Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (The ’59) #192

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Transvision Vamp – Velveteen (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.

Velveteen was the second album from Transvision Vamp. Released in 1989, a year after their debut, the album provided such hits as “Baby I Don’t Care” which reached number 3 in the UK and Australia.

Velveteen went on to peak at number 1 on the UK album charts in 1989 and number 2 in Australia where it became the 39th highest selling album of the year.

A video was released to accompany the album. Entitled The Velveteen Singles, it featured the videos for all four singles released from the album, as well as “‘behind the scenes’ footage.

 

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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.

Simply Red – A new flame (The ’59) #190

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Simply Red – A new flame (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.

A New Flame was the third album from Simply Red, released in February 1989. It was a huge success worldwide, becoming the band’s first UK number one album and certified 7x Platinum by the BPI for sales of 2,100,000 copies in the UK alone.

The album’s lead single “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”, written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, was originally written for Labelle but they never recorded it. However Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes made it a hit in 1972. Covered by a number of artists subsequently, the Simply Red version took it to No.1 in the UK and the US.

 

Fine Young Cannibals – The raw and the cooked (The ’59) #189

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Fine Young Cannibals – The raw and the cooked (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.

Fine Young Cannibals were only together long enough for two albums. This was the second, released in 1989. The album’s title was lifted from the book of the same name “Le Cru et le Cuit” by French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss.

Four songs from the album first appeared in film soundtracks in the mid-1980s, three of which were soul tracks from the ‘Tin Men’ film. The band had already recorded over half of the album by the time David Z came to produce the remainder.

A number of single releases came from it, including “She Drives Me Crazy” and “Good Thing”.

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.

The Travelling Wilburys Vol I (The ’59) #187

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The Travelling Wilburys Vol I

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 30 – 1988.

The debut album by the British-American supergroup The Traveling Wilburys (George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and Tom Petty) was released in October 1988 to commercial success and critical acclaim.

Although Harrison had long planned to start such a band, the project came about through happenstance. Harrison was in Los Angeles and in need of a B-side for a single from his Cloud Nine album, which resulted in the participants collaborating informally on the song “Handle with Care” at Dylan’s home. Adopting alter egos as the five Wilbury brothers, they then recorded a full album, produced by Lynne and Harrison.

The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989 and helped revitalise the careers of Dylan, Orbison and Petty.

Enya – Watermark (The ’59) #186

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Enya – Watermark (1988)

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 30 – 1988.

Watermark was the second studio album from Irish singer, songwriter Enya, released on 19 September 1988 by Warner Music.

Following the release of the self-titled ‘Enya’ in 1987, she secured a recording contract with Warner Music after a chance meeting with chairman Rob Dickins, who had become a fan of her music. Her contract allowed her considerable artistic and creative freedom, with minimal interference from the label and no deadlines to have albums finished. Enya recorded Watermark in ten months with her longtime collaborators, manager, producer and arranger Nicky Ryan and his wife, lyricist Roma Ryan. It was initially recorded in Ireland in demo form before production relocated to London to re-record, mix, and master it digitally.

Watermark received many positive reviews from critics and it became an unexpected commercial success, which propelled Enya to worldwide fame. It peaked at No.5 on the UK Albums Chart, No.25 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and reached No.1 in New Zealand and Switzerland.

To promote the album, Enya embarked on a worldwide promotional tour which included interviews, appearances, and live performances.

Four singles were released from the album, including the international top-ten hit “Orinoco Flow”, which spent three weeks at No.1 in the UK.

Watermark was reissued in 1989, 1991, and 2009; the latter for release in Japan with a bonus track.