Album of the Day – June 1st, 2017

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles

  • May 26th, 2017. Originally set for release on June first 1967, Sgt. Pepper’s was released a few days early and has been in the collective consciousness ever since. Many have claimed it to be the greatest album of all time, and maybe they’re right, while others have claimed the album has lost it’s muster, and that it was successful because it was the right album at the right time. Whatever the reason, 50 years after it’s initial release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band still dominates discussions of popular music and it doesn’t seem like that is gonna change anytime soon.

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I Robot - The Alan Parson's Project

I Robot -The Alan Parsons Project

  • June 1st, 1977. This album is really good, unfortunately I listened to it on the same day as Sgt. Pepper’s which is a guaranteed AotD. Nevertheless listen to this. It’s a weird little Progressive-Rock album inspired by a fiction series by Issac Anisimov also titled I, Robot. Most of the songs have some real spacey sounds, and there’s a message about what it means to be human in there somewhere. Fans of Pink Flyd should definitely listen to this.\

David Bowie - David Bowie

David Bowie – David Bowie

  • June 1st, 1967. David Bowie’s first studio album is a weird little collection of Folksy Psychedelic songs. While a far cry from the music on his more successful and popular albums, it is interesting to listen to Bowie on here as he plays with songs and tries to work things out. Fans of Bowie will want to listen to this, as will fans of Psychedelic music. I

Double Trouble -Elvis Presley

Double Trouble – Elvis Presley

  • June 1st, 1967. Unfortunately Double Trouble is one of Elvis’ weaker albums. There isn’t that much music on here and some of it is so bad that not even The King himself could fix them, including a rendition of Old MacDonald which Elvis stopped recording in the middle of. Fortunately though Elvis’ Rock n’ Roll sound is so good that there are still plenty of songs on here worth listening to.

Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent

Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent

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Released: May 13th, 1977

Regardless how people feel about Ted Nugent’s more recent endeavors, it would be foolish to ignore the contributions he made to Hard-Rock in the 70’s and 80’s. Cat Scratch Fever, Nugent’s third studio album, is one of those more well-known contributions. In particular the title track on Cat Scratch Fever is one of the most recognizable Rock songs to be released in the past 50-60 years, and that says a lot about Nugent’s ability to write catchy guitar hooks and fun lyrics, which this album is filled with. For those few that thought the album Cat Scratch Fever began and ended with the title track, they are missing an excellent collection of some of the hardest hitting Rock songs of the 70’s. Continue reading “Cat Scratch Fever – Ted Nugent”

Double Up – R. Kelly

Double Up - R. Kelly

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Released: May 29th, 2007

Double Up is an intimidating album for listeners who are not familiar with R. Kelly’s brand of Hip Hop and R&B. At just over 76 minutes long, this album is a bit of a beast, and most of it focuses on R.Kelly and his stream-of-consciousness styled lyrics, which can be jarring for people not familiar with R. Kelly’s brand. For those of us that are familiar with Kelly’s musical style, or even welcome it, Double Up can be a gold mine of Rap bangers from the mid-2000’s, and R&B songs that are willing to address matters most songs would rather not talk about. Double Up is an album for people who, like R. Kelly, want to hear truth in the words being said.  Continue reading “Double Up – R. Kelly”

Such Sweet Thunder – Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington - Such Sweet Thunder

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Released: May ?, 1957

“I never heard / so musical a discord, such sweet thunder.” A line from Shakespeare that must have struck a chord for the Duke since he used it as the title this stunning Jazz album that takes influence from a multitude of William Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. Such Sweet Thunder is the type of concept album that music historians, and theorists could spend decades studying, trying to understand why Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn, Ellington’s lesser known musical partner, chose the music they did for the different parts of Shakespeare they were trying to represent. Shakespearian experts will leave Such Sweet Thunder with much to talk about, and for those who are less familiar with the works of the Elizabethan playwright the music is good enough to stand on its own without the references. Continue reading “Such Sweet Thunder – Duke Ellington”

Album of the Day – May 27th, 2017

Book of Dreams - Steve Miller Band

Book of Dreams – The Steve Miller Band

  • May ?, 1977. Any album with the songs Jet Airliner, Swingtown, and Jungle Love on it is already bound to be good, and, while not perfect, Book Of Dreams ends up being better than most people give it credit for being.

