Plundering history while looking to the future, ‘Born In The Echoes’ found The Chemical Brothers launching more electronic battle weapons.
‘Songs About Jane’ may have slipped quietly into stores upon its original release, but the album soon became a classic that turned Maroon 5 into global stars.
The only album that Tina Brooks released during his lifetime, ‘True Blue’ is a reminder that the saxophonist remains one of Blue Note’s unsung heroes.
Released on 24 June 1968, the self-produced album was not successful in the US, but has steadily grown in stature.
From the ashes of post-hardcore outfit At The Drive-In, The Mars Volta brought a punk spirit to prog on their sprawling debut album, ‘De-Loused In The Comatorium’.
'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' debuted on the US chart, just as it had in the UK, at No. 8.
On her self-titled album, the indie rock icon took her pop sensibility to its natural conclusion, achieving mainstream success on her own terms.
Taking country traditions and giving them a tweak, ‘Pageant Material’ found Kacey Musgraves defying those who “need to put you in some kind of box”.
As drum’n’bass was coming to the end of its peak period, the genre had yet to produce a classic album, until Roni Size/Reprazent’s ‘New Forms’ appeared.
His fourth album for the iconic Blue Note label, ‘Expansions’ was an ambitious work that found pianist McCoy Tyner in brand new territory.
The duo's place in the pop firmament was so assured that they could approach their fourth album as a broad-based concept record.
Blackstreet’s debut album saw Teddy Riley find his footing again as a performer, while helping R&B crossover from urban radio to the Top 40.
Peaking on some of their best-loved numbers, ‘Surrender’ found The Chemical Brothers at the height of their powers and on the verge of a new era.
The “soundtrack to the Britpop hangover”, ‘The Man Who’ found Travis’ pastoral guitar-pop chiming perfectly with the times and taking the band into the mainstream.
From the title track to the final fade, ‘Chocolate City’ kicks ass and provided the foundations for George Clinton and Parliament’s next funk masterpiece.
Stax’s motto for 1969 was “Getting it all together” – and they did, on ‘Soul Explosion’, one of the great soul music compilations of all time.