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SANTANA / SANTANA
This landmark 1969 recording is ranked #149 on Rolling Stone's list of the Greatest Albums of All Time
THE CARS / THE CARS
One of the most successful and enjoyable debuts in history, the Carsí self-titled album doubles as a greatest-hits collection.
LOST IN SPACE / AIMEE MANN
A master of poetic regret, it's impossible to miss the strength of Mann's writing, which remains spectacularly underrated among contemporary songwriters.
CARELESS LOVE / MADELEINE PEYROUX
Madeleine Peyroux is the real deal. She brushes off comparisons to Billie Holiday, but it's certainly not bad company to keep.
SAHARA / McCOY TYNER
DownBeat's Album of the Year, Sahara represents the best that jazz had to offer in the early 70s. Rooted in modality, Tyner's piano playing is thick, chromatic, and cavernous.
Cohn's 1991 debut is masterfully produced and features brilliantly crafted musical arrangements that perfectly accentuate his soulful, rich baritone timbre and graceful, contemplative piano performances.
WHITES OFF EARTH NOW / COWBOY JUNKIES
Haunting, harrowing, eerie, and gorgeous, the soft-toned album reinterprets eight classic blues in a ghostly manner that combines Delta traditions, European minimalism, roots country, and thoroughly original do-it-yourself ambience.
A five-star record that announced the arrival of a serious new talent and deviated from the slick artifice of the time, Marshall Crenshaw's debut is a pop classic
FOOL FOR THE CITY / FOGHAT
Foghat's best studio album, a classic rock staple, contains the hit singles Slow Ride and Fool For The City. The remastered sound is mindblowing. Guitar Heroes, unite!
SURFER ROSA / PIXIES
Internationally acknowledged as a pioneering record, the alt-rock landmark Surfer Rosa is the influential equivalent of the Velvet Undergroundís oft-cited 1968 debut. Mastered from the original analog tapes!
INVITATION / MILT JACKSON
Milt Jackson's incredible 1963 Riverside session features Kenny Dorham, Jimmy Heath, Ron Carter, and Tommy Flanagan! Half-speed mastered for superb sound.
Little Feat introduced Southern-fried accents and funny personality sketches to the West Coast's country-rock template on its self-titled 1971 debut, a record that remains singular in its aural and narrative visions of America.
DON'T CRY NOW / LINDA RONSTADT
1973's Donít Cry Now, Ronstadt's first album for Asylum, solidified the singer as a premiere pop singer. This is one of the most exceptional-sounding female vocalist recordings of the 1970s
IDLEWILD SOUTH / ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
Idlewild South, the sophomore release from America's sovereign Southern rock group the Allman Brothers Band, is their greatest studio album. Produced by the legendary Tom Dowd.
PERMANENT WAVES / RUSH
The first of three consecutive studio masterpieces, Permanent Waves firmly established Rush as a household-name band and spawned the classic hits "Freewill" and "The Spirit of Radio."
SANTANA / SANTANA
Released weeks before the band blew minds at Woodstock, Santana's groundbreaking set stands alongside Miles Davisí Bitches Brew and Jeff Beckís Truth as a pillar of rock fusion.
THE ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS OF ROY ORBISON - 2 LP Set
Remastered from the original analog master tapes for the first time ever, here are all of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member's finest singles for Monument Records in one place.
ABRAXAS / SANTANA
One of rockís true masterpieces, Santana's stunning sophomore effort was released in September 1970 to unanimous accolades and redefined contemporary music.
PRISONER IN DISGUISE / LINDA RONSTADT
A rootsy 1975 treasure, Prisoner in Disguise advanced the vocalistís reputation as a champion interpreter of popular song and drew acclaim for its outstanding session musicianship. Astounding sonics.
SAILIN' SHOES / LITTLE FEAT
The equivalent to acknowledged period classics by The Band, Allman Brothers Band, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones, this 1972 set is at once familiar, clever, and wholesome.
DOOLITTLE / PIXIES
The Pixies' 1989 sophomore release remains among the best and most important albums ever made. Our analog version offers transparent resolution that yields unrivaled clarity and vibrant immediacy.
ANGEL DUST / FAITH NO MORE - 2 LP Set
Faith No More's 1992 alt-rock classic is a sonic funhouse that remains catchy and melodic no matter what directions the songs pull. But the recordís greatest aspect may be its cutting-edge production.
BOSSANOVA / PIXIES
More straightforward, linear, fluid, subtle, and dreamy, than Doolittle, Bossanova finds the band exploring pop structures, dropping psychedelic accents, and satisfying surf-rock urges.
SINATRA & STRINGS / FRANK SINATRA
One of the most acclaimed albums of his career, Sinatra and Strings is a brilliant collection of standards. Every song here is a classic ballad, every performance an elegant masterstroke.
LET'S GET IT ON / MARVIN GAYE
A 1973 blockbuster, this is the sensual touchstone for all of the erotic R&B and slow jams that followed an album that embraces intimacy and encourages romantic affairs.
PILGRIMAGE / MICHAEL BRECKER - 2 LP Set
Pilgrimage is the last album saxophone colossus Michael Brecker ever recorded. Released months after he succumbed to leukemia in January 2007, it's also one of the finest jazz records made during the past 30 years.
NICE'N'EASY / FRANK SINATRA
Comprised of devotional ballads and midtempo love songs, this 1960 set is a showcase for Sinatra's peerless ability to create moods. Never before has it sounded so natural, rich, or transparent.
