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

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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.