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Feb 12 17 5:37 AM
Triumvirat‘s 1975 Spartacus is a concept album based on the Thracian gladiator who led the 3rd slaveuprising in 73–71 BC. The lyrics were written by Hans Bathelt, with contributions by Jürgen Fritz.
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Feb 14 17 4:43 AM
This is a 'wish I had a way back machine' moment…..
On Feb. 14, 1970, The Who played a concert at the University of Leeds. You probably already know where this is going…
Two shows were scheduled, one at the University of Leeds and the other in Hull, for the express purpose of recording and releasing a live album. The Leeds concert was booked and arranged by Simon Brogan who later became an assistant manager on tour with Jethro Tull. The shows were performed on Feb. 14 and 15, 1970 at Leeds and Hull, respectively, but technical problems with the recordings from the Hull gig — the bass guitar had not been recorded on some of the songs — made it all the more necessary for the show from the 14th to be released as the album.
47 years ago tonight, The Who's first live LP "Live at Leeds" was recorded. Please be aware. If you have an original copy of this album, with all of the included paper work, that's cool. But please understand, the copy you have of The Who's Woodstock contract is not the original. There were 100,000 of those printed.
Happy conception day to The Who's "Live at Leeds". This record was designed to be played at "11".
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ON THIS DATE (41 YEARS AGO)February 14, 1976 – Heart: Dreamboat Annie is released# ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4.5/5# Allmusic 4.5/5# Rolling Stone (see original review below)
Dreamboat Annie is the debut album by Heart, released in the United States on February 14, 1976. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart during its 100 week stay. Three singles also charted on the Billboard Hot 100 - "Crazy On You" (#35), "Magic Man" (#9), and "Dreamboat Annie" (#42).
Heart's 1976 album, Dreamboat Annie, is easily one of the '70s best rock debuts. Led by two sisters, singer Ann and guitarist Nancy Wilson, who combined the mystical folk of Joni Mitchell with the heavy metal stomp of Led Zeppelin, the album spawned several hits that have become classic rock radio staples over the years. Both "Magic Man" and "Crazy on You" are red hot rockers (the former is an autobiographical tale from Ann), while the title track is more subdued. Dreamboat Annie showed the largely male-dominated '70s rock world that the Wilson sisters could rock every bit as hard as their macho peers.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Heart was actually formed in 1963 by bassist Steve Fossen and brothers Roger Fisher and Mike Fisher; initially dubbed the Army, they later became White Heart before settling on simply Heart at the beginning of the '70s. After her arrival in the group, Ann became romantically involved with guitarist Mike Fisher; when Nancy joined in 1974, she in turn began a relationship with guitarist Roger Fisher. Soon after Nancy's arrival, Mike Fisher retired from active performing to become the band's sound engineer. After gaining a following in Vancouver, Heart was approached by Shelly Siegel, the owner of the Canadian label Mushroom and, augmented by keyboardist Howard Leese and drummer Michael DeRosier, they recorded their debut album, Dreamboat Annie, in 1975.
After selling more than 30,000 copies north of the border, Mushroom issued the LP in the U.S., where it quickly achieved platinum status on the strength of the hit singles "Crazy On You" and "Magic Man." In 1977, Heart jumped ship to the CBS affiliate Portrait, resulting in a protracted legal battle with Siegel, who in 1978 released the unfinished LP Magazine on Mushroom shortly after the band issued its true follow-up, Little Queen, on Portrait. The single "Barracuda" was another massive hit, and like its predecessor, Little Queen sold over a million copies.
from LINER NOTESLay offshore for a nightthe moon almost touches the seaoff to starboardlaughing tricks of light that never deceivethough she’s just a childSitting off the beach watching for a sailat last swimming out the silver trailleaving her shoes behind on the sandShe’s a fantasy child tonightskimming the mirror wavesheaded out somewherewon’t be back for awhileA.D.W. @ 1975
ORIGINAL ROLLING STONE REVIEWThe left-field commercial success of the year, Heart is a six-member Vancouver-based band built around the dual talents of lead singer and lyricist Ann Wilson and her sister Nancy (melodist and acoustic guitarist). Though crudely produced, the album has an intensity seldom found on more polished records.
