Don’t Give Up on Kate: There’s an Album on the Way

Unless you’re a die-hard fan, you would never believe that Kate Bush is releasing an album in May. The 52-year-old’s album, Director’s Cut, is a collection of remakes from albums, The Sensual World and Red Shoes. There have been rumours that the national treasure with the idiosyncratic vocal style is working on new material for another album, release date is not confirm- you never know, it could be another decade!

 

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This is the first album in five years. Her last album, Ariel, which sold 1.1 million copies worldwide (excluding the US), was released in 2005. That’s an impressive comeback, as the pervious album, Red Shoes, was released in 1993.

Kate Bush

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So what did one of UK’s successful female artist did during the 12 year period? Bush was a big fan of films and acting. In 1993, she directed and starred in a film, The Line, The Cross, The Curve, which Bush later described as ‘a load of bollocks.’ The following year, she provided psychedelic-theme music for soft drink firm Fruitopia that was aired in the United States.

 

As her public appearance reduced, the tabloids labelled her as an ‘electric recluse’. But something far more precious moment happen to Bush- she gave birth to her son Albert or ‘Bertie’ in 1998 – not many people know this fact. Among the rubbish film (her words, not mine), producing music for commercials and providing her son a normal life, Kate was also working on her much anticipated 2005 album.

 

Kate started out as a bright-eyed and light-footed 19 year-old with her first single, Wuthering Heights. The song stole the top spot in the UK single charts for four weeks, making her the first ever woman to have a UK number one with a self-penned song. Bush continued to pave her way as a creditable artist as she was also the first ever woman to have top spot on the UK album chart.

Kate Bush

 

 

Bush –renowned for combining performing arts with (described by the media as) eclectic/ pop art music– churned out classics after classics, including Babooshka, Running Up That Hill, Cloudbusting The Sensual World, Don’t Give Up and more recently King Of The Mountain.

 

So will we relive the classics through up-and coming tours? Kate only did one concert during her 30 year music career – and that was in 1979. So the answer to that is don’t hold your breath.

 

Director’s Cut is out on 16 May.

 

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Essential Albums Every Music Lover Should Own

If you are an avid music fan, there are a few albums that are essential to your collection. These hits have rocked the charts for years and are still enjoyed all over the world today.

 

 

Abbey Road, The Beatles

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Abbey Road, The Beatles

This title is considered to be the group’s best work, and is possibly the most iconic. A number of titles on the track, including the song “Here Comes the Sun,” have been featured in countless films and television shows over the years. This album provided music lovers everywhere with some of the most loved hits of all time. You simply can’t get tired of “Octopus’s Garden.”

Nevermind, Nirvana

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Nevermind, Nirvana

This album began the birth of the beloved grunge era. Lead singer Kurt Cobain still remains one of the most influential musicians of all time, and the album is still listed as one of the best rock albums ever. Yes, ever. Song after song from this album hit the top of the charts, including “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the hypnotizing “Come as You Are,” and “Lithium.”

 

Who's Next, The Who

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Who’s Next, The Who

This album is listed number 15 on the 100 best albums of the 70’s list. It was also declared by TIME magazine as one of the 100 greatest albums of all time in 2006. It is even listed as one of the 1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Sticky Finger, The Rolling Stones

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Sticky Fingers,  Rolling Stones

No music collection is complete without a Rolling Stones album. This album, released in 1971, was the first album to have Mick Taylor as a member on all of the album’s tracks. Rolling Stone magazine declared this album as number 63 on their list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette

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Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette

This album was Morissette’s debut album. No holds barred, strong, courageous, and unique, this album set a new genre for pop with a mix of ballads and pop songs. Her first album is an amazing display of the singer and songwriter’s obvious groundbreaking talents.

Like a Virgin, Madonna

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Like a Virgin, Madonna

Madonna has ruled charts for more than two decades, and it’s easy to see why. This album was her second release, and each song is a fun journey with high-quality artistry. Without a doubt, it is a full-blown showcase of the music that first placed her on the pop culture map.

 

Will Evanescence Return in 2011?

The band Evanescence has evolved significantly over the past four years. Slowly progressing since 1995, the band has changed members quite a bit, reportedly for a number of different reasons. Since 1995, front woman Amy Lee has been the band’s constant member, originally founding Evanescence with former guitarist Ben Moody. She has since then taken time to write, record, and release the band’s albums, and guitarist John Le Compt, drummer Rocky Gray, and co-founder Ben Moody have all left and have been replaced since 2007.

Amy Lee - Evanescence

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Today, fans everywhere have been questioning whether or not there would be a follow-up album to The Open Door, which released back in 2006, due to the myriad of breakup rumors that have swirled since the band’s major transitions. Now here we are nearly four years later, and if you are and avid Evanesce fan, that is a very long time! If you find yourself missing the band’s incomparable Gothic pop rock sound and Lee’s killer vocals, then you have probably been dying for the band’s comeback. Amy Lee made an announcement about new material in the works during the summer of 2010, subtly alluding to a new album release in late 2010, and spoke to Spin magazine about it earlier in the year. The album never happened, and fans immediately sunk back into Evanescence limbo.

