Albums Released This Week (April 27 – May 3)

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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):


April 27
1968 ● Sly & The Family Stone —— Dance To The Music ► Soul-Funk
1973 ● Weather Report —— Sweetnighter ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1979 ● Heatwave —— Hot Property ► Funk/Disco
1981 ● The Fall —— Slates [EP] ► Post-Punk
1983 ● The B-52’s —— Whammy! ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1987 ● Slade —— You Boyz Make Big Noize ► Hard Rock
1987 ● David Bowie —— Never Let Me Down ► Glam Rock
1987 ● R.E.M. —— Dead Letter Office ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1991 ● Pat Benatar —— True Love ► Hard Rock/Jump Blues
1992 ● Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds —— Henry’s Dream ► Alt Rock
1992 ● XTC —— Nonsuch ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1993 ● Vince Neil —— Exposed ► Heavy Metal/Hair Metal
1993 ● Porno For Pyros —— Porno For Pyros ► Alt Rock
1998 ● Massive Attack —— Mezzanine ► Trip-Hop
1998 ● Blind Guardian —— Nightfall In Middle-Earth ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1999 ● AFI —— Black Sails EP ► Hardcore Punk
2000 ● Immortal —— Damned In Black ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
2004 ● Joan Jett & The Blackhearts —— Naked ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Black Sabbath —— Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978) ► Hard Rock
2004 ● Patti Smith —— Trampin’ ► Hard Rock
2008 ● Carly Simon —— This Kind Of Love ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Fearless Love ► Roots Rock


April 28
1969 ● Chicago —— Chicago Transit Authority ► Jazz-Rock
1970 ● Smokey Robinson & The Miracles —— What Love Has…Joined Together ► Soul – Motown
1980 ● Alice Cooper —— Flush The Fashion ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Grateful Dead —— Go To Heaven ► Pop-Rock
1982 ● Marshall Crenshaw —— Marshall Crenshaw ► Power Pop
1992 ● Tracy Chapman —— Matters Of The Heart ► Folk-Rock
1992 ● Annie Lennox —— Diva ► Adult Alternative Pop-Rock
1995 ● Fair Warning —— Rainmaker ► Hard Rock
1997 ● Stratovarius —— Visions ► Heavy Metal/Power Metal
1998 ● Secret Chiefs 3 —— Second Grand Constitution And Bylaws, Hurqalya ► Experimental/Indie Rock
1998 ● Big Pun —— Capital Punishment ► Latino Rap
1998 ● Children Of Bodom —— Something Wild ► Heavy Metal/Black Metal
1998 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Before These Crowded Streets ► AA Pop-Rock
1998 ● Danny Wilde & The Rembrandts —— Spin This ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Don’t Stop The Carnival ► Folk-Rock
1998 ● Jefferson Airplane —— Live At The Fillmore East ► Psychedelic Rock
1998 ● The Monkees —— The Monkees Anthology ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Stevie Nicks —— Enchanted: The Works Of Stevie Nicks ► Pop-Rock
1998 ● Yes —— Beyond & Before: BBC Recordings 1969-1970 ► Prog Rock
2002 ● Mark Knopfler —— A Shot At Glory [Sndtrk] ► Roots Rock
2009 ● The Black Crowes —— Warpaint Live ► Southern Rock
2009 ● Various Artists —— Playing For Change: Songs Around The World ► Worldbeat
2013 ● The Ramona Flowers —— Lust And Lies [EP] ► Dream Pop
2015 ● Eric Clapton —— Forever Man ► Blues-Rock


