Category: Feature LP

Thursday 8/13/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)

Tuesday Night Music Club is the debut album from American singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, released on August 3, 1993. The lead single “Run Baby Run” was not particularly successful. However, the album gained attention after the success of the third single, “All I Wanna Do”, based on the Wyn Cooper poem “Fun” and co-written by David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Sheryl Crow, and Kevin Gilbert. The single eventually reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, propelling the album to number three on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. It has sold more than 4.5 million copies in the US as of January 2008. On the UK Album Chart, Tuesday Night Music Club reached number 8 and is certified 2× platinum.

It is listed as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and also ranked at number 94 on the list for the 150 greatest female albums of all time by National Public Radio.

1. “Run Baby Run” 4:53
2. “Leaving Las Vegas” 5:10
3. “Strong Enough” 3:10
4. “Can’t Cry Anymore” 3:41
5. “Solidify” 4:08
6. “The Na-Na Song” 3:12
7. “No One Said It Would Be Easy” 5:29
8. “What I Can Do for You” 4:15
9. “All I Wanna Do” 4:32
10. “We Do What We Can” 5:38
11. “I Shall Believe” 5:34

Disc 2: B-sides, rarities and outtakes

“Coffee Shop”
“Killer Life”
“Essential Trip of Hereness”
“Reach Around Jerk”
“Volvo Cowgirl 99”
“You Want More”
“All by Myself”
“On the Outside”
“D’yer Mak’er”
“I Shall Believe” (New 2009 remix)

Wednesday 8/12/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Yes – Union (1991)

Union is the thirteenth studio album by English progressive rock band Yes, released on April 30, 1991 by Arista Records. Production began following the amalgamation of two bands featuring current and previous members of Yes at the time: Yes, consisting of Chris Squire, Trevor Rabin, Tony Kaye, and Alan White; and Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (ABWH), consisting of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, and Bill Bruford. The eight signed with Arista and a combination of tracks by both groups were selected for Union. The album was problematic from the start, including the disagreement from some members about the merge, strained internal relations during recording, and the decision by the production team to have session musicians re-record parts that Wakeman and Howe had already put down.

Union was released to a mixed critical reception and the majority of the band have openly stated their dislike of the album and its production. It reached No. 7 in the UK and No. 15 in the US. “Lift Me Up”, “Saving My Heart”, and “I Would Have Waited Forever” were released as singles; the first of which topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for six weeks. After two months, Union was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling 500,000 copies. Howe’s guitar solo, “Masquerade”, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Yes supported Union with their 1991–1992 world tour that featured the eight members playing on stage; Bruford, Wakeman, and Howe left the band at its conclusion.

1. “I Would Have Waited Forever” 6:32
2. “Shock to the System” 5:09
3. “Masquerade” 2:17
4. “Lift Me Up” 6:30
5. “Without Hope You Cannot Start the Day” 5:18
6. “Saving My Heart” 4:41
7. “Miracle of Life” 7:30
8. “Silent Talking” 4:00
9. “The More We Live – Let Go” 4:51
10. “Angkor Wat” 5:23
11. “Dangerous (Look in the Light of What You’re Searching For)” 3:36
12. “Holding On” 5:24
13. “Evensong” 0:52
14. “Take the Water to the Mountain” 3:10

