Sunday 12/4/22 3pm ET: Feature LP: R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984)

Reckoning (alternatively titled File Under Water) is the second studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on April 9, 1984 by I.R.S. Records. Produced by Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, the album was recorded at Reflection Sound Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, over 16 days in December 1983 and January 1984. Dixon and Easter intended to capture the sound of R.E.M.’s live performances, and used binaural recording on several tracks. Lead singer Michael Stipe dealt with darker subject matter in his lyrics, with water-related imagery being a recurring theme on the album.

Released to critical acclaim, Reckoning reached number 27 in the United States—where it was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1991—and peaked at number 91 in the United Kingdom.

“Harborcoat” 3:54
“7 Chinese Bros.” 4:18
“So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” 3:15
“Pretty Persuasion” 3:50
“Time After Time (Annelise)” 3:31
“Second Guessing” 2:51
“Letter Never Sent” 2:59
“Camera” 5:52
“(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville” 4:55
“Little America” 2:58

Bill Berry – drums, percussion, and backing vocals
Peter Buck – guitar
Mike Mills – bass guitar, piano and backing vocals
Michael Stipe – lead vocals and harmonica

Friday 12/2/22 11pm ET: Beyond The Balcony / Episode 8 [Christmas Special]

The companion program to the Balcony Show featuring independent music and beyond. In this installment we present music from these artist: Chrissy, Dave Fields, Erika Kendra, Esther Von Krommer, Free From Gravity, Jennifer Mlott, John Condrone, Julie Ludgate, Lost Hollow, MonoCeros, Nicholas Wells, Orchestra Fuego, Rofo Audio, The Beautiful Distortion, The Christopher Brothers (Not the order of appearance).

Friday 12/2/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels (1989)

Steel Wheels is the 19th British and 21st American studio album by the English rock band the Rolling Stones. Released on August 19, 1989, it was the final album of new material the band would record for Columbia Records.

Heralded as a major comeback upon its release, the project is notable for the patching up of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ relationship, a reversion to a more classic style of music and the launching of the band’s biggest world tour to date. It is also long-time bassist Bill Wyman’s final full-length studio album with the Stones, preceding the announcement of his departure in January 1993. Wyman’s final tenure with the band would be on two studio tracks for 1991’s Flashpoint. It was also the first album not to feature former member and frequent contributor on piano Ian Stewart, who died shortly before the release of their previous album Dirty Work. It was produced by Richards and Jagger along with Chris Kimsey, who had previously produced 1983’s Undercover.

After the relative disappointment of their prior two albums, Steel Wheels was a hit, reaching multi-platinum status in the United States, reaching top-five status in numerous markets around the world, and spawning two hit singles: “Mixed Emotions,” which peaked at number one in Canada and number five in the United States, and “Rock and a Hard Place,” the band’s last top-40 U.S. hit. Critics were generally lukewarm on the album, exemplified by Stephen Thomas Erlewine: “It doesn’t make for a great Stones album, but it’s not bad, and it feels like a comeback.”

1. “Sad Sad Sad” 3:35
2. “Mixed Emotions” 4:38
3. “Terrifying” 4:53
4. “Hold On to Your Hat” 3:32
5. “Hearts for Sale” 4:40
6. “Blinded by Love” 4:37
7. “Rock and a Hard Place” 5:25
8. “Can’t Be Seen” 4:09
9. “Almost Hear You Sigh” 4:37
10. “Continental Drift” 5:14
11. “Break the Spell” 3:06
12. “Slipping Away” 4:29

Mick Jagger – lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars; harmonica, percussion, keyboards on “Continental Drift”
Keith Richards – electric, acoustic and classical guitar, backing vocals; lead vocals on “Can’t Be Seen” and “Slipping Away”; bicycle spokes on “Continental Drift”
Ronnie Wood – electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar and acoustic bass, backing vocals, dobro
Bill Wyman – bass guitar
Charlie Watts – drums

Chuck Leavell – organ, piano, keyboards
Matt Clifford – electric and acoustic piano, clavinet, harmonium, percussion programming, strings
Sarah Dash – backing vocals
Lisa Fischer – backing vocals
Bernard Fowler – backing vocals
Luis Jardim – percussion
Phil Beer – mandolin, fiddle
The Kick Horns – brass
Roddy Lorimer – trumpet
The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar Farafina – African-Moroccan instruments
Sonia Morgan – backing vocals
Tessa Niles – backing vocals

Friday 12/2/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Eagles – The Long Run (1979)

The Long Run is the sixth studio album by American rock group the Eagles. It was released September 24, 1979, on Asylum in the United States and the United Kingdom. This was the first Eagles album to feature Timothy B. Schmit, who had replaced founding member Randy Meisner, and the last full studio album to feature Don Felder before his termination from the band in 2001.