April 29
1967 ● The Turtles —— Happy Together ► Pop-Rock
1968 ● Martha Reeves & The Vandellas —— Ridin’ High ► Soul – Motown
1968 ● The Temptations —— The Temptations Wish It Would Rain ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● The Doors —— L. A. Woman ► Blues-Rock
1977 ● Alice Cooper —— Lace And Whiskey ► Ballad
1981 ● Van Halen —— Fair Warning ► Hard Rock
1983 ● The Replacements —— Hootenanny ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1985 ● Freddie Mercury —— Mr. Bad Guy ► Pop-Rock
1985 ● Santana —— Beyond Appearances ► Jazz-Rock Fusion
1989 ● Tom Petty —— Full Moon Fever ► Album Rock
1996 ● Buzzcocks —— All Set ► Punk-Rock
1996 ● Black Sabbath —— The Sabbath Stones ► Hard Rock
1997 ● The Ataris —— Anywhere But Here ► Pop-Punk
1997 ● Indigo Girls —— Shaming Of The Sun ► Folk-Rock
1997 ● The Kentucky Headhunters —— Stompin’ Grounds ► Southern Rock
1997 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Twenty ► Southern Rock
2001 ● Prince —— Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic ► Dance-Pop
2008 ● Mudcrutch —— Mudcrutch ► Southern Rock
2008 ● Kansas —— Playlist: The Very Best Of Kansas ► Prog/Arena Rock
2008 ● Madonna —— Hard Candy ► Dance-Pop
2008 ● Steve Winwood —— Nine Lives ► Album Rock


April 30
1965 ● The Zombies —— Begin Here ► Baroque Pop
1969 ● Marvin Gaye —— M.P.G. ► Soul – Motown
1971 ● Thin Lizzy —— Thin Lizzy ► Hard Rock
1971 ● The Doobie Brothers —— The Doobie Brothers ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Paul McCartney & Wings —— Red Rose Speedway ► Pop-Rock
1974 ● J.J. Cale —— Okie ► Blues-Rock
1976 ● Elton John —— Here And There ► Pop-Rock
1976 ● Bob Marley & The Wailers —— Rastaman Vibration ► Roots Reggae
1977 ● The Moody Blues —— Caught Live + 5 [UK] ► Psychedelic Rock
1979 ● Sister Sledge —— We Are Family ► Disco
1982 ● A Flock Of Seagulls —— A Flock Of Seagulls ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1982 ● Cheap Trick —— One On One ► Hard Rock/Power Pop
1984 ● Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark —— Junk Culture ► New Wave Synth Pop
1984 ● The Cure —— The Top ► Post-Punk
1986 ● Golden Earring —— The Hole ► Hard Rock
1986 ● Keel —— The Final Frontier ► Heavy Metal
1989 ● Lynyrd Skynyrd —— Skynyrd’s Innyrds ► Southern Rock
1990 ● Billy Bragg —— The Internationale ► Folk-Rock
1991 ● Boyz II Men —— Cooleyhighharmony ► New Jack Swing
1991 ● Joe Jackson —— Laughter & Lust ► New Wave Pop-Rock
1991 ● Yes —— Union ► Prog Rock
1992 ● Iced Earth —— Night Of The Stormrider ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1996 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Crash ► AA Pop-Rock
1996 ● The Cranberries —— To The Faithful Departed ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2002 ● Jethro Tull —— Living With The Past ► Folk-Rock
2012 ● The Specials —— More…Or Less: The Specials Live ► Ska Revival
2013 ● Iggy Pop & The Stooges —— Ready To Die ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2013 ● Spin Doctors —— If The River Was Whiskey ► Alt Pop-Rock


May 01
1961 ● Ben E. King —— Spanish Harlem ► Soul
1969 ● Joni Mitchell —— Clouds ► Folk-Rock
1970 ● Bob Dylan —— Possum Belly Overalls ► Folk-Rock
1972 ● Jeff Beck Group —— The Jeff Beck Group ► Blues-Rock
1975 ● James Taylor —— Gorilla ► Folk-Rock
1987 ● Deacon Blue —— Raintown [UK] ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1988 ● A-Ha —— Stay On These Roads ► Synth-Pop
1988 ● Fairground Attraction —— The First Of A Million Kisses ► Alt. Pop-Rock/Skiffle
1990 ● Flotsam And Jetsam —— When The Storm Comes Down ► Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal
1990 ● Rory Gallagher —— Fresh Evidence ► Blues-Rock
1992 ● Dixie Chicks —— Little Ol’ Cowgirl ► Country-Rock
1992 ● The Vaselines —— The Way Of The Vaselines: A Complete History ► Indie Pop-Rock
1995 ● T.I.S.M. —— Machiavelli And The Four Seasons ► Alt Pop-Rock
1998 ● Simple Minds —— Real Live 91 ► New Wave Alt. Pop
2000 ● Bardot —— Bardot ► Pop/Girl Group
2001 ● Gram Parsons —— Sacred Hearts & Fallen Angels: The Gram Parsons Anthology ► Country-Rock
2001 ● Timothy B. Schmit —— Fed The Fire ► Country-Rock
2001 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Plan B ► Pop-Rock
2001 ● Stevie Nicks —— Trouble In Shangri-La ► Pop-Rock
2007 ● Dinosaur Jr. —— Beyond ► Alt. Rock
2007 ● Black Sabbath —— Live At Hammersmith Odeon ► Hard Rock
2007 ● Rush —— Snakes & Arrows ► Prog/Art Rock
2007 ● Warren Zevon —— Preludes:Rare And Unreleased Recordings ► Pop-Rock
2010 ● Natalie Cole —— Original Album Series ► Soul-Pop