MYTHOLOGIES / PATRICIA BARBER - 2 LP
Accompanied by guitarist Michael Alger, bassist Michael Arnapol, and drummer Eric Montzka, and assisted by a few special guest background vocalists -- including a children's choir -- Barber has turned in one of the first legitimate masterworks of the new century.
HASTEN DOWN THE WIND / LINDA RONSTADT
Part of her impeccable string of mid-1970s albums that defined Californiaís soft-rock scene, Linda Ronstadt's Grammy-winning Hasten Down the Wind is the vocalist at her best.
DIXIE CHICKEN / LITTLE FEAT
Stuffed with first-rate songwriting, humorous lyrics, and laidback funk, Dixie Chicken is Little Featís pinnacle studio album
SIMPLE DREAMS / LINDA RONSTADT
Linda Ronstadtís Simple Dreams continued a creative streak that found the singer turning out album after album of incredible material at an astonishing clip. Featuring an expanded palette of styles and cutting-edge narratives, the 1977 set may be Ronstadt's greatest work.
WAITING FOR COLUMBUS / LITTLE FEAT - 2 LP
Waiting for Columbus stands as Little Feat's peak accomplishment - a staggering confluence of energetic performances, skilled improvisations, and thematic expansion.
BARE BONES / MADELEINE PEYROUX - 2 LP
Having proven several times over that she's among the premier vocal jazz singers on the planet, Madeleine Peyroux makes her mark as a songwriter on the exquisite Bare Bones, her first album of originals.
CANDY-O / THE CARS
Continuing along the streamlined pop paths of its predecessor, the 1979 sophomore effort is preoccupied with desirable women that are as mysterious, sexy, and cool as the group's music.
SHAKE IT UP / THE CARS
A return to form after the departure that was 1980's muddled Panorama, the Cars' Shake It Up bursts forth with a rich assembly of synthesizers, drum machines, electronic blips, and catchy melodies that make it an early 80s pop staple.
THE COLE PORTER MIX / PATRICIA BARBER - 2 LP
Move over, Ella Fitz and Ol' Blue Eyes. There's a new standout interpreter of classic pop songs in town. Yes, Patricia Barber's The Cole Porter Mix belongs on the same level of amazing as the work of the 20th century's most famous singers.
PIRATES / RICKIE LEE JONES
Accompanied by an all-star lineup, the singer-songwriter achieves musical nirvana on a 1981 set that encompasses post-bop, coffeehouse folk, bohemian pop, romantic soul, and Broadway showtunes.
MY AIM IS TRUE / ELVIS COSTELLO
One of the greatest debut albums ever recorded, the 1977 set hasnít lost any of the vibrant urgency, lyrical edge, or biting wit that made Costello the pin-up model for new-wave music.
THIS YEAR'S MODEL / ELVIS COSTELLO
The first record he made with his legendary backing band the Attractions, 1978's This Year's Model is Elvis Costello's most explosive and urgent album.
ARMED FORCES / ELVIS COSTELLO
A supremely melodic and hook-laden record, the 1979 set is a showcase of scintillating keyboard lines, sharp guitar work, and the most cohesive arrangements of Costello and the Attractions' career.
GET HAPPY!! / ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS - 2 LP
Paying homage to Northern soul, Motown, Stax, and Southern soul strains, and infused with smooth and gritty arrangements, Get Happy!! runs on an efficient R&B motor.
ALMOST BLUE / ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS
This expertly played 1981 recording marks the second of the encyclopedic pop musician's many forays into multiple styles
THE GENIUS SINGS THE BLUES / RAY CHARLES
A classic of the soul and R&B canon, The Genius Sings the Blues is a snapshot of the evolution of timeless American music captured by the pianist's indelible rhythmic pace, gospel roots, jazz backgrounds, and Southern-styled accents.
FOREIGNER / FOREIGNER
Few albums better instill these pleasures than Foreigner's 1977 self-titled debut album, a five-times platinum blockbuster chock full of salacious riffs, soaring vocals, edgy beats, and lyrics that practically demand to be shouted.
LEARNING TO CRAWL / THE PRETENDERS
This 1984 hit album shows vigorous determination and solemn reflectiveness and is peppered with hits such as Back on the Chain Gang, 2000 Miles and My City Was Gone.
TRUST / ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS
Trust is the most eclectic and ambitious record of Elvis Costello's career: [his] summit as a singer, songwriter, and miserable-Irish-bastard pin-up boy, says Rolling Stone
DOUBLE VISION / FOREIGNER
Overflowing with first-rate songwriting, lascivious hooks, and sing-a-long choruses, Foreigner's Double Vision exceeded the popularity of the band's blockbuster debut with more than seven million copies and two Top Five singles.
HEAD GAMES / FOREIGNER
Foreigner's 1979 release is their edgiest, heaviest, hardest-hitting album and tracks like Head Games, and Dirty White Boy continued the group's streak of hits.
FOREIGNER 4 / FOREIGNER
This #1 1981 album teems with hits like Urgent, Waiting for a Girl Like You and Juke Box Hero
SWING ALONG WITH ME / FRANK SINATRA
Twelve of the most uninhibited things Sinatra ever recorded, Swing Along With Me pairs the legendary singer with arranger Billy May, who leads an orchestra that just doesn't quit
THE CONCERT SINATRA / FRANK SINATRA
Using his unparalleled breath control techniques and in the best voice of his career, Sinatra matches Riddle's sweeping arrangements, turning in resplendent performances that are as powerful, majestic, and dynamic as Riddle's surging instrumental support.
