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Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993)

Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell is the sixth studio album by American rock singer Meat Loaf and was written and produced by Jim Steinman. It was released in September 1993, sixteen years after Meat Loaf’s first solo album Bat Out of Hell. The album reached number 1 in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. Five tracks were released as singles, including “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, which reached number 1 in 28 countries.

The album was released by Virgin Records outside of North America, where it was released by MCA. The third part of the Bat trilogy, Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose, was released in 2006.

Just like the first album of the trilogy, Bat Out of Hell II was a huge commercial success and sold over 14 million copies worldwide.

1. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” (Duet with Lorraine Crosby as Mrs. Loud) 12:01
2. “Life Is a Lemon and I Want My Money Back” 8:00
3. “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through” 5:51
4. “It Just Won’t Quit” 7:21
5. “Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire)” 7:24
6. “Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are” 10:16
7. “Wasted Youth” (Monologue by Steinman (Originally titled “Love and Death and an American Guitar”)) 2:41
8. “Everything Louder than Everything Else” 8:00
9. “Good Girls Go to Heaven (Bad Girls Go Everywhere)” 6:53
10. “Back into Hell” 2:46
11. “Lost Boys and Golden Girls” 4:20

Thursday 10pm ET: Feature Artist – Chuck Berry

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947. After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of the blues musician T-Bone Walker, Berry began performing with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955 and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess, of Chess Records. With Chess, he recorded “Maybellene”—Berry’s adaptation of the country song “Ida Red”—which sold over a million copies, reaching number one on Billboard magazine’s rhythm and blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star, with several hit records and film appearances and a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis nightclub, Berry’s Club Bandstand. However, he was sentenced to three years in prison in January 1962 for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines. After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including “No Particular Place to Go”, “You Never Can Tell”, and “Nadine”. But these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. However, in 1972 he reached a new level of achievement when a rendition of “My Ding-a-Ling” became his only record to top the charts. His insistence on being paid in cash led in 1979 to a four-month jail sentence and community service, for tax evasion. His reputation took a nosedive in the early 1990s, when the FBI seized home videos of him urinating in women’s eyes, farting in their mouths, and having them defecate into his mouth and played them in court.

Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986; he was cited for having “laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance.” Berry is included in several of Rolling Stone magazine’s “greatest of all time” lists; he was ranked fifth on its 2004 and 2011 lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll includes three of Berry’s: “Johnny B. Goode”, “Maybellene”, and “Rock and Roll Music”. Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock-and-roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record. He was nicknamed by NBC as the “Father of Rock and Roll”.

Thursday 6pm ET: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

Today we feature the Top 40 Hits from October 20, 1979.  Join Ron Kovacs Live 6pm on RadioMaxMusic.

Thursday 5pm ET: Feature Artist – Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film producer, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential rappers of all time and was labeled the “King of Hip Hop” by Rolling Stone magazine. In addition to his solo career, Eminem was a member of the hip hop group D12. He is also known for his collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5’9″; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil.

After his debut album Infinite (1996) and the extended play Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP, which earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His next two releases, 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002’s The Eminem Show, were worldwide successes, with each being certified diamond in U.S. sales and both winning Best Rap Album Grammy Awards—making Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs. They were followed by Encore in 2004, which was another commercial success, but did not receive the amount of critical success his previous albums had received. Eminem went on hiatus after touring in 2005 partly due to a prescription drug addiction. He released Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010. Both won Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album and Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide, the second time he had the international best-selling album of the year (after The Eminem Show). Eminem’s eighth album, 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, won two Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album; it expanded his record for the most wins in the category. These were followed by 2017’s Revival and 2018’s Kamikaze, the latter being the best-selling hip hop album of 2018.

Thursday 3pm ET: Feature Artist – Alan Jackson

Alan Eugene Jackson (born October 17, 1958) is an American singer and songwriter. He is known for honoring a “neotraditional country” musical style, and for penning many of his own songs. Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums, three greatest hits albums, two Christmas albums, and two gospel albums.

Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all-time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide, with 44 million sold in the United States alone. He has had 66 songs appear on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart; of the 66 titles, and six featured singles, 38 have reached the top five and 35 have claimed the number one spot. Out of 15 titles to reach the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, nine have been certified multi-platinum. He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by Loretta Lynn and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

Thursday 2pm ET: Feature Artist: Boston

Boston is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, which had its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on multi-instrumentalist founder and leader Tom Scholz, who played the majority of instruments on the debut album, the band is a staple of classic rock. Boston’s best-known works include the songs “More Than a Feeling”, “Peace of Mind”, “Foreplay/Long Time”, “Rock and Roll Band”, “Smokin'”, “Don’t Look Back”, “A Man I’ll Never Be”, and “Amanda”. The band has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, including 31 million albums in the United States, of which 17 million were from its self-titled debut album and seven million were for its second album, Don’t Look Back, making the group one of the world’s best-selling artists. Altogether, the band has released six studio albums over a career spanning over 40 years. Boston was ranked the 63rd best hard rock artist by VH1.

Past members of the band include; Brad Delp, Jim Masdea, Fran Sheehan, Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau, David Sikes, Doug Huffman, Fran Cosmo, Anton Cosmo, Anthony Citrinite, Michael Sweet, David Victor, Kimberley Dahme

Thursday 12am ET: Feature LP: Alan Jackson – 34 Number Ones (2010)

34 Number Ones is the seventh greatest hits compilation album by American country artist Alan Jackson. It was released in the United States on November 23, 2010 through Arista Nashville. The release celebrates Jackson’s 20-year anniversary since the release of his debut album. As of the chart dated February 26, 2011, the album has sold 200,131 copies in the US.

1. “Ring of Fire” 3:11
2. “Here in the Real World” 3:38
3. “Wanted” 2:56
4. “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow” 3:05
5. “I’d Love You All Over Again” 3:10
6. “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” 2:50
7. “Someday” 3:17
8. “Dallas” 2:44
9. “Midnight in Montgomery” 3:44
10. “Love’s Got a Hold on You” 2:53
11. “She’s Got the Rhythm (And I Got the Blues)” 2:24
12. “Tonight I Climbed the Wall” 3:30
13. “Chattahoochee” 2:27
14. “(Who Says) You Can’t Have It All” 3:28
15. “Summertime Blues” 3:11
16. “Livin’ on Love” 3:48
17. “Gone Country” 4:19
18. “I Don’t Even Know Your Name” 3:49
19. “Tall, Tall Trees” 2:27

1. “As She’s Walking Away” (with Zac Brown Band) 3:45
2. “Look at Me” 3:16
3. “I’ll Try” 3:51
4. “Home” 3:18
5. “Little Bitty” 2:38
6. “Who’s Cheatin’ Who” 4:01
7. “There Goes” 3:55
8. “Between the Devil and Me” 4:21
9. “Right on the Money” 3:49
10. “It Must Be Love” 2:50
11. “Where I Come From” 3:59
12. “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” 5:04
13. “Drive (For Daddy Gene)” 4:01
14. “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” 3:49
15. “Remember When” 4:30
16. “Small Town Southern Man” 4:40
17. “Good Time” 5:07
18. “Country Boy” 4:06