Saturday, November 30, 2002

Coldplay charted with "Clocks": November 30, 2002

Originally posted November 30, 2011.



“Coldplay haters are a dime a dozen” LR and much of why the band is criticized rings true: “they’re boring, Chris Martin writes lyrics that are meaningless at best and embarrassing at worst, they’ve inspired a generation…that tries to soar and mostly just whines.” DS

However, on songs like “Clocks” “there’s something to the construction of the song that can be admired.” DS It is “built around one of the most compelling piano riffs of the entire decade.” AB’00 It “doesn’t progress like a standard Romantic melody, it interlocks and shifts with the tides.” DS “From those first piano plinkings, it is a soaring trip through the thinnest air.” LR“It’s almost unnerving, how Martin’s voice gets more delicate while the music gets more strident.” LR

The song wasn’t initially intended for A Rush of Blood to the Head, the band’s second album. Martin “had a crisis of confidence about the proposed release” NME’09 “en route to filing the tracklisting to label Parlophone” NME’09 and requested a two-month delay on the album’s release. At the suggestion of the band’s manager Phil Harvey, recorded “Clocks.” NME’09

The title alludes to “the world’s obsession with time” AMG while the lyrics pose the big question regarding our purpose for being here. Martin has said British rock band Muse served as the song’s inspiration, AB’00 but U2 is really the other band at play here since “Clocks” marks the moment when Coldplay thought “they could challenge U2 as The World’s Biggest Band.” PD




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Saturday, October 5, 2002

Eminem charts with "Lose Yourself": October 5, 2002

Originally posted October 5, 2011.



“Eminem’s autobiographical acting debut in 8 Mile marked the high point of the trickster’s relevance.” SN No one expected much from the movie. Sure, Eminem was at his peak, but on the surface this looked like a high-profile vanity project. However, the movie made “hip-hop as inspirational as Rocky with Em rapping about the kind of poverty he grew up in – and showing the superhuman rhyme powers that got him out of it.” RS’09

If Em’s “‘Rabbit’ character was 8 Mile’s Rocky Balboa, then ‘Lose Yourself’ was the movie’s ‘Eye of the Tiger.’” PD It is Eminem’s “definitive anthem, a vivid, white-knuckle account of the anxiety and self-doubt he grappled with during his earliest forays into performing.” MX As Jonathan Bogart writes, this is “the moment when he sounded as urgent and necessary as anyone’s ever been.” DS He also calls this “the finest postmillennial portrait of the pressures of lower-middle-class life in America.” DS

“The cinema-ready piano intro” CS suggests “how epic this song is going to be,” CS but the listener is still unprepared for “the force unleashed when Mr. Mathers begins rhyming over a head-nodding guitar riff.” CS “This anthem captured the raw intensity and emotion that comes with performing” BX and may be “the most lyrically complex hip-hop song to ever hit #1 on the pop charts” PD with Eminem “tongue-twisting his way through a variety of internal rhyme schemes.” PD

While Eminem had landed three #1’s in the UK, “Lose Yourself” marked his first trip to the top of the U.S. charts. With a dozen weeks in the pole position, “the tense, grunge-y” SN track became the longest-running #1 rap song on the Billboard Hot 100 AB’00 and has been called the most popular rap song in history. SS




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Tuesday, October 1, 2002

Oct. 1, 2002: Rolling Stones released career-spanning Forty Licks

Originally posted August 29, 2009. Last updated September 15, 2018.

Rolling Stones’ Compilations

Sorting out Stones’ compilations can be a bit of a chore. It’s not every band that’s had hits spread out over five decades. As a result, this page only covers compilations from the band’s post-Decca and London Records era. Those record companies, in the U.K. and U.S. respectively, held the rights to pre-1972 Stones’ material. Consquently, this page is devoted to Stones’ compilations from 1971 to 2002, so please check out the 1963-1971 compilations page as well.

The first official Stones’ compilation from the post-’71 era was Made in the Shade in 1975 followed by Sucking in the Seventies, in 1981. The next three compilations all duplicated the efforts of the aforementioned collections. This means Rewind, Jump Back, and Forty Licks are incredibly repetitive. However, the latter is the first career respective from the Stones, covering from 1963 to 2002 over two discs, making it the best place for a brand new fan to start.

Here are the collections featured on this page:

  1. Made in the Shade (single-disc compilation: 1971-74)
  2. Sucking in the Seventies (single-disc compilation: 1973-79)
  3. Rewind (single-disc compilation: 1971-84)
  4. Jump Back (single-disc compilation: 1971-93)
  5. Forty Licks (double-disc compilation: 1963-2002)

Click here to see all the album tracks featured on the above collections.


