Albums Released This Week (May 20 – 26)

Albums Released This Week (May 20 – 26)

Here’s a sampling of the BEST music ever made! Great albums from the 60s, 70s and 80s rock and pop released this week (and some related albums of note):


May 20
1974 ● Climax Blues Band —— Sense Of Direction ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● David Bowie —— Changesonebowie ► Glam Rock
1977 ● The Jam —— In The City ► Punk-Rock
1977 ● Genesis —— Spot The Pigeon [EP] ► Prog Rock
1980 ● Kiss —— Unmasked ► Hard Rock
1981 ● Elton John —— The Fox ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● Savatage —— Power Of The Night ► Heavy Metal/Speed Metal
1987 ● Various Artists —— Beverly Hills Cop II [Sndtrk] ► Album Rock
1996 ● Manic Street Preachers —— Everything Must Go ► Hard Rock
1996 ● Soilwork —— Steelbath Suicide ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1997 ● Peter Cetera —— You’re The Inspiration: A Collection ► Pop-Rock
1997 ● Blues Brothers —— Blues Brothers & Friends: Live From The House Of Blues ► Blues-Rock
1997 ● Foo Fighters —— The Colour And The Shape ► Grunge Rock
1997 ● Millencolin —— For Monkeys ► Euro-punk
1997 ● The Tragically Hip —— Live Between Us ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● John Fogerty —— Blue Moon Swamp ► Roots Rock
1997 ● Michael Jackson —— Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix ► Dance-Pop
1997 ● James Taylor —— Hourglass ► Folk-Rock
2000 ● Bracket —— When All Else Fails ► Punk Rock
2003 ● Jack Bruce —— Live At Manchester Free Trade Hall ’75 ► Prog Rock/Fusion
2003 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 17 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2003 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 18 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2003 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 19 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2003 ● Phish —— Live Phish Volume 20 ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2003 ● Whitesnake —— The Silver Anniversary Collection ► Arena Rock
2003 ● Jesse Colin Young —— Walk The Talk ► Folk-Rock
2003 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— The Promise ► Soul-Funk
2003 ● Kansas —— Greatest Hits Live ► Prog/Arena Rock
2003 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Vicious Cycle ► Southern Rock
2003 ● Boz Scaggs —— But Beautiful ► Pop-Rock
2011 ● Whitesnake —— Live At Donington 1990 ► Arena Rock
2016 ● The Blues Magoos —— Mercury Singles 1966-1968 ► Garage Rock
2016 ● Mudcrutch —— Mudcrutch 2 ► Southern Rock
2016 ● Various Artists —— Day Of The Dead ► Jam Band/Space Rock
2016 ● Eric Clapton —— I Still Do ► Blues-Rock
2016 ● Bob Dylan —— Fallen Angels ► Folk-Rock
2016 ● Tom Petty & Bob Dylan —— Live On Air 1986 ► Folk-Rock
2016 ● Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks —— Leather And Lace: Radio Broadcast, 1983 ► Album Rock
2016 ● The Zombies —— The BBC Radio Sessions ► Art Rock


May 21
1963 ● Stevie Wonder —— Recorded Live! The 12-Year Old Genius ► Soul – Pop
1971 ● Marvin Gaye —— What’s Going On ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● Paul & Linda McCartney —— Ram [UK] ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Earth, Wind & Fire —— Head To The Sky ► Soul-Funk
1976 ● Blue Öyster Cult —— Agents Of Fortune ► Metal
1979 ● Saxon —— Saxon ► Heavy Metal
1980 ● Paul McCartney —— McCartney II ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● John Waite —— Ignition ► Power Pop
1983 ● Joe Walsh —— You Bought It – You Name It ► Blues-Rock
1988 ● Cinderella —— Long Cold Winter ► Heavy Metal
1988 ● Poison —— Open Up And Say…Ahh! ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
1990 ● Soul II Soul —— Vol. II: 1990 – A New Beginning ► Dance-Pop/Electronic
1991 ● Helloween —— Pink Bubbles Go Ape ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1991 ● The Doors —— In Concert ► Blues-Rock
1996 ● Everything But The Girl —— Walking Wounded ► Electro-Pop
1996 ● The Wallflowers —— Bringing Down The Horse ► AA Pop-Rock
1996 ● Jason Becker —— Perspective ► Hard Rock
1996 ● Bobby Patterson —— Second Coming ► Texas Soul
1996 ● Scorpions —— Pure Instinct ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Rock
1996 ● Soundgarden —— Down On The Upside ► Grunge Rock
1996 ● The Cure —— Wild Mood Swings ► Post-Punk
1999 ● Arch Enemy —— Burning Bridges ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
2002 ● Kool & The Gang —— Too Hot Live ► Funk
2002 ● Phil Lesh & Friends —— There And Back Again ► Country-Rock
2002 ● Poison —— Hollyweird ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
2002 ● Bad Company —— In Concert: Merchants Of Cool ► Hard Rock
2002 ● Three Dog Night —— Three Dog Night With The London Symphony Orchestra ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2012 ● Soundgarden —— The Classic Album Selection ► Grunge Rock
2013 ● The Beach Boys —— Live – The 50th Anniversary Tour ► Pop-Rock


