Tag: Feature LP

Monday 5/10/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle (1976)

Fly Like an Eagle is the ninth studio album by American rock group Steve Miller Band. The album was released May 20, 1976 by Capitol Records in the United States, Canada and Japan and Mercury Records in Europe.

The album was a success, spawning three singles: the title track, “Take the Money and Run” and “Rock’n Me”, and eventually receiving quadruple platinum certification from the RIAA.

It was voted number 400 in the third edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In 2012, the album was ranked number 445 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

  1. “Space Intro” 1:15
  2. “Fly Like An Eagle” 4:42
  3. “Wild Mountain Honey” 4:51
  4. “Serenade” 3:13
  5. “Dance, Dance, Dance” 2:18
  6. “Mercury Blues” 3:30
  7. “Take the Money and Run” 2:50
  8. “Rock’n Me” 3:05
  9. “You Send Me” 2:42
  10. “Blue Odyssey” 1:00
  11. “Sweet Maree” 4:16
  12. “The Window” 4:19
  13. “Fly Like An Eagle ’73”
  14. “Take The Joker and Run”
  15. “Rock’n Me ’76 Slow”

Steve Miller – vocals, guitar, keyboards, sitar, ARP Odyssey (1, 2), producer
Lonnie Turner – bass guitar (all but 12)
Gary Mallaber – drums (all but 12), percussion
James Cotton – harmonica (11)
Curley Cooke – guitar (12)
Les Dudek – guitar (12)
Charles Calamise – bass guitar (12)
Kenny Johnson – drums (12)
John McFee – dobro (5)
Joachim Young – B3 organ (2, 12)

Monday 5/10/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Clash – Combat Rock (1982)

Combat Rock is the fifth studio album by the English rock band the Clash. It was released on May 14, 1982 through CBS Records. In the United Kingdom, the album charted at number 2, spending 23 weeks in the UK charts and peaked at number 7 in the United States, spending 61 weeks on the chart.

Combat Rock is the group’s best-selling album, being certified double platinum in the United States. It contains two of the Clash’s most popular songs, the singles “Rock the Casbah” and “Should I Stay or Should I Go”. Combat Rock is the last Clash album featuring the classic lineup.

  1. “Know Your Rights” 3:39
  2. “Car Jamming” 3:58
  3. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” 3:09
  4. “Rock the Casbah” 3:42
  5. “Red Angel Dragnet” 3:48
  6. “Straight to Hell” 5:30
  7. “Overpowered by Funk” 4:55
  8. “Atom Tan” 2:32
  9. “Sean Flynn” 4:30
  10. “Ghetto Defendant” 4:45
  11. “Inoculated City” 2:43
  12. “Death Is a Star” 3:13

Joe Strummer – lead and backing vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano
Mick Jones – guitar, backing and lead vocals, keyboard, sound effects
Paul Simonon – bass guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Red Angel Dragnet”
Topper Headon – drums, piano and bass guitar on “Rock the Casbah”
Allen Ginsberg – guest vocals on “Ghetto Defendant”
Futura 2000 – guest vocals on “Overpowered by Funk”
Ellen Foley – backing vocals on “Car Jamming”
Joe Ely – backing vocals on “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
Tymon Dogg – piano on “Death Is a Star”
Tommy Mandel (as Poly Mandell) – keyboards on “Overpowered by Funk”
Gary Barnacle – saxophone on “Sean Flynn”
Kosmo Vinyl – vocals on “Red Angel Dragnet”

Sunday 5/9/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Passengers – Original Soundtracks 1 (1995)

Original Soundtracks 1 is a studio album recorded by rock band U2 and Brian Eno under the pseudonym Passengers as a side project. Released on November 6, 1995, the album is a collection of songs written for mostly imaginary films (the exceptions being songs for Ghost in the Shell, Miss Sarajevo, and Beyond the Clouds). Owing to Eno’s involvement as a full songwriting partner and the album’s experimental nature, the moniker “Passengers” was chosen to distinguish it from U2’s conventional albums. It was commercially unnoticed by the band’s standards and received generally mixed reviews. Guest musicians on the record included Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti (on “Miss Sarajevo”) and producer Howie B, who would co-produce U2’s following album, Pop (1997).

