Tag: Feature LP

Friday 1/21/22 1am ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Jump Up (1982)

Jump Up! is the sixteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John. It was released April 9,1982 by The Rocket Record Company except in the US and Canada, where it was released by Geffen Records.

The album includes “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)”, a tribute to John Lennon (who had also signed to Geffen for the release of Double Fantasy, which is now owned by EMI). This is one of the first few LPs that showcases John singing in a deeper voice, as can be heard in songs such as “Blue Eyes”, “Princess”, “Ball and Chain” and “Spiteful Child”. “Legal Boys” was written by John and Tim Rice, who later wrote lyrics for The Lion King and The Road to El Dorado. This is the last studio album in which James Newton Howard played keyboards (although he would play keyboards with John again on the soundtrack of Gnomeo & Juliet almost 30 years later).

In a 2010 Sirius radio special, John’s lyricist, Bernie Taupin, talking about Jump Up!, said it was “one of our worst albums”. He added, “It’s a terrible, awful, disposable album, but it had ‘Empty Garden’ on it, so it’s worth it for that one song.” In the United States, it was certified gold by the RIAA in November 1982. The album’s gatefold artwork shows John’s lifelong friend Vance Buck and Gary Osborne’s then 5-year-old son Luke.

  1. “Dear John” 3:31
  2. “Spiteful Child” 4:15
  3. “Ball & Chain” 3:27
  4. “Legal Boys” 3:05
  5. “I Am Your Robot” 4:43
  6. “Blue Eyes” 3:25
  7. “Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)” 5:09
  8. “Princess” 4:56
  9. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone?” 4:00
  10. “All Quiet on the Western Front” 6:03

Elton John – lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic piano, electric grand piano, harpsichord on “Empty Garden”
James Newton Howard – Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, brass and string arrangements, conductor
Richie Zito – guitars
Pete Townshend – acoustic guitar on “Ball and Chain”
Dee Murray – bass, backing vocals
Jeff Porcaro – drums, percussion
Steve Holley – tambourine on “Ball and Chain”, synth drum on “I Am Your Robot”
Martyn Ford (billed in the credits as “Mountain Fjord”) – brass and orchestra
Gavyn Wright – concertmaster
Gary Osborne – backing vocals

Friday 1/21/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Avril Lavigne – Let Go (2002)

Let Go is the debut studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne. It was released on June 4, 2002 by Arista Records. For a year after signing a record deal with Arista, Lavigne struggled due to conflicts in musical direction. She relocated to Los Angeles, where she recorded her earlier materials for the album, the sound of which the label did not approve. She was paired with the production team the Matrix, who understood her vision for the album. Critics described Let Go as an alternative rock album with a post-grunge-oriented sound.

The album was credited as the biggest pop debut of 2002 and was certified seven-times Platinum in the United States. It was released to generally positive reviews, although Lavigne’s songwriting received some criticism. It also did extremely well in Canada, receiving a diamond certification from Music Canada, as well as reaching multi-platinum in many countries around the world, including the UK in which she became the youngest female solo artist to have a number-one album in the region.

  1. “Losing Grip” 3:53
  2. “Complicated” 4:05
  3. “Sk8er Boi” 3:23
  4. “I’m with You” 3:44
  5. “Mobile” 3:31
  6. “Unwanted” 3:40
  7. “Tomorrow” 3:48
  8. “Anything but Ordinary” 4:12
  9. “Things I’ll Never Say” 3:44
  10. “My World” 3:27
  11. “Nobody’s Fool” 3:57
  12. “Too Much to Ask” 3:46
  13. “Naked” 3:27

Avril Lavigne – lead vocals, guitar, background vocals
Sabelle Breer – backing vocals
The Matrix – backing vocals
Clif Magness – bass, guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, drum loop
Dennis Johnson – beats and scratching
Jeff Allen – bass

Suzie Katayama – Cello
Joe Bonadio – drums
Josh Freese – drums

Alex Elena – drums
Curt Frasca – guitar, multi instruments
Gerry Leonard – guitar
Peter Zizzo – guitar

Corky James – guitar

Thursday 1/20/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: John Mellencamp – Trouble No More

Trouble No More is American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp’s 18th studio album and his final recording for Columbia Records, released June 3, 2003. It consists of blues and folk covers.

A re-working of “To Washington” featuring new lyrics critical of President George W. Bush and the Iraq War, generated much controversy upon the album’s release.