May 02
1967 ● Dean Martin —— Happiness Is Dean Martin ► Traditional Pop
1978 ● Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers —— You’re Gonna Get It! ► Album Rock
1982 ● Rory Gallagher —— Jinx ► Blues-Rock
1983 ● New Order —— Power, Corruption & Lies ► Club/Dance
1988 ● Melissa Etheridge —— Melissa Etheridge ► Roots Rock
1989 ● The Stone Roses —— The Stone Roses ► Brit Pop
1989 ● The Cure —— Disintegration ► Post-Punk
1991 ● Morbid Angel —— Blessed Are The Sick ► Heavy Metal/Death Metal
1995 ● Ian Anderson —— Divinities: Twelve Dances With God ► Prog Rock
1995 ● The Apples In Stereo —— Fun Trick Noisemaker ► Indie Pop-Rock/Power Pop
2000 ● Asia —— Rare ► Prog Rock
2000 ● Primal Scream —— XTRMNTR ► Indie Rock
2000 ● Billy Joel —— 2000 Years: The Millennium Concert ► Pop-Rock
2004 ● The Who —— The 1st Singles Box ► British Rock
2006 ● Pearl Jam —— Live In NYC 12/31/92 ► Hard Rock
2006 ● Pearl Jam —— Pearl Jam ► Hard Rock
2016 ● Cyndi Lauper —— Detour ► Country-Pop


May 03
1969 ● Sly & The Family Stone —— Stand! ► Soul-Funk
1969 ● Nick Drake —— Five Leaves Left ► Folk-Rock
1974 ● Status Quo —— Quo ► Hard Rock
1976 ● Aerosmith —— Rocks ► Hard Rock
1980 ● Motörhead —— The Golden Years [EP] ► Heavy Metal
1982 ● The Cure —— Pornography ► Post-Punk
1982 ● Modern English —— After The Snow ► Synth-Pop
1982 ● Frank Zappa —— Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch ► Art Rock
1988 ● Living Color —— Vivid ► Hard Rock
1988 ● Queensrÿche —— Operation: Mindcrime ► Heavy Metal
1988 ● Sade —— Stronger Than Pride [UK] ► Quiet Storm
1988 ● When In Rome —— When In Rome ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1988 ● Bruce Hornsby & The Range —— Scenes From The Southside ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Bananarama —— Pop Life ► New Wave Dance-Pop
1991 ● Jawbox —— Grippe ► Punk Rock/Post-Hardcore
1994 ● The Fall —— Middle Class Revolt ► Post-Punk
1994 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Where It All Begins ► Southern Rock
1994 ● Traffic —— Far From Home ► Prog Rock
2004 ● Cyndi Lauper —— Shine ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Limp Bizkit —— The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) ► Rap-Metal
2005 ● Nouvelle Vague —— Nouvelle Vague ► Soft Pop-Rock
2005 ● David Bowie —— The Collection ► Glam Rock
2009 ● Rush —— Retrospective III: 1989-2008 ► Prog/Art Rock
2011 ● Aretha Franklin —— Aretha: A Woman Falling Out Of Love ► Soul/Hip Hop
2013 ● Bob Dylan —— Fixin’ To Die ► Folk-Rock