  1. “United Colours” United Colours of Plutonium (Japan) 5:31
  2. “Slug” Slug (Germany) 4:41
  3. “Your Blue Room” Par-delà les nuages / Beyond the Clouds (Italy) 5:28
  4. “Always Forever Now” Always Forever Now (Hong Kong) 6:24
  5. “A Different Kind of Blue” An Ordinary Day (USA) 2:02
  6. “Beach Sequence” Par-delà les nuages / Beyond the Clouds (Italy) 3:31
  7. “Miss Sarajevo” Miss Sarajevo (USA) 5:40
  8. “Ito Okashi” (featuring Holi) Ito Okashi / Something Beautiful (Japan) 3:25
  9. “One Minute Warning” Ghost in the Shell (Japan) 4:40
  10. “Corpse (These Chains Are Way Too Long)” Gibigiane / Reflections (Italy) 3:35
  11. “Elvis Ate America” Elvis Ate America (USA) 3:00
  12. “Plot 180” Hypnotize (Love Me ’til Dawn) (UK) 3:41
  13. “Theme from The Swan” The Swan (Hungary) 3:24

Bono – vocals, additional guitar, piano on “Beach Sequence”
Adam Clayton – bass guitar, additional guitar on “Your Blue Room”, percussion, narration on “Your Blue Room”
The Edge – guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Corpse,” church organ on “Your Blue Room”
Brian Eno – strategies, sequencers, keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, treatments, mixing, chorus voices, vocals on “A Different Kind of Blue”, production
Larry Mullen, Jr. – drums, percussion, rhythm sequence on “One Minute Warning,” rhythm synthesizer on “United Colours”
Luciano Pavarotti – tenor voice on “Miss Sarajevo”
Holi – vocals on “Ito Okashi,” voices on “One Minute Warning”
Howie B – mixing, treatments, scratching, and rhythm track on “Elvis Ate America”
Craig Armstrong – string arrangement on “Miss Sarajevo”
Paul Barrett – string arrangement on “Always Forever Now”
Des Broadbery – sequencer on “Always Forever Now”
David Herbert – saxophone on “United Colours” and “Corpse”
Holger Zschenderlein – additional synthesizer on “One Minute Warning”

Sunday 5/9/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Boz Scaggs – Middle Man (1980)

Middle Man is an album by Boz Scaggs that was released by Columbia Records in 1980. Scaggs hired members of the band Toto as session musicians and shared songwriting credits with them, returning to the commercial, soul-influenced rock of Silk Degrees (1976).

The album reached No. 8 in the Billboard 200 album chart, and two singles reached the Billboard Hot 100: “Breakdown Dead Ahead” at No. 15 and “Jojo” at No. 17.

  1. “Jojo” 5:51
  2. “Breakdown Dead Ahead” 4:33
  3. “Simone” 5:05
  4. “You Can Have Me Anytime” 4:56
  5. “Middle Man” 4:51
  6. “Do Like You Do in New York” 3:44
  7. “Angel You” 3:38
  8. “Isn’t It Time” 4:53
  9. “You Got Some Imagination” 3:56

Boz Scaggs – lead vocals, guitar (1-8)
Ray Parker Jr. – guitar (1-8), bass guitar (6)
Steve Lukather – lead guitars (1, 3, 5-8), additional guitars (2), guitar solo (2, 7, 8), all guitars (9)
Carlos Santana – guitar solo (4)
David Foster – synthesizers (1, 3, 5, 7-9), acoustic piano (1-5, 7), string arrangements (1, 3, 4, 5, 8), electric piano (3, 4, 8), synthesizer programming
Don Grolnick – electric piano (2), acoustic piano (8)
David Paich – additional synthesizer (3), organ (6), synthesizers (6)
James Newton Howard – clavinet (6)
Larry Fast – synthesizer programming
Michael Boddicker – synthesizer programming
Steve Porcaro – synthesizer programming
John Pierce – bass guitar (1)
David Hungate – bass guitar (2-5, 7-9)
Jeff Porcaro – drums (1, 3-5, 7, 9)
Rick Marotta – drums (2, 8)
Joe Vitale – drums (6)
Lenny Castro – percussion
Adrian Tapia – saxophone solo (1)
Marty Paich – string arrangements (4)
Charlotte Crossley – backing vocals (1)
David Lasley – backing vocals (1, 6)
Sharon Redd – backing vocals (1)
Paulette Brown – backing vocals (2, 3, 5, 8, 9)
Venetta Fields – backing vocals (2, 3, 5, 8, 9)
Bill Thedford – backing vocals (2, 3, 8)
Julia Tillman Waters – backing vocals (5, 9)
Oren Waters – backing vocals (5, 9)
Bill Champlin – backing vocals (6)
Chuck “Fingers” Irwin – backing vocals (6)
Rosemary Butler – backing vocals (7, 8)

Friday 5/7/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Chicago – Chicago 17

Chicago 17 is the fourteenth studio album by American band Chicago, released on May 14, 1984. It was the group’s second release for Full Moon/Warner Bros. Records, their second album to be produced by David Foster and their last with founding bassist/vocalist Peter Cetera.

