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American Originals: R.E.M.

“American Originals” focuses on one legendary American artist. You’ll hear the impact these artists have had on American music with cuts from their own catalogues, covers of their songs by other artists, collaborations and modern influences. R.E.M. As a group, R.E.M. have kept...

Discumentary: Joe Jackson "Night and Day"

Joe Jackson's 5th release, Night & Day, was released in 1982 and marked a departure from his earlier work. The title, taken from a Cole Porter song, reflected a new sophistication in songwriting and garnered Jackson two of his biggest hit songs, "Breaking Us In Two" and "Steppin Out."

Discumentary: Talking Heads "The Fear of Music"

The Talking Heads grew out of the New York punk scene playing alongside Patti Smith and the Ramones. For their third album they teamed up with Brian Eno for a darker approach to their quirky post-punk music.

Discumentary: Uncle Tupelo "Anodyne"

Uncle Tupelo's final effort is often hailed as their best, a perfect blend of the elements in their country-rock sound. This album was recorded completely live in an Austin studio. Less than a year after its release, both Son Volt and Wilco had been created from Uncle Tupelo's ashes.

Discumentary: George Harrison "Brainwashed"

George Harrison was working on this album up until he died in 2001. It was completed by his son Dhani and Jeff Lynne from a set of thorough notes that George Harrison left behind. Released a year after his death, it is hailed as some of Harrison's best work.

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Discumentary: The Smashing Pumkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness"

The Smashing Pumpkins third release is also a double-disc containing 28 tracks. Produced by Flood, they set out to record this album as if it was their last. The band explores a range of musical styles throughout the album from the gentle orchestral pop of "Tonight, Tonight" to the angst-y guitar...

Live & Direct: Guster

Discumentary: Johnny Cash "American Recordings"

Some artists need to appear younger or hipper to appeal to a younger audience. Not Johnny Cash, he sat down with his guitar, and did the same thing that made him a legend many years ago. This album, produced by Rick Rubin, won Cash a whole new generation of fans.

Discumentary: Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"

"Rumours" is the second album featuring Mick Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. The McVies were in the process of divorcing, as was Mick Fleetwood. Nicks and Buckingham were breaking up as a couple. As their relationships unraveled the band's music poured out...

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American Originals: Paul Simon

“American Originals” focuses on one legendary American artist. You’ll hear the impact these artists have had on American music with cuts from their own catalogues, covers of their songs by other artists, collaborations and modern influences. Paul Simon Whether with Art Garfunkel or...

Discumentary: My Morning Jacket "It Still Moves"

With the release of "It Still Moves", My Morning Jacket had arrived. The album featured epic tales laid out over an arrangement of sparse chords, echoing reverb and Jim Jones' high lonesome vocals and lead some critics to call the band's sound 'Southern Psych'.

Discumentary: Susan Tedeschi "Just Won't Burn"

This album received rave reviews from blues fans who praised Tedeschi for continuing and advancing the blues tradition. It features 5 songs written by Tedeschi plus a few written by her band members Tom Hambridge and Adrienne Young. Just Won't Burn went to number 2 on the mainstream blues charts,...

Ahmet Ertegun Tribute with Tom Moon

On the occasion of what would have been Ahmet Ertegun's 90th birthday, Tom Moon, NPR contributor and author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, spoke with us about the life and lasting legacy of Atlantic's founder and former president.

Discumentary: "A Christmas Gift for you from Phil Spector"

This album not only exemplifies Spector's "Wall of Sound", but features some of the early groups Spector produced in some fine performances. Together it becomes one of the greatest Christmas albums of all time.

Discumentary: "The Harder They Come" Soundtrack

This soundtrack contains music by Toots and the Maytalls, Desmond Dekker and Jimmy Cliff (who is also the star of the film). Before its was released, reggae music wasn’t really on the pop culture radar in America, this album paved the way for reggae acts to be noticed, not just in the United States...

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...

Live & Direct: Walk Off The Earth

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: T-Rex "Electric Warrior"

Marc Bolan's folk-influenced songs took on a new life when matched with the electric-blues-influenced rhythm section of drummer Bill Legend and bassist Steve Currie. This is one of Glam-rock's quintessential albums. Produced by Tony Visconti, the album hit the top of the British charts and the song...

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American Originals: Bonnie Raitt

“American Originals” focuses on one legendary American artist. You’ll hear the impact these artists have had on American music with cuts from their own catalogues, covers of their songs by other artists, collaborations and modern influences. Bonnie Raitt Born into a musical family,...

Discumentary: Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road"

Lucinda Williams took 6 years to complete "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road" but the album won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album and has made many top 100 albums lists. Williams writes sparse, unsparingly honest and often painful stories of ordinary lives.

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