Jon Anderson – Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals,
Bill Bruford – Electric Drums, Suspended Cymbal, Tambourine
Steve Howe – Guitars, Acoustic Guitars
Trevor Rabin – Backing Vocals, Guitars, Lead Vocals, Electric Guitars
Tony Kaye – Computer Programming, Hammond Organ, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Keyboard Programming
Chris Squire – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Rick Wakeman – Keyboards, Electric Piano, Synthesizer
Alan White – Cymbals, Drum Kit, Toms, Timpani
Jonathan Elias – synthesiser, keyboards, backing vocals
Tony Levin – bass guitar, Chapman Stick
Jimmy Haun – guitar
Billy Sherwood – bass guitar, guitars, keyboards, backing vocals (track 9)
Allan Schwartzberg – percussion
Gary Barlough – synthesiser
Jerry Bennett – synthesiser, percussion
Jim Crichton – synthesiser, keyboards
Pauline Cheng – Cambodian poetry on “Angkor Wat”
Gary Falcone – backing vocals
Deborah Anderson – backing vocals
Ian Lloyd – backing vocals
Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals
Sherman Foote – synthesiser
Brian Foraker – synthesiser
Chris Fosdick – synthesiser
Rory Kaplan – synthesiser
Alex Lasarenko – synthesiser, keyboards
Steve Porcaro – synthesiser
Michael Sherwood – backing vocals
Danny Vaughn – backing vocals
Jon Anderson – associate producer
Jonathan Elias – producer
Steve Howe – producer
Eddy Offord – producer, mixer
Trevor Rabin – producer
Mark Mancina – producer, programming
Billy Sherwood – producer, engineer
Brian Foraker – engineer, mixer
Chris Fosdick – additional engineering, mixer on “Angkor Wat”
Buzz Borrowes – additional engineering, assistant engineer
Sophie Masson – assistant engineer
Richard Edwards – assistant engineer
Renny Hill – assistant engineer
Matt Gruber – assistant engineer
Michael Sweet – assistant engineer
Paul Berry – assistant engineer
Steve Wellner – assistant engineer
Lolly Grodner – assistant engineer
Susan Kent – production co-ordinator
Paul Fox – mixer
Ed Thacker – mixer
Mike Shipley – mixer
Steve Harrison – assistant engineer
Stan Katayama – engineering
Greg Calbi – mastering
Roger Dean – design and paintings
Carolyn Quan – art director
Kai Krause – computer graphics

Tuesday 8/11/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Ambrosia – Life Beyond L.A. (1978)

Life Beyond L.A. is the third album by Ambrosia, and their first album on Warner Bros. Records, released in 1978. It marked the departure of their progressive rock roots in favor of a more commercial jazz & soft rock sound. “How Much I Feel,” “Life Beyond L.A.” and “If Heaven Could Find Me” were released as singles.

The album was Ambrosia’s most successful, peaking at #19 on the Billboard 200. Among the three singles, “How Much I Feel” managed to reach the Top 10, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their second Top 40 hit.

1. “Life Beyond L.A.” 4:45
2. “Art Beware” 2:15
3. “Apothecary” 4:49
4. “If Heaven Could Find Me” 4:28
5. “How Much I Feel” 4:45
6. “Dancin’ By Myself” 4:41
7. “Angola” 3:47
8. “Heart To Heart” 2:46
9. “Not As You Were” 3:49
10. “Ready For Camarillo” 4:54

David Pack – guitar, lead and backing vocals, keyboards
Christopher North – keyboards, backing vocals
Joe Puerta – bass, lead and backing vocals
Burleigh Drummond – drums, lead and backing vocals, percussion, bassoon
David Cutler Lewis – keyboards, clavinet
Daniel Kobialka – violin (Heart To Heart)
Marty Krystall – saxophone (Dancin’ By Myself)
Producer: Freddie Piro
Engineers: Stewart Whitmore, Tom Trefethen
Mixing: Alan Parsons, Tom Trefethen, Stewart Whitmore
Photography: Ed Caraeff Studio

Monday 8/10/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Sade – Stronger Than Pride (1988)

Stronger Than Pride is the third studio album by English band Sade. It was released by Epic Records in the United States on April 5, 1988 and in the United Kingdom on May 3, 1988. In September 2018, Pitchfork placed the album at number 37 on its list of The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s. The album spawned five singles.

