Tuesday, March 30, 2010

John Cougar Mellencamp - Discography

John Mellencamp, previously known by the stage names Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, (born October 7, 1951) is an American rock singer-songwriter, musician, painter and occasional actor. He has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. In addition, he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number-one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven, and he has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one.

His songs are known for their populist themes.Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. The Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 25 years, and as of 2010 the organization has raised over $36 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture.

Mellencamp was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008 by Billy Joel. His biggest musical influences are Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie and The Rolling Stones.

* * * * * * * * * *

John Mellencamp - American Fool (1982)
American Fool is the sixth album by John Mellencamp, released under the stage name John Cougar in 1982. This was Mellencamp's last album to be released under the name John Cougar. His next album, Uh-Huh, would be released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp. According to a 1983 article in the Toledo Blade, the song "Danger List" originated when Mellencamp heard his guitarist Larry Crane playing some chords in a basement rehearsal room. "I turned on the tape recorder and sang 30 verses," Mellencamp explained. "I just made them up. Then I went and weeded out the ones I didn't like."

Kenny Aronoff: Drums, Percussion
Larry Crane: Guitar
George Chocolate Perry: Bass

02. Jack & Diane – 4:16
04. Danger List (Mellencamp, Larry Crane) – 4:28
06. Thundering Hearts (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:40
08. Close Enough – 3:38
09. Weakest Moments – 4:07

* * * * * * * * * *

John Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
The 9th album by John Mellencamp, released in 1987 on the Mercury Records label. It has considerable country and folk music influences, including the use of steel guitar, violins, accordion and hammond organ. It contained a number of hit singles, including "Paper in Fire" (Mainstream Rock #1, Hot 100 #9) and "Cherry Bomb" (Mainstream Rock #1, Hot 100 #8).

01. Paper in Fire
02. Down and Out In paradise
03. Check It Out
04. The Real Life

05. Cherry Bomb

06. We Are The People
07. Empty Hands
08. Hard Times For An Honest Man
09. Hotdogs and Hamburgers
10. Rooty Toot Toot

* * * * * * * * * *

John Mellencamp - Big Daddy (1989)
The 10th studio album by John Mellencamp, released in 1989 by Mercury Records. It was his last album to be released under the name John Cougar Mellencamp, a combination of his real name and his original stage name of Johnny Cougar. The album peaked at number 7 on the Billboard 200 and contained the singles "Pop Singer" and "Jackie Brown" which peaked at number fifteen and forty eight respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. A re-mastered version of the album was released on May 24, 2005, and contains a bonus acoustic version of Jackie Brown. Like The Lonesome Jubilee, Big Daddy is folk-inspired as violins and fiddles (among other instruments) are significantly utilized on a number of tracks. The album's lyrics largely take a serious tone and the album as a whole is regarded by some as Mellencamp's most reflective.

01. Big Daddy Of Them All
02. To Live
03. Martha Say
04. Theo And Weird Henry
05. Jackie Brown
06. Pop Singer
07. Void In My Heart
08. Mansions In Heaven
09. Sometimes A Great Notion
10. Country Gentleman
11. J. M. ‘s Question
12. Let It All Hang Out

* * * * * * * * * *

John Mellencamp - Dance naked (1994)
The 13th album by John Mellencamp released in 1994. The album was released in response to the record company's accusations that Mellencamp's previous album, Human Wheels, didn't "fit the format." Mellencamp was irritated with this remark, feeling that none of his albums ever fit the format. As a result, he wrote several purposely radio-friendly songs and recorded them within the span of 14 days at the Belmont Mall Studio in Indiana, intending to show the lack of effort required to produce the type of album they were asking for.

Although Mellencamp claims that Dance Naked was merely an easy output to give the company what it wanted, the album was still well received. The most notable accomplishment was the largely successful single "Wild Night", a cover of the 1971 song by Van Morrison. The song featured Me'shell Ndegeocello on a duet with Mellencamp as well as the prominent bass lead. The single reached #3 on the Billboard Top 100 and charted at #1 on the Adult Contemporary List for 8 weeks. The album itself reached #13 on the Billboard 200 and produced several music videos: two versions for "Wild Night", another for the title track "Dance Naked", and two un-released videos for "L.U.V." and "Another Sunny Day 12/25".

01. Dance Naked
02. Brothers
03. When Margaret Comes to Town
04. Wild Night
05. I.U.V.
06. Another Sunny Day 12/25
07. Too Much To Think About
08. The Big Jack
09. The Break Out

* * * * * * * * * *

John Mellencamp (1998)

John Mellencamp is the first of three albums Mellencamp would record for Columbia Records.

