Tag: Feature LP

Friday 11/19/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Adele – 30 (2021)

30 is the fourth studio album by English singer-songwriter Adele, released on November 19, 2021 by Melted Stone and Columbia Records. Inspired by her divorce from ex-husband Simon Konecki, Adele tackles the separation on the album, whilst discussing her motherhood and the scrutiny of fame. She wrote the album between 2018 and 2021 with various producers, including Greg Kurstin, Tobias Jesso Jr., Max Martin and Shellback, all of whom she worked with on her previous record, 25 (2015); new collaborators on 30 include Ludwig Göransson, and Inflo of the English band Sault.

The lead single, “Easy on Me”, was released on October 15, 2021 to international success. 30 has been advertised using an extensive promotional campaign, which includes a CBS concert special titled Adele One Night Only featuring an interview segment by American talk show host Oprah Winfrey, on November 14, 2021, followed by an ITV concert special titled An Audience with Adele on November 21, 2021, and two British Summer Time Hyde Park concerts scheduled for 1–2 July 2022 as well. 30 received acclaim from music critics, who commended its cinematic instrumentation and strong vocal performances. It was described as a pop, jazz and soul album focusing on romantic but melancholic themes of heartache, acceptance, and hope.

  1. “Strangers by Nature” 3:02
  2. “Easy on Me” 3:44
  3. “My Little Love” 6:29
  4. “Cry Your Heart Out” 4:15
  5. “Oh My God” 3:45
  6. “Can I Get It” 3:30
  7. “I Drink Wine” 6:16
  8. “All Night Parking” (with Erroll Garner) 2:41
  9. “Woman like Me” 5:00
  10. “Hold On” 6:06
  11. “To Be Loved” 6:43
  12. “Love Is a Game” 6:43

Thursday 11/18/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Surrealistic Pillow is the second album by the American rock band Jefferson Airplane, released by RCA Victor on February 1, 1967. It is the first album by the band with vocalist Grace Slick and drummer Spencer Dryden. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard album chart and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The album is considered to be one of the quintessential works of the early psychedelic rock and 1960s counterculture eras.

“My Best Friend” was released as the first single in January 1967, but reached only #103 on the Billboard Bubbling Under chart. Two singles were released later in the year, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, peaked respectively at number five and number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and are the band’s only Top 40 hits on that chart.

“Today” was not released as a single but was played often on college radio and rock stations and remains one of their most popular songs. It was also recorded by jazz saxophonist Tom Scott for his 1967 album The Honeysuckle Breeze; this version was sampled in the song “They Reminisce Over You” by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth.

“She Has Funny Cars” – 3:14
“Somebody to Love” – 3:00
“My Best Friend” – 3:04
“Today” – 3:03
“Comin’ Back to Me” – 5:23
“3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds” – 3:45
“D.C.B.A.–25” – 2:39
“How Do You Feel” – 3:34
“Embryonic Journey” – 1:55
“White Rabbit” – 2:32
“Plastic Fantastic Lover” – 2:39

Marty Balin – vocals, guitar, album design, lead vocals on “Today”, “Comin’ Back to Me” and “Plastic Fantastic Lover”, co-lead vocals on “She Has Funny Cars”, “My Best Friend” and “Go to Her”
Jack Casady – bass guitar, fuzz bass, rhythm guitar
Spencer Dryden – drums, percussion
Paul Kantner – rhythm guitar, vocals, lead vocals on “How Do You Feel”, co-lead vocals on “My Best Friend”, “D. C. B. A.-25” and “Go to Her”
Jorma Kaukonen – lead guitar, lead vocals on “Come Back Baby” and “In the Morning”
Grace Slick – vocals, piano, organ, recorder, lead vocals on “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, co-lead vocals on “She Has Funny Cars”, “My Best Friend”, “D. C. B. A.-25” and “Go to Her”
Signe Toly Anderson – lead vocals on “Chauffeur Blues” (UK only)
Skip Spence – drums on “Don’t Slip Away”, “Come Up the Years”, and “Chauffeur Blues” (UK only)

Thursday 11/18/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Willie Nelson – The Willie Nelson Family (2021)

Shaped around a setlist of 12 favorite spirit-driven songs from the Nelson Family repertoire, The Willie Nelson Family draws on deep Americana (including A.P. Carter’s “Keep It On The Sunnyside” and the traditional hymn “In The Garden”) while celebrating classic songwriting from Hank Williams (“I Saw The Light”) and Kris Kristofferson (“Why Me”) to George Harrison (“All Things Must Pass”) and Willie Nelson (who penned half of the album’s compositions).

