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|Sade/Diamond Life (1984)|
An English pop group featuring Sade Adu, a female singer-songwriter born in Nigeria and raised in England. Their debut album. Sophisticated pop in the adult contemporary/quiet storm style, based on R&B and jazz. Very smooth and easy to listen to. Includes singles, "Your Love is King" (#6 on the UK charts), "When Am I Going to Make a Living", "Smooth Operator" (#5 on the US charts) and "Hang on to Your Love". Produced by Robin Millar. Recommended to those who like Swing Out Sister and Everything but the Girl.
A British pop band led by Georg Kajanus (12-string guitars, charango, Veracruzana harp and lead vocals) from Norway, Sailor's second album (#45 on the UK album charts). Exotic and theatrical British pop featuring acoustic instruments such as 12-string guitars, charango, guitarrón, accordion and marimbas, an original instrument named Nickelodeon (two upright pianos working in conjunction with a synthesizer and Glockenspiel), synthesizer bass, and chorus. One of the British modern pop masterpieces in the 1970s. Includes singles, "A Glass of Champagne" (#2 on the UK charts) and "Girls, Girls, Girls" (#7 UK). Produced by Jeffrey Lesser. The associate producer is Rupert Holmes. Recommended to those who like 10cc and XTC.
|Saint Etienne/Foxbase Alpha (1992)|
The dance pop trio from England, Saint Etienne's debut album. Indie pop that fuses the 1960s British pop and club/dance rhythms like disco and house. Elegant and sophisticated sound featuring synths, sampler and female vocalist Sarah Cracknell's breathy vocals. A hit song "Only Love Can Break Your Heart" is a cover of Neil Young. "Kiss and Make Up" is a cover of the Field Mice's "Let's Kiss and Make Up".
The Latin-tinged rock band led by Carlos Santana, a guitarist born in Mexico. The fourth album. Instrumental-based, fusion/jazz-oriented sound featuring funky Latin percussion.
|Boz Scaggs/Silk Degrees (1976)|
Ex-Steve Miller Band member singer/songwriter. His sixth album and a mega hit that reached number two on the US album charts. A monumental masterpiece of adult-oriented rock, so-called 'adult-contemporary'. Urbanized and sophisticated sound in a "blue-eyed soul" style. Features the two smash hit singles, "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle", and an excellent ballad "We're All Alone".
|Klaus Schulze/Moondawn (1976)|
A German composer and musician who was an ex-member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, and pioneered electronic music in the stream of krautrock, Klaus Schulze's sixth album. One of the classics of electronic music in so-called "Berlin School" style, characterized by the use of synths and spacy ambient soundscapes. Aesthetic and romantic sounds featuring synths such as Moog and ARP, effects and drums, like new age music. Please note that there are two types of its reissued edition, the original master and remix version.
|Scissor Sisters/Scissor Sisters (2004)|
An American rock band formed in New York in 2001, Scissor Sisters' debut album (#1 on the UK album charts. the best-selling album in the UK for the year 2004). Electronic dance music influenced by the late 1970s/early 1980s new wave, (the style called "electroclash"), and especially influenced by UK glam rock (David Bowie), disco (Bee Gees), UK pop (Elton John, Queen), and new wave/dance pop (Duran Duran, Blondie). Includes five singles (UK top 20 hits), "Laura", "Comfortably Numb", "Take Your Mama", "Mary" and "Filthy/Gorgeous". "Comfortably Numb" is a cover (disco-oriented version) of Pink Floyd's song.
|Scorpions/Virgin Killer (1976)|
A heavy metal band from Germany, the Scorpions' fourth album. A German metal masterpiece featuring Uli (Ulrich) Jon Roth's flowing lead guitar and Klaus Meine's high-toned vocals. Includes 'Pictured Life' and 'Virgin Killer'. The controversial original cover is banned in Europe, but in Japan released with original cover.
|Scraping Foetus off the Wheel/Hole (1984)|
J.G. (Jim) Thirlwell, going by the name of Foetus, is a musician from Melbourne, Australia. The third album released under the name of 'Scraping Foetus off the Wheel'. A masterpiece of post-punk industrial rock. Noisy and ultra-powerful, but beautiful like junk art. Then-innovative sound featuring metallic percussion and hip-hop method. Cool.
|Screaming Trees/Dust (1996)|
An American rock band formed in Ellensburg, Washington in 1985, Screaming Trees's seventh (last) album (#134 on the US albun charts. #32 UK). The band became popular in the grunge movement in the early 1990s around Seattle, and known for their alternative rock fusing the 1960s psychedelic rock and the 1970s hard rock elements, but this album has the sound more oriented to traditional American rock, including folk and blues elements, and it features lots of songs with beautiful melodies. Includes singles, "All I Know", "Dying Days" and "Sworn and Broken". The guitarist of Pearl Jam, Mike McCready plays guitar solo in "Dying Days".
