Albums Released This Week (May 15 – 21)

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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):

May 15
1970 ● King Crimson —— In The Wake Of Poseidon ► Prog Rock
1972 ● The Beach Boys —— Carl & The Passions – “So Tough” ► Surfer
1974 ● Bill Wyman —— Monkey Grip ► Hard Rock
1975 ● The Jackson 5 —— Moving Violation ► Soul – Motown
1980 ● Natalie Cole —— Don’t Look Back ► Soul-Pop
1981 ● The Moody Blues —— Long Distance Voyager ► Prog Rock
1981 ● Squeeze —— East Side Story ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1983 ● The Creatures —— Feast ► Alt Post-Punk/goth rock
1984 ● Michael Jackson —— Farewell My Summer Love ► Pop-Soul
1985 ● Night Ranger —— Seven Wishes ► Hard Rock
1987 ● Richard Marx —— Richard Marx ► AA Pop-Rock
1987 ● Mötley Crüe —— Girls, Girls, Girls ► Heavy Metal
1990 ● Concrete Blonde —— Bloodletting ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1990 ● Dio —— Lock Up The Wolves ► Heavy Metal
1990 ● Squeeze —— A Round And A Bout ► New Wave Synth-Pop
1995 ● Opeth —— Orchid ► Heavy Metal/Doom Metal
1995 ● The Stranglers —— About Time ► Punk Rock
1998 ● Bad Religion —— No Substance ► Punk Rock
2001 ● The Go-Go’s —— God Bless The Go-Go’s ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2001 ● Weezer —— Weezer ► Alt. Rock/Power Pop
2001 ● Depeche Mode —— Exciter ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2001 ● R.E.M. —— Reveal ► Alt. Pop-Rock
2006 ● The Beach Boys —— Songs From Here & Back ► Pop-Rock
2007 ● Atlanta Rhythm Section —— Anthology: Greatest & Latest ► Southern Rock
2007 ● Wilco —— Sky Blue Sky ► Alt. Country-Rock
2009 ● Coldplay —— LeftRightLeftRightLeft ► Alt. Rock/Brit Pop
2009 ● Green Day —— 21st Century Breakdown ► Alt. Rock

May 16
1966 ● The Beach Boys —— Pet Sounds ► Pop-Rock
1966 ● Bob Dylan —— Blonde On Blonde ► Folk-Rock
1966 ● The Shadows —— Shadow Music ► Instrumental Rock ‘N’ Roll
1969 ● Phil Ochs —— Rehearsals For Retirement ► Folk-Rock
1969 ● Tyrannosaurus Rex —— Unicorn ► Psychedelic Folk
1970 ● The Who —— Live At Leeds ► British Rock
1973 ● Carpenters —— Now & Then ► Soft Rock
1974 ● Neil Young —— First Plane Outta Here! ► Country-Rock
1975 ● The Kinks —— The Kinks Present A Soap Opera ► British Rock
1976 ● Steve Miller Band —— Fly Like An Eagle ► Album Rock
1978 ● Joe Walsh —— But Seriously Folks… ► Blues-Rock
1978 ● Hall & Oates —— Livetime ► Pop-Rock
1980 ● Devo —— Freedom Of Choice ► Pop-Rock/Post-Punk New Wave
1980 ● Sister Sledge —— Love Somebody Today ► Disco
1983 ● Iron Maiden —— Piece Of Mind ► Heavy Metal
1988 ● Frank Zappa —— You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 ► Art Rock
1989 ● 10,000 Maniacs —— Blind Man’s Zoo ► Folk-Rock
2000 ● The A-Teens —— The ABBA Generation ► Europop/Dance-Pop
2000 ● Motörhead —— We Are Motörhead ► Heavy Metal
2000 ● Pearl Jam —— Binaural ► Hard Rock
2000 ● Phish —— Farmhouse ► Prog Rock/Jam Band
2000 ● Carly Simon —— The Bedroom Tapes ► Pop-Rock
2000 ● Peter Frampton —— Live In Detroit ► Arena Rock
2005 ● Gov’t Mule —— Mo’ Voodoo [EP] ► Southern Rock/Jam Rock
2006 ● The Raconteurs —— Broken Boy Soldiers ► Alt. Rock
2006 ● Poco —— Keep On Tryin’ ► Country-Rock

