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The Fixx- Reach the Beach

Cy Curnin and Adam Woods In the Studio for The Fixx "Shuttered Room" & "Reach the Beach" !

Def Leppard- Pyromania- Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Rick Savage

Def Leppard “Pyromania” interview with Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Phil Collen

Genesis- Genesis – Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford,Tony Banks

Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take off during that time, reading the critical reviews from many respected music writers in this period imply that Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks unwittingly, if not unwillingly, were somehow led by Collins in a more mainstream pop direction. However, the simple facts just don't bear out that assumption.
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The Police- Synchronicity- Sting, Stewart Copeland

Starting with 1978's "Outlandos d'Amour",  the UK breakthrough "Regatta de Blanc",  their 1980 worldwide hit "Zenyatta Mondatta",  and "Ghost in the Machine" the following year, you could debate whether the first four  albums by the Anglo-American band The Police  were significant enough creatively and commercially to issue a warrant to book them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet this fact is certain: the 1983 Police album  "Synchronicity" guaranteed it.
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ZZ TOP- Eliminator- Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard

And yes, the series of clever, campy videos on the upstart MTV video channel in America undoubtedly had much to do with that staggering level of popularity for "Eliminator" (truly ironic, since manager Bill Ham had steadfastly kept ZZ Top off of U.S. television until then). But the songwriting, musicianship, modern arranging, and state-of-the-art recording on "Eliminator" which I heard that day was truly extraordinary. Billy Gibbons, Frank Bread, & the late Dusty Hill are my guests In the Studio.
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U2- War- Bono,The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen jr

With the rousing martial rhythms from Larry Mullen jr’s drums on the opening to “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, the tortured passion evident in Bono’s voice over The Edge’s stiletto guitar stabs on “New Year’s Day”, and Adam Clayton’s rolling bass on “Surrender” as well as “Two Heats Beat as One”, War  by U2 was a musical proclamation of a serious contender on the unfolding Eighties rock vista. Hear the classic rock interview In the Studio.

U2- New Year’s Day- 1987

The 35th anniversary of U2's breakthrough album War   is looming next month, so to celebrate Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen jr returning In the Studio to recall the times, here is a live version of "New Year's Day" from the…