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    Baghdad

    Baghdad

    • Artist: The Offspring
    • Initial release date: 1991
    • Genre: Punk rock
    Baghdad was a 7-inch EP released by American punk rock band The Offspring in 1991. It is currently out of print, but sold 3000 copies within one week of its release. Although Baghdad has never been reissued on CD in its entirety, two of the songs were later released on compilations: "Hey Joe" appeared on Go Ahead Punk... Make My Day (Nitro Records, 1996) and on the band's 2010 Japan-only compilation album Happy Hour. "Baghdad" was released on Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 (Fat Wreck Chords, 2004). The band's official website does not list Baghdad in the otherwise comprehensive discography. The EP includes an early version of "Get It Right" of which a later version was released on their second studio album Ignition. The title track "Baghdad" was a re-release of the song "Tehran" which appeared on the Offspring's debut self-titled album in 1989. It switches the words "Tehran" (the capital of Iran) for "Baghdad" (the capital of Iraq). The EP also includes a cover version of "Hey Joe" by Billy Roberts (a different version from what was later released on "Gone Away") and a previous unreleased instrumental track "The Blurb" (which would not appear on any future recordings.)
    8.29
    7 votes
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    Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

    Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 2001-11
    • Genre: Space rock
    Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd is a compilation album by Pink Floyd. It was released by EMI Records in the United Kingdom on 5 November 2001 and the following day in the United States through Capitol Records. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart on 24 November 2001, with sales of 214,650 copies. It remained on the chart for 26 weeks. The album was certified Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum on 6 December 2001 in the US by the RIAA. It was certified Triple Platinum in the US on 8 January 2002, and Quadruple platinum on 10 September 2007. Echoes is the first album released on Compact Disc that includes "When the Tigers Broke Free", which appeared in the film version of Pink Floyd—The Wall (the song later appeared on the 2004 re-release of The Final Cut in a slightly re-mixed form). It is the first compilation that includes songs from their last three albums—The Final Cut, A Momentary Lapse of Reason and The Division Bell—and is also the only compilation album so far that includes "Echoes" from the 1971 album Meddle. The compilation spans the career of Pink Floyd from their first single "Arnold Layne" in 1967, through to "High Hopes", the final track from their
    8.14
    7 votes
    3
    Bossanova

    Bossanova

    • Artist: Pixies
    • Initial release date: 1990-08-07
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Bossanova is the third album by the American alternative rock band Pixies, released in August 1990 on the English independent record label 4AD in the United Kingdom and by Elektra Records in the United States. All of Bossanova's original material was written by the band's frontman Black Francis; it marked the point where his artistic control over the band became absolute. The album's sound, inspired by surf and space rock, complements its lyrical focus on outer space, which references subjects such as aliens and unidentified flying objects. Because of 4AD's independent status, major label Elektra Records handled distribution in the United States; Bossanova reached number 70 on the Billboard 200. The album peaked at number three in the UK Albums Chart. Two singles were released from Bossanova, "Velouria" and "Dig for Fire"; both charted, at #4 and #11 respectively on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. After the Pixies finished touring obligations for their second album Doolittle (1989) in 1990, band members Black Francis, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering moved from Boston to Los Angeles. Bassist Kim Deal did not initially move with the rest of her band mates due to tension within the
    8.00
    7 votes
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    Doubt

    Doubt

    • Artist: Jesus Jones
    • Initial release date: 1990
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Doubt is the second album by the British rock band Jesus Jones in 1991 through Food Records, distributed by SBK Records and via Parlophone. The album reached #25 in the US and topped the UK chart. The booklet of this album said it was recorded in seven days in May 1990, but that "the mixing took a bit longer". While the album had been finished in the spring of 1990, its release was delayed until the beginning of 1991 by the band's label Food Records. There is a message in the booklet which warns people of "possible damage to musical equipment", it reads: The booklet also gives small descriptions to the songs. For example, "I'm Burning" is subtitled "A re-occurrence of the B-side that was too good syndrome". The booklet also claims Doubt to be inspired by both legal and pirate radio stations in London. Jesus Jones have said the songs on the album are primarily about hope, optimism, and enjoying everything around you. Jesus Jones became best known for their popular hit single "Right Here, Right Now", which would later be used in K-Mart commercials. Album - Billboard (North America) Singles - Billboard (North America)
    6.75
    8 votes
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    Sound Asleep EP

    Sound Asleep EP

    • Artist: Evanescence
    • Initial release date: 1999-08
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Sound Asleep EP, also known as Whisper EP, is the second extended play (EP) released by Evanescence. Originally recorded with assistance from Bigwig Enterprises and sold at a show in August 1999, it is an unlabeled CD-R in an unmarked translucent case, sometimes found signed by Amy Lee and Ben Moody. As only fifty copies were made, this release is considered rare. For this reason, fakes are numerous on eBay and similar services and many of these use a significantly shorter version of "Ascension of the Spirit". This shortened version is 3:17 long and is only the melody. The eight minutes of silence and the 17 seconds of movie clips have been removed from this version.
    8.00
    6 votes
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    1

    1

    • Artist: The Beatles
    • Initial release date: 2000-11-13
    • Genre: Pop music
    1 is a compilation album by The Beatles, released on 13 November 2000. The album features virtually every number-one single released in the United Kingdom and United States from 1962 to 1970 by The Beatles. Issued on the 30th anniversary of the band's break-up, it was their first compilation available on one Compact Disc. 1 was a commercial success, and topped the charts worldwide. The world's best-selling album of the 21st century, 1 has sold over 31 million copies. In addition, 1 is the seventh best-selling album since early 1991, the best-selling album in the US from 2000 to 2009, and the best selling CD of the decade worldwide. It is also the fastest selling album in history. 1 was re-released in digitally remastered format in September 2011. Compiled by producer George Martin and the (then) three surviving members of the band, 1 includes the 27 Beatles songs that went to number one in the United Kingdom on the Record Retailer magazine charts and/or the United States on the Billboard magazine charts. It is worth noting, however, that the song "For You Blue" was listed in Billboard chart compilations at #1, as a double A-sided single with "The Long and Winding Road", but Capitol
    8.80
    5 votes
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    Meddle

    Meddle

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1971-10-30
    • Genre: Psychedelic rock
    Meddle is the sixth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released 30 October 1971 on Harvest Records. It was produced between the band's touring commitments, from January to August 1971. The album was recorded at a series of locations around London, including Abbey Road Studios and Morgan Studios. With no material to work with and no clear idea of the album's direction, the band devised a series of novel experiments which eventually inspired the album's signature track, "Echoes". Although many of the group's later albums would be unified by a central theme with lyrics written mainly by Roger Waters, Meddle was a group effort with lyrical contributions from each member. The cover, containing a close-up shot of an ear underwater, was, as with several previous albums, designed by Hipgnosis, though Storm Thorgerson was unhappy with the final result. The album was well received by music critics upon its release. However, despite being commercially successful in the United Kingdom, lacklustre publicity on the part of their United States-based label led to poor sales there. Returning from a series of tours of Atom Heart Mother across America and England, at the start
    7.50
    6 votes
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    The Bends

    The Bends

    • Artist: Radiohead
    • Initial release date: 1995-03-13
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    The Bends is the second studio album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released on 13 March 1995 by Parlophone. The Bends was produced by John Leckie at EMI's studios in London, and engineered by Nigel Godrich, who would go on to produce all future albums by the band. Featuring five charting singles, the album also marked the beginning of a shift in aesthetics and themes for the band, with greater use of keyboards, and more abrasive guitar tracks balancing subtler ones. The introspective grunge-influenced style of Pablo Honey evolved toward more multi-layered rock with cryptic lyrics and larger ideas, as the band and singer Thom Yorke reacted against the rigors of near-constant world tours. "My Iron Lung" was released as an EP and later, "High and Dry" was released and the first single as the A-side with "Planet Telex" as the B-side. "Fake Plastic Trees", rated as one of Radiohead's best songs, was released as the second single, with "Just" as the band's third. Street Spirit (Fade Out)", the final single and last song on the album, became their first top five UK hit. The album was subject to greater critical acclaim than their debut Pablo Honey (1993), receiving an
    7.50
    6 votes
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    Somewhere in Time

    Somewhere in Time

    • Artist: Iron Maiden
    • Initial release date: 1986-09-29
    • Genre: Heavy metal
    Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 29 September 1986 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the U.S. (it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia Records in the U.S. in 1998). The studio follow-up to the hugely successful Powerslave/Live After Death pair, it was the first Iron Maiden album to feature guitar synthesizers. Since its release, it has been certified platinum by the RIAA, having sold over 1,000,000 copies in the US alone. Somewhere On Tour was the release's supporting tour. Somewhere in Time is notable for lacking any songwriting credits from lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson, whose material was rejected by the rest of the band. Dickinson had written several "acoustic-based" songs, explaining that "I felt we had to come up with our Physical Graffiti or Led Zeppelin IV ... we had to get it onto another level or we'd stagnate and drift away," although Steve Harris "thought he'd lost the plot completely," surmising that "he was probably more burnt out than anyone at the end of that last tour." On the other hand, the record is also notable for the number of "fully formed" songs written by guitarist
    8.40
    5 votes
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    Live at Bond's Casino

    Live at Bond's Casino

    • Artist: The Clash
    • Initial release date: 2000
    • Genre: Punk rock
    The Clash played a series of 17 concerts at Bond's International Casino in New York City in May and June 1981 in support of their album Sandinista!. Due to their wide publicity, the concerts became an important moment in the history of the band. Some of the nights were professionally recorded either for CBS records or for FM broadcast. The 9 June performance appears on countless bootleg records and several songs have appeared on From Here to Eternity: Live or other official Clash releases. The site of the concerts was formerly Bonds department store which had been converted into a large second-floor hall. Promoters kept the name because there was a large Bonds sign on the outside of the building. As The Clash had not yet broken out into mass popularity, eight shows were originally scheduled: May 28, 29, 30, 31 and June 1, 2, 3, and 5, 1981. However, given the venue's legal capacity limit of 3500, the series was blatantly oversold right from the first night, leading fire marshals for the New York Fire Department to cancel the Saturday, May 30 performance. In response, the band condemned the brazen greed of the promoters while demonstrating unprecedented integrity to each and every
    6.29
    7 votes
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    8.20
    5 votes
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    Pinkerton

    Pinkerton

    • Artist: Weezer
    • Initial release date: 1996-09-24
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Pinkerton is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Weezer, released on September 24, 1996 on DGC Records. After discarding initial plans for a space-themed rock opera entitled Songs from the Black Hole, the group recorded Pinkerton in between vocalist/guitarist Rivers Cuomo's stints at Harvard University. Much of the album was written by Cuomo while he was away at school. To assist in capturing the group's live sound, Weezer decided against hiring a producer for Pinkerton. The record used a darker, more abrasive sound in comparison to the band's debut album, Weezer, with themes drawn from Cuomo's disillusionment with the rock lifestyle. Pinkerton is named after the character B.F. Pinkerton from Giacomo Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, and the album plays as a concept album based loosely around the opera. Like the opera, the record contains many references to Japan and Japanese culture. Pinkerton debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 and fell far short of sales expectations after the success of the band's debut, Weezer (1994). The record spawned three singles, two of which were released in an attempt to save the album commercially: "El Scorcho", "The Good
    7.00
    6 votes
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    Sailing the Seas of Cheese

    Sailing the Seas of Cheese

    • Artist: Primus
    • Initial release date: 1991-05-14
    • Genre: Alternative metal
    Sailing the Seas of Cheese is the second studio album and major-label debut by Primus, released on May 14, 1991. It spawned three singles: "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver", "Tommy the Cat", and "Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers". "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver" appeared in both the video games Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and Rock Band 3 , while "American Life" appears in Tony Hawk's Project 8. The album contains several samples from other media: Sailing the Seas of Cheese reached Gold status March 1993. It was certified platinum in December 2001. The album will be reissued in 5.1 surround sound in the fall of 2012. All lyrics written by Les Claypool, all music composed by Primus, guitar melodies on "Tommy the Cat" and "Sgt. Baker" by Todd Huth. Reviewing the album for Allmusic, Steve Huey contends that "Sailing the Seas of Cheese completely redefined the possibilities of the electric bass in rock music for those who'd never heard the group before." He describes the album as "mostly riff-driven, fleshing out their heavy metal roots with prog rock tricks from Rush and Frank Zappa, as well as the novelty side of Zappa's sense of humor." He notes that "the willful goofiness may alienate some
    6.67
    6 votes
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    Tejas

    Tejas

    • Artist: ZZ Top
    • Initial release date: 1976
    • Genre: Southern rock
    Tejas is the fifth album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in late November 1976. The title is the modern Spanish word for Texas, the band's home state. Tejas was produced by Bill Ham, and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. In 1987 a digitally remixed version of the recording was released on CD and the original 1976 mix version was discontinued. The remix version created controversy among fans because it significantly changed the sound of the instruments, especially the drums. The full album is currently unavailable on CD in its original Manning mix; however, the tracks "It's Only Love," "Arrested for Driving While Blind," "El Diablo," "Enjoy and Get It On," "She's a Heartbreaker" and "Asleep in the Desert" are available in their original mix on 2003's Chrome, Smoke & BBQ box set. "It's Only Love" and "Arrested for Driving While Blind" are also available on 2004's Rancho Texicano. This album was put up for download on Amazon.com's MP3 store and iTunes as a digital download in 2012, featuring the original mixes of the tracks that are on Chrome, Smoke & BBQ, and the 1987 remixes of the tracks that are not from that boxset. All songs written and composed by Billy Gibbons,
    7.60
    5 votes
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    Led Zeppelin IV

    Led Zeppelin IV

    • Artist: Led Zeppelin
    • Initial release date: 1971-11-08
    • Genre: Hard rock
    The fourth album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin was released on 8 November 1971. No title is printed on the album, so it is usually referred to as Led Zeppelin IV, following the naming standard used by the band's first three studio albums. The album has alternatively been referred to as ZOSO, Four Symbols, The Fourth Album (those two titles each having been used in the Atlantic catalogue), Untitled, Runes, The Hermit, and ZoSo, the latter of which is derived from the symbol used by Jimmy Page for the album sleeve. Page often had the ZoSo symbol embroidered on his clothes. Upon its release, Led Zeppelin IV was a commercial and critical success. The album is one of the best-selling albums worldwide at 32 million units. It is also certified twenty-three times platinum by the RIAA, making it the third-best-selling album ever in the US. In 2003, the album was ranked 69th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". The album was initially recorded at Island Records' newly opened Basing Street Studios, London, at the same time as Jethro Tull's Aqualung in December 1970. Upon the suggestion of Fleetwood Mac, the band then moved to Headley Grange, a
    8.75
    4 votes
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    REVOLVEr

    REVOLVEr

    • Artist: The Haunted
    • Genre: Thrash metal
    Revolver (stylized as rEVOLVEr) is the fourth studio album by Swedish metal band The Haunted. This album merges the raw blueprint of their self-titled debut with the slightly more refined and produced sound evident on their subsequent albums. As the album name suggests, the band has evolved on this record. There are more cleanly-sung and melodic vocals than ever before, along with the requisite screaming metal-vocals. Even considering this, and the fact that they seem to have put an emphasis on elements of hardcore punk and melodic death metal, Revolver is still very much a modern thrash metal record. There have been criticisms of the album as well. Some people believe that former vocalist Marco Aro was much more suited to the band than Dolving. Dolving's vocals are considered by some to be more hardcore punk and not heavy metal in style. There are also many more down-tempo songs on this album, which is a first for the band. A limited edition digipak of this CD contained two bonus tracks, and different artwork. A music video was made for "No Compromise" which featured Mark Greenway.
    10.00
    3 votes
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    Équinoxe

    Équinoxe

    • Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
    • Initial release date: 1978-12
    • Genre: Electronic music
    Équinoxe (English: "equinox") was the second major-label album release by French musician Jean Michel Jarre, released on Disques Dreyfus (with license to Polydor) in late 1978. The album reflects a day in the life of a human being, from morning to night. Parts 1 to 4 (i.e. side A) and tracks 5 to 8 (side B) segué smoothly from one to the next. Jarre had developed his sound, employing more dynamic and rhythmic elements, particularly a greater use of sequencing on basslines. Much of this was achieved using custom equipment developed by his collaborator Michel Geiss. The release was followed by a concert on the Place de la Concorde, Paris on July 14, 1979. The concert attracted 1 million people, becoming Jarre's first entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest crowd for an outdoor concert. Two singles were released from the album, "Équinoxe Part 5" first, and then "Équinoxe Part 4". Part of "Équinoxe Part 8" has been played live with different arrangements, including a version for an acoustic street organ, under the title of "Band in the Rain". The album reached #11 in the UK charts and #126 in the US charts. During the 1980s, "Équinoxe Part 4" was used in the opening
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Heavenly Handel

    Heavenly Handel

    • Initial release date: 2004
    • Genre: Classical music
    Heavenly Handel: Arias and Duets is the title of a music recording Virgin Classics released on two compact discs in early 2004. It is a performance of arias and duets from operas by Georg Friedrich Händel. The Virgin Classics catalog number for "Heavenly Handel" is 5624002. The following list shows the tracks of this recording.
    7.40
    5 votes
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    Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed and Uploaded

    Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed and Uploaded

    • Artist: Pitchshifter
    • Initial release date: 2003
    • Genre: Industrial rock
    Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed and Uploaded is a compilation album by English metal band Pitchshifter. It was released in 2003, on their own record label, PSI Records. It comprises two discs. The first disc is a live album, depicting a concert played by the band at the London Astoria in 2002. The second disc is a compilation of remixes. Artwork by DOSE-productions.com
    8.50
    4 votes
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    ...And Then There Were Three...

    ...And Then There Were Three...

    • Artist: Genesis
    • Initial release date: 1978-04-07
    • Genre: Symphonic rock
    ...And Then There Were Three... is the ninth studio album by the British band Genesis and was released in 1978. It is the band's first album as a trio. The title ...And Then There Were Three... is a reference to the recent departure of Steve Hackett, reducing Genesis to a trio (which would result in their longest unchanged line-up, which lasted until 1996). The song "Scenes From a Night's Dream" is based on the adventures of comic strip character Little Nemo, and is the first Genesis song with lyrics written entirely by Phil Collins. "Say It's Alright Joe" is a torch song about a drunk who goes into a drunken stupor. The album reached No.3 in the UK Albums Chart, and remained in the charts for 32 weeks having been bolstered by the UK Top 10 success of "Follow You Follow Me", which also became Genesis' first hit US single. ...And Then There Were Three... reached No.14 on the US chart, becoming their first Gold (eventually Platinum) album there (see RIAA certification). While many of the songs were still progressive in terms of instrumentation and lyrics, the arrangements went from the more classical, movement-style composition of previous albums to the more standard
    6.33
    6 votes
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    Degüello

    Degüello

    • Artist: ZZ Top
    • Initial release date: 1979-08-27
    • Genre: Blues-rock
    Degüello is the sixth studio album by American blues rock band ZZ Top, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). "Degüello" means "beheading" or, idiomatically, "no quarter" (as in "no surrender to be given or accepted--a fight to the death") in Spanish and was the title of a Moorish-origin bugle call used by the Mexican Army forces at the Battle of the Alamo, Texas, in 1836. Degüello was produced by Bill Ham, and engineered by Bob Ludwig and recorded and mixed by Terry Manning. The production values of the album were exquisite and set a new benchmark for high fidelity recording quality in the contemporary blues music of the late 1970s. All songs written and composed by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, except where noted.  Original LP pressings of Degüello credited authorship of "Dust My Broom" to Elmore James. Album – Billboard (North America) Singles – Billboard (North America)
    9.67
    3 votes
    22
    Third/Sister Lovers

    Third/Sister Lovers

    • Artist: Big Star
    • Initial release date: 1978
    • Genre: Power pop
    Third, also (since 1985) issued as Sister Lovers, is the third studio album by American rock band Big Star. It was recorded in 1974. Though Ardent Studios created test pressings for the record in 1975, a combination of financial issues, the uncommercial sound of the record, and lack of interest from singer Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens in continuing the project prevented the album from ever being properly finished or released at the time of its recording. It was eventually released in 1978 by PVC Records. After two commercially unsuccessful albums, Third documents the band's deterioration as well as the declining mental state of singer Alex Chilton. It has since gone on to become one of the most critically acclaimed albums in history and is considered a cult album. Rolling Stone placed the album at number 449 on its "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" list. After the commercial failure of Big Star's first two albums, #1 Record (1972) and Radio City (1974), Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens returned to Ardent Studios in late 1974—accompanied by what biographer Bruce Eaton describes as "a large and revolving cast of Memphis musicians"—to record, under producer Jim Dickinson, "a
    7.20
    5 votes
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    A Collection of Great Dance Songs

    A Collection of Great Dance Songs

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1981-11-23
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    A Collection of Great Dance Songs is a compilation album by Pink Floyd released on 23 November 1981 (1981-11-23) on Harvest/EMI in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States. The title is facetious, given that Pink Floyd are not known for making particularly danceable music. This is perhaps evidenced by the album art, which featured a photograph of ballroom dancers guyed to the ground so they cannot move. The inner sleeve had pictures of dancers in either a white (UK) or black (US) background. The picture labels were a black background with blue lines and red sketch lined dancers on side one and reverse on side two. The album contains alternate mixes of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" (which comprises parts 1, 2, 4 and 7) edited down for time reasons, and "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" (which combines the intro from the single mix with the album version which fades out during the "if you don't eat your meat" ending). Also, the track "Money" was re-recorded as Capitol Records refused to license the track to Columbia/CBS Records. David Gilmour re-recorded the track himself playing all of the drums, guitars, keyboards, bass guitar and vocals and co-producing the
    6.17
    6 votes
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    Tales of Mystery and Imagination

    Tales of Mystery and Imagination

    • Artist: The Alan Parsons Project
    • Initial release date: 1976-05
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Tales of Mystery and Imagination is the debut album by the progressive rock group The Alan Parsons Project, released in 1976. The album's avant-garde soundscapes kept it from being a blockbuster, but the interesting lyrical and musical themes — retellings of horror stories and poetry by Edgar Allan Poe — attracted a cult audience. The title of the album is taken from a popular title for a collection of Poe's macabre tales of the same name, Tales of Mystery & Imagination, first published in 1908 and reprinted many times since. Musicians featured on the album include vocalist Arthur Brown of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (who sings The Tell Tale Heart) and Francis Monkman, who had played with Curved Air and later founded Sky. Tales of Mystery and Imagination peaked at #38 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. "(The System Of) Doctor Tarr And Professor Fether" peaked at #37 on the Pop Singles chart. "The Raven" features actor Leonard Whiting on lead vocals, with Alan Parsons performing vocals through an EMI vocoder. According to the album's liner notes, "The Raven" was the first rock song ever to feature a digital vocoder. A variant of this song appears on the Eric Woolfson album Edgar
    9.33
    3 votes
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    Led Zeppelin II

    Led Zeppelin II

    • Artist: Led Zeppelin
    • Initial release date: 1969-10-22
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Led Zeppelin II is the second studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released in October 1969 on Atlantic Records. Recording sessions for the album took place at several locations in the United Kingdom and North America from January to August 1969. Production was entirely credited to lead guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Page, while it also served as Led Zeppelin's first album to utilise the recording techniques of engineer Eddie Kramer. Led Zeppelin II furthered the lyrical themes established on their debut album, creating a work that became more widely acclaimed and influential than its predecessor. With elements of blues and folk music, it also exhibits the band's evolving musical style of blues-derived material and their guitar and riff-based sound. It is considered the band's heaviest album. Upon release, Led Zeppelin II sold well and was Led Zeppelin's first album to reach number one in the UK and the US. In 1970, art director David Juniper was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for the album. On 15 November 1999, it was certified 12× Platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 12 million copies. Since its release, writers and music critics
    8.00
    4 votes
    26
    Led Zeppelin III

    Led Zeppelin III

    • Artist: Led Zeppelin
    • Initial release date: 1970-10-05
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Led Zeppelin III is the third studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded between January and July 1970 and released on 5 October 1970 by Atlantic Records. Composed largely at a remote cottage in Wales known as Bron-Yr-Aur, this work represented a maturing of the band's music towards a greater emphasis on folk and acoustic sounds. This surprised many fans and critics, and upon its release the album received rather indifferent reviews. Although it is not one of the highest sellers in Zeppelin's catalogue, Led Zeppelin III is now generally praised, and acknowledged as representing an important milestone in the band's history. Although acoustic songs are featured on Led Zeppelin III's predecessors, it is this album which is widely acknowledged for showing that Led Zeppelin was more than just a conventional rock band and that they could branch out into wider musical territory. Many of the songs featured on the album were conceived in mid-1970 at Bron-Yr-Aur, an 18th century cottage in Gwynedd, Wales, on a hilltop overlooking the Dyfi Valley, three miles north of the market town Machynlleth. There, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant spent some time after an exhausting
    8.00
    4 votes
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    B'Boom: Live in Argentina

    B'Boom: Live in Argentina

    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Initial release date: 1995-08-22
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    B'Boom: Live in Argentina is a live album (2CD set) by the band King Crimson, released in 1995. All songs were recorded between October 6 and October 16, 1994 at the Broadway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, except for "Heartbeat" which was recorded in Córdoba. King Crimson's Argentinian shows in late 1994 were the first live performances by the band in over ten years. Prior to B'Boom's release, a live recording from this tour was sold illegally by an Italian bootleg company. The price of the bootleg was 28 pounds UK, and the sound quality was said to be "appalling". The recordings on B'Boom are taken from soundboard mixes. However, the album was issued by DGM in something of a hurry to counter the Italian bootleg and they transplanted the line-up and instrument credits directly from the "THRAK" album. As a result of this, the credit of "Mellotron" by Robert Fripp is an error - although there is Mellotron on "THRAK", there is none on "B'Boom", nor was one used on this Argentinian tour. All songs written by Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Trey Gunn, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto, unless otherwise indicated. Mastered by Robert Fripp and David Singleton.
    6.80
    5 votes
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    Punk in Drublic

    Punk in Drublic

    • Artist: NOFX
    • Initial release date: 1994-07-19
    • Genre: Ska punk
    Punk in Drublic (a spoonerism of Drunk in Public) is the fifth studio album by the American punk rock band NOFX. It was released on July 19, 1994 through Epitaph Records. Punk in Drublic is NOFX's most successful album to date, peaking at number 12 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. The album has received positive reviews and is now considered a classic punk album by fans and critics alike. Six years after its release, it became the band's only gold record for sales of over 500,000 copies -- in the United States, all without any radio play or aired music videos (although a video was made for the song "Leave It Alone"). Worldwide, the record has sold over 1 million copies. The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine awards the album 4.5 stars and states: "The quartet didn't change their approach at all — at their core, they remain a heavy, speed-addled, hook-conscious post-hardcore punk group — but their songwriting has improved, as has their attack." All songs written by Fat Mike, except where noted.
    6.80
    5 votes
    29
    The Great Milenko

    The Great Milenko

    • Artist: Insane Clown Posse
    • Initial release date: 1997-08-12
    • Genre: Horrorcore
    The Great Milenko is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Insane Clown Posse, released on June 25, 1997, by Hollywood Records, in association with Psychopathic Records. The album spawned the two singles "Halls of Illusions" and "Hokus Pokus." As the fourth Joker's Card in the group's Dark Carnival mythology, the album's lyrics focus on the titular Great Milenko, an illusionist who tries to trick individuals into greed and other such sins. The album was recorded and initially released by the Disney-owned record label Hollywood Records. Due to the graphic nature of the lyrics, the group altered the content of its lyrics at the label's request. The album was deleted by Hollywood hours after its release, in response to criticism from the Southern Baptist Church of decisions that the church believed did not reflect Disney's family-friendly image, although Disney claimed that the album was released due to an oversight by its review board. After the termination of the Hollywood Records contract, Insane Clown Posse signed a new contract with Island Records (whose parent at the time, PolyGram, distributed Hollywood releases in North America), which agreed to release the album
    9.00
    3 votes
    30
    Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week!

    Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week!

