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 Peter Gabriel (3rd)/MeltPeter Gabriel/Peter Gabriel (3rd)/Melt (1980)

Ex-Genesis lead singer, Peter Gabriel's third album (#1 on the UK charts). The drum effect by producer Steve Lillywhite was shocking. Includes 'Biko'. Phil Collins (drums), Paul Weller (guitar), Robert Fripp (guitar) and Kate Bush (backing vocals) guested.
Good!Peter Gabriel (4th)/SecurityPeter Gabriel/Peter Gabriel (4th)/Security (1982)

4th album. Ethnic sounds by use of sampling and over-dubbing. Includes "Shock the Monkey".
 Histoire de Melody NelsonSerge Gainsbourg/Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)

Considered by critics and fans to be the most accomplished album by Serge Gainsbourg, a French singer-songwriter. A seductive and decadent concept album which describes a love story between a middle-aged man and a teenage nymphet named Melody Nelson. French pop with Serge Gainsbourg's vocals like talking, guitar, drums, funky bass, strings and chorus. The orchestra arranged and directed by Jean-Claude Vannier. Features Jane Birkin (Serge Gainsbourg's wife at that time) on vocals.
 The Divine PunishmentDiamanda Galás/The Divine Punishment (1986)

A Greek American born in 1955 in San Diego, California, and a voice performance artist known for her avant-garde performance with her nearly four-octave vocal range, Diamanda Galás's third album (Mute Records). This album is the first of the "Masque of the Red Death" trilogy about the AIDS epidemic. Heavy, dark and satanic sound featuring Galás's ever-changing voice in various styles (screaming, growling, high note like opera, singing like Middle Eastern folk music, whispering with breathy voice) with synths in the electro-industrial style. Experimental voice performance in talking/chanting style. There is little song melody. The texts of "Deliver Me from Mine Enemies" are taken from the Old Testament. Recommended to those who like avant-garde music and goth rock.
Good!A Hi-Tech Jazz CompilationUR Presents Galaxy 2 Galaxy/A Hi-Tech Jazz Compilation (2005)

A compilation album (2 CDs) that includes works by Underground Resistance (UR), a Detroit techno artist group/record label formed/founded by Jeff Mills (left in 1993) and "Mad" Mike Banks around 1990. Jazz/fusion-oriented, soulful and spacey techno with sophisticated and beautiful sound. Includes 21 great tracks, such as "Nation 2 Nation", "Amazon", "Jupiter Jazz" and "Hi-Tech Jazz", previously released only on vinyl, and 2 new songs. A Japanese musician/tenor saxphone player Daisuke (Daiske) Fujiwara plays sax in a new song "Momma's Basement".
 Poupee de SonFrance Gall/Poupée de Son (1963-1967)

French pops. A collection of her major tunes. Contains 23 tracks. "Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son" and others.
 A Joyful Noise Unto the CreatorGalliano/A Joyful Noise Unto the Creator (1992)

A product of London's jazz/club scene. Rap and live performance.
 Entertainment!Gang of Four/Entertainment! (1979)

A post-punk guitar rock band from Leeds, England, Gang of Four's debut album. The funky rhythm section and Andy Gill's jangly, solid guitar playing with lots of staccato riffs are cool.
 Sitting in the ParkGangway/Sitting in the Park (1988)

A Danish pop band (1982-1997), Gangway's third album (the major-label debut). Sometimes called "Sitting in the Park (Again!)", because the title is the same as the second album. Consists of the re-recordings of the songs from their past two albums (two tracks from the first album, and six from the second), and two new songs. Electro/acoustic pop with synths and strings, based on Beatle-esque guitar pop. Includes singles, "Out on the Rebound from Love", "My Girl and Me" and "Here's My House". Produced by David Motion (Strawberry Switchblade and others). The digitally remastered CD was reissued in Japan in 2001. Recommended to those who like the Lotus Eaters and China Crisis.
 What's Going OnMarvin Gaye/What's Going On (1971)

Urbanized and refined sounds. One of the masterpieces of the 1970s soul.
 FoxtrotGenesis/Foxtrot (1972)

