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Friday, April 29, 2016 - 2:37pm
Linda Ronstadt

One of the hallmarks of Linda Ronstadt’s career has been her ability to bounce between musical styles and genres with remarkable easy, successfully turning in albums based in rock, folk, country and western, swing, and many others. One of her most successful switch-ups, however, came in 1987, when she delivered a Spanish-language album that sold over two million copies and spawned a sequel.

https://open.spotify.com/album/78tvOl9RNOpoQ5BQ8NOJPo
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 2:28pm
Bad Company

Rock ‘n’ roll reigned supreme in the ‘70s, and of the bands that made the rounds and regularly tore the roofs off arenas, Bad Company was among the best of the best. That’s why it’s a little surprising that the band never released a live album during their original reign over the charts. Fortunately, a dig through the archives has provided us with the opportunity to remedy that situation. In fact, we’re not only remedying it, we’re delivering two Bad Company concerts in one handy collection, and they’re both from the band’s ‘70s heyday.

LIVE IN CONCERT 1977 & 1979 is a double-CD set featuring over two and a half hours of previously-unreleased live material taken from 24-track tapes in the band’s vault, and it’s absolutely a “what you hear is what you would’ve heard is you were there” situation. Yes, the set is available digitally. No, it’s not available on vinyl yet, but it’s coming...or, rather, they’re coming, as the two concerts are being released individually.

https://open.spotify.com/album/3X6Mtzomv5B6Vw47ybwp1j
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:20pm
Dark Side

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.

https://open.spotify.com/album/4LH4d3cOWNNsVw41Gqt2kv
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:10pm
Rhino Factoids

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.”

https://open.spotify.com/album/1lsBEh2R9B39hWfEo4iZSW
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 3:26pm
Dr. Rhino's Picks

Radiohead…Pink Floyd…this is gonna be good!

https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/5VtZlnpzTQZjaCYmxMd50b
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 2:12pm
Happy Birthday: Pete Ham
April is a bit of a rough month when it comes to talking about Pete Ham of Badfinger: he was born 69 years ago today, but it was only three days ago that we were celebrating the 41st anniversary of his death.
https://open.spotify.com/album/16ZIq5VVD2FeJcqd60JvNg
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 2:03pm
Rhino Factoids
37 years ago today, the members of Black Sabbath finally got tired of Ozzy Osbourne’s antics and informed him that his services would no longer be required.
https://open.spotify.com/user/rhino_records/playlist/0cM1Pfg3btVgFfwYORQ2wf
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 12:27pm
Yes

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.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7AC976RDJzL2asmZuz7qil