Genre: rock


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The Rolling Stones: Made in the Shade

Recorded: 1971-1974


Released: June 6, 1975


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.5


Peak: US: 6, UK: 14, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

Made in the Shade, released in 1975, is the first official compilation album by The Rolling Stones during their Atlantic Records contract. It draws entirely from their first four albums on that label.” WK-MS “The material…surveys the highlights from the band's post-Decca/London era…from 1971’s Sticky Fingers to It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll from 1974, with no new material.” WK-MS The Stones “were mid-way through recording Black and Blue upon this album's June 1975 release” WK-MS, putting this out “to capitalize on the band’s summer Tour of the Americas, featuring Ronnie Wood for the first time in Mick Taylor’s place. Wood, fitting in so well, was asked to remain in the band on a permanent basis following the tour’s conclusion.” WK-MS “Subsequent Rolling Stones compilation albums have also anthologized tracks included on this album.” WK-MS

The Rolling Stones: Sucking in the Seventies

Recorded: 1973-1979


Released: March 9, 1981


Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.0


Peak: US: 15, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: 39

Review:

Sucking in the Seventies was “released in 1981. As the successor to 1975’s Made in the Shade, it covers material from 1974’s It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll to 1980’s Emotional Rescue. All of the album tracks except Shattered were remixed or re-edited for this release, and some rarer material was also included. Everything Is Turning to Gold was previously released as ‘Shattered’s B-side in late 1978 in the U.S. only; If I Was A Dancer (Dance Pt. 2) is a longer and different mix and containing different lyrics than ‘Dance (Pt. 1)’, the opening track on Emotional Rescue, which, despite this compilation’s title, was released in 1980; and When the Whip Comes Down is presented in an otherwise unreleased live version, recorded in Detroit on the 1978 tour.” WK-SS

The Rolling Stones: Rewind

Recorded: 1971-1984


Released: July 2, 1984


Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.5


Peak: US: 86, UK: 23, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

Rewind (1971–1984) “was released in 1984. Coming only three years after Sucking in the Seventies, the album was primarily compiled to mark the end of the band’s worldwide alliance with EMI (and Warner Music in North America), both of whom were the distributors of Rolling Stones Records.” RW “The UK and US editions…would each feature altered track listings, reflecting the individual tastes of both territories.” RW “The album was re-released on Compact Disc in the United States adding It’s Only Rock’n’ Roll (But I Like It) and Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker).” RW

The Rolling Stones: Jump Back

Recorded: 1971-1989


Released: Nov. 22, 1993


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: 0.6, IFPI: --, World: 4.5


Peak: US: 30, UK: 16, Canada: --, Australia: 9

Review:

This was the Stones’ “first release under their contract with Virgin Records in November 1993.” JB This was released worldwide, except in North America, where it finally “came on 24 August 2004. The first Rolling Stones compilation packaged in the Compact Disc era, Jump Back: The Best of The Rolling Stones stretches from 1971’s Sticky Fingers to then-most recent studio album Steel Wheels in 1989.” JB

The Rolling Stones: Forty Licks

Recorded: 1964-2002


Released: Oct. 1, 2002


Sales (in millions): US: 4.0, UK: 0.9, IFPI: 1.0, World: 10.1


Peak: US: 2, UK: 2, Canada: --, Australia: 3

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“Forty Licks is a double compilation album by The Rolling Stones. A forty-year career-spanning retrospective, Forty Licks is notable for being the first retrospective to combine the band’s formative Decca/London era of the 1960s, now licensed by ABKCO Records (disc one), with their self-owned post-1970 material, currently distributed by Universal music (disc two).” FL This page only focuses on the material from disc two. For disc one material, check out the 1963-1971 compilations page.

Album Tracks – All Collections

Click here for the chart codes for singles/hit songs.


1971-1979:

  1. Brown Sugar (4/16/71, #1 US, #2 UK, air: 3 m) MS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  2. Bitch MS, JB
  3. Wild Horses (6/12/71, #28 US) MS, JB, FL
  4. Tumbling Dice (4/29/72, #7 US, #5 UK) MS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  5. Happy (7/15/72, #22 US) MS, FL
  6. Rip This Joint MS
  7. Angie (9/1/73, #1 US, #5 UK, #38 AC, sales: 1 m) MS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  8. Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) (1/12/74, #15 US) MS, RW-US
  9. It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll (But I Like It) (8/3/74, #16 US, #10 UK) MS, RW-UK, JB, FL
  10. Dance Little Sister MS
  11. Time Waits for No One SS
  12. Fool to Cry (4/24/76, #10 US, #6 UK) SS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  13. Hot Stuff (4/24/76, #49 US, #84 RB) SS, JB
  14. Crazy Mama SS
  15. Mannish Boy (live) SS
  16. Miss You (5/27/78, #1 US, #3 UK, #33 RB, sales: 1 m) RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  17. Beast of Burden (9/9/78, #8 US) SS, RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  18. Respectable (9/30/78, #23 UK) RW-UK, JB
  19. Shattered (12/16/78, #31 US) SS, FL
  20. Everything Is Turning to Gold SS
  21. When the Whip Comes Down (live) SS

