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HIGH NOTES HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OTHER GREAT CHART-TOPPING ALBUMS CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES IN 2017. 25 Years: “Unplugged” by Eric Clapton Recorded live in England, Clapton’s acoustic-based performance made waves as a revolutionary work of raw musical art. Featuring early drafts of some of his most popular songs, the 1992 album went on to win three Grammys including Album of the Year and Best Rock Song, cementing Clapton as a premier solo art- ist apart from his original band, Cream. 30 Years: “Whitney” by Whitney Houston Hitting radio airwaves on June 2, 1987, “Whitney” shot Houston into superstardom status and remained at the top of the Billboard 200 for 11 consecutive weeks. The late pop singer’s self-titled second album became the fi rst record by a female solo artist to debut at No. 1 on Billboard and featured four chart-topping singles. 40 Years: “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac Released in 1977, this Grammy-winner for Best Album was a labor of love—and love lost—for members of the British-American band. Christine and John McVie divorced during songwriting, and Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were in the middle of a tumultuous on-again/off-again relationship. The result? A musical legend. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (pictured above) was a departure from the more typical pop music output that The Beatles had become famous for. the group expanded on that idea, creating a concept album that acted as an emotional and psychological release for the band members. Following the album’s release in 1967, copies began fl ying off record store shelves. Writer Kenneth Tynan of London’s The Times newspa- per described it as “a decisive moment in the history of Western civilization.” In the United States, it appeared on the Billboard 200 for 175 nonconsecutive weeks. It also made history as the fi rst rock record to win Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards. Heralded as the beginning of the “album era” and a standout work of orchestral baroque pop, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” became an anthem and overarching symbol for the 1960s. Now, the special anniversary editions will give a new generation of music lovers the chance to fi nd modern inspiration in the band’s iconic songs. • FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Mile-eV5-e.indd 21 | 21 | ESCAPES 9/21/17 11:02 AM