Purple Rain – Prince

Released June 25, 1984 this was Prince’s sixth studio album and his first to feature his band the Revolution. It’s the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. Nominated for several Grammys, including Album of the Year, it won two. The album is certified 13-times platinum selling over 25 million copies worldwide making…

London Calling – The Clash

Released on December 14, 1979 this double album shows a maturity in the band’s sound moving on from punk rock to a “post-punk”. It dabbles in styles such as reggae, rockabilly, ska, pop, and hard rock. Themes explored in the songs include social displacement, unemployment, racial conflict, and responsibilities of adulthood. London Calling was a…

+ – Ed Sheeran

Released September 9, 2011, + (plus) was Sheeran’s commercial breakthrough in the U.K. It eventually peaked at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was the highest debut on the U.S. chart for a British artist since Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream in 2009. It is the ninth best-selling album of the decade in…

Nevermind – Nirvana

Released September 24, 1991 this album wasn’t expected to have much commercial success but with the popularity of its lead single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and in part with the culture shifting away from slick adult-rock, it ended being certified Diamond in the U.S. (10 Million+ sold) and more than 30 Million worldwide. Nirvana is…

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

Released May 21, 1971 this concept album is told from the point of view of a Vietnam Vet returning home after witnessing the atrocities of war. It was his second album to reach #1 on the Billboard R&B Charts (he would have 3 more #1s) as did the three singles from it. He has been…

Original Pirate Material – The Streets

Released March 25, 2002 the debut album by English rapper Mike Skinner (AKA The Streets) has a unique take on ’90s UKG*. Skinner is considered one of the greatest UK rappers of all-time as his style is pontificating rather than traditional rapping. The album was hailed by critics lauding it with accolades. Jason: Oi! Are…