Four singles were released from the album, all of which placed in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The success of the singles propelled Chicago 17 to achieve an RIAA certification of six times platinum. Chicago 17 remains the biggest-selling album in the band’s history.

In 1985 the album received three Grammy Awards. David Foster won for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical (tied in this category with Lionel Richie and James Anthony Carmichael), Humberto Gatica won for Best Engineered Recording – Non-Classical, and David Foster and Jeremy Lubbock won for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s) for “Hard Habit to Break” which was also nominated for Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals and Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices. In his review of the album for AllMusic, music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine says Chicago 17 is “the pinnacle of [producer David Foster’s] craft and one of the best adult contemporary records of the ’80s,” and one of the most influential albums “within its style.”

  1. Stay the Night” 3:48
  2. “We Can Stop the Hurtin'” 4:11
  3. “Hard Habit to Break” 4:43
  4. “Only You” 3:53
  5. “Remember the Feeling” 4:28
  6. “Along Comes a Woman” 4:14
  7. “You’re the Inspiration” 3:49
  8. “Please Hold On” 3:37
  9. “Prima Donna” 4:09
  10. “Once in a Lifetime” 4:12

Peter Cetera – bass guitar on “Stay the Night”; lead and background vocals, arrangements on “Stay the Night”, “Along Comes a Woman”, “You’re the Inspiration”, and “Prima Donna”; vocal arrangements on “Remember the Feeling”
Bill Champlin – guitars, keyboards, lead and background vocals, vocal arrangements on “Only You”
Robert Lamm – keyboards, lead and background vocals, arrangements on “We Can Stop the Hurtin'”, vocal arrangements on “Only You”
Lee Loughnane – trumpet
James Pankow – trombone, horn arrangements, arrangements on “Once In a Lifetime”
Walter Parazaider – woodwinds
Chris Pinnick – guitar
Danny Seraphine – drums
Jeff Porcaro – drums (uncredited) on “Stay the Night”
Carlos Vega – drums (uncredited) on “You’re the Inspiration”
Michael Landau – guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
Mark Goldenberg – guitar, additional arrangements on “Along Comes a Woman” and “Prima Donna”
Paulinho da Costa – percussion
David Foster – keyboards, synthesizer programming, synth basses on all tracks (except “Stay the Night”), additional arrangements
John Van Tongeren – synthesizer programming
Erich Bulling – synthesizer programming
Marcus Ryle – synthesizer programming
Gary Grant – trumpet
Greg Adams – trumpet
Kenny Cetera – background vocals on “Stay the Night”, “Prima Donna”, “You’re the Inspiration”, and “Along Comes a Woman”
Donny Osmond – background vocals on “We Can Stop the Hurtin'”
Richard Marx – background vocals on “We Can Stop the Hurtin'”

Thursday 5/6/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Selecter – Too Much Pressure (1980)

Too Much Pressure is the first album by British ska band The Selecter. After the band’s official formation in 1979 in Coventry, following the release of a song entitled “The Selecter” by an unofficial incarnation of the band, the band’s hit single “On My Radio” prompted their labels 2 Tone and Chrysalis to ask the band to record their debut album. Working with producer Errol Ross, the Selecter recorded the album at Horizon Studios over two months. The album contains original material, mostly composed by band founder and guitarist Neol Davies, as well as numerous ska and reggae cover versions, in a similar fashion to the Specials’ debut album.

The album was released in February 1980 on 2 Tone records. The record was commercially successful, charting at number 5 in the United Kingdom. The record’s singles, “Three Minute Hero” and “Missing Words”, made the top 25 of the UK Singles Chart. The album was also critically successful, and has had lasting praise in the ensuing years. Although the band’s accompanying 2 On 2 Tour with several other 2 Tone acts was fraught with violence, it also helped achieve, in part, the album’s commercial success. The band performed the album live for the first time as part of its 35th anniversary tour in 2014.

