It was forty years ago today … moving through the Cleveland heat

Eleven days into a new decade, and what a debut album to start it off.   In fact, considered by many to have been one of the best debuts ever, it features in most top 100 albums of all time lists.

Album: Pretenders
Artist: Pretenders
Released:  11th January 1980
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 36
Number of Weeks at No.1: 4

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Selecting my Album of the Year 2019 was a lot more difficult this year, as there was a lot of good music about.   Although some of it was from a selection of new artists, this was a small cohort in relation to the number of old friends whose new offerings found their way onto the player this year.

Having said that, there were also some notable absences from the purchases of acts I have followed for many years, who also released albums this year.   Old favourites that couldn’t raise my interest beyond a tentative listen included Hozier, Chemical Brothers, Morrisey, Santana, Madonna, Kaiser Chiefs, Sheryl Crow, Bat for Lashes and Stereophonics.   Others survived the tentative listen test, only to be rejected fairly swiftly in the shortlisting process.  Continue Reading

It was fifty years ago today … way down inside

It’s difficult to explain just what an impact their first two albums, released just ten months apart, made at the time, but it is this second one that made the greater of the two.

Album: Led Zeppelin II
Artist: Led Zeppelin
Released:  31st October 1969
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 119
Number of Weeks at No.1: 1

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It was forty years ago today … walking back from your house

Originally billed as a punk band, their second album placed them firmly in the mainstream.   Not a bad track on here.

Album: Regatta de Blanc
Artist: The Police
Released:  2nd October 1979
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 74
Number of Weeks at No.1: 4

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It was fifty years ago today … across the long black road

Sixties’ West Coast music at its very best, and played everywhere when contemporary.  Hence I was amazed to see it only made one week on the chart – probably the week I bought it!

Album: It’s a Beautiful Day
Artist: It’s a Beautiful Day
Released:  1st July 1969
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 1
Highest Chart Position: No.58

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