Most of the songs carry confused, too-elaborate arrangements but these technical inadequacies matter less when coupled with a voice as strong, flexible and emotionally captivating as Ann Wilson's. Her phrasing is as confident as Helen Reddy's, her timbre seductive as Christine McVie's, and her scalding hard-rock attack not unlike Robert Plant's; it is her performance which holds together the album's sharply defined,if not coherently developed, themes of supernatural love and sexual hysteria. The music runs from guitar-and-synthesizer-oriented rock with blues-based vocal and guitar hooks ("Magic Man" and "Crazy on You") to dreamy art-rock ("Soul of the Sea"). But the strongest piece is the haunting title theme, an acoustic folk fragment that is developed recurrently throughout the album. The success of Heart, in the wake of Fleetwood Mac, should point the way to still more acceptance of women rock singers in a field still very dominated by men.~ Stephen Holden (October 21, 1976)
TRACKS:All songs written by Ann & Nancy Wilson except where noted.Side one"Magic Man" - 5:28"Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)" - 1:10"Crazy on You" - 4:53"Soul of the Sea" - 6:33"Dreamboat Annie" - 2:02
Side two"White Lightning and Wine" - 3:53"(Love Me Like Music) I'll Be Your Song" - 3:20"Sing Child" (A. Wilson, N. Wilson, Fossen, Roger Fisher) - 4:55"How Deep it Goes" (A. Wilson) - 3:49"Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)" - 3:50
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ON THIS DATE (42 YEARS AGO)February 15, 1975 – RUSH: Fly By Night is released.# ALL THINGS MUSIC PLUS+ 4/5# Allmusic 3/5
Fly by Night is the second studio album by Rush, released on February 15, 1975. It reached #113 on the Billboard 200 Top LP's chart.
Rush's sophomore release Fly By Night has become a milestone in their recording career. Although such future releases as 2112, Hemispheres, Permanent Waves , and Moving Pictures can be considered superior albums, Fly By Night signaled a change from Led Zep blues-rock to more original and challenging material. But most important of all, Fly By Night was drummer/lyricist Neil Peart's first recording with the band. Peart had replaced original member John Rutsey just in time for Rush's inaugural U.S. tour, and became an integral member by the time of Fly By Night's recording.
Several early Rush classics can be found here. "Anthem" is a barnstorming opener merging a memorable, repetitive guitar riff with positive lyrics, while the title track is one of Rush's most pop-oriented compositions (second only to future hits "Closer To the Heart" and "Time Stand Still"). Also included are two tracks which turned out to be crowd favorites at Rush concerts for years to come- -the sci-fi epic "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" and the rocking ballad "In the End," while other highlights include "Beneath, Between, Behind" and the reflective "Making Memories." With Fly By Night, Rush had begun their journey towards becoming one of the world's finest hard rock bands.
“We were trying to be quite individual with ‘Fly by Night,’ which was the first record that Neil, Geddy and I did together. ['Anthem'] was the signature for that album. Coincidentally, the name of our record company, which is Anthem Records in Canada, came from this song. Neil was in an Ayn Rand period, so he wrote the song about being very individual. We thought we were doing something that was different from everybody else. . . .~ Alex in a 1996 Guitar World interview.
