Bad Company (The ’59) #102

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Bad Company (1974)

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 16 – 1974

Bad Company formed in Westminster in 1973 with two former Free members — singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke — as well as Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. Peter Grant, who managed the Led Zeppelin, also managed Bad Company until 1982.

Their self-titled debut studio album was released in June 1974. The album was recorded at Headley Grange with Ronnie Lane’s Mobile Studio in November 1973, and was the first album released on Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song Records label.

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Free – Fire & Water (The ’59) #077

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Free – Fire & Water (1970)

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. We’re currently at year 12 – 1970.

Fire and Water was the third studio album from Free and became the band’s breakthrough hit, reaching No.2 in the UK charts and No.17 in the US.

The album featured the hit single “All Right Now” which the band later played to a crowd of over 600,000 people at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.

To date, Fire & Water is the only Free album to have seen a CD reissue in America.

Led Zeppelin II (The ’59) #070

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Led Zeppelin II (1969)

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. We’re currently at year 11 – 1969

Led Zeppelin II was released on 22 October 1969 in the United States and on 31 October 1969 in the UK by Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in both the UK and North America from January to August 1969. The album’s production was credited to the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page, and it also served as Led Zeppelin’s first album to utilise the recording techniques of the engineer Eddie Kramer.

The album was a commercial success, reaching the number one slots on charts in the UK and the US. In 1970, the album’s cover designer David Juniper was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package.

Led Zeppelin I (The ’59) #069

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Led Zeppelin I (1969)

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. We’re currently at year 11 – 1969

Led Zeppelin’s debut was released on 12 January 1969 in the United States and on 31 March 1969 in the UK by Atlantic Records. Featuring integral contributions from each of the group’s four members, the album was recorded in October 1968 at Olympic Studios in London, and established their fusion style of both blues and rock music. It also attracted a large and devoted following to the band; Zeppelin’s take on the emerging hard rock sound endeared them to parts of the counterculture on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Although the album was not critically well-received when first released, it was commercially successful, and critics have since come to view it in a more favourable light. In 2003, Led Zeppelin was ranked at number 29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and kept that position after the list was updated in 2012. In 2004, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (The ’59) #064

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Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (1968)

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. We’re currently at year 10 – 1968.

Big Brother obtained a considerable amount of attention after their 1967 performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, and had released their debut album soon after. The followup, Cheap Thrills, was a great success, reaching number one on the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks in 1968. Columbia Records offered the band a new recording contract, but it took months to get through since they were still signed to Mainstream Records. The album features three cover songs (“Summertime”, “Piece of My Heart” and “Ball and Chain”). It was the last Big Brother album to feature Janis Joplin as its lead singer.

The cover was drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb after the band’s original cover idea, a photo of the group naked in bed together, was vetoed by Columbia Records. Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Janis Joplin to grace the front. But Joplin — an avid fan of underground comics, especially the work of Crumb — so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia place it on the front cover. It is number nine on Rolling Stone’s list of one hundred greatest album covers. Crumb later authorized the sale of prints of the cover, some of which he signed before sale.

Cream – Fresh Cream (The ’59) #052

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Cream – Fresh Cream (1966)

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. We’re currently at year 8 – 1966.

Cream’s debut was released in the UK on 9 December 1966, as the first LP on the Reaction Records label, owned by producer Robert Stigwood. It was released in both mono and stereo versions, at the same time as the release of the single “I Feel Free”. It peaked at No.6 on the album charts.

The mono versions were deleted not long after release and for many years only the stereo recordings were available. However, the UK mono album was reissued on CD for the first time in Japan in late 2013 as part of a deluxe SHM-CD and SHM-SACD sets with both editions also containing the UK stereo counterpart.

In January 2017, it was again reissued in a 3CD box-set containing mono and stereo versions of the original UK and US release along with singles and b-sides.

The Bluesbreakers (aka ‘The Beano album’) (The ’59) #50

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John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton) [aka ‘The Beano Album’] (1966)

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. We’re currently at year 8 – 1966.

Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (a.k.a. The Beano Album) is a 1966 blues/blues rock album recorded by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton as part of the band. It is the second album credited to John Mayall after the live John Mayall Plays John Mayall. Clapton left to form Cream after this recording, though would team up again in 1971 for the double LP Back to the Roots.

It is also known as The Beano Album (for obvious reasons from the cover photo). Clapton stated in his autobiography that he was reading The Beano on the cover because he felt like being “uncooperative” during the photo shoot.The photographer was Derek Wedgbury and the location was near the Old Kent Road in London.