Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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

MichaelJacksonBen

Ben is the second studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. The album was released on August 4, 1972, while Jackson was still a member of The Jackson 5. The album received mixed reviews from contemporary music critics. Ben was more successful on music charts than Jackson’s previous studio album, having charted within the top ten on the Billboard 200. Internationally, the album was less successful, peaking at number twelve in Canada, while charting within the top 200 positions in Australia and France.

Worldwide, Ben has sold a reported 5 million units. The album released one single, the title track “Ben”, which was a commercial success on music charts, topping both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Australian ARIA charts, giving Jackson his first number-one single, domestically and internationally. “Ben” also charted within the top ten in other territories worldwide. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” was planned to be released as the second single from the album, but canceled for unspecified reasons. Two of the album’s songs were “stripped” in 2009 as part of the three-disc compilation Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_%28album%29

BrendaLee

Brenda Lee is the second studio album by American pop and country artist Brenda Lee. The album was released August 1, 1960 on Decca Records and was produced by Owen Bradley. The album’s second single “Sweet Nothin’s” became Lee’s first major hit single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking within the Top 10. This was followed by the third single “I’m Sorry” released the following year that became her first single to top the Billboard Hot 100. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Lee_%28album%29

JourneyEscape

Escape (stylized as E5C4P3 on the album cover) is the seventh studio album by American rock band Journey, released on July 31, 1981. It topped the American Billboard 200 chart and features four hit Billboard Hot 100 singles – “Don’t Stop Believin'” (#9), “Who’s Crying Now” (#4), “Still They Ride” (#19) and “Open Arms” (#2) – plus rock radio staple “Stone in Love.” It was certified 9x platinum by the RIAA and sold over twelve million copies worldwide, making it the band’s most successful studio album and second most successful album overall behind Greatest Hits. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escape_%28Journey_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

MaryJBligeWhatsThe411

What’s the 411? is the debut album by American recording artist Mary J. Blige, released July 28, 1992. Upon being signed to Uptown Records, she began working with record producer Puff Daddy. The album spawned six singles, including “You Remind Me” and “Real Love”. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What%27s_the_411%3F

Madonna

Madonna is the eponymous debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Madonna, released on July 27, 1983 by Sire Records. It was renamed Madonna: The First Album for the 1985 international re-release of the album. Five singles were released from the album, with “Holiday” becoming her first song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and “Lucky Star”, her first top-five hit. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madonna_%28Madonna_album%29

ZZTopTresHombres

Tres Hombres (Spanish for “three men”, meaning the three members of the band) is the third album by the American rock band ZZ Top. It was released in 1973. The album was the first of many times the band worked with Terry Manning as engineer. It was a successful combination as the release was the band’s first commercial breakthrough. In the US, the album entered the top ten while the single “La Grange” reached number 41 on the singles charts. (Meanwhile, “La Grange” debuted number 33 on the American Top 40 broadcast on June 29, 1974.)

At the height of ZZ Top’s success in the mid-1980s a digitally remixed version of the recording was released on CD and the original 1973 mix version was discontinued. The remix version created controversy among fans because it significantly changed the sound of the instruments, especially drums. The remix version was used on all early CD copies and was the only version available for over 20 years. A remastered and expanded edition of the album was released on February 28, 2006, which contains three bonus live tracks. The 2006 edition is the first CD version to use Manning’s original 1973 mix. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tres_Hombres

TheMoodyBluesInSearchOfTheLostChord

In Search of the Lost Chord is the third album by The Moody Blues, released in 1968 through Deram Records. (from Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Search_of_the_Lost_Chord

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