1980-2002:

  1. Emotional Rescue (7/5/80, #3 US, #9 UK) RW-US, JB, FL
  2. She’s So Cold (9/27/80, #26 US, #33 UK) RW-UK
  3. If I Was a Dancer (Dance Pt. 2) (4/18/81, #26 AR) SS
  4. Start Me Up (8/22/81, #2 US, #7 UK, #1 AR) RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  5. Hang Fire (9/26/81, #20 US, #2 AR) RW-US
  6. Waiting on a Friend (11/28/81, #13 US, #50 UK, #8 AR) RW-UK, RW-US, JB
  7. Undercover of the Night (11/12/83, #9 US, #11 UK, #2 AR) RW-UK, RW-US, JB, FL
  8. Harlem Shuffle (3/15/86, #5 US, #13 UK, #2 AR) JB
  9. Mixed Emotions (9/2/89, #5 US, #36 UK, #1 AR, #22 MR) JB, FL
  10. Rock and a Hard Place (9/9/89, #23 US, #63 UK, #1 AR) JB
  11. Love Is Strong (7/9/94, #91 US, #14 UK, #2 AR) FL
  12. You Got Me Rocking (7/23/94, #23 UK, #2 AR) FL
  13. Anybody Seen My Baby? (9/20/97, #22 UK, #3 AR) FL
  14. Don’t Stop (9/14/02) #36 UK, #21 AR) FL
  15. Keys to Your Love FL
  16. Stealing My Heart FL
  17. Losing My Touch FL

MS Made in the Shade
SS Sucking in the Seventies
RW-UK Rewind (U.K. version)
RW-US Rewind (U.S. version)
JB Jump Back
FL Forty Licks **


Notes: * Rewind features different track listing for the UK and US versions, noted above as RW-UK and RW-US.

** Only disc two songs are covered on this page. Disc one songs are featured on the 1963-1971 compilations page.


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Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Sept. 24, 2002: Elvis Presley's 30 #1 Hits released

Originally posted April 2, 2008. Last updated September 16, 2018.

Elvis Presley Compilations

Here are the collections featured on this page:

  1. Golden Records (1954-57)
  2. 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2 (1956-59)
  3. Golden Records Vol. 3 (1960-62)
  4. Golden Records Vol. 4 (1958-67)
  5. Golden Records Vol. 5 (1968-77)
  6. The Top Ten Hits (1956-72)
  7. 30 #1 Hits (2002)
  8. 2nd to None (2003)

Click here to see all the album tracks featured on the above collections.

You can also check out more of Elvis Presley’s recordings here:


Genre: early rock and roll


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Elvis Presley: Golden Records

Recorded: 1954-1957


Released: March 1958


Sales (in millions): US: 6.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 10.0


Peak: US: 3, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Quotable: “Rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album” – Bruce Eder, All Music Guide


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Review:

“This was rock & roll’s first greatest-hits album, and it set the standard for all others to follow. As originally conceived, it was a 14-song collection of most of the King’s biggest hits up to that time, released on the eve of his start of military service – a dearth of material being in the offing, it seemed only logical to assemble these hits. Each of the 14 songs had earned a gold-record award for a million sales, a record unequaled at that time by anyone else in rock & roll. The album wasn’t intended as a history lesson, so Hound Dog and Loving You precede Heartbreak Hotel – the 1997 remastering also tampers with the concept a bit, adding six bonus tracks.” BE

“Elvis’ singing never sounded richer or more expressive, and one can fully appreciate in vivid detail the delicate nuances of his phrasing on songs like Too Much. On the downside, the remastering has made the sound so clean on some of the harder songs that some of the raw, ‘dirty’ ambience that characterized this stuff on the radio and the original 45s is lacking. Still, Scotty Moore’s groundbreaking lead guitar part on ‘Hound Dog’ and the Jordanaires’ backup singing never came through more sharply or cleanly, and the all-important rhythm section is almost up front in the mix.” BE

“Those who own the first Elvis box from RCA, covering the ‘50s masters, may hesitate to pick up this or the other parts of this latest remastered series, but the sound has been upgraded one more level, and Golden Hits does give a bite-sized glimpse of where Elvis had come from and where he was going (for better or worse) musically on the eve of heading into the Army.” BE

Elvis Presley: 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2

Recorded: 1956-1959


Released: Nov. 13, 1959


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.0


Peak: US: 31, UK: 4, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

The initial release of Elvis’ second greatest-hits collection, Gold Records, Volume 2 (also known as 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong), featured singles released in 1958 and 1959, dating back to recording sessions from 1957. A reissue of the album added bonus tracks dating back to 1956.

Among the songs were the #1 hits Don’t, Hard Headed Woman, and Big Hunk O’ Love and the top ten hits I Beg of You, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, I Got Stung, One Night, I Need Your Love Tonight, and Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I.