In addition to the album, a documentary titled Trouble No More: The Making of a John Mellencamp Album was produced and directed by Ron Osgood, along with students from his documentary course at Indiana University. The documentary won a Regional Emmy and several small festival awards in 2004 and 2005.

“Stones in My Passway” 3:17
“Death Letter” 6:14
“Johnny Hart” 4:31
“Baltimore Oriole” 3:54
“Teardrops Will Fall” 4:24
“Diamond Joe” 4:37
“The End of the World” 3:24
“Down in the Bottom” 3:31
“Lafayette” 3:55
“Joliet Bound” 3:34
“John the Revelator” 3:19
To Washington” 2:39

John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar
Andy York – guitars, bass
Dane Clark – drums, percussion
Miriam Sturm – violin, viola
Michael Ramos – accordion, organ
Toby Myers – upright bass
John Gunnell – electric bass
Pat Peterson – background vocals, tambourine
Courtney Kaiser – background vocals, tambourine
Heather Headley – background vocals
Janas Hoyt – background vocals
Michael Clark – pedal steel
T. Blayde – kazoo

Thursday 1/20/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – Spirits Having Flown (1979)

Spirits Having Flown is the fifteenth album released by the Bee Gees on February 5, 1979. It was the group’s first album after their collaboration on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album’s first three tracks were released as singles and all reached No. 1 in the US, giving the Bee Gees an unbroken run of six US chart-toppers in a one-year period and equaling a feat shared by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. It was the first Bee Gees album to make the UK top 40 in ten years (not counting the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever), as well as being their first and only UK No. 1 album. Spirits Having Flown also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and the US. And went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

Spirits Having Flown marked the tail end of the band’s most successful era, prior to a severe downturn in the early 1980s when they were subject to a near-total radio blackout (particularly in America) that Robin Gibb would refer to as “censorship” and “evil” in interviews.

  1. “Tragedy” 5:03
  2. “Too Much Heaven” 4:55
  3. “Love You Inside Out” 4:11
  4. “Reaching Out” 4:05
  5. “Spirits (Having Flown)” 5:19
  6. “Search, Find” 4:13
  7. “Stop (Think Again)” 6:40
  8. “Living Together” 4:21
  9. “I’m Satisfied” 3:55
  10. “Until” 2:27

Barry Gibb – vocals, rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb – harmony and backing vocals, lead vocals on “Too Much Heaven” and “Living Together”

Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocals, bass, lead vocals on “Too Much Heaven”
Alan Kendall – lead guitar
Dennis Bryon – drums
Blue Weaver – synthesiser, piano, keyboards, vibraphone, Arp

Neal Bonsanti – horns
Gary Brown – saxophone
Harold Cowart – bass
Ken Faulk – horns
Albhy Galuten – synthesiser, bass, conductor
Peter Graves – Horns
Joe Lala – percussion, conga

Lee Loughnane – horns on “Too Much Heaven” and “Search, Find”
Herbie Mann – flute
James Pankow – horns on “Too Much Heaven” and “Search, Find”
Walter Parazaider – horns on “Too Much Heaven” and “Search, Find”
Bill Purse – horns
Whit Sidener – horns
George Terry – guitar
Stan Webb – horns
Daniel Ben Zubulon – percussion, conga

Thursday 1/20/22 2am ET: Feature LP: Pink – Hurts 2B Human (2019)

Hurts 2B Human is the eighth studio album by American singer-songwriter Pink. Released on April 26, 2019, by RCA Records, the album was initially planned as a standalone extended play (EP). Pursuing a sound that would be departure from her previous albums, Pink enlisted the assistance of collaborators such as Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, and Ryan Tedder. The album features guest appearances by Cash Cash, Khalid, Chris Stapleton, and Wrabel. The album was officially announced during Pink’s interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show broadcast in February 2019. Musically, Hurts 2B Human is a pop record whose lyrics delve into themes of love, family, introspection, life, and self-worth.

The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics, many of whom praised its production and cohesiveness; others felt it was too calculated and formulaic. Commercially, the album was successful, reaching number one in eight countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland. In the United States, Hurts 2B Human became Pink’s third consecutive album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awarded it a platinum certification. To promote the singer’s album, “Walk Me Home” was released on February 20, 2019, as a lead single to commercial success, peaking within the top-ten charts of several countries, including Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The second single, “Can We Pretend”, was released on May 17, 2019, while the title track and “Love Me Anyway” had a limited release.

