Albums Released This Week (May 17 – 23)

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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 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
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

2 COMMENTS

    • Hello, Hans Kristian:

      Actually, nothing’s wrong here. It all depends on your perspective, and which source(s) you use for release dates.

      I consult at least five and often 8-9 sources for music album and track release dates, and employ a decent measure of intuition and deductive reasoning before I settle on a particular date.

      In the case of LP Brain Drain by the Ramones, the results are mixed. But I list May 23 because three of my most reliable sources (Discogs, 45Cat and MusicBrainz) show either May 23 or May 1989 as the release date. The data on RateYourMusic, Last FM, Apple Music, Amazon and others is mixed.

      Which date is the correct one? Good discussion. But I go with 5/23/1989 unless and until something more definitive comes along.

      If you have that, I am all ears.

      Cheers,

      Dr. Rock

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