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Of the many live albums Nina Simone released, this one stands out as her greatest. Recorded over three nights at Carnegie Hall in 1964, it was the first time she put her feelings on the struggle for civil rights in her music.
The Blues legend's 1977 "comeback" album teamed him up with many Blues greats like James Cotton, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Pinetop Perkins. Produced by Johnny Winter, and winner of a Grammy Award, "Hard Again" captures 63 year-old Muddy Waters and his band in a raw, firey performance.
The Shins 3rd album was released in 2007, just a few years after Natalie Portman declared that The Shins "...will change your life" in the film "Garden State".
"Heroes" was David Bowie's second release of 1977, it was also the second installment of his collaborations with Brian Eno known as the "Berlin Trilogy". Recorded in a studio in West Berlin that overlooked the wall, the album is influenced by German bands of the time like Kraftwerk and Neu!.
Curtis Mayfield's soundtrack to the 1972 blaxploitation film "Superfly" is considered to be a classic. It was also a huge commercial success and set a new standard for film soundtracks.
Known as Lennon's most important work, this album features its anthemic title track, Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound", scathing lyrics about Paul McCartney, and the guitar playing of George Harrison. Released in 1971, it was the first of only three of Lennons solo albums to hit #1.
Greg Brown is definitely a leader in today's modern folk movement, He is the founder of Red House Records and has released many albums in the genre. Further In is one of his best efforts, in which brown delivers a solid performance backed with his descriptive lyrics.
Considered one of the greatest rock albums from the 80's, "Let it Be" is The Replacements' third release. A coming of age album in its own right, it's fun and disjointed, complete with a Kiss cover and songs about their bass player getting his tonsils out.
Eddie Vedder and Company were coping with the new found fame from their debut album when they recorded this follow-up. This album sealed them a hardcore fan base with seven of its twelve songs becoming hits.
The band's sophomore effort is considered one of the greatest albums of the nineties. With elements of power pop, psychedelia, and rhythm and blues mixed in with their signature sound, Being There shows Wilco's evolution from being just a country-rock band.