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 The SinglesBasement Jaxx/The Singles (1996-2005)

A UK house/electronica duo formed in London in 1994, Basement Jaxx's single compilation album (#1 on the UK album charts). R&B/hip hop/Latin music-oriented house featuring guest vocalists' powerful vocals and catchy melodies. Includes three #1 singles on the US dance charts, "Red Alert", "Rendez-Vu" and "Bingo Bango", and other hit singles such as "Where's Your Head At?", "Lucky Star" and "Good Luck". "Good Luck" was used in Japanese 3-D CG anime film "Appleseed". The special edition included a second disc "bonus traxx" featuring remix/live/acoustic versions and previously unreleased tracks. The Japanese limited edition consisted of 2 CDs and a DVD featuring videos and live images.
 Classics Volume 23Burt Bacharach/Classics Volume 23 (1967-1979)

A famous composer of A&M Records. A collection of his own play of his own writing. Includes lots of masterpieces. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" and others.
 Bad CompanyBad Company/Bad Company (1974)

The British hard rock band comprised of two ex-members of Free, Paul Rodgers (vocals) and Simon Kirke (drums), former Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and ex-King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell. The debut album is an international hit. Simple and soulful heavy rock based on blues. Features the single "Can't Get Enough".
 Wish You were HereBadfinger/Wish You were Here (1974)

Beatlesque power pop band. Pete Ham (vocals and guitar) put his heart and soul into this album. melodic and beautiful.
 Rare, Live & ClassicJoan Baez/Rare, Live & Classic (1993/1959-1989)

Joan Baez is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her clear soprano, excellent skill to interpret other people's work, and great influence on popular music since the 1960s. A three-CD box (60 tracks) that includes her best-known songs and rarities including live recordings and previously unreleased ones. Released on Vanguard in 1993. Includes lots of traditional folk songs/standards, such as "Black Is The Color", "Silver Dagger", "The House of the Rising Sun", "Amazing Grace", and "Donna Donna", and covers of Bob Dylan and others. She had played mostly folk songs accompanied by a guitar in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and she also recorded more pop original songs in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Troubled and I Don't Know Why", "Mama, You Been on My Mind" and "Blowin' in the Wind" are live duets with Bob Dylan. "We Shall Overcome" is a protest song that became an anthem of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" (#3 on the US charts) is a cover of The Band. "Here's To You" (composed by Ennio Morricone) is the theme song of the film "Sacco e Vanzetti". "Diamonds & Rust" (#35 on the US charts) is Joan Baez's original hit song. Also includes two tracks from a never-released album recorded in 1981 with the Grateful Dead.
 Planet Rock/The AlbumAfrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force/Planet Rock/The Album (1987)

The title track is the first hip-hop tune that sampled Kraftwerk.
 Music from Big PinkThe Band/Music from Big Pink (1968)

The interpretation of American music (R&B, blues and country) by Canadians. This 1st album is their masterpiece.
 The BandThe Band/The Band (1969)

A rock band formed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1968, The Band's second album (#9 on the US album charts). Also called as "The Brown Album". A masterpiece of roots rock, which established their establish style as a rock band based on American roots music (folk, blues and country). A concept album on the American South of 19th-century. All the songs are originals, mainly composed by Robbie Robertson (guitar). Includes singles, "Up on Cripple Creek"/"The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" and "Rag Mama Rag". Lots of excellent songs, such as a beautiful ballad "Whispering Pines" and soulful "The Unfaithful Servant". Produced by John Simon.
 Greatest HitsBangles/Greatest Hits (1984-1989)

The 1960s-pop style girls rock band. Catchy melodies. Includes No. 2 hit on the US charts "Manic Monday" (composed by Prince).
Good!The Madcap LaughsSyd Barrett/The Madcap Laughs (1970)

Ex-singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd, Syd Barrett's solo debut album, released after he left the band because of his mental instability. Introspective psych pop.
Good!Basic ChannelBasic Channel/Basic Channel (1995)

Basic Channel is a minimal techno duo and record label formed by Moritz Von Oswald (aka Maurizio. Ex-Palais Schaumburg) and Mark Ernestus in Berlin, Germany in 1993. A compilation album that contains the edited versions of their 12-inch vinyl tracks. A classic of minimal techno in the ambient/dub style. Abstract sound in a hazy, misty tone.
Good!MirroredBattles/Mirrored (2007)

An American experimental rock formed in 2002 in New York City by Ian Williams (guitar, keyboards. Ex-Don Caballero and Storm & Stress), Dave Konopka (bass, guitar, effects. Ex-Lynx), John Stanier (drums. Ex-Helmet), and Tyondai Braxton (guitar, keyboards, vocals. The son of Anthony Braxton), Battles's debut full-length album (Warp). Instrumental rock originated in the US indie rock since the late-1980s, sush as post-hardcore and math rock. Minimalistic music with lots of loops with using John Stanier's powerful drums and other live instruments and electronics, and it includes irregular meter, Afro beat and polyrhythm. Experimental music with both primitive physicality and mathematical, elaborate structures, but pop and humorous music with colorful, kaleidoscopic sounds and uplifting feeling. Includes singles, "Atlas" (a famous track with the repetitive rhythm of shuffle beat (boogie)) and "Tonto".
Very good!In the Flat FieldBauhaus/In the Flat Field (1980)

A gloomy and heavy gothic rock in a post-punk style. Peter Murphy's vocals are just like David Bowie. The debut album.
Very good!MaskBauhaus/Mask (1981)

This second album is too dark, but it's really cool. I think this is their best work.
 The Exotic Moods of Les BaxterLes Baxter/The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter (1996/1951-1960)

An American composer and arranger known as the founder of exotica, Les Baxter's best compilation album (2 CDs, 40 tracks). This gives an overview of his music in the 1950s and ther early 1960s, when he founded exotica. Exotic and dreamy mood music/easy listening introducing the styles of Polynesian/African/South American music into the instrumentation of orchestral pop and big band jazz. Includes 38 tracks selected from "Ritual of the Savage" (1951) and other 9 albums, one previously unreleased track, and a single "The Left Arm of Buddha". "Quiet Village" (1951) is an exotica classic known for Martin Denny's cover version (1957, #4 on the US charts).
Very good!Endless SummerThe Beach Boys/Endless Summer (1962-1966)

A collection of early singles. Includes "Surfin' U.S.A." All the 21 tracks are excellent.
Good!Pet SoundsThe Beach Boys/Pet Sounds (1966)

A product of studio works by Brian Wilson. Elaborate sounds.
 Smiley SmileThe Beach Boys/Smiley Smile (1967)

Includes some pieces of materials for the uncompleted album 'Smile', such as 'Heroes and Villains', a collaboration between Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. Experimental psych-pop symphonies. Includes No. 1 hit on the US charts "Good Vibrations".
 SunflowerThe Beach Boys/Sunflower (1970)

The first album after moving from Capitol to Reprise Records. Not sold very much in the US (#151), though it reached #29 in the UK. Musically fulfilling. The songs are uniformly fine, and features beautiful chorus work and orchestral arrangements like their works in the mid-1960s. One of their masterpieces in the 1970s, and now regarded as one of the Beach Boys' best albums. Brian Wilson's "This Whole World", Brian Wilson/Mike Love's single track "Add Some Music to Your Day", Bruce Johnston/Brian Wilson's "Deirdre", Bruce Johnston's "Tears in the Morning", Dennis Wilson's ballad "Forever" are especially impressive.
 Licensed to IllBeastie Boys/Licensed to Ill (1986)

White rap in hard-rock and punk style. 1st album. Includes "Fight for Your Right".
Good!Paul's BoutiqueBeastie Boys/Paul's Boutique (1989)

An American hip hop group formed in New York City in 1981, Beastie Boys's second studio album (#14 on the US album charts). A masterpiece of funky alternative rap/psychedelic hip hop, featuring lots of samples, produced with the Dust Brothers, a production duo known for their sample-based music. Almost all except the vocals (rap) is composed of multilayered samples from 105 songs of funk, hip hop, rock and others, including The Beatles, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Kool & the Gang, Afrika Bambaataa, Trouble Funk, Bernard Herrmann's "The Murder" (shower scene theme from the film "Psycho"), and John Williams's "Main Title (Theme From Jaws)". Includes singles, "Hey Ladies" and "Shadrach". The Japanese edition includes two bonus tracks. The 20th anniversary remastered edition was released in 2009.
 You Turn Me OnBeat Happening/You Turn Me On (1992)

An American indie pop band formed in Olympia, Washington in 1982, Beat Happening's fifth (last) album (K Records/Sub Pop). More polished sound than their earlier work called lo-fi. A masterpiece of minimal indie pop/twee pop with a simple instrumentation of almost only guitar, vocals and drums (without bass). Naive and lazy sound, like The Vaselines. The five tracks produced by Steve Fisk (he had worked with Nirvana and Soundgarden), and four tracks produced by by ex-Young Marble Giants Stuart Moxham.
Good!With the BeatlesThe Beatles/With the Beatles (1963)

2nd album. Includes several covers of R&B and their original masterpieces, like "All My Loving".
Very good!A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles/A Hard Day's Night (1964)

