The Band – The Band

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The eponymous second album from The Band was released in 1969. With a host of classic tracks it saw them hitting full stride, with multiple vocal performances and some surprising instrumentation it’s a celebrated album of roots rock. Across the Great Divide, Rag Mama Rag, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and King Harvest…

White Stripes – Elephant

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  The White Stripes crop up here with their album cover for Elephant. The Detroit duo of Meg and Jack White release this, their fourth studio album in April 2003 and again it featured design based around their signature Red, Black and White colour schemes. Home to the hits of ‘The Hardest Button to Button‘,…

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

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  The fifth studio album from Kate Bush was the Hounds of Love. Released in 1985 it was preceded with the single ‘Running Up That Hill‘, which peaked in the charts at number 3. The first side comprised of other tracks which were all destined to be hits including ‘Hounds of Love‘, ‘Cloudbusting‘ and ‘Big…

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

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The eleventh album from the American rock band The Beach Boys was entitled Pet Sounds. Released through Capitol records in May 1966 it is heavily considered to be one of the most influential recording made. Featuring the tracks ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’ , ‘I Know There’s an Answer’ and ‘God Only Knows’, Brian Wilson had…

Queen – News of the World

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Queen‘s sixth studio album ‘News of the World‘ arrived in 1977 and included the classic tracks ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are The Champions’, ‘Get Down, Make Love’, ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ and ‘Spread Your Wings’. Produced by the band themselves the cover was a reworked Astounding Stories cover by artist Frank Kelly Freas. Seen by…

Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin Bob Dylan

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The second studio album from Mr Zimmerman, ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was released in 1963. Taken cues from stories of the time focusing on civil rights Dylan uses the album to wiled his own lyrics to the traditional folk tunes, departing from his first album which was mainly cover versions. Kicking of with his take…

Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

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The sixth studio album from Bruce Springsteen, Nebraska is a more stripped back work. Originally intended to be demos for the next E-Street band record, Bruce decided to release them himself and it remains one of the most highly regarded albums in his catalogue. With sparse instrumentation throughout and sombre songs it deals with the…

The Streets – Original Pirate Material

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Lock down your aeriel. Mike Skinner burst onto the music scene in 202 with what is still regarded as a classic slice of London life. A far cry from the britpop posturing of the era, Original Pirate Material from The Streets, spoke to folks not only in the capital but all across the UK. Mixing…

Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

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US Jazz master, Herbie Hancock dropped Head Hunters in 1973 as his twelfth studio album. Forming a new band for the occasion, it featured a tight rhythm and blues orientated rhythm section and saw him opt out of guitar altogether, replacing it with clavinet, a defining sound on the album. Comprising of four tracks Chameleon,…

Janes Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual

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señores y señoras nosotros tenemos más influencia con sus hijos que tu tiene pero los queremos… creado y regado de Los Angeles Juana’s Adicción! And there it begins, the second full studio album from Los Angeles act Jane’s Addiction broke out into a riotous start after that spoken intro into the track ‘Stop!‘ Formed around…

Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

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From 1975, the ninth album by Pink Floyd was Wish You Were Here.  Centred around the bands tribute to Syd Barrett, the track Shine On You Crazy Diamond is heralded as one of the bands best. The album also sees guest vocal duties from Roy Harper on the track Have a Cigar and backing vocals…

Joni Mitchell – Clouds

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Clouds is the second studio album from Joni Mitchell. Originally from Canada, born Roberta Joan Anderson, she rose to prominence through the early folk scene and gained fame on Reprise Records living among the Laurel Canyon scene. Stephen Stills crops up playing guitar on this one, released in 1969. The most famous track is ‘Both…