The title on the original label for the album was Elvis’ Gold Records, Vol. 2. The phrase “50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong” did not appear on the original label, but was added from 1959 to 1961 to the labels of some mono records and the newly released “electronically reprocessed stereo” records.” WK2 The phrase was removed in 1968 and not added again until the CD release. WK2

Elvis Presley: Golden Records 3

Recorded: 1960-1962


Released: August 11, 1963


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 1.0


Peak: US: 3, UK: 6, Canada: --, Australia: 79

Review:

Elvis’ third Golden Records collection compiled singles from 1960 to 1962 – eight A-sides and four B-sides. Five of the singles went to #1: Stuck on You, It’s Now or Never, Are You Lonesome Tonight?, Surrender, and Good Luck Charm. WK3

“It’s Now or Never” was adapted from “the 1898 Neapolitan song ‘O Sole Mio,’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight,’ a ballad from 1926, had been a rare request from [Elvis’ manager, Tom] Parker to Presley for Parker’s wife.” WK

Elvis Presley: Golden Records 4

Recorded: 1960-1967


Released: January 2, 1968


Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 0.5


Peak: US: 33, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

The fourth album in the Golden Records series came five years after its predecessor. Sales has cooled for Elvis and his singles were no longer automatic top 40 hits. Ten of the twelve cuts on this collection did go top 40, but only one song (You’re the Devil in Disguise) reached the top ten.

Three of the B-sides (Lonely Man, A Mess of Blues, Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello) were old enough that they could have been on the previous Golden Records album and Ain’t That Loving You Baby, another B-side, was recorded back in 1958. WK4

Elvis Presley: Golden Records 5

Recorded: 1968-1977


Released: March 1984


Sales (in millions): US: 0.5, UK: --, IFPI: --, World: 0.5


Peak: US: --, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

The fifth and final entry in the Golden Records series came in 1984, seven years after Elvis’ death. The collection, which tapped material from the last decade of his career, included nine top 40 hits and a B-side.

“The first half of the album focused on Elvis’ late 1960s comeback-era recordings: If I Can Dream was taken from his comeback special, three singles from the American studios sessions Suspicious Minds, Kentucky Rain, and In the Ghetto.” WK5 Clean Up Your Own Backyard was a soundtrack recording from The Trouble with Girls.

“The second half of the records focused on Elvis’ late period singles including Burning Love and Moody Blue. RCA did not base the selection solely on commercial factors, as they omitted two top ten hit singles from this time period, ‘Don't Cry Daddy’ from 1969 and ‘The Wonder of You’ from 1970.

Elvis Presley: The Top Ten Hits

Recorded: 1956-1972


Released: August 1987


Sales (in millions): US: 4.0, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 4.1


Peak: US: 117, UK: --, Canada: --, Australia: --

Review:

All 38 of Elvis’ top ten hits from his career are gathered here on this two-disc collection. This retrospective walks the listener through from 1956’s Heartbreak Hotel to 1972’s Burning Love. These songs “are absolutely first-rate – there’s no arguing with I Want You, I Need You, I Love You, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, …All Shook Up, Jailhouse Rock, …Can’t Help Falling in Love, …Return to Sender, Suspicious Minds, and many, many others. It’s the perfect way to start an Elvis collection and, for many casual fans, the only set to own.” ET

Even so, “there’s a huge amount of terrific material that isn't included on the compilation. There’s none of his Sun recordings, none of his gritty blues, none of his gospel, precious little of his country recordings, and many great singles for RCA aren’t included.” ET

Elvis Presley: 30 #1 Hits

Recorded: 1956-1977 (+ a 2002 remix)


Released: Sept. 24, 2002


Sales (in millions): US: 6.0, UK: 1.86, IFPI: 3.0, World: 12.88


Peak: US: 13, UK: 12, Canada: 15, Australia: 14

Quotable: “This is the best way to hear Elvis the Superstar.” – Josh Tyrangiel and Alan Light, Time magazine

Awards:

Review:

“RCA and the Elvis estate made no bones about their intention on replicating the blockbuster success of the Beatles’ The Beatles 1 with their own single-disc collection of number one hits — hence, the 2002 release of Elvis: 30 #1 Hits. The idea of collecting all the number one hits is simple enough, but there are problems inherent with the concept, not the least of which is that RCA did this once before. Unlike the Beatles, who went through numerous changes in just seven years of recording, Elvis had nearly three times as many years’ worth of material and hits to choose from. Also, he hit on a number of different charts – not just pop, but also R&B, country, and adult contemporary. Furthermore, where almost all of the Beatles’ number one hits sampled at least part of their music, there are significant chunks of Elvis' best material – including the visionary sides for Sun – that didn’t hit the top of the charts.” E30

“All of this makes assembling a similar comprehensive sampler of Elvis’ biggest hits much more difficult, and it doesn’t help that RCA has decided not to have a rigid aesthetic and sample from different charts all over the world, resulting in a collection that feels more of a patchwork than it should, even if the bulk of the material is from the early ‘60s; at least five songs feel like they should have been replaced with better, and better-known, sides.” E30

