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Discumentary: "A Very Special Christmas"

A Very Special Christmas was created by Producer Jimmy Iovine to benefit the Special Olympics. Stand out songs include Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas by the Pretenders and Merry Christmas Baby performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band. The CD also featured the likes of The...

Dr. Dog - Lonesome

Discumentary: Gram Parsons "Grievous Angel"

Described as 'Cosmic American Music' by Parsons himself, "Grievous Angel" was his second solo album. Parsons would never get to see the album's release, due to his death from a drug overdose. Linda Ronstadt is featured on the song, "In My Hour of Darkness"

Discumentary: Kirsty MacColl "Tropical Brainstorm"

Disappointed with the music industry and recovering from a divorce, Kirsty MacColl, took six years off before recording "Tropical Brainstorm". During her break, she spent a lot of time in Cuba and Brazil, which inspired the album's many tropical influences.

Discumentary: The Flaming Lips "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"

The main theme of this album is based on a Japanese girl who is set to fight an army of robots that are pink. Less of a concept album and more of an album in which certain songs have a narrative thread, the Lips experimentation with music, makes this an album in which you hear something new every...

Discumentary: John Lee Hooker "Don't Look Back"

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.

Discumentary: Neil Young "Harvest"

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.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - A Tribute to George Harrison

For the 10th Anniversary of the death of George Harrison, WYEP offered this special hosted by Mike Sauter. It examines the many collaborations Harrison took part in, plus you'll hear some covers of Harrison's compositions. Original air date: 11/29/11

Discumentary: Alison Krauss and Union Station "New Favorite"

The 9th release from Alison Krauss and Union Station peaked in Billboard's top 50 albums in the fall of 2001 and won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year while the single “The Lucky One” nabbed a Grammy for Best Country Duo or Group Performance.

Live & Direct: The Mavericks

Live & Direct from the WYEP Studios 2008

Brian Siewiorek host this look back at the best moments from WYEP's 2008 Studio Sessions. Featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dean & Britta, The Drive By Truckers, Spoon and many more.

Discumentary: Toots and the Maytals "Funky Kingston"

Toots and the Maytals brought fourth Jamaican traditions in both sound and style. The album featured the song "Do the Reggay" which led to the term Reggae. The band also made reggae versions of "Louie Louie" and John Denver's Country Roads.

JD McPherson - "North Side Gal"

Discumentary: Sam Phillips Martinis & Bikinis

Getting her start in the Christian music community, Sam Phillips left after a dispute with her label at the time. She signed with Virgin Records in 1989. "Martinis and Bikinis", her fourth solo album that was produced by her future husband T-Bone Burnett.

Discumentary: Big Star "#1 Record"

Unlike most other pop groups in the 70ís, Big Star made songs with sensible harmonies as well as catchy hooks. Band mates Chris Bell and Alex Chilton shared guitar and vocals for most of the record. While Big star never received critical acclaim, they unofficially started the genre “power pop.”

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: 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...

WYEP's Holiday Hootenanny 2011

Hear your holiday favorites performed by some of Pittsburgh's finest musicians. Recorded at the New Hazlett Theater on December 15th, 2011 Featuring An ensemble of CAPA Students, Panther Hollow String Band and New Shouts. Plus: Casey Hanner of Donora,Joy Ike, Josh Verbanets of Meeting of...

Discumentary: Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"

Released in 1971 at the height of societal unrest, Marvin Gaye tackled issues ranging from drug abuse to poverty to the Vietnam War, and created one of the most influential albums of all time. "What's Going On?" was also the first album to credit Motown's great session band, The Funk Brothers.

Live & Direct: Gogol Bordello

WYEP's 2008 Year in Review Show

A look back at the year 2008 in music. Rosemary Welsch counts down WYEP's Top 50 CD's of the year, as well as tributes to those who passed on.

Discumentary: Tom Petty "Wildflowers"

Produced by Rick Rubin, Tom Petty's second solo album, "Wildflowers" was certified three times platinum in 1995. Critics praised the album, albeit being almost an hour long. Petty won his first Grammy for his performance of "You Don't Know How It Feels".

Avett Brothers - "Live and Die"

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: Bjork "Debut"

After the breakup of the Sugarcubes, Bjork released this album not only to tell the world that she had gone solo, but that she was taking things to a new level. From fun, upbeat dance numbers to sparse accapella songs, this album set the stage for Bjork's varied career.

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