Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the British rock band Queen released 26 October 1981 on the Elektra Records label. This is the first of two greatest hits albums released during their career. Greatest Hits contains such great tracks as Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure (with David Bowie), We Are The Champions and much more. With Brian May’s driving guitar riffs and Freddy Mercury’s powerful vocals, this made this album as great as it is. This album was well written, performed, recorded and produced by Queen. I am still looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of volume two of their greatest hits.
Toto IV is the fourth studio album by American rock band Toto released April 8, 1982, by Columbia Records. Toto IV received six Grammy Awards in 1983 including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year for the band, and Record of the Year for the song Rosanna. In addition to Rosanna, this album spawned such singles as Make Believe, Africa, I Won’t Hold You Back, and Waiting For Your Love. After the success of their self-titled debut, Toto struggled to sustain success on their next two albums, Hydra and Turn Back. The band was under heavy pressure from Columbia Records to deliver a hit album with their next release or be at risk of being dropped from the label. This also the final album with the original line up. I felt after this album, the band was not the same. I was impressed by how well this album was written, recorded, performed and produced. I highly recommend this album to your record library.
The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is the third solo album from the English keyboardist and former Yes band member Rick Wakeman, released on 27 March 1975 on the A&M Records label. This is his third rock concept album which Wakeman based it on the legend of King Arthur and various figures and events associated with him including Guinevere, Lancelot, and Merlin. This is one of those albums that it is hard to pick out a favorite track, the whole album is great from start to finish just like his earlier albums. I enjoyed how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a big Yes fan like I am and a fan of Rick Wakeman, you will definitely want to add this album to your record library.
Signs Of Life is the fourth studio album by American musician Billy Squier, that was released July 1984 on Capitol Records. Even though Billy has some great releases in the past this album spawned the song Rock Me Tonight which was considered his biggest career hit. Other singles that were spawned on this album were All Night Long and Eye on You. A couple other tracks I liked on this album were Reach For the Sky and Fall In Love. This album was well written (all songs were written by Billy), performed, recorded and produced. This is an album you will want to add to your Billy Squier collection.
Hydra is the second studio album by American rock band Toto, released October 1, 1979 on the Columbia Records label. This album spawned three singles St George And The Dragon, All Us Boys and 99. 99 is the only track that got much airplay and reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Even though this album did not release any major hits, it was still well written, performed, recorded and produced. I still recommend this album to your record library.
For my 660th review, I am proud to announce More Than Just Getting By, a February 19, 2010, album by Tammy Vice on GodsChild Records. This twelve track album features such great tracks as Just Getting By, A Real Hard Place To Fall, Take My Heart, Small Things, I’ve Found A Place and so much more. I was impressed with her voice, the harmonies, and how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I am looking forward to hearing more from this great artist. I recommend you take a listen to this album Spotify and purchase this album from Itunes and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
Gold is a January 22, 1979, compilation album by Jefferson Starship. The tracks come from their 1974 – 1978 albums, Dragon Fly, Red Octopus, Spitfire, and Earth and is released on the Grunt Records label. This compilation is available in two formats, on black vinyl, and on a picture disc. On this great album is such hits as Ride The Tiger, Miracles, Count On Me and much more. This great band has done a unique transformation from Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship to Starship with powerful vocals by Grace Slick and Marty Balin and Paul Kantner on guitars. This compilation was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is a great addition to anyone’s record library.
Showtime is the eighth studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released in April 1964, by the Smash Records label during a time it was the transition from King Records to Smash Records, however, handicapped by contractual obligations with King Records, Brown released an album of remakes overdubbed with canned applause. This great album contains such great tracks as Caldonia, Sweet Lorraine, The Things I Used To Do, Blues For My Baby, Don’t Cry Baby, and so much more. James Brown is one of my favorite R&B recording artists and I was impressed by how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. You will definitely want to add this album to your record library.
Love Songs is a compilation album that comprises love songs recorded by The Beatles between 1962 and 1970. It was released by Capitol Records in the United States on 21 October 1977. This two-LP vinyl release includes an 11 x 11″ booklet, with the songs’ lyrics printed, calligraphy-style, on simulated parchment paper. This relaxing album contains such great love songs as Yesterday, In My Life, Here There and Everywhere, Something, The Long And Winding Road. Michelle, P.S. I Love You, And I Love Her, and so much more. There is not a single bad song on this compilation. This great collection was well written, performed, recorded and produced. If you are a big Beatles fan like I am you will want to add this to your library.
Toto is the first studio album by the American band Toto, released October 15, 1978, on the Columbia Records label. This self-titled album spawned such great songs as Hold The Line, I’ll Supply The Love and Georgy Porgy featuring the powerful vocals by Bobby Kimball and David Hungate, Steve Lukather, Steve Porcaro, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro providing the great backup. I liked how this album was well written, performed, recorded and produced. This is the start of a great run of hit albums.