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 SoroSalif Keita/Soro (1987)

A singer-songwriter from Mali, Western Africa (born in 1949), Salif Keita's debut album. Modern Afro-pop introducing jazz/funk/R&B/Western pop elements into African traditional music, with Salif Keita's flexible and powerful vocals, African percussion such as djembes, congas, and tama (talking drum), rock instruments such as electric guitar and bass, horn section, female chorus, synths and programmed drums. Features Salif Keita's soulful vocals and melodic songs rather than African rhythms. He moved to Paris in 1984, and after releasing this album, he enjoyed international popularity.
 Hot FussThe Killers/Hot Fuss (2004)

An American rock band formed in Las Vegas, NV in 2001, the Killers' debut album (#1 on the UK album charts. #7 on the US). Alternative rock with catchy melodies, featuring keyboards and synths. The sound is influenced by the 1980s UK new wave/post-punk/synth pop, such as New Order, the Cure, Duran Duran, the Smiths, U2, and Oasis too. Includes singles, "Somebody Told Me" (#3 on the UK charts), "Mr. Brightside" (#10 on the UK/US charts), "All These Things That I've Done", and "Smile Like You Mean It". "Somebody Told Me", "On Top" and "Midnight Show" are cool.
 Killing JokeKilling Joke/Killing Joke (1980)

A new wave/post-punk band featuring Jaz Coleman (vocals, keyboards) and Youth (bass, vocals). Heavy, metallic guitars and danceable beats. The debut album.
 TapestryCarole King/Tapestry (1971)

A monument of singer & songwriters' movement. A long seller album.
Good!In the Court of the Crimson KingKing Crimson/In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)

A masterpiece of UK progressive rock. Subtle and profound sounds by use of mellotron.
 Lark's Tongues in AspicKing Crimson/Lark's Tongues in Aspic (1973)

Percussive improvisations. One of their masterpieces in the 1970s.
Good!RedKing Crimson/Red (1974)

An English progressive rock band led by Robert Fripp (guitar, Mellotron) and formed in London in 1968, King Crimson's seventh studio album. Prog-rock featuring aggressive sound with heavy and metallic guitar riffs, like hard rock. A masterpiece and the last album of their improvisation-oriented period in the mid-1970s. Also including thrilling improvisation in the jazz/contemporary music style, beautiful sound with use of Mellotron, dark lyricism and catchy vocal melodies.
 DisciplineKing Crimson/Discipline (1981)

Featuring Adrian Belew (guitar and vocals). Polyrhythmic beat. Robert Fripp's sequence guitar phrase like minimalism and Adrian Belew's effective guitars are cool.
 SirThe King of Luxembourg/"Sir" (1988)

The second album of the King of Luxembourg, a solo project by Simon Fisher-Turner, who is known as the composer of the music for Derek Jarman's films. Good-quality British pop with cheap sounds, like The Kinks or 10cc.
Good!The Ultimate CollectionThe Kinks/The Ultimate Collection (1964-1984)

A UK compilation album (a set of 2 CDs) that includes the English rock band, the Kinks' 44 major songs (hit singles, B-sides, album tracks and others) from the 1960s to the early 1980s. "You Really Got Me", "Set Me Free", "Till the End of the Day", "Stop Your Sobbing", "I'm Not Like Everybody Else", "Dedicated Follower of Fashion", "Sunny Afternoon", "A Well Respected Man", "David Watts", "Waterloo Sunset", "Lola", "Victoria", "Come Dancing", "Do It Again" and others.
Good!Face to FaceThe Kinks/Face to Face (1966)

4th album. I like their melancholy feeling like folk rock in those days.
Very good!Something Else by the KinksThe Kinks/Something Else by the Kinks (1967)

Excellent! On this album, Ray Davies' ability at songwriting came into bloom on a full scale.
Very good!The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation SocietyThe Kinks/The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

Their recordings in the late 1960s are very good. I LOVE them, especially this album.
 Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British EmpireThe Kinks/Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1969)

A concept album in a "rock-opera" style. Written as the score for a BBC TV drama (but it wasn't aired). Includes "Victoria".
 DestroyerKiss/Destroyer (1976)

The American rock band, Kiss' fourth studio album (#11 on the US album charts). Pop metal in the glam rock style. Features "Detroit Rock City", "Shout It Out Loud" and a Top Ten hit ballad "Beth". Produced by Bob Ezrin, who produced Alice Cooper and Pink Floyd.
 Myths of the Near FutureKlaxons/Myths of the Near Future (2007)

