1979 – 40 years on, was this the greatest ever year for music?

I was in my early 20’s and just starting a career in rock n’ roll radio. It was rock/modern rock/punk vs. disco and it truly was heady times for music.

As we near the end of 2019, the question has to be asked: was 1979 – all of 40 years ago – really one of the greatest years ever for being ‘Lost In Music’? Martin Gray takes a personal look back at arguably the most groundbreaking year of the 70s and marvels at the sheer diversity of music that was being released back then.

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On this day in music history: February 25, 1992 – “Little Earthquakes”, the solo debut album by Tori Amos is released. Produced by Tori Amos, Eric Rosse, Davitt Sigerson, and Ian Stanley, it is recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA, Stagg Street Studios in Van Nuys, CA, SquawkBox Studios, in Los Angeles, CA, and Strawberry Studios in Stockport, Greater Manchester, UK from Mid 1990 – Late 1991. A few years after an unsuccessful stint as the frontwoman for the synthpop band Y Tori Kant Read, Atlantic Records gives the songwriter and musician the opportunity to record her first solo project after hearing a ten song demo she has recorded in the interim. The new album is recorded in three phases, initial sessions take place with producer Davitt Sigerson (The Bangles), then at Rosse’s home studio in Los Angeles, and final sessions with former Tears For Fears keyboardist Ian Stanley in London. Much of the material on the album is autobiographical, focusing on Amos religious upbringing, self discovery, sex, bad relationships, childhood and early adult traumas including the harrowing “Me And A Gun” which depicts her own experience of being sexually assaulted. Bolstered by the tracks “Silent All These Years”, and “Crucify”, it is warmly received by Modern Rock radio.  The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2015 as a double disc deluxe edition, with the second disc featuring eighteen additional bonus tracks. “Little Earthquakes” peaks at number fifty four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

Hey, but I don’t care ‘cause sometimes, I said sometimes I hear my voice …