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35 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Begin Recording ‘In Through the Out Door’

Thirty-five years ago, Led Zeppelin – sidelined in recent years by personal issues, including the tragic death of singer Robert Plant’s young son – reconvened in Stockholm to begin working on the band’s eighth album, ‘In Through the Out Door.’

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35 Years Ago: Foghat’s ‘Stone Blue’ Released

By the time they went in to record their seventh studio album, Foghat had already forged a very successful career by melding blues and rock. They continued that winning streak by releasing 'Stone Blue' in May of 1978, but the album also heralded the musical changes that would eventually lead to the band's commercial undoing.

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50 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ Album Released

 

Bob Dylan was already the darling of the modern folk movement when he released his second album on May 27, 1963. 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan' is the LP that delivered on Dylan's early promise and provided his springboard to legendary status.

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10 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin’s ‘How the West Was Won’ Album Released

Forget ‘The Song Remains the Same.’ Led Zeppelin’s 1976 live album/soundtrack is bloated, boring and filled with zero musical tension. The best Led Zeppelin live album available (at least legally) is ‘How the West Was Won,’ the three-record set culled from two concerts the world’s biggest rock band performed in California in June of 1972. It was released ten years ago on May 27, 2003.

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25 Years Ago: Monsters of Rock Tour Kicks Off

It's been a quarter of a century since one of the 80s' landmark hard rock concert tours began thundering its way across America. Launched in May of 1988, the Monsters of Rock tour brought together some of the greatest hard rock and heavy metal bands of that era for a day-long rock and roll celebration.

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35 Years Ago: Joe Walsh Releases ‘… But Seriously Folks’

Joe Walsh's fourth release '... But Seriously Folks,' issued 35 years ago this month in May of 1978, is best known for producing his iconic single 'Life's Been Good.' That's just the most obvious starting point, however, on a record that proved to be one of Walsh's most durable classics.

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35 Years Ago: David Gilmour’s Debut Album Released

As any crate digger can attest, it's easy to judge a rock album by its cover. Analyzing a gatefold sleeve can be an illuminating experience -- and there's no better example of this than David Gilmour's self-titled 1978 debut.

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35 Years Ago: AC/DC’s ‘Powerage’ Album Released

Australian rockers AC/DC were teetering on the brink of worldwide stardom when they released 'Powerage' on May 25, 1978, and though the album didn't quite get them there, it marked an important period of transition for the band and remains a favorite of many fans who feel it is an underrated classic.

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35 Years Ago: Cheap Trick’s ‘Heaven Tonight’ Album Released

In a span of less than six months, Cheap Trick released one of the all-time great debut albums and its terrific follow-up. The group then delivered a rock and roll triple play with the release of 'Heaven Tonight' in May of 1978.

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45 Years Ago: Small Faces’ ‘Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake’ Album Released

In May of 1968, the Small Faces released their final LP, 'Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake' -- putting an exclamation point at the end of their short, but stimulating sentence of a career.

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25 Years Ago: Rhino Records Release ‘Golden Throats: the Great Celebrity Sing Off’

On May 18, 1988, the fine folks at Rhino Records opened a door to a world few knew existed by releasing 'Golden Throats: The Great Celebrity Sing-Off.' The LP showcased the forgotten artifacts from a time when actors regularly put out records, cashing in on 'the sounds of today' or 'the now sounds of the jet set generation,' or some other such tag line. Say what you want about such boring things as 'artistic merit' and jab if you must about how these, um, 'vocalists' abused these songs, you would be hard pressed to find a more entertaining batch of tunes.

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20 Years Ago: Kiss Releases ‘Alive III’

The non-makeup version of Kiss got their one and only shot at strutting their stuff on a live album with the release of 1993's 'Alive III.'

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