A British indie rock band based in London, Klaxons' debut album (#2 on the UK album charts). Danceable indie rock influenced by the early 1980s post-punk/new wave and the late 1980s/early 1990s UK rave movement. Features catchy song melodies and vocals with lots of falsetto. Includes singles, "Gravity's Rainbow", "Atlantis to Interzone", "Magick", "Golden Skans" (#7 on the UK charts), "It's Not Over Yet" and "As Above, So Below". "It's Not Over Yet" is a cover of "Not Over Yet" by Grace.
 Chill OutThe KLF/Chill Out (1990)

Ambient music for tired dancers.
 The White RoomThe KLF/The White Room (1991)

Includes a masterpiece of UK acid-house "What Time Is Love?" (1988).
 The Very Best of Kool & the GangKool & the Gang/The Very Best of Kool & the Gang (1973-1999)

A jazz-based funk unit during the 1970s, but after adding a pop singer James "J.T." Taylor as a vocalist in the 1979, became a popular R&B group in the 1980s. A best compilation album that mainly consists of their popular hits from 1979 to 1986, such as "Celebration" (#1 on the US charts), "Get Down on It", "Ladies Night", "Too Hot", "Misled", "Joanna" and "Fresh". Also features three funk pieces, "Funky Stuff", "Hollywood Swinging" and "Jungle Boogie".
 The Best of the KorgisThe Korgis/The Best of the Korgis (1979-1981?)

A pop duo from the UK. Sweet melodies and beautiful harmony. Beatlesque.
 Follow the LeaderKorn/Follow the Leader (1998)

An American rock band formed in Bakersfield, California in 1992, Korn's third album (#1 on the US album charts. #5 on the UK). Alternative metal/nu metal influenced by heavy metal, hip hop, industrial metal and thrash metal. Featuring lots of heavy, low-pitched sounds and discordances, groove at middle tempo, dark melodies, and Jonathan Davis' screaming/sobbing vocals. The third album has more melodic and pop-oriented sound than the previous two albums. Features guest vocalists, such as Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Ice Cube and others. Features five singles, including "Got the Life" and "Freak on a Leash". The first 12 tracks are silent. The 13 tracks from the 13th are music tracks. Recommended to those who like Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson and Tool.
 AutobahnKraftwerk/Autobahn (1974)

A smash hit album in the US. The early instance of techno-pop in Germany. Autobahn is the German expressway.
Good!Radio-ActivityKraftwerk/Radio-Activity (1976)

Conceptual work dealing with the radio as the theme. A smash hit album in France.
Very good!Trans-Europe ExpressKraftwerk/Trans-Europe Express (1977)

Excellent! Includes a hit in disco "Showroom Dummies".
Good!The Man-MachineKraftwerk/The Man-Machine (1978)

A masterpiece of German techno-pop. Includes "The Robots" and "The Model".
Good!Computer WorldKraftwerk/Computer World (1981)

Advanced musicality, like house music. Includes "Dentaku", which means "Pocket Calculator" in Japanese (There're the six language versions).
Very good!The MixKraftwerk/The Mix (1991)

On this album, they arranged and re-recorded their masterpieces in a techno-house style.
 Mama SaidLenny Kravitz/Mama Said (1991)

An American rock singer/songwriter/guitarist known for his retro-style based on the classic rock of the 1960s/1970s, psychedelia, soul, funk and reggae, Lenny Kravitz's second album. "Always on the Run" is a funky hard rock number. "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" is a smash hit soul ballad inspired by Curtis Mayfield. "All I Ever Wanted"is a song like John Lennon's "Mother". Guns N' Roses guitarist, Slash and John Lennon's son, Sean Lennon joined.
 ZombieFela Kuti (Fela and Africa 70)/Zombie (1977)

Fela Kuti (Fela Anikulapo Kuti) is a musician/producer/arranger from Nigeria, and the inventor of 'Afro-beat', the polyrhythmic style based on African traditional music and influenced by jazz, soul/funk such as James Brown, and reggae. He is also a political agitator fighting against the military government, strongly influenced by Malcolm X. This album is released under the name of 'Fela and Africa 70' in 1977. The title track 'Zombie' is a famous song that insulted the army, and a megahit in the African countries.

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