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In April 1981.

In April 1981, “Epic” label released “Bad for Good”, the first Jim Steinman album. It was recorded August 1980-March 1981, and was produced by John Jansen, Todd Rundgren, Jim Steinman and Jimmy Iovine.


  • Jim Steinman– lead vocals, keyboards, spoken word
  • Rory Dodd– lead vocals; backing vocals
  • Karla DeVito– lead vocals
  • Todd Rundgren– guitars, backing vocals
  • Davey Johnstone– guitars; mandolin
  • Kasim Sulton– bass; backing vocals
  • Steve Buslowe– bass
  • Neil Jason– bass
  • Roy Bittan– piano
  • Steven Margoshes– piano, conductor, string arrangement
  • Roger Powell– synthesizer
  • Larry “Synergy” Fast– synthesizer
  • Max Weinberg– drums
  • Allan Schwartzberg– drums
  • Joe Stefko– drums
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • Alan Rubin– trumpet
  • Tom Malone– horn arrangements, trombone
  • Lew Del Gatto– baritone sax
  • Lou Marini– tenor sax
  • Ellen Foley– backing vocals
  • Eric Troyer– backing vocals
  • Will Malone– string arrangement
  • Charles Calello– conductor
  • Tom Edmonds, John Jansen, Todd Rundgren, Gray Russell, Shelly Yakus – engineers
  • John Jansen – mixing
  • Greg Calbi, Ted Jensen, George Marino – mastering
  • Gray Russell – production coordination
  • Roy Bittan, Todd Rundgren, Jim Steinman – arrangers
  • John Berg – art direction
  • Jim Steinman – cover art concept
  • Richard Corben – cover art
  • Don Hunstein – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Jim Steinman.

  1. Bad for Good
  2. Lost Boys and Golden Girls
  3. Love and Death and an American Guitar
  4. Stark Raving Love
  5. Out of the Frying Pan (And into the Fire)
  6. Surf’s Up
  7. Dance in My Pants
  8. Left in the Dark

In April 1980.

In April 1980, “Magnet” label released “Ska’n’B”, the first Bad Manners album. It was recorded in 1980, and was produced by Roger Lomas.


  • Buster Bloodvessel- vocals
  • Louis ‘Alphonso’ Cook – guitar
  • David Farren – bass
  • Brian Tuitt – drums
  • Martin Stewart- keyboards
  • Chris Kane – saxophone
  • Andrew Marson – saxophone
  • Paul “Gus” Hyman – trumpet
  • Winston Bazoomies – harmonica

Track listing:

All tracks by Buster Bloodvessel, Louis ‘Alphonso’ Cook, David Farren, Brian Tuitt , Martin Stewart, Chris Kane, Andrew Marson, Paul “Gus” Hyman and Winston Bazoomies, except where noted.

  1. Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu – Eddie Dean, Al Dredick
  2. Here Comes The Major
  3. Fatty Fatty – Clancy Eccles, Leroy Sibbles
  4. King Ska/Fa
  5. Monster Mash – Leonard Capizzi, Bobby “Boris” Pickett
  6. Caledonia – Louis Jordan, Fleecie Moore
  7. Magnificent 7 – Elmer Bernstein
  8. Wooly Bully – Domingo Samudio
  9. Lip Up Fatty
  10. Special Brew
  11. Inner London Violence
  12. Scruffy, The Huffy Chuffy Tugboat



In April 1978.

In April 1978, “Arista” label released “Cats Under the Stars”, the first Jerry Garcia Band album. It was recorded 1977-1978, at the “Grateful Dead’s Club Front” in San Rafael, a warehouse space that had been acquired for band rehearsals and later converted to a studio, and was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Kahn.


  • Jerry Garcia- guitar, vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux- vocals
  • Keith Godchaux- keyboards, background vocals
  • John Kahn- basses, keyboards, guitar, orchestration
  • Ron Tutt – drums, percussion
  • Merl Saunders- organ
  • Maria Muldaur- background vocals
  • Stephen Schuster – flute, clarinet, saxophone
  • Brian Godchaux – violin
  • Candy Godchaux – violin
  • Engineers – Betty Cantor-Jackson, Bob Matthews
  • Assistants – Harry Popick, Steve Parrish, Bill Candelario, Ramrod
  • Cover art – Kelly Mouse Studios

Track listing:

  1. Rubin And Cherise – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
  2. Love In The Afternoon – Robert Hunter, John Kahn
  3. Palm Sunday – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
  4. Cats Under The Stars – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
  5. Rhapsody In Red – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn
  6. Rain – Donna Godchaux
  7. Down Home – John Kahn
  8. Gomorrah – Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

In April 1970.

