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Wednesday 5/18/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Chicago – Chicago 19 (1988)

Chicago 19 is the sixteenth studio album by American rock band Chicago, released June 20, 1988. After recording Chicago 18 with David Foster, the band worked primarily with producers Ron Nevison and Chas Sandford for this album. Their Full Moon Records imprint moved to Reprise Records. This is the final album to feature the band’s original drummer Danny Seraphine, who was later dismissed from the group in 1990.

With a reception similar to its predecessor, Chicago 19 became a success on the album chart, going platinum and yielding hit singles. The album includes “Look Away” (No. 1), “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” (No. 3), and “You’re Not Alone” (No. 10). A slightly remixed version of Jason Scheff’s “What Kind of Man Would I Be?” (No. 5) would also be successful in late 1989, as part of the follow-up Greatest Hits 1982-1989 release. The album relied heavily on outside writers, continuing a trend from the previous album. The first two singles were written by Diane Warren, and the third by British-born songwriter Jimmy Scott.

After the tour for Chicago 19, original drummer Danny Seraphine was fired from the band for undisclosed reasons. Session drummer Tris Imboden then permanently joined the band, for the recording of Twenty 1.

  1. “Heart in Pieces” 5:04
  2. “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” 3:55
  3. “I Stand Up” 4:06
  4. “We Can Last Forever” 3:45
  5. “Come in from the Night” 4:43
  6. “Look Away” 4:02
  7. “What Kind of Man Would I Be?” 4:21
  8. “Runaround” 4:10
  9. “You’re Not Alone” 3:56
  10. “Victorious” 6:02

Bill Champlin – keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Robert Lamm – keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Lee Loughnane – trumpet, brass arrangements
James Pankow – trombone, brass arrangements
Walter Parazaider – saxophone
Jason Scheff – bass, lead and backing vocals
Danny Seraphine – drums, percussion, programming
Dawayne Bailey – guitar, backing vocals
Chas Sandford – guitars
Dann Huff – guitars
Phillip Ashley – keyboards
John Campbell – keyboards
Charles Judge – keyboards
Kiki Ebsen – programming and keyboards
Mike Murphy – programming, cowbell, drum technician
Peter Kaye – programming
Peter Maher – programming
Efrain Toro – drum programming
Paul Jamieson – drum technician
Tamara Champlin – additional backing vocals
Tim Feehan – additional backing vocals on “Heart In Pieces”

Wednesday 5/18/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting (1990)

Bloodletting is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Concrete Blonde. It was released on May 15, 1990. It marks a shift for the band toward gothic rock and the album peaked at number 8 on the Australian ARIA Charts and was certified gold in 1990. It earned a gold certification from the American institution, the RIAA, the following year.

  1. “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” 6:04
  2. “The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden” 2:36
  3. “Caroline” 5:30
  4. “Darkening of the Light” 3:24
  5. “I Don’t Need a Hero” 4:25
  6. “Days and Days” 3:12
  7. “The Beast” 3:52
  8. “Lullabye” 3:56
  9. “Joey” 4:07
  10. “Tomorrow, Wendy” 5:05
  11. “I Want You” 3:28
  12. “Little Wing 4:15
  13. “Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)” (French version) 7:06
  14. “Roses Grow” (Live) 3:05
  15. “The Sky Is a Poisonous Garden” (Live) 4:15
  16. “Tomorrow, Wendy” (Live) 4:26

Johnette Napolitano – vocals, bass guitar, production, album cover
James Mankey – guitars, bass guitar, production, additional recording and mixing
Paul Thompson – drums, production
Peter Buck – mandolin on “Darkening of the Light”
Andy Prieboy – keyboards on “Tomorrow, Wendy”
Gail Ann Dorsey – bass guitar on “Tomorrow, Wendy”
Steve Wynn – vocals on “Bloodletting (the Vampire song)”
John Keane – slide guitar on “Darkening of the Light”

Thursday 5/18/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: The Doors (1967)

The Doors is the debut studio album by American rock band the Doors. Recorded in August 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California, it was produced by Paul A. Rothchild and released on January 4, 1967. Since its release, the record has been often regarded as one of the greatest debut albums of all time, by both critics and publishers. It features the long version of the breakthrough single “Light My Fire” and the lengthy song “The End” with its Oedipal spoken word section.