  1. “Three Minute Hero” [3:00]
  2. “Time Hard” (aka “Everyday”) [3:10]
  3. “They Make Me Mad” [2:47]
  4. “Missing Words” [3:22]
  5. “Danger” [2:38]
  6. “Street Feeling” [3:11]
  7. “My Collie (Not A Dog)” [2:45]
  8. “Too Much Pressure” [3:48]
  9. “Murder” [2:39]
  10. “Out On The Streets” [4:28]
  11. “Carry Go Bring Come” [3:02]
  12. “Black and Blue” [3:17]
  13. “James Bond” [2:16]
  14. “The Selecter” [3:00]
  15. On My Radio” [3:06]
  16. “Too Much Pressure” [2:51]

Pauline Black – vocals
Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson – vocals
Neol Davies – guitars
Compton Amanor – guitars
Desmond Brown – Hammond organ
Charley Anderson – bass
Charley “H” Bembridge – drums
Joe Reyonlds – saxophone (1)
Dick Cuthell – trumpet (11)
Rico Rodriguez – trombone (11, 12)

Thursday 5/6/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Al Stewart – Russians & Americans (1984)

Russians & Americans is the tenth studio album by Al Stewart released in May 1984. The album featured many of the musicians from his short-lived backing band, Shot In The Dark, along with a number of studio musicians. The album was released on LP and then CD in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The US version deleted two tracks found on the UK version of the album and substituted two new tracks in their stead. In 1993, EMI (UK) released a compilation with tracks from both versions and three live tracks from “The Blue Album”.[1] The album was re-released on the Collector’s Choice label in 2007, with all tracks from both issues.

The track “1-2-3” is a cover of the Len Barry hit from 1965. However, instead of the romantic lyrics put forth with the original, Stewart has altered them using the context of political overreach and how such victimises other nations and indigenous peoples. In fact, very few of the song’s lines escape change excepting: “One, two, three, that’s how elementary it’s gonna be” and “…Like taking candy from a baby.”

Known for his songs that use historical events as inspiration, Stewart instead focused on the very real tensions between the two superpowers of 1983.

“The One that Got Away”
“Rumours of War”
“Night Meeting”
“Accident on the 3rd Street”
“Strange Girl”
“Russians & Americans”
“Cafe Society”
“One, Two, Three (1-2-3)”
“The Candidate”
“The Gypsy and the Rose”
“Lori, Don’t Go Right Now”
“Valentina Way”
“Year Of The Cat”
“Pink Panther/Song On The Radio”

Al Stewart – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards
Denny Carmassi – drums
Steve Chapman – drums
Lynn Davis – backing vocals
Mike Fisher – percussion
Mike Flicker – percussion
Joyce Kennedy – backing vocals
Phil Kenzie – saxophone
Robin Lamble – bass, acoustic guitar, accordion
Marcy Levy – backing vocals
Marc “Caz” Macino – harmonica
Charity McCrary – backing vocals
Harry Stinson – drums
Peter White – accordion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards
Adam Yurman – electric guitar
Len Barry- vocalist, songwriter, and record producer

Wednesday 5/5/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Steely Dan – Countdown To Ecstasy (1973)

Countdown to Ecstasy is the second studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released in July 1973 by ABC Records. It was recorded at Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado, and at The Village Recorder in West Los Angeles, California. After the departure of vocalist David Palmer, the group recorded the album with Donald Fagen singing lead on every song.

Although it was a critical success, the album failed to generate a hit single, and consequently charted at only number 35 on the Billboard 200. It was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1978, having shipped 500,000 copies in the United States. Well-received upon its release, Countdown to Ecstasy received perfect scores from music critics in retrospective reviews.

  1. “Bodhisattva” 5:18
  2. “Razor Boy” 3:11
  3. “The Boston Rag” 5:40
  4. “Your Gold Teeth” 7:02
  5. “Show Biz Kids” 5:26
  6. “My Old School” 5:48
  7. “Pearl of the Quarter” 3:50
  8. “King of the World” 5:04

Donald Fagen – acoustic and electric pianos, synthesizer, lead and backing vocals
Walter Becker – electric bass, harmonica, backing vocals
Denny Dias – electric guitar, mixing
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – electric and pedal steel guitars
Jim Hodder – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Ray Brown – string bass on “Razor Boy”
Ben Benay – acoustic guitar
Rick Derringer – slide guitar on “Show Biz Kids” (recorded at Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado, courtesy of Columbia Records)
Victor Feldman – vibraphone, marimba, percussion
Ernie Watts, Johnny Rotella, Lanny Morgan, Bill Perkins – saxophones (6)
Sherlie Matthews (6), Myrna Matthews (6), Patricia Hall (6), David Palmer, James Rolleston, Michael Fennelly – backing vocals

Wednesday 5/5/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Richard Marx – Repeat Offender (1989)

Repeat Offender is the second studio album by singer/songwriter Richard Marx. Released April 26, 1989, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. The album was certified four times platinum in United States due to five major singles on the Billboard charts, including two No. 1 hits: “Satisfied” and the Platinum-certified “Right Here Waiting”.

