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The Seven #1 LIVE Albums of the 1970s 🎸 

   Only seven live albums released during the 1970s reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard music charts. 

     The Beach Boys In Concert holds the distinction of the first Live Album to reach the top of any pop music charts when it hit #1 in 1964. After the Billboard Magazine charts were reconfigured and the the top Billboard chart expanded to 200 in 1967, only one live album in the sixties (Johnny Cash - At San Quentin, 1969), and seven during the 1970s reached number one. Here are the 7 from the 70s.

Crosby Stills Nash and Young - 4 Way Street (1971)

    CSN&Y were introduced to the music universe at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 and quickly ascended to one of the most popular acts of the post Woodstock period. The groups first live album (and second overall), 4 Way Street reached #1 shortly after its release on April 7, 1971. The double LP contains recordings from three different stops along their 1970 tour and has been certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA.

Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite (1973)      

     The King reemerges with this classic double-LP performance recorded at the Honolulu International Center and also broadcast live via satellite to audiences around the world on January 14, 1973. Aloha From Hawaii was certified gold within a month of its release on RCA Records and was Elvis’ last chart topping album going 5x Platinum in the United States.

Earth Wind & Fire - Gratitude (1975)       

   Earth Wind & Fires 1975 live double-LP consists of both live material and a few newly recorded tracks led by two hit singles including the #1 “Sing a Song,” and the Grammy nominated “Can’t Hide Love.” The album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 charts and Billboards Top R&B albums chart in 1976 and has been certified triple-Platinum. 

Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)      

     Of course, a given in the pantheon of pop/rock live albums and a loss of credibility to those who don’t include it! Recorded at multiple locations during the summer and fall of 1975 and released in January of 1976 the LP hit #1 on three different Billboard charts. It was voted album of the year by readers of Rolling Stone Magazine, and remains the gold standard of Live albums. Frampton Comes Alive! was induced into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2020. 

Paul McCartney & Wings - Wings Over America (1976)      

     The only former Beatle to release a number one live album as a soloist, Wings Over America  showcases one of the great songwriters of all-time in his post-Beatles element. The triple-LP was recorded during the US portion of the Wings 1975 tour and released in December 1976 to critical acclaim. The certified Platinum album features Wings songs as well as five Beatles classics and hit #1 on the US Billboard 200 charts in 1977.

Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow Live (1977)      

     Barry Manilow’s fifth album release Barry Manilow Live became his first #1 album. Released in 1977 the double-LP has been certified 3x Platinum and captures Manilow during a run of shows at the Uris Theatre in New York City in late 1976 and early 1977. The album contains a medley of commercial jingles Manilow was involved with, either as a writer or performer, before he became a recording artist.  It remains one of Manilow’s top selling albums.

Donna Summer - Live And More (1978)      

     Music was changing in the later half of the 1970s and the popular but short-lived disco scene left it’s sonic imprint on nearly aspect of pop culture. Live And More was Donna Summer’s second double album and first live album. Recorded at Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on June 17, 1978, and released in August, the album contains Summer’s first #1 Billboard single, “MacArthur Park.” The album reached #1 the Billboard 200 chart and is certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. 

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7 Essential Classic Albums 🥁 Released in June 

     Kick off your summer music journey with these iconic albums that made their debut during the month of June. Here's a roundup of seven essential LPs from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones that have left an indelible mark on the world of pop and rock.

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls (June 9, 1978) 

     The Rolling Stones' Some Girls dominated the charts in 1978, featuring chart-toppers like "Miss You" and "Beast of Burden." With 6x Platinum certification and unforgettable cover art, this album is a cornerstone of the band's legacy.

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus (June 3, 1977) 

     Bob Marley's Exodus revolutionized reggae with tracks like "Three Little Birds" and "Jamming." This album catapulted Marley to global fame and remains a summer classic, ranking among the greatest albums ever.

Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A. (June 4, 1984) 

     Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. defined an era with hits like "Dancing in the Dark" and "My Hometown." With 17x Platinum status, it's a cultural touchstone that continues to resonate.

The Cars - The Cars (June 6, 1978) 

     The self-titled debut from The Cars is a masterclass in new wave rock, featuring hits such as "My Best Friend's Girl" and "Just What I Needed." Recognized for its significance, this album has earned 6x Platinum certification.

The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (June 21, 1965) 

    The Byrds' debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man, ushered in the era of folk rock with tracks like the Bob Dylan penned “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better." It's a timeless record that captured a pivotal moment in music history.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (June 1, 1967) 

     The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's redefined the concept album and became a soundtrack for the Summer of Love in 1967. With its innovative sound and cultural impact, it's no wonder this album remains one of the best selling of all time.

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (June 16, 1972) 

     David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust introduced the world to glam rock and his iconic alter ego of the same name. With hits like "Suffragette City," it solidified Bowie's status as a music legend and continues to inspire generations.

     Experience the magic of these now classic LP’s, each a testament to the power of music to shape culture and endure through the ages. 

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Flashback! 📻 The Ultimate Nostalgia Trip: Explore the Legendary "Cruisin'..." Record Series 

     Step back in time with the meticulously curated compilation series capturing the essence of the history of Rock'n'Roll Radio and Pop culture, complete with vintage ads, jingles, and authentic radio DJ experiences from 1955-1970!

by Geo Thelen …as seen in Ultra Swank Magazine 

    If you dig through enough record bins, you will eventually come across one of the 16 different compilations of the Cruisin’: A History of Rock n’ Roll Radio record series. This is a very cool and historically significant vinyl record series first produced in 1970. The album collection is truly the quintessential American Rock'n'Roll and Pop music radio anthology compilation spanning the incredibly influential years of 1955 to 1970. The 40 minute albums were released on Increase Records (a subsidiary of K-Tel) and authentically documented the musical landscape of the mid-20th century. Each album is like tuning the radio back in time, complete with retro ads, news updates, catchy jingles, and DJs straight outta the history books who introduce tunes and dish out the local gossip.

     Behind the scenes, Cruisin’ series producer Ron Jacobs embarked on an exhaustive quest, scouring through archives, traversing thousands of miles, and delving into forgotten repositories to unearth authentic commercials, station promos, and jingles. Jacobs cleared rights and meticulously curated a selection of 84 records, (42 certified million-sellers from the Top 30 of their respective years). In doing so, Jacobs ensured a historically accurate sonic journey. Meticulous research, spanning decades of Billboard archives and audience rating services, guided the selection of iconic disc jockeys, scrupulously matched to a year representative of their popularity. The historically accurate DJ recreations, such as the Cruisin’ 1965 with Robert W. Morgan album, were mostly recorded in the production room of KGB AM/FM, San Diego according to Bill Hergonson who worked on Cruisin’ albums 1955, ’63, 64, 65, 66, & 67. Some parts, including Cruisin’ 67 featuring Dr. Don Rose, were recorded in San Francisco and Los Angeles using actual air check scripts, and numerous DJ parts were recorded in the same studio as American Top 40 during the 1970s. Albums ’56-’62 were released in 1970 with the remaining nine featured years released in 1972, ’73, ’88, ’89 and 1995. 

     And let's not forget the cover art – a visual trip through time over 16 album covers, following the adventures of a couple whose style evolves as fast as the culture and music they're tuned-in to. The comic book style artwork captures the nuances of changing fashion trends, hairstyles, and societal norms, and offers visual artistry to complement the auditory odyssey presented within. A Martini mixed with any of these albums on a summer afternoon will have you waxing nostalgic.

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7 Essential Beach Boys 🌊 Jukebox Hits of the 1960s 

     The sonic vibrations of The Beach Boys' extensive discography spans over 30 studio albums, a dozen electrifying live recordings, and an array of timeless compilations. With a staggering collection of 10 chart-topping singles worldwide, we dive into the surf-rock sensation's golden era with a curated selection of jukebox hit singles from the 1960s. Here, we present seven of The Beach Boys' highest-charting U.S. singles, capturing the essence of their iconic sound and cultural influence. 

Surfin’ U.S.A.          Capitol Records
Shut Down        

    "Surfin’ U.S.A.”, a pivotal moment in The Beach Boys' journey, was recorded on January 5, 1963, hitting the shelves two months later on March 4. This track marked the band's breakthrough, soaring to #2 in Canada and securing the #3 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the U.S.A. An homage to Chuck Berry's “Sweet Little Sixteen,” co-written by Berry and Brian Wilson, it ignited the spark of the Southern California Surf Music Sound. Complementing this iconic hit, the B-side, “Shut Down,” also made its mark on the charts, peaking at #23. Adorned with the classic Capitol Records orange & yellow swirl label, this record is the first of many hit records to come for the young group.

I Get Around 
Don’t Worry Baby 

    "I Get Around" marked a monumental milestone as The Beach Boys' inaugural #1 record. Recorded at the prestigious Western Studios in Hollywood, California, in early April 1964, the track was unveiled to the world on May 11. A meteoric rise saw it claim the top spot on the U.S. Billboard charts on July 4, 1964, making history as the first #1 for an American band since November 1963. Paired with the popular hit, the B-side, "Don’t Worry Baby,” also emerged as one of the group's most beloved songs, peaking at #24 on the charts that same year.

Help Me, Rhonda    
Kiss Me Baby

    "Help Me, Rhonda," recorded on January 8, 1965, and unleashed on March 8, swiftly ascended to the coveted #1 position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, cementing its status as a cornerstone of The Beach Boys' live repertoire. Following the album release, the group revisited the track, infusing it with a dynamic guitar lead and subtle lyric adjustments, culminating in a reimagined version released in April 1965. This rendition marked the band's second #1 hit, showcasing the talents of renowned musicians like Glen Campbell on the 12-string acoustic guitar, Leon Russell on grand piano, and Hal Blaine on drums. The "Help Me, Rhonda" session is etched into #musichistory not only for the recording but also for a noteworthy altercation that played a role in the group's separation from their father and manager, Murry Wilson, captured for posterity on tape. The exchange can be heard HERE

California Girls    
Let Him Run Wild

    "California Girls," released as a single by Capitol Records on July 12, 1965, from the Summer Days (and Summer Nights! album, solidified the quintessential surf group sound. Recorded over multiple sessions spanning April to June 1965 at Western and Columbia Studios in Hollywood, California, this iconic track soared to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, captivating audiences worldwide with top-ten status in multiple countries and clinching the #1 spot in South Africa. Recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the pivotal songs shaping rock and roll, it holds a revered place among the top 500. Notably, this recording marked the debut of longtime member Bruce Johnston on backing vocals and showcased the unparalleled talent of the renowned Wrecking Crew musicians.

Barbara Ann        
Girl Don’t Tell Me

    Originally recorded by The Regents in 1958, "Barbara Ann" found new life when The Beach Boys decided to cover it, inspired by the moderate success of a rendition by surf contemporaries Jan & Dean in 1962. Their interpretation, featured on the Beach Boys Party! album released in late 1965, swiftly became another international sensation for the California-based ensemble. Scaling the charts in Norway, Germany, and Switzerland, and reaching an impressive #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1966, it quickly became a jukebox staple and enduring fan favorite.

Sloop John B        
You’re So Good To Me

    "The Sloop John B (Sails)," (originally a Bahamian folk tune dating back to the early 1900s), underwent a transformation when The Beach Boys recorded it in July and December of 1965 for inclusion on their landmark Pet Sounds album, released in March of 1966. Their rendition swiftly gained momentum, selling over half-a-million units within its first fortnight, sailing to #1 in seven countries, and reaching #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Notably, The Kingston Trio's cover a couple years prior served as a significant influence on The Beach Boys' interpretation of this timeless classic.

Good Vibrations    
Let’s Go Away for Awhile

    Recording of “Good Vibrations” spanned eight months and was tracled using four different SoCal studios, culminating in nearly 100 hours of tape. The masterpiece that emerged was unveiled to the world in October 1966 and is arguably The Beach Boys' most iconic anthem. The song resonates as a timeless classic, consistently earning placement in top 100 all-time song rankings. Its global impact is undeniable, with the track soaring into the top three in ten different countries and reigning supreme at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts for weeks. Recognized for its enduring influence, "Good Vibrations" earned a Grammy Hall of Fame award in 1994 and secured its place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's esteemed "Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll" list in 2006 and is an all-time jukebox hit.

