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45 Years Ago: The Kinks Release ‘Village Green Preservation Society’

‘The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society’ was both ahead of and behind the times when the British rockers released the album in November 1968. A critical success, but commercial disappointment at the time, the ‘Village Green’ LP eventually became the Kinks’ bestselling studio album, prompting frontman Ray Davies to once refer to it as “the most successful flop of all time.”

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Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers
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40 Years Ago: The Alice Cooper Band Release Their Final Album

Alice Cooper had been around since the late '60s, making a name for themselves by keeping away from the era's conventions. Their attack was comprised of gritty rock 'n' roll dressed up vaudeville style, spat back at their expanding audiences. Even though their namesake frontman was the centerpiece of the band, Alice Cooper were a band.

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16 Years Ago: Metallica Release ‘Reload’

In 1997, Metallica added a little more ‘Fuel’ to the fire. Following 1996's 'Load,' a divisive album in the band's catalog, the metal titans unleashed another batch of songs supposedly culled from the same sessions, calling it 'Reload.'

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Atlantic
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35 Years Ago: Emerson Lake and Palmer Release ‘Love Beach’

As the end of the '70s neared, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer found themselves at a commercial and creative crossroads. Worn out from years of touring and increasingly at odds with one another over which direction their music should take, they needed a break to regroup. Unfortunately, their record company had other plans for the trio.

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Buffalo Springfield
Rhino Records
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46 Years Ago: ‘Buffalo Springfield Again’ Album Released

By the time Buffalo Springfield started recording their second album during the first half of 1967, the five members were barely speaking to each other. Neil Young wasn’t around much. Their bass player was battling drug problems. And a series of studio musicians was called in to help shape the three main writers’ songs.

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Columbia Records
Columbia Records
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36 Years Ago: Blue Oyster Cult Released ‘Spectres’ Album

Released in November of 1977 and remembered mostly for the classic 'Godzilla,' 'Spectres' found Blue Oyster Cult trying to find their identity after finally hitting the big time.

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Apple Records
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10 Years Ago: The Beatles Release ‘Let It Be…Naked’

In 1969, everybody had a hard year, and everybody had a good time. It was a year in which history seemed to be tripping over itself -- the moon landing, Woodstock and Altamont, and the slow disintegration of the Beatles.

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Daryl Hall John Oates, 'Abandoned Luncheonette'
Atlantic
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40 Years Ago: Hall & Oates’ ‘Abandoned Luncheonette’ Released

They're best-known today for the string of enormous hit singles they enjoyed in the '80s, but those days of pop stardom were still a distant point on the horizon when Hall & Oates released their second album, 'Abandoned Luncheonette.'

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Ozzy Osbourne
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21 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne ’Retires’

Ozzy Osbourne’s lofty career achievements and shocking controversial episodes were known to almost anyone who loved and kept up on music throughout the '80s, so when the notorious singer announced he intended to retire from rock and roll on November 15, 1992, people listened!

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46 Years Ago: Cream Release ‘Disraeli Gears’

'Disraeli Gears' was the second album Cream released in their ever so short career, and 46 years later, it still shines as their crowning achievement. Issued in November of 1967, the landmark LP saw Cream flipping the switch toward full-on psychedelia while remaining true to the blues roots of their 1966 debut.

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Reprise Records
Reprise Records
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45 Years Ago: Neil Young Releases His Debut Album

By 1968, Neil Young was well into his musical journey. After first steps in his native Canada with the Squires, the singer-songwriter headed for California, where he'd find kindred spirits in Buffalo Springfield. But the ever-restless Young would soon move on again.

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Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland Banned Cover
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45 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix’s Album Cover Banned

In November 1968, a handful of British record stores banned the Jimi Hendrix Experience's new album from their shelves due to its cover art. The unusual thing is, Hendrix probably hated the 'Electric Ladyland' photograph in question even more than those retailers did.

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