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    Secrets

    Secrets is a 1976 jazz-funk fusion album by keyboard player Herbie Hancock. The album clearly followed from its predecessor Man-Child. As ever, Paul Jackson's basslines were critical, and the other regular member Bennie Maupin continued to provide most of the solos alongside Hancock. Man-Child had seen the addition of electric guitar to Hancock's sound, and Secrets saw the guitar's place in the arrangements rise to crucial importance throughout. The flamboyant rhythm guitar contributions of top Motown session musician Wah Wah Watson are a particularly notable feature of the album. Where Man-Child was evenly divided between up-tempo and laid-back tracks, Secrets emphasised the more mellow, softly rounded mood. Even the more up-tempo tracks, "Doin' It" and "Cantaloupe Island", are suffused with a relaxed Caribbean influence, and overall the album tends towards restrained, rolling grooves rather than overtly high-energy funk. Appropriately, Hancock spent much of his time using the mellow tones of the Rhodes piano, and took advantage of the new polyphonic synthesizers to contribute thick pads, foreshadowing ambient music. Although summery and mellow, the album was far from lounge
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    Warren Zevon

    Warren Zevon is a rock and roll album by Warren Zevon. This album was recorded in 1975 and released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). Warren Zevon Collector's Edition, a remastered version of this album with special bonus tracks, was released in 2008 by Rhino Records. All songs written by Warren Zevon Album
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    Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now

    Ain't Nothin' Stoppin' Us Now is an album by Tower of Power released in 1976, the band's first record on Columbia Records. Ron Beck takes up the drummers spot, after David Garibaldi exited for a second time. Also this would be the last album to feature bassist Francis "Rocco" Prestia for ten years, as he would go on an extended hiatus from the band (He would return in 1986). It is also the only album to feature vocalist Edward McGhee.
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    The Best

    The Best is a compilation double album of American guitarist Leo Kottke's releases on the Capitol label. The liner notes were written by Dr. Demento. The Rhino box set release Anthology covers the first 15 years of Kottke's career and includes selections from the Takoma, Capitol, and Chrysalis releases along with extensive liner notes. Capitol later released another compilation package titled The Best of Leo Kottke. Chrysalis released Essential Leo Kottke covering Kottke's mid-career releases on that label. Blue Note Records also released two compilations, The Best of the Capitol Years and The Best of the Chrysalis Years on CD in 2003. The Best was re-issued on CD by BGO (CD277) in 1996. In their 1996 review, Dirty Linen stated "...Combining equal parts acoustic, electric, live, and vocal material, the compilation is an ideal introduction for new listeners...", In his Allmusic review, critic Thom Jurek called it "...the best one for the money. Sonically it is superior, using later-phase master technology, and its presentation is sleeker as well. The biggest asset here is that this collection does feature some of the more well-known vocal selections closely associated with the
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    The Runaways

    The Runaways is the debut album by the American all-female rock band The Runaways, released in 1976. Website Allmusic has praised the record (especially band members Cherie Currie, Joan Jett and Lita Ford), comparing the band's music to material by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and Guns N' Roses. According to multiple sources including Cherie Currie (in her memoir Neon Angel), the liner notes of the Raven Records release of The Runaways, and Fox herself, Blondie bassist Nigel Harrison played bass on the first album, due to manager Kim Fowley refusing to let Fox play on the record. The documentary film Edgeplay: A film about The Runaways states that the album's first track "Cherry Bomb" was written ad hoc during the audition of lead singer Cherie Currie and is indeed referring to her. Currie was told to prepare a Suzi Quatro song for the audition; she picked "Fever", a song the band did not like to play. Instead they came up with a song idea which made fun of her first name. In 2009 "Cherry Bomb" was named the 52nd best hard rock song of all time by VH1. A cover of the song "Cherry Bomb" is featured in the music video game Rock Band as a downloadable single track. "You Drive Me Wild" is
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    Space Metal

    Space Metal is a double compilation album by UFO released on Nova Records in 1976. The double LP set combines tracks taken from their first three albums: UFO 1, Flying and their Japanese only release UFO Lands in Tokyo (The last title is given on the sleeve as UFO Live).
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    The Ellington Suites

    The Ellington Suites is a studio album by American pianist, composer and bandleader Duke Ellington which collects three suites recorded in 1959, 1971 & 1972 released on the Pablo label in 1976.. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band in 1976. Ellington wrote the "Queen's Suite" for Queen Elizabeth II who was presented with a single pressing of the recording which was not commercially issued during Ellington's lifetime. The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 3 stars and states "Although there are some good moments from Ellington's orchestras of 1959 and 1971-72, few of the themes (outside of "The Single Petal of a Rose" from "The Queen's Suite") are all that memorable. But even lesser Ellington is of great interest and veteran collectors may want to pick this up".
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    Second Thoughts