Amy Lee

So what’s an Evanescence fan to do? Will Evanescence finally return in 2011? Thankfully, amidst the unsettling drama that has surrounded the band– including the loss of their former manager and guitarist Terry Balsamo’s stroke—there may finally be light at the end of the tunnel. Another album is rumored to release in the spring of 2011, with the possible title Deep Silence. Although there has been some speculation about this throughout the fan communities, the band’s news section of the official webpage has recently been cleared, indicating something may actually be in the works. Whether the album does indeed hit the shelves in the spring or not, we can be sure to expect more haunting melodies and hard-driving riffs from the band in the near future.

Essential Albums That Everyone Must Own (And Probably Does)

Lists of classic albums that everyone must own usually contain the same albums by the same bands but there is a reason for this, these are the bona fide genuine classic albums that have stood the test of time. These are the albums by the biggest stars of the music world and the ones that will still be played long after we’re all gone.

The Beatles - Revolver

The Beatles – Revolver

The inclusion of one Beatles record over another will always lead to debate and ‘Sgt. Pepper’ is usually the standard choice for the all time classic lists. ‘Sgt. Pepper’ is great but ‘Revolver’ appears cohesive and brighter. From the black and white cover by Klaus Voorman to songs like ‘Taxman’, ‘Elanor Rigby’ and ‘For No One’, The Beatles musical output was expanding rapidly and the band were on the edge of shedding their mop-top pop days for good. Closing track ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ was a step into the unknown and one which the band dived straight into over the following years.

AC/DC - Back in Black

ACDC – Back In Black

Not many bands are able to bounce back from the death of their charismatic front-man so quickly and no other band managed it so well as ACDC did with their ‘Back In Black’ album. With Brian Johnson taking over the dearly departed Bon Scott, the album stands as a tribute to their lost leader.

The album doesn’t deviate from the ACDC blueprint, songs about drinking, partying and women litter the album but the band had never been tighter than they were on this record. How ACDC would have turned out if Scott stayed alive is open to debate but this record remains one of the greatest hard rock albums of all time. ‘Hells Bells’, ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, ‘Have A Drink On Me’ and the title track remain huge favourites amongst an ACDC audience.

Michael Jackson - Thriller

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Any album that contained the songs ‘Thriller’, ‘Beat It’ and ‘Billie Jean’ is of the highest quality but Michael Jackson managed to release 7 singles from this 9 track album. This makes the fact that the album has sold around 100 million copies even more remarkable and is still a huge seller to this day. This album captured Michael at his musical peak and even though the acclaimed ‘Bad’ album was to follow, this record is regarded as Jackson’s finest moment.

Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Oasis – Definitely Maybe

You may feel that a Beatles album has already been included in this list but ‘Definitely Maybe’ was more than just the breakthrough debut album for the Mancunian lads, it reignited British guitar music. It’s 1994 release, alongside ‘Parklife’ by Blur and ‘Dog Man Star’ by Suede brought the attention back to UK guitar music from American grunge acts and it set a new scene into action overnight.

Sales of their second album eclipsed their debut but Oasis never managed to recapture the spirit of this album again. If you take a trip to any karaoke and you can be guaranteed there will be some Liam follower sneering out songs like ‘Supersonic’, ‘Live Forever’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ or ‘Slide Away’.

With so many albums to consider, any list of classic albums could run and run, the above are just four records that deserve to be in your record collection and played on a regular basis.

At One Point Red Hot Chili Peppers Were Red Hot…. Right?

The great Red Hot Chili Peppers have been around for a couple decades now and have recently been seen as one of the greater bands of our generation. The problem is that the greatest of their works were created when most people weren’t listening to them. So why are they so Red Hot now?

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

You can call the Red Hot Chili Peppers one of the greatest bands to have ever existed, but many cannot name any songs that came before Californication. Which is an upsetting fact because a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers best work came before they were really commercialized? Not to take away from any of their recent musical projects, they have in a whole been great from beginning to end. There are just too many people out there who call themselves Red Hot Chili Pepper fans but they can’t name a song off of their album Mother’s Milk. Which is one of the greatest CD’s they have ever created.

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Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Mother's Milk

One of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers Best Albums?

Their true unique nature was shown in their earlier works with their ability to truly not really give a crap what anyone thought of them. That is pretty much what caught everyone’s attention to begin with. They would show up to concerts with nothing but a sock covering their junk to perform or show up with giant flamethrowers on their heads at their showings. Now that they have become a more recognizable band, they have lost some of that edginess they first came onto the scene with. Which you could say is expected; they matured with their music as some would argue. Yeah they did and they should be applauded for that. It just needs to be pointed out their early tracks they created like Suck My Kiss and The Power of Equality were some of their greatest works. It was during this time that the Red Hot Chili Peppers were truly Red Hot. Making songs for the fun and excitement of it all and doing it in a real rock and roll fashion. A marking for a great band is always where they started and the Chili Peppers started Red Hot earning their name and their way into the mainstream of today. If you consider yourself a true Red Hot Chili Peppers fan, you should not only look into all of their past records but also pick up Anthony Kiedis’s book Scar Tissue, to get a more in depth look into their music and background as a band.

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