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 OK ComputerRadiohead/OK Computer (1997)

A five-piece band from Oxford, England. Prog-rock/electro-oriented alternative guitar pop. Extremely melodic and melancholic sound. The third album that won the Grammy Award for Alternative Music in 1997. One of the masterpieces of gutar rock in the 1990s.
 Kid ARadiohead/Kid A (2000)

An English rock band from Oxfordshire, formed in 1985, Radiohead's fourth album (#1 on the UK/US album charts). Electronica/ambient-oriented alternative rock almost without the elements of guitar rock, influenced by intelligent dance music (IDM) of Warp Records artists, such as Aphex Twin, but it also features Radiohead's distinctive, melancholy and melodic style centering on Thom Yorke's emotional vocals. Also includes tracks with the elements of jazz such as Charles Mingus, and the 1970s krautrock. Produced by Nigel Godrich.
 Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine/Rage Against the Machine (1992)

A masterpiece of 'rap-metal' mixing of punk, hip-hop and heavy metal. Rap and metallic guitar riffs with hip-hop grooves. The lyrics with political messages based on leftist ideology and antiestablishment attitude. This debut album is cool.
 RisingRainbow/Rising (1976)

The hard rock/heavy metal band featuring former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and American vocalist Ronnie James Dio (ex-Elf). The second album released after ex-Jeff Beck Group drummer Cozy Powell joined. Acclaimed among the fans as a great album full of formal beauty of hard rock/heavy metal, and voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time in the UK's rock magazine "Kerrang!" readers' poll in 1981.
 RamonesRamones/Ramones (1976)

One of the New York punks. Simple and brief rock'n'roll.
 Rocket to RussiaRamones/Rocket to Russia (1977)

An American punk rock band formed in New York City in 1974, Ramones' third studio album (#49 on the US album charts). A masterpiece of catchy and pop-oriented punk rock with simple and minimal sounds, heavily influenced by surf rock and bubblegum pop. It seems like a roots of melodic pop punk such as Hüsker Dü and Green Day. Includes singles, "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" (album version), "Rockaway Beach" and "Do You Wanna Dance?". "Do You Wanna Dance?" is a cover of Bobby Freeman's hit song (covered by The Beach Boys). The expanded edition CD including 5 bonus tracks was released in 2001.
 The Very Best of Otis ReddingOtis Redding/The Very Best of Otis Redding (1962-1968)

The soul singer who was one of the central figures of Southern (Memphis) soul in the 1960s. The single-disc collection that includes "(Sitting' On) The Dock of the Bay" (#1 on the US charts) and other R&B hits. Emotion-charged vocals.
 Third EyeRedd Kross/Third Eye (1990)

The American rock band led by the McDonald brothers, Jeffrey (vocals, guitar) and Steven (bass, vocals). Formed in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne, California. A 1990 album released on the major label Atlantic. Melodic guitar pop in bubblegum/power-pop style. The fourth track "Shonen Knife" is a punkish song inspired by Japanese punk-pop band Shonen Knife.
 Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers/Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

An American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983, Red Hot Chili Peppers' fifth album (#3 on the US album charts). A masterpiece of funk rock with a mixture of hard rock, funk and hip hop. A blockbuster album that sold over 12 million copies worldwide. More melodic and ensemble-oriented than the previous album "Mother's Milk" (1989) which were heavy metal/punk-oriented. Flea's bass and John Frusciante's guitar are funky and cool. Includes singles, "Give It Away" (#9 on the UK charts), "Under the Bridge" (#2 on the US charts), "Breaking the Girl" and "Suck My Kiss". Produced by Rick Rubin.
 Vento de MaioElis Regina/Vento de Maio (1980/1983/1997)

A Brazilian singer who worked in the popular and Jazz fields, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s. A reissued compilation (EMI) which includes all the nine tracks of her last studio album "Elis" (1980) in a different order with addition of a single track, Gilberto Gil's "Se Eu Quiser Falar Com Deus (If I Would Speak With God)" and three unreleased tracks. Vocal pop with featuring Elis' lithe and powerful vocals, funky fusion/adult contemporary style backing, and sophisticated arrangement. One of masterpieces in her late days, and an excellent MPB album. Includes "Vento de Maio (May Wind)", "Sai Dessa (Get Off It)", "O Trem Azul (The Blue Train)", Milton Nascimento's "O Que Foi Feito Devera (De Vera) (What Was Really Done)", and others.
 MurmurR.E.M./Murmur (1983)

1st album. Rolling Stone Magazine selected this as Album of the Year in 1983.
Good!Fables of the ReconstructionR.E.M./Fables of the Reconstruction (1985)

3rd album. Gloomy and psychedelic sounds. The tunes in a folk-rock style.
 Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M./Automatic for the People (1992)

An American alternative rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980, R.E.M.'s eighth studio album (#2 on the US album charts. #1 on the UK album charts). Frequently regarded as the band's greatest work. Reflective and melancholy alternative rock close to folk and baroque pop. Gently-encompassing sound including strings and acoustic guitar. Simple but lyrical and beautiful melodies. Includes singles, "Drive", "Man on the Moon", "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite", "Everybody Hurts" (#7 on the UK charts), "Nightswimming" and "Find the River". The orchestral arrangements by John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).
 SoundclashRenegade Soundwave/Soundclash (1990)

An example of response of British techno to American hip-hop.
 Let It BeThe Replacements/Let It Be (1984)