Progressive rock band featuring Peter Gabriel (vocals). 4th album. Theatrical and lyrical. Includes "Supper's Ready".
 The Essential George GershwinGeorge Gershwin/The Essential George Gershwin (1925-2002)

A composer who had worked in both classical and pop music fields in the early 20th century and created 'American music' with jazz and blues idioms. Since the 1920s, he wrote many pop songs (later became pop/jazz standards) for revues and musicals with his elder brother Ira Gershwin as his lyricist, and on the other hand he also composed classical pieces. A 2-CD, 41-track compilation which mainly consists of his major pieces in popular music. "I Got Rhythm" (Ethel Waters) and "But Not for Me" (Doris Day) from the musical "Girl Crazy", "Summertime" (Billie Holiday), "It Ain't Necessarily So" (Aretha Franklin), "I Loves You, Porgy" (Miles Davis) and "My Man's Gone Now" (Sarah Vaughan) from the opera "Porgy and Bess", "They Can't Take That Away from Me" (Fred Astaire) and "Promenade (Walking the Dog)" (Los Angeles Philharmonic) from the film "Shall We Dance", "Swanee" (Al Jolson), "Someone to Watch over Me" (Frank Sinatra) from the musical "Oh, Kay!", "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" (Georges Guetary) from the musical "George White's Scandals of 1922", "I've Got a Crush on You" (Ella Fitzgerald) from the musical "Treasure Girl", and others. Also features some classical pieces such as "Prelude No.2 for Piano" and "Rhapsody in Blue".
 Look to the RainbowAstrud Gilberto/Look to the Rainbow (1966)

A masterpiece of jazzy bossa nova. Arranged and conducted by Gil Evance.
 Beach SambaAstrud Gilberto/Beach Samba (1967)

A Brazilian bossa nova/pop singer known for her "The Girl from Ipanema", Astrud Gilberto's 1967 album. Not a samba/bossa nova album, but a pop album featuring Astrud's offhand, languid vocals with strings and orchestra, in the soft rock or easy-listening style. The songs are mostly American jazz standards, such as "My Foolish Heart", "Misty Roses" and "I had the Craziest Dream". The fourth track "A Banda (Parade)" is funny for its mismatch between the performance like a military march and lazy vocals. "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice", featuring a duet between Gilberto and her six-year-old son, is a cover of the Lovin' Spoonful. Arranged by Don Sebesky and Eumir Deodato.
 Tanto TempoBebel Gilberto/Tanto Tempo (2000)

A Brazilian popular singer, who is the daughter of João Gilberto and singer Miúcha, had worked with David Byrne and Arto Lindsay, and participated in the recording of Towa Tei's "Future Listening!", Bebel Gilberto's full-length debut album. Contemporary bossa nova in a subdued atmosphere, featuring Bebel's cool and languid vocals. Elaborate and sophisticated sound production. The sound is mostly acoustic, but unobtrusively uses programmed rhythms and electronica sounds. "Samba da Benção" is a cover of the song by Vinicius de Moraes and Baden Powell. "So Nice (Summer Samba)" is a cover of the bossa nova classic by Marcos Valle, with English lyrics.
 Girls' GenerationGirls' Generation/Girls' Generation (Japanese album) (2011)

Girls' Generation (also called as SNSD) is a nine-member girl group formed in South Korea in 2007 (Korean name: So Nyeo Shi Dae, Japanese: Shojo Jidai). The debut album for the Japanese market (#1 on the Japanese pop album charts). Dance pop by programming, in the electro house style, with catchy melodies and Japanese lyrics. Includes singles released in Japan, "Genie", "Gee", "Mr. Taxi", and "Run Devil Run". Also includes the Japanese version of "Hoot", a 2010 hit song in South Korea. The music composed by E-Tribe (South Korea), Dsign Music (Norway), Deekay (Denmark), Alex James (UK), STY (Japan) and others. "Re:package Album: Girls' Generation -The Boys" (2011) is a re-packaged version of this album, with three additional tracks.
Good!76:14Global Communication/76:14 (1994)

