Chickenfoot (The ’59) #334

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Chickenfoot (2012 (and 2009))

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’s the last instalment of year 54 – 2012

Stritctly, this is about the 2012 re-release of Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut. The original was released on June 5, 2009; the re-release was in October 2012 because the ‘Redline’ label went out of business leaving the album in the discontinued range.

The first pressing of the 2009 album was packaged with exclusive “heat sensitive” artwork that revealed the personalised Chickenfoot peace symbol image when touched or exposed to heat above 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Although just why anyone in their right might would want to expose a vinyl record to such heat is beyond me!

A deluxe edition with a DVD was released in the UK on October 26, 2009 and the US, exclusively at Best Buy stores, on November 1, 2009.

Two singles were released from the album – ‘Soap on a rope’ and ‘Down the drain’.

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Oli Brown – Here I am (The 59) #333

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Oli Brown – Here I am (2012)

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 54 – 2012.

British bluesman Oli Brown’s third album -‘Here I Am’ – was released on 23 April 2012, and featured Scott Barnes (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums and percussion) and Joel White (keyboards) with guest performances by Dani Wilde and Paul Jones.

It rose to No.1 in the Amazon, HMV and iTunes blues charts as a result of which, Brown was nominated for Best Guitarist and Best Young Artist in the 2012 British Blues Awards.

Bank of Skulls – Sweet Sour (The 59) #332

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Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour (2012)

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 54 – 2012.

Sweet Sour was the second album from Band of Skulls. It was released on 20 February 2012 in England and 21 February 2012 in the United States

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (The ’59) #331

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Bruce Springsteen – The Wrecking Ball (2012)

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 54 – 2012.

Wrecking Ball was the seventeenth studio album by Bruce Springsteen, released March 6, 2012, on Columbia Records.

It was named best album of 2012 by Rolling Stone and along with the album’s first single, “We Take Care of Our Own”, was nominated for three Grammy Awards

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (The ’59) #330

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Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (2012)

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 54 – 2012.

Boys & Girls was the debut studio album Alabama Shakes,  released on April 9, 2012.

It peaked at number 6 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number 3 on the UK Albums Chart.

The album’s lead single, “Hold On” was a radio hit (peaking at number one on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Songs chart) and was dubbed the best song of the year by Rolling Stone magazine.

Muse – the 2nd law (The ’59) #329

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Muse – the 2nd law (2012)

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 54 – 2012.

The 2nd Law was the sixth studio album by Muse, released on 1 October 2012 in the United Kingdom and elsewhere on 28 September, 2 and 3 October under Warner Bros. Records and the band’s own Helium-3 imprint.

The album’s title refers to the second law of thermodynamics and the sleeve art features a map of the human brain’s pathways.

The 2nd Law was a top ten-charting album in 31 countries and a number one album in 13.

At the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, the album was nominated for Best Rock Album and the album’s second track “Madness” was nominated for Best Rock Song. The album’s third track “Panic Station” was also nominated for Best Rock Song at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards the following year.

A total of five official singles were released – “Survival”,  “Madness”, “Follow Me”, “Supremacy” and “Panic Station”.

Ed Sheeran + (The ’59) #328

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Ed Sheeran + (2011)

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 53 – 2011.

Ed Sheeran’s debut album – simply titled ‘+’ , was released on 9 September 2011 by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records.

The album was preceded by two single releases – “The A Team” and “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You” – which peaked at numbers three and four on the UK Singles Chart, respectively. “Lego House” was released on 11 November 2011 as the album’s third single and matched the chart success of its predecessors, peaking at number five in the UK. Three additional singles—”Drunk”, “Small Bump”, and “Give Me Love”—were released throughout the year, all charting within the top 25 of the UK Singles Chart.

On release, the album itself rose to the top of the UK albums chart with week-one sales alone. It was also the highest debut for a British artist’s first studio album in the US since Susan Boyle’s ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in 2009.