The Doors started recording their debut album under the maintenance of Elektra Records in August 1966. The recording of The Doors established the band’s large extensive number of musical influences, such as jazz, classical, blues, pop, R&B and rock music. Its overall presentation has been viewed as an essential part of the psychedelic rock evolution, while it have also been acknowledged as a source of inspiration to other works. Paul McCartney of the Beatles has claimed that following the album’s release, he wanted his band to capitalize on the Doors musical style as one of the “alter egos” of the group, for their upcoming album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The Doors and “Light My Fire” have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2015 the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance.

  1. “Break On Through (To the Other Side)” 2:25
  2. “Soul Kitchen” 3:30
  3. “The Crystal Ship” 2:30
  4. “Twentieth Century Fox” 2:30
  5. “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)” 3:15
  6. “Light My Fire” 6:50
  7. “Back Door Man” 3:30
  8. “I Looked at You” 2:18
  9. “End of the Night” 2:49
  10. “Take It as It Comes” 2:13
  11. “The End” 11:35
  12. “Moonlight Drive” (August ’66 version 1) 2:43
  13. “Moonlight Drive” (August ’66 version 2) 2:31
  14. “Indian Summer” (8/19/66 vocal) 2:37

Jim Morrison – vocals
Ray Manzarek – organ, piano, keyboard bass; backing vocals and marxophone on “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
Robby Krieger – guitar, bass on “Back Door Man”, backing vocals on “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
John Densmore – drums, backing vocals on “Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)”
Larry Knechtel – bass on “Soul Kitchen”, “Twentieth Century Fox” and “Light My Fire”

Wednesday 5/18/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Doobie Brothers – One Step Closer (1980)

One Step Closer is the ninth studio album by American rock band The Doobie Brothers. The album was released on September 17, 1980, by Warner Bros. Records. The album included the hit “Real Love”, which reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. This album is the band’s last studio album with Michael McDonald in the lineup until 2014’s Southbound.

  1. “Dedicate This Heart” 4:07
  2. “Real Love” 4:18
  3. “No Stoppin’ Us Now” 4:40
  4. “Thank You Love” 6:22
  5. “One Step Closer” 4:10
  6. “Keep This Train A-Rollin” 3:29
  7. “Just in Time” 2:43
  8. “South Bay Strut” 4:05
  9. “One by One” 3:47

Patrick Simmons – guitars, lead and backing vocals
John McFee – guitars, backing vocals
Michael McDonald – keyboards, synthesizers, lead and backing vocals
Cornelius Bumpus – tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, organ, lead and backing vocals
Tiran Porter – bass
Keith Knudsen – drums, backing vocals
Chet McCracken – drums, vibraphone, marimbas
Bobby LaKind – congas, bongos, backing vocals
Nicolette Larson – backing vocals on “Real Love”, “Dedicate This Heart”, and “Just In Time”
Patrick Henderson – keyboards on “Real Love”, “One By One”, and “Keep This Train A-Rollin'”
Lee Thornburg – trumpet on “South Bay Strut” and “Keep This Train A-Rollin'”, flugelhorn for “Dedicate This Heart”
Chris Thompson – backing vocals on “No Stoppin’ Us Now”
Ted Templeman – tambourine, cowbell, maracas, backing vocals on “One Step Closer”
Jerome Jumonville – tenor saxophone, horn arrangements on “Keep This Train A-Rollin'”
Joel Peskin – baritone saxophone on “Keep This Train A-Rollin'”
Bill Armstrong – trumpet on “Keep This Train A-Rollin'”
Jimmie Haskell – string arrangements on “Real Love” and “South Bay Strut”

Wednesday 5/18/22 12pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1991 A to Z – Part 5

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1991 A2Z.

12pm – 6pm ET

Country Music News 1991

March 16 — The country music world is stunned when seven members of Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are killed in a plane crash in California. McEntire – who traveled separately – recorded her album, For My Broken Heart in their memory.

August 16 — Holly Dunn asks that radio stations withdraw her single “Maybe I Mean Yes” due to listener complaints that its lyrics condone date rape.