  1. “Nothin’ You Can Do About It” 4:42
  2. “Satisfied” 4:12
  3. “Angelia” 5:16
  4. “Too Late to Say Goodbye” 4:57
  5. “Right Here Waiting” 4:23
  6. “Heart on the Line” 4:43
  7. “Living in the Real World” 4:13
  8. “If You Don’t Want My Love” 4:07
  9. “That Was Lulu” 3:44
  10. “Wait for the Sunrise” 4:13
  11. “Children of the Night” 4:43

Richard Marx – lead vocals, backing vocals (1-4, 6-11)
Michael Omartian – acoustic piano (1, 7, 11), keyboards (11)
C.J. Vanston – keyboards (2-5, 8, 10, 11)
Bill Champlin – Hammond B3 organ (1, 7, 8, 9), backing vocals (1, 7, 8, 9)
Bill Payne – Hammond B3 organ (2)
Bill Cuomo – keyboards (10)
Steve Lukather – guitar (1), guitar solo (1)
Bruce Gaitsch – guitar (2, 3, 5, 6, 8), guitar solo (3, 6, 8), acoustic guitar (4)
Michael Landau – guitar (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11), guitar solo (2, 3, 4, 10, 11)
Jon Walmsley – guitar (7, 9), 1st guitar solo (7)
Paul Warren – 2nd guitar solo (7), guitar (9, 10)
John Pierce – bass guitar (1)
Randy Jackson – bass guitar (2, 6, 11), synth bass (8)
Jim Cliff – bass guitar (3, 4, 7, 9, 10)
Mike Baird – drums (1, 2)
Prairie Prince – drums (3, 4, 6, 11)
John Keane – drums (7, 10)
John Robinson – drums (8)
Michael DeRosier – drums (9)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (2, 8, 11)
Marc Russo – saxophone (3, 11), sax solo (6)
Dave Koz – saxophone (7)
Tom Scott – sax solo (11)
Larry Williams – saxophone (11)
Gary Grant – trumpet (11)
Jerry Hey – trumpet (11)
Dick Marx – horn arrangements (11)
Bobby Kimball – backing vocals (1, 7, 8, 9)
Cynthia Rhodes – backing vocals (2, 6, 11)
Fee Waybill – backing vocals (4)
David Cole – backing vocals (6)
Bob Coy – backing vocals (6)
Tommy Funderburk – backing vocals (6)
Ruth Marx – backing vocals (6)
John Moore – backing vocals (6)
Shelley Cole – backing vocals (11)
Kevin Cronin – backing vocals (11)
Larry Gatlin – backing vocals (11)
Rudy Gatlin – backing vocals (11)
Steve Gatlin – backing vocals (11)
Gene Miller – backing vocals (11)
Don Shelton – backing vocals (11)
Terry Williams – backing vocals (11)
The Children of the Night – choir on “Children of the Night”

Tuesday 1am ET: Feature LP: Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses. It was released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records to massive commercial success. It topped the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States. With about 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling records of all time. Although critics were ambivalent toward the album when it was first released, Appetite for Destruction has since received retrospective acclaim and been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The album was preceded by the single “It’s So Easy”. “Welcome to the Jungle”, the chart-topping “Sweet Child o’ Mine”, “Paradise City” and “Nightrain” were released as singles after the album’s release. The album debuted at number 182 on the Billboard 200 on August 29, 1987, slowly rising to the top of the chart on August 6, 1988 after extensive touring and radio airplay.

The album was re-released as a remastered box set in June 2018 to universal critical acclaim. It was preceded by the single “Shadow of Your Love”. 

1. “Welcome to the Jungle” 4:31
2. “It’s So Easy” 3:21
3. “Nightrain” 4:26
4. “Out ta Get Me” 4:20
5. “Mr. Brownstone” 3:46
6. “Paradise City” 6:46
7. “My Michelle” 3:39
8. “Think About You” 3:50
9. “Sweet Child o’ Mine” 5:55
10. “You’re Crazy” 3:16
11. “Anything Goes” 3:25

Tuesday 5/4/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (1972)

Thick as a Brick is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Jethro Tull, released in March 1972. The album contains a continuous piece of music, split over two sides of an LP record, and is a parody of the concept album genre. The original packaging, designed like a newspaper, claims the album to be a musical adaptation of an epic poem by fictional eight-year-old genius Gerald Bostock, though the lyrics were actually written by the band’s frontman, Ian Anderson.

