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McCartney (Paul McCartney Archive Collection)
McCartney is the debut solo album by English rock musician Paul McCartney. It was issued on Apple Records in April 1970 after McCartney had resisted attempts by his Beatles bandmates to have the release delayed to allow for Apple's previously scheduled titles, notably the band's Let It Be album. McCartney recorded his album during a period of depression and confusion, following John Lennon's private announcement in September 1969 that he was leaving the Beatles, and the conflict over its release further estranged McCartney from his bandmates. A press release in the form of a self-interview, supplied with UK promotional copies of McCartney, led to the announcement of the group's break-up on 10 April 1970.
McCartney recorded the album in secrecy, mostly using basic home-recording equipment set up at his house in St John's Wood. Mixing and some later recording took place at professional studios in London, which McCartney booked under an alias to maintain anonymity. Apart from occasional contributions by his wife, Linda, he performed the entire album by himself, playing every instrument via overdubbing on four-track tape.
Venus And Mars (Remastered 2014)
Venus and Mars is the fourth studio album by Wings. Released in 1975 as the follow-up to Band on the Run, Venus and Mars continued Wings' run of commercial success and would prove a springboard for a year-long worldwide tour. The album was Paul McCartney's first post-Beatles album to be released worldwide on the Capitol Records label rather than Apple.
Walls And Bridges
Walls and Bridges is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter John Lennon. It was issued by Apple Records on 26 September 1974 in the United States and on 4 October in the United Kingdom. Written, recorded and released during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono, the album captured Lennon in the midst of his "Lost Weekend". Walls and Bridges was an American Billboard number-one album and featured two hit singles, "Whatever Gets You thru the Night" and "#9 Dream". The first of these was Lennon's first number-one hit in the United States as a solo artist, and his only chart-topping single in either the US or Britain during his lifetime.
The album was certified silver in the UK, and gold in the US.
Ringo is the third studio album by Ringo Starr, released in 1973 on Apple Records. It peaked at No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. In Canada, it reached No. 1 on the RPM national albums chart. The album is noted for being the only project on which all four Beatles collaborated between the band's breakup in 1970 and the murder of John Lennon in 1980, and for its numerous guest stars, something which would become a signature for Starr on many of his subsequent albums and tours.
In 1995, twenty five years after The Beatles had stopped working together, a TV series telling the group’s story was broadcast. Called Anthology, it featured recently filmed interviews with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr; John Lennon, who had died in 1980, was represented by archive footage. To complement the documentaries, three albums of previously unreleased Beatles material were issued under the same title.
Anthology 3 encompasses the recordings the group made between May 1968 and January 1970. The seven tracks dating from May 1968 are acoustic demos recorded at George’s home in Esher, Surrey. Four of the demos featured on Anthology 3 were later recorded at Abbey Road for the double-LP The Beatles - forever known, because of its plain white sleeve, as the ‘White Album’. ‘Mean Mr Mustard’ and ‘Polythene Pam’ were completed over a year later for inclusion on Abbey Road. ‘Junk’ was eventually recorded for Paul’s first solo album McCartney.
There are twenty more songs included in this collection that were recorded during the nearly six months of ‘White Album’ sessions. There is the menacing Take Two of ‘Helter Skelter’, which is very different to the raucous released version. Ringo’s first solo composition ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ is heard without the added violin part, which enhanced its country flavour. ‘Blackbird’ is an early take without the chirruping mixed into the master take. ‘Glass Onion’ is a fascinating blend of the finished musical performance with sound effects, including a football commentator exclaiming ‘It’s a goal!’ These elements were removed and replaced by an orchestral arrangement for the final version. Two George Harrison songs leave the listener wondering why they were not released at the time. ‘Not Guilty’ was completed, yet remained unreleased by The Beatles until Anthology arrived in 1996. His gentle acoustic take of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ sounds too beautiful not to have been issued alongside the familiar rock version in 1968.