Produced by Willie Nelson and Steve Chadie, The Willie Nelson Family was recorded and mixed by Chadie at Pedernales Studios in Austin, Texas. Willie’s son Lukas sings lead vocals on two of the album’s tracks – “All Things Must Pass” and “Keep It On The Sunnyside” – while sharing lead vocals with Willie on “I Saw the Light,” “I Thought About You, Lord” and “Why Me.”

Four of the performances on The Willie Nelson Family – “Heaven and Hell,” “Kneel at the Feet of Jesus,” “Laying My Burdens Down” and “Family Bible” – are among the last recordings Willie made with his longtime drummer and pal Paul English. Paul and Willie first played together in Fort Worth in 1955; Paul became Willie’s regular drummer in 1966 and an essential member of the Family until he passed away, at age 87, on February 11, 2020.

  1. Heaven And Hell 2:22
  2. Kneel At The Feet Of Jesus 2:29
  3. Laying My Burdens Down 1:49
  4. Family Bible 2:49
  5. In The Garden 3:25
  6. All Things Must Pass 3:37
  7. I Saw The Light 1:52
  8. In Gods Eyes 2:55
  9. Keep It On The Sunnyside 2:55
  10. I Thought About You, Lord 3:20
  11. Too Sick To Pray 2:16
  12. Why Me 2:12

Wednesday 11/17/21 2am ET: Feature LP: Dido – Life For Rent (2003)

Life for Rent is the second studio album by English singer and songwriter Dido, released by Arista Records on September 29, 2003. The album was produced by Rollo Armstrong and American songwriter Rick Nowels. Work on the album began in mid-2002. It was certified 9× Platinum by the BPI, and sold over 12 million copies worldwide, making it the fourth best-selling album worldwide of 2003. The album became the seventh best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, making Dido the only singer to have two albums in the Top 10 list.

As of 2015 Life for Rent is the 34th best-selling album in UK chart history. In 2019 it was listed the 15th best-selling album of the 21st century in the UK.

  1. White Flag 4:00
  2. Stoned 5:55
  3. Life for Rent 3:41
  4. Mary’s in India 3:41
  5. See You When You’re 40 5:20
  6. Don’t Leave Home 3:46
  7. Who Makes You Feel 4:20
  8. Sand in My Shoes 4:59
  9. Do You Have a Little Time 3:55
  10. This Land Is Mine 3:46
  11. See the Sun 5:05
  12. Here With Me (Radio Edit)
  13. Here With Me (Lukas Burton Mix)
  14. Here With Me (Chillin’ with The Family Mix)
  15. Here With Me (Parks & Wilson Homeyard Dub)
  16. Stones (Deep Dish Remix Edit)

Dido Armstrong – vocals
Pauline Taylor – background vocals
Rusty Anderson – guitar

Dave Randall – guitar
Richard J. Parfitt – guitar
Rick Nowels – guitar, keyboards
Adam Zimmon – acoustic guitar
Paul Herman – acoustic guitar
Aubrey Nunn – bass guitar
Sister Bliss – keyboards, piano
Mark Bates – harmonium, keyboards, percussion
Carlos Paucar – percussion
Mako Sakamoto – drums
Andy Treacy – drums

Wednesday 11/17/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Styx – Crystal Ball (1976)

Crystal Ball is the sixth album by Styx, released in October 1976. This album marked the recording debut of new guitarist Tommy Shaw. The track “Mademoiselle” was Tommy Shaw’s vocal debut and the album’s Top-40 hit. The album’s title track would become a concert staple for the band, as it was performed on every subsequent Styx tour with which Shaw was involved.

Claude Debussy’s classical piece “Clair de Lune” served as the intro to the album’s closing track, “Ballerina”. The version of “Clair de Lune” on Crystal Ball features only DeYoung on piano, with the key changed from D flat to C, as the next track (“Ballerina”) begins in C minor.

