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On this day in music history: March 23, 1993 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1993 – “Songs Of Faith And Devotion”, the eighth album by Depeche Mode is released. Produced by Depeche Mode and Flood, it is recorded in Madrid, Spain, Chateau du Pape in Hamburg, Germany and Olympic Studios in London, UK from February 1992 – January 1993. More guitar oriented (also playing live drums which are then sampled and sequenced into drum loops) than its predecessor “Violator”, the band record most of the album in a rented villa in Spain, but their progress is slowed by lead singer David Gahan’s alcohol and substance abuse problems. The subsequent fourteen month long world tour that follows, sees the bands personal problems escalate with Gahan’s drug use spiraling out of control, Martin Gore’s excessive drinking (leading to him having seizures) and Andy Fletcher suffering a nervous breakdown. All of this is too much for long time member Alan Wilder who leaves the band, following the tour. The album spins off four singles including “I Feel You” (#37 Pop, #1 Modern Rock, #3 Club Play), “Walking In My Shoes” (#69 Pop, #1 Modern Rock), and “Condemnation” (#23 Modern Rock). It is remastered and reissued as a CD + DVD deluxe editon in 2006. The CD contains the original ten track album, with the DVD featuring the original stereo mix and a new 5.1 surround mix, with additional remixes and a retrospective documentary.  "Songs Of Faith And Devotion" hits number one on both the UK album chart and the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1985 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1985 – “Dream Into Action”, the second album by Howard Jones is released. Produced by Rupert Hine, it is recorded at Farmyard Studios in Cotswolds, UK from Late 1984 – Early 1985. Differing from his successful debut “Human’s Lib”, in which the British synth-pop musician had been a virtual “one man band”, his follow up features more outside musicians including the TKO Horns (Dave Pleurs, Alan Whetton, Jim Patterson, Brian Maurice), background vocalists Afrodiziak (featuring Claudia Fontaine, Naomi Thompson, and a pre-Soul II Soul Caron Wheeler), and The Effervescents. The album is the worldwide commercial breakthrough for Jones, spinning off three singles in the US including “Things Can Only Get Better” (#5 Pop), “Life In One Day” (#19 Pop), and “Like To Get To Know You Well” (#49 Pop). The albums’ success is such that it spins off a six track EP titled “Action Replay” featuring five remixed versions of songs from “Dream” along with a re-recorded version of the album cut “No One Is To Blame” (produced by Phil Collins). “Blame” is released as a single a year later in March of 1986, becoming his biggest US hit (#4 Pop). The tracks “Specialty” & “Why Look For The Key” on the UK release are pulled from the US edition, and are replaced with “Like To Get To Know You Well” and “Bounce Right Back”. “Why Look” is issued as the B-side of “Things Can Only Get Better”, while “Specialty” makes its US debut on the “Action Replay” EP. In 2010, “Dream” is remastered and reissued as an expanded edition CD (Europe only), with all of the tracks from the UK and US versions of the album. The album is remastered and reissued again in November of 2018 by Cherry Red Records, as a two CD + DVD deluxe edition. The first disc contains the original twelve song album (UK edition), plus five additional bonus tracks. The second disc features twelve bonus tracks, including 12" remixes and non-LP B-sides. The DVD portion includes rare television performances, and all of the original music videos for the singles. It is also reissued in “Super Deluxe” box set, containing all of the aforementioned contents, and a vinyl picture disc of the full album. The vinyl edition is also issued separately, pressed on translucent green vinyl. “Dream Into Action” peaks at number two on the UK album chart, number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1985 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1985 – “Centerfield”, the third solo album by John Fogerty hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 1 week. Produced by John Fogerty, it is recorded The Plant Studios in Sausalito, CA from July – September 1984. Following acrimonious break up of Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1972, bandleader John Fogerty begins a solo career in earnest in 1973, recording under the name The Blue Ridge Rangers. Hindered by the stress of legal problems with his former label Fantasy Records, Fogerty’s musical output grinds to a halt by the mid 70’s. Eventually he cuts ties with Fantasy, and his contract with Asylum Records is transferred to Warner Bros Records in 1984. Finally over his writer’s block, legal problems, and able to create freely once again, Fogerty goes right back to work. Block booking himself into The Plant Recording Studios in Sausalito, Fogerty plays all of the instruments himself on the project. The album is praised as an artistic triumph among long time fans and critics, also winning the rock legend a new generation of fans. It spins off three singles including “The Old Man Down The Road” (#10 Pop) and “Rock & Roll Girls (#20 Pop). Original pressings of the album feature the track "Zanz Kant Danz”, a a swipe at his former label boss, Fantasy Records founder Saul Zaentz. When he threatens to sue over the song, Warner Bros affixes a sticker to the back cover of existing copies with the title being amended to “Vanz Kant Danz”. Subsequent repressings of the album carry the title change. However, Fogerty still finds himself in a protracted legal battle with his former label boss over “The Old Man Down The Road”. Zaentz claims the chorus of “The Old Man” has the same chord changes as the CCR hit “Run