01. Fruit Trader (Mellencamp) - 3:57
02. Your Life Is Now (Mellencamp/Green) - 3:59
03. Positively Crazy (Mellencamp/Green/York) - 4:09
04. I'm Not Running Anymore (Mellencamp) - 3:26
05. It All Comes True (Mellencamp/Green) - 3:58
06. Eden Is Burning (Mellencamp) - 3:50
07. Where The World Began (Mellencamp/Green) - 3:29
08. Miss Missy (Mellencamp) - 3:40
09. Chance Meeting At The Tarantula (Mellencamp) - 4:05
10. Break Me Off Some (Mellencamp/Moe Z M.D./Green) - 4:10
11. Summer Of Love (Mellencamp/York) - 4:01
12. Days Of Farewell (Mellencamp/Myers) - 3:12

* * * * * * * * * *

John Mellencamp - Freedom's Road (2007)
This debuted on the Billboard 200 at number five in late January 2007, becoming the highest debuting album of Mellencamp's career. The song "Our Country" received significant exposure prior to the release of the album, as it was featured in frequently-aired commercials for Chevrolet trucks.

John Mellencamp: Vocals, Guitar
Dane Clark: Drums, Percussion
John Gunnell: Bass
Troye Kinnett: Keyboards
Miriam Sturm: Violin
Andy York: Guitars, Vocals, Flute-a-phone, Vocal Arrangements

02. Ghost Towns Along The Highway – 4:40
04. Forgiveness – 4:30
06. Jim Crow – 3:22
07. Our Country – 3:47
09. My Aeroplane – 4:41
10. Heaven Is A Lonely Place – 4:32
11. Rodeo Clown [hidden track after several minutes of silence] – 4:25

GUESTS on this album:
Joan Baez: Vocal Duet On "Jim Crow"
Little Big Town: Backing Vocals

Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Roads, Phillip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook appear courtesy of Equity Music Group

* * * * * * * * * *

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dennis DeYoung - Discography

Dennis DeYoung (born February 18, 1947, Chicago, Illinois) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and producer best known for being a founding member of the rock band Styx, a tenure which lasted from 1970 to 1999. Growing up in the Roseland neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, DeYoung's career as a vocalist started in 1961 at the age of 14 when he teamed up with his 13 year old neighbors, Chuck and John Panozzo, in a three-piece combo. The trio later added guitarist James Young and John Curulewski to form the band Tradewinds in the late 1960s. The band renamed itself TW4 in 1968 before becoming Styx in 1970.

Within Styx, DeYoung acted as lead vocalist, keyboardist, accordion player, producer, writer and creative force behind many of the band's hit songs. A self-taught keyboardist, DeYoung quickly became one of the most notable players of that instrument in rock. Featured on the cover of the January 1981 issue of Contemporary Keyboard magazine (a story that was reprinted in Contemporary Keyboard's book on the greatest rock keyboardists), DeYoung described many of his steps along the way through his keyboard-playing career: He'd never played an acoustic piano until the recording session for 1972s "Lady"; he recorded the track for 1979s "Babe" in a friend's basement on a Rhodes electric piano he'd never touched before; the odd feeling of switching back to playing accordion for the song "Boat On The River" and discovering how small the keys felt to his fingers after years of playing electric organs and pianos.

With Styx in limbo following Shaw's 1984 departure, DeYoung began a solo career of modest success. His first solo album, Desert Moon, generated a top 10 hit, "Desert Moon", and the follow-up single, "Don't Wait For Heroes", cracked the Billboard Top 40 as well. Desert Moon was followed by albums Back to the World (1986) and Boomchild (1988). Desert Moon was certified gold in Canada in 1984.

In 1990, Styx (minus Tommy Shaw, who was replaced by guitarist/singer-songwriter Glen Burtnik) returned to the studio for the album Edge Of The Century. "Show Me the Way", a track written by DeYoung for his son Matthew, received extensive radio play, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (Styx's 8th top 10 single, and 7th written and sung by DeYoung) particularly after a number of radio stations mixed it with voice tracks of parents headed off to fight in the first Persian Gulf War. This success made the band one of only a handful of bands/artists to have a top ten single under four different Presidents in the United States. The group toured North America extensively before A&M Records (which had just merged with PolyGram Records) dropped the group from its roster in 1992; the group broke up again shortly afterwards.

Between stints with Styx in 1993, DeYoung, a devout Roman Catholic, joined a touring revival of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar. He appeared in about 200 performances across North America as Pontius Pilate. The experience inspired him to record his 1994 album of Broadway standards, 10 on Broadway, and to begin work on a musical of his own based on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Styx reunited once more in 1995, this time including Shaw but minus a terminally ill John Panozzo (who died a short time later in July 1996), and recorded a new version of the DeYoung-penned "Lady" for their 1995 Styx Greatest Hits album. The group toured in 1996 and 1997, and returned to the recording studio in 1998 to begin work on Brave New World, their first studio album in nearly a decade.

