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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

#507 - Bringing Down The Horse, The Wallflowers

"The Wallflowers really found their voice on their second album, with "One Headlight" and "Sixth Avenue Heartache" becoming huge radio successes. Production from T-Bone Burnett gave the album a great warm sound. Soaked in Hammond B-3s and imaginative lyrics, the album was a high point in '90s commercial rock." (real music guide)

#506 - Mothership Connection, Parliament

"In the end, there's no questioning this album's impact, one that is still being felt via rap-induced aftershocks. In addition to its contemporary impact and continued longevity, the album was a massive success for Clinton and company upon its release in 1975, elevating the P-Funk collective to unparalleled heights in terms of audience. Some Parliament albums may be flawless, and others may be innovative, but this is the P-Funk zenith in more ways than one, perfect as well as perennial." (allmusic guide)

#505 - Californication, Red Hot Chili Peppers

"On their seventh album, Californication, the Red Hot Chili Peppers take up where Blood Sugar Sex Magic left off -- with one foot firmly planted in the mainstream and the other in a frat house. While this may irk longtime fans wistful for the band's Freaky Styley days, the Grammy-nominated Californication certainly is one of the band's best." (real music guide)

#504 - Easter, Patti Smith

"Smith made the theme from the '60s British rock movie Privilege her own and even got into the U.K. charts with it. And on songs like "25th Floor," Iovine, Smith, and her group were able to accommodate both the urge to rock out and the need to expound. So, Easter turned out to be the best compromise Smith achieved between her artistic and commercial aspirations." (allmusic guide)

#503 - At San Quentin, Johnny Cash

"No other Johnny Cash record sounds as wild as this. He sounds like an outlaw and renegade here, which is what gives it power -- listen to "A Boy Named Sue," a Shel Silverstein composition that could have been too cute by half, but is rescued by the wild-eyed, committed performance by Cash, where it sounds like he really was set on murdering that son of a bitch who named him Sue. He sounds that way throughout the record." (allmusic guide)

#502 - The Dream Of The Blue Turtles, Sting

"Sting's first solo album, released in 1985, was a triumph for the former Police frontman, driven by tuneful, jazz-tinged pop songs. "Fortress Around Your Heart" and "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" both saw their share of radio play and the album was earned both critical and financial success." (real music guide)


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