Discumentary: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Soundtrack
In order to properly set their revision of Homer's "Odyssey" in the American South in the 1930's, The Coen Brothers needed the right man for the job. They found it in T Bone Burnett who recruited John Hartford, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and many more to recreate songs from the era. The result was an unexpected smash success and winner of the Album of the Year Grammy Award.
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Coldplay rose to stardom with their debut album. The British quartet redefined the Brit-rock sound. This album is not only appreciated by music fans, but by music critics as well.
By 2007, The Dap Kings were rising stars in music, due to their appearance on Amy Winehouse's "Back in Black" a year earlier. With Sharon Jones on vocals, the group released their 3rd album that year.
Blur's 3rd album placed them at the forefront of the mid-90's Britpop explosion, but also demonstrated the band's musical depth. It also gave them their first bit of success in the United States, especially with the dancefloor-ready single "Girls & Boys".
Janis Joplin died during the recording of this album, leaving the project to be finished by her band and producer. It demonstrates Joplin's amazing vocal ability, and is considered a classic. It includes Joplin's only #1 song, "Me and Bobbie McGee".
"Heroes" was David Bowie's second release of 1977, it was also the second installment of his collaborations with Brian Eno known as the "Berlin Trilogy". Recorded in a studio in West Berlin that overlooked the wall, the album is influenced by German bands of the time like Kraftwerk and Neu!.
Although not commercially successful, this album is a Kinks classic. A "concept" album about Ray Davies' desire for the nostalgia of "Olde England" is played out with songs about Village Greens, Steam Trains and Photographs.
Eddie Vedder and Company were coping with the new found fame from their debut album when they recorded this follow-up. This album sealed them a hardcore fan base with seven of its twelve songs becoming hits.
Patti Smith's groundbreaking debut album, often called the first art punk album. Smith's fusion of poetry and music defines a unique style that she continues to develop to this day.
"Rumours" is the second album featuring Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. The McVies were in the process of divorcing, as was Mick Fleetwood. Nicks and Buckingham were breaking up as a couple.
Narrative songs and harmonies gave the band X an edge in the Los Angeles punk music scene. Produced by Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Los Angeles includes a cover of Jim Morrison's "Soul Kitchen."