Monday 12/5/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: John Mayer – Heavier Things (2003)

Heavier Things is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter John Mayer, released on September 9, 2003 by Aware and Columbia Records. It debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200, selling over 317,000 copies in its first week. Despite some criticism towards Mayer’s songwriting, Heavier Things received generally positive reviews.

  1. “Clarity” 4:28
  2. “Bigger Than My Body” 4:26
  3. “Something’s Missing” 5:04
  4. “New Deep” 4:07
  5. “Come Back to Bed” 5:23
  6. “Home Life” 4:14
  7. “Split Screen Sadness” 5:06
  8. “Daughters” 3:58
  9. “Only Heart” 3:52
  10. “Wheel” 5:33

John Mayer – vocals on all tracks, guitars on all tracks
David LaBruyere – bass guitar on all tracks except 8
Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards on all tracks except 9
Lenny Castro – percussion on all tracks except 6, 9 and 10
Matt Chamberlain – drums on tracks 1, 2, 3, 6 and 10
Steve Jordan – drums on tracks 3, 4 and 5
Greg Leisz – lap steel guitar on tracks 2 and 5
Questlove – drums on track 1
Roy Hargrove – trumpet on track 1
Michael Chaves – guitar on track 3
Dan Higgins – saxophone on track 5
Jerry Hey – trumpet on track 5
Leroy – programming on track 7
J. J. Johnson – drums on track 9

Monday 12/5/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Wet Leg (2022)

Wet Leg is the debut studio album by British rock band Wet Leg, released on April 8, 2022 by Domino. It was promoted by the viral hit “Chaise Longue”, followed by the singles “Wet Dream”, “Too Late Now”, “Oh No”, “Angelica”, and “Ur Mum”. The album received acclaim from music critics, topped the charts in Australia and the United Kingdom, and entered the top ten charts in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. It was shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize and is nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards.

  1. “Being in Love” 2:02
  2. “Chaise Longue” 3:19
  3. “Angelica” 3:52
  4. “I Don’t Wanna Go Out” 3:41
  5. “Wet Dream” 2:20
  6. “Convincing” 2:37
  7. “Loving You” 3:39
  8. “Ur Mum” 3:21
  9. “Oh No” 2:29
  10. “Piece of Shit” 2:48
  11. “Supermarket” 3:10
  12. “Too Late Now” 3:29

Rhian Teasdale – vocals and guitar
Hester Chambers – guitar and vocals
Michael Champion – bass
Henry Holmes – drums and additional vocals
Dan Carey – synthesizer and synthesizer programming (all tracks except “Chaise Longue”)
Jon McMullen – synthesizer and programming (on “Chaise Longue”)

Monday 12/5/22 5:15pm ET: Feature LP: Wild Cherry (1976)

Wild Cherry is the first studio album by Wild Cherry, released June 1976. The album includes the group’s only major single success, “Play That Funky Music”.

“Play That Funky Music” 5:00
“The Lady Wants Your Money” 4:13
“99½” 3:00
“Don’t Go Near the Water” 3:16
“Nowhere to Run” 3:05
“I Feel Sanctified” 3:53
“Hold On” 4:12
“Get It Up” 2:59
“What in the Funk Do You See” 3:26

Robert Parissi – guitars, lead vocals
Bryan Bassett – guitars, backing vocals
Allen Wentz – bass, backing vocals, synthesizers
Ronald Beitle – drums, backing vocals, percussion
Chuck Berginc, Jack Brndiar, Joe Eckert, Rick Singer – horns (tracks 1, 3, 6)
Becky Goldstein, Tampa Lann – backing vocals (tracks 2, 7, 8)
Mark Avsec – synthesizer (tracks 2, 5, 8, 9), piano (track 5)
Gerald Paluck – vibes (track 7)

Monday 12/5/22 4pm ET: Feature LP: Irene Cara – What A Feelin’ (1983)

What a Feelin’ is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Irene Cara. Released on November 2, 1983, this album is a continuation of the work that Cara began with producer Giorgio Moroder on the soundtrack to the 1983 film Flashdance. The dance-pop song she co-wrote with Moroder and Keith Forsey for the film, “Flashdance… What a Feeling”, went to number one on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 and foreshadowed the style of this album, which was unlike her R&B-heavy debut. Although Cara was more accustomed to composing music, she relinquished most of those duties to Moroder here and shifted much of her songwriting focus to lyrics.

