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35 Years Ago: The Police Release Their Debut Album

When the Police's debut album came out on Nov. 2, 1978, it sounded like little else on the music landscape at the time. The band was lumped in with punk and burgeoning New Wave groups at the time, but it played a mix of reggae and rock-inspired pop with all the time-shifting complexities found in prog and jazz.

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Kiss Neil Bogart
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40 Years Ago: Kiss Sign Their First Record Contract

On Nov. 1, 1973, nine months after performing their first show together, Kiss fulfilled an important early career goal by singing their first recording contract.

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45 Years Ago: George Harrison Releases the First Beatles Solo Album

With the release of 'Wonderwall Music' in November 1968, George Harrison was the first Beatle to step into the spotlight on his own. Recording sessions actually began a year earlier -- when the Beatles were recording their annual Christmas message -- with 'India' and 'Swordfencing,' both working titles that would be changed before release.

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Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
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35 Years Ago: ‘Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park’ Released

'Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park' debuted as an NBC 'Movie of the Week' on Oct. 28, 1978.

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Paul Rodgers
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5 Years Ago: Queen Release ‘The Cosmos Rocks’ With Paul Rodgers

The 2005-06 tour featuring former Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers fronting Queen had been, at best, a head-scratcher. At worst, it was an embarrassing mismatch, since Rodgers' street-wise R&B-laced style was miles away from Queen's super-sized pomp. 

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30 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Releases ‘Infidels’

An album heralded as a return from born-again proselytizing, the Mark Knopfler-produced 'Infidels' began Bob Dylan's journey back toward mainstream music making — and it may have been even better but for some last-minute tinkering.

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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Records ‘The Times They Are A-Changin”

Sessions for Bob Dylan's third album, 'The Times They Are A Changin,' began just a few months after the last tracks for his second LP, 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan,' wrapped up. The tapes began rolling on Aug. 6, 1963, and finished on Oct. 31. 

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The Beatles
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50 Years Ago – The Beatles Complete Their Second Album

As opposed to the marathon session that produced most most of the Beatles' first album, their follow-up, 'With the Beatles,' was recorded during a series of dates in the summer and fall of 1963. The final day of recording took place on the morning of Oct. 23, 1963 at Studio Two at Abbey Road.

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Grateful Dead
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40 Years Ago: The Grateful Dead Release ‘Wake of the Flood’

The Grateful Dead went three years between studio albums in the period leading up to 'Wake of the Flood.' Over that time, blues-soaked keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan had died, and his replacement, Keith Godchaux, would take the group into jazzier territory on the 1973 return.

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35 Years Ago: The Police Play Their First U.S. Show

On Oct. 20, 1978, the Police played their first-ever concert in the United States of America, with two late night sets at New York City's famous (and now closed) CBGB's.

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20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Release ‘Vs.’

Selling millions of records has helped more than a few artists mellow out, but watching their debut album climb the charts only made Pearl Jam angrier. They took out their aggression on the follow-up, 1993's 'Vs.'

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40 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac Release ‘Mystery to Me’

By the start of 1973, Fleetwood Mac were in a state of flux, trying to find solid footing and an identity for the band. The recent departure of longtime guitarist Danny Kirwin led to a fluctuating lineup, with the addition of guitarists Bob Weston and Bob Welch, as well as Dave Walker, who would supply some of the vocals on Mac's first 1973 offering, 'Penguin.' But the overstuffed lineup didn't last long, and by the time sessions started for their next album, 'Mystery to Me,' Walker was gone, and Welch had settled into his role as frontman.

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