The album was recorded in late 1971, featuring music composed by Anderson and arranged with the contribution of all band members. The album was the first to include drummer Barriemore Barlow, replacing the band’s previous drummer Clive Bunker. The live show promoting the album included the playing of the full suite, with various comic interludes. Thick as a Brick is considered by critics to be the first Jethro Tull release to entirely consist of progressive rock music. It received mixed reviews upon its release, but was a commercial success and topped various charts in 1972. Today it is regarded as a classic of progressive rock, and has received several accolades. Anderson produced a follow-up to the album in 2012, focusing on the adult life of the fictional Gerald Bostock.

1. “Thick as a Brick, Part I” 22:40
2. “Thick as a Brick, Part II” 21:06

Ian Anderson – vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, violin, trumpet, saxophone
Martin Barre – electric guitar, lute
John Evan – piano, organ, harpsichord
Jeffrey Hammond (as “Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond”) – bass guitar, spoken word
Barriemore Barlow – drums, percussion, timpani
David Palmer – orchestral arrangements
Terry Ellis – executive producer
Robin Black – engineer

Monday 5/3/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Eurythmics – Be Yourself (1985)

Be Yourself Tonight is the fourth album by the British pop duo Eurythmics. It was released on April 29,1985 by RCA Records.

Be Yourself Tonight is Eurythmics’ best-selling studio album. It reached the top 3 in the UK and top 10 in the US, as well as spawning several hit singles. The album includes the duo’s first (and only) UK number-one “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” and the American Top 5 and Australian number-one hit “Would I Lie to You?”.

No tour followed the album’s release, due to Lennox’s recuperation from vocal fold nodules (which also caused her to miss 1985’s Live Aid concert).

On November 14, 2005, Sony BMG repackaged and released Eurythmics’ back catalogue as “2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues”. Each of their eight studio albums’ original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes.

  1. “Would I Lie to You?” 4:25
  2. “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” 5:22
  3. “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain” 4:04
  4. “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” (with Aretha Franklin) 5:54
  5. “Conditioned Soul” 4:30
  6. “Adrian” (with Elvis Costello) 4:29
  7. “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)” 3:45
  8. “Here Comes That Sinking Feeling” 5:40
  9. “Better to Have Lost in Love (Than Never to Have Loved at All)” 5:06
  10. “Grown Up Girls” 4:13
  11. “Tous les garçons et les filles” 3:25
  12. “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” (with Aretha Franklin) 7:48
  13. “Would I Lie to You?” 12″ 4:55
  14. “Conditioned Soul” (Live) 5:08
  15. “Hello, I Love You” 2:51

Annie Lennox – vocals, keyboards (all tracks except “Would I Lie to You?” and “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”), sequencer on “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”
David A. Stewart – guitar (all tracks except “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)”, including electric guitar, slide guitar on “Conditioned Soul” and six-string guitar on “Adrian”), keyboards (all tracks except “Would I Lie to You?”, “Adrian” and “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”), sequencer on “Would I Lie to You?”, “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain”, “Conditioned Soul” and “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”, drum programming on “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain”

Dean Garcia – bass guitar (all tracks except “Would I Lie to You?”, “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain” and “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”), wood stomping on “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain”
Olle Romo – drums (all tracks except “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain” and “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”), wood stomping on “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain”
Nathan East – bass guitar on “Would I Lie to You?” and “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”
Stan Lynch – drums on “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”
Mike Campbell – lead guitar on “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” and “Adrian”
Benmont Tench – Hammond organ on “Would I Lie to You?” and “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”
Stevie Wonder – harmonica on “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)”
Dave Plews – trumpet on “Would I Lie to You?” and “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”
Martin Dobson – saxophone on “Would I Lie to You?” and “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)”
Sadie (and other uncredited performers) – gravel stomping on “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain”
Adam Williams – drum programming on “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain”
Michael Kamen – strings on “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)” and “Better to Have Lost in Love (Than Never to Have Loved at All)”, celeste on “Adrian”, keyboards and string parts on “Here Comes That Sinking Feeling”
Aretha Franklin – guest vocals on “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”
Richard Cross – backing vocals on “There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)”[6]
The Charles Williams Singers – backing vocals on “I Love You Like a Ball and Chain”, gospel choir on “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves”
Elvis Costello – harmony vocals on “Adrian”

Monday 5/3/21 12am ET: Feature LP: J. Geils Band – Freeze-Frame (1981)

Freeze-Frame is the tenth studio album by American rock band the J. Geils Band, and the last one to feature original vocalist Peter Wolf. The album was released on October 26, 1981, by EMI Records. It reached number one on the United States Billboard 200 album chart in February 1982, and remained at the top for four weeks. The album featured the hit singles “Centerfold” (No. 1 US; No. 3 UK) and “Freeze Frame” (No. 4 US). “Angel in Blue” also reached the US Top 40.

