Classic Pick of the Week Category

Fishbone – Truth and Soul – KXCI Classic Pick

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FISHBONE – TRUTH AND SOUL Released September 13, 1988 – 28 years ago Fishbone’s second full-length album blurs musical boundaries with their fusion of punk, ska, reggae, soul, funk, blues, and hard rock. Featuring blistering guitar riffs, spectacular bass lines, dynamic horns, and raw, socially relevant lyrics, it is generally considered one of their best… Read more »

Marty Robbins – Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs – KXCI Classic Pick of the Week

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MARTY ROBBINS – GUNFIGHTER BALLADS & TRAIL SONGS Released September 1959 – 57 years ago Robbins’ fifth studio album is arguably one of the most influential country & western releases of all time. Featuring a range of tracks that include love songs, spirituals, murder ballads, and traditional covers all told from a master storyteller’s perspective,… Read more »

Paul Simon – Graceland – KXCI Classic Pick

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PAUL SIMON – GRACELAND Released: August 25, 1986 – 30 years ago Simon’s seventh studio album combined astute songwriting with an eclectic mixture of pop, zydeco, and South African elements, creating a pop-worldbeat-folk hybrid that reinvigorated his audience and earned him new fans. A major critical and commercial hit, it became Simon’s most successful release… Read more »

Portishead – Dummy – KXCI Classic Pick

PORTISHEAD – DUMMY Released: August, 1994 – 22 years ago Portishead’s debut is a dazzling amalgam of downbeat, soul and funk-infused acid house, incorporating equal measures of hip hop beats, electronica, 60s spy movie scores, and torch jazz singer-inspired vocals (think Sade meets Billy Holiday). Helping define the genera of trip-hop, this album merged the… Read more »

The Beatles – Revolver – KXCI Classic Pick

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THE BEATLES – REVOLVER Released August 8, 1966 (August 5 in the UK) – 50 years ago The Fab Four’s seventh studio release may be as close to flawless as any album ever released. Covering new stylistic ground, it’s characterized by stunning songwriting, brilliant arrangement, and novel recording effects. As influential today as it was… Read more »

The O’Jays – Back Stabbers – KXCI Classic Pick

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THE O’JAYS – BACK STABBERS Released August, 1972- 44 years ago Fusing ’60s pop vocal styles with funky R&B rhythms and jazz-inspired arrangements that feature complex melodies, sweeping strings, and dynamic horns, The O’Jays fifth studio release, produced by the iconic songwriting team of Gable & Huff, helped establish the “Philly Sound.” One of the… Read more »

Fugazi – Steady Diet of Nothing – KXCI Classic Pick

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FUGAZI – STEADY DIET OF NOTHING Released July, 1991- 25 years ago Fugazi’s sophomore full-length, and first self-produced album, shudders and quakes with angst and contempt for the government, news media, and the music industry. While receiving less attention than many of the band’s other releases, many critics consider it on par with every other… Read more »

Go-Go’s – Beauty and the Beat – KXCI Classic Pick

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GO-GO’S – BEAUTY AND THE BEAT Released: July 8, 1981 – 35 years ago The Go-Go’s first studio album, combining 60s girl group-styled pop harmonies with surf rock, punk, and post-punk, help usher in a new era of underground-influenced pop. Coinciding with the launch of MTV, it quickly became a cornerstone of the New Wave… Read more »