  1. “Hustle” 2:55
  2. “(Hey Why) Miss You Sometime” 3:23
  3. “Walk Me Home” 2:59
  4. “My Attic” 3:02
  5. “90 Days” (featuring Wrabel) 3:50
  6. “Hurts 2B Human” (featuring Khalid) 3:22
  7. “Can We Pretend” (featuring Cash Cash) 3:44
  8. “Courage” 4:19
  9. “Happy” 3:01
  10. “We Could Have It All” 4:33
  11. “Love Me Anyway” (featuring Chris Stapleton) 3:08
  12. “Circle Game” 4:54
  13. “The Last Song of Your Life” 3:53

Pink – vocals, background vocals (tracks 2, 9), executive production, production (tracks 11, 13)
Wrabel – featured vocals, production (track 5)
Khalid – featured vocals (track 6)
Chris Stapleton – featured vocals (track 11)
Jorden Odegard – all instruments (except guitar) (track 1), keyboards, strings, programming (track 6), production (tracks 1, 6)
Dan Reynolds – guitar, additional production (track 1)
Shellback – background vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, production, programming (track 2)
Max Martin – keyboards, production, programming (track 2)
Peter Thomas – background vocals, gang vocals, synthesizer, electric guitar, percussion, drums, handclaps, production, programming (track 3)
Kyle Moorman – background vocals, gang vocals, synthesizer, electric guitar, percussion, drums, handclaps, production, programming (track 3)
Ludvig Soderberg – keyboards, bass, programming (track 4)

Jakob Jeristrom – keyboards, bass, programming (track 4)
Ilsey Juber – guitar (track 4)
Rami Yacoub – additional guitar (track 4)
Mattias Johansson – violin (track 4)
David Bukovinszky – cello (track 4)
Michael Engstrom – double bass (track 4)
Mattias Bylund – strings arranging, recording, editing (track 4)
Steve Robson – piano, production, programming (track 5)
Teddy Geiger – guitar (track 6), vocal production (track 9)

Alexander Makhlouf – keyboards, synths, production, mixing (track 7)
Samuel Frisch – drum programming, production (track 7)
Jean-Paul Makhlouf – editing, sound design, production (track 7)
Greg Kurstin – piano, guitar, bass, synthesizers, production (tracks 8, 10, 12), drums keyboards (track 8), keyboards (track 10), drums, rhodes (track 12)
Oscar Görres – keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion, drums, production, programming (track 9)
Sasha Sloan – background vocals (track 9)

Taylor Hawkins – drums (track 10)
Sal Oliveri – piano, bass, additional production (track 11)
Stevie Blacke – strings arranged & performing (track 11)
Matt Kelly – pedal steel (track 11)
Songa Lee – violin (track 12)
Josefina Vergara – violin (track 12)
Alma Fernandez – viola (track 12)

Jacob Braun – cello (tracks 12, 14 (bonus))
billymann – acoustic guitar, production, engineering, mixing (track 13)
The Struts – production (track 4)
Simon Gooding – additional production (tracks 5, 11), vocals recording (tracks 3–6), engineering, mixing (tracks 3, 5, 11), Pink vocals recording (track 14 (bonus))
Ryan Tedder – production, vocal production (track 7)

Thursday 1/20/22 1am ET: Feature LP: Elvis Costello and The Imposters – The Boy Named If (2022)

The Boy Named If is the 32nd studio album by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello and The Imposters. The album was released on January 14, 2022 by EMI Records and Capitol Records. The Boy Named If received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 84, which indicates “universal acclaim”, based on 11 reviews.

  1. “Farewell, OK” 2:54
  2. “The Boy Named If” 4:24
  3. “Penelope Halfpenny” 2:57
  4. “The Difference” 3:45
  5. “What If I Can’t Give You Anything But Love?” 4:03
  6. “Paint the Red Rose Blue” 4:46
  7. “Mistook Me for a Friend” 4:13
  8. “My Most Beautiful Mistake” 4:47
  9. “Magnificent Hurt” 3:13
  10. “The Man You Love to Hate” 4:53
  11. “The Death of Magic Thinking” 3:31
  12. “Trick Out the Truth” 4:53
  13. “Mr. Crescent” 3:39