August 30 — Country music pioneer, Dottie West is seriously injured while en route to a Grand Ole Opry performance in Nashville, Tennessee. Her fans and contemporaries are deeply saddened when she dies of her injuries September 4 at a Nashville hospital. President George H. W. Bush sends his condolences to the country music world during the CMA Awards later that year.

September 28 — Ropin’ the Wind by Garth Brooks becomes the first album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Top Country Albums and Billboard 200 Albums charts. The album, Brooks’ third, vaults the 29-year-old singer into superstardom and goes on to sell 16 million copies worldwide. The album became the second best selling album of all genres in 1991, coming in second to Mariah Carey’s debut album.

November 24 — Hot Country Nights begins a one-season run on NBC. The series was created to cash in on the exploding popularity of country music, and showcased several acts on each episode; featured on the premiere were Alabama, Clint Black, K.T. Oslin, Kenny Rogers and Pam Tillis. The series did not catch on in the ratings and is canceled at the end of the season.

Naomi Judd announces she had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C, a potentially fatal chronic liver disease, and would be retiring from touring with daughter Wynonna at the end of the year. The resulting “Farewell” tour becomes the year’s top-grossing act in country music and ends with a New Year’s Eve pay-per-view concert.

“SoundScan” is introduced, providing more accurate Billboard magazine chart ratings that are based on actual sales. Immediate evidence proved country music had a much bigger audience than previously thought.

Eight acts have their first Billboard No. 1 songs, including Mark Chesnutt, Mike Reid, Alan Jackson, Doug Stone, Diamond Rio, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks & Dunn and Lionel Cartwright. Three of those – Diamond Rio, Yearwood and Brooks & Dunn – turn the trick with their first national release; Reid’s first solo release also hit the top of the chart, but he had hit the Top 5 as part of a duet with Ronnie Milsap (1988’s “Old Folks”) three years earlier.

Wednesday 5/18/22 10am ET: Artist Countdown: George Strait Top 30 Hits (Rev 4)

George Harvey Strait Sr. (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. Strait is known as the “King of Country” and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. He was a prominent and pioneering figure in the neotraditionalist country movement of the 1980s, famed for his simple cowboy image and roots-oriented sound at a time when the Nashville music industry was dominated by country pop crossover acts.

Strait’s success began when his first single “Unwound” was a hit in 1981, signalling the arrival of the neotraditional movement. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.

By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty’s previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty’s 40. Strait has amassed 60 number-one hits. “Give It All We Got Tonight” was number one in 2013, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty. Strait currently holds the record for most number one songs on all charts by an artist in any genre of music.

Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a 360-degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. For example, the Strait Tours earned $99 million in three years. His final concert for The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014, drew 104,793 people, marking a new record for largest indoor concert in North America.

Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall selling over 69 million records across the United States.

This countdown is the fourth revision since 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2022.

1 – “Give It All We Got Tonight” – 2012
2 – “I Saw God Today” – 2008
3 – “Shiftwork” with Kenny Chesney – 2007
4 – “Here for a Good Time” – 2011
5 – “Write This Down” – 1999
6 – “Give It Away” – 2006
7 – “Wrapped” – 2007
8 – “The Best Day” – 2000
9 – “I Hate Everything” – 2004
10 – “Meanwhile” – 1999
11 – “Go On” – 2000
12 – “River of Love” – 2008
13 – “We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This” – 1998
14 – “What Do You Say to That” – 1999
15 – “Desperately” – 2004
16 – “One Night at a Time” – 1997
17 – “I Just Want to Dance with You” – 1998
18 – “You’ll Be There” – 2005
19 – “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” – 2019
20 – “I Got a Car” – 2013
21 – “The Breath You Take” – 2010
22 – “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” – 2011
23 – “Easy Come, Easy Go” – 1993
24 – “Fool Hearted Memory” – 1982
25 – “You Look So Good in Love” – 1983
26 – “Right or Wrong” – 1984
27 – “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together” – 1984
28 – “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” – 1987
29 – “Blue Clear Sky” – 1996
30 – “Love Without End, Amen” – 1990

Tuesday 5/17/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: No Nukes: The Muse Concerts For a Non-Nuclear Future (1979)

No Nukes: The Muse Concerts For a Non-Nuclear Future was a 1979 triple live album that contained selections from the September 1979 Madison Square Garden concerts by the Musicians United for Safe Energy collective. Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt, and John Hall were the key organizers of the event and guiding forces behind the album. Released in November 1979.

