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

Day 10 of 10 album features a segment from the album The Cars

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 it's a circle like a car wheel, if …

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

Banner for day 9 in album challenge, an excerpt from Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" showing the forest swordsman.

There is nothing paranoid about our day 9 pick, Black Sabbath's Paranoid (1970) For our Day 9 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 …

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

Day 6 in 10 day album challenge banner for 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)

Banner for day 5 out of 10 day challenge with Def Leppard's Hysteria

Def Leppard's Hysteria (rather prophetically) caused mass hysteria in the Rock/Metal/Pop world when it was released back in the 80's and was a hugely influential album for the Cottage Country Mix series. Personally, Hysteria was one of the first cassettes I ever owned and I played it so often, that it eventually got stuck inside …

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

Day 3 of 10 day album challenge with Ween "Quebec" 2003

From the onset of Ween's 2003 album, 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 of the most sublime songwriting that often gets overlooked. No, Ween are not a just a bunch of glue sniffing bozos, that they painted themselves …