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 HomeworkDaft Punk/Homework (1997)

A techno duo from Paris, France. 1st album. Techno sound with disco style beat.
 King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale & his Del-TonesDick Dale/King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale & his Del-Tones (1961-1987)

The guitarist and originator of instrumental surf rock, nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar", Dick Dale's best compilation. Breakneck staccato picking technique and exotic melodies in the Middle Eastern style. He had a great influence on lots of later guitarists, such as heavy metal ones like Eddie Van Halen. Includes 18 tracks, which are all the original versions of his best-known/hit songs such as "Let's Go Trippin'" and "Miserlou" (used in Quentin Tarantino's movie "Pulp Fiction").
Good!Damned Damned DamnedThe Damned/Damned Damned Damned (1977)

One of the London punk masterpieces. Produced by Nick Lowe.
 Machine Gun EtiquetteThe Damned/Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)

An English rock band formed in London in 1976, the Damned's third album (#31 on the UK album charts). Released after the guitarist Brian James left the band. Instead of Brian James, Captain Sensible became the main songwriter and played the guitar on this album. Pop-oriented punk influenced by the 1960s garage/psychedelic rock. Includes the singles, "Love Song" (#20 on the UK charts), "Smash It Up" and "I Just Can't Be Happy Today". "Looking at You" is a cover of MC5.
 The Best of the Spencer Davis GroupThe Spencer Davis Group/The Best of the Spencer Davis Group (1964-?)

The R&B-based rock band featuring Steve Winwood (guitar, vocals and keyboards). Includes "Gimme Some Lovin'" and other hits.
 Spleen and IdealDead Can Dance/Spleen and Ideal (1985)

The band led by guitarist Brendan Perry and vocalist Lisa Gerrard. Formed in Australia in 1981. The second album released on the UK indie label 4AD. Peaked at number two on the UK indie charts. Aesthetic and decadent sounds based on the style of European traditional folk music, particularly music from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The mood is like religious music.
 Fresh Fruit for Rotting VegetablesDead Kennedys/Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)

A political hardcore punk band from San Francisco. Featuring Jello Biafra (vocals). Includes "Holiday in Cambodia".
 YouthquakeDead or Alive/"Youthquake" (1985)

Catchy electro-pop like Eurodance/Eurobeat. Includes No. 1 hit on the UK charts "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)".
Very good!2nd HoneymoonDeaf School/2nd Honeymoon (1976)

UK style pop. This 1st album is so cool. Featuring Clive Langer (guitar).
 World CliqueDeee-Lite/World Clique (1990)

The New York based club/dance music trio, Deee-Lite's debut album. Featuring DJ Towa Tei (Korean from Japan). Includes "Groove Is in the Heart".
 Machine HeadDeep Purple/Machine Head (1972)

One of the established classics of hard rock. Includes "Highway Star" and "Smoke on the Water".
 3 Feet High and RisingDe La Soul/3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

A witty and delightful hip-hop/rap group from the US.
Good!The Very Best of Martin Denny: The Exotic SoundsMartin Denny/The Very Best of Martin Denny The Exotic Sounds (1956-1969)

Summer resort style, the South Pacific style, Oriental style and so on.
 Definitive All-time Greatest HitsJohn Denver/Definitive All-time Greatest Hits (1966-1983)

The US country-folk singer/songwriter who was popular all over the world in the 1970s. A best compilation album featuring his original recordings digitally remastered. Includes his 20 masterpieces such as the famous smash hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads", "Sunshine on My Shoulders", "Rocky Mountain High", "Annie's Song", "Back Home Again", "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "I'm Sorry", plus four bonus tracks previously unreleased. Lots of earthy and friendly tunes with pop melodies. "Leaving, on a Jet Plane" is John Denver's original song, also known as Peter, Paul, and Mary's hit.
Good!Speak & SpellDepeche Mode/Speak & Spell (1981)

1st album featuring Vince Clark (synths, songwriting). Bubblegum electro-pop.
Good!A Broken FrameDepeche Mode/A Broken Frame (1982)

2nd album released after Vince Clark left the band. Martin Gore started to exercise his ample songwriting talents since this album. Includes "See You".
Very good!Construction Time AgainDepeche Mode/Construction Time Again (1983)

A gem of British electro-pop. Includes "Everything Counts".
Very good!Some Great RewardDepeche Mode/Some Great Reward (1984)

Remarkable for its aggressive and solid sounds. Includes a smash hit in the UK and US "People Are People".
Good!Black CelebrationDepeche Mode/Black Celebration (1986)

Icy and moody sounds. The melody lines are excellent. Includes "Stripped".
 Music for the MassesDepeche Mode/Music for the Masses (1987)