MUSIC FROM BIG PINK / THE BAND
Recorded in 1968 and ranked #34 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, The Band's Music From Big Pink stems from a pink farmhouse in upstate Woodstock, New York and is a dubut for the ages.
STAGE FRIGHT / THE BAND
A sharp stylistic and thematic detour away from its first two albums, the Bandís Stage Fright is a compelling snapshot of a group coping with massive success and internal changes.
ROCK OF AGES / THE BAND
The Band's 1972 live album Rock of Ages was recorded at the tail end of the group's Cahoots tour, and over the course of four nights at New York's Academy of Music at the end of December 1971. The incendiary concert set bookmarks the close of the first phase of the collective's career.
PIANO MAN / BILLY JOEL
Piano Man established a legend via two elements that became a trademark of his career: simple, yet disarmingly effective lyrics that speak to universal truths and instilled feelings of pathos.
TURNSTILES / BILLY JOEL
On Turnstiles, Joel focused his attention on making an album whose scope and range dwarf that of his previous work, and shot his star into the stratosphere. Encompassing everything from urgent rock to soft pop and saloon fare, Turnstiles is a classic of major proportions.
THE CARNEGIE HALL CONCERT / CAROLE KING - 2 LP
Disarmingly genuine and daringly honest, The Carnegie Hall Concert: June 18, 1971 benefits from the inclusion of Kingís nervous between-song banter that exposes who she is as a person and performer. Most importantly, despite her anxiety, she turns out stirring renditions of tunes from 1970ís Writer, Tapestry, and even a few from Music.
CAROLE KING MUSIC / CAROLE KING
Released on the heels of her breakthrough, Tapestry, Carole Kingís Music is every bit the equal of its more famous predecessor, a Number One smash that features impeccable songwriting, infallible melodies, and extraordinary piano playing.
IMPERIAL BEDROOM / ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS
This universally hailed 1982 pop masterpiece pairs Costello and Co. with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick
JT / JAMES TAYLOR
JT takes its permanent place as one of the singer's most enduring albums, an affair that gorges on country, blues, and rock styles and incisive songwriting.
FLAG / JAMES TAYLOR
Flag finds Taylor plying more of his trademark mellow vibes and insightful, soul-gazing lyrics.
DAD LOVES HIS WORK / JAMES TAYLOR
Long considered a classic of the singer-songwriter domain, this 1981 effort stands as one of Taylor's real great albums and an involving aural artwork that simmers with honesty, conviction, and feeling.
KEB' MO' / KEB' MO'
Original, charismatic, and immensely gifted, the guitarist/vocalist Keb' Mo' brings country blues into the late 20th century on his stunning self-titled Epic debut, which quickly climbed the charts and turned the former backing instrumentalist into a household name.
I LEFT MY HEART IN SAN FRANCISCO / TONY BENNETT
This 1962 effort was a turning point for the great Tony Bennett and an all-time pop standard. Winner of two Grammy Awards, the record contains Bennettís signature track as well as eleven other indelible classics.
I WANNA BE AROUND / TONY BENNETT
Recorded during his peak era, Tony Bennett's I Wanna Be Around continues the crooner's upward trajectory as he nestles into a superb batch of heartfelt ballads, softly swinging pop, and frisky bossa nova with the kind of charm, control, and coolness reserved for a legend.
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON / LOS LOBOS
While lacking the commercial status of the quintet's subsequent La Bamba release, By the Light of the Moon stands as the band's most enjoyable excursion into American-hued soul, penetratingly reflective lyrics, and earnest roots rock. The music making is simply extraordinary.
LIFE'S RICH PAGEANT / R.E.M.
For a generation that came of age in the 80s, as well almost everyone that came within earshot of its contents, the Georgia bandís 1986 landmark effort remains an utterly distinctive sonic blend of elegance and whimsy, seriousness and humor.
KING OF AMERICA / ELVIS COSTELLO
Costello teams with musical legends and standout producer T-Bone Burnett on this exemplary 1986 album
A GOOD DAY / PRISCILLA AHN
Rife with organic production, subtly complex arrangements, and wise lyrics, the album signals the arrival of a talent on par with female contemporaries Jones and Sara Bareilles.
TROMPE LE MONDE / PIXIES
The Pixies verged on commercial breakthrough when the now-iconic band released Trompe le Monde in September 1991.
LIVE/DEAD / GRATEFUL DEAD - 2 LP
Renowned for contagious communication between its members, the Dead operates on an interstellar plane throughout Live/Dead. Witnessing the ebb-and-flow manners in which guitarist Jerry Garcia, bassist Phil Lesh, and drummer Billy Kreutzmann respond to one another's passages and blur the lines between jazz, psychedelia, and rock disciplines.
WAKE OF THE FLOOD / GRATEFUL DEAD
Wake Of The Flood presents the Dead in All its incarnations: Country-Rock merry makers, Gospel-Sent balladeers, Folk-Rock storytellers, and Psychedelic innovators.
SKULL AND ROSES / GRATEFUL DEAD - 2 LP
This 1971 double live album presents the legendary band's expansion into country rock, traditional rock and roll, and roots folk
IN THE DARK / GRATEFUL DEAD
In the Dark Contains Touch of Grey: Dead's only top 40 hit. The entire album boasts continuity, flow, and cheer of a memorable live show: After more than a decade, the group finally made another studio masterwork.
DOCUMENT / R.E.M.