    • Artist: The Sugarcubes
    • Initial release date: 1989-09-25
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! was the second album by the Icelandic alternative rock-pop band The Sugarcubes, released in October 1989. The name of the album was inspired by Mr. Toad from the famous children's book by Kenneth Grahame The Wind in the Willows. Contrary to their debut album Life's Too Good, Here Today, Tomorrow Next Week! was not well received by critics. 14, 15, and 16: only featured on the CD and MC releases. Vocals: Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Einar Örn Benediktsson. Trumpet: Einar Örn Benediktsson. Guitars: Þór Eldon Jónsson. Keyboards: Margrét Örnólfsdóttir. Bass: Bragi Ólafsson. Drums and percussion: Sigtryggur Baldursson. Lyrics and music: The Sugarcubes. ”Tidal Wave” Brass arrangement: Oli Gaukur. Tenor saxophone and MD: Gary Barnacle. Trombone: Pete Thomas. Baritone saxophone: Nigel Hitchcock. Trumpets: John Thirkell and Stewart Brooks. Bass Trombone: Kenny Hamilton. ”Planet” String recordings: Mike Ross at CBS Studios. Conduction and arrangement: Chris Cameron. 1st. violin: G. Wright. Violins: W. Gibson, D. Woodcock, R. Garland, B. Croft, M. Berrow, B. Wilde, E. Edwards, B. Benham, and P. Oxer. Viola: G. Jackson, I. Andrade, G. Robertson, D. Emanuel. Cello:
    7.75
    4 votes
    31
    In Between Evolution

    In Between Evolution

    • Artist: The Tragically Hip
    • Initial release date: 2004-06-29
    • Genre: Rock music
    In Between Evolution is the ninth full-length album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was recorded at Studio X in Seattle and was released June 29, 2004. The album debuted at #1 in Canada, selling 22,500 copies in its first week. However, sales of the album dropped by 50 percent the following week. The album was certified Platinum in Canada in September 2004. One of the major themes of this album is the response to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. "Heaven Is a Better Place Today" doubles as a tribute to Dan Snyder, a player for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team who died in an automobile accident nine months before the album's release, and for young men being sent to war. The Hip performed the song "It Can't be Nashville Every Night" on a season two episode of Canadian situation comedy TV program Corner Gas. All songs were written by The Tragically Hip.
    7.75
    4 votes
    32
    Un Concert pour Mazarin

    Un Concert pour Mazarin

    • Artist: Ensemble La Fenice
    • Initial release date: 2004
    • Genre: Classical music
    Un Concert pour Mazarin is the title of a music recording released on compact disc in early 2004 by Virgin Classics. It is a performance of 17th century Italian music determined by the conductor, Jean Tubéry (as cited in the Virgin Classics web page listed in the "References" section), to have been influential in French culture at the time of Cardinal Mazarin, a 17th century chief minister of France. The music is performed by the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, along with the instrumentalists of Ensemble La Fenice. The following list shows the tracks of this recording. Composers of each of the pieces, if known, are indicated in parentheses. Composers of the remaining pieces are unknown. The recording is sixty minutes and forty-eight seconds in length. The Virgin Classics catalog number for "Un Concert pour Mazarin" is 5456562. It is available to the public from European retailers. It is unknown whether it is available elsewhere (although it is possible to import it directly to one's own country).
    7.75
    4 votes
    33
    Valley of the Damned

    Valley of the Damned

    • Artist: DragonHeart
    • Initial release date: 2000
    Valley of the Damned (Demo) is DragonForce's demo album, self-released in 2000 under their former name of DragonHeart. This demo was released exclusively through the now-defunct MP3.com website. As such, this album has been permanently discontinued. More information can be found on the band's webpage on this album.. A promotional video for the title track 'Valley of the Damned' was released, featuring a live recording of the song being played.
    7.75
    4 votes
    34
    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid

    • Artist: Bob Dylan
    • Initial release date: 1973-07-13
    • Genre: Soundtrack
    Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid is the twelfth studio album and first soundtrack album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in July 1973 by Columbia Records for the Sam Peckinpah film, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Dylan himself appeared in the film as the character "Alias". Consisting of primarily instrumental music and inspired by the movie itself, the soundtrack included "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", which became a trans-Atlantic Top 20 hit. A gold record, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid reached #16 US and #29 UK. Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid scriptwriter Rudy Wurlitzer, who was a previous acquaintance of Dylan's, asked him to provide a couple of songs for the movie. Dylan performed "Billy" for director Peckinpah, who found the performance very moving and offered Dylan an acting part on the spot. The role he ended up getting was a character named Alias. In November 1972, Dylan and his family moved to Durango, Mexico, where filming took place. Filming lasted from late 1972 to early 1973. Dylan's first session for the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid soundtrack was on January 20, 1973 at CBS Discos Studios in Mexico City. The only song from that day that was included on the
    6.60
    5 votes
    35
    The Beginning and the End

    The Beginning and the End

    • Artist: Bizzy Bone
    • Initial release date: 2004-11-07
    • Genre: Midwest hip hop
    The Beginning and the End is the fourth solo album by Bizzy Bone, released November 7, 2004. It was an internet released only album and heavily featured many 7th Sign artists at the time.
    6.60
    5 votes
    36
    Hot Summer

    Hot Summer

    • Artist: Leslie Cheung
    • Initial release date: 1988
    • Genre: Cantopop
    Hot Summer was a Cantopop album by Leslie Cheung released in 1988 by Hong Kong record company Cinepoly and followed on the heels of the success of Cheung's Summer Romance the year before. Like Summer Romance, the album also featured a collaboration with Japanese musicians. Its songs were considerably popular and these included "Hot Summer", 貼身 ("Close Proximity"), 無需要太多 ("Don't Need Too Much"), 沉默是金 ("Silence is Golden"), 繼續跳舞 ("Keep on Dancing"), and 内心爭鬥 ("Inner Struggle"). The song "Close Proximity" won the Jade Solid Gold Award in 1988 and was among one of the popular songs in Hong Kong for that year. Track 10 ("Love Again") was a Cantonese cover of Glenn Frey's 1982 song "The One You Love" from album No Fun Aloud.
    7.50
    4 votes
    37
    Is This It

    Is This It

    • Artist: The Strokes
    • Initial release date: 2001-07-29
    • Genre: Garage rock
    Is This It is the debut studio album by American indie rock band The Strokes. Recorded at Transporterraum in New York City with producer Gordon Raphael, the album was first released on July 30, 2001 in Australia, with RCA Records as the primary label. The record entered the UK Albums Chart at number two and peaked at number 33 on the U.S. Billboard 200, going on to achieve platinum status in several markets. "Hard to Explain", "Last Nite", and "Someday" were released as singles. For the album, The Strokes strived to capture a simple rock sound that was not significantly enhanced in the studio. Building on the work of their 2001 debut EP, The Modern Age, the band members molded compositions largely through live takes during the recording sessions, while songwriter Julian Casablancas continued to detail the lives and relationships of urban youth. Following the completion of Is This It, The Strokes embarked on a promotional world tour before its release. The album's cover photograph courted controversy for being too sexually explicit and was replaced for the U.S. market. The American track listing was also amended in light of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Promoted by the music
    7.50
    4 votes
    38
    Uncertain EP

    Uncertain EP

    • Artist: The Cranberries
    • Initial release date: 1991-10-28
    • Genre: Pop music
    Uncertain is the first EP of the Irish band The Cranberries, having previously released cassette EPs under the name The Cranberry Saw Us. Uncertain was released by Xeric Records on both CD and 12" vinyl formats. Approximately 5,000 total copies of "Uncertain" were ever produced. All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by Dolores O'Riordan and Noel Hogan.
    7.50
    4 votes
    39
    The Beginning

    The Beginning

    • Artist: Jandek
    • Initial release date: 1999
    • Genre: Folk music
    The Beginning is the twenty-eighth album by Jandek. It was released in 1999, and was given Corwood Industries release number 0766. It is considered the final album of Jandek's "second acoustic phase".
    10.00
    2 votes
    40
    Bonfire

    Bonfire

    • Artist: AC/DC
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Bonfire is a 5 disc box set* by Australian band AC/DC, released in 1997, and remastered with a release in Digipak format in 2003. It was created as a tribute to the band's earlier singer Bon Scott and included the two disc soundtrack to the movie Let There be Rock, some early unreleased tracks, a live recording from the Atlantic Records studio in New York and a remastered version of Back in Black. The album was originally released in 1997 with the CDs all packaged individually in jewel cases, complete with full artwork. The original issue also features a poster, a backstage pass, keyring and a few other extras depending on the region. When the album was reissued in 2003 it was packaged in a large digipak, similar to a longbox, which featured either 4 or 5 disc trays. The 4-tray versions contained the remastered Back in Black in its own case with booklet. All versions of the box feature a large book full of liner notes and rare pictures of the band, mostly from before Scott's death. The boxset was the subject of a bit of derision from AC/DC fans for its limited content - two live albums (one previously released) and a select few rarities, as well as the Bon-inspired Back in Black,
    8.67
    3 votes
    41
    Infidels

    Infidels

    • Artist: Bob Dylan
    • Initial release date: 1983-10-27
    • Genre: Rock music
    Infidels is the twenty-second studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in October 1983 by Columbia Records. Produced by Mark Knopfler and Dylan himself, Infidels is seen as his return to secular music, following a conversion to Christianity, three evangelical, gospel records and a subsequent return to a secular, culturally Jewish lifestyle. Though he has never abandoned religious imagery, Infidels gained much attention for its focus on more personal themes of love and loss, in addition to commentary on the environment and geopolitics. The critical reaction was the strongest for Dylan in years, almost universally hailed for its songwriting and performances. The album also fared well commercially, reaching #20 in the US and going gold, and #9 in the UK. Still, many fans and critics were disappointed that several songs were inexplicably cut from the album just prior to mastering—primarily "Blind Willie McTell", considered a career highlight by many critics, and not officially released until it appeared on The Bootleg Series Volume III eight years later. Critics and historians often make a note of Infidels' polished, tasteful production. One of the main
    8.67
    3 votes
    42
    Infinite

    Infinite

    • Artist: Eminem
    • Initial release date: 1997
    • Genre: Underground hip hop
    Infinite is the solo debut album by American rapper Eminem, released November 12, 1996, through Web Entertainment. The album was recorded at the Bass Brothers' studio, known as the "Bassmint" and produced by Mr. Porter and Proof. It features vocals from fellow rappers Proof, Mr. Porter, Eye-Kyu, Three and Thyme. The album was a commercial failure, selling only about 1000 copies, and received rare reviews, which were mixed, mainly criticizing the album's production but praising Eminem's lyrical ability. Marshall "Eminem" Mathers was initially signed to FBT Productions in 1992, run by brothers Jeff and Mark Bass. Eminem also held a minimum-wage job of cooking and dishwashing at the restaurant Gilbert's Lodge at St. Clair Shores for some time. In 1996, Eminem's debut album Infinite, which was recorded at the "Bassmint", a recording studio owned by the Bass Brothers, was released under their independent label Web Entertainment. Eminem was encouraged by others, who noted he sounded similar to rappers Nas and AZ. Mr. Porter produced the entire album, while Proof programmed the drums. Mathers purposely made Infinite's songs "radio-friendly" in hopes of getting on the air on Detroit radio
    8.67
    3 votes
    43
    Is It Christmas Yet?

    Is It Christmas Yet?

    • Artist: The Tycoons
    Is It Christmas Yet? was released by The Tycoons in 1998. First album with Presidents of the United States of America's Chris Ballew, Gigolo Aunts' Phil Hurley, and Tube Top's Gavin Guss.
    8.67
    3 votes
    44
    Life on Other Planets

    Life on Other Planets

    • Artist: Supergrass
    • Initial release date: 2002-09-30
    • Genre: Britpop
    Life On Other Planets, or L.O.O.P as it is often abbreviated to, is the fourth album by British alternative rock band Supergrass. It is the first album that includes Rob Coombes as an official member of the band, and originally went under the working title of 'Get Lost'. It peaked at #9 in the UK charts. The band claim that much of the inspiration for this album was gleaned from a "working holiday" in the Côte d'Azur, Southern France together, listening to the French radio station Nostalgie and watching Carl Sagan documentaries on the cosmos. Carl Sagan and Douglas Adams are in fact mentioned on the reverse of Life On Other Planets under a list of people Supergrass would like to thank. The naming of the album was influenced by this excursion, but also by a telescope which qualified astrophysicist and keyboard player Rob Coombes, would bring with him to the recording studio in order to see the planets; "...we got fascinated on everything above us and came up with the title," explained Mick Quinn. The band hired an outside producer, Tony Hoffer, for the record, having felt that their last release, Supergrass, lacked some of the urgency of their previous albums: "He helped us keep the
    6.40
    5 votes
    45
    At Home with Their Greatest Hits

    At Home with Their Greatest Hits

    • Initial release date: 1972
    • Genre: Pop music
    At Home with Their Greatest Hits is a Partridge Family album. This album was made in 1972 and contained all previous hits. The only new song that was included in this album was "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do". The actual musicians on the tracks included David Cassidy on lead vocals, Shirley Jones and the vocal group The Love Generation on backing vocals, and various prolific studio musicians such as Hal Blaine (drums), Larry Carlton (guitar), Joe Osborne (bass guitar) and Larry Knechtel (keyboards).
    7.25
    4 votes
    46
    Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward

    Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward

    • Artist: A Silver Mt. Zion
    • Initial release date: 2001-10-08
    • Genre: Post-rock
    "Born into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward." is the second album of the Canadian band The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band. It was released by Constellation Records in October 2001. The title is most likely drawn from the Book of Job: “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upwards” (5:7). "This Gentle Hearts Like Shot Bird's Fallen" was used in the climax to the David Gordon Green film Snow Angels. The album finds the band expanding from three members to six, with a similarly expanded name.
    7.25
    4 votes
    47
    Chinese Democracy

    Chinese Democracy

    • Artist: Guns N' Roses
    • Initial release date: 2008-11-23
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Chinese Democracy is the sixth studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, released in November 2008 on Geffen Records. It is the band's first studio album since "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993), released exactly 15 years before Chinese Democracy, and their first album of original studio material since the simultaneous releases of Use Your Illusion I and II in September 1991. Despite debuting at number three on the Billboard 200 and being certified Platinum by the RIAA, Chinese Democracy domestically undersold expectations. It received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. The album achieved international chart success and has sold over one million copies in Europe. It is the most expensive album ever produced, with production costs in excess of $13 million. Guns N' Roses began to write and record new music in 1994. Bassist Duff McKagan is quoted as saying, "[the] band was so stoned at that point that nothing got finished". Guitarist Slash has criticized Axl Rose for making the band seem "like a dictatorship". Slash quit the band in 1996, with drummer Matt Sorum and McKagan both leaving soon afterwards. Slash was replaced by Nine Inch Nails touring
    7.25
    4 votes
    48
    Detox

    Detox

    • Artist: Dr. Dre
    • Genre: West Coast hip hop
    Detox is an upcoming studio album by American hip hop artist Dr. Dre, due to be released through Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. Slated to be his final album, production for Detox began in 2001, but has been delayed several times as Dr. Dre wanted to concentrate on producing for artists that were on his Aftermath record label, with the constant production delays being compared to Guns N' Roses's 2008 album, Chinese Democracy. Initially announced in 2000 after the release of Dr. Dre's previous album 2001 (1999), Detox has gone through many renditions during its 11-year production period, with the album being scrapped and restarted many times. Despite not having a confirmed release date, Detox has spawned two official singles, "Kush" and "I Need a Doctor". Work for the upcoming album dates back to 2001, where its first version was called "the most advanced rap album ever," by producer Scott Storch. Even at the beginning of Detox's production, it was announced that it would be Dr. Dre's final studio album, which has been confirmed at different points throughout the album's ten-year production process. Because Dr. Dre had stated he was tired of rapping about marijuana
    7.25
    4 votes
    49
    Dummy

    Dummy

    • Artist: Portishead
    • Initial release date: 1994-10-17
    • Genre: Trip hop
    Dummy is the debut album of the Bristol-based group Portishead. Released in August 22, 1994 on Go! Discs, the album earned critical acclaim, winning the 1995 Mercury Music Prize. It is often credited with popularizing the trip-hop genre and is frequently cited in lists of the best albums of the 1990s. Although it achieved modest chart success overseas, it peaked at No. 2 on the UK Album Chart and saw two of its three singles reach No. 13. The album was certified gold in 1997 and has sold two million copies in Europe. As of September 2011, the album was certified double-platinum in the United Kingdom and has sold as of September 2011 825,000 copies. Building on the promise of their earlier EP, Numb, it helped to cement the reputation of Bristol as the capital of trip hop, a nascent genre which was then often referred to simply as "the Bristol sound". The cover is a still of vocalist Beth Gibbons from the short film that the band created—To Kill a Dead Man—which originally got them signed due to their self composed soundtrack. In addition to the already released "Numb", the album spawned two further singles: the UK No. 13 hit "Glory Box" and "Sour Times", which reached the same
    7.25
    4 votes
    50
    Hello, I Must Be Going!

    Hello, I Must Be Going!

    • Artist: Phil Collins
    • Initial release date: 1982
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Hello, I Must Be Going! is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was originally released 1 November 1982. This album's name comes from the Marx Brothers' song with the same name, featured in the movie Animal Crackers. The album was promoted with a tour of the same name. The album contains the cover version of The Supremes hit "You Can't Hurry Love", which is one of Collins' best-known singles. None of the other single releases from the album made any significant impact on the charts. Other notable tracks include the modern-jazz instrumental "The West Side", and "Thru These Walls", a dark voyeuristic song about a man listening through the wall to his neighbours partaking in unseemly nighttime activities—or at least that's what he's imagining at the time. Other than "You Can't Hurry Love", Phil Collins produced another hit single which managed to seep into the US Top 40 at No. 39, called "I Don't Care Anymore", a dark song with the gated reverb effect and lyrics of his divorce similar to the previous "In the Air Tonight". The more upbeat tracks serve as a preamble to the more commercial sound of the next album No Jacket Required. The album takes much
    7.25
    4 votes
    51
    Abacab

    Abacab

    • Artist: Genesis
    • Initial release date: 1981-09-18
    • Genre: Pop rock
    Abacab, released in 1981, is the 11th studio album by British band Genesis. It reached No.1 in the UK, where it remained in the charts for 27 weeks. The group initially wrote an album's worth of material which they subsequently discarded because they saw themselves as becoming, in Mike Rutherford's words, "a caricature of ourselves." In what he saw as a major turning point for the group, they made a decision to throw out any songs which sounded like anything they had done before. The album continues the band's sharp stylistic shift, begun on the preceding album Duke, toward a radio-friendly pop music sound. "No Reply At All" features the Earth, Wind & Fire horn section (as did Collins' solo album Face Value earlier in 1981). Genesis produced Abacab solely by themselves. Engineer Hugh Padgham, who assisted Collins on Face Value, would continue to work on Genesis and Collins recordings through the end of the decade. The album takes its name from an early arrangement of the title track. Rutherford said on the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard (which spotlighted Duke and Abacab in one episode): "There were three bits of music in 'Abacab', and we referred to them as 'section a',
    8.33
    3 votes
    52
    El Greco

    El Greco

    • Artist: Vangelis
    • Initial release date: 1998-10-19
    • Genre: Classical music
    El Greco is a 1998 classical album by Greek electronic composer and artist Vangelis (born March 29, 1943). The title is an a reference to the man who inspired the composition, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (Dominikos Theotokópoulos, 1541–1614), the Cretan-born painter and sculptor better known as El Greco. This album is an expansion of an earlier album by Vangelis, Foros Timis Ston Greco. That album had been released in 1995, in a limited edition. For this general release, the track order was rearranged, three new tracks were added, and the album title was changed. Vangelis composed and arranged the album, and performed all the instruments, accompanied by a choir conducted by Ivan Cassar. The music is in a Byzantine style yet sounding contemporary due to his use of synthesizers. Soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenor Konstantinos Paliatsaras make guest appearances on one movement each. The album reached #66 in France and #74 in Germany. The image on the album is "The Knight with His Hand on His Breast" by El Greco All tracks by Vangelis In parenthesis, correspondence to the track listing of Foros Timis Ston Greco. Movements IV, V, and VI were included in Vangelis' compilation Reprise
    6.20
    5 votes
    53
    Highway 61 Revisited

    Highway 61 Revisited

    • Artist: Bob Dylan
    • Initial release date: 1965-08-30
    • Genre: Rock music
    Highway 61 Revisited is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in August 1965 by Columbia Records. On his previous album, Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan devoted Side One of the album to songs accompanied by an electric rock band, and Side Two to solo acoustic numbers. For Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan used rock backing on every track, except for the closing 11-minute acoustic song, "Desolation Row". Critics have written that Dylan's ability to combine driving, complex, blues-based rock music with the power of poetry made Highway 61 Revisited one of the most influential albums ever recorded. Leading off with his hit single of that summer, "Like a Rolling Stone", the album features many songs that have been acclaimed as classics and that Dylan has continued to perform live over his long career, including "Highway 61 Revisited", "Ballad of a Thin Man", and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues". Dylan named the album after one of the great North American arteries, which connected his birthplace in Minnesota to southern cities famed for their musical heritage, including St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans. Highway 61 Revisited peaked at number three in the
    6.20
    5 votes
    54
    Amnesiac

    Amnesiac

    • Artist: Radiohead
    • Initial release date: 2001-06-04
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Amnesiac is the fifth studio album by English rock band Radiohead. It was produced by Nigel Godrich and released on 5 June 2001 through Parlophone. Recorded in the same sessions as previous album Kid A (2000), Amnesiac incorporates similar elements of electronic music, classical music, jazz and krautrock, and explores lyrical themes of memory and reincarnation influenced by ancient Greek and Egyptian mythology. Bassist Colin Greenwood described the album as having "more traditional Radiohead-type songs together with more experimental, non-lyrical based instrumental-type stuff as well." Singer Thom Yorke described it as "another take on Kid A, a form of explanation." Amnesiac produced three singles: "Pyramid Song", "I Might Be Wrong" and "Knives Out". It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number two on the US Billboard 200, and received positive reviews from music critics, though many considered it inferior to its sister album Kid A. In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album number 320 in their updated version of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Almost all of Amnesiac was recorded in the same sessions as its predecessor, Kid A, released eight months earlier in
    9.50
    2 votes
    55
    One of a Kind

    One of a Kind

    • Artist: Bruford
    • Initial release date: 1979
    • Genre: Jazz fusion
    One of a Kind is an album by the British band Bruford. It was released in 1979 and is a collection of progressive melodies with much jazz exploration, in style that can be defined within the limits of jazz fusion. It is also considered a classic in instrumental rock. The group led by drummer Bill Bruford features guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Jeff Berlin and keyboardist Dave Stewart. Some of the material ("Forever Until Sunday", which features an uncredited Eddie Jobson on violin, and "The Sahara Of Snow") was originally performed live by U.K. on its 1978 tour. Stewart's "Hell's Bells" used a fragment penned by his former National Health colleague Alan Gowen (the 3-chord pattern underlying the guitar solo).
    9.50
    2 votes
    56
    12 Imaginary Images

    12 Imaginary Images

    • Artist: The Stitches
    • Initial release date: 2002
    • Genre: Punk rock
    12 Imaginary Inches is an album released by the 1970s-style Orange County, California, punk rock band The Stitches.
    7.00
    4 votes
    57
    Alpha and Omega

    Alpha and Omega

    • Artist: Bizzy Bone
    • Initial release date: 2004-10-19
    • Genre: Midwest hip hop
    Alpha and Omega is the third solo album by Bizzy Bone, released October 19, 2004. The single for Alpha and Omega was "I Understand" and also had a music video for the song. The original copies of the album contained a bonus DVD that showed behind the scenes footage of the making of the album. The album reached number 27 in the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 152 in the Billboard 200 chart.
    7.00
    4 votes
    58
    Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

    Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?

    • Artist: Megadeth
    • Initial release date: 1986-07-20
    • Genre: Thrash metal
    Peace Sells… but Who′s Buying? is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released on 19 September, 1986. Originally, the project was handled by Combat Records, and this resulted in the first mix of the album by co-producer Randy Burns. Eventually Capitol Records bought the rights to the album and a producer (Paul Lani) was hired to mix it himself. It was remixed and remastered in 2004 by Dave Mustaine. In 2011, the three different versions were released as part of the album's 25th anniversary celebration. All of them, excepting the 2004 mixes, feature new remastering. It has been listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and is highly regarded as a thrash metal classic. It is the last album to feature Gar Samuelson on drums, and the last album until The System Has Failed to feature Chris Poland on lead guitar. Professional rock critic Steve Huey noted the album′s combination of “punkish political awareness with a dark, threatening, typically heavy metal worldview.” For instance, the album′s cover makes an ironic statement about the Cold War. On the backdrop of a red and orange sky, it shows the UN General Assembly building soon
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    Caca Bonita

    Caca Bonita

    • Artist: Papa Roach
    • Initial release date: 1995
    • Genre: Rapcore
    Caca Bonita is the second EP by Californian rock band Papa Roach. It was released in 1995, recorded on a blue cassette tape. It consists of two demo tracks that would later be revamped, for an almost completely different sound, for their 1997 album, Old Friends from Young Years. As a demo tape it had a very limited release and as a result has become possibly the most sought after and valuable of all of Papa Roach's older releases. According to one fan after meeting Jacoby Shaddix after a show, he was told that not even the band themselves own a copy. On Fuse TV's Daily Download, Dave Buckner explained the reason for the name Caca Bonita. The title for the EP means Pretty Shit in Spanish. It came when future bass guitarist Tobin Esperance was in his high school Spanish class, and the teacher went up to him and asked him a question, and all that Tobin could say was Caca Bonita. All songs written and composed by Papa Roach.
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    Payable on Death

    Payable on Death

    • Artist: P.O.D.
    • Initial release date: 2003-10-04
    • Genre: Christian metal
    Payable on Death is the eponymous fifth studio album and third major label release by Californian metal quartet P.O.D.. Following the controversial departure of Marcos Curiel, it was their first album to feature guitarist Jason Truby and their last album produced by Howard Benson, until Murdered Love in 2012. Payable on Death was released on November 4, 2003 through Atlantic and marks a notable de-emphasizing of the band's distinctive rapcore style. While a commercial disappointment compared to the monumental Satellite, it has sold over 1,300,000 copies worldwide. Following the triple-platinum success of Satellite, P.O.D. enjoyed abundant radio, television, and concert success. However, on February 19, 2003, guitarist Marcos Curiel left the band under controversial circumstances, with contradictory reasons given from both parties. The remaining members expressed remorse in their friend's departure and considered disbanding until Jason Truby, former member of Christian metal band Living Sacrifice, assisted with the recording of "Sleeping Awake", from The Matrix Reloaded soundtrack. The alliance strengthened the band and allowed them to begin recording a new album in spring
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    Alchemy: Dire Straits Live

    Alchemy: Dire Straits Live

    • Artist: Dire Straits
    • Initial release date: 1984-03-01
    • Genre: Rock music
    Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is the first live album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). It features their best-known tracks up to that point, often featuring reworked arrangements and extended improvisational segments. The cover image is taken from a painting by Brett Whiteley. Alchemy was remastered and re-released (in the UK only) on May 8, 2001. All songs written by Mark Knopfler except as indicated. Side one Side two Side three Side four "Love over Gold", which had been released as a separate single in 1984, was added into the track list for the CD release, and the fade outs between sides 1 and 2 and sides 3 and 4 have been removed. A number of tracks had their length increased for the CD releases. Disc one Disc two Three songs were recorded live, but not included on the official album releases: The concert film was originally released in Beta, VHS video cassette and Laserdisc formats, and digitally remastered in 1995. A DVD and Blu-ray version with newly remixed [[5.1]DTS]-surround mixes were released in May 2010. The new mixes have been prepared by Chuck Ainlay in 2009. The original film itself was digitally enhanced. The song "Love over
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    Scarlet's Walk

