Discumentary: The Decemberists "The Crane Wife"
Patti Smith's groundbreaking debut album, often called the first art punk album. Smith's fusion of poetry and music defines a unique style that she continues to develop to this day.
"Rumours" is the second album featuring Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. The McVies were in the process of divorcing, as was Mick Fleetwood. Nicks and Buckingham were breaking up as a couple.
Narrative songs and harmonies gave the band X an edge in the Los Angeles punk music scene. Produced by Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Los Angeles includes a cover of Jim Morrison's "Soul Kitchen."
Before this album was released Warren Zevon was a singer/songwriter with a few albums out. His biggest claim to fame was that Linda Ronstadt had recorded some of his songs.
Folk artist and activist Joan Baez released her album "Diamonds and Rust" in 1975. Now considered one of her seminal works, the album went gold.
For this record, U2 created a dark, expressive and American influenced sound deriving from rock, blues and country.
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 CBGBs 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.
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.