“Rock Lobster,” released on July 6, 1979 on the B-52’s eponymous debut, was zany enough to soften the defenses of even the most stubborn music snob.
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Released on June 15, 2010, Tom Petty’s ‘Mojo’ built off a rootsy foundation, extending their reign as the most sophisticated garage band in America.
There were technical things that made Ornette Coleman’s work great. But stressing that gives away the one thing that really mattered: Its freedom.
‘Back to the Egg,’ released on June 8, 1979, showed Paul McCartney could plug into the new wave zeitgeist. Well, when he wanted to, anyway.
The New Cars, who released their lone album on June 6, 2006, made a canny choice in replacing Ric Ocasek with the multi-talented Todd Rundgren.
Released on May 29, 1969, ‘Crosby Stills and Nash’ brought together guys whose average work shames most rock composers. Then they upped the ante.
‘Close as You Get,’ released this week in May 2007, was your standard-issue Gary Moore blues record. Meaning, it was very, very good.
The title track from ‘Every Picture Tells a Story,’ released in May 1971, stands in the most direct contrast to what eventually became of Rod Stewart.
The Rolling Stones’ ‘Sticky Fingers,’ released on April 23, 1971, might just be better – shhhhh! – than the far-more-heralded album that followed it.
UK’s trio-led sophomore effort ‘Danger Money,’ released this month in 1979 during a time of transition in music , is past due for a reevaluation.