All the tracks are their original. The movie version (directed by Richard Lester) is recommended too.
Very good!Rubber SoulThe Beatles/Rubber Soul (1965)

Characteristic sounds by using sitar, fuzz bass, slide guitar and so on.
Very good!RevolverThe Beatles/Revolver (1966)

Psychedelic sounds. Includes "Tomorrow Never Knows".
Very good!Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles/Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

A masterpiece of the days they had stopped playing live and had been devoted to studio recordings.
Very good!Magical Mystery TourThe Beatles/Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

The soundtrack to the TV movie (with several tracks released as singles). Includes "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane".
 The BeatlesThe Beatles/The Beatles (1968)

The double album called the 'white album'. Sounds like a compilation gathering members' solo works, but includes lots of good tunes, such as 'Back in the U.S.S.R.', 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da', 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' (Eric Clapton guests on guitar) and 'Helter Skelter'.
Good!Abbey RoadThe Beatles/Abbey Road (1969)

The last recorded album. Simple and refined sounds.
 Excursion on the VersionBeats International/Excursion on the Version (1991)

Club music with reggae/dub beats. Catchy melody lines.
 TriangleThe Beau Brummels/Triangle (1967)

An Anerican rock band formed in San Francisco in 1964, the Beau Brummels' fourth album. A good psyche folk rock album with earthy country flavor. The guest musicians are Van Dyke Parks (harpsichord, keyboards) and others. "Old Kentucky Home" is a song written by Randy Newman. Produced by Lenny Waronker. Recommended to those who like the Lovin' Spoonful, 1960s pop of Warner Bros. Records, and Love's "Forever Changes".
 Modern MusicBe Bop Deluxe/Modern Music (1976)

A British pop/art-rock band with convoluted musical structure. Featuring Bill Nelson (guitar, vocals). The 4th album that has softly sophisticated sounds (aimed at the US market?).
 OdelayBeck/Odelay (1996)

Based on roots music (country, blues, folk, soul and so on), but up-to-date in sound (hip-hop, sampling and alternative).
 Blow by BlowJeff Beck/Blow by Blow (1975)

The solo debut album by the guitarist Jeff Beck (ex-the Yardbirds/Beck, Bogert and Appice). A monumental masterpiece of instrumental guitar rock in the fusion/jazz-rock style. Includes "Cause We've Ended as Lovers", a hit ballad composed by Stevie Wonder. Produced by George Martin.
 Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart & His Magic Band/Trout Mask Replica (1969)

One of avant-garde works of the Frank Zappa family. Influenced by blues and free jazz.
 If You're Feeling SinisterBelle and Sebastian/If You're Feeling Sinister (1996)

A Scottish indie pop band led by Stuart Murdoch (vocals, guitar, piano) and formed in Glasgow in 1996, Belle and Sebastian's second album. Indie pop featuring fragile and beautiful melodies, descended from the 1980s indie guitar pop such as The Smiths. It has nostalgic and idyllic sound including piano, violin, cello, trumpet and harmonica, influenced by the 1960s folk rock and baroque pop. All songs written and composed by Stuart Murdoch. Recommended to those who like Orange Juice, The Smiths, Burt Bacharach, Nick Drake and Simon & Garfunkel.
Good!Ben Folds FiveBen Folds Five/Ben Folds Five (1995)

The guitarless trio of piano, bass and drum, Ben Folds Five's debut album. Formed in 1994 with Ben Folds (piano and vocals) as the leader. Piano-based melodic pop, like Todd Rundgren, Elton John and Joe Jackson, with popping rhythm, buzzing fuzz-bass and wailing, overflowing melodies. They themselves call it "punk rock for sissies". Features "Underground".
 África BrasilJorge Ben/África Brasil (1976)

A Brazilian popular musician/singer-songwriter, who is one of the central figures of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira. Brazilian post-bossa nova popular music influenced by rock since the late 1960s), and known as the writer of Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66's hit song "Mas Que Nada", Jorge Ben's 1976 hit album. Characteristic style mixing samba, funk, and rock, with Afro-Brazilian beats, sometimes called "samba rock". Popular and vulgar street music from Rio de Janeiro, exactly opposite to urban and genteel bossa nova for middle class. Includes a famous song "Taj Mahal". The ninth track "Camisa 10 da Gávea" is a song dedicated to the footballer Zico (who belonged to Flamengo).
 The AnthologyChuck Berry/The Anthology (1955-1973)

One of the great originators of rock & roll. A set of 2 CDs that features 50 tracks including all the hits recorded on the Chess label. Pop-oriented sound influenced by white music such as country and hillbilly. A gold mine of guitar riffs. Includes lots of rock & roll classics such as "Maybellene", "Thirty Days", "You Can't Catch Me", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man", "Roll over Beethoven", "Too Much Monkey Business", "School Day", "Rock and Roll Music", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "Johnny B. Goode", "Carol", "Memphis, Tennessee", "Little Queenie" and "Back in the U.S.A."
 Heroes to ZerosThe Beta Band/Heroes to Zeros (2004)