DID YOU KNOW?

“Good Vibrations” was the Beach Boys last #1 record until the release of “Kokomo” twenty-three years later in 1989.

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7 Essential Classic Rock Albums 🌷 Released in the Month of May 

     April showers bring May albums. Some of the all-time great albums in the history of pop/rock music have been released during the month of May. Classics from the Beatles, Who and the Rolling Stones all saw releases during the month of May. Here are 7 Essential Classic Rock Albums Released In The Month of May.

The Beach Boys  
Pet Sounds
May 16, 1966 ● Capitol Records
    Pet Sounds, the 1966 album by the Beach Boys, is a timeless masterpiece that epitomizes the epitome of musical innovation and creativity. A new sound was budding in 1965 & ’66 and this seminal work showcases Brian Wilson as a songwriter and producer, blending intricate harmonies with lush instrumentation to create a sonic tapestry that has now transcended generations. From the infectious melodies of "Wouldn't It Be Nice" to the introspective depth of "God Only Knows," each track on Pet Sounds is a testament to the group's evolution and artistic prowess. With its rich arrangements and emotive lyrics, this album continues to captivate audiences worldwide, solidifying its place as one of the greatest albums of all time.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience  
Are You Experienced?
May 12, 1967 ● Track Record [UK]
    Are You Experienced, the groundbreaking 1967 debut album by Jimi Hendrix, represents a seismic shift in the landscape of rock music. Hendrix's virtuoso guitar skills and innovative soundscapes redefine the boundaries of rock music, captivating listeners with his electrifying performances. The album was released in the UK on May 12, 1967 and peaked at #2 before being released (with a different album cover and track listing) in North America where it hit #5 on the Billboard Top LP chart. The US release contains the iconic hits "Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” “Foxy Lady,” and “The Wind Cries Mary,” and showcases Hendrix's unparalleled talent and visionary artistry, solidifying its place as a cornerstone of rock history.

Crosby, Stills & Nash  
Crosby, Stills & Nash 
May 17, 1969 ● Atlantic Records
    The self-titled 1969 debut album by Crosby, Stills & Nash is a notable work that embodies the essence of folk-rock brilliance. With sublime vocal harmonies and introspective songwriting, this iconic record captured the spirit of a generation in tumultuous times. From the ethereal harmonies of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" to the heartfelt introspection of "Helplessly Hoping," each track on the album showcases the the individual and collective talents of David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash. The album influenced numerous musicians and  continues to captivate listeners with its enduring musical legacy.

The Who  
Tommy 
May 23, 1969 ● Track Record [UK]
    The 1969 rock opera Tommy by The Who stands as a monumental achievement in the early days of the concept album genre. With its gripping narrative and electrifying rock anthems, Tommy explores themes of enlightenment, trauma, and resilience. From the iconic "Pinball Wizard” (#2 UK / #4 US Billboard 200) to the epic "See Me, Feel Me," each track on the album showcases the Who's musical prowess, showmanship, and guitarist / vocalist Pete Townshend's early visionary songwriting. 

The Beatles  
Let It Be 
May 8, 1970 ● Apple Records
    Let It Be, the legendary 1970 album by The Beatles stands as a poignant testament to the band's enduring legacy and creative evolution. With its raw authenticity and intimate production, this record captures the essence of The Beatles' final chapter together. From the uplifting title track "Let It Be" to “Get Back,” and the heartfelt ballad "The Long and Winding Road," each song resonates with emotional depth and musical brilliance and showcases the Beatles' unparalleled ability to craft timeless melodies.

Rolling Stones  
Exile On Main Street 
May 26, 1972 ● Rolling Stones
    Exile on Main Street, the iconic 1972 album by The Rolling Stones, epitomizes the essence of rock 'n' roll grit and swagger. With its raw energy, bluesy undertones, and infectious grooves, this double album captures the spirit of rebellion and decadence. From the timeless hits like "Tumbling Dice" to the soulful depths of "Shine a Light," Exile on Main Street showcases the band's musical virtuosity and untamed spirit. Immerse yourself in the timeless allure of The Rolling Stones' classic album, a testament to their enduring legacy as one of rock's greatest provocateurs.  

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band  
Stranger In Town
May 5, 1978 ● Capitol Records
    Stranger In Town, the acclaimed 1978 album by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, epitomizes the spirit of heartland rock in the late 1970s and contains one of the top jukebox records of all-time. With its gritty vocals, driving rhythms, and poignant lyrics, this album captures the essence of blue-collar America. From the iconic anthem "Old Time Rock and Roll” (top 3 Jukebox hits all-time) to the poignant ballad "Still the Same," the album showcases Seger's emotive storytelling and features tracks with the famed “swampers” of Muscle Shoals Sound. A classic album that continues to captivate audiences with its raw energy and authenticity.

…and 5 Non-Rock Albums Released in May


Stevie Wonder 
Up-Tight (Everything’s Alright)  
May 4, 1966 ●  Tamla Records
Features instrumentation by Motown’s Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with background vocals from The Originals, The Andantes, and the Temptations among others.

Bob Marley & The Wailers  
Legend 
May 7, 1984 ● Island Records
A compilation of Marley’s greatest hits, Legend is the best-selling reggae album of all-time.

The Jackson 5  
ABC 
May 8, 1970 ● Motown Records
Reached #4 on US Billboard 200 in 1970 producing two #1 hits: “ABC” & “The Love You Save.”

Herbie Hancock 
Maiden Voyage 
May, 17 1965 ● Blue Note
Perhaps Hancock’s finest album of the 1960s, Hancock himself has said it is his favorite.

Paul Simon  
There Goes Rhymin’ Simon 
May 22, 1973 ● Columbia / Warner Bros.
The album was produced using five different recording studios including the famed Muscle Shoals Sound in Sheffield, Alabama. #2 Billboard Pop Album.

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Sweet Home Alabama 🎙 6 Jukebox Hit’s Recorded at Historic Muscle Shoals Sound 

Celebrating 55 Years of #MusicHistory @ Alabama’s Iconic Muscle Shoals Sound.


  “Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers” -and a great sounding studio. The building located at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, Alabama was established as a recording studio in 1969. The site quickly became the backdrop for the creation of countless jukebox hits from a variety of notable artists and their collaboration with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section known as “the Swampers.” The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Cher, and Paul Simon all recorded hit records at Muscle Shoals Sound helping to earn the studio a spot on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Here are a half-dozen essential records recorded at the historic studio.

R.B. Greaves - “Take a Letter Maria” 
(Atko/Atlantic)
B-Side “Big Bad City“
Recorded: August 19, 1969 /   Released: September 1969
#2 on Billboard Top 100 in 1969 and first hit recorded at newly formed Muscle Shoals Sound.

The Rolling Stones - “Brown Sugar" 
(ABKCO / Rolling Stones Records)
B-Side: “Bitch ” (US) “Let It Rock” (UK)
Recorded: December, 1969 / Released: April 16, 1971
#1 Billboard Top 100, 1971

Dr. Hook - “When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman” 
(Capitol)
B-Side “Knowing She’s There” (US) 
Recorded: 1978 / Released: April 4, 1979
#1 on UK Singles chart, 1979 / #5 Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Chart & #6 on Hot 100 

Staple Singers - “I’ll Take You There” 
(Stax Records)
B-Side “I’m Just Another Soldier“
Recorded: 1971 / Released: February 1972
#1 Billboard Hot 100 and US R&B, 1972

Paul Simon - “Loves Me Like a Rock” 
(Columbia)
B-Side “Learn How to Fall“
Recorded: 1972 / Released: July 17, 1973
#1 Billboard Easy Listening & #2 Billboard Hot 100, 1973

Bob Seger - “Old Time Rock and Roll” 
(Capitol)
B-Side “Sunspot Baby“
Recorded: 1978 / Released: March, 1979
#2 on Amusement & Music Operators Association's survey of Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time (1996) Top Ten Most Played Jukebox Song of All-Time

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7 Essential Albums 🇧🇷 Evolution of Bossa Nova via the Gilberto’s 

Bebel Gilberto's 2024 Record Store Day Vinyl Release of 2014's Tudo Highlights Progression of Música Popular Brasileira.

     In 1958, the world was introduced to bossa nova through the soul-stirring strains of "Chega de Saudade" ("No More Blues"), sung by the enchanting Brazilian vocalist Elizeth Cardoso on her seminal album Canção do Amor Demais. Crafted by a genius collaboration of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joāo Gilberto (with lyrics by Vinícius de Moraes), this song garnered both acclaim and debate for its groundbreaking rhythmic and harmonic innovations, diverging from the conventional samba norms. Merely months later, Joao Gilberto (1931-2019) etched his name in music history with the release of his inaugural single, "Chega de Saudade”/"Bim-Bom." The song serves as the trunk of the evolutionary tree of the bossa nova genre. The single paved the way for Gilberto’s debut album, Chega de Saudade in 1959, and heralded the dawn of a musical revolution. Joāo’s wife, vocalist Astrud Gilberto, first showcased her interpretations on the Antonio Carlos Jobim penned “The Girl From Ipanema,” and continued to create and perform for nearly forty years after her commercial debut. Combined with later work by Joāo’s daughter (with Brazilian singer Miúcha) Bebel, these artists provide sixty-five years of audio documentation exhibiting the progression of this form of música popular brasileira. Here are 7 Essential Record Albums capturing the evolution of the bossa nova sound via “Gilberto.” 

    Joao Gilberto - Chega de Saudade, 1959
    The album that started it all! Chega de Saudade is the debut album of Joao Gilberto and is considered the first true bossa nova album. Recorded and released in 1959 (April) on the Odeon Records label in Brazil, this groundbreaking album features 12 tracks, showcasing Gilberto's unparalleled talent. With two compositions by Gilberto himself and three tracks by the renowned Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chega de Saudade introduces a fusion of Samba rhythm with innovative instrumentation and jazz influences. Despite initial skepticism from traditional Samba aficionados, the allure of bossa nova captivated audiences, birthing a distinctive sub-genre that continues to captivate listeners worldwide

    Joāo Gilberto - The Boss of The Bossa Nova, 1961 (1963 US)
    Joao Gilberto can be credited with introducing a new era of music to American audiences. Originally released in 1961 on the Odeon label in Brazil, João Gilberto's self-titled album captivated listeners with its enchanting melodies and innovative rhythms. In 1963, the album was re-released in the U.S. under the title The Boss of Bossa Nova by Atlantic Records and became a major influence on numerous American artists. Collaborating again with acclaimed arranger and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gilberto crafted a musical journey that transcended boundaries, earning praise from critics and audiences alike. Billboard writer Jack Maher lauded the album upon its release for its revolutionary rhythm, intricate musical structure, and thought-provoking lyrical themes, highlighting the profound impact that bossa nova was about to have on the world stage.

    Stan Getz & Joāo Gilberto - Getz / Gilberto (featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim), 1964
    This groundbreaking Verve records release Getz/Gilberto solidified bossa nova in the United States becoming a hallmark of influence for generations of artists to come. The album fussed the Jazz mastery between American saxophonist Stan Getz and the Brazilian allure of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Joao Gilberto. Getz/Gilberto not only revolutionized musical genres but also catapulted Joao Gilberto's wife, Astrud Gilberto, into stardom with her enchanting rendition of Jobim's masterpiece, "The Girl from Ipanema." This enduring classic soared to the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1965, solidifying its place in the annals of music history. The recording features Getz on sax, Gilberto on guitar, Jobim on piano, and a great performance by Milton Banana on drums. Honored with three Grammy Awards and at the first Jazz album to win the prestigious Album of the Year title, Getz/Gilberto remains a timeless testament to the boundless creativity and innovation of popular music.    