In April 1970, “MGM” label released “Eric Burdon Declares War”, the first Eric Burdon and War album. It was recorded in January 1970 at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Jerry Goldstein. The album cover concept was by Eric Burdon and the design was by The Visual Thing.


  • Eric Burdon– lead vocals
  • Lee Oskar– harmonica
  • Charles Miller– tenor sax, flute
  • Howard Scott– guitar, backing vocals
  • Lonnie Jordan– organ, piano
  • Bee Bee Dickerson– bass, backing vocals
  • Harold Brown– drums
  • Dee Allen– conga, percussion
  • Chris Huston – engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, Eric Burdon, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar and Howard E. Scott, except where noted.

  1. The Vision of Rassan
  • Dedication
  • Roll on Kirk
  1. Tobacco Road
  • Tobacco Road – John D. Loudermilk
  • I Have a Dream
  • Tobacco Road – John D. Loudermilk
  1. Spill the Wine
  2. Blues for Memphis Slim
  • Birth
  • Mother Earth – P. Chatman
  • Mr. Charlie
  • Danish Pastry

In April 1969.

In April 1969, “Capitol” label released “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man”, the first Bob Seger System studio album. It w as recorded in 1968, and was produced by Punch Andrews, Bob Seger, Dan Honaker, Pep Perrine and Bob Schultz.


  • Bob Seger– guitar, lead vocals, piano, organ, linear notes
  • Dan Honaker – bass, vocals
  • Pep Perrine – drums, vocals
  • Bob Schultz – organ
  • Michael Erlewine – blues harp
  • Glenn Frey– backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Engineer: Jim Bruzzese
  • Cover illustrations – Lockart

Track listing:

All tracks by Bob Seger, except where noted.

  1. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
  2. Tales of Lucy Blue
  3. Ivory
  4. Gone – Dan Honaker
  5. Down Gone
  6. Train Man
  7. White Wall
  8. Black Eyed Girl
  9. 2+2=?
  10. Doctor Fine
  11. The Last Song (Love Needs to Be Loved)

In February 1970.


In February 1970,“Island” label released “Stormbringer!”, the first John and Beverly Martyn album, and the third overall John Martyn album. It was recorded in Woodstock, New York, and was produced by Joe Boyd.


  • John Martyn – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Beverley Martyn – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Harvey Brooks- bass
  • Paul Harris- piano, organ, musical direction, arrangements
  • John Simon- harpsichord
  • Levon Helm- drums
  • Herbie Lovell- drums
  • Billy Mundi- drums
  • John Wood- engineer

Track listing:

All tracks by John Martyn except where noted.

  1. Go Out And Get It
  2. Can’t Get The One I Want – Beverley Martyn
  3. Stormbringer
  4. Sweet Honesty – Beverley Martyn
  5. Woodstock
  6. John The Baptist
  7. The Ocean – Beverley Martyn
  8. Traffic-Light Lady
  9. Tomorrow Time – Beverley Martyn
  10. Would You Believe Me?

On August 4, 1975.


On August 4, 1975, “Oyster” label released “Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow”, the first  Rainbow album. It was recorded February – March 1975, at “Musicland Studios” in Munich, and was produced by Ritchie Blackmore, Martin Birch and Ronnie James Dio.


  • Ronnie James Dio– lead vocals
  • Ritchie Blackmore– guitar
  • Micky Lee Soule– piano, mellotron, clavinet, organ
  • Craig Gruber– bass
  • Gary Driscoll– drums
  • Shoshana – backing vocals
  • Mixed by Martin Birch

Track listing:

All tracks by Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio except where noted

  1. Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow
  2. Self Portrait
  3. Black Sheep of the Family – Steve Hammond
  4. Catch the Rainbow
  5. Snake Charmer
  6. Temple of the King
  7. If You Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll
  8. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
  9. Still I’m Sad – Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty