"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.
Steve Earle's 1986 debut was hailed by critics as an instant classic. Earle's writing style incorporated elements of Townes Van Zandt's mournful ballads and Springsteen's depictions of small town life.
Featuring hits like "Rolling in the Deep", "Someone Like You" and "Rumour Has It", Adele's smash sophomore release chronicles the aftermath of a break up.
Grant Lee Buffalo's 1994 album is probably their successful in the United States. Anchored on the songwriting and singing of Grant Lee Phillips, the album was recorded after a year's worth of touring for their debut album. It includes their most well-known song "Mockingbirds".
Calexico's 6th album loosely tells the story of an out of work writer travelling through the desert.