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.
"Electric Ladyland" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience was released in 1968. This is the third, last, and most experimental album that The Jimi Hendrix Experience released. It shows the versatality of Hendrix; not only as a guitarist, but also as a singer and producer.
"Nina Simone Sings the Blues" was released in 1967. She was trained as a classical pianist while growing up, and embraced jazz early in her career. This album was unlike anything she had recorded at that point in her career, a raw and rough approach to the Blues.
The debut album from the Ramones was released in the Spring of 1976. The band was already making waves with the fast intensity of their live shows. Recorded over a week on February 1976, for a little more than $6,000, this groundbreaking album is now considered a classic.
University of Georgia dropouts Bill Berry, Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Michael Stipe recorded "Lifes Rich Pageant" in 1986, their fourth album on IRS Records. The album produced the single, "Cuyahoga" and solidified them in the college rock world.
Released in December 1965, "Rubber Soul" signified a change in approach for The Beatles. The group wasn't making teen pop songs anymore, along with George Martin as producer, this album began to show the group's experimentation with folk-rock and other instrumentations.
The third release by the White Stripes showcases a more polished and refined sound than their previous efforts. The songs on the album show the range of the groups influences, from Led Zeppelin to early Delta Blues. The music takes elements of these influences and fuses them with new trends.
The Pixies second album was released in 1989 and was the album that helped them break out in the United States. The album conquers a diversity of subject matter (love, religion, surrealism) amid a variety of musical styles with elements of surf rock, punk and pop.