Elvis Costello – vocals, guitar (all tracks); piano (6)
Davey Faragher – additional vocals, bass (all tracks); upright bass (12)
Pete Thomas – drums, percussion
Steve Nieve – keyboards, piano
Sebastian Krys – background vocals (3, 4)
Nicole Atkins – vocals (8)

Thursday 1/20/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Bush – The Kingdom (2020)

The Kingdom is the eighth studio album by English rock band Bush. It was originally scheduled to be released in May 2020 but it was later pushed back to a release date of July 17, 2020. The band released two singles prior to the album, the first being “Bullet Holes” which was released in May 2019 and featured in the film John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, and the second single off the album was “Flowers on a Grave” and was released one year later in March 2020.

  1. “Flowers on a Grave” 3:45
  2. “The Kingdom” 3:47
  3. “Bullet Holes” 3:47
  4. “Ghosts in the Machine” 4:15
  5. “Blood River” 4:20
  6. “Quicksand” 3:59
  7. “Send in the Clowns” 4:13
  8. “Undone” 5:02
  9. “Our Time Will Come” 3:50
  10. “Crossroads” 3:15
  11. “Words Are Not Impediments” 3:08
  12. “Falling Away” 3:52

Gavin Rossdale – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Chris Traynor – lead guitar, backing vocals
Corey Britz – bass guitar, backing vocals
Gil Sharone – drums (all tracks except “The Kingdom” & “Flowers on a Grave”)
Nik Hughes – drums

Wednesday 1/19/22 1am ET: Feature LP: Chicago – Chicago VI (1973)

Chicago VI is the fifth studio album by American rock band Chicago and was released on June 25, 1973. It was the band’s second in a string of five consecutive albums to make it to No. 1 in the US, was certified gold less than a month after its release, and has been certified two-times platinum since. It is the first album to feature percussionist Laudir de Oliveira, who would become a full-fledged member of the band for Chicago VIII. VI is the first studio album (the other being 1975’s compilation Chicago IX) to feature the original band members on the cover before the death of leader and co-founder Terry Kath.

  1. “Critics’ Choice” 2:49
  2. “Just You ‘n’ Me” 3:42
  3. “Darlin’ Dear” 2:56
  4. “Jenny” 3:31
  5. “What’s This World Coming To” 4:58
  6. “Something in This City Changes People” 3:42
  7. “Hollywood” 3:52
  8. “In Terms of Two” 3:29
  9. “Rediscovery” 4:47
  10. “Feelin’ Stronger Every Day” 4:15

Peter Cetera – Bass guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals, harmonica on “In Terms of Two”
Terry Kath – Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, lead vocals, backing vocals
Robert Lamm – Acoustic piano, Hammond organ, clavinet, Wurlitzer electric piano, Fender Rhodes, ARP synthesizer, Hohner Pianet, lead vocals, backing vocals

Lee Loughnane – Trumpet, backing vocals, percussion, co-lead vocals on “Something In This City Changes People”
James Pankow – Trombone, brass arrangements
Walter Parazaider – Saxophone, flute
Danny Seraphine – Drums, percussion
Laudir de Oliveira – Congas
Joe Lala – Congas
J. G. O’Rafferty – Pedal steel

Wednesday 1/19/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Pearl Jam – Vitalogy

Vitalogy is the third studio album by American rock band Pearl Jam, released on November 22, 1994, on Epic Records. Pearl Jam wrote and recorded Vitalogy while touring behind its previous album Vs. (1993). The music on the record was more diverse than previous releases, and consisted of aggressive rock songs, ballads, and other stylistic elements, making it Pearl Jam’s most experimental album to date.

The album was first released on vinyl, followed by a release on CD and cassette two weeks later on December 6, 1994. The LP sold 34,000 copies in its first week of release, and until Jack White’s 2014 album Lazaretto it held the record for most vinyl sales in one week since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Upon its CD release, Vitalogy became the second-fastest selling album in history, only behind the band’s previous release Vs., selling 877,000 copies in its first week and went multi-platinum quickly. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States. It is Pearl Jam’s last album to feature drummer Dave Abbruzzese, who left the band before the recording session was finished. He was initially replaced by session drummers and later officially replaced by former Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Jack Irons, who completed recording of the album.

