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Top Vinyl Rock Records Of The ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s
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Vinyl Record Day

August 12th was Vinyl Record Day, marked by the date Edison invented the phonograph in 1877, so it’s become a day to celebrate the old time traditions of sonic yesteryear, and spin your favorite tunes on those old 33 1/3, 45, and 78 sized spherical objects made out of wax called “records.” And I’m here to give you my Top 12 favorite vinyl records of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, along with a bunch of honorable mentions, but before we get to that, let’s talk a little bit about this thing called “vinyl.”

Up until the mid 1980s, when CDs started to become the musical norm in how one listened to their music proper, records were the norm of the people; not just a communally popular way to hear songs, but it became a giant subculture of the fabric of life, a hobby, a key element in creating parties, in creating gatherings and get-togethers, a source of fun competition in who would have more records than whom and who would have the rare cool records, in essence, vinyl hoarding was a collector’s and layman’s dream for decades upon decades.

With its outer cardboard casings known as “sleeves,” bands and musicians of all musical genres were able to express themselves not only in the music they created, but by the art that was presented on the front and back covers, which spawned an entire new artistic medium in a sense. In a way, every day should still be a Vinyl Record Day in some regard, and as the way music is bought and downloaded these days, in binary coded “bitted and byted” digital forms, not only has the way of the vinyl passed in essence, but also all the visual accoutrements that came with it. It has become a relic of the past like a rotary telephone or a CB radio, a dinosaur’s regime, which ultimately is hence even a more urgent reason to preserve the memory and image of the record alive in the 21st century.

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$3 MP3 Album Deal: Black Sabbath ‘Live Evil’
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Black Sabbath Live Evil

This week, Live Evil by Black Sabbath is on sale in MP3 format for only $2.99. The CD is currently $19.58.

Released in 1983, Live Evil is a live double album featuring the vocals of Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The 15-track album features Dio-Sabbath tunes like “Heaven and Hell,” “Neon Knights,” “Mob Rules, and “Children of the Sea,” as well as the Ozzy songs “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” and “War Pigs.”

Three dollars. 15 Black Sabbath songs. Ronnie James Dio. That’s all you need to know. Grab this now.

Browse all 100 albums on sale this month for only $5 each, as well as several albums on sale this week for only $2.99.

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Remembering The Late Great Singer Ronnie James Dio On His Birthday
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Ronnie James Dio

Today is the celebration of the birthday of the late Ronnie James Dio, the heavy metal and hard rock singer and songwriter who carved his own niche in those aforementioned genres to become a figure as beloved as Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath) or Rob Halford (Judas Priest). But in many ways, Dio’s sound, fan base, versatility, flawless vocals, which metaphorically could move mountains with its rich high and low registers, makes him stand alone as arguably the greatest heavy metal front man of all time.

He was born Ronald James Padavona on July 10th, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Italian parents. Music ran through his veins early on in his life, learning brass instruments first such as the trumpet and French horn.

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Listen Now: Black Sabbath’s Entire Homecoming Show
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Black Sabbath [Photo: blacksabbath.com]

Last weekend, May 19, 2012, Black Sabbath finally played their homecoming show in Birmingham, England. As well as playing to a home crowd, it was also a warm-up to their major Download festival headline appearance in the Summer.

The full gig from Saturday night at the Birmingham O2 Academy is streaming online in full and you can listen to it right here below (via Bravewords).

Back in November, plans for a Black Sabbath reunion was announced, but recently news broke that original drummer Bill Ward was out of the event, and therefore had no part in what was supposed to be the band’s first reunion show. Ozzy Osbourne‘s drummer Tommy Clufetos filled Ward’s seat providing the beat for Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, and bassist Geezer Butler.

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March Is Metal: 20 MP3 Albums For Under $7 Each
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March Is Metal 2012

Have you noticed all our March Is Metal posts? What’s March Is Metal, Precious? It’s only this awesome event celebrating all things metal over at Amazon, where tons of hard rock and heavy metal music is on sale. Now, I don’t know about you, but I do not want this March Is Metal madness to end, but alas, all good things must come to an end. With today being the final day in March, I started to panic thinking about all these good metal deals on albums from bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, and more going away, therefore here’s my final March Is Metal post: 20 MP3 Albums For Under $7 Each

First up, let me remind you that there’s a ton of Rush albums on sale for $5 each, so seriously, get on that if you haven’t already. Second, FREE FREE FREE March is Metal Month – 2012 Sampler MP3 download. Get 18 songs from bands like Ice Earth, Corrosion Of Conformity, In Flames, Five Finger Death Punch, Lacuna Coil, and more for FREE. Free. free. FReE. Get it? Ok, good.

Also, head’s up: These Anthrax CDs are on sale for only $4.99 each, and they are awesome albums, so grab them up! Spreading the Disease, Among The Living, State of Euphoria

And for those about to rock, we salute you.

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Interview: Former Black Sabbath Lead Singer Tony Martin
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Tony Martin Photo: Stephanie Cabral

With a list of collaborations over the years longer than your arm, Tony Martin has been busy making music for well over 20 years since his big break in the late ’80s. Best known as the lead singer for English heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath, Martin recorded five albums (The Eternal Idol, Headless Cross, TYR, Cross Purposes, and Forbidden) over his two spells with the band.

Tony and I had been in touch and, as frantically busy as he is this year, he offered to answer some questions for me. So thanks to the wonder that is email, I asked Tony things like ‘What are you working on now?’, ‘What the hell is going on with the music industry these days?’ and ‘Was Forbidden really that bad?!’

Geeks of Doom: I would like to start by asking you about the 5 projects you’re currently working on – When will we get to hear them? What are they sounding like?

Tony Martin: I have done the new Cage album of course, which is already released. I have also recorded the latest [Aldo] Giuntini album which is being produced now. I travel to Italy shortly to begin a new project and direction for me with a band called Silver Horses, a kind of blues [Led] Zeppelin thing. I have plans for a tour in 2013 and a solo album. Lots of things going on.

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Black Sabbath Guitarist Tony Iommi Diagnosed With Cancer
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Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath

Tony Iommi, long-time guitarist of Black Sabbath, has been diagnosed with lymphoma — a type of cancer that attacks the lymphocytes of the immune system. According to reports from Iommi and Black Sabbath, he is being consulted by doctors currently to determine the best course of treatment for the diagnosis.

The information has shocked fans of the iconic metal band, often cited as the founders of the metal genre, which comes not long after the band announced their reunion with the original line-up. It also comes 18 months after the loss of vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who was also battling cancer.

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It’s Official: Original Black Sabbath Line-Up Reunited For New Tour, Album
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Black Sabbath

It has been rumored for some time, but yesterday it has been made official: the original Black Sabbath line-up is back together for a new tour (their first together since 1997) and their first full studio album since 1978’s Never Say Die. The press conference announcement — embedded at the bottom of this post — was hosted by Henry Rollins, a long-time Sabbath fan.

The next Black Sabbath release is to be produced by Rick Rubin, famous for his work with Slayer, for his work with Johnny Cash during the Man In Black’s final years, and bringing Metallica back to form with their Death Magnetic album.

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Watch William Shatner Sing ‘Iron Man’ For His New Album ‘Seeking Major Tom’
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William Shatner singing "Iron Man"

We first reported back in February that iconic actor William Shatner was hard at work on his next album titled Seeking Major Tom (read about it HERE).

The album will be a conceptual recording in the form of a collection of 18 covers of classic rock anthems. Recently the Shat released a video of him laying down the final vocals for his cover of the classic Black Sabbath tune “Iron Man” and you can watch that video here below.

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Interview: Album Covers & Magazine Designer Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule
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You may not recognise the name, but I guarantee that you have seen (or own) his work. For over 30 years, Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule has designed album covers for the likes of Hawkwind (Live ‘79), Ozzy Osbourne (Diary Of A Madman, Bark At The Moon), Black Sabbath (Born Again), and more.

For 10 years he was the art director for Kerrang! Magazine that Metallica’s Lars Ulrich once called “the most important magazine for us.”

I called up the “van Gogh of metal” for an extensive chat about his work, comics, and his dear friend, guitar hero Würzel. He’s funny, he’s sweary, and he tells it like it is.

Geeks of Doom: First of all, do I call you ‘Krusher’ or Steve?

Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule: Most people call me Krusher.

Geeks of Doom: Where did that come from?

Steve ‘Krusher’ Joule: It was when I was working on Kerrang [magazine]. I just wanted a nickname for a week and thought it would be clever to have Krusher spelled K-E-R-R – as in Kerrang – and U-S-H-E-R. Somebody changed it at the printers to Krusher thinking it was a spelling error…and it just stuck! [laughs]

Geeks of Doom: You’re most well known, to me at least, for designing Ozzy Osbourne album covers particularly Diary Of A Madman and Bark At The Moon. How did that come about?

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