    Scarlet's Walk

    • Artist: Tori Amos
    • Initial release date: 2002-10-25
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Scarlet's Walk is the seventh album released in singer-songwriter Tori Amos' solo career. The 18-track concept album details the cross-country travels of Scarlet, a character loosely based on Amos, as well as the concept of America post-September 11th (2001). The album was the first released by Amos on Epic Records after her split with former label Atlantic Records. After a period of trouble with her last label, Amos proved her fan base was still with her when the album debuted at US # 7, selling 107,000 copies in its first week, and reaching RIAA Gold status about a month after its release. All songs written and composed by Amos.  All songs written and composed by Amos.  The first single from the album was the catchy, radio-friendly track "A Sorta Fairytale" (released September 2002), which proved to be one of Amos' more successful singles, landing her in the US Top 10 Adult Contemporary chart. A commercial single was also released in the UK with a B-side entitled "Operation Peter Pan", based on the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. This served as the last commercial CD single of Amos' career to date. "Taxi Ride," a partial homage to the late make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin, a friend of
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    Wish You Were Here

    Wish You Were Here

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1975-09-15
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Wish You Were Here is the ninth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in September 1975. It explores themes of absence, the music business and former band-mate Syd Barrett's mental decline. Inspired by material the band composed while performing across Europe, Wish You Were Here was recorded in numerous sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios. Although some of these sessions were problematic, it was lead writer Roger Waters' idea to split the centrepiece track "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" in two and join each half with three new compositions. "Shine On" was a tribute to Barrett, who, coincidentally, made an impromptu visit to the studio while it was being recorded. As with their previous album, The Dark Side of the Moon, the band made use of studio effects and synthesisers. Roy Harper provided the lead vocals on "Have a Cigar". The album's packaging, designed by Storm Thorgerson, featured an opaque black sleeve which hid the album artwork. Wish You Were Here was an instant success and record company EMI was unable to print enough copies to satisfy demand. Although it initially received mixed reviews, the album has since been acclaimed by critics and
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    An Innocent Man

    An Innocent Man

    • Artist: Billy Joel
    • Initial release date: 1983-08
    • Genre: Rock music
    An Innocent Man is the ninth album by American singer/songwriter Billy Joel, released in 1983 (see 1983 in music). This album is Joel's tribute to the popular music from his teenage years. Throughout the album, he pays homage to a number of different popular American musical styles from the late 1950s and early 1960s, most notably doo-wop and soul music (see each track for specific homage). The album featured three Billboard Top 10 hit singles: "Tell Her About It", which reached #1, "Uptown Girl", which peaked at #3 and "An Innocent Man", which peaked at #10. Four other singles were released from the album: "The Longest Time" (number 14), "Leave a Tender Moment Alone" (number 27), "Keeping the Faith" (number 18) and "This Night" (US B-Side of "Leave a Tender Moment Alone"). "Tell Her About It" and "Uptown Girl" garnered international success — "Uptown Girl" reached #1 in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. An Innocent Man entered the U.S. Pop chart for 111 weeks, becoming Joel's longest charting studio album behind The Stranger. For over a year, the album remained on the charts in the UK, Japan, and Australia. Like his three previous efforts, Joel's An Innocent Man received a
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    Animals

    Animals

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1977
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Animals is the tenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in January 1977. A concept album, it provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of 1970s Britain, and presents a marked change in musical style from their earlier work. Animals was recorded at the band's studio, Britannia Row, in London, but its production was punctuated by the early signs of discord that several years later would culminate in keyboardist Richard Wright leaving the band. The album's cover image, a pig floating between two chimneys on Battersea Power Station, was conceived by bassist and writer Roger Waters, and photographed by long-time collaborators Hipgnosis. The album was released to generally positive reviews in the United Kingdom (UK), where it reached #2. It was also a success in the United States (US), reaching #3 on the Billboard 200, and although it scored on the American charts for only six months, steady sales have resulted in its certification by the RIAA at four times platinum. The size of the venues on the band's In the Flesh tour, and an incident in which Waters spat at a fan, prompted him to conceive the band's subsequent album, The Wall. In
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    Ghost in the Machine

    Ghost in the Machine

    • Artist: The Police
    • Initial release date: 1981-10-02
    • Genre: New Wave
    Ghost in the Machine is the fourth album by The Police, released in 1981 (see 1981 in music). Much of the material in this album was inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Ghost in the Machine, which also provided the title. It was their first album to bear an English language title. The group released three successful singles from the album: "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Invisible Sun", and "Spirits in the Material World". It went multi-platinum in the United States. The album was listed #322 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The cover art for Ghost in the Machine features a seven-segment display-inspired graphic that depicts the heads of the three band members each with a distinctive hair style (from left to right, Andy Summers, Sting with spiky hair, and Stewart Copeland with a fringe); the band was unable to decide on a photograph to use for the cover. Wire bonds can be seen on the original issue vinyl album cover, suggesting that the display is custom rather than merely seven-segment or perhaps is a photographic collage. The album's cover is ranked at number 45 on VH1's 50 Greatest Album Covers. The graphic was designed by Mick Hegarty. The album was
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    Girl You Know It's True

    Girl You Know It's True

    • Artist: Milli Vanilli
    • Initial release date: 1989
    • Genre: Pop music
    Girl You Know It's True is a 1989 album that was the U.S. debut of pop group Milli Vanilli. In 1989, the majority of songs from Milli Vanilli's Europe-only release All or Nothing were repackaged and retitled Girl You Know It's True. Following the scandal that revealed that Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan did not sing on their album exposed by Los Angeles Times journalist Chuck Philips , Arista Records dropped the act from its roster and deleted their album and its masters from their catalog, making it one of the largest-selling albums to ever be taken out of print. Following the series of stories by L.A. Times journalist Chuck Philips, the Academy revoked their Grammy. . This was the first time a Grammy was ever rescinded. The track order on the U.S. release is out of sequence with the listing printed on its cover art, and several tracks are listed with the wrong time. A few of the writers' credits are inconsistent with what is listed in external sources. The decision to replace some of the tracks for the U.S. release was made by Arista Records president Clive Davis.
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    Heaven or Las Vegas

    Heaven or Las Vegas

    • Artist: Cocteau Twins
    • Initial release date: 1990-08-28
    • Genre: Pop music
    Heaven or Las Vegas is the sixth album by Scottish rock group Cocteau Twins, their last for the music label 4AD. In terms of chart positions, it is the most successful Cocteau Twins album, reaching number seven in the UK. The album is noteworthy for the musical evolution the band was showing at the time. The lyrics of vocalist Elizabeth Fraser are more intelligible; many of them concern her newborn daughter Lucy Belle. Guitarist Robin Guthrie was experiencing problems with drug addiction, and as a result of his decreased time in the studio, bassist Simon Raymonde's playing is more in the forefront. Despite 4AD label president Ivo Watts-Russell proclaiming that this LP was one of the best releases ever on his label, he released the Twins from their contract at the end of 1990, as his relationship with the band had soured. Heaven or Las Vegas was released in 1990 by 4AD in the UK, and 4AD/Capitol Records in the USA. Early in the 21st century, 4AD set about re-acquiring American distribution rights for much of its back catalog. This resulted in a 2003 re-issue solely on 4AD, which was re-mastered by Guthrie. The album has received positive critical acclaim. It was listed as the 90th
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    Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1

    Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1

    • Artist: Guru
    • Initial release date: 1993-05-18
    • Genre: Jazz rap
    Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 is a jazz rap album by alternative hip hop artist Guru, released on May 18, 1993 (see 1993 in music) on Chrysalis Records. This album is one of the first albums to combine a live jazz band with hip hop production and rapping. It is the first such project to feature established rappers. Live backing is provided by a band that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan, Donald Byrd and Roy Ayers. The album also features collaborations with N'Dea Davenport (of the Brand New Heavies) and French rapper MC Solaar. Guru, quoted in the album's liner notes, talked about his natural affinity for both jazz and rap. "Jazz's mellow tracks, along with the hard rap beat, go hand-in-glove with my voice," he said. Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 peaked at #24 and #91 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums and the Billboard 200 albums charts. The single "Trust Me" peaked at #50 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks chart. In spite of the lagging American sales, Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 was a commercial success in Europe, where jazz was much more popular in the 1990s. The song "When You're Near Me" was featured in Cindy Crawford's video "The Next Challenge".
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    King of Skiffle

    King of Skiffle

    • Artist: Lonnie Donegan
    • Initial release date: 2000-04-11
    • Genre: Skiffle
    King of Skiffle is a musical album by Lonnie Donegan. A CD version of the album was released in the UK on 18 February 1998 by Castle Music. The CD was also released by Pickwick under the title "The Best of Lonnie Donegan". The first single from the album that was released was a version of Leadbelly's "Rock Island Line". It was the first debut record to go gold in the UK, and reached the Top 10 in the United States. One of the songs, "My Old Man's a Dustman", reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1960. It was ranked #29 on the "Top 100 Hits of 1960" chart from Canadian Top 40 radio station, CHUM. The other main hits from the album are "Cumberland Gap" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)" The latter was featured decades later in the Dr. Demento radio program, a show specializing in novelty songs. The song also appears on the Dr. Demento 20th anniversary two-disc set. This compilation album is similar to a 1970 double album (same name) with 22 stereo tracks released by Deutsche Vogue Schallplatten GmbH under the Pye label. "Rock Island Line" and "Wreck of the Old 97" are the exclusions, whilst the 1970 version included:
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    Psychic Terrorism

    Psychic Terrorism

    • Artist: Wishbone Ash
    • Initial release date: 1997
    Psychic Terrorism is an electronic based dance studio album from rock band Wishbone Ash recorded during 1996. It features techno and dance collaborations between band leader Andy Powell and electronica guru Mike Bennett. It is a continuation of the 1996 album Trance Visionary with brand new members Mark Birch, Bob Skeat and Ray Weston spicing up the songs with their instrumental performances.
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    Ces gens-là

    Ces gens-là

    • Artist: Jacques Brel
    • Initial release date: 1966
    • Genre: Chanson
    Ces Gens-Là (English: Those people) is Jacques Brel's eighth studio album. Also known as Jef, the album was released in 1966 by Barclay (80323). The album was reissued on 23 September 2003 under the title Ces Gens-Là as part of the 16-CD box set Boîte à Bonbons by Barclay (980 817-2).
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    73
    Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live in Central Park

    Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live in Central Park

    • Artist: Sheryl Crow
    • Initial release date: 1999-12-07
    • Genre: Pop music
    Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park is a live album by American singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, released in 1999 (see 1999 in music). Although it was not commercially successful upon its release, merely reaching #107 on the Billboard 200, the album has managed to reach US sales of 486,000 units as of January 2008, earning it gold certification consideration. Album - Billboard (North America) Grammy Awards
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    Albedo 0.39

    Albedo 0.39

    • Artist: Vangelis
    • Initial release date: 1976
    • Genre: Electronic music
    Albedo 0.39 is an album by the artist Vangelis, released in 1976. It is a concept album around space and space physics. Albedo 0.39 was the second album produced by Vangelis in Nemo Studios, London, which was his creative base until the late 1980s. It contrasts with his previous album, Heaven and Hell, which was classically inspired and choral, while Albedo 0.39 has blues and jazz overtones. A planet's albedo is the proportion of the light it receives that is reflected back into space. The album title refers to the average albedo value of the planet Earth as it was in 1976. From the explanation on the back of the LP cover : "The reflecting power of a planet or other non-luminous body. A perfect reflector would have an Albedo of 100%. The Earth's Albedo is 39%, or 0.39". Due to a variety of solar, atmospheric, electromagnetic, seasonal, and pollution issues, Earth's albedo value is in constant flux. See 'Sources', below, for data pertaining to the issue. Vangelis plays all instruments. Although it is uncertain which synthesizers Vangelis employs on this album, other instruments include acoustic drums, bass, percussion, a xylophone, a gamelan (track 2) and recordings of the speaking
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    Axis: Bold as Love

    Axis: Bold as Love

    • Artist: The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    • Initial release date: 1967-12-01
    • Genre: Psychedelic rock
    Axis: Bold as Love is the second studio album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Under pressure from their record company to follow-up the successful debut of their May 1967 album Are You Experienced, Axis: Bold as Love was released on Track Records in the UK in December 1967. It reached #5 in the UK and later #3 in the US. The album was recorded to fulfill the band's contract, which stated that they must produce two albums in 1967. Even so, it was not released in the USA until 1968 due to fears that it might disturb the sales of the first album. Noel Redding plays eight string bass on some tracks. Just before the album's completion, Hendrix left the master tapes of side one in a taxi. They were never found again, and thus the A-side had to be mixed again quickly. The album was re-released on the week of March 30, 2010. Like the other 2010 re-releases, the sound varies slightly with minor tweaks from Hendrix's sound engineer Eddie Kramer. Many of the album's songs were composed with studio recording techniques in mind and as a result were rarely performed live. Only "Spanish Castle Magic" and "Little Wing" were performed regularly. The lyrics of "Spanish Castle Magic" were inspired by
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    Medúlla

    Medúlla

    • Artist: Björk
    • Initial release date: 2004-08-30
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Medúlla is the sixth studio album by Icelandic singer, songwriter, and musician Björk, released on August 30, 2004 by Warner Bros. Records and One Little Indian. The title derives from the Latin word for "marrow". The album is almost entirely a cappella and constructed with human vocals. Medúlla received two Grammy Award nominations and reached number one in several record charts. Björk struggled to create a title for the album, originally calling it "Ink", as she wanted the title to represent the "5,000 year-old blood that's inside us all; an ancient spirit that's passionate and dark, a spirit that survives." A friend then suggested "Medúlla", a medical term for bone marrow in Latin. At the time of its construction, Björk called Medúlla to be her most political album, saying that it countered outbreaks of racism and patriotism that followed the September 11, 2001, attacks. These messages are prominent throughout the album, especially on the song "Mouth's Cradle". Björk also stated that being pregnant with her daughter, Ísadóra, influenced the album, particularly the song "Submarine". Björk described "Submarine" as a song meant to call her attention to wake up and work, because she
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    Panorama

    Panorama

    • Artist: The Cars
    • Initial release date: 1980-08-12
    • Genre: New Wave
    Panorama is the third studio album by American new wave band The Cars, released in 1980. It marked a change from the upbeat poprock and hard rock of their previous albums, representing a more aggressive and experimental sound. It was not as commercially successful as their previous or subsequent albums (until 1987's Door to Door), but did hit #5 on the Billboard 200 chart and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. As a single off the album, the song "Touch and Go" peaked at #37 on the Billboard 200. All songs written by Ric Ocasek (Copyright Lido Music). Album Singles
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    Pennywise

    Pennywise

    • Artist: Pennywise
    • Initial release date: 1991-10-22
    • Genre: Punk rock
    Pennywise is the self-titled debut album by the melodic hardcore punk band Pennywise, released on Epitaph Records on October 22, 1991. Writing for the first Pennywise album began around 1989/1990. The band recorded it in 1991 at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, California. Pennywise was released on October 22, 1991, and was the band's first album distributed via Epitaph Records. This self-titled debut made some impact upon its 1991 release, helping to re-establish the Southern Californian punk rock scene. All tracks by Pennywise
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    Smells Like Children

    Smells Like Children

    • Artist: Marilyn Manson
    • Initial release date: 1995-10-24
    • Genre: Industrial metal
    Smells Like Children is an EP by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on October 24, 1995 in the US through Nothing and Interscope Records. It was produced by the band's frontman and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The release represents an era of the band full of drugs, abuses, tours, sound experiments, and is also a reference to the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The release was initially proposed to strictly be a remix single for "Dope Hat", but various contributions by engineer and Skinny Puppy producer Dave Ogilvie, Nine Inch Nails live keyboardist Charlie Clouser and new material by the band resulted in an eclectic and unusual combination of material. All the ideas and tracks for this EP were created and composed throughout the touring cycle in support of Portrait of an American Family, and is the first Marilyn Manson work that features longtime member Ginger Fish on drums. The EP was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Spearheaded by its sole single, a cover of "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)", originally written and performed by Eurythmics in 1983, the song became a staple on MTV and helped to establish the
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    Voyager Golden Record

    Voyager Golden Record

    The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records which were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft, which were launched in 1977. They contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. The Voyager spacecrafts are not heading towards any particular star, but Voyager 1 will be within 1.6 light years of the star AC+79 3888 in the Ophiuchus constellation in about 40,000 years. As the probes are extremely small compared to the vastness of interstellar space, the probability of a space-faring civilization encountering them is very small, especially since the probes will eventually stop emitting any kind of electromagnetic radiation. If they are ever found by an alien species, it will most likely be far in the future as the nearest star on Voyager 1's trajectory will only be reached in 40,000 years. Carl Sagan noted that "The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. But the launching of this 'bottle' into the cosmic 'ocean' says something very hopeful about
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    Bitches Brew

    Bitches Brew

    • Artist: Miles Davis
    • Initial release date: 1970-04
    • Genre: Jazz fusion
    Bitches Brew is a studio double album by jazz musician Miles Davis, released in April 1970 on Columbia Records. The album continued his experimentation with electric instruments previously featured on his critically acclaimed In a Silent Way album. With the use of these instruments, such as the electric piano and guitar, Davis rejected traditional jazz rhythms in favor of a looser, rock-influenced improvisational style. Bitches Brew was Davis's first gold record, selling more than half a million copies. Upon release, it received a mixed response, due to the album's unconventional style and revolutionary sound. Later, Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz's greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 1971. In 1998, Columbia Records released The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions, a four-disc box set that included the original album as well as the studio sessions through February 1970. Recording sessions took place at Columbia's 30th Street Studio over the course of three days in August 1969. Davis called the musicians to the recording studio
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    Follow the Reaper

    Follow the Reaper

    • Artist: Children of Bodom
    • Initial release date: 2000-12-20
    • Genre: Melodic death metal
    Follow the Reaper is the third studio album by Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. This album continues the musical tradition of the previous album, Hatebreeder, only with a more straightforward direction. Much of the black metal and symphonic metal elements are present—mainly in the keyboards, vocals, and fast tempos—as well as a stronger emphasis on power metal. Many songs on the album became live setlist favorites, such as "Everytime I Die", "Hate Me!", and the title track. The song "Mask Of Sanity" is quite similar to the song "Talking of the Trees" from their early demo Shining (released as IneartheD). Follow the Reaper was recorded and mixed at Peter Tägtgren's Abyss studio in Sweden, instead of the Finnish Astia-studio from Anssi Kippo, in which they had recorded all of their previous releases, including the demos from IneartheD. On this album, Children of Bodom used D standard tuning (D,G,C,F,A,D), which was also used on Hatebreeder. The album features sampled quotes from the 1990 film The Exorcist III. A deluxe edition featuring two bonus tracks was released in 2006. All songs written and composed by Alexi Laiho.
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    Katrina and the Waves 2

    Katrina and the Waves 2

    • Artist: Katrina and the Waves
    • Initial release date: 1984
    • Genre: New Wave
    Katrina & the Waves 2 is the second album by new wave band Katrina and the Waves, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). with:
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    84
    Live/Dead

    Live/Dead

    • Artist: Grateful Dead
    • Initial release date: 1969-11-10
    • Genre: Rock music
    Live/Dead is the first official live album released by the San Francisco-based band Grateful Dead. It was recorded over a series of live concerts in early 1969 and released later in the year on November 10. At the time of its release, Robert Christgau wrote that side two of the double album "contains the finest rock improvisation ever recorded." A landmark live album that captured the Grateful Dead's improvisations at their best—Allmusic would write that "Few recordings have ever represented the essence of an artist in performance as faithfully as Live/Dead"—it is also the final album with keyboardist Tom Constanten. The album was remastered and released with hidden bonus tracks as part of the 2001 box set The Golden Road (1965–1973), and subsequently as a stand-alone album in 2003. The first 1:34 of "Dark Star" can be found on the previous track, "Mountains of the Moon", in the 2005 box set Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings. In 2003, the album was ranked number 244 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The songs were recorded with a mobile 16-track studio. Owsley "Bear" Stanley also asked Ron Wickersham to invent a mic splitter that fed
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    Anthology 3

    Anthology 3

    • Artist: T-Square
    • Initial release date: 1996-10-28
    • Genre: Psychedelic rock
    Anthology 3 is a compilation album by The Beatles released in October 1996 by Apple Records as part of The Beatles Anthology series. The album includes rarities and alternative tracks from the final two years of the band's career, ranging from the initial sessions for The Beatles (also known as The White Album) to the last sessions for Let It Be and Abbey Road in later 1969 and early 1970. Following "Free as a Bird" in Anthology 1 and "Real Love" in Anthology 2, a third John Lennon solo demo entitled "Now and Then" was to be reworked by the three surviving members of The Beatles for Anthology 3. However, it was decided against due to complications and sound quality issues involving Lennon's recording. In its place is "A Beginning", an orchestral instrumental track initially intended for The White Album. "A Beginning" was composed by producer George Martin and intended to be the intro track to the Ringo Starr penned "Don't Pass Me By". Similar to the previous Anthology albums, the cover image painted by Klaus Voorman features a collage of The Beatles-related imagery designed to appear as a wall of peeling posters and album covers. An updated picture of Voorman can be seen in George
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    Antichrist Superstar

    Antichrist Superstar

    • Artist: Marilyn Manson
    • Initial release date: 1996-10-08
    • Genre: Alternative metal
    Antichrist Superstar is the second full-length studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on October 8, 1996 in the US through Nothing and Interscope Records. The record's success in mainstream charts turned the band and its frontman into a household name. This led to numerous protests from religious and civic groups such as the American Family Association due to the band's perceived anti-Christian stance as well as the transgressive and confrontational nature of their music, performance and appearance. It is a rock opera concept album and the first installment in a trilogy that includes Mechanical Animals and Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). After the release of Holy Wood, Manson revealed that the overarching story within the trilogy is divulged in reverse chronological order. Holy Wood, therefore, begins the story, followed by Mechanical Animals, and concluding with Antichrist Superstar. It was recorded at Nothing Studios in New Orleans and produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The album has sold over 7 million copies worldwide, with 1.9 million of those sold in the United States alone. It spawned two commercial singles ("The
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    87
    Fully Completely

    Fully Completely

    • Artist: The Tragically Hip
    • Initial release date: 1992-10
    • Genre: Rock music
    Fully Completely is the third full-length album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It reached #1 on the RPM Top 100 albums chart, their second album to do so. The album is listed at #5 on The Top 100 Canadian Albums by Bob Mersereau and #9 on The Top 102 Modern Rock Albums of All Time by 102.1 The Edge. The album was certified Diamond in Canada in January 2007. The album was released in October 1992 and produced by Chris Tsangarides. The cover art was designed by Dutch artist Lieve Prins. All songs were written by The Tragically Hip.
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    2 votes
    88
    Live! Volume One

    Live! Volume One

    • Artist: The O.C. Supertones
    • Initial release date: 2002-03-26
    • Genre: Third-wave of ska
    Live! Volume One is the fifth album released by The O.C. Supertones. It was recorded during four different show on the Loud and Clear tour in 2001. Adam Ferry was the drummer at the time but was not pictured due to his departure. Ferry played on this record and the song "Heavens Got a Baby" for the BEC Christmas compilation.
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    2 votes
    89
    Nothing New for Trash Like You

    Nothing New for Trash Like You

    • Artist: Against All Authority
    • Initial release date: 2001-10-06
    • Genre: Punk rock
    Nothing New for Trash Like You is an album from the ska-punk band Against All Authority. The album was first released in 2001 on Sub City Records. Songs 12-17 were previously included on Destroy What Destroys You, and other tracks were lifted off various split albums. The title of this album was borrowed from the punk band Bueno of Prescott, Arizona. Bueno released an album of the same name in August 2000, five years before the death of their lead singer, Brian Gianelli, in a canoeing accident. In the inlay of this CD, there is a scanned letter from the American Automobile Association (from 1998). Their trademark consists of three As in an oval. They complained to Hopeless Records that the logo Against All Authority uses is the same as theirs, and they threatened to sue the label. After this, Against All Authority's logo was changed and previous CDs with the offending logo were replaced with the new one. However, in response to this argument their next album was entitled 24 Hour Roadside Resistance, making fun of the American Automobile Association's slogan "24 Hour Roadside Assistance".
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    2 votes
    90
    Obscured by Clouds

    Obscured by Clouds

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1972-06-03
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Obscured by Clouds is the seventh studio album by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, based on their soundtrack for the French film La Vallée, by Barbet Schroeder. Some copies of the album refer to the film by its English title, The Valley. The LP was released in the United Kingdom on 2 June 1972 on Harvest/EMI and then in the United States on 15 June 1972 on Harvest/Capitol. The album reached number one in France, number six on the UK Albums Chart and number 46 on the US albums chart (where it was certified Gold by the RIAA by 1997). In 1986, the album was released on CD. A digitally remastered CD was released in March 1996 in the UK and August 1996 in the US. The cover of Obscured by Clouds is an out-of-focus film still of a man in a tree. At this point in their career, the band were not new to scoring movies. They had already scored the films The Committee in 1968 and More and some of Zabriskie Point in 1969. Consequently, Barbet Schroeder contacted the band in order to make another soundtrack, which they had agreed to do after More had become a success. The band had already started working on The Dark Side of the Moon at this point, having done some basic recording and
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    91
    The Chicago Transit Authority

    The Chicago Transit Authority

    • Artist: Chicago
    • Initial release date: 1969-04-28
    • Genre: Rock music
    The Chicago Transit Authority is the self-titled debut album by the Chicago-based rock band The Chicago Transit Authority, who would later be known as Chicago. It was recorded and released in 1969. Upon the band's 1967 inception, they were initially called "The Missing Links". Then (according to Robert Lamm on an episode of In the Studio with Redbeard devoted to the making of the album) changed its name to "The Big Thing" (occasionally performed in areas outside Chicago and Milwaukee as "The Big Sounds" due to some venues complaining about the double entendre that the name "The Big Thing" also alluded to), before adopting the moniker The Chicago Transit Authority when producer James William Guercio took them on in 1968. Fusing brass and jazz with a soulful rock and roll feel was their trademark and Guercio instinctively felt that their sound would prove successful, lobbying for his label to give them a shot. The Chicago Transit Authority were signed to Columbia Records late that year and recorded their debut in late January. While Guercio had recently produced Blood, Sweat & Tears' second album (which proved to be a huge smash), he did so to raise capital for his band. By the end
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    2 votes
    92
    Repeater plus 3 Songs

    Repeater plus 3 Songs

    • Artist: Fugazi
    Repeater + 3 Songs is the CD version of Fugazi's first full-length album, released in March 1990, and combining the album Repeater and the EP 3 Songs, originally released in January 1990.
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    3 votes
    93
    Under Rug Swept

    Under Rug Swept

    • Artist: Alanis Morissette
    • Initial release date: 2002-02-25
    • Genre: Pop rock
    Under Rug Swept is the fifth album by Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette. Released by Maverick Records in the United States on February 26, 2002 and in the United Kingdom a day earlier (see 2002 in music), it was the first album Morissette had written and produced all on her own. It debuted at number one on charts in 12 countries, including Canada, and produced the singles "Hands Clean" and "Precious Illusions". Sales, however, did not match those of Morissette's previous two studio albums. Before recording of the album began, when she hadn't written songs or journal entries for nine months, Morissette went to Toronto not knowing whether she was going to write songs herself or with someone else. In the first week of her stay she had written seven songs alone, and she described the writing process as "really fast and accelerated". As on her previous albums, Morissette took a stream-of-consciousness approach to the songwriting. She wrote the music and lyrics at the same time, spending around twenty minutes or less on each song, and recorded the vocals during the writing process, in one or two takes. "I really wanted to make sure that I wrote in the studio so that, while I
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    3 votes
    94
    Pretty Little Lightning Paw

    Pretty Little Lightning Paw

    • Artist: A Silver Mt. Zion
    • Initial release date: 2004-05-10
    • Genre: Post-rock
    The "Pretty Little Lightning Paw" E.P. is an EP by Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band under the name Thee Silver Mountain Reveries. It was released May 2004 on Constellation Records. The name the band assumed for this EP was temporary; they have since reverted to using Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-la-la Band. Many of the band members switched instruments for this recording. For example, Sophie Trudeau, who usually plays violin, plays bass guitar. Ian Ilavsky, usually one of the band's guitarists, plays drums. When recording was complete, the EP was played on a boombox and rerecorded from that, giving it a rough sound. On the track, "There's a River in the Valley Made of Melting Snow", the Hebrew lyric, "baruch atta adonai" ({{{2}}}), means "bless the Lord". The track "Microphones in the Trees" is in the time signature of 5/4, with the main riff subdivided into 5/8.
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    4 votes
    95
    Epitaph

