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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.
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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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”.
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