      “America’s Topp Jazz Tenor 
       Joins Brazil’s Great Young 
      Singer In The Most Exciting 
      Album of The Year.”    
       - Getz/Gilberto liner notes, 1964

Astrud Gilberto with The New Stan Getz Quartet - Getz Au Go Go (Live), 1964
    Following their collaboration on the iconic Getz/Gilberto album in 1963, Astrud & Joao Gilberto separated, with Astrud immigrating from Brazil to the United States. Seeking exposure and stability, Astrud embarked on a transformative U.S. tour alongside Stan Getz, a journey marked by a passionate affair that unfolded amidst the music. One of the results of this relationship was the live album Getz Au Go Go, a timeless recording capturing the magic of performances at New York City’s Cafe Au Go Go on May 22, 1964, and snippets from a memorable Carnegie Hall show on October 9 (later released as Getz/Gilberto #2).
    While Getz Au Go Go delves deeper into the jazz stylings of Stan Getz, it also serves as a remarkable introduction to Gilberto's enchanting presence for American audiences. Released in December 1964 on Verve records, this album stands as Gilberto’s sole live vinyl recording (with a 1964 New York City performance alongside Joao & Stan available on CD). Featuring 12 tracks, including six soulful renditions by Gilberto, the album showcases a rich repertoire. Notably, it boasts two compositions by Gary Burton, vibraphonist of the esteemed Getz Quartet.

    Astrud Gilberto - The Astrud Gilberto Album, 1965
    Following her captivating rendition of "The Girl From Ipanema" on the iconic Getz/Gilberto collaboration, Astrud ventured into her own musical journey upon her move to America. Her solo debut, The Astrud Gilberto Album on Verve records, showcases the ethereal vocals of Astrud, accompanied by the legendary Antonio Carlos Jobim, whose enchanting melodies grace the album alongside his impeccable guitar skills.
    Crafted with soulful melodies and poetic lyrics, the album is a testament to Jobim's genius, with all but one track penned by the maestro himself. Recorded at the renowned RCA Studios in Hollywood, California, following the culmination of Gilberto's tour with Stan Getz in January 1965, this timeless gem soared to number 41 on the Billboard 200 charts, solidifying Astrud's position as a trailblazing independent female artist in the United States. The Astrud Gilberto Album, is an essential addition to any music aficionado's collection, capturing the essence of bossa nova's golden era with its seamless blend of sophistication and allure.

    Stan Getz & Joāo Gilberto - Getz / Gilberto #2 (Live @ Carnegie Hall), 1966
    The 1966 Verve record label LP release featuring “The Stan Getz Side” and “The Joao Gilberto Side” captures songs taken from a live performance October 9, 1964 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The sold out performance captures two inseparable icons at the pinnacle of their U.S. acclaim. Interestingly, Astrud Gilberto also performed at this concert, however, none of Astrud's captivating performances from this event were included on the original vinyl release, despite her undeniable popularity and shared record label affiliation with the other two luminaries. Fortunately, a later CD release of the live Carnegie performance rectified this oversight by including five additional tracks showcasing Astrud's mesmerizing vocals, ensuring her rightful place alongside her esteemed male counterparts.

    Bebel Gilberto - Tudo, 2014 (2024)
    With a rich heritage in music, Bebel Gilberto has gracefully carved her own path, captivating a devoted fanbase with her unique blend of influences. The daughter of Brazilian music legends Joao Gilberto and Miúcha, has released numerous albums, EPs and remixes in multiple genre’s. In her 2014 release Tudo, Bebel effortlessly melds her ancestral musical roots with the infectious downtempo vibes of the 80s, creating a hip sound that is both familiar and refreshingly original. Available only on cd for a decade, Tudo is now available on vinyl. This exclusive reissue for Record Store Day (April 20, 2024) offers fans a chance at a rare full length vinyl release by Gilberto.
    Limited to just 1000 copies on stunning white marbled vinyl, this 10th Anniversary edition features twelve tracks, including the Latin Grammy-nominated title track "Tudo." With lyrics in both English and Portuguese, the album showcases Bebel's versatility and transcendent talent. Each Record Store Day release includes a special 4-page booklet adorned with captivating pictures and written lyrics, offering fans an intimate glimpse into the continually ever-evolving world of música popular brasileira.

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7 Essential Debut Albums 📆 Released in the Month of April 

     April heralds the arrival of spring and fresh beginnings. The sentiment is echoed in the music industry through the decades as April has witnessed the emergence of numerous iconic artists who launched inaugural studio albums during this vibrant month. In this curated list, we highlight seven essential classic rock/pop debut albums released over the years in the month of April, showcasing a few iconic works that have shaped the landscape of music.

April 9, 1965 ● The Zombies — Begin Here 
    Our list begins with Begin Here, the inaugural studio album by the iconic English rock ensemble, The Zombies, emerging onto the scene April 9, 1965, via the Decca Records label. Notably, the American rendition, titled The Zombies, mirrored several tracks from its British counterpart and was released in January 1965 on the Parrot label. Stand out songs include “I Can’t Make Up My Mind,” “I Remember When I Loved Her,” and the hit “She’s Not There” which made it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December of 1964. Begin Here, encapsulates the timeless essence of the Zombies' and was the first of only two studio albums made by the group until reforming nearly thirty years later.

April 17, 1964 ● The Rolling Stones —— The Rolling Stones
       The Rolling Stones, the inaugural studio album by the legendary English rock ensemble, the Rolling Stones, made its debut on April 17, 1964, under the banner of Decca Records in the UK. Following its UK release, the album swiftly crossed the Atlantic, hitting U.S. shelves in May of the same year. Although the album features only one original Mick Jagger / Keith Richards penned track, The Rolling Stones bursts with the raw energy and unmistakable charisma, showcasing the beginning of the band's distinctive sound.

April 17, 1964 ● Dusty Springfield —— A Girl Called Dusty
    Released on the same day as The Rolling Stones is A Girl Called Dusty, the stellar debut studio album of the esteemed English singer, Dusty Springfield. Originally released on April 17, 1964, by Philips Records in the United Kingdom, this album rapidly garnered much deserved acclaim and accolades. Boasting a compelling blend of soulful melodies and emotive vocals, each track on this album resonates with timeless charm and artistic depth. It's no surprise that A Girl Called Dusty ascended to No. 6 on the UK Album Charts and secured the No. 5 spot on the influential NME charts in May 1964.

April 23, 1969 ● Joe Cocker —— With A Little Help From My Friends
     Released on April 23, 1969, Joe Cocker’s With A Little Help From My Friends quickly captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. This album, certified gold in the US, introduced the world to Cocker's exceptional vocal prowess and songwriting abilities. Its dynamic range and emotional depth resonate with listeners, earning it a place among the classics of its era.
     With a Little Help from My Friends peaked at number 35 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. In May 1972, when re-released in the UK as a double pack with Cocker's second LP Joe Cocker!, the album charted at number 29, further highlighting its enduring popularity and solidifying Cocker's presence in the music industry.

April 28, 1969 ● Chicago —— Chicago Transit Authority
    Chicago Transit Authority, is the groundbreaking debut studio album by the renowned American rock band Chicago -originally known as Chicago Transit Authority upon its release. Unleashed upon the world on April 28, 1969, this album quickly gained momentum, eventually becoming a sleeper hit reaching an impressive number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart by 1971. Boasting a captivating blend of musicality and innovation, Chicago Transit Authority spawned several chart-topping singles, including the timeless classics "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?", "Questions 67 and 68," and "Beginnings." With its enduring popularity and timeless appeal, this debut album remains a cornerstone of Chicago's legendary career.

April 17, 1970 ● Paul McCartney —— McCartney
    Okay, so he had some experience on other albums, that said, McCartney, is truly Paul McCartney’s debut solo album. Released on April 17, 1970, under the former Beatles Apple Records label, this album signifies McCartney's bold foray into the realm of solo artistry. A testament to McCartney's virtuosity, McCartney showcases his multifaceted talents as a singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist on a clandestine recording journey, opting for the intimacy of his home in St John's Wood. Utilizing home-recording equipment, McCartney crafted an authentic and unfiltered sonic experience, distinct from the polished productions of his Beatles-era endeavors. While some sessions occurred in professional London studios for mixing and additional recording, the album's essence lies in its raw, somewhat lo-fi aesthetic. Notably, the album features the timeless hit "Maybe I'm Amazed," a poignant anthem that continues to resonate with audiences across generations.

April 7, 1978 ● Prince —— For You 
   For You is the debut studio album from Prince. Unveiled by Warner Bros. Records on April 7, 1978, this seminal work marked the genesis of Prince's illustrious musical journey. Produced and performed by Prince, each track within For You bears the unmistakable hallmark of his genius to come, with Prince assuming complete control as producer, arranger, composer, and performer having played all but the horn parts. Upon its release, For You made its mark on the music scene, debuting at No. 163 on the Billboard 200 and ascending to No. 21 on the esteemed Billboard Soul chart.

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7 Essential LIVE Jazz Albums 🎷 Record Store Day 2024  

Discover rare gems and timeless classics with these exclusive releases on Record Store Day 2024.

   Prepare for a treasure trove of live music experiences as Record Store Day 2024 unveils over 50 captivating live albums, including a stellar lineup of 12 live jazz LP releases. From legendary performances captured in iconic venues to rare gems resurrected from the archives, this year's lineup promises to delight music enthusiasts and collectors alike. Discover historic live jazz with these essential releases, each offering a unique glimpse into the vibrant world of jazz music history.

Cannonball Adderley - Burnin’ In Bordeaux: Live In France 1969 (Elemental Music) 2x-LP 
     The first official release of Burnin' In Bordeaux: Live In France 1969 captures legendary saxophonist Cannonball Adderley with a stellar band, featuring Nat Adderley (cornet), Joe Zawinul (piano), Victor Gaskin (bass), Roy McCurdy (drums). Transferred from the original tape reels recorded by the ORTF and housed in the INA (Institut national de l'audiovisuel) archives, this limited-edition 2 LP set is released for Record Store Day 2024 in cooperation with the Cannonball Adderley Estate and INA France for Elemental Music. The package includes an extensive insert with rare photos, liner notes by acclaimed author and historian Bob Blumenthal, and interviews and statements from Quincy Jones, Charles Lloyd, Hal Galper, and Roy McCurdy. Mastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman and pressed on 180g vinyl by Memphis Record Pressing. -It is one of two Live Adderley offerings on RSD 2024.

Nat King Cole - Live At The Blue Note Chicago (Iconic Artists Group) 2x-LP / 4000 (pressings)
      Truly unforgettable melodies from Nat King Cole as he takes center stage in the heart of Chicago's iconic Blue Note. Crafted by the esteemed Iconic Artists Group, this exclusive 2x-LP release offers a rare glimpse into a legendary performance.
     Featuring meticulously restored audio sourced directly from the original tapes, every note resonates with the purity of Cole's timeless vocals. Mastered by the renowned Kevin Gray and expertly pressed onto 180g vinyl by RTI, each track exudes warmth and depth, delivering an unparalleled listening experience.
     Encased in a deluxe double-gatefold tip-on jacket by Stoughton, this collector's edition boasts extensive liner notes by Grammy-nominated writer and Nat King Cole biographer, Will Friedwald. Transport yourself to the bustling streets of 1953 Chicago with Friedwald's captivating narrative, complemented by a six-page booklet adorned with rare photographs of Nat King Cole in his element. Delve even deeper into the era with a replica of the original Blue Note Chicago newsletter, providing fascinating insights into Cole's historic visit. Don't miss your chance to own a piece of music history and rediscover the magic of Nat King Cole in his prime.