|Scritti Politti/Songs to Remember (1982)|
The UK new wave band featuring Green Gartside (guitar, vocals). Debut album released on Rough Trade. Sophisticated pop sounds highly influenced by reggae, funk, jazz and soul.
|Scritti Politti/Cupid & Psyche 85 (1985)|
2nd album released on Virgin Records. Dance-oriented synth-pop sounds in the soul music style. Includes lots of hits, like "Absolute", "Wood Beez" and "Hypnotize".
|Sebadoh/Bubble & Scrape (1993)|
An American indie rock band formed by Eric Gaffney (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, harp, vocals) and Dinosaur Jr bass player Lou Barlow (guitar, vocals) in 1986 in Westfield, Massachusetts, Sebadoh's fourth album. Released on Sub Pop, the independent label in Seattle. This album has sounds midway between earlier cheap and rough style called lo-fi and later polished one since "Bakesale" (1994), in which tottering and trashed-out feelings still remain. You can enjoy both melodic, folkie guitar pop and lo-fi indie rock. Includes a single "Soul and Fire". Recommended to those who like Dinosaur Jr. and Pavement. The 2008 reissue edition includes 15 bonus tracks.
|Pete Seeger/Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits (?)|
An American folk singer. A collection of his live recordings. Includes "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", "We Shall Overcome" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!" (well-known as the Byrds' hit).
A Brazilian heavy metal band formed in 1984 by the brothers Max (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Igor (drums) Cavalera, Sepultura's fourth album (#119 on the US album charts. #40 on the UK charts). One of the thrash metal/death metal classics, including speed, heaviness, dark coolness, catchy guitar riffs and melodic guitar solos. Also influenced by industrial music and hardcore punk. Includes singles, "Arise", "Under Siege (Regnum Irae)" and "Dead Embryonic Cells". The lyrics are English. The 1997 remaster edition includes 4 bonus tracks.
|Sex Pistols/Never Mind the Bollocks (1977)|
One of the London punks. Produced by Chris Thomas and Bill Price.
|Shack/H.M.S. Fable (1999)|
The English rock band formed in 1988 by Michael Head (vocals, guitar), ex-frontman of the Pale Fountains, a cult indie-pop band in Liverpool (the band made a miracle masterpiece "Pacific Street" in 1983). The third album. You can enjoy beautiful melodies and Burt Bacharach-like flowing strings arrangement, like the Pale Fountains, but straight-ahead British guitar pop like Oasis, and more earthy and laid-back, country/folk rock-oriented sound than the Pale Fountains. The Pale Fountains was commercially unsuccessful, but this album sold pretty well in England (#25 on the UK album charts). The first two tracks (singles), "Natalie's Party" and "Comedy" are pretty good.
|The Shaggs/Philosophy of the World (1969)|
An American all-female rock band by the three Wiggins sisters (Dorothy, Helen, and Betty), formed in Fremont, New Hampshire in 1968 under their father's insistence, the Shaggs's debut album. Primitive sound featuring melodies like humming, tottering vocals and guitar in unison, free-wheeling drums like free jazz, unsteady and naturally polyrhythmic beat, and unsynchronized ensemble. One of examples that amateurs happened to create unique and avant-garde music because of their lack of musical education and performing technique. The music of the Shaggs was later revalued as a cult classic in lo-fi/avant-garde/outsider art context, and Frank Zappa described them as "better than The Beatles". Recommended to those who like lo-fi indie rock, and avant-garde music such as Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart.
|The Shamen/En-Tact (1990)|
Includes masterpieces of UK acid-house, such as "Progen" (also known as "Move Any Mountain"), "Omega Amigo" and "Hyperreal".
|Ravi Shankar/The Sounds of India (1968)|
An Indian sitar player/composer, known for his influence on Philip Glass and the Beatles, and his film music such as Satyajit Ray's 'Apu trilogy', Ravi Shankar's 1968 work. Instrumental performances by Ravi Shankar on sitar (stringed instrument) accompanied by tabla (percussion instrument) and tambura (stringed instrument for drone). Known as a great introduction to Indian/Hindustani classical music for Western listeners, for it features Ravi Shankar's English explanations of Indian music, such as melodic modes called 'ragas', scales, rhythms, song structures, and time signatures.
|Sigur Rós/Ágætis Byrjun (1999)|
An Icelandic post-rock band led by Jón "Jónsi" þór Birgisson (vocals, guitar), Sigur Rós' second album. Ethereal orchestra pop in the ambient/minimalist style, with deeply reverberating violin-bowed bass, symphonic strings, organ, piano, and catchy vocal melodies by Jónsi's falsetto voice. An international hit album firstly released in Iceland in 1999, and later released on the UK independent label Fat Cat Records in 2000. The songs are sung in mainly Icelandic, and partly in their original language "Vonlenska/Hopelandic". Produced by Ken Thomas (known for his work with Cocteau Twins and the Sugarcubes). Recommended to those who like Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins and Radiohead.
