Lead singer of the legendary, proto-punk band the New York Dolls, David Johansen released his self-titled solo album in 1978. The album retains much of the Dolls' rock energy but also shows a softer side in songs like the multi-layered "Frenchette."
Redbone’s 1971 album starts with Native American drumming and singing, placing that traditional musical form within a rock context. This CD includes the extra track, “Chant: 13th Hour,” the B side of their single, “The Witch Queen Of New Orleans.”
The 1984 album Aural Sculpture, The Stranglers' eighth, shows a decided, and surprisingly successful, change in direction to a more thoughtful, sensitive identity. Hit singles like “Skin Deep” and “No Mercy” feature acoustic guitar and a horn section.
The Stranglers’ 1988 album, All Live and All of the Night, features spirited performances of some of their best songs recorded during two years of touring. Some of their better-known tracks here include “Always the Sun” and “European Female.”