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Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

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Composer Michael Masser with Whitney Houston. Together they made hits. Photo credit: nytimes.com.

Michael Masser, a songwriting legend in the 1970s and ’80s, died in Rancho Mirage, California, on Thursday at age 74.

Masser, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, created hit songs for Diana Ross in the ’70s and Whitney Houston in the ’80s, according to The Desert Sun. He wrote two of Ross’ biggest hits as a solo artist: “Touch Me in the Morning” and “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” which was the Academy Award-nominated theme from the movie, “Mahogany.” The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well. Continue reading Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

New music releases from artists of the 80’s – 9/13/2011

I am excited to report that there are quite a few artists that performed in the 1980’s that have new albums (and some remastered re-releases) out today. All from diverse types of music genres.

With artists like Alice Cooper, Blondie, Queen, George Strait, Beastie Boys (among others), I think you would agree that today is a fantastic new music release day!

Dream Theater: A Dramatic Turn of Events (Special Edition) (CD+DVD)

A Dramatic Turn of Events (Special Edition) (CD+DVD): Dream Theater

Dream Theater’s A Dramatic Turn of Events is an album born from transition, crafted with studied persistence and possessed by new found freedom and free-flowing invigoration. The album strikes the perfect balance between Dream Theater’s intimate history with all that is heavy, progressive and melodic with each element fully realized. Longtime fans of the band intrigued by the speediness of the notes on display from Dream Theater have much to study on the album…

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues

New York City’s premier jazz venue got the blues last April when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these musical virtuosos with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis.

Worship Music: Anthrax

Anthrax: Worship Music

Worship Music, the long awaited new studio album from Anthrax, one of the four original architects of speed and thrash metal, has been confirmed for a September 13 release date, the day before the band’s triumphant return to their native New York to play at Yankee Stadium as part of the Big Four concert extravaganza. Not only is Worship Music Anthrax’s first studio release in eight years, but the album marks the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna…

Panic of Girls: Blondie

Panic of Girls: Blondie

Blondie has come a long way from CBGB s and the Bowery, having sold more than 40 million albums globally and repeatedly reaching the top of the charts over a course of four decades with such hits as ‘One Way Or Another’, ‘Heart of Glass’, ‘Rapture and Maria’. In 2006 Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Welcome 2 My Nightmare: Alice Cooper

Welcome 2 My Nightmare: Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper’s widely anticipated new album, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, recorded with longtime collaborator Bob Ezrin, who produced the original multi-platinum "Welcome To My Nightmare", picks up right where they left off, with Alice trapped in his own warped mind. Musically, the album ranges far and wide, from trashing disco to garage punk, pop balladry to a rocking number, very much in the spirit of the Rolling Stones. Glimpses of themes from the original album are intertwined throughout, each track representing a different aspect of Alice’s nightmare.

 

Icon: George Strait

Icon: George Strait

With a career stretching more than three decades and one filled with a record-setting lengthy string of No. 1 country chart hits, George Strait is a living legend–and his status in the ranks of country music is assuredly iconic. Strait can fill volumes of hit packages and this ICON collection is no exception and provides a great cross-section of Strait! Typical down-home humor with a twist is evident in the form of "Ocean Front Property" and "All My Ex’s Live in Texas."

Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 2

Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector’s Box Set Volume 2

Queen’s 40th anniversary is now upon us, and the band pulls out all the stops to celebrate this historic occasion. Queen’s second collection of studio albums remastered in deluxe reissue editions with rare bonus material all in one collectible box with a 24 panel Poster for the ultimate Queen fan. Albums included in the box: News of the World, Jazz, The Game, Flash Gordon, and Hot Space.

A Foreign Affair: Spyro Gyra

A Foreign Affair: Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra started out with the rhythms of the world. From the samba rhythms and Caribbean feel of their early hits to the latest album, they have made it a point to embrace the music of the places they have visited. Their new album, A Foreign Affair, is ready to take you around the world from the Caribbean to South America, and even to South Africa, India and Japan.

Nine Tonight [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Nine Tonight [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Recorded at Cobo Hall, Detroit, MI and Boston Garden, Boston, MA, Bob Seger’s milestone live album is remastered for the first time ever and contains an exclusive never before released bonus track "Brave Strangers". Nine Tonight features the live versions of massive hits such as: "Old Time Rock And Roll," "Hollywood Nights," "Against The Wind," and "Night Moves". This remastered version also features restored artwork and updated packaging.

Live Bullet [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Live Bullet [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]: Bob Seger

Bob Seger scored several regional hits in Detroit and surrounding Midwest states during the late ’60s–but it seemed he was destined to be a rock footnote when he recorded this live epic at Detroit’s very partisan Cobo Arena in 1976. Seger had already released six Capitol LPs to little national attention at this point, but Live Bullet showcased him at his rockin’ best–kind of like the Motor City’s own Springsteen–and it caught on.

