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 The NightflyDonald Fagen/The Nightfly (1982)

The first solo album released after Steely Dan disbanded. A masterpiece of sophisticated jazz rock. Includes a hit "I.G.Y. (International Geophysical Year)". "Ruby Baby" is a cover of the Drifters.
 The First of a Million KissesFairground Attraction/The First of a Million Kisses (1988)

The acoustic pop band led by female singer Eddi Reader and guitarist Mark E. Nevin. Nostalgic sound based on folk, skiffle, country and old jazz/popular songs. The debut album and a smash hit album (#1 on the UK album charts) featuring "Perfect" (#1 on the UK charts) and "Find My Love" (#7).
 Liege & LiefFairport Convention/Liege & Lief (1969)

A British folk-rock band of the late 1960s, Fairport Convention's great fourth album. Features Richard Thompson (guitar) and Sandy Denny (vocals). Folk rock based on the traditional British traditional folk tunes with playing violin, viola, mandolin and electric instruments such as electric guitar and bass. Includes five covers of old English folk songs. Female vocalist, Sandy Denny's vocals are beautiful. Produced by Joe Boyd.
 Angel DustFaith No More/Angel Dust (1992)

The pioneers of the US alternative rock fusing heavy metal, funk, hip-hop and prog-rock. This 4th album is a masterpiece with Mike Patton's strong vocals and progressive-oriented, kaleidoscopic sounds. 'Midnight Cowboy' is a cover of John Barry.
 Live at the Witch TrialsThe Fall/Live at the Witch Trials (1979)

An English rock band led by Mark E. Smith (vocals) formed in 1976 in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, the Fall's debut album. Despite its title, it is not a live album, but an album recorded in studio. The band name derives from the title of Albert Camus's nobvel (La Chute). Post-punk based on simple rock'n'roll featuring Mark E. Smith's cynical, humorous lyrics and sharp cutting guitar. Influenced by UK punk such as Buzzcocks, Kraut Rock, and This Heat. Includes both the element of rough and primitive garage rock, and the dark, freaky elements of experimental rock. The music of the Fall has influenced lots of artists such as Pavement and Franz Ferdinand. Produced by the Fall and Bob Sargeant. Recommended to those who like Joy Division, Gang of Four and Wire.
 You've Come a Long Way, BabyFatboy Slim/You've Come a Long Way, Baby (1998)

Ex member of the Housemartins, Pizzaman, Beats International and Freak Power, Norman Cook/a.k.a. Fatboy Slim's second album. Rock-oriented club music with fusion of hip-hop, breakbeats and house. A classic of so-called 'big beat'. Danceable and happy sound. Features "Right Here, Right Now", "The Rockafeller Skank", "Gangster Tripping" and "Praise You".
 IVFaust/IV (1973)

A German experimental rock band formed in Wümme, northern Germany in 1971, Faust's fourth album. Pop-oriented psychedelic rock featuring synths, noise and effects. The first track "Krautrock" is an about 12-minute instrumental piece and a masterpiece of hypnotic, droned psychedelic music with minimalistic, repetitive riff and noise. Released on two CDs in 2006, which features the remastered original album and a bonus disc containing John Peel Sessions and previously unreleased tracks.
 Crazy RhythmsThe Feelies/Crazy Rhythms (1980)

Jangly and percussive guitar pop in a post-punk style. 1st album featuring Anton Fier (drums).
 Love at the HaciendaGraham Fellows/Love at the Hacienda (1985)

An English actor and musician, Graham Fellows' 1985 album. He is a well-known comedy actor in England. Acoustic-oriented guitar pop/soft rock style British pop of superior quality, like the King of Luxembourg and the Lilac Time. Reissued on CD with five bonus tracks in England in 2004.
 The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short StoriesFelt/The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories (1984)

An acoustic-oriented guitar band from the UK. Baroque guitar textures.
Good!Endless SummerFennesz/Endless Summer (2001/2006)

An Austrian guitarist and electronic musician born in 1962, Christian Fennesz's 2001 album (Mego). An album renowned as one of the masterpieces of electroacoustic music and electronica genres. An experimental electroacoustic work and noise music, including various noises such as glitch, white noise and CD skip, electronic sounds, and computer-processed guitar sounds, but melodious and beautiful music filled with lyricism in the ambient style, and it has folkie, idyllic, and oddly comfortable and nostalgic sound. The 2001 original edition has eight tracks. The 2006 remastered edition includes two bonus tracks (the Japanese edition includes four bonus tracks). Recommended to those who like Harmonia, My Bloody Valentine and Oval.
 Lupe Fiasco's Food and LiquorLupe Fiasco/Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor (2006)

An American rapper from Chicago, known as one of the pioneers of "conscious hip hop" focusing on social issues, Lupe Fiasco's debut album (#8 on the US album charts). Chillaxing hip hop at mid-tempo, featuring Lupe Fiasco's smoothly pressing-on rhymes with lyrics like word games, and melodic backtracks including strings and soulful vocals. Melancholy mood. Includes singles, "Kick, Push" (a song about a love story of skateboarders), "I Gotcha", and "Daydreamin'" (featuring Jill Scott). "Daydreamin'" won the Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2008. Recommened to those who like Kanye West.
 FishboneFishbone/Fishbone (1985)

