The Black Keys – Thickfreakness (The ’59) #279

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The Black Keys – Thickfreakness (2003)

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 45 – 2003.

Thickfreakness was the second studio album by American rock duo The Black Keys, released in 2003. It was their debut release for the Fat Possum record label, although in the UK and Europe it was co-released by Epitaph Records.

Most of the album was recorded in December 2002 during a single 14-hour session in Patrick Carney’s basement using an early 1980s Tascam 388 8-track recorder. This approach was necessary because the group spent its small advance payment from Fat Possum Records on rent.The sleeve notes claim this is Carney’s “patented recording technique called ‘medium fidelity'”. The result is a more vintage sound.

The song “Midnight in Her Eyes” is one of the few Black Keys songs that used a bass guitar; Dan Auerbach dubbed a bassline by playing a Guild SG-style bass through a guitar amp into the song. Part of “Set You Free” was recorded by Jeff Saltzman.

The album included two covers: “Have Love, Will Travel” by Richard Berry and “Everywhere I Go” by north Mississippi bluesman Junior Kimbrough.

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Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence (The ’59) #196

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Rory Gallagher – Fresh Evidence (1990)

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 32 – 1990.

Fresh Evidence, released in May 1990,  was Rory Gallagher’s eleventh and last studio album.

The album was unusual in that Gallagher used more additional musicians and spent more time recording than he normally did. Not as unusual, the songs show his love for blues artists such as Robert Johnson and Son House and for other genres like Zydeco and Blue Grass.

Gallagher’s studio albums were often recorded rapidly, in as little as two weeks. This was partly due to time limitations caused by his heavy touring schedule but also because he was always more comfortable in front of a live audience than in the studio. However, Gallagher spent six months recording Fresh Evidence. He described the recording of the album as follows:

It took enough out of us, I can tell you. It took about six months to make, which is quite a long time really. It sounds like relatively simple music, but we were trying to get a good vintage, ethnic sound in the production and everything else. We used a lot of old valve microphones, tape echo, old spring reverbs and things like that, instead of using all the digital equipment.

Black Crowes – Shake your Moneymaker (The ’59) #195

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The Black Crowes – Shake your moneymaker (1990)

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 32 – 1990.

Shake Your Money Maker was the debut studio album from The Black Crowes, released in February 1990 on Def American Recordings.

It is the only album by the band to feature guitarist Jeff Cease and is named after a classic blues song written by Elmore James.

The band have played the song live many times over the years, but it is not included on this album.

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.

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.