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Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is 45

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

In September of 1972 Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4, originally intended to be titled Snowblind, didn’t hit the mark with critics, but still managed to go gold within a month of being released. 45 years later it’s still holds up with the band’s dedicated fans as well as newcomers.

Recording for the album began in June of 1972 in Los Angeles California. With the band three recordings deep in gold records and a severe cocaine habit, many problems haunted the members. Some say it was the beginning of the end of the classic lineup, but all that aside Black Sabbath produced their most experimental album to date.

Bringing in an orchestra to back “Iommi on Laguna Sunrise,” which was written after being up all night and watching the sunrise at Laguna Beach, was outside of the band’s usual heavy sound.

Other out of the ordinary recordings came with “Changes.” Adding mellotron to the piano lead song was a change musically, but they stuck to their dark side with heartbreaking lyrics of lost love by Geezer Butler.

From it’s Iconic cover to the classic songs such as “Supernaut,” “Changes,” and “SnowBlind,” Vol. 4 will forever hold its own.

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Sunny & the Sunliners: Mr. Brown Eyed Soul

October 14, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

This month Big Crown Records brings a Sunday evening dedication from a homeboy to his ruca (ol’ lady/girlfriend) with a collection of singles from Sunny Ozuna.

Mr. Brown Eyed Soul contains 17 tracks chosen with the cooperation of Sunny himself, to satisfy the most dedicated fan as well as newcomers.

Gaining popularity straight out of high school, Ozuna has not slowed down. Even now, over 50 years later, he is still bringing crowds to their feet at Lowrider shows and Latin oldie themed concerts with classics like “Smile Now Cry Later” and “Put In Jail.”

Aside from this, Sunny has also left another mark in music history by being the first Chicano/Latino artist to perform on American Bandstand.

Mr. Brown Eyed Soul is available on CD and LP and contains informative liner notes and plenty of rare photos. Listen to the following tracks and imagine cruising the boulevard.

Happy 45th, Thick As a Brick

March 27, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Released on March 10th, 1972, Thick As A Brick was the fifth release for British rock band Jethro Tull.

After the success of Aqualung, frontman Ian Anderson decided to go with another concept album.

Though it was received to mixed reviews by the critics, Thick As a Brick reached the top of the charts and earned Jethro Tull another gold album.

Happy 30th ‘Trio’

March 6, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

On March 2nd, 1987, Trio was released on Warner Bros. by long time friends Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt.

The collaboration went four times platinum and received 2 Grammy awards.

Trio also spawned four hits on the country music charts, and a #1 hit with a Phil Spector hit by the Teddy Bears, “To Know Him Is To Love Him.”

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Happy Birthday to Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power

February 25, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

In February of 1992 Pantera released its sixth studio album, Vulgar Display of Power.

Though pretty deep in the band’s catalogue, Vulgar Display Of Power contains a handful of Pantera’s most memorable songs: “Mouth Of Love,” “This Love,” “Hollow,” “Walk,” and “A New Level.” “Walk” was a tribute to fans who felt that the band was losing their edge.

Vulgar Display Of Power was received extremely well upon release, and in 2011 it was ranked number 4 on Guitar World’s top 10 list of best guitar records of 1992.

The album has been praised by critics who argue that it is Dime Bag Darrell’s (RIP) finest guitar work and Phil Anselmo’s best vocals.

Happy 25th Birthday to Tori Amos’ “Little Earthquakes”

February 22, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Released in the U.K. first and a U.S. release a month later Little Earthquakes is Tori Amos’ debut album.

Containing 5 singles, “Me and a Gun,” “Silent all These Years,” “China,” “Winter,” and “Crucify,” Little Earthquakes was received well by critics in both the U.S. and U.K.

In 2002 Amos’ debut album made the top 5 of greatest albums of all-time by a female artist.

Here is a popular cut available on the deluxe edition of Little Earthquakes:

Happy 40th to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours

February 4, 2017 Leave a comment

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by Raul

Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s 11th studio album, but only the second with the Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Recorded in California, the album contains memorable singles, “Go Your Own Way” “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” and “You Make Loving Fun.”

Rumours also topped both the U.S and U.K. charts as well as winning a GRAMMY for Album of the Year.