Keyboardist Seth Justman wrote or co-wrote all of the album as well as receiving credit as arranger and producer of the material.

A 2013 Spin article called “Flamethrower” the band’s funkiest song and said: “With three avant-gardish anomalies that flirted with harmolodic punk-jazz funk (“Rage in the Cage,” “Insane, Insane Again,” and “River Blindness”) balancing out three slick Top 10 pop hits, 1981’s Freeze Frame holds the rare if not impossible distinction of being simultaneously both the J. Geils Band’s most blatantly pop and mostly blatantly experimental album.”

  1. “Freeze-Frame” 3:58
  2. “Rage in the Cage” 4:56
  3. “Centerfold” 3:36
  4. “Do You Remember When” 4:45
  5. “Insane, Insane Again” 4:43
  6. “Flamethrower” 4:58
  7. “River Blindness” 6:06
  8. “Angel in Blue” 4:51
  9. “Piss on the Wall” 3:02

Stephen Bladd – drums
Magic Dick – harmonica, trumpet, saxophone
J. Geils – guitar
Seth Justman – keyboards, backing vocals
Danny Klein – bass
Peter Wolf – lead vocals
Randy Brecker, Tom “Bones” Malone, Lou Marini, George Young, Ronnie Cuber, Alan Rubin – horns
Cengiz Yaltkaya – conductor
Tawatha Agee, Cissy Houston, Fonzi Thornton, Luther Vandross, Ken Williams – backing vocals

Sunday 5/2/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Pink Floyd – The Final Cut (1983)

The Final Cut is the twelfth studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd, released March 21, 1983 in the United Kingdom and April 2 in the United States through Harvest and Columbia Records. It comprises unused material from the previous Pink Floyd record, The Wall (1979), alongside new material recorded throughout 1982.

The Final Cut was the last Pink Floyd album to feature founding member Roger Waters, who departed from the band in 1985. It is also the only Pink Floyd album not to feature founding member and keyboardist Richard Wright, who was sacked during the Wall sessions. The recording was plagued by conflict; guitarist David Gilmour felt many of the tracks were not worthy of inclusion, but Waters accused him of failing to contribute material himself. Drummer Nick Mason’s contributions were mostly limited to sound effects.

Waters planned the album as a soundtrack for the 1982 film adaptation of The Wall. With the onset of the Falklands War, he rewrote it as a concept album exploring what he considered the betrayal of his father, who died serving in the Second World War. Waters provided lead vocals for all but one track, and he is credited for all songwriting. The album was accompanied by a short film released in the same year.

The Final Cut received mixed reviews, though retrospective reception has been more favourable. It was a commercial success, reaching number one in the UK and number six in the US.

  1. “The Post War Dream” 3:00
  2. “Your Possible Pasts” 4:26
  3. “One of the Few” 1:11
  4. “When the Tigers Broke Free” 3:16
  5. “The Hero’s Return” 2:43
  6. “The Gunner’s Dream” 5:18
  7. “Paranoid Eyes” 3:41
  8. “Get Your Filthy Hands Off My Desert” 1:17
  9. “The Fletcher Memorial Home” 4:12
  10. “Southampton Dock” 2:10
  11. “The Final Cut” 4:45
  12. “Not Now John” 4:56
  13. “Two Suns in the Sunset” 5:23

David Gilmour – lead and rhythm guitars (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10-12), co-lead vocals (11), additional backing vocals
Nick Mason – drums (1, 2, 4-5, 8, 10-11), tape effects
Roger Waters – lead vocals (all tracks), bass guitar (all tracks except 7), acoustic guitar (2-4, 6, 7, 9-12), synthesizers (3, 4, 11), twelve-string guitar (11), tape effects, production, sleeve design
Michael Kamen – piano (5, 6, 8-10, 12), electric piano (2, 5), harmonium (1, 10), production
Andy Bown – Hammond organ (2, 6, 11, 12), piano (5), electric piano (4)
Ray Cooper – percussion (6)
Andy Newmark – drums (12)
Raphael Ravenscroft – tenor saxophone (5, 12)
Doreen Chanter – backing vocals (12)
Irene Chanter – backing vocals (12)
National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted and arranged by Michael Kamen (1, 5-10)

