Discog Fever - Rating and Reviewing Every Isley Brothers Album (Part 1)

By special request, we take on the challenge of making our way through the full catalog of R&B/funk legends The Isley Brothers, from their seminal early-rock-era sides like “Shout!” and “Twist and Shout” through their pure funk platters of the late ‘60s and mid-’70s and their sultry-slow-jam-laden discs of the ‘80s and ‘90s! This first of three installations covers everything from 1959’s Shout! through 1972’s Brother, Brother, Brother.

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Discog Fever - Rating and Reviewing Every Oasis Album

Our much-loved Discog Fever column is back after a brief break! We had so much fun on the blog last month with our series of musical-family-themed columns, we thought we’d keep it going with a string of Discog Fever features on artists we didn’t get around to covering, beginning with brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher! Join us as we make our way through the entire Oasis catalog of studio albums from Definitely Maybe through Dig Out Your Soul.

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Albums from the Lost and Found: Musical Shapes

We certainly couldn’t do a theme month on musical families without featuring a disc from the most famous family in country music - in this case, the third full-length outing from Carlene Carter (daughter of June Carter and Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and stepsister of Rosanne Cash), equal parts new wave, country, rockabilly, and pure pop and produced by then-husband Nick Lowe!

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Albums from the Lost and Found: Wasp

We continue our look at musical families with this Lost and Found column on the 1980 album Wasp, the last of five studio albums ever released by Shaun Cassidy, the half-brother of David Cassidy and son of David’s The Partridge Family co-star Shirley Jones. This is no ordinary teen-idol record: it’s a radical musical makeover produced - and featuring several new originals penned - by the great Todd Rundgren!

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Common Thread: Albums from Musical Offspring (Part 1)

It’s theme-month time again here on the blog, and this time, the theme is “All in the Family,” so throughout September, our regularly-featured columns will be dedicated to musical families! We begin our theme month with this Common Thread feature on albums by the hit-making offspring of other famous musicians. This first installment features such artists as Rocky Burnette, Gary Lewis, Brenda K. Starr, and more!

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Albums from the Lost and Found: Sedaka's Back / The Hungry Years

Our “Lost & Found” column returns with a look at this pair of mid-’70s comeback albums by the legendary Neil Sedaka that spawned a total of five U.S. hits (and another three songs that became hits for other artists), including the fabulous #1 hits “Bad Blood” (a duet with an uncredited Elton John) and “Laughter in the Rain,” yet strangely remained unavailable on CD in the U.S. until the end of the ‘90s!

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