Charlie Parker - Norman Granz’ Jazz At The Philharmonic (Verve) LP / 3500
     Celebrate the 75th anniversary of a monumental recording with the reissue of Charlie Parker's legendary performance at Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic. Available exclusively for Record Store Day, this limited edition LP brings Parker's groundbreaking music to a new generation of jazz enthusiasts.
     In September of 1949, Charlie Parker, alongside Swing Era luminaries Roy Eldridge and Lester Young, electrified the stage at Carnegie Hall. Backed by a stellar ensemble featuring Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Flip Phillips, Buddy Rich, and Tommy Turk, they delivered an unforgettable performance, blending classic standards with electrifying improvisations.
     Remastered from the original analog sources and pressed onto vibrant yellow vinyl, this LP captures the essence of Parker's genius in stunning detail. Experience the energy and innovation of one of jazz's most iconic figures with every groove.

Sonny Rollins - Freedom Weaver: The 1959 European Tour (Resonance) 4x-LP / 2500
     Embark on a journey through jazz history with Sonny Rollins' iconic 1959 European Tour, brought to life in the first official release of Freedom Weaver. Join the legendary 'Saxophone Colossus' alongside bassist Henry Grimes and drummers Pete La Roca, Kenny Clarke, and Joe Harris as they captivate audiences across Europe.
     Previously available only as a bootleg, this exclusive release marks the first official collaboration with Sonny Rollins himself. Presented as a limited-edition 180-gram 4-LP box set, this collector's item is a must-have for jazz aficionados and vinyl enthusiasts alike. Available exclusively for Record Store Day, seize the opportunity to own a piece of musical history. Immerse yourself in the deluxe 56-page booklet featuring rare photos by renowned photographers such as Ed van der Elsken, Jean-Pierre Leloir, and Bob Parent.
      Enrich your understanding of Rollins' legacy with insightful liner notes by esteemed jazz scholar Bob Blumenthal. Gain exclusive insights from Rollins himself and fellow musicians Branford Marsalis, James Carter, Joe Lovano, James Brandon Lewis, and Peter Brötzmann through new interviews included in this comprehensive collection.

Shelly Manne - Jazz from The Pacific Northwest (Reel to Reel) 2xLP / 1500
     Experience the timeless brilliance of jazz legend Shelly Manne with Jazz From The Pacific Northwest, a captivating double LP showcasing previously unreleased concert recordings. Recorded at iconic venues like the Monterey Jazz Festival and Penthouse jazz club, these performances feature celebrated musicians including Monty Budwig, Russ Freeman, Hampton Hawes, and Conte Condoli.
     Crafted with care, this limited-edition set offers unparalleled sound quality, pressed on 180g vinyl and accompanied by a 16-page booklet featuring insightful essays and rare memorabilia. Mastered by Kevin Gray, the collection pays homage to Manne's profound influence on the West Coast Jazz scene, and his collaborations with jazz luminaries such as Andre Previn and Sonny Rollins. Manne's rich musical legacy spans from his rise to fame in the 1950s to his versatile contributions across various mediums, including television and film scores. With an extensive discography across renowned labels, Manne's impact on jazz remains unparalleled.

Sun Ra At The Showcase: Live In Chicago 1976-1977 (Jazz Detective) 2x LP / 3000
     The magic of Sun Ra shines on this exclusive album reissue, featuring previously unreleased live recordings from Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Produced by Zev Feldman's Jazz Detective record label in collaboration with Elemental Music and the Sun Ra Trust, this official release brings forth the visionary compositions of the intergalactic composer/pianist. Researched and curated by Sun Ra archivist Michael D. Anderson, these recordings are meticulously transferred from original tape reels for optimal sound quality. This limited-edition 2-LP set, pressed on 180-gram vinyl, includes a comprehensive insert boasting rare photographs, liner notes by GRAMMY-winning author Ashley Kahn, and exclusive interviews with music luminaries.

Art Tatum - Jewels in the Treasure Box: The 1953 Chicago Blue Note Jazz Club Recordings (Resonance) 3x LP / 2000
     Uncover the brilliance of jazz virtuoso Art Tatum with Jewels In The Treasure Box, a previously unreleased 3-LP collection capturing Tatum's mesmerizing performances at Chicago's Blue Note jazz club in March 1953. Accompanied by guitarist Everett Barksdale and bassist Slam Stewart, Tatum showcases his unparalleled mastery of the piano in these intimate recordings. Engineered by Matthew Lutthans, known for his work on Resonance's Grammy-nominated Nat King Cole release, these recordings are meticulously transferred from original tape reels for optimal quality.
     This deluxe limited-edition set features nearly 3 hours of never-before-heard Tatum, pressed on 180-gram vinyl and presented in a gatefold format. Dive into rare photos and memorabilia from the archives of Herman Leonard, Bob Parent, and the Holzfeind family, owners of the Blue Note jazz club. With liner notes by Brent Hayes Edwards and statements from jazz luminaries like Ahmad Jamal and Sonny Rollins, this collection is a must-have for any jazz enthusiast. Limited edition.

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7 Essential LIVE Jazz Albums 🎹 Recorded At the Lighthouse Cafe Hermosa Beach California 

Exploring the Timeless Legacy of West Coast Jazz Albums Recorded at the Historic Lighthouse.

   In the heart of Hermosa Beach stands a legendary establishment that has witnessed the evolution of jazz music since the clubs inception in 1949. Originally built as a restaurant in 1934, this venue transformed into The Lighthouse in 1940, later evolving into The Lighthouse Cafe, a renowned jazz club that has hosted some of the most influential musicians of all time.

  From the mesmerizing melodies of Art Pepper and Cannonball Adderley to the enchanting sounds of Vince Guaraldi and Denny Zeitlin, The Lighthouse Cafe has been a beacon countless virtuosos, earning its place as a cornerstone of West Coast jazz history.

   In its early days, bassist and band leader Howard Rumsey spearheaded the club's jazz movement, forming the iconic Lighthouse All-Stars in 1949 and attracting luminaries Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, and Miles Davis to its stage. These jam sessions not only defined the club's identity but also propelled it into the spotlight as a premier destination for jazz enthusiasts.

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    Moreover, The Lighthouse Cafe became a hub for groundbreaking recordings, with esteemed artists such as Lee Morgan, Mose Allison, and Ramsey Lewis immortalizing their performances within its walls. The club's acoustics and intimate atmosphere provided the perfect backdrop for legendary albums, showcasing the raw talent and improvisational genius of jazz icons.

   As we delve into the archives of The Lighthouse Cafe, we uncover seven must-have albums that encapsulate the essence of this historic landmark. From soulful ballads to exhilarating improvisations, each recording offers a glimpse into the vibrant tapestry of jazz history woven within these hallowed halls through time and melody. We celebrate the enduring and continuing legacy of The Lighthouse Cafe Hermosa Beach, California. 

The Cannonball Adderley Quintet At the Lighthouse 
(Riverside,1960)
  Dive right in to the soulful depths of Cannonball Adderley's unforgettable live session At the Lighthouse, captured on his second live album in 1960. This masterpiece of soul-jazz not only showcases Adderley's brilliance but also elevates him beyond the shadows cast by former bandmates John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
  At the helm of his ensemble, Adderley's magnetic presence is palpable, with standout performances on tracks like the mesmerizing "Sack O' Woe" and the vibrant "Azule Serape." These compositions not only highlight Adderley's virtuosity but also underscore the collective synergy of his group.
  Joining Adderley are stalwarts of the jazz scene: his brother Nat on cornet, the skilled Sam Jones on bass, the dynamic Louis Hayes on drums, and the versatile Victor Feldman on piano, who also contributes as a composer on two of the album's six tracks.
  One of the album's distinctive features is Adderley's poignant introductions to each piece, providing listeners with a glimpse into the historical context surrounding the music—a testament to the album's significance beyond its sonic allure.
  In 2018, this seminal recording was reintroduced on 180-gram vinyl by the esteemed Jazz Images label, offering a renewed opportunity to appreciate its timeless brilliance. For aficionados and newcomers alike, At the Lighthouse is an essential addition to any discerning record collection, encapsulating the essence of Cannonball Adderley's enduring legacy. The original album cover image was shot on the beach near the club.

Cal Tjader - Cal Pugs In! 
(Skye, 1969)
  Indulge in true west coast jazz with the captivating rhythms and vibrant energy of Cal Tjader's live album, Cal Plugs In! Recorded at a club frequented by Tjader himself, this electrifying performance showcases his mastery of the fused latin-jazz genre. The album title pays homage to the distinctive sound created by the electric Fender piano and bass featured during the performances on February 20th and 21st, 1969.
   Released on the esteemed Skye/Buddah label, Cal Pugs In! boasts a track list of eight songs that perfectly encapsulate Tjader's musical genius. From soulful ballads to upbeat Latin grooves, each track showcases Tjader's virtuosity and improvisational skills.
   Despite its relatively short duration of 33 minutes on the original pressing, this live album leaves a lasting impression on listeners, and wanting more of Tjader's captivating melodies and infectious rhythms.

The Ramsey Lewis Trio - Hang On Ramsey! 
(Cadet, 1965)
    Experience the lively swinging styling of Chicago-born piano virtuoso Ramsey Lewis as he takes the stage for his iconic live album, Hang On Ramsey! Live at the Lighthouse. Recorded during a series of unforgettable performances at the renowned venue from October 14th to the 17th in 1965, this album captures Lewis at the height of his musical prowess.
   Released on the Cadet record label in the same year, Hang On Ramsey! follows the success of Lewis' hit album, The In Crowd. Featuring Lewis on piano, alongside Eldee Young on bass and Isaac "Red" Holt on drums, the album comprises nine captivating tracks, including renditions of popular Beatles tunes like "And I Love Her" and "A Hard Day's Night," as well as a dynamic cover of the McCoys' 1965 hit song, "Hang on Sloopy.” It also captures an enthusiastic crowd in a working 1960s jazz club and the occasional cash register bell ringing! An historical audio artifact!

Chet Baker & The Lighthouse All-Stars - Witch Doctor 
(Contemporary, 1953) 
   The infectious rhythms of Chet Baker's Witch Doctor album, captures the essence of West Coast jazz at its finest. Originally recorded live on Sunday, September 13, 1953, this masterpiece remained unreleased on vinyl until its eventual debut in 1985.
   Boasting a lineup of esteemed musicians including Russ Freeman on piano, Shelly Manne and Max Roach on drums, and Howard Rumsey leading the Lighthouse All-Stars on bass, the album showcases a mesmerizing blend of hard bop styles.
   Featuring five captivating tracks from the second set of three performances that day, Witch Doctor offers a glimpse into the vibrant energy and improvisational prowess of Baker and his ensemble. Although other albums may better spotlight the traditional Lighthouse All-Stars, this recording remains a testament to Baker's enduring legacy and the rich tapestry of West Coast jazz.

Miles Davis and The Lighthouse All-Stars - At Last! 
(Contemporary, 1985)
  At Last! was recorded on the same day as the Chet Baker Witch Doctor album (September 13, 1953) using primarily the same group of “All-Star” performers including Max Roach on drums, All-Star band leader & bassist Howard Rumsey, and a notable cameo appearance by Chet Baker himself on the track “At Last.” Mirroring the delayed unveiling of Baker's work, Davis' At Last! saw its vinyl debut much later, in 1985 under the Contemporary Records label -reissued in 1990. Characterized by a spontaneous jam session ambiance, Davis' album encapsulates vibrant renditions of timeless compositions by Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. The well-recorded virtuoso performances by Roach and pianist Russ Freeman punctuate the album, rendering it indispensable for any devotee of Miles Davis's oeuvre.

Modern Jazz Quartet - Live at the Lighthouse 
(Atlantic, 1967)
   Revisit the sounds of the Modern Jazz Quartet with their live album, Live at the Lighthouse, recorded in 1967. This seven-song LP, recorded on March 16th and 17th by Wally Heider Studios, captures the essence of the MJQ's East Coast style in a classic West Coast setting.
   Released later in the same year by Atlantic Records, Live at the Lighthouse may be considered somewhat obscure, but its impact on jazz aficionados is undeniable. Featuring fresh compositions and inspired improvisations, the album showcases the quartet's signature blend of swing and creativity.
   Led by the legendary Milt Jackson on vibraphone and John Lewis on piano, accompanied by Percy Heath on bass and drummer Connie Kay, the MJQ delivers a performance that is both dynamic and soulful. Each track on the album is a testament to the quartet's exceptional musicianship, innovative arrangements, and their ability to push the boundaries of jazz. Whether you're a seasoned jazz enthusiast or new to the genre, this album promises a rewarding musical journey.

