The Big Album Show
Revolver (The Beatles) with Prof. Luke O'Neill
Season 1, Ep. 29
Luke O'Neill is a professor of biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin.In 2020 he won the An Post Irish Book of the Year Award for best popular non-fiction book for ‘Never Mind the B*ll*cks Here’s the Science’, published by Gill which was a best seller. He also won the Science Foundation Ireland Science Communicator of the Year Award, for his media work on COVID19.In 2021 he published 'Keep Calm and Trust the Science- a remarkable year in the Life of an Immunologist' with Gill publishers, which is his diary covering the COVID19 pandemic.In this episode he tells us why he love Revolver by The Beatles. Revolver is the seventh studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released on 5 August 1966, accompanied by the double A-side single "Eleanor Rigby" / "Yellow Submarine".Revolver expanded the boundaries of pop music, revolutionised standard practices in studio recording, advanced principles espoused by the 1960s counterculture, and inspired the development of psychedelic rock, electronica, progressive rock and world music.
Pop - U2's most underrated album
Season 1, Ep. 28
Popis the ninth studio album by IrishrockbandU2. It was produced byFlood,Howie B, andSteve Osborne, and was released on 3 March 1997 onIsland Records. The album was a continuation of the band's 1990s musical reinvention, as they incorporatedalternative rock,techno,dance, andelectronicainfluences into their sound.Popemployed a variety of production techniques that were relatively new to U2, includingsampling,loops,programmeddrum machines, andsequencing.Recording sessions began in 1995 with variousrecord producers, includingNellee Hooper, Flood,Howie B, and Osborne, who were introducing the band to various electronica influences. At the time, drummerLarry Mullen Jr.was inactive due to a back injury, prompting the other band members to take different approaches to songwriting. Upon Mullen's return, the band began re-working much of their material but ultimately struggled to complete songs. After the band allowedmanagerPaul McGuinnessto book their upcoming 1997PopMart Tourbefore the record was completed, they felt rushed into delivering it. We delve into U2's less talked about album.
The Joshua Tree by U2
Season 1, Ep. 27
The Joshua Tree is the fifth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 9 March 1987 on Island Records.Inspired by American experiences, literature, and politics, U2 chose America as a theme for the album. Recording began in January 1986 in Ireland, and to foster a relaxed, creative atmosphere, the group primarily recorded in two houses.We discuss the big album.
Sowing Acorns with Emma Langford
Season 1, Ep. 26
Emma Langford is an Irish singer-songwriter from Limerick City.She released her debut album, Quiet Giant, in 2017 – for which she received the Best Emerging Artist award at the inaugural RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards.Emma released her second album, Sowing Acorns, in 2020.Emma also curates the Limerick Lady Festival, an initiative which aims to promote female musicians to tackle the issue of gender imbalance in the music industry.In October 2021, it was announced that Langford has been included on the longlist for the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in two categories; Album of the Year and Song of the Year.Paul Dillon and Dan O'Neill talk with Emma about Sowing Acorns.
Karmarama by Picturehouse: Interview with Dave Browne
Season 1, Ep. 25
Picturehouse are a band from Dublin, Ireland. The band are most famous for their song "Sunburst" from the album Karmarama in Ireland.In this episode Paula and Dan talk to Dave Browne from the group about the album and dive into their favourite tracks.
Blur by Blur with John Harris
Season 1, Ep. 24
John Harris is a British journalist, writer and critic. He is the author of The Last Party: Britpop, Blair and the Demise of English Rock (2003); So Now Who Do We Vote For?, which examined the 2005 UK general election; a 2006 behind-the-scenes look at the production of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon; and Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll (2009). His articles have appeared in Select, Q, Mojo, Shindig!, Rolling Stone, Classic Rock, The Independent, the New Statesman, The Times and The Guardian.In 1991, Harris joined Melody Maker. Between 1993 and the summer of 1995, he wrote for the NME. In 1995, he was named editor of Select magazine after a brief stint with Q.In 1995, Harris resumed his career as a freelance writer, writing about pop music, politics and a variety of other subjects. His articles have appeared in Q, Mojo, Rolling Stone, The Independent, the New Statesman, The Times and The Guardian.On this episode, we talk to John about Blur by Blur; their 1997 album.
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
Season 1, Ep. 23
Jagged Little Pill is the third studio album by Canadian singer Alanis Morissette, released on June 13, 1995. Jagged Little Pill was a commercial success, topping the charts in thirteen countries. With sales of over 33 million copies worldwide, it is one of the best-selling albums of all time. Jagged Little Pill was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning five, including Album of the Year, making the 21-year-old Morissette, at the time, the youngest artist to win the top honour (until Taylor Swift won it at 20). Rolling Stone ranked Jagged Little Pill at No. 69 on its 2020 list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In this video, Paul Dillon and Dan O'Neill look back at the iconic record .
Achtung Baby with Prof. Luke O'Neill
Season 1, Ep. 22
Prof. Luke O'Neill is professor of biochemistry in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin. He's also a big music fan and the lead singer of The Metabolics. In this episode of the Big Album Show he discusses the seventh studio album by Irish rock band U2 with Paul Dillon and Dan O'Neill. Achtung Baby was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 18 November 1991 on Island Records. After criticism of their 1988 release Rattle and Hum, U2 shifted their direction to incorporate influences from alternative rock, industrial music, and electronic dance music into their sound.
OK Computer by Radiohead
Season 1, Ep. 21
OK Computer is the third studio album by English rock band Radiohead, released on 21 May 1997 on EMI subsidiaries Parlophone and Capitol Records.The album depicts a world fraught with rampant consumerism, social alienation, emotional isolation and political malaise; in this capacity, OK Computer has been said to have prescient insight into the mood of 21st-century life. We discuss the brilliant album.