2015/10/09

Ozzy Osbourne/Blizzard of Ozz (1980)

The debut solo album (#7 on the UK album charts) by Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) who was fired from the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath in 1979. Thre band comprises Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, ex-Rainbow bassist Bob Daisley, ex-Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake, and ex-Colosseum II/Rainbow keyboardist Don Airey. A masterpiece of neoclassical metal, featuring Randy Rhoads's innovative guitar playing with flowing melodies, introducing classical guitar techniques and scales into heavy metal, along with Van Halen's first album (1978). Includes singles, "Crazy Train" (#9 on the US charts) and "Mr. Crowley". The 2011 remastered/expanded edition includes three bonus tracks.

Blizzard of Ozz

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2013/03/24

The Only Ones/The Only Ones (1978)

An English rock band in 1976 in South London by Peter Perrett (songwriting, vocals, guitar, keyboards), The Only Ones' first album (#56 on the UK albums chart). Songwriting-oriented guitar rock influenced by Syd Barret, the U.S. mid-1970s proto-punks, such as Big Star and New York Dolls, and the late-1970s UK punks, such as Buzzcocks. The Only Ones had a great influence on the later indie rock bands auch as The Replacements. The second single and the band's most famous song "Another Girl, Another Planet" is an excellent tune in the power pop style. "Language Problem" is a Buzzcocks-like tune. The 2008 re-mastered version includes three bonus tracks.

The Only Ones

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2009/12/20

Orange Juice/Rip It Up (1982)

A post-punk/new wave band from Glasgow, Scotland, Orange Juice's second album. Released after Malcolm Ross (guitar. ex-Josef K) and Zimbabwe-born drummer Zeke Manyika joined. A mix of melodic songs in the same line as the first album "You Can't Hide Your Love Forever", an amazing masperpiece by the fusion of post-punk guitar pop and soul, and lite funk/afrobeat/dance pop-oriented ones, like Haircut 100. "Rip It Up" is the band's biggest hit (#8 on the UK charts) and the first hit song using the Roland TB-303.

Rip It Up

2008/10/18

OutKast/Stankonia (2000)

An American hip hop duo ("André 3000" Benjamin and Antwan "Big Boi" Patton) formed in Atlanta, GA, OutKast's fourth album (#2 on the US charts). A good Southern rap/hip hop (dirty south) album with a mixture of funk, soul, pop, electronica and rock, especially southern soul and G-funk. Includes singles, "B.O.B.", "Ms. Jackson" (#1 on the US charts) and "So Fresh, So Clean".

Stankonia

2008/08/09

The Ohio Players/Funk on Fire: The Mercury Anthology (1974-1978) *

The American funk/R&B band, the Ohio Players' best compilation album (2 CDs, 28 tracks) including their songs on Mercury Records (1974-1978). Hard-driving funk/dance tracks direct descendant of James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone, such as "Skin Tight", "Fire" (#1 on the US charts), "Fopp", "Love Rollercoaster" (#1 on the US charts. Famous as a sample source of hip-hop. Covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and "Who'd She Coo?" are cool. Other sweet vocal/chorus songs, such as a jazzy soul ballad classic "Sweet Sticky Thing", are also good.

Funk on Fire: The Mercury Anthology

2006/06/10

Sinéad O'Connor/I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (1990)

A female singer and songwriter from Dublin, Ireland, Sinead O'Connor's second album. A worldwide hit (#1 on the UK and US album charts). Features many different styles, such as ballad, folk, guiter rock and celtic/traditional. Includes the smash hit single "Nothing Compares 2 U" (composed by Prince. #1 on the UK and US charts).

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

2006/01/07

Offspring/Smash (1994)

An alternative rock/punk band formed in Garden Grove, CA, the Offspring's 1994 breakthrough album that sold over eight million copies. Melodic and metal-inflected hardcore punk. Includes "Come Out and Play" and "Gotta Get Away".

Smash

2005/07/17

Oasis/Definitely Maybe (1994)

A guitar band from Manchester. Well-crafted British rock. Liam Gallagher's vocal style is like John Lydon's. 1st album.

Definitely Maybe

Mike Oldfield/Tubular Bells (1973)

A masterpiece of progressive instrumental rock. His solo debut and the world-wide hit album. A conceptual piece by the 28 instruments (he plays almost all of them for himself) and 2300 overdubs. Also noted as the music of the film 'The Exorcist'.

Tubular Bells

Orange Juice/You Can't Hide Your Love Forever (1982) **

An acoustic-oriented guitar pop band influenced by punk, '60s pop and '70s melodic soul (Al Green, for example).

You Can't Hide Your Love Forever

Orbital/Orbital 2 (1993) *

The UK techno duo of the brothers, Phil Hartnoll and Paul Hartnoll. The second album which is untitled and nicknamed the 'brown' album. Straight-ahead and mainstream techno sound as if Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" were made more danceable and trancy. One of the most brilliant techno albums in the 1990s.

Orbital 2

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark/Organisation (1980)

Electro-pop. 2nd album. Includes a hit "Enola Gay".

Organisation

Oval/Systemisch (1994) *

The German experimental techno unit featuring Markus Popp. The 2nd album. Ambient techno sounds by use of sampling of CD skip noises.

Systemisch