  1. “Last Exit” 2:54
  2. “Spin the Black Circle” 2:47
  3. “Not for You” 5:52
  4. “Tremor Christ” 4:12
  5. “Nothingman” 4:35
  6. “Whipping” 2:34
  7. “Pry, To” 1:03
  8. “Corduroy” 4:37
  9. “Bugs” 2:44
  10. “Satan’s Bed” 3:30
  11. “Better Man” 4:28
  12. “Aye Davanita” 2:57
  13. “Immortality” 5:28

Dave Abbruzzese – drums
Jeff Ament – bass guitar, vocals, double bass, black-and-white photography
Stone Gossard – guitar, vocals, mellotron

Jack Irons – drums
Mike McCready – guitar, slide guitar
Eddie Vedder – vocals, guitar, accordion on “Bugs”; credited as “e.v.” for book concept, theory of Vitalogy, typist

Tuesday 1/18/22 2am ET: Feature LP: Great White – Once Bitten (1987)

Once Bitten is the third studio album released by the American hard rock band Great White. It was released June 29. 1987 and became a commercial success, selling more than one million copies and being certified Platinum in April, 1988. The anthem “Rock Me” became a hit single, charting in September 1987, and is one of Great White’s best known songs. AllMusic explains in their review that it brought Great White a broader audience. “Save Your Love” also charted, becoming their most famous power ballad at the time, in February 1988. “Lady Red Light” and “All Over Now” would become fan favorites and be included among 15 tracks on their later retrospective, “Absolute Hits”. The last album to feature bassist Lorne Black.

In the UK, the track listing was strangely altered, losing four new tracks and replacing them with songs from 1986 album Shot in the Dark and with a live version of “What Do You Do”. The album’s opening track, “Lady Red Light”, was featured on the NBC show Parks and Recreation in the episode “Tom’s Divorce”. The model photographed on the cover is Tracy Martinson.

1. “Lady Red Light” 4:55
2. “Gonna Getcha” 4:13
3. “Rock Me” 7:19
4. “All Over Now” 4:22
5. “Mistreater” 5:50
6. “Never Change Heart” 4:28
7. “Fast Road” 3:41
8. “On The Edge” 6:02
9. “Save Your Love” 5:46

Jack Russell – lead and backing vocals
Mark Kendall – lead guitar, backing vocals
Michael Lardie – rhythm guitar, keyboards, harmonica, backing vocals
Lorne Black – bass, backing vocals
Audie Desbrow – drums

Tuesday 1/18/22 1am ET: Feature LP: The Clash – London Calling (1980)

London Calling is the third studio album by English rock band the Clash. It was originally released as a double album in the United Kingdom on December 14, 1979 by CBS Records, and in the United States in January 1980 by Epic Records.

The Clash recorded the album with producer Guy Stevens at Wessex Sound Studios in London during August, September and November 1979, following a change in management and a period of writer’s block for songwriters Joe Strummer and Mick Jones. Bridging a traditional punk rock sound and a new wave aesthetic, London Calling reflects the band’s growing interest in styles beyond their punk roots, including reggae, rockabilly, ska, New Orleans R&B, pop, lounge jazz, and hard rock. Themes include social displacement, unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood.

The album was a top ten chart success in the UK, and its lead single “London Calling” was a top 20 single. The album has sold over five million copies worldwide, and was certified platinum in the United States for sales of one million. It was also met with widespread critical acclaim and has retrospectively been named one of the greatest albums of all time. On Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, London Calling ranked eighth in the 2003 and 2012 editions, and sixteenth in the 2020 edition.

  1. “London Calling” 3:19
  2. “Brand New Cadillac” 2:09
  3. “Jimmy Jazz” 3:52
  4. “Hateful” 2:45
  5. “Rudie Can’t Fail” 3:26
  6. “Spanish Bombs” 3:19
  7. “The Right Profile” 3:56
  8. “Lost in the Supermarket” 3:47
  9. “Clampdown” 3:49
  10. “The Guns of Brixton” 3:07
  11. “Wrong ‘Em Boyo” 3:10
  12. “Death or Glory” 3:55
  13. “Koka Kola” 1:46
  14. “The Card Cheat” 3:51
  15. “Lover’s Rock” 4:01
  16. “Four Horsemen” 2:56
  17. “I’m Not Down” 3:00
  18. “Revolution Rock” 5:37
  19. “Train in Vain” 3:09

