Posts Tagged ‘1980’

PatBenatarCrimesOfPassion

Crimes of Passion is the second studio album by American rock singer Pat Benatar, released on August 5, 1980 by Chrysalis Records. The album is the first to feature Myron Grombacher on drums, beginning a long tenure in Benatar’s band that would last into the late-1990s.

The album debuted on the US Billboard 200 album chart the week ending August 23 and held at No. 2 for five weeks in the US in January 1981, behind John Lennon’s Double Fantasy. It contains the hits “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” (US No. 9), “You Better Run” (US No. 42), “Treat Me Right” (US No. 18), plus a cover of Kate Bush’s international hit, “Wuthering Heights”. Crimes of Passion is Benatar’s biggest selling career album, having been certified 4x Platinum (for sales of over four million copies) in the United States alone. The song “Hell Is for Children”, which was not released as an A-side single, was also a hit on album-rock stations. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimes_of_Passion_%28Pat_Benatar_album%29

DarylHallJohnOatesVoices

Voices is the ninth studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1980. It spent 100 weeks on the Billboard 200 Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #17. The album slowly became a massive hit, spinning off four singles into the top 40 of the American pop charts: “How Does It Feel to Be Back” (#30 in fall, 1980), “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (#12 in winter, 1980), “Kiss on My List” (#1 for three weeks in spring, 1981), and “You Make My Dreams” (#5 in summer, 1981). (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voices_%28Hall_%26_Oates_album%29

ACDCBackInBlack

Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the album was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records. By the late 1970s, AC/DC began to achieve significant popularity outside their native Australia, with high-energy live performances and a string of successful albums. In 1979, they paired with producer Lange and recorded their international breakthrough, Highway to Hell. Shortly before the recording of their follow-up, lead vocalist Bon Scott died after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group continued on with ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson.

Back in Black was recorded over seven weeks in the Bahamas in spring 1980. The area was hit by tropical storms at the time, making the sessions difficult at times. Johnson penned the album’s lyrics and melodies, while guitarists Angus and Malcolm Young composed the music. Its musical content consists of hard rock-styled numbers with lyrics relating to sex, alcohol, partying and rock and roll. Lange demanded perfection in the band’s recordings, particularly on Johnson’s vocals. Following its completion, the group mixed Back in Black at Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The album’s all-black cover was designed as a “sign of mourning” for Scott.

Their sixth international release, Back in Black was an unprecedented success: it has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide. Its enormous sales figures have made it tied for the second-highest-selling album in history. The band supported the album with a year-long world tour, cementing them among the most popular music acts of the early 1980s. Back in Black received positive critical reception at the time of its release, and it has since been included on numerous lists of “greatest” albums. Since its initial release, the album has been reissued and remastered multiple times, most recently for digital distribution. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Back_in_Black (from ACDC.com) http://www.acdc.com/us/music/back-black

QueenTheGame

The Game is the eighth studio album by British rock band Queen released on 30 June 1980. It was the only Queen album to reach #1 in the US and became their best selling studio album in the US with four million copies sold to date, tying News of the World’s US sales tally. The album received very favourable reviews. Notable songs on the album include the bass-driven “Another One Bites the Dust” and the rockabilly “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, both of which reached #1 in the US. The Game was the first Queen album to use a synthesiser (an Oberheim OB-X). (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Game_%28Queen_album%29

KissUnmasked

Today in 1980, KISS released “Unmasked”, the last studio album featuring the band’s original lineup of Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss until the band reunited in the late 1990s. Criss was not involved in the recording of “Unmasked” at all. Drum tracks were recorded entirely by Anton Fig (David Letterman). Fig was uncredited on the album. Read more at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmasked_(Kiss_album)