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What Was the First Album to Be Released on Compact Disc?

20 Aug 2017 22:30

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Artist: Bill Joel

Album: 52nd Street (1978, released on CD, 1982)

The journey toward the CD began in the early 1970's when Sony and Phillips began working on an optical disc with digitally encoded sound that could be read by laser. Before the compact disc, it was all vinyl and cassette tape. It was even early enough that your cousin, or was it your uncle, still had an 8-track player in the dash of his car. There were lots of record players and cassette players, so no matter how great the new compact disc format was, there was one problem: Nobody had a compact disc player. And, if they did have one, what were they going to play on it? Somebody had to take the plunge and release something on the new format. Who was it?…

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What do the Lyrics to La Bamba by Ritchie Valens Mean?

02 Jun 2017 03:02

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Song: La Bamba (1958)

Artist: Ritchie Valens

Writer: Traditional Mexican Folk Song, rock arrangement by Ritchie Valens

Although his biggest hit was Donna, Richie Valens will forever be most recognized for his enduring Latino rock song La Bamba. In fact, I think it is safe to say that he single-handedly brought "Laino rock" into the mainstream. He was certainly not the first person to record the song. It is, in fact, a traditional Mexican folk song. He simply gave it a rock rhythm and rock flair, and to great effect. It peaked at no. 22 on the charts on February 2, 1959….

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What Is Barracuda by Heart About?

29 May 2017 21:47

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Song: Barracuda (1977)

Artist: Heart

Album: Little Queen

Writers: Ann Wilson, Micheal Derosier, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher

Barracuda is perhaps the song most identified with Heart. It is one of those songs that makes people think of Heart as a Led Zeppelin influenced hard rock band with legendary female vocals. Their angriest and edgiest song, it was released off the 1977 Little Queen album, reaching no. 11 on the charts….

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I Don't Know Much: Who Did it First Before Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt?

16 May 2017 21:09

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Song: Don't Know Much (1980, 1989)

Artist: Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville

Album: Cry Like a Rainstorm - Howl Like the Wind

Writers: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow

Don't Know Much is perhaps one of the most famous duets ever recorded. Like many such songs, though, it was not written as a duet. It was first recorded by Barry Mann, who co-wrote it and released in 1980 on his self-titled album. It was a beautiful song from the beginning but sometimes it takes more than a beautiful song. It failed to chart and found little success….

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What does Abacab by Genesis Mean?

12 May 2017 01:43

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Song: Abacab (1981)

Artist: Genesis

Album: Abacab

Writers: Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford

Abacab was one of three singles to hit the U.S. charts from the 1981 Genesis album of the same name. It is a progressive rock song that reached no. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending 14 weeks on the charts. The song title, a word repeated in the chorus, seems to be nonsense? Is it?…

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