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Bob was reggae's greatest icon and his death proved a huge loss both to the music industry and his millions of fans worldwide. Music lovers were finally able to watch a channel dedicated to music hours-a-day, seven days a week.
Janet Jackson joined the cast of Diff'rent Strokes and stayed for a year. This groundbreaking record showcased Flash's groundbreaking DJ skills, seamlessly mixing segments of different records together to create a new track. American label Heatbeat Records launched with exclusive rights to the legendary Studio One catalogue. Pioneer Clement Coxsone Dodd, who passed away inset up Studio One in Jamaica back in where it became an invaluable training ground for a whole generation of reggae talent including Lee Scratch Perry, Alton Ellis and King Tubby.
It became synonymous with the sound of Jamaica. It went on to sell more than 25 million copies and is the best selling album of all time. Its minute video broke new ground due to its length and the ambition of its special effects. In the process Bambaataa and Baker created electro and moved rap out of the Sugarhill age.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released The Message, the first successful hip hop track to push rap from novelty songs into social commentary. It was a big year for reggae, with the release of Gregory Isaac's classic Night Nurse. The British reggae scene reached new heights with Birmingham's new teenage group Musical Youth. They released their debut single Pass the Dutchie which hit No 1 in the UK charts, selling more than four million copies. UK veteran artist and producer Eddy Grant released his most popular album Killer on the Rampage which became a hit on both sides off the Atlantic.
Teddy Pendergrass is severely injured in a car accident in Philadelphia. His injuries resulted in him being paralyzed from the waist down.
Marvin Gaye made a massive comeback with the hit single Sexual Healing, which went on to earn him his first Grammy. The track became his longest running No 1 single, lasting ten consecutive weeks on the US RnB charts.
The Roland drum Youve Been In Love Too Long - Martha & The Vandellas* - Greatest Hits (Vinyl is invented, which went on to be a classic instrument in early hip hop and electro.
Janet Jackson released her first album self-titled at the age of It flopped. Technics introduced the first SL MK11 turntable. Precise, responsive and indestructible, it was to become the undisputed DJ standard for 20 years.
The acclaimed American jazz musician Earl 'Fatha' Hines died aged He was credited with severing jazz piano from its ragtime origins and inventing the trumpet piano style. In doing so he turned the piano into a solo instrument. Motown's 25th Anniversary aired on TV.
The star-studded event included reunions of Diana Ross and the Supremes and the Jackson 5. Michael performed his infamous moonwalk. It became the season's top rated music special and won an Emmy for outstanding music program. Run DMC were the first group to take hip hop to the mainstream. Featuring future solo-star and Whitney Houston-husband Bobby Brown, the group pioneered LP) fusion of hip hop and RnB to be called new jack swing.
The proceeds of the UK No 1 single went to feed the starving people in Africa. The pair had a troubled relationship and Marvin Jr had moved home after problems with depression and drug addiction.
The shooting followed a bitter argument. Sade released her debut album Diamond Life which went top ten. In it went platinum and reached No 5 in US charts. Michael Jackson's hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. He underwent reconstructive surgery to his scalp and face. Breakdance - The Movie also opened in cinemas.
The release of both Purple Rain the album and the movie made Prince a superstar. It eventually sold over ten million copies in the US and spent 24 weeks at No 1. Whitney Houston released her eponymous debut album. It topped the US charts and went on to sell 13 million copies.
It marked the beginning of ragga style reggae. LL Cool J released his debut album Radio. Within a year their debut single would be a street anthem. It fictionally recounted the birth of Def Jam records. At the time rock dominated everything, but through this collaboration they became the first rap group to be played on MTV, be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and to have a platinum-selling album.
Following their single My Adidas, they started the rap trend for signing sports merchandising deals after signing with the German sportswear company. Hip hop infamy for the duo was on its way. Billy Ocean was born in the Caribbean but moved to the UK where he worked for a car manufacturer by day and sang in the clubs by night.
By his music career had taken off in the US as he released his biggest hit. The Beastie Boys released their debut album Licensed to Ill. A mix of punk, hip hop and fratboy jokes, the album divided people. Right wing groups thought it was sexist; hardcore hip hoppers thought of the Beasties as plagiarists. But thanks to the infectiously dumb hit single Fight For Your Right To Partythe album became one of the biggest selling hip hop albums of the s.
