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Monday 5/10/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown – Spinners Top 30 Hits

The Spinners are an American rhythm and blues vocal group that formed in Ferndale, Michigan, in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums during the 1960s and 1970s, particularly with producer Thom Bell. The group continues to tour, with Henry Fambrough as the only original member.

The group is also listed as the Detroit Spinners and the Motown Spinners, due to their 1960s recordings with the Motown label. These other names were used in the UK to avoid confusion with a British folk group also called The Spinners. On June 30, 1976, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2015, they were nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Music critic Robert Christgau has called the Spinners “a renowned show group whose super smooth producer inhibits improvisation”.

1Working My Way Back to You / “Forgive Me, Girl” (medley)
2Cupid / “I’ve Loved You for a Long Time” (medley)
3Then Came You (with Dionne Warwick)
4Could It Be I’m Falling in Love
5The Rubberband Man
6I’ll Be Around
7Ghetto Child
8They Just Can’t Stop It (Games People Play)
9One of a Kind (Love Affair)
10It’s a Shame
11Mighty Love
12I’m Coming Home
13I’ll Always Love You
14Love Don’t Love Nobody 
15Love or Leave
16Living a Little, Laughing a Little
17Wake Up Susan
18Right or Wrong
19Yesterday Once More / “Nothing Remains the Same” (medley)
20Sadie
21If You Wanna Do a Dance
22That’s What Girls Are Made For
23Heaven on Earth (So Fine)
24You’re Throwing a Good Love Away
25Body Language
26Are You Ready for Love
27How Could I Let You Get Away
28Truly Yours
29We’ll Have It Made
30Funny How Time Slips Away

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)

Saturday 5/8/21 12pm ET: MaxCountry Saturday Artist Countdown: LeAnn Rimes Top 30 Hits

American singer LeAnn Rimes has released 12 studio albums and placed 32 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since 1996.

At the age of nine, Rimes released her demo album in 1991 on an independent label. Disc jockey Bill Mack became aware of Rimes’ album and was impressed by her voice, and soon began to cultivate a plan for Rimes to make her breakthrough in the country music industry. Rimes recorded Mack’s self-penned “Blue” and released it as a single in 1996, and it became a major country hit, propelling Rimes to her breakthrough only at age 13.

The album sold over six million copies in the United States. Her second album, You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs, is the only album to ever debut at number one on three individual charts at the same time. It spawned an extended mix of the number two pop hit, “How Do I Live”, which brought Rimes to crossover pop stardom. Rimes’ later releases focused on the pop music market. After the commercial decline of her 2002 album, Twisted Angel, Rimes released the album This Woman, which returned Rimes to recording country music.

Rimes is mainly known for her pop hits in Europe, Australia, and Asia. Her 2002 pop album, Twisted Angel, went gold in Australia. In 2004, The Best of LeAnn Rimes album, reached number two in the UK and was certified platinum. A remix edition of The Best of album was released in Europe later that year. In 2006, she released the pop album, Whatever We Wanna, internationally due to a rise in sales of This Woman after “Something’s Gotta Give” was released as a single.

In the United States, Rimes’s success is primarily from her country hits. The 2007 album, Family included two Top 40 country singles, as well as “What I Cannot Change”, which hit number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in February 2009. LeAnn has also garnered Dance Club success with remixes of “Nothin’ Better to Do”, “Headphones” and “Good Friend and a Glass of Wine”.

Rimes has sold over 37 million records worldwide to date, with 16.5 million albums and 5.5 million singles certified by RIAA. Rimes was ranked the number 17 Best Selling Artist of the 1990-99 decade by Billboard. She was also ranked at number 184 on Billboard 200 Artists and number thirty-one on Country Artists of the 2000-09 decade.

1Can’t Fight the Moonlight
2How Do I Live
3Life Goes On
4I Need You
5Blue
6Written in the Stars (With Elton John)
7Last Thing on My Mind (Ronan Keating)
8Suddenly
9Big Deal
10We Can
11One Way Ticket (Because I Can)
12Commitment
13But I Do Love You
14Unchained Melody
15On the Side of Angels
16You Light Up My Life
17Nothin’ New Under the Moon
18This Love
19The Light in Your Eyes
20Nothin’ Better to Do
21Long Live Love
22And It Feels Like
23Something’s Gotta Give
24Looking Through Your Eyes
25Nothin’ ’bout Love Makes Sense
26Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way
27Give
28Hurt Me
29Spitfire
30Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore (With Bon Jovi)

Saturday 5/8/21 11am ET: Feature Artist: Lloyd Price

Lloyd Price (March 9, 1933 – May 3, 2021) was an American R&B vocalist, known as “Mr. Personality,” after his 1959 million-selling hit, “Personality.” His first recording, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” was a hit for Specialty Records in 1952.

Art Rupe, the owner of Specialty Records, based in Los Angeles, came to New Orleans in 1952 to record the distinctive style of rhythm and blues developing there, which had been highly successful for his competitor Imperial Records. Rupe heard Price’s song “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” and wanted to record it. Because Price did not have a band, Rupe hired Dave Bartholomew to create the arrangements and Bartholomew’s band (plus Fats Domino on piano) to back Price in the recording session. The song was a massive hit. His next release, “Oooh, Oooh, Oooh,” cut at the same session, was a much smaller hit. Price continued making recordings for Specialty, but none of them reached the charts at that time.