1. “Love Is Stronger Than 4:16
2. “Paradise” 4:01
3. “Nothing Can Come Between Us” 4:21
4. “Haunt Me” 5:48
5. “Turn My Back on You” 6:05
6. “Keep Looking” 5:20
7. “Clean Heart” 3:59
8. “Give It Up” 3:49
9. “I Never Thought I’d See the Day” 4:12
10. “Siempre Hay Esperanza” 5:16
11. “Paradise” Extended 5:25
12. “Paradise” Single Edit 3:26

Saturday 8/8/2020 2am ET: Feature LP: Joe Satriani – Shapeshifting (2020)

Shapeshifting is the seventeenth studio album by guitarist Joe Satriani, released on April 10, 2020, through Sony Music. Satriani co-produced the album with Jim Scott, with it featuring a “wide variety of styles”. The album was preceded by the lead single “Nineteen Eighty”.

1. “Shapeshifting” 3:54
2. “Big Distortion” 4:13
3. “All for Love” 2:31
4. “Ali Farka, Dick Dale, an Alien and Me” 3:42
5. “Teardrops” 4:08
6. “Perfect Dust” 3:30
7. “Nineteen Eighty” 3:34
8. “All My Friends Are Here” 3:24
9. “Spirits, Ghosts and Outlaws” 3:22
10. “Falling Stars” 3:41
11. “Waiting” 2:36
12. “Here the Blue River” 5:01
13. “Yesterday’s Yesterday” 2:47

Saturday 8/8/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Black Eyed Peas – Translation (2020)

Translation is the eighth studio album by American pop rap group Black Eyed Peas. It was released on June 19, 2020, by Epic Records. The album features guest appearances from Shakira, J Balvin, Ozuna, Maluma, Nicky Jam, Tyga, El Alfa, Piso 21, Becky G, French Montana and J Rey Soul.

1. “Ritmo” (featuring J Balvin) 3:41
2. “Feel the Beat” (featuring Maluma) 3:57
3. “Mamacita” (featuring Ozuna and J. Rey Soul) 4:11
4. “Girl Like Me” (featuring Shakira) 3:42
5. “Vida Loca” (featuring Nicky Jam and Tyga) 3:54
6. “No Mañana” (featuring El Alfa) 3:39
7. “Tonta Love” (featuring J. Rey Soul) 3:50
8. “Celebrate” 3:39
9. “Todo Bueno” (featuring Piso 21) 3:50
10. “Duro Hard” (featuring Becky G) 3:25
11. “Mabuti” (featuring French Montana) 4:16
12. “I Woke Up” 3:30
13. “Get Loose Now” 2:27
14. “Action” 4:12
15. “News Today” 4:16

Saturday 8/8/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Buggles – The Age of Plastic (1980)

The Age of Plastic is the debut album by the English new wave duo the Buggles, released on January 10, 1980 on Island Records. It is a concept album about the possible repercussions of modern technology. The title was conceived from the group’s intention of being a “plastic group” and the album was produced in the wake of the success of their debut record, “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1979), which topped the UK Singles Chart. Most of the album’s other tracks were written during promotion of the single.

Recorded on a budget of £60,000, bassist Trevor Horn was chiefly inspired by Kraftwerk’s 1978 album The Man-Machine and sought unconventional recording methods for The Age of Plastic. Keyboardist Geoff Downes characterized the album as “science fiction music … like modern psychedelic music … very futuristic.” Several tracks also featured contributions from vocalist Bruce Woolley, who left the group mid-production. The backing tracks were recorded at Virgin’s Town House in West London, while the vocals were recorded and mixed at Sarm East Studios. Mixing was completed before Christmas 1979.

The Age of Plastic reached number 27 on the UK Albums Chart amid a mixed critical reception. Its three subsequent singles, “The Plastic Age”, “Clean, Clean” and “Elstree”, charted in the UK, reaching number 16, 38 and 55 respectively. In 2016, Paste magazine ranked The Age of Plastic the 45th-best new wave album of all time. A September 2010 performance at the Ladbroke Grove’s Supper club in Notting Hill, London marked the first time that the group performed the album in its entirety.