An electronica duo (Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton) formed in Cornwall, England in 1991, Global Communication's 1994 album. An important work in the early 1990s ambient house movement. Tom Middleton was once a co-worker of Richard D. James (Aphex Twin). Spacey and imaginative sound, like lyrical prog-rock or sci-fi soundtrack. It has a good 'chilling out' effect. The title is the total time of the album. Recommended to those who like Vangelis and The Orb. The remastered CD with a bonus disc featuring singles was released in 2005.
 G. Love & Special SauceG. Love & Special Sauce/G. Love & Special Sauce (1994)

A trio formed in Philadelphia, PA in 1992. Their debut album. Loose and laid-back sound with the combination of old blues/R&B and contemporary hip-hop/rap. Simple and acoustic composition of the musical instruments: G. Love (real name is Garrett Dutton) on guitar/vocals/harmonica, Jeffrey Clemens on drums, and Jimmy Prescott on upright bass. Includes 'Cold Beverage'.
 1978-1990The Go-Betweens/1978-1990 (1978-1990)

A collection of works by a song-oriented guitar pop band from Australia. Featuring two excellent songwriters, Robert Forster (guitar, vocals) and Grant McLennan (bass, guitar and vocals). 2 discs.
 Beauty and the BeatThe Go-Go's/Beauty and the Beat (1981)

An all-female American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978, the Go-Go's debut album. The first album written and performed by an all-female band to top the US album charts. Featuring Belinda Carlisle (vocals). Pop-oriented new wave influenced by the 1960s girls pop group, such as the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las, the Beatles, the Runaways, New York punk such as Patti Smith and Blondie, and others. Includes singles, "Our Lips Are Sealed" (#20 on the US charts. Co-written by Terry Hall, a member of The Specials/Fun Boy Three) and "We Got the Beat" (#2 on the US).
 TimelessGoldie/Timeless (1995)

A masterpiece of UK Jungle/Drum & Bass. A gold disc in the UK.
 The Good, the Bad & the QueenThe Good, the Bad & the Queen (2007)

The album by an unnamed British alternative rock supergroup formed by Blur's Damon Albarn (lead vocals, keyboards), a Nigerian drummer Tony Allen, who had joined Fela Kuti's band Africa 70 from the late 1960's to the 1970's, former The Verve guitarist Simon Tong, and former The Clash bassist Paul Simonon. #2 on the UK album charts. Melancholy folk rock-tinged alternative rock including the elements of traditional British rock, Afrobeat, dub, and reggae. A concept album with the theme of modern London history since the industrial revolution era. Lots of unspectacular but quality songs by Damon Albarn. Worth trying for the lovers of British rock and folk rock. Includes singles, "Herculean" (#22 on the UK charts), "Kingdom of Doom" (#20 UK) and "Green Fields". Prodeuced by Danger Mouse.
 GorillazGorillaz/Gorillaz (2001)

A musical project by Damon Albarn (vocals), the frontman of the English rock band Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, an English comic book artist. A virtual band which consists of four animated members. The debut album (#3 on the UK album charts. #14 on the US). Alternative pop featuring dub/hip hop/trip hop/electronica elements. The guest musicians are: Del tha Funkee Homosapien (American MC) on vocals, Ibrahim Ferrer (Afro-Cuban singer) on vocals, Miho Hatori (the vocalist of Cibo Matto) on vocals, and Tina Weymouth (the bassist of Talking Heads) on backing vocals. Produced by Dan The Automator (Japanese-American hip hop producer). Includes singles, "Clint Eastwood" (#4 on the UK charts), "19-2000" (#6 on the UK), "Rock the House", and "Tomorrow Comes Today".
 Bwyd TimeGorky's Zygotic Mynci/Bwyd Time (1995)

An eccentric pop band from Wales. The third album.
 La Revancha del TangoGotan Project/La Revancha del Tango (2001)

