Discumentary: Ben Folds Five "Ben Folds Five"


Even though they were a trio, the Ben Folds Five formed in North Carolina and released this as their debut. It bridged the gap between piano rock and alternative rock, and paving the way for their breakout success.

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The Smashing Pumpkins third release is also a double-disc containing 28 tracks. Produced by Flood, they set out to record this album as if it was their last.

This album began Blondie’'s rise to stardom, and rocketed them past many of their CBGB’s contemporaries as far as commercial success goes. This album contains "Heart of Glass", their first (and definitely not their last) #1 single in the U.S.

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.

Comprised of Cuban and African musicians, Buena Vista Social Club, successfully mixed Cuban Rhythms and African style piano. Most of the band members were retired, and it's oldest member was 89. The album topped Latin charts and went on to win a Grammy in 1997

James Brown and his 16-piece band did a week-long stint at Harlem's Apollo Theater late in 1962. This live recording was financed completely by Brown, and he went against his record label's wishes to make it in the first place.

The Breeders second full-length album is considered to be among the best of the 90's. The band originally was formed by Kim Deal as a side project from her work in The Pixies. Released in 1993, after the break-up of the Pixies and during the height of the "Alternative Rock" phenomenon.

The Beach Boys came of age with this album, which represented a new direction for the group. Filled with the Boys' perfect harmonies and Brian Wilson's obsessive production, Pet Sounds is considered one of the greatest albums of all time.

Oasis' second album came somewhere between the band having the fastest selling debut in British history, and their declaration that they were bigger than the Beatles. This album is often considered one of the greatest albums in British rock.

The Talking Heads grew out of the New York punk scene playing alongside Patti Smith and the Ramones. For their third album they teamed up with Brian Eno for a darker approach to their quirky post-punk music.

In 2003, The Jayhawks returned to their country-rock roots on their seventh album, "Rainy Day Music." It also features guest performances from Jakob Dylan, Chris Stills and Matthew Sweet.


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