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 Posted: Wed Sep 11th, 2019 04:33 pm
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9/11 was of course a Tuesday, meaning that albums were released that day.  I was curious so I took a look last night at what dropped on that day.  It's actually pretty interesting.

By far the two most famous albums from that day, one for good reasons and one for bad, were "The Blueprint" by Jay-Z and "Glitter" by Mariah Carey.

"The Blueprint" was critically acclaimed and sold a whopping 427,000 copies its first week, which is really something considering what was going on that week.  It's still largely considered to be a hip hop masterpiece.  It's also known as Kanye West's breakout as a major producer, as he was relatively unknown at the time.  So 9/11 was horrible for two reasons.   

On the other end, the "Glitter" soundtrack (and movie) was a huge flop and basically the end of Carey's career as a major pop star.   Carey was in a tailspin even before the realease of the album, showing up on TLR in July to promote the album while completely drunk or high, after which she innovated the "extreme exhaustion" excuse as a reason to be hospitalized (and/or disappear in rehab).  Carey actually had the nerve to blame 9/11 for the poor album sales.   

Then you have the albums released that are eerie in retrospect.  Slayer released their 9th studio album "God Hates Us All" on that day, a title that took on new meaning.  The album was supposed to come out in July but the mixing was a mess and there was controversy over the original album cover, causing a 2-month delay. 

Speaking of album covers, Dream Theater released "Live Scenes from New York", an album recorded live at Roseland Ballroom, which featured an album cover of the Twin Towers encircled in flame.  The album was in stores for maybe 30 minutes before the real Towers were on fire, so as everyone dealt with 9/11, executives at Elektra Records spent that day and the next desperately trying to recall all copies.  It was re-released with a new album cover a few weeks later.

They Might Be Giants had an album release party at Tower Records in Manhattan for "Mink Car" that started exactly at midnight on 9/11, and party-goers had barely gotten home by the time the first plane hit.  The album was relegated to obscurity.

Motorhead re-released a remastered version of "Another Perfect Day" from 1983 on 9/11, which is significant mostly because Motorhead completely ignored the album before that, but after the re-release they started to play songs from it live in concert for the first time.  It's their only studio album to feature Brian "Robbo" Robertson of Thin Lizzy on guitar, replacing Fast Eddie Clarke.  The title of this album also became ironically significant due to the events of 9/11 and what a beautiful day it was.

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That’s probably my favorite DT albums, I really enjoy live material from that era.


Not one of my favorite slayer albums but it had a few good songs.



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So, is that Dream Theater album now a collector's item, like the aborted "butcher's" cover on Yesterday and Today?



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Big fan of Dylan's Love and Theft.

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KGB wrote: So, is that Dream Theater album now a collector's item, like the aborted "butcher's" cover on Yesterday and Today?
Yes, but naturally at a much lower level, there are not exactly legions of Dream Theater fans clamouring for it.



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The Coup is a hip hop group that has never had big sales, but managed to get its albums into the lower reaches of the R&B charts and get a song or two some minor radio and video traction. The problem for this group was it was not overtly commercial during a mid 1990s and onward period when the world of hip hop was filled with artists that wanted to be as commercial as possible. The group was very political and highly left wing in its outlook.

It's album "Party Music" was supposed to come out in mid September. That didn't happen, because the art work featured the group blowing up the World Trade Center. The art work for the album had been created back in June, but after 9/11 it was understandably pulled back and put out in November with a new cover. The band got absolutely pounded by right wing radio as well as from those with different political outlooks who thought the cover was in bad taste under any circumstances. The publicity probably helped get The Coup some sales while the stores that would likely refuse to sell it never were going to stock it anyway.

The original cover art work.


https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/19/TheCoupCoverLarge.jpg



The replacement cover art work.


https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/85/The_Coup_Party_Music.jpg

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Mariah Carey had a huge comeback album in 2006 with "The Emancipation of Mimi". It was her best selling album since 1997's "Butterfly", selling 10,000,000 copies worldwide, including 6,100,000 in the U.S. where it went multiplatinum to #1, gave her two #1 singles and a #2, and in "We Belong Together" one of her biggest ever hits. It could be argued that she probably lost sales on this album and its singles due to illegal downloading. It can definitely be said that the failure of "Glitter" and the coinciding stories of her increasingly odd and diva like behavior robbed her career of a ton of momentum, however. She had an album between "Glitter" and this one that did well and restored some of the luster, but her output in this era was way down from her 1990s peak. She went longer between albums than ever before, something that probably cost her a lot of sales and money at the twilight of the era when it was still possible to have big selling albums in a way that few artists have now.

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