1. “Living in the Plastic Age” 5:13
2. “Video Killed the Radio Star” 4:13
3. “Kid Dynamo” 3:29
4. “I Love You (Miss Robot)” 4:58
5. “Clean, Clean” 3:53
6. “Elstree” 4:29
7. “Astroboy (And the Proles on Parade)” 4:41
8. “Johnny on the Monorail” 5:28
9. “Video Killed the Radio Star” (single version) 3:25
10. “Kid Dynamo” (single version) 3:29
11. “Living in the Plastic Age” (single version) 3:51
12. “Island” (edit version) 3:33
13. “Clean Clean” (12-inch version) 5:15
14. “Technopop” 3:50
15. “Elstree” (single version) 4:06
16. “Johnny on the Monorail” (a very different version) 3:50
17. “Elstree” (Special DJ edit version) 3:36

Friday 8/7/2020 4pm ET: Feature Artist – Mavericks

The Mavericks are an American country music band that combine Tex-Mex, neotraditional country music, Latin, and rockabilly influences. The Mavericks were founded in 1989 in Miami, Florida. Between 1991 and 2003, the band recorded six studio albums, in addition to charting 14 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their highest-peaking American single was 1996’s “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down”, a collaboration with accordionist Flaco Jiménez. They are best known in the UK for their 1998 single “Dance the Night Away”, which spent 18 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 4. In 1996, The Mavericks won a Grammy Award for the song “Here Comes the Rain”.

The band split up in 2000, reuniting in 2003–2004 before splitting up again. During the period 2001–2011, lead singer Raul Malo released six solo albums. Bass player Robert Reynolds and keyboardist Jerry Dale McFadden co-founded the ‘supergroup’ SWAG, along with Ken Coomer of Wilco, Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick, and Doug Powell.

In 2012, the band announced plans for several reunion festival dates. Shortly after, they were offered a record deal by Big Machine Records. Their reunion album In Time, was released in February 2013. Since then, the group has recorded and toured regularly.

Friday 8/7/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Skid Row – Slave To The Grind (1991)

Slave to the Grind is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Skid Row, released on June 11, 1991 by Atlantic Records. The album displayed harsher sound than its predecessor and lyrics that avoided hard rock clichés. Slave to the Grind is the first heavy metal album to chart at number one on the Billboard 200 in the Nielsen Sound Scan era, selling 134,000 copies in its opening week. The album was certified 2× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1998 for shipping two million copies in the United States. It produced five singles: “Monkey Business”, “Slave to the Grind”, “Wasted Time”, “In a Darkened Room” and “Quicksand Jesus”. Skid Row promoted the album opening for Guns N’ Roses in 1991 and as a headliner the following year.

1. “Monkey Business” 4:20
2. “Slave to the Grind” 3:31
3. “The Threat” 3:52
4. “Quicksand Jesus” 5:26
5. “Psycho Love” 3:58
6. “Get the Fuck Out” 2:42
7. “Livin’ on a Chain Gang” 4:00
8. “Creepshow” 3:59
9. “In a Darkened Room” 3:57
10. “Riot Act” 2:42
11. “Mudkicker” 3:56
12. “Wasted Time” 5:50

Thursday 8/6/2020 11pm ET: Feature LP 2020: Alanis Morissette – Such Pretty Forks In The Road

Such Pretty Forks in the Road is the ninth (and seventh international) studio album by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette, released on July 31, 2020, through Epiphany Music and Thirty Tigers in North America, and by RCA and Sony Music in the United Kingdom and Europe. It is Morissette’s first studio album in eight years, following 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. The album was preceded by the singles “Reasons I Drink” and “Smiling”, the latter being a new song written for the Jagged Little Pill stage musical.

