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Announcements | Sep 06, 2016

Perfect Album Side Weekend (Monday)

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Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon” (B)

Not a single “best of” album list would be complete without “The Dark Side of the Moon”.  Pink Floyd recorded this at Abbey Road studios in the second half of 1972 and release it in the spring of 1973.  From there it spent 9-hundred 17 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 45 million copies.  The themes of mental illness, death, and mental illness couple with the production help of Alan Parsons, voices of friends, and the craftsmanship of the band has propelled this work be one of the best in rock.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Rush “Moving Pictures” (A)

“Moving Pictures” is the eighth studio album by the Canadian band Rush. This album has become the band’s highest-selling album in the United States, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200, and it remains the band’s most commercially successful recording. The album was one of the first to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. Moving Pictures is one of two Rush albums listed in ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Jimi Hendrix “Are You Experienced” (A)

There is only one album that can encompass some of the prime music of the psychedelic era, be one of the best guitar albums of all time, and be perhaps the ultimate debut album.  That album is “Are You Experienced” from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.  This 1967 landmark album broke musical boundaries and boasts signature sounds of the late 1960s.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Radiohead “The Bends” (A)

“The Bends” is the second studio album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released on 13 March 1995. The Bends marked the beginning of a shift in aesthetics and themes for the band, with greater use of keyboards, and more abrasive guitar tracks while balancing with subtler ones. The Bends received greater critical acclaim than their first release, receiving an enthusiastic critical reaction. Sales-wise, The Bends achieved triple platinum sales certifications in the UK and in Canada, as well as platinum sales certifications in the United States. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Elvis Costello “Get Happy” (A)

Elvis Costello was enjoying a run of three albums and decided to change directions with his 1980 album “Get Happy!!”  The album, his third with The Attractions had heavy doses of R&B, ska, and soul mixed with a retro look to its artwork.  This was a departure from the New Wave sound and some have said it was penance for slurs Costello made while intoxicated.  After a number of plays, the songs have some hidden depths and really start to shine.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Smashing Pumpkins “Siamese Dreams” (A)

“Siamese Dream” is the second studio album by The Smashing Pumpkins, released on July 27, 1993. The album fused diverse influences such as grunge, shoegazing, heavy metal and progressive rock. Siamese Dream debuted at number ten on the Billboard charts, and eventually sold over four million copies in the U.S., and over six million worldwide. Siamese Dream has widely been regarded as one of the best albums of the 1990s, and in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 362 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” (A)

Very few albums have sold 45 copies worldwide.  Fleetwood Mac has accomplished that with their 1977 album “Rumours”.  Barring the actually rumors about the band in the press the album was praised by critics as having “raw emotion” coupled with a more consistent and eccentric sounds than their earlier works.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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The Doors “The Doors” (A)

“The Doors” is the eponymous debut album by the Doors, recorded in August 1966 and officially released on January 4, 1967. The album features the breakthrough single “Light My Fire”. The album was ranked number 42 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The original album has sold 20 million copies, and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame; “Light My Fire” was also inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame under the category, “Rock (track)”. In 2015, the Library of Congress selected The Doors for inclusion in the National Recording Registry based on its cultural, artistic or historical significance. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Blondie “Parallel Lines” (A)

Years after their release albums are looked at to see how they influenced releases after it.  1979’s “Parallel Lines” from Blondie brought the look and sound of the 80’s New Wave movement to the public.  It is garnered as a creative and commercial masterpiece with tracks like “One Way or Another” and “Hanging on The Telephone” helping make it this most successful album.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan “Couldn’t Stand the Weather” (A)

“Couldn’t Stand the Weather” is the second studio album by American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. It was released on May 15, 1984, by Epic Records as the follow-up to the band’s critically and commercially successful 1983 album, Texas Flood. Recording sessions took place in January 1984 at the Power Station in New York City. The album went to No. 31 on the Billboard 200 chart; And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Peter Gabriel “3” (B)