This urgent 1987 breakthrough album catapulted R.E.M. to stardom. It includes classics such as The One I Love and the unforgettable It's the End of the World As We Know It
KIKO / LOS LOBOS
This distinguished band's ambitious 1992 album stands as a peak moment in a career filled with high-water marks.
PRETENDERS / PRETENDERS
The Pretenders' 1980 self-titled record moves fast with biting hooks, soulful melodies, and guitar-charged toughness. It includes Brass In Pocket, Precious, and Tattooed Love Boys.
' ROUND ABOUT MIDNIGHT / MILES DAVIS
This 1957 set stands as a hard-bop benchmark — a summation of the styles that came before its creation, an immersion into the period's cutting — edge strains, and a hint of the rivoluse modalism that would follow.
MILESTONES / MILES DAVIS
Miles Davis created just one studio album with his original sextet. He made every moment count in this 1958 pairing with Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones.
SKETCHES OF SPAIN / MILES DAVIS & GILL EVANS
This Spanish-themed 1960 set develops synergy between orchestrations and melancholic jazz phrasings
FOUR & MORE / MILES DAVIS
A whirlwind, uptempo pace prodded by tenor saxophonist George Coleman and drummer Tony Williams.
IN A SILENT WAY / MILES DAVIS
Recognized as Miles Davis' first full-on fusion effort and part of his electric era, the 1969 landmark claims a Who's Who lineup that sends the music into an ethereal stratosphere.
THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
This album ranked #97 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
ANOTHER SIDE OF DYLAN / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
Dylan's Second 1964 album expands the songwriting themes and adds levity.
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
The best of both worlds: Dylan pairs with a band on side one, and goes it alone on the astonishing solo Thought Dream odysseys on side two.
BLOOD ON THE TRACKS / BOB DYLAN
A start-to-finish cycle that documents a lover's pursuit of, entanglement with, and loss of a woman, the bracingly intimate 1975 effort remains one of the most encompassing break-up albums ever made and ranks as the most personal statement of the Bard's career.
THE BASEMENT TAPES / BOB DYLAN AND THE BAND - 2 LP
Recorded in the basement of a house in upstate New York, dubbed Big Pink, during the summer and early fall of 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band played a vivid tapestry of covers, originals, and traditionals that signaled the advent of Americana. Bob Dylan and the Bard changed the music world.
THE STRANGER / BILLY JOEL - 2 LP
This 1977 set was a Grammy Winner for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
52ND STREET / BILLY JOEL - 2 LP
Ranked 352 on Rolling Stoneís list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Joel splashes Latin and jazz colors on several pieces – even employing veterans such as Dave Grusin and Freddie Hubbard to contribute.
GLASS HOUSES / BILLY JOEL - 2 LP
Fed up with inexcusable critical backlash and believing heíd still not been regarded as a serious artist, Joel ratcheted up the angst on this 1980 set that, oh, by the way, happened to sell another seven-million-plus copies and top the Billboard charts
SONGS IN THE ATTIC / BILLY JOEL - 2 LP
As Billy Joel's first live album, it's still his best, punctuated by dynamic renditions of favorites and deep cuts, and augmented by a tested band in sync with the pianist.
THE NYLON CURTAIN / BILLY JOEL - 2 LP
This multi-platinum 1982 song cycle includes Allentown, Laura, Pressure, and Goodnight Saigon.
AN INOCENT MAN / BILLY JOEL - 2 LP
Another Joel Blockbuster: this seven-times Platinum 1983 album includes Uptown Girl, For the Longest Time, An Innocent Man, and Tell Her About It.
PUNCH THE CLOCK / ELVIS COSTELO
Costello & the Attractions return to mainstream pop on this slick-sounding 1983 album that includes the popular song "Everyday I Write the Book.
WEEZER (BLUE ALBUM) / WEEZER
Weezer don't look like rock stars, its amusing name doesn't evoke stadium-heights glories. However the band's songs on its self-titled debut album are the stuff of air-guitar dreams and shout-it-out choruses, the quartet became ironic arena-rock stars equally celebrated by in-the-know hipsters and mainstream radio listeners.
THE LION AND THE WITCH / WEEZER
Released exactly six years after the band's Pinkerton album, The Lion and the Witch was designed as a collector's item. Limited to 25,000 copies on CD, the EP captures Weezer performances from Japan in Spring 2002.
RICKIE LEE JONES / RICKIE LEE JONES
Rickie Lee Jones was hip before hipsters came of age. Wearing a beret, exuding supreme cool, and visually demarcating herself as a member of a bohemian underground. This 1979 self titled debut firmly established Ricke Lee Jones world-wide as an alternative musical voice.
PINKERTON / WEEZER
Upon release in 1996, the band's sophomore effort failed to meet sales expectations, lacked a hit single, and drew primarily negative reviews from the press. Then, via word of mouth and reevaluation, the Little Album That Could began to build a reputation as an initially misunderstood masterwork.
WEEZER (THE GREEN ALBUM) / WEEZER
Weezer's 2001 self-titled third album, collectively known as the Green Album, nearly never came to pass. The band had all but broken apart, with leader Rivers Cuomo choosing to go back to college and the other members dismay at the initial reception to 1996's Pinkerton.
MAKE BELEIVE / WEEZER
This 2005 platinum set was nominated for a Grammy Award, and is streaked with optimism and personal lyrics, includes smash singles Beverly Hills, Perfect Situation, This Is Such a Pity, and We Are All on Drugs.
A DISTORTION OF LOVE / PATRICIA BARBER - 2 LP
Acclaimed Pianist/Singer's often neglected 1992 sophomore effort teems with poetic enterprise and intrepid originality.