[Re]Production: Todd Rundgren

[Re]Production: Todd Rundgren

As producer of some of Rock music s biggest aritsts including Meat Loaf, Badfinger, Grand Funk Railroad, XTC, New York Dolls, Psychedelic Furs, Patti Smith, Hall & Oates, Todd is regarded as one of the most creative record producers of all-time. [re]Pro­duction celbrates Rundgren s credentials as a Producer with a relevant, fresh, and contemporary dance twist.

From Newport to London Greatest Hits Live & More: Basia

From Newport to London Greatest Hits Live & More: Basia

Polish vocalist Basia Trzetrzelewska spent several years in the pop band Matt Bianco, an offshoot of Blue Rondo à la Turk, before launching a solo career in 1987. With the musical assistance of Matt Bianco’s Danny White, she developed a subtle cocktail jazz-pop first showcased on her 1987 debut album, Time and Tide. Supported by the singles "New Day for You" and "Time and Tide," the record became a hit in Europe and America, where the album went platinum.

The Lowdown: Beastie Boys

The Lowdown: Beastie Boys

From hardcore punk to rare groove and funk, the Beastie Boys have managed to fuse together numerous types of music to create their own inimitable style and gain worldwide critical acclaim as well as huge chart-busting hits. The Lowdown tells the full story of this extraordinary group and includes interviews with all the Boys, audio biography telling it the way it happened and is completed with booklets, poster and rare photographs to make for a future collector’s item…

Wonderous Stories-the Best of Yes [Import]: Yes

Wonderous Stories-the Best of Yes [Import]: Yes

2011 two CD compilation from the Prog Rockers. Yes are one of British Progressive Rock’s greatest and most enduring bands. This collection is the ideal Yes primer, taking a panoramic sweep from their early days in the late 1960s, through such classics as the rapturous `And You And I’ and on into the late ’70 and early ’80s, when the band scored global hit singles with classics such as `Wonderous Stories’ `Going For The One’ and `Owner Of A Lonely Heart’.

Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 best albums of the eighties

Rolling Stone Magazine Online

Premier music magazine Rolling Stone has reissued their 100 best albums of the eighties online. The original publication was November 16, 1989. Of course we won’t post all 100 albums but here’s their top 10 and a link so you can check out the rest! Rolling Stone’s best albums of the eighties list is sure to spark up as much conversation as it did when it was first released.

10. Tracy Chapman, “Tracy Chapman”

Tracy Chapman was discovered in 1987 by fellow Tufts University student Brian Koppelman. “I was helping organize a boycott protest against apartheid at school, and someone told me there was this great protest singer I should get to play at the rally,” says Koppelman, who now works in A&R at Elektra. He went to see Chapman perform at a coffeehouse called Cappuccino. “Tracy walked onstage, and it was like an epiphany,” he says. “Her presence, her voice, her songs, her sincerity — it all came across.”

9. Richard and Linda Thompson, “Shoot Out the Lights”

“Even in the best days of our marriage, Richard and I didn’t communicate with each other fabulously well,” says Linda Thompson. “I think that the reason the music was good was that we tended to save it for work.” Perhaps that explains why “Shoot Out the Lights” is both the best and last album Richard and Linda Thompson made together.

8. R.E.M., “Murmur”

The members of R.E.M. incorporated elements of folk and country music into pop that was, by turns, bright and murky. Theirs was a quasi-traditional yet boundary-breaking sound that served as a blueprint for alternative bands throughout America for the rest of the decade.

7. Michael Jackson, “Thriller”

“Thriller,” reportedly recorded for $750,000, has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide — and it still sells. It earned Jackson over 150 gold and platinum awards worldwide and a record seven Grammys.

6. Bruce Springsteen, “Born in the U.S.A.”

“Born in the U.S.A.” — the album, the song and the sixteen-month tour — turned out to be the breakthrough that Springsteen fans had been expecting for a decade. The influential Jersey musician became the world’s biggest rock star — and a bona fide American icon, to boot.

5. Paul Simon, “Graceland”

The journey to “Graceland” began with an unlabeled cassette tape that guitarist Heidi Berg gave to Simon, who listened to it incessantly, without knowing what it was, throughout the summer of 1984.

4. Talking Heads, “Remain in Light”

“Remain in Light” may have been a commercial disappointment, but musically, the band’s 1980 album — which combines funk, disco and African rhythms — was years ahead of its time. “It got great critical acclaim, and we felt that it kind of took popular music to the next phase,” says Frantz, “which is what we always wanted to do.”

3. U2, “The Joshua Tree”

“The Joshua Tree” is the rather esoterically titled album he’s referring to — a title that even the typically solemn Bono could joke about.

2. Prince and the Revolution, “Purple Rain”

Released in tandem with the film of the same name, “Purple Rain” was more than simply a soundtrack, and it stands as Prince’s most cohesive and accessible album. “He envisioned the film as he made the album,” says Alan Leeds, vice-president of Paisley Park Records, Prince’s label. “He had a vision in his mind of the film a year before he got in front of the cameras, and he wrote the music to that vision.”

1. The Clash, “London Calling”

This album could not have come at a more perfect time or from a more appropriate band than the Clash. Released stateside in January 1980, with the decade but a pup and the new year in gear, “London Calling” was an emergency broadcast from rock’s Last Angry Band, serving notice that Armageddon was nigh, Western society was rotten at the core, and rock & roll needed a good boot in the rear.

