BRUCE, BILLY, STONES: Classic Albums Turning 40

We've seen countless deluxe reissues of classic albums. 

Whether it's The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles or Beach Boys, legendary artists (and their record labels) have gotten into the habit of adding tracks to original albums for pricier new versions released on round anniversary years.

With that in mind, a number of legendary LPs will mark their 40th anniversaries during 2018 and could be candidates for fancy repackages:

  • Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen (released June 2nd, 1978)

His first release after a three-year hiatus caused by a legal battle with then-manager Mike Appel, the Boss grabbed radio's attention with "Prove It All Night."

  • City to City - Gerry Rafferty (released January 20th, 1978)

The driving force behind Stealer's Wheel and their folky rock smash "Stuck in the Middle" reaches his solo pinnacle. The standout track, the nearly six-minute long "Baker Street," is fueled by a jazzy sax solo by Raphael Ravenscroft.

  • Some Girls - The Rolling Stones (released June 9th, 1978)

The band's most acclaimed album since Exile on Main Street, it was the first with Ronnie Wood as a full-time Stone. Mick Jagger's fascination with disco music shaped the enduring hit "Miss You" and reaffirmed the band's place as R&B rockers. But the title song and its use of the F-word ran afoul of many, including the Reverend Jesse Jackson.

  • Double Vision - Foreigner (released June 20th, 1978)

The band's second album proved the British-American combine was no one-trick pony. It spun off three Top 15 singles: the title track, "Hot Blooded" and "Blue Morning, Blue Day."

  • Who Are You - The Who (released August 18th, 1978)

Arriving just three weeks before Keith Moon's death, it ended a three-year gap since 1975's Who by Numbers. The title track reached the Top 15 and decades later found a second life as the theme for TV's CSI.

  • 52nd Street - Billy Joel (released October 13th, 1978)

Joel's first album to reach number-one earned him the Album of the Year Grammy and a trio of Top 25 hits -- including "My Life." 

  • More Songs About Building and Food - Talking Heads (released July 14th, 1978)

Thanks to a cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River," the New York new wave band's second album attracted a wide audience. 

  • The Cars (released June 6th, 1978)

Two years after the band formed in Boston, its crisp balance of guitars and keyboards (and skinny ties) made it new wave that could be embraced by the rock mainstream. They quickly grabbed a foothold on radio with three hits, beginning with "Just What I Needed."

  • Van Halen (released February 10th, 1978)

Blazing guitars, driving rhythms and the stellar vocals of David Lee Roth put the Californian rockers on the map. The album went on to sell over 10 million copies. 

How many of these do you own? How many have your kids borrowed?

Source: Premiere

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