Day 10/10 Album Challenge: The Cars – “The Cars” (1978)

A wild ride, The Cars' debut album set the template for the future of pop with a trunkful of hits. In our final album for Cottagemixtape.com's 10-Day Album Challenge, we have The Cars' debut album, The Cars (1978). A record that comes at so many different angles its like a circle, a car wheel if …

Day 9/10 Album Challenge: Black Sabbath – “Paranoid” (1970)

Cottagemixtape.com is not paranoid about our 9th pick in our 10-day album challenge, Black Sabbath's sophomore album, Paranoid (1970). Paranoid altered rock and roll's musical landscape and condemned it a life of eternal damnation. It also influenced us too. I know, I know! Why pick the most obvious of the Black Sabbath albums? It's true …

Day 6/10 Album Challenge: Topas – “Topas”(1980)

As hard rock albums go "Topas" soars high above the rest on wings of gold, green boots and zero topaz (?) This is another one of those relatively obscure rock albums, like Sir Lord Baltimore (that also made our 10-day album challenge) in that both bands were on a major label, but unfortunately had very …

Day 5/10 Album Challenge: Def Leppard – “Hysteria” (1987)

"Hysteria" (rather prophetically) caused mass hysteria in the Rock/Metal/Pop world when it was released back in the 80's and was huge influence on me and the Cottage Country Mix. "Hysteria" was one of the first cassettes I ever owned and I played it so often, that it eventually got stuck inside my radio's tape deck …

Day 3/10 Album Challenge: Ween – “Quebec” (2003)

From the onset of Ween's Quebec with its Motorhead-esque "It's Gonna Be A Long Night", you know you are in for a treat but what follows is some sublime writing that often gets overlooked. No, Ween are not a bunch of glue sniffing bozos, that they painted themselves (in a corner) to be. Sure, there …