Joe Strummer – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, piano
Mick Jones – lead guitar, piano, harmonica, backing and lead vocals
Paul Simonon – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “The Guns of Brixton”
Topper Headon – drums, percussion
Mickey Gallagher – organ
Ray Bevis – tenor saxophone
John Earle – tenor and baritone saxophone
Chris Gower – trombone
Dick Hanson – trumpet, flugelhorn

Tuesday 1/18/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Gwen Stefani – Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (2004)

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. is the debut solo studio album by American singer Gwen Stefani. It was released on November 12, 2004, by Interscope Records. Stefani, who had previously released five studio albums as lead singer of the rock band No Doubt, began recording solo material in early 2003. She began working on Love. Angel. Music. Baby. as a side project that would become a full album after No Doubt went on hiatus. Stefani co-wrote every song on the album, collaborating with various songwriters and producers including André 3000, Dallas Austin, Dr. Dre, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the Neptunes and Linda Perry. The album also features guest appearances by Eve and André 3000.

Designed to sound like a 1980s dance record, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was influenced by artists and bands such as the Cure, Lisa Lisa, New Order, Prince, Depeche Mode and Madonna. The album incorporates a diverse range of genres, including electropop, dance-rock, new wave, R&B, hip hop, soul, and disco, while lyrically, it explores themes of fashion, wealth and relationships. Promotion of the album included the release of six commercially successful singles and the North American Harajuku Lovers Tour. While promoting, Stefani was often accompanied by backup dancers called the Harajuku Girls.

Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was met with generally positive reviews from music critics, and received a total of six Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year, during the 2006 ceremony. It debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200, selling 309,000 copies in its first week, eventually peaking at number five. The album has received multi-platinum sales certifications in several countries and has sold over seven million copies worldwide.

  1. “What You Waiting For?” 3:41
  2. “Rich Girl” (featuring Eve) 3:56
  3. “Hollaback Girl” 3:19
  4. “Cool” 3:09
  5. “Bubble Pop Electric” (featuring Johnny Vulture) 3:42
  6. “Luxurious” 4:24
  7. “Harajuku Girls” 4:51
  8. “Crash” 4:06
  9. “The Real Thing” 4:12
  10. “Serious” 4:48
  11. “Danger Zone” 3:37
  12. “Long Way to Go” (with André 3000) 4:34
  13. “The Real Thing” (Slow Jam Mix) 3:35

Gwen Stefani – vocals
Samuel Littlemore – programming (track 1)
Linda Perry – guitar, keyboards (track 1)
Rusty Anderson – additional guitar (track 1)
Mimi (Audia) Parker – background vocals (track 1)

Eve – vocals (track 2)
Mike Elizondo – keyboards, guitar (track 2)
Mark Batson – keyboards, keyboard bass (track 2)
Rick Sheppard – MIDI (tracks 4, 11)
Jason Lader – programming (tracks 4, 6, 9, 11)
Tony Reyes – Line 6 guitar, bass guitar (tracks 4, 11)
Dallas Austin – drums, keyboards (tracks 4, 11)
André 3000 – vocals, keyboards (tracks 5, 12); programming, guitar (track 5)

Tony Kanal – programming, keyboards, synthesizers (tracks 6, 8, 10)
Chipz – programming (track 6)
Aidan Love – programming (tracks 6, 9, 11)
Simon Gogerly – programming (track 6)
Sheldon Conrich – keyboards (track 6)
GMR – French spoken word (track 6)
Lee Groves – mix programming (tracks 6, 8–10); keyboards (tracks 8–10)
James “Big Jim” Wright – keyboards (track 7)
Jimmy Jam – bass (track 7)

IZ – drums, percussion (track 7)
Bobby Ross Avila – guitar, keyboards (track 7)
Zoey – background vocals (track 7)
Naomi Martin – background vocals (track 7)
Wendy Melvoin – guitar (track 9)
Lisa Coleman – keyboards (track 9)
Peter Hook – bass (track 9)
Greg Collins – electric guitar, slide guitar (track 9)
Bernard Sumner – background vocals (track 9)
Aaron Mills – bass (track 12)
Kevin Kendricks – keyboards, piano (track 12)
CutMaster Swiff – cuts (track 12)

Monday 1/17/22 1am ET: Feature LP: Atlantic Starr – As The Band Turns (1985)

As the Band Turns is the sixth album by R&B band Atlantic Starr, released April 15, 1985. Following the departure of initial lead singer Sharon Bryant, As The Band sees the introduction of new vocalist Barbara Weathers. This proved to be one of the band’s more successful releases, yielding several R&B hits, such as “Freak-A-Ristic,” “If Your Heart Isn’t In It” (written by former Average White Band vocalist Hamish Stuart), and the smash quiet storm anthem “Secret Lovers.” This would be the band’s last release for A&M Records after a memorable, although inconsistent, run of hits throughout the early 80’s.