Andre Harrell left Def Jam to start his own label entitled Uptown, showcasing a more slicker refined sound bridging hip hop with RnB.
Dennis Lobban was convicted of his murder. Eric B and Rakim released their groundbreaking debut album Paid in Full.
Although they never had a big mainstream hit, this album established them as one of the hip hop greats of all time. The Bomb Squad's fierce production combined with Chuck D's powerful political rhymes and Flava Flav's comedic raps were to make Public Enemy one of the most important groups of the s.
Ice T released Rhyme Pays, one of the first credible rap albums to come out of the US West Coast, and the beginning of the gangsta rap genre. It was also credited as the first successful rap ballad. Michael Jackson released the eagerly anticipated follow up to Thriller, the Bad album.
Dressed in black leathers on the cover, it was clear Jackson had moved away from the horror theme towards mainstream rock territory.
The single Bad was a huge hit, but it marked the creative downturn in his career. Aretha was the first woman to be inducted. Salt-n-Pepa released the single Push It. It went platinum - a first for a female rap group. The trio also released their debut album Hot Cool and Vicious. Keith Sweat kicked off the new jack swing era with his debut album Make it Last Forever. Danny Rampling launched Shoom, one of the first club nights to play early house music.
It has since been heralded as one of the key clubs to take the black music of Chicago underground and kick start UK club culture. People of all races and backgrounds found themselves raving together all over the country, at huge parties like Genesis, Biology and Sunrise. CDs outsold vinyl for the first time, though the birth of the rave scene was to inject new life into the vinyl format.
There's an explosion of UK talent with the music collective known as Soul II Soul releasing the street smash, Fairplay, that sows the seeds for their later commercial success. Michael Jackson purchased a ranch in Santa Ynez, California.
He called his new home Neverland. DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince became the first duo to win a Grammy for best rap song, but they, along with the other nominees for Youve Been In Love Too Long - Martha & The Vandellas* - Greatest Hits (Vinyl new rap category, refused to attend the awards because they were not going to be televised. Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons parted ways. Bobby Brown released his second album Don't Be Cruel. Reid and Babyface, it sold seven million copies.
Despite no mainstream media support it reached No. Soul II Soul reached the No. The legendary King LP) is shot outside his home in Jamaica. His murder remains unsolved, but is believed to have been the result of a street robbery. The Native Tongues collective is formed. James Brown was sentenced in Georgia to six years in prison. It followed a police chase through two different states. Public Enemy responded by firing him.
Mica Paris released her debut album So Good, which went platinum. Mariah Carey released her eponymous debut album. It spawns four US No. She goes on to be the biggest selling female singer of the s. In it Ice Cube portrayed inner city gangster life in both its glamour and deprivation. Ike Turner is sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of cocaine. The Ministry of Sound club opened in south London. As raves moved from fields and warehouses to licensed venues, it would be the first of the s global superclubs.
Rave was in full swing and DJs create more complicated breakbeats. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis died of pneumonia at One of the greatest musicians of the 20th Century, Davis was an innovator in bebop, cool jazz and jazz-rock. During his 50 year career he produced classic and diverse albums like Birth of the Cool, Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew. After putting clips of rock crooner Marc Cohn into Ravin I'm Ravin they not only drew attention to new issues on sampling, they scored a massive hit.
On the dancehall scene, everyone's doing the bogle. It sparked huge debates on censorship and the glorification of violence. Ice T's record label removed it from later album pressings and he left to start his own label. It rapidly became a dominant force in hip hop releasing The Chronic, an album that defined the g-funk sound and launched Snoop Dogg.
Prince won the Soul Train Lifetime Achievement award. Mary J. Blige released her debut album What's The ? A pivotal release in the world of RnB, it brought a tougher street edge to the genre and made Mary a star. Using pitched up funk breaks, rap hooks and ragga samples it was to be called jungle.
Early pioneers were Fabio, Grooverider, Hype and Randall. Heavily influenced by martial arts films, the Clan's hardcore style was an instant hit. Dizzie Gillespie, the American jazz trumpeter, died aged Known as the "king of bebop", alongside Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker, he helped build bebop, injecting it with his own Cuban flavours. Legendary jazz musician Sun Ra died. Born Herman Blount he quickly gained an international following with his ensemble, the Arkestra.
