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45 Years Ago: The Beach Boys’ ‘Friends’ Album Released

"'Pet Sounds' is by far my very best album, though my favorite is 'Friends'," writes Brian Wilson in the liner notes of the CD reissue of the latter album. "I think that the Beach Boys sound was developing right along. I had developed a sixth sense for everybody's voices."

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35 Years Ago: The Cars’ Debut Album Released

When the Cars’ self-titled debut album was released in 1978, rock music fans weren’t really sure what to make of it.

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35 Years Ago: Grace Slick Quits Jefferson Starship After Drunken Germany Show

By the middle of 1978, Jefferson Airplane had upgraded to Starship and were in the process of running out of fuel. The band (including singer Grace Slick) was on tour in Europe to promote the recently released 'Earth' album when a stop in Germany deteriorated into a confusing mess. "She'd always had a thing about Germany," wrote Jeff Tamarkin in the band bio 'Got a Revolution!' "All things Deutsche brought out the worst in her."

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35 Years Ago: Foreigner’s ‘Double Vision’ Album Released

With their self-titled debut album in 1977, Foreigner immediately rose to the ranks of the biggest bands in rock, scoring a Top 20 LP that sold millions while spinning off multiple hit singles. But as quickly as they found success, they had to start worrying about whether they could maintain it with their next album.

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Jimmy Page, 'Outrider'
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25 Years Ago: Jimmy Page’s ‘Outrider’ Album Released

Jimmy Page was a band player before he started Led Zeppelin, and he returned to the group ranks after Zeppelin's breakup in 1980, starting the Firm with former Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers. But by the late '80s, he was ready to step out on his own.

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Bob Dylan
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35 Years Ago: Bob Dylan’s ‘Street-Legal’ Album Released

'Street-Legal,' Bob Dylan’s 18th album, was created during a period of personal and artistic strife. The year before the record's release, Dylan finalized the divorce of his 11-year marriage to Sara, underwent a custody battle for his kids and continued to edit his ill-fated, four-hour movie ‘Renaldo and Clara,’ which had been shot in 1975.

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35 Years Ago: Meat Loaf Leads All-Star Cast in ‘Roadie’

Meat Loaf made his big-time leading man debut in 'Roadie,' a 1980 comedy about ... well, a roadie.

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30 Years Ago: U2’s ‘Under A Blood Red Sky’ Red Rocks Show Takes Place

30 years ago, on the night of June 5, 1983, a half-capacity crowd risked inclement weather to congregate at scenic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, situated outside Denver, Colorado, and witness, unbeknownst to them, one of the critical events in the inexorable rise to stardom undertaken by Irish rockers U2. The event was later immortalized on the seminal live album, ‘Under a Blood Red Sky.’

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Metallica
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10 Years Ago: Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’ Released

It was 10 years ago today -- June 5, 2003 -- that the world's biggest heavy metal band, Metallica, released their first studio album in six years, to the incalculable excitement (and relief) of millions of patient fans. Then these fans actually listened to 'St. Anger'...

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Bruce Springsteen
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35 Years Ago: Bruce Springsteen Releases ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’

After two acclaimed but commercially under-appreciated albums, Bruce Springsteen finally got the mainstream success he wanted with 1975's 'Born to Run.' However, he learned about the darker side of his dreams when it came time to record the follow-up, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' which was released on June 2, 1978.

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30 Years Ago: The Police’s ‘Synchronicity’ Album Released

For their fourth album, 1981's 'Ghost in the Machine,' the Police opened up and smoothed down their spiky punk- and reggae-inspired sound, achieving a major commercial breakthrough in the bargain. But as they proved on June 1, 1983, 'Ghost' was just the opening act for the album that would cement the band's status as one of the biggest rock groups on the planet.

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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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