The Knife (Epic 2017 #150)

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The Knife (2001)

The Knife is the self-titled debut album by Swedish electronic music duo The Knife, released on 5 February 2001 by Rabid Records. The album’s recordings started early in the summer of 1999 in a cottage on the Swedish island of Tjörn. The duo also recorded it in their flats in Gothenburg and Stockholm, and in a rehearsal studio in the Hökarängen district of Stockholm.

On 31 October 2006, Mute Records released this and The Knife’s second album, Deep Cuts, in the United States, marking the first Stateside release of both titles.

Kings of Leon – Only by the night (Epic 2017 #149)

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Kings of Leon – Only by the night (2008)

Fourth studio album from this American alternative rock outfit, released worldwide in September 2008. Writing for the band’s fourth album commenced just days after the release of their third, Because of the Times. The album was recorded by producers Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King through February 2008 in Nashville’s Blackbird Studios.

Only by the Night experienced commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 of over 10 different countries. The album was certified the best-selling album in Australia, certified nine times platinum. It also went on to be the highest selling album of 2008 in Australia, the third best selling album of 2008 in the UK, winning two Brit Awards, and the 18th best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. Two singles from the album have also found high chartings, “Sex on Fire” coming in at number one in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and on the United States’ Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and at number two in New Zealand. The album’s second single “Use Somebody” also charted at number two in the UK, and at number two in Australia, along with being the band’s first top 10 hit in the U.S. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Award with the song “Sex on Fire” receiving two nominations itself.

The King – Return to Splendour (Epic 2017 #147)

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The King – Return to Splendour (2000)

The small town where I live in Sussex, UK used to be graced by an equally small record shop – ‘Atomic Sounds’. Sadly, it’s no longer with us but, in its heyday, I’d spend most Saturday mornings there, browsing through the eclectic selection of new and back-catalogue stuff on offer.

One Saturday Elvis Presley was playing over the stereo. At least that’s what I thought; it’s just that something wasn’t quite right. Elvis seemed to be covering (and rather well, I might add) ‘Pretty Vacant’ from the Sex Pistols. And there laid the rub. Theoretically possible as the Sex Pistols released it in July 1977 and Elvis didn’t pass on until three weeks or so later on 16 August. But the King would have had to have been unbelievably sharp off the mark and it just didn’t quite jell as to why he’d bother. Just didn’t seem to be his style at all.

Duly puzzled, I asked the owner who immediately confirmed that it was indeed The King on the stereo. “Seriously?” I replied, “Elvis covered the Sex Pistols?” “Of course not!” Tony replied, “But the King did!” And there laid my introduction, as well as sealing which album I’d buy that day.

Jim ‘The King’ Brown hails from the bad end of Belfast. An ex-postal worker, he’s acclaimed as one of the greatest Elvis tribute acts working today. Backed by a stunningly talented band (The Questionnaires), The King takes the Elvis tribute to a whole different level covering the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Lynryd Skynryd and, of course, the Sex Pistols.

Carole King – Tapestry (Epic 2017 #146)

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Carole King – Tapestry (1971)

The second album from Carole King, released in 1971 on Ode Records and produced by Lou Adler is one of the best-selling albums of all time, with over 25 million copies sold worldwide. It received four Grammy Awards in 1972, including Album of the Year. The lead single from the album — “It’s Too Late”/”I Feel the Earth Move” — spent five weeks at number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Easy Listening charts. And in 2003, Tapestry was ranked number 36 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time

King Size Slim – Chukka Chukka (Epic 2017 #145)

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King Size Slim – Chukka Chukka (2015)

I discovered King Size Slim late last year when he supported ‘Son of Dave’ on the Brighton leg of his current tour.

Using just a metal bodied dobro guitar and no other accompaniment than the stomp of his boot on the floor, the man started his set by suggesting he dispense with the amplification and just get down and dirty with the audience. So that’s what he did.

What followed was 40 minutes of heaven culminating in this barnstormer to which you cannot help but sing along. In fact – it’s an essential.

‘May we find’ comes from King Size Slim’s second album released independently in 2015.

King Mud – Victory Model Sessions (Epic 2017 #144)

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King Mud – Victory Motel Sessions (2016)

King Mud features Van Campbell from the Black Diamond Heavies, Freddy J from the Left Lane Cruiser, and Parker Griggs from Radio Moscow. Early in 2016 they brought their musical talents together in L.A. at a studio near the Victory Motel, where the album got its name.

Victory Motel Sessions is overflowing with impressive guitar riffs full of soul. “Rat Time,” the first track, gets the album revved up with notes of inspiration from ZZ Top. The following track, “Smoked All My Bud,” screams gritty blues rock.

The Killers – Hot Fuss (Epic 2017 #142)

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The Killers – Hot Fuss (2004)

The Killers’ debut studio album, released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the USA. Hot Fuss produced several commercially and critically successful singles: “Mr. Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me”, “All These Things That I’ve Done” and “Smile Like You Mean It”.

The album reached number seven on the Billboard 200 chart and number one on the UK Albums Chart. And as of December 2012, had sold more than seven million copies worldwide, including more than three million in the United States and more than two million in the UK, where it has been certified seven-times platinum. It has also been certified platinum or multi-platinum in Australia, Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand.

The album and its first three singles went on to garner five Grammy Award nominations. Rolling Stone ranked Hot Fuss the 43rd of its “100 Best Albums of the Decade”, and it is one of the five most recent recordings listed among the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Gigwise readers voted it the number-one “Best Debut Album of All Time” in 2013 and Rolling Stone ranked it the 33rd of its list of “The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time”