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This is part 38 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.

Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month – thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time or the one that’s made them the most money in sales, or the most clicked-on review, but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.

Brian West, Afternoon Drive, Y108, Hamilton, ON
Black Sabbath, Paranoid
My Dad used to play the song Iron Man all the time, and as a kid I loved the beginning with the vocal effect on Ozzy’s voice saying, ‘I Am Iron Man’. I’m sure I wore out that record asking him to play it over and over again. I eventually got my own copy of the CD and would play it front to back. One thing I loved about that album, is if you panned the audio to (I think the right channel), you would hear Geezer Butler’s bass lines perfectly, as Tony Iommi’s guitars were on the left side. After I found out you could listen to those different instruments on their own, I would constantly listen to each song over and over again once on the left side, then on the right. This introduced me to the bass guitar, which I ended up learning how to play and later joined a band. It’s all thanks to Geezer! My daughter dressed up as Iron Man for Halloween this year… she’s 3 and it was the perfect opportunity for me to introduce her to Sabbath! She loved that same line at the beginning…It’s come full circle.



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Buzz Bishop, Middays on XL103, Calgary, AB
Sinead O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got
Sure, everyone looks at the tabloid headlines, thinks of ‘that one song,’ Nothing Compares To You, but if you listened to the whole thing, front to back again, you’d remember it for the masterpiece it was. Sinead’s voice soars and whispers with emotion. Three Babies, Black Boys on Mopeds, The Last Day of Our Acquaintance, each track is raw genius. And then there’s that hit that is still perfect 25 years later.




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Bub McCullough, WMCI/WCBH/WWGO, Mattoon, IL
Waylon Jennings, Honky Tonk Heroes
He set the tone for the man who become the epitome of “outlaw.” The one who did it his own way, and better than anyone ever.





Bruce Kenyon, Newstalk CHQR, Calgary, AB
The Who, Who’s Next
I can remember listening to it the first time when it came out and I remember my friends and I thinking it wasn’t as ballsy as Live At Leeds,our favorite at the time. But, obviously it grew on me. I read where Glyn Johns had said that because the band had already toured and played the songs live before coming into the studio, they were already more than familiar with the material and I think that they’re familiarity with the material shows. Keith Moon is at his peak at the time and the album defines “having legs”. It stands up to any record ever made.





Adam Bernard, Adam’s World blog
The Cardigans, Gran Turismo
There is so much to love about this album. It’s pop-rock, but it’s also completely outside the box. It’s moody, but gorgeous. There’s live instrumentation, and electronic elements. Throughout it all, Nina Persson’s incredibly emotive voice is seemingly singing directly to you, and to hear someone whose vocals can be so sweet take such a dark turn on an anti-love song like “Do You Believe” is truly an amazing thing.

Consultez ces album classique couvre … en français !
Check out these classical album covers…in French!



Boards of Canada.

Cat Power.

Earth, Wind & Fire.

Gipsy Kings.

Howlin’ Wolf.

James Brown.

Joy Division.


Kool & The Gang.

Massive Attack.


Talking Heads.

The Beatles.

The Who.

Via Fubiz

THE WHO today confirmed that they are postponing all remaining dates on their “THE WHO HITS 50!” North American tour.  They had initially postponed FOUR shows on doctor’s orders after Roger Daltrey contracted a mystery virus. Initially it was hoped that the rest of the tour might proceed, but after extensive tests the seriousness of his condition became apparent when doctors diagnosed Roger as having viral Meningitis and prescribed a period of rest. The band apologize to fans and realize that the postponement will cause an inconvenience for ticketholders. It wasn’t a decision taken lightly–THE WHO always give their fans 100% and were never going to compromise the show, but ultimately the band had no alternative but to postpone the tour.

Roger was particularly disappointed as he had been especially looking forward to the Teen Cancer America benefit in Los Angeles, a charity that he and THE WHO have worked tirelessly for. Thankfully he is already getting better and said, “We are very sorry to disappoint our fans in this way. For the last four weeks, I have been in and out of the hospital and have been diagnosed with viral Meningitis. I am now on the mend and feeling a lot better, but I am going to need a considerable time to recover.  The doctors tell me I will make a complete recovery, but that I should not do any touring this year.”

Pete Townshend added, “We are rescheduling all of the shows for next spring 2016. We apologize to all of our fans who have supported us in the last 50 years. Once Roger is completely well we will come back stronger than ever and Roger and I will give you all a show to remember.”