1st album. Contains 6 tracks. Ska, punk, P-Funk, reggae, DEVO(?)...
 The Very Best of Roberta FlackRoberta Flack/The Very Best of Roberta Flack (2006/1969-1991)

An American singer and songwriter born in North Carolina in 1939, best known for her ballad hits in the 1970s, Roberta Flack's best compilation album (Rhino). Includes 17 tracks, mainly consists of her hits in the 1970/1980s. Urbane, sophisticated, adult contemporary/soft rock-oriented vocal pop based on soul, jazz, and folk. Includes singles, "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (a cover of the British fol song composed by Ewan MacColl. #1 on the US charts. Used in the film "Play Misty for Me" directed by Clint Eastwood), "Where Is the Love" (#5 US), "Killing Me Softly with His Song" (#1 US/#6 UK), "Feel Like Makin' Love" (#1 US), "The Closer I Get to You" (#2 US), "Back Together Again" (#3 UK), "Making Love" (#13 US), "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" (#16/#2 UK), "Set the Night to Music" (#6 US), and others. "Where Is the Love", "The Closer I Get to You", and "Back Together Again" are duets with Donny Hathaway. "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" is a duet with Peabo Bryson. "Set the Night to Music" is a duet with Maxi Priest.
 The Soft BulletinThe Flaming Lips/The Soft Bulletin (1999)

An American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983, the Flaming Lips' ninth album. A symphonic psychedelic pop masterpiece featuring rock instruments, wind and string instruments, synths, tape collages and noise sounds. Swaying vocals and catchy, wailing melodies. Includes the single "Race for the Prize". Co-produced by Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev). Recommended to those who like the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" and the late 1960s psych/space rock.
 English RoseFleetwood Mac/English Rose (1969)

A masterpiece of the British white-blues rock in the late 1960s. Released when the band was a blues-rock band led by guitarist Peter Green (ex-member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers). Features two British hits, "Black Magic Woman" and "Albatross". "Black Magic Woman" is famous for its cover version by Santana.
 RumoursFleetwood Mac/Rumours (1977)

Fleetwood Mac had been a British blues-rock band in the late 1960s, but the band became a California-based successful pop band in the 1970s. The eleventh studio album "Rumours" (#1 on the UK/US album charts) is the band's most successful release with sales of over 40 million copies worldwide. The sound in adult contemporary/soft rock/folk style, featuring the vocal harmony of Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Includes singles, "Go Your Own Way", "Don't Stop" (#3 on the US charts), "Dreams" (#1 on the US), and "You Make Loving Fun".
 A Flock of SeagullsA Flock of Seagulls/A Flock of Seagulls (1982)

A Flock of Seagulls is an English synth pop/new wave group formed in 1980 in Liverpool. The debut album which includes "Telecommunication" (an underground hit in disco/new wave club scene) and a hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)" (MTV aired the video in heavy rotation in the summer of 1982). Melodic synth pop featuring Paul Reynolds' unique style of echo-laden guitar playing. Recommended to those who like New Musik, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Bill Nelson.
 Progressive History XFluke/Progressive History X (1991-2001)

A techno trio from London, England, Fluke's comilation album that includes their hits and rare tracks (11 tracks in total). Rock-oriented big-beat techno influenced acid-house and electro-funk. "Absurd" is a song used in the movie 'Tomb Raider' soundtrack. "Atom Bomb" is a song used in the video-game 'Wipeout 2097' (Wipeout XL) soundtrack.
 The Gilded Palace Of SiThe Flying Burrito Brothers/The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969)

An American country rock band led by Gram Parsons (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and Chris Hillman (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and formed in Los Angeles, CA in 1969, after they left the Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers' debut album. A masterpiece of early country rock fusing rock with roots music such as folk, country, gospel and soul. Gram Parsons' beautiful vocal melodies and "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow's pedal steel guitar are impressive. "Do Right Woman" and "The Dark End of the Street" are country-rock style covers of soul songs written by Chips Moman and Dan Penn.
 The Flying LizardsThe Flying Lizards/The Flying Lizards (1980)

Avant-garde pop. Cheap sounds (over-dubbing by tape recorder). Includes a hit "Money".
Good!Los AngelesFlying Lotus/Los Angeles (2008)

The second studio album (Warp) by Flying Lotus (real name: Steven Ellison), an American music producer and DJ born in 1983 in Los Angeles, California, known for his experimental music blending hip-hop and electronic music. A cosmic, futuristic and psychedelic soundscape based on electronica sound including glitch processing and 8-bit bleeps, and hip-hop beat, featuring thick and heavy bass and stumbling rhythms.
 FurtherFlying Saucer Attack/Further (1995)

A home-recording duo of singers/guitarists David Pearce and Rachel Brook. Formed in Bristol, England in 1993. The second album. Folk-oriented dreamy ambient pop featuring feedbacking noise and acoustic guitar. The sound is like Brian Eno's ambient series.
Good!IdealismBrigitte Fontaine/Comme à la Radio (1969)

