Discumentary: Neko Case "Blacklisted"

After a constant tour schedule, Neko Case recorded "Blacklisted" in Arizona, giving her a new view of her music. The album features John Convertino and Joey Burns of Calexico and covers from Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughn.

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...

Discumentary: Nina Simone "Nina Simone in Concert"

Of the many live albums Nina Simone released, this one stands out as her greatest. Recorded over three nights at Carnegie Hall in 1964, it was the first time she put her feelings on the struggle for civil rights in her music. 

Discumentary: Nina Simone "Nina Simone Sings the Blues"

Nina Simone and her music were just being rediscovered in 2003, when she passed away at age 70. This album, a selection of blues originals and covers, is considered to be one of her most solid albums.

Discumentary: Norah Jones "Come Away With Me"

Norah Jones' debut album took the world by storm, a jazz-inspired disc that started out as a favorite of critics. The album went on to sell more than 18 million copies. It also earned Jones eight Grammy Awards.

Discumentary: Oasis "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?"

Oasis' second album came somewhere between the band having the fastest selling debut in British history, and their declaration that they were bigger than the Beatles. This album is often considered one of the greatest albums in British rock.

Discumentary: Otis Redding "Otis Blue"

This 1965 release established Otis Redding as a major star, as he brought raw passion to the songs of Sam Cooke, B.B. King, and The Rolling Stones. It also contains the original version of Redding's self-penned classic "Respect".

Discumentary: Patsy Cline "Sentimentally Yours"

Patsy Cline's 1962 album was her third and final full-length release. Produced by Owen Bradley, it was crafted to poise her as more of a torch singer so she could cross over to the pop charts. He added strings and back up singers (Elvis' backing band, The Jordanaires) to fill out the sound.

Discumentary: Patti Smith "Horses"

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.

Discumentary: Paul Simon "Graceland"

After going solo, Paul Simon went on to create a strong career for himself. The album created a lot of controversy due to the fact that Simon recorded six tracks in South Africa with native musicians in the era of apartheid. "Graceland" went on to win two Grammy Awards, one for Album of the Year...

Discumentary: Paula Cole "This Fire"

Cole's sophomore release; this album went Gold pretty quickly thanks to the singles "Where Have all the Cowboys Gone" and "I Don't Want to Wait." But there's more than hit singles to this album, including a duet between Cole and her mentor, Peter Gabriel.

Discumentary: Pearl Jam "Vs."

Eddie Vedder and Company were coping with the new found fame from their debut album when they recorded this follow-up. This album sealed them a hardcore fan base with seven of its twelve songs becoming hits.

Discumentary: Peter Gabriel "So"

For his fifth album, Peter Gabriel teamed up with producer Daniel Lanois to produce his most upbeat and fun album, titled "So". Gabriel also recruited the help of musicians such as Kate Bush, African singer Youssou N'Dour and The Police's Stewart Copland. The album became Gabriel's breakout success...

Discumentary: Phish "Billy Breathes"

In 1995, Phish teamed up with producer Steve Lillywhite to create their seventh album. Many critics cite this album as the closest representation of the energy of Phish's live performances. It also gave them their highest charting single in the U.S.

Discumentary: PJ Harvey "To Bring You My Love"

This is Polly Jean Harvey’s 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. This is the result, and the album that earned her success on MTV, Grammy nominations and top billing in many...

Discumentary: Portishead "Dummy"

Bristol natives Geoff Barrow and Beth Gibbons joined forces to create Portishead, making a benchmark for the trip-hop genre. They relased their debut album, "Dummy" on Go Records in 1994, which reached the top 40. The group's collaborative effort produced merit, winning them Britain's Mercury Prize...

Discumentary: Prince "Sign O' The Times"

Playing off of Apocalyptic themes and experimenting with new sounds, Prince's double album had a bit of everything. The songs range from rock to funk to psychedelic blues to gospel and show his dynamic as a musician. Popular songs included the title track and "Strange Relationship".

Discumentary: R.E.M. "Life's Rich Pageant"

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.

Discumentary: R.L. Burnside "Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down"

In the year 2000, RL Burnside set out to continue the blues tradition while adding more contemporary influences to it. These influences are almost more hip-hop in nature, with scratching and looping provided by DJ Swamp and Iki Levy. At the age of 73, Burnside's modern spin on traditional Delta...

