Transforming Sam Smith into into a global megastar, ‘In The Lonely Hour’ remains a special album sung directly from the heart.
Released in 1998, ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ saw Rob Zombie rise from the ashes of White Zombie to launch a monstrously creative “spookshow international”.
Recorded across two sessions, ‘The Sermon!’ finds the Hammond organ master Jimmy Smith at his finest for Blue Note, and pointing the future towards soul jazz.
Released on 25 August 1969 as their debut album, 'On Time' by Grand Funk Railroad lived up to its title and started the band's US chart journey.
Though less than a decade old, Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ is widely regarded as a pop classic, and proved that Katy had both star quality and staying power.
‘Halcyon’ saw Ellie Goulding edge towards stardom. Its reissue, ‘Halcyon Days’, added a disc of club smashes that took that leap of faith.
His fourth album for the iconic Blue Note label, ‘Expansions’ was an ambitious work that found pianist McCoy Tyner in brand new territory.
Portishead’s debut album, ‘Dummy’, merged hip-hop with soundtrack atmospherics to create one of the defining albums of the 90s.
‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ made Bobby McFerrin a household name, while his ‘Simple Pleasures’ album was a high-water mark for vocal jazz.
It’s a heady mix of R&B, soul and Motown, country music, psychedelia, rockabilly and classic rock’n’roll that comes together to create the soundtrack to swamp rock.
With ‘The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited’, Metallica dug into their influences to create a covers record that was uniquely their own.
A masterpiece in every sense, ‘Tell Mama’ sees Etta James singing with a depth of emotion that brings every single song to life.
The album oozes swing and helped reconnect jazz lovers with one of the finest bands of the swing era.
‘Pon De Replay’ revealed Rihanna’s prowess as a hitmaker, but her debut album, ‘Music Of The Sun’, album proved she was a Caribbean queen in the making.
Lady Gaga’s debut album, ‘The Fame’, remains a masterclass in how to launch a 21st-century pop star, setting the stage for Gaga’s world domination.
In 1956, a record store owner convinced Blind Willie McTell to record his playing, what he got was more than just music.