43 years ago today, Pink Floyd were sitting atop the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with their eighth studio album, an effort which remained on the chart for an astonishing 741 weeks. Yes, that’s right: it came out in 1973, and it finally fell out of the top 200 in 1988. When was the last time you did something that successful?
You go ahead and think about it. We’ll wait.
17 years ago today, Tom Petty started letting people walk all over him. Not because he’d suddenly become a soft touch, but because he and the Heartbreakers were given their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On April 28, 1999, Los Angeles officially deemed it to be Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Day within the city limits, a honor which accompanied the aforementioned star. During the unveiling ceremony, which took place only a week after the release of his and the Hearbreakers’ album, Echo, Petty was humble about the accolade, describing it as “pretty unbelievable” and admitting to the assembled crowd, “We used to walk up and down this street and look at the stars and never dreamed we would ever have one.”
Radiohead…Pink Floyd…this is gonna be good!
Rhino has made it a point to reissue classic albums on 180-gram vinyl on a regular basis. This is the latest to get that treatment. You're welcome.
In the Yes discography, Drama stands alone: it’s the only album by the band to feature Trevor Horn as lead vocalist. If you’re a fan of The Buggles, then this is a very good thing indeed. If you’re a fan of Jon Anderson, then it’s understandable that you might be slightly more hesitant to dive into the proceedings. You might be surprised, however, at just how close to Anderson’s voice Horn was able to hew at various points during the album, thanks in no small part to the backing vocals by Steve Howe and Chris Squire. As for the music, having Geoff Downes taking over on keyboards went a long way toward covering the absence of the also-departed Rick Wakeman.
In November of 2014, just in the nick of time, we made the year of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band fans by releasing Sun, Zoom, Spark: 1970 to 1972, a limited edition set which featured the good Captain’s three albums from that period of time, along with a bonus LP featuring 14 previously unissued outtakes from that era.
We weren’t kidding about that whole “limited edition” thing, but if you’ve been grumbling because you still really wanted to pick up the albums, then grumble no more, because all three of those albums are now available independently. Of course, you still have to get a copy of the set to obtain the bonus LP, but you can’t win ‘em all, you know?