Feature Artist: The Police (Singles) 8pm ET

July 22, 2015
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PoliceThe Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting (lead singer, bassist and principal songwriter), Andy Summers (guitarist) and Stewart Copeland (drummer). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the U.S. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008. – Wikpedia

Feature Artist: Led Zeppelin (Singles) 5pm ET

May 29, 2015
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LZLed Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of guitarist Jimmy Page, singer Robert Plant, bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, and drummer John Bonham. The band’s heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition as one of the progenitors of heavy metal, though their unique style drew from a wide variety of influences, including folk music.

Led Zeppelin are widely considered one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history. They are one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording; various sources estimate the group’s record sales at 200 to 300 million units worldwide. With RIAA-certified sales of 111.5 million units, they are the second-best-selling band in the United States. Each of their nine studio albums placed on the Billboard Top 10 and six reached the number-one spot. Rolling Stone magazine described them as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s”, and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history”. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995; the museum’s biography of the band states that they were “as influential” during the 1970s as the Beatles were during the 1960s. – Wikipedia

Feature Artist: Duran Duran (Singles) 1pm ET @duranduran

May 28, 2015
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duranduranDuran Duran are an English rock band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” of the United States. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and according to Sunday Mercury, they have sold more than 120 million records.

While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene, along with bands such as Spandau Ballet, when they first emerged, the band later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image. The band has won a number of awards throughout their career: two Grammy Awards, two BRIT Awards including the Outstanding Contribution to Music, and an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band’s controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel, MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look than was standard at the time. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows; they were the first major act to provide video screens above the stage to bring the action closer to the audience in the rear.

The group was formed by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, with the later addition of drummer Roger Taylor, and after numerous personnel changes, guitarist Andy Taylor and lead vocalist Simon Le Bon. – Wikipedia

Rock Talk with Dominic Forbes 10pm ET

April 27, 2015
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Mick-LavaThis week on Rock Talk join Dominic Forbes chat with Mick Box and ShawBernie Shaw of Uriah Heep.

Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 and are regarded as one of the seminal hard rock acts of the early 1970s, and they heralded the progressive rock movement of the decade.  Uriah Heep’s progressive/art rock/heavy metal fusion’s distinctive features have always included a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal harmonies and (in the early years) David Byron’s quasi-operatic vocals. Twelve of the band’s albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975) while of the fifteen Billboard 200 Uriah Heep albums Demons and Wizards was the most successful (#23, 1972).  In the late 1970s the band had massive success in Germany, where the “Lady in Black” single was a big hit.  Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep had become one of the top bands in the early 1970s – one of “The Big 4” of hard rock. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: The Psychedelic Furs Top 20 Hits 12pm ET @pfurs

November 30, 2014
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PFursThe Psychedelic Furs are an English rock band founded in 1977. Led by singer Richard Butler and his brother Tim Butler on bass guitar, the Psychedelic Furs are one of the many acts spawned from the British post-punk scene. Their music went through several phases, from an initially austere art rock sound, later touching on new wave and hard rock.

They scored several hits in their early career, but were launched to international attention in 1986 when the film director John Hughes used their song “Pretty in Pink” for his movie of the same name. A newly recorded version of the song became the Psychedlic Furs’ biggest hit to that time. “Heartbreak Beat”, from their 1987 album Midnight to Midnight, was the Furs’ biggest Top 40 entry in the US.

The Psychedelic Furs went on hiatus in 1991, and the Butler brothers formed a new band called Love Spit Love. The Psychedelic Furs later regrouped in 2001 and continue to perform around the world. – Wikipedia

1 Heartbreak Beat
2 Love My Way
3 Pretty in Pink
4 The Ghost in You
5 Heartbeat
6 Heaven
7 All That Money Wants
8 Dumb Waiters
9 House
10 Until She Comes
11 Should God Forget
12 Don’t Be a Girl
13 Shock
14 Sister Europe
15 We Love You
16 Angels Don’t Cry
17 Mr. Jones
18 Danger
19 Run and Run
20 Here Come Cowboys

Feature LP: Led Zeppelin IV (1971/2014) 9:30pm ET

October 28, 2014
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LZ-4The untitled fourth studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, was released on 8 November 1971 on Atlantic Records. Produced by guitarist Jimmy Page, it was recorded between December 1970 and March 1971 at several locations, most prominently the Victorian house Headley Grange.