A British synthpop band, Depeche Mode's sixth studio album. Synthpop with a melancholy mood, like the previous album "Black Celebration". Solemn sound featuring effectively-used orchestration and acoustic instruments such as piano. Includes singles, "Strangelove", "Never Let Me Down Again", "Behind the Wheel" and "Little 15". This album reached #35 on ths US album charts and made a breakthrough in the US market.
 ViolatorDepeche Mode/Violator (1990)

A British synthpop band, Depeche Mode's seventh studio album. The most commercially successful album to date (#2 on the UK album charts, #7 on the US). Considered their best work by lots of fans. Synthpop with a melancholy mood, like the previous two albums. Simple and strong melodies and sound production. Includes hit singles, "Personal Jesus" featuring bluesy guitar, "Enjoy the Silence" (#6 on the UK charts, #8 on the US), "Policy of Truth" and "World in My Eyes".
 Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsDerek and the Dominos/Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

A blues rock band formed in 1970 by English guitarist/singer/songwriter Eric Clapton (vocals, guitars) with the three members of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, Derek and the Dominos's only studio album (#16 on the US album charts). Duane Allman from the Allman Brothers Band plays the lead and slide guitar as a guest on 11 of the 14 tracks. Southern rock/swamp rock-oriented earthy sound influenced by the roots music of the Southern United States, such as country and blues. The highlights are the guitar battle between Clapton and Allman, and Clapton's soulful vocals. The famous title track "Layla" is a passionate and wistful love song inspired by Clapton's unrequited love for Pattie Boyd the wife of George Harrison. Produced by Tom Dowd and Derek and the Dominos.
 Geri Reig/Normalette SurpriseDer Plan/Geri Reig/Normalette Surprise (1996/1979-1980)

A music performance group from Düsseldorf and one of the mainstays of the 1980s Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) scene. Features ex-DAF member Kurt Dahlke (aka Pyrolator). A CD reissued on Ata Tak label in 1996. Includes all the tracks of first two full-length albums, "Geri Reig" (1979), "Normalette Surprise" (1981) and three additional tracks from early singles. Experimental and quirky techno/underground pop full of humor and childishness. The 1st "Geri Reig" has experimental sounds inspired by the Residents. The 2nd "Normalette Surprise" has electronic pop-oriented sounds influenced by Kraftwerk.
 Die Kleinen und die BosenDeutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft/Die Kleinen und die Bösen (1980)

The first album from the Mute Records. The members are Robert Görl (drums), Gabi Delgado (vocals), Chrislo Haas (synth) and Wolfgang Spelmans (guitar). The first half is a studio recording produced by Conrad (Conny) Plank. The latter half is a live recording at London's Electric Ballroom. Queer and violent elecrtro/industrial punk.
 Alles Ist GutDeutsche Amerikanische Freundschaft/Alles Ist Gut (1981)

The 3rd album by the duo of Robert Görl (drums/synths) and Gabi Delgado (vocals). Simple sounds by synth bass, live drums and vocals. One of the roots of electronic body music. Produced by Conny Plank. Includes "Der Mussolini".
Very good!Q;Are We Not Men? A;We are Devo!Devo/Q;Are We Not Men? A;We are Devo! (1978)

Queer synth-pop band from the US. This 1st album is punky. Produced by Brian Eno. The cover of the Rollong Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is cool.
 Searching for the Young Soul RebelsDexys Midnight Runners/Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)

An English pop band led by Kevin Rowland (lead vocals, bass, guitar, piano, songwriting) and formed in Birmingham in 1978, Dexys Midnight Runners's debut album (#6 on the UK album charts). British pop/new wave featuring the horn section throughout, and combining the aggression of punk and the influence from soul/R&B in the tradition of English Northern soul movement. Includes singles, "Geno" (#1 on the UK charts) and "There, There, My Dear" (#7 on the UK charts). "Geno" is a tribute song to the soul singer Geno Washington. "Burn It Down" is a re-recorded version of the first single "Dance Stance". "Seven Days Too Long" is a cover of the Northern soul classic by Chuck Wood.
 Go Girl Crazy!The Dictators/Go Girl Crazy! (1975)

An American rock band led by Andy Shernoff (bass, lead vocals, songwriting) and formed in New York in 1974, the Dictators's debut album. The Dictators is one of the most influential US proto-punk bands, like a bridge between proto-punk bands such as MC5, the Stooges and New York Dolls, and New York punk bands since the mid-1970s. Pop-oriented sound influenced by the 1960s American garage rock and British Invasion pop, including elements of both punk and heavy metal. Lots of good songs like power pop, featuring catchy melody, chorus harmony and heavy metalic twin guitar. "I Got You Babe" is a cover of a hit song by Sonny & Cher. "California Sun" is a cover of a song performed by Joe Jones. Produced by Sandy Pearlman and Murray Krugman (known for their work with Blue Öyster Cult).
 Der Blonde EngelMarlene Dietrich/Der Blonde Engel (2001/1930-1964)