* * * * * * * * * *

Dennis DeYoung - Desert Moon (1984)
Desert Moon is the debut solo album from one-time Styx keyboard player/singer/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. It was released in 1984 by A&M Records. The album reached #24 on the Billboard album charts in the fall of 1984. The album's biggest hit was its title cut which hit #10 on the Billboard singles chart. The album's second single "Don't Wait for Heroes" scraped the Top 40 and got MTV play. Desert Moon was certified Gold in Canada.


01. Don't Wait for Heroes – 4:46
02. Please – 4:20
03. Boys Will Be Boys – 5:41
04. Fire (Jimi Hendrix) – 3:46
05. Desert Moon – 6:09
06. Suspicious – 4:57
07. Gravity – 4:51
08. Dear Darling (I'll Be There) – 4:27

* * * * * * * * * *

Dennis DeYoung - Back to The World (1986)

The second solo album from Dennis DeYoung. It was released in 1986 by A&M Records. It reached #108 on The Billboard 200 Charts. Call Me reached #5 on the Adult Contemporary Charts.

01. This Is The Time (3:53)
02. Warning Shot (4:25)
03. Call Me (4:46)
04. Unanswered Prayers (6:34)
05. Black Wall (5:50)
06. Southbound Ryan (4:41)
07. I'll Get Lucky (4:42)
08. Person to Person (4:57)

* * * * * * * * * *

Dennis DeYoung - Boomchild (1988)
The third solo album from Dennis DeYoung. It was released in 1988 by MCA Records.

01. Beneath The Moon (4:39)
02. The Best Is Yet to Come (4:13)
03. What a Way To Go (4:42)
04. Harry's Hands (4:51)
05. Boomchild (4:54)
06. Who Shot Daddy? (4:31)
07. Outside Looking In Again (5:21)
08. Won't Go Wasted (4:19)

* * * * * * * * * *

Dennis DeYoung - 10 on Broadway (1994)
A solo album of Broadway standards from Dennis DeYoung. It was released in 1994 by Atlantic Records. The idea for the album came in connection with DeYoung's performance as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar as part of the 1992 national tour of the production.

01. Someone to Watch Over Me (from "Crazy for You")
02. On the Street Where You Live (from "My Fair Lady")
03. Someone Else's Story (from "Chess")
04. Once Upon a Dream (from "Jekyll and Hyde")
05. Where I Want To Be (from "Chess")
06. Summertime (from "Porgy and Bess")
07. Pilate's Dream (from "Jesus Christ Superstar")
08. Memory (from "Cats")
09. Bring Him Home (from "Les Miserables")
10. It's In Every One of Us (from "Time:)

* * * * * * * * * *

Dennis DeYoung - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1998)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a recording of music written by Dennis DeYoung for his musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The musical was performed at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville to very positive reviews.

This recording was commercially released directly by DeYoung and is an early version of the score, with DeYoung performing all of the male parts and his sister-in-law Dawn Marie performing the female parts. Several songs are related to Styx and solo DeYoung releases. "Beneath the Moon" is a re-worked version of the song by the same name from DeYoung's 1988 Boomchild album. "Paradise" was later lyrically altered and re-recorded by Styx and released as a studio track on Styx's Return to Paradise double live album. In addition, "While There's Still Time" was likewise re-recorded and included on Styx's Brave New World album

01. Who Will Love This Child
02. King of Fools
03. Hey Quasimodo
04. By the Grace of God
05. When I Dance for You
06. Ave Maria
07. Alms for the Beggerman
08. Paradise
09. Bless me Father

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Don Henley - Discography

Donald Hugh "Don" Henley (born July 22, 1947; Gilmer, Texas) is an American musician, singer, songwriter and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful seven time Grammy Award-winning solo career. His solo hits include "The Boys of Summer", "Dirty Laundry" and "The End of the Innocence". In 2008, he was ranked the 87th greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Henley has also played a founding role in several environmental and political causes, most notably the Walden Woods Project. Since 1994, he has divided his musical activities between the Eagles and his solo career.

Early Life:
Don Henley initially attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He then attended North Texas State University (renamed in 1986) in Denton, Texas during 1968 and 1969. He left to spend time with his father, who was dying from heart and arterial disease.

In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles to record an album with his early band, Shiloh. Shiloh's album was produced by fellow Texan Kenny Rogers. Shortly thereafter, Henley met Glenn Frey through Amos Records in Los Angeles. They both became members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band—touring with her was the catalyst for forming the group in the first place. As a result, two months later they, along with Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, became their own act, Eagles. All four of the original Eagles are featured on the 1971 album Linda Ronstadt. Later, Ronstadt also covered one of the Eagles' songs "Desperado".