    Second Thoughts is a 1976 album by New Zealand art rock band Split Enz. It was recorded in London with Roxy Music's guitarist Phil Manzanera producing the album. Four of the songs on the album were reworked versions of songs from their 1975 debut album Mental Notes. Two other songs on the album had been first recorded during the Mental Notes sessions, but left off and re-recorded for Second Thoughts. There were two new songs, both written by Phil Judd, and a re-recording of an early Judd/Finn composition ("129"), which for the Second Thoughts version, was renamed "Matinee Idyll". The album was called Mental Notes when released outside Australasia and also featured a reworked version of the Mental Notes cover (for comparison see original and remake). Wally Wilkinson's image was replaced with that of Robert Gillies, and some band members are shown with newer haircuts: Phil Judd was now bald, and Tim Finn had his sides shaved. Tim Finn, Robert Gillies and Eddie Rayner have said that the band felt the songs needed to be redone. But both Phil Judd and Noel Crombie have been quoted as saying that the re-recording of the Mental Notes tracks was a waste of time. On his MySpace forum Phil
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    Young and Rich

    Released in 1976, Young and Rich was the second album released by The Tubes. While Young and Rich is no longer available on CD, all of the songs from Young and Rich and their first record are now available on a single CD from Acadia Records called White Punks on Dope.
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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is the eponymous debut album by the band of the same name, released on November 9, 1976 by Shelter Records. Initially following its release, the album received little attention in the United States. Following a British tour, it climbed to #24 on the UK album chart and the single "Anything That's Rock 'n' Roll" became a hit in the UK. After nearly a year and many positive reviews, the album reached the U.S. charts, where it climbed to #55 in 1978 and eventually went Gold. The single "Breakdown" cracked the Top 40 in the U.S. and "American Girl" became an FM radio staple which can still be heard today. The album was recorded and mixed at the Shelter Studio, Hollywood, California. All songs written and composed by Tom Petty, except where noted.
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    Land of the Midnight Sun

    Land of the Midnight Sun

    Land of the Midnight Sun is the first album by Al Di Meola, released in 1976. The complex pieces (which include the three-part "Suite-Golden Dawn," an acoustic duet with Chick Corea on "Short Tales of the Black Forest" and a brief Bach violin sonata) show Di Meola's range even at this early stage.
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    Blind Dog at St. Dunstans

    Canterbury Scene rock band Caravan released Blind Dog at St. Dunstans' in 1976, their 7th studio album. This album has a lighter feel than Caravan's previous releases, shifting toward shorter "poppier" songs. This is in part because Pye Hastings became the major force on the album, writing and singing on 8 out of 9 songs and also because Jan Schelhaas replaced Dave Sinclair on keyboards, moving away from lengthy organ-based instrumentals toward piano and synthesizer. The cover art and title bring together several elements relating to Canterbury. St Dunstan was Archbishop of Canterbury and patron saint of the blind, after whom a home for the blind was named. The title comes from a Noël Coward explanation to a child for why one dog had mounted another: one dog was blind and the other was pushing him to St. Dunstan's. At the end of the song Jack and Jill can be heard two speaking voices amongst dogs barking: First voice: "What are those two doggies doing over there?" Second voice "Well, the doggie in front is blind and his friend behind is pushing him all the way to St Dunstan's" The album cover shows St. Dunstan’s Street leading to the old West Gate in Canterbury. Members of Caravan
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    Private Eyes

    Private Eyes is the second solo album by guitarist Tommy Bolin. This was Bolin's last album, as he died of a drug overdose while on the promotional tour, opening for Jeff Beck.
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    Singable Songs for the Very Young

    Singable Songs for the Very Young is a music album by Canadian children's entertainer Raffi, released in 1976. The album contains a mixture of traditional and original songs. Simple instrument arrangements and clear, forward vocals make each track easy to follow and sing along with. Despite its recording date, the album continues to be a best seller. Among the musicians appearing on it is Daniel Lanois on mandolin. In "Raffi on Broadway", the front cover of this album was seen on one of the planet-shaped screens during the song, "One Light, One Sun". Album
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    Sandman

    Sandman is the twelfth album by Harry Nilsson. All music and lyrics by Harry Nilsson, except where noted.
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    Mutantes Ao Vivo

