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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: Neil Young "Homegrown" (1975)

Anniversary Albums: Neil Young "Homegrown" (1975) Anniversary Albums: Neil Young "Homegrown" (1975) , 34.14 MB
Mon 6 Jul 2020

This week, Sam and Geneva take a look at the "lost" Neil Young album "Homegrown" which is finally seeing a releases after 45 years. Originally slated for a 1975 release, the album was canned at the last minute but has now finally seen the light of day in 2020. 

Anniversary Albums: Nina Simone "Pastel Blues" (1965)

Anniversary Albums: Nina Simone "Pastel Blues" (1965) Anniversary Albums: Nina Simone "Pastel Blues" (1965), 30.14 MB
Mon 22 Jun 2020

This week, Sam and Geneva take a look at the 1965 album from Nina Simone "Pastel Blues." Released during the height of the American civil rights movement, this album remains just as important today with tracks like Strange Fruit poignant reminders of America's dark past. 

Tracks played

Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out

Trouble In Mind

Strange Fruit 

Anniversary Albums: Devo "Freedom of Choice" (1980)

Anniversary Albums: Devo "Freedom of Choice" (1980) Anniversary Albums: Devo "Freedom of Choice" (1980), 37.67 MB
Mon 15 Jun 2020

This week, Sam and Geneva are finally reunited in the studio after three months apart. To celebrate, they take a look at the third studio album from Devo "Freedom of Choice." Released in 1980, this album went on to become a smash hit for the group and marked the moment they moved from being an underground act to mainstream superstars. 

Tracks played:

- Girl U Want 

- Planet Earth

- Whip It 

Anniversary Albums: Ice Cube "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" (1990)

Anniversary Albums: Ice Cube "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" (1990) Anniversary Albums: Ice Cube "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" (1990), 35.92 MB
Mon 8 Jun 2020

This week, Sam and Geneva take a look at the debut album from Compton rapper Ice Cube "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted." Released in 1990, this record was essential in the development of gangsta rap in the 1990s and remains a crucial influence in the Black Lives Matter movement today. 

Tracks played:

The N**** Ya Love To Hate 

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted 

Once Upon a Time in the Projects 

Anniversary Albums: Ladi6 "The Liberation Of..." (2010)

Anniversary Albums: Ladi6 "The Liberation Of..." (2010) " (2010), 31.25 MB
Mon 25 May 2020

This week, for the final album of NZ Music Month, Sam and Geneva take a look at the second studio album from Aotearoa soul queen Ladi6 "The Liberation Of..." Released in 2010, this album has been the most critically acclaimed of her career so far. 

Tracks played:

- Jazmine D.L.

- Bang Bang

- Like Water 

 

Anniversary Albums: Street Chant "Means" (2010)

Anniversary Albums: Street Chant "Means" (2010) Anniversary Albums: Street Chant "Means" (2010), 38.93 MB
Mon 18 May 2020

This week, Sam and Geneva are reunited for the first time in weeks. To celebrate, they take a look at the debut album from Street Chant "Means." Release in 2010, this record is a New Zealand indie classic and the album that set Street Chant on their way as a band. 

Songs played

- Less Chat, More Sewing

- Blister 

- Yaba Ara 

Anniversary Albums: Toy Love "Toy Love" (1980)

Anniversary Albums: Toy Love "Toy Love" (1980) Anniversary Albums: Toy Love "Toy Love" (1980), 20.67 MB
Mon 11 May 2020

This week, Sam takes a look at the self-titled debut album from Toy Love. Released in 1980, this album has become a New Zealand classic album and an essential record within the Dunedin sound scene. 

Tracks played:

- Swimming Pool

- Toy Love Song

- Photographs of Naked Ladies 

Anniversary Albums: Beach House "Teen Dream" (2010)

Anniversary Albums: Beach House "Teen Dream" (2010) Anniversary Albums: Beach House "Teen Dream" (2010), 27.61 MB
Mon 27 Apr 2020

This week, Sam took a look at the third studio album from dream pop duo Beach House "Teen Dream." Released in 2010, this record helped establish Beach House as one of the premier dream pop acts of the 2010s. 

Tracks played

- Silver Soul

- Used to Be

- Real Love 

Anniversary Albums: The Pet Shop Boys "Behaviour" (1990)

Anniversary Albums: The Pet Shop Boys "Behaviour" (1990) Anniversary Albums: The Pet Shop Boys "Behaviour" (1990), 28.06 MB
Mon 20 Apr 2020

This week, Sam takes a look at the fourth studio album by British pop sensations the Pet Shop Boys "Behaviour" which is turning 30. Released in 1990, this album saw the duo switch up their sound slightly. 

Tracks Played:

- How can you expect to be taken seriously?

- My October Symphony

- So Hard  

 

Anniversary Albums: Elastica "Elastica" (1995)

Anniversary Albums: Elastica "Elastica" (1995) Anniversary Albums: Elastica "Elastica" (1995), 19.67 MB
Mon 13 Apr 2020

This week on anniversary albums, Sam takes a look at the self-titled debut album from Britpop group Elastica. Released in 1995, at the time it was the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history.  

Tracks played

- Line Up

- Connection

- Car Song