Sunday 5/2/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Lionel Richie – Dancing On The Ceiling (1986)

Dancing on the Ceiling is the third solo studio album by American singer Lionel Richie, released on August 5, 1986. The album was originally to be titled Say You, Say Me, after the Academy Award-winning track of the same name, but it was renamed to a different track’s title after Richie rewrote several songs on the album. The album was released to generally positive reviews and it made No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 4 million copies. Following this album’s release, Richie went on a long hiatus, not releasing an album of entirely new material for another ten years.

  1. Dancing on the Ceiling” 4:30
  2. “Se La” 5:22
  3. “Ballerina Girl” 3:38
  4. “Don’t Stop” 7:43
  5. “Deep River Woman” 4:35
  6. “Love Will Conquer All” 5:40
  7. “Tonight Will Be Alright” 5:06
  8. “Say You, Say Me” 4:00
  9. “Night Train (Smooth Alligator)” 4:59
  10. “Dancing on the Ceiling” (12-inch version) 7:10

Lionel Richie – lead vocals (1–9), rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5–8), vocal arrangements (1–8), choir arrangements (2), arrangements (4), drum machine (6), keyboards (7, 8)
John Barnes – acoustic piano (1), synthesizers (4), Synclavier (4), arrangements (4)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (1, 2, 3, 5–9)
Carlos Rios – synthesizers (1), guitar (1, 2, 7), rhythm arrangements (1), acoustic guitar (8)
Steve MacMillan – door creek effects (1)
Ken Caillat – sound effects (1)
Tom Jones – sound effects (1)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (2, 5, 7, 8), synthesizers (2, 6), drum machine (2, 6), rhythm arrangements (2, 6), Minimoog bass (8)
Michael Lang – keyboards (3)
Neil Larsen – keyboards (3)
Preston Glass – synthesizers (9)
Cory Lerios – synthesizers (9)
Tim May – guitar (3, 5, 7, 8)
Charles Fearing – guitar (4)
Louis Shelton – guitar (4)
Eric Clapton – guitar solo (7)
Steve Lukather – guitar (8)

Vernon “Ice” Black – guitar solo (9)
Neil Stubenhaus – bass guitar (1)
Nathan East – bass guitar (2, 3)
Joe Chemay – bass guitar (5, 7)
Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (8)
Randy Jackson – bass guitar (9)
John Robinson – drums (1, 8)
Paul Leim – drums (2, 3, 5, 7), drum machine (8), additional drums (9)
Narada Michael Walden – drums (9), drum programming (9), arrangements (9), vocal arrangements (9)
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (2, 4, 7, 8, 9)
Sheila E. – percussion (4)
James Anthony Carmichael – horn arrangements (1, 7), rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5–8), string arrangements (3, 5, 8)
Maxi Anderson (Tracks 1, 2)
Billie Barnum (Tracks 1, 2)
Melinda Chatman (Tracks 1, 2)

David Cochrane (Tracks 1, 2)
Kevin Dorsey (Tracks 1, 2)
Karen Jackson (Tracks 1, 2)
Marlena Jeter (Tracks 1, 2)
Fred Law (Tracks 1, 2)
Janice Marie (Tracks 1, 2)
Rick Nelson (Tracks 1, 2)
Brenda Richie (Tracks 1, 2)
Anita Sherman (Tracks 1, 2)
Karen Siegel (Tracks 1, 2)
Alfie Silas (Tracks 1, 2)
Phyllis St. James (Tracks 1, 2)
Stephanie Taylor (Tracks 1, 2)
Deborah Thomas (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Carmen Twillie (Tracks 1, 2)
Julia Waters Tillman (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Maxine Waters Willard (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Leslie Smith (Track 2)
Lionel Richie (Track 4)
Suzee Wendy Ikeda (Track 4)
Marva King (Tracks 4, 6, 9)
Alabama (Track 5)
Richard Marx (Track 7)
Kitty Beethoven (Track 9)
Jennifer Hall (Track 9)

Hoopa Hollers on “Dancing on the Ceiling”:
James Anthony Carmichael
David Egerton
Wayne Hargrave
Linda Jenner
Steve MacMillan
Greg Phillinganes
Kathi Pogoda
Cheryl Pyle
Carlos Rios
Maximo Rios
Dave Rosen
Kelly Ryan
Wibert Terrell