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.
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.”
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.
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:
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.
The last three singles in this series of Taang! reissues were all part of the same Massachusetts scene. Each band with a different sound, but all in their own way left their mark not only in their area, but in both the punk and indie music world.
Evan Dando and his two friends Ben Deily and Jesse Peretz recorded this single the day after their high school graduation in 1986 and self released it on their own Huh-Bag. “Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners” was not originally released on Taang!, but with their Husker-Du like sound they gained the labels attention and released the Hate Your Friends full length a year later. They eventually went on to be MTV big in the ’90s and Dando, with his good looks and great voice, became a teenage heart throb.
Lemonheads – Laughing All The Way To The Cleaners
Although they didn’t reach the stardom of the Lemonheads, the Moving Target’s music was in the same vein. Holding their own and playing shows with their hardcore peers the Moving Target’s released four albums and two singles filled with melodic rhythm driven pop punk.
Moving Targets – Less Than Gravity
Last in this series of Taang! records reissues is Slapshot, one of the biggest and most influential bands of the Boston scene. Featuring Jack “Choke” Kelly (Negative FX, Last Rights) on vocals, Slapshot put the hard in Hardcore. With their driving guitar and Choke’s distinct punk rock growl, they could get the crowd going and joining in with their great sing along choruses.
Slapshot – Same Mistake/Might Makes Right
All these singles are available for your listening pleasure at Streetlight, come by and pick up one or all ten.
Our next four bands were all part two of the same Boston scene as the three previous releases we spoke of in part one of this series. These singles have also not had official reissues since the were originally pressed.
First on our list is a split release featuring two different bands that pretty much had the same lineup. Each band has one song on each side, “Scum Gus” by Last Stand and “Injun Joe” by Noonday Underground.
Both have the fast guitar driven sound that was known for their scene, but the songs are a lot catchier with a heavy Buzzcocks influence and sing-along choruses. This single proved that the Boston scene had diversity and they were not a bunch of cookie cutter bands following a formula.
The next single is from a Boston band that was short lived, but made a loud noise in the Straight Edge/Hardcore world. Negative FX featured Jack “Choke” Kelly (Last Rights, Slapshot) on vocals. His fierce throat shredding vocals complimented the non stop high speed guitar attack.
This single, unlike the others, is new to this format. It’s five songs from Negative FX’s full length LP, their one and only official release.
Let’s end part two of this series with the Oysters. Like many other bands in the Boston scene, members of the Oysters came from other heavy-hitters in the scene (DYS, Stranglehold, Negative FX). Much like Last Stand and Noonday Underground, the Oysters brought the same heart as their peers, but a different sound. They strayed from the lightning fast hard edged guitar with in your face vocals, for a power-pop sound.