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40 Years Ago: Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘Tyranny and Mutation’ Released

The second month of 1973 was a month of dire deeds and dark omens, ranging from the unanimous congressional vote establishing the Watergate Investigation Committee to the second musical tome crafted by the enigmatic Blue Oyster Cult, an album prophesying 'Tyranny and Mutation,' which was released on Feb. 11, 1973.

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20 Years Ago: Mick Jagger’s ‘Wandering Spirit’ Released

It took him three tries, but on Feb. 8, 1993 Mick Jagger finally released a solo album Rolling Stones fans could fully get behind: 'Wandering Spirit.'

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35 Years Ago: Judas Priest’s ‘Stained Class’ Released

When Judas Priest released its venerable fourth album, 'Stained Class,' 35 years ago, the British heavy metal standard-bearers could never have dreamed its musical merits would one day be co-opted and the album’s legacy almost destroyed by a hideous tragedy.

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35 Years Ago: Van Halen’s Debut Album Released

Hard rock hadn’t really hatched a band like Van Halen before 1978. There were groups with guitar heroes. There were metal bands that covered ‘60s classics with new-style flash. And there were corny frontmen with overeager libidos. But they were never tossed together into one simmering pot made up of part dinosaur stomp, part lightning-fast guitar acrobatics and part Hollywood arrogance before Van Halen’s self-titled debut album was unleashed.

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20 Years Ago – Paul McCartney Releases ‘Off the Ground’

He's undeniably one of the greatest singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists in rock and roll history, but Paul McCartney's solo albums can be hit-and-miss, to put it diplomatically. 'Off the Ground,' which was released in Feb. 1993, was a case in point, featuring many of the lyrical and melodic elements that are McCartney's strengths, but somehow not quite coming together. The result was an album that was quite simply not among McCartney's best.

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40 Years Ago: Iggy & the Stooges Release ‘Raw Power’

Has an album ever had a more perfect title than 'Raw Power?' What words could more accurately describe the contents of this classic - released on Feb. 7, 1973 in the U.S. - than “Raw” and “Power”?

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45 Years Ago: The Beatles Record ‘Across the Universe’

At the start of Feb. 1968, the Beatles found themselves, after a month-and-a-half break, back in Abbey Road studios to begin work on their next single, their first release for 1968. On Feb. 4, the day after work began on Paul McCartney's newest creation, 'Lady Madonna,' sessions took off on a new John Lennon song called 'Across The Universe.'

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This Day in History — Gary Coleman Found Guilty of Assault

It never seems to work out too well for child stars, and Coleman's life is no exception.

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44 Years Ago: The Beatles Perform Live for the Last Time, On a London Rooftop

"I'd like to say 'Thank you' on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we passed the audition"

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35 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ Tops the Charts

It’s hard to not hear the heartbreak in Fleetwood Mac's ‘Rumours.’ It’s hard to not hear the anger too. After kicking around as a cult blues-rock band for almost a decade, the British band hit the jackpot in 1975 after hiring a pair of California singer-songwriters, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Everyone was happy: longtime members John and Christine McVie, who were married, Buckingham and Nicks, who were a couple … But then fame hit.

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35 Years Ago: Angel Release ‘White Hot’

Angel should have been big. The '70s glam rock / heavy metal band had all the right pieces, but somehow the cylinders were not firing properly to put them over the top. They hoped to change that with the release of 1978's 'White Hot' -- but it just didn't quite turn out that way.

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This Day in History — Paul McCartney Released From Tokyo Jail After Nine Days

On this day in 1980, Paul McCartney was finally released after nine days in a Tokyo jail, following his arrest for attempting to walk through the Tokyo airport customs with a half pound of weed during his tour with Wings. 

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