Check out the rest of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Best Albums of the Eighties!

Phil Kennemore, Y&T Bassist, Dies at 57

Phil Kennemore of Y&TPhil Kennemore, the bassist of veteran hard-rock group Y&T, died early Friday morning (January 7) of lung cancer, the group’s frontman confirmed. Kennemore, 57, passed away at Stanford Hospital in California while surrounded by family members.

Y&T frontman Dave Meniketti, who founded the group with Kennemore, guitarist Joey Alves and drummer Leonard Haze, issued a blog post this morning to confirm the bassist’s death and offer a personal tribute.

Accept

Accept is a German heavy metal band from the town of Solingen, originally assembled in the early 1970s by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider.

The band played an important role in the development of speed metal, being part of the German heavy metal scene to emerge in the early to mid 1980s.

The band’s 1983 album, Balls to the Wall, subsequently became their most successful release, featuring its well-known hit with the same title. Following their disbandment in 1996 and brief resurrection in 2005, they reunited in 2009 with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo replacing Dirkschneider, and consequently releasing their highest charting album to date, Blood of the Nations. They have sold over 27 million albums worldwide.

Find Accept CD’s @ Amazon.com!

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80’s Artists – D

Here you will find a list of our “D” 80’s Artists. Links lead to CDs of each artist.

80s Artists - Duran Duran

Damien, Michael

Damn Yankees

Dane, Taylor

Dan Reed Network

D’Arby, Terence Trent

David and David

Davids, FR

Day, Morris

Dead or Alive

Dead Kennedys

DeBarge

DeBurgh, Chris

Def Leppard

Depeche Mode

DeSario, Teri

Devo

Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Diamond, Neil

Dino 4th & Broadway

Dio, Ronnie James

Dire Straits

Dirt Band

Divinyls

Doobie Brothers

Dokken

Dolby, Thomas

Dore, Charlie

Duffy, Patrick “Tin Man”

Dupree, Robbie

Duran Duran

Dream Academy, The

Dr. Hook

80s Artists – E

80’s Artists – C

Here you will find a list of our “C” 80’s Artists. Links lead to CDs of each artist.

80s Artist - Belinda Carlisle

Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band

Cameo

Captain and Tennille

Cara, Irene

Carlisle, Belinda

Carmen, Eric

Carnes, Kim

Carrack, Paul

Cars, The

Cetera, Peter

Cetu Javu

Chaka Khan

Champaign

Chapman, Tracy

Cheap Trick

Cheech & Chong

Cher

Chicago

Chiliwack

China Crisis

Christie, David

Clapton, Eric

Clash, The

Classix Nouveaux

Climax Blues Band

Club Nouveau

Cock Robin

Cocteau Twins

Cole, Lloyd and the Commotions

Cole, Natalie

Collins, Phil

Commodores, The

Communards

Concrete Blonde

Cope, Julian

Costello, Elvis

Cougar (Mellencamp), John

Cramps, The

Creatures, The

Cross, Christopher

Crowded House

Cult, The

Culture Club

Cure, The

Curiosity Killed the Cat

Cutting Crew

80s Artists – D

Ozzy is pissed at Westboro Baptist Church hate breeders

Ozzy Osbourne is not happy about his music being associated with Westboro Baptist Church, and he’s issued an impassioned statement expressing how appalled he is that the church’s paraphrased lyrics from his hit, ‘Crazy Train,’ at a Supreme Court hearing.

“I am sickened and disgusted by the use of ‘Crazy Train‘ to promote messages of hate and evil by a ‘church,'”Ozzy said in response to news that the his lyrics were borrowed and corrupted for events surrounding Tuesday’s Snyder v. Phelps Supreme Court hearing. Apparently, an attorney, who is the daughter of Westoboro Baptist Church’s founder, along with her sister, paraphrased the Prince of Darkness’ words at a press conference in Washington D.C.

The church is described by the Wall Street Journal as a “tiny Kansas church … [that] preaches that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for American’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.”

We just think these hate mongers are a bunch of whacks who need to learn to love more and hate less. But sometimes you just can’t change stupid.

Ozzy Osbourne releases first studio album in 3 years, tenth album overall

Ozzy Osbourne ScreamOzzy’s tenth album ‘Scream‘ was produced by Ozzy and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for Ozzy’s 2007 worldwide million-seller ‘Black Rain‘, the album.

The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of the album at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker, and co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko. Notably, the album marks the first appearance of Ozzy’s new guitar player, Gus G. Ozzy’s band also features bassist Blasko, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboardist Adam Wakeman.

Ozzy is currently on a world tour. Check out his tour dates at Ozzy’s official website.

Some of Ozzy’s past albums include: Ozzman Cometh (Eco-Friendly Packaging), Black Rain, Down to Earth [Import], Speak of the Devil [Live, Import], Under Cover, The Essential, No Rest for the Wicked, Bark at the Moon, Diary of a Madman, No More Tears, Blizzard of Ozz, Ozzmosis [Original recording remastered, Import].