|Silicon Teens/Music for Parties (1980)|
Techno-pop sound by Daniel Miller of Mute Records. Includes many covers of '50s and '60s pop.
|Silver Apples/Silver Apples (1968)|
An American psychedelic electronic music duo formed by Simeon (the Simeon, vocals) and Danny Taylor (percussion, vocals) in New York in 1967, Silver Apples' debut album (#193 on the US album charts). Experimental and minimalistic psychedelic rock featuring electronic sounds with a self-devised primitive synthesizer (named The Simeon, which consists of nine audio oscillators and eighty-six manual controls), pulsing/looping beat with human-powered drums, pop vocal melodies like folk, and sound collage like sampling. An innovative sound which predicted krautrock, post-punk, indie rock and electronica in later years. It had an especially-strong influence on Kraftwerk, Suicide, Spacemen 3 and Stereolab. Reissued on 2 in 1 CD with the 2nd album "Contact" (1969) in 1997.
|Simon and Garfunkel/Sounds of Silence (1966)|
2nd album. Includes lots of fine pieces. Paul Simon's songwriting is brilliant.
|Simon and Garfunkel/Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)|
An American folk-rock duo debuted in 1964, Simon and Garfunkel's fifth and final studio album (#1 on the US/UK/Australian/Finnish/French/German/Japanese/Dutch/Norwegian/Swedish album charts). Includes singles, "The Boxer" (#7 on the US chart. #6 on the UK charts), "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (#1 on the US/UK charts), "Cecilia" (#4 on the US charts) and "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)". "The Boxer" is a beautiful folk rock ballad. The title track "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is a gospel-influenced song featuring its dynamic development, with only piano accompaniment at first, and with rhythm section and strings since the third chorus. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" is a cover of the song written by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles based on traditional Andean folk tunes, with English lyrics, and it uses the Argentine group Los Incas' recording. "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright" is a song in the bossa nova style. "Bye Bye Love" is a cover of the Everly Brothers' hit song (live recording).
|Paul Simon/Graceland (1986)|
An American singer-songwriter known for his working as a pop duo Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon's seventh studio album (#1 on the UK album charts. #3 on the US). A pop album inspired by South African music styles with Zulu roots, such as Mbaqanga and Isicathamiya, recorded with South African musicians (the vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and many others) in Johannesburg, New York and London. Won the 1986 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Very smooth, happy and liberating sound easy to listen to featuring accordion and a cappella chorus. The guest musicians are: The Everly Brothers (vocals), Linda Ronstadt (vocals), Adrian Belew (guitar synths), Youssou N'Dour (percussion) and others. "That Was Your Mother" is a collaboration with Good Rockin' Dopsie And The Twisters from Louisiana. "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints" is a collaboration with Los Lobos.
|Simple Minds/New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982)|
A Scottish rock band formed in 1977 in Glasgow, Simple Minds' fifth studio album (#3 on the UK album charts). Released when Kenny Hyslop (drums) was a memnber. Their early breakthrough album and regarded by lots of fans to be their greatest work. Lyrical and new romantic-oriented new wave/synth pop, by mixing art rock like Roxy Music and electro-dance pop. Includes singles, "Promised You a Miracle" (#13 on the UK charts), "Glittering Prize" (#16 UK), and "Someone, Somewhere in Summertime". Herbie Hancock plays synth solo on the track 8 "Hunter and the Hunted".
|Simply Red/Picture Book (1985)|
A white soul band from Manchester. 1st album. Includes No. 1 hit on the UK and US charts "Holding Back the Years".
|Frank Sinatra/In the Wee Small Hours (1955)|
The American jazz/popular singer, Frank Sinatra's 1955 album. Released on the Capitol Records. A concept album produced as a collection of ballads with melancholy mood, singing late-night loneliness and sadness of lost love. Includes pop standards such as "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (compsed by David Mann), "I Get Along Without You Very Well" (composed by Hoagy Carmichael) and "What is This Thing Called Love" (composed by Cole Porter). Arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle.
|Siouxsie and the Banshees/The Scream (1978)|
A New Wave band from the UK. Cool sounds, like the New York punks. 1st album.
|Siouxsie and the Banshees/Juju (1981)|
An English rock band formed in London in 1976 by Siouxsie Sioux (vocals) and Steven Severin (bass), Siouxsie and the Banshees's fourth album (#7 on the UK album charts). A post-punk masterpiece released after ex-Magazine guitarist John McGeoch officially joined. Art rock-oriented sound featuring John McGeoch's inventive guitar playing (high-pitched tone, sharp cutting and lots of arpeggios and flanging effects) and Budgie's tribal drums. Includes singles, "Spellbound" and "Arabian Knights". The remastered CD including three bonus tracks was released in 2006.
