Classic Albums

It was thirty years ago today … waiting for the night to fall

waiting for the night to fall

Although the band had been at the forefront of alternative electronic music for more than a decade, this was the album that, unsurprisingly, propelled them to world fame.

Album: Violator
Artist: Depeche Mode
Released:  19th March 1990
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 30
Highest Chart Position: No.2

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It was fifty years ago today … we all sang the songs of peace

we all sang the songs of peace

What is known as a slow burner, this album was being played everywhere during the summer of 1970. Yet, despite having the original versions of big hits covered by other artists, it still took until September to make the chart, ultimately finding its way to the top ten.

Album: Candles in the Rain
Artist: Melanie
Released:  11th April 1970
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 31
Highest Chart Position: No.5

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It was thirty years ago today … walking through the high dry grass

walking through the high dry grass

With the notable exception of AC/DC and INXS, in the last century not many Australian bands grabbed our attention with a classic album.  Even fewer can boast a lead singer who went on to be a Government Minister.

Album: Blue Sky Mining
Artist: Midnight Oil
Released:  9th February 1990
Weeks in UK Album Chart: 3
Highest Chart Position: No.66

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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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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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