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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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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer- Tarkus 50th Anniversary

Listening now to the epic title song to “Tarkus , the second studio album in June1971 which followed quickly after their stunning 1970 debut, with Greg Lake’s voice delicately yet nimbly bounding along to Keith Emerson’s piano runs, it’s clear that Emerson Lake and Palmer were much  less “Be Bop a Lula” in their melodic grandeur and much more “Andrew Lloyd Weber”. Here In the Studio is the story in their own words of progressive rock’s first supergroup.

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INXS- X – Andrew Farriss, the late Michael Hutchence

It is bittersweet to share with you the World Premiere radio broadcast of INXS “X” which I was so fortunate to get to produce and host in September 1990 with guests lead singer/lyricist Michael Hutchence and keyboardist/ composer Andrew Farriss.

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Traffic- John Barleycorn…50th- Steve Winwood,the late Jim Capaldi

Traffic albums “Mr Fantasy”,  “Traffic”,   and “John Barleycorn Must Die”, the latter marking its 50th anniversary,  included former Spencer Davis Group teen prodigy singer/organist/guitarist Steve Winwood, reed man Chris Wood, and drummer Jim Capaldi. Guitarist/singer Dave Mason, a former Spencer Davis roadie, shared a talent for  melody with the other three on the first two Traffic albums, but little else personality-wise, and was cut loose for the second and final time before the second album hit store shelves.

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Motley Crue- Theatre of Pain- Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil

Okay, it’s ‘fess up time for me regarding Motley Crue and their June 1985 third album, Theatre of Pain. In an alternate universe where being boring and predictable is the Original Sin, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee of Motley Crue would be sanctified saints, because they have been waging  jihad against the tyranny of the mainstream for a full three and a half decades.