|The Sisters of Mercy/First and Last and Always (1985)|
An English goth rock band formed in Leeds in 1980, the Sisters of Mercy's first full-length album (#14 on the UK album charts). Released when Wayne Hussey was the guitarist (he was ex-Dead or Alive member and formed the Mission after leaving the Sisters). The dark and gloomy sound is typical goth-rock of the early 1980s England. Featuring psych and melodic guitars, Andrew Eldritch's deep vocals, and inorganic beats by use of drum machine. Includes singles, "Walk Away" and "No Time to Cry". Recommended to those who like Bauhaus, the Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees.
|Slade/Get Yer Boots On: The Best of Slade (1971-1984)|
The British glam rock band, Slade's best compilation album that includes all their hits in the early 1970s and two comeback hits in the early 1980s, "Run Runaway" and "My Oh My". A very popular band in their home country England. Simple and straightforward bubblegum hard pop full of glitterness and catchy melodies. Includes six songs topped the UK charts, "Coz I Luv You", "Take Me Bak' Ome", "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", "Cum on Feel the Noize" (also known as the song covered by Quiet Riot and Oasis), "Skweeze Me, Pleeze Me" and "Merry Xmas Everybody".
|Slayer/Reign in Blood (1986)|
An American thrash metal band formed in Huntington Park, California in 1981 by Kerry King (guitar) and Jeff Hanneman (guitar), Slayer's third album. Regarded as one of the 1980s speed metal/thrash metal masterpieces, along with Anthrax's "Among the Living" (1987), Megadeth's "Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?" (1986) and Metallica's "Master of Puppets" (1986). Energetic and hurtling sound featuring short pieces at very fast tempo, relentless guitar riffs, and high-pitched guitar solos by tremolo picking. Includes singles, "Raining Blood", "Angel of Death" and "Postmortem". Produced by Rick Rubin and Slayer. The 1998 re-issue edition includes two bonus tracks.
A rock band formed in Louisville, Kentucky, United States in 1987, Slint's second album. A pioneering work which had a great influence on later post-rock/math rock scene, such as Tortoise and Mogwai. The heavily-subducting and syncopated beat is pleasurable. Extreme volume changes (quiet/loud sounds, mumbling/screaming vocals). Features "Good Morning Captain".
|The Slits/Cut (1979)|
The all-girl punk band formed in 1976, when the vocalist Ari Upp was 14 years old. Did the opening act for the Clash's tour of England in 1977. The debut album produced by Dennis Bovell. The simple post-punk sound in the dub/reggae style. Budgie (later joined Siouxsie & the Banshees) guested as a support drummer.
|Sly & Robbie/Taxi Fare (1986)|
A compilation of reggae single tracks produced by the great rhythm section and production team from Kingston, Jamaica, Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass).
|Sly & the Familystone/There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)|
Remarkable for its loose and funky grooves by using rhythm-box. Very influential in the 1970s funk and Prince.
|Sly & the Familystone/Fresh (1973)|
The rhythm ensemble by Rusty Allen (bass) and Andy Newmark (drums) is funky and cool.
|The Small Faces/The Small Faces [Deram] (1966)|
The British mod band led by Steve Marriott (guitar, vocals), the Small Faces' debut album released on the Deram label. The digitally-remastered edition with five rare tracks from a French EP. R&B-infected sound like the early Who. More soulful and cooler than the Who's "My Generation" (1965). Includes "What'cha Gonna Do About It" (#14 on the UK charts) and "Sha-La-La-La-Lee" (#3 on the UK charts). "Shake" is a cover of Sam Cooke.
|Smashing Pumpkins/Siamese Dream (1993)|
An alternative rock band formed with the frontman Billy Corgan (vocals, guitar and songwriting) in Chicago in 1988. This second album is a blockbuster sold more than four million. A lyrical and melancholy sound with acoustic/distorted guitars and whispering/screaming style of singing.
|Patti Smith/Horses (1975)|
An singer-songwriter/poet from Chicago, Patti Smith's debut album. One of the famous albums of New York punk. Simple rock & roll like the 1960s garage rock and vocals like poetry reading. "Gloria" is a cover of Them (written by Van Morrison). "Redondo Beach" is a song with a reggae beat. "Free Money" is a song in the Doors style. "Break It Up" is a collaboration with Tom Verlaine (from Television) on guitar. "Elegie" is a collaboration with Allen Lanier (from Blue Öyster Cult) on guitar. "Land of a Thousand Dances" is a cover of the R&B song by Chris Kenner. Produced by John Cale (ex-the Velvet Underground).