Group recordings included from 1969 were eventually completed for the albums Abbey Road and Let It Be. The tracks dating from January 1969 were recorded live, with a strict rule of no overdubbing. The initial concept was to introduce new songs to a global audience in a televised live performance, but once that scheme had been abandoned, orchestral arrangements were added to some of the tracks. Anthology 3 uncovers the group’s elegiac performance of ‘The Long And Winding Road’ that lay beneath a lush score overdubbed onto it by Phil Spector. There are also several impressive solo demos of songs made during 1969 at Abbey Road. Paul created a demo of ‘Come And Get It’ as a template for his production of a version by Apple Records group Badfinger. George completed three demos in a session on 25 February 1969, his 26th Birthday. ‘Old Brown Shoe’ and ‘Something’ were eventually recorded by The Beatles, but they never did complete a version of ‘All Things Must Pass’.
One of the most moving tracks on Anthology 3 is ‘Because’. A new mix stripped away all the instrumental accompaniment to leave the sound of John, Paul and George singing intricate and delicate harmony vocals. This was the last time John was present at a Beatle session. He was in Denmark when ‘I Me Mine’, the last Beatles song to be recorded, was humorously introduced by George in a session on 3 January 1970.
Best Of Denny Laine
Picture Book is a six-disc box set of material by The Kinks. It was released in December 2008 and compiles previously unreleased demos and outtakes together with selections from the group's four decade-long career. The first box set released by the band, the track listing for the collection is mostly in chronological order. The box set also comes with a 60-page booklet featuring a biography of the band, a timeline, and photos.
As of 2013, the box set is out of print.
Their Satanic Majesties Request (50th Anniversary Special Edition / Remastered)
The Rolling Stones
Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth British and eighth American studio album by the Rolling Stones, released in December 1967 by Decca Records in the United Kingdom and London Records in the United States. Recording sessions saw the band experimenting widely with a psychedelic sound in the studio, incorporating elements such as unconventional instruments, sound effects, string arrangements, and African rhythms. The album's title is a play on the "Her Britannic Majesty requests and requires ..." text that appears inside a British passport. It is the first Stones album to feature the same track listings in both its UK and US versions.
Upon its release, Satanic Majesties received mixed reactions from critics and members of the group itself. The album was criticised as being derivative of the contemporaneous work of the Beatles, particularly their June 1967 release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with the similarities extending to the LP's lenticular cover. In subsequent decades, however, it has gradually risen in critical reputation.
Let It Down (Live)
The Smile Sessions
The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds remains a high-water mark in popular music, a “teenage symphony” of remarkable depth and invention that was met with indifference in America but celebrated in the U.K. and beloved by The Beatles. Brian Wilson, The Beach Boys’ fragile group leader -- and resident genius -- was then determined to top Pet Sounds with a thematic tribute to the American spirit that he called Smile. Cut off from the other Beach Boys and working with fellow eccentric Van Dyke Parks (who penned the often Byzantine lyrics), Wilson spent a massive amount of time in the studio where he was reeling from extended drug use and battling the emerging mental illness that would define a large portion of his life to come. Smile would never be finished but a large number of its songs were often brilliantly re-recorded for future Beach Boys albums, and in 2004 Wilson released a well received solo version of it. These sessions prove that Smile was invigoratingly original but also often eerie or downright unsettling, with its wide-eyed “gee whiz” American positivity coming together with an engulfing sense of dread (like Norman Rockwell placing Lizzie Borden and Vincent Price into his paintings). This planned psychedelic celebration of American culture and history illustrates a nation’s – and musical genius’s – fall from grace. Fans are also directed to the often superior but no less creative Beach Boys albums Sunflower and Surf’s Up.
Brian Wilson is the debut studio album by Brian Wilson released in July 1988 on Sire Records. It was voted one of the best albums of 1988 by NME, and as part of its acclaim, garnered the nickname "Pet Sounds '88" among some critics. The album has since been reissued on several formats with bonus tracks, and cited by some as a standout in Wilson's solo oeuvre.
The album, which cost $1 million to produce, was the first written and produced by Wilson since The Beach Boys Love You. Working with an array of collaborators including his therapist Eugene Landy, Wilson accordingly themed Brian Wilson around love and spirituality exemplified by its lead single "Love and Mercy". Although the album's sessions were contentious, where some participants demanded a progressive artistic statement versus conventional pop songs, nearly a quarter of the LP is devoted to "Rio Grande", a piece which was intended to rekindle Wilson's experimental drive from the mid 1960s and early 1970s.