Peter Gabriel had defied the norm by walking away from Genesis in 1975 and naming a number of his albums simply, “Peter Gabriel”.  The third of those albums included notable personnel like Kate Bush, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Phil Collins, and Paul Weller.  It included Gabriel’s first top-10 hit, “Games Without Frontiers” and protest song, “Biko” (bee-coh).  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Bruce Springsteen “Darkness on the Edge of Town” (A)

“Darkness on the Edge of Town” is the fourth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released in the late spring of 1978. The album marked the end of a three-year gap between albums brought on by contractual obligations and legal battling with former manager Mike Appel. Although the album did not produce high-charting singles, Badlands, Prove it All Night and The Promised Land did help it remain on the charts for 97 weeks. A steady seller in Springsteen’s catalogue, it has been certified triple-platinum by the RIAA. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it at #151 on their list of the greatest albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” (A)

The 4-album run in the late 60s and early 70s from the Rolling Stones is considered the best in pop music history.  The peak of that run is 1971’s “Sticky Fingers”.  The blues-rock influence was in full speed on this album as was The Stones’ ability to shock.  This album was the first time the “Lips and Tongue” image was used, but is showed a…suggestive album cover featuring a pair of tight fitting jeans on a man.  With tracks like “Brown Sugar”, “Wild Horses” and, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”, “Sticky Fingers” was The Rolling Stone’s at the raunchy best.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” (A)

“The Dark Side of the Moon” is the eighth album by the English rock band Pink Floyd. Originally released on 1 March 1973. The Dark Side of the Moon was an immediate success; it topped the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for a week and remained in the chart for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 45 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling worldwide. It has been remastered and re-released twice, and covered in its entirety by several other acts. It produced two singles, “Money” and “Us and Them”, and is the band’s most popular album among fans and critics, and has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Bill (Middletown), Susan (Hazlet)

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The Cars “Candy-O” (B)

Although not any part, musically for the album, the artwork for “Candy-O” from the Cars is iconic.  Alberto Vargas’ pin-up art is the start of this 1979 work that received a positive critical reception.  With this second release, “Candy-O” line-up of classic songs solidified The Cars as being one of the best rock bands leading into the 1980s with its lively and constructed production.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Traffic “John Barleycorn Must Die” (A)

“John Barleycorn Must Die” is the fourth studio album by the English band Traffic, released in 1970. It peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200, their highest charting album in the US, and has been certified a gold record by the RIAA. In addition, the single “Empty Pages” spent eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 74. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Steely Dan “Royal Scam” (A)

Guitar was the prominent instrument on the Steely Dan album, “The Royal Scam”.  It featured solos from the likes of Larry Carlton and Elliot Randall.  The album also featured the drum work of Bernard Purdie and a pre-Eagles Timothy B. Schmit.  When it was first released in the 1976 it was not highly rated, but has over years, become one of Steely Dan’s best works.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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R.E.M. “Document” (A)

“Document” is the fifth studio album by the band R.E.M. It was released in 1987, and the first album on which the band worked with producer Scott Litt. The album’s clear production and muscular rock riffs helped to move the band towards mainstream success. This release not only launched “The One I Love,” R.E.M.’s first Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (it reached number nine), but also gave them their first platinum album. Rolling Stone Magazine included the album in their list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s (in 41st place), and then ranked it number 470 on 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Stevie Wonder “Innervisions” (A)

There are not many things music critics can agree upon.  Many have said, and have agreed, that Stevie Wonder’s 1973 album “Inner visions” is his greatest work.  It was a fan favorite as well as the album charted for over a year.  It covered a variety of hot topics of the day including drug abuse, and racism.  Wonder also worked on a majority of album on his own, cementing him as one of the best artists of the century.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Grateful Dead “Blues for Allah” (A)

“Blues for Allah” is the eighth studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was recorded between February 27 and May 7, 1975, and originally released on September 1, 1975. Blues for Allah is one the group’s highest-charting albums, having peaked at #12 in Billboard shortly after its release. Several tracks on the album were performed regularly for the rest of the Dead’s career, such as “Crazy Fingers”, “The Music Never Stopped” and “Help on the Way / Slipknot! / Franklin’s Tower” suite. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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The Beatles “Revolver” (B)

