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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…

Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation

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  Second studio album from The Prodigy, Music For The Jilted Generation saw them taking their rave blueprint and getting the beats in. Ahead of their genre busting Fat Of The Land smasher which followed, the ground work is definitely put down on this one. Released in 1994 Liam Howlett and company banged a bus…

Tom Waits – Blue Valentine

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  1978 saw the release of the Tom Waits album Blue Valentine. Wrapped in a sleeve containing scenes at a late night filling station, the cover depicts a downcast Tom, whilst elsewhere he’s cavorting with Rickie Lee Jones. One image also sees Chuck E Weiss of Jones’ own tune ‘Chuck E’s in Love‘. The album…

Tom Waits – Mule Variations

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Mr Tom Waits steps right up with his 1999 album Mule Variations. It was his twelfth studio album and his first on the Anti label and was widely regarded as a classic on release, taking the organised chaos of Bone Machine mixed with his unique takes on backwood blues, hints of beatnik-ness and masterful songwriting.…

Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill

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Game changing and heralding a new dawn in Hip Hop, 1986 saw the debut album from the Beastie Boys arrive and shake up the world. Licensed to Ill was packed with what would become the groups staple in beat and rhymes.  ‘Hold it Now, Hit It‘, ‘She’s Crafty‘, ‘No Sleep ’til Brooklyn‘ and the massive…

The Beatles – Rubber Soul

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First appearance for the The Beatles into the Hand Drawn Album Covers world with this felt pen take on Rubber Soul. The Fab Four were unstoppable at this point, album number six, released just after Help! and just before Revolver. You can see the future direction is already pretty clear on tracks like Nowhere Man,…

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man

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I’m Your Man saw Leonard Cohen delve further into the synthesised music territory touched on with his previous Various Positions LP and was released in 1988. Leading off with the classic ‘First We Take Manhattan‘ the record features a raft of brilliant songs, ‘Everybody Knows’, ‘Tower of Song‘, ‘Take This Waltz‘ and the title track itself.…

George Michael – Faith

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‘More Pop’ they said. More pop you’ve got, here’s George Michael rocking the leather look from his 1987 classic ‘Faith‘. Grammy Award winning and an album which has shifted some 25 million units since, famously courting controversy (not like him) with the single ‘I Want Your Sex‘ getting pulled from Radio One at the time.…

Kylie Minogue – Kylie

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From 1988, Kylie,  the debut album from ex Neighbours actress Kylie Minogue was a massive hit with fans of pop and bubblegum. Produced through the PWL stable the album featured her first big forays into the charts with ‘Got To Be Certain‘,  ‘I Should Be So Lucky‘, ‘It’s No Secret‘, ‘Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquai‘…

NWA – Straight Outta Compton

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Released in 1998, the debut from the California crew N.W.A. is a landmark Hip Hop album, produced by Dr Dre and DJ Yella, Straight Outta Compton heralded a new dawn in West Coast Hip Hop. Out on Eazy-E‘s own Ruthless Records, it’s touted as being the genesis of gangsta rap, E on the cover brandishing…