Through The Jungle” which Zaentz controls the song publishing to. Fogerty is fully exonerated in court when it is decided that the two compositions are different from each other. The album is remastered and reissued in 2001, with HDCD encoding. To commemorate its twenty fifth anniversary in 2010, “Centerfield is reissued with two additional bonus tracks. "Centerfield” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1983 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1983 – “Eliminator”, the eighth album by ZZ Top is released. Produced by Bill Ham, it is recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN from Mid – Late 1982. Starting on their previous album “El Loco”, the band expand their use of synthesizers, sequencers and drum machines into their trademark blues/rock sound. The result is the most successful album of their career. It spins off five singles including “Sharp Dressed Man” (#56 Pop) and “Legs” (#8 Pop). The promotion of the album is aided greatly by the music videos for “Gimme All Your Lovin’, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” which receive heavy rotation on MTV and other video outlets. The custom “spinning fur” Dean Z guitar and bass (covered in sheep’s wool on the body and tuners) seen in the video for “Legs” were on public display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, TX for several years before the restaurant closed in 2009. First released on CD in 1986, it is remastered and reissued in 2008 as a CD + DVD deluxe edition. The CD features the original eleven track album, with seven additional bonus tracks including the 7” and 12" single remixes of “Legs” and the single and live versions of five other tracks from the album. The DVD includes the original four music videos, and three performances from the band’s appearance on the UK music show “The Tube” on November 17, 1983. The album is reissued on vinyl in 2013 by Rhino Records, with a limited edition pressed on red vinyl issued in October of 2016. “Eliminator” peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200 and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, receiving a Diamond Certification.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1982 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1982 – “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet”, the sixth album by Rick Springfield is released. Produced by Keith Olsen, it is recorded at Goodnight LA Studios in Van Nuys, CA from Mid 1981 – Early 1982. After ten years of struggle and setbacks, Rick Springfield begins to see his fortunes turn around when “Working Class Dog”, his first album for RCA Records takes off during the Spring and Summer of 1981. Deciding to strike while the iron is hot, he returns to the studio with former Sound City Studios engineer and producer Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Pat Benatar), recording at Olsen’s newly opened state of the art facility. Sessions take place during breaks in Springfield’s busy schedule while promoting “Working Class Dog”, and starring on the popular daytime soap opera “General Hospital”. The new album features various studio players including former Rufus member Dennis Belfield (bass), former Hall & Oates band member Michael Baird (drums), Alan Pasqua (keyboards), Chas Sandford (guitar), songwriter Tom Kelly (“Like A Virgin”, “True Colors”, “I Touch Myself”), and future Mr. Mister lead singer and bassist Richard Page (background vocals). “Success” follows its predecessor up the charts, spinning off three singles including “Don’t Talk To Strangers” (#2 Pop), “I Get Excited” (#32 Pop), and “What Kind Of Fool Am I?” (#21 Pop). Like the previous album, the cover art features a humorous photo of Springfield’s bull terrier/great dane mix Lethal Ron, this time posed in the back of a limousine with two female poodles (with Springfield posing as the limo driver). Originally released on CD in 1986, it is remastered and reissued in 1995. “Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet” spends three weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1980 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1980 – “Departure”, the sixth album by Journey is released. Produced by Geoff Workman and Kevin Elson, it is recorded at The Automatt in San Francisco, CA in November 1979. After the back to back success of the Platinum sellers “Infinity” and “Evolution”, the San Francisco based rock band try a different approach for the album by recording the majority of it live in the studio with few overdubs. The band have nineteen songs written for the sessions, eventually pairing them down to the final twelve that are included on the finished album. “Departure” is the final release with founding member Gregg Rolie, who leaves Journey to form his own band. It spins off three singles including “Anyway You Want It” (#23 Pop). “Anyway You Want It” is also featured in the comedy classic “Caddyshack” later in the year. The album’s striking cover artwork is designed by graphic artist Jim Welch, who designs the packaging for several other Journey albums over the years. Initially released on CD in 1986, it is remastered and  reissued in 1996, using Sony’s “Super Bit Mapping” transfer process of the analog master to digital. A second CD remaster is issued in 2006 with two additional bonus tracks (“Natural Thing”, first issued as the non LP B-side of “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Little Girl” from the “Dream After Dream” soundtrack), in both standard jewel case and limited digi-pak packaging. “Departure” peaks at number eight on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Born on this day: March 23, 1953 – R&B voc…

Born on this day: March 23, 1953 – R&B vocal icon and songwriter Chaka Khan (born Yvette Marie Stevens in Chicago, IL). Happy 66th Birthday, Chaka!!