|Patti Smith Group/Radio Ethiopia (1976)|
One of the New York punks. 2nd album. I'm fond of sounds like this, for it resembles the Doors.
|The Smiths/The Smiths (1984)|
A guitar band from Manchester. Featuring Johnny Marr (guitar) and Morrissey (vocals). 1st album.
|The Smiths/"Hatful of Hollow" (1984)|
A collection of singles and live recordings for radio shows.
|The Smiths/The Queen is Dead (1986)|
Maybe this 3rd album is a masterpiece of their studio recordings.
|The Soft Boys/Underwater Moonlight (1980)|
An England rock band led by Robyn Hitchcock (songwriting, vocals, guitar) and formed in Cambridge in 1976, the Soft Boys' second album. Neo-psychedelic post-punk influenced by the 1960s psychedelic/folk-rock, such as the Byrds and Syd Barrett, and featuring sitar and violin. This album was initially commercially unsuccessful in the UK, but after that it was revalued as a neo-psychedelia classic, and had a great influence on guitar rock bands since the 1980s, particularly jangle pop such as R.E.M. and the Replacements, and L.A. Paisley Underground bands such as the Bangles.
|Soft Cell/Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1982)|
Song-oriented electro-pop. This 1st album is excellent. Includes a smash hit "Tainted Love".
|The Soft Machine/Volume Two (1969)|
A progressive art-rock group featuring Robert Wyatt (vocals and drums). Odd time signatures and jazzy improvisations.
|Soft Machine/Third (1970)|
An English psychedelic/progressive rock/jazz-fusion band and one of the central bands in the Canterbury scene in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, Soft Machine's third album. Features a horn section and has a more jazz rock-oriented sound than their first and second albums. The tracks are all instrumental, except "Moon in June" featuring Robert Wyatt's vocals. A masterpiece of Canterbury prog/jazz rock, combining interplays in the fusion style, like Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew", contemporary electronic music elements, and Soft Machine's original psychedelic pop.
|The Sonics/Here Are the Sonics!!! (1965)|
An American rock band formed in Tacoma, Washington in 1960, the Sonics' debut album. A classical masterpiece of US garage rock in the mid-1960s. Features three famous original songs, "The Witch", "Psycho" and "Strychnine". includes lots of covers of early rock & roll and R&B, such as "Do You Love Me" (the Contours), "Roll Over Beethoven" (Chuck Berry), "Have Love, Will Travel" (Richard Berry), "Money" (Barrett Strong), "Walkin' the Dog" (Rufus Thomas), "Night Time is the Right Time" (Ray Charles) and "Good Golly Miss Molly" (Little Richard). A digitally remastered CD including four bonus tracks was released in 1999. A must have for garage-rock fans.
|Sonic Youth/Daydream Nation (1988)|
The alternative/noise rock band formed by Thurston Moore (guitar and vocals), Kim Gordon (bass, guitar) and Lee Ranaldo (guitar) in New York in 1981. Influencd by the late-1960s experimental noise rock such as the Velvet Underground and the Stooges, and hardcore punk/post-punk/no wave of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Guitar-based sound with feedback noise and dissonance. A masterpiece of their indie-label days. Released as a double album on vinyl.
|Sonic Youth/Goo (1990)|
The first album released on major-label Geffen. The tracks are more concentrated, sharp and brisk than the previous work "Daydream Nation". Features the single "Kool Thing" Public Enemy's Chuck D joined.
|Soul II Soul/Club Classics Vol.One (1989)|
Dance music from London's club scene. Includes "Keep on Movin'".
An alternative rock band formed with Chris Cornell (vocals, guitar) and Kim Thayil (guitar) in 1984 in Seattle, WA. One of the representative bands of US guitar rock in the 1990s called "Grunge". The fifth studio-recording album (#1 on the US charts). Heavy rock with a distinctive groove. Undulating sound in slow-to-mid-tempo with guitar riffs like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Emotional vocals using both high and low tones. Heavier than Nirvana. Includes "Spoonman", "The Day I Tried to Live" and "Black Hole Sun".
|Spacemen 3/Playing with Fire (1989)|
An English rock band formed in 1982, Spacemen 3's third album. Minimalistic and druggy psychedelic drone music/space rock with distorted guitar, feedback noises, organ and synths. There are also acoustic and melodic songs. Influential on shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine. Includes the single "Revolution" (#1 on the UK independent charts). The 2001 reissue of Space Age Recordings has a full extra disc of demos and rarities.
|Sparks/Kimono My House (1974)|
Queer pop band from the US. Cheap sounds of organ. Operatic vocals.
|Sparks/No.1 in Heaven (1979)|
An excellent techno-pop album. produced by Giorgio Moroder.