  1. “Put Me On” 4:56
  2. “Mademoiselle” 3:57
  3. “Jennifer” 4:16
  4. “Crystal Ball” 4:32
  5. “Shooz” 4:44
  6. “This Old Man” 5:11
  7. “Clair de Lune / Ballerina” 7:09

Dennis DeYoung – vocals, keyboards
James “JY” Young – vocals, electric guitars

Tommy Shaw – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
Chuck Panozzo – bass guitar
John Panozzo – drums, percussion

Wednesday 11/17/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Rod Stewart – The Tears of Hercules (2021)

The Tears of Hercules is the thirty-second studio album by British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. It was released on 12 November 2021 through Warner and Rhino. It was produced by Stewart and Kevin Savigar.

  1. “One More Time” 3:58
  2. “Gabriella” 3:33
  3. “All My Days” 3:37
  4. “Some Kind of Wonderful” 3:02
  5. “Born to Boogie 3:43
  6. “Kookooaramabama” 3:43
  7. “I Can’t Imagine” 3:35
  8. “The Tears of Hercules” 4:10
  9. “Hold On” 4:19
  10. “Precious Memories” 3:59
  11. “These Are My People” 2:57
  12. “Touchline” 3:55

Rod Stewart – vocals (all tracks), production (all tracks)
Kevin Savigar – production (all tracks), keyboards (all tracks), programming (all tracks)
J’Anna Jacoby – violin (1), fiddles (3)
Amanda Miller – backing vocals (1-6, 8-10, 12)
Holly Brewer – backing vocals (1-10, 12)
Gemma Mewse – backing vocals (1-10)
Emerson Swinford – guitars (2, 4-7, 9, 11), bass (5-6)
Julia Thornton – percussion (3-5, 8-9, 11-12)
Harlano Weekes – backing vocals (4, 8-11)
Adeola Shyllon – backing vocals (4, 8-9, 11)
Mark Agyei – backing vocals (4, 8-11)
Melissa Veszi – backing vocals (4, 8-9, 11)
Sabrina Adel – backing vocals (4, 8-9, 11)
Taya Plant – backing vocals (4, 8-9, 11)
Roo Saville – backing vocals (7-8, 12)
Jessica Childress – backing vocals (9)
T Jay Weekes – backing vocals (10)
David Palmer – drums (5)
Mike Severs – guitars (10)
Jimmy Roberts – saxophone (10)

Monday 11/15/21 2am ET: Feature LP: Jethro Tull – Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young To Die (1976)

Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! is the ninth studio album released by British band Jethro Tull, recorded in December 1975 and released in 1976. It is the first album to include bassist John Glascock who also contributes with backing vocals. Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die! is the last Jethro Tull concept album, which follows the story of Ray Lomas, an ageing rocker who finds fame with the changes of musical trends.

  1. “Quizz Kid” 5:09
  2. “Crazed Institution” 4:48
  3. “Salamander” 2:51
  4. “Taxi Grab” 3:54
  5. “From a Dead Beat to an Old Greaser” 4:09
  6. “Bad-Eyed and Loveless” 2:12
  7. “Big Dipper” 3:35
  8. “Too Old to Rock ‘n’ Roll: Too Young to Die” 5:44
  9. “Pied Piper” 4:32
  10. “The Chequered Flag (Dead or Alive)” 5:32
  11. “A Small Cigar” 3:39
  12. “Strip Cartoon” 3:19

Ian Anderson – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, flute, harmonica, additional electric guitar and percussion
Martin Barre – electric guitar
John Evan – piano, keyboards
John Glascock – backing vocals, bass guitar
Barriemore Barlow – drums, percussion
Dee Palmer – saxophone (on track 5), piano (on track 11)
Maddy Prior – backing vocals (on track 8)
Angela Allen – backing vocals (on tracks 2 & 7)

Monday 11/15/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Deep Purple – Machine Head (1972)

Machine Head is the sixth studio album released by the English rock band Deep Purple. It was recorded in December 1971 at Montreux, Switzerland, and released on March 25, 1972 on Purple Records.

As previous recording sessions had been slotted into the group’s gigging schedule, Deep Purple wanted to dedicate time to record an album away from the typical studio environment, hoping it would result in a sound closer to their live shows. They hired the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio for recording, and block-booked the Montreux Casino as a venue, but during a Frank Zappa concert immediately before the sessions, the casino burned to the ground. After a week of searching for an alternate venue, including a session at a nearby theatre that was abandoned due to noise complaints, the band managed to book the Grand Hotel, closed for the winter, and converted it into a live room suitable for recording. These events, particularly the casino fire, became the inspiration for the song “Smoke on the Water”.