May 17
1965 ● Herbie Hancock —— Maiden Voyage ► Fusion/Hard Be Bop
1965 ● The Kingston Trio —— Stay Awhile ► Folk-Pop
1965 ● Brenda Lee —— The Versatile Brenda Lee ► Country-Pop
1965 ● Aretha Franklin —— Yeah! ► Soul
1969 ● Neil Diamond —— Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show ► Pop-Rock
1971 ● Paul & Linda McCartney —— Ram ► Pop-Rock
1973 ● Bachman-Turner Overdrive —— Bachman-Turner Overdrive ► Album Rock
1976 ● Rainbow —— Rainbow Rising ► Arena Rock
1976 ● Jethro Tull —— Too Old To Rock ‘N’ Roll: Too Young To Die! ► Prog Rock
1977 ● Paul McCartney —— Thrillington ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Patti Smith —— Wave ► New Wave Punk-Rock
1980 ● Joan Jett —— Joan Jett ► Hard Rock
1981 ● Frank Zappa —— Tinseltown Rebellion ► Art Rock
1982 ● The Gap Band —— The Gap Band IV ► Pop-Rock
1983 ● The Fixx —— Reach The Beach ► Techno-Pop
1988 ● Herbie Hancock —— Perfect Machine ► Electro-Funk
1988 ● Judas Priest —— Ram It Down ► Heavy Metal
1989 ● The Doobie Brothers —— Cycles ► Pop-Rock
1991 ● Thomas Anders —— Whispers ► Pop-Rock
1993 ● Jamiroquai —— Emergency On Planet Earth [UK] ► Acid Jazz/Funk
1994 ● Erasure —— I Say I Say I Say ► Synth-Pop/Dance
1994 ● Dave Matthews Band —— Recently [EP] ► AA Pop-Rock
1994 ● Oingo Boingo —— Boingo ► New Wave Ska-Pop
1994 ● America —— Hourglass ► Folk-Rock
1994 ● Van Morrison —— A Night In San Francisco ► Folk-Rock
1995 ● Hanson —— Boomerang ► Pop-Rock/Teen Pop
1999 ● Cast —— Magic Hour ► Britpop
1999 ● Cast —— Magic Hour ► Britpop
1999 ● The Melvins —— The Maggot ► Heavy Metal/Sludge Metal
2001 ● Iggy Pop —— Live At The Old Waldorf: San Francisco – November 27, 1979 ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2001 ● Iggy Pop —— Roadkill Rising: The Bootleg Collection 1977-2009 ► Alt. Rock / Punk
2005 ● Huey Lewis & The News —— Live At 25 ► Pop-Rock
2005 ● Van Morrison —— Magic Time ► Folk-Rock
2010 ● The Rolling Stones —— The Rolling Stones Box Set ► Blues-Rock

May 18
1964 ● Brenda Lee —— By Request ► Country-Pop
1973 ● The Byrds —— History Of The Byrds ► Country-Rock
1976 ● Angel —— Helluva Band ► Prog Rock
1976 ● Warren Zevon —— Warren Zevon ► Pop-Rock
1979 ● Ian Dury & The Blockheads —— Do It Yourself ► Punk-Rock
1979 ● David Bowie —— Lodger ► Glam Rock
1986 ● Concrete Blonde —— Concrete Blonde ► Alt. Pop-Rock
1987 ● Steve Earle —— Exit 0 ► Alt. Country
1988 ● Various Artists —— Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off! ► Pop-Rock
1990 ● Luis Miguel —— 20 Años ► Latin Pop
1993 ● Jerry Lee Lewis —— The Jerry Lee Lewis Anthology: All Killer, No Filler ► Rock n Roll
1993 ● Janet Jackson —— janet. ► Pop-Soul
1993 ● Judas Priest —— Metal Works ’73-’93 ► Heavy Metal
1993 ● Kiss —— Alive III ► Hard Rock
1997 ● Feeder —— Polythene ► Grunge-Rock
1998 ● Grave Digger —— Knights Of The Cross ► Heavy Metal/Kraut Metal
1999 ● AFI —— Black Sails In The Sunset ► Hardcore Punk
1999 ● Eddie Money —— Ready Eddie ► Album Rock
1999 ● Jimmy Buffett —— Beach House On The Moon ► Folk-Rock
1999 ● The Phil Collins Big Band —— A Hot Night In Paris ► Jazz-Rock
2010 ● Triumph —— Greatest Hits Remixed ► Arena Rock

