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A Perfect Circle – Mer De Noms
Mer de Noms (French for "sea of names") is the debut album by American rock band A Perfect Circle. It was certified platinum by the RIAA on October 31, 2000. The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 4, making it the highest ever Billboard 200 debut for a rock band's first album. It sold over 188,000 copies in the first week, and stayed on the charts for 51 consecutive weeks. The album peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums on October 4, 2003, three years after the album's release. Mer de Noms has since been released on vinyl record format.
Leadbelly – Huddie Ledbetter’s Best
Leadbelly's last recording sessions for a commercial record label, held in the early fall of 1944, yielded a dazzling 12 songs, embracing virtuoso guitar blues ("Grasshoppers In My Pillow"), pounding piano-driven scatting ("The Eagle Rocks", with Leadbelly himself at the ivories, a talent for which he wasn't usually recognized), and familiar standards done in some startlingly different ways, including "Goodnight, Irene", "Rock Island Line", and "Ella Speed", done with the understated accompaniment of a zither (courtesy of Paul Mason Howard) as well as his own guitar.
Masterpieces for Violin and Orchestra : Milstein
● From the original analogue master tapes of Universal Music ● Audiophile full analogue mastering by Rainer Maillard ● Cutting to lacquers at Emil Berliner Studios ● 180g audiophile virgin vinyl pressed by Pallas GmbH in Germany ● Stereo Recording (SP8528 / Capitol)
Merle Haggard – Mama Tried
There's little doubt that Merle Haggard is an enduring country music legend. In 1968, when Mama Tried first hit the shelves, he was riding high as the CMA Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year, coming fresh from the 1967 Album of the Year, Lonesome Fugitive. A terrific slice of early Merle.
Peggy Lee – Is That All There Is?
When Peggy Lee became well-known in the 1940s, swing and jazz-influenced pop dominated the musical landscape. In the 1960s, however, it was a whole new world in popular music. The British Invasion and Motown — not big bands — were mainstream, and to the Baby Boomer youths of the 1960s, Lee was part of 'our parents' music'. But the singer had a major hit with 1969's "Is That All There Is?", one of the best-selling albums of her career. While this isn't a rock album per se — Lee's foundation was still jazz-influenced pop — it acknowledges pop-rock tastes of the 1960s without being unfaithful to her history.
Radiohead – OK Computer
OK Computer is the third studio album by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, released in 1997 on Parlophone and Capitol Records. OK Computer was the first self-produced Radiohead album, with assistance from Nigel Godrich. Radiohead recorded the album in Oxfordshire and Bath between 1996 and early 1997, mostly in the historic mansion St. Catherine's Court. The band made a deliberate attempt to distance themselves from the guitar-oriented, lyrically introspective style of their previous album, The Bends. OK Computer's abstract lyrics, densely layered sound and wide range of influences laid the groundwork for Radiohead's later, more experimental work.
Roxy Music – Roxy Music s/t
In 1994, Roxy Music was ranked number 57 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums. He described it as "totally original and a breath of bizarre air", stating: "[the album] put Brian Ferry and Eno at the forefront of the art-rock movement." In 2003, Rolling Stone picked the album as number 62 in its list of the best debut albums of all time, stating "In England in the early Seventies, there was nerdy art-rock and sexy glam-rock and rarely did the twain meet. Until this record, that is." The opening track, "Re-Make/Re-Model", has been labelled a postmodernist pastiche, featuring solos by each member of the band echoing various touchstones of Western music, including The Beatles' "Day Tripper", Duane Eddy's version of "Peter Gunn", and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries"; the esoteric "CPL 593H" was supposedly the license number of a car spotted by Bryan Ferry that was driven by a beautiful woman. Brian Eno produced some self-styled "lunacy" when Ferry asked him for a sound "like the moon" for the track "Ladytron". "If There Is Something" was covered by David Bowie's Tin Machine, and was later featured quite extensively, almost as a central figure, in the British film Flashbacks of a Fool.
The Beach Boys – Sunflower
This is another strong album in a very underrated period for the Beach Boys,. Also known as the best democratic effort, with each member providing some strong contributions. Of course, the best songs on this album have a Brian Wilson songwriting credit, but that doesn't take anything away from Dennis. During the past decade, few musical groups have had as great an influence on the world of music as the Beach Boys. The group set many of the major musical trends of the 60's and their music brought joy to millons around the world.