It was twenty years ago today … past Pier 39 early pm
Another ‘difficult third album’ that proved to be anything but. Not greatly received by critics, it had a prolonged commercial success re-entering the charts several times over four years, including going straight to number one after release, and then returning to the top slot nearly a year later.
Album: Just Enough Education to Perform
Released: 11th April 2001
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 104
Number of Weeks at No.1: 5
It was thirty years ago today … in a body without a heart
Blue Lines was Massive Attack’s debut album, although they had been around the Bristol sound system scene for years. Featuring tracks like ‘Unfinished Sympathy’, it is now seen as the album that launched Trip-Hop, and has received wide acclaim over the years, including being voted by Q Magazine readers as the ninth Best British Album of all time.
Album: Blue Lines
Artist: Massive Attack
Released: 8th April 1991
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 130
Highest Chart Position: 13
It was fifty years ago today … watching as the frilly panties run
Aqualung was Jethro Tull’s best selling album, and featured some more acoustic tracks – a departure from previous releases that were heavier. It features in many ‘all-time’ lists, including the 100 Greatest Prog Albums.
Artist: Jethro Tull
Released: 19th March 1971
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 24
Highest Chart Position: 4
It was thirty years ago today … rocking to the rhythm in their ice cream van
KLF had numerous incarnations in the lead-up to this album, including The Timelords and Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. The album itself went through a series of changes, from a soundtrack for a movie to a studio album. In the end, from an almost underground following it infiltrated the mainstream consciousness to enter the charts where it stayed for almost a year, and became probably the greatest classic of Acid House music.
Album: The White Room
Released: 4th March 1991
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 46
Highest Chart Position: 3
It was forty years ago today … the first time, the last time we ever met
Phil Collins had been the drummer in Genesis for ten years when he recorded this, his first, solo album. It was an immediate success, going to number one on the UK charts, and staying in those charts for over five years.
Album: Face Value
Artist: Phil Collins
Released: 13th February 1971
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 275
Number of Weeks at No.1: 3