A musical group from Scotland, the Beta Band's third and final studio album (#18 on the UK album charts). Strange electronica pop with a mix of melodic folk, rock and trip hop. Includes two singles, "Assessment" and "Out-Side". Mixed by Nigel Godrich. Recommended to those who like the Beach Boys, the High Llamas and Stereolab.
Good!The B-52'sThe B-52's/The B-52's (1979)

A danceable pop band from Athens, Georgia. Influenced by '60s pop and the British New Wave bands. Catchy melodies.
 Songs About FuckingBig Black/Songs About Fucking (1987)

The US underground noise-rock band led by Steve Albini (vocals, guitar). The last album. Noisy and heavy sound with metallic guitars and machinelike beats by Roland drum machine. Includes covers of Kraftwerk's "The Model" and Cheap Trick's "He's a Whore". The pictures on the album jacket are quoted from Japanese X-rated graphic novel "The Rapeman" (written by Keiko Aizaki, drawn by Shintaro Miyawaki).
 Cheap ThrillsBig Brother & the Holding Company/Cheap Thrills (1968)

The 2nd album of Big Brother & the Holding Co., an ordinary psych band in San Francisco, featuring Janis Joplin as the lead vocalist. Janis' vocals in the blues/R&B style like squeezing out are awesome. Mainly consisted of the live recordings in Fillmore East, New York. The Number one in the US album charts for 8 weeks in a row. Includes 'Summertime', 'Piece of My Heart' and 'Ball and Chain'.
 Third/Sister LoversBig Star/Third/Sister Lovers (1978/1992)

A cult band featuring Alex Chilton (vocals, guitar and keyboards). Includes "Holocaust".
 Sound on SoundBill Nelson's Red Noise/Sound on Sound (1979)

Ex-Be Bop Deluxe frontman, Bill Nelson's solo work. The solid new-wave sound like early XTC is cool.
 The Best of Jane BirkinJane Birkin/The Best of Jane Birkin (1969-1996)

French actress/vocalist. The whispering/heavy-breathing vocalism is cute. Almost all the songs composed by Serge Gainsbourg. Includes her masterpieces such as "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus". The original of "Baby Alone in Babylone" is the 3rd movement of Brahms' Symphonie No.3.
 HitsThe Birthday Party/Hits (1992/1979-1983)

An Australian post-punk band led by Nick Cave (vocals) and Rowland S. Howard (guitar), the Birthday Party's compilation (20 tracks, 4AD). Needless to say, the album title "Hits" is ironic and there is no hit song. Dark and violent sound influenced on punk, blues, rockabilly and free jazz, featuring Rowland S. Howard's feedback noise guitar and Nick Cave's wild vocal performance. Includes singles, "Mr Clarinet", "The Friend Catcher" and "Release the Bats". Recommended to those who like Iggy Pop, No Wave, Public Image Ltd., Bauhaus, Nick Cave's solo works.
 HomogenicBjörk/Homogenic (1997)

Ex-Sugarcubes vocalist, Björk's third solo album. Massive music fusing electronica sounds with classical strings. Emotional and resounding vocals. LFO's Mark Bell and DJ Howie B joined.
 DamagedBlack Flag/Damaged (1981)

An American rock band formed by Greg Ginn (lead guitar, backing vocals) in 1977 in Hermosa Beach, CA, Black Flag's debut album. Released on the independent label SST Records after Henry Rollins (lead vocals) joined. Hardcore punk introducing the elements of heavy metal, like Black Sabbath. Recognized as one of the most important hardcore punk albums, and the pioneering music had a great influence on lots of following alternative rock bands, including Sonic Youth and Nirvana.
 ParanoidBlack Sabbath/Paranoid (1970)

UK hard rock band. Heavy and uncanny sounds of guitar by Tony Iommi.
 RedBlack Uhuru/Red (1981)

Jamaican reggae band, Black Uhuru's 1981 masterpiece. The rhythm section and produced by Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespear (bass). Features the reggae classics, "Youth of Eglington" and "Sponji Reggae".
 Silent AlarmBloc Party/Silent Alarm (2005)