Two follow-ups were planned but ultimately discarded: Sweet Insanity, co-produced with Landy, and an unfinished 1990s album, co-produced with Andy Paley.
Buffalo Springfield Again
Buffalo Springfield Again is the second album by Buffalo Springfield, released on Atco Records in November 1967. It peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, the album was ranked number 188 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings—published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies —and in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was voted number 165 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums in 2000.
The Who Sell Out (Deluxe Edition)
The Who Sell Out is the third studio album by the British rock band the Who, released on 15 December 1967 by Track Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US. It is a concept album, formatted as a collection of unrelated songs interspersed with fake commercials and public service announcements. The album purports to be a broadcast by pirate radio station Radio London. Part of the intended irony of the title was that The Who were making commercials during that period of their career, some of which are included as bonus tracks on the remastered CD.
The album's release was reportedly followed by lawsuits due to the mention of real-world commercial interests in the faux commercials and on the album covers, and by the makers of the real jingles, who claimed the Who used them without permission. It was the deodorant company, Odorono, who took offence that Chris Stamp made a request for endorsement dollars. "I Can See for Miles" was released as a single and peaked at #10 in the UK and #9 in the US.
The Who Sell Out received widespread acclaim from critics, some of whom viewed it as The Who's best record and one of the greatest albums of all time.
Pussy Cats is the tenth album by American singer Harry Nilsson, released in 1974. It was produced by John Lennon during his "Lost Weekend" period. The album title was inspired by the bad press Nilsson and Lennon were getting at the time for being drunk and rowdy in Los Angeles. They also included an inside joke on the cover – children's letter blocks "D" and "S" on either side of a rug under a table − to spell out "drugs under the table" as a rebus.
Odessey And Oracle
Odessey and Oracle is the second studio album by English rock band the Zombies. It was originally released in the UK in April 1968 by CBS Records.
The album was recorded over a period of three months between June and August 1967. The sessions took place at Abbey Road Studios and Olympic Studios in London. It was received indifferently on release. A single from the album "Time of the Season" later became a surprise hit in the United States in early 1969.
The album gradually achieved fame and has since become one of the most acclaimed albums of the 1960s. It was ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It was voted number 637 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.
Dear Eloise / King Midas in Reverse is the seventh U.S. studio album by the British pop band the Hollies, released in November 1967. "King Midas in Reverse" and "Leave Me" were slotted onto the album while deleting "Pegasus", "Try It", and "Elevated Observations" from the UK Butterfly track listing. It was the Hollies' last album to feature Graham Nash until 1983's What Goes Around, as well as the last to feature songs written solely by members Allan Clarke, Graham Nash, and Tony Hicks.
As noted below, this album was really a Nash-led project, and he featured as the lead vocalist more than on any prior album.
The Complete Album Collection
Procol Harum [2009 remaster]
Procol Harum is the debut studio album by English rock band Procol Harum. It was released in September 1967 by record label Deram in the US, following their breakthrough and immensely popular single "A Whiter Shade of Pale". The track doesn't appear on the UK version of the album, but was included on the US issue. The UK version of the album was released in December 1967 by record label Regal Zonophone.
Mellow Yellow is the fourth album from British singer-songwriter Donovan. It was released in the US in March 1967, but not released in the UK because of a continuing contractual dispute that also prevented Sunshine Superman from a UK release. In June 1967, a cross-section of both albums was released as Sunshine Superman (Pye Records NPL 18181) in the UK. "Mellow Yellow" was the name of Donovan's hit single released the previous November.
Is This What You Want? (Remastered 2010 / Deluxe Edition)
Is This What You Want? is the debut album by English rock and soul singer Jackie Lomax, released in 1969 on the Beatles' Apple record label. It is notable for the involvement of three Beatles: It was produced by George Harrison and features contributions from Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The album includes Lomax's debut single for Apple, the Harrison-written "Sour Milk Sea", while the US version added "New Day", which was produced by Lomax and released as a non-album single in Britain.
