Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. These are the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
In the late ‘80s, college rock darlings didn’t get any more darling than 10,000 Maniacs, who – thanks in no small part to the swirling skirts and soulful vocals of lead singer Natalie Merchant – were all over the CMJ charts and eventually worked their way into the mainstream. We’ve reissued two of the band’s key albums from the Merchant era of the band (that’s a casual way of reminding you that they’re still going strong, just with Mary Ramsey in Natalie’s spot), and although you’ll probably remember them simply from their titles, we’ll throw you a bone and offer a few facts about each of them, just in case.
Longtime Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm turns 66 years old today, which is a pretty significant accomplishment when you consider all of the things he’s endured in his life. You’ll read about a couple of those as we take you through five non-Foreigner projects he’s worked on over the years, but for now, we’ll just say that we’re glad he’s still rocking.
Poor Heart, “Won’t Somebody Take Her Home” (1970): Many Foreigner fans have no idea that Gramm was in several bands before he was invited by Mick Jones to join Foreigner, but after Agent Provocateur took the band’s sales figures into the stratosphere, someone over at PVC Records got the bright idea to reissue the lone LP by Poor Heart, a band for which Gramm sang harmony vocals. It’s interesting enough rock in the mold of Grand Funk Railroad, Rare Earth, and Vanilla Fudge, but anyone looking for a proto-Foreigner ain’t gonna find it here.
36 years ago today, Joy Division performed a concert which would, as a result of frontman Ian Curtis subsequently performing what one of his bandmates famously referred to as “the dirty deed,” turn out to be their last.
The performance in question took place at Birmingham University’s High Hall, and it started very late, but at least it actually took place. Joy Division had been doing their best to ride their success, but it was proving to be a struggle as a result of Ian’s battle with epilepsy, which was taking its toll on him.
The release of The Monkees' GOOD TIMES! is just around the corner and when we tell you that it is, indeed, full of real good times, you best believe us! Get ready with the RollingStone.com premiere of "She Makes Me Laugh," penned by Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. It just might be one of the coolest official lyric videos you've ever seen.
One of the hallmarks of Linda Ronstadt’s career has been her ability to bounce between musical styles and genres with remarkable easy, successfully turning in albums based in rock, folk, country and western, swing, and many others. One of her most successful switch-ups, however, came in 1987, when she delivered a Spanish-language album that sold over two million copies and spawned a sequel.
Rock ‘n’ roll reigned supreme in the ‘70s, and of the bands that made the rounds and regularly tore the roofs off arenas, Bad Company was among the best of the best. That’s why it’s a little surprising that the band never released a live album during their original reign over the charts. Fortunately, a dig through the archives has provided us with the opportunity to remedy that situation. In fact, we’re not only remedying it, we’re delivering two Bad Company concerts in one handy collection, and they’re both from the band’s ‘70s heyday.
LIVE IN CONCERT 1977 & 1979 is a double-CD set featuring over two and a half hours of previously-unreleased live material taken from 24-track tapes in the band’s vault, and it’s absolutely a “what you hear is what you would’ve heard is you were there” situation. Yes, the set is available digitally. No, it’s not available on vinyl yet, but it’s coming...or, rather, they’re coming, as the two concerts are being released individually.
43 years ago today, Pink Floyd were sitting atop the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with their eighth studio album, an effort which remained on the chart for an astonishing 741 weeks. Yes, that’s right: it came out in 1973, and it finally fell out of the top 200 in 1988. When was the last time you did something that successful?
You go ahead and think about it. We’ll wait.