1. “Smiling” 4:17
2. “Ablaze” 3:57
3. “Reasons I Drink” 3:36
4. “Diagnosis” 4:49
5. “Missing the Miracle” 3:33
6. “Losing the Plot” 3:57
7. “Reckoning” 3:30
8. “Sandbox Love” 4:12
9. “Her” 4:10
10. “Nemesis” 5:56
11. “Pedestal” 4:08

Thursday 8/6/2020 10pm ET: Feature LP 2020: Psychedelic Furs – Made of Rain

Made of Rain is the eighth studio album from English rock band The Psychedelic Furs. Released via Cooking Vinyl on 31 July 2020, it is the first studio album from the band in almost 30 years and has received positive reviews.

When the band reunited in 2000, they had intended on recording new material but principal songwriter Richard Butler did not feel confident in any newly-written songs until six months before prior to the sessions for Made of Rain. It is the first studio release by the group since 1991’s World Outside and was preceded by lead single “Don’t Believe” on January 31, 2020. The album was initially scheduled to be released on May 1, but was delayed until July 31 due to logistical issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The album is the band’s first with members Rich Good (formerly of The Pleased, who joined in 2009) and Amanda Kramer (formerly of Information Society, who joined in 2002).

“The Boy That Invented Rock & Roll” – 3:37
“Don’t Believe” – 3:45
“You’ll Be Mine” – 4:48
“Wrong Train” – 4:13
“This’ll Never Be Like Love” – 5:10
“Ash Wednesday” – 5:38
“Come All Ye Faithful” – 4:23
“No-One” – 4:23
“Tiny Hands” – 3:46
“Hide the Medicine” – 3:46
“Turn Your Back on Me” – 4:14
“Stars” – 3:57

Thursday 8/6/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Doobie Brothers – Minute by Minute (1979)

Minute by Minute is the eighth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers, released on December 1, 1978 by Warner Bros. Records. It was their first without Tom Johnston as a full-fledged member of the band, and would be the last to include members Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and John Hartman.

The album spent 87 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. In the spring of 1979 Minute by Minute was the best-selling album in the U.S. for five non-consecutive weeks. It was certified 3× Platinum by the RIAA.

The song “What a Fool Believes” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1979 and became the band’s biggest hit. The title track and “Depending on You” were also released as singles and reached the top 30.

Minute by Minute made The Doobie Brothers one of the big winners at the 22nd Grammy Awards. The album got the trophy for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and received a nomination for Album of the Year; the single “What a Fool Believes” earned them three Grammys, including Song and Record of the Year.

1. “Here to Love You” 3:58
2. “What a Fool Believes” 3:41
3. “Minute by Minute” 3:26
4. “Dependin’ on You” 3:44
5. “Don’t Stop to Watch the Wheels” 3:26
6. “Open Your Eyes” 3:18
7. “Sweet Feelin'” 2:41
8. “Steamer Lane Breakdown” 3:24
9. “You Never Change” 3:26
10. “How Do the Fools Survive?” 5:12

Wednesday 8/5/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: A Flock Of Seagulls – Listen (1983)

Listen is the second album release by the new wave band A Flock of Seagulls, released on April 29, 1983. It, once again, teamed the group with record producer Mike Howlett–who produced their debut album–except on the single release “(It’s Not Me) Talking”, which was produced by Bill Nelson. The record included the UK Top 10 hit “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)”. Other singles released from the album include “Nightmares” and “Transfer Affection”. The face on the cover is of the band’s drummer, Ali Score.

1. “Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)” 5:30
2. “Nightmares” 4:39
3. “Transfer Affection” 5:21
4. “What Am I Supposed to Do” 4:13
5. “Electrics” 3:36
6. “The Traveller” 3:27
7. “2:30” 1:00
8. “Over the Border” 5:04
9. “The Fall” 4:29
10. “(It’s Not Me) Talking” 5:00
11. “Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (Extended Version)” 9:36
12. “Committed” 5:37
13. “Nightmares (12″ Version)” 5:05
14. “Quicksand” 4:43
15. “Tanglimara” 4:30

Tuesday 8/4/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Robert Miles – Dreamland (1996)

Roberto Concina (November 3, 1969 – May 9, 2017), known professionally as Robert Miles, was a Swiss-born Italian record producer, composer, musician and DJ. His 1995 composition “Children” sold more than 5 million copies and topped the charts in many countries.

