John Barleycorn Must Die turns 50

After Blind Faith’s demise, Steve Winwood set out to do his first solo album. But somewhere along the way, he yearned for musicians in the studio who thought like him. Enter Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood. Traffic is back and they release their 4th album on July 1, 1970 …

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Tin roof … rusted

“Cosmic Thing” by The B-52’s is released on June 27, 1989.

The band went into a hiatus after the death of Ricky Wilson in 1985 and things weren’t looking good for their future. By ’88, drummer Keith Strickland was antsy enough that he pestered the rest of the group to give it another go. Ricky’s sister, Cindy, sited the whole thing as a healing process. They hook up with Nile Rodgers and Don Was who co-produce the album and it turns out to be one of the iconic albums of the 80’s.

Exile in Guyville

It’s rare that a debut album is a masterpiece. Liz Phair releases her “Exile” on June 22, 1993. It’s considered one of the best albums of the 90’s — a track-by-track response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. It’s #327 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. (It’s #4 on mine if anyone cares …)

Liz says she was attacted to Mick’s persona and the album because ” … it perfectly fit my impression of what was going on in the head of this guy I had a crush on. I could project onto the Stones and they would answer back. It was like having a relationship through the music.”