Tag Archives: 1981 Music

#TBT #Vinyl Genesis, Abacab, 1981

7 Sep

Abacab

Genesis
Abacab
Atlantic Records US / Charisma Records UK
1981

Genesis’ last good album according to progressive rock fans. Genesis’ first good album according to pop rock fans. 

Abacab

Abacab

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl — Styx, Paradise Theatre, 1981

13 Jul

Styx Paradise Theatre

 

Styx
Paradise Theatre
A&M Records
1981

 

I was never the biggest Styx fan, but as a kid, I loved this album. It had some screaming guitars by James Young (“Snowblind” and “Half-Penny”), new-wave-ish pop by Tommy Shaw (“Too Much Time”) and some funky theatrical jazz by Dennis DeYoung (“Nothing Ever Goes As Planned”).

The packaging was cool. The LPs had laser etching and the cover and back paintings were fantastic – truly a lost art!

 

Styx Paradise Theatre

Styx Paradise Theatre

Styx Paradise Theatre

Styx Paradise Theatre

#TBT #Vinyl Pink Floyd, A Collection of Great Dance Songs, 1981

4 May

A Collection of Great Dance Songs

Pink Floyd
A Collection of Great Dance Songs
Harvest (UK) / CBS Records (US)
1981

I like the joke title of this “best of” collection as Floyd is not known for music for the dance floor. It includes a cool re-recording of my favorite Floyd song, “Money” with David Gilmour playing all guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and vocals himself.

 

A Collection of Great Dance Songs

A Collection of Great Dance Songs

 

#TBT #Vinyl The Who, You Better You Bet, 1981

26 Jan

You Better You Bet Single The Who

The Who
You Better You Bet
From the album Face Dances
Polydor Records (UK)
1981

Here’s The Who’s first hit post-Keith Moon. This is a Polydor Records version from the UK.

You Better You Bet Single The Who

You Better You Bet Single The Who

You Better You Bet Single The Who

Looks like I picked this up at Appletree Records, DeKalb, IL

#TBT #Vinyl The Kinks, Give The People What They Want, 1981

29 Dec

Kinks Give the people what they want

The Kinks
Give The People What They Want
Arista Records
1981

Ray Davies’ best stuff was not from the 60s, but from 1981.

 

 

 

Kinks Give the people what they want

Kinks Give the people what they want

#TBT #Vinyl Leon Redbone, Branch to Branch, 1981

10 Nov

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Leon Redbone
From Branch to Branch
Emerald City Records / Atlantic
1981

I haven’t figured out Leon Redbone, but I like him. Here’s a great record of standards, jazz, ragtime, country, and other.

 

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone

TBT Vinyl: Rolling Stones, Tattoo You, 1981

25 Aug

Rolling Stones Tattoo You Cover

Rolling Stones
Tattoo You
Rolling Stones Records
1981

Tattoo You was released 35 years ago today. This was my first Stones record; it’s still my favorite.

Rolling Stones Tattoo You Back Cover

 

Rolling Stones Tattoo You Label

TBT Vinyl: Rush, Moving Pictures, 1981

14 Jul

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Rush
Moving Pictures
Mercury Records
1981

 

MASTERPIECE. That is all.

 

Rush

 

 

 

TBT Vinyl: The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea

31 Dec

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The Concerts for the People of Kampuchea
1979 / Released 1981
Atlantic Records

Dragging out one of my personal faves this week: Concerts for the People of Kampuchea. This 1979 four-night event was organized by Paul McCartney and mixed late 70s British rock royalty like The Who, Queen, Wings, and members of Led Zeppelin with new bands like The Clash, Elvis Costello, The Specials, and The Pretenders. It’s the perfect live album and it’s still not available on CD or digital download!

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TBT: Bob and Doug McKenzie, The Great White North

12 Nov

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Bob & Doug McKenzie
The Great White North
1981
Anthem / Mercury Records

 

Here’s another great comedy LP, as well as the first Christmas – themed record for this year in this series of TBT Vinyl spotlights. 

Bob & Doug McKenzie (aka SCTV’s Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas) released The Great White North in ’81. The LP featured mostly comedy bits but most memorable were a couple of songs: “Take Off” featuring Geddy Lee of Rush, and the Brothers’ version of “Twelve Days of Christmas.”  Give it a listen when you can, hoser. 

 

“…And a beer in a tree.”

 

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