Discumentary: Otis Redding "Otis Blue"
Lucinda Williams took 6 years to complete "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road" but the album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and has made many top 100 albums lists. Williams writes sparse, unsparingly honest and often painful stories of ordinary lives.
After a constant tour schedule, Neko Case recorded "Blacklisted" in Arizona, giving her a new view of her music. The album features John Convertino and Joey Burns of Calexico and covers from Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughn.
This 1965 release established Otis Redding as a major star, as he brought raw passion to the songs of Sam Cooke, B.B. King, and The Rolling Stones. It also contains the original version of Redding's self-penned classic "Respect".
Often referred to as Dylan's divorce record, Blood On the Tracks marked Dylan's return to Columbia Records after a two album stint with Asylum. It also took Dylan back to the top of the charts and won him the critical and commercial success that had eluded him for several years.
English art-rock band, Roxy Music, released its 8th and last studio album in 1982. Avalon featured sophisticated production,complex melodies, and Bryan Ferrys soulful crooning. The album was the bands only platinum U.S. release and produced the hit single, More Than This.
Rickie Lee Jones eponymous debut marked the assent of a mature artist and songwriter and won her the Grammy for best new artist of 1979. Jones songs are populated by street beatniks and her music spans cabaret to jazzy-pop. A stellar band assists her, including Randy Newman, Dr.
After becoming a popular DJ, and the success of his first few techno albums, Moby makes one of his most diverse albums. Here he strays from strictly eclectronica and blends elements of rock, blues, gospel and hip-hop, and even plays every instrument on the album.
Toots and the Maytals brought fourth Jamaican traditions in both sound and style. The album featured the song "Do the Reggay" which led to the term Reggae. The band also made reggae versions of "Louie Louie" and John Denver's Country Roads.
Cole's sophomore release; this album went Gold pretty quickly thanks to the singles "Where Have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait." But there's more than hit singles to this album, including a duet between Cole and her mentor, Peter Gabriel.
Produced by Rick Rubin, Tom Petty's second solo album, "Wildflowers" was certified three times platinum in 1995. Critics praised the album, albeit being almost an hour long. Petty won his first Grammy for his performance of "You Don't Know How It Feels".