The 2001 digitally-remastered compilation (EMI) featuring major 25 tracks sung by Marlene Dietrich, a German-born actress and singer. Excerpted from the four-CD box set of the same name. All the tracks are the German versions. She worked in the German theater and film world during the 1920s, went to the U.S and became a movie star in the 1930s. She mainly worked as a singer from the 1950s to the early 1970s. Burt Bacharach had arranged her songs from 1958 to the 1960s. Vocal pop with mainly orchestra, featuring her distinctive husky bass voice (contralto) and half-spoken style vocal style. "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt/Falling in Love Again (Can't Help It)" is a famous piece known as an insert song of the film "The Blue Angel" (1930). "Puff, Der Zauberdrachen" is a cover of Peter, Paul and Mary's folk song "Puff, the Magic Dragon". "Sch... Kleines Baby (Hush, Little Baby)" is a cover of American traditional song. "Lili Marleen" is a popular song of the World War II period. "Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind" is a cover of Pete Seeger's folk song (anti-war song) "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?". "Die Antwort weiß ganz allein der Wind" is a cover of Bob Dylan's song "Blowin' in the Wind".
 IdealismDigitalism/Idealism (2007)

A German electro duo from Hamburg, Digitalism's debut album. Released on French house label 'Kitsuné'. Punkish electro indie rock featuring Kraftwerk-like "pip-pip" electronic sounds and live drums. Disco beat like Daft Punk. The lyrics are English. Features single tracks, "Idealistic", "Zdarlight", "Jupiter Room" and "Pogo". "Pogo" is a melodic tune in New Order style. "Digitalism in Cairo" is a song reediting The Cure's "Fire in Cairo". Recommended to those who like rock-oriented dance/club sound such as the Prodigy, Underworld, the Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and Daft Punk.
 Sex PacketsDigital Underground/Sex Packets (1990)

An American hip hop group led by Shock G and Chopmaster J and formed in Oakland, California in 1987, Digital Underground's debut album (#24 on the US album charts). A masterpiece of humorous and danceable alternative hip hop heavily influenced by the 1970s funk, P-Funk (Parliament-Funkadelic) in particular. The sample sources are Parliament, Prince, George Clinton, Chic, Sly & the Family Stone and others. Includes singles, "Doowutchyalike" and "The Humpty Dance" (#11 on the US charts). Recommended to those who like P-Funk and like De La Soul.
 Green MindDinosaur Jr./Green Mind (1991)

An American alternative rock band. Featuring J. Mascis (guitar, vocal). The major-label debut album. Melodic songwriting with guitar noise and feeling of ennui.
 Brothers in ArmsDire Straits/Brothers in Arms (1985)

The UK rock band led by Mark Knopfler (guitar, vocals). The sound greatly influenced by American root music like country and blues. The vocal style is like Bob Dylan. A best seller album that racked up sales of over 25 millions in the world. Includes No.1 on the US charts 'Money for Nothing' (featuring Sting on backing vocals).
 Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say NothingDischarge/Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing (1982)

The UK hardcore punk band, Discharge's first full-length album. Extremely loud, noisy and fast punk. Shouting vocals and simple guiter riffs. Bleak sound full of anger and restless urge. A hardcore classic that also influenced thrash metal bands such as Anthrax and Metallica.
Good!Endtroducing.....DJ Shadow/Endtroducing..... (1996)

An American music producer, DJ and turntablist born in 1972 in San Jose, CA, known for his developing experimental instrumental hip-hop, DJ Shadow's first full-length album (#17 in the UK album charts). Released from the UK label Mo' Wax. A masterpiece of introspective and abstract instrumental hip-hop/trip-hop with merging the elements of hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, rock and ambient. Melancholy sound at slow tempo. All the tracks are composed by editing multi-layered samples from vinyls. Recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as "the first album to be recorded using only sampled sounds". Includes singles, "Midnight in a Perfect World" and "Stem" (the album version).
 The Best of Thomas Dolby: RetrospectacleThomas Dolby/The Best of Thomas Dolby: Retrospectacle (1981-1992)

Danceable electro-pop. A best compilation that includes "She Blinded Me With Science" and "Hyperactive!".
 Sunshine SupermanDonovan/Sunshine Superman (1966)

