Discumentary: Nick Drake "Bryter Layter"
For Nick Drake's second album, Bryter Later, he re-teamed with producer Joe Boyd to produce a more upbeat and lush record. This CD also features musicians from Fairport Convention, The Velvet Underground, and The Beach Boys. Although not a big seller in it's time, Bryter Later (along with the other 2 albums Drake released in his lifetime), has gone on to be considered among the finest folk-rock albums of all time.
Loretta Lynn had been performing for more than 40 years before releasing "Van Lear Rose". The album was produced by White Stripes guitarist Jack White, who was also the band leader in the recordings.
For Dar Williams' long time fans, hearing this album must have been rather shocking, like when Dylan went electric.
Songs for Drella reunited former Velvet Underground members Lou Reed and John Cale for the first time since 1968. The two got together shortly after the death of Andy Warhol and decided to pay tribute to his life.
The British trio's debut album had them bringing something different to the world of Trip Hop. The group's Soul influences added to their distinctive atmospheric sound, and got them noticed by many who added this 'chill out' album to their collections.
This is the breakout album for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, it includes the single "Tomorrow People." Produced by Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club members Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, this album is one of the top-selling reggae albums ever.
Following the success of the Graduate, Simon and Garfunkel put together a well crafted folk album featuring Simon's poignant lyrics and Garfunkel's elusive vocals. The album featured a completed and re-arranged version of Mrs.
Depeche Mode's seventh album was also their first in the 90's. For this one, the band changed their approach to how they an album. That change paid off and it ushered them into the 90's as leaders in the alternative rock movement.
A remarkable album of songs written by Tom Waits, performed by John Hammond, produced by Tom Waits. The result leads to new interpretations of some of Waits' best known songs, and a feat rarely seen in the music industry.
This is Polly Jean Harveys third album, and her big breakout success. After dissolving the band she made her first two discs with, Harvey set forth to explore new directions in music.
Many call this a groundbreaking album, as it experimented with rapid electronic beats long before the word "techno" was ever thought up as a music genre. It was also tremendously successful commercially, generating three hits that were eased into popularity thanks to the newly assembled MTV.