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Side One, Track One: The 25 Greatest Album Openers In Classic Rock History

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-By Frank Donovan

Today we rarely listen to entire albums, track by track, as one cohesive experience painstakingly crafted by musicians and their producers. But it used to be nothing short of crucial, especially for debut albums, to open with a bang. The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was a jubilant yet bold testament to their new progressive, symphonic sound; Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” introduced not only their album Nevermind, but also the Seattle sound to the world. Like they say, first impressions matter!

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Kurt Cobain’s Newly Discovered Sound Collage Mixtape Will Melt Your Brain

It’s been widely established that Kurt Cobain had an extremely wide range of musical influences, and nowhere is this more apparent than on ‘Montage Of Heck’ -a newly unearthed sound collage mixtape he recorded years before reaching international stardom with Nirvana. The trippy aural montage pulls together songs and sound effects from literally everyone you can imagine, and even a few you can’t. Cher, Led Zep, William Shatnerthe Jackson 5, and even clips from The Flintstones are represented. Hold on to your hats,  because it’s about to get weird.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Celebrate The 20th Anniversary Of Nirvana’s Unplugged In New York And Count Down Rock’s Most Succesful Acoustic Albums

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20 years ago today the remaining members of Nirvana released MTV Unplugged in New York. Released a little more than a half a year after the tragic suicide of singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain, the scaled down versions of the band’s usually bombastic songs showed their power lay in the writing, not in the volume with which they were originally performed.  The album was an immediate hit and a fitting final tribute to one of the greatest songwriters of the era.  Read more…

by (@BHSmithNYC)

The $10,000 Led Zeppelin Shirt And More Of The Most Expensive Vintage Rock Tees Of All Time

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Kiss’ Gene Simmons might think that rock is dead but he would be wise to invest in the mementoes of its glory years (though knowing him, he probably already has). Not only are classic rock bands still filling arenas to the tune of over $300,000,000 so far this year, but original concert tees from their heyday can fetch up to $10,000 and sometimes more. Whether on super models or super fans, the market for vintage rock t-shirts has exploded in recent years. Read more…

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Comically Bad Amazon Reviews Of Beloved Classic Rock Albums

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“Good music” is a subjective thing. One person’s favorite band could sound like tuneless electronic white noise to someone else. Even albums that are widely hailed as among the best in recorded history have their fair share of detractors. To prove it, we’ve read the Amazon.com customer reviews for every entry on VH1′s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Many are positive, but there still a few who awarded a lowly one-star to these classics -usually for hilarious reasons. We guess there’s just no pleasing some people. Nirvana fans, AC/DC fans, Jimi Hendrix fans, Beatlemaniacs and more: prepare to get royally bummed out.

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Wish You Were Here: The 10 Greatest Posthumous Classic Rock Records

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Classic rock fans were abuzz last week with the news that Pink Floyd would be releasing their first new record in 20 years. The album, titled The Endless River, is to be released this October and feature posthumous 1994 recordings with founding keyboardist Rick Wright, who died in 2008. David Gilmour’s wife, and sometime Pink Floyd lyricist, Polly Samson described the record as “Rick Wright’s swansong and very beautiful.” Read more…

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Surprise! The 12 Greatest Hidden Tracks In Music

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The switch from CDs to digital MP3s has changed the way we listen to music in many ways, but one of the things we miss most is the excitement of discovering a secret hidden song, unmarked on the track list! Just imagine kicking back and listening to the latest album from your favorite band, and right when you hit the end, ANOTHER song comes bursting out of the speakers like magic! It’s pretty potent stuff. We miss those days…it’s just not the same on our iPods! So today we pay tribute to a dozen of the greatest tunes that ever took our ears by surprise. Play it loud!

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by (@BHSmithNYC)

Nirvana Reunite At Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Surprise Club Set In Brooklyn!

Joan Jett fronting Nirvana for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was one of the worst kept secrets in rock n’ roll but it turned out to be a red herring. The news went viral Tuesday after The Foo Fighters posted an Instagram photo of Jett’s iconic Gibson Melody Maker guitar alongside the instruments of surviving band members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, but in the end the group had much more planned for the night…

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