“It's no great surprise that the second half of this chronologically ordered collection sags in direct proportion to the Big E’s waistline. Still, given that most of his RCA albums had valleys of filler that would shame anyone but Colonel Parker, this is the best way to hear Elvis the Superstar. Hound Dog, All Shook Up, Are You Lonesome Tonight and the ever zany Suspicious Minds still sound fresh and immediate – impressive given how many times most the world has heard them – and show off the diversity of Elvis’ singing, from the purity of his gospel falsetto to his rock and roll purr.” TL

“Even if much of this material is exceedingly familiar, there also feels like there is a lot missing because, frankly, there is. No Sun singles and very little from his classic 1968 comeback or early-‘70s hits like ‘Moody Blue,’ not to mention sides that would showcase Elvis ‘the rocker’ better than what’s here, which plays closer to Elvis the ‘60s pop crooner than anything else. And, let’s face it, no matter what the packaging is, Elvis: 30 #1 Hits can’t feel that new because of the veritable flood of Elvis collections RCA has issued since the King started having hits. This is a very good compilation, covering many of the basics, but it’s hardly close to the only Elvis disc you’ll ever need, and it's not even that great of a starting place, since it lacks so much of his best material.” E30

“Also, even though this is one of the most carefully considered compilations of Elvis hits, it can’t help but feel a little shoddy since there’s actually 31 number one hits here, with the addition of the JXL remix of A Little Less Conversation tacked onto the end, no matter how good the single is.” E30

Elvis Presley: 2nd to None

Recorded: --


Released: 1954-1976


Sales (in millions): US: 1.0, UK: 0.1, IFPI: --, World: 1.26


Peak: US: 3, UK: 4, Canada: 3, Australia: 4

Review:

They say all good things come to an end; apparently no one notified the compilers of Elvis collections – they just keep coming and coming. This album was considered the “follow-up” to the hugely successful single-disc greatest hits 30 #1 Hits released the year before. This collection is obviously not as strong as that one and isn’t really the next place to go if you were introduced to Elvis by the 30 #1 Hits package. You’d be better off turning to his ‘50s material like The Sun Collection or Elvis’ official debut album, simply called Elvis Presley. If you really are hooked, go straight to the box set The King of Rock and Roll: The Complete ‘50s Masters.

Album Tracks – All Collections

Click here for the chart codes for singles/hit songs.


1954-1957:

  1. That’s All Right, Mama (7/54, #3 UK, sales: ½ million) G1*, 2N
  2. Baby Let’s Play House (4/55, #5 CW) G1*
  3. I Forgot to Remember to Forget (7/21/55, #1 CW) 2N
  4. Mystery Train (9/17/55, #25 UK, #11 CW) G1*
  5. Heartbreak Hotel (3/3/56, #1 US, #2 UK, #1 CW, #3 RB, sales: 5 million, airplay: 2 million) G1, TT, 30
  6. I Was the One (3/3/56, #19 US, #8 CW) G1*
  7. Blue Suede Shoes (4/7/56, #20 US, #9 UK, sales: 5 million) G1*, 2N
  8. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You (5/26/56, #1 US, #14 UK, #3 RB, #1 CW, sales: 2 million) G1, TT, 2N
  9. My Baby Left Me (5/26/56, #31 US, #19 UK, #13 CW) G1*
  10. Don’t Be Cruel (8/11/56 – double A-side with “Hound Dog,” #1 US, #24 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 10 million) G1, TT, 30
  11. Hound Dog (8/11/56, #1 US, #2 UK, #1 RB) G1, TT, 30
  12. Paralyzed (10/19/56, #59 US, #8 UK) G2*
  13. Love Me Tender (10/20/56, #1 US, #11 UK, #3 CW, #3 RB, sales: 5 million, airplay: 3 million) G1, TT, 30
  14. Anyway You Want Me That’s How I Will Be (10/20/56, #20 US, #12 RB) G1
  15. Love Me (11/17/56, #2 US, #7 RB, #10 CW) G1, TT, 2N
  16. Too Much (1/4/57, #1 US, #6 UK, #3 CW, #3 RB, sales: 2 million) G1, TT, 30
  17. Playing for Keeps (1/4/57, #21 US) G2*
  18. There’ll Be Peace in the Valley for Me (4/1/57, #25 US) G2
  19. All Shook Up (4/6/57, #1 US, #1 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 7 million, airplay: 2 million) G1, TT, 30
  20. That’s When Your Heartache Begins (4/13/57, #58 US) G1
  21. Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear (6/11/57, #1 US, #3 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 5 million) G1, TT, 30
  22. Loving You (6/24/57, #20 US, #24 UK, #15 CW) G1, 2N

1957-1959:

  1. Mean Woman Blues (7/1/57, #11 RB, #11 CW) G2*, 2N
  2. Party (7/1/57, #2 UK) G2*
  3. Got a Lot O’ Livin’ to Do (7/1/57, #17 UK) G2*
  4. Jailhouse Rock (9/24/57, #1 US, #1 UK, #1 CW, #1 RB, sales: 9 million) G1, TT, 30
  5. Treat Me Nice (9/24/57, #18 US, #7 RB, #11 CW) G1, 2N
  6. Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me (11/15/57, #7 UK) G2*
  7. Santa Claus Is Back in Town (11/15/57, #41 UK) G2*
  8. Don’t (1/7/58, #1 US, #2 UK, #2 CW, #4 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, TT, 30
  9. I Beg of You (1/7/58, #8 US, #4 CW, #5 RB) G2, TT
  10. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck (4/7/58, #2 US, #3 UK, #3 CW, #1 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, TT, 2N
  11. Doncha Think Its Time (4/7/58, #15 US, #10 RB) G2
  12. Ain’t That Loving You Baby (recorded 6/10/58, released 9/22/64, #16 US) G4
  13. Hard Headed Woman (6/30/58, #1 US, #2 UK, #2 CW, #2 RB, sales: 2 million) G2*, TT, 30
  14. King Creole (9/19/58, #2 UK) G2*, 2N
  15. Trouble (9/19/58) 2N
  16. One Night (10/21/58, #4 US, #1 UK, #24 CW, #10 RB, sales: 2 million) G2, TT, 30
  17. I Got Stung (10/21/58, #8 US, #1 UK) G2, TT, 2N
  18. Now and Then There’s a Fool Such As I (3/10/59, #2 US, #1 UK, #16 RB, sales: 5 million) G2, TT, 30
  19. I Need Your Love Tonight (3/10/59, #4 US) G2, TT, 2N
  20. A Big Hunk O’ Love (6/23/59, #1 US, #4 UK, #10 RB, sales: 1 million) G2, TT, 30
  21. My Wish Came True (6/23/59, #12 US, #15 RB) G2

1960-1962:

  1. Stuck on You (3/23/60, #1 US, #3 UK, #27 CW, #6 RB, sales: 2 million) G3, TT, 30
  2. Fame and Fortune (3/23/60, #17 US) G3
  3. The Girl of My Best Friend (album: 4/8/60, single: 9/4/76, #9 UK) G3*
  4. It’s Now or Never (7/5/60, #1 US, #1 UK, #6 RB, sales: 22 million) G3, TT, 30
  5. A Mess of Blues (7/5/60, #32 US, #2 UK) G4, 2N
  6. Crying in the Chapel (recorded 10/31/60, released 4/24/65, #3 US, #2 UK, #1 AC, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million) G4*, TT, 30
  7. Are You Lonesome Tonight? (11/1/60, #1 US, #1 UK, #22 CW, #3 RB, sales: 9 million) G3, TT, 30
  8. I Gotta Know (11/1/60, #20 US) G3
  9. Wooden Heart (3/11/61, #2 UK, 5 million) G3*, 30
  10. Surrender (2/7/61, #1 US, #2 UK, sales: 6 million) G3, TT, 30
  11. I Feel So Bad (2/7/61, #5 US, #15 RB, #4 UK) G3, TT, 2N
  12. Lonely Man (2/7/61, #32 US) G4
  13. Wild in the Country (5/2/61, #26 US, #4 UK, sales: 1 million) G3*
  14. Marie’s the Name of His Latest Flame (8/8/61, #4 US, #3 UK, #2 AC, sales: 1 million) G3, TT, 30
  15. Little Sister (8/8/61, #5 US, #1 UK) G3, TT, 2N
  16. Rock-A-Hula Baby (10/1/61, #23 US, #1 UK, sales: 0.8 million G4*, 2N
  17. Can’t Help Falling in Love (12/4/61, #2 US, #1 AC, sales: 2 million) G3*, TT, 30
  18. Anything That's Part of You (2/27/62, #31 US, #6 AC) G3
  19. Good Luck Charm (3/17/62, #1 US, #2 UK, sales: 5 million) G3, TT, 30
  20. Follow That Dream (4/1/62, #15 US, #5 AC, sales: 2 million) G3*
  21. She’s Not You (7/17/62, #5 US, #3 UK, #2 AC, #13 RB, sales: 1 million) G3, TT, 30
  22. Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello (7/17/62, #55 US, #14 AC) G4
  23. King of the Whole Wide World (9/22/62, #30 US) G3*

1962-1968:

  1. Return to Sender (10/20/62, #2 US, #5 UK, #5 RB, sales: 5 million) G4*, TT, 30
  2. You’re the Devil in Disguise (6/18/63, #3 US, #2 UK, #9 RB, sales: 1 million) G4, TT, 30
  3. Please Don’t Drag That String Around (6/18/63, --) G4
  4. Bossa Nova Baby (10/1/63, #8 US, #20 RB, #13 UK, sales: 1 million) G4*, TT, 2N
  5. Witchcraft (10/1/63, #32 US) G4
  6. Kissin’ Cousins (2/10/64, #12 US, #10 UK) G4*
  7. It Hurts Me (2/10/64, #29 US) G4
  8. Viva Las Vegas (3/12/64, #29 US, #15 UK, sales: 1 million) G4*, 2N
  9. What’d I Say (4/28/64, #21 US) G4
  10. Ask Me (9/22/64, #12 US) G4
  11. I’m a Roustabout (1964) 2N
  12. Love Letters (6/8/66, #19 US, #6 UK, #38 AC) G4
  13. Indescribably Blue (1/10/67, #33 US) G4
  14. Big Boss Man (9/26/67, #38 US) G5*
  15. Guitar Man (1/9/68, #28 US, #19 UK, #16 AC, #1 CW, airplay: 1 million) G5*
  16. U.S. Male (2/28/68, #28 US, #15 UK, #55 CW) G5*
  17. If I Can Dream (11/5/68, #12 US, #11 UK, sales: 1 million) G5, 2N
  18. Edge of Reality (11/5/68, --) G5*

1969-1977:

  1. Memories (2/25/69, #35 US, #7 AC, #56 CW) G5*, 2N
  2. In the Ghetto (5/3/69, #3 US, #2 UK, #8 AC, #60 CW, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million) G5, TT, 30
  3. Clean Up Your Own Backyard (6/17/69, #35 US, #21 UK, #37 AC, #74 CW, sales: 1 million) G5
  4. Suspicious Minds (9/13/69, #1 US, #2 UK, #4 AC, sales: 7 million, airplay: 5 million) G5, TT, 30
  5. Don’t Cry Daddy (11/5/69, #6 US, #8 UK, #3 AC, #13 CW, sales: 2 million) TT, 2N
  6. Kentucky Rain (2/14/70, #16 US, #21 UK, #3 AC, #31 CW, sales: 1 million, airplay: 2 million) G5, 2N
  7. The Wonder of You (5/16/70, #9 US, #4 UK, #1 AC, #37 CW, sales: 1 million, airplay: 1 million) TT, 30
  8. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (10/6/70, #11 US, #9 UK, #1 AC, #56 CW, sales: 1 million) G5*, 2N
  9. An American Trilogy (5/6/72, #66 US, #8 UK, #31 AC) 2N
  10. Burning Love (8/19/72, #2 US, #7 UK, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million) G5, TT, 30
  11. Always on My Mind (12/2/72, #9 UK, #16 CW, sales: 1 million) 2N
  12. If You Talk in Your Sleep (5/10/74, #17 US, #40 UK, #6 AC) G5
  13. Promised Land (10/19/74, #14 US, #9 UK) 2N
  14. For the Heart (3/27/76, #45 CW) G5
  15. Moody Blue (12/18/76, #31 US, #6 UK, #2 AC, #1 CW) G5, 2N
  16. Way Down (6/25/77, #18 US, #1 UK, #14 AC, #1 CW, sales: 5 million) G5, 30
  17. A Little Less Conversation (JXL remix) (7/13/02, #50 US, #1 UK, sales: ½ million) 30
  18. Rubberneckin’ (remix) (9/27/03, #94 US, #5 UK) 2N

G1 Golden Records
G2 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Golden Records Vol. 2
G3 Golden Records Volume 3
G4 Golden Records Volume 4
G5 Golden Records Volume 5
TT The Top Ten Hits
30 30 #1 Hits
2N 2nd to None

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002

8/27/2002: Queens of the Stone Age release Songs for the Deaf

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Released: 27 August 2002
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) 1. The Real Song for the Deaf 2. You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar But I Feel Like a Millionaire 3. No One Knows (10/12/02, #51 US, #5 AR, #1 MR, #15 UK) 4. First It Giveth (8/1/03 #33 UK) 5. A Song for the Dead 6. The Sky Is Fallin’ 7. Six Shooter 8. Hangin’ Tree 9. Go with the Flow (4/1/03, #24 AR, #7 MR, #21 UK, #39 AU) 10. Gonna Leave You 11. Do It Again 12. God Is in the Radio 13. Another Love Song 14. A Song for the Deaf 15. Mosquito Song

Sales (in millions): 1.19 US, 0.1 UK, 2.29 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 17 US, 4 UK

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Review: Songs for the Deaf, the third outing for American rock band Queens of the Stone Age, was loosely built around the concept of the listener tuning into local radio stations while road tripping from Los Angeles to Joshua Tree. Mock radio broadcasts surface between songs, reinforcing the cliché that modern commercial radio is worthless drivel.