The music, outrageous costumes and on-stage antics reflected his claim that he was an angel from the planet Saturn. Along with Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor, he is considered a founder of free jazz. It was the first to use the backwards bassline.
The couple would separate within 18 months. New York's house scene was in fertile form. A catchy disco cut-up that was a massive chart hit. I enjoy both of the movie albums British versions better than Sgt. Hell, I even like the songs on Yellow Submarine better they use mostly the best songs from Sgt. Pepper and Revolver. A wonderful appreciation of Sgt. PepperThe BeatlesAnd the joy that music brings to our lives.
The small reference to Ned Rorem lets me make this observation… Many …. Really opened up my teenage eyes and mind. I have enjoyed the blogand felt you LP) been on the mark more often Than not with your take on music and our culture. The joy that music brings to our lives And that shines through Sgt Pepper is true as well. I saw a site in web that made a list of best albums ever made. Their list was notable because of two things: diversity and because they choiced did not rank the albums, they just put them in alphabetical order.
Even if the lyrics are not the cleverest ever, still the song have great melody it is McCartney and great and beautiful vocal performances and harmonies. I need to note that in my review. Thank you! Interesting that you would open this post with raves about Sgt.
How is it that the best album ever recorded contains so many filler, boring songs that make you fidget in your seat, look around, even go to the ladies room! I think that Sgt. I remember how excited I was back in when they cleaned up and remastered the Beatles catalog. I immediately bought the stereo box set, and of course, the first thing I did after opening it was sit down and listen very carefully, with baited breath, to the freshly remastered Sgt.
And then — flop! I remember being seriously underwhelmed by the experience. This is it? Fast forward to the present time, where I have made a switch from listening to digital music to listening to vinyl. I made sure to get a really good, high quality gear.
Then I went back and thoroughly cleaned my old Sgt. Set down for a listen and wow! Totally blown away! That record is a real masterpiece, but you need to make an effort to really hear it on a high quality stereo system. It is only under natural lighting that you can truly appreciate those masterpieces. It is an amazing kaleidoscope that needs to be heard on good vinyl pressing to be fully understood.
If I now go back to listen to the CD version, my heart breaks, because it really sounds like a stillborn baby. So forget about digital version of Pepper and go to the very source of wisdom — a good old pressing of the album, thoroughly cleaned and played on high quality stereo. My father, in an unusual act of foresight, bought five copies of Sgt.
Pepper the day it came out. The distinction between recording quality and song quality is not an unusual distinction. Many albums today are recorded well from a technical perspective, but are filled with crappy songs. Muswell Hillbillies has great songs but is poorly recorded.
Deep cleaning makes a world of difference. My initial listening to the old Sgt. Pepper vinyl was kind of underwhelming. But then I lovingly cleaned it, and my god, the difference was literally night and day! Additional question: would you care disclosing your analog chain?
Also, which phono stage etc.? Those are all quite important in contributing to the full bodied experience when evaluating those songs.
All that insanely intricate, hard work is all but lost if we listen to it on some crappy turntable. Definitely the weakest song on the album. Why do I say so? That song is an oddball in the entire Beatles catalog, simply on the fact that it was the first and the last time ever that the Beatles have recycled one of their older melodies. One thing that is remarkable about the Beatles is how they never ever repeated themselves; they stand alone in the entire musical cannon with that outstanding feature.
But for that, Sgt Pepper would preserve its reputation, rather than diminishing in importance over time. A great album still, but some of the songs are lumpen and leaden the chorus of LSD, the arrangement of Good Morning.
Revolver remains my Beatles album of choice, a suite of generally strong songs without the pretence of an overall concept. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Independent music reviewer on altrockchick. And I look great in leather. Create a website or blog at WordPress. Rubber Soul Revolver Sgt. Sorrow Stand! The Beatles — Sgt. As the saying goes, even a stopped clock is right twice a day. What do you see when you turn out the light? The evocative imagery is true to the workings of a mind uncontaminated by years of formal education: Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers That grow so incredibly high The soundscape painted by the Martin-Emerick team is the aural manifestation of magic.
Everything is designed to focus our attention on the lyrics and their interwoven theme of fame through death, always accompanied by the curious, faceless crowd and their mindless speculation: I read the news today, oh boy About a lucky man who made the grade And though the news was rather sad Well I just had to laugh I saw the photograph.
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