Tuesday 7/27/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Bad Company

Bad Company has released twelve studio albums, and six live albums. Additionally, they have released 29 singles and 6 music videos.

Although they were an English band, Bad Company had more success in the United States than in the United Kingdom. Four of their albums were certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry, while another four other albums were certified Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Bad Company’s most successful album was their 1974 debut, Bad Company. It was a Number One album on the Billboard 200 and also made the Top 3 on the UK Albums Chart. This album featured their biggest hit, “Can’t Get Enough”, which is their only Top 5 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and their highest charting single on the UK Singles Chart, where it reached #15 in 1974.

Paul Rodgers – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica (1973–1982, 1998–1999, 2001–2002, 2008–present)
Simon Kirke – drums, percussion, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals and guitar (1973–1982, 1986–1999, 2001–2002, 2008–present)
Howard Leese – rhythm guitar (2008–2016, 2020–present), lead guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)
Todd Ronning – bass, backing vocals (2012–present)

Tuesday 7/27/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Toto – Hydra (1979)

Hydra is the second studio album by American rock band Toto, released in 1979. It reached #37 on the Billboard Pop Albums. While most of the album’s singles failed to make any impact in the charts, “99”, a song inspired by the 1971 science fiction movie THX 1138, reached #26 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  1. “Hydra” 7:31
  2. “St. George and the Dragon” 4:45
  3. “99” 5:16
  4. “Lorraine” 4:46
  5. “All Us Boys” 5:03
  6. “Mama” 5:14
  7. “White Sister” 5:39
  8. “A Secret Love” 3:07

Bobby Kimball – lead and backing vocals
Steve Lukather – guitars, lead and backing vocals
Steve Porcaro – synthesizers, electronics, synthesizer programming
David Paich – piano, keyboards, lead and backing vocals
David Hungate – bass guitar, guitars
Jeff Porcaro – drums, percussion
Lenny Castro – percussion
Michael Boddicker – synthesizer samples
Roger Linn – assistant synthesizer programming
Marty Paich – string arrangements

Monday 7/26/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Janet Jackson – Janet (1993)

Janet is the fifth studio album by American singer Janet Jackson, released on May 18, 1993, by Virgin Records America. Prior to its release, Jackson was at the center of a high-profile bidding war over her recording contract. In 1991, her original label A&M sought to renew her contract, while others, such as Atlantic, Capitol, and Virgin all vied to sign her. After meeting with Virgin owner Richard Branson, she signed with the label. The contract was worth an estimated $40 million, making her the world’s then-highest paid musical act.

Criticism that her success in the music industry was attributed to being a member of the Jackson family and a producer-dependent artist led her to write all lyrics for the album, in addition to co-producing every song and co-writing each of their arrangements with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Its title, read “Janet, period.”, is meant to disassociate her public image from her family, dropping her surname. A pop and R&B record, Janet incorporated hip hop, opera, house and jazz, eliminating the rigid, industrial sound of her previous records. Lyrically, the theme of Janet is sexual intimacy—an abrupt departure from her conservative image. Much of her lyrics emphasize a woman’s perspective on sexuality and the demand for practicing safe sex.

In the United States, Janet became the singer’s third consecutive album to top the Billboard 200 and her first to debut at number one. Selling 350,000 copies in its first week, it set a record for the highest first week sales for a female artist at that time. Certified sixfold platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it has sold over seven million copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan. Internationally, Janet topped the record charts in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom, and has sold an estimated 14 million copies worldwide.

Janet remains one of only seven albums in history to produce six top-ten hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the number-one singles “That’s the Way Love Goes” and “Again”. The MTV-sponsored Janet World Tour supporting the album received critical acclaim for Jackson’s elaborate stage performances, reinforcing her reputation as one of the preeminent artists of the MTV generation. Janet cemented her as an international icon and sex symbol, and is listed by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the 200 Definitive Albums of All Time. Academics argued the erotic imagery in her music videos have contributed to a higher degree of sexual freedom among women.