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American Stars'n Bars - Neil Young

American Stars ‘n Bars – Neil Young

  • May 27th, 1977. This album comes in at a close second for Album of the Day. American Stars ‘n Bars is a equal parts Country, Folk, and Rock, and while it lacks the power of hit singles, fans of any of those three genres will not be disappointed with the end result.

SYR1 Anagrama - Sonic Youth

SYR1: Anagrama – Sonic Youth

  • May ?, 1997. The never dull Sonic Youth self-published this experimental/post-rock album. If you’re thinking about listening to it I would recommend it. SYR1 is surprisingly accesible for an experimental album, however the final track is full on Noise-Rock, and can be intense.

Up, Up and Away - The 5th Dimension

Up, Up and Away – The 5th Dimension

  • May ?, 1967. I had never heard of The 5th Dimension before I listened to this album, so I had no idea what to expect. It’s a pretty good collection of Pop/R&B songs with a psychedelic tilt. While I would probably describe the album as ultimately forgettable, I did think the music was good while listening to it.

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FreeFall - The Dixie Dregs

Free Fall – Dixie Dregs

  • May 27th, 1977. Shame on me for not knowing that the genre title Jazz-Fusion is really just a cover up that jam bands use. While I’m not anti Jam Band, studio recordings of Jam Bands never live up to the hype, and Free Fall is no different. Not to mention the cover of this album is ridiculous

Album of the Day – May 26th

Absolutely Free - The Mothers of Invention

Absolutely Free – The Mother’s of Invention

  • May 26th, 1967. Incredibly absurd, incredibly testing, and incredibly interesting. The Mothers of Invention’s second full album is not meant for everybody, but the people who are willing to listen to it to the end will be fascinated.

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Make Way For Willie Nelson - Willie Nelson

Make Way For Willie Nelson – Willie Nelson

  • May ?, 1967. A good old style country music album consisting mostly of covers. Fans of country and Willie Nelson can’t go wrong here.

Tumuli Shroomaroom - Acrimony

Tumuli Shroomaroom – Acrimony

  • May 26th, 1997. Acrimony’s brand of Stoner-Rock/Metal fits right in place with all of the Alternative Rock of the 90’s. While personally I find myself put off by their self-image, and most of the lyrics, there is some genuinely good rock on this album for anybody willing to listen.

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Teenage Emotions - Lil Yachty

Teenage Emotions – Lil Yachty

  •  May 26th, 2017. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get the appeal of Lil Yachty as a rapper other than he might be a fun guy to hang out with. Perhaps Teenage Emotions will grow on me, but in a year when DAMN. was released I couldn’t imagine leaving that behind to listen to this.

Album of the Day – May 25th

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure

Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – The Cure

  •  May 25th, 1987. A great album that showcases the stylistic range of The Cure. Everyone should take a chance on Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me even if you think it goes against your better judgement.

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Scream Bloody Gore - Death

Scream Bloody Gore – Death

  • May 25th, 1987. Debut album from the thrash metal band Death. This album is given a lot of credit for being the first Death Metal album ever created. Brutal riffs, and head-bang worthy choruses, this album is for all the metal heads out there.

Star Wars (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – May 25th, 1977.

  • Star Wars EP. IV: A New Hope was originally released today 40 years ago, and along with it some of the most memorable music ever composed. If you haven’t seen the movie watch it first because it is the best way to experience the music, but if you’re like me and have it memorized scene by scene give the record a listen. You’ll be surprised how powerful it is without the pictures in the screen b