Art Blakey and the New Jazz Messengers – Buttercorn Lady 
(Limelight, 1966)  
    No jazz list would be complete without giving the drummer some. Explore the dynamic rhythms and exceptional talents of jazz legend Art Blakey with Buttercorn Lady, a seminal album from 1966 that showcases Blakey and the New Jazz Messengers at their finest. Recorded during two electrifying performances at the Lighthouse on January 1st and 9th of 1966, this album was released just two months later on Limelight Records.
   While Blakey is renowned for his hard bop jazz style, particularly in live recordings from New York City's iconic Birdland club, Buttercorn Lady offers a unique glimpse into a different facet of his artistry. Featuring a stellar lineup including Chuck Mangione on trumpet, Frank Mitchell on tenor saxophone, Reggie Johnson on bass, and the recent addition of Keith Jarrett on piano. Jarrett's masterful performance truly shines on this live set, making Buttercorn Lady a standout among Blakey's recordings.

5 Other Albums LIVE At The Lighthouse!
1.    1951: Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers – Popo (Xanadu, 1978)
2.    1953: Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars – Sunday Jazz a la Lighthouse (Vol. 1) (Contemporary)
3.    1962: The Jazz Crusaders – The Jazz Crusaders at the Lighthouse (Pacific Jazz)
4.    1966: Mose Allison – Mose Alive! (Atlantic)
5.    1972: Elvin Jones – Live at the Lighthouse (Blue Note)

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7 Essential Albums 🎶 Released In The Month of March #Madness 

The Ides of March are upon you… 
   With all the March madness happening, here’s a group of 7 popular albums released during the month of March.

   ABBA’s classic LP Waterloo was released on March 4th, 1974 on Polar Music Records. This LP helped launch the Swedish Pop group internationally.

   David Bowie’s hit album Young Americans was released on RCA Records, March 7th, 1975. The songs “Fame” and “Across the Universe” (with John Lennon), and the album title track “Young Americans” help drive this LP’s popularity.

   U2’s The Joshua Tree released on Island Records, March 9th, 1987. The album won a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1988, and the LP’s cover art was voted #1 by Rolling Stone Magazine for 1987.

   Billy Joel’s Glass Houses released on March 12, 1980. The album is produced by A & R Recording co-founder Phil Ramone on Family Productions / Columbia Records and was a massive hit for Joel featuring “You May Be Right”, “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”, and “Don’t Ask Me Why.”

   Paul McCartney’s Wings released Wings at the Speed of Sound on March 25, 1976. Produced by McCartney and released on Capitol Records, the album hit #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the help of the hit singles “Let ‘Em In” and “Silly Love Songs."

   Jethro Tull’s classic Aqualung released March 19, 1971 on the Chrysalis Records label in the United Kingdom and on Reprise Records in the United States. The album reached #7 in the U.S. (Billboard 200) and #4 on UK Albums chart.

   The Supertramp hit album Breakfast in America on A&M Records was released on March 29, 1979. The LP is also noteworthy for its iconic cover art featuring Los Angeles actress Kate Murtagh, winning the 1980 Grammy Award for Best Recording Package and reaching #1 on numerous worldwide charts including the Billboard Top 200 (US).

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7 Kool Kolored Vinyl Records 🔵🟡🟣🔴 Record Store Day 2024  

A Twin Peaks Tribute to #ColorBlind #RecordAddiction 
7 Kool Kolored Vinyl 🔵🟡🟣🔴 Record Store Day 2024 Vinyl Records

Looking over the list of nearly 400 titles being released on Record Store Day 2024 -check these 7 cool colored vinyl albums available 4/20

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The Rolling Stones - Live at Racket, NYC
(Geffen) Solid White
The Yardbirds - Five Live Yardbirds
(Culture Factory USA) Red
Jim Croce - Live: The Final Tour
(BMG) Translucent Blue
Jerry Garcia Band - Electric On The Eel
(ATO Records) Neon Green
Charlie Parker - Norman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic
(Verve) Yellow
Astrud Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
(Friday Music) Aqua
Jazz Dispensary - The Freedom Sound!
Various Artists (Craft Recordings) Freedom Blue Swirl

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🎶 Explore 7 Essential LIVE Record Store Day 2024 Album Releases 🎸  

Flashback with these LIVE Legacy Artist Releases on RSD 2024

   Dive into a vibrant array of live music spectacles as Record Store Day 2024 reveals an impressive assortment of over 50 enthralling LIVE albums, featuring a stellar lineup of legacy artist LP releases. From timeless performances etched in iconic venues to hidden treasures unearthed from the archives, this year's selection promises to captivate both avid music enthusiasts and collectors. Here, we present 7 essential live RSD 2024 legacy artist releases to enrich your record collection.

Jim Croce - Live: The Final Four (BMG) LP / 1800
   Witness the pinnacle of Jim Croce's musical legacy with Live: The Final Four, now available worldwide on translucent blue vinyl, exclusively during Record Store Day. This rare recording captures the essence of Croce's last tour in 1973, accompanied by guitarist Maury Muehleisen, featuring two previously unreleased tracks: "Ball of Kirriemuir" and "Shopping for Clothes." Immerse yourself in Croce's unparalleled artistry and captivating narratives, preserved for generations to come. Recorded just months prior to Croce & Muehleisen's death in a plane crash during the tour on September 20th, 1973.

The Doors - Live at Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sept. 20, 1968 (3)LP Box Set / 6000
   Discover an unprecedented musical treasure with The Doors Live at Konserthuset, Stockholm, capturing a historic live radio broadcast from September 20, 1968, now available officially for the first time. This expansive box set showcases rare renditions of iconic tracks such as "Mack The Knife," "Love Street," and "You’re Lost Little Girl." Immerse yourself in the immersive sound quality of this legendary performance by The Doors, recorded during their legendary 1968 European Tour alongside Jefferson Airplane.

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Live In Amsterdam 1972 (Liberation Hall) 2x-LP / 1200
   The Flying Burrito Brothers electrifying performance captured live in Amsterdam in 1972, is now available on a deluxe 2x-LP set in the U.S. for the first time. Founded by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman after departing from The Byrds in 1968, the band showcased an exceptional lineup including Bernie Leadon from The Eagles and the pedal steel virtuoso, "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow. However, by 1972, the band faced the need to quickly assemble a new lineup for contracted tour dates, leading to the addition of bluegrass luminary Byron Berline and Roger Bush of Country Gazette. This magical performance, previously released only in Europe during '72/'73, makes its long-awaited debut in the US. The live recording encompasses a captivating bluegrass set followed by a mesmerizing country-rock performance, featuring beloved classics such as "Wild Horses," "Sin City," and "Devil in Disguise." Packaged in a gatefold sleeve adorned with liner notes, rare photographs, and an illuminating family tree.

The Rolling Stones - Live at Racket, NYC (Geffen) LP / 7000
   Experience the electrifying essence of The Rolling Stones with Live At Racket, NYC, featuring seven riveting tracks from their intimate launch event on October 19, 2023. This exclusive release showcases debut live renditions of iconic songs including "Angry," "Bite My Head Off," "Whole Wide World," and a special collaboration with Lady Gaga on "Sweet Sounds of Heaven." Previously only accessible as a bonus disc on the 2 CD Live Edition of "Hackney Diamonds," marking the band's first studio album with new material since 2005, this offering is now available on 180g heavyweight solid white vinyl for Record Store Day 2024. Immerse yourself in a contemporary live recording capturing the essence of one of the most iconic rock bands in history.

Jerry Garcia Band - Electric On The Eel: June 10, 1989 (ATO) 4x-LP / 3000
   Relive the iconic sounds of the Jerry Garcia Band with Electric on the Eel: June 10, 1989, capturing the essence of a memorable summer day along the picturesque banks of the Eel River in Piercy, CA. This legendary performance, featuring the penultimate lineup of Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Melvin Seals, David Kemper, Gloria Jones, and Jacklyn LaBranch, showcases some of the band's most cherished songs. Available exclusively for Record Store Day, this 4 LP set is pressed onto vibrant neon green vinyl, with a special etching on Side H, adding a unique touch to this remarkable musical experience.

Talking Heads - Live at WCOZ ’77 (Rhino) 2x-LP / 8000
   Unveil the long-awaited treasure of Talking Heads' captivating live performance from 1977, now available in its entirety on this exclusive 2LP collection. Previously unreleased in full, this acclaimed concert, originally featured on The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads, has been meticulously remastered for optimum sound quality. Cut at 45rpm and comprising fourteen tracks, including seven previously unheard recordings from the original two-track tapes, this collection exemplifies the band's raw energy and artistic prowess. Recorded at Northern Studios on November 17, 1977, immerse yourself in the dynamic renditions of iconic hits like "Psycho Killer," "Pulled Up," "Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town," "A Clean Break (Let's Work)," and more.

The Yardbirds - Five Live Yardbirds (Culture Factory US) LP / 2500
   Flashback to the legendary beginnings of The Yardbirds with Five Live Yardbirds – 1964, their groundbreaking live album featuring some of Eric Clapton's earliest recordings. Recorded at London's iconic Marquee club, this album presents the band's formidable lineup including Eric Clapton on lead guitar, Keith Relf on lead vocals & harmonica, Chris Dreja on rhythm guitar, Paul Samwell-Smith on bass, and Jim McCarty on drums. This deluxe package offers color vinyl, an OBI side spine, and a printed inner sleeve, elevating the collector's experience. A truly historic audio documentation, capturing the essence of a guitar legend in the making.

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Celebrating 50 Years 🎸 Unveiling A Dozen Legendary LIVE Albums from 1974 

by Geo Thelen  
  Join us as we celebrate the varied tapestry of live music from 1974, a pivotal year that birthed iconic performances captured for historical posterity. From Marvin Gaye's soulful serenades in Oak-town to the electrifying energy of Santana in Japan, these live albums have stood the test of time and are a must have for any record collection.

Marvin Gaye LIVE! Recorded at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, this Tamla label release on June 19th, 1974, delivers 43:41 minutes of soulful bliss and proving Gaye still had his riveting live game. Garnering a Grammy nomination, it soared to #1 on the R&B Album chart, marking a milestone in Marvin Gaye's illustrious career.


Santana - Lotus LIVE in Japan Immerse yourself in over two hours of electrifying Santana performances, captured during their tour in Osaka, Japan, on July 3rd & 4th, 1973. Originally exclusive to Japan, this triple LP (yes 3!) showcases Santana featuring Jazz vocalist Leon Thomas, and Woodstock veterans drummer Michael Shrieve and company at their peak.


Bob Dylan and The Band - Before the Flood This live masterpiece, recorded mostly in Los Angeles during January and February 1974, stands as Dylan's inaugural live album. Peaking at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, its platinum certification cements its status as a quintessential 1974 release, and a teaser for what would come later with the release of “The Last Waltz.”  

Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour ’74 Rory Gallagher's guitar prowess shines in this double LP, capturing the essence of his Northern Ireland tour from January 1974. Recorded amidst political turmoil, it's a testament to Gallagher's raw talent, musical resilience, and love of country. The innovative (LMS) mobile recording unit used to capture this performance was later used by numerous artists including Eric Clapton, The Who, and Led Zeppelin.

Velvet Underground - 1969: The Velvet Underground Live Despite being recorded in 1969, this Mercury label gem wasn't unveiled until September 1974. Featuring fan-recorded tracks from a Dallas show and house 4-track recordings from the Matrix in San Francisco, it's a must-have for Velvet Underground / Lou Reed aficionados.  