When the Beatles set out to record their seventh studio album at Abbey Road studios they continued their style and experimentation.  1966’s “Revolver” included classical strings, Indian-music backing and a variety of production techniques.  Some of those techniques were used for the first time on the album.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Koko Taylor “The Earthshaker”  (B) 9521.wav

There are certain women of the blues that inspired not just women of the blues but of all styles of music.  Koko Talyor did just that.  Even though some of the songs on her 1978 album “The Earthshaker” were written and performed by men, Taylor made them hers with her rough powerful voice. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Blind Faith “Blind Faith” (A)

The self-titled and only studio release from super group Blind Faith featured 2-thirds of Cream, Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech.  At the time Cream was a huge success while Steve Winwood wasn’t known in North America at the time.  The 1969 album charted at number 1 in a number of countries around the world.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Announcements | Sep 06, 2016

Perfect Album Side Weekend (Sunday)

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The Doors “Soft Parade” (B)

By 1969 The Doors had already released three successful albums.  They wanted to experiment with brass and string arrangements and incorporate that into their sound.  And although critics initial thought that departure was a gimmick, “The Soft Parade” has become a favorite of fans and critics alike.  George Harrison, who visited during the recording has been known to say that the album’s complexity resembled that of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.   And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Allman Brothers “Live at the Fillmore East” (A)

“At Fillmore East” is the first live album by the Allman Brothers Band, and their third release overall. Released in July 1971, was recorded over the course of three nights in March 1971. Considered by some critics to be one of the greatest live albums in rock music, it has also been a top seller in the band’s catalog, becoming their first album to go platinum. In 2004, the album was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress, deemed to be “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” by the National Recording Registry. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Beastie Boys “Paul’s Boutique” (A)

The Beastie Boys sophomore album “Paul’s Boutique” was initially considered a commercial failure but was critically acclaimed and has seen its popularity grow since its 1989 release.  With 105 samples on the album it pushed the envelope of the technique.   And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Deep Purple “Machine Head” (B)

“Machine Head” is the sixth studio album released by recent Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees Deep Purple. Recorded through December 1971 in Montreux, Switzerland, the album was released in March 1972. Machine Head is often cited as a major influence in the early development of heavy metal. Featuring the auto-biographical classic “Smoke on the Water”, Machine Head is Deep Purple’s most successful album, topping the charts in several countries following its release. The album reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and stayed in the top 40 for 20 weeks. It reached number 7 in the United States, remaining on the Billboard 200 for 118 weeks. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Heart “Dream Boat Annie” (A)

No list of influential women in rock would be complete without Ann and Nancy Wilson.  And it all started with the US release of “Dreamboat Annie” in 1976.  Its initial release in Canada sold 30-thousand copies in a few months, which was impressive for the time.  The album features the pairing of acoustic and electric guitars, which was rare at the time, but soon copied throughout the years.  The vision of the Wilson sisters in the making of the album along with the natural gifts of harmonies and musical connections made instant stars of Heart.  And this is what makes this a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” (A)

“Pet Sounds” is the 11th studio album by the Beach Boys, released on May 16, 1966. After an initial luke-warm reception from critics and consumers alike, the album has subsequently garnered worldwide acclaim from critics and musicians alike, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential albums in music history. Long known to be the impetus behind Paul McCartney’s motivation for the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s album, Pet Sounds used the wall of sound style of production, along with elaborate layers of vocal harmonies, coupled with sound effects and unusual instruments. Pet Sounds was preserved in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Rolling Stone Magazine has ranked it second on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Jackson Brown “Late for the Sky” (B)

In his inducting speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bruce Springsteen called Jackson Browne’s 1974 album “Late for the Sky” a masterpiece.  The album cover, said to be Brown’s favorite, features an early model Chevy at dusk in California and took its inspiration from a Belgian surrealist painting.  The album has the perfect mix of wonderful arrangements, memorable melodies, and personal lyrics written by someone who had lived decades of sorrow even though he was only 25 at the time.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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The Police “Regatta de Blanc” (A)