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND / THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
Gregg and Duane Allman and Co. cook on edgy, soul and blues-filled fare. Includes original version of Whipping Post, and the cover of Muddy Waters' Trouble No More.
EAT A PEACH / THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - 2 LP
Released in early 1972, slightly more than three months after guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident, the double album honors the musician via sides he recorded in the studio as well as several live performances that didn't fit on the mammoth At Fillmore East.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS / THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
This 1973 chart-topping album includes smash hits Ramblin' Man and favorites Jessica and Southbound.
PRONOUNCE LEH-NERD SKIN-NERD / LYNYRD SKYNYRD
This landmark release includes the ageless Free Bird, Tuesday's Gone, Gimme Three Steps and Simple Man
COUNT BASSIE LIVE AT THE SANDS (before Frank) / COUNT BASSIE - 2 LP
Swinging hard and heavy with orchestral support, this live Big-Band album was recorded during the Count's warm-up sets for Sinatra in early 1966 in Vegas.
FOREVER CHANGES / LOVE - 2 LP
This 1967 album is ranked #40 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Love anticipates the late 1960s turbulence via prophetic songs and dark themes
BOOMER'S STORY / RY COODER
Ry Cooder is a master of sonic archeology and a cultural historian on the 1972 recording Boomer's Story. The guitarist pays tribute to the past and updates music for the future on this rustic record steeped in Folk, Blues, and Soul.
WHERE ARE YOU? / FRANK SINATRA
Sinatraís first collaboration with arranger Gordon Jenkins yields contemplative bliss.
SINATRA'S SWINGIN' SESSIONS / FRANK SINATRA
This 1961 affair pairs Sinatra with arranger Nelson Riddle: one of his final Capitol Recordings.
NO ONE CARES / FRANK SINATRA
A sentimental, feel true to album title and cover art: sense of tragedy, heartbreak channeled through string and vocal performances
POINT OF NO RETURN / FRANK SINATRA
Nobody says goodbye like Frank Sinatra. For his final album with Capitol, Ol' Blue Eyes elected to croon an unforgettable selection of farewell songs marked with longing, sadness, and poignancy.
THIS TIME IM SWINGIN! / DEAN MARTIN
This 1960 Capitol Album of then-recent and classic standards is arguably Martin's most timeless set. It includes bonus track Ain't That a Kick in the Head.
VOICES / HALL & OATS
This 1980 set was the first of the duo's record-breaking trilogy of smash albums. It established a production and songwriting template that would help largely define the decade.
PRIVATE EYES / HALL & OATS
This 1981 album established and consolidated parameters for the decade's celebrated pop sounds. Private Eyes delivers relentless pop bliss and functions as an instruction manual that, as Rolling Stone opined, still teaches the way to make rock girls, disco girls, and new-wave girls scream together.
H2O / HALL & OATS
This 1982 pop album includes hits like Maneater, One on One, and Family Man. Hall and Oates' biggest-selling album also stands as their most ambitious.
TAPESTRY / CAROLE KING
This analog reissue is true to the producer's original intent of putting Carole King in the room with you: Experience and feel every organic nuance, suggestive delivery and intimate note.
DESIRE / BOB DYLAN
This multi-platinum 1976 record was made with members of the celebrated Rolling Thunder Revue, as well as Emmylou Harris.
BOB DYLAN'S GREATEST HITS / BOB DYLAN
This album includes anthems such as Blowin' in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin', Like A Rolling Stone, and Mr. Tambourine Man
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II / BILLY JOEL - 3 LP BOX SET
This 23-Times platinum collection is among the 20 Best-Selling albums in history: All of Billy Joel's Peak-Era Hits In One Place on This Timeless 26-Track Set
THE BAND / THE BAND
Incalculably influential: The Bandís self-titled sophomore release, a Country - and Folk-Rock benchmark. It includes staples like The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Across the Great Divide and Up On Cripple Creek.
BOB DYLAN / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
This self-titled 1962 debut is as understated of an entrance as any significant musician as ever made. Already well-versed in American roots music, Dylan simultaneously pays homage to tradition and extends it by putting his own stamp on classic material
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
Immediately distinguished by the you're-either-with-us-or-against-us messages of the landmark title track, Bob Dylan's The Times They Are A Changin' sounds an unmistakable clarion call on behalf of progress and its unstoppable advancement.
HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
Ranked the fourth-greatest album ever made by Rolling Stone, its reach, power, and content boggle the mind nearly five decades after its release. Besides Like a Rolling Stone this 1965 recording also includes Ballad of a Thin Man, Desolation Row, and Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues.
JOHN WESLEY HARDING / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
This 1967 album includes the original version of All Along the Watchtower
NASHVILLE SKYLINE / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
Distinguished from every other Dylan album by virtue of the smooth vocal performances and simple ease, the 1969 record witnesses the icon's full-on foray into country and trailblazing of the country-rock movement that followed.
NEW MORNING / BOB DYLAN
This album might have saved Bob Dylan's career. At the least, it proved the icon still relevant, and his wits still in tact. If intended as a joke, it bombed, making the sublime New Morning all the more important to restore faith in the singer's creativity and songwriting prowess.
BEFORE THE FLOOD / BOB DYLAN - 2 LP
The live reunion of Bob Dylan and The Band during 1973-74 yielded one of the decade's most celebrated, dynamic, and astonishing tours. Captured on Before the Flood, the results portray the two artists' shared chemistry as well as Dylan's instinctive ability to challenge audiences.