An indie rock band regarded as one of the post-punk revival bands in England in the early 2000s, Bloc Party's debut album (#3 on the UK album charts). Percussive and danceable indie guitar rock influenced by post-punk/new wave the late 1970s and the early 1980s, such as Sonic Youth, The Cure, Joy Division, New Order and Gang of Four, and dance/electronica since the 1990s, such as The Chemical Brothers. The vocal style of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) is a bit like Robert Smith of The Cure. Includes singles, "So Here We Are/Positive Tension" (double A-side. #5 on the UK charts), "Banquet" and "The Pioneers".
 The Best of BlondieBlondie/The Best of Blondie (1977-1981)

A punk/new wave band from New York. Featuring Debbie Harry (vocals). Lots of catchy pop songs. Includes 3 #1 hits in the US/UK charts: 'Heart of Glass', 'Call Me' and 'The Tide is High'.
 Blood, Sweat & TearsBlood, Sweat & Tears/Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

Jazz/classical-oriented blues rock featuring the brass section. The second album that includes the original hit "Spinning Wheel", "Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie", "God Bless the Child" (cover of Billie Holiday), "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (cover of Brenda Holloway), "And When I Die" (cover of Laura Nyro) and "Smiling Phases" (cover of Traffic).
 SistersThe Bluebells/"Sisters" (1984-1985)

An acoustic-oriented guitar pop band from Scotland. Tuneful and melodic. Includes hits, "I'm Falling" and "Young at Heart".
 Vincebus EruptumBlue Cheer/Vincebus Eruptum (1968)

A San Francisco-based rock band, Blue Cheer's debut album (#11 on the US album charts). Psychedelic blues-rock with loud and distorted guitar. Well known for The heavy and psych arrangement of "Summertime Blues" (#14 on the US charts. A cover of Eddie Cochran's rock and roll masterpiece) is well-known. "Rock Me Baby" is a cover of B.B. King's blues song. Some people consider this the first heavy metal album.
 A Walk Across the RooftopsThe Blue Nile/A Walk Across the Rooftops (1984)

A pop band formed in 1981 in A Glasgow, Scotland, the Blue Nile's debut album. Song-oriented, acoustic synth pop or adult alternative pop. Organic sound combining vocals, synths and acoustic instruments (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and strings), like ambient music. Includes singles, "Stay" and "Tinseltown in the Rain". Recommended to those who like Brian Eno, Prefab Sprout and Everything but the Girl.
 Modern Life is RubbishBlur/Modern Life is Rubbish (1993)

The second album. The sound that succeeds to the tradition of British pop such as the Kinks and XTC.
 ParklifeBlur/Parklife (1994)

The third album and the No.1 on the UK album charts. More influenced by old British pop (the Kinks, the Jam, Gary Newman, XTC, Echo & the Bunnymen...). One of the 'Britpop' masterpiece, taking rank with Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe'.
 Music Has the Right to ChildrenBoards of Canada/Music Has the Right to Children (1998)

An electronic music duo (Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin) formed in 1996 in Scotland, Boards of Canada's first album. Psychedelic and dreamy ambient techno/IDM (intelligent dance music) with hip-hop beats. Artificial, but gently encompassing sound. Peaceful and nostalgic melodies. A masterpiece of intelligent electronic listening music. Recommended to those who like Aphex Twin and Trip-Hop.
 Slippery When WetBon Jovi/Slippery When Wet (1986)

An American rock band formed in 1983, Bon Jovi's third album. A best-selling album with over 28 million copies sold worldwide. Melodic and catchy hard rock/pop metal. Features two #1 on the US charts hit singles, "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' on a Prayer".
 GorillaBonzo Dog Doo/Dah Band/Gorilla (1967)

One of the origins of UK style pop. Very influential in Deaf School, They Might Be Giants and the like.
 The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG'sBooker T. & the M.G.'s/The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's (1994/1962-1971)

An American instrumental R&B band led by Booker T. Jones (organ, piano), Booker T. & the M.G.'s' compilation CD (Rhino), which includes 16 tracks released as Stax singles. In the 1960s, the M.G.'s played on lots of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, and Sam & Dave, as the house band of Stax Records, and formed the basis of the sound of southern soul/Memphis soul. Instrumental R&B like organ jazz, featuring Steve Cropper's sharp Telecaster guitar, Al Jackson's backbeat drum grooves and Booker T. Jones's cool and bluesy organ. Includes "Green Onions" (#3 on the US charts), "Groovin'" (#21), "Soul Limbo" (#17), "Hang 'Em High" (#9), "Time is Tight" (#6) and others. "Mrs. Robinson" is a cover of Simon and Garfunkel.
 Great Songs of Indifference: The Best of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown RatsThe Boomtown Rats/Great Songs of Indifference: The Best of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats (1997/1978-1990)