The recording sessions for Is This What You Want? began in London in June 1968. The majority of the songs were recorded in Los Angeles in October–November that year, after Harrison had completed work on the Beatles' White Album. Among the other guest musicians on the album were members of the Wrecking Crew, Eric Clapton, Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann and John Barham. Although the album received favourable reviews, it failed to achieve commercial success. The 2010 reissue includes bonus tracks covering the rest of Lomax's output while on Apple Records.
Over The Years...
The Twain Shall Meet
Eric Burdon & The Animals
The Twain Shall Meet is the second album by Eric Burdon & the Animals. It was released in 1968 on MGM Records.
The Complete Original Albums Collection
Revelation: Revolution '69
The Lovin' Spoonful
In Search Of The Lost Chord (50th Anniversary Edition / Deluxe)
The Moody Blues
In Search of the Lost Chord is the third album by The Moody Blues, released in July 1968 on the Deram label.
Music From Big Pink (Remastered)
Music from Big Pink is the debut studio album by The Band. Released in 1968, it employs a distinctive blend of country, rock, folk, classical, R&B, and soul. The music was composed partly in "Big Pink", a house shared by Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson in West Saugerties, New York. The album itself was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968, and followed the band's backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour and time spent together in upstate New York recording material that was officially released in 1975 as The Basement Tapes, also with Dylan. The cover artwork is a painting by Dylan.
In 2000 the album was rereleased with additional outtakes from the recording sessions, and in 2018 a "50th Anniversary Super Deluxe" edition was released with a new stereo mix by Bob Clearmountain.
3:47 EST is the first album by the Canadian progressive rock group Klaatu, released in August 1976. The album was renamed Klaatu when released in the United States by Capitol Records. The album exemplifies Beatlesque rock. The Juno-nominated album cover was painted by a friend of Klaatu's members, the Canadian graphic artist, Ted Jones.
Rumours spread in the wake of the album's release that Klaatu were, in fact, a secretly reunited Beatles. The album was moderately successful in the United States, largely as a result of the Beatles rumours.
A high-quality newly remastered version of the album was released on Klaatu's indie record label "Klaatunes" in 2011. To accompany this release, a music video was made for the remastered version of "Calling Occupants".
Who Came First (Deluxe)
Who Came First is the debut album by Pete Townshend, released in 1972 on Track Records in the UK and Track/Decca in the US. It includes demos from the aborted concept album Lifehouse, part of which became Who's Next. The original release had a gatefold cover and included a poster with additional photos of Meher Baba from the Louis van Gasteren film Beyond Words. The cover photo of Townshend standing on eggs is a reference to the eternal question "Who came first: the chicken or the egg?" It peaked at number 30 on the UK album chart and at number 69 on the US Billboard 200.
Audio Reality: Life And Music
Come Out Swingin'
Fresh Cream is the debut studio album by the British rock band Cream. The album was released in the UK on 9 December 1966, as the first LP on the Reaction Records label, owned by producer Robert Stigwood. The UK album was released in both mono and stereo versions, at the same time as the release of the single "I Feel Free".
The album was released in a slightly different form in January 1967 by Atco Records in the US, also in mono and stereo versions. The album peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart and No. 39 on the U.S. Albums Chart.
The mono versions were deleted not long after release and for many years only the stereo recordings were available. The UK mono album was reissued on CD for the first time in Japan, by Universal Music, in late 2013 as part of a deluxe SHM-CD and SHM-SACD sets.
In January 2017, the album was again reissued, by Polydor, in a 4-CD box-set containing mono and stereo versions of the original UK and US release along with singles and B-sides.
Welcome Back is an album by American singer/songwriter John Sebastian, released in 1976. It reached number 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. Two singles were released from the album with the title song "Welcome Back" reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. It also reached number 93 on the Country Singles chart. The second single, "Hideaway" peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Naked In The Rain
Elton John (Deluxe Edition)
Elton John is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Elton John, released on 10 April 1970 by DJM Records. It was released by Uni Records as John's debut album in the United States; many people there assumed it was his first album, as Empty Sky was not released in that country until 1975. Elton John includes his breakthrough single "Your Song", and helped to establish his career during what was considered the "singer-songwriter" era of popular music. In the US, it was certified gold in February 1971 by the Recording Industry Association of America. In the same year, it was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
This was the first of a string of John albums produced by Gus Dudgeon. As Dudgeon recalled in a Mix magazine interview, the album was not actually intended to launch John as an artist, but rather as a collection of polished demos for other artists to consider recording his and co-writer Bernie Taupin's songs.