SMASH / PATRICIA BARBER - 2 LP
Barber's first new studio album in more than four years masterfully unites harmony and melody via uncommon delicacy and tonal intimacy.
WORKINGMAN'S DEAD / GRATEFUL DEAD - 2 LP
Ranked #264 on Rolling Stoneís List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Airy Harmonies, Simple Structures, Concise Arrangements, and Burnished Tones Anchor Songs
AMERICAN BEAUTY / GRATEFUL DEAD - 2 LP
The Most American Folk-Rock Ever Made: Indelible Harmonies, Spare Playing, and Gorgeous Textures Surround Masterfully Crafted Songs
JERRY GARCIA & DAVID GRISMAN / GARCIA & GRISMAN - 2 LP
Pals since the mid-1960s, Garcia and Grisman bonded over their love for traditional folk and bluegrass. Partnering with bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist/fiddler Joe Craven, the pair approaches every passage with innate ease, as if either musician could finish the others sentence.
MY FUNNY VALENTINE / MILES DAVIS
For Davis, this 1964 live album represents the final time on record he would perform standards rather than original compositions.
GOOBYE CRUEL WORLD / ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS
Goodbye Cruel World was produced by the top production team of Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley: with several songs enhanced with top-flight horn arrangements
BLOOD & CHOCOLATE / ELVIS COSTELLO AND THE ATTRACTIONS
This is Costello at his most vicious: songs rumble and storm, dark humor and biting lyrics address tumult, jealousy and vindictiveness
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS AT FILLMORE EAST / THE ALLMAN BROTHERS
Telepathically Executed Double Album At Fillmore East Among Ten-Best Live Records Ever Made
NEFERTITI / MILES DAVIS - 2 LP
The 1967 album is the final all-acoustic outing from Davis' classic second quintet
MILES IN THE SKY / MILES DAVIS - 2 LP
This 1968 record marks the first time Davis uses electric piano, bass, and guitar: the second half is acoustic
FILLES DE KILIMANJARO / MILES DAVIS - 2 LP
Davis' self-proclaimed Directions in Music march begins here
BITCHES BREW / MILES DAVIS - 2 LP
This monumental 1970 double album is a signpost for Jazz Fusion: a psychedelic record that still sounds ahead of its time more than 40 years later
JACK JOHNSON / MILES DAVIS
The powerhouse 1971 Miles Davis album regarded by many as the greatest Jazz-Rock record ever made: A Tribute to Jack Johnson merges electric fusion, slashing rock, and aggressive funk via an astounding lineup
BROTHERS IN ARMS / DIRE STRAITS - 2 LP
This 1985's Brothers in Arms has sold more than nine million copies in U.S. alone and is ranked #351 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
HEARTBEAT CITY / THE CARS
Released in April 1984, the four-times platinum Heartbeat City ultimately spawned five Top 40 singles — four of them landing in the Top 20, two in the Top 10 — and serve as the final memorable record from the Boston group, which disbanded in 1987.
PLANET WAVES / BOB DYLAN
This chart-topping 1974 record reunites Dylan with The Band and the interplay alone is worth experiencing this set in highest-possible fidelity
BILL WITHERS' GREATEST HITS / BILL WITHERS
Bill Withers' smooth soul voice, mellow grooves, and gospel accents inform these beloved works with Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, and Stephen Stills among the guest instrumentalists on this 1981 Greatest Hits Collection.
BILL WITHERS LIVE AT CARNEGGIE HALL / BILL WITHERS - 2 LP
This Stupendous 1973 Concert Set Ranks Alongside James Brown's Live at the Apollo and B.B. King's Live at the Regal
ONE FOR THE HEART / TOM WAITS AND CRYSTAL GAYLE
One from the Heart ranks among the best soundtracks in history. Essential for any Tom Waits or Crystal Gayle devotee, it sets an example of what's not only possible, but should be expected and demanded, when two likeminded artists collaborate.
PARADISE AND LUNCH / RY COODER
Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, this 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication.
E.S.P. / MILES DAVIS - 2 LP
This landmark 1965 recording splits divide between accessible hard-bop and cutting-edge improvisation: Miles Davis' E.S.P. is a paragon of cohesion, chemistry and interplay
CHEAP THRILLS / BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY - 2 LP
This 1986 album is ranked #338 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time List: Big Brother and Joplin convey fearlessness, toughness, and synergy on every note
PEARL / JANIS JOPLIN - 2 LP
This 1971 Joplin recording displays balance of impeccable timing, devastating vulnerability, and raw emotion: Full Tilt Boogie Band and producer Paul Rothchild complete the album steeped in soul and loaded with spirit
I ROBOT / THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT - 2 LP
This demonstration disc for the ages: immaculate highs and lows, supreme spaciousness, see-through transparency, 3D imaging, wider grooves on a system-testing pressing
SURREALISTIC PILLOW / JEFFERSON AIRPLANE - 2 LP
Jefferson Airplane's 1967 psychedelic breakthrough first record to put the countercultural San Francisco scene on the mainstream music map
THE FREEWHEELIN BOB DYLAN / BOB DYLAN - 2 MONO LP
This 1963 album reached #97 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and marks the beginning of a cultural sea change, transforming songwriting, folk, and pop music.
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN / BOB DYLAN - 2 MONO LP
As the preferred mix at the time of the recording, the mono version presents Dylan as he and his producers originally intended. Since the separation of the stereo versions isn't as sharp, the mono edition places Dylan's vocals in the heart of the musical action and as one with the accompaniment.
BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME / BOB DYLAN - 2 MONO LP
Dylan's 1965 Landmark Bringing It All Back Home blows up boundaries, styles, practicalities: Bob Dylan pairs with a band on Side One and goes it alone on astonishing Thought Dream odysseys on Side Two.
HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED / BOB DYLAN - 2 MONO LP
This 1965 album was Dylan's first entirely rock-backed album marks sea-change in sound and potential of popular music. Ranked #4 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time List.
JOHN WESLEY HARDING / BOB DYLAN - 2 MONO LP
This stripped-back, unobtrusive 1967 album is a mellow return to Dylan's roots and a harbinger of his Country Rock future.
LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS / DEREK AND THE DOMINOS - 2 LP
Eric Clapton and Duane Allman in the same band for the only time: the 1970 album Derek and the Dominos' Layla is a timeless batch of fire-pot blues, poignant gospel, searing rock, and lustful emotion.
HEART LIKE A WHEEL / LINDA RONSTADT
Linda Ronstadt's 1974 breakthrough album remains a paragon of extraordinary performance, arranging, and songwriting and features an all-star instrumental cast and the singer at her best.
GET THE KNACK / THE KNACK
This 1979 release was one of the most instantly successful and highest-selling debut albums in history: The Knack's attitudinal Get the Knack is loaded with power pop, catchy hooks, keen melodies, and My Sharona
A SALTY DOG / PROCOL HARUM
This 1969 Procol Harum release fuses classical structures, rock motifs, and sweeping melodies with unparalleled virtuosity: A Salty Dog features ravishing symetry between piano, organ, guitar, and strings.
PAINTED FROM MEMORY / ELVIS COSTELLO AND BURT BACHARACH
An unforgettable exhibition of stellar melodies, gorgeous arrangements, and fully bared emotion: Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach's brilliant 1998 recording Painted from Memory is a collaboration for the ages.
RICHARD THOMPSON / RUMOR AND SIGH - 2 LP
The most cohesive and accessible album of Richard Thompson's career: brilliantly diverse, savagely witty Rumor and Sigh includes All TIME 100 Song 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.
JAMES GANG / JAMES GANG RIDES AGAIN
The Joe Walsh led James Gang balances edgy hard-rock and sincere country-tinged ballads on this 1970 classic: Rides Again Features the radio favorite Funk #49 and multi-part Bomber.
JERRY GARCIS & DAVID GRISMAN / SHADY GROVE - 2 LP
A natural, acoustic portrait of American folk, country, and bluegrass standards by two virtuosos: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's Shady Grove filled with endearing joy and spirited playing.
ARETHA'S GOLD / ARETHA FRANKLIN - 2LP
An astonishing collection of The Queen of Soul's Greatest Songs for Atlantic Records: Aretha's Gold includes nine Top Ten Hits: Respect, Chain of Fools, and Think among them.
WEEZER (BLUE ALBUM) SPECIAL BLUE VINYL EDITION
This 1990s' Ultimate Geek-Rock record is ranked #297 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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TIGERLILLY / NATALIE MERCHANT - 2 LP
On her gorgeously detailed folk-pop debut, Merchant turns in a vocal performance for the ages, spinning majestic webs of mellow atmosphere woven with rhythmic textures and low-key movements.
BLONDE ON BLONDE / BOB DYLAN - 3 LP
Ranked #9 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
RICKIE LEE JONES / RICKIE LEE JONES - 2 LP BOX SET
KIND OF BLUE / MILES DAVIS - 2 LP BOX SET
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INTO THE LABYRINTH / DEAD CAN DANCE - 2 LP
Just as Dead Can Dance were utterly distinctive, so too, is the group's Into the Labyrinth, the scintillating 1993 album that catapulted the Australian duo to greater mainstream success.
SPIRITCHASER / DEAD CAN DANCE - 2 LP
The sonic equivalent of an engaging journey down the Nile River, Spiritchaser is Dead Can Dance's unforgettable swan song. The percussive-based 1996 set finds the world-fusion group fashioning thematic songs around rhythmic structures that take the listener through Africa, South America, England, and Europe — sometimes within the same movement.
KICKS / INXS
This 1987 pop-rock blockbuster is a seamless fusion of dance beats, sleek riffs, soaring hooks, and horn-fueled R&B. Spawned four top 5 Hits: Need You Tonight, Devil Inside, New Sensation, Never Tear Us Apart are pop genius.
THE B52s / THE B52s
Ranked at #152 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Delightfully campy, intentionally goofy, lyrically kitschy: 1979 set is nothing but a good time.
LOVE SWINGS / BOBBY DARIN
This 1961 Album of standards established Darin as a sophisticated singer. A concept effort divided into halves that explore the emotional gamut of romance: one side upbeat, the other heartbreaking.
FIRST AND LAST AND ALWAYS / SISTERS OF MERCY
Paint It Black: 1985 debut is the penultimate Goth-Rock album. Andrew Eldritch's ghostly vocals, the static beats and melodic guitar jangle create a hauntingly atmospheric soundscapes.
HEAVEN UP HERE / ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN
This English band's 1981 sophomore record is a superbly articulate expression of Post-Punk gloom, despair, and melancholy that's shot through with hope.
SPECIAL BEAT SERVICE / THE ENGLISH BEAT
In the early 1980s, many bands began borrowing styles initially made popular in other regions of the world, spicing their own sound up with exotic textures and foreign rhythms. Few groups perfected the mix-and-match hybrid with more everlasting appeal and contagious melodicism than The English Beat.