“Regatta de Blanc” is the second studio album by The Police, released on 2 October 1979. It features the band’s first two UK No. 1 hits: “Message in a Bottle” and “Walking on the Moon”. It was their first album to reach No. 1 on the UK Album Charts. The title track earned the band their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1980. In 2012, the album was ranked No. 372 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (A)

“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is the eighth studio album by the Beatles. Released on 1 June 1967, it was an immediate commercial and critical success, spending 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and 15 weeks at number one in the United States. Time magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music”. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive this honor. Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number one in its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. As of 2011, it has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums in history. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Bob Dylan ‘Blood on the Tracks’ (A)

If there were a class about the confessional singer-songwriter it may only feature one album, “Blood on the Tracks”.  The genesis of the album was a small red notebook that Bob Dylan would write about relationships and ruptures in them.  In 1975 Bob Dylan was estranged from his wife, and his son Jacob has said that some of the songs are as “my parents talking”.  Bob Dylan has denied that the songs are autobiographical.  No matter what the truth may be, that’s what makes this a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Patti Smith Group “Wave” (A)

“Wave” is the fourth studio album by the Patti Smith Group, released May 17, 1979. This album was produced by famed artist/producer Todd Rontgen. The band broke up after this album was released. Patti Smith stayed in semi-retirement until the late ‘80s. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Dire Straits “Making Movies” (A),

Dire Straits started their most successfully decade with the release of their 1980 album, “Making Movies”.  The album features a deeper musical arraignments and some of Mark Knophler’s most personal lyrics.  It featured a more mature, well rounded band that one critic said, “If Making Movies really were a film, it might win a flock of Academy Awards”.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Bruce Springsteen “The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle” (B)

“The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle” is the second studio album by Bruce. It was recorded by Springsteen with the E Street Band at in New York and released on September 11, 1973. Called by critics as a “masterpiece” that is “cinematic in its sweep”, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked it number 132 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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The Who “Who’s Next” (B)

From iconic artwork, to the value of its production, to the performance of the band, “Who’s Next” from The Who is one of the greatest albums of all time.  It was immediately accepted by critics and fans alike upon its release in 1971.  The album cover features the band along with a concrete piling which was apparently made wet with rainwater.  The album was recorded at multiple studios, including at Mick Jagger’s house and a song that was meant for a solo project, the album manages to rank very high on many “top album” lists.  The songs are filled with wonderful guitar hooks and feature innovative use of synthesizers.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Tom Petty “Full Moon Fever” (A)

“Full Moon Fever” is the first solo album by Tom Petty, released on April 24, 1989. It features contributions from members of his backing band the Heartbreakers, notably Mike Campbell, along with Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison of the Traveling Wilburys (who died prior to its release), and George Harrison of the Beatles. The album became a commercial and critical success, peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified 5× platinum in the United States. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Neil Young “After the Gold Rush” (A)

The third studio album from Neil Young, “After The Gold Rush” has some remarkable stories behind the music.  “Southern Man”, a song about race relations in America struck a chord with Lynyrd Skynrd the band who wrote “Sweet Home Alabama” in reaction to the song and mentioned Young by name.  The album also featured the guitar work of an 18-year old Nils Lofgren.  The 1970 album was inspired by a screenplay of the same name, which has since been lost.  The stories, the music, the lyrics….that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Jethro Tull “Aqualung” (A)

“Aqualung” is the fourth studio album by Jethro Tull. Released in 1971, the album’s recurring themes, addressing religion along with Anderson’s own personal experiences, was inspired by photographs taken by singer Ian Anderson’s wife Jennie of homeless people along the Thames River Embankment. Aqualung has sold more than seven million units worldwide, making it Jethro Tull’s best-selling album. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Oasis “What’s the Story Morning Glory” (A)

There are a number of classic albums that were not received well with critics at first, but had fans from the beginning.  “What’s The Story Morning Glory”, the sophomore effort from Oasis is one of them.  The album took the band from being an indie artist to a top act around the world.  Now the album is regarded as a seminal work of the Britpop era and as one of the best of the 1990s.  It’s still an influence today as it is also credited, for better or worse, and popularizing the brick wall mastering technique that lead to use of heavy compression on music.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