David Bowie - David Live Recorded during the Diamond Dogs American tour, this album at Tower Theater, Pennsylvania, documents Bowie's evolution from Ziggy Stardust to soulful pop. The album hit #2 in Bowie’s native England and #8 on Billboard’s Top LP’s & Tapes. A commercial success, it is noted as a pivotal moment in Bowie's iconic career.


Ella Fitzgerald - Ella in London Recorded at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, this live album showcases Fitzgerald's elegance amidst London's vibrant jazz scene. A testament to her enduring legacy, it stands as her sole live recording in England. Established in 1959, Scott’s Jazz Club was the location of Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance in 1970 and is considered one of the most influential Jazz clubs in British history.


Elvis Presley - Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis Returning to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Presley delivers a stellar performance at the Mid-South Coliseum. The album hit #2 on Billboard’s Country Album charts and the single “How Great Thou Art” would give Presley his third and final Grammy award. With 15 soul-stirring tracks including a melody of his early hits, it's a poignant reminder of Presley's lasting impact on music.
 

Van Morrison - It’s Too Late to Stop Now A historical blend of Morrison originals and inspirations, this double LP captures the essence of his performances across iconic venues. The double-LP is made up of performances recorded at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and the Rainbow in London, England during the summer of 1973. Released by Warner Brothers Records in February of 1974, it's on the short list of best live albums of all time.


Billy Preston - Live European Tour Documenting Preston's European tour with the Rolling Stones, this album features Mick Taylor on guitar and a repertoire heavy on Lennon/McCartney compositions. The original album release was limited to Europe and Japan and is Preston’s only live album making it a rare gem for music enthusiasts.


Electric Light Orchestra - The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach Limited to Germany and Australia, this live recording captures ELO's unique sound amidst a marred performance in Long Beach, California. It is the only live recording of ELO during their 1970’s existence considered a historical piece of audio for fans of the iconic band.  

Harry Belafonte - Belafonte Concert in Japan Harry Belafonte's farewell to RCA Records after 21 years, this live recording from Tokyo, Japan, captures his timeless classics with full vocal backing. A captivating 14-song set that epitomizes Belafonte’s uniquely unmatched talent, Belafonte Concert in Japan is more than worthy of any record collection.

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David Bowie's Unearthed Gems: Exclusive Record Day Release Ziggy Stardust-Era LP  

Discover rare Ziggy-era recordings and unreleased gems on the limited Waiting In The Sky album, hitting indie record stores worldwide on April 20, 2024.

by Geo Thelen

  The estate of David Bowie and Parlophone Records have unveiled the track list for the eagerly anticipated limited edition Ziggy Stardust-era LP, set to be exclusively available for Record Store Day 2024. The eleven-song album, titled Waiting In The Sky (Before the Starman Came to Earth), is scheduled to drop at independent record stores globally on April 20, 2024.
  Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth) is a meticulously compiled album featuring 1971 Ziggy-era recordings, capturing a snapshot of Bowie's creative process two months before the iconic "Starman" was recorded at Trident Studios in London, England. Parlophone Records describes the track listing as "provisional" for the album that eventually became The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Notably, it includes four tracks not present on the original 1972 release.
   On side two of Waiting In The Sky, fans can expect to find "Holy Holy" and the beloved "Velvet Goldmine," along with two songs previously unreleased on LP, including a cover of Chuck Berry's "Round and Round."
Record Store Day, conceived in 2007, has grown to encompass 1400 independently-owned record stores in the US and thousands more internationally, celebrating the love for vinyl and independent music. Don't miss your chance to dive into the hidden treasures of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era on this exclusive Record Store Day release.

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🍸 Unwind with Vintage Vegas Vinyl | 5 Essential 1960s LIVE From Las Vegas! Albums 

🥃 Grab a Scotch and step back into the heyday of Vegas lounge shows with these must-have live albums from the swinging '60s.

    In the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas during the 1960s, the live music scene thrived, capturing the essence and variety of the era's entertainment. While most of the classic bustling casinos and iconic showrooms may be a distant memory, these live albums transport listeners back with an authentic audio documentation of the golden age of Vegas club shows. So grab a Scotch and drop your needle on this short list of essential live albums for your record collection.  

Sinatra at the Sands With Count Basie & The Orchestra (Reprise, 1966)
   Experience the quintessential 1960s Vegas scene on this timeless recording from the original Copa Room at the Sands Hotel featuring Frank Sinatra, with Count Basie & The Orchestra -conducted and arranged by a young Quincy Jones. From classic standards to captivating banter, this album encapsulates the allure of the Vegas showroom at the height of the 1960s lounge scene. The double-LP features seventy-six minutes of music and monologue captured from shows in January & February of 1966 and released on Reprise Records later that same year.

Jackpot! Dave Brubeck (Columbia, 1968)
   Dive into the captivating sounds of the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet lineup as they deliver a mesmerizing live performance at the Flamingo Room in the iconic Tropicana Hotel during the summer of 1966. Since its inception in 1957, the Tropicana has been a hub for renowned national artists, setting the stage for numerous live recordings, including Brubeck's acclaimed 1968 release on Columbia Records, Jackpot! Featuring standout tracks like "Ace in the Hole" and "Win a Few, Lose a Few," this album seamlessly infuses jazz into the spirit of 1960s Las Vegas. The ambiance of the room, resonating with the sounds of the crowd and nearby slot machines, adds an extra layer of authenticity to the album's vibe.

Nat King Cole At the Sands (Capitol, 1960)
   Step into the suave atmosphere of late 1950s and early 1960s Las Vegas as Nat King Cole delivers a captivating live performance recorded at the Sands Hotel on January 14, 1960. With his dulcet yet dynamic vocals, Cole adds a layer of refinement to the Vegas lounge ambiance in his sole commercially released live album. Surprisingly, eight out of the twelve tracks were previously unrecorded by Cole, making this album a rare treasure for fans. Originally slated for release by Capitol Records, the album didn't see the light of day until 1966, nearly a year following Cole's untimely passing from lung cancer at the age of 46.

Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas (Parrot, 1969)
   Let Tom Jones serenade you as he delivers a sensational live performance at the legendary Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas during the summer of 1969. Accompanied by a powerhouse band under the direction of Johnny Spence, Jones ignites the stage with an unforgettable show that encapsulates the vibrant energy of Vegas during its zenith. Featuring twelve electrifying tracks, this LP showcases the Welsh crooner at the pinnacle of his talent, earning him his highest chart position in the U.S. at #3. It’s nearly impossible to resist reaching for a drink while enjoying this extraordinary performance.

The Buck Owens Show: Big in Vegas (Capitol, 1969)
   Buck Owens and The Buckaroos signature Bakersfield sound set to the lively atmosphere of the  western-themed Bonanza Hotel results in a thrilling live album The Buck Owens Show: Big in Vegas. Recorded at the western-themed Bonanza Hotel, the album captures Owens and The Buckaroos in their element, delivering electrifying performances from a two-week period in July of 1969. Released by Capitol Records on December 29th, this album preserves the essence of Owens' Vegas residency allowing the vibrant energy of the venue to lives on through this recording. 

   Whether you're reminiscing about the glory days of Vegas or listening to it for the first time, these live recordings are a must-have for any music lover's record collection. So grab a bottle of Scotch, dim the lights, and let the vintage vibes transport you back to the iconic lounges of Sin City.

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🎶 Journey Back in Time: Celebrating 50 Years of Dolly Parton's Iconic 'Jolene' Album 🌟#DollyParton  

🌟 Relive the Magic at RCA Studio B, Where #MusicHistory Was Made! #Jolene50 

    In a nostalgic journey back 50 years, we commemorate the release of Dolly Parton's timeless record album, Jolene. This musical classic, featuring ten soul-stirring songs, includes two of Parton's signature recordings – the unforgettable "Jolene" and the timeless "I Will Always Love You." 

   Recorded at the historic RCA Studios (Studio B) in Nashville, Tennessee, the album came to life during sessions in the summer of 1973. The title track "Jolene" had already made its mark as a single in October 1973, before reaching the pinnacle of the country singles chart on February 2, 1974. On February 4, Jolene was officially released under the RCA Victor label and on March 11th, "I Will Always Love You" followed as a single. The song achieved its own triumph by securing the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Country Single chart on June 8th. Both records could be found on jukeboxes throughout the country helping to propel the album to number 6 on the Billboard Charts. 

   What adds to the magic of this album is the fact that Parton reportedly penned both songs on the same day. The emotional resonance of "I Will Always Love You" would later find its way to the top of the charts two more times – first in 1982 when Parton re-recorded it for "The Best Little Whore House in Texas" movie soundtrack (RCA Records), and then in 1992 when Whitney Houston's rendition for "The Bodyguard" took the world by storm on Artista Records. 

   The historic significance of RCA Studio B, where the magic of "Jolene" unfolded, cannot be overstated as well. This iconic building in Nashville holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places, immortalizing the legacy of Dolly Parton's timeless creation and numerous others including The Everly Brothers, David Bowie, The Strokes, and Elvis Presley. 

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Rediscovering Musical Magic: Big Brother & The Holding Company Unleash Hidden Gem at Janis Joplin’s 81st Bash  

Former Bandmates Resurrect Rejected Track from Iconic Album in a Night of Cheap Thrills

by Geo Thelen

   In a heartfelt celebration commemorating the 81st birthday of the legendary Janis Joplin, friends, bandmates, and music enthusiasts converged on Friday, January 19th, 2024, in Marin County, California. This area holds deep significance in Joplin's iconic musical journey. The evening transformed into a poignant tribute to the Queen of Rock, featuring a memory-evoking performance by her original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, presented by KC Turner Presents at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato.

   As the vibrant notes filled the surprisingly smoke-free air, 83-year-old drummer Dave Getz and 79-year-old bassist Peter Albin, former bandmates of Joplin, graced the stage once more, reigniting the raw energy and passion that defined their era. The reunion echoed the spirit of the '60s, reviving the magic of Joplin's presence in her former stomping grounds of Marin County, California, and offering welcome flashbacks to when the group served as the house band at San Francisco’s famed Avalon Ballroom.

                                           Cheap Thrills cover art by Robert Crumb

   A standout moment of the evening was the performance of a song titled "Misery’n," co-written by Peter Albin and Joplin. Interestingly, this track didn't make the cut for their 1968 #1 record Cheap Thrills. According to Albin, Columbia Records President Clive Davis personally suggested excluding the song from the album's final tracklist. However, the crowd swayed to the rhythm, underscoring that even decades later, Joplin's spirit continues to captivate hearts and inspire generations. The festivities concluded with an a cappella sing-along to the last song Janis ever recorded, "Mercedes Benz," led by onetime Starship vocalist Darby Gould, echoing Joplin's happy sign-off from the recording in 1970 with a cheerful "that’s it." The celebration, steeped in nostalgia, showcased the enduring power of Joplin's music, reminding everyone why she remains an indelible figure in rock history.
 

Cheap Thrills: Recorded Mar 2 - July, 1968 ~ Released: Aug. 18, 1968
   Cheap Thrills, released in 1968 on Columbia Records, is widely regarded as a cornerstone of the psychedelic sound of San Francisco. It soared to number one on the Billboard charts and secured its place at number 338 in Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time. The album is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Notably, it earned R.I.A.A. gold certification on October 15, 1968, for exceeding $1 million in sales.


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🎁 7 Must-Have Christmas Albums of the 1950s 🎅 

By Thelen Creative

*As seen in Ultra Swank December, 2023 

 

Was the 1950s the Best Decade for Christmas Music?

   Each decade brings its unique cultural atmosphere, and the 1960s and 1970s left an indelible mark on holiday music. Renowned artists such as Nat King Cole and Dean Martin graced the 1960s with seasonal classics, while the 1970s witnessed a resurgence of legacy musicians. However, it's the 1950s that may be credited with initiating the era of classic holiday music.