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1979 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1979 – “Van Halen II”, the second album by Van Halen is released. Produced by Ted Templeman, it is recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA from December 1978 – January 1979. Issued only thirteen months after their multi-platinum debut, the band complete their second album in only three weeks worth of studio time. Many of the songs on their sophomore release had been written prior to the band’s first album, having been previously recorded as demos in 1976 and 1977. It spins off two singles including “Dance The Night Away” (#15 Pop). The yellow and black Charvel guitar pictured on the back cover of the album is buried with Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Abbott, a long time Van Halen fan meets his guitar hero, and tells him how much he admires the guitar. After Abbott’s death in December of 2004, Eddie Van Halen attends his funeral, and places the guitar in his casket. First released on CD in 1987, it is remastered  and reissued in 2000 as a standard redbook CD with HDCD encoding. Out of print on vinyl since 1989, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2010 by Rhino Records. “Van Halen II” peak at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1978 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1978 – “Kaya”, the tenth album by Bob Marley & The Wailers is released. Produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, it is recorded at Island Studios in London, UK from January – April 1977. The album consists of tracks recorded during sessions for Marley’s previous release “Exodus”. The album features more laid back, relaxed songs standing in stark contrast to the bands’ more militant, politically motivated material. The release of the album will also coincide with Marley’s return to Jamaica after more than a year of living in London, leaving the country after an attempt is made on his life in December of 1976. It spins off two singles including “Is This Love” and “Satisfy My Soul”. Originally released on CD in 1986, it is remastered and reissued in 1994, with another remaster in 2001 that includes one bonus track. It is also released as a double CD Deluxe Edition in 2013, with the original ten track (plus one bonus track) album on disc one. The second disc features a full concert recorded at Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Netherlands on July 7, 1978. The album is also remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2013. “Kaya” peaks at number four on the UK album chart, and number fifty on the Billboard Top 200.

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On this day in music history: March 23, 1978 -…

On this day in music history: March 23, 1978 – “…And Then There Were Three…”, the ninth studio album by Genesis is released in the US (UK release is on April 7, 1978). Produced by David Hentschel and Genesis, it is recorded from September – October 1977 at Relight Studios in Hilvarenbeek, NL. The albums’ title refers to the departure of guitar Steve Hackett who quits prior to the recording sessions, reducing Genesis to a trio of drummer and lead vocalist Phil Collins, guitarist and bassist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks. The album also sees them bridging the gap between their earlier progressive rock roots, moving toward more tightly structured pop songs. It is their most successful release to date, spinning off two singles including their first US hit “Follow You, Follow Me” (#23 Pop). “ First released on CD in 1987, it is remastered and reissued in 1994, and again in 2007, with the latter release also being issued as a hybrid SACD + DVD. The SACD contains a high definition remaster of the stereo mix, while the DVD features a 5.1 surround remix of the album. The DVD also includes original music videos, new interviews with the members of Genesis, a vintage documentary from the band’s 1978 tour, and still photos from the era. …And Then There Were Three” peaks at number three on the UK album chart, number fourteen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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