The formula proved successful, pushing the album to platinum status in the U.S. and Europe and generated modern-rock hits with the “lurching, weirdly-springy” AZ “No One Knows” (#1) and “Go with the Flow” (#7). Bot songs earned Grammy nominations for Best Hard Rock Performance.

No One Knows

The album got a big boost because of the presence of Dave Grohl, leader singer for Foo Fighters and former drummer for Nirvana. Grohl had befriended QOTSA frontman Josh Homme in 1992 and QOTSA had opened for Foo Fighters. The band was going through a shake-up and Grohl stepped in as the temporary drummer, even touring with the band and putting Foo Fighters on hold.

The album is often considered the band’s best. Amazon’s Kim Hughes calls it “speed rock that whips by so fast it creates its own breeze” and says it is “a hard rock record so good that it immediately evokes a conspiratorial fervor that makes you want to tell everyone you can about it.” AZ Entertainment Weekly called it “the year’s best hard-rocking album” WK while Splendid said, “This is not your father’s metal. It’s better.” WK Mojo, Spin, and NME all ranked it as one of the top ten albums of the year. WK Kerrang! rated it #1 for 2002 while music critic Steven Hyden went a step farther in calling it the greatest hrd-rock record of the 21st century. WK


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Monday, August 26, 2002

Coldplay released A Rush of Blood to the Head: August 26, 2002

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Released: 26 August 2002
Tracks: (Click for codes to singles charts.) 1. Politik 2. In My Place (7/20/02, #2 UK, #17 MR) 3. God Put a Smile Upon Your Face (7/14/03, --) 4. The Scientist (11/4/02, #10 UK, #18 MR, sales: 0.5 m) 5. Clocks (11/30/02, #29 US, #9 UK, #9 MR, sales: 1.0 m) 6. Daylight 7. Green Eyes 8. Warning Sign 9. A Whisper 10. A Rush of Blood to the Head 11. Amsterdam

Sales (in millions): 4.8 US, 2.8 UK, 15.8 world (includes US and UK)

Peak: 5 US, 13 UK

Rating:


Review: Coldplay’s “wonderfully assured debut” AZ album, Parachutes, put the group on the map when it emerged in 2000. However, while it topped the UK charts, its #51 peak in the U.S. coupled with minor pop hit “Yellow” (also a top ten at alternative rock) certainly didn’t suggest the group would some day compete for title of Biggest Band in the World. That song “didn’t follow the rock formula… similarly A Rush of Blood to the Head might not instantly grab listeners, but it’s not tailored that way.” AMG Others saw the band’s dominance coming. The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis said, “It sounds like an album ready to take on the world, and win.” WK

The album is “initially inaccessible, but that’s what makes it intriguing.” AMG “Echoes of early post-punk showcase Coldplay’s ballsy musicianship…It’s not exactly rock & roll, but Radiohead, Echo & the Bunnymen, and the Smiths aren’t exactly rock & roll either, and they’re well-loved.” AMG Coldplay had “advanced to a stage where they outshine nearly every one of their rivals in terms of imagination and emotional pull.” AZ There was actually noise in the U.K. press after the debut that they might call it quits after just one album. The group was exhausted after touring to support Parachutes and frontman Chris Martin “insisted he was dry; …he hadn’t written a song in months.” AMG However, “somewhere lurked the beauty of In My Place. The spirit and soul of this ballad allowed Coldplay to pull it together to make a second album.” AMG As Martin said, “It was the song that made us want to do a second album. It kept us going and made us think we could still write songs.” WK

In My Place

“From the delicate, shimmery classic ‘In My Place’ to the piano surge of The Scientist, Coldplay exude an honest passion.” AMG Coldplay “let it all go on this” AMG “soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic” AZ “U2-esque epic rock of…PolitikWK “to the hushed tones of” AZ “lovedrunk balladGreen EyesAMG “without once breaking its mesmerizing spell.” AZ The latter, along with “the disco haze of Daylight,” AMG “are divine examples of solid lyrical arrangements.” AMG Meanwhile “‘Politik’ and the stunning guitar-driven God Put a Smile Upon Your Face project a nervy edge to the band.” AMG

The Scientist

“Acoustics are drowned out by Jon Buckland’s riveting guitar work, and vocally, Martin has sharpened his falsetto, refining his haunting deliver…You can feel, hear, and touch the blood, sweat, and tears behind each song, and that’s exactly what Coldplay were going for.” AMG “Lush melodies and a heartbreak behind the songs are there, but also a newfound confidence.” AMG “Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places only Jeff Buckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, a persuasive cross between Pink Floyd and the Verve…This is exquisite stuff.” AZ “Regardless of the band still being in their mid-twenties, they’ve made an amazing record…A Rush of Blood to the Head didn’t sugarcoat anything.” AMG

Rush garnered Coldplay its second Grammy for Best Alternative Album and “In My Place” landed a Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. The group also landed the prize for Record of the Year for Clocks. A BBC listener poll in 2013 ranked the album the best of all time. WK

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