Cross Purposes is the seventeenth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in January 1994.Dehumanizer saw the reunion of Mob Rules-era Black Sabbath, but, after the tour, Ronnie James Dio (vocals) and Vinny Appice (drums) departed. They were replaced by former Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin and former Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli. Until the October 1998 release of their album Reunion, Cross Purposes was the last Black Sabbath album recorded with Geezer Butler on bass.
Club Ninja is the tenth studio album by the U.S. hard rock group Blue Öyster Cult, released in 1985. The album was intended as a comeback for the band, whose previous album The Revölution by Night failed to attain Gold status following the success of 1981's Fire of Unknown Origin and 1982's Extraterrestrial Live. Club Ninja sold more than 175,000 copies, falling well short of gold status again, and because of its high cost, Columbia Records executives deemed it a commercial failure. The album was re-issued on compact disc on March 10, 2009, by the Sony-owned reissue label American Beat Records, who had also reissued the band's subsequent 1988 album, Imaginos.
Futuristic Dragon is the eleventh studio album and a UK-only release by T. Rex, released in 1976. Preceded by two UK Top 40 hits, "New York City" (#15) and "Dreamy Lady" (#30), Futuristic Dragon was released in January, reaching #50. It was T. Rex's first album to register in the charts since Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow in 1974. The album features some unusually dense production from Bolan, with hints that he had been listening to old Phil Spector recordsespecially "Chrome Sitar" and "Calling All Destroyers", which contained unusual musical embellishements such as sitar and other sonic sound effects.
Moby Grape '69 is third album by the psychedelic rock band Moby Grape.
It is the first album after the departure of co-founder Skip Spence. Spence nonetheless is heard on one song, "Seeing", presumably from the Wow/Grape Jam sessions, and positioned as the final song on Moby Grape '69. As Peter Lewis describes the album, "We made Moby Grape '69, in an attempt to rebound from the Wow album, which was over-produced. And it's a cool album. Although we could have rehearsed it a little more, we still believed in it. But I think we were waiting for Skippy to come back, and he never did."
The album peaked at a disappointing number 113 on the Billboard chart. While it did not sell well at the time of its release, in a recent (2008) review, it is pointed out that the album would be particularly appreciated by persons who like the music of Poco and The Eagles. For Moby Grape fans at the time, the album was perhaps too country in musical orientation In some respects, the album was ahead of its time, predating the more popular first country rock releases by Poco and The Eagles.
White Light/White Heat is the second studio album by American rock band The Velvet Underground, released in 1968. It was the band's last with violist and founding member John Cale. In 2003, the album was ranked #293 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.After the disappointing sales of the Velvet Underground's first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, the band's relationship with Andy Warhol deteriorated. They toured throughout most of 1967. Many of their live performances featured noisy improvisations that would become key elements on White Light/White Heat. The band eventually fired Warhol and parted ways with Nico; and ultimately went on to record their second album with Tom Wilson credited as producer.
The album was recorded in just two days, and with a noticeably different style than The Velvet Underground & Nico. John Cale described White Light/White Heat as "a very rabid record...The first one had some gentility, some beauty. The second one was consciously anti-beauty." Sterling Morrison said, "We were all pulling in the same direction. We may have been dragging each other off a cliff, but we were all definitely going in the same direction. In the White Light/White Heat era, our lives were chaos. That's what's reflected in the record."
During the recording of "Sister Ray", producer Tom Wilson reportedly left the studio rather than endure the cacophony.[
The Rolling Stones No. 2 is the second UK album by the Rolling Stones released in 1965 following the massive success of 1964's debut The Rolling Stones. Not surprisingly, The Rolling Stones No. 2 followed its predecessor's tendency to largely feature R&B covers. However, it does contain three compositions from the still-developing Mick Jagger/Keith Richards songwriting team. On Dutch and German pressings of the album, the title is listed as The Rolling Stones Vol. 2 on the front cover, although the back of the album cover lists the title as The Rolling Stones No. 2.
Using the cover shot for 12 X 5, the second US-released album in October 1964, The Rolling Stones No. 2's tracklisting would largely be emulated on the upcoming US release of The Rolling Stones, Now!. While Eric Easton was co-credited as producer alongside Andrew Loog Oldham on The Rolling Stones' debut album, Oldham takes full production duties for The Rolling Stones No, 2, which was recorded sporadically in the UK and US during 1964.
A huge hit in the UK upon release, The Rolling Stones No. 2 spent 10 weeks at No. 1 in early 1965, becoming one of the year's biggest sellers in the UK.
According to Bill Wyman in his book Stone Alone: The Story of a Rock'N'Roll Band, John Lennon said of The Rolling Stones No. 2: "The album's great, but I don't like five-minute numbers."
