Prince And The Revolution :
A knit of funk and rock, a heavily stylized Hendrix guitar lick here and there, and a wilfully danceable backbeat all made for a huge commercial smash, and the first real international introduction for many people to a star-in-waiting. ‘Darling Nikki’ accidentally set the PMRC ball rolling, but the heady lilt of the title track and the crushing ‘When Doves Cry’ can pardon him that.
Engineers include: Susan Rogers, Peggy Mac, David Rivkin.
The Wallflowers :
Bringing Down The Horse
“6th Avenue Heartache” was nominated for 1997 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
“One Headlight” won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
“The Difference” was nominated and “One Headlight” won the 1998 Grammy for Best Rock Song.
On BRINGING DOWN THE HORSE, The Wallflowers refine their roots-rock and bring their considerable talents into focus. Now it’s clear what distinguishes them from the rest of the roots-rock pack, and it’s not just their convincing vintage musical chops. Singer/songwriter Jakob Dylan (son of Bob) has developed a knack for elliptical, imagistic lyrics that still convey urgent emotions. The intriguing collection of songs Dylan wrote for BRINGING DOWN THE HORSE catalogs the disillusionment and frustration he sees in himself and around him.
Adam Duritz, Michael Penn and Sam Phillips are among a star-studded group of guests here, but their contributions are tastefully understated, never distracting the listener from the band’s signature sound. One of the most distinctive pieces of that sound is the organ work of Rami Jaffee, whose style combines elements of Charles Hodges’ playing for Al Green with Al Kooper’s seminal work with Jakob Dylan’s dad. T-Bone Burnett’s sympathetic production makes the most out of the quiet, acoustic passages as well as the anthemic rockers.
Engineers: Toby Wright, Neal Avron, Jon Schiff, Tom Lord-Alge.
– Included in Rolling Stone’s “Essential Recordings of the 90’s.”
New Found Glory: Catalyst
Yellowcard : Ocean Avenue
Yellowcard’s major-label debut is that rarity in latter-day punk-rock–a nuanced, almost subtle collection of distinctive songs with lyrics sensitive enough to reference moonlight, the ocean, and DEATH OF A SALESMAN, amongst its more usual expressions of post-teen angst. (And, by the way, they also have a violinist.) But, far from consigning them to the ranks of the irredeemably nerdy, OCEAN AVENUE is the sound of a young band flexing its imaginative muscle and emerging from behind the one-sound-fits-all sonic shadow of Green Day to produce a singularly distinctive collection of songs.
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