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Michael Gallucci is the editor in chief of Diffuser.fm. His previous gigs include associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock, managing editor of Cleveland Scene and writing about music and movies for All Music Guide, American Songwriter, the A.V. Club, Goldmine, M Music & Musicians, Paste, Spin, the Village Voice and other publications and websites.
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25 Years Ago: The Beatles’ ‘Past Masters’ Albums Released

EMI's decision to overhaul the Beatles catalog in 1987, spurred by the CD revolution, was a long time coming. For more than 20 years the world’s most popular band’s albums were known one way to U.S. fans and another way to fans in Europe.

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45 Years Ago: The Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ Album Released

From the mocking cover art to the orchestral notes that grace the music to the loose thematic ties that link the songs, the Mothers of Invention’s ‘We’re Only in It for the Money’ turns ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ on its head. But it’s not so much the Beatles’ masterpiece -- which was released nine months before the Mothers album -- that Frank Zappa and his band of musical pranksters ruthlessly skewer; it’s the culture that fed and supported it.

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David Bowie, ‘The Next Day’ – Album Review

Nobody really expected anything from David Bowie at this point, let alone his best album in 30 years. After virtually disappearing following the release and aborted tour in support of 2003’s underwhelming ‘Reality,’ even the rock ‘n’ roll changeling’s biggest fans figured he was finished. He was rarely seen in public, and there certainly were no rumors swirling about a new record or anything like that.

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35 Years Ago: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ Tops the Charts

It’s hard to not hear the heartbreak in Fleetwood Mac's ‘Rumours.’ It’s hard to not hear the anger too. After kicking around as a cult blues-rock band for almost a decade, the British band hit the jackpot in 1975 after hiring a pair of California singer-songwriters, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Everyone was happy: longtime members John and Christine McVie, who were married, Buckingham and Nicks, who were a couple … But then fame hit.

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Fleetwood Mac, ‘Rumours (Expanded Edition)’ — Album Review

Breakup albums don’t get much better than ‘Rumours,’ Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 blockbuster that was recorded as band members went through various stages of relationship adjustment. When they made their breakthrough self-titled album in 1975, Fleetwood Mac included two couples, one married; by the time ‘Rumours’ was released, they were broken up. Listen to the record, and you’ll get an idea what happened.

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The Beatles, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ – Film Review

Going into the last quarter of 1967, the Beatles couldn’t get any bigger. Their masterwork, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,’ pretty much changed the way pop music was made, sounded and consumed. They had transcended the rock ‘n’ roll ghetto, entering the final phase of a career that glided past pop music’s boundaries and into a wide-open realm of exploration and experimentation.

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Jimi Hendrix’s 70th Birthday Commemorated

Of all the 1960s rock legends who died when they were just 27 years old – Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, etc. – Jimi Hendrix is the one who would most likely still be blowing our minds today with new music. When he choked to death on his own vomit in London on Sept. 18, 1970, he left behind only three released albums – all classics. But in the 42 years since his death, there have been dozens of records featuring the countless hours of material he left unreleased. A lot of it is great. Jimi Hendrix would have turned 70 today.

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35 Years Ago: Eric Clapton Releases ‘Slowhand’

‘Slowhand,' released on the first day of November 1977, came at a crucial point in Eric Clapton’s career. After more than a decade as rock’s reigning guitar god, the 32-year-old Cream and Derek and the Dominos leader was coming off two unremarkable solo albums.

‘461 Ocean Boulevard,’ from 1974, proved Clapton could carry a song-oriented record under his own name; ‘There’s One in Every Crowd’ (1975) and ‘No Reason to Cry’ (1976) sank under their aimless and bloated self-importance.

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