    Epitaph

    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Initial release date: 1997
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Epitaph is a live 4CD set of concert performances and radio sessions by the band King Crimson, released in 1997. Volumes 1 and 2 (Discs 1 and 2) were available in retail shops, and the set included a flyer with instructions on how to obtain Volumes 3 and 4 (Discs 3 and 4) via mail-order. All tracks written by Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald and Peter Sinfield, unless otherwise indicated. Tracks 1-2 recorded May 6, 1969 at Maida Vale Studios, London, UK for BBC Radio Tracks 3-4 recorded August 19, 1969 at Maida Vale Studios, London, UK for BBC Radio [Track 4 includes the introduction to track 5 at the end] Tracks 5-7 recorded November 21, 1969 at the Fillmore East, New York, USA Tracks 8-11 recorded December 13, 1969 at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, USA Recorded December 14, 1969 at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, USA Recorded August 9, 1969 at Plumpton Racetrack (at the Ninth National Jazz and Blues Festival), Streat, UK Recorded September 7, 1969 at the Chesterfield Jazz Club, Chesterfield, UK
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    3 votes
    96
    First two 7"s on a 12"

    First two 7"s on a 12"

    • Artist: Minor Threat
    • Initial release date: 1984-03
    • Genre: Hardcore punk
    First Two 7"s on a 12" (also known as the Minor Threat LP) was a compilation album by the American hardcore punk band Minor Threat. It was released in March 1984 through Dischord Records. The compilation consisted of the group's first two extended plays, Minor Threat (originally released June 1981) and In My Eyes (originally released December 1981). First Two 7"s on a 12" featured the same cover as the Minor Theat EP, depicting vocalist Ian MacKaye's younger brother Alec (Untouchables, The Faith). The image has been imitated by punk bands such as Rancid on their album ...And Out Come the Wolves and in the Major Threat ad campaign by Nike. Although the Minor Threat and In My Eyes EPs have never been released on CD, all tracks from both recordings are available on their 1989 compilation album Complete Discography. "Straight Edge", a song from the Minor Threat EP, inadvertently inspired the straight edge movement. The song seemed to be a call for abstinence from drugs and alcohol—a then-unpopular notion in the punk rock scene, which initially found a small, but dedicated following. Another Minor Threat song, from In My Eyes, "Out of Step", further demonstrates the aesthetic: "Don't
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    3 votes
    97
    Garbage

    Garbage

    • Artist: Garbage
    • Initial release date: 1995-08-15
    • Genre: Post-grunge
    Garbage is the debut album by Scottish/American alternative rock group Garbage. It was released in the late summer and autumn of 1995 worldwide, following critical acclaim and promising chart positions for their debut single "Vow", which entered the Billboard Hot 100. Garbage eventually spent over a year on both the US and UK charts, reaching the top 20 on charts worldwide and receiving multi-platinum certification in numerous territories. The album's success was helped by the band promoting it on a year-long tour, including playing on the European festival circuit and supporting the Smashing Pumpkins throughout 1996, as well as by a run of increasingly successful singles culminating with "Stupid Girl" which in 1997 was nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group. Garbage was considered as one of the most influential alternative records of all time for its fusion of pop melodies with alternative rock, trip-hop and electronica genres and its use of loops and sampling including, amongst other things, The Clash's "Train in Vain", the sound of torn sheets of metal, an air conditioning unit and a broken tape deck. In 1983, Butch Vig and
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    3 votes
    98
    Ninety-Six Tears

    Ninety-Six Tears

    • Artist: ? & the Mysterians
    • Initial release date: 1966
    • Genre: Garage rock
    96 Tears is the debut album by the garage rock band Question Mark & the Mysterians, released in 1966. A re-recorded version was eventually released on the label Collectables in 1997. 96 Tears peaked at #66 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. The rumor that it charted at #96 is an urban legend. All songs written and composed by Rudy Martinez, except where noted.
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    3 votes
    99
    Pornograffitti

    Pornograffitti

    • Artist: Extreme
    • Initial release date: 1990-08-07
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Extreme II. Pornograffitti (A Funked Up Fairy Tale) is the second album released by the Boston rock band Extreme. The title is a portmanteau of pornography and graffiti. The album sold very well, peaking at #10 on the Billboard 200, and was certified double platinum in the U.S. by the RIAA. It is the band's best selling album. Two singles from Pornograffiti, "More Than Words" and "Hole Hearted", reached the top-5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Two other tracks, "Decadence Dance" and "Get the Funk Out", reached the lower half of Billboard's rock chart. In 2010, after the band's reunion in the previous years, rumours started about possible commemorative shows given the 20th anniversary of the record. Finally, in 2012, initially a small string of such shows in Japan has been confirmed. Musically, Pornograffitti is dominated by metal guitar riffs, often with funky, syncopated timing, and incendiary, high-speed metal solos. The record provided Bettencourt with widespread admiration from rock guitar enthusiasts and continual exposure in guitar playing publications such as Guitar World and Guitar School. "More Than Words", a gentle acoustic ballad, and "Hole Hearted", an acoustic folk song,
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    3 votes
    100
    Ride the Lightning

    Ride the Lightning

    • Artist: Metallica
    • Initial release date: 1984-07-07
    • Genre: Thrash metal
    Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on July 27, 1984, through the independent record label Megaforce Records. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on November 5, 1987, and was certified 5× platinum on June 9, 2003. In July 1983, Metallica released their debut studio album, titled Kill 'Em All through Megaforce Records. On February 20, 1984, the band began work on their second album, titled Ride the Lightning, at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark. The album was produced under Flemming Rasmussen, founder of Sweet Silence Studios, who also went on to produce the band's following two albums, Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All. Metallica finished recording Ride the Lightning on March 14, 1984, and the album was released through Megaforce on July 30, 1984. On September 12, 1984, Metallica signed with major label Elektra Records who re-released the album on November 19, 1984. Ride the Lightning is the last Metallica album to credit former lead guitarist Dave Mustaine with co-writing any songs. Mustaine was kicked out of the band in 1983, prior to the recording of Kill Em' All. He is credited on the
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    3 votes
    101
    Thug Life Vol. 1

    Thug Life Vol. 1

    • Artist: Tupac Shakur
    • Initial release date: 1994-09-26
    Thug Life: Volume 1 was the first release by the group Thug Life, started by rapper Tupac Shakur, and was released on September 26, 1994. The album was originally released by Shakur's label Out Da Gutta Records. Many tracks were cut from the original release by Interscope, due to all the criticism on Gangsta rap. The group featured Big Syke, Macadoshis, Mopreme, The Rated R and 2Pac. Among the notable tracks on the album are "Bury Me a G", "Pour Out a Little Liquor", "How Long Will They Mourn Me?" and "Str8 Ballin". In 1996 Big Syke and Shakur planned to create a Thug Life: Vol. 2 which would have been released on Makaveli Records. Although the album was originally released on Shakur's label Out Da Gutta, Amaru Entertainment, the label owned by the mother of Tupac Shakur, has since gained the rights to it. Bury Me a G Pour Out a Little Liquor Str8 Ballin'
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    102
    Trapeze

    Trapeze

    • Artist: Trapeze
    • Initial release date: 1970
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Trapeze is the 1970 debut rock album by the band Trapeze. The album was produced by John Lodge, of Moody Blues fame. The sound on this particular album is a far cry from the blues-based hard rock the band would become well known for. The band released another album also named Trapeze in 1976; see Trapeze (1976 album).
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    3 votes
    103
    The Argument

    The Argument

    • Artist: Fugazi
    • Initial release date: 2001-10-16
    • Genre: Indie rock
    The Argument is the sixth studio album from the post-hardcore band Fugazi released on October 16, 2001 through Dischord Records. It was recorded at Don Zientara's Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA and the Dischord House between January and April 2001. Upon release it was met with critical and commercial success. It is the band's last before going on indefinite hiatus in 2003. The Argument saw Fugazi continue to expand upon the more experimental art rock leanings of Red Medicine and End Hits while also heavily incorporating other instruments, such as piano and cello into their sound. The album also featured the first extensive contributions from outside musicians, most notably longtime stage-tech Jerry Busher, who added percussion on a second drum set to several of the album's songs as well as Kathi Wilcox of Bikini Kill and Bridget Cross of Unrest who provided additional backing vocals. When asked about the meaning of the album's title by Guitar World in a 2001 interview, singer/guitarist Ian MacKaye described it (and the song title from which the album name comes from), as "an anti-war manifesto." MacKaye expanded upon this by stating, "A main point of the song is that I will not
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    4 votes
    104
    Black Sabbath, Vol. 4

    Black Sabbath, Vol. 4

    • Artist: Black Sabbath
    • Initial release date: 1972-09-25
    • Genre: Heavy metal
    Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is the fourth album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1972. The album was originally to be titled Snow Blind In L.A., after one of several songs referring to cocaine use, and features several Sabbath classics, such as "Wheels of Confusion", "Tomorrow's Dream", "Supernaut", "Snowblind" and "Under the Sun". In June 1972, Black Sabbath reconvened in Los Angeles, California to begin work on their fourth album at the Record Plant Studios. The recording process was plagued with problems, many due to substance abuse issues. While struggling to record the song "Cornucopia" after "sitting in the middle of the room, just doing drugs", Bill Ward feared that he was about to be fired from the band. "I hated the song, there were some patterns that were just horrible", Ward said. "I nailed it in the end, but the reaction I got was the cold shoulder from everybody. It was like 'Well, just go home, you're not being of any use right now.' I felt like I'd blown it, I was about to get fired". However, the seeds were planted for what would eventually be the demise of the classic Sabbath lineup. As Butler told Guitar World in 2001: "Yeah, the
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    2 votes
    105
    Let It Be… Naked

    Let It Be… Naked

    • Artist: The Beatles
    • Initial release date: 2003-11-17
    • Genre: Rock music
    Let It Be... Naked is a 2003 album by English rock group The Beatles. It is a remixed & remastered version of their 1970 album Let It Be. The project was overseen by Paul McCartney, who felt that Phil Spector's production did not accurately represent the group's "stripped-down" intentions for the original album. Let It Be... Naked presents the songs "naked" - without Spector's overdubs and without the incidental studio chatter featured between most cuts of the original album. Let It Be... Naked also replaces "Dig It" and "Maggie Mae" with "Don't Let Me Down", originally featured as the B-side of the "Get Back" single. The album is presented in a form which Paul McCartney considers closer to its original artistic vision: to "get back" to the rock and roll sound of their early years rather than the orchestral overdubs and embellishments which were added by Phil Spector in the production of the final Let It Be album. McCartney in particular was always dissatisfied with the "Wall of Sound" production style of the Phil Spector remixes, especially for his song "The Long and Winding Road", which he believed was ruined by the process. George Harrison gave his approval for the Naked project
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    106
    Nerf Herder

    Nerf Herder

    • Artist: Nerf Herder
    • Initial release date: 1996-12-03
    • Genre: Geek rock
    Nerf Herder is the eponymous debut album by Nerf Herder, released in November 1996. The album was released in two different versions, both in 1996. The first version featured an orange golf shirt on the cover and was produced by My Records (owned by Joey Cape from Lagwagon) as the label's debut album. The second version was produced by Arista Records and had both a different shade of orange shirt and a different version of track 4 "Easy Mark", recorded with a completely alternate tempo and lyrics altered due to their similarity with the song "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey.
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    107
    Skittish / Rockity Roll

    Skittish / Rockity Roll

    • Artist: Mike Doughty
    • Initial release date: 2004-12-07
    • Genre: Rock music
    Skittish / Rockity Roll is a re-release of Mike Doughty's first two solo studio albums, Skittish and Rockity Roll. It was jointly released on December 7, 2004 by Dave Matthews' label, ATO Records, and Doughty's own Snack Bar. It contains both albums and five bonus tracks, on two CDs. All songs written and performed by Mike Doughty unless otherwise noted. (Skittish) (Rockity Roll and bonus tracks)
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    2 votes
    108
    Big Time

    Big Time

    • Artist: Tom Waits
    • Initial release date: 1988-09
    • Genre: Rock music
    Big Time is the first conventional live album by American musician Tom Waits, featuring performances from two shows on Waits' 1987 tour, regarded by many as "his best tour ever." The album was released less than a year later on Island Records. While Big Time was the first released recording of public concert performances by Waits, it was not strictly his first live release: his 1975 Nighthawks at the Diner was a live performance before an audience that was conducted entirely within a recording studio. In efforts to promote Franks Wild Years, Waits began a historic tour of North America and Europe in October 1987. The tour incorporated a theatrical aspect, as Franks Wild Years was recorded based on a play written by Waits himself about his then-alter-ego, Frank O'Brien. Waits described his alter ego, who was first debuted on Swordfishtrombones as: "Quite a guy. Grew up in a bird's eye frozen, oven-ready, rural American town where Bing, Bob, Dean, Wayne & Jerry are considered major constellations. Frank, mistakenly, thinks he can stuff himself into their shorts and present himself to an adoring world. He is a combination of Will Rogers and Mark Twain, playing accordian -- but without
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    109
    Houses of the Molé

    Houses of the Molé

    • Artist: Ministry
    • Initial release date: 2004-06-22
    • Genre: Industrial metal
    Houses of the Molé is the ninth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry. The album was released on June 21, 2004 internationally and a day later in the United States through Sanctuary Records. The album is the 1st part of the band's anti-Bush trilogy, followed by 2006's Rio Grande Blood and 2007's The Last Sucker. It was released in the run up to the 2004 American presidential elections, with George W. Bush being president at the time of its release. Nearly all songs start with the letter "W" in their title. The first track on the album, "No W", features numerous satirical samples of Bush's speeches, particularly samples in which he spoke of his war on terror. The musical style of the album is more speed metal-oriented than Ministry's previous releases. Al Jourgensen has stated that the name Houses of the Molé is a tribute to the Houses of the Holy album, released by Led Zeppelin in 1973. Molé itself is a Mexican sauce made from chocolate that is nearly black in color, an image that Jourgensen believes represents crude oil. This was the first and so far only Ministry studio album to not chart on the Billboard 200. Due to slow sales, the band left Sanctuary. Houses of the
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    1 votes
    110
    Pokémon The Movie 2000

    Pokémon The Movie 2000

    • Initial release date: 2000
    • Genre: Pop music
    Pokᅢᄅmon: The Movie 2000 is the soundtrack to the second ''Pokᅢᄅmon'' movie in America. It was released alongside the film in 2000 by Atlantic Records and includes many songs by popular artists, such as "Weird Al" Yankovic and The B-52's. The orchestral score to the film was also released on a separate CD, Pokᅢᄅmon The Movie 2000 Original Motion Picture Score, but this CD still features "The Legend Comes to Life", which was the final song played by Melody. The title track to the movie was remixed by Jonathan Peters and Tommy Musto.
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    111
    Shine On

    Shine On

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1992-11-24
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Shine On is a 1992 nine-CD box set by Pink Floyd which was released through EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Columbia Records in the United States to coincide with Pink Floyd's 25th anniversary as a recording and touring band. All CDs were digitally remastered. The eight albums included in this box set are: Refer to original albums for track lists, personnel lists, and production credits. The packaging on each of the previously-released albums was unique to this set. The spines of the eight black CD cases lined up to show the prism from The Dark Side of the Moon. Included with the box set was a hardcover book chronicling the career of Pink Floyd from its inception to the late 1980s. As the collection was meant to showcase the best of Pink Floyd, the decision was made to not include the soundtrack albums More or Obscured by Clouds, or the albums Ummagumma, Atom Heart Mother and The Final Cut . The band's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was not included, as at the time EMI were planning to release a special edition of the album, and it was hoped that new fans would buy both this set and the re-released debut. According to drummer Nick Mason, a suggestion for the
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    112
    Small Change

    Small Change

    • Artist: Tom Waits
    • Initial release date: 1976-10
    • Genre: Rock music
    Small Change is an album by Tom Waits, released in 1976 on Asylum Records. It was recorded in July 1976. Small Change was recorded, direct to 2-track stereo tape, July 15, 19, 20, 21 and 29, 1976 at the Wally Heider Recording Studio, in Hollywood, USA under the production of Bones Howe. The album featured famed drummer Shelly Manne, and was, like Waits' previous albums, heavily jazz-influenced, with a lyrical style that owed influence to Raymond Chandler and Charles Bukowski as well as a vocal delivery influenced by Louis Armstrong, Dr John and Howlin' Wolf. The music for the most part consists of Waits' hoarse, rough voice, set against a backdrop of piano, upright bass, drums and saxophone. Some tracks have a string section, whose sweet timbre is starkly contrasted to Waits' voice. "Tom Traubert's Blues" opens the album. Jay S. Jacobs has described the song as a "stunning opener [which] sets the tone for what follows." The refrain is based almost word by word on the 1890 Australian song, "Waltzing Matilda" by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson, although the tune is slightly different. The origin of the song is somewhat ambiguous. The sub-title of the track "Four Sheets to the Wind in
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    113
    Bee Gees 1st

    Bee Gees 1st

    • Artist: Bee Gees
    • Initial release date: 1967-07-14
    • Genre: Pop music
    Bee Gees 1st is the debut album for the Polydor (USA: ATCO) label by The Bee Gees, released in July of 1967 (see 1967 in music). Contrary to the group's later disco-oriented releases, Bee Gees 1st was a psychedelic rock album. The song New York Mining Disaster 1941 was later covered by Chumbawamba on their WYSIWYG album, by Martin Carthy on Signs of Life, and as a B-side by the Levellers. "Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man Will Show You" has also been covered by The Flaming Lips as an intro to early live versions of "Shine On Sweet Jesus" as documented on the compilation 20 Years of Weird: Flaming Lips 1986-2006. In 2006, Reprise Records reissued Bee Gees 1st with both stereo and mono mixes on one disc and a bonus disc of unreleased songs and alternate takes. Bee Gees 1st peaked at #7 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. Side 1 Side 2 Bonus Disc for 2006 Reissue All compositions by Barry and Robin Gibb, except as indicated.
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    114
    EleKtrik: Live in Japan

    EleKtrik: Live in Japan

    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Initial release date: 2003
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    EleKtrik: Live in Japan is a live album by the band King Crimson, released in 2003.
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    115
    Hope

    Hope

    • Artist: Klaatu
    • Initial release date: 1977-09
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Hope, released in September 1977, is the second album by the Canadian progressive rock group Klaatu. It is a concept album, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, about the sole survivor of an arrogant race of beings, who warns space travellers of hazards in the last days of his life. Many fans and critics consider Hope to be the most creative of the Klaatu albums. It won a Juno Award for "Best Engineered Album" and a Canadian Music Critics award for "Best Album" in 1977. An alternate version of Hope was released in 2005 as part of the group's Sun Set collection of rarities. The alternate version on Sun Set included the complete contributions of the London Symphony Orchestra, which had largely been removed from the version released in 1977. The alternate version also includes a short unreleased track, "Epilogue," which had originally been intended to be placed between "So Said the Lighthouse Keeper" and "Hope." The album opens with a mouse squeak. Their previous album, 3:47 EST, ends with a mouse squeak. "Long Live Politzania" concludes with "The Politzanian National Anthem". The original release credited all songs simply to "Klaatu"; however, subsequent reissues and the
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    3 votes
    116
    Laika Come Home

    Laika Come Home

    • Artist: Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz
    • Initial release date: 2002-07-12
    • Genre: Dub
    Laika Come Home is a Gorillaz remix album released in July 2002. Unlike a typical remix album, it is done by just one group, Spacemonkeyz. It contains most of the songs from the Gorillaz' first album, Gorillaz, but remixed in dub and reggae style. The album features Terry Hall, U Brown, Earl 16 and 2D. One single, "Lil' Dub Chefin'", was released from the album on 22 July 2002, with moderate success. The limited edition was packed in digipak, featuring two hidden tracks. In 2004, the album was packaged with 2001's Gorillaz in a box set as part of EMI's "2CD Originals" collection. The album's title is a reference to Laika, the Soviet space dog, and the film Lassie Come Home. The album contains mixes of every song on the original album except "Double Bass", "Latin Simone (¿Que Pasa Contigo?)", and "Rock the House". The Spacemonkeyz appear to be first referenced before the album in the "Tomorrow Comes Today" video. During the video, in the background, a poster can be seen with three pictures of monkeys with spacesuits and the caption "Laugh now but someday we'll be in charge". The artwork is a famous piece of artwork by Banksy, the visual artist who worked with Damon Albarn for Think
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    Phantom Power

    Phantom Power

    • Artist: The Tragically Hip
    • Initial release date: 1998-07-14
    • Genre: Rock music
    Phantom Power is the sixth full-length album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. The album was released in 1998. It won the 1999 Juno Awards for Best Rock Album and Best Album Design. The song "Bobcaygeon" won the Juno Award for Single of the Year in 2000. The album has been certified 3x Platinum in Canada. The song "Escape Is at Hand for the Travellin' Man" is a tribute to Jim Ellison of Material Issue. The band recorded the song "Something On" while stuck in the studio during the ice storm of 1998. All songs were written by The Tragically Hip.
    6.67
    3 votes
    118
    Sixteen Stone

    Sixteen Stone

    • Artist: Bush
    • Initial release date: 1994-12-05
    • Genre: Post-grunge
    Sixteen Stone is the debut album of British rock band Bush. Released in 1994 through Trauma Records, it boasted numerous successful singles and is widely regarded as the band's most popular album. In the UK, a stone is a unit of weight that equals 14 pounds. Therefore, sixteen stone means 224 pounds or about 102 kilograms. When asked why lead singer Gavin Rossdale chose the name "Sixteen Stone" for the name of their album, he said: "Once upon a time there was a lonely man... my friend, who called a phone number advertising a '21 year old Scandinavian beauty, new in town.' When she arrived, she was forty years old and sixteen stone..." In the booklet of Sixteen Stone, there is a heart and a dedication to Rupert and Julie, two of Gavin's friends who died in a boating accident along the Thames in England. The cover insert has a picture of what looks like a bush or mop head flying through the air. This is actually Gavin's dog named Winston. A Puli, a breed of dog with dreadlock-like cords, that has been tossed in the air or is jumping. Beck used the same effect in 1996 with a Komondor, another Hungarian dog breed that has similar fur to the Puli, on his album Odelay which looks like a
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    3 votes
    119
    The Bridge

    The Bridge

    • Artist: Billy Joel
    • Initial release date: 1986-07
    • Genre: Rock music
    The Bridge is Billy Joel's tenth studio album released by Columbia Records in 1986, and was his final album to be produced by Phil Ramone. This album had several successful singles, including "A Matter of Trust" (peaking at #10), "Modern Woman" (which also appeared on the Ruthless People soundtrack, peaking at #10), and "This Is the Time" (peaking at #18). Joel began work on the album in 1985 and it would become The Bridge in early 1986. Two of Joel's big influences, Ray Charles and Steve Winwood, made guest appearances on the album. Ray Charles sang a duet with Joel on the song "Baby Grand," and Steve Winwood played Hammond organ on the song "Getting Closer." Other notable musicians who made guest appearances on the album included the jazz musicians Ron Carter and Michael Brecker who both played on the jazzy track "Big Man on Mulberry Street." The album also had some New Wave influences. For instance, the first song, "Running on Ice," is heavily influenced by the music of The Police, and the final song recorded for the album, "Code Of Silence," featured Cyndi Lauper who contributed backing vocals and received co-writing credit for the lyrics (Joel would return the favor by
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    3 votes
    120
    The Greatest Songs Ever Written

    The Greatest Songs Ever Written

    • Artist: NOFX
    • Initial release date: 2004-11-09
    • Genre: Punk rock
    The Greatest Songs Ever Written (By Us) is a greatest hits compilation album released on November 9, 2004 by NOFX consisting of previously released songs that have been cleaned up and restored using a more recent technology. Some songs were even re-mixed for the compilation. All songs written by Fat Mike.
    6.67
    3 votes
    121
    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

    • Artist: David Bowie
    • Initial release date: 1972-06-06
    • Genre: Glam rock
    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is a 1972 concept album by English musician David Bowie, which is loosely based on a story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. It peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and number 75 in the United States on the Billboard Music Charts. A concert film of the same name directed by D.A. Pennebaker was released in 1973. The album presents, albeit vaguely, the story of a rock and roll character called "Ziggy Stardust". Ziggy is the human manifestation of an alien being who is attempting to present humanity with a message of hope in the last five years of its existence. Ziggy Stardust is the definitive rock star: sexually promiscuous, wild in drug intake and with a message, ultimately, of peace and love; but he is destroyed both by his own excesses of drugs and sex, and by the fans he inspired. The character of Ziggy was initially inspired by British rock 'n' roll singer Vince Taylor whom Bowie met after Taylor had had a breakdown and believed himself to be a cross between a god and an alien; though Taylor was only part of the blueprint for the character, other influences
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    3 votes
    122
    This Year's Model

    This Year's Model

    • Artist: Elvis Costello
    • Initial release date: 1978-03-17
    • Genre: Punk rock
    This Year's Model is Elvis Costello's second album and his first with The Attractions, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). It was recorded mainly at Eden Studios in West London. It was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. In 2000, Q magazine placed This Year's Model at number 82 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 1987, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 11 on its list of the best albums of the period 1967-1987. In 2003, the album was ranked number 98 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Early issues of the album have an apparently misprinted sleeve, which cuts off the left side of the front cover (including the letters 'E' from 'Elvis' and 'T' from 'This') and shows a printers' color bar along the right side (see cover right). This was a deliberate mistake (a favourite technique of cover designer Barney Bubbles), as was pressing "Special pressing No. 003. Ring 434 32 32. Ask for Moira for your prize" between the holding spirals on Side A. Indeed people calling the aforementioned number ("Moira" being a press agent at FBeat) would get rewarded with a badge. Early issues of the
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    3 votes
    123
    Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan

    • Artist: Bob Dylan
    • Initial release date: 1962-03-19
    • Genre: Folk music
    Bob Dylan is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, released in March 1962 by Columbia Records. Produced by Columbia's legendary talent scout John H. Hammond, who signed Dylan to the label, the album features folk standards, plus two original compositions, "Talkin' New York" and "Song to Woody". Dylan met John Hammond at a rehearsal session for Carolyn Hester on September 14, 1961, at the apartment shared by Hester and her then-husband, Richard Fariña. Hester had invited Dylan to the session as a harmonica player, and Hammond approved him as a session player after hearing him rehearse, with recommendations from his son, musician John P. Hammond, and from Liam Clancy. Hammond later told Robert Shelton that he decided to sign Dylan "on the spot," and invited him to the Columbia offices for a more formal audition recording. No record of that recording has turned up in Columbia's files, but Hammond, Dylan, and Columbia's A&R director Mitch Miller have all confirmed that an audition took place. (Producer Fred Catero, then a recording engineer for Columbia Records, claims to have the master of that session. It is not the original demo for Columbia, but a session from
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    4 votes
    124
    Peter Gabriel

    Peter Gabriel

    • Artist: Peter Gabriel
    • Initial release date: 1982
    • Genre: New Wave
    Peter Gabriel is the fourth album released by the British musician Peter Gabriel. This album was originally released as Gabriel's fourth eponymous album, but was released in the United States as Security, Gabriel's first album with Geffen Records in the US and Canada. This album is an early full digital recording. Its instrumentation is mostly electronic with extensive sampling (through use of the then-new Fairlight CMI) and percussion. It was recorded at Gabriel's then-home, Ashcombe House in Somerset, England in 1981. It was remastered with most of Gabriel's catalogue in 2002. The songs on the album cover a wide variety of subject matter. "The Rhythm of the Heat" is based on Carl Jung’s experience while observing a group of African drummers. "San Jacinto" reflects on the fear and pain experienced by a Native American man who sees his culture overwhelmed by modern white society. "Shock the Monkey", a meditation on jealousy, uses imagery of a primate to describe personal anxieties. "Lay Your Hands on Me" deals with a theme of healing, through trust, which is further explored on later albums. "The Family and the Fishing Net" is a song comparing a modern day wedding to a voodoo
    5.75
    4 votes
    125
    American Life

