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Anniversary Albums

From the classics to those rare gems you forgot about, each week music blogger Sam Smith reviews an album celebrating an anniversary. Offering a mix of history, quirky facts, and of course tunes, catch anniversary albums every Monday on Morning Glory with Geneva for your fix of music history.

Anniversary Albums: Public Enemy "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" (1988)

Anniversary Albums: Public Enemy "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" (1988) Anniversary Albums: Public Enemy "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" (1988), 43.67 MB
Mon 16 Jul 2018

This week Sam takes a look at the highly influential second studio album from New York rap group Public Enemy "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back." Released in 1988, this album was one of the first notable politically conscious rap records and went on to influence the scope of political music to come. 

Anniversary Albums: Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" (2003)

Anniversary Albums: Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" (2003) Anniversary Albums: Radiohead "Hail to the Thief" (2003), 63.37 MB
Mon 9 Jul 2018

This week Sam takes a look at the 6th studio album from Radiohead "Hail to the Thief." Released in 2003, this is often seen as the forgotten Radiohead album but still holds up well as a period piece in their discography. 

Anniversary Albums: Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues" (1983)

Anniversary Albums: Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues" (1983) Anniversary Albums: Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues" (1983) , 48.21 MB
Mon 2 Jul 2018

This week Sam takes a look at the fifth studio album from Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues." Released in 1983, the band continued to change their sound on this record incorporating more pop, funk and African rhythms. The album went on to become their most commercially successful record. 

Anniversary Albums: Daft Punk "Random Access Memories" (2013)

Anniversary Albums: Daft Punk "Random Access Memories" (2013) Anniversary Albums: Daft Punk "Random Access Memories" (2013), 56.21 MB
Mon 25 Jun 2018

This week Sam takes a look at the 2013 studio album from Daft Punk "Random Access Memories." This was the duo's first album in eight years and saw them revamp their sound towards an electro-disco style featuring the likes of Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder. 

Anniversary Albums: Blur "Modern Life Is Rubbish" (1993)

Anniversary Albums: Blur "Modern Life Is Rubbish" (1993) Anniversary Albums: Blur "Modern Life Is Rubbish" (1993) , 53.41 MB
Mon 18 Jun 2018

This week Sam takes a look at the second studio album from Britpop band Blur "Modern Life Is Rubbish." Released in 1993, on this record, Blur changed their sound completely from a shoegaze-influenced style to a 60s pop-influenced style which helped start Britpop in the UK. 

Anniversary Albums: Nina Simone "Baltimore" (1978)

Anniversary Albums: Nina Simone "Baltimore" (1978) Anniversary Albums: Nina Simone "Baltimore" (1978) , 52.18 MB
Mon 11 Jun 2018

This week on Anniversary Albums, Sam takes a look at the 24th studio album from Nina Simone "Baltimore." Released in 1978, this was a comeback album of sorts for Nina and saw her take on an eclectic mix of covers spanning reggae to gospel to soul. 

Anniversary Albums: Flight of the Conchords "Flight of the Conchords" (2008)

Anniversary Albums: Flight of the Conchords "Flight of the Conchords" (2008) Anniversary Albums: Flight of the Conchords "Flight of the Conchords" (2008), 49.01 MB
Mon 28 May 2018

This week for our final NZ Music Month album, Sam takes a look at the self-titled debut album from comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. Released in 2008, "Flight of the Conchords" went on to become one of New Zealand's most commercially successful and popular albums. 

Anniversary Albums: Cut Off Your Hands "You & I" (2008)

Anniversary Albums: Cut Off Your Hands "You & I" (2008) Anniversary Albums: Cut Off Your Hands "You & I" (2008), 48.07 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

This week, the third of our special NZ Music Month series, Sam takes a look at the debut album from indie rock band Cut Off Your Hands "You & I." Released in 2008, this album is considered a late-00s indie classic with flowing melodies and jangle guitar lines. 

Anniversary Albums: Headless Chickens "Stunt Clown" (1988)

Anniversary Albums: Headless Chickens "Stunt Clown" (1988) Anniversary Albums: Headless Chickens "Stunt Clown" (1988), 48.65 MB
Mon 14 May 2018

This week for week two of our NZ Music Month anniversary albums special, Sam takes a look at the debut album from the Headless Chickens "Stunt Clown." Released in 1988, "Stunt Clown" is considered an 80s classic and one of the best debut albums from a New Zealand band. 

Anniversary Albums: May 14, 2018

Anniversary Albums: May 14, 2018 Anniversary Albums: May 14, 2018, 48.65 MB
Mon 14 May 2018