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Lenny Kravitz “Mama Said” (A)

“Mama Said” is the second studio album by Lenny Kravitz, released in April 1991. Featuring several high-profile guest musicians, including Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash who co-wrote and played on the song “Always on the Run” and Sean Lennon, who co-wrote “All I Ever Wanted”. Mama Said became Kravitz’s first U.S. top 40 album, going on to sell enough copies to be certified double platinum. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Jimmy Reed “Jimmy Reed at Carnegie Hall” (D)
This Album has been a favorite of most blues fans since it was recorded back in 1961… Jimmy reed was one of the early innovators with electric blues and a super songwriter to boot… this records influence can be found from the stones to Clapton & jerry Garcia… it is actually a studio recreation of the show done by Jimmy at Carnegie”

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Muddy Waters “Fathers & Sons” (A)
In 1969 Mike Bloomfield & Paul Butterfield were headed to Chicago for a charity show and asked Marshall Chess to record an album with Muddy Waters…. Chess rounded up his best side men and together this partial live partial studio record became a blues standard and the handoff to a new generation of bluesmen.

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Johnny Winter “Nothin But the Blues (A)
Johnny Winter as a kid rocked Woodstock and also shredded with brother Edgar as well as rick derringer in the white trash days of the 70’s but by 1977 Johnny had started his own new label Blue Sky Records… his first on his new label produced this masterpiece and my personal favorite Winter record….

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Rory Gallager “Irish Tour ‘74″(B)
Jimi Hendrix once said the greatest guitarist he ever heard was an Irish lad named Rory Gallagher… Rory, like the Dead and so many other 70’s artist made energized live music that couldn’t be captured in the studio… so I decided to give you some searing sounds from Rory’s 74 tour… one of the few performers who could do shows in both the north and south of Ireland during those troubled times.

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Janis Joplin “I God Dem Old Kosmic Blues Again Mama” (A)
Janis Joplin channeled blues woman like Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, & Sippie Wallace to name a few… bringing her heartfelt blues to the Woodstock generation and in 1969 recorded her 1st album after splitting from Big Brother & the holding Company.

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Marvin Gaye “Let’s Get It On” (A)
I couldn’t let the weekend pass without a little Soul & Motown from the legendary Marvin Gaye… His sound and the content of his solo releases was in depth and socially conscious, he also made some great baby making music!!!

Announcements | Sep 03, 2016

Perfect Album Side Weekend (Friday)

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Joe Jackson “Look Sharp” (A)
“Look Sharp!” is the debut album by Joe Jackson, released in 1979. The album featured one of Jackson’s most famous songs, “Is She Really Going Out with Him?,” as well as other singles, such as “Sunday Papers” and “One More Time.” The cover, featuring a pair of white shoes, ranked number 22 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest album covers of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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 Van Morrison “Moondance” (A)

The third album from northern-Irish born Van Morrison made him a major artists in pop music.  The variety of soul, jazz, pop, and Irish folk on “Moondance” is why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Grateful Dead “American Beauty”

“American Beauty” is the fifth Grateful Dead studio album, released on November 1, 1970. The songs contain lyrics written by Robert Hunter and also sees Jerry Garcia play pedal steel guitar in place of lead guitar. On July 11, 1974, the album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and later reached Platinum and double Platinum certification in 1986 and 2001. Featuring classic Dead tracks like “Box of Rain” and “Truckin’”, the album is ranked number 258 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

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Beatles_AbbeyRoadThe Beatles “Abbey Road” (B)

With tensions running high in the band George Martin agreed to record “Abbey Road” under one condition; The Beatles play the way they used to do it.  Conflict in the band, the death of Brian Epstien, and a car accident involving John Lennon made the recordings difficult.  Like many great albums it received mixed reviews initially, but over time it has been cited as one of the Beatles’ greatest album.  The first side of the album has strong performances from the band, but it’s the second side that struck critics and fans alike. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Bill (Middletown), Jenn (W. Long Branch), Sandra (Little Silver), Todd (Rumson), Jack (Keyport)

