It seems like yesterday, but it was 30 years ago this week (4.24.89) when Tom Petty dropped his classic solo set, Full Moon Fever, via MCA. And it remains a much-loved crown jewel of his iconic catalog.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd’s sophomore set, Second Helping (MCA), oozes ALL thriller and NO filler. 45 years on, it remains a timeless testament to one of rock’s most endearing bands.
Although The Offspring continue to enjoy massive success, Smash (Epitaph) still stands tall after 25 years as arguably the band’s quintessential set — a self-contained “Best Of” collection.
35 years later, for die-hard fans of ‘80s arena rock, Out of the Cellar (Atlantic), the first full-length seduction from Ratt, remains massively memorable. And rightfully so.
For those who still crave the classic street sounds of the beloved, golden L.A. rock scene, the latest from L.A. Guns, The Devil You Know (Frontiers Music), will likely be a 2019 must-have treasure.
Released 40 years ago this week (3.23.79) via Warner Bros., Van Halen’s Van Halen II has remained fresh — from its crisp-looking, classic cover to its street-smart songs and stripped-down production.
Celebrating a milestone anniversary, the eponymous 12-song collection from Mötley Crüe (1994, Elektra Records) demanded to be taken seriously. 25 years later, it stands tall and is well-deserving of that long-overdue respect.
A full quarter century after its original release via A&M, Soundgarden’s Superunknown remains a blistering, cohesive, radio-ready offering — one brimming with Stonehenge-size riffs and often disturbing, dark messages.
Released on March 1st, 1974, via Columbia Records, Aerosmith’s sophomore set, Get Your Wings, has withstood the test of time quite nicely since its initial release 45 years ago this week — still standing tall among some of rock’s greatest records.
One of the marquee names from LA’s golden ‘80s era rock scene, JETBOY succeeds in delivering a blistering collection of delightfully nasty nut-busters on their new album, Born To Fly, out via Frontiers Music.
Released via Rhino Records, the deluxe 30th anniversary edition of Skid Row’s platinum-selling self-titled 1989 debut certainly will be a must-have treasure for misfit kids from burned-out towns far and wide.
Due via Frontiers Music, the latest slab from Quiet Riot, One Night In Milan, delivers a satisfying dose of aural adrenaline for those who still crave “the noize.”
Sticking very close to their stylistic “comfort zone,” British pop/rock poster boys, The Struts, take NO chances with their sophomore slab. But given today’s dry and barren rock landscape, Young & Dangerous is just the right record, delivered promptly when it’s needed most.