Picture This is the second album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News, released in 1982. The album brought the band their first top-ten hit, "Do You Believe in Love". It remained on the Billboard albums chart for 35 weeks and peaked at number 13.
Spiral Scratch is an EP and the debut release by English punk rock band Buzzcocks. It was released on 29 January 1977, and was the first punk record to be self-released (that is, without the support of an existing record label). It is the third record ever released by a British punk band (preceded only by The Damned's "New Rose" and the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K.").
When reissued in 1979, it reached number 31 in the UK Singles Chart.
Seventh Star is the twelfth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in January 1986. It was also the first Black Sabbath release not to feature bassist Geezer Butler, who left the band in 1984 after the Born Again tour, leaving guitarist Tony Iommi as the sole original member left in the band.
It was originally written, recorded, and intended to be the first solo album by Iommi, but due to pressures by Warner Bros. Records and the prompting of band manager Don Arden, the record was billed as Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi. Glenn Hughes, ex-Deep Purple bassist and vocalist, was lead singer but did not play bass on this release.
Crazy from the Heat is a 1985 EP by David Lee Roth. His debut solo release, it was issued while Roth was still the lead singer for Van Halen.
All four songs on the EP are cover versions. Roth's version of the Beach Boys hit "California Girls" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was the same position that the Beach Boys original rendition reached twenty years prior.
The song "Easy Street" is originally by The Edgar Winter Group, and "Coconut Grove" is a cover of a tune by The Lovin' Spoonful. The medley of "Just a Gigolo" and "I Ain't Got Nobody" is also based on Louis Prima's 1956 medley of the two songs.
According to album's liner notes, the cover picture of Roth was shot in the Seychelle Islands.
In 1997, using the same title, Roth published Crazy from the Heat, his autobiography.
The last lyric in the chorus of the song "Goin' Crazy" from Roth's 1986 album Eat 'Em and Smile is taken from the name of this EP.
Crazy from the Heat is certified platinum by the RIAA, having sold over one million in the US.
Never Surrender is the sixth studio album by Canadian hard rock band Triumph, released in 1983. The album reached #26 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart assisted by the singles "All the Way", "A World of Fantasy" and "Never Surrender" which hit #2, #3 and #23, respectively, on the Mainstream Rock chart of 1983. A remastered CD was first released in 1985 on MCA Records (then again in 1995 on the band's own TRC label). A new remaster was released in November 2004 on the band's own label TML Entertainment.
Love Stinks is the eleventh album by American rock band The J. Geils Band, released in 1980
The title song, Love Stinks is a rant against unrequited love. It has been covered by industrial metal band Bile, by Andru Branch in the film Love Stinks, Joan Jett in the film Mr. Wrong and Adam Sandler in the movie The Wedding Singer. The song was also featured in the film Opie Gets Laid. As of late July 2009, "Love Stinks" is heard in a series of Swiffer commercials.
Playing the Fool - The Official Live is a live album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1977. It demonstrates the band's complex musicianship and talent as well as showcasing versions of songs which are often greatly modified from the original album versions. Acquiring the Taste is the only studio album by the band not represented by any tracks on the album (although a section from the title track of said album is featured in "Excerpts from Octopus"). The original UK LP came with a 12-page booklet that has not been reproduced in any of the CD editions.
Stick It to Ya is the debut album from hard rock band Slaughter. It was released in 1990 by Chrysalis Records. It sold over 2 million copies and became one of the biggest CDs of 1990. "Up All Night"(#27), "Fly to the Angels"(#19) & "Spend My Life"(#39) all charted in the Top 40 on Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 and their videos were in solid rotations on the various music television outlets. "Mad About You" also received considerable airplay on Album Rock stations as the band toured to support the release. The LP was also nominated for a best metal album of the year at the 1991 American Music Awards show. Two music videos were made for the songs "Up All Night" and "Fly to the Angels".
Don't Tell a Soul is an album released in 1989 by The Replacements.
The album was a stylistic change from their previous albums. Where Tim and Pleased to Meet Me could be classified as alternative or punk, this album was more of a straightforward rock album. Reviewers noted the music's more mature themes and increasing disillusionment, along with a more private outlook.
The album marked the debut of guitarist Bob "Slim" Dunlap, who filled the slot of Bob Stinson.
The videos for Don't Tell a Soul ("I'll Be You" and "Achin' To Be") were more traditional.
The album was produced by Matt Wallace and the band and was recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles. The band originally started recording for the album with producer Tony Berg at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York. After enough material was recorded to fill out an album, the band decided to scrap the recordings because they were not happy with the raw, loud sound. The song "I'll Be You" was the only hit single off the album.
The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on September 23, 2008 with 7 additional tracks.