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George Thorogood and the Destroyers “George Thorogood and the Destroyers” (A)

George Thorogood and the Destroyers have become an American institution since the release of their 1977 self-titled debut album.  The album pays homage to early blues musicians while adding a stripped down rock flavor to some of the songs that made them famous. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Francis (Ocean Grove)

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Pearl Jam “’Ten” (A)

There are few albums that defined a generation and that change the world of music.  Pearl Jam’s debut album “Ten” did just that.  It brought alternative rock and grunge to the mainstream.  Since its release it has sold more than 10 million units.  The deep lyrics of Eddie Vedder were paired with the music of Stone Gosssard and Jeff Ament.  The guitar-heavy and unrestrained music complimented the deep and strong sounds of Vedder’s voice. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Michael (Holmdel), Susan (Hazlet), Brian (Tinton Falls)

 

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Joy Division, “Unknown Pleasures” (B)

There aren’t many albums whose creation became pivotal moments in two separate feature films, not to mention giving rise to an entire subculture; “Unknown Pleasures”‘ creation did just that. Credit must be given to Joy Division themselves, who would shortly find themselves regrouping as New Order after the death of singer Ian Curtis, and to producer Martin Hannett, who found ways to record the band’s sparse arrangements in a way that, in 1979, sounded like absolutely nothing else. “Unknown Pleasures” has glued itself to the psyche of every subsequent generation’s collection of outsiders, and its influence continues to form the background radiation of what eventually became Alternative Rock. After the album’s first side’s slow build, it’s second side’s snap to attention with the opening smack of “She’s Lost Control” signals that the ride’s not nearly over, and that’s why Side Two of Joy Division’s “Unknown Pleasures” is a Perfect Album Side on Altrok Radio, on Brookdale Public Radio.

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Franz Ferdinand, “Franz Ferdinand” (A)

By the mid 2000’s, it started to become clear that an Alternative Rock scene that included any sense of “business as usual” was doomed to be received with indifference. Simply put, the industry forgot that this stuff was supposed to be “fun” – to listen to, to dance to, to just be around. It was about that time that bands hailing from New York’s Lower East Side, from a resurgent Brooklyn, and from London, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow, realized that rock served up with rhythm and swagger – nothing new, if you consider the early days of The Beatles and The Stones, but strangely forgotten in the late 90’s – might be the key to getting themselves noticed. A band of Glaswegian ne’er-do-wells who named themselves after Franz Ferdinand, the archduke who ignited a global conflagration by picking the wrong moment to get in the way of a bullet, stood out by immersing themselves in the post-punk of the early Eighties (and even earlier, given their affinity for, and eventual collaboration with, glam-to-new-wave time-travellers Sparks) and, in 2004, they released one of the key milestones of the decade’s dance-rock revival…and that’s why Side One of the self-titled debut album from Franz Ferdinand is a Perfect Album Side on Altrok Radio, on Brookdale Public Radio.

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J. Roddy Walston “Essential Tremors” (A)

Released on September 10, 2013, “Essential Tremors” is the first album from J. Roddy Walston on the A.T.O. label. Growing up in Cleveland, Tennessee – home of the Church of God, and its affiliated college, Lee University – Walston was steeped in gospel and country music, but found rock ‘n’ roll through the music of Led Zeppelin, T.Rex and Leon Russell. Essential Tremors is the latest, and third release from the band. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Tony (Wall)

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Pixies “Doolittle” (B)

If the 1980s were the decade of excess, “Doolittle”, the 1989 release from the Pixies was its end.  Themes of torture, death, Biblical violence and surrealism was hallmarks of the album.  It took the relatively unknown band to supporting U2 on the Zoo TV Tour.  The album influenced a whole new generation of musicians, including Nirvana, who thought “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sounded a lot like “Tame”, a hallmark of “Doolittle”.   And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Ted (Howell)

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Black Sabbath “Paranoid” (A)

