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.
Harrison's first non-Beatle album was actually a triple album. Now available on a double CD set, It proves to be one of the best of his solo career. Produced by Phil Spector, and featuring appearances by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton to name a few.
Mick Ronson produces this album, which some critics have called the fifth Smiths album. It blends Morrissey's voice with rockabilly and glam rock influences to create Morrissey's most solid solo effort to date.
Unclassified is the 2nd full release from New Jersey native and Sacred Steel genius Robert Randolph and his Family Band.
Recovering from the deaths of two of their band members, Chrissie Hynde reinvented the Pretenders with "Learning to Crawl." Her lyrics are more emotional here, but never depressing, as the Pretenders rock out in top form.
Playing off of Apocalyptic themes and experimenting with new sounds, Prince's double album had a bit of everything. The songs range from rock to funk to psychedelic blues to gospel and show his dynamic as a musician. Popular songs included the title track and "Strange Relationship".
Iris DeMent's debut album became a success mostly due to the rave reviews it received, many critics called it an instant classic. The reviews led to DeMent signing a contract with Warner Brothers who re-released the disc in 1993.
Shortly after the American Folk revival that followed the frenzy around the "O, Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings released this album filled with heartfelt folk songs.
Described as 'Cosmic American Music' by Parsons himself, "Grievous Angel" was his second solo album. Parsons would never get to see the album's release, due to his death from a drug overdose. Linda Ronstadt is featured on the song, "In My Hour of Darkness"
Amherst College English majors Jonatha Brooke and Jennifer Kimball performed in various Boston venues and coffeehouses during their school days. They went their separate ways after graduating in the 1980s, but reunited to record as The Story.
Bristol natives Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons joined forces to create Portishead, making a benchmark for the trip-hop genre. They relased their debut album, "Dummy" on Go Records in 1994, which reached the top 40.