Discumentary: Radiohead "OK Computer"

1997’s OK Computer is Radiohead'’s third release and marked the band’s move toward a more experimental sound. Produced by Nigel Godrich, the album’s themes included rampant consumerism, social alienation and political stagnation.

Discumentary: Randy Newman "Good Old Boys"

Randy Newman’s 1974 release “Good Old Boys” became his major commercial breakthrough. Originally conceived as a concept album about a southern man named Johnny Cutler the album morphed into a satirical examination of the Southern mystique. Newman incorporated historical events into his prism...

Discumentary: Ray Charles "Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music"

When Ray Charles set out to record an album of country songs, his record label though he was crazy. Charles proved them all wrong when "Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music", became a hit. It gave Charles the crossover success he needed, eventually making him a household name.

Discumentary: Ray Charles "The Spirit of Christmas"

Ever wonder what it would sound like if Ray Charles sang "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"? Here's your answer. The genius of Ray Charles put to a selection of carols and holiday songs.

Discumentary: Ray LaMontagne "Trouble"

Ray LaMontagne woke up one morning, heard a Stephen Stills song on the radio, and decided to become a musician. About five years later, he released "Trouble," his debut album. Produced by Ethan Johns, who also plays percussion, piano, and bass on the album. It also features a string quintet to...

Discumentary: Richard & Linda Thompson "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight"

The debut album of husband and wife musical team Richard and Linda Thompson, is considered a folk rock classic. The album features some of Richard's former bandmates from Fairport Convention.

Discumentary: Richard Thompson "Rumor and Sigh"

This is Richard Thompson's 7th solo studio album. He teamed up with producer Mitchell Froom, and the result was a more "polished" effort than Thompson's previous work. This album broadened Thompson's appeal and earned him a Grammy nomination. It features "1952 Vincent Black Lightning", one of...

Discumentary: Rickie Lee Jones "Rickie Lee Jones"

Rickie Lee Jones’ eponymous debut marked the assent of a mature artist and songwriter and won her the Grammy for best new artist of 1979. Jones’ songs are populated by street beatniks and her music spans cabaret to jazzy-pop. A stellar band assists her, including Randy Newman, Dr. John, and Michael...

Discumentary: Robert Plant and Allison Krauss "Raising Sand"

"Raising Sand" features the unlikely duet of Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss. It was the winner of 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Discumentary: Robert Randolph & The Family Band "Unclassified"

“Unclassified” is the 2nd full release from New Jersey native and Sacred Steel genius Robert Randolph and his Family Band. Showing influences that range from The Allman Brothers to Bootsy Collins to Mahalia Jackson, Randolph fully realized his musical vision on this release, creating a unique...

Discumentary: Robyn Hitchcock and The Egyptians "Globe of Frogs"

After having great success in college radio, Hitchcock assembled The Egyptians which featured two members of his former band The Soft Boys and REM's Peter Buck. The album spawned the single Balloon Man, and eventually reached 111 on the Billboard top 200. It marked Hitchcock's major label debut.

Discumentary: Rolling Stones "Exile on Main Street"

Recorded in a humid basement in France, the Stones created this masterpiece without their pants on. Some have called it more of a Rock and Roll "field recording" than a studio album. Upon its release it received a lukewarm reception, but the album is now known as a classic.

Discumentary: Roxy Music "Avalon"

English art-rock band, Roxy Music, released it’s 8th and last studio album in 1982. “Avalon” featured sophisticated production,complex melodies, and Bryan Ferry’s soulful crooning. The album was the band’s only platinum U.S. release and produced the hit single, “More Than This.”

Discumentary: Roy Orbison "Mystery Girl"

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.

Discumentary: Rufus Wainwright "Poses"

Taking close to three years off between his debut album and Poses, this album features Rufus Wainwright with a soaring full band, and in scaled down acoustic numbers. His theatrical-style is enhanced with elements of opera, rock and electronica.

Discumentary: Ryan Adams "Gold"

After the demise of Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams went solo with the album Heartbreaker, to much critical praise. But it was his Gold album that broke him out into the mainstream, earning him crossover success and new legions of fans. Produced in 2004 by Brian Siewiorek

Discumentary: Sam Cooke "Night Beat"

Being credited with creating soul music, Cooke recorded "Night Beat" in three nights in February of 1963. The album features keyboardist Billy Preston, then at the age of 16. Cooke was given the chance to return to his gospel roots while recording this album.

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