May 22
1967 ● The Monkees —— Headquarters ► Pop-Rock
1975 ● Minnie Riperton —— Adventures In Paradise ► Soul-Pop
1979 ● Smokey Robinson —— Where There’s Smoke… ► Soul – Motown
1980 ● Diana Ross —— Diana ► Soul – Motown
1981 ● Toyah —— Anthem ► Punk Rock
1989 ● David Bowie & Tin Machine —— Tin Machine ► Hard Rock
1990 ● Andrew Ridgeley —— Son Of Albert ► Dance-Pop
1990 ● Madonna —— I’m Breathless [Sndtrk] ► Dance-Pop
1990 ● The Pretenders —— Packed! ► Post-Punk
1992 ● Spiritualized —— Lazer Guided Melodies ► Space Rock/Shoegaze
1992 ● Ringo Starr —— Time Takes Time ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Stabbing Westward —— Stabbing Westward ► Industrial Rock
2002 ● The Tubes —— Hoods From Outer Space ► Alt. Rock
2006 ● Natalie Cole —— Leavin’ ► Soul-Pop
2007 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— Black Rain ► Hard Rock
2012 ● The Knack —— Havin’ A Rave-Up! Live In Los Angeles, 1978 ► Power Pop
2012 ● Sade —— Bring Me Home: Live 2011 ► Quiet Storm


May 23
1966 ● Brenda Lee —— Ten Golden Years ► Country-Pop
1966 ● Marvin Gaye —— Moods Of Marvin Gaye ► Soul – Motown
1969 ● The Who —— Tommy ► British Rock
1969 ● Cilla Black —— Surround Yourself With Cilla ► Pop/Merseybeat
1971 ● Rory Gallagher —— Rory Gallagher ► Blues-Rock
1972 ● The Jackson 5 —— Lookin’ Through The Windows ► Soul – Motown
1975 ● Elton John —— Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Kiss —— Dynasty ► Hard Rock
1979 ● Diana Ross —— The Boss ► Disco
1980 ● Graham Parker —— The Up Escalator ► Pub Rock
1980 ● Roxy Music —— Flesh + Blood ► Prog Rock
1983 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Confrontation ► Roots Reggae
1988 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Up Your Alley ► Hard Rock
1988 ● The Kinks —— Live: The Road ► British Rock
1988 ● Rod Stewart —— Out Of Order ► Blues-Rock
1989 ● Wang Chung —— The Warmer Side Of Cool ► New Wave/Dance-Pop
1989 ● The Ramones —— Brain Drain ► Punk-Rock
1994 ● Stevie Nicks —— Street Angel ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Bad Brains —— God Of Love ► Post-Punk/Hardcore
1995 ● Jerry Lee Lewis —— Young Blood ► Rock n Roll
1995 ● The Rembrandts —— LP ► Pop-Rock
1995 ● Squirrel Nut Zippers —— The Inevitable ► Swing Revival
1995 ● Chicago —— Night & Day ► Big Band
1995 ● Chris Isaak —— Forever Blue ► AA Pop-Rock
1995 ● Warren Zevon —— Mutineer ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Aretha Franklin —— A Rose Is Still A Rose ► Soul
2000 ● Eminem —— The Marshall Mathers LP ► Hip-Hop
2000 ● The Go-Go’s —— VH1 Behind The Music: Go-Go’s Collection ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2000 ● Matchbox Twenty —— Mad Season ► Alt. Rock
2000 ● Rae & Christian —— Blazing The Crop ► Electronic Dance Mix
2000 ● Charlie Watts —— Charlie Watts/Jim Keltner Project ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
2000 ● Wilson Phillips —— Greatest Hits ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● XTC —— Wasp Star: Apple Venus, Vol. 2 ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2000 ● Don Henley —— Inside Job ► Pop-Rock
2006 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Greatest Hits & Videos ► Pop-Rock
2007 ● Jeff Beck —— Official Bootleg USA ’06 ► Instrumental Rock
2011 ● Atlanta Rhythm Section —— With All Due Respect ► Southern Rock
2014 ● Kiss —— Kiss 40 ► Hard Rock