TALKING BOOK / STEVIE WONDER
This 1972 masterpiece includes immortal classics such as Superstition, You Are the Sunshine of My Life and I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever).
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY / ROD STEWART
This 1971 album is Rod the mod's definitive album: timeless feel-good set contains eternal chart-topper Maggie May, and introspective (Find A) Reason to Believe.
THE DIVINE MISS M. / BETTE MIDLER
This Recording overflows with energy and personality. Here we have torch songs, girl-group classics, campy remakes and theatrical pieces delivered with supreme emotion.
KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND / KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND
Guilty pleasure records don't come better than this freewheeling 1975 set featuring Get Down Tonight, That's The Way (I Like It) and Boogie Shoes.
WILD PLANET / THE B52s
Party out of bounds! Not only is this sentiment one of the B-52's directives on their ceaselessly fun 1980 sophomore album, it's one of the record's hit songs, and perfectly summarizes the spirit and intent behind this new-wave classic.
MUSIC OF MY MIND / STEVIE WONDER
Ranked #284 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, this 1972 album is the beginning of the legend's unsurpassed classic period, and it remains a touchstone of American R&B.
GASOLINE ALLEY / ROD STEWART
This 1970 Rod Stewart record set the template for all folk-rock efforts that followed. The critically acclaimed album has been cited as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
FULFILLINGNESS' FIRST FINALE / STEVIE WONDER
The fourth in Wonder's five-album series of classic period creations, the 1974 landmark won three major Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal, and Best Male Rhythm and Blues Performance.
HOTTER THAN JULY / STEVIE WONDER
Released in 1980, Stevie Wonder's brilliant Hotter Than July followed up with a bang, a film soundtrack that witnessed the end of the legendary artist's Classic Period.
STREET SURVIVORS / LYNYRD SKYNYRD
The last album recorded with original vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, the 1977 set is both mythical for its historical significance as well as infallible songwriting quality.
UPSTAIRS AT ERIC'S / YAZOO
An 80s landmark: ex-Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke and vocalist Alison Moyet create a Synthpop Classic
FLOODLAND / SISTERS OF MERCY
The Sisters of Mercy emerged from a brief hiatus and lineup overhaul in spectacularly grand fashion on Floodland, an epic album that stands as the group's commercial breakthrough as well as one of the period's monumental productions.
THE ROSE / BETTE MIDLER
This 1979 soundtrack contains multiple smash hits: When a Man Loves a Woman, Stay With Me among them. Bette Midler's first leading role in a musical remains her best.
COSMIC THING / THE B52s
The party-starting band steps up the kitsch hooks and fun on this dance-friendly multi-platinum set
BUSINESS AS USUAL / MEN AT WORK
This 1982 set shattered records for most weeks spent at top of charts by a debut: it contains smash hits Who Can It Be Now? and Down Under.
CARGO / MEN AT WORK
This New-Wave touchstone record — their 1983 sophomore album — picks up on the momentum of the band's debut.
STARDUST / WILLIE NELSON
Cutting against the genre's traditions and Music Row conventions, Nelson's Stardust remains a genius-level creation as well as the icon's most commercially successful release, a truly gorgeous record infused with ultimate respect for composers and lyrics and many of the finest performances of his career.
TRUE COLORS / CYNDI LAUPER
This Grammy-Nominated Double-Platinum Set Includes the Internationally Recognized Title Track Plus Top 10 Singles What's Going On and Change of Heart.
RICKY SINGS AGAIN / RICKY NELSON
Ricky Nelson will forever be identified with the ageless single Lonesome Town. The 1959, career-defining smash is included here, on a record that arguably remains the picturesque idol's peak moment.
UNDERCURRENT / BILL EVANS & JIM HALL
Bill Evans catapulted to the top of the jazz world in the early 60s after reeling off three straight masterpiece sessions at New York's Village Vanguard with his trio.
RASPERRIES' BEST / THE RASPERRIES (red vinyl LP)
Go all the way: the absolute finest singles from the 1970s Power-Pop mavens on RED VINYL!
SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR / TEARS FOR FEARS
Few songs in the mid-80s attained bigger status than Tears for Fears contagious Everybody Wants to Rule the World and Shout. As commercial breakthroughs, the singles drew attention to the meticulous detail and sophisticated arrangements gracing Songs From the Big Chair.
THE SEEDS OF LOVE / TEARS FOR FEARS
This Meticulously Produced 1989 Orchestral Pop Work Includes Top 40 Hits Sowing the Seeds of Love and Woman In Chains
ELLINGTON AT NEWPORT / DUKE ELLINGTON
Duke Ellington's legendary comeback, punctuated by Paul Gonsalves' 27-chorus saxophone solo
KILLING MACHINE / JUDAS PRIEST
STAINED CLASS / JUDAS PRIEST
SCREAMING FOR VENGENCE / JUDAS PRIEST
LOVE IS HELL / RYAN ADAMS
Originally released on two EPs, Love Is Hell is a staggeringly personal report on romantic desolation, personal frustration, and incurable loneliness whose themes play out via heartbreakingly intimate vocals, stark acoustic guitars, unembellished electric guitars, chamber-pop strings, and spare pianos.
LISTEN LIKE THIEVES / INXS
Originally released in 1985, the breakthrough album marked the group's deserved entrance into the mainstream radio sphere and commercial charts.
X / INXS
Named to commemorate the band's tenth year together, the 1990 album came on the heels of the mega-platinum and era-defining Kick.
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