Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ album was a slow burn at first, but its mind-boggling inventiveness is now hailed as one of the cornerstones of hip-hop.
The pinnacle of Louis Prima’s career, his 1956 album, ‘The Wildest!’, blended jazz chops with danceable grooves, and became an influence on Elvis Presley.
The album advertised the artist's rare ability to interpret UK and US pop, the country, soul and folk flavours of her past and the West Coast album sound.
Released in 1984, Solid defined the synthetic sound of 80s R&B and, with its infectious title track, marked the commercial peak for Ashford & Simpson.
Brilliant and inventive, George Clinton’s debut solo album, ‘Computer Games’, was a funky return to form from the P-Funk mastermind.
Featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Ringo Starr’s third album was hailed as “the first to actually invoke The Beatles’ aura”.
With an array of splendid songs, Joe South’s debut album, ‘Introspect’, was a slow burner that finally caught alight and remains a late 60s gem.
‘Night Moves’ was Bob Seger’s first album with The Silver Bullet Band. Promoting him to superstar status, it sold over six million copies in the US.
Recorded live at Capitol Studios, in front of family and friends, ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ transformed “the new Charlie Parker” into an unlikely 60s pop star.
Sauntering towards genius, ‘Mazzy Star’s So Tonight That I Might’ See remains a 90s classic, hailed by some as the best psychedelic blues album since Cream.
reDiscover the Merle Haggard album from which title song was recognised by the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999: his seventh studio LP, ‘Mama Tried.'
Showcasing Les Paul’s dazzling flights of fancy and Mary Ford’s warmth and feeling as a singer, ‘Les And Mary’ captured the duo at a watershed moment in 1955.
With some of the most magisterial songs The Beatles ever wrote, ‘Abbey Road’ was the final album they recorded, and now stands as many people’s favourite.
Propelling the group into the limelight, Blind Melon’s self-titled debut album remains a much-loved 90s alt.rock classic.
The self-titled second album by The Band honed everything from ‘Music From Big Pink’ with deft performances and an innate knack for storytelling.