This was the band’s final studio album for Asylum Records. It also turned out to be their last studio album as the Eagles disbanded in 1980 until 2007’s Long Road Out of Eden after the band had reformed in 1994.

Three singles were released from the album, “Heartache Tonight”, “The Long Run”, and “I Can’t Tell You Why”. “Heartache Tonight” reached No. 1 on the singles chart and won a Grammy Award. The album was certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA and has sold more than eight million copies in the US.

  1. “The Long Run” 3:42
  2. “I Can’t Tell You Why” 4:56
  3. “In the City” 3:46
  4. “The Disco Strangler” 2:46
  5. “King of Hollywood” 6:27
  6. “Heartache Tonight” 4:27
  7. “Those Shoes” 4:57
  8. “Teenage Jail” 3:44
  9. “The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks” 2:21
  10. “The Sad Café” 5:35

Don Felder – guitars, organ, vocals
Glenn Frey – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Don Henley – vocals, drums, percussion
Timothy B. Schmit – vocals, bass guitar
Joe Walsh – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Jimmy Buffett – backing vocals on “The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks”
The Monstertones – backing vocals
David Sanborn – alto saxophone on “The Sad Café”
Bob Seger – backing vocals “Heartache Tonight” (not credited in liner notes)
Joe Vitale – piano, electric piano

Friday 12/2/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Eric Clapton – Backless (1978)

Backless is the sixth full-length studio album by Eric Clapton, Released November 25, 1978. Produced by Glyn Johns, and released by RSO Records, Backless reached No. 8 on the pop charts. While the single “Promises” only reached No. 37 in the UK, it was a much bigger success in the US, reaching No. 9 on the Billboard charts. The follow-up single, “Watch Out for Lucy”, was the B-side of “Promises”, but reached No. 40 on the Billboard charts on its own merit. Later in 1980 “Tulsa Time” was US #30 with 1977 song “Cocaine” as B-side. It was Clapton’s last studio album to feature his longtime bassist Carl Radle who died in 1980.

“Walk Out in the Rain” 4:16
“Watch Out for Lucy” 3:26
“I’ll Make Love to You Anytime” 3:23
“Roll It” 3:42
“Tell Me That You Love Me” 3:31
“If I Don’t Be There by Morning” 4:38
“Early in the Morning” 7:58
“Promises” 3:04
“Golden Ring” 3:32
“Tulsa Time” 3:28

Eric Clapton – guitars, lead vocals, arrangements on “Early In the Morning”
Dick Sims – keyboards
George Terry – guitars
Carl Radle – bass, backing vocals
Jamie Oldaker – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Marcy Levy – backing vocals (lead vocals on “Roll It”)
Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle – backing vocals on “Golden Ring”

Friday 12/2/22 5pm ET: Feature LP: Kane Brown – Different Man (2022)

Different Man is the third studio album by American country music singer Kane Brown, released on September 9, 2022, through RCA Records Nashville. Brown co-produced the album, which was preceded by the singles “One Mississippi”, “Like I Love Country Music”, and “Grand”, with “Thank God”, a duet with his singer-songwriter wife Katelyn Brown, which impacted country radio on September 12. The songs “Leave You Alone” and “Whiskey Sour” were also released ahead of the album.

  1. “Bury Me in Georgia” 4:01
  2. “Different Man” (featuring Blake Shelton) 2:55
  3. “Like I Love Country Music” 3:54
  4. “Go Around” 3:23
  5. “Grand” 2:58
  6. “See You Like I Do” 3:09
  7. “Thank God” (featuring Katelyn Brown) 2:54
  8. “Leave You Alone” 3:34
  9. “Riot” 3:26
  10. “One Mississippi” 3:34
  11. “Drunk or Dreamin'” 4:20
  12. “Losing You” 3:32
  13. “Whiskey Sour” 3:31
  14. “Pop’s Last Name” 3:33
  15. “Devil Don’t Even Bother” 2:49
  16. “Nothin’ I’d Change” 3:33
  17. “Dear Georgia” 3:08