After the group’s 1970 album Led Zeppelin III received lukewarm reviews from critics, Page decided their fourth album would officially be untitled. This, along with the inner sleeve’s design featuring four symbols that represented each band member, led to the album being referred to variously as the Four Symbols logo, Four Symbols, The Fourth Album, Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo (which was derived from Page’s symbol). In addition to lacking a title, the original cover featured no band name, as the group wished to be anonymous and to avoid easy pigeonholing by the press.

Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success, producing many of the band’s most well-known songs, including “Black Dog”, “Rock and Roll”, “Going to California”, and the band’s signature song, “Stairway to Heaven”. The album is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at 37 million units, and with a 23-times platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America, it is the third-best-selling album in the United States. Writers and critics have regularly cited it on lists of rock’s greatest albums. – Wikipedia

A remastered version of Led Zeppelin IV was reissued on 27 October 2014, along with Houses of the Holy. The reissue comes in 6 formats: a standard CD edition, a deluxe 2 CD edition, a standard LP version, a deluxe 2 LP version, a super deluxe 2 CD + 2 LP version with a hardback book, and as high resolution 96k/24-bit digital downloads. The deluxe and super deluxe editions feature bonus material. The reissue was released with a negative version of the original album’s artwork as its bonus disk’s cover.

1 Black Dog   4:54
2 Rock and Roll   3:40
3 The Battle of Evermore   5:51
4 Stairway to Heaven   8:02
5 Misty Mountain Hop   4:38
6 Four Sticks   4:44
7 Going to California   3:31
8 When the Levee Breaks   7:07
Reissued setlist
1 Black Dog (Basic Track with Guitar Overdubs) 4:34
2 Rock and Roll (Alternate Mix) 3:39
3 The Battle of Evermore (Mandolin/Guitar Mix From Headley Grange) 4:13
4 Stairway to Heaven (Sunset Sound Mix) 8:03
5 Misty Mountain Hop (Alternate Mix) 4:45
6 Four Sticks (Alternate Mix) 4:33
7 Going to California (Mandolin/Guitar Mix) 3:34
8 When the Levee Breaks (Alternate U.K. Mix) 7:08

Feature LP: Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. (1972) 9pm ET

August 5, 2014
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ExileMainStExile on Main St. is a double album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records. The album’s music incorporates rock and roll, blues, soul, country, and gospel genres.

Although it originally received mixed reviews, Exile on Main St. has been ranked on various lists as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The 2010 remastered version of the album was released in Europe on 17 May 2010 and in the United States on 18 May 2010, featuring a bonus disc with 10 new tracks. – Wikipedia

1 Rocks Off   4:31
2 Rip This Joint   2:22
3 Shake Your Hips (Slim Harpo) 2:59
4 Casino Boogie   3:33
5 Tumbling Dice   3:45
6 Sweet Virginia   4:27
7 Torn and Frayed   4:17
8 Sweet Black Angel   2:54
9 Loving Cup   4:25
10 Happy   3:04
11 Turd on the Run   2:36
12 Ventilator Blues (Jagger/Richards/Mick Taylor) 3:24
13 I Just Want to See His Face   2:52
14 Let It Loose   5:16
15 All Down the Line   3:49
16 Stop Breaking Down (Robert Johnson) 4:34
17 Shine a Light   4:14
18 Soul Survivor   3:49
2010 reissue bonus disc
1 Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren)   4:54
2 Plundered My Soul   3:59
3 I’m Not Signifying   3:55
4 Following the River   4:52
5 Dancing in the Light   4:21
6 So Divine (Aladdin Story)   4:32
7 Loving Cup (Alternative take) 5:26
8 Soul Survivor (Alternative take) 3:59
9 Good Time Women   3:21
10 Title 5   1:47
11 All Down the Line (Alternative take, Japanese Track) 4:09
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