The Eagles were formed in September 1971, and released their first album in 1972, which contained the hit song "Take It Easy." During the band's run, Henley co-wrote (usually with Frey) most of the band's best-known songs, notably "Desperado." Henley sang lead vocals on many of the band's popular songs, including "Desperado", "Witchy Woman", "Best of My Love", "One of These Nights", "Hotel California", "The Long Run", "Life in the Fast Lane" and "Wasted Time". The Eagles won numerous Grammy Awards during the 1970s and became one of the most successful rock bands of all time. Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) is considered the best-selling album ever (in America), in any category. They are also the only band to have two best-selling albums in the top 15 American best-sellers of all time and are also amongst the top 5 overall best-selling bands of all time in America.

* * * * * * * * * *

Don Henley - I Can't Stand Still (1982)

Following the breakup of the Eagles, Henley embarked on a productive solo career, the most commercially successful of any of the Eagles. His first solo release, 1982's I Can't Stand Still, was a moderate seller. The single "Dirty Laundry", a denunciation of tabloid media, was Henley's all-time biggest hit. It reached #3 on Billboard Hot 100 at the beginning of 1983 and earned a Gold-certified single for sales of over a million copies in the US. It was also nominated for a Grammy.

Tracks: (Listen Online Or Download for study)
01. I Can't Stand Still
02. You Better Hang Up
03. Long Way Home
04. Nobody's Business
05. Talking to the Moon
06. Dirty Laundry
07. Johnny Can't Read
08. Them and Us
09. La Eile
10. Lilah
11. The Unclouded Day

* * * * * * * * * *

Don Henley - Building the Perfect Beast (1984)
Featured layered synthesizers and was a marked departure from the Eagles' country-rock sound. A single release, "The Boys of Summer", reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's haunting rhythms and lyrics of loss and aging, capped by seeing "a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac," immediately connected with a certain age group. The music video for the song was a striking, evocative, black-and-white, French New Wave-influenced montage directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino that won several MTV Video Music Awards including Best Video of the Year. Henley also won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song. Several other songs on the album, "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" (No. 9 on Hot 100), "Not Enough Love in the World" (#34) and "Sunset Grill" (#22) also received considerable airplay.

Tracks: (Listen Online Or Download for study)
01. The Boys Of Summer
02. You Can't Make Love
03. Man With A Mission
04. You're Not Drinking Enough
05. Not Enough Love In The World
06. Building The Perfect Beast
07. All She Wants To Do Is Dance
08. A Month Of Sundays
09. Sunset Grill
10. Drivin' With Your Eyes Closed
11. Land Of The Living

* * * * * * * * * *

Don Henley.1989 - The End of the Innocence (1989)

The End of the Innocence, was even more successful. The song "The End of the Innocence", a collaboration with Bruce Hornsby, is a melancholy, piano-driven tale of finding bits of happiness in a corrupt world, and reached No. 8 as a single. The hit follow-up, "The Heart of the Matter", is an emotive chance remembrance of a lost love. Both songs use the effective technique of varying the words in the chorus each time it is sung, to advance the song's narrative. The album's "The Last Worthless Evening" and "New York Minute" were among other songs that gained radio airplay. Henley again won the Best Male Rock Vocal Performance Grammy in 1990 for the album. Also in 1989, Henley made a brief appearance on MTV's Unplugged series.

Tracks: (Listen Online Or Download for study)
01. The End Of The Innocence
02. How Bad Do You Want It?
03. I Will Not Go Quietly
04. The Last Worthless Evening
05. New York Minute
06. Shangri-La
07. Little Tin God
08. Gimme What You Got
09. If Dirt Were Dollars
10. The Heart Of The Matter

* * * * * * * * * *

Don Henley - Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits (1995)

Tracks: (Listen Online Or Download for study)
01. Dirty Laundry
02. The Boys Of Summer
03. All She Wants To Do Is Dance
04. Not Enough Love In The World
05. Sunset Grill
The End Of The Innocence
07. The Last Worthless Evening
08. New York Minute
09. I Will Not Go Quietly
The Heart Of The Matter
The Garden Of Allah - ('95)
12. You Don't Know Me At All - ('95)
13. Everybody Knows

* * * * * * * * * *

Don Henley - Inside Job (2000)
Inside Job is the fourth studio album by Don Henley, released in 2000. The song "Goodbye to a River" was apparently named after the book of the same title by John Graves. In the album's liner notes Henley wrote: "Respect and gratitude to fellow Texan, John Graves, for his inspirational writing - Goodbye to a River (1960) and other books."

Tracks: (Listen Online Or Download for study)
01. Nobody Else In The World But You
02. Taking You Home
03. For My Wedding
04. Everything Is Different Now
05. Workin It
06. Goodbye To A River
07. Inside Job
08. They're Not Here, They're Not Coming
09. Damn It, Rose
10. Miss Ghost
11. The Genie
12. Annabel
13. My Thanksgiving

* * * * * * * * * *