    Mutantes Ao Vivo is the seventh album by the Brazilian band Os Mutantes and their first live album, with only new material on it. Like its predecessor, Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol, the only original member of the band to take part in this album is guitarist Sérgio Dias. Mutantes Ao Vivo is the final Os Mutantes' album until the band's 2006 reunion at London's Barbican Theatre.
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    World Record

    World Record

    World Record is an album by Van der Graaf Generator. It was originally released in 1976. Bonus tracks were added for the 2005 rerelease. It was the last album recorded by the classic line-up of the band until their 2005 reunion: Banton and Jackson departed in 1976, but Hammill and Evans carried on, recruiting Nic Potter and Graham Smith to make the subsequent The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome. All songs written by Peter Hammill, except where noted.
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    Firefall

    Firefall is the self-titled debut from Firefall which saw release in 1976.
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    L'Heptade

    L'Heptade is the third and final album from Harmonium. It was released as a double-LP in 1976 and is considered by some critics to be one of the most important Québécois albums in popular music. L'Heptade is composed of seven core songs, in order: Comme un fou (Like a mad man), Chanson noire (Black song), Le premier ciel (The first heaven), L'exil (The exile), Le corridor (The hallway), Lumières de vie (Lights of life), and Comme un sage (Like a wise man). These seven songs were mainly written by the band leader Serge Fiori. The title, heptade, is the compound of two Greek affixes, hept- (seven) and -ade, which expresses both the notion of group (décade, pléiade) and epic movement (as in Iliad). Fiori mentioned, at the beginning of the live album of L'Heptade, that the album, framed in seven songs, was evoking the journey of a man in one day through seven levels of consciousness. Clues that the whole journey occurs in a single day are given on the original album. For example, a rapid sigh of a man waking up, followed by steps on a cracked wooden floor can be heard in the prologue, the first musical movement preceding the first core song. A man preparing to sleep can be heard in the
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    Music From the Penguin Cafe

    Music From The Penguin Cafe was the first album by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and was recorded between 1974 and 1976, and released in 1976. The line-up for much of the album consisted of the original Penguin Cafe Quartet: Simon Jeffes (electric guitar), Helen Leibmann (Cello), Steve Nye (electric piano), and Gavyn Wright (violin). Tracks 2-8 were performed by the ensemble "Zopf", which included the members of the quartet as well as Neil Rennie (ukelele), and Emily Young (vocals). Later reissues have mistakenly listed those pieces as though they were movements of a suite entitled "Zopf", instead of being performed by them. The executive producer for the album was Brian Eno, who released this album on his experimental Obscure label, with catalogue number "Obscure 7". The original cover was by John Bonis. The reissue cover painting was by Emily Young. The album was later released on CD by E.G. Records in 1991 and later in remastered form in 2006 - both using the reissue cover instead of the original. Tracks 1, 9-11 performed by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Tracks 2-8 performed by Zopf.
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    Leo Kottke

    Leo Kottke is the first album on the Chrysalis label by American guitarist Leo Kottke, released in 1976. It reached #107 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. After six releases on Capitol, Kottke and his manager/producer Denny Bruce changed labels. This release of all instrumental pieces written by Kottke (with the exception of "Buckaroo") also includes orchestrations by Jack Nitzsche. The composition "Airproofing" was significantly re-worked and released as "Airproofing II" on Kottke's A Shout Toward Noon. "Death by Reputation" was covered by John Fahey on his album John Fahey Visits Washington D.C.. It was re-issued on CD by BGO in 1996. Writing for Allmusic, music critic Chip Renner called the album "Very good guitar playing." All songs by Leo Kottke except "Buckaroo" Production notes:
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    Locked In

    Locked In

    Locked In is the sixth studio album by the rock band Wishbone Ash. All songs composed by Wishbone Ash, except where noted
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    Year of the Cat

    Year of the Cat is the seventh studio album by Al Stewart, released in 1976 and engineered by Alan Parsons; it is considered his masterpiece, its sales helped by the hit single "Year of the Cat", "one of those 'mysterious woman' songs," co-written by Peter Wood. The other single from the album was "On the Border". Stewart wrote "Lord Grenville" about the Elizabethan sailor and explorer Sir Richard Grenville (1542–1591). Stewart had all of the music and orchestration written and completely recorded before he even had a title of any of the songs. In a Canadian radio interview he stated that he has done this for 6 of his albums, and he often writes four different sets of lyrics for each song. The title track derives from a song Stewart wrote in 1966 called "Foot of the Stage" with prescient lyrics about Tony Hancock, one of Britain's favorite comedians who tragically committed suicide two years later. When Stewart discovered that Hancock was not well known in the United States, he went back to his original title "Year of the Cat". The cover design, by Hipgnosis and illustrator Colin Elgie, depicts a woman who has an apparent obsession with cats. She can be seen in the mirror dressing
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    Albedo 0.39

