Posts Tagged ‘1994 albums’

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Bit late getting this post up, but December marked 20 years since the release of Pearl Jam’s third album, Vitalogy, in 1994. While I’m not sure how many fans would consider it Pearl Jam’s best album, it is certainly their strangest strangest and most awkward.
Vitalogy could be said to have marked the first conscious step in the direction away from the kind of insane commercial success PJ had experienced with their first two albums.

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Two decades after the Manics’ iconic third album was released, James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore are commemorating The Holy Bible’s anniversary with a series of highly anticipated shows in December, beginning in Glasgow on 8th December and culminating in three nights at Camden’s historic Roundhouse.
Tickets at all major sellers for the The Holy Bible shows were reported to have sold out in minutes. While that might be an indication of the band’s lasting popularity, it is also a testament to how much of a place that 20 year-old album has in the hearts and minds of a generation.

Considered the ‘darkest album in the history’ of music, and rated by BBC’s Newsnight as the best album of all time, the enduring popularity and relevance of The Holy Bible is all the more remarkable given its grim tone and themes. (more…)

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It’s a testament to how much great music of genuinely enduring substance was being recorded and released 20 years ago that the term “20th anniversary” keeps cropping up in music journalism in regard to seminal albums that have more than stood the test of time.
I’ve written a couple of pieces on this blog along those lines, specifically in regard to Nirvana’s In Utero, Hole’s Live Through This, and a couple of others. Soundgarden’s classic 1994 album Superunknown is one of those era defining pieces of work that more than justifies the various coverage its 20th anniversary re-issues have garnered on-line and in the music press in the passed few months.

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This April marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Hole’s second album, the seminal Live Through This. Without doubt one of the finest albums of its time, and in my opinion the album of 1994 – which is no mean feat, given the quality of the competition at that time and the standard of albums being released.
It remains one of my top three to five favorite albums of all time and in the 20 years since its release it has lost none of its potency.

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Amid a number of significant and more higher-profile 20th anniversaries this year (generally testifying to the incredible quality and quantity of music being put out twenty years ago), one that I personally wanted to make mention of on account of it not being mentioned much anywhere else is Kristin Hersh’s debut solo album Hips and Makers, released in January 1994.

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