A compilation album (16 tracks) of the Boomtown Rats (11 tracks, 1978-1986), an Irish rock band led by Bob Geldof (vocals) and formed in 1975, and Bob Geldof's solo works (5 tracks, 1986-1990). Pop and melodic new wave influenced by American folk and British punk. The UK No.1 hit "I Don't Like Mondays", inspired by the Cleveland Elementary School shooting (1979), is a touching song with a beautiful melody. Also features the band's other hits, such as "Rat Trap" (#1 on the UK charts), "Someone's Looking at You" (#4), and "Banana Republic" (#3), and Bob Geldof's solo hits, such as "The Great Song of Indifference" (#15). Recommended to those who like British pop such as The Kinks, Elvis Costello and Squeeze.
Good!Ultra WaveBootsy/Ultra Wave (1980)

Bootsy Collins' solo album. A masterpiece of P-Funk.
 BostonBoston/Boston (1976)

An American rock band centered on Tom Scholz, Boston's debut album (#3 on the US album charts). Melodic and pop-oriented rock based on UK hard rock and progressive rock. Massive sound by 12-track recording. Tom Scholz wrote most of the songs, played most of the instruments except drums and Brad Delp's vocals, and he also arranged, engineered and produced it. An early example of the late 1970s and the 1980s commercial rock called later 'arena rock'. Includes singles, 'More than a Feeling' (#5 on the US charts), 'Foreplay/Long Time' and 'Peace of Mind'. Digitally remastered by Tom Scholz and released on CD in 2006.
Very good!The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from MarsDavid Bowie/The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

A masterpiece in a glam-rock style. Lots of catchy tunes.
 LowDavid Bowie/Low (1977)

Recorded in Berlin. Progressive sounds by use of synths. Brian Eno joined.
 HeroesDavid Bowie/"Heroes" (1977)

The sound in a prog-rock style, like the previous album "Low". Brian Eno and Robert Fripp (guitar) joined. A masterpiece in the late 1970s.
 LodgerDavid Bowie/Lodger (1979)

An English singer-songwriter, David Bowie's thirteenth studio album album (#4 on theUK album charts. #20 on the US album charts). The last of the Berlin Trilogy, a series of collaborations with Brian Eno. Unlike his previous two instrumental-oriented albums, all the tracks feature Bowie's vocals. A song-oriented, twisted avant-pop album including the elements of world music and the influences of krautrock. Includes singles, "Boys Keep Swinging" (#7 on the UK charts), "DJ", "Yassassin" and "Look Back in Anger". "Yassassin" is a Turkish-flavored reggae song. "Red Sails" is a good song influenced by the German band Neu!. "Red Money" is an alternate vbersion of the song "Sister Midnight" in Iggy Pop's album "The Idiot". Adrian Belew joined on guitar. Produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.
 Scary MonstersDavid Bowie/Scary Monsters (1980)

An album of the time he was a cult hero. New-wave style sound. Includes "Ashes to Ashes".
 Let's DanceDavid Bowie/Let's Dance (1983)

A smash hit album in the US. Co-produced by Nile Rogers.
 The Best of Bow Wow Wow [RCA]Bow Wow Wow/The Best of Bow Wow Wow [RCA] (1996/1980-1985)

An English new wave band created in 1980 by manager Malcolm McLaren, who picked out all the three members of early Adam and the Ants except Adam Ant, Matthew Ashman (guitar), David Barbarossa (drums), and Leigh Gorman (bass), and recruited Anglo-Burmese girl Annabella Lwin at the age of fourteen as the lead singer. A compilation album (released from RCA in 1996) which includes 22 highlights of the group's singles, albums and EPs. New wave/dance pop featuring Burundi (Central African) beat with tom-tom drum and introducing the elements of African music rhythms, Latin music and the 1950s rock 'n' roll. Includes singles, "C30, C60, C90 Go" (#34 on the UK charts), "W.O.R.K. (N.O. Nah No No My Daddy Don't)", "Prince of Darkness", "Chihuahua", "Go Wild in the Country" (#7 UK), "See Jungle! (Jungle Boy)", "I Want Candy" (#9 UK), "Louis Quatorze", "Do You Wanna Hold Me?", and "The Man Mountain".
 Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000The Brand New Heavies/Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000 (1991-2000)

An acid jazz/funk group formed in London in 1985. In London acid jazz scene since the late 1980s, they created a new style mixing the funk grooves and urban soul of the 1970s with hip-hop idiom, and had a great influence on club music since the 1990s. An American compilation (different in tracks from British compilation 'Trunk Funk: Best of the Brand New Heavies') that features the singles, 'Dream Come True [Heavies Mix]', 'Never Stop', 'Stay This Way', 'Dream On Dreamer', 'Brother Sister', 'Sometimes [Remix]', 'Saturday Nite' and others. 'Finish What You Started' is a newly recorded track with American vocalist N'Dea Davenport.
 Unorthodox BehaviourBrand X/Unorthodox Behaviour (1976)