In 1954, he was drafted into the US Army and sent to Korea. When he returned he found he had been replaced by Little Richard. In addition, his former chauffeur, Larry Williams, was also recording for the label, having released “Short Fat Fannie.”

He eventually formed KRC Records with Harold Logan and Bill Boskent. Their first single, “Just Because,” was picked up for distribution by ABC Records. From 1957 to 1959 Price recorded a series of national hits for ABC that successfully adapted the New Orleans sound, including “Stagger Lee” (which topped the Pop and R&B charts and sold over a million copies), “Personality” (which reached number 2), and “I’m Gonna Get Married” (number 3). When Price appeared on the television program American Bandstand to sing “Stagger Lee,” the producer and host of the program, Dick Clark, insisted that he alter the lyrics to tone down its violent content. “Stagger Lee” was Price’s version of an old blues standard, recorded many times previously by other artists. Greil Marcus, in a critical analysis of the song’s history, wrote that Price’s version was an enthusiastic rock rendition, “all momentum, driven by a wailing sax.” In all of these early recordings by Price (“Personality,” “Stagger Lee,” “I’m Gonna Get Married,” and others) Merritt Mel Dalton was the lead sax player; he was also in the traveling band and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show with Price. The personnel on the original hit recording of “Stagger Lee” included Clarence Johnson on piano, John Patton on bass, Charles McClendon and Eddie Saunders on tenor sax, Ted Curson on trumpet and Sticks Simpkins on drums.

In 1962, Price formed Double L Records with Logan. Wilson Pickett got his start on this label. In 1969, Logan was murdered. Price then founded a new label, Turntable, and opened a club by the same name at 1674 Broadway in New York City.

During the 1970s, Price helped the boxing promoter Don King promote fights, including the “Rumble in the Jungle” boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire and its accompanying concert which featured James Brown and B. B. King. He and Don King formed a record label, LPG, which issued Price’s last hit, “What Did You Do With My Love,” to limited success.

Price toured Europe in 1993 with Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Gary U.S. Bonds. He performed with soul legends Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, and Ben E. King on the “Four Kings of Rhythm and Blues” tour in 2005; concerts were recorded for a DVD and a PBS television special.

On June 20, 2010, he appeared and sang in the season 1 finale of the HBO series Treme. As of 2018 he continued to sing.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Lloyd Price among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Price and his wife resided in Westchester County, New York. He died on May 3, 2021, aged 88.

Friday 5/7/21: In Memoriam: Lloyd Price (1933 – 2021)

Lloyd Price (March 9, 1933 – May 3, 2021) was an American R&B vocalist, known as “Mr. Personality,” after his 1959 million-selling hit, “Personality.” His first recording, “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” was a hit for Specialty Records in 1952. He continued to release records, but none were as popular until several years later, when he refined the New Orleans beat and achieved a series of national hits. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Price was born and raised in Kenner, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. His mother, Beatrice Price, owned the Fish ‘n’ Fry Restaurant. Price picked up lifelong interests in business and food from her. He and his younger brother Leo were both musical.

He had formal training on trumpet and piano, sang in his church’s gospel choir, and was a member of a combo in high school.

Price and his wife resided in Westchester County, New York. He died on May 3, 2021, aged 88.

https://www.soultracks.com/story-lloyd-price-dies

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 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Top 30 Hits

Thomas Earl Petty (October 20, 1950 – October 2, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor. He was the lead vocalist and guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He previously led the band Mudcrutch, and was also a member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys.

Petty recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist. His hit singles with the Heartbreakers include “Don’t Do Me Like That” (1979), “Refugee” (1980), “The Waiting” (1981), “Don’t Come Around Here No More” (1985) and “Learning to Fly” (1991). Petty’s hit singles as a solo act include “I Won’t Back Down” (1989), “Free Fallin'” (1989), and “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (1994). In his career, he sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Petty died of an accidental drug overdose on October 2, 2017, one week after the end of the Heartbreakers’ 40th Anniversary Tour.

Petty released 13 studio albums as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers in addition to three solo albums.

1I Won’t Back Down
2Learning to Fly
3Free Fallin’
4Mary Jane’s Last Dance
5Don’t Come Around Here No More
6Refugee
7The Waiting
8Runnin’ Down a Dream
9A Face in the Crowd
10Jammin’ Me
11You Don’t Know How It Feels
12Walls
13You Got Lucky
14Free Girl Now
15Don’t Do Me Like That
16You Wreck Me
17Breakdown
18Into the Great Wide Open
19Change of Heart
20It’s Good to Be King
21Saving Grace
22Here Comes My Girl
23Make It Better (Forget About Me)
24Needles and Pins (with Stevie Nicks)
25A Higher Place
26Climb That Hill
27Room at the Top
28Yer So Bad
29The Last DJ
30Kings Highway

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 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Blondie Top 25 Hits

Blondie, Since 1976 they have released 11 studio albums, 4 live albums, 14 compilation albums, 3 remix albums and 38 singles. The band has sold an estimated 40 million albums.

1Call Me
2The Tide Is High
3Heart of Glass
4Rapture
5Maria
6Dreaming
7Sunday Girl
8Atomic
9Denis
10Island of Lost Souls
11Hanging on the Telephone
12Rapture Riders
13Picture This
14Union City Blue
15(I’m Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear
16Good Boys
17I’m Gonna Love You Too
18One Way or Another
19In the Flesh
20War Child
21Fun
22Long Time
23Nothing Is Real but the Girl
24The Hardest Part
25Rip Her to Shreds

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”