Released in September 1970, “Paranoid” is the second studio album by Black Sabbath, and their first record to top the British charts. Paranoid contains several of the band’s signature songs, including “Iron Man”, “War Pigs” and the title track, which was the band’s only Top 20 hit, reaching number 4 in the UK charts. It is often regarded as one of the most quintessential and influential albums in heavy metal history. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Anthony (East Windsor)

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King Crimson “Discipline” (A)

After a seven year hiatus and with half of the original members King Crimson released “Discipline”.  The virtuoso additions of Tony Levin and Adrian Belew brought critical praise to the band upon its release in 1981.  Even the band was well known for their prog-rock elements they forged ahead adding new wave sounds. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Dave (South Amboy)

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Genesis “A Trick of the Tail” (A)

“A Trick of the Tail” is the seventh studio album from Genesis, released in February 1976. Its’ the first album to feature drummer Phil Collins as lead vocalist following the departure of Peter Gabriel. A Trick of the Tail was a huge critical and commercial success in the UK and U.S., reaching No. 3 and No. 31 respectively, and was certified Gold in both England and America. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Peter (Red Bank)

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U2 “Joshua Tree” (A) 

When recording the album in late 1986 and early 1987 U2 wanted to portray a cinematic quality to their new album.  They wanted to portray the open landscape of America and that was captured on their fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree”.  It was a critical and commercial success for the band and propelled U2 to be one of the biggest bands of the 1980s.  The opening sequence of songs lay down the mood and present the listener with the one of the best rock albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Meg (W, Allenhurst), Michael (Holmdel), Brian (Tinton Falls), Margaret (Ocean)

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Santana “Abraxas” (A)

The first release from the band after their highly acclaimed live performance at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, “Abraxas” came out in September 1970. The album’s mix of rock, blues, jazz, salsa, and other influences was very well received. In 2016, the album was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry due to its “cultural, historic, or artistic significance”. Featuring the classic cuts ‘Gypsy Woman / Black Magic Queen and Oye Como Va’, Abraxas is ranked number 207 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and was also included in the book ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Lauren (Red Bank)

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Cat Stevens “Tea for the Tillerman” (A)

Not only did Cat Stevens write and compose all the songs, the former art student created the artwork of “Tea for the Tillerman” as well.  His fourth studio album, and second in 1970, has some of his best known songs.  Press play to hear “Wild World”, “Hard Headed Woman”, and “Where Do The Children Play”.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Bob (Morganville)

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Paul Simon “Graceland” (A)

Released on August 25, 1986 Paul Simon’s “Graceland” features an eclectic mixture of musical styles, including pop, rock, a cappella and zydeco. Simon created new compositions, collaborating with both African and American artists. Simon’s 7th solo cd won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, and sold over 16 million copies worldwide. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2007, having been judged to meet the Registry’s admission criterion of being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.” And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Dave (Spring Lake)

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David Bowie “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” (A), 

“The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is the fifth studio album by English musician David Bowie. It is a concept album telling the story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. It peaked at No. 5 in the United Kingdom on the UK Albums Chart and No. 75 in the United States on the Billboard 200, then improved to a No. 21 position in the wake of Bowie’s death in January. The CD is considered one of the greatest albums of all time, with Rolling Stone magazine ranking it the 35th greatest ever. It was ranked the 20th greatest album ever in a 1997 British survey, the 24th greatest of all time by Q magazine and one of the 100 greatest releases ever by Time magazine. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Alana (Marlboro)

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Talking Heads “1977” (B)

The “Talking Heads: 77” is on too many lists to discuss.  The only hit from the album, “Psycho Killer”, was released just after the Son of Sam was terrorizing New York City, but was written four years earlier.  The debut album from Talking Heads may not be loaded with hits, but is dense with art-punk, new wave, and alternative sounds.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Sean (Freehold)

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The Rolling Stones “Exile on Main Street” (B)

“Exile on Main Street”, the 10th album from the Stones, is considered to be the band’s best work, while being ranked on various lists as one of the greatest albums of all time. Exile on Main Street was written and recorded between 1969 and 1972. Exile on Main Street was released in May 1972. It was an immediate commercial success, reaching No. 1 worldwide, just as the band embarked on their celebrated 1972 American Tour. The album features guest performances from Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins and Gram Parsons. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Mike (Manalapan), Todd (Rumson)

