U2 – Achtung Baby (The ’59) #203

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U2 – Achtung Baby (1991)

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 33 – 1991.

Achtung Baby was the seventh studio album from U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, it was released on 18 November 1991 on Island Records.

Seeking inspiration from German reunification, U2 began recording the album at Berlin’s Hansa Studios in October 1990. The sessions were fraught with conflict, as the band argued over their musical direction and the quality of their material. After tensions and slow progress nearly prompted the group to disband, they made a breakthrough with the improvised writing of the song “One” and both morale and productivity improved during subsequent recording sessions in Dublin, where the album was completed in 1991.

Achtung Baby is one of U2’s most successful records; it received favourable reviews and debuted at No.1 on both sides of the pond. Five songs were released as commercial singles, all of which were chart successes, including “One”, “Mysterious Ways”, and “The Fly”.

The album has sold over 18 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

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The Pixies – Bossanova (The’ 59) #199

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The Pixies – Bossanova (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.

Bossanova was the Pixies’ third studio album, released on August 13, 1990 on 4AD.

4AD was founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1980. It was originally funded by, and an imprint of, Beggars Banquet

Two singles were released from the album, “Velouria” and “Dig for Fire”.

Queen – The Miracle (The ’59) #191

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Queen – The Miracle (1989)

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 31 – 1989.

The Miracle was Queen’s thirteenth studio album, released on 22 May 1989 by Parlophone Records in the United Kingdom and by Capitol Records in the United States.

The album was recorded as the band recovered from Brian May’s marital problems and Freddie Mercury’s AIDS diagnosis in 1987 (which was known to the band, though not publicised at the time). Recording started in January 1988 and lasted for an entire year.

It was originally going to be called ‘The Invisible Men’, but three weeks before the release they decided to change the name to ‘The Miracle’. It was the last album to feature a band photo with all four original members on the front cover.

The album reached No.1 in the UK, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, and No.24 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

The Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels (The ’59) #188

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The Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels (1989)

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 31 – 1989.

Steel Wheels was the 19th British and 21st American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1989.

Heralded as a major comeback upon its release, the album is notable for the patching up of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ relationship, a reversion to a more classic style of music and the launching of the band’s biggest world tour at the time.

It is also long-time bassist Bill Wyman’s final full-length studio album with the Stones, preceding the announcement of his departure in January 1993. Wyman’s final tenure with the band would be on two studio tracks for 1991’s Flashpoint.

Steel Wheels was the final album of new material the band would record for Columbia Records.

U2 – Rattle & Hum (The ’59) #185

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U2 – Rattle & Hum (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. Currently we’re at year 30 – 1988.

Rattle and Hum was the sixth studio album from U2, and a companion rockumentary film directed by Phil Joanou. The album was produced by Jimmy Iovine and was released on 10 October 1988, while the film was distributed by Paramount Pictures and was released on 27 October 1988.

Following the breakthrough success of the band’s previous studio album, “The Joshua Tree”, ‘Rattle and Hum’  captures their continued experiences with American roots music with elements of blues rock, folk rock, and gospel music.

The album is a collection of new studio tracks, live performances, and cover songs, and includes recordings at Sun Studios in Memphis and collaborations with Bob Dylan, B. B. King, and Harlem’s New Voices of Freedom gospel choir.

Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (The ’59) #184

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Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (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. Currently we’re at year 30 – 1988.

Nothing’s Shocking was the first major-label studio album by Jane’s Addiction, released on August 23, 1988 through Warner Bros. Records.

The single “Jane Says” reached number six on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks in 1988.

The album is ranked at No.312 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.”

INXS – Kick (The ’59) #180

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INXS – Kick (1987)

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 29 – 1987

Kick was the sixth studio album from INXS, released in 1987 by WEA in Australia, Atlantic Records in the United States and Mercury Records in Europe.

The band’s most successful studio album spawned four top 10 singles, “New Sensation”, “Never Tear Us Apart”, “Devil Inside” and “Need You Tonight”.

At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the “Need You Tonight”/”Mediate” video.

The album was produced by British producer Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia, and in Paris, France. It was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London.