Yes, it’s just about that time again: we’re a day away from this year’s Record Store Day, which takes place on April 22. As ever, we’ve got a plethora of special edition releases to offer up to you fine, upstanding individuals who frequent your friendly neighborhood record store.
50 years ago this month, Carmen McRae released one of the strongest albums of her lengthy career, turning in a title track which would soon become a Stevie Wonder standard even though – and this may surprise some of you – he didn’t actually write it!
25 years ago today, Metallica released their third single from their 1991 self-titled album, ultimately securing themselves a top-40 hit with the track.
Composed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and produced by them as well, along with Bob Rock, “Nothing Else Matters” has a surprising origin story: it first came into existence when Hetfield was on the phone with his girlfriend.
If you’re a fan of the classic R&B group The Impressions, then the album cited in the title of this piece has probably got you scratching your head.
“Now hang on just a second,” you’re thinking. “I know The Impressions had a single called ‘Fool for You,’ but…when did they release an album called FOOL FOR YOU?”
29 years ago today, Sonny Bono officially began his political career when he was sworn in as the mayor of Palm Springs, California.
After a impressive career in music and an interesting career as an actor – hey, if you look at his filmography, you’ll see that this is absolutely an apt adjective – Bono found himself entering the political arena as a result of his frustration over the bureaucracy he had to deal with whilst trying to open a restaurant in Palms Springs.
It is impossible to play a J. Geils Band record and be sad. Each is a party on a platter, full of the band’s signature amped-up takes on R&B classics and originals that sound like amped-up takes on different R&B classics. In the ‘70s, the band was one of the premier live acts in the U.S., and in 1974, they had a bona-fide hit with “Must of Got Lost,” which skirted just under the Top Ten. One might have asked at the time whether the band would follow it up with more hits.
40 years ago this month, Bonnie Raitt released the album which would remain her highest-charting studio LP until her 1989 comeback album, NICK OF TIME. But can you really call it a comeback? In truth, it’s better described as her highly belated full-fledged breakthrough album.
Ah, but that’s a topic of discussion better several for another label’s website, whereas we’re here today to talk about a sweet little album called SWEET FORGIVENESS.