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The Cars “The Cars” (A)

It took two years of bouncing around Boston clubs, but in 1978 The Cars was introduced to the rest of the world.  Their self-titled debut album has hit after hit. And from the first chords of “Good Times Roll” “The Cars” move you with the band’s performance, songwriting and production.  Elliot Easton said that, “We used to joke that the first album should be called ‘The Cars Greatest Hits'”  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Pete (Freehold)

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Weezer “Green Album”

“The Green Album” is the third studio album by Weezer, released on May 15, 2001. Produced by the Cars’ front-man Ric Ocasek, the Green Album debuted at number 4 in the US and number 2 in Canada. Three singles were released from the album, including “Hash Pipe”, “Island in the Sun”, and “Photograph”. It was certified platinum on September 13, 2001. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Deb (Middletown)

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Nirvana “Nevermind” (A)

It was initially ignored by the press and its sales remained stagnant.  But soon after its first single got radio airplay Nirvana’s “Nevermind” turned music on its head.  In 1991 it started the decade of alternative music and currently sits high on many greatest album lists.  One music critic site stated that, “anyone who hates this record today is just trying to be cool, and needs to be trying harder.”  The raw lyrics and the “loud/quiet” music dynamic helped bring grunge to the mainstream and influenced an entire generation overnight. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Doug (Hazlet) Josh (Marlboro)

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Bruce Springsteen “Born to Run” (B)

“Born to Run” is the third studio album by Bruce Springsteen. The album was a commercial success, peaking at number three on the Billboard 200 and eventually selling six million copies in the United States. It has since been considered by critics to be one of the greatest albums of all time, ranked #8 by Rolling Stone Magazine in its “100 Best Albums of the Last Twenty Years” and ranked it 18th on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Kevin (Sea Girt), Brian (Tinton Falls), Glen (Middletown), Margaret (Ocean), Jack (Keyort)

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Joe Jackson “I’m the Man” (A)

It may be hard to release a second album, within a year of your first hit but Joe Jackson succeeded with 1979’s “I’m the Man”.  In the era of the angry young man Joe Jackson delivered with sharp lyrics and his signature edgy vocal performance.  His backing band was as tight as it could be and that shows on tracks like “It’s Different for Girls” and “Geraldine and John”.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: William (Point Pleasant) Mike (Brick)

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The Clash “London Calling” (B)

Released in January, 1980 here in the U.S., “London Calling” received widespread acclaim and was ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. It was a top ten album in the UK, and its lead single “London Calling” was a top 20 single. London Calling has sold over five million copies worldwide, and was certified platinum in the United States. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Chris (Wall), Sandra (Little Silver), Lou (Hazlet)

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The Who “Tommy” (A)

There is only one deaf, dumb, and blind boy in rock and that boys name is “Tommy”.  The fourth album from The Who may not have been the first rock opera, but it was the first successful one.   “Tommy”, which features the compositions of Pete Townshend was thought of a masterpiece and the start of a new genre of music in 1969.  And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Steve (Morrisville, PA), Richard (Howell), Diane (Ocean Grove)

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Elvis Costello “This Year’s Model” (A)

“This Year’s Model” is Elvis Costello’s second album and his first with the Attractions; Released in 1978, This Year’s Model was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice critics’ poll. Attaining Gold Record Status, This Year’s Model has been recognized as one of the top 100 rock albums of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night.

Member Suggestion: Rob (Marlboro) Tammy (Manalapan)

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Led Zeppelin ‘IV’ (B)

“IV” (four), “Zoso”, “Runes”, “The Hermit”…call it what you will, the fourth album for Led Zeppelin is a classic.  The album lacks a name and the name of the band, as they wanted to remain anonymous.  It is anything but that as every song on the album is considered a classic by fans of Led Zeppelin.   It has sold over 37 million copies worldwide and considered on a short list of one of the greatest rock albums of all time. And that’s why this is a perfect album side on 90.5 The Night”.

Member Suggestion: Alan (Oceanport) Glenn (Sayerville)

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