1984 – Van Halen

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1984 was Van Halen’s sixth studio and biggest-selling album, with 20 million copies shipped in the United States. 1984 reached number two on the Billboard 200 album chart and remained there for five weeks, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. It produced several memorable singles, including “Jump,” Van Halen’s only number one single on the Billboard Hot…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: Load

Load was Metallica’s sixth studio album released June 4, 1996. The album debuted and spent four consecutive weeks at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was certified 5x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping five million copies in the United States. Four singles; “Until It Sleeps,” “Hero of the Day,” “Mama Said,” and…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: Jar of Flies

Jar of Flies was the second studio EP by Alice in Chains, released January 25, 1994 through Columbia Records. It is the first EP in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 Chart with the first week sales exceeding 141,000 copies in the U.S. The EP has since been certified triple-platinum by…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: Get a Grip

Get a Grip was Aerosmith's eleventh studio album, released April 20, 1993 by Geffen Records. It was the band's last studio album to be released by Geffen before they returned to Columbia Records. Track listing 1. "Intro"2. "Eat the Rich"3. "Get a Grip"4. "Fever"5. "Livin' on the Edge"6. "Flesh"7. "Walk on Down"8. "Shut Up and…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: Badmotorfinger

Badmotorfinger was the third studio album by Soundgarden, released October 8, 1991 through A&M Records. After touring in support of its previous album, Louder Than Love (1989), Soundgarden began the recording sessions for its next album with new bassist Ben Shepherd. The music on the album maintained the band's heavy metal sound while featuring an…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: In Step

In Step was the fourth studio album by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble released in 1989. The title In Step can be seen as referring to Vaughan's new-found sobriety, following the years of drug and alcohol use that eventually led Vaughan into rehabilitation. It was also Vaughan's final album with Double Trouble. In 1990, he recorded a…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: Now and Zen

Now and Zen was the fourth solo album by Robert Plant, released in 1988 under the label Es Paranza. The album made the Top 10 in both the U.S. and the U.K., reaching #6 in the former, and #10 in the latter. The album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA on September 7, 2001. Track…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: In the Dark

Released July 6, 1987, In the Dark was the 12th studio album by the Grateful Dead. It was the band's first album in six years, and its first studio album since 1980's Go to Heaven. It became unexpectedly popular achieving double platinum certification in the U.S., their only top ten album reaching #6 on the…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: The Unforgettable Fire

Released October 1, 1984, The Unforgettable Fire was the fourth studio album by U2. The band wanted a different musical direction following the harder-hitting rock of their 1983 album War. They employed Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to produce and assist them experiment with a more ambient and abstract sound. The resulting change in direction was at the…

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Behind the Shrink Wrap: 90125

90125 was the eleventh studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, released November 7, 1983 on Atco Records. Four singles were released from the album, "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "It Can Happen,” “Changes,” and "Leave It.” "Owner of a Lonely Heart" reached Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Mainstream…

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