Machine Head is Deep Purple’s most commercially successful album, topping the charts in several countries, including number one in the UK. Influential in the development of traditional metal, it continues to be viewed favourably by music critics and has been reissued several times.

  1. “Highway Star” 6:29
  2. “Maybe I’m a Leo” 5:30
  3. “Pictures of Home” 5:24
  4. “Never Before” 4:01
  5. “Smoke on the Water” 6:16
  6. “Lazy” 7:33
  7. “Space Truckin'” 4:54
  8. “When a Blind Man Cries” 3:31

Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
Ian Gillan – vocals, harmonica
Roger Glover – bass
Jon Lord – keyboards, Hammond organ
Ian Paice – drums, percussion

Monday 11/15/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – Long After Dark (1982)

Long After Dark is the fifth studio album by American rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, released November 2, 1982 on Backstreet Records. Notable for the MTV hit “You Got Lucky”, the album was also the band’s first to feature Howie Epstein on bass and harmony vocals. Epstein’s vocals are prevalent throughout the album and from that point on, became an integral part of the Heartbreakers’ sound.

Two other singles from the album were released, “Change of Heart” and “Straight into Darkness”. The first of these joined “You Got Lucky” in the Billboard top 40. In July 2018, “Keep a Little Soul”, an outtake from Long After Dark, was released as the first single to promote Petty’s box set An American Treasure. “Keeping Me Alive”, another outtake from the sessions for the album, was a Petty favorite, and was eventually released on his and the Heartbreakers’ 1995 box set Playback, as well as on An American Treasure.

1. “A One Story Town” 3:06
2. “You Got Lucky” 3:37
3. “Deliver Me” 3:28
4. “Change of Heart” 3:18
5. “Finding Out” 3:36
6. “We Stand a Chance” 3:38
7. “Straight into Darkness” 3:49
8. “The Same Old You” 3:31
9. “Between Two Worlds” 5:12
10. “A Wasted Life” 4:35

Tom Petty – lead vocals, guitars (acoustic, electric, 12-string, lead on “We Stand a Chance”), Prophet 5 synthesizer
Mike Campbell – guitars (lead, 12-string), organ on “We Stand a Chance”
Howie Epstein – bass guitar, backing vocals
Benmont Tench – acoustic and electric pianos, Hammond and Vox organs, synthesizer, backing vocals
Stan Lynch – drums, backing vocals
Ron Blair – bass guitar on “Between Two Worlds”
Phil Jones – percussion

Sunday 11/14/21 11pm ET: Feature LP: Kansas – Leftoverture (1976)

Leftoverture is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kansas, released in 1976. The album was reissued in remastered format on CD in 2001. It was the band’s first album to be certified by the RIAA, and remains their highest selling album, having been certified 5 times platinum in the United States.

  1. Carry On Wayward Son” 5:23
  2. “The Wall” 4:51
  3. “What’s on My Mind” 3:28
  4. “Miracles Out of Nowhere” 6:28
  5. “Opus Insert” 4:30
  6. “Questions of My Childhood” 3:40
  7. “Cheyenne Anthem” 6:55
  8. “Magnum Opus”
    a. “Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat”
    b. “Howling at the Moon”
    c. “Man Overboard”
    d. “Industry on Parade”
    e. “Release the Beavers”
    f. “Gnat Attack” 8:25
  9. “Carry On Wayward Son” (live at Pine Knob Music Theatre, Michigan) 4:43
  10. “Cheyenne Anthem” (live at The Palladium in New York City, December 1977) 6:41

Steve Walsh – organ, piano, additional synthesizers, vibraphone, lead and backing vocals (all tracks)
Kerry Livgren – electric guitar, piano, clavinet, Moog, Oberheim and ARP synthesizers
Robby Steinhardt – violin, viola, lead vocals on “Miracles Out of Nowhere” and “Cheyenne Anthem”, backing vocals
Rich Williams – electric and acoustic guitars
Dave Hope – bass guitar
Phil Ehart – drums, percussion
Toye LaRocca, Cheryl Norman – children’s voices on “Cheyenne Anthem”

Sunday 11/14/21 7pm ET: Feature LP: Shinedown – The Sound of Madness (2008 / 2010)

The Sound of Madness is the third studio album by American rock band Shinedown, released June 24, 2008. The album’s lead single, “Devour”, was released to radio on May 5, 2008. It is the first album to feature Eric Bass and Zach Myers and the only album to feature Nick Perri and the band as a five piece.