In 2003, the album was ranked number 468 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Little Games (Original Stereo)
Little Games is the fourth American album by English rock band the Yardbirds. Recorded and released in 1967, it was their first album recorded after becoming a quartet with Jimmy Page as the sole guitarist and Chris Dreja switching to bass. It was also the only Yardbirds album produced by Mickie Most.
Although the new lineup was becoming more experimental with longer, improvised concert performances, the Yardbirds' record company brought in successful singles producer Most to coax out more commercial product. However, neither material that properly presented their new approach nor hit singles were forthcoming. Little Games became the Yardbirds' final studio album, although Most continued to produce singles for the group. These were later collected and released with the original album along with outtakes and alternate mixes on an expanded edition titled Little Games Sessions & More in 1992.
The Complete Bearsville Album Collection
Mr. Fantasy is the debut album by English rock band Traffic. It was released in December 1967. The recording included group members Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood, and Dave Mason; however, Mason left the band shortly after the album was released. The album reached the number 16 position in the UK albums chart, and number 88 in the American Billboard 200 chart.
Beatles To Bond To Bach
George Martin & His Orchestra
Good Times! (Deluxe)
Good Times! is the twelfth studio album by the Monkees. Produced mainly by Adam Schlesinger, the album was recorded to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. It is the first Monkees studio album since Justus the longest gap to date and the first since the death of founder member Davy Jones. The album features surviving Monkees Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork, as well as a posthumous contribution from Jones.
People Like Us
The Mamas & The Papas
People Like Us is the fifth and final studio album released by the American folk rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas. Released in November 1971, the album came to be because the former members of the group were still under contract with Dunhill Records. The group had originally been signed to the label when it was run by their original producer Lou Adler, but by 1971, Dunhill's distributor, ABC Records, had purchased the label and discovered the clause in the group's original contract. According to their contract, the group had to produce one more album, or else be in breach of contract and subject to possible fines. The album is considered a disappointment by fans and critics. Nevertheless, it sold moderately well. It was produced by John Phillips. Michelle Phillips would later write in the liner note of a Mamas & Papas CD compilation that the album "sounded like what it was, four people trying to avoid a lawsuit".
All tracks except "I Wanna Be a Star" were written by John, making People Like Us The Mamas and the Papas' only entirely self-written and produced album. Some of the lyrics refer to John's romance at the time with actress Geneviève Waïte, whom he married in 1972.
Alter Egos (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Sean Ono Lennon
One Step at a Time
Jeff Lynne's ELO
Five Years (1969 - 1973)
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
Simon & Garfunkel
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme is the third studio album by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on October 24, 1966 in the United States by Columbia Records. Following the success of their debut single "The Sound of Silence", Simon & Garfunkel regrouped after a time apart while Columbia issued their second album, a rushed collection titled Sounds of Silence. For their third album, the duo spent almost three months in the studio, for the first time extending a perfectionist nature both in terms of instrumentation and production.
The album largely consists of acoustic pieces that were mostly written during Paul Simon's period in England the previous year, including some recycled numbers from his debut solo record, The Paul Simon Songbook. The album includes the Garfunkel-led piece "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her", as well as "7 O'Clock News/Silent Night", a combination of news reports of the day, and the Christmas carol "Silent Night".
Many critics have considered it a breakthrough in recording for the duo, and one of their best efforts.
Ticket To Live (Live In Genoa 05 June 2010)
Foreigner is the seventh studio album released by English singer-songwriter, Cat Stevens in July 1973. In addition to the minor hit "The Hurt", which received a moderate amount of airplay, Foreigner also included such songs as "100 I Dream" and the 18-minute-long "Foreigner Suite", which took up the entirety of side one.
It is the first album written and produced solely by Stevens.
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