  1. “Morning” 0:31
  2. “That’s the Way Love Goes” 4:24
  3. “You Know…” 0:12
  4. “You Want This” 5:05
  5. “Be a Good Boy…” 0:07
  6. “If” 4:31
  7. “Back” 0:04
  8. “This Time” 6:58
  9. “Go on Miss Janet” 0:05
  10. “Throb” 4:33
  11. “What’ll I Do” 4:05
  12. “The Lounge” 0:15
  13. “Funky Big Band” 5:22
  14. “Racism” 0:08
  15. “New Agenda” 4:00
  16. “Love Pt. 2” 0:11
  17. “Because of Love” 4:20
  18. “Wind” 0:11
  19. “Again” 3:46
  20. “Another Lover” 0:11
  21. “Where Are You Now” 5:47
  22. “Hold on Baby” 0:12
  23. “The Body That Loves You” 5:32
  24. “Rain” 0:18
  25. “Any Time, Any Place” 7:08
  26. “Are You Still Up” 1:36
  27. “Sweet Dreams” 0:14
  28. “Whoops Now” 4:59

(Ex) Cat Heads – rap
Alice Preves – viola
Ann Nesby – background vocals
Bernie Edstrom – horn arrangements, trumpet
Carolyn Daws – violin
Celine Leathead – violin
Chuck D – rap
Core Cotton – background vocals
Daria Tedeschi – violin
Dave Karr – flute
David Barry – guitar
David Bullock – violin
David Carr – flute
David Eiland – sax (alto)
David Rideau – mixing
Frank Stribbling – guitar
Gary Raynor – bass
Hanley Daws – violin
Jamecia Bennett – background vocals
Janet Jackson – main performer, record producer, vocals, background vocals
Jean Krikorian – design
Jeff Gottwig – clarinet, trumpet
Jeff Taylor – bass, vocals
Jellybean Johnson – producer
Jimmy Jam – keyboards, producer, vocals
James “Big Jim” Wright – keyboards, vocals
Jossie Harris – talking
Kathleen Battle – vocals
Ken Holman – clarinet, sax (tenor)
Kool & the Gang
Laura Preves – bassoon

Lawrence Waddell – organ (hammond)
Lee Blaskey – orchestration
Len Peltier – art direction, design
Marie Graham – background vocals
Mark Haynes – bass, drum programming, programming
Merilee Klemp – oboe
Mike Sobieski – violin
Patrick Demarchelier – photography
Robert Hallgrimson – sax (alto), trumpet
Steve Hodge – mixing
Steve Wright – trumpet
Steven Pikal – trombone
Stokley – drums
Tamas Strasser – viola
Terry Lewis – producer
The Average White Band
Tina Landon – talking
Tom Kornacker – violin

Monday 7/26/21 10pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy is the ninth studio album by Elton John. The album is an autobiographical account of the early musical careers of Elton John (Captain Fantastic) and his long-term lyricist Bernie Taupin (the Brown Dirt Cowboy). It was released in May 1975 by MCA in America and DJM in the UK and was an instant commercial success.

The album reached number 1 in its first week of release on the US Billboard 200, the first ever album to do so, reportedly selling 1.4 million copies within 4 days of release, and it stayed in that position in the chart for seven weeks.

Though they would all appear on later albums, this was the last album of the 1970s with the original lineup of the Elton John Band (guitarist Davey Johnstone, bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson). Murray and Olsson, who had formed John’s rhythm section since 1970, were sacked prior to the recording of the follow-up album Rock of the Westies, while Johnstone would leave in 1978. This was the last album until 1983’s Too Low for Zero that Elton John and his classic band would play on together.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 158 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list

1. “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy” 5:46
2. “Tower of Babel” 4:28
3. “Bitter Fingers” 4:35
4. “Tell Me When the Whistle Blows” 4:20
5. “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” 6:45
6. “(Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket” 4:01
7. “Better Off Dead” 2:37
8. “Writing” 3:40
9. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” 4:15
10. “Curtains” 6:15
11. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” 6:18
12. “One Day at a Time” 3:49
13. “Philadelphia Freedom” 5:22
14. “House of Cards”

Elton John – lead vocals, acoustic piano (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), Fender Rhodes (1, 4, 5, 8), clavinet (4, 6), ARP String Ensemble (5), harmony vocals (7, 8), harpsichord (9, 10), mellotron (9, 10)
David Hentschel – ARP synthesizer (9, 10)
Davey Johnstone – acoustic guitar (1, 5-10), electric guitar (1-4, 6, 9, 10), mandolin (1), backing vocals (3, 5-10), Leslie guitar (5), acoustic piano (8)
Dee Murray – bass guitar, backing vocals (3, 5-10)
Nigel Olsson – drums, backing vocals (3, 5-10)
Ray Cooper – shaker (1, 5, 8), congas (1, 3, 4, 9, 10), gong (1), jawbone (1), tambourine (1-6, 9, 10), bells (3, 9, 10), cymbals (5), triangle (7, 8), bongos (8)
Gene Page – orchestral arrangements (4)

Monday 7/26/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist – Mick Jagger

Sir Michael Philip Jagger (born July 26, 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, and film producer who has gained worldwide fame as the lead singer and one of the founder members of the Rolling Stones. Jagger’s career has spanned over six decades, and he has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll”. His distinctive voice and energetic live performances, along with Keith Richards’ guitar style, have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the band’s career. Jagger gained press notoriety for his romantic involvements and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure.