The title of the album clued in record buyers to the inclusion of the soundtrack hit from the spring of that year, but another four songs would make the Hot 100, the first of which, “Why Me?”, had been released in October. “The Dream (Hold On to Your Dream)” from the D.C. Cab soundtrack became the second new single when that movie was released in December, four months earlier than planned. Since the song was not on the original pressings of What a Feelin’, those copies were removed from store shelves so that the album could be re-released to include it. The other two Hot 100 entries were Cara’s last top ten hit, “Breakdance”, and the one track on the album for which she did write the music, “You Were Made for Me”.

The album received mixed-to-positive reviews and was moderately successful, reaching number 77 on Billboard’s album chart. But while Cara was having hit records and receiving awards for “Flashdance… What a Feeling”, she was also feeling ripped off by her record company, Network Records, and planning to sue. The lawsuit she filed resulted in a backlash that destroyed her reputation in the entertainment industry. It would be eight years before the courts would acknowledge the harm she suffered and she would begin receiving royalties for the recordings she had made since signing with the label.

  1. “Flashdance… What a Feeling” 3:57
  2. “Why Me?” (12″ Mix) 7:03
  3. “Breakdance” 3:27
  4. “The Dream (Hold On to Your Dream)” 4:49
  5. “You Took My Life Away” 3:53
  6. “Keep On” 3:29
  7. “Romance ’83” 3:56
  8. “Cue Me Up” 3:24
  9. “Receiving” 3:42
  10. “You Were Made for Me” 4:21
  11. “Talk Too Much” 4:01
  12. “Breakdance” (Extended Remix) 5:26
  13. “The Dream (Hold On to Your Dream)” (Dance Remix) 6:49
  14. “Flashdance… What a Feeling” (Extended Remix) 7:09
  15. “Flashdance… What a Feeling” (Instrumental) 8:03

Irene Cara – lead vocals

Joe Esposito – background vocals (CD tracks 1, 2, 14, 15)
Stephanie Spruill – background vocals (CD tracks 1, 2, 14, 15)
Maxine Willard Waters – background vocals (CD tracks 1, 9, 14, 15)
Merry Clayton – background vocals (CD track 2)
Irene Cara – background vocals (CD tracks 3, 9, 12); additional background vocals (CD track 10)
Bunny Hull – background vocals (CD tracks 3, 9, 12) ; additional background vocals (CD track 10)
Giorgio Moroder – background vocals (CD tracks 3, 5, 12)
Beth Anderson – background vocals (CD tracks 6, 8, 9)
Mary Hylan – background vocals (CD tracks 6, 8)
Joe Pizzulo – background vocals (CD tracks 6, 8); guest vocalist (CD track 8)
Charlotte Crossley – background vocals (CD track 10)
David Lasley – background vocals (CD track 10)
Bruce Roberts – background vocals (CD track 10)
Wendy McKenzie – additional background vocals (CD track 10)

Richie Zito – guitar (all CD tracks except 9, 10), Linn drums (all CD tracks except 1, 10, 14, 15), Simmons drums (CD tracks 3, 8, 11, 12), keyboards (CD tracks 3, 9, 12)
Arthur Barrow – bass guitar (all CD tracks except 1, 9, 10, 14, 15 ), keyboards (all CD tracks except 1, 10, 14, 15)
Keith Forsey – drums (CD tracks 1, 14, 15), percussion program (CD track 5)
Sylvester Levay – keyboards (CD tracks 1, 5, 14, 15)
Irene Cara – percussion program (CD track 6)
Leo Adamian – percussion (CD track 9)
Victoria Berdy – percussion (CD track 9)
Joe Caro – guitar (CD track 9)
Will Lee – bass guitar (CD track 9)
Carol Steele – percussion (CD track 9)
William Seidman – guitar (CD track 9)
Mike Baird – drums (CD track 10)
Lenny Castro – percussion (CD track 10)
James Newton Howard – piano (CD track 10), synthesizer (CD track 10)
Dean Parks – guitar (CD track 10)
Neil Stubenhaus – bass (CD track 10)

Monday 12/5/22 11am ET: Feature LP: Starship – Greatest Hits (Ten Years and Change 1979–1991) (1991)

Greatest Hits (Ten Years and Change 1979–1991) is a compilation album released May 14, 1991 when Starship ended its recording contract with RCA Records. The album contains two new tracks, “Don’t Lose Any Sleep” and “Good Heart”. “Good Heart” was released as a single and hit number 81 on the Billboard charts. A third track, “Keys to the City” was recorded at this time and finally saw release on the 2012 compilation Playlist: The Very Best of Starship.