A French singer/actress/writer, Brigitte Fontaine's second album. Recorded with French musician/composer/actor/singer, Areski Belkacem and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the avant-garde jazz group from the United States. Released in 1969 on Pierre Barouh's independent label, Saravah. Avant-garde French pop in a mystical and primitive style, featuring Areski's percussions like African folk music.
 Foo FightersFoo Fighters/Foo Fighters (1995)

An American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1994, started as one-man project by ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl (lead vocals, guitar) after the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. The debut album (#23 on the US album chart. #3 on the UK). Post-grunge/alternative rock heavily influenced by Nirvana, including heavy distortion guitar in the hard rock style, the elements of hardcore punk, and catchy vocal melodies. In this album, Dave Grohl wrote all the tracks and played almost all the instruments. Its pop-oriented melodic songs are impressive. Includes singles, "This Is a Call" (#5 on the UK chart), "I'll Stick Around", "For All the Cows", and "Big Me".
Good!MetamaticJohn Foxx/Metamatic (1980)

1st solo album after leaving Ultravox. Purer techno sound (by use of analog synths) than Ultravox.
 The Very Best of Connie FrancisConnie Francis/The Very Best of Connie Francis (1958-1965)

The most popular female singer in the US in the late 1950s and early 1960s. American pop of the good old days. A Japanese edited compilation featuring "Where the Boys are", "Who's Sorry Now", "Stupid Cupid", "Lipstick on Your Collar", "Pretty Little Baby", "Vacation" and others.
 Frankie Say GreatestFrankie Goes to Hollywood/Frankie Say Greatest (2009/1983-1987)

A compilation album (2 CDs, 27 tracks) by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, a British band formed in Liverpool in 1980, and worked for a short period in the mid-1980s. Released in 2009 by ZTT Records. Electronic dance pop in the disco/Hi-NRG style, with using synths such as Roland Jupiter-8, Fairlight CMI, Linndrum and Synclavier. Includes hit singles , such as "Relax" (#1 on the UK chart), "Two Tribes" (#1 UK) and "The Power of Love" (#1 UK), B-sides, album cuts, and remixe versions. "Relax" is the precious original 7-inch version (Move). Produced by Trevor Horn.
Good!30 Greatest HitsAretha Franklin/30 Greatest Hits (1967-1974)

A collection of hits (on Atlantic) by Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul. Incredibly skillful at singing.
 Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand/Franz Ferdinand (2004)

An indie rock band from Glasgow, Scotland, Franz Ferdinand's debut album (#3 on the UK album charts). Garage rock-oriented indie rock influenced by art rock such as Roxy Music, post punk and disco pop of the late 1970s and the early 1980s. Produced by Tore Johansson. Features singles, "Darts of Pleasure", "Take Me Out" (#3 on the UK charts), "The Dark of the Matinée", "Michael" and "This Fire".
 Fire and WaterFree/Fire and Water (1970)

Formed in 1968 in London, England. Simple and heavy rock based on blues. The third album that includes a smash hit 'All Right Now'. Features Andy Fraser's melodic and rhythmic base, Paul Kossoff's choking guitar, and Paul Rodgers' soulful vocals.
 Let's Get Away from It AllFriends/Let's Get Away from It All (1988)

The English indie pop band led by William Jones (vocals, guitar) and debuted in 1986, Friends' debut album. Released on Cleveland-based independent label Summerhouse. Refreshing guitar pop featuring melancholy melodies and orotund sound of trumpet. The melody lines are pretty good. Includes singles, "It's Getting Louder" and "Far And Away". Reissued on CD on Japanese independent label Vivid Sound in 2010. Recommended to those who like the 1980s guitar pop such as Orange Juice, Aztec Camera, the Go-Betweens and the Smiths.
 Trapped and UnwrappedFriends Again/Trapped and Unwrapped (1984)

The guitar pop band from Glasgow, Scotland, Friends Again's one and only album. Melodic and acoustic music like their peers from the same town, such as Orange Juice and Aztec Camera, but more earthy sound with strong influence of soul, funk and country.
 Front by FrontFront 242/Front by Front (1988)

An electro-industrial/electronic body music band from Belgium. Catchy melodies. Easy-to-listen. A hit album released from the Wax Trax! records. Includes a masterpoece 'Headhunter'.
 RepeaterFugazi/Repeater (1990)

An American post-hardcore band formed by ex-hardcore punk band Minor Threat member Ian MacKaye (vocals, guitar) in Washington, D.C. in 1987, Fugazi's debut full-length album. Unique style integraing dub/reggae-influenced beats, heavy guitar riffs, irregular, intermittent song structures and emotional melodies into hardcore punk. The CD was released under the title of "Repeater + 3 Songs" with three bonus tracks from a single "3 Songs".
 One Nation Under a GrooveFunkadelic/One Nation Under a Groove (1978)

The 10th album and a magnum opus of the P-Funk all atars led by George Clinton (vocals and production). Rock oriented sounds with guitar playing like Jimi Hendrix.

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