Soundbytes has a compiled a list of the best albums for the year 1999.
Read the second of a two-part series that examines the greatest albums in rock and hip-hop released during the 20th Century.
Thirty years after he was part of turning rock music on its head, Rick Danko, bassist and vocalist for the Band, died on Dec. 10. Though Danko’s and the Band’s fame have been mostly forgotten in recent years, their legacy and vital importance in rock music can’t be understated.
It was during the first of two shows in Minneapolis on Sunday night — in the middle of “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” — that Bruce Springsteen and the reunited E Street Band’s self-appointed mission became clear.
Following up her breakthrough debut album, Fiona Apple’s new disc, “When the Pawn …,” seems to be missing something. The album is not un-endearing or boring, but it lacks the focus and sense of restrained passion that made her first so great.
But after spending the past few years helping other artists behind the scenes, hip-hop producer Dr. Dre is back with his sophomore solo album, “Dr. Dre 2001.”
Beyond the music, the success of the Buena Vista Social Club project has been its story — that of older, forgotten musicians rediscovered as Cuba’s national treasures. With a string of albums and a documentary about the project celebrating this rebirth, members are currently touring the U.S., bringing with them almost a century of Cuban music.