The British jazz-rock/fusion band formed by Genesis drummer Phil Collins, Atomic Rooster guitarist John Goodsall, keyboardist Robin Lumley and bassist Percy Jones. The debut album. Instrumental music with odd time signatures. The highlight is Percy Jones' transcendent technique of fretless bass.
 I Am the Shadow of the SongsJacques Brel/I Am the Shadow of the Songs (2007/1953-1956)

A compilation which includes the earliest recordings (34 tracks) by Jacques Brel, a Belgian-born, French pop singer/songwriter who had a great influence on lots of artists including Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker and David Bowie. Released on the UK independent label, Cherry Red Records (él). The first 18 tracks (recorded in 1954-1956) are studio recordings with orchestrations. The highlights are the latter 16 tracks, introspective, folk-song like performances featuring only his vocals and acoustic guitar accompaniment, which are 1953 rare recordings taken from a Hasselt radio broadcast in his Brussels period before he moved to Paris (1953).
 Please Don't Ever ChangeBrinsley Schwarz/Please Don't Ever Change (1973)

An English pub rock band evolved in 1969 from the 1960s pop band Kippington Lodge featuring Brinsley Schwarz (guitar, vocals) and Nick Lowe (bass, vocals), Brinsley Schwarz's fifth studio album. Relased after Ian Gomm (guitar, vocals) joined the band. The sound is halfway between pub rock based on the US roots music (rock & roll, R&B and country) and British pop featuring Nick Lowe's songwriting. "Hooked on Love" is Ian Gomm's original song. "Why Do We Hurt the One We Love?" is a song with a reggae beat. "I Worry ('Bout You Baby)" and "I Won't Make It Without You" are R&B numbers. "Don't Ever Change" is a pop song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and known as The Crickets' hit song. "Home in My Hand" (live version) is a cover of Ronnie Self's rockabilly tune. "Play That Fast Thing (One More Time)" is a pub rock track also re-recorded by Rockpile. "Down in Mexico" is a good song in Latin/calypso style. "The Version (Hypocrite)" is an instrumental cover of Bob Marley's "Hypocrite", and the B-side of the single released under the name of The Hitters.
 The Age of ConsentBronski Beat/The Age of Consent (1984)

A British synth pop band formed in London in 1983, Bronski Beat's debut album. Danceable, soul/disco/Hi-NRG-oriented synth pop. Jimmy Somerville's soulful counter-tenor vocals with falsetto are impressive. The lyrics are political and communistic. Includes the debut single "Smalltown Boy" (#3 on the UK charts), "Why?" (#5 on the UK charts), "Ain't Necessarily So", and a cover of Donna Summer's dicso hit "I Feel Love". "Smalltown Boy" is a song about a gay boy (Jimmy Somerville was an openly gay man). With 6 bonus tracks, including the single version of "I Feel Love (medley with Marc Almond)" (Featuring Marc Almond from Soft Cell. #3 on the UK charts).
Very good!The CD of JBJames Brown/The CD of JB (Sex Machine & other soul classics) (1956-1974)

Contains 18 masterpieces of James Brown, the originator of funk. Satisfactory selection.
Very good!Star TimeJames Brown/Star Time (1956-1984)

Contains JB's major tracks all, from gospel-based R&B to funk. A box set of 4 discs.
Good!Electro-SomaB12/Electro-Soma (1993)

A British electronic music duo of Mike Golding (mixing) and Steve Rutter (mixing), B12's first album released from Warp Records as a part of the "Artificial Intelligence" series. A compilation including their previously released tracks with their pseudonyms, Musicology, Redcell, and Cmetric, in 1991-1993. A classic of intelligent dance music and ambient techno influenced by Detroit techno. Techno with using synths such as Roland's digital synthesizer JD-800, and its rhythm tracks are in the Detroit techno style, but it has emotional and melodic compositions featuring beautiful synths strings. Suitable for home listening rather than club listening. Imaginative world-view inspired by science fiction and associated with space and future. The 2-CD remastered edition with "Electro-Soma II", a compilation of rare tracks, was released from Warp in 2017.
 One of a KindBill Bruford/One of a Kind (1979)

The British drummer who was the member of Yes, King Crimson and U.K. The second album of his own fusion band, named Bruford, with Dave Stewart (keyboards), Jeff Berlin (bass) and Allan Holdsworth (guitar). One of the greatest British jazz rock albums, along with the works from Canterbury scene. Recommended for those who like fusion and jazz-oriented progressive rock.
 Goodbye and HelloTim Buckley/Goodbye and Hello (1967)