A Paris-based musical group led by Philippe Cohen Solal (keyboards, bass, songwriting and production) and formed in 1999, Gotan Project's debut album. Jazzy club music mixing real Argentinean tango (with bandoneon) and electronica (house, dub and trip-hop). A hit album which was certified Gold by the BPI for sales of over 100,000 in the UK. "Chunga's Revenge" is a cover of Frank Zappa. "Santa Maria (del Buen Ayre)" was featured in the American film "Shall We Dance?". "Last Tango in Paris" is a cover of Gato Barbieri. "Vuelvo al Sur" is a cover of Astor Piazzolla.
Good!E2-E4Manuel Göttsching/E2-E4 (1984)

Ex-central figure of the German rock group Ash Ra (Ash Ra Tempel that was), Manuel Göttsching's solo work. This album has been revalued by house/techno music listeners. Repetitive rhythms like minimal music and the feeling of trance.
 We're an American BandGrand Funk/We're an American Band (1973)

The American hard rock band of the 1970s, Grand Funk (formerly Grand Funk Railroad) 's 1973 smash hit (#2 on the US album charts). Something like a rival band against Led Zeppelin from the UK. Loud and powerful, simple and straightforward hard rock. Pop-oriented sound featuring Craig Frost's keyboards. Procuded by Todd Rundgren. Includes the #1 on the US charts "We're an American Band".
Good!The Greatest HitsGrandmaster Flash, The Furious Five, Grandmaster Melle Mel/The Greatest Hits (1980-1985)

A pioneering innovator in the early hip-hop of the 1980s. Includes 'The Message' and other masterpieces of Old School Rap/Electro Funk.
 The MessageGrandmaster Flash & the Furious Five/The Message (1982)

The old school rap/hip-hop classic. "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel" is a sound collage made from snippets of Chic's "Good Times", Blondie's "Rapture", Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust", Sugarhill Gang's "Eighth Wonder", Spoonie Gee's "Monster Jam" and others, and the earliest hip-hop recording with "cutting" techniques. "The Message" is a monumental recording that developed hip-hop into an art form with social messages.
 Live/DeadGrateful Dead/Live/Dead (1969)

An American rock band formed in 1965 in San Francisco with the leader Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals), Grateful Dead's fourth album. The first official live album. Blues/country/psychedelic-rock with long improvisations. The highlights are guitar improvisations in the first track "Dark Star". "Death Don't Have No Marcy" is a cover of a blues standard composed by Reverend Gary Davis. "(Turn on Your) Lovelight" is a cover of blues singer, Bobby Bland's song.
 Greatest HitsAl Green/Greatest Hits (1970-1977)

The best compilation album that includes the soul singer Al Green's 15 masterpieces recorded in the 1970s. Delicate and romantic Memphis soul. Features "Tired of Being Alone", "Call Me (Come Back Home)", "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)", "Let's Stay Together", and "L-O-V-E (Love)".
 DookieGreen Day/Dookie (1994)

The alternative rock band formed in 1988 in Berkeley, California, Green Day's major-label debut album. Pop-oriented punk rock with catchy melodies. A smash hit that sold over ten-million all over the world. Includes 'Basket Case'.
 Fire of LoveThe Gun Club/Fire of Love (1981)

An American rock band led by Jeffrey Lee Pierce (vocals, slide guitar) and formed in the early 1980s in Los Angeles, CA, The Gun Club's debut album. Post-punk in then-groundbreaking style, merging punk and American traditional roots music such as blues, rockabilly and country, and this album had a great influence on follow-on bands in the styles called as psychobilly and punk blues. Includes a double a-side single "Ghost On The Highway/Sex Beat", and two arranged covers of pre-war delta blues songs, "Preaching The Blues" (written by Son House/Robert Johnson) and "Cool Drink of Water" (written by Tommy Johnson). Recommended to those who like The Cramps, X, garage rock bands, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The White Stripes.
 Appetite for DestructionGuns N' Roses/Appetite for Destruction (1987)

An Orthodox heavy metal/hard rock band. Featuring twin-guitar playing by Slash and Izzy Stradlin. 1st album. No. 1 on the US album charts. Includes 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Sweet Child O' Mine'.

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