While ‘Baduizm’ turned her into a household name, ‘Mama’s Gun’ cemented Erykah Badu’s status as the new face of R&B.
With her ‘Talk That Talk’ album, Rihanna continued her reign over pop music, throwing genre and romantic conventions to the wind.
Recoding ‘Gaucho’ “wasn’t fun at all”, according to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker, but the album was hailed as the best of the year.
The eight-song mini-album prompted critics to describe U2 as the best live band of 1983.
'Under Pressure' came into being when Bowie dropped in by one night while Queen were recording one night at Mountain Studios in Montreux.
Released in December 1970, Captain Beefheart’s ‘Lick My Decals Off, Baby’ album found him bringing the ‘Trout Mask Replica’ era to its conclusion.
A cynical act of mimicry by Sonny Boy Williamson II sparked a blues legend, the latest chapter of which has been tackled in song by Randy Newman.
Prefacing the ambient music which Brian Eno would pursue later on, ‘Before And After Science’ pulled off the feat of uniting “pro” and “anti” punks in 1977.
Unafraid to live up to their name, Soul Children placed emotion at the top of their agenda with a Stax Records debut album helmed by Isaac Hayes.
The French film noir may be long forgotten, but Miles Davis’ soundtrack for ‘Ascenseur Pour L’Échafaud’ remains a groundbreaking development in modal jazz.
Often pigeon-holed as AOR, Carpenters were actually musical mavericks, thanks to Richard Carpenter’s forward-thinking arrangements and Karen’s unique voice.
For ‘Songbook’, Chris Cornell swapped his electric guitar for an acoustic, found himself connecting with his fans in a way he never expected.
The history of pioneering Chicago house label DJ International is the history of dance music, taking house music around the world in the 80s and 90s.
Now hailed as classics, neither Derek And The Dominos’ ‘Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs’ album, nor the ‘Layla’ single, were big hits on their first release.
‘Live At The Regal’, recorded in November 1964, remains one of the great live albums of all time, demonstrating why BB is The King of the blues.