The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (Epic #262)

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The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)

For the last twelve days of September, The JemTunes ‘Epic 2017 ¬†project’ features 12 albums from the world’s longest running band – the Rolling Stones.

Sticky Fingers was their ninth British and elventh American studio album released in April 1971. It was the band’s first album of the 1970s and its first release on the band’s newly formed label, Rolling Stones Records, after having been contracted since 1963 with Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US. It is also Mick Taylor’s first full-length appearance on a Rolling Stones album, the first Rolling Stones album not to feature any contributions from guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first one on which singer Mick Jagger is credited with playing guitar.

The original vinyl release (and yes, I still have mine) had a real zip on the fly of the black jeans on the front cover.

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Republica – Ready to go (Epic #260)

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Republica (1996)


Republica was the self-titled debut  released in the USA on 30 July 1996 by RCA Records and in the UK on 5 October 1996 by Deconstruction Records.

Upon its release, Republica received generally positive reviews from music critics and was a commercial success. It peaked at number four on the UK Album Charts. In the United States, it reached number 153 on the Billboard 200 and was also successful in other countries, such as Germany and New Zealand.

Three singles were released from the album: “Bloke” and two hit singles, “Ready to Go” and “Drop Dead Gorgeous”.

REM – Monster (Epic #259)

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REM – Monster (1994)

Monster was R.E.M’s ninth studio album, released in September 1994 on Warner Bros. Records. Co-produced by the band and Scott Litt and recorded in four different recording studios, Monster was an intentional stylistic shift from the group’s preceding albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), consisting of loud, distorted guitar tones and simple song arrangements. Singer Michael Stipe’s lyrics on the album dealt with the nature of celebrity, which he sang while assuming various characters.

Led by the successful single “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?”, Monster debuted at number one in the United States and at least seven other countries. Four further singles were released from the album in 1995, including UK Top 20 hits “Bang and Blame”, “Strange Currencies” and “Tongue”.

The album received generally positive reviews from critics and in 1995, the band promoted it with its first concert tour since 1989.

Reef – Glow (Epic #257)

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Reef – Glow (1997)

Glow was Reef’s second studio album. Produced by the band and George Drakoulias, the album was released on 27 January 1997 supported by the singles “Place Your Hands”, “Come Back Brighter”, “Consideration” and “Yer Old”. Glow topped the UK Albums Chart.

Red Snapper – Making Bones (Epic #256)

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Red Snapper – Making Bones (1998)

Red Snapper was founded in London in 1993 by Ali Friend (double bass), Richard Thair (drums), and David Ayers (guitar). The three core members are also joined by various guest musicians and vocalists on different records. Since the 2007 reunion Tom Challenger (saxophone) has also been a member of the band. Music journalist Jason Ankeny of Allmusic characterises their sound…

the British acid jazz trio [are] notable for their pioneering synthesis of acoustic instruments and electronic textures

Making Bones was their second studio album released in 1998. For this one they were joined by jungle MC Det, Byron Wallen the jazz trumpeter and singer Alison David.

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