    American Life

    • Artist: Madonna
    • Initial release date: 2003-04-22
    • Genre: Pop music
    American Life is the ninth studio album by American singer-songwriter Madonna. It was released on April 22, 2003 by Maverick Records and distributed by Warner Bros. Records. The album produced in its entirety by Madonna and Mirwais Ahmadzaï featured references to many parts of American culture. The album is considered a concept album, with recurring themes of "American Dream" and "materialism". Furthermore, the themes reject the reputation Madonna held in the 1980s with her worldwide hit "Material Girl". American Life is a folk album in its purest definition, instead of a general pop record. The album also contains rock and electronica music, as well as influences of acoustic music on many tracks. The album peaked at number one in fourteen countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. It was nominated for two Grammys at the 46th Grammy Awards. The record was the world's 32nd-best-selling album in 2003. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI) both certified it platinum in recognition of one million shipments in the US, and three hundred thousand shipments in the UK, respectively. It is the second Madonna Album to
    7.50
    2 votes
    126
    Brown Album

    Brown Album

    • Artist: Primus
    • Initial release date: 1997-07-08
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Brown Album is the fifth studio album by alternative rock band Primus. It was released on July 8, 1997. It was the first Primus release to not feature drummer Tim Alexander; as such, this is their first album to feature Bryan "Brain" Mantia. All lyrics written by Les Claypool, all music composed by Primus. In his review for Allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine contends that "the replacement of drummer Tim "Herb" Alexander with Brian "Brain" Mantia doesn't affect Primus' sound in any notable way", but also notes that the album "moves Primus even further into progressive and jazz-rock territory". In conclusion, he describes Brown Album as "standard Primus – all instrumental interplay and adolescent humor – but it's delivered with more finesse and skill than ever." For Entertainment Weekly, Wook Kim describes the band as "in decline" since their "satisfyingly eclectic" early albums, noting that with Brown Album they "cross that thin line between novel and novelty." Tom Moon, for Rolling Stone, describes Brown Album as "precisely the type of weirdness that Primus have been peddling for years – progressive-rock instrumentals camouflaged in the tattered rags of punk and the absurdist
    7.50
    2 votes
    127
    Catalyst

    Catalyst

    • Artist: New Found Glory
    • Initial release date: 2004-05-18
    • Genre: Melodic hardcore
    Catalyst is the fourth studio album by American rock band New Found Glory. It was produced by Neal Avron and released on May 18, 2004 through Geffen Records. The album includes an enhanced CD portion with a making of the music video for the inaugural single "All Downhill from Here". Catalyst debuted at a career-high number three on the Billboard 200 chart and was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on August 18, 2004. All songs written and composed by New Found Glory. The following people contributed to Catalyst:
    7.50
    2 votes
    128
    Chansons ou versions inédites de jeunesse

    Chansons ou versions inédites de jeunesse

    • Artist: Jacques Brel
    • Initial release date: 2003
    • Genre: Chanson
    Chansons ou Versions Inédites de Jeunesse (Songs, or Unreleased Early Versions) is an album of rare recordings first issued as part of the 16-CD box set Boîte à Bonbons on 23 September 2003. This CD contains 28 titles: 26 songs from Radio Hasselt recorded 14 August 1953 and 21 August 1953, a recording from the Brel family's private collection, and a 1962 recording from Dutch television AVRO.
    7.50
    2 votes
    129
    In a Reverie

    In a Reverie

    • Artist: Lacuna Coil
    • Initial release date: 1999-02-22
    • Genre: Gothic metal
    In a Reverie, is the debut album by Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil, released in 1999. The album was released through Century Media. In 2005, the album was re-released with new artwork and a new cover. All arrangements by Lacuna Coil. All lyrics written by Cristina Scabbia, Andrea Ferro, all music composed by Marco Coti Zelati, except where noted.
    7.50
    2 votes
    130
    Seconds Out

    Seconds Out

    • Artist: Genesis
    • Initial release date: 1977-10-21
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Seconds Out is a live double album by Genesis, released in October 1977. It reached No.4 in the UK, remaining in the charts for 17 weeks. The performances were recorded in Paris in 1976 and 1977 on their tours in support of A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering. At the end of several songs the crowd can be heard encouraging the band to play another song by chanting "Une autre!" which literally means "another one". Seconds Out is the band's second live album following 1973's Genesis Live. While the earlier live set had been released to mark time while they recorded Selling England by the Pound, Seconds Out was planned as a major release, an authoritative document of Genesis' sound with Phil Collins as frontman and lead vocalist. The recording includes former Weather Report drummer Chester Thompson at the start of his long tenure as concert drummer for the band. Former Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford, the first drummer to take over for Collins on the stage, played drums on the band's 1976 tour, from which the recording of "The Cinema Show" was taken. Thompson replaced Bruford on the band's 1977 tour, which was the source of all other songs on the album. Guitarist Steve
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    2 votes
    131
    The Wedding Album

    The Wedding Album

    • Artist: Duran Duran
    • Initial release date: 1993-02-23
    • Genre: Rock music
    Duran Duran (commonly known as The Wedding Album) is the seventh studio album and the second self-titled album by Duran Duran, released on 23 February 1993. The cover art by Nick Egan features wedding photos from the parents of the four band members. Recording of the album was completed in early 1992 with an impending release by Capitol Records in the United States. Duran Duran's new management company, Left Bank, was distressed at the apparent lack of enthusiasm for the album and had it pulled from the release schedule. Manager Tommy Manzi later told HitQuarters it was the industry that were unenthusiastic about the return of the band rather than the music consumer. Manzi said that industry insiders "laughed at" Left Bank while they worked on reviving the careers of not only Duran Duran but also Meat Loaf because they would rather focus on "the next hip band" than perceived "old" acts. During the hiatus while waiting for the album to be released, the band began working on what would become the Thank You album, and a Warren Cuccurullo-derived riff of "First Impression" led to the rapid inclusion of the song "Come Undone". All songs produced by Duran Duran and John Jones, except
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    2 votes
    132
    A Momentary Lapse of Reason

    A Momentary Lapse of Reason

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1987-09-07
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    A Momentary Lapse of Reason is the thirteenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. It was released in the UK and US in September 1987. In 1985 guitarist David Gilmour began to assemble a group of musicians to work on his third solo album. At the end of 1986 he changed his mind, and decided that the new material would instead be included in a new Pink Floyd album. Subsequently Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Richard Wright were brought on board for the project. Although for legal reasons Wright could not be re-admitted to the band, he and Mason helped Gilmour to craft what would become the first Pink Floyd album since the departure of lyricist and bass guitarist Roger Waters in December 1985. The album was recorded primarily on Gilmour's converted houseboat, Astoria. Its production was marked by an ongoing legal dispute between Waters and the band as to who owned the rights to Pink Floyd's name, which was not resolved until several months after the album was released. Unlike many of Pink Floyd's studio albums, A Momentary Lapse of Reason has no central theme, and is instead a collection of rock songs written mostly by Gilmour and musician Anthony
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    4 votes
    133
    Is There Anybody out There? The Wall Live 1980-81

    Is There Anybody out There? The Wall Live 1980-81

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 2000-04-18
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Is There Anybody Out There? is an album released by Pink Floyd in 2000. It is a live rendition of The Wall, recorded by James Guthrie, with tracks selected from the August 1980 and June 1981 performances at Earls Court in London. The shows actually involved the construction of a wall on stage, throughout the first half of the show. Once it was finished, members of the band performed in small openings in the wall, atop the wall, in front of the wall, or even behind the wall. The album artwork featured the life-masks of the four members of Pink Floyd at the time, which were worn by the "surrogate band" during the songs "In the Flesh?" and "In the Flesh". Is There Anybody Out There? contains live versions of all the original songs along with two additional songs: "What Shall We Do Now?" and "The Last Few Bricks". "What Shall We Do Now?" was actually planned for the original album, but removed just before release (it was left on the lyric sheet for the original LP, but excised from future CD re-releases.) "The Last Few Bricks", on the other hand, was an instrumental bridge between "Another Brick in the Wall (Part III)" and "Goodbye Cruel World" which contained themes from "The Happiest
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    4 votes
    134
    Brain

    Brain

    • Artist: Klinik
    • Initial release date: 1993
    • Genre: Industrial music
    Brain is a split EP with the bands Klinik and Paracont. Track 2 is probably the same recording as on the Live album.
    6.33
    3 votes
    135
    Dark Side of the Spoon

    Dark Side of the Spoon

    • Artist: Ministry
    • Initial release date: 1999-06-07
    • Genre: Industrial metal
    Dark Side of the Spoon is the seventh studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1999 through Warner Bros. Records. "Bad Blood" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2000. There are two theories behind the title (which occurs in the lyrics of the opening track), the first being a play on words, as it is easily noticed as a parody of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. The second is a reference to the blackened or dark side of a spoon when heated to dissolve heroin, as the band suffered from addiction of said substance at the time. The album's cover generated some controversy when retailer Kmart refused to stock it in its stores. The saxophone part of the song "10 / 10" is taken from the last 22 seconds of "Group Dancers" on the Charles Mingus album The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. After the end of track 10, tracks of silence begin. There are 59 silent tracks on the album, totaling 10:26 "Linda Summertime" is track 69. Houses of the Molé, another Ministry album, features a hidden track called "Walrus" which is also track 69.
    6.33
    3 votes
    136
    The Golden Age of Grotesque

    The Golden Age of Grotesque

    • Artist: Marilyn Manson
    • Initial release date: 2003-05-12
    • Genre: Industrial rock
    The Golden Age of Grotesque is the fifth full-length studio album by American rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on May 13, 2003 in the US through Nothing and Interscope Records. It was the last Marilyn Manson album to feature guitarist John 5. Limited edition units included a DVD titled Doppelherz (Double-heart), a surrealist short film directed by Manson. It was revealed in a 2007 edition of the British rock magazine Kerrang! that The Golden Age of Grotesque was intended to be Marilyn Manson's departure from music. The album has received mixed to positive reviews from mainstream music critics. The album was certified gold in Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and the UK. It spawned two singles ("This Is the New Shit" and "mOBSCENE"). The band supported the album with the controversial Grotesk Burlesk Tour, and the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In a November 2001 post on MarilynManson.com's message board, Manson stated that the band's fifth studio album would be "very much guitar driven," in spite of previous claims that it would be beat-oriented. He also revealed that he had been working on a remix of "The Fight Song" with Slipknot drummer Joey
    6.33
    3 votes
    137
    The Grey Album

    The Grey Album

    • Artist: Danger Mouse
    • Initial release date: 2004-02
    • Genre: Mashup
    The Grey Album is a mashup album by Danger Mouse, released in 2004. It uses an a cappella version of rapper Jay-Z's The Black Album and couples it with instrumentals created from a multitude of unauthorized samples from The Beatles' LP The Beatles (more commonly known as The White Album). The Grey Album gained notoriety due to the response by EMI in attempting to halt its distribution, despite the fact that both Jay-Z and Paul McCartney said they felt fine with the project. Danger Mouse released The Grey Album in limited quantities to a few internet outlets. Due to the amount of attention the mashup received, EMI, copyright holder of The Beatles, ordered Danger Mouse and retailers carrying the album to cease distribution. Because of the overwhelming popularity of Danger Mouse's work this did not happen. Danger Mouse never asked permission to use The Beatles' material, and intended to produce a limited production run of 3,000 copies. Jay-Z's material, on the other hand, was commercially released in a cappella form. Although that work was copyrighted, it was released for the implicit purpose of encouraging mashups and remixes. The album quickly became popular and well-distributed
    6.33
    3 votes
    138
    Turn on the Bright Lights

    Turn on the Bright Lights

    • Artist: Interpol
    • Initial release date: 2002-08-19
    • Genre: Indie rock
    Turn on the Bright Lights is the debut studio album by American post-punk revival band Interpol, released in August 2002. The album was recorded in November 2001 at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut, and was co-produced, mixed and engineered by Peter Katis and Gareth Jones. It was released on August 19, 2002 in the United Kingdom and August 20 in the United States, through independent record label Matador Records. Upon release, the record peaked at number 101 on the UK Albums Chart. It reached number 158 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, as well as spending 73 weeks in the Billboard Independent Albums, peaking at number five. "PDA", "NYC", "Obstacle 1" and "Say Hello to the Angels" were the singles from Turn On the Bright Lights, and a video was shot for each with the exception of "Say Hello to the Angels". The album was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 29, 2011 for shipments of 500,000 copies. The release of Turn On the Bright Lights was preceded by the marketing of the band's self-titled Interpol EP in June 2002, their first release for Matador. The EP contained three tracks: radio single "PDA", future single "NYC", and "Specialist". All three tracks later appeared on
    6.33
    3 votes
    139
    AMOTION

    AMOTION

    • Artist: A Perfect Circle
    • Initial release date: 2004-11-16
    • Genre: Rock music
    aMOTION is a DVD–CD set released by American rock band A Perfect Circle on November 16, 2004, only two weeks after the debut of the band's last album, eMOTIVe. The DVD consists of music videos for singles such as "Judith", "3 Libras" and "Weak and Powerless" as well as previously unreleased videos for singles such as "Blue" and "Thinking of You". The CD is composed entirely of remixes of the singles from Mer de Noms and Thirteenth Step. The songs were retooled by Danny Lohner, Joshua Eustis, Massive Attack, and James Iha among others. The video album debuted at number four on SoundScan's Top Music Video chart and number ten on the Australian music DVD chart. aMOTION was certified Platinum by the RIAA on 17 December 2004. All lyrics written by A Perfect Circle.  This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.
    8.00
    1 votes
    140
    Bigger and Deffer

    Bigger and Deffer

    • Artist: LL Cool J
    • Initial release date: 1987-07-01
    • Genre: Gangsta rap
    Bigger and Deffer (BAD), is the second studio album by rapper LL Cool J and is remembered most for containing the first commercially successful "rap ballad", "I Need Love". It also contains the single "Go Cut Creator Go", which paid homage to his DJ, and the breakthrough single in the U.K. "I'm Bad". In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums, while receiving mixed reviews from other critics. The front cover photograph on the album was taken in front of Andrew Jackson High School in Queens (which LL Cool J attended before dropping out in the 10th or 11th grade), and the back cover was shot in his grandmother's basement where he was living at the time. Both images were shot by Glen E. Friedman. All songs written by Simon/Ervin/Pierce/Smith, except where noted.
    8.00
    1 votes
    141
    Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

    Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

    • Artist: Mudhoney
    • Initial release date: 1991-07-26
    • Genre: Grunge music
    Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge is the second studio album by the grunge band Mudhoney. It was recorded in 1991, at a time when the band was thinking of signing to a major record label, but decided to release the album on Sub Pop. Guitarist Steve Turner has said that the album is his "favorite Mudhoney album as a whole" and many critics agree that the band reached a peak on Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. The album is named after a mnemonic used by music students to recall the notes (EGBDF) on the lines of the treble clef. Along with their debut EP Superfuzz Bigmuff, the album was included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, with reviewer Jason Chow calling it "a classic album, one of the best of the genre."
    8.00
    1 votes
    142
    Filth Pig

    Filth Pig

    • Artist: Ministry
    • Initial release date: 1996-01-30
    • Genre: Alternative metal
    Filth Pig is the sixth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1996 on Warner Bros. Records. The title was allegedly derived from a statement made in the British Houses of Parliament, where bandleader Jourgensen was described as a filthy pig by MP Teddy Taylor. Despite being the band's highest-charting album in the US, it was negatively received by reviewers, sharply divided the band's fanbase, and was a commercial failure. This would be the last Ministry album to be recorded with Mike Scaccia on guitar until the 2004 release of Houses of the Molé. He did not tour to support Filth Pig.
    8.00
    1 votes
    143
    No Prayer for the Dying

    No Prayer for the Dying

    • Artist: Iron Maiden
    • Initial release date: 1990-10-01
    • Genre: Heavy metal
    No Prayer for the Dying is the eighth studio album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The record marks the band's first line-up change since 1983; guitarist Adrian Smith left the band during the pre-production phase, unhappy with the musical direction it was taking, and only having contributed to one song, "Hooks in You". Smith was replaced by Janick Gers, who had previously worked with singer Bruce Dickinson on his first solo-album, Tattooed Millionaire, and had also worked with Ian Gillan and New Wave of British Heavy Metal band, White Spirit. The album departed from the keyboard and synth saturated progressive rock direction of the band's two previous studio outings (1986's Somewhere in Time and 1988's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son) in favour of a more "stripped down," straight forward style, befitting the band's earlier material, which ushered in a change of vocal style for Bruce Dickinson from the operatic sound of the 1980s to a raspier way of singing. The idea to make a more "street level" release also inspired the band to record in a barn on bassist Steve Harris' property in Essex, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Dickinson states that this idea was a
    8.00
    1 votes
    144
    Trouble at the Henhouse

    Trouble at the Henhouse

    • Artist: The Tragically Hip
    • Initial release date: 1996-05-11
    • Genre: Rock music
    Trouble at the Henhouse is the fifth full-length album from Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was released on May 7, 1996. Produced by the band and Mark Vreeken, the album was mixed by Steven Drake, guitarist for Canadian band Odds, which had toured with the Hip the previous year. The album has been certified five times platinum in Canada. The cover art, a photograph by Avery Crounse, is also called "Trouble at the Henhouse". The album debuted at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, and stayed at #1 for 4 straight weeks. The album won the 1997 Juno Award for Album of the Year and North Star Rock Album of the Year, and The Tragically Hip won the 1997 award for Group of the Year. The album has been certified 5x Platinum in Canada. All songs written by The Tragically Hip.
    8.00
    1 votes
    145
    Kingdom of Madness

    Kingdom of Madness

    • Artist: Edguy
    • Initial release date: 1997-02-08
    • Genre: Power metal
    Kingdom of Madness is the second album by the German power metal band Edguy, released in 1997. It is usually referred to as their "official" debut album since it was the first to be professionally recorded and to receive record company distribution. All lyrics by Tobias Sammet. Music as indicated.
    5.25
    4 votes
    146
    The Ozzman Cometh

    The Ozzman Cometh

    • Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
    • Initial release date: 2002-06-25
    • Genre: Heavy metal
    The Ozzman Cometh is a compilation album by Ozzy Osbourne released in 1997. It is his second greatest hits collection (the first being Ten Commandments, released in 1990 and now out of print). Its initial, limited edition 2-CD pressing contained five previously unreleased songs. Versions released in 2002 and later copies of this compilation have only one disc, and "Shot in the Dark" is replaced by "Miracle Man". This was due to a legal action brought about by the song's co-writer, Phil Soussan, for unpaid royalties. Note on versions post-2002: The album tracks are from the 2002 remasters, for which Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were partially re-recorded. The original drum and bass tracks were replaced with recordings by Osbourne's then-current bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin, as a management response to legal action by original bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake for unpaid royalty fees. Note also the deliberate misspelling of Daisley's and Soussan's names in this CD's sleeve notes: 'Bob Daisy', 'Bill Susan.' The tracks from Bark at the Moon are the original recordings, but are later mixes of the songs. The compilation won a 1997 Metal Edge
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    Unplugged

    Unplugged

    • Artist: Alice in Chains
    • Initial release date: 1996-07-30
    • Genre: Grunge music
    MTV Unplugged is a live album and DVD by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre as part of the MTV Unplugged series of concerts and contains live, acoustic versions of the band's songs and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. Alice in Chains resurfaced on April 10, 1996 to perform their first concert in two and a half years for MTV Unplugged, a program featuring all-acoustic set lists. The show first aired on MTV on May 28, 1996. A live album of the performance was released in July 1996, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, and was accompanied by a home video release. The album has received platinum certification by the RIAA and the home video release has received gold certification by the RIAA. A full length DVD of the concert was also later released in 1999. The songs "Angry Chair", "Frogs", and "The Killer Is Me" were cut from the original MTV broadcast but are included on both the CD and home video releases. The album was re-released as a CD/DVD package on September 18, 2007. The performance was one of the band's final appearances with vocalist Layne Staley. The performance featured some of
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    Faceless

    Faceless

    • Artist: Godsmack
    • Initial release date: 2003-04-08
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Faceless is the third studio album by the heavy metal band Godsmack. The album introduced drummer Shannon Larkin, former drummer for Ugly Kid Joe. The album was released on April 8, 2003. The songs "Straight Out of Line" and "I Stand Alone" had Grammy nominations for 'Best Rock Song' and, 'Best Hard Rock Performance' respectively. The writing and recording process, according to Erna, was a self-contained one in which the band holed up in a rented home in Miami, Florida and wrote without distraction or influence from the rock music scene going on around them. On the subject of the album, Erna told LAUNCH Media: "It's a bit more musical at times, it's a bit more melodic, but it's still raw," Erna said. "It's still tough. It's still got that Godsmack edge to it, but it's not quite as angry, maybe, as the past stuff has been. But it's still got its rawness...Well, I shouldn't say that. There's a couple of nasty f***in' songs on this record. But all in all I think it's just really, I think, some well written stuff. I'm really proud of it." Erna found inspiration after reading Rush drummer Neil Peart's book Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, and penned the new song "Serenity",
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    Get a Grip

    Get a Grip

    • Artist: Aerosmith
    • Initial release date: 1993-04-20
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Get a Grip is the 11th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released on April 20, 1993 by Geffen Records. Get a Grip was the band's last studio album to be released by Geffen before they returned to Columbia Records. Get a Grip featured guests including Don Henley, who sang backup on "Amazing", and Lenny Kravitz, who offered backup vocals and collaboration to "Line Up". As on Permanent Vacation and Pump, this album featured numerous song collaborators from outside the band including: Desmond Child, Jim Vallance, Mark Hudson, Richie Supa, Taylor Rhodes, Jack Blades and Tommy Shaw. Get a Grip became Aerosmith's best-selling studio album worldwide, achieving sales of over 20 million copies, and is tied with Pump for their second best-selling album in the United States, selling over 7 million copies as of 1995. This also made it their third consecutive album with US sales of at least five million. Two songs from the album won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, in 1993 and 1994. The album was voted Album of the Year by Metal Edge readers in the magazine's 1993 Readers' Choice Awards, while "Livin' on the Edge" was voted Best Video. In his
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    Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits

    • Artist: George Strait
    • Initial release date: 1985
    • Genre: Country
    Greatest Hits is country music singer George Strait's first compilation album, released in 1985 by MCA Records. It includes all ten singles from Strait's first three albums. It reached #4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and is certified 4×Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.
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    Greatest Hits 1987-1997

    Greatest Hits 1987-1997

    • Artist: Kylie Minogue
    • Initial release date: 2003-11-24
    • Genre: Pop music
    Greatest Hits 87–97 (also known as Greatest Hits 1987–1997) is a 2003 compilation album by Australian-born singer Kylie Minogue. Released by BMG, the album collects work from Kylie's PWL and Deconstruction periods, including the albums Kylie (1988), Enjoy Yourself (1989), Rhythm of Love (1990), Let's Get to It (1991), Greatest Hits (1992), Kylie Minogue (1994) and Impossible Princess (1997). This album is an extended version of Greatest Hits 87–92, released in 2002. (K - from Kylie; EY - from Enjoy Yourself; RL - from Rhythm of Love; LG - from Let's Get To It; GH - from Greatest Hits) (KM - from Kylie Minogue; IM - from Impossible Princess) Bonus Tracks
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    How Ya Like Me Now

    How Ya Like Me Now

    • Artist: Kool Moe Dee
    • Initial release date: 1987
    • Genre: Hip hop music
    How Ya Like Me Now is the second album by emcee Kool Moe Dee. It is his best-selling album to date, achieving platinum certification by the RIAA. Kool Moe Dee was an original member of The Treacherous Three. He had a long running feud with LL Cool J releasing various "diss tracks" at his adversary. On the cover, there is LL Cool J's red Kangol hat under a front wheel of the Jeep Wrangler in the backdrop. In 1996, Nas references the album in the chorus of "I Gave You Power," from his second album It Was Written, a song where Nas plays an anthropomorphized gun. The chorus lyrics are "How you like me now? I go blow, it's the shit that moves crowds, makin' every ghetto foul." In 2004, Ludacris references the album in Usher's number one hit Yeah!. In 2008, the title track "How Ya Like Me Now" was ranked number 31 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs. In 2009, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, seemed to reference Kool Moe Dee in comments addressed to President Barack Obama: "I would say to the new president, congratulations. It is going to be an honor to spar with him. And I would follow that up with: How do you like me now?" Also in 2009,
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    It's Only Rock'n Roll

    It's Only Rock'n Roll

    • Artist: The Rolling Stones
    • Initial release date: 1974-10-18
    • Genre: Rock music
    It's Only Rock 'n Roll is the twelfth British and fourteenth American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1974. It was the last Rolling Stones album for guitarist Mick Taylor and the songwriting and recording of the album's title track had a connection to Taylor's eventual replacement, Ronnie Wood. The album has a firmer rock sound than the band's previous album, the more funk- and soul-inspired Goats Head Soup. The album reached #1 in the US and #2 in the UK. Work began on It's Only Rock 'n Roll following the Rolling Stones' fall 1973 European tour. Production began in November at Munich, Germany's Musicland Studios. According to guitarist Keith Richards, "We were really hot (off the road) and ready just to play some new material." The album was at first developed as a half-live, half-studio production with one side of the album featuring live performances from the Stones' European tour while the other side was to be composed of newly recorded cover versions of the band's favourite R&B songs. Covers recorded included a take of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away", Shirley & Company's "Shame, Shame, Shame", and The Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg". Soon the band began working
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    Kill 'Em All

    Kill 'Em All

    • Artist: Metallica
    • Initial release date: 1983-07-13
    • Genre: Thrash metal
    Kill 'Em All is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on July 25, 1983. Since its release, it has been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA, having sold over three million copies in the United States. Metallica's original line-up featured James Hetfield (guitar/vocals), Lars Ulrich (drums), Ron McGovney (bass), and Dave Mustaine (lead guitar). Because of tensions with Mustaine, McGovney left the band. Castro Valley-born bassist Cliff Burton was recruited as his replacement. Mustaine was fired in April 1983 for his drug and alcohol problems, overly aggressive behavior and clashes with bandmates. After Mustaine's departure, Metallica recruited Kirk Hammett, who previously played for Exodus and was a one time student of Joe Satriani. The band started recording the album with Hammett, whose guitar solos on the album were partially based on Mustaine's original solos (the first four bars of most solos were written by Mustaine), barely a month later. Mustaine then formed the band Megadeth, which also achieved multi-million selling success. Despite their differences, Mustaine's contributions to the early years of Metallica were still acknowledged; he
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    Lita

    Lita

    • Artist: Lita Ford
    • Initial release date: 1988-02
    • Genre: Rock music
    Lita is an album by Lita Ford, released in February, 1988 on RCA Records. The album features a duet with Ozzy Osbourne, "Close My Eyes Forever," as well as "Kiss Me Deadly," another hit for Ford. Pat Benatar's rhythm section (Don Nossov and Myron Grombacher) is also featured throughout the album. The song "Close My Eyes Forever" is featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore. Its single peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track "Kiss Me Deadly" was named the 76th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.
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    Live at Wolf Trap

    Live at Wolf Trap

    • Artist: The Doobie Brothers
    • Initial release date: 2004-10-26
    • Genre: Rock music
    Live at Wolf Trap is the third live album by US rock band The Doobie Brothers, released in 2004. Wolf Trap is a National Park in Virginia, where the band performed live on July 25. In addition to the CD, a DVD was released featuring, in addition to the CD setlist, "People Gotta Love Again", "Spirit", "Nobody", "Neal's Fandango", "Takin' It to the Streets" and "Without You", interviews, a photo gallery and other bonus features. The album revived a handful of tracks the Doobies had not released live versions of before from Tom Johnston's original stint with the band. The set also included a cover of the rock and roll standard "Little Bitty Pretty One". The album contains the final recordings of drummer and vocalist Keith Knudsen, who died shortly after its release. The Doobie Brothers Additional personnel
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    Regaining Unconsciousness

    Regaining Unconsciousness

    • Artist: NOFX
    • Initial release date: 2003-03-25
    • Genre: Punk rock
    Regaining Unconsciousness is an EP by NOFX, released prior to the release of The War on Errorism. Regaining Unconsciousness was the name of a song that appeared on The War on Errorism, although that song did not appear on this EP. All tracks appeared on The War on Errorism except for "Hardcore '84" and "Commercial,' which was a mock commercial for War on Errorism.
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    The Heart of Saturday Night