   In the vast landscape of Christmas albums released throughout the years, albums of the 1950s stand out for their unmistakable charm. This decade marked a golden age for vinyl, as large, grooved discs became the predominant medium for enjoying music at home. The nostalgic, crackling sound of vintage vinyl records on a turntable adds a unique charm that perfectly aligns with the festive spirit of the holiday season. Here, we present seven enduring Christmas albums from the 1950s that deserve a place in your holiday record collection.

 

 

Christmas Eve with Burl Ives (1957, Decca Records)
  Burl Ives's Christmas Eve with Burl Ives, released in 1957 on Decca Records, is another gem from this era. Ives's rich, storytelling voice is now synonymous with the holidays, and this album beautifully showcases his talent prior to becoming known for his role in the animation classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). From the charming “What Child Is This?” to the delightful presentation of “Twelve Days of Christmas,” the record contains renditions of then holiday classics as well as previously released material (eight of the album’s eleven song’s were first released in 1952 as part of Ives’s first holiday album Christmas Day in the Morning). His warm and comforting vocals make this record a must-listen during the Christmas season.

 

 

Johnny Mathis - Merry Christmas (1958, Columbia)
  One of the standout albums of the 1950s Christmas music era is Johnny Mathis's Merry Christmas, released in 1958 on the Columbia label. This album has become a holiday classic for a good reason. Mathis's velvety voice brings a timeless quality to a dozen beloved carols like "Winter Wonderland" and "Silver Bells." The lush orchestral arrangements (by conductor Percy Faith) capture the spirit of the season, making this album a perennial favorite that has stood the test of time.

 

 

Season’s Greetings From Perry Como (1959, RCA Victor)
  Perry Como, with his relaxed and soothing style, graced us with a lasting holiday album in 1959 on RCA Victor titled, Season’s Greetings From Perry Como. This often overlooked album is a masterclass in vocal elegance, featuring Como's renditions of classics like "O Holy Night" and "The First Noel” backed by The Ray Charles Singers who had just backed Buddy Holly & The Crickets on their last recordings in 1959. Listening to this Perry Como album is like wearing a favorite sweater, making Season’s Greetings… a comfortable and cherished part of the holiday season for many.

 

 

A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (1957, Capitol Records)
  Frank Sinatra needs no introduction, and his contribution to the world of ultra swank Christmas music is no less legendary. His first full-length holiday album, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra, released in 1957 (Capitol Records) showcases the Chairman of the Board’s unparalleled vocal prowess on a selection of religious Christmas carols and holiday classics. Song's like "Jingle Bells" and "Mistletoe and Holly" exude Sinatra's signature style, making this RIAA certified Platinum album a classy addition to any Christmas music collection.

 

 

Rosemary Clooney - Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (1954, Columbia)
  Of all the albums on this list, Rosemary Clooney’s song’s from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (from the movie of the same name in which Clooney starred with Bing Crosby) feels most like something from the wartime 1940s. The beautifully arranged compositions combined with Clooney’s delivery and popularity of the movie made immediate classics of the post World War II “Gee, I Wish I Were Back In The Army” and the Percy Faith conducted, “Snow.” By the end of the 1950s this album was already a holiday classic.

 

 

Presley, Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957, RCA Victor)
   Hard to imagine a bigger artist in the 1950s than Elvis Presley. Sales of Presley’s 1957 Christmas Album (RCA Victor) support the legend as the album ranks as the best-selling Christmas album of all time in the U.S. -and the world. The twelve song album contains no Presley originals, however his unique arraignments on holiday standards “Blue Christmas” and “White Christmas,” caused a bit of a stir at the time. Elvis’ Christmas Album has been re-released numerous times over the years with various cover art but the 1957 release remains the O.G. of Elvis Presley holiday records.

 

 

Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas (1955, Decca Records)
  No discussion of 1950s Christmas music would be complete without mentioning Bing Crosby. His eponymous Merry Christmas, released in 1955 on Decca Records, is a cornerstone of holiday music collections. The 1955 album is actually a re-release of a compilation of song’s first released on five 78-rpm records in 1945 also titled Merry Christmas. Crosby’s rendition of "White Christmas" in this recorded songbook is arguably the most iconic in music history, and it has become the quintessential Christmas song. This album's enduring popularity cements Crosby's status as a true holiday music legend as the 1955 version is the longest continually printed LP in the history of recorded music. Take that, Mariah! 

 

The 1950s: A Decade of Musical Magic

   The 1950s weren't just a great decade for Christmas music; they were a period of musical magic and innovation. The emergence of rock 'n' roll, the birth of rockabilly, and the continuing popularity of jazz and big band music all contributed to a rich and diverse musical landscape resulting in timeless Christmas classics that continue to resonate with generations of listeners.

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Record Store Day Release: Jerry Garcia & John Kahn - Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA - February 28, 1986 

Recorded Live at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California on February 28, 1986.

A Quick Look at the 2-LP Gold Vinyl Limited Edition (7,500) Record Store Day Black Friday Release, 2023.

Pure Jerry: Jerry Garcia & John Kahn LIVE Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, California - February 28, 1986

     In a historic homage to the heyday of live recordings, the eagerly awaited vinyl debut of "Pure Jerry: Jerry Garcia & John Kahn LIVE at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California" hits the shelves as part of the 2023 Record Store Day Black Friday releases. This auditory time capsule, recorded on February 28, 1986, (less than a year before Garcia and The Grateful Dead's commercial zenith), unfolds as a testament to the enduring allure of Garcia's live performances.

   The album, originally released on CD and helmed by producer John Cutler in 2009, now resurfaces in 2023, with remastered audio and new visual packaging. A striped down performance featuring Garcia on guitar and vocals with his long-time collaborator, bassist John Kahn, is presented on (Gold) vinyl for the very first time, adorned with all-new artwork created by Gabe Schneider (Sight Study), encapsulates the spirit of this unique performance.

     With a repertoire of twelve classic tracks, Garcia (1942-1995) and Kahn (1947-1996) embark on a journey that remains timeless. Garcia's compositions, co-authored with Robert Hunter, share the stage with classics from the likes of Bob Dylan, including the enchanting "When I Paint My Masterpiece" on Side B/Track 1. The musical odyssey also features a captivating rendition of "Goodnight Irene" (Side D/Track 2), penned by John Lomax and Huddle Ledbetter, clocking in at nearly eight minutes. The blues-infused tracks, such as "Spike Driver Blues" and the opening number "Deep Elem Blues," showcase the impeccable balance between Kahn's bass and Garcia's signature guitar and vocals. Noteworthy is the revelation on Side B/Track 3, "Run for the Roses," where Garcia unveils the embryonic elements that would later blossom into the iconic guitar parts of The Grateful Dead's hit "Touch of Grey."

   The historic Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium (est. 1971) located in Jerry Garcia’s stomping grounds of San Rafael, California serves as the backdrop for this sonic spectacle. In an interview with Grateful Dead Family Discography (DeadDisc.com); Garcia noted  "Marin Vets turns out to be an incredibly nice room to record in. There's something about the formal atmosphere in there that makes us work.” The performance, remastered from original two-track recordings, captures the raw, unbridled energy of that fateful night. The liner notes emphasize the album's authenticity, stressing that “these recordings are not to be confused with fully produced studio masters” but are a homage to the electric spirit of that unforgettable night. With a limited edition of 7,500 copies pressed on two 180g gold vinyl records, "Pure Jerry" emerges as a coveted relic documenting a time and place never to be replicated. 

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Event: BLACK FRIDAY 2023 
Release Date: 11/24/2023
Format: 2 x LP
Label: ATO Records
Quantity: 7500
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

SIDE A:
1. Deep Elem Blues
2. Little Sadie
3. Friend Of The Devil
SIDE B:
4. When I Paint My Masterpiece
5. Spike Driver Blues
6. Run For The Roses
7. Dire Wolf
SIDE C:
8. Jack A Roe
9. Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
10. Bird Song
SIDE D:
11. Ripple
12. Goodnight Iren

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Pepperland | Woodstock West  

The Untold Story's Sources…

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Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University Libraries. “Letter from Barry Olivier to Nat Shind”, Berkeley Folk Music Festival Accessed Sun Apr 23 2023. https://dc.library.northwestern.edu/items/6acd14b3-cf3b-4134-85ae-15fedccbd52b 

Stanley, Don. “Pepperland’s Great Circle.” Pacific Sun (San Rafael, CA). December 23, 1970. 

Sigman, Mike. “Pepperland Dancery To Open on Coast.“ Record World. August 1, 1970: pg 48. 

Geary, Marilyn.“Litchfield’s - a Sign of the Past.” Anne T. Kent California Room. 8/27/20 

Brother, Water. “Pepperland.” Berkeley Tribe, Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 1970. (Vol. 3) pg.6. The Red Mountain Tribe publishing. Berkeley, California. 

“Rock Ballroom Ready to Swing Out in Calif. Town.” Billboard. July 25, 1970. page 22&25. 

Campbell, Tom. “On The Scene: Rock Pops Up in Pepperland.” San Francisco Examiner. July 25, 1970. Sat pg10. 

“Pepperland Will Open in San Rafael.” The Los Angeles Times, August 29, 1970. Sat pg28. 

“San Rafael Eyes Closing ‘Pepperland’” San Francisco Examiner, March 1, 1971. Mon. pg4. 

“Hard life and times of Janis Joplin.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 1979. Sun. pg146. 

Modderno, Craig. “Something For Young Set: The Hard Rock Scene” Oakland Tribune, September 24, 1970. Thurs. pg88. 

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Independent Journal (Marin County) 
“The Citadel.” IJ. Fri. January 30, 1970. pg14. 
“Narcotics Raid Hearing Slated For July 24.” IJ. Mon. July 13, 1970. pg9. 
McCarthy, C.P. “Pepperland Debate : Charges Traded On Rock Palace.” IJ. Tuesday, November 17, 1970 
McCarthy, C.P. “Pepperland: A ‘Bad Scene’ Or Youths’ Saving Grace?” IJ. Dec. 2, 1970. pg 20 
“Bomb Threat, Armed Theft Mar Concert by Joan Baez.” IJ. Mon. December 21, 1970. pg19. 
“Pepperland’s Safety, Use Permit Queried By Council.” IJ. December 22, 1970. pg15. 
“Pepperland’s Sign Is Empty As Well As ‘Healthy’ Coffers.” IJ. Tues. April 13, 1971. pg16. 
“Charges from Motel Drug Raid Booted.” IJ. April 14, 1971. pg6. 
“Charges from Motel Drug Raid Booted.” April 14, 1971. pg6. 
“Pepperland Reopening Is Discussed.” IJ. July 28, 1971. Wed. pg46. 
“Supervisors Nix Offer To Sponsor Rock Hall.” IJ. October 18, 1972. pg16. 

Novato Historical Guild Archives

Getz, Dave. Death of Janis. to be released 2023.

Call, Alex. 876-5309/Jenny. The Song tat saved my ass… for a while. Amazon Books. Aug. 2020.

Andrew, Sam. "Big Brother history, part six, 1969 to 1972.” May 9, 2012. samandrew.com. Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Retrieved May 9, 2023.  

Bob Pullum, “Brotherhood of Lightshow Timeline,” 2012. Accessed April, 2023. https://universoulightforms.com/history/bol  

Pullum, Bob. “Brotherhood of Light Show Current.” Interview w/ Pooters Psychedelic Shack. 2002, Accessed April 23, 2023. https://www.pooterland.com/lightshows_brotherhood.html 

Parrish, Michael. Cryptical Developments. “Reflections on Music in the Bay Area: 60s, 70s and Beyond.” February 27, 2011. https://cryptdev.blogspot.com/2011/02/pepperland-then-and-now.html  J. Garcia / D. Crosby image

Light Into Ashes, blog post “Grateful Dead Guide: The Mysterious Case of 12/21/70.” October 28, 2013. Post Feb. 15, 2018  

Taj Mahal. The Real Thing. Columbia Records, 1971. Gatefold Image, Dr. Ché.

Tower of Power. LIVE Fillmore West. Bill Graham Presents, July 4, 1971.

