Tuesday 9pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Made In England (1995)

Made in England is the twenty-fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1995 and produced by him and Greg Penny, the first time since Leather Jackets without Chris Thomas. It was dedicated to John’s boyfriend and future civil partner David Furnish. It was also dedicated to the memory of Denis Gauthier and Peter Williams. It was the last album to feature regular percussionist Ray Cooper until 2016’s Wonderful Crazy Night. Bob Birch became John’s full-time recording and touring bass player and continued that role until his death in 2012. – Wikipedia

Tuesday 8pm: Feature LP: Elton John – Caribou (1974)

Elton_John_-_CaribouCaribou is the eighth album by the English singer-songwriter Elton John, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). It was John’s fourth chart-topping album in the United States and his third in the United Kingdom. The album contains the singles, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, which reached number 16 in the UK Singles Chart and number 2 in the US, and “The Bitch Is Back“, which reached number 15 in the UK and number 4 in the US. Both these singles reached number 1 in Canada on the RPM 100 national Top Singles Chart (as did the album itself). The album was named for the Caribou Ranch recording studio, where part of the album was recorded. Elton and associates previously recorded three albums at Château d’Hérouville in France. In the US the album was certified gold in July 1974 and was certified platinum and 2x platinum in March 1993 by the RIAA.

In the liner notes to the 1995 CD re-release, John described the album as being quickly recorded in January 1974, with only about 9 days to get everything recorded, as he and the band “were under enormous pressure” to finish the album and then immediately embark on a Japanese tour. Producer Gus Dudgeon would later add additional backing vocals, horns and other overdubs after John and the band had finished their work.

In addition to the singles, John has over the years played several others songs from this album in concert, including “Grimsby”, “You’re So Static”, “Ticking” and “Dixie Lily”. The 1995 CD reissue contains four songs from the general period in and around the “Caribou” release, though only two of them, the b-sides “Sick City” and “Cold Highway”, were recorded during the album’s sessions. “Step Into Christmas” was recorded during a previous one-off single session, and “Pinball Wizard” was recorded at The Who’s Rampart Studios in England during the sessions for the “Tommy” movie score and soundtrack album.

All songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, except where noted.

“The Bitch Is Back” – 3:44
“Pinky” – 3:54
“Grimsby” – 3:47
“Dixie Lily” – 2:54
“Solar Prestige a Gammon” – 2:52
“You’re So Static” – 4:52

“I’ve Seen the Saucers” – 4:48
“Stinker” – 5:20
“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” – 5:36
“Ticking” – 7:33

Bonus tracks (1995 Mercury and 1996 Rocket reissue)
“Pinball Wizard” (Pete Townshend) – 5:09
“Sick City” – 5:23
“Cold Highway” – 3:25
Step into Christmas” – 4:32

When MCA Records re-issued this album, on cassette tape, in the 1980s, “You’re So Static” and “Stinker” were swapped in the album’s running order. You’re So Static also featured an early fade out.

At one point, the title of this album was to be “Ol’ Pink Eyes Is Back” a pun on Frank Sinatra’s “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back”.
On the 1995 CD, “You’re So Static” is spelled incorrectly as “Your’re So Static”.

Tuesday 9pm: Feature LP: Judas Priest – Firepower (2018)

Firepower is the 18th studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It is the first studio album since 1988’s Ram It Down to be produced by Tom Allom, and the first one with Andy Sneap as co-producer. Music videos were made for “Lightning Strike” and “Spectre”.  More info from Wikipedia

Wednesday 11pm: Feature LP: Elton John – 21 at 33 (1980)

21 at 33, released May 1980, is an album by Elton John. It is his fourteenth studio album. Including other releases (three compilation albums, two live albums, one film soundtrack and one EP) it is the 21st official release, and was released when Elton John was 33 years old; hence the title.

It was recorded at Super Bear Studios, Nice, France, in August 1979, and Rumbo Recorders and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, California between January to March 1980.

The album sold over 900,000 copies in the United States, narrowly missing a Platinum certification. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 10pm: Feature LP: Wings – At The Speed Of Sound (1976)

Wings at the Speed of Sound is the fifth studio album by Wings, released on 25 March 1976 as a follow-up to their previous album Venus and Mars. Issued at the height of the band’s popularity, it reached the top spot on the US album chart and peaked at number 2 on the UK album chart. Both singles from the album also reached the top 5 of the UK and US singles charts, with ‘Silly Love Songs’ reaching number 1 in the US.

The album was recorded and released in the midst of Wings’ highly successful Wings Over the World tour, with songs from the album performed on the tour after its release. Subsequently, performances of ‘Let ‘Em In’, ‘Silly Love Songs’ and ‘Beware My Love’ were included on the live album Wings over America, released in December 1976.

As a reaction to critics who believed Wings was merely a vehicle for Paul McCartney, the album featured every member of the band taking lead vocals on at least one song, and two songs from the album are written or co-written by band members other than the McCartneys. – Wikipedia

Monday 6pm: Across The Tracks – Aretha Franklin

This edition of Across The Tracks features Aretha Franklin Hits and her latest release of hits “Brand New Me” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at the church of her father, minister C. L. Franklin’s church. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think”. By the end of the 1960s decade she had gained the title “The Queen of Soul”. Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted and Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the film The Blues Brothers and with the albums Jump to It and Who’s Zoomin’ Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria “Nessun dorma”, at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with “A Rose Is Still a Rose”. Franklin’s other popular and well known hits include “Rock Steady”, “Think”, “Jump to It”, “Freeway of Love”, “Who’s Zoomin’ Who”, “Chain Of Fools”, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (with George Michael),and a remake of The Rolling Stones song “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, in which she placed number 9; and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, in which she placed number 1. – Wikipedia

Wednesday 9pm: Feature LP: Queen – A Night At The Opera (1975)

A Night at the Opera is the fourth studio album by the British rock band Queen, released on 21 November 1975 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Queen, it was the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release. The album takes its name from the Marx Brothers film of the same name, which the band watched one night at the studio complex when recording. A Night at the Opera incorporates a wide range of styles, including ballads, songs in a music hall style, hard rock tracks and progressive rock influences.

The album topped the UK Albums Chart for four non-consecutive weeks. It peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart and became the band’s first Platinum-selling album in the US. The worldwide sales for the album are over six million copies. It also produced the band’s most successful single in the UK, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, which became their first UK number one and one of the best-selling singles in both the UK and the world.

Click here for album contents from Wikipedia