May 19
1962 ● The Ventures —— Twist Party, Vol. 2 ► Rock n Roll Instrumental
1969 ● Alexander “Skip” Spence —— Oar ► Pop-Psychedelic
1969 ● Brenda Lee —— Johnny One Time ► Country-Pop
1969 ● Spiral Starecase —— More Today Than Yesterday ► Psychedelic Pop
1969 ● Poco —— Pickin’ Up The Pieces ► Country-Rock
1971 ● Aretha Franklin —— Aretha Live At The Fillmore West ► Soul
1972 ● Elton John —— Honky Chateau ► Pop-Rock
1972 ● Uriah Heep —— Demons & Wizards ► Prog. Rock
1975 ● Willie Nelson —— Red Headed Stranger ► Classic Country
1976 ● Billy Joel —— Turnstiles ► Pop-Rock
1977 ● Aretha Franklin —— Sweet Passion ► Soul
1978 ● Kraftwerk —— The Man-Machine ► Techno-Rock
1978 ● The Kinks —— Misfits ► British Rock
1986 ● Peter Gabriel —— So ► Prog Rock
1986 ● The Cure —— Staring At The Sea: The Singles ► Post-Punk
1986 ● Prince —— Parade ► R&B-Pop
1986 ● The Ramones —— Animal Boy ► Punk-Rock
1987 ● Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam —— Spanish Fly ► Dance-Pop
1992 ● Billy Ray Cyrus —— Some Gave All ► Country-Pop
1992 ● Kiss —— Revenge ► Hard Rock
1998 ● Calexico —— The Black Light ► Alt Rock/Americana
1998 ● The Knack —— Very Best Of The Knack ► Power Pop
1998 ● Kool & The Gang —— Greatest Hits Live ► Funk
1998 ● Kansas —— Always Never The Same ► Prog/Arena Rock
2004 ● Journey —— Open Arms: Greatest Hits ► AOR Rock
2005 ● Spandau Ballet —— Live At N.E.C. ► New Wave Synht-Pop
2008 ● Sparks —— Exotic Creatuess Of The Deep ► Glam Rock
2009 ● Gin Blossoms —— Live In Concert ► Power Pop
2009 ● Eric Clapton And Steve Winwood —— Live From Madison Square Garden ► Blues-Rock
2014 ● R.E.M. —— Complete Rarities: I.R.S. 1982-1987 ► Rock
2014 ● R.E.M. —— Complete Warner Bros. Rarities 1988–2011 ► Rock
2015 ● Whitesnake —— The Purple Album ► Arena Rock

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
1985 ● Joe Walsh —— The Confessor ► 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

2 COMMENTS

    • Michael,

      I checked all of my soruces and agree with you that May 3 is the correct release date for Open Up And Say…Aah. I have adjusted the database.

      To answer your question, I have many different sources for LP and single release dates, including 45Cat, 45Worlds/Vinyl Albums, AllMusic, AppleMusic, Billboard, Discogs, DutchCharts, HitParade.ch, MusicBrainz, RateYourMusic, Wikipedia, and YouTube Music, as well as artists’ websites, record label websites, fan club blogs and others. Occasionally a Google search will uncover a one-off website with credible date(s).

      Thanks for pointing out the error.

      Cheers, Dr. Rock

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