|Britney Spears/The Singles Collection (1998-2009)|
An American dance-pop singer who had produced lots of hits after debuting with the single "...Baby One More Time" in 1998 when 16 years old. A compilation album which includes 17 single tracks (There is also the 18 tracks edition). Dance pop with programmed rhythms and ballad songs, featuring her sexy and distinctively-nasal voice. "...Baby One More Time" (#1 on the US charts), "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (The Stop Remix!) (#10), "Oops!... I Did It Again" (#9), "Stronger" (#11), "Toxic" (#9), "Everytime" (#15), "Gimme More" (#3), "Womanizer" (#1), "Circus" (#3), "3" (#1) and others. The songs written and produced by Max Martin and others. "Me Against the Music" features Madonna.
|Specials/The Specials (1979)|
An English 2 Tone/ska-revival band featuring Jerry Dammers (keyboards) and Terry Hall (vocals), the Specials' debut album. Punky ska/reggae beats and catchy melodies. Produced by Elvis Costello.
|The Specials/More Specials (1980)|
An English 2 Tone/ska-revival band featuring Jerry Dammers (keyboards) and Terry Hall (vocals), the Specials' second album. More pop-oriented sound than the punky first, in the exotic lounge music, or the Kinks style, featuring rhythm box and horn section. Includes singles, "Rat Race" (#5 on the UK charts), "Stereotype" (#6) and "Do Nothing" (#4). "Enjoy Yourself" is a cover of 1949 pop song, written by Carl Sigman and recorded by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians. "Sock It to 'Em J.B." is a cover of Rex Garvin's 1966 rare groove classic. The guest musicians are Jamaican trombonist Rico Rodriguez, Lee Jay Thompson (saxophone) from Madness, Rhoda Dakar (vocals) from the Bodysnatchers, and the Go-Go's (background vocals).
|Phil Spector/Back to Mono (1958-1969) (1958-1969)|
A collection of the tracks produced by Phil Spector. A box set of 4 discs. Includes "Da Doo Ron Ron" (The Crystals) and "Be My Baby" (The Ronettes).
|The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion/Orange (1994)|
A noise/junk/scuzz-rock band featuring ex-Pussy Galore guitarist, Jon Spencer. The bass-less trio with two distorted guitars. The noisy sound based on blues and R&B is cool.
|The Spinners/A One of a Kind Love Affair- the Anthology (1972-1982)|
A soul group from Philadelphia. Catchy melodies and sophisticated sounds.
|Spiritualized/Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)|
An English rock band formed in 1990 by Jason Pierce (ex-Spacemen 3), Spiritualized's third studio album (#4 on the UK album charts). Psychedelic space rock/dream pop featuring noise guitar, synths, an orchestra and gospel choir. The guests are the Balanescu Quartet (a London-based string quartet), the London Community Gospel Choir, Dr. John and others. Includes singles, "Electricity", "I Think I'm in Love" and "Come Together". This album won the 1997 NME album of the year award, beating Radiohead's "OK Computer" and The Verve's "Urban Hymns".
An experimental industrial/noise rock band from Australia. The sound featuring metal percussions, like Throbbing Gristle.
|Dusty Springfield/Dusty in Memphis (1969)|
A female popular singer from London, England. Her famous album recorded in Memphis, Tennessee with producers Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin, and released on the US Atlantic Records. Pop-oriented soul with smooth and soft sound. Features a hit song "Son of a Preacher Man" (#9 in the UK charts/#10 in the US charts. Used in Quentin Tarantino's movie "Pulp Fiction").
|Bruce Springsteen/Born to Run (1975)|
A rock & roller/singer/songwriter who had been influenced by Bob Dylan. The third album. His early hit (No.3 in the US album charts). Driving and emotionally explosive sounds. Includes 'Thunder Road', 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out' and 'Born to Run'.
|Squeeze/Cool for Cats (1979)|
Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook were called "Lennon and McCartney in the 1980s" in those days. British pop of superior quality. 2nd album.
|Squeeze/East Side Story (1981)|
The melody lines are great. 4th album. Elvis Costello joined.
|Steely Dan/Can't Buy a Thrill (1972)|
An American rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA in 1972 and led by Donald Fagen (piano, electric piano, plastic organ, vocals) and Walter Becker (electric bass, vocals), Steely Dan's debut album (#17 on the US album charts). More pop and song-oriented sound than their later albums. Sophisticated music in the soft rock style, including the elements of R&B, jazz rock, folk rock and Latin music. The only Steely Dan album that includes the songs featuring David Palmer as a lead vocalist ("Dirty Work" and "Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)"). Includes singles, "Do It Again" (#6 on the US charts) and "Reelin' in the Years" (#11 US). Produced by Gary Katz.
|Steely Dan/Aja (1977)|
A masterpiece of jazzy and sophisticated rock.