The album’s lyrics explore diverse subject matter as opposed to their previous albums; “Devour” ventures into political territory while “What a Shame” tells a story about lead singer Brent Smith’s uncle, who died during the recording of the album, and how Brent and his cousin, professional wrestler Olivia Smith, dealt with his death. The song “If You Only Knew”, which is about Smith’s then-fiancé and newborn child, was the first time that he had written a love ballad for Shinedown.

Shinedown’s tour to support the album subsequently started with the band playing a few festival shows before the release of The Sound of Madness.

The Sound of Madness is Shinedown’s most successful album, and has issued one multi-platinum single (“Second Chance”), one platinum single (“If You Only Knew”), as well as all other singles going gold. The album has since been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA in 2016 for shipments over 2,000,000 copies.

  1. “Devour” 3:50
  2. “Sound of Madness” 3:54
  3. “Second Chance” 3:40
  4. “Cry for Help” 3:20
  5. “The Crow & the Butterfly” 4:13
  6. “If You Only Knew” 3:46
  7. “Sin with a Grin” 4:00
  8. “What a Shame” 4:18
  9. “Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide” 3:11
  10. “Breaking Inside” 3:51
  11. “Call Me” 3:43
  12. “Energy” 3:28
  13. “Son of Sam” 3:38
  14. “I Own You” 3:37
  15. “Junkies for Fame” 3:26
  16. “Second Chance” (acoustic version) 3:40
  17. “The Crow & the Butterfly (Pull Mix)” 5:27
  18. “Her Name Is Alice” 3:50
  19. “Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)” 5:36
  20. “Breaking Inside” (featuring Lzzy Hale) 3:49

Brent Smith – lead vocals
Zach Myers – rhythm guitar
Nick Perri – lead guitar
Eric Bass – bass
Barry Kerch – drums
Chris Chaney – bass
Tim Pierce – rhythm guitar
Dave Bassett – rhythm guitar
Bobby Huff – rhythm guitar and keyboards on “Breaking Inside”
Dale Oliver – guitar on “Breaking Inside”
Rob Cavallo – rhythm guitar and piano on “Call Me”
David Campbell – string arrangements and orchestration
Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards
Lzzy Hale – guest vocals on 2010 deluxe re-issue version of “Breaking Inside”

Sunday 11/14/21 6:15pm ET: Feature LP: Andy Gibb – Shadow Dancing (1978)

Shadow Dancing is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Andy Gibb, released in June 1978 in the United States and September 1978 in the United Kingdom. It was Gibb’s highest charting album in some countries including America and in Canada. This LP was his only album to chart in the UK. Four singles, including the three US Top 10 singles, were released from the album.

Continuing the momentum of his first successes, notably “I Just Want to Be Your Everything”, he began work with the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team on his second album. Although the album is not currently in print, it was released to iTunes along with the other two Andy Gibb albums in 2011.

  1. “Shadow Dancing” 4:34
  2. “Why” 4:31
  3. “Fool for a Night” 3:20
  4. “An Everlasting Love” 4:06
  5. “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away” 4:07
  6. “One More Look at the Night” 3:45
  7. “Melody” 4:00
  8. “I Go For You” 4:19
  9. “Good Feeling” 3:46
  10. “Waiting For You” 4:13

Andy Gibb – lead vocals
Barry Gibb – background vocals on “Shadow Dancing”, “Why”, “An Everlasting Love”, Don’t Throw It All Away”, orchestral arrangement on “Shadow Dancing”, “An Everlasting Love”, “One More Look at the Night”, “Good Feeling” and “Don’t Throw It All Away”
John Sambataro – harmony and backing vocals, slide guitar on “Why”
Joey Murcia – guitar
Tim Renwick – guitar
Don Felder – guitar on “I Go for You”
Jock Bartley – guitar on “Why”
George Bitzer – keyboards, synthesizer
Paul Harris – keyboards on “Don’t Throw It All Away”
Harold Cowart – bass guitar
Joe Lala – percussion
Ron Ziegler – drums
Neil Bonsanti – horns
Ken Faulk – horns
Peter Graves – horns
Bill Purse – horns
Whit Sidener – horns
Stan Webb – horns
Albhy Galuten – orchestral arrangement
Blue Weaver – orchestral arrangement on “Don’t Throw It All Away”