The tour dates being postponed are as follows:

DATE                                 CITY                                                  VENUE

Mon      9/14                    San Diego, CA                                Valley View Casino Center

Wed      9/16                    Anaheim, CA                                  Honda Center

Sat         9/19                    Las Vegas, NV                                Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Mon      9/21                    Los Angeles, CA                             STAPLES Center

Thu       9/24                    Portland, OR                                  Moda Center

Sun        9/27                    Seattle, WA                                    KeyArena at Seattle Center

Tue        9/29                    Vancouver, BC                               Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Thu       10/1                    Calgary, AB                                     Scotiabank Saddledome

Sat         10/3                    Edmonton, AB                               Rexall Place

Tue        10/6                    Saskatoon, SK                                SaskTel Centre

Thu       10/8                    Winnipeg, MB                                MTS Centre

Sat         10/10                  Minneapolis, MN                          Target Center

Tue        10/13                  Milwaukee, WI                              BMO Harris Bradley Center

Thu       10/15                  Chicago, IL                                      United Center

Sat         10/17                  Detroit, MI                                      Joe Louis Arena

Mon      10/19                  Toronto, ON                                   Air Canada Centre

Fri          10/23                  Pittsburgh, PA                                CONSOL Energy Center

Sun        10/25                  Newark, NJ                                     Prudential Center

Tue        10/27                  New York, NY                                 Madison Square Garden

Thu       10/29                  Boston, MA                                    TD Garden

Sun        11/1                    Washington, DC                            Verizon Center

Wed      11/4                    Philadelphia, PA                            Wells Fargo Center

Tue        12/1                    Toronto, ON                                   Air Canada Centre

Fri          12/4                    Louisville, KY                                  KFC Yum! Center

Sun        12/6                    St. Louis, MO                                  Scottrade Center

Tue        12/8                    Kansas City, MO                            Sprint Center

Thu       12/10                  Denver, CO                                     Pepsi Center

Sun        12/13                  Oakland, CA                                   Oracle Arena

Tickets for the original dates will be honored for the new shows, which will be announced shortly.

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who celebrate 50 years of classic songs live in London’s Hyde Park. The show-stopping performance features all of their greatest hits and proves The Who are still one of the best live bands playing today.

Recorded in front of a sell-out crowd of 65,000 fans, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend deliver a definitive set list of all the greatest hits as The Who take their audience on an ʻAmazing Journeyʼ through their entire career from classic albums such as Who’s Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation and Live At Leeds up to the present day.

Featuring ‘My Generation’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Baba O’Riley’, ‘Who Are You’ and many more, plus exclusive interviews with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and others. ‘The Who Live in Hyde Park’ is an electrifying cinematic event not to be missed.

Find out more about watching ‘The Who in Hyde Park’ at your local cinema on October 8th here.

Did The Who influence your songwriting? What resonated with you?

You can’t beat that run of ’60s singles. Pete Townshend’s musical, compositional style is particularly unique. Very harmonic. I can understand why Pete liked the Beach Boys so much. Something like Pictures Of Lily is so impressive. An amazing piece of music. It’s a beat group, comes out of the traps really explosively but with these super harmonic verses, which he manages to squeeze so many chords into. And does so on a Rickenbacker 12-string. That takes some doing! Then it jumps to a key change. All the while you have this dreamy vocal melody against this explosive beat group approach. Then he comes at it again with all these chords and changes, the guitars getting louder, the drums riffing like crazy. Then – bang! – you get this proto-punk riff – danga da dang dang! – with a key change. So you’re only a minute in and he’s already written more ideas than most people put in four singles, and that’s before you get to the French horn solo!

There’s ambition in all Townshend’s songs, and not just the obviously ‘big’ ideas like the operas…

It’s so ironic that he started out with a song called I Can’t Explain, because he’s the best person in rock at explaining anything!

Via MOJO Magazine

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Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved “Peanuts” gang make their big-screen debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest.

The Who make quite an entrance to this trailer, showcasing the band’s Baba O’Reily, but stopping before Roger Daltry sings about the Teenage Wasteland.

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The 10 best selling vinyl albums of 2015 in the US so far…with fun trivia for each one.

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An interview with Pete Townshend: “I might retire… from making money…”

In the latest MOJO Magazine dedicated to The Who’s 50 Greatest Songs, the guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend holds forth in an extensive, career-spanning interview.

“I think I will stop after this year,” he explains, though he stresses it won’t be the end of his collaborative relationship with Who singer Roger Daltrey.

“I think Roger and I will do odd things together,” he tells MOJO’s Alan Light. “I hope that one day I can write him an album of songs that suit him and the record company won’t demand that we call it the f***ing Who, but I’ve got a bad feeling about it. I think that if I wrote Roger a bunch of good songs, our manager would say, ‘Why not call it The Who? We’ll sell double as many records!’”

“Because when this tour is over, we’ll probably both go our separate ways. So it’s to demonstrate that even this particular gang can grow old – not necessarily gracefully, but can grow old ungracefully, or whatever it is that we’re doing.”

Via MOJO Magazine