    The Heart of Saturday Night

    • Artist: Tom Waits
    • Initial release date: 1974-10
    • Genre: Jazz
    The Heart of Saturday Night is the second studio album by singer and songwriter Tom Waits, released in 1974 on Asylum Records. In 2003, the album was ranked number 339 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, his highest placing. The album cover is based on In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra. Cal Schenkel was the art director and the cover art was by Lyn Lascaro aka Napolean. All songs written and composed by Tom Waits. Side one Side two All personnel credits adapted from the album's liner notes.
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    The Night Watch

    The Night Watch

    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Initial release date: 1997
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    The Nightwatch is a live album (2CD set) by the English rock band King Crimson, released in 1997. This album contains an important performance in King Crimson's career, being the source of the improvisations "Trio" and "Starless and Bible Black", the Fripp instrumental "Fracture" and the intro to the song "The Night Watch", all of which were included, with some editing, in the 1974 album Starless and Bible Black. Excerpts of "(No Pussyfooting)" appear at the end of "21st Century Schizoid Man" and the beginning of USA. The concert was performed on 23 November 1973 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Holland. Most of the concert was also broadcast live by the BBC and taped by listeners; bootlegs of the broadcast circulated among fans. It was one of the first releases of archival recordings by Discipline Global Mobile, the music company founded by Robert Fripp. Like the covers of many King Crimson albums, The Nightwatch's cover features a painting by P J Crook, which is also entitled The Nightwatch. The sleeve was designed by the Bill Smith Studio of London.
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    To the Knife

    To the Knife

    • Artist: Klinik
    • Initial release date: 1995
    • Genre: Industrial music
    To the Knife is a 1995 album by Klinik.
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    Weezer

    Weezer

    • Artist: Weezer
    • Initial release date: 2001-05-15
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Weezer, also known as "The Green Album" due to the lime-green cover, is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Weezer, released on May 15, 2001. Produced by Ric Ocasek, it was released on Geffen Records, as were its two predecessors. This is the first, and only Weezer album to feature bassist Mikey Welsh, who replaced long-time member Matt Sharp. The musical style of Weezer is grounded in the power pop genre, featuring strong melodies, crisp vocal harmonies, and prominent guitar riffs. It is also Weezer's quickest selling album. Weezer received generally favourable reviews. The album is often recognized as a rebirth for the band after a long hiatus following their 1996 album, Pinkerton. The album attained chart success by debuting at number four in the US and number two in Canada. The album also charted within the top ten in Norway and Sweden. Since its release in 2001, the album has sold over 1,600,000 copies in the United States. Three singles were released from the album including "Hash Pipe", "Island in the Sun", and "Photograph". The first single, "Hash Pipe", was a worldwide modern rock hit, charting on seven different charts, despite their record label's
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    ZZ Top's First Album

    ZZ Top's First Album

    • Artist: ZZ Top
    • Initial release date: 1970
    • Genre: Blues-rock
    ZZ Top's First Album is the debut studio album by American blues rock band ZZ Top. It was produced by manager Bill Ham, and was released on January 16, 1971 on London Records. Establishing their attitude and humor, ZZ Top incorporated boogie, hard rock and Southern rock influences into their sound. Thematically, the album is lively, playful, and at times brash. Filled with the band's personal experiences and sexual innuendos, they became central to the group's image. Seeking inspiration from Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top began recording the album at Robin Hood Studios in Tyler, Texas. Only one single was released from the album and failed to appear on the Billboard charts. In 1987, this album was remixed for CD release. The full album is currently unavailable on CD in its original mix (though "Brown Sugar", "Goin' Down to Mexico" and "Just Got Back from Baby's" are available in their original mix on 2003's Chrome, Smoke & BBQ boxset, and "Backdoor Love Affair" is available on 1977's The Best of ZZ Top). Allmusic gave it 3 stars, stating: "ZZ Top's First Album may not be perfectly polished, but it does establish their sound, attitude, and quirks." The album has never charted on the
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    Falling Into Infinity

    Falling Into Infinity

    • Artist: Dream Theater
    • Initial release date: 1997-09-23
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Falling into Infinity is the fourth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released on September 23, 1997 through EastWest Records. It is the band's first and only studio album to feature keyboardist Derek Sherinian following the departure of Kevin Moore in 1994. Falling into Infinity was produced by Kevin Shirley. The album's writing and pre-production phases were stressful periods for the band, and at one point almost led them to retire. It was recorded in June 1997 at The Power Station (now Avatar Studios) in Manhattan, New York. A commercial and critical failure, the album led to the band demanding to be free from record label interference for all future albums. Following a brief tour in support of the A Change of Seasons EP, Dream Theater entered Dream Factory Studios in East Rutherford, New Jersey in early 1996 to begin writing material for a new album. It was their first time writing with keyboardist Derek Sherinian, who replaced Kevin Moore in 1994. Around this time, Elektra Records was exerting pressure on the band to write concise, radio-friendly songs. Consequently, creative conflicts arose, with John Petrucci accepting the label's plea for change
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    Nighthawks at the Diner

    Nighthawks at the Diner

    • Artist: Tom Waits
    • Initial release date: 1975-10
    • Genre: Rock music
    Nighthawks at the Diner is the first live album by Tom Waits and his third overall. It was released on Asylum Records in October 1975. It was recorded live in the Los Angeles Record Plant Studios, in front of a small invited audience. The album peaked at 164 on the Billboard 200, the highest place he had ever held at the time, and is currently certified Silver by the BPI. It has received critical acclaim for its successful mood-setting, capturing of the jazz-club atmosphere and characterisation. It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The title was inspired by Edward Hopper's 1942 painting Nighthawks. The album's working title had been "Nighthawk Postcards from Easy Street," but was shortened to Nighthawks at the Diner, which is the opening line to "Eggs and Sausage (In a Cadillac with Susan Michelson)". The cover, designed by Cal Schenkel, is also inspired by the painting. The album was recorded at Record Plant Los Angeles on July 30 and 31, 1975. Waits however opens the album by calling the venue the fictional "Raphael's Silver Cloud Lounge." Bones Howe, the album's producer, on the recording of the album: We did it as a live recording, which was
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    On

    On

    • Artist: Aphex Twin
    • Initial release date: 1993-11-15
    • Genre: Ambient music
    On is the title of a 1993 EP by the British electronic music artist Richard D. James, more commonly known by his recording alias of Aphex Twin. It was released on 15 November 1993 by Warp Records. On Remixes, featuring remixes by James, Reload and µ-Ziq, was also released on the same day. Released after his album Selected Ambient Works 85–92, and just before his follow-up, Selected Ambient Works Volume II, On is often described as ambient techno despite the presence of harsh, abrasive beats on the title track. The title "On" is only mentioned once in the track list of the On EP. The Sire Records (US) version of On contains only "On," "73-Yips," and "Xepha" with early fade-outs, followed by the Reload Mix of "On," and it is housed in an Ecopak case instead of the standard slimline jewel case in which the Warp (UK) release was packaged. The "D-Scape Mix", in actuality a remix of "D-Scape" from On, features mostly harsh sucking noises, making it unpleasant for many listeners. The "28 Mix", also nothing like the original, is rumoured to be the unreleased 28th track of Selected Ambient Works Volume II. The music video, directed by Jarvis Cocker and Martin Wallace, features drips of
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    Seasons in the Abyss

    Seasons in the Abyss

    • Artist: Slayer
    • Initial release date: 1990-10-09
    • Genre: Thrash metal
    Seasons in the Abyss is the fifth studio album by the thrash metal band Slayer. It was released on October 9, 1990 through Def American Records, and later through American Recordings after the company changed its name. The album's recording sessions began in January 1990. The sessions began at Hit City West, Hollywood Sound, and in June, the sessions ended at Record Plant in Los Angeles, California. The musical style of the album is similar and was compared by critics to the band's previous two albums: South of Heaven and Reign In Blood. The album's reception was generally positive, with Allmusic rewarding the album with a rating of four and a half out of five stars and Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+. It peaked number 18 in the United Kingdom and also charted on the Billboard 200 at number 40. It was certified gold in both the United States and Canada. The album was recorded from January to June 1990 in two separate studios: Hit City West, Hollywood Sound, and Record Plant in Los Angeles, California. Seasons in the Abyss was produced by Rick Rubin, who had also produced their previous two albums Reign in Blood and South of Heaven. Track eight, "Temptation", featured an
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    Stoneage Romeos

    Stoneage Romeos

    • Artist: Hoodoo Gurus
    • Initial release date: 1984
    • Genre: Rock music
    Stoneage Romeos was iconic Australian rock group Hoodoo Gurus' first album (released 1984) and saw them receive record sales to complement their already strong reputation for live performances. The album name is from a Three Stooges short film. With radio and television support for their third single "My Girl" (1983) (complete with a film clip about a greyhound of the same name), the band's following grew. The album's other singles were - "Leilani" (1982), "Tojo" (1983), and "I Want You Back" (1984). Later in July 1985 they took the honours in the 'Best Debut Album' category at the 1984 Countdown Awards. The Australian LP sported a cartoonish nod to the 1966 caveman flick One Million Years B.C., all menacing dinosaurs and Day-Glo colors (designed by Yanni Stumbles); whilst in America, consumers got a stylized sleeve featuring arty renditions of the giant reptiles. 'Bad coffeetable art, very anonymous and boring. On the U.S. tour fans are bringing up the Australian copies for us to sign—they were all getting them on import! Yet at the end of the tour, A&M says to us, ‘Oh well, we don’t really think the cover will affect sales it all.’ Like, when they’re right, they’re right, and
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    Summer Romance

    Summer Romance

    • Artist: Leslie Cheung
    • Initial release date: 1987
    • Genre: Cantopop
    Summer Romance is a Cantopop album by Leslie Cheung first released in 1987. This album first catapulted the then struggling Leslie Cheung to instant fame and star status when first released. It was awarded Best Selling Album in the Jade Solid Gold 1987 in Hong Kong. Its popular songs include 拒絕再玩 (Don't Wanna Play Anymore), 無心睡眠 (Sleepless Night) which won the Jade Solid Gold Award for Best Song in 1987, 共同渡過 (Enduring Together), 夠了 (Enough), and 倩女幽魂 A Chinese Ghost Story which is the main theme for the blockbuster film starring Leslie Cheung and Joey Wong.
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    The Wired CD

    The Wired CD

    • Initial release date: 2004-11
    The Wired CD is an album that was released in 2004 as a collaborative effort between Wired magazine, Creative Commons, and sixteen musicians and groups. The Wired CD was distributed inside the front cover of the November 2004 issue of Wired, which also featured a variety of interviews and bios of the performers. Unusually, the songs were released under one of two Creative Commons Licenses, permitting sampling and file-sharing of the songs. The WIRED CD was the first major compilation of music free to sample and share under Creative Commons' "some rights reserved" copyright. The groundbreaking album features tracks from the Beastie Boys, David Byrne, Zap Mama, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Gilberto Gil, Dan the Automator, Thievery Corporation, Le Tigre, Paul Westerberg, Fine Arts Militia featuring Chuck D, The Rapture, Cornelius, Danger Mouse & Jemini, DJ Dolores, and Matmos. In 2005, Creative Commons and Wired Magazine launched The Fine Art of Sampling Contest in which contestants sampled the tracks from The Wired CD to create their own composition. The top winning entries were subsequently compiled onto a CD entitled The Wired CD: Ripped. Sampled. Mashed. Shared. All but three songs
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    A Love Supreme

    A Love Supreme

    • Artist: John Coltrane
    • Initial release date: 1965
    • Genre: Jazz
    A Love Supreme is a studio album recorded by John Coltrane's quartet in December 1964 and released by Impulse! Records (catalogue number AS-77) in February 1965. It is generally considered to be among Coltrane's greatest works, as it melded the hard bop sensibilities of his early career with the free jazz style he adopted later. The quartet recorded the album in one session on December 9, 1964, at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Coltrane's home in Dix Hills, Long Island, has been suggested as the site of inspiration for A Love Supreme. The album is a four-part suite, broken up into tracks: "Acknowledgement" (which contains the mantra that gave the suite its name), "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm." It is intended to be a spiritual album, broadly representative of a personal struggle for purity, and expresses the artist's deep gratitude as he admits to his talent and instrument as being owned not by him but by a spiritual higher power. The album begins with the bang of a gong (tam-tam), followed by cymbal washes. Jimmy Garrison follows on bass with the four-note motif which structures the entire movement. Coltrane's solo follows. Besides soloing upon
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    A Saucerful of Secrets

    A Saucerful of Secrets

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1968-06-29
    • Genre: Psychedelic rock
    A Saucerful of Secrets is the second studio album by English rock band Pink Floyd. It was recorded at EMI's Abbey Road Studios on various dates from August 1967 to April 1968 and was released on 29 June 1968, through EMI Columbia. It is the last Pink Floyd album on which Syd Barrett would appear, and the first album with David Gilmour, making it the only album in which all five bandmembers contributed. The album was recorded at EMI Studios in London. The album's recording sessions were difficult; Syd Barrett became increasingly unstable, and in January 1968, David Gilmour was brought in. As a result, A Saucerful of Secrets became the only non-compilation Pink Floyd album on which all five band members appeared, with Gilmour appearing on five songs ("Let There Be More Light", "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", "Corporal Clegg", "A Saucerful of Secrets" and "See-Saw"), and Barrett on three ("Remember a Day", "Jugband Blues" and "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun"). Barrett was finally ousted from the band in early March, leaving the new incarnation of Pink Floyd to finish the album. "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" is the only song on which all five band
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    Castaways and Cutouts

    Castaways and Cutouts

    • Artist: The Decemberists
    • Initial release date: 2002-05-21
    • Genre: Indie rock
    Castaways and Cutouts is the first full-length album by The Decemberists, originally released on May 21, 2002, on Hush Records and reissued on May 6, 2003, on Kill Rock Stars. The album's title is taken from a line in the song "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade". The album cover was designed by the Portland artist Carson Ellis, the long-time girlfriend (and now wife) of Colin Meloy. She has created artwork for each of the band's albums. This is the band's only full-length release with Ezra Holbrook on drums. (He played drums on the 5 Songs EP and performed backing vocals on The Crane Wife.) The album ranked #89 on Under The Radar's Top 200 Albums of the 2000s and #96 on Pitchfork Media's The 100 Best Albums of 2000-2004. All songs written by Colin Meloy.
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    Cough/Cool

    Cough/Cool

    • Artist: Misfits
    • Initial release date: 1977-08
    • Genre: Post-punk
    "Cough/Cool" is the first single released by the horror punk band the Misfits. It was released in August 1977 on singer Glenn Danzig's label Blank Records. 500 copies were produced on black 7" vinyl. Both songs from the single were re-recorded and re-released in various versions over the following twenty years. The Misfits had formed in January 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey with a lineup including Danzig (who also played electric piano), guitarist Jimmy Battle, bassist Diane DiPiazza, and drummer Manny Martínez. Both Battle and DiPiazza left after a month of practices. Jerry Caiafa was brought in as the new bassist, but the band was without a guitar player for six months. Danzig therefore used his electric piano to fill out the rhythm on the two songs "Cough/Cool" and "She", which were recorded in June 1977 at the Rainbow Studio and mastered at Spectrum Sound in Brooklyn, New York by Rich Flores. By the time of the single's release in August 1977 the band had added new guitarist Franché Coma and Danzig phased out the piano in favor of singing exclusively. Caiafa's surname was misspelled on the single's sleeve as "Caifa", leading him to insist that from then on he be credited as "Jerry,
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    Danzig II: Lucifuge

    Danzig II: Lucifuge

    • Artist: Danzig
    • Initial release date: 1990-06-26
    • Genre: Heavy metal
    Danzig II: Lucifuge is the second album by Danzig. It was released in 1990 on Def American Recordings and was reissued in the USA and UK in 1998 by Def American's successor, American Recordings. Lucifuge has a pronounced blues influence that adds a sinister edge akin to records by Howlin' Wolf or Robert Johnson, who have both been accused of playing the "Devil's music". Glenn Danzig said that the song "Killer Wolf" is “my version of an old blues song about a guy who wolfs around the door of every girl in town.” Glenn Danzig has described "I'm the One" as “another blues song...about a guy realizing his destiny.” "I'm the One" was originally recorded for Danzig's debut album, as John Christ explained: “We actually recorded "I'm the One" for the first record, but we decided to save it for this record. It fit the mood of the second album much better. Glenn wanted to do that song for a long time - he even knew what kind of video he wanted it to have long before we did it. It's a cool song: just some guitar and vocals and little a hi-hat in the background.” The introduction to "Long Way Back from Hell" begins with the use of the dive bomb guitar technique. Guitarist John Christ
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    From the Choirgirl Hotel

    From the Choirgirl Hotel

    • Artist: Tori Amos
    • Initial release date: 1998-05-04
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    From the Choirgirl Hotel is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Tori Amos. A departure from her previous albums, it was more heavily produced project featuring a full rock band sound (instead of Amos' usual minimalist piano sound). Upon its release in May 1998, the album debuted at US #5 and UK #6. While falling short of the # 2 debut for her previous album, Boys For Pele (1996), From the Choirgirl Hotel is Amos' strongest debut to date in US sales, selling 153,000 copies in the first week. Amos received two 1999 Grammy nominations: Alternative Music Performance, and Female Rock Vocal Performance for "Raspberry Swirl". The lead single "Spark" became a hit after its release in June 1998 (becoming her last UK Top 40 hit to date, as well as her highest charting US single, reaching #49), and was followed by "Jackie's Strength" (September 1998) and "Cruel/Raspberry Swirl" (November 1998). The accompanying tour, Amos' first with a full band (using the album's personnel of Matt Chamberlain on drums, Jon Evans on bass, and long-time collaborator Steve Caton on guitar), was known as the "Plugged '98 Tour" and took Amos through most of 1998. The album began recording on
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    Monster

    Monster

    • Artist: R.E.M.
    • Initial release date: 1994-09-23
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Monster is the ninth studio album by the American alternative rock band R.E.M., released in 1994 on Warner Bros. Records. Co-produced by the band and Scott Litt, Monster was an intentional stylistic shift from the group's preceding albums, Out of Time (1991) and Automatic for the People (1992), consisting of loud, distorted guitar tones and simple song arrangements. Singer Michael Stipe's lyrics dealt with the nature of celebrity, which he sang while assuming various characters. Led by the single "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?", Monster which debuted at number one in the United States. The band promoted the record with its first concert tour since 1989. Early in 1993, the members of R.E.M. convened a four-day meeting in Acapulco, Mexico, to devise a plan for the next two years. The group settled on a plan for 1994 through the end of 1996, which included recording a new album and touring behind it. Drummer Bill Berry was particularly eager to tour (which the band had not done since 1989), and was insistent that the album "rock". The band agreed that after Out of Time and Automatic for the People they did not want to make another slow-paced album. Later that year R.E.M. began
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    Suburban Rock 'N' Roll

    Suburban Rock 'N' Roll

    • Artist: Space
    • Initial release date: 2004-03-08
    • Genre: Britpop
    Suburban Rock 'N' Roll is the third (fourth if you count the unreleased Love You More than Football) and, so far, final studio album by Space, released on 8 March 2004. It is their first proper album release since 1998's Tin Planet. The tracks "Zombies", "Suburban Rock 'N' Roll" and "20 Million Miles from Earth" were released as singles, all of them failing to reach top 40 (as well as the top 75). For this album Space ditched the polished, commercial-friendly sound that inhabited Tin Planet and Love You More than Football and returned to the darker style of their debut Spiders. Tommy Scott's lyrical themes also changed, as they aim to move away from the character-driven lyrics of old and are a lot more impressionist, with songs dealing with death, crime and surveillance amongst other serious and controversial themes. The band also reunited with Spiders' producer Stephen Lironi, who is credited as songwriter of a few tracks, though Scott has insisted he wrote all the material himself. Suburban Rock 'N' Roll is the first Space album with no techno/electronic instrumentals from Franny Griffiths, as the band wanted the album to be more song-orientated. The album was not a great
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    To the Faithful Departed

    To the Faithful Departed

    • Artist: The Cranberries
    • Initial release date: 1996-04-29
    • Genre: Pop rock
    To the Faithful Departed is the third studio album by Irish rock band The Cranberries, released in 1996. This album was made in memory of Denny Cordell who signed the band to Island Records and Joe (vocalist Dolores O'Riordan's grandfather), who had both died that year. In the U.S., the album has sold 1.7 million copies as of April 2007. It went 4x Platinum in Taiwan, 3x Platinum in Canada and New Zealand, and 2x Platinum in Austria, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia and U.S. It has sold over 6 million copies to date. It produced the hit singles: "Salvation", "Free to Decide" and "When You're Gone". It reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia. All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan except tracks 2, 8, 9 and 12, which are by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan. The album was re-released in 2002, under the title To the Faithful Departed (The Complete Sessions 1996–1997). This version of the album featured bonus tracks as well as B-sides from the singles lifted off the album.
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    Twice Removed

    Twice Removed

    • Artist: Sloan
    • Initial release date: 1994-07-13
    • Genre: Indie rock
    Twice Removed is the second album by Canadian rock band Sloan. It was released on Geffen Records in 1994, and is considered to be one of their best albums. It was more melodic and catchy than their previous album, Smeared, and as a result Geffen did not promote it very well because it didn't fit the commercially dominant grunge rock style of the time. The band was dropped from Geffen after Twice Removed was released. Although it was the record that made them famous in Canada, Sloan took time off from touring and writing after the troubles with Geffen, and they were rumoured to have broken up. The album was certified Gold in Canada on October 20, 1998. Jennifer Pierce from Jale appears once again as a backup singer on "I Can Feel It". Inside are hand-drawn pictures of a drum kit and two men. Other images include a lady talking on the phone, a motorbike, and two dogs. On the back of the liner notes are drawings of cars and a binder with the title "Sloan" on it. On the back of the case, a snare drum with all the tracks' names on Twice Removed engraved into its side is displayed. In 1996, the music magazine Chart conducted a reader poll to determine the best Canadian albums of all
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    Oxygène

    Oxygène

    • Artist: Jean Michel Jarre
    • Initial release date: 1976
    • Genre: New Age music
    Oxygène(English: "oxygen") is an album of instrumental electronic music composed, produced, and performed by the French composer Jean Michel Jarre. It was first released in France in December 1976, on Disques Dreyfus with license to Polydor. The album's international release was in summer 1977. Jarre recorded the album in his home using a variety of analog synthesizers and other electronic instruments and effects. It became a bestseller and was highly influential in the development of electronic music. It is Jarre's first mainstream success, and can be seen as his first true artist album. It has been described as the album that "led the synthesizer revolution of the Seventies." Prior to 1976, Jarre had dabbled in a number of projects, including an unsuccessful synthesizer music album, advertising jingles and compositions for a ballet. His inspiration for Oxygène came from a painting by the artist Michel Granger that was given to him by his future wife Charlotte Rampling. The painting showed the Earth peeling to reveal a skull and Jarre obtained the artist's permission to use the image for this album. Jarre composed Oxygène over a period of eight months using a number of analogue
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    Forever Your Girl

    Forever Your Girl

    • Artist: Paula Abdul
    • Initial release date: 1988-06-13
    • Genre: Pop music
    Forever Your Girl is the debut album from singer Paula Abdul. It was released on June 13, 1988 and took 64 weeks from its release to hit number one on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, the longest an album has been on the market before hitting number one. The album was eventually certified seven times Platinum in the US and sold 12 million worldwide. It also included four number one Hot 100 singles - "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", and "Opposites Attract." This ties for second most #1 songs from a single album, and is tied for the most number ones in a debut album. "The Way That You Love Me" reached #3 and "Knocked Out" reached #41. The album also reached #4 on the R&B album chart, while "Straight Up," "Opposites Attract," "Knocked Out," and "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me" all reached the top 10 of the R&B tracks chart. After a slow start, the album's third single "Straight Up" helped the album breakout in spring/summer 1989 after its initial summer 1988 release. Forever Your Girl hit number one for the first time on October 7, 1989. After the release of the single "Opposites Attract", it shot to number one spot again on February 3, 1990 and stayed
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    Genesis Live

    Genesis Live

    • Artist: Genesis
    • Initial release date: 1973-07-27
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Genesis Live is the first live album released by rock group Genesis in 1973. It was the band's first top 10 hit in the UK, reaching No.9 and remaining on the charts for 10 weeks. Genesis were persuaded by their label, Charisma Records, to release Genesis Live as a budget-priced title to mark time while the band recorded Selling England by the Pound in mid-1973. (Contractual obligations to Charisma's North American distributor, Buddah Records, may also have been a factor, as Charisma would move its distribution to Atlantic Records shortly before Selling England's release.) The tracks on the album were recorded at De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England by the Pye Mobile Recording Unit, engineer Alan Perkins, on 25 February 1973 (1973-02-25) except for "Return of the Giant Hogweed", which was recorded at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England on the previous day, when the band was touring in support of Foxtrot. These recordings were originally made for the US radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour, although they were never broadcast. A remastered version was released on CD in 1994 by Virgin in Europe and Atlantic in the U.S. and Canada. A live recording of "Supper's Ready" from the
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    In Violet Light

    In Violet Light

    • Artist: The Tragically Hip
    • Initial release date: 2002-06-11
    • Genre: Rock music
    In Violet Light is the eighth full-length album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was released in 2002 (see 2002 in music) and was produced by Hugh Padgham. The album has been certified platinum in Canada. Packaged with the album in stores was a membership card for The Hip Club, an online fan club which offered three digital bonus tracks, "Forest Edge", "Problem Bears" and "Ultra Mundane". The music video for "It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken" was filmed in Oshawa, Ontario at Parkwood Estate. The light-hearted music video for "The Darkest One" featured Don Cherry and the Trailer Park Boys. All songs were written by The Tragically Hip.
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    Kick

    Kick

    • Artist: INXS
    • Initial release date: 1987-10-19
    • Genre: Pop rock
    Kick is the sixth studio album by the Australian rock band INXS, released in 1987 by WEA in Australia, Atlantic Records in the United States and Phonogram Records in the United Kingdom. It is their best-selling album and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it as 6× Platinum, with sales of six million units, in 1987. Kick spawned four US top 10 singles, "New Sensation", "Never Tear Us Apart", "Devil Inside" and No. 1 "Need You Tonight". At the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, the band took home five Moonmen for the "Need You Tonight"/"Mediate" video. The album was produced by Chris Thomas and recorded by David Nicholas in Sydney, Australia and in Paris. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Air Studios in London. After the success of their fifth studio album, Listen Like Thieves (1985), and its second single "What You Need" (1986), INXS knew their new material would have to be even better, according to guitarist Kirk Pengilly, "We wanted an album where all the songs were possible singles". They recorded Kick in Sydney and Paris, it was produced by Chris Thomas again, but Atlantic Records was not happy with the result, as manager Chris Murphy
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    Pulse

    Pulse

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1995-05-29
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Pulse (stylised as p·u·l·s·e) is a live double album by English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released through EMI Records on 29 May 1995 in the United Kingdom and by Columbia Records on 6 June 1995 in the United States, containing songs from their albums. The album was recorded during the band's Division Bell Tour in 1994, specifically the UK and European leg, which ran from July to October 1994 (See Pink Floyd live performances). The tour was sponsored in Europe by Volkswagen, which also issued a commemorative version of its top-selling car, the "Golf Pink Floyd", one of which was given as a prize at each concert. It was a standard Golf with Pink Floyd decals and a premium stereo, and had Volkswagen's most environmentally friendly engine, at Gilmour's insistence. The special version, that could have been released in 1996, was cancelled. The album includes a complete live version of The Dark Side of the Moon and features a booklet with many photos from performances on this tour. It also features "Astronomy Domine", a Syd Barrett song not performed since the early 1970s. Unlike Delicate Sound of Thunder, David Gilmour and producer James Guthrie have stated that no parts of the
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    Scenes from a Memory

