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.
John Lee Hooker was already a legend before the making of this album. Produced by Van Morrison and Los Lobos, it features new songs a few classic remakes, further cementing his legendary status.
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.
This soundtrack contains music by Toots and the Maytalls, Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff (who is also the star of the film).
Short, Sharp, Shocked has a folky sound with a bit of country-tinged production and a collection of personal songs inspired by her youth. The album received great reviews upon its release. Its biggest hit was the song "Anchorage", a letter from a friend, set to music.
Little Plastic Castle was Ani Difranco's 8th studio album and her most commercially successful release. Tune in to hear the story behind the album and the unique artist who is considered one of the most powerful independent artists in the music world.
The album that The Church is most renowned for, it features their smash single "Under the Milky Way". The U.S. breakthrough gave the Church a top forty hit and a Gold album, as well as sold out world tours.
Neil Young's fourth solo album, Harvest, was the best selling album of 1972. For the recording of the album, he enlisted the help of several artists including Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The hit song "Heart of Gold" remains Young's only #1 song.
Andrew Bird bought a farm in Illinois in the early 2000's in hopes to get away from Chicago to work on music. He completed this album in 2005. It is the first of his albums to feature him playing the guitar and not the violin.
Shortly after joining super group The Traveling Wilburys, Orbison made what was to be his final solo album. Mystery Girl featured the top ten hit "You Got it" and brought him popularity to a new generation.