Jagger was born and grew up in Dartford, Kent. He studied at the London School of Economics before abandoning his studies to join the Rolling Stones. Jagger has written most of the Rolling Stones’ songs together with Richards, and they continue to collaborate musically. In the late 1960s, Jagger starred in the films Performance (1970) and Ned Kelly (1970) to a mixed reception. He began a solo career in 1985, releasing his first album, She’s the Boss, and joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy in 2009. Relationships with the Stones’ members, particularly Richards, deteriorated during the 1980s, but Jagger has always found more success with the band than with his solo and side projects.

In 1989, Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. As a member of the Rolling Stones, and as a solo artist, he reached number one on the UK and US singles charts with 13 singles, the top 10 with 32 singles and the top 40 with 70 singles. In 2003, he was knighted for his services to popular music.

Jagger has been married (and divorced) once, and has also had several other relationships. He has eight children with five women. He also has five grandchildren and became a great-grandfather in 2014, when his granddaughter Assisi gave birth to a daughter. Jagger’s net worth has been estimated at $360 million.

Monday 7/26/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Britney Spears – Circus (2008)

Circus is the sixth studio album by American singer Britney Spears, released on November 28, 2008, by Jive Records. Looking to transition from her “darker and more urban” fifth studio album Blackout (2007), Spears wanted to make her next project “a little bit lighter”. She recorded the album during the summer of 2008, after her much-publicized personal struggles saw her placement under a conservatorship earlier that year. As executive producers, Larry Rudolph and Teresa LaBarbera Whites enlisted collaborators including Spears’ longtime colleague Max Martin and Danja. Their efforts resulted in a primarily pop and dance record with urban influences.

Upon its release, Circus received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its production but were ambivalent towards its lyrical content. It debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, making it her fifth album to reach the top of the chart. The album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

Four singles were released, three of which became international hits. Its lead single, “Womanizer”, peaked atop the Billboard Hot 100 and registered as the largest jump to the top of the chart at the time after debuting at number 96. It became Spears’s best-selling single in the country since “…Baby One More Time” (1998), and received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards (2010). The second and third singles, “Circus” and “If U Seek Amy”, peaked at numbers three and 19 in the country, respectively. Consequently, Circus became Spears’s second studio album after her debut …Baby One More Time (1999) to have two top-ten singles and three top 20 singles, also being her first to have two top-five singles in the United States along with five charting songs on the Billboard Hot 100. To promote the album, Spears embarked on a concert tour titled The Circus Starring Britney Spears, which commenced in March 2009.

  1. “Womanizer” 3:43
  2. “Circus” 3:12
  3. “Out from Under” 3:54
  4. “Kill the Lights” 3:59
  5. “Shattered Glass” 2:53
  6. “If U Seek Amy” 3:37
  7. “Unusual You” 4:23
  8. “Blur” 3:09
  9. “Mmm Papi” 3:22
  10. “Mannequin” 4:06
  11. “Lace and Leather” 2:48
  12. “My Baby” 3:20
  13. “Radar” 3:49
  14. “Rock Me In” 3:17
  15. “Phonography” 3:35
  16. “Amnesia” 3:57

Luke Boyd – background vocals
Cathy Dennis – background vocals
Dr. Luke – drums, guitar, keyboards, programming,
Lady Gaga – background vocals, songwriter
Leah Haywood – background vocals
Henrik Jonback – bass, engineer, guitar
Claude Kelly – vocal producer, background vocals
Kasia Livingston – background vocals
Myah Marie – background vocals
Max Martin – producer, programming, background vocals
Nicole Morier – vocal producer, background vocals
Candice Nelson – background vocals
Debi Nova – background vocals
Andy Page – drum programming, engineer, guitar, mixing, piano, strings, synthesizer, synthesizer bass
Britney Spears – vocals, background vocals, concept, songwriter
Windy Wagner – background vocals

Monday 7/26/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Into The Great Wide Open (1991)

Into the Great Wide Open is the eighth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released in July 1991. The album was the band’s last with MCA Records. The album was the second Petty produced with Jeff Lynne after the success of Full Moon Fever.

The first single, “Learning to Fly”, became the band’s joint longest-running No. 1 single (along with “The Waiting” from 1981’s Hard Promises) on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, spending six weeks at the top spot. The second single, “Out in the Cold”, also made No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, albeit for two weeks.

The music video for the title song stars Johnny Depp as “Eddie”, who moves to Los Angeles as a teenager to seek rock stardom, along with Gabrielle Anwar, Faye Dunaway, Matt LeBlanc, Terence Trent D’Arby and Chynna Phillips.

  1. “Learning to Fly” 4:02
  2. “Kings Highway” 3:08
  3. “Into the Great Wide Open” 3:43
  4. “Two Gunslingers” 3:09
  5. “The Dark of the Sun” 3:23
  6. “All or Nothin'” 4:07
  7. “All the Wrong Reasons” 3:46
  8. “Too Good to Be True” 3:59
  9. “Out in the Cold” 3:40
  10. “You and I Will Meet Again” 3:42
  11. “Makin’ Some Noise” 3:27
  12. “Built to Last” 4:00

Tom Petty – lead vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric, 12-string), keyboards, percussion
Mike Campbell – guitars (lead, 12-string, bass, resonator, slide), keyboards, backing vocals on “Learning to Fly”
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, synthesizer, accordion
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, percussion
Jeff Lynne – guitars, bass, backing vocals, piano, synthesizer, percussion, sound effects, producer
Roger McGuinn – backing vocal on “All The Wrong Reasons”
Richard Tandy – synthesizer on “Two Gunslingers”

Sunday 7/25/21 1am ET: Feature LP: The Band – Music From The Big Pink (1968)

Music from Big Pink is the debut studio album by the Band. Released in 1968, it employs a distinctive blend of country, rock, folk, classical, R&B, blues, and soul. The music was composed partly in “Big Pink”, a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album itself was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968, and followed the band’s backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour (as the Hawks) and time spent together in upstate New York recording material that was officially released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes, also with Dylan. The cover artwork is a painting by Dylan.

  1. “Tears of Rage” 5:23
  2. “To Kingdom Come” 3:22
  3. “In a Station” 3:34
  4. “Caledonia Mission” 2:59
  5. “The Weight” 4:34
  6. “We Can Talk” 3:06
  7. “Long Black Veil” 3:06
  8. “Chest Fever” 5:18
  9. “Lonesome Suzie” 4:04
  10. “This Wheel’s on Fire” 3:14
  11. “I Shall Be Released” 3:19

Rick Danko – bass guitar, fiddle, vocals
Levon Helm – drums, tambourine, vocals
Garth Hudson – organ, piano, clavinet, soprano and tenor saxophones
Richard Manuel – piano, organ, vocals
Robbie Robertson – electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
John Simon – producer, baritone horn, tenor saxophone, piano, tambourine

Sunday 7/25/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Jackson Browne – Downhill From Everywhere (2021) Twitter: @JacksonBrowne

Jackson Browne albums don’t come around all that often anymore. During his prolific years in the 1970s and ’80s, he had plenty to say and said it with the sensitivity and poetic candor that is his stock-in-trade. Released in July 2021, Downhill from Everywhere is Browne’s fourth studio album since the turn of the millennium, and it’s a pretty good one. One of the defining voices of the boomer generation, he epitomized the laid-back singer/songwriter sound of the West Coast and in that respect, little has changed. At 72, Browne’s musical legacy remains undiminished and if Downhill isn’t a particularly radical entry in his catalog, it has the heart, craft, and veteran presence of an artist who has little to prove, but still a bit more to say. Warmly arranged in the lean manner of his best ’70s work, the ten-song set is a delight of tasteful guitar work, folk-rock charm, and perceptive lyrics befitting the singer’s current position on the timeline. Among the reflections on mortality (the wistful “Still Looking for Something”) and late-in-life romance (“Minutes to Downtown”) are more topical concerns like the environment (the title track’s punchy anti-pollution plea) and immigration (the poignant “The Dreamer”). In this way, Downhill adheres to Browne’s late-period album template of presenting a fairly even balance of the personal and political. Captaining the expected band of L.A. studio stalwarts with easy grace, it’s an album full of strong performances, few missteps, and the weary charisma that has been one of the singer’s hallmarks. A half-century into his career, that timeless feeling that signified even Browne’s earliest releases is still present, if ever-so-slightly more shopworn by time’s passing. AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger

1 Still Looking for Something 03:10
2 My Cleveland Heart 03:20
3 Minutes to Downtown 05:31
4 A Human Touch 04:42
5 Love Is Love 04:46
6 Downhill From Everywhere 05:45
7 The Dreamer 03:16
8 Until Justice Is Real 04:33
9 A Little Soon to Say 06:27
10 A Song for Barcelona 08:37