that would represent a part of the soundtrack of my life. But then suddenly, it all made perfect sense.

Numerous soundtracks have included AC/DC songs from this album, from the film “Maximum Overdrive” and “Iron Man 2,” to name a few.

If you want to hear hard rock the way it was meant to be then pick this superb album up and enjoy. Welcome to the 80’s!!!

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When I Broke Through The Wall…#pinkfloyd #rogerwaters #thewall

Does this one need my review? Seriously?

I mean, it’s Pink Floyd The Wall.

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Well during the winter of 79 there was a terrible blizzard here in Chicago, Illinois.

Meanwhile, that same year, we experienced another blizzard. A blizzard of music in rock opera format.

I first bought this album on vinyl back when I was in college. But ever since I was in fifth grade I listened to it on the radio and my cassette tape player. I could recite the entire work straight through from memory. Pink Floyd has been a part of my soul since I was a kid. That and the Beatles White Album.

Released in 1979, it was the beginning of the end for Floyd. Keyboardist Rick Wright left the band during the recording of it. The rift between Dave and Roger widened until Roger finally left the band a few years later.

The band never rose to such great heights like this again. But there were quite a lot of high notes on this one. It was the most defining record for me to be released in 1979.

The Wall is a classic 70’s space rock album based on the bands grueling touring experiences mixed with stories involving Roger Waters WWII dad who was killed in battle and the invasive government.

A strong message enhanced by timeless music make this album a must-have for any Classic Rock collectors library. The album’s film has Bob Geldof playing Pink. Later, Roger Waters played this album live in Berlin in 1990 when the Berlin wall came down and had tons of artists join him during many of the songs. The legacy goes on and on……

Incredible stuff here!

The proceeding post is from an ongoing list of albums that represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born.

It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are:

  • I can listen to them numerous times.
  • Some of these artists have stand out performances.
  • Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in.

Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute; other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented. But these are more than my just favorites, they are simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far…

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“Let The Good Times Roll”…#music #TheCars #1978 #classicrock

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I was barely two years old when this gem of an album was released. Of course, at the time, I was playing with stuffed toys and walking around with diapers while listening to fisher price music probably.  Meanwhile this band from Boston exploded into the music scene and I never even knew it. At least not until a few years later.

This one was the ‘The Cars’ greatest work ever. They created a hard, edgy, and energetic record that was different from anything else out at the time. This band combined hard guitar-rock with a spacey keyboard-driven sound. They were at the dawn of a sound that was beginning to emerge which was soon to be dubbed “New Wave”.

They had straightforward and simple lyrics. The sounds created were raw yet sleek, edgy but commercially accessible and totally fresh at that time. Between Ric Ocasek’s cool lead vocals, Greg Hawkes’ incredibly badass futuristic keyboards, and Elliot Easton’s awesome guitar-work, this album was truly unique.

It influenced countless other New Wave rock bands afterwards. It has since stood the test of time, and that’s what makes it a true classic. Over the years, every now and then, it’s given me something new to love about it! “You’re All I’ve Got Tonight” is still my favorite Cars song! 1978’s best album for me…indeed!!!

The proceeding post is from an ongoing list of albums that represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born.

It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are:

  • I can listen to them numerous times.
  • Some of these artists have stand out performances.
  • Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in.

Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute; other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented. But these are more than my just favorites, they are simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far…

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Animals…1977…#pinkfloyd #1977 #music

The following list of albums represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born. It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are: I can listen to them numerous times. Some of these artists have stand out performances. Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in. Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented but more than that it is also my favorite as well as simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far……

 

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ANIMALS by Pink Floyd

The year I turned ONE

So…you have 5 songs on it. 3 of them longer than 10 minutes each and two really short ones; only a minute and a half each serving as bookends. There’s an incredible theme going on with this disc. Not everyone likes it or has really even listened to it.

