Megadeth – Rust in Peace (The ’59) #197

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Megadeth – Rust in Peace (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.

Rust in Peace was the fourth studio album from American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records.

Following the departure of band members Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989, ‘Rust in Peace’ was the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza.  The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards.

Two singles were released: “Hangar 18” and “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”, which have become staples of the band’s live performances.

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Metallica – And Justice for all (The ’59) #182

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Metallica – And Justice for all (1988)

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. Today we’ve reached year 30 – 1988.

…And Justice for All was the fourth studio album from Metallica, released on August 25, 1988, through Elektra Records. It was the band’s first studio album to feature bassist Jason Newsted after the death of Cliff Burton in 1986.

The album’s cover was designed by Stephen Gorman on a scheme provided by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich; the album’s title is derived from the American Pledge of Allegiance.

Three songs from the album were released as singles: “Harvester of Sorrow”, “Eye of the Beholder” and “One”.

…And Justice for All was acclaimed by music critics. It was included in The Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll of the year’s best albums, and the single “One”, which also marked the band’s first music video, earned Metallica its first Grammy Award (and the first ever in the Best Metal Performance category) in 1990.

Metallica – Master of Puppets (The ’59) #171

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Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)

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 28 – 1986.

Master of Puppets was Metallica’s third studio album, released on March 3, 1986 by Elektra Records. Recorded at the Sweet Silence Studios with producer Flemming Rasmussen, it was the first Metallica album released on a major record label.

Sadly, this was the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour.

It peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and No.48 on the UK album charts. It was also the first thrash metal album to be certified ‘Platinum’.

Iron Maiden – Killers (The ’59) #140

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Iron Maiden – Killers (1981)

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 23 – 1981.

Killers was the second studio album from Iron Maiden, released on 2 February 1981 by EMI Records in the United Kingdom and on 6 June 1981 by Harvest Records and Capitol Records in the United States.

The album was their first with guitarist Adrian Smith, and their last with vocalist Paul Di’Anno, who was fired after problems with his stage performance arose due to his alcohol and cocaine use. Killers was also the first Iron Maiden album recorded with the assistance of producer Martin Birch, who went on to produce their next eight albums up until Fear of the Dark (1992)

Motorhead – Ace of Spades (The ’59) #138

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Motorhead – Ace of Spades (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.

Ace of Spades was the fourth studio album from Motörhead, released November 8, 1980, on Bronze Records. It peaked at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart and reached Gold status by March 1981. It was preceded by the release of the title track as a single on October 27, which peaked in the UK Singles Chart at No. 15 in early November. It was also the band’s debut release in the United States, with Mercury Records handling distribution in North America.

Van Halen (Epic 2017 #342)

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Van Halen (1978)

In 1976, Van Halen started recording demos for their first studio album. Although they’d recorded a demo in 1976 with Gene Simmons, no labels discovered these until the following year. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen was not convinced of the quality of the material because they could not make the recordings with their own equipment. Simmons had to leave to tour with Kiss after recording the demos, but said he would make an effort to get Van Halen a record deal after his tour.

After recording the demos, Van Halen were offered several concerts. At a sold-out show in their hometown, Pasadena, the group’s future manager, Marshall Berle, discovered the band. He and musical entrepreneur Kim Fowley paired them with punk rock band Venus and the Razorblades for a gig at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. Well received here, the band gained the attention of Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman of Warner Bros. Ostin and Templeman were impressed with the band’s performance at the Starwood, and Van Halen went to sign a contract with Warner Bros.

The recordings of their debut album began in October 1977 and lasted only three weeks. Together with producer Ted Templeman, the album was mostly recorded live. Although “Runnin’ with the Devil”, “Jamie’s Cryin'”, “Feel Your Love Tonight” and “Ice Cream Man” contain guitar overdubs.

The subsequent tour to promote album sales began with the band opening for Journey, along with Montrose, in the United States. They later opened for Black Sabbath in Europe and in the U.S.

 

Skindred – Roots rock riot (Epic #295)

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Skindred – Roots rock riot (2007)

Skindred hail from Newport in Wales and were formed in 1998. They rather uniquely blend heavy metal and reggae to produce their own take on alternative rock.

They are well known for their energetic and involving live performances, and have won several awards including “Best Live Band” at the 2011 UK Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and the “Devotion Award” at the 2011 Kerrang! Awards.

Roots Rock Riot was their second album