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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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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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When ‘Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park’ Debuted on TV

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

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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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Revisiting the End of Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” Sessions

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.

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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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Why the Grateful Dead’s ‘Wake of the Flood’ Failed to Live Up to Expectations

'Wake of the Flood' falls somewhat flat because so many of the songs had been shaped and defined through appearances in the Grateful Dead's legendary live sets.

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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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How Fleetwood Mac’s Commercial Fates Finally Began to Turn With ‘Mystery to Me’

"Hypnotized" not only netted Fleetwood Mac some well-deserved FM airplay, the song remained in Fleetwood Mac's live sets well after author Bob Welch left.

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