Discumentary: Nina Simone "Nina Simone Sings the Blues"

 
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"Nina Simone Sings the Blues" was released in 1967.  She was trained as a classical pianist while growing up, and embraced jazz early in her career. This album was unlike anything she had recorded at that point in her career, a raw and rough approach to the Blues. 

Being credited with creating soul music, Cooke recorded "Night Beat" in three nights in February of 1963. The album features keyboardist Billy Preston, then at the age of 16. Cooke was given the chance to return to his gospel roots while recording this album.

Aretha's third album for Atlantic records, this one includes the hits "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and Chain of Fools. It also reatures an impressive collection of musicians, including a young Eric Clapton.

In the year 2000, RL Burnside set out to continue the blues tradition while adding more contemporary influences to it. These influences are almost more hip-hop in nature, with scratching and looping provided by DJ Swamp and Iki Levy.

This is Richard Thompson's 7th solo studio album. He teamed up with producer Mitchell Froom, and the result was a more "polished" effort than Thompson's previous work. This album broadened Thompson's appeal and earned him a Grammy nomination.

The second of two albums released by the Grateful Dead in 1970, American Beauty is the first album to feature the band's collaboration with mandolin player David Grisman. It is considered among the Dead's greatest albums, and features the hit "Truckin".

This was CCR's fifth album, released around the two-year anniversary of their vinyl debut. Cosmo's Factory was the group's peak of popularity featuring "Who'll Stop the Rain" and an eleven-minute version of "I Heard it Through the Grapevine".

Probably best known for their soundtrack work for the Ritchie Valens biopic "La Bamba", Los Lobos created some of their most acclaimed work after their #1 hit. For "Kiko" the group experiments with their sound on songs that range in topics from homelessness to hopefulness.

Carole King spent the early part of her career co-writing hit songs with Gerry Goffin. In 1971 she released "Tapestry" and the album set the standard for singer/songwriter albums in the 70’s. It was the #1 album in the US for fifteen weeks, and stayed on the album charts for six years.

The Band's second album is considered a masterpiece. Recorded in a pool house rented from Sammy Davis Jr., this album features songs like "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (which was a hit for Joan Baez) and "Up On Cripple Creek."

With "Penthouse", Luna expanded their sound adding cellos, vibraphones and keyboards in with their trademark fuzzy guitar sound. Included among _Rolling Stone_'s 150 essential albums of the 90's, this one also features the guitar work of Televison's Tom Verlaine.

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