George Michael – Faith (The ’59) #181

The ’59 2018 #181: 180630

George Michael – Faith (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 29 – 1987

Faith was the late George Michael’s debut, released on 30 October 1987 by Columbia Records and Epic Records.

The album has won several awards, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989.

It also produced six top-five singles that substantially helped it dominate the charts in 1987 and 1988. “Faith” was the first by a white artist to reach number one on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 480 on Rolling Stone magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Advertisements

INXS – Kick (The ’59) #180

The ’59 2018 #180: 180629

INXS – Kick (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 29 – 1987

Kick was the sixth studio album from INXS, released in 1987 by WEA in Australia, Atlantic Records in the United States and Mercury Records in Europe.

The band’s most successful studio album spawned four top 10 singles, “New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Devil Inside” and “Need You Tonight”.

At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” video.

The album was produced by British producer Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia, and in Paris, France. It was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London.

The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me (The ’59) #179

The ’59 2018 #179: 180628

The Cure – Kiss me kiss me kiss me (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 29 – 1987

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me was the seventh studio album from The Cure, released in May 1987.

It helped put the band into the American mainstream, becoming their first album to reach the Billboard Top 40.

It was also a big international success, reaching the Top 10 in six other countries including the UK.

Michael Jackson – Bad (The ’59) #178

The ’59 2018 #178: 180627

Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 29 – 1987

Bad was Jackson’s seventh studio album released on August 31, 1987 in the United States by Epic Records and internationally by CBS Records.

“Bad”  was recorded during the first half of 1987 and, even though it has been five years since the previous album – “Thriller” –  the album cemented Jackson’s status as one of the most successful artists of the 1980s.

Prince – Sign O the times (The ’59) #177

The ’59 2018 #177: 180626

Prince – Sign O the times (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 29 – 1987.

Sign O the Times (with the ‘O’ depicted as the peace sign) was the ninth studio album from Prince, released on March 30, 1987 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. It’s the follow-up to ‘Parade’ (1986) and was Prince’s first album following his disbanding of the ‘Revolution’.

The songs were largely recorded during 1986 to 1987 in sessions for albums Prince ultimately aborted: ‘Dream Factory’, ‘Camille’, and finally the triple album ‘Crystal Ball’.  Prince eventually compromised with label executives and shortened the length of the release to a double album.

The album’s  release was supported by several singles, among them the socially conscious title track and “If I Was Your Girlfriend” as well a well-received concert film of the same name. Sign o’ the Times was Prince’s most acclaimed album and was voted 1987’s best album in the Pazz & Jop critics poll.

U2 – The Joshua Tree (The ’59) #176

The ’59 2018 #176: 180625

U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 29 – 1987.

The Joshua Tree was the fifth studio album from U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records.  The album is influenced by American and Irish roots music, and through sociopolitically conscious lyrics embellished with spiritual imagery, it contrasts the group’s antipathy for the “real America” with their fascination with the “mythical America”.

Recording began in January 1986 in Ireland, and to foster a relaxed, creative atmosphere, the group primarily recorded in two houses. Several events during the sessions helped shape the conscious tone of the album, including the band’s participation in the Conspiracy of Hope benefit concerts for Amnesty International, the death of roadie Greg Carroll, and lead vocalist Bono’s travels to Central America.

Recording was completed in November 1986 with additional production continuing into January 1987. Throughout the sessions, U2 sought a “cinematic” quality for the record, one that would evoke a sense of location, in particular, the open spaces of the United States. They represented this in the sleeve photography depicting them in American desert landscapes.

The Joshua Tree received critical acclaim, topped the charts in over 20 countries, and became the fastest-selling album in British history. According to Rolling Stone, it increased the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”. It produced the hit singles “With or Without You”, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, and “Where the Streets Have No Name”, the first two of which became the group’s only number-one singles in the US. The album won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1988.

U2 supported the album with the Joshua Tree Tour throughout 1987.

 

Steve Winwood – Back in the high life (The ’59) #175

The ’59 2018 #175: 180624

Steve Winwood – Back in the high life (1986)

This year, Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, turns 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 28 – 1986.

Steve Winwood’s fourth solo studio album was released on 30 June 1986.

It was a top ten hit on the album charts, peaking at No 8 in the UK and No. 3 in the US. The single “Higher Love” topped the singles chart and won the Grammy Award for “Record of the Year”; “Back in the High Life Again”, “The Finer Things” (the second biggest hit from the album), and “Freedom Overspill” were also big hits.

After 20 years with the label, this was Winwood’s last studio album with Island Records. The album also features collaborations in backing vocals, featuring Chaka Khan in “Higher Love”, and James Taylor in “Back in the High Life Again”. It also features Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh performing slide guitar and co-writing the track “Split Decision”.