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On This Day: “The Man Who Sold the World” is dark, Gothic rock masterpiece


Natalie Hanson

November 4, 2018

"The Man Who Sold the World" is David Bowie's third studio album. Though it turns 48 today, it represents a turning point for Bowie and for pop and rock of the time, as a hard rock departure from his previously acoustic work. It has been compared to other albums released that year, including those by...

On This Day: George Michael explores love and spirituality with “Faith”

George Michael made a triumphant solo debut with

Natalie Hanson

October 30, 2018

By 1986, George Michael had grown weary with the "teenybopper" image of his group, Wham!, and decided to go solo. He began writing and recording his own material. This would lead to his first solo album "Faith," which took the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1989.And what an album it is. Michael played a ...

On This Day: ‘1999’ brings Prince to a wider audience

Prince began to take over pop in 1982 with

Natalie Hanson

October 27, 2018

Prince left his mark on pop and won international fame with this album in 1982. Influencing '80s pop with its electrofunk sound, this album drips with style and sex appeal and could leave you wishing it was 1982 again.This was Prince's fifth album and his first to feature the band Revolution. Heavy on ...

On This Day: “Led Zeppelin II” proves lightning can strike twice

By 1970, Led Zeppelin was redefining rock and roll.

Natalie Hanson

October 23, 2018

"Led Zeppelin II" was released 49 years ago, on Oct. 22 in 1969, and it still can rock the pants off of most rock bands to this day. In the '70s, nobody could touch Led Zeppelin once they took off. After the release of "Led Zeppelin" earlier that year, this album proved that the band was ascending t...

On This Day: ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ is the Elton John we know and love

The cover artwork of Elton John's seventh album,

Natalie Hanson

October 6, 2018

Editor's Note: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" was released on Oct. 5, 1973, not Oct. 6. On Tuesday, Sir Elton John will begin his worldwide tour, "Farewell Yellow Brick Road." It seems only fitting, then, to look back on his album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," his best-selling album, in honor of the day it...

On This Day: The Police’s ‘Ghost in the Machine’ redefines reggae rock

The album artwork of

Natalie Hanson

October 2, 2018

For a multi-platinum band like the Police, "Ghost in the Machine," released on Oct. 2 in 1981, represented a big moment for them and for '80s New Wave and reggae rock in general. A band with an undeniable reggae rock influence, The Police further developed their defining keyboard- and horn-heavy sound in...

On This Day: “Songs in the Key of Life” a milestone for Stevie Wonder, soul music

Natalie Hanson

September 28, 2018

Stevie Wonder is probably best known for his album "Songs in the Key of Life," which was released on Sept. 28, 1976. Both a phenomenon of 1970s soul and a big moment for pop and concept albums in general, it is now often cited as one of the greatest albums in pop music history. By 1975, Wonder was...

On This Day – “Abbey Road” a defining finale for The Beatles’ legacy

The cover of the album,

Natalie Hanson

September 26, 2018

We know the cover, and we still know some of the songs. Yet it seems incredible that the iconic "Abbey Road," by The Beatles, is 49 years old today. It may seem impossible now, but the album received mixed reviews upon its release in 1969. Now, it is considered perhaps the band's best album, for good...

On This Day: Nirvana’s “Nevermind” makes alternative rock history

The cover of the album,

Natalie Hanson

September 24, 2018

If I tell you that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is 27 this year, does that make you feel ancient yet? That's right, it's been 27 years today since "Nevermind" made its entrance in 1991. The music industry has never been the same since. It's no exaggeration to say that this second album by Nirvana took the ...

On This Day – “Paranoid” makes Black Sabbath a metal icon

Natalie Hanson

September 18, 2018

Rock and metal may seem all but absent from mainstream music these days, but their influence remains everywhere. Metal, in particular, owes its rise and transformation to a few key bands - one of which is definitely Black Sabbath. With "Paranoid," the career of the band Black Sabbath really took off as...

On This Day: The Kinks’ “Something Else By The Kinks” released in 1967

The album artwork for the album

Natalie Hanson

September 15, 2018

The summer of 1967 is legendary in the history of music's development. The several short months in that "Summer of Love" defined the sound of a generation, as from that year's incredible journey through music came classics that showed the maturing of some of the decade's strongest bands. One such band,...

On This Day- Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here’ released in 1975

The album cover artwork for

Natalie Hanson

September 12, 2018

On September 12 in 1975, Pink Floyd released its seventh album, "Wish You Were Here." After already reaching worldwide fame for the milestone album, "Dark Side of the Moon," this album became another classic in its own right within the band's long list of work. You may only know this album, or "Dark...

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