I think my father and I can agree that the first of the three long songs simply entitled DOGS, features David Gilmour and Snowy White in a most biblically profound rhythmic wave of guitar solos and these unbelievably talented string picking peaks and valleys and uplifting jams that radically soar over mountain tops and deep caverns of amplified explorations. This song and vinyl record (disc, mp3, etc) are the bridge that connects the Music from Wish You Were Here to the rock opera = The Wall!!!

Pink Floyd was always about the concept of Mr Sight and Mr Sound. I think that folks who enjoy SOME of Pink Floyd’s music and not much of the more EXPERIMENTAL stuff should honestly hangout with my dad and I more often. It’s like unraveling a mystery. Solving a puzzle within an enigma. Exploring symbols, metaphors and digging deeper is part of the fun. There’s more to this music than what lies on the surface. Anyways, Animals is so great because it’s extremely different and it is an acquired taste. But once you get used to it then it becomes this emotional transposition from just appreciating their works to totally submerging yourself into the true genius behind Roger and the gang.

That song Dogs, though, has a hard edge riff to it with sinister lyrics. The haze of the loaded environment of wild animals washes over me. I feel like I am going to get lost at sea and then suddenly Roger comes in singing, after hearing Gilmour’s first two dreamy verses, and throws a Bouy out to me and rescues me from the pack of dogs.

The album is conceptually beautiful. The packaging, with a flying pig on it, is stunning. I can listen to it over and over again without getting bored. When my dad bought the box set that contained this bizarre album, he solidified his coolness with me. Props to you papa! Shine On. I’m glad our special bond is timeless……

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Rushed to be born…#Rush #1976 #music

The following list of albums represent what I feel to be the forty greatest albums to be released in forty consecutive years in a row since the year I was born. It is based on my education, obsessions and life experiences. Through friends, family and my obsessions I found inspiration. Some factors in determining these albums are: I can listen to them numerous times. Some of these artists have stand out performances. Some are based on artist’s best albums, which fall into place with the year that they originated in. Ultimately this ends up being the top forty albums in my humble opinion. Sometimes the artists pay tribute other times it is just considered their peak performances. In many ways you could say that all years since 1976 are represented but more than that it is also my favorite as well as simply amazing albums and a sample of the best list I could think of that demonstrates the BIG 40 spectacular pieces of music in my lifetime, so far……

 

This is a big year for me because I turn 40. I never dreamt what it would feel like to approach the “over the hill” years. But alas here I come! But before that happens, I might as well finish off my 30’s with a musical BANG!!!

For the next 20 weeks, I will post 2 blogs per week paying tribute to albums that shaped my life. I have chosen 40 albums to represent each of my 40 years. The criteria is fairly simple. I choose an album that came out in a particular year, starting off in 1976. That album basically is one that is my favorite among the top ones released within that timeframe. It is also based on how many times I have listened to it in my lifetime.

These are the records that shaped my life in one way or another!

 

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The year was 1976. I was freshly born into this world in the late Spring, unaware of the many adventures that would start to happen. It wasn’t until much later in life that I discovered this album 2112 by the Canadian band RUSH.

But this album rocks. A lot. The monumental title song is incredible. The acoustic sections don’t drag, and the metal sections throw infectious riff after riffs at my ears. It has Alex Lifeson’s shrieking guitar solos, pounding bass, flawless drumming by Neil Peart and vocals that range from shout-whining to soaring sing-whining. But don’t get me wrong, Geddy Lee has a fine voice and is enjoyable to listen to. The 20 minutes of the title track are over quickly, and you shall find yourself trying to calm down soon after it phases out with a searing instrumental before announcing, “Attention all planets of the Solar Federation…we have assumed control…we have assumed control…we have assumed control…”

The rest of the record is equally great. There are beautiful melodies, sheets of pseudo-strings and great vocals that make this album one to remember. And remember. And remember…

WHAT A WAY TO ENTER THIS WORLD!!!

 

Stay tuned to find out what happens to my ears in 1977 (musically speaking)