Feature LP: Def Leppard – Hysteria (1987) 9pm ET

July 22, 2014
Editor In Chief

HysteriaHysteria is the fourth studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records. It is the band’s best-selling album to date, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the UK Albums Chart.

Hysteria was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. The title of the album was thought up by drummer Rick Allen, referring to his 1984 auto accident and the ensuing worldwide media coverage surrounding it. It is also the last album to feature guitarist Steve Clark before his death, however, their next album, Adrenalize is the last to feature Clark’s songwriting.

The album is the follow-up to the band’s 1983 breakthrough Pyromania. Hysteria’s creation took over three years and was plagued by delays, including the aftermath of the 31 December 1984 car accident that cost Allen his left arm. Subsequent to the album’s release, Def Leppard published a book entitled Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story, written by Rolling Stone magazine Senior Editor David Fricke, on the three-year recording process of Hysteria and the tough times the band endured through the mid-1980s.

Hysteria has earned critical acclaim from a number of sources. In 1988 Q magazine readers voted it as the 98th Greatest Album of All Time, while in 2004, the album was ranked at #472 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. – Wikipedia

 

 

Feature LP: The Beatles (1968) – 9:30pm ET

February 19, 2013
Editor In Chief

TheBeatles68LPThe Beatles is the ninth official album by English rock group the Beatles, a double album released in 1968. It is also commonly known as “The White Album“, as it has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed (and, on the early LP and CD releases, a serial number) on its plain white sleeve.

The album was written and recorded during a period of turmoil for the group, after visiting the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India and having a particularly productive songwriting session in early 1968. Returning to the studio, the group recorded from May to October 1968, only to have conflict and dissent drive the group members apart. Ringo Starr quit the band for a brief time, leaving Paul McCartney to play drums on two tracks. Many of the songs were “solo” recordings, or at least by less than the full group, as each individual member began to explore his own talent.

Upon release in November 1968, the album received near universal acclaim and reached number 1 on the charts in the United Kingdom and the United States. The album is notable for the eclectic nature of its songs, which has divided critics in evaluating its legacy. The album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and was listed at number 10 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. Previously in 1987, as part of their 20th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #9 on “The 100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years.” – Wikipedia

 

Feature LP: Van Morrison – Moondance (1970) 2pm ET

August 27, 2012
Editor In Chief

 

Moondance is the third solo album by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released on Warner Bros. Records on 28 February 1970 and peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.

The album’s musical style blends R&B, folk rock, country rock, and also jazz (most obviously on the title track).

The single released was “Come Running” with “Crazy Love” as the B-side, which peaked at #39 on the Pop Singles chart. “Crazy Love” was only released as a single in the Netherlands and did not chart. “Moondance”, as a single was not released until 1977 and peaked at #92.

Moondance was critically acclaimed when first released and established Morrison as a major artist. The songs on the album quickly became staples of FM radio. It has proven to be Morrison’s most famous album, often appearing on many lists of best albums of all time. Among other awards, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2003, it was ranked #65 on Rolling Stone magazine‘s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time“.

Side one

  1. And It Stoned Me”  – 4:30
  2. Moondance”  – 4:35
  3. Crazy Love”  – 2:34
  4. Caravan”  – 4:57
  5. Into the Mystic”  – 3:25

Side two

  1. Come Running”  – 2:30
  2. These Dreams of You”  – 3:50
  3. Brand New Day”  – 5:09
  4. Everyone”  – 3:31
  5. Glad Tidings”  – 3:13

 

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