On this day in music history: July 1, 1968 - “Music From Big Pink”, the debut album by The Band is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at A&R Studios in New York City and CBS Studios in Los Angeles, CA in Early 1968. The album takes its title from a house in West Saugerties, NY where the band members Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson are living after working with Bob Dylan as his backing band. Paired with producer John Simon (Big Brother & The Holding Company, Blood, Sweat & Tears), they record the album over a few months time in New York and Los Angeles. The album generates several of the bands signature songs including “The Weight” (#63 Pop), “Tears Of Rage”, “This Wheel’s On Fire” and “I Shall Be Released”. The LP’s iconic cover art features a painting by Bob Dylan, and the album’s inner gatefold photos are taken by famed photographer Elliott Landy. Receiving solid reviews from critics upon its release, its initial sales are modest until it attracts the attention of, and is praised publicly by numerous high profile musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Al Kooper who writes a glowing review of the album in Rolling Stone magazine. First released on CD in the mid 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 2000 with eight additional bonus tracks. The album is also remastered again released as a hybrid SACD and vinyl LP by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in 2009 and 2012 respectively. “Music From Big Pink” peaks at number thirty on the Billboard Top 200, is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998.
On this day in music history: September 22, 1969 - “The Band”, the second album by The Band is released. Produced by John Simon, it is recorded at 8841 Evanview Drive in West Hollywood, CA and The Hit Factory in New York City from Early - Mid 1969. Issued as the follow up to their acclaimed debut “Music From Big Pink”, The Band decide on a dramatic change of scenery to work on their next release. The album is recorded in a rented home in the Hollywood Hills owned by entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr.. The home’s pool cabana is converted into a recording studio for the duration of the sessions. It yields a number of classic songs including “Up On Cripple Creek” (#25 Pop), “Rag Mama Rag” (#57 Pop), and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. The LP cover features a sepia toned photo of the band by photographer Elliot Landy, becomes known as “The Brown Album” by fans for the brown colored border around the front and back of the album jacket. The original US vinyl pressing of the album cut by mastering engineer Bob Ludwig (indicated by the initials “RL” in the run out groove), is made using the first generation master tapes, is regarded as the best sounding pressing of the LP. Subsequent cuts use 1:1 safety copies including later reissues due to the original masters either being lost or not being accessible. “The Band” is first remastered and reissued in 2000 on CD with seven additional bonus tracks including alternate versions of several songs, and the non-LP B-side “Get Up Jake” in true stereo for the first time (originally issued as the B-side of “Ain’t Got No Home” in 1973, erroneously listed on the single as being from their live album “Rock Of Ages”). It is also reissued as a hybrid SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) and vinyl LP by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in 2013. The album is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, and is selected for preservation by The National Recording Registry of The Library Of Congress in 2009, for its ongoing historic and cultural significance. “The Band” peaks at number nine on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: April 30, 1976 - “Rastaman Vibration”, the eighth studio album by Bob Marley & The Wailers is released. Produced by Bob Marley & The Wailers, it is recorded at Harry J. Studios and Joe Gibbs Studio in Kingston, Jamaica from Late 1975 - Early 1976. Following the success of Marley’s iconic “Live!” album recorded in London in the Summer of 1975, he and The Wailers return to Jamaica in the Fall to begin work on their first studio album in nearly two years. All of the songs on the album are written by Marley, though are credited to others because of a contractual dispute with his publishing company Cayman Music. It is Marley’s most successful album to date in the US, spinning off his only American pop single “Roots Rock Reggae” (#51 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2001, and reissued on vinyl numerous times by Music On Vinyl, Simply Vinyl and Universal Music Group. In 2002, it is released as a two CD Deluxe Edition. The first disc includes the original ten track album with eight additional bonus tracks. The second disc features a live concert recorded at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood, CA on May 26, 1976, and includes two more bonus tracks. “Rastaman Vibration” peaks at number eight on the Billboard Top 200.
Congratulations to the New England Patriots on winning the Superbowl XLIX! Admittedly, the only real reason we cared about the outcome is because we now get to share this graphic with you all to commemorate a new follower milestone!
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On this day in music history: May 12, 1972 - “Exile On Main Street”, the tenth (twelfth US) album by The Rolling Stones is released. Produced by Jimmy Miller, it is recorded at Olympic Studios in London, Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, CA, Stargroves in Hampshire, UK, and Villa Nellcôte in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Côte d'Azur, France with The Rolling Stones Mobile Studio from June 1969 - March 1972. The bulk of the sessions take place at Olympic in London and Keith Richards villa on the French Riviera, though recording is long and arduous, hampered by Richards heroin use and unavailability of Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman at various times. Mixing various genres of music, critical and fan reaction is mixed initially. In time it is regarded as one of the bands greatest works. It spins off two singles including “Tumbling Dice” (#7 Pop) and “Happy” (#22 Pop). The original vinyl LP package comes with a perforated sheet with twelve postcards featuring pictures taken by photographer Norman Seeff. In May of 2010, the album is remastered and reissued, including a bonus disc with ten additional tracks including the previously unreleased “Plundered My Soul” which is issued as a limited edition 7" for Record Store Day in April of 2010. “Exile On Main Street” spends two weeks at number one on the UK album chart, four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.