|Stereolab/Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996)|
The UK alternative rock/indie pop band formed by ex-McCarthy leader Tim Gane (guitar, keyboards) and French-born female vocalist Laetitia Sadier in London in 1991. The fourth full-length album released when Mary Hansen (keyboards, vocals) was in the band. The album title comes from Shuji Terayama's experimental art film. Pop-oriented and easy-listening music that assimilates Krautrock such as Faust and Neu!, bossa nova and lounge-pop. Strange and lightheaded sound featuring organ and Moog synthesizer. Droning repetitive rhythm. John McEntire from Tortoise joined as a producer for 5 tracks. Includes "Cybele's Reverie".
|Mark Stewart/As the Veneer of Democracy Starts to Fade (1985)|
Ex-the Pop Group vocalist, Mark Stewart's second solo album released on the Mute Records. Industrial noise/electro funk in hip-hop style with a collage of cutup (shredding) sounds. Keith LeBlanc (drums), Doug Wimbish (bass) and Skip McDonald (guitar) from Tackhead joined. Produced by Adrian Sherwood and Mark Stewart.
|Sting/The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)|
1st solo album. Includes lots of hits, like "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free".
|The Stone Roses/The Stone Roses (1989)|
A guitar band from Manchester. Popular melodies and danceable beats.
|Strawberry Alarm Clock/Incense and Peppermints [Collection] (1967-1969)|
The California-based pop group. A compilation that collects ten tracks from their four albums for UNI Records. Soft-rock oriented psychedelic bubblegum pop. The title track "Incense and Peppermints" is a smash hit that reached #1 on the US charts in 1967. The main songwriter is George Bunnell (bass). The lead guitarist Ed King joined Lynyrd Skynyrd later.
|Stray Cats/Greatest Hits (1980-1989)|
The key group of the early 1980s rockabilly revival, Stray Cats' best compilation. A three-piece band led by guitarist/vocalist Brian Setzer. Features "Rock This Town", "Stray Cat Strut", "(She's) Sexy + 17" and "Runaway Boys". "Race With the Devil" is a cover of Gene Vincent.
|The Streets/A Grand Don't Come for Free (2004)|
A hip hop and UK garage project by Mike Skinner, an English rapper, musician and producer born in 1978, from Birmingham, the Streets's second studio album (#1 on the UK album charts). A classic of hip hop unique to the UK, based on the style of "grime", house-based UK dance music called "UK garage" with the elements of hip hop and dancehall reggae. Pop-oriented sound also including folkie or soulful, beautiful melodies. Lyrics on the life of young people in a local city in the UK, spoken in everyday English. A total album like a rap opera, with a story throughout the album. Includes singles, "Fit But You Know It" (#4 in the UK), "Dry Your Eyes" (#1 UK), "Blinded By the Lights" (#10 UK) and "Could Well Be In".
|The Strokes/Is This It (2001)|
A rock band formed in 1998 in New York with Julian Casablancas (vocals, songwriting), the Strokes' debut album. Simple and melodic guitar rock in the garage rock/post-punk style, like the Velvet Underground and the Television. The UK music magazine NME made this their Album of the Year.
An all-star fusion band formed by New York-based studio players; Gordon Edwards (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Eric Gale (guitar), Cornell Dupree (guitar) and Richard Tee (keyboards). The debut album. R&B-based instrumental sound with funky rhythms.
|The Style Council/Café Bleu (1984)|
Featuring Paul Weller (vocals and guitar). A stylish soul-funk-jazz band.
|The Style Council/Our Favorite Shop (1985)|
2nd album. No. 1 on the UK album charts. Includes "Walls Come Tumbling Down!"
An English rock band formed in London in 1989, Suede's first album (#1 on the UK album charts). Alternative guitar rock influenced by the 1970s glam rock such as David Bowie, and The Smiths, featuring Bernard Butler's catchy songs and elaborate guitar playing like singing with riffs, and Brett Anderson's androgynous, bewitching vocals. A pioneer of the UK guitar rock in the 1990s, called Britpop. Includes singles, "The Drowners", "Metal Mickey", "Animal Nitrate" (#7 on the UK charts), and "So Young".
|The Sugarcubes/Life's Too Good (1988)|
A New Wave style pop band from Iceland. Featuring Björk (vocals).
|The Sugarhill Gang/The Best of the Sugarhill Gang (1979-1984)|
A best compilation album of the Sugarhill Gang, an American hip hop group formed in 1979, by the trio from Englewood, New Jersey, who were assembled by producer and one of the Sugar Hill Records founders Sylvia Robinson. The Sugarhill Gang was one of leading figures of old-school hip hop, along with Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. Happy and danceable disco-oriented hip hop. "Rapper's Delight" (#36 on the US charts), using the instrumental track of Chic's funky disco hit "Good Times", was the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit. "Apache" is a song sampling Incredible Bongo Band's track. "Showdown" is a song with the Furious Five. "8th Wonder" is a track sampling Johnnie Taylor's "Ever Ready" and 7th Wonder's "Daisy Lady". Also includes "Rapper's Reprise (Jam, Jam)" and a remix of "Rapper's Delight" (Ben Leibrand DMC Remix).