    Albedo 0.39

    Albedo 0.39 is an album by the artist Vangelis, released in 1976. It is a concept album around space and space physics. Albedo 0.39 was the second album produced by Vangelis in Nemo Studios, London, which was his creative base until the late 1980s. It contrasts with his previous album, Heaven and Hell, which was classically inspired and choral, while Albedo 0.39 has blues and jazz overtones. A planet's albedo is the proportion of the light it receives that is reflected back into space. The album title refers to the average albedo value of the planet Earth as it was in 1976. From the explanation on the back of the LP cover : "The reflecting power of a planet or other non-luminous body. A perfect reflector would have an Albedo of 100%. The Earth's Albedo is 39%, or 0.39". Due to a variety of solar, atmospheric, electromagnetic, seasonal, and pollution issues, Earth's albedo value is in constant flux. See 'Sources', below, for data pertaining to the issue. Vangelis plays all instruments. Although it is uncertain which synthesizers Vangelis employs on this album, other instruments include acoustic drums, bass, percussion, a xylophone, a gamelan (track 2) and recordings of the speaking
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    Daniel Amos

    Daniel Amos released their self-titled debut album in 1976 on the Maranatha! Music label. This eponymous album was produced by Al Perkins. Heavily influenced by The Band, Steely Dan and The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo, D.A.'s debut full length album temporarily leaves behind the rock and roll roots of the band members earlier bands although many of the songs came from those days. Baxter's "The Bible" and "Love In A Yielded Heart" (then known as "Freedom") were both performed in the early days of Jubal's Last Band, the band that was formed in late 1972 and eventually evolved into Daniel Amos. Taylor's "William," "Dusty Road," and "'Aint Gonna Fight It" date back to 1971 and his early band Good Shephard, and "Skeptic's Song" (then known as "Resurrection") dates back at least to 1972 and his band, Judge Rainbow and the Prophetic Trumpets. The band's recording contract with Maranatha! resulted from Jubal's Last Band's audition for the label sometime in mid 1975. Another band at the meeting, led by Darrell Mansfield, had a similar name - Jubal. The two bands decided to change their names to avoid confusion. Mansfield renamed his band Gentle Faith, and Jubal's Last Band became Daniel
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    That's the Way It Is

    ...That's the Way It Is is the thirteenth album by Harry Nilsson. The album includes a couple of original songs, but mostly consists of cover tunes. Some of the covers include: America ("I Need You" is from their 1971 album America), George Harrison ("That Is All" is from his 1973 album Living in the Material World, Randy Newman ("Sail Away" is from his 1972 album Sail Away), The Heartbeats' "A Thousand Miles Away," "Zombie Jamboree" (which was previously recorded by Lord Intruder, Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, and many others), and more. Track 2, "Just One Look/Baby I'm Yours" was a duet with Lynda Laurence, former Supreme and then-current wife to album producer, Trevor Lawrence.
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    Letzte Tage-Letzte Nächte

    Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte is the eighth album by Popol Vuh. It was originally released in 1976 on United Artists Records. In 2005 SPV re-released the album with three bonus tracks. All tracks composed by Florian Fricke except track number 1 composed by Daniel Fichelscher, and tracks 7, 8, and 9 composed by Florian Fricke and Daniel Fichelscher. Produced by Popol Vuh
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    Guitar / vocal

    (guitar, vocal) is a 1976 album by Richard Thompson. It was released by Island Records as a career retrospective after he and his wife Linda had gone into semi-retirement from the business of making and performing music following the release of Pour Down Like Silver (1975). Most tracks are unreleased recordings from Thompson's career to date - though the two instrumental tracks were recorded specifically for this compilation. (guitar, vocal) spans Thompsons's early years with Fairport Convention as well as the time he spent performing and recording as a duo with wife Linda. The release was notable for two live cuts from the 1975 Richard and Linda Thompson tour — "Night Comes In" and "Calvary Cross" — which featured lengthy guitar solos by Thompson, and for the Fairport Convention tracks "The Ballad of Easy Rider" featuring an excellent vocal from Sandy Denny which was an unreleased track from the Liege & Lief sessions and "Poor Will and the Jolly Hangman" which had been recorded for and then omitted from that group's Full House album. (guitar, vocal) has been out of print for some years now. Several tracks first released as part of this compilation have subsequently been included
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    Maledetti (maudits)

