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1995: Key Albums (Top Release By King Crimson)

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The list author says: "This was a tremendous year in (not so) popular music. Several classic artists made comebacks or continued in their rejuvinated ways. Among them Crimson, Case, Ely, Hiatt, Hunter and Fairport. Some newer acts made significant contributions too like Old '97s, Great Big Sea and Buddy Miller.

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The Rattlers - PLEASURES IN MISADVENTURE

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My general music interests include '70s progressive rock, intelligent rock, European folk-rock, alt-country and non-synthesized '80s rock."
Thrak
Thrak
"Brilliant melding of the classic Wetton-era sound with the newer Belew ('80s) period."
Torn Again
Torn Again
"Like Hiatt, Case issues one fine record after another with very litte notice."
Letter to Laredo
Letter to Laredo
"Having listened to Ely sparingly since the early '80s I was pleasantly surprised with the arrival of this Spanish-infused nugget in '95."
Jewel in Crown
Jewel in Crown
"The most cohesive album of their (then) "born again" period. 'Closing Time' would've made an excellent show closer for NORTHERN EXPOSURE."
Concert Program
Concert Program
"Live in studio 2-disc set from the kings of melodic minimalism. Not a peep from the faux audience."
Walk On
Walk On
"When it comes to literate, melodic roots rock no one does it better than Hiatt."
Dirty Laundry
Dirty Laundry
"Overlooked and often slagged return for Hunter. Here he shares singing and songwriting duties with his sympathetic and extremely complimentary band. This album ranks among Hunter's top 5."
Out the Gap
Out the Gap
"Ex-Waterboy offers a bouncy set of contemporary Irish music with worldbeat accents."
You Must Ask the Heart
You Must Ask the Heart
"The ever quirky yet engaging sounds of Mr. Richman. Folk, country and rock 'n' roll."
Train a Comin
Train a Comin
"The beginning of a decade of music therapy for the bedeviled Earle. Thus begins his most creative period."
Dublin Blues
Dublin Blues
"What a storyteller! The Texas songwriter phenomenon personified."
Wreck Your Life ...And Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings [Vinyl]
Wreck Your Life ...And Then Some: The Complete Bloodshot Recordings [Vinyl]
"Rhett Miller is the new breed of Texas songwiter. This is early, raw '97s before Elektra spruced them up."
Wild Life
Wild Life
"Bill Caddick on lead vocals produces the finest of Home Service's brief output. 1992 live recording."
Mara
Mara
"Donnie Munroe's final studio effort with Runrig. Similar to BIG WHEEL and AMAZING THINGS."
Conquering
Conquering
"Primier Irish-infused folk-punk from Germany."
Up
Up
"Anthemic New Foundland Celtic-rock. Like a cross between Oysterband and Fiddler's Green."
Polkas For A Gloomy World
Polkas For A Gloomy World
"They combine Tex-Mex with European-styled polkas and witty/edgy songwriting."
Town & Country
Town & Country
"I like the way Wilder combines obscure rock covers by Mott and Small Faces with tongue-in-cheek rabble-rousing rock & country."
Inevitable
Inevitable
"Falsely regarded as a swing band, Squirrel Nut Zippers incorporated many old-timey styles into their sound. Think Tom Waits and Bob Brozman meet Eddie Condon and Billy Holliday."
These Days Ep
These Days Ep
Your Love and Other Lies
Your Love and Other Lies
"Country singer and guitarist with an afinity for classic country. His voice lies somewhere between that of George Jones and Dwight Yoakam. Country with soul."
Mozart En Machu Picchu & Tiahuanco Bluegrass
Mozart En Machu Picchu & Tiahuanco Bluegrass
"The unlikely marrige of Bolivian folk music with classical composition."
Bones
Bones
"My first exposure to this fine Irish singer. Soulful approach to contemporary Irish-infused music."
Cumbre
Cumbre
"Their most powerful excursion into Andean folk music. World class charango and guitar work from Navia and Enrique Coria."
Gone
Gone
"The King of Kool Kountry. It's a wonder that Nashville, in all of their glitz and fad conciousness, actually embraced him for a few years."
Pearls & Stones - Michael Hakanson-Stacy
Pearls & Stones - Michael Hakanson-Stacy
"This exquisite folk and blues picker deserves notoriety retoactively."
I Wont Be Afraid Anymore
I Wont Be Afraid Anymore
"Traditional Irish folk with haunting vocals."
The Bends
The Bends
"This is a superior slice of alternative rock - better than most from that period. I don't, however, regard it as the groundbreaking masterpiece it is all too often painted as."
Shouting End of Life
Shouting End of Life
"Typical socially-charged commentary from these Brit folk-rock legends."
King Shepherd [Explicit]
King Shepherd [Explicit]
Pogue Mahone
Pogue Mahone
"As a Pogues fan from the start I didn't take to this initially. I've since altered my stance. They actually outshine MacGowan this year. Much better than WAITING FOR HERB."
Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist
"Harder edged rock than their previous British folk-rock endeavors."
Fire
Fire
Album 1995
Album 1995
"Prog metal/progressive folk-rock from Germany."
Roots to Branches
Roots to Branches
"Many claim this is their best post-seventies record. Perhaps so."
Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap
"Unique Irish band. Very rhythmic. Neither traditional nor contemporary although equal parts of both."
Cracky Bones
Cracky Bones
"This talented German group takes an admirable stab at American influenced Irish folk-rock."
Bleeding Sketches
Bleeding Sketches
"On this album lead songwriter Gary Miller teams up with local Durham poet Keith Armstrong with decent results."
Divinities
Divinities
"Anderson's classical "lite" experiment. I think he's even a better flautist now than in Tull's heyday."
Early Reptile
Early Reptile
"Debut Eastern-European rock extravaganza from this talented Madison-based outfit."