|Suicidal Tendencies/Suicidal Tendencies (1983)|
The rock band led by vocalist Mike Muir. Formed in Venice, CA. The debut album that includes a single track "Institutionalized". Heavy-metal oriented hardcore punk. Called 'skatepunk', since they gained popularity among skateboarders.
|Suicide/Suicide (the first album) (1977)|
One of the New York Punks. The duo of Alan Vega (vocals) and Martin Rev (instruments). Experimental sounds with Alan Vega's bizarre vocals and rhythm machine, keyboards and synths by Martin Rev. Monotonic, repetitive beats like minimalism. First album.
|The Sundays/Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (1990)|
Simple and refreshing guitar pop featuring the female vocalist Harriet Wheeler. The sound is like the Smiths and the Cocteau Twins. The debut album released on Rough Trade (#4 on the U.K. charts/#39 on the U.S.). Includes a hit song "Here's Where the Story Ends".
|Supergrass/I Should Coco (1995)|
An English three-piece alternative rock band formed in Oxford in 1993, Supergrass' debut album (#1 on the UK album charts). A hit album which reached over a million copies worldwide and 500,000 in the UK. Britpop/punk-pop influenced by Buzzcocks, the Jam, and the Kinks. Includes singles, "Caught by the Fuzz", "Mansize Rooster" (#20 on the UK charts), "Lose It", "Lenny" (#10), and "Alright/Time" (#2).
|The Supremes/Gold (2005/1963-1976)|
An African-American female vocal group of the Motown Records, which produced 12 number one hits on the US charts in the 1960s, the Supremes' best compilation album. A set of 2 CDs (40 tracks) released on the Motown Records in 2005. Pop-soul aimed at whites featuring light and sophisticated sound, catchy melodies and beautiful chorus harmonies. The group was a trio featuring Diana Ross as the lead singer in the 1960s, and they was renamed "Diana Ross & the Supremes" in 1967 (Diana Ross left the group in 1970). Most of their hits in the 1960s were written and produced by Motown's songwriting and production team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. Includes "Where Did Our Love Go" (#1 on the US charts), "Baby Love" (#1), "Stop! In the Name of Love" (#1), "Back in My Arms Again" (#1), "Come See About Me" (#1), "I Hear a Symphony" (#1), "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone" (#1), "The Happening" (#1), "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (#1), "You Can't Hurry Love" (#1), "Reflections" (#2), "Someday We'll Be Together" (#1), "Love Child" (#1), "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (a joint single with the Temptations. #2) and others.
|Matthew Sweet/Girlfriend (1991)|
US Guitar pop of good quality with sweet and wistful melodies, like power pop. Third album. Lloyd Cole (guitar), Robert Quine (guitar, ex-Richard Hell and the Voidoids) and Richard Lloyd (ex-Television) joined.
|Swing Out Sister/The Best of Swing Out Sister (1986-1995)|
Light jazz-pop. Includes No. 4 hit on the UK charts "Breakout".
|David Sylvian/Brilliant Trees (1984)|
1st solo album released after Japan disbanded. Acoustic-oriented sounds with jazz overtones. Includes "Red Guitar".
|System F/Out of the Blue (2000)|
The debut album of System F, one of the solo projects of Ferry Corsten, a DJ/producer from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Features 2 UK top 20 hits, "Out of the Blue" and "Cry", and also the single "Soul on Soul", which is a collaboration with ex-Soft Cell vocalist, Marc Almond. "Out of the Blue" (1999) is one of the world-famous trance hits. "Trance" is melodic and spacey dance music in European style, rooted in acid house and Detroit techno.
|System of a Down/System of a Down (1998)|
An American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1995, System of a Down's debut album. The members are all from the Armenian community. Dark and hardcore/gothic-oriented alternative metal with middle-eastern style melodies. Political lyrics. Includes singles, 'Sugar' and 'Spiders'. Produced by Rick Rubin. A great alt-metal album is in the tradition of California hardcore/heavy rock, like Dead Kennedys, Jane's Addiction and Rage Against the Machine.
|System 7/Power of Seven7 (1996)|
The UK electronic dance music project by ex-Gong (prog rock band) guitarist Steve Hillage and his wife Miquette Giraudy (keyboards), System 7's 1996 album. Trancey ambient techno inspired by chicago house and Detroit techno. The Orb's Alex Paterson, Derrick May, Carl Craig and others joined. The first track 'Interstate' samples the German rock band, Neu!'s "Hallogallo".
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