The 59 2018 #342: 181208
Screaming Eagles – From the flames (2014)
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 56 – 2014
From the Flames was the second offering from Belfast based Screaming Eagles, released on the ‘Off Yer Rocks’ label in April 2014.
The 59 2018 #334: 181130
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’.
The ’59 2018 #162: 180611
Van Halen – 1984 (1984)
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 26 – 1984
MCMLXXXIV (to give it it’s proper title) was the sixth studio album from Van Halen, released on January 9, 1984. It was the last Van Halen album until A Different Kind of Truth (2012) to feature lead singer David Lee Roth, who left in 1985 following creative differences, and the final full-length album with all four original members.
Rolling Stone ranked the album number 81 on its list of the 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s. It reached No.15 on the UK album charts and No. 2w in the US where it stayed for five weeks, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller (on which Eddie Van Halen had coincidentally made a guest performance).
The album also produced four singles, including “Jump”, the top-20 hits “Panama” and “I’ll Wait”; and the MTV favorite “Hot for Teacher”. The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.
The ’59 2018 #147: 180527
Led Zeppelin – Coda (1982)
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 24 – 1982.
Two years after the Led Zeppelin split came this memorial to the band, and to John Bonham in particular. Coda comprised out-takes recorded between 1968 and 1976 and was, as Jimmy Page admitted, ‘a contractural album’.
One track serves as Bonham’s epitaph, his showpiece ‘Bonzo’s Montreux’ recorded in 1976. “It’s like a drum orchestra” Page said, “…quite brilliant”.
There’s also a stinging hard rocker in ‘Wearing and Tearing’, the playful ‘Darlene’ and best of all, the thumping folk-influenced ‘Poor Tom’. The rest isn’t bad, but it’s not great.
By its very nature Coda is the weakest album in the Led Zep catalogue. Under the circumstances though, it was the best Jimmy Page could do.
The ’59 2018 #134: 180514
AC/DC – Back in Black (1980)
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 22 – 1980.
Today you’re getting a bumper dose of Jemtunes – 5 days in one go (Sunday 13 through Thursday 17 May)
Back in Black was the seventh studio album from AC/DC. Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, the album was released on 25 July 1980 via Albert Productions and Atlantic Records.
By the late 1970s, AC/DC began achieving significant popularity outside their native Australia, with high-energy live performances and a series of successful albums. They had previously paired with producer Lange in 1978, recording their international breakthrough hit album Highway to Hell. Back in Black was the band’s first album featuring vocalist Brian Johnson, who replaced Bon Scott after the latter had died back in February of that same year, shortly before the band actually started recording the album. Instead of disbanding, the group decided to continue on with Johnson.
The ’59 2018 #122: 180502
Van Halen (1978)
The self-titled debut from Van Halen was released on February 10, 1978.
It features many of Van Halen’s signature songs, including “Runnin’ with the Devil,” the guitar solo “Eruption,” The Kinks cover “You Really Got Me,” “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love,” “Jamie’s Cryin’,” “Feel Your Love Tonight,” and the cover version of John Brim’s “Ice Cream Man.”
I had the very great privilege of seeing the original line-up in Portsmouth, UK later that year during which Eddie Van Halen managed to extend the 1:42 guitar solo of ‘Eruption’ into a 30 minute marathon. It knocked our socks off!
The ’59 2018 #114: 180424
Led Zeppelin – The song remains the same (1976)
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 18 – 1976.
The recording of The song remains the same and the film of the same name took place during three nights of concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden, during the band’s 1973 North American tour. All songs were recorded by Eddie Kramer using the Wally Heider Mobile Studio truck, and later mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York and Trident Studios in London.
The album was released on 22 October 1976, by Swan Song Records. The sleeve design depicted a dilapidated movie house located on Old Street film studios in London, which was used by the group for rehearsals prior to their 1973 tour.
Until both the album and the film were remastered and re-released in 2007, there were significant differences between the two in terms of the songs included on each.
- The film included “Black Dog”, but not “Celebration Day”.
- The soundtrack album included “Celebration Day”, but not “Black Dog”.
- The film also included “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, the introduction to “Heartbreaker”, the instrumental “Bron-Yr-Aur” (which appeared on Physical Graffiti) and a hurdy-gurdy piece called “Autumn Lake”, none of which were featured on the album.
In addition some of the recordings featured on the album were of different performances from those in the film. Other tracks which were recorded at Madison Square Garden, but omitted from both the film and the soundtrack album, included “Over The Hills and Far Away”, “The Ocean” and “Misty Mountain Hop”