Who’s Next – The Who
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Who’s Next – The Who

Sandwiched between two rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia is The Who’s fifth studio album Who’s Next.  It was released in 1971 and fifty years on it remains their most memorable work. This album was never meant to be. Pete Townshend had gotten the band to work on a grand project “Lifehouse”. It was supposed to…

Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen
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Born in the USA – Bruce Springsteen

They kept harping that he can’t write hit singles. However, after the mainstream success of his song “Hungry Heart” which went up to number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts everybody knew that Bruce Springsteen had it in him to make the cash registers ring. While the record label was salivating over the fact…

Summertime Dream – Gordon Lightfoot
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Summertime Dream – Gordon Lightfoot

Music for folks who care – it is poetry with some legend & geography thrown in Gordon Lightfoot’s twelfth album, Summertime Dream was released in June 1976. By this time Lightfoot was already established as a great songwriter and had achieved success internationally on folk, country & folk-rock music charts. Summertime Dream comprises 10 songs adding to a run…

Americana – The Offspring
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Americana – The Offspring

Punk rock had receded into the background. The idealism, dreams, and anger that were its hallmarks were tucked away behind a wall of manufactured ready-for-sale music. Then came the 1990s and punk rock was back with a vengeance along with “alternative” and “grunge” music. One of the bands that blasted down the walls and let…

The Great Depression – DMX
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The Great Depression – DMX

The Great Depression, and the Road to Recovery DMX’s The Great Depression is a great album from one of the greats of rap. The album contains 17 songs, and was his 4th album release, which was also his 4th consecutive album to debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Released on October 3,…

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
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Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

It takes a passionate relationship to write and sing a passionate song about a relationship. There was plenty of that when the five members of Fleetwood Mac sat down in 1976 to record their follow up album to their previous album, the self-titled Fleetwood Mac LP. There was deep trouble in the relationships between Stevie…

Come On Over – Shania Twain
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Come On Over – Shania Twain

Despite Taylor Swift being ubiquitous today, the crossover from country to pop is not a new phenomenon. It’s been happening right since the 1950s when Patsy Cline had several hits on the pop charts. It continued in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s with artists like Dolly Parton, and Olivia Newton-John hitting the pop charts with…

Achtung Baby – U2
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Achtung Baby – U2

I remember buying this album with great enthusiasm when it came out in November 1991 and thinking about what are they going to do after The Joshua Tree and Rattle & Hum. When I heard it for the first couple of times I was hugely disappointed. I thought “What happened to the U2 that I…

True Blue – Madonna
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True Blue – Madonna

There would be no Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Lana Del Ray, Sia, Dua Lipa, and Camila Cabello, and many more had there not been a certain Madonna who lit up the pop world in the 1980s. Madonna became the first genuine female global superstar in the pop world and…

The Doors – The Doors
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The Doors – The Doors

The debut music album of the band The Doors titled The Doors was released in January 1967. It has eleven songs, for a combined length of 44 minutes, most songs being in the 2–3-minute interval and two longer songs, the longest one at the end. Read Also: David Chipman’s Wiki: A Hawk on Gun Control…