An American rock band led by Paul Westerberg (guitar, vocals) and formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979, The Replacements' third album. Roots music-oriented (rock & roll, blues, country) alternative rock, focusing on songwriting. Influenced by The Rolling Stones, Big Star, The Clash, Hüsker Dü (from the same city) and others. Includes jangly guitar pop ("I Will Dare"), hardcore punk ("We're Comin' Out"), acoustic ballads ("Unsatisfied", "Sixteen Blue") and others. "I Will Dare" features Peter Buck (R.E.M.) on guitar. "Black Diamond" is a cover of Kiss.
 The Commercial AlbumThe Residents/The Commercial Album (1980)

Strange and avant-garde techno-pop (?) band from the US. Contains 40 one-minute tracks.
 The Very Best of Little RichardLittle Richard/The Very Best of Little Richard (2008/1955-1964)

A compilation album (Specialty, 25 tracks) which covers the essential songs of Little Richard, the African-American singer-songwriter and one of the rock & roll originators. He had led the transition from R&B to rock and roll in the 1950s, and had a profound influence on the early rock music. His electric music is based gospel, boogie-woogie and New Orleans R&B, and it features energetic style of singing, like screaming, and pounding the piano. Includes "Tutti-Frutti", "Long Tall Sally" (#6 on the US charts), "Slippin' and Slidin'", "Rip It Up", "The Girl Can't Help It" (theme song for the film of the same title), "Lucille", "Jenny, Jenny" (#10 on the US charts), "Keep A-Knockin'" (#8 on the US charts), "Good Golly, Miss Molly" (#10 on the US charts) and others.
 NowhereRide/Nowhere (1990)

A guitar pop band from Oxford. 1st album. Melodic sounds featuring noisy feed-backing guitars.
 Ooo Baby Baby: The AnthologySmokey Robinson & the Miracles/Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology (1958-1975)

One of the leading groups of early Motown Records. Catchy melodies and sweet falsetto.
 Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol.2)The Rolling Stones/Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol.2) (1964-1969)

Their 2nd greatest hits album. Includes "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "She's a Rainbow".
Very good!AftermathThe Rolling Stones/Aftermath (1966)

I'm fond of this album, for it includes several melodic and delicate tunes. Includes "Out of Time".
Good!Beggars BanquetThe Rolling Stones/Beggars Banquet (1968)

On this album, they established their own style under the influence of blues and R&B.
 Let It BleedThe Rolling Stones/Let It Bleed (1969)

Released when Mick Taylor (guitar) joined. One of their masterpieces in the 1960s, taking rank with "Beggars Banquet".
 Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones/Sticky Fingers (1971)

Noted as one of the Stones' greatest albums, along with "Beggars Banquet", "Let It Bleed" and "Exile on Main Street". #1 on the US and UK album charts. The sound is heavily influenced by American southern roots music such as blues and country. "Brown Sugar" (#1 on the US/UK charts) is a loose rock'n'roll number. "Wild Horses" is a ballad in the country style. "You Gotta Move" is a cover of Fred McDowell, a blues singer from Tennessee. "I Got the Blues" is an original song in the Memphis soul style. The stone's typical dirty rock'n'roll number "Bitch" is cool too.
 Exile on Main StreetThe Rolling Stones/Exile on Main Street (1972)

Such a rough and rude sound as to return to their roots, like blues and rock'n'roll.
 Heart Like a WheelLinda Ronstadt/Heart Like a Wheel (1974)

A female singer from the country and folk-rock scenes in Los Angeles, California, Linda Ronstadt's blockbuster album (#1 on the US album charts). Features "You're No Good" (#1 on the US charts), "Heart Like a Wheel" and "When Will I Be Loved?". Glenn Frey (guitar), Don Henley (drums) and many other great musicians in L.A. guested. Produced by Peter Asher.
Good!Roxy MusicRoxy Music/Roxy Music (1972)

1st album. Bryan Ferry's vocals are cool. Featuring Brian Eno (synths).
Very good!AvalonRoxy Music/Avalon (1982)

Their greatest work in the late years. A masterpiece in 'Adult-Contemporary' style, taking rank with Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly".
Good!RuntTodd Rundgren/Runt (1970)

1st solo album released after the Nazz disbanded. Includes a hit "We Got To Get You A Woman".
 Runt. The Ballad of Todd RundgrenTodd Rundgren/Runt. The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (1971)

The sound is simple, and like Carole King's works, for example. Includes a masterpiece "Wailing Wall".
Very good!Something/Anything?Todd Rundgren/Something/Anything? (1972)

His greatest work. The essence of his pop music in the direct line of the Beatles and Philadelphia soul.
 A Wizard, a True StarTodd Rundgren/A Wizard, a True Star (1973)

Druggy sounds, like "stream-of-consciousness". Includes "Just One Victory".
Very good!A CappellaTodd Rundgren/A Cappella (1985)

Programmed percussion and over-dub vocals. Excellent!
 Raising HellRun D.M.C./Raising Hell (1986)

Hip-hop/rap in hard-rock style. 3rd album. Includes a cover of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way".
 Moving PicturesRush/Moving Pictures (1981)

A Canadian rock band formed in 1968, Rush's eighth studio album (#3 on the US/UK album charts). A trio of Geddy Lee (vocals, bass, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitar) and Neil Peart (drums, percussions). The most commercially successful album. Hard rock-oriented progressive rock with heavy use of moog synths, featuring pop vocal melodies sung by high-toned voice, complex rhythms and bass lines with lots of irregular time signatures. Rush's music had a pervasive influence on thrash metal bands such as Metallica, progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater, and alternative rock bans such as The Smashing Pumpkins.
 The RutlesThe Rutles/The Rutles (1978)

Well-crafted parodies of the Beatles. The tunes are well written.

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