This was the first official appearance of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s live act on record, and their “Detroit Medley”, a staple of the encores of their regular shows, achieved considerable album-oriented rock airplay. In 2021, Springsteen officially released a compilation of songs he performed in his sets from the shows as the live album The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts.

Otherwise the album did not get much radio attention, as many of the artists held back their best-known material from appearing on it or emphasized collaborative performances. The album was certified a gold record by the RIAA in September 1980. It was reissued as a two-CD set by Elektra Records in October 1997.

“Dependin’ on You” – The Doobie Brothers – 4:44
“Runaway” – Bonnie Raitt – 3:53
“Angel from Montgomery” – Bonnie Raitt – 3:48
“Plutonium Is Forever” – John Hall – 3:22
“Power” – The Doobie Brothers with John Hall and James Taylor – 5:23
“The Times They Are A-Changin'” – James Taylor, Carly Simon and Graham Nash – 3:00
“Cathedral” – Graham Nash – 6:03
“The Crow on the Cradle” – Jackson Browne and Graham Nash – 5:04
“Before the Deluge” – Jackson Browne – 6:27
“Lotta Love” – Nicolette Larson and The Doobie Brothers – 3:33
“Little Sister” – Ry Cooder – 3:56
“A Woman” – Sweet Honey in the Rock – 1:28
“We Almost Lost Detroit” – Gil Scott-Heron – 4:44
“Get Together” – Jesse Colin Young – 4:52
“You Can’t Change That” – Raydio – 3:33
“Once You Get Started” – Chaka Khan – 5:10
“Captain Jim’s Drunken Dream” – James Taylor – 4:19
“Honey Don’t Leave L.A.” – James Taylor – 3:45
“Mockingbird” – James Taylor and Carly Simon – 3:57
“Heart of the Night” – Poco – 6:09
“Cry to Me” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – 3:30
“Stay” – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band with Jackson Browne and Rosemary Butler – 4:14
“Detroit Medley – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – 4:49
“You Don’t Have to Cry” – Crosby, Stills & Nash – 3:04
“Long Time Gone” – Crosby, Stills & Nash – 5:23
“Teach Your Children” – Crosby, Stills & Nash – 3:05
“Takin’ It to the Streets” – The Doobie Brothers and James Taylor – 4:37

Tuesday 5/17/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band – The Legendary 1979 No Nuke Concerts (1979)

The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts is a live album and concert film by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, released on November 19, 2021. It was recorded over two nights, September 21 and 22, 1979, at Madison Square Garden, as part of the No Nukes concerts organized by activist group Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE) against the use of nuclear energy.

Most tracks are from Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) and its predecessor, Born to Run (1975), while the album also includes performances of “The River” and “Sherry Darling” preceding their release in studio form on the following year’s The River (1980). Springsteen’s “Detroit Medley” and his cover of Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs’ “Stay” were previously released in a different form on the 1980 album No Nukes: The Muse Concerts for a Non-Nuclear Future.

  1. “Prove It All Night” 5:58
  2. “Badlands” 5:45
  3. “The Promised Land” 6:21
  4. “The River” 6:05
  5. “Sherry Darling” 6:11
  6. “Thunder Road” 5:26
  7. “Jungleland” 10:10
  8. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” 12:07
  9. “Born to Run” 4:59
  10. “Stay” 4:28
  11. “Detroit Medley” (consisting of “Devil with the Blue Dress On”, “Good Golly Miss Molly”, “C.C. Rider” and “Jenny Take a Ride”) 9:41
  12. “Quarter to Three” 9:56
  13. “Rave On” 2:57

Bruce Springsteen – guitar, harmonica, vocals
Roy Bittan – piano
Clarence Clemons – tenor and baritone saxophones, percussion, backing vocal
Danny Federici – organ, glockenspiel
Garry Tallent – bass
Stevie Van Zandt – guitar, backing vocal
Max Weinberg – drums
Jackson Browne – co-lead vocal (10)
Tom Petty – co-lead vocal (10)
Rosemary Butler – backing vocal (10)