  1. “Jane” 4:11
  2. “Find Your Way Back” 4:16
  3. “Stranger” 4:44
  4. “No Way Out” 4:24
  5. “Layin’ It on the Line” 4:09
  6. “Don’t Lose Any Sleep” 4:22
  7. “We Built This City” 4:38
  8. “Sara” 4:48
  9. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” 4:30
  10. “It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)” 4:17
  11. “It’s Not Enough” 4:49
  12. “Good Heart” 4:22

Mickey Thomas – vocals
Craig Chaquico – guitars
Peter Wolf – keyboards, electronics
Martin Page – background vocals
Peter Maunu – guitars

Monday 12/5/22 10am ET: Feature LP: Britney Spears – The Singles Collection (2009)

The Singles Collection is the second greatest hits album by American singer Britney Spears. It was released on November 10, 2009, through Jive Records to commemorate her ten-year anniversary since entering the music industry. The compilation was released in many different formats, including a one-disc edition, a CD+DVD edition and a box set, which contained twenty-nine singles, each packaged in its own slip case with original cover art. The CD+DVD edition, as well as the box set, contains a DVD with Spears’s music videos. The album includes a new song, “3”, produced by Max Martin and Shellback.

The Singles Collection received widespread acclaim from the music critics, who noted Spears’s impact and influence on pop music during her first decade in the music industry. The album entered the top ten in France and Japan, and peaked at number twenty-two on the US Billboard 200. “3” was released as the lead and only single from the album. In the United States, it debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100.

  1. “3” 3:25
  2. “…Baby One More Time” 3:31
  3. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” 3:17
  4. “Born to Make You Happy” 3:35
  5. “Oops!… I Did It Again” 3:31
  6. “Stronger” 3:23
  7. “I’m a Slave 4 U” 3:25
  8. “Boys” 3:46
  9. “Me Against the Music” (Madonna) 3:45
  10. “Toxic” 3:20
  11. “Everytime” 3:50
  12. “Gimme More” 4:11
  13. “Piece of Me” 3:32
  14. “Womanizer” 3:43
  15. “Circus” 3:11
  16. “If U Seek Amy” 3:36
  17. “Radar” 3:48

Monday 12/5/21 9am ET: Feature Artist: Bette Midler

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and comedian. Throughout her career which spans over five decades, Midler has received numerous accolades, including four Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, and two Tony Awards, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards and a British Academy Film Award.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several off-off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following. Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist, selling over 30 million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Many of her songs became chart hits, including her renditions of “The Rose”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Do You Want to Dance”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, and “From a Distance”. She won Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “The Rose”, and Record of the Year for “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

Midler made her film debut with the musical drama The Rose (1979), which won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in numerous films, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Big Business (1988), Beaches (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), The Stepford Wives (2004), Parental Guidance (2012), and The Addams Family (2019). Midler also had starring roles in For the Boys (1991) and Gypsy (1993), winning two additional Golden Globe Awards for these films and receiving a second Academy Award nomination for the former.

In 2008, Midler signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a residency, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in 2010. She starred in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began previews in March 2017 and premiered at the Shubert Theatre in April 2017. The show was her first leading role in a Broadway musical. Midler received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance.

While several greatest hits albums with Midler had been released in the UK, Continental Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and Japan throughout the 1970s and 1980s, such as The Best of Bette (1978) and The Best of Bette (1981)—two different compilations with the same title—and Just Hits (1987), this was the first career overview to be released worldwide including the US and Canada, some twenty years after Midler recorded her first studio album for the Atlantic Records label. The album included one new recording, Midler’s Emmy Award-winning rendition of “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”, sung to retiring talk show host Johnny Carson on the penultimate Tonight Show in May 1992. Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits peaked at #50 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 1993 and was three years later certified platinum for one million copies sold in the US. Released June 22, 1993.

“Hello in There” 4:17
“Do You Want to Dance?” 2:44
“From a Distance” 4:37
“Chapel of Love” 2:53
“Only in Miami” 3:57
“When a Man Loves a Woman” 4:42
“The Rose” (Single version) 3:40
“Miss Otis Regrets” 2:39
“Shiver Me Timbers” (Live version) 4:42
“Wind Beneath My Wings” 4:52
“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” 2:19
“One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” (Live) 4:06
“Friends” 2:55
“In My Life” (Single version) 3:12

Bette Midler – compilation producer
Arif Mardin – compilation produce
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