    Scenes from a Memory

    • Artist: Dream Theater
    • Initial release date: 1999-10-26
    • Genre: Progressive metal
    Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory is the fifth studio album by American progressive metal band Dream Theater, released in 1999. It is a concept album that deals with the story of a man named Nicholas and the discovery of his past life, which involves love, murder, and infidelity as Victoria Page. It was recorded at BearTracks Studios in New York, where the band had previously recorded their second studio album Images and Words (1992) and the EP A Change of Seasons (1995). The album is the sequel to "Metropolis, Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper", a song previously featured on Images and Words. It was also the first album to feature Jordan Rudess on keyboards, and was the last album for which John Myung wrote lyrics until their 2011 album A Dramatic Turn of Events. Its also considered by some as one whole 77:00 piece. In the late July 2012, Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory was listed as the number one all-time progressive album by Rolling Stone, beating Rush's 2112 and Close to the Edge by Yes. Fans had previously requested the band to make the sequel to the first part of the song "Metropolis, Pt. 1" from Images and Words, but they had not yet been able, nor had they
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    Stars - The Best of 1992 - 2002

    Stars - The Best of 1992 - 2002

    • Artist: The Cranberries
    • Initial release date: 2002-09-16
    • Genre: Pop music
    Stars is a compilation album and DVD from the Irish band The Cranberries. Some of the tracks on the CD are different versions of the songs provided in earlier albums. The CD also contains two new tracks: "New New York" and "Stars". The limited edition version of this CD includes five live tracks recorded in Stockholm: In 2002, they won an award in Taiwan for best selling international band with the album Stars: The Best of 1992-2002. Stars: The Best of Videos 1992–2002 is a DVD album by Irish rock band The Cranberries. It compiles 17 of the band's promotional videos including their new single Stars, along with alternate takes and live recordings of several songs and a documentary entitled 99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll. Also on the DVD is a 26-minute documentary entitled '99 Love Life & Rock 'n' Roll and directed by Ciaran Donnelly. In it, the band members speak about their career, expectations for the future, and how some songs were composed, like "Linger" and "Zombie".
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    Stick Around for Joy

    Stick Around for Joy

    • Artist: The Sugarcubes
    • Initial release date: 1992-02-18
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Stick Around For Joy released in February 1992 was the third and final album released by the Icelandic alternative rock band The Sugarcubes. In terms of quality fans usually rate the album somewhere between the band's acclaimed debut, Life's Too Good and the widely panned follow-up Here Today, Tomorrow, Next Week!. The album provided the band's first and only hit, aptly titled "Hit", which reached #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. and #17 on the UK Singles Chart. Vocals: Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Einar Örn Benediktsson. Trumpet: Einar Örn Benediktsson. Guitars: Þór Eldon Jónsson. Keyboards: Margrét Örnólfsdóttir. Bass: Bragi Ólafsson. Drums and percussion: Sigtryggur Baldursson. Lyrics and music: The Sugarcubes. Guest musician: John McGeoch, courtesy of Public Image Ltd, plays guitar on “Gold”. Acknowledgement: Pat Mastelotto, Johnny Triumph, Franne Golde, Betsy, Rick, Sally Grossmann, Sean Perry, Dom T., Howard, Valerie, Arni, Derek, Netty. Production: Paul Fox. Engineering: Ed Thacker assisted by Chris Laidlow in Bearsville and Scott Blackland in Los Angeles. Mix: Paul Fox, Ed Thacker, and The Sugarcubes. Recording: Bearsville Studios. Additional recordings and mixing
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    The Family Jams

    The Family Jams

    • Artist: Charles Manson
    • Initial release date: 1997
    • Genre: Folk music
    The Family Jams is an album featuring members of the Charles Manson "family." Recorded in or around 1970, the album was released in 1997. Although Charles Manson himself does not appear on any of the tracks, he is given writing credit for all of the songs. Most of the male vocals are sung by "family" member Steve "Clem" Grogan. Other members appearing on the album are Sandra Good, Lynette Fromme, Catherine "Gypsy" Share, Catherine "Cappy" Gillies, Nancy "Brenda" Pitman and Ruth Ann "Ouisch" Moorehouse. In 1997 it was released simultaneously on CD by both Transparency Records & Aoroa Records. The first disc is the same music as a previously released white vinyl record called "Manson Family Sings the Songs of Charles Manson." This version, however, has been re-mastered for superior sound. The second disc contains new material and previously unreleased versions of the songs. In early 1970, the Manson Family got everyone together, including Bruce Davis (then wanted by the FBI), in the Spahn Ranch saloon, to record music for Robert Hendrickson's MANSON film. This was the beginning of the Family Jams, but the original audio tapes remain buried in a vault. The album was recorded as the
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    Burnin'

    Burnin'

    • Artist: The Wailers
    • Initial release date: 1973-10-19
    • Genre: Reggae
    Burnin' is a roots reggae album by The Wailers, released in 1973 (see 1973 in music). The fourth album by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer (the last before Tosh and Bunny departed for solo careers and the band became known as Bob Marley & the Wailers), Burnin opens with a signature song, the call to action "Get Up, Stand Up" and includes a more confrontational and militant tone than previous records, such as in another Marley standard turned into a #1 blues rock hit by Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff". The songs "Duppy Conqueror", "Small Axe", "Put It On" and "Pass It On" are re-recordings of songs previously released. Burnin' peaked at #151 and #41 on Billboard's Pop Albums and Black Albums charts respectively. In 2003, the album was ranked number 319 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Singer and Rapper Lauryn Hill's album cover for her debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was inspired by the album cover of Burnin′. In 2007 the album was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry for its historical and cultural significance. CCS London Bob Bowkett Simon Perfitt Photography by Ester Anderson
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    Debut

    Debut

    • Artist: Björk
    • Initial release date: 1993-07-12
    • Genre: House music
    Debut is the second studio album by Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk. The album was released in July 1993 on One Little Indian Records in the United Kingdom and Elektra Records in the United States. Björk worked on the album with producer Nellee Hooper who co-wrote five of Debut's songs with her. The album mostly consists of love songs relating to subjects such as her boyfriend Dominic Thrupp, her producer Nellee Hooper and to love of life itself. Musically, the songs on this album took a different direction from her previous albums with her former band The Sugarcubes, with the backing music ranging from house, jazz and trip hop styles. Most of the songs from Debut were written years prior to the production of the album. As well as working with Graham Massey, Björk wanted to work with jazz musicians and contacted Oliver Lake and Corky Hale to record jazz arrangements to some of the songs. After meeting producer Nellee Hooper, the two completed production on the album in 1993. On Debut's initial release, the album sold far greater than her label predicted, charting at number three in the United Kingdom and sixty-one in the United States. The album was certified gold in Canada and
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    Live in Mexico City

    Live in Mexico City

    • Artist: King Crimson
    • Initial release date: 1999
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Live in Mexico City is a live album by the band King Crimson, released only as a Windows Media Audio download in 1999.
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    The Razors Edge

    The Razors Edge

    • Artist: AC/DC
    • Initial release date: 1990-09-21
    • Genre: Hard rock
    The Razors Edge is the 12th Australian and 11th international studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 24 September 1990 on Atco Records. It is the only studio album to feature drummer Chris Slade, and includes "Thunderstruck" and "Moneytalks," which are among AC/DC's most well-known tracks. The album reached #2 on the US Billboard 200 and #4 in the UK, a smash commercial success that returned the band to the popularity of its glory years between the mid-1970s and early 1980s. The album has been certified 5x platinum (5 million copies sold) in the US, and was re-released in 2003 as part of the AC/DC Remasters series. The album was produced by Bruce Fairbairn. Malcolm Young, having completed his rehabilitation for alcoholism, once again played rhythm guitar and co-wrote (with his brother Angus) all the songs on the album. The band had recorded Blow Up Your Video (1988) with their original producers, Harry Vanda and George Young. It was a commercial success and sold more copies than the previous two studio releases combined. The Blow Up Your Video World Tour began in February 1988, in Perth, Australia. That April, following live appearances across Europe, Malcolm
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    Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast

    Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast

    • Artist: Kid Rock
    • Initial release date: 1990-11-27
    • Genre: Old school hip hop
    Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast is American musician Kid Rock's first album, released by Jive Records in 1990. It is the only Kid Rock album to be available at the iTunes Store, along with his 1999 hit single "Bawitdaba". The Oakland, California rapper Too $hort produced the tracks "Super Rhyme Maker" and "Wax The Booty". KRS-One associate D-Nice was also a producer on the album, and Mike E. Clark helped to produce "Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley". The album sold only 100,000 copies on its initial release. It made Kid Rock one of the two biggest rap stars in Detroit in 1990, along with the rapper Esham. However, following the release of the album, Kid Rock's career had begun to decline, and he did not make another album until the release of The Polyfuze Method in 1993, which had a more rap rock-oriented sound. A college radio station, WSUC-FM 90.5 in Cortland, New York, was fined $23,750 by the FCC for broadcasting an uncensored version of this album's song "Yo-Da-Lin in the Valley". Jive Records dropped Kid Rock soon afterwards. Kid Rock re-released the album on his own label, Top Dog Records.
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    3

    3

    • Artist: Soulfly
    • Initial release date: 2002-06-24
    • Genre: Nu metal
    3 is the third studio album by the metal band Soulfly released in 2002 through Roadrunner Records. 3 has sold 195,000 copies as of March 11, 2008. The album artwork features an Aum (or Om), a symbol from Indian religions. The album features a minute's silence entitled '09-11-01' - a tribute to the victims of the September 11th, 2001 terrorism acts on the World Trade Center. All songs written and composed by Max Cavalera unless stated.  Album – Billboard (North America)
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    Face to Face

    Face to Face

    • Artist: The Angels
    • Genre: Hard rock
    Face to Face is a 1980 album by the Australian hard rock band The Angels, released under the band name "Angel City". This page is about the American release of the album. For the Australian release, see Face to Face (The Angels album). All songs composed by Brewster/Neeson/Brewster
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    Lava Boiz

    Lava Boiz

    • Artist: Slipknot
    • Initial release date: 2001-08-27
    • Genre: Nu metal
    Iowa is the second album by American metal band Slipknot. Released by Roadrunner Records on August 28, 2001, it was produced by Ross Robinson and Slipknot. The title derives from the band's home state, Iowa, which members have stated is one of their biggest sources of inspiration. With much anticipation for the band's second album following on the success of their 1999 self-titled debut, pressures on the band were high. Their relationships with each other suffered and was later described as the darkest time of their career. It was also the first time that guitarist Jim Root had been significantly involved in a Slipknot album due to his joining very late in recording of their debut album, as Root was only featured on two songs from that release. Despite troubles within the band and with Iowa's development, Slipknot promoted it for almost a year. Iowa was a major success, it premiered in the top ten album sales charts in nine countries. Generally positively received, it includes some of their notable songs, such as "Disasterpiece", "The Heretic Anthem", "People = Shit" and the two Grammy-nominated songs "Left Behind" and the remix of "My Plague". Critic John Mulvey proclaimed the
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    Mo' Money, Mo' 40z

    Mo' Money, Mo' 40z

    • Artist: Mest
    • Initial release date: 1998-04
    • Genre: Punk rock
    Mo' Money, Mo' 40z was the self-released album released by the band Mest in 1998. This album also featured songs that were rerecorded on their later releases, Wasting Time and Destination Unknown. All lyrics by Tony Lovato except for track 7 by J.Hicks, B.Howe and T.Lovato, tracks 8 and 15 by Steve Lovato and track 9 by Mest. Horns on track 15 by 1072 with Push horn section. Guitar and backing vocals by Steve Lovato on tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17, and by Jeremiah Rangel on tracks 1, 3, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 18. Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 recorded at Soundhouse Studio in April 1997. Tracks 1, 3, 6, 10, 11, 12 and 18 recorded at Star Trax Studios on February 19.
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    Office of Strategic Influence

    Office of Strategic Influence

    • Artist: OSI
    • Initial release date: 2003-02-18
    • Genre: Progressive metal
    Office of Strategic Influence is the first album by American progressive rock band OSI, released by InsideOut Music on February 18, 2003. The album was recorded in June 2002 and mixed in August 2002 at the Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut. Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos originally recruited Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy to work on a progressive metal album. When keyboardist and vocalist Kevin Moore (founder of Chroma Key and former Dream Theater member) joined the project, the musical direction of the album changed to become more focused on soundscapes and composition than musicianship. Sean Malone (of Cynic and Gordian Knot) and Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree) also performed on the album. The album is named after the Office of Strategic Influence, an organization set up after the September 11 attacks to spread misinformation and plant false news items in the media, among other functions. The Office was shut after The New York Times published a story on it; many of its operations were transferred to the Information Operations Task Force. The album's lyrics were written by Moore in reaction to the September 11 attacks. Critical reception of the album was
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    Violator

    Violator

    • Artist: Depeche Mode
    • Initial release date: 1990-03-19
    • Genre: Alternative dance
    Violator is the seventh studio album by the English electronic group Depeche Mode, released by Mute Records on 19 March 1990. Preceded by the hit singles "Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the Silence" (a Top 10 hit in both the UK and US), Violator propelled the band into international stardom. The album yielded two further hit singles, "Policy of Truth" and "World in My Eyes". This album is the first of the band to achieve the Top 10 on the Billboard 200—reaching No. 7—and staying 74 weeks in the chart. It was supported by the World Violation Tour. The band decided to try something new with regards to how they made this album compared to previous efforts. Said Alan Wilder, "Usually we begin the making of a record by having extensive pre-production meetings where we decide what the record will actually sound like, then go into a programming studio. This time we decided to keep all pre-production work to a minimum. We were beginning to have a problem with boredom in that we felt we'd reached a certain level of achievement in doing things a certain way." Martin Gore elaborated, "Over the last five years I think we'd perfected a formula; my demos, a month in a programming studio, etc. etc.
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    Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

    Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

    • Artist: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    • Initial release date: 2004-09-20
    • Genre: Post-punk
    Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus is the thirteenth studio album by the Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 20 September 2004 on Mute Records. It is a double album with a total of seventeen songs—nine on Abattoir Blues and eight on The Lyre of Orpheus. The album was produced by Nick Launay at Studio Ferber in Paris in March–April 2004 and Nick Cave used The Bad Seeds line up of Mick Harvey, Thomas Wydler, Martyn Casey, Conway Savage, Jim Sclavunos, Warren Ellis, and James Johnston. It was the first album by the group for which Blixa Bargeld did not perform – English guitarist and organist Johnston, of the group Gallon Drunk, replaced Bargeld. Cave decided to split drumming duties for the two parts, with Sclavunos on Abattoir Blues and Wydler on The Lyre of Orpheus. According to Launay, the whole album was completed in twelve days. The album's release was supported by the Abattoir Blues Tour, which travelled through Europe from 2 November to 5 December. In January 2007 a double live album and DVD was issued as The Abattoir Blues Tour. Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus's last track, "O Children", was featured in the 2010 film Harry Potter and
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    Christeen plus 4 Demos

    Christeen plus 4 Demos

    • Artist: Devin Townsend
    • Initial release date: 1998
    • Genre: Heavy metal
    Christeen plus 4 Demos is an EP disk by Canadian heavy metal artist Devin Townsend. Released in 1998 it is also called the Infinity EP and was released by Devin's own label, Hevy Devy Records. It consists of five tracks, the first "Christeen" being taken off his previous record Infinity. Tracks two to five are demo versions of songs that could not be completed in time to be included on Infinity. What is music? What is its purpose? Why am I blessed and damned with the ability to hear colour and see sound? I do so because that is how I was born. It's that simple, and I make no claims to greatness, the only thing I claim to love is my own work. I have been given a gift...the gift of a glimpse of creation, and the ability to show it to my audience. A chance to say...HERE IT IS!!! ISN'T IT BEAUTIFUL? And it's so simple. Art begins and ends with the artist and his audience, and the stage of my life that included the INFINITY recordings ends with this EP. These demos were the scattered remains of the record, and I meant for them to be much more complete than how they ended up on this disc, but I am exhausted and have no money to finish them the way they should be heard. I hope you enjoy
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    I'm Your Man

    I'm Your Man

    • Artist: Leonard Cohen
    • Initial release date: 1988-02
    • Genre: Folk rock
    I'm Your Man is the eighth studio album by Leonard Cohen, released in 1988. The album marked Cohen's further move to a more modern sound, with many songs having a synthpop production. "First We Take Manhattan" had been released the previous year by Jennifer Warnes on her album of Cohen songs, Famous Blue Raincoat. The song "Everybody Knows" was one of Cohen's first writing collaborations with Sharon Robinson, who would become a frequent collaborator in the future. Most notably, Robinson co-wrote every song on Cohen's 2001 outing Ten New Songs. In "Tower of Song", Cohen discusses songwriting and acknowledges the influence of Hank Williams ("a hundred floors above me"). "I'm Your Man" was number 1 in Norway for 16 weeks. The album is silver in the UK and gold in Canada. It was ranked 51 on Pitchfork Media's list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s. Tom Waits has named it one of his favourite albums. Slant Magazine listed the album at #29 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980's". Nick Cave performed the song "I'm Your Man" and Jarvis Cocker performed the song "I Can't Forget" in the film Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. All songs written and composed by Leonard Cohen, except where
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    Music for the Masses

    Music for the Masses

    • Artist: Depeche Mode
    • Initial release date: 1987-09-28
    • Genre: Alternative dance
    Music for the Masses is the sixth studio album by Depeche Mode. It was released by Mute Records on 28 September 1987, and was supported by the Music for the Masses Tour. The album became the band's highest-charting in the US upon its release, reaching #35 on the Billboard 200. It also contained more hit singles than any of their previous releases. While there was no extremely popular single from the album ("People Are People" from Some Great Reward reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100), the three singles that were released all made it onto the Hot 100, a feat that hadn't been achieved by any Depeche Mode single after those from Some Great Reward. Moreover, all three singles achieved modest success on the chart. The first single from the album, "Strangelove", only reached #76 and spent 6 weeks on the chart upon its initial release. "Never Let Me Down Again" was then issued and hit #63, spending 10 weeks on the chart. Its success was duplicated by "Behind the Wheel" which had a similar chart run. This propelled a re-released "Strangelove" (as "Strangelove '88") to #50, making it the highest-charting single from the album. The story was similar in the United Kingdom. While no single
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    The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992

    The Dark Horse Years 1976-1992

    • Artist: George Harrison
    • Initial release date: 2004-02-23
    • Genre: Rock music
    The Dark Horse Years 1976–1992 is a box set of albums by George Harrison released in 2004. Comprising all of the output on his Dark Horse Records label, the set encompasses his studio albums from 1976's Thirty Three & 1/3 to 1987's Cloud Nine with bonus tracks, while 1992's Live in Japan features a special SACD remix in addition to its original mix. Furthermore, Harrison's intended artwork for Somewhere in England has been reinstated, while the lettering on the front of the album George Harrison has been modified. Harrison's Dark Horse material had been issued on CD initially in 1992, but was allowed to go out of print some years later. By 2000, he was keen to refurbish his entire catalogue, but only managed to see an expanded All Things Must Pass out before he became ill with cancer, from which he died in late 2001. Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani picked up where Harrison left off and compiled this set for release. Included in the package is a DVD composed of videos and some background to this period in Harrison's career, which was later released separately as well. Despite the title of the set, not every track from Harrison's Dark Horse years are included. The song "Lay His
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    We Can't Dance

    We Can't Dance

    • Artist: Genesis
    • Initial release date: 1991-11-12
    • Genre: Pop rock
    We Can't Dance is the fourteenth studio album by the band Genesis, released on 11 November 1991 through Atlantic (United States) and Virgin (Europe). It was released as a single album on CD and cassette, and as a double album on vinyl. The album reached No.1 in the UK, where it remained on the charts for 61 weeks. It was the band's final studio album featuring vocalist/drummer Phil Collins, who would leave Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo work. We Can't Dance was Genesis' first studio album in five years, following the international success of Invisible Touch in 1986. The album reached No.1 in the UK and No.4 in the US, selling several million copies (including 4 million in the US alone). The album also spawned several hit singles, including "No Son of Mine", "Hold on My Heart", "I Can't Dance" and "Jesus He Knows Me", the latter two supported by humorous videos. Two songs were cut from the album, because "there wasn't enough room on the record." These two songs are "On the Shoreline", and "Hearts on Fire". Both songs were released as B-sides. Contrary to popular belief, "Since I Lost You" is not about a broken relationship. The lyrics were written by Phil Collins for friend
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    Animositisomina

    Animositisomina

    • Artist: Ministry
    • Initial release date: 2003-02-17
    • Genre: Industrial metal
    Animositisomina is the eighth studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 2003. It is the group's first studio album and second overall release through Sanctuary Records, following the live album Sphinctour. The title is a palindrome, made of the word "animosity" spelled without the final letter and both forward and backward. It is also very similar to Aoxomoxoa, which is an album by the Grateful Dead. According to an interview on Fuse's Uranium, Jourgensen was bored at the time he was coming up with an album title. "The Light Pours Out of Me" was written and originally recorded by Magazine for their Real Life album in 1978. Ministry did perform the song several times in concerts in the late 1980s, but it was never released or recorded officially. It is notable for being the last album with Paul Barker, as well as being the last by Ministry to play in their traditional industrial metal style before switching to a more thrash-oriented style with their next album, Houses of the Molé.
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    B-sides, Seasides and Freerides

    B-sides, Seasides and Freerides

    • Artist: Ocean Colour Scene
    • Initial release date: 1997-03
    • Genre: Britpop
    B-sides, Seasides and Freerides is a 1996 B-side compilation album by the British rock group Ocean Colour Scene. Most of the songs come from the Moseley Shoals B-sides, and are generally mellow acoustic songs. Highlights include an acoustic version of the hits The Day We Caught the Train and The Circle and the song Robin Hood which Fowler often plays. The live cover of The Beatles' Day Tripper features Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis.
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    Bare

    Bare

    • Artist: Barb Jungr
    • Initial release date: 1999-05
    • Genre: Cabaret
    Bare is an 1999 album by Barb Jungr.
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    J Wess Presents Tha LP

    J Wess Presents Tha LP

    • Artist: J.Wess
    • Initial release date: 2004-04-04
    • Genre: Rhythm and blues
    J Wess Presents Tha LP is the debut album of American-Australian urban musician J-Wess, released in April 2004. The album has made the top twenty of the Australian album charts and three songs from the album "Bang This", "What Chu Want" and "Luv Ya" have been hits in Australia. J-Wess wrote and produced the album and recruited the performers on it. He states on his website: "I feel confident that I've done my job as a producer. My job is to find and build talent, to bring new people to the forefront. I wanted to show how deep I go as a producer across the board. I wanted to show my versatility, I didn't want to be pigeon-holed." The album was released on 4 April 2004. In the middle of 2003, J-Wess' first single, "Bang This", was released. Featuring the contributions of MC Digga and the vocal talents of Kulaia, it quickly gained airplay on Australian radio and Australian video programs. The single reached a peak of number 18 on the ARIA singles charts and the top ten of the Australian urban and dance charts. The second single "What Chu Want" featured the talents of Lolly as well as MC Digga and Kulaia and was released in late 2003. It reached the Australian top 10 in February 2004
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    Some Great Reward

    Some Great Reward

    • Artist: Depeche Mode
    • Initial release date: 1984-09-24
    • Genre: Synthpop
    Some Great Reward is the fourth album by the British electronic group Depeche Mode, released in 1984. The album peaked at #5 in the UK and at #51 in the US. The title comes from the last lines of the bridge in "Lie to Me" when it repeats near the end. The album was supported by the Some Great Reward Tour. In 2006, Some Great Reward was re-released with a bonus DVD. The CD was remastered and (except in the USA) was released on a CD/SACD hybrid. The bonus DVD includes the two B-side tracks "In Your Memory" and "Set Me Free (Remotivate Me)" in addition to "Somebody (Remix)" and several live versions of some of the songs from the album. The DVD also includes a documentary on the making of the album. The remastered album was released on "deluxe" vinyl in March 2007. Mute: DM CD 4 (CD/SACD + DVD) / CDX STUMM 19 (CD/SACD) Bonus Tracks (in DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo): Bonus Tracks (in PCM Stereo): Additional Material: All songs written by Martin Gore except "If You Want" and "In Your Memory" written by Alan Wilder. Produced by Daniel Miller, Depeche Mode, and Gareth Jones Assistant Engineers: Ben Ward, Stefi Marcus, and Colin McMahon Recorded at Music Works, London and Hansa
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    The Division Bell

    The Division Bell

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1994-03-30
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    The Division Bell is the fourteenth and final studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd. It was released in the UK by EMI Records on 28 March 1994, and the US by Columbia Records on 4 April. The music is written mostly by David Gilmour and Richard Wright; lyrically, the album deals mostly with themes of communication. Recording took place in a number of locations, including the band's Britannia Row Studios, and Gilmour's houseboat, Astoria. The production team included Pink Floyd stalwarts such as producer Bob Ezrin, engineer Andy Jackson and saxophonist Dick Parry. Gilmour's new wife, Polly Samson, co-wrote many of the album's lyrics, and Wright performed his first lead vocal on a Pink Floyd album since 1973's The Dark Side of the Moon. The album went to #1 in the UK and the US, but received lukewarm reviews. Its release was followed immediately by a tour of the US and Europe. The Division Bell was certified gold, platinum and 2x platinum in the US in June 1994, and 3x platinum in January 1999. It sold over twelve million copies worldwide. Much of the album deals with themes of communication, the idea that talking can solve more of life's problems. Songs such as
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    Up to Here

    Up to Here

    • Artist: The Tragically Hip
    • Initial release date: 1989
    • Genre: Rock music
    Up to Here is the first full-length album by Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. The album was released in 1989 and reached #13 in February 1990 on the RPM Canadian Albums Chart. The album has been certified diamond in Canada as of 1999. "Blow at High Dough" became the theme song to the CBC comedy-drama Made in Canada. All songs written and composed by The Tragically Hip.
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    A Rush of Blood to the Head

    A Rush of Blood to the Head

    • Artist: Coldplay
    • Initial release date: 2002-08-12
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    A Rush of Blood to the Head is the second studio album by British alternative rock band Coldplay. Released on 26 August 2002 in the UK through the label Parlophone, the album was produced by the band and British record producer Ken Nelson. Recording started after the band became popular worldwide with the release of their debut album, Parachutes, and one of its singles in particular, "Yellow". Attitudes to songwriting were affected by the September 11 attacks in the United States, which occurred the week before recording started. The songs featured in the album have a greater use of piano and electric guitar than its predecessor. The album was made available in August 2002, two months after its original planned release date. It was released on 27 August in the United States through Capitol Records. Capitol released a remastered version of the album in 2008 on a 180-gram vinyl record as part of the "From the Capitol Vaults" series. The album debuted and continued their huge commercial legacy, an ongoing pattern that began with Parachutes which made Coldplay one of the best-selling bands worldwide. It topped the UK Album Charts upon its first week of release in the United Kingdom,
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    Strawberries

    Strawberries

    • Artist: The Damned
    • Initial release date: 1982-10-01
    • Genre: Gothic rock
    Strawberries is the fifth album by The Damned, released in October 1982 on Bronze Records. Limited editions included a strawberry scented lyric insert. Captain Sensible takes prominent backing vocals several times, and takes lead vocals on "Life Goes On" and "Don't Bother Me". Paul Gray decided to call it quits in February 1983 and Bryn Merrick joined the band to replace Gray for their March 1983 club tour. Sensible left The Damned after the "Nun Tour" (named for David Vanian's sexy-goth Nun dressed back-up singers on the tour) for Strawberries and played a "last gig" (until The Damned's 10th Anniversary gig at Finsbury Park in 1986) at Brockwell Park 4 August 1984. Roman Jugg took over Sensible's role on guitar & keyboards. Bronze Records, their label at the time, collapsed and released the band from their contract. The internal strain of the band at this time may have helped them because of the mix of sounds and melodies with various styles created a very diverse style of music. Roman Jugg entered the band at this time, and marked the start of the Jugg era, which also lead to further experiments with the band's sound, including loops and sampling. On 7 January 2005, Castle
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    Kind of Blue

    Kind of Blue

    • Artist: Miles Davis
    • Initial release date: 1959-08-17
    • Genre: Jazz
    Kind of Blue is a studio album by American jazz musician Miles Davis, released August 17, 1959, on Columbia Records in the United States. Recording sessions for the album took place at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City on March 2 and April 22, 1959. The sessions featured Davis's ensemble sextet, which consisted of pianist Bill Evans (Wynton Kelly on one track), drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Paul Chambers, and saxophonists John Coltrane and Julian "Cannonball" Adderley. After the entry of Bill Evans into his sextet, Davis followed up on the modal experimentations of Milestones (1958) and 1958 Miles (1958) by basing the album entirely on modality, in contrast to his earlier work with the hard bop style of jazz. Though precise figures have been disputed, Kind of Blue has been described by many music writers not only as Davis's best-selling album, but as the best-selling jazz record of all time. On October 7, 2008, it was certified quadruple platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has been regarded by many critics as the greatest jazz album of all time and Davis's masterpiece. The album's influence on music, including jazz, rock, and
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    The Last Tour on Earth