    Maledetti (Maudits) is the fifth album of the Jazz fusion band Area and was released in 1976. It can be considered a concept album: during the XX° century, an imaginary bank in which history is stored, loses data from the XV° century ("Evaporazione"), causing people forgetting how to govern the world. Some new hypothesis are formulated: power to old people ("Gerontocrazia"), power to women ("SCUM", which uses as lyrics a reading of a writing by Valerie Solanas, the chief of the feminist party SCUM, which stands for "Society for Cutting Up Men"), and power to children ("Giro, giro, tondo" and "Caos (parte seconda)"). "Il Massacro di Brandeburgo numero tre in Sol Maggiore" is a fragment of Johann Sebastian Bach's third Brandenburg concerto. During the recording sessions of the album, Capiozzo and Tavolazzi left the band temporarily (noticeably they are absent on "Diforisma Urbano", "Giro, giro, tondo" and "Caos (parte seconda)") only to come back some months later. During these months in which they weren't in the band, the live album Event '76 was recorded at Milan's Università Statale. This was also the last studio album featuring Tofani on guitar. Most of CD re-releases contain two
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    Rocket Cottage

    Rocket Cottage is an album by the electric folk band Steeleye Span. This was the band's 9th album, and the 2nd produced by Mike Batt. The album was poised to cement the band's success, building off their breakthrough into the UK Top 10 with their previous album, All Around My Hat (album). Unfortunately, the album was a victim of bad timing. 1976 and 1977 saw the sudden explosion of the British Punk scene, and popular music tastes rapidly shifted away from the sound and style that the band was known for. It failed to break into the Top 40. The album is perhaps the band's most rock-influenced album, with very prominent guitars and a strong rhythm section. Some fans consider this one of the band's best efforts, pointing to strong tracks like "London", "Fighting for Strangers", "Sir James the Rose", and "Orfeo/Nathan's Reel", the first three of which became classics of the band and fan favorites. Others, however, find the album erratic, complaining that the band's rhythm section tends to overwhelm the vocals, particularly on "Orfeo", "The Twelve Witches", and (to a lesser extent) "The Brown Girl". Oddly for an instrumental piece, "Nathan's Reel" simply fades out. The most peculiar
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    Watercourse Way

    This page is about a music album. For the book Tao: The Watercourse Way, see the Alan Watts page. Watercourse Way is the debut album for Chicago new age band Shadowfax, released in 1976 (And subsequently re-released in 1985)
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    Big Beat

    Big Beat

    Big Beat is the sixth album by American rock band Sparks, released in 1976. Big Beat was recorded at Mediasound studios, New York in August 1976. The album was the group's first album without their English backing band. Instead the Mael Brothers used session musicians and hired Roxy Music contributor (Viva!) Sal Maida on Bass, Tuff Darts guitarist Jeffrey Salen and Hilly Boy Michaels on Drums. The release was their first for Columbia Records in the US. The album employed a much heavier and harder rock sound. Initially the Mael brothers had returned to work with the early Sparks member Earle Mankey. Together, they recorded the song "England," a song which bore much in common with the jaunty home-made and unusual sound that the three musicians had made together in the early seventies. Conversely, Rupert Holmes and Jeffery Lesser's production on the album was slicker and more direct and the resulting album displayed a more "American" AOR sound. This new "West Coast" sound was deemed a failure as Sparks felt the results were "bereft of personality". The final track on the album was a rerecording of "I Like Girls." The song had been a live favourite from their pre-1974 days. Versions of
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    Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty

    Sleeping Beauty is a 1976 comedy album recorded by Cheech & Chong. Since 1976, this album was only available on vinyl LP, then, in 1992 it was briefly reissued on CD and cassette and has since become out of print. On November 15, 2005, the long out-of-print album was finally re-released and digitally re-mastered on CD, along with Let's Make a New Dope Deal. The album cover and name make reference to the once popular drug Secobarbital, a barbiturate derivitave commonly known on the street as "reds". Used for epilepsy and insomnia, the drug was widely abused in the 60's and 70's. The original LP album cover folded out into a giant red capsule, bearing the same numbers as Secobarbital capsules from the 1970s. The sleeve containing the actual record was a picture of a woman's tongue with a "red" in the center (the same picture was used for the re-release CD cover). Many references to "reds" have been made on Cheech & Chong's albums and in their films.
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