Tag Archives: Chicago music

#TBT #Vinyl — Styx, Paradise Theatre, 1981

13 Jul

Styx Paradise Theatre


Paradise Theatre
A&M Records


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 Steve Dahl, Pet Fish Sticks, 1983

30 Mar

steve dahl pet fish sticks
Steve Dahl and Teenage Radiation

Pet Fish Sticks
Hilario Records


The post-Disco Demolition Dahl era…




#TBT #Vinyl Chess Records Sampler, 1982

5 Jan

Chess Records


Chess Is Back
Various Artists
Chess Records / Sugar Hill Records
Compiled 1982


This promo-only LP for in-store play compiled 50’s and 60’s tracks from Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, and other Chess artists.


Chess Records

Chess Records

Chess Records

Looks like it I got this in the used bin at Record Rev in DeKalb, IL!

TBT Vinyl: Muddy Waters, Hard Again

17 Dec

Muddy 1

Muddy Waters
Hard Again
Blue Sky Records

This record reintroduced Muddy to a new generation of blues fans and was produced by Johnny Winter. It features my favorite version of “Mannish Boy,” mostly because it’s the version WXRT in Chicago played throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

Muddy 2


Muddy 3






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