Tuesday 5/17/22 11am ET: Feature Artist: Queens Of The Stone Age

Queens of the Stone Age (commonly abbreviated QOTSA) is an American rock band formed in 1996 in Palm Desert, California. The band was founded by vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme, who has been the only constant member throughout multiple line-up changes. The current line-up consists of Homme alongside Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar, lap steel, keyboard, percussion, backing vocals), Michael Shuman (bass guitar, keyboard, backing vocals), Dean Fertita (keyboards, guitar, percussion, backing vocals), and Jon Theodore (drums, percussion). The band also have a large pool of contributors and collaborators. Queens of the Stone Age are known for their blues, Krautrock and electronica-influenced style of riff-oriented and rhythmic hard rock music, coupled with Homme’s distinct falsetto vocals and unorthodox guitar scales.

Formed after the dissolution of Homme’s previous band Kyuss, the band originated from the Palm Desert music scene. Their self-titled debut album was recorded with former Kyuss members Alfredo Hernández on drums and Homme on all other instruments. It was well received by critics for its stoner rock sound which Homme has described as “robot rock”. Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan joined as additional vocalists for Rated R, which was commercially and critically successful. Rated R diversified their musical palette with forays into psychedelic rock, punk rock and heavy metal, and featured their breakout single “Feel Good Hit of the Summer”. Songs for the Deaf was released in 2002 to universal acclaim and commercial success, and featured Dave Grohl on drums and contributions from Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider. By this time, the band had achieved considerable international recognition, and have since embarked on successive world tours. Following Oliveri and Lanegan’s departures, Homme was the primary singer for 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze and 2007’s electronic-influenced Era Vulgaris.

After a few years of inactivity, the more sombre and introspective …Like Clockwork was released in 2013 to critical acclaim. The band released Villains in 2017 with Mark Ronson as producer.

The band have been nominated for Grammy Awards seven times; four times for Best Hard Rock Performance, twice for Best Rock Album, and once for Best Rock Performance.

Tuesday 5/17/22 10am ET: Feature Artist: Enya

Enya Patricia Brennan (born May 17, 1961) is an Irish singer, songwriter and musician, known for pioneering modern Celtic and New-age music. Regarded as the “Queen of New Age”, Enya is the best-selling Irish solo artist in history, and second-best-selling overall behind U2. Born into a musical family and raised in the Irish-speaking area of Gweedore, County Donegal, Enya began her music career when she joined her family’s Celtic folk band Clannad in 1980 on keyboards and backing vocals. She left the group in 1982 with their manager and producer Nicky Ryan to pursue a solo career, with Ryan’s wife Roma Ryan as her lyricist. Enya developed her sound over the following four years with multitracked vocals and keyboards with elements of new age, Celtic, classical, church, world, pop, and Irish folk. Thus far, she has sung in ten languages, most notably English, Irish Gaelic (Gaeilge), Latin, and Welsh.

Enya’s first projects as a solo artist included soundtrack work for The Frog Prince (1984) and the 1987 BBC documentary series The Celts, which was released as her debut album, Enya (1987). She signed with Warner Music UK, which granted her artistic freedom and minimal interference from the label. The commercial and critical success of Watermark (1988) propelled her to worldwide fame, helped by the UK number one and international hit single “Orinoco Flow”. This was followed by the multi-million-selling albums Shepherd Moons (1991), The Memory of Trees (1995), and A Day Without Rain (2000). Sales of the latter and its lead single, “Only Time”, surged in the United States following its use in the media coverage of the September 11 attacks. Following Amarantine (2005) and And Winter Came… (2008), Enya took a four-year career hiatus before she resumed in 2012 and released her eighth studio album, Dark Sky Island (2015).

Enya’s discography has sold 26.5 million certified albums in the United States and an estimated 75 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. A Day Without Rain (2000) remains the best-selling new-age album, with an estimated 16 million copies sold worldwide. Enya has won numerous awards, including seven World Music Awards, four Grammy Awards for Best New Age Album, and an Ivor Novello Award. She was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “May It Be”, written for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).