Wednesday 8/10/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro – Unprecedented (2022)

UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro – Unprecedented

Released July 1, 2022

1 What Have I Done
2 We’ll Never Find Another Love
3 Unprecedented
4 Sunday Morning Coming Down
5 Emperors Wore No Clothes
6 Sufferer
7 Heaven In Her Eyes
8 Do Yourself A Favour
9 Happy Includes Everyone
10 Stay Another Day
11 Lean On Me
12 Mellow
13 Caught You In A Lie
14 Lean On Me Featuring – Bounty Killer

Wednesday 8/10/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Little Feat – Dixie Chicken (1973)

Dixie Chicken is the third studio album by the American rock band Little Feat, released January 25, 1973. The artwork for the front cover was by illustrator Neon Park and is a reference to a line from the album’s third track, the song “Roll Um Easy”.

The album is considered their landmark album with the title track as their signature song that helped further define the Little Feat sound. This was augmented by two additional members (guitarist Paul Barrere and percussionist Sam Clayton) added to make the more complete and familiar line-up that continued until their 1979 breakup following the death of Lowell George. Bassist Kenny Gradney was brought in to replace original bassist Roy Estrada, who had left after the band’s second album Sailin’ Shoes to join Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band. This new line-up radically altered the band’s sound, leaning toward New Orleans R&B/funk.

The title track was released as a single by Warner Bros. in January 1973 in the U.S., backed with “”Lafayette Railroad” (WB 7689) and in February 1975 in the UK, backed with “Oh Atlanta” (K 16524).

“Dixie Chicken” 3:55
“Two Trains” 3:06
“Roll Um Easy” 2:30
“On Your Way Down” 5:31
“Kiss It Off” 2:56
“Fool Yourself” 3:10
“Walkin’ All Night” 3:35
“Fat Man in the Bathtub” 4:29
“Juliette” 3:20
“Lafayette Railroad” 3:40

Paul Barrere – guitar, vocals (first album with group)
Sam Clayton – congas (first album with group)
Lowell George – vocals, guitar, cowbell, flute
Kenny Gradney – bass (first album with group)
Richie Hayward – drums, vocals
Bill Payne – keyboards, synthesizer, vocals
Bonnie Bramlett – backing vocals
Malcolm Cecil – synthesizer
Tret Fure – backing vocals
Danny Hutton – backing vocals
Milt Holland – tabla
Gloria Jones – backing vocals
Debbie Lindsey – backing vocals
Bonnie Raitt – backing vocals
Stephanie Spruill – backing vocals
Fred Tackett – guitar (joined band 1988)

Wednesday 8/10/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Robert Cray – Strong Persuader (1986)

Strong Persuader is the fifth studio album by American blues singer and guitarist Robert Cray. It was recorded by Cray at the Los Angeles studios Sage & Sound and Haywood’s with producers Bruce Bromberg and Dennis Walker, before being released on November 17, 1986, by Mercury Records and Hightone Records. Strong Persuader became his mainstream breakthrough and by 1995 it had sold over two million copies. The record was later ranked #42 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest albums of the 80’s.

“Smoking Gun” 4:07
“I Guess I Showed Her” 3:39
“Right Next Door (Because of Me)” 4:19
“Nothin’ But a Woman” 3:58
“Still Around” 3:42
“More Than I Can Stand” 2:57
“Foul Play” 4:07
“I Wonder” 3:57
“Fantasized” 4:04
“New Blood” 4:21

Peter Boe – keyboards
Richard Cousins – bass
Robert Cray – guitar, vocals
David Olson – drums
Lee Spath – percussion
Andrew Love – tenor saxophone
Wayne Jackson – trumpet, trombone

Wednesday 8/10/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: ZZ Top – Raw: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas (2022)

Pay attention to the “raw” designation in RAW: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, the 2022 album that purports to be the soundtrack to the 2019 documentary That Little Ol’ Band from Texas. Within the movie is a segment capturing ZZ Top playing a show at Gruene Hall, famously hailed as “the oldest continually run dance hall in Texas.” That set is presented here on RAW: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, an album that winds up being a more valuable document than expected thanks to the fact that it captures the classic lineup of ZZ Top playing a bunch of down-and-dirty blues just a few years before the passing of bassist of Dusty Hill in 2021. While the group doesn’t sound as spry as they did in the 1970s or ’80s — the rhythms are a little heavier, the growl in Billy Gibbons’ voice is quite gravelly — it’s enjoyable to hear how they’re playing as a band of old pros. They’ve performed these songs countless times — it’s not all the hits, but as they run through “Just Got Paid,” “Heard it on the X,” “La Grange,” “Tush, “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide,” and “Legs,” it feels like they are — but there’s still energy and a palpable joy in how they launch into a groove or extend themselves in a jam and it’s still a wonder to hear Gibbons solo. Ctsy AllMusic.com Released July 22, 2022.