May 24
1968 ● The Small Faces —— Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake ► Psychedelic Rock
1974 ● Robert Hunter —— Tales Of The Great Rum Runners ► Country-Rock
1974 ● Harry Nilsson —— Son Of Dracula [Sndtrk] [UK] ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● David Bowie —— Diamond Dogs ► Glam Rock
1986 ● AC/DC —— Who Made Who ► Hard Rock
1986 ● Neil Diamond —— Headed For The Future ► Pop-Rock
1988 ● Camper Van Beethoven —— Our Beloved ► Punk-Folk-Ska Fusion
1988 ● Van Halen —— OU812 ► Hard Rock
1993 ● ABBA —— More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits ► Euro-Pop
1993 ● Natalie Cole —— Take A Look ► Soul-Pop
1993 ● Guns N’ Roses —— The “Civil War” [EP] ► Hard Rock
1993 ● Rod Stewart —— Unplugged…And Seated ► Blues-Rock
1993 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Listen to the Music: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers ► Pop-Rock
1994 ● The Beastie Boys —— Ill Communication ► Rap
1994 ● Jeru The Damaja —— The Sun Rises In The East ► East Coast Rap
1994 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Fruitcakes ► Folk-Rock
2004 ● Dark Tranquility —— Exposures – In Retrospect And Denial ► Heavy Metal/Melodic Death Metal
2004 ● Avril Lavigne —— Under My Skin ► Alt. Pop/Pop-punk
2011 ● Journey —— Eclipse ► AOR Rock


May 25
1965 ● Chad & Jeremy —— Before And After ► Folk-Pop
1968 ● The Ventures —— Flights Of Fancy ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1972 ● Young-Holt Unlimited —— Oh, Girl ► Pop-Soul
1973 ● Mike Oldfield —— Tubular Bells ► Instrumental
1978 ● David Gilmour —— David Gilmour [UK] ► Prog Rock
1978 ● AC/DC —— Powerage ► Hard Rock
1982 ● Spandau Ballet —— Diamond ► New Wave Synht-Pop
1982 ● Queen —— Hot Space ► Glam Rock
1983 ● Dio —— Holy Diver ► Heavy Metal
1984 ● Spandau Ballet —— Parade ► New Wave Synht-Pop
1987 ● Death —— Scream Bloody Gore ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1989 ● Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam —— Straight To The Sky ► Dance-Pop
1990 ● Jeff Healey Band —— Hell To Pay ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● Mellow Man Ace —— The Brother With Two Tongues ► Latin Rap/House
1993 ● Anthrax —— The Sound Of White Noise ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1993 ● Marc Cohn —— The Rainy Season ► Adult Contemporary
1993 ● Donald Fagen —— Kamakiriad ► Jazz-Rock
1994 ● Talisman —— Humanimal (Part 1) ► Hard Rock
1995 ● The Pietasters —— Ooloodoo ► Ska/Soul
1998 ● Tricky —— Angels With Dirty Faces ► Electronic Trip-Hop
1999 ● Anti-Flag —— A New Kind Of Army ► Punk Rock
2002 ● Kylie Minogue —— Confide In Me ► Dance-Pop
2004 ● Wilson Phillips —— California ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● Three Dog Night —— The Complete Hit Singles ► Blue-Eyed Soul
2009 ● Iron Maiden —— Flight 666 ► Heavy Metal
2009 ● Simple Minds —— Graffiti Soul ► New Wave Alt. Pop
2015 ● Yes —— Progeny: Seven Shows From Seventy-Two ► Prog Rock


May 26
1967 ● The Mothers Of Invention —— Absolutely Free ► Art Rock
1969 ● George Harrison —— Electronic Sound ► Art-Rock
1969 ● John Lennon & Yoko Ono —— Unfinished Music, No. 2: Life With The Lions ► Pop-Rock
1969 ● Diana Ross & The Supremes —— Let The Sunshine In ► Soul – Motown
1972 ● Weather Report —— I Sing The Body Electric ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1987 ● The Cure —— Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me ► Post-Punk
1992 ● Los Lobos —— Kiko ► Roots Rock
1992 ● Queen —— Live At Wembley ’86 ► Glam Rock
1997 ● The Jam —— Direction Reaction Creation ► Punk-Rock
1998 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— The Best Of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ► Alt Rock
1998 ● Wilson Phillips —— The Best Of Wilson Phillips ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● The B-52’s —— Time Capsule ► New Wave Pop-Rock
2009 ● Procol Harum —— Procol Harum Live: In Concert With The Danish National Concert Orchestra And Choir ► Prog Rock
2009 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— Extended Versions ► Folk-Rock

2 Comments
  • Off the Dial (@OfftheDial)
    Posted at 13:54h, 24 May Reply

    Ill Communication was actually released on 31 May 1994

    • Dr. Rock
      Posted at 08:09h, 09 June Reply

      OfftheDial:
      Of my various sources, only two agree – MusicBrainz and Discogs both say May 24, 1994 for the vinyl version of Ill Communication. Interestingly, AllMusic shows May 23 and Cat45 shows just May 1994. Given that, I went with May 24 and not the May 31, 1994 as displayed in Wikipedia. Remember, Wikipedia is not always the most accurate source.
      Cheers, Dr. Rock

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