A British singer-songwriter born in Glasgow, Scotland, Donovan's third album. Released from the US Epic Records (#11 on the US album charts). Pop and psychedelic folk rock blending the elements of folk, jazz, blues, psychedelia and baroque pop, with the rock band formation including sitar, tabla, double bass, winds, strings, and harpsichord. Jimmy Page joined on electric guitar. Includes a hit single "Sunshine Superman" (#1 on the US charts). Produced by Mickie Most, known for his works with the Animals and Herman's Hermits. The 1967 UK version (Pye Records) is different in tracks from the US one. The 2005 remastered CD includes seven bonus tracks. The 2011 reissued 2-CD set includes the stereo versions of all the tracks of the US album.
Very good!The DoorsThe Doors/The Doors (1967)

Featuring Jim Morrison (vocals). One of the bands which had a great influence on later new wave/post-punk movement. The debut album. Includes "Light My Fire". Dark, heavy and moody tone. Jazzy improvisations of electronic organ. "Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" is a cover of Kurt Weill.
Very good!Strange DaysThe Doors/Strange Days (1968)

This second album is almost as excellent as the first. Includes 'People are Strange'.
Very good!B000007S5B.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_.jpgThe Doors/Waiting for the Sun (1969)

3rd album. No. 1 on the US album charts. Includes a hit "Hello I Love You".
 The Last BroadcastDoves/The Last Broadcast (2002)

An English indie rock band formed in Cheshire in 1998, Doves' second album (#1 on the UK charts). Lyrical and dopey guitar rock with beautiful melodies, like Radiohead, the Verve and Coldplay, or more older, Manchester's dance-oriented rock bands such as New Order and the Stone Roses. Features three singles, 'There Goes the Fear' (#3 on the UK charts), 'Pounding' and 'Caught By the River'. 'M62 Song' is an adaptation of 'Moonchild' by King Crimson. The guest musicians are Sean O'Hagan from the High Llamas (arrangement) and others.
 Five Leaves LeftNick Drake/Five Leaves Left (1969)

A singer/songwriter from England. 1st album produced by Joe Boyd. Introspective, gloomy and sensitive folk songs.
 The ChronicDr. Dre/The Chronic (1992)

Dr. Dre is a founding member of the gangsta rap group N.W.A., and after leaving the group he has worked as a producer (for Snoop Dogg, Eminem and others), solo artist and record executive. His solo debut album. The style of this album (hip-hop influenced by P-funk such as Parliament/Funkadelic. Slow grooves, deep bass, soulful female backing vocals and heavy use of synths) was later called "G-funk" and became the mainstream of hip-hop in the early 1990s. Featuring a rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg (later Snoop Dogg) in full scale. Includes hit singles, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang", "Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" and "Let Me Ride".
 Dr. John's GumboDr. John/Dr. John's Gumbo (1972)

A masterpiece of New Orleans R&B by Dr. John/Mac Rebennack. Happy and cheerful sounds. Includes 'Iko Iko'.
Very good!Chips from the Chocolate Fireball (An Anthology)The Dukes of Stratosphear/Chips from the Chocolate Fireball (An Anthology) (1985/1987)

The pseudonymous band of XTC. Excellent parodies of the late 1960s psychedelia/guitar-pop. A single CD including all the tracks of the EP '25 O'Clock' (1985) and the full album 'Psonic Psunspot' (1987). Highly recommended.
 DecadeDuran Duran/Decade (1981-1989)

One of the UK New Romantic bands. A compilation of their hits. Includes "The Reflex".
 Highway 61 RevisitedBob Dylan/Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Released when he formed a rock band and switched to a folk-rock style. Includes "Like a Rolling Stone".
 Blonde on BlondeBob Dylan/Blonde on Blonde (1966)

His masterpiece in the 1960s and noted as the greatest work. Released as a double album on vinyl. Rock/blues-oriented sounds. Lots of good tunes such as 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35', 'Just Like a Woman', 'Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands' and 'Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine'.
 Blood on the TracksBob Dylan/Blood on the Tracks (1975)

An American singer-songwriter and poet who had worked in folk and rock genres since his debut in recording in 1962 and had a great influence on popular music in general, Bob Dylan's fifteenth studio album (#1 on the US album charts. #4 on the UK album charts). Noted as his greatest album in the 1970s, featuring acoustic-based band sound centering on Dylan's vocals, guitar and harmonica, and including piano, organ, mandolin, 12-string guitar and pedal steel guitar, explicitly confessional lyrics on the breakdown of his marriage, and lots of quiet and melodic songs. Includes the single "Tangled Up in Blue" (#31 on the US charts). All the songs written, composed and produced by Bob Dylan.

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