1001 Albums You Must Hear (and Blog about) Before You Die

My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die

545. Cheap Trick at Budokan – Cheap Trick

Brief Background: Cheap Trick at Budokan is the first live album by the band. The album was recorded in Tokyo in April of 1978 and released in Japan in October of that … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

546. Entertainment! – Gang of Four

Brief Background: Entertainment! is the debut album by UK band Gang of Four. The album was recorded in 1979 and released in September of that year. What I think: Here is another album … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

547. Rust Never Sleeps – Neil Young

Brief Background: Rust Never Sleeps is in essence a live album from Neil Young. The album was recorded from shows over a three year period from 1975 through 1978, with most of … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

548. Armed Forces – Elvis Costello

Original US album omitted “Sunday’s Best” and added (What’s So Funny ‘Bout)…” Brief Background: Armed Forces is the third album by Elvis Costello and his second with The Attractions. The album was … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

549. Cut – The Slits

Original album is tracks 1-10 Brief Background: Cut is debut album by UK Punk band The Slits. The album was recorded and released in 1979. What I think: I had never heard this … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

550. Quiet Life – Japan

Brief Background: Quiet Life is the third album by UK band Japan. The album was recorded and released in 1979 and wouldn’t become a successful until after the band’s 1981 release Tin … Continue reading

September 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

551. Broken English – Marianne Faithfull

Brief Background: Broken English is seventh studio album by Faithfull. It is considered her comeback album after dealing with many years of drug abuse and homelessness. The album was recorded during the … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

552. London Calling – The Clash

Original Album is tracks 1-19 Brief Background: London Calling is third album by The Clash. It was recorded over a three month period after the band had secluded themselves in a studio … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

553. The Undertones – The Undertones

  Brief Background: The Undertones is the debut album by Irish band The Undertones. The original album was released in May 1979 without the two singles “Teenage Kicks” and “Get Over You” … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

554. Risqué – Chic

Brief Background: Risqué is the third album from the band Chic. The album was recorded and released in 1979. What I think: I’ve seen the narrative a lot lately that the Disco backlash … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

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