Sunday 11/14/21 5pm ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – One (1989)

One is the Bee Gees’ eighteenth studio album (sixteenth worldwide), released in April 1989 (August 1989 in the United States).

  1. “Ordinary Lives” 4:01
  2. “One” 4:55
  3. “Bodyguard” 5:20
  4. “It’s My Neighborhood” 4:19
  5. “Tears” 5:16
  6. “Tokyo Nights” 3:56
  7. “Flesh and Blood” 4:43
  8. “Wish You Were Here” 4:44
  9. “House of Shame” 4:51
  10. “Will You Ever Let Me” 5:57
  11. “Wing and a Prayer” 4:05
  12. “You Win Again”
  13. “One” (edit) 3:50
  14. “One” (12″ dance version) 8:44
  15. “One” (12″ club mix) 9:02

Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals; rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocals, keyboard, synthesizer, acoustic and electric rhythm guitars, lead vocals (on “House of Shame”)
Peter-John Vettese – keyboards, synthesizer
Tim Cansfield – lead guitar
Alan Kendall – lead guitar; guitar solo on tracks (on “It’s My Neighborhood”, “Tokyo Nights” and “House of Shame”)
Nathan East – bass
Steve Ferrone – drums

Sunday 11/14/21 4pm ET: Feature LP: Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)

Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson, released on September 19, 1989, by A&M Records. Although label executives wanted material similar to her previous album, Control (1986), Jackson insisted on creating a concept album addressing social issues. Collaborating with songwriters and record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she drew inspiration from various tragedies reported through news media, exploring racism, poverty, and substance abuse, in addition to themes of romance. Although its primary concept of a sociopolitical utopia was met with mixed reactions, its composition received critical acclaim. Jackson came to be considered a role model for youth because of her socially conscious lyrics.

As with Control, recording for Rhythm Nation 1814 took place at Lewis and Jam’s Flyte Tyme Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota where they worked in seclusion with Jackson to complete the album. Noted for its use of sample loop and utilizing swing note and synthesized percussion throughout its production, the record encompasses a variety of musical styles, such as new jack swing, hard rock, pop, dance and industrial music. Songs range from mechanized dance rhythms to soft balladry, giving it appeal across multiple radio formats. It is the only album in the history of the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart to have seven commercial singles peak within the top five positions. It is also the first album to produce number one hits on the chart in three separate calendar years, beginning with “Miss You Much” in 1989, “Escapade” and “Black Cat” in 1990, and culminating with “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” in 1991.

Rhythm Nation 1814 became Jackson’s second consecutive album to top the Billboard 200 and was certified 6x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It became the best-selling album of 1990 in the United States and has sold an estimated 12 million copies worldwide. Due to its innovative production and lyrical exploration, critics have come to regard it as the pinnacle of Jackson’s artistic achievement. Music scholars note the record garnered her a level of cross-cultural appeal unmatched by industry peers. Considered a “landmark” album, it has also been cited as an influence in the works of numerous music artists, setting stylistic trends in the years following its release.

Visuals in music videos and live performances further elevated Jackson’s superstardom. The 30-minute Rhythm Nation 1814 film, a film depicting two aspiring musicians whose lives are disrupted by substance abuse, aired on MTV to promote the album. Jackson’s Rhythm Nation World Tour 1990 became the most successful debut concert tour by a recording artist at the time. She was regarded as a fashion icon, with various attire the album’s promotional tour and music videos being emulated by youth. Jackson received nine Grammy Award nominations, becoming the first woman to be nominated for Producer of the Year and winning Best Long Form Music Video for Rhythm Nation 1814. Jackson received the MTV Video Vanguard Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her significant contributions to popular culture. Her handwritten lyrics to the album’s title track “Rhythm Nation” as well as her militaristic uniform for its music video have been preserved by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2021, the Library of Congress announced it selected the album for preservation in the National Recording Registry as part of the class of 2020, deeming it “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.”

