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.