Redbeard Rocks St. Patrick’s Day Playlist

Redbeard rocks St Patty's Day with Spotify all- Irish playlist!
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Jethro Tull- Aqualung 50th Anniversary- Ian Anderson

Few albums from any time in the Rock Era continue  to satisfy quite so well as Jethro Tull's masterpiece "Aqualung". Ian Anderson smartly wrote songs for all seasons for a superb band, including the timeless rockers "Aqualung","Cross-Eyed Mary","Locomotive Breath," and "Hymn #43", but perfectly paced the album with tasty acoustic classics like "Wond'ring Aloud"and "Mother Goose". On "Aqualung" 's golden anniversary, Ian Anderson is my guest In the Studio.
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Alice Cooper- Love It to Death 50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago,"Love It to Death" in March 1971 may have been the the third album by the band Alice Cooper, but that doesn't change the fact that nobody bought the first two. By December of that same year, EVERYBODY had heard "I'm Eighteen" off of Love It to Death ,  and Alice Cooper had written and recorded a soon-to-be-classic additional full album, Killer .And it was
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R.E.M.- Out of Time 30th- Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Mike Mills

It is clear on the thirtieth anniversary of R.E.M.'s "Out of Time" album that the song from it, "Losing My Religion", has weathered the time in between exceedingly well. "Pop culture, particularly in the US, everything comes and goes in cycles, as things do," points out R.E.M. singer/ lyricist Michael Stipe, "which we all realize as we all grow older and wiser, whether it's politics or music or pop culture...I always wanted to have a song that would be considered 'the song of the Summer'. As it was, that song kind of became the song of the year," he chuckled. Ten million copies sold and three Grammy Awards later, nobody could argue the case.
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Phil Collins- Face Value 40th Anniversary

Of his cinderella  first solo album "Face Value" forty years ago, Phil Collins recalls the real-life betrayal and heartbreak which inspired "In the Air Tonight", "I Missed Again"; and why he did not include another original, "How Can You Sit There?", on Face Value nor it's follow up, Hello I Must Be Going, but opted instead to give it to the soundtrack of the 1984 movie Against All Odds, going on to become Phil Collins' first #1 hit.
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Rush- Moving Pictures 40th- Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, the late Neil Peart

"Music was changing," Rush lead singer/composer Geddy Lee tells us in this In the Studio  episode, and without Lee, guitarist/composer Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist the late Neil Peart embracing the fresh musical ideas in the crosswinds of the early Eighties on "Moving Pictures" with songs "Tom Sawyer","Red Barchetta","Limelight", "Vital Signs", and "Witch Hunt", it is doubtful that a path to mainstream success would have been cleared forty years ago for later major bands...
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Heart- Dreamboat Annie 45th- Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson

"In the Studio" with Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart for the real rock fairy tale of "Dreamboat Annie" on its 45th anniversary.

Redbeard Rocks American Black History Month!

rock'n'soul playlist of the greatest rockers like the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, and twenty-five more all paying  tribute to Detroit's Motown and Memphis' Stax  African-American musical giants, presented to commemorate American Black History Month.
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Bad Company- Run With the Pack 45th- Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke

Bad Company lead singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers, guitarist/songwriter Mick Ralphs, and drummer Simon Kirke all agreed that being the first band signed to Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label, as well as sharing management with them, was advantageous. However the expectations for this "supergroup", containing Rodgers and Kirke from Free and Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, were exceedingly high for "Run With the Pack"  in 1976.
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David Bowie- Station to Station 45th Anniversary

"The way you change Music is by changing the music," David Bowie told me, without any hint of irony whatsoever, as we discussed  1976's Station to Station. Songs include "Golden Years","Stay" ,"TVC 1-5" ( Bowie said that the unused tune for the Man...Earth soundtrack was about a girl and her relationship with her television),"Wild is the Wind" , and the title song, often cited by post-punk bands including The Cars, Talking Heads, and Gary Numan as a major influence.