Miles died in Ibiza, Spain, on May 9, 2017 at the age of 47 after a 9-month battle with stage 4 metastatic cancer.

Miles’ Open Lab station was taken off-air shortly afterwards pending discussions on the future of the station. After receiving many messages from people expressing dismay at the station’s suspension, it was announced that the station would be returning soon in 2019 starting with a live radio stream in January 2019 followed by a reboot to radio on 106.4 FM in Ibiza in April 2019.

Dreamland is the debut studio album by Robert Miles. It was released on June 7, 1996 to critical acclaim in Europe, where it was a hit, and was also released in the United States about a month later, with a new track sung by Maria Nayler, “One and One.” This new track became very popular and was later released as a single in the US and Germany.

At the end of 1996, Miles released a new version of Dreamland, called Dreamland – The Winter Edition, in Germany. It was largely similar to Dreamland, but contains the tracks “For Us” and “One and One” (which was not released on the European version) and removes “Fable (Dream Version)”, and was also released in Japan. Nowadays it appears that the US version of Dreamland including “One and One” (with “One and One” being the sixth track, coming after “In My Dreams” and before “Princess of Light”) is the most popular and common version.

After Robert Miles death, the album was remastered to match the original track listings with the bonus songs, 4 Us & one & one were added at the end of the album.

1. “Children” (Dream Version) 6:41
2. “Fable” (Message Version) 6:20
3. “Fantasya” 5:33
4. “Landscape” 5:33
5. “In My Dreams” 6:08
6. “Princess of Light” 6:12
7. “Fable” (Dream Version) 7:03
8. “In the Dawn” 7:45
9. “Children” (Original Version) 6:14
10. “Red Zone” 6:46

Monday 8/3/2020 1am ET: Feature LP: Taylor Swift – folklore (2020)

Folklore (stylized in all lowercase) is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on July 24, 2020, through Republic Records. A surprise album, announced without pre-release promotional campaigns, Folklore was written and recorded while Swift was in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Musically, the album marks a departure from the upbeat pop sound of Swift’s preceding studio albums for stripped-down tunes driven by piano and guitar, featuring producers Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff. Categorized as an indie folk, alternative rock, electro-folk, and chamber pop record, the album portrays what Swift called “a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness” rising out of her imagination. It manifests vivid storytelling from third-person narratives that largely details heartbreak and retrospection.

“Cardigan” was released as the lead single from the album on July 27, 2020. “Exile”, featuring American indie folk band Bon Iver, and “Betty” are scheduled to be the second and third singles, respectively. Folklore received widespread critical acclaim, with emphasis on its sonic coherence, relaxed atmosphere, and lyrics based on fictional narratives. It broke numerous streaming records upon release, including a registered Guinness World Record for the biggest opening day for an album by a female artist on Spotify. The album sold two million copies in its first week globally, 1.3 million of which were sold on its first day. In the United States, it moved more than 500,000 units within its first three days, marking the biggest debut week of 2020 in the country.

Yielding more than 846,000 units in its first-week in the US, Folklore debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, giving Swift her seventh consecutive number-one album on the chart and making her the first female act in history to debut seven albums at the top spot. The album also topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and many other territories.

1. “The 1” 3:30
2. “Cardigan” 3:59
3. “The Last Great American Dynasty” 3:51
4. “Exile” (featuring Bon Iver) 4:45
5. “My Tears Ricochet” 4:15
6. “Mirrorball” 3:29
7. “Seven” 3:28
8. “August” 4:21
9. “This Is Me Trying” 3:15
10. “Illicit Affairs” 3:10
11. “Invisible String” 4:12
12. “Mad Woman” 3:57
13. “Epiphany” 4:49
14. “Betty” 4:54
15. “Peace” 3:54
16. “Hoax” 3:40