“Freak-A-Ristic” 4:05
“Cool, Calm, Collected” 4:04
“One Love” 3:52
“In the Heat of Passion” 4:38
“If Your Heart Isn’t In It” 4:02
“Silver Shadow” 4:53
“Let’s Start It Over” 5:33
“Secret Lovers” 5:30
“Thank You” 4:29

Barbara Weathers – lead vocals (5, 6, 8), backing vocals (6, 7, 8)
David Lewis – guitars (1-4, 6-9), drum programming (1, 6, 8, 9), backing vocals (1, 2, 4-9), arrangements (1, 3, 6), lead vocals (2, 3, 4, 8, 9)
Wayne Lewis – keyboards (1, 3-9), lead vocals (1, 5, 7), backing vocals (1, 2), arrangements (1, 3, 4, 6)

Jonathan Lewis – keyboards, trombone
Joseph Phillips – percussion
Atlantic Starr – arrangements (4)
John Barnes – keyboards (1, 3, 9)
Bill Bottrell – keyboards (1), keyboard programming (1)
Derek Nakamoto – keyboard programming (1, 3)
William “Dr. Z” Zimmerman – keyboards (1, 7)
Joey Gallo – keyboards (2, 4, 7), arrangements (2, 7)
William Shelby – keyboards (4)
Calvin Harris – keyboard programming (5)
Rex Salas – keyboards (5)
Craig Harris – synthesizer string programming (6, 8)
David Cochrane – guitars (4, 9), saxophone solo (5)
Barry “Sonjohn” Johnson – bass guitar (5, 9)

Wardell Potts, Jr. – drums (2, 4, 7), percussion (2, 4, 7), arrangements (2, 4, 7)
Derek Organ – drums (5)
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)
Damon Rentie – saxophone ending (5)
Gene Page – horn arrangements (3), string arrangements (3, 5)
Hamish Stuart – arrangements (5)
Clare Fischer – synthesizer string arrangements and performance (6, 8), string and horn arrangements (9)
Dana Meyers – backing vocals (4)
Darryl Phinnessee – backing vocals (5)
Phyllis St. James – backing vocals (5)
Krystal Davis – backing vocals (9)
Fonzi Thornton – backing vocals (9)

Monday 1/17/22 12am ET: Feature LP: Midnight Star – No Parking On The Dance Floor (1983)

No Parking on the Dance Floor is an album by American vocal band Midnight Star, released on June 6, 1983. The album contains the singles “Freak-A-Zoid”, “Wet My Whistle”, “Electricity” and “No Parking (On the Dance Floor)”, as well as the seminal quiet storm anthem, “Slow Jam”. Of all of the group’s albums, it is their most successful, in which it achieved the highest chart placings on the U.S. Billboard 200 and R&B albums charts, as well as in New Zealand, where it peaked at No. 30.

“Electricity” 6:58
“Night Rider” 4:40
“Feels So Good” 4:23

Wet My Whistle” 5:06
No Parking (On the Dance Floor) 4:27
Freak-A-Zoid” 8:06
“Slow Jam” 4:17
“Playmates” 4:10

Sunday 1/16/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Skyy – Skyy Line (1981)

Skyy Line is the fourth album by New York City based group Skyy released in 1981 on Salsoul Records.

  1. “Let’s Celebrate” 5:32
  2. “Call Me” 6:21
  3. “Girl In Blue” 4:24
  4. “Jam The Box” 4:54
  5. “When You Touch Me” 3:38
  6. “Gonna Get It On” 4:13
  7. “Get Into The Beat” 4:28

Randy Muller – Flute, Keyboards, Percussion
Solomon Roberts, Jr. – Drums, Guitar, Vocals
Gerald Lebon – Bass
Tommy McConnell – Drums
Anibal “Butch” Sierra – Guitar
Larry Greenberg – Keyboards
Bonny Dunning, Delores Dunning Milligan, Denise Dunning Crawford – Vocals