Ezra B. Eddy IV, blog post on the subject,  March 9, 2021.  

Meyer, John. “Meyer History.” MixOnline Magazine. https://www.MixOnline.com. 2013.  

Romanus, W. “The Ultimate Bootleg Experience blog, Pink Floyd.” based on recollections of Rolf, Mike K., Ron C., Duckpont49, creamcheese and WRomanus. 2011. Accessed May 9, 2023. https://theultimatebootlegexperience7.blogspot.com/2013/12/pink-floyd-1970-10-16-san-rafael-ca.html  
Pink Floyd. “Astronomy Domine.” Oct. 16, 1970. Live at Pepperland Audio Bootleg
Steve Miller Band. “Pepper Sauce." Sept. 18, 1970. Live Unreleased Sailor Records Audio Bootleg
The Grateful Dead. “Turn on Your Lovelight." July 16, 1970. Live Unreleased Audio Bootleg

Pepperland Imagery & Info: 
#thelencreative @ebay / Watts Music, Novato / Wolfgang’s Vault 
Paul “The Poster Guy” Getchell / Marin History Museum / Anne T. Kent California Room

Marin History Museum 
Heather Powell / Marcie Miller

Carol Acquaviva
Anne T. Kent California Room 
San Rafael, Calif.

Darin Chace
Watts Music, Novato, Calif. Est 1979

Geo Thelen email Interview. Pepperland Ownership Family, Charlie Litchfield, esq. April 2023 
Geo Thelen email Interview. Dave Getz, Big Brother & Holding Company, drummer. April 2023. 
Geo Thelen email Interview. Alex Call, Clover, Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter. June 2023.
Geo Thelen email Interview. Charlie Kelly, Sons of Champlin (42yr) Crew/Roadie  May 2023 
Geo Thelen phone Interview. Charlie Ellicott, Fillmore Stage Manager/Cold Blood Mgt. June 2023.
Geo Thelen phone interview. Pepperland Promoter, Skip Whitney. May 16, 2023 
Geo Thelen phone interview. Pepperland Stage Manager, Mapes Root. May 18, 2023

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🎃 A Spooky Spin Through The History of Popular Halloween-Vibed Vinyl Records 

👻 Grooving to the Ghouls
  As the leaves turn and the nights grow longer, it's that time of year again when ghosts, goblins, and vinyl enthusiasts unite for a spine-tingling celebration. Halloween, a holiday filled with frights and delights, wouldn't be complete without the eerie ambiance set by spooky vinyl records.  In the world of vinyl records, Halloween has always had a special place. From the timeless classics of the '60s to the modern spins of today, hauntingly delightful albums have kept the spirit of Halloween alive through the decades. In this article, we'll take a spin through the history of some popular Halloween-vibed vinyl records.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


🎙 Vinyl's Haunting Past 
  Vinyl records have long been a conduit for audible creativity, but their association with Halloween ambience dates back to the early 20th century. Back then, radio broadcasts of spine-tingling sound effects and ghostly tales set the stage for vinyl records to become the perfect medium for haunting sounds. Popular horror radio shows such as “Beyond the Limits” and the Orson Welles alien invasion classic “War of the Worlds” (first broadcast on Halloween eve in 1938), eventually found a second life on vinyl pressings in the 1960s and ‘70s. 
 

🤖 Monster Mash Hits the Charts 
  The 1960s saw a period that spawned some of the most iconic Halloween vinyl records ever. Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash" clawed its way up the charts in 1962, giving birth to a graveyard smash that is still on nearly every Halloween party playlist. This tongue-in-cheek tune became an instant Halloween classic, and its vinyl record sales reflected the monstrous craze that swept the nation. Movie and television soundtracks like Henri Mancini’s 1962 “Experiment In Terror” film score, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Ghost Stories for Young People" and Vince Guaraldi’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” TV soundtrack from 1966 are still modern day holiday staples for many.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


☠️ The Ghastly Grooves of the 1970s
  The '70s brought a groovier, yet equally eerie, vibe to Halloween vinyl records. Albums like "Halloween: Sounds of Horror" and "Moog Plays The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman" combined electronic synthesizers with chilling soundscapes, creating a unique and otherworldly listening experience. The soundtrack for the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 also added to the spirit of the season. Haunted house sound effect albums and spooky spoken-word records such as Pickwick labels Famous Ghost Stories remained popular throughout the decade. "Vincent Price's A Hornbook for Witches, Stories and Poems for Halloween" (1976) delivered spine-tingling narratives that transported listeners to the heart of the macabre complete with eerie sound effects and haunting voices -and a precursor to another Vincent Price spoken classic. 
 
 

👹 A Thriller of a Record 
  The 1980s saw a slew of creepy related releases including Onigo Boingo’s 1985 album Dead Man’s Party lead by Danny Elfman -who would pen a number of creepy scores for director Tim Burton including The Nightmare Before Christmas, (1993) and the ominous Batman, (1989) and Batman Returns, (1992) soundtracks. However, no discussion of Halloween vibed vinyl records would be complete without the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. In 1982, Jackson released "Thriller," an album that sent shockwaves through the music industry -and Halloween parties alike. The title track's iconic music video, featuring zombies dancing with the King of Pop, became a Halloween staple. Then record flew off the shelves, making it one of the most sought-after albums of all-time and featuring a now classic cameo from the king of creepy spoken-word himself, Vincent Price.



 

 

 

 

 

 



👺 Haunted Harmonies of the 1990s
  The 1990s brought a wave of alternative and rock bands into the Halloween music scene. Artists like Marilyn Manson with "Antichrist Superstar,” The Smashing Pumpkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” and Rob Zombies 1998 solo debut Hellbilly Deluxe blended haunting lyrics with rock 'n' roll intensity. These vinyl records continue to provide the perfect backdrop for Halloween parties with a more sinister edge.
 

🧡 Modern Day Mayhem 🖤 
  Fast forward to the present day, and Halloween vinyl records are as popular as ever. Contemporary artists continue to embrace the spooky season with releases like The Black Keys' Let's Rock and Jack White's Lazaretto. These vinyl records not only pay homage to the classics but also add a modern twist to any Halloween playlist. Special editions and re-releases of classics such as the orange colored pumpkin shaped vinyl It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown released by Craft Recordings in 2021 add to the ongoing collectibility factor of holiday vinyl records.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


🪦 The Beat Goes On
Whether you're a vinyl collector, a Halloween enthusiast, or just someone looking to add some eerie ambiance to your October nights, these records have something for everyone. So, dust off that turntable, light some candles, and let the spooky spin begin!
 

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🖤 If You're a #Byrds Fan, Explore #LOVE's 1966 Self-Titled Debut Album #LOVE | #VinylRecords 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    In the vibrant 1960s LA music scene, LOVE's debut self-titled album LOVE was a pivotal moment, featuring the iconic lineup of Bryan MacLean, Arthur Lee, Alban “Snoopy” Pfisterer, Johnny Echols, and Ken Forssi. This album, released in 1966 on Elektra Records, not only marked their beginning but also left an enduring impact on the music landscape of the era.

   Inspired by the likes of the Byrds and the burgeoning folk-rock sound echoing from the hills of LA, LOVE's music served as a wellspring of inspiration for many other local groups. Among them was none other than Jim Morrison of the Doors, who regarded LOVE as a significant musical influence. Songs like 'Softly To Me' and 'No Matter What You Do' on Side One of the album unmistakably resonate with the Doors' vibe, creating a fusion of sounds where Doors meet the Byrds.

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 


   LOVE's connection with the Byrds goes deeper, as Bryan MacLean, vocalist and guitarist of LOVE, had previously worked as a roadie for the Byrds. This collaborative atmosphere and shared musical influence are what made the 1960s LA music scene so iconic. Recorded in January of 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California, LOVE's debut album encapsulates the spirit of that era. 

      While some may argue that LOVE's later albums are superior, (check out Forever Changes) their debut album is a valuable piece of Laurel Canyon history, taking you on a flashback journey to the heart of the LA music scene. Notably, the album's track "No Matter What You Do" found its way onto the 'Echo in the Canyon' soundtrack, released in 2018, solidifying LOVE's enduring legacy in the world of music. Discover the roots of LA rock and the sounds that shaped an era with LOVE's debut album. 

 

 

 

 

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Founding member of 1960s LA-based group LOVE and former  Byrds roadie, Bryan MacLean born September 25, 1946.

Classic Vinyl: Ten Must-Have LIVE Vinyl Record Albums 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prompt Engineered & Edited by Geo Thelen

     Live albums have a magical ability to capture the raw energy, electric atmosphere, and unfiltered passion of a live performance. They allow fans to relive the thrill of a concert experience and provide audio documentation of a past moment. Over the years, several live albums have transcended the boundaries of music, achieving monumental success and etching their names in music history. In this article, we dive into the world of live music and unveil ten must-have live albums for your vinyl record collection.

 

 

 

 

1. Eagles Live - Eagles
    Kicking off the list is the iconic American rock band Eagles with their 7x platinum album Eagles Live. Released in 1980, this album captures many of the band's stellar performances from their "Hotel California" tour. With classics like "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy," this album remains a timeless gem in the rock and roll universe.

2.  Live Bullet - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
    Bob Seger's raspy vocals and heartland rock sound come alive in Live Bullet. Released in 1976, this multi-platinum album captures Seger's electrifying performance at Cobo Hall in Detroit. With tracks like "Turn the Page" and "Old Time Rock & Roll," Seger's live prowess is on full display.

3.  The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus - The Rolling Stones
    The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus is a one-of-a-kind live album that encapsulates the essence of the 1960s rock scene. Recorded in 1968 as part of a film project of the same name, the album was released in 1996, and features not only the Stones, but also an array of legendary artists like The Who and John Lennon. It's a true time capsule of rock history.

 

 

 



4.  Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton
    Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! is not just an album; it's a cultural phenomenon. Released in 1976, this live double album skyrocketed Frampton to superstardom. Featuring the unforgettable talk box-infused rendition of "Do You Feel Like We Do," this record is a must-have for any rock enthusiast -recorded in part at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California.

5.  Live/1975-85 - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
    When it comes to live performances, few artists can match the energy and charisma of Bruce Springsteen. Live/1975-85 is a comprehensive collection of Springsteen's live recordings from 1975 to 1985. From anthems like "Born to Run" to a heartfelt "Thunder Road," this album is a historical journey through The Boss's live evolution.

6.  Live at Wembley '86 - Queen
    Queen's larger-than-life stage presence is perfectly captured in the double-album Live at Wembley '86. Recorded during the band's Magic Tour, the album (currently awaiting vinyl release) showcases Freddie Mercury's unparalleled showmanship and the band's ability to command a massive audience. From "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "We Will Rock You," Queen's live legacy lives on.

 

 

 


7.  MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana
    Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York is a hauntingly beautiful testament to Kurt Cobain's songwriting genius. Recorded just months before Cobain's tragic passing in 1994, this album strips away the grunge sound to reveal the raw emotion and vulnerability behind Nirvana's music. The unplugged album is often included in Top 100 Best Albums of All-Time lists.

8.  Live in Cook County Jail - B.B. King
    B.B. King's soulful blues guitar and heartfelt vocals shine in Live in Cook County Jail. Recorded in front of an enthusiastic audience of inmates in 1970, the album captures the essence of King's emotional connection with his music and the power of the blues and ranks in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All-Time.

9.  Live at the Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band
    The Allman Brothers Band's improvisational prowess comes to life at a classic venue in Live at the Fillmore East. Recorded in 1971, this album showcases the band's unique blend of Southern rock, blues, and jazz influences. With extended jams and virtuosic guitar solos, this record is a testament to musical craftsmanship.

10.  At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
    Closing our list is a live album that goes beyond the music, transcending into a cultural milestone. Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison is a powerful and poignant recording of Cash's legendary performance at the Folsom State Prison, California in 1968. Cash's connection with the inmates and his emotionally charged delivery make this album a must have timeless classic.

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