  1. “Interlude: Pledge” 0:47
  2. “Rhythm Nation” 5:31
  3. “Interlude: T.V.” 0:22
  4. “State of the World” 4:48
  5. “Interlude: Race” 0:05
  6. “The Knowledge” 3:54
  7. “Interlude: Let’s Dance” 0:03
  8. “Miss You Much” 4:12
  9. “Interlude: Come Back” 0:21
  10. “Love Will Never Do (Without You)” 5:50
  11. “Livin’ in a World (They Didn’t Make)” 4:41
  12. “Alright” 6:26
  13. “Interlude: Hey Baby” 0:10
  14. “Escapade” 4:44
  15. “Interlude: No Acid” 0:05
  16. “Black Cat” 4:50
  17. “Lonely” 4:59
  18. “Come Back to Me” 5:33
  19. “Someday Is Tonight” 6:00
  20. “Interlude: Livin’ In Complete Darkness” 1:07

Herb Alpert – trumpet, horn, brass
Julie Ayer – violin
Stephen Barnett – conductor
Steve Barnett – conductor
David Barry – electric and 12-string guitar
Lee Blaske – arranger
Chris Brown – bass
Carolyn Daws – violin
Hanley Daws – violin
David Eiland – programming
Rene Elizondo – background vocals
Johnny Gill – percussion, special effects, finger snaps
James Greer – background vocals
Peter Howard – cello
Janet Jackson – arranger, keyboards, vocals, background vocals, producer
Jimmy Jam – percussion, piano, drums, keyboards, programming, producer
Jellybean Johnson – guitar, drums, vocals, background vocals, producer
Jesse Johnson – guitar
Lisa Keith – background vocals
Kathy Kienzle – harp
Joshua Koestenbaum – cello
Jamila Lafleur – background vocals
Terry Lewis – bass, percussion, arranger, background vocals, producer
Tshaye Marks – background vocals
John McClain – background vocals, executive producer
Tamika McDaniel – vocals
Tarnika McDaniel – background vocals
John McLain – guitar, background vocals
Shante Owens – background vocals
Amy Powell – vocals
Randy Ran – background vocals
Nicholas Raths – guitar, classical guitar
Sonya Robinson – background vocals
Clarice Rupert – background vocals
Warlesha Ryan – background vocals
Tamas Strasser – viola
John Tartaglia – viola
Reshard Taylor – background vocals
Romuald Tecco – concert master
Anthony Thomas – background vocals
Hyacinthe Tlucek – concert master
Steve Wilson – background vocals

Sunday 11/14/21 3pm ET: Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985)

Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on May 13, 1985 through Vertigo Records internationally and through Warner Bros. Records in the US. It spent a total of 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart (including ten consecutive weeks between January 18 and March 22, 1986), nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the US and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart. Brothers in Arms was the first album certified ten-times platinum in the UK and is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history. It is certified nine-times platinum in the US and is one of the world’s best-selling albums, having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

The album won a Grammy Award in 1986 for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards; the 20th Anniversary Edition won another Grammy in 2006 for Best Surround Sound Album. Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It was also among ten albums nominated for the best British album of the previous 30 years by the Brit Awards in 2010, ultimately losing to (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis.

  1. “So Far Away” 5:12
  2. “Money for Nothing” 8:26
  3. “Walk of Life” 4:12
  4. “Your Latest Trick” 6:33
  5. “Why Worry” 8:31
  6. “Ride Across the River” 6:58
  7. “The Man’s Too Strong” 4:40
  8. “One World” 3:40
  9. “Brothers in Arms” 6:59

Mark Knopfler – guitars and vocals
John Illsley – bass guitar and vocals
Alan Clark – keyboards
Guy Fletcher – keyboards and vocals
Omar Hakim – drums
Terry Williams – drum intro on “Money for Nothing”
Michael Brecker – saxophone on “Your Latest Trick”
Randy Brecker
Malcolm Duncan
Neil Jason
Tony Levin – bass on “One World”
Jimmy Maelen
Mike Mainieri
Dave Plews
Jack Sonni – guitar synthesizer on “The Man’s Too Strong”
Sting – vocals on “Money for Nothing”