Hearts of Stone has been called “the best album Bruce Springsteen never recorded”, which is not quite accurate. Springsteen did pen the title track and the radio-friendly “Talk To Me”, and is credited along with Southside Johnny Lyon and Steve Van Zandt on “Trapped Again”, but Van Zandt takes solo credit for the remaining six tracks. More to the point, this record pointed the way to the kind of music the reincarnated “Little Steven” would begin making in the early 1980s. Van Zandt tapped photographer Frank Stefanko to shoot the album cover art, after meeting Stefanko when they worked together with Springsteen on Darkness on the Edge of Town.
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V2 is the second studio album by the punk band the Vibrators, released in 1978 on Epic Records. Scottish punk rock band The Exploited covered the track “Troops of Tomorrow” and used it as the title track for their 2nd album.
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TV Eye Live 1977 or (TV Eye) is a live album by Iggy Pop originally released in 1978. Iggy took a $90 000 advance from RCA Records to finish out his contract with a live album. According to allmusic.com, the album was assembled from soundboard tapes. Iggy Pop doctored them in a German studio, quickly and cheaply for around $5,000. The album features recordings from concerts at The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio on March 21 & 22, 1977; The Aragon in Chicago, Illinois on March 28, 1977 and The Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on October 26, 1977. The album is notable for the presence of David Bowie on keyboards and background vocals for selected tracks and the rather crushing bass and drum sound; also, with the Sales brothers, the lineup prefigures in part the Bowie Tin Machine lineup.
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In the late 70s, NYC punk godfathers, the Dictators, brought down the house at CBGBs with this raw, hardcore song. Bloodbrothers is the third album by The Dictators and their second after switching to the Asylum label. “Faster and Louder” features an uncredited guest appearance from Bruce Springsteen.
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“Wuthering Heights” is a song by Kate Bush released as her debut single in January 1978. It became a No.1 hit in the UK singles chart and remains her biggest-selling single. The song appears on her 1978 debut album, The Kick Inside. The B-side of the single was another song by Bush named “Kite” – hence the kite imagery on the record sleeve. “Wuthering Heights” came 32nd in Q magazine’s Top 100 Singles of All Time, as voted by readers. It is also #15 on Rate Your Music’s Top Singles of All Time. The guitar solo is played by Ian Bairnson, best known for his work with Alan Parsons. It is often mistakenly said that David Gilmour played the solo, possibly due to his professional associations with Kate Bush. It is placed rather unobtrusively in the mix, and later engineer Jon Kelly would regret not making the solo a little louder in the mix. The song was re-recorded in 1986 for Bush’s greatest-hits album The Whole Story. This version also appeared as the B-side to her 1986 hit “Experiment IV”.
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What a holiday gift for us Keithaholics!!! Run Rudolph Run was written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and it became a hit for Chuck Berry in 1958. Twenty years later, Keith Richards released his version of the classic. But for years, the song was basically inaccessible to many fans… until now. Keith sounds fantastic and it’s a great way to rock your Christmas season! Pressure Drop has a wonderful reggae feel as Keith joins Toots and the Maytals. I highly recommend both songs!
Wavelength was recorded at the Manor in Oxfordshire, England over several months and completed later, at Shangri-la studios in America. Morrison had brought together musicians that represented almost all phases of his musical history to date: Herbie Armstrong from his showband days in Belfast, Peter Bardens from Them, Garth Hudson from The Band and Peter Van Hooke who had worked with Morrison a few years previously. He also added guitarist Bobby Tench from Streetwalkers. The songs on this album recall various stages of Morrison’s life. “Wavelength” recalled fond memories of his adolescence, listening to the Voice of America.