Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells II (The ’59) #212

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Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells II (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 34 – 1992.

Tubular Bells II was Mike Oldfield’s 15th album, released in 1992. The album – the first for his new record label, Warner Bros., following an acrimonious departure from Virgin after twenty years – was a sequel to the original ‘Tubular Bells’ from 1973. Another sequel, Tubular Bells III, followed in 1998.

The album charted at number 1 in the UK as did its precursor. It was Oldfield’s third number one album (after Tubular Bells and Hergest Ridge) and, as of this year, his last number one album to date

John Martyn – Couldn’t love you more (The ’59) #211

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John Martyn – Couldn’t love you more (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 34 – 1992.

The seventeenth studio album from the late John Martyn, release in 1992 and one of the homes of ‘May you never’

Jethro Tull – A little light music (The ’59) #210

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Jethro Tull – A little light music (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 34 – 1992.

A Little Light Music is the culmination of a Jethro Tull semi-acoustic European and Israeli tour in May 1992. Venues included Athens, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Caesarea, Mannheim, Ankara, Prague, Munich, Berlin, Dortmund and Jerusalem.

Greek singer George Dalaras participates and sings a duet with Ian Anderson in the song “John Barleycorn”

R.E.M. – Automatic for the people (The ’59) #209

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R.E.M. – Automatic for the people (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 34 – 1992.

Automatic for the People is the eighth studio album by American alternative rock band R.E.M., released on October 5, 1992 by Warner Bros. Records. Upon release, it reached No.1 on the UK album charts, No.2 stateside and yielded six singles, including ‘Everybody Hurts’.

Neil Young – Harvest Moon (The ’59) #208

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Neil Young – Harvest Moon (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 34 – 1992.

Harvest Moon is the 19th studio album by Canadian musician Neil Young, released on November 2, 1992.

Many of the musicians appearing on it also appeared on his 1972 album ‘Harvest, including Linda Ronstadt who provided backing vocals on the album’s title track.

Faith no More – Angel Dust (The ’59) #207

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Faith no More – Angel Dust (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 34 – 1992.

Angel Dust was the fourth studio album from Faith No More, released through Slash Records on June 8, 1992. The follow-up to 1989’s highly successful ‘The Real Thing’,  itwas the band’s final studio album with guitarist Jim Martin.

Both the album and subsequent tour were very successful in Europe.

On March 2, 2015 a deluxe edition containing previous unreleased tracks was released via Rhino Records.

Rage against the machine (The ’59) #206

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Rage against the machine (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 34 – 1992.

The eponymous debut studio album from Rage Against the Machine was released on November 3, 1992 by Epic Records. It reached No.17 on the UK album charts the following year.

The album’s lead single ‘Bullet in the Head’ refers to the ideology that the government uses media to control the population, drawing comparisons between typical residences and Alcatraz. The track was transferred intact from the band’s demo, also self-titled.

Bullet in the Head features many innovative guitar techniques by Tom Morello. These use a DigiTech Whammy pitch shifter and wah-wah pedal. Morello picks the open D and G strings on his guitar with the DigiTech Whammy in the open (furthest) position to raise the pitch by two octaves. This creates a ‘sampling’ sound. You can also hear Morello picking a natural harmonic on his guitar and then raising the pitch with the Whammy pitch shifter.

The band debuted “Bullet in the Head” at their first public performance at California State University, Northridge in The Quad on October 23, 1991.

R.E.M. – Out of time (The ’59) #205

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R.E.M.- Out of time (1991)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 33 – 1991.

Out of Time was the seventh studio album from alt rock gurus R.E.M., released on March 12, 1991 by Warner Bros. Records.

With ‘Out of Time’, R.E.M.’s status grew from that of a cult band to a massive international act. The record topped the album sales charts on both sides of the pond. It spent 183 weeks on the UK album charts, holding the No.1 position for a week, and 109 weeks on the American album charts with two separate spells at the top

The album won three Grammy Awards in 1992: one as Best Alternative Music Album, and two for the first single, “Losing My Religion.”

Primal Scream – Screamadelica (The ’59) #204

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Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 33 – 1991.

The third studio album from Primal Scream was released on 23 September 1991 in the UK by Creation Records,and 8 October 1991 in North America by Sire Records.

It was the group’s first album to be a commercial success, peaking at number 8 on the UK Albums Chart upon its initial release. The album received positive reviews and has been frequently named one of the best albums of the 1990s in critics’ polls. Screamadelica also won the first Mercury Music Prize in 1992.

U2 – Achtung Baby (The ’59) #203

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U2 – Achtung Baby (1991)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 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 33 – 1991.

Achtung Baby was the seventh studio album from U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, it was released on 18 November 1991 on Island Records.

Seeking inspiration from German reunification, U2 began recording the album at Berlin’s Hansa Studios in October 1990. The sessions were fraught with conflict, as the band argued over their musical direction and the quality of their material. After tensions and slow progress nearly prompted the group to disband, they made a breakthrough with the improvised writing of the song “One” and both morale and productivity improved during subsequent recording sessions in Dublin, where the album was completed in 1991.

Achtung Baby is one of U2’s most successful records; it received favourable reviews and debuted at No.1 on both sides of the pond. Five songs were released as commercial singles, all of which were chart successes, including “One”, “Mysterious Ways”, and “The Fly”.

The album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.