Straight Up 

Guess that’s all I have to say …
except this feeling just gets stronger everyday
Just one thing before I go …
Take good care baby, let me know … let it grow
The special love you have for me, my Dixie dear …

Badfinger, Baby Blue

Tag-team produced by Todd Rundgren and George Harrison — Badfinger release Straight Up on December 13, 1971 …

 

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All Shook Up 

Cheap Trick release their fifth and quirkiest of albums on October 24, 1980. The album’s produced by the legendary George Martin. “Stop This Game” begins with the same droning note of “A Day In The Life” and is a dream for DJs across the land. “Baby Loves to Rock” features the line “Not in Russia!” with the sound of an airplane in the background, a subtle reference to “Back in the U.S.S.R.”

The Trick also give a nod and a wink to AC/DC in this album. “World’s Greatest Lover” has a similar intro to the one used on “Big Balls”, while Rick Nielsen wrote “Love Comes A-Tumblin’ Down” for the recently deceased Bon Scott.

 

Big Country 

In a decade a little thin of rock highlights, Scottish band Big Country realeases their debut album on July 15, 1983.

Rolling Stone’s Kurt Loder says,

Here’s a big-noise guitar band from Britain that blows the knobs off all the synth-pop diddlers and fake-funk frauds who are cluttering up the charts these days …