REVIEWby Greg Prato, allmusicPrior to one of Rush's first U.S. tours, original drummer John Rutsey split from the band, since he wasn't prepared to commit to the band's rigorous touring schedule. And it proved to be a blessing in disguise, since his replacement was to become one of the most respected rock drummers of all time, Neil Peart, who would also steer the band towards success with more challenging material -- starting with Fly by Night. While the title track and the album-closing ballad, "In the End," still had Zeppelin roots, the album isn't as straightforward as the debut. Rush's first bona-fide classic, "Anthem," is included, while the over eight-minute "By-Tor and the Snow Dog" helped pave the way for the group's future epics ("2112," "Cygnus X-1," etc.), and introduced the fans to Peart's imaginative lyric writing, often tinged with science-fiction themes. The reflective and melodic "Making Memories" is an underrated early composition, while "Beneath, Between, & Behind" is a furious heavy rocker. Fly by Night may not be one of Rush's finest albums, but it is one of their most important -- it showed that the young band was leaving their Zep-isms behind in favor of a more challenging and original direction.
TRACKS:Side One 1 Anthem (Lee, Lifeson, Peart) - 4:362 Best I Can (Lee) - 3:243 Beneath, Between & Behind (Lifeson, Peart) - 2:594 By-Tor & the Snow Dog (Lee, Lifeson, Peart) - 8:36(I) At the Tobes of Hades(II) Across The Styx(III) Of The Battle(IV) Epilogue
Side Two 1 Fly by Night (Lee, Peart) - 3:212 Making Memories (Lee, Lifeson, Peart) - 2:583 Rivendell (Lee, Peart) - 4:574 In the End (Lee, Lifeson) - 6:48
Feb 16 17 4:44 AM
Badfinger released their debut LP "Magic Christian Music" on Feb. 16, 1970. Three tracks from the LP are featured in the film "The Magic Christian" which also gives the album its title. However, "Magic Christian Music" is not an official soundtrack album for the film.
The film soundtrack for "The Magic Christian" featured three new songs by Badfinger that had been commissioned for the film, including their US/UK top-10 hit "Come and Get It"', which opened the film, and "Carry on Till Tomorrow", the title theme. The soundtrack album, which also included incidental music by Ken Thorne, had originally been scheduled for release on Apple Records, but the addition of the Thunderclap Newman song "Something in the Air" to the movie prevented that. Instead, the soundtrack album was released on the little-known label Commonwealth United Records label in the US and on Pye in the UK. As a result, it received little promotion in the US and remained mostly unknown to American record buyers.
To capitalize on this gap, Apple Records released its own "pseudo-soundtrack". Apple combined the film's three Badfinger songs with four unreleased songs and seven older tracks released by the group when they were still known as the Iveys on the album Maybe Tomorrow, which had been quickly pulled off the market in 1969. The previously released Iveys songs were specially re-mixed for this album, significantly improving their sound quality in the process. One of them, "Fisherman", was also edited for this release.
The three tracks used in the film, "Come and Get It", "Rock of All Ages" and "Carry on Till Tomorrow", bear the strongest "Beatle connection". They were produced by Paul McCartney (the first was also composed by McCartney), and the strings on "Carry on Till Tomorrow" were arranged and conducted by Beatles producer George Martin. The other tracks on the album were produced by Tony Visconti (six songs, including both Iveys singles and the last recording made, "Crimson Ship") and Mal Evans (five songs).
The record had a very strong influence by The Beatles. There were those who believed at the time that it was actually a new record by The Beatles. Were you one of those who thought it was a Beatle record?
Happy 47th Birthday to Badfinger's debut LP "Magic Christian Music"!!!
Feb 17 17 4:13 AM
Journey released their eighth studio LP "Frontiers" on Feb. 22, 1983. It was the last album to feature bassist Ross Valory until 1996's "Trial by Fire".
The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and would have four top 40 singles: "After the Fall" (No. 23), "Send Her My Love" (No. 23), "Faithfully" (No. 12), and "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" (No. , and a rock radio hit in "Chain Reaction". The album would later achieve the RIAA certification of six times platinum.
Frontiers was the band's highest-charting album in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart in 1983.
Happy 34th Birthday to "Frontiers". You never stopped believing in Journey did you?
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