An American singer-songwriter who had worked from the late 1960s to the early 1070s, Tim Buckley's second album. Basically in a folk-rock style, but it has also psychedelic elements inspired by the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" released in the same year. A great psyche/acid folk rock album with wistful lyricism.
 Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club/Buena Vista Social Club (1997)

A studio recording of the sessions by Cuban bandleader and musician Juan de Marcos González (guitar, vocals, percussion) and American guitarist Ry Cooder (guitar) with Cuban veteran musicians. A masterpiece of Latin/Afro-Cuban music based on the traditional Cuban music forms such as son, bolero, and guajira. The lyrics are Spanish. The album had sold over eight million copies worldwide, and won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Performance. Wim Wenders' film "Buena Vista Social Club" (1999) is a documentary film on this project and the music of Cuba.
Very good!Buffalo SpringfieldBuffalo Springfield/Buffalo Springfield (1966)

The country/folk-rock band featuring Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield's debut album.
Very good!Buffalo Springfield AgainBuffalo Springfield/Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)

Excellent! Miscellaneous elements (like country, folk and rock) and high musicality.
Very good!Last Time AroundBuffalo Springfield/Last Time Around (1968)

Their three albums are all recommended. I recommend the second album "Again" especially.
 The Age of PlasticBuggles/The Age of Plastic (1979)

Featuring Trevor Horn. 1st album. Includes a hit "Video Killed the Radio Star".
 Adventures in Modern RecordingBuggles/Adventures in Modern Recording (1981)

An innovative sound by use of sampling and orchestra hit.
 The Kick InsideKate Bush/The Kick Inside (1978)

A smash hit album in Europe. 1st album. Includes No. 1 hit on the UK charts "Wuthering Heights".
Very good!The DreamingKate Bush/The Dreaming (1982)

Kate Bush's most controversial work. Overwhelmingly aggressive pop with over-dubbing in 72 tracks and full use of Fairlight (sampler) and Synclavier. A product of elaborate studio works. Excellent and highly recommended.
 Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's SacButthole Surfers/Psychic...Powerless...Another Man's Sac (1985)

An underground noise-rock band from San Antonio, Texas. The debut album released on Chicago's indie label 'Touch and Go'. Noisy and avant-garde guitar rock taking over the traditions of Texas psychedelia of the 1960s, such as the 13th Floor Elevators, and punk/new wave of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
 Locust Abortion TechnicianButthole Surfers/Locust Abortion Technician (1987)

An American rock band formed by Gibby Haynes (lead vocals) and Paul Leary (guitar) in San Antonio, Texas in 1981, Butthole Surfers' third album (#3 on the UK indie charts). Frequently picked up as Surfers' masterpiece or best album. Experimental noise rock blending the elements of punk, heavy metal and Texas psychedelia. Features tape editing like musique concrète, tottering, distorted guitar, and bizarre vocals lots of effects such as pitch modulation. "Sweat Loaf" includes the quotation of the guitar riff from Black Sabbath's song "Sweet Leaf". "Kuntz" is a damaged remix re-editing of "Klua Duang", a song in the folk song style by Thai artists Phloen Phromdaen.
 Operators ManualBuzzcocks/Operators Manual (1977-1980)

A punk band from Manchester. A compilation of their best tracks. Melodic and catchy.
Very good!Mr. Tambourine ManThe Byrds/Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

A masterpiece of melodic folk rock. The title track is a cover of Bob Dylan's tune.
 Younger Than YesterdayThe Byrds/Younger Than Yesterday (1967)

An American rock band, the Byrds' fourth album (#24 on the US album charts). Based on their folk rock featuring twelve-string guitar and beautiful chorus harmonies, and adding psychedelic rock (introducing brass instruments and reverse tape effects) and country rock elements. A cover of Bob Dylan, "My Back Pages" is an impressive killer tune. Other original songs by three songwriters (David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Chris Hillman) are good too. The eighth track "Mind Gardens" is a piece in the raga-rock style.
 Sweetheart of the RodeoThe Byrds/Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

The sixth album by American rock band the Byrds. Country rock-oriented sound featuring acoustic guitar, banjo and mandolin. Led by Gram Parsons (acoustic guitar, piano, organ, vocals) and Chris Hillman (electric bass, mandolin, acoustic guitar, vocals) more than Roger McGuinn (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals). Noted as the first major country rock album. It consists of nine classical covers of country & western, traditional, folk and others, and two original songs by Gram Parsons. Includes singles, "You Ain't Going Nowhere" (a cover of Bob Dylan's song) and "I Am a Pilgrim" (traditional). After recording this album, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman left the band and formed the country rock band The Flying Burrito Brothers.

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