Rock Around the Clock & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

Rock Around the Clock: Time to wind up those pocket watches and chronometers. Jim and Greg take you on a fourth-dimensional voyage as they explore their favorite Songs About Time. Then they review the second album from Grammy winning rapper Kendrick Lamar.

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The man commonly referred to as“the fifth Beatle,”Sir George Martin, died Tuesday at the age of 90. Martin, a producer, was originally known for bringing success to Parlophone Records in the 1950s by producing comedy albums by such performers and Peter Sellers, Peter Ustinov, and The Goon Show troupe.

Then, in 1962, Martin met with an unknown band called The Beatles. The group had been rejected by every label they had spoken to prior, and Martin, though not thoroughly impressed by their music, signed The Beatles to Parlophone. Luckily for them—and for the droves of Beatles fans-to-be—Martin had been seeking a new group to represent the rock ‘n’ roll scene emerging from the UK, and he liked their sense of humor. He taught the novice, live band about recording and producing.Between 1962 and 1970, The Beatles produced 13 albums and 22 singles under Martin's guidance. And though he went on to produce several big-name bands after that, Martin is most well-known for bringing The Beatles from obscurity to the forefront of popular music.

Listen to the Sound Opinions Classic Album Dissection of George Martin-produced album Revolver here.


Songs About Time

Ready to rock around the clock? This week, Jim and Greg play their favorite Songs About Time.

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Last year, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released the groundbreaking album To Pimp a Butterfly. Both fans and critics enjoyed the record, and it earned him numerous Grammy awards just a few weeks ago. Now he's back with untitled unmastered., his new album full of“leftover”tracks from Butterfly. To Greg, the polished songs hardly seemed like leftovers. He admires Lamar's fusion of different musical styles and poignant lyrics and says Buy It. Jim is also enthusiastic. While contemporaries Kanye West and Drake have also recently released“unfinished”material, this is a bigger achievement.“Short, but sweet”and a double Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. The Beatles, Please Please Me, Please Please Me, Parlophone, 1963
  2. The Beatles, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Capitol, 1967
  3. Pink Floyd, Time, The Dark Side of the Moon, Harvest, 1973
  4. Ice Cube, It Was a Good Day, The Predator, Priority, 1992
  5. The Dukes of Stratosphear, 25 O'Clock, 25 O'Clock, Virgin, 1985
  6. Bill Haley & His Comets, Rock Around the Clock, Rock Around the Clock, Decca, 1955
  7. The Easybeats, Friday on My Mind, It's 2 Easy, Repertoire, 1966
  8. The Chambers Brothers, Time Has Come Today, The Time Has Come, Columbia, 1967
  9. The Roots, The OtherSide, Undun, Def Jam, 2011
  10. Fairport Convention,“Who Knows Where the Time Goes?”Unhalfbricking, Island, 1969
  11. Murray Gold, Doctor Who Theme (TV Version), Doctor Who: Original Television Soundtrack, Silva Screen, 2006
  12. The Rolling Stones, Time Is on My Side, 12 X 5, London, 1964
  13. Sharon Van Etten, Every Time the Sun Comes Up, Are We There, Jagjaguwar, 2014
  14. Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Time, Destiny Street, Red Star, 1982
  15. Kendrick Lamar, untitled 05 | 09.21.2014, untitled unmastered., Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope, 2016
  16. Kendrick Lamar, untitled 03 | 0.28.2013, untitled unmastered., Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope, 2016
  17. Jack White, I'm Shakin', Blunderbuss, XL, 2012
  18. Blondie, Call Me, American Gigolo, Polydor, 1980
  19. Rush, Limelight, Moving Pictures, Mercury, 1981
  20. Rush, Tom Sawyer, Moving Pictures, Mercury, 1981
  21. Jackie Wilson, (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher, Higher and Higher, Brunswick, 1967
  22. Van Morrison, Astral Weeks, Astral Weeks, Warner Bros., 1968
  23. Electric Light Orchestra, Telephone Line, A New World Record, United Artists, 1976


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