Iron Maiden's 1982 album 'The Number of the Beast' has been named the best British album of the past 60 years in a new poll carried out by HMV.
Iron Maiden's 'The Number of the Beast' has been named the best British album of the past 60 years.
The Heavy metal group were ''astonished'' to have placed so highly in the poll with their 1982 LP, beating Depeche Mode's 'Violator' and The Beatles' 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', which were placed second and third respectively.
Speaking about the survey - which was carried out by HMV to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth - Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said:''We're astonished and delighted to hear 'The Number of the Beast' has been named number one in HMV's Diamond Jubilee survey for the greatest British album category.
Continue reading: Iron Maiden Top Greatest Albums List
THE Beatles landed five albums on Time magazine's All-Time 100 album list.
The Fab Four's ABBEY ROAD, White Album, SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, Revolver and RUBBER SOUL were the most by any group or individual artist.
Bob Dylan topped individual male artists with HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED, BLONDE ON BLONDE and TIME OUT OF MIND.
Aretha Franklin led women with I NEVER LOVED A MAN THE WAY I LOVE YOU and LADY SOUL.
The top 100 was composed by two critics who are likely to fuel debate over which acts shaped music since the 1950s and who was left off.
Sir Paul McCartney brought the house down at the Grammy Awards last night (08FEB06) when he bridged the generation gap by performing Beatles anthem YESTERDAY with Linkin Park's Chester Benington and Jay-Z.
Wearing a T-shirt featuring John Lennon, Jay-Z rapped over the tune as Benington and McCartney sang.
The rap mogul ended the surprise collaboration by stating, "Sounds so beautiful, don't you agree."
Continue reading: McCartney Bridges The Generation Gap With Jay-Z + Benington
The accompanying video, which Dangermouse insists he had no part of, incorporates clips of the Beatles' A HARD DAYS NIGHT. This appeared on Internet sites for 24 hours last week (ends26NOV04) before it was deactivated.28/11/2004 21:23
A guitar played by late BEATLES JOHN LENNON and George Harrison is expected to fetch at least $500,000 (GBP277,000) at auction next month (17DEC04).
Harrison played the GIBSON SG during recording sessions for Fab Four's classic Revolver album in 1965 and 1966, as well as in promotional films for PAPERBACK WRITER and RAIN. The guitar was put to one side until Lennon picked it up again in 1968 during the White Album recording sessions.
Harrison then gave the instrument to BADFINGER member PETE HAM who kept it until he committed suicide in 1975. Ham's brother JOHN stored the guitar away until it was unearthed in 2002 as surviving band members prepared a Badfinger retrospective.
Continue reading: Beatles Guitar Going Under The Hammer
The American DJ found himself involved in a legal wrangle with the music giant after his infamous GREY ALBUM, which mixed Jay-Z's record with the Beatles' work, became a phenomenon among fans.
But now Dangermouse has followed-up the hugely popular experiment by using the ENTER SANDMAN group's acclaimed album instead.
Continue reading: Dj Dangermouse Fuses Metallica With Jay-Z
The GREY ALBUM - which was created by DJ DANGER MOUSE - had only been distributed to independent stores as a one-off limited edition, but it soon won popularity and has been sold in hip-hop stores and online auction site EBAY, until EMI threatened legal action.
But yesterday (24FEB04) dozens of internet sites posted the album in its entirety as downloadable MP3 for 24 hours, while others showed their support by turning grey.
Continue reading: Websites Protest Grey Album
The GREY ALBUM - which was created by DJ DANGERMOUSE - had only been distributed to independent stores as a one-off limited edition, but it soon won popularity and has been sold in hip-hop stores and online auction site EBAY.
But EMI - who control some of the LET IT BE group's sound recordings - issued both Dangermouse and some stores with cease-and-desist orders, threatening legal action.
Continue reading: Jay-Z's Grey Album Blocked By Emi
The acclaimed producer has fused the lyrics from the FRIEND OR FOE '98 star's final long-player THE BLACK ALBUM with samples taken from the FAB FOUR's White Album, which was recorded in 1968.
Described as an "art project/experiment", the record - to be aptly titled THE GREY ALBUM - will be released by Danger Mouse in March (04) and will be available online and in specialist hip-hop stores.17/01/2004 00:12
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