1 Brown Sugar 4:17
2 Just Got Paid 3:49
3 Heard It on the X 2:50
4 La Grange 4:41
5 Tush 2:30
6 Thunderbird 4:04
7 I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide 4:36
8 Legs 4:21
9 Gimme All Your Lovin’ 4:01
10 Blue Jean Blues 3:54
11 Certified Blues 3:54
12 Tube Snake Boogie 3:06

Frank Beard Composer, Drums
Billy Gibbons Composer, Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Bill Ham Composer
Dusty Hill Composer, Guitar (Bass), Vocals

Wednesday 8/10/22 2pm ET: Feature Artists: Holland Dozier Holland (Part 2)

Holland–Dozier–Holland was a songwriting and production team consisting of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio wrote, arranged and produced many songs that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s. During their tenure at Motown Records from 1962 to 1967, Dozier and Brian Holland were the composers and producers for each song, and Eddie Holland wrote the lyrics and arranged the vocals. Their most celebrated productions were singles for the Four Tops and the Supremes, including 10 out of the Supremes’ 12 US No. 1 singles, such as “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”.

Due to a legal dispute with Motown, from 1969 to 1972, they did not write material under their own names, but instead used the collective pseudonym “Edythe Wayne”. When the trio left Motown, they continued to work as a production team (with Eddie Holland being added to the producer credits), and as a songwriting team until about 1974.

The trio was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Wednesday 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Cheap Trick – At Budokan Complete Concert (1979)

Cheap Trick at Budokan is a live album released by Cheap Trick in 1978 and their best-selling recording. It was ranked number 426 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

In 2020, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. In its official press release, the Library stated that, along with its success in the Japanese market, Cheap Trick at Budokan “proved to be the making of the band in their home country, as well as a loud and welcomed alternative to disco and soft rock and a decisive comeback for rock and roll.”. Allmusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine has also stated that with this album, “Cheap Trick unwittingly paved the way for much of the hard rock of the next decade, as well as a surprising amount of alternative rock of the 1990s.”

“Hello There”
“Come On, Come On”
“ELO Kiddies”
“Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace”
“Big Eyes”
“Look Out”
“Downed”
“Can’t Hold On”
“Oh Caroline”
“Surrender”
“Auf Wiedersehen”
“Need Your Love”
“High Roller”
“Southern Girls”
“I Want You to Want Me”
“California Man”
“Goodnight”
“Ain’t That a Shame”
“Clock Strikes Ten”

Robin Zander – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Rick Nielsen – lead guitar, backing vocals
Tom Petersson – bass, backing vocals
Bun E. Carlos – drums

Cheap Trick – producers
Tomoo Suzuki – recording engineer
Jay Messina – Mixing engineer
Jack Douglas – mixing supervision
Gary Ladinsky, Mike Beiriger – master mix
Ken Adamany – production supervision
Kirk Dyer – road manager
Ken Harris – director of security
Mathew Perrin – production manager and lighting designer
John Muzzarelli – stage manager
Dave Wilmer – guitars and basses
Hal Sherburne – staging
David Lewis – sound technician
Lois Marino – publicist
Noriko Kobayashi – interpreter
Jeff Messenger – logistics (office)
Tokyo Sound – sound reinforcement
Koh Hasebe, Kenji Miura – photography
Masaru Kawahara – design

Tuesday 8/9/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Pet Shop Boys – Disco (1986)

Disco is the first remix album by English synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, released on November 17, 1986 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom and by EMI America Records in the United States. Disco consists of remixes of tracks from the band’s debut album Please and its respective B-sides. The album includes remixes by Arthur Baker, Shep Pettibone and the Pet Shop Boys themselves.

According to interviews, the album was released to showcase music the duo deemed non-radio friendly. With the exception of “Suburbia”, all the mixes on Disco were either rare import remixes or previously unreleased.

In The Night – possibly[citation needed] originally intended for the B-side of the original 12″ 1985 release of “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” (the sleeve of which lists “In The Night (Extended)” but in fact played the 7″ version); previously unreleased

Suburbia – a.k.a. The Full Horror (standard 12″ version)

Opportunities – a.k.a. “Version Latina” from the remix 12″ of the original 1985 release of “Opportunities”, which at the time of the release of Disco was changing hands for up to £100

Paninaro – a.k.a. The Italian Remix a.k.a. The Pet Shop Boys Mix, previously available only on a very limited edition 12″ in Italy

Love Comes Quickly – a.k.a. the Shep Pettibone Mastermix, previously available only on 12″ in the USA, an edit of which also appeared on the 7″ double-pack of “Suburbia”

West End Girls – different from the version released on the remix 12″; previously unreleased

In addition, Pet Shop Boys would later release the remix albums Disco 2, Disco 3 and Disco 4, although the concepts of these compilations differ greatly from the original Disco album: Disco 2 is a continuous mega-mix of dance remixes, Disco 3 is a mixture of remixes and new songs and Disco 4 consists exclusively of tracks remixed by the Pet Shop Boys, mainly by other artists.

The sleeve cover is a still of Chris Lowe from the promo video of “Paninaro”, which was directed by Pet Shop Boys themselves.

The Disco mix of “Suburbia” can also be found on the “Suburbia” 12″ and the 2001 two-disc re-release of Please.

The original version of “In the Night” was the B-side to the original release of “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)”. Arthur Baker’s Extended Mix of “In the Night” was used as the theme for the BBC’s The Clothes Show.

Stuart Price, producer of the Pet Shop Boys albums Electric and Super, cites Disco as a major influence on his musical taste as a teenager.

  1. “In the Night” (Arthur Baker’s extended mix) 6:25
  2. “Suburbia” (Julian Mendelsohn’s Full Horror mix) 8:55
  3. “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” 5:29
  4. “Paninaro” (Pet Shop Boys and David Jacob’s Italian mix) 8:35
  5. “Love Comes Quickly” (Shep Pettibone’s Mastermix) 7:35
  6. “West End Girls” (Shep Pettibone’s Disco mix) 9:03

Arthur Baker – remix (track 1)
Pet Shop Boys – production (tracks 1, 4); remix (track 4)
Phil Harding – production, engineering (track 1)
Julian Mendelsohn – production, mixing (track 2)
Andy Richards – Fairlight (track 2)
Gary Barnacle – saxophone (track 2)
Ron Dean Miller – remix (track 3)
Latin Rascals – remix (track 3)
J. J. Jeczalik – production (track 3)
Nicholas Froome – production (track 3)
Blue Weaver – additional keyboards (track 3)
Khris Kallis – additional keyboards (track 3)
David Jacob – remix, engineering (track 4)
Adrien Cook – Fairlight (track 4)
Shep Pettibone – remix (tracks 5, 6)
Stephen Hague – production (tracks 5, 6)
Andy Mackay – saxophone (track 5)

Tuesday 8/9/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Madonna – The First Album (1983)

Madonna (retitled Madonna: The First Album for the 1985 reissue) is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna, released on July 27, 1983, by Sire Records. After having established herself as a singer in downtown New York City, Madonna was signed by Sire president Seymour Stein, due to the club success of her debut single, “Everybody” (1982). She became the sole writer for most of the album’s tracks, and chose Reggie Lucas as its primary producer. Unhappy with Lucas’s production outputs, she invited John “Jellybean” Benitez to complete the album; he remixed three tracks and produced “Holiday”.

Madonna has an upbeat synthetic disco sound, using new technology of the time, including the Linn drum machine, Moog bass and Oberheim OB-X synthesizer. She sang in a bright, girlish timbre, with lyrics about love and relationships. To promote the album, Madonna performed one-off gigs in clubs and on television in the United States and United Kingdom throughout 1983 and 1984, followed by The Virgin Tour in 1985. Five singles were released, including the international top-ten hits “Holiday”, “Lucky Star”, and “Borderline”. Their accompanying music videos were released on the Madonna video compilation, which became the best-selling videocassette of 1985 in the United States.

Madonna peaked at number eight on the Billboard 200, and was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of five million copies across the United States. It reached the top ten of the charts in Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics and was included in “The 100 Best Debut Albums of All Time” by Rolling Stone in 2013 and 2022 saying that “it succeed in introducing the most important female voice in the history of modern music”. The album has been credited for setting the standard of dance-pop for decades afterward, and for pointing the direction for numerous female artists of the 1980s.

  1. “Lucky Star” 5:38
  2. “Borderline” 5:18
  3. “Burning Up” 3:44
  4. “I Know It” 3:45
  5. “Holiday” 6:08
  6. “Think of Me” 4:54
  7. “Physical Attraction” 6:37
  8. “Everybody” 4:57

Madonna – lead vocals, background vocals, cowbell (5)
Dean Gant – synthesizers, acoustic piano, electric piano
Ed Walsh – synthesizers
Fred Zarr – synthesizers, electric piano, acoustic piano (5), Fender Rhodes (5), Oberheim OB-X (5), Moog bass (5), drums (5), co-arrangements (5)
Paul Pesco – guitars (1, 3)
Reggie Lucas – guitars, LinnDrum programming
Ira Siegel – guitars
Curtis Hudson – guitars (5), arrangements (5)
Anthony Jackson – electric bass (2)
Raymond Hudson – bass (5)
Leslie Ming – LinnDrum programming
Bashiri Johnson – percussion (5)
Bob Malach – tenor saxophone
Chrissy Faith – background vocals
Gwen Guthrie – background vocals
Brenda White – background vocals
Norma Jean Wright – background vocals
Tina B. – background vocals (5)

Tuesday 8/9/22 8pm ET: Feature Artists: Holland Dozier Holland (Part 1)

Holland–Dozier–Holland was a songwriting and production team consisting of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland. The trio wrote, arranged and produced many songs that helped define the Motown sound in the 1960s. During their tenure at Motown Records from 1962 to 1967, Dozier and Brian Holland were the composers and producers for each song, and Eddie Holland wrote the lyrics and arranged the vocals. Their most celebrated productions were singles for the Four Tops and the Supremes, including 10 out of the Supremes’ 12 US No. 1 singles, such as “Baby Love”, “Stop! In the Name of Love”, and “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”.

Due to a legal dispute with Motown, from 1969 to 1972, they did not write material under their own names, but instead used the collective pseudonym “Edythe Wayne”. When the trio left Motown, they continued to work as a production team (with Eddie Holland being added to the producer credits), and as a songwriting team until about 1974.

The trio was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.