    The Last Tour on Earth

    • Artist: Marilyn Manson
    • Initial release date: 1999-11-12
    • Genre: Synth rock
    The Last Tour on Earth is a live album comprising recordings from Marilyn Manson's Mechanical Animals and Rock is Dead tours. On the studio version of "The Dope Show", Manson says that drugs "are made in California", but in the live version, he says that "drugs, they say, are made right here in Cleveland", to a roar of crowd approval, suggesting that the song was recorded in Cleveland, Ohio. "Lunchbox" was recorded in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)" was recorded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. "The Last Day on Earth" was recorded in Las Vegas on the Mechanical Animals Tour, and "Get Your Gunn" was recorded some time during the Rock is Dead Tour. Rock is Dead is introduced as if Omega and the Mechanical Animals, the alter-egos Manson and his band devised for the Mechanical Animals album and tour, were playing. Some of the tracks, most notably "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)", are prefaced with spoken diatribes. The album includes one new studio track, "Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes", which also appears on the Celebrity Deathmatch soundtrack. In 2006, sister British magazines Classic Rock & Metal Hammer included The Last Tour
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    Black Celebration

    Black Celebration

    • Artist: Depeche Mode
    • Initial release date: 1986-03-17
    • Genre: Synthpop
    Black Celebration is the fifth studio album by Depeche Mode. Released by Mute Records on 17 March 1986, it further cemented the darkening sound that was initially hinted towards on their album Construction Time Again and Some Great Reward. Black Celebration was cited as one of the most influential albums of the '80s. Black Celebration Tour was the supporting tour for this album. Black Celebration is the Depeche Mode album that has the most songs with Martin Gore on lead vocals: "A Question of Lust", "Sometimes", "It Doesn't Matter Two", "World Full of Nothing" and "Black Day" as a bonus track. The remaining tracks are sung by David Gahan. The track "Fly on the Windscreen" had already been released as the B-side of the "It's Called a Heart" single. The band decided to rework the song (adding new effects and making it more stereophonic) and released it as the "Final" version on this album. It was later performed live, and given a slight hip hop edge during the 1993 Devotional Tour. A recorded performance of this version is featured in the live video Devotional and a special live single of "In Your Room". In 2007, Black Celebration was re-released with a bonus DVD. It was released as
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    Boots

    Boots

    • Artist: KMFDM
    • Initial release date: 2002-02-05
    • Genre: Industrial music
    Boots is an EP by KMFDM, featuring a cover of the Nancy Sinatra song "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'". It was the first release by the band after their three year hiatus. All songs written and composed by Lee Hazelwood, unless otherwise noted.
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    Construction Time Again

    Construction Time Again

    • Artist: Depeche Mode
    • Initial release date: 1983-08-22
    • Genre: Industrial rock
    Construction Time Again is the third studio album by the British electronic band Depeche Mode, released in 1983. This was the first Depeche Mode album with Alan Wilder, who composed the songs "Two Minute Warning" and "The Landscape Is Changing" (as well as the B-side "Fools"). The title comes from the second line of the first stanza of "Pipeline". The album was recorded at John Foxx's Garden studios in London, engineered by Gareth Jones (who had also engineered Foxx's seminal electronic album, Metamatic). It was mixed in the Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin. The album's cover artwork features the Matterhorn mountain. In January 1983, shortly before the release of the "Get the Balance Right!" single, lyricist Martin Gore attended an Einstürzende Neubauten concert, giving him the idea to experiment with the sounds of industrial music in the context of pop. This experimentation hinged on the band's first use of a Synclavier, a synthesizer that not only contained a large number of pre-programmed sounds, but also allowed for samples to be imported. With this, the band proceeded to travel around the neighbourhood where they could tape "found" sounds and feed them into the Synclavier, then
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    Living in America

    Living in America

    • Artist: The Sounds
    • Initial release date: 2002-11-11
    • Genre: New Wave
    Living in America is the debut album in English by Swedish New Wave band The Sounds, produced in 2002 under the Warner Sweden record label. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry awarded the album a platinum certification in 2003, denoting sales in excess of 40,000 copies. The album received mixed to positive reviews, Allmusic writer Andy Kellman gave it 3/5 stars and wrote "But the thing you cannot take away from the members of this Swedish group is that they know how to write and play songs". The album spawned five singles; the second single, "Living in America", reached #3 on the Swedish single charts and is featured in the 2010 video game, Rock Band 3. The American version was released on 6 May 2003. It featured a different song order, alternate artwork and the hidden bonus track "S.O.U.N.D.S".
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    Night on Earth

    Night on Earth

    • Artist: Tom Waits
    • Initial release date: 1992-04-07
    • Genre: Rock music
    Night on Earth is an album by Tom Waits, released in 1992 on Island Records. It is the soundtrack to the 1991 Jim Jarmusch film of the same name. All tracks written by Tom Waits, except where noted. Songs arranged by Tom Waits and Francis Thumm. Recorded and mixed by Biff Dawes at Prairie Sun Studios.
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    Primitive

    Primitive

    • Artist: Soulfly
    • Initial release date: 2000-09-25
    • Genre: Nu metal
    Primitive is the second LP by the Heavy Metal band Soulfly released in 2000 through Roadrunner Records. Primitive has sold over 226,569 copies. All songs written and composed by Max Cavalera except where noted.  The track "Son Song" appears on the Valentine OST, although not included in the film. The track Mulambo appears in the movie The Forsaken (film). Album - Billboard (North America) "Terrorist" includes lyrics from the songs "Inner Self" by Sepultura and "Criminally Insane" by Slayer.
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    The Marshall Mathers LP

    The Marshall Mathers LP

    • Artist: Eminem
    • Initial release date: 2000-05-23
    • Genre: Hardcore hip hop
    The Marshall Mathers LP is the third studio album by American rapper Eminem. Released on May 23, 2000, the album sold more than 1.76 million copies in the US in the first week alone. In 2001, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. The album was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States with shipments over 10 million. As of May 13, 2012, the record had sold 10,598,000 copies in the US. As of 2005 the album had sold over 19 million units worldwide. The Marshall Mathers LP has been ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time by Rolling Stone, Time, and XXL. Rolling Stone placed the album at number 7 on its list of the best albums of the 2000s. The album was ranked number 244 by Rolling Stone on their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2010, Rhapsody ranked it number 1 on their "The 10 Best Albums by White Rappers" list. Inspired by the disappointment of his debut album, Infinite (1996), Eminem created the alter ego Slim Shady, whom he would introduce on The Slim Shady EP (1997). After placing second in the annual Rap Olympics, Eminem was noticed by the staff at
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    Valley of the Damned

    Valley of the Damned

    • Artist: DragonForce
    • Initial release date: 2003-02-20
    • Genre: Power metal
    Valley of the Damned is the debut album by English power metal band DragonForce. In 2000, while their name was still DragonHeart, a demo version of the album was recorded and sent to Noise Records, subsequently gaining DragonHeart a deal with the label. It was later rerecorded in late 2000 and released as the band's debut studio album on February 25, 2003, following the band's obtainance of the deal with Noise Records. Furthermore, after discovering the existence of another band with the name DragonHeart, it was decided that they would change their name to DragonForce, the new moniker being clearly visible at the cover's top. This album was set to be remastered and released with a bonus DVD on September 24, 2007 but was subsequently delayed and was set for release in the UK on May 24, 2009. The remastered version of the album along with the rerelease of Sonic Firestorm was released on February 22, 2010. The initial demo was recorded on 8 – 12 April and on 27 May 2000 then mixed the following day at Thin Ice Studios with Karl Groom engineering. The rerecording for the album in 2002 mostly took place at Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, by Karl Groom, and at Lamer Luser Studios in London,
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    Life thru a Lens

    Life thru a Lens

    • Artist: Robbie Williams
    • Initial release date: 1997-09-29
    • Genre: Pop music
    Life thru a Lens is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams. It was Williams' first solo album following his departure from Take That. After trying hard to find his own sound during a period of personal upheaval, recordings for the album began at London's Maison Rouge studios in March of that year, shortly after his introduction to Guy Chambers. Writing for Melody Maker in October 1997, Robin Bresnark gave Life Thru a Lens a very negative review; "There's nothing here... sure, Robbie Williams is as fascinating a hapless goon as we're ever likely to come across. But this album feels more like a press release than an album – and that's not what I call music." The title track, "Life Thru a Lens" was written about Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, "Ego A Go Go" was written about Gary Barlow, "South of the Border" discusses Kate Moss, and "Baby Girl Window" was inspired by Samantha Beckinsale and her late father actor Richard Beckinsale. "One of God's Better People" and "Angels" were inspired by Williams' mother Jan. "Hello Sir" is a poem that takes a dig at one of Williams' former teachers. Williams reprised part of the poem on the 1 Giant Leap song "My Culture". The
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    Apocalyptic Raids

    Apocalyptic Raids

    • Artist: Hellhammer
    • Initial release date: 1984-03-08
    • Genre: Black metal
    Apocalyptic Raids is an EP by the Swiss extreme metal band Hellhammer. It was recorded and released in March 1984, and was the band's only commercial release. The record was a major influence on the then-emerging death metal and black metal genres. It has served as an inspiration to such varied and respected bands as Napalm Death and Sepultura, both which recorded cover versions of "Messiah". Hellhammer would split up only three months after recording this EP, and later regrouped as Celtic Frost. Apocalyptic Raids would be reissued six years later, boasting new artwork and two bonus tracks.
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    Good Charlotte

    Good Charlotte

    • Artist: Good Charlotte
    • Initial release date: 2000-09-26
    • Genre: Pop punk
    Good Charlotte is the self-titled first debut full-length studio album by Good Charlotte released on September 26, 2000 in the US. It contains the song "Little Things", which was the first single ever released by the band. The album received postive reviews.. Good Charlotte is the only album to feature Aaron Escolopio on drums, who left after the album was made. All songs written by Benji and Joel Madden, except "Let Me Go" and "Seasons", co-written with Josh Ian. * "Thank You Mom" can be found after a 1 minute 2 second pause after "Change" ends, bringing the total time for track 13 to 8:36. Japanese bonus tracks * "Thank You Mom" can be found after a 1 minute 2 second pause after "Change" ends, bringing the total time for track 14 to 8:36, the lyrics are in the booklet. * The Australian "x2" release bundled with "The Young and the Hopeless" does not include "The Click", despite it being included on the track listing on the box. The track listing on the CD insert is correct. Good Charlotte
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    Revés/Yo Soy

    Revés/Yo Soy

    • Artist: Café Tacuba
    • Initial release date: 1999-07-20
    • Genre: Latin American music
    Revés/Yo Soy (Backwards/I Am - note that "Yo Soy" is a palindrome) is the fourth album by Café Tacuba. In fact, it is two albums - Revés is an instrumental album, Yo Soy a collection of songs the band had been saving up since their second album, Re - but it was sold as a single album. It was released in 1999, and won the Latin Grammy that year for Best Rock Album. Reves includes a noteworthy contribution by the Kronos Quartet.
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    Sound Shattering Sound

    Sound Shattering Sound

    • Artist: Gyroscope
    • Initial release date: 2004-06-13
    • Genre: Post-grunge
    Sound Shattering Sound is the major label debut by Perth alternative rock band Gyroscope released on 14 June 2004 in Australia and debuted a week later on the Australian album charts in the top 40. The album was produced by Shaun O'Callaghan (John Butler Trio, Eskimo Joe) who had produced the band's previous two EPs. Gyroscope vocalist and guitarist Daniel Sanders says on the Festival Mushroom Records website. "The music that drove us the most were albums like Weezer's debut, or Foo Fighters The Colour and the Shape. They were more of an adventure rather than just being a 40-minute album. I think we got there in the end." The first single from the album was "Safe Forever", in April 2004. A video was recorded for the song, in which the band was playing in front of a large red screen. It gained the band a little popularity. The second single was "Take This For Granted". In the video, the band was playing in what appeared to be a construction site throughout the song. Scenes of the band were mixed with scenes of police investigating a crime scene. The third and last single was "Get Down". This also had a music video, which consisted of footage of the band playing live shows.
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    2005 KROQ New Music

    2005 KROQ New Music

    • Initial release date: 2004-11-09
    • Genre: Rock music
    2005 KROQ New Music is a compilation album by the L.A. radio station KROQ. This is a collection of new songs that were premiered in 2004.
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    Answer That and Stay Fashionable

    Answer That and Stay Fashionable

    • Artist: AFI
    • Initial release date: 1995-08-01
    • Genre: Hardcore punk
    Answer That and Stay Fashionable is the debut studio album by American rock band AFI. It was originally released on August 1, 1995 through Wingnut Records. It was re-released on April 22, 1997 through Nitro Records. Answer That and Stay Fashionable was recorded in Hayward, California at the studio of Andy Ernst in 1995. It was produced by Doug Sangalang, Tim Armstrong and Brett Reed. The album cover is a parody of the film Reservoir Dogs. The album title stems from The Comic Strip Presents: "Bad News Tour". Audio excerpts from both of the films and European Vacation are featured in several of the album's tracks as well, such as "Don't Make Me Ill" and "Highschool Football Hero." The tracks "Two of a Kind" and "Yürf Rendenmein" were re-recorded for AFI's second studio album Very Proud of Ya. The title of the track "Yürf Rendenmein" sounds like "your friend and mine" when pronounced slowly. The lyrics for "Cereal Wars" are credited to Toucan Sam for humor. It is stated in the album booklet that all of the tracks, excluding "Open Your Eyes", are copyrighted to Anthems For Insubordinates, the band's initialized name at the time.
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    Boy

    Boy

    • Artist: U2
    • Initial release date: 1980-10-20
    • Genre: Post-punk
    Boy is the debut album from Irish rock band U2, released October 20, 1980. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, the album received generally positive reviews. Common themes among the album's songs are the thoughts and frustrations of adolescence. The album included the band's first United Kingdom hit single, "I Will Follow". Boy's release was followed by U2's first tour of continental Europe and the United States. Originally, Joy Division producer Martin Hannett (who also produced U2's "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" single) was supposed to produce U2's debut album, but was too distraught after the suicide of Ian Curtis. Boy was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin with Steve Lillywhite producing. Lillywhite first came to fame with his work on the 1978's debut single of Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Hong Kong Garden" which featured a peculiar hook played by a glockenspiel. U2, who already listened to Siouxsie and the Banshees, used Lillywhite's skills to add the distinctive glockenspiel part on "I Will Follow". Some of the songs, including "An Cat Dubh" and "The Ocean", were written and recorded in the studio. Many of the songs were taken from the band's 40-song repertoire at the time,
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    BYO Split Series, Vol. 3

    BYO Split Series, Vol. 3

    • Artist: NOFX
    • Initial release date: 2002-03-05
    • Genre: Punk rock
    BYO Split Series Volume III is a split album featuring the American punk rock bands Rancid and NOFX. It was released on March 5, 2002 through BYO Records' as the third entry in their BYO Split Series. The album contains six songs by each band, with each band's songs being covers of songs originally performed by the other band. Two versions of this CD were released. One with a green cover, which had the songs performed by NOFX followed by the songs performed by Rancid, and one with an orange cover, which had the tracks the other way.
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    Christ: The Bootleg

    Christ: The Bootleg

    • Artist: Crass
    • Genre: Anarcho-punk
    Christ: The Bootleg is a live album by Crass, released in 1989. Although a bootleg, it was released in 1997 by Allied Recordings with the permission of the band, and then reissued by No Idea Records after Allied closed its doors. The album features inlay artwork by anarchist artist John Yates. Recorded live in Nottingham 1984, during the bands final tour.
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    Day for Night

    Day for Night

    • Artist: The Tragically Hip
    • Initial release date: 1994-09-24
    • Genre: Rock music
    Day for Night is the fourth full-length album by the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It was released in September 1994. It is the band's first album to debut at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album has been certified 6x platinum in Canada. The album was produced by Mark Howard, Mark Vreeken and The Tragically Hip. The band also appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1995, performing "Grace, Too" and "Nautical Disaster" in an episode hosted by John Goodman, in order to promote the album. All songs were written by The Tragically Hip.
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    DCide: the 40

    DCide: the 40

    DCide: the 40 is a compilation album released by Washington, D.C. based independent record label DCide. A 2 CD set of 40 songs, its purpose was twofold: to bring attention to some of the most promising independent acts of the East Coast, and to raise money for charity. All sales from the album go to Martha's Table (teen program), a charity helping to feed homeless teens.
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    Franks Wild Years

    Franks Wild Years

    • Artist: Tom Waits
    • Initial release date: 1987-08-17
    • Genre: Jazz
    Franks Wild Years is an album by Tom Waits, released 1987 on Island Records. Subtitled "Un Operachi Romantico in Two Acts", the album contains songs written by Waits and collaborators (mainly his wife, Kathleen Brennan) for a play of the same name. The shared title of the album and the play is an iteration of "Frank's Wild Years", a song from Waits' 1983 album Swordfishtrombones. The play had its world premiere at the Briar St. Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on June 22, 1986, performed by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Various versions of "Way Down in the Hole" were used as the theme music for the HBO series The Wire, including Waits' original version for the second season. The songs "Temptation" and "Cold Cold Ground" were used in Jean-Claude Lauzon's film Léolo (1992). "Cold Cold Ground" was also used in the series Homicide: Life on the Street. "Temptation" and "Straight to the Top (Vegas)" featured in the film Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), and "Innocent When You Dream" featured in the film Smoke (1995). Tracks written by Tom Waits, except where noted. Recorded by Danny Leake and Biff Dawes. Mixed by Biff Dawes at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California. Side One Side
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    In the Nightside Eclipse

    In the Nightside Eclipse

    • Artist: Emperor
    • Initial release date: 1994-02-21
    • Genre: Black metal
    In the Nightside Eclipse is the debut studio album and fourth official release by Norwegian black metal band Emperor. It was recorded in July 1993 at Grieghallen and released in 1994 by Candlelight Records. This was also the last album to feature drummer Faust and the only one to feature one-time bassist Tchort. The album is considered a landmark in the black metal scene, ranked by critics as one of the most influential black metal albums. It also contains one of Emperor's best-known tracks, "I Am the Black Wizards". The album cover was drawn by "Necrolord", also known as Kristian Wåhlin, depicting a host of orcs en route to Minas Morgul. In his contemporary review, Steve Huey of AllMusic gave the album five stars out of five, writing, "In the Nightside Eclipse resoundingly demonstrated that there was real musical substance and ambition in the world of black metal. [...] [it] somehow managed to capture the essence of the genre while completely rewriting its rule book", commenting that it was also "the first [album] to fuse black metal with progressive and symphonic elements, setting the stage for a bevy of future experimentation in the genre [...] As such, it certainly possesses
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    Live

    Live

    • Artist: Klinik
    • Initial release date: 1993
    • Genre: Industrial music
    Live was recorded in Germany and Belgium between April and June 1993.
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    Most Beloved

    Most Beloved

    • Artist: Leslie Cheung
    • Initial release date: 1995-07-01
    • Genre: Cantopop
    Most Beloved or Beloved (寵愛) is a Cantopop album by Leslie Cheung released in 1995 after a long personal struggle between deciding to make a comeback or to make good his retirement vow. It was also his first album with Rock Records. It marked the milestone of another chapter of Leslie Cheung's career as it was his first album after supposedly retiring from the music world 6 years before, at the height of his career. Popular tracks included '一辈子失去了你' (Losing You Forever) and '夜半歌声' (Midnight Singer) which is the main theme song of the movie The Phantom Lover, '何去何从之阿飞正传' (Choice) which is the theme song of the movie Days of Being Wild, '当爱已成往事' (Bygone Love) from the movie Farewell My Concubine, '今生今世' (In This Lifetime), '追' (Chase) both of which are theme songs from the movie He's a Woman, She's a Man and also the song 红颜白发 The Bride With White Hair drawn from the film of the same name.
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    Reality

    Reality

    • Artist: David Bowie
    • Initial release date: 2003-09-16
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Reality is an album by English rock musician David Bowie, released in 2003 on Bowie's Iso Records label, in conjunction with Columbia Records. Over the promotional period, the album was released in a variety of formats. The standard release was a single jewel case CD version, followed by the CD with a three track bonus CD in digipak format. The album was then released as a multichannel hybrid SACD, and then reissued with a bonus live DVD recorded in London. All songs written and composed by David Bowie, except where noted.  The DVD features a promotional concert where the whole album was played live track by track. It was recorded at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, 8 September 2003. On the regular CD a recording of The Kinks' song "Waterloo Sunset" was released as a bonus track. On the Canadian reissue, the live DVD was truncated down to five tracks. A DualDisc edition was released initially in the Boston and Seattle regions of the US only. The CD side contains the album, whereas the DVD side contains the album in 5.1 surround sound and bonus material (photo gallery, lyrics, biography, and discography). Of most interest is the otherwise unavailable Reality film
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    Storm Front

    Storm Front

    • Artist: Billy Joel
    • Initial release date: 1989-10
    • Genre: Rock music
    Storm Front is the eleventh studio album by Billy Joel. Released in 1989 (see 1989 in music), the album featured one of Joel's three #1 hits, "We Didn't Start the Fire", a fast-paced song that catalogued a list of historical events, trends, and cultural icons from after World War II (when Joel was born) until 1989, and "Leningrad", a story-song about a friendship between an American and a Russian during the final years of the Cold War. "I Go to Extremes", a song describing the ups and downs of his emotional life, placed at #6. Other songs that placed in the top 100 were "And So It Goes" (#37), "The Downeaster 'Alexa'" (#57), and "That's Not Her Style" (#77). The cover depicts a storm warning flag. All songs written by Billy Joel. Storm Front marked a radical change in Joel's support band. Since his last studio album (The Bridge), both Russell Javors and Doug Stegmeyer, long-time members of Joel's band, were discharged from their respective duties as rhythm guitarist and bass guitarist. Javors was replaced with Joey Hunting for the record and by Tommy Byrnes on tour while Stegmeyer was replaced by Schuyler Deale. Band regulars Liberty DeVitto, David Brown and Mark Rivera were
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    Substance

    Substance

    • Artist: New Order
    • Initial release date: 1987-08-17
    • Genre: House music
    Substance (also known as Substance 1987 to distinguish it from the Joy Division compilation of the same name) is a 1987 compilation album by New Order, consisting of all of the band's singles at that point in their 12-inch versions, together with their respective B-side tracks. The then newly-released non-album single "True Faith" is also featured, along with its B-side "1963". The collection was released on vinyl, double CD, double cassette and Digital Audio Tape. While Substance presents a sizeable collection of singles, there are many omissions and differences to be found from the original single releases: The standard tape version, due to the extra space befitting the format, also contains extra tracks in the form of "Dub-vulture", "Shellshock", and "Bizarre Dub Triangle", as well as the actual "Mesh". Only on the limited edition cassette version does "True Dub" appear, as the last track on the second tape. On all cassette versions, "Murder" is after "Thieves Like Us" on the first cassette, whereas on the CD/DAT versions it appears on the second half of the album. In 2003, the album was ranked number 361 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all
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    Talking Heads: 77

    Talking Heads: 77

    • Artist: Talking Heads
    • Initial release date: 1977-09-16
    • Genre: New Wave
    Talking Heads: 77 is the debut album by Talking Heads, released in 1977. The single "Psycho Killer" made it to No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 290 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. In his 1995 book, The Alternative Music Almanac, Alan Cross placed it in the No. 5 spot on his 10 Classic Alternative Albums list. All songs written and composed by David Byrne, except where noted.  The album was released by Sire Records in the United Kingdom and United States and Philips Records throughout continental Europe. In 2005 it was re-released and remastered by Warner Music Group on their Warner Bros./Sire Records/Rhino Records labels in DualDisc format with five bonus tracks on the CD side (see track listing above). The DVD-Audio side includes both stereo and 5.1 surround high resolution (96 kHz/24bit) mixes, as well as a Dolby Digital version and videos of the band performing "Pulled Up" and "I Feel It in My Heart." In Europe, it was released as a CD+DVDA two disc set rather than a single DualDisc. The reissue was produced by Andy Zax with Talking Heads. The album was re-released on vinyl on April 18, 2009 for Record
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    The Early Singles

    The Early Singles

    • Artist: Pink Floyd
    • Initial release date: 1992-11-24
    • Genre: Psychedelic rock
    The Early Singles is a CD that is available only on Pink Floyd's 1992 Shine On box set. It is a compilation of the first five Pink Floyd singles. After these releases, the band did not officially issue another single in their home territory of the United Kingdom until 1979's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part II". Except for the song "The Scarecrow", which appeared on The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967), and "See Emily Play" which appeared on the American issue of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, the rest of the tracks were not released on any studio albums. Although several of the tracks appeared on earlier compilations, notably Relics (1971) and Works (1983), this was the first release that brought the 1960s singles together. To date, it is still the only official CD release to contain "Point Me at the Sky" and "It Would Be So Nice". The tracks "Apples and Oranges" and "Point Me at the Sky" were previously unreleased in the United States and The Early Singles CD marked the tracks' first official appearance in the United States. All tracks written by Syd Barrett, except as noted.
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    Vespertine

    Vespertine

    • Artist: Björk
    • Initial release date: 2001-08-27
    • Genre: Alternative rock
    Vespertine is the fifth studio album by the Icelandic recording artist Björk, released on 27 August 2001. On this album, Björk creates a quiet, introverted world of microbeats and personal lyrics. On the cover she can be seen wearing the swan dress (designed by Marjan Pejoski) that caused a stir at the 2001 Academy Awards. The album yielded the singles "Hidden Place", "Pagan Poetry" and "Cocoon". The album's lead single, "Hidden Place", is the only single from the album to have charted in the United States. Björk uses an array of sampled objects to create beats and soundscapes in a number of songs on Vespertine, including shuffling cards on "Cocoon" and "Hidden Place"; snow being walked upon on "Aurora", and ice being cracked and smashed on "Frosti". Vespertine is Björk's longest album, at 55:33. Hidden Place", "Pagan Poetry" and "Cocoon" were released as singles from the album. "It's Not Up to You" may have been meant to be the fourth single—a sticker on the CD case proclaims "features ‹Hidden Place› and ‹It's Not Up to You›"—but never made it to release, presumably because of the birth of Björk's daughter Isadora. The lyrics to "An Echo, a Stain" are based on Sarah Kane's play
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    Von

    Von

    • Artist: Sigur Rós
    • Initial release date: 1997
    • Genre: Post-rock
    Von (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈvɔːn], Hope) is the debut album of Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. The production of the album took a long time, and the end result sounded significantly different from the original recordings. The band considered scrapping the final result and starting all over again, but decided not to because it would have made the process too long. In exchange for recording time, Sigur Rós painted the studio they recorded in. Von was originally released in Iceland to moderate critical acclaim, but went relatively unnoticed abroad. In the first year following the release, Von sold only 313 copies in Iceland. Following the band's popular international releases, Ágætis byrjun and ( ), it was re-released in the United Kingdom in September 2004, and in the United States a month later. In December 2005, Von and Ágætis byrjun were declared platinum albums in Iceland, signifying domestic sales of over 5,000. The sixth track consists of 18 seconds of silence, and gave name to Sigur Rós's official website, eighteen seconds before sunrise. The last track starts with six minutes and fifteen seconds of silence, then consists of a portion of "Myrkur" played backwards,
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    Wet Dream

    Wet Dream

    • Artist: Richard Wright
    • Initial release date: 1978-09-15
    • Genre: Progressive rock
    Wet Dream was the first solo album from Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright, released in 1978. Wet Dream was self-produced and Wright wrote all the songs himself, except "Against the Odds", which was co-written with his then-wife, Juliette. The album went virtually unnoticed at the time. The album has long been out of print in Wright's native UK, but it was re-released on CD in the USA and Canada in the 1990s, with some success, and again in 2008 in Australia, following Wright's death. All songs by Richard Wright, except where noted. Album - Billboard (North America)
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