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The Music of Detroit


So many flavors of music come out of (or near) the Motor City: Jazz, Gospel, Rap, Ragtime, Pop, Blues, Classical, Rock, Soul…all here for your consideration.


30 Greatest Hits

30 Greatest Hits zeroes in on Aretha Franklin's prime recording period for Atlantic, from her breakout in 1967 with "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" through the end of 1974, during which the Queen of Soul truly reigned over t

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Coming from Reality

For his second album, Rodriguez decamped to London at the request of producer Steve Rowland, who had heard Cold Fact and wanted to produce him. Since Cold Fact had made little in the way of commercial movement, Rodriguez jumped at the opportunity. Se

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The Best of Anita Baker

The first and only anthology spanning the entire career of this so-called "Quiet Storm" R&B superstar! Here are 18 sensuously soulful songs she recorded for the Beverly Glen and Elektra labels from 1983-1995: Angel; Lead Me into Love; G

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Common Chords

An acoustic roots music journey by two veteran Detroit performers.

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The Decalogue

One of the most important things fans should know about this Sufjan Stevens album is that he doesn't actually appear on it. In 2017, Stevens was commissioned to write music for a dance piece choreographed by Justin Peck for the New York City Bal

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John Lee Hooker: Detroit, 1948-1949

Acoustic or electric, alone or with a few friends, John Lee Hooker is always interesting. He has the gift to take the typical three-chord blues song and boil it down to its essence, relying on two, and sometimes no more than one, chord. Detroit 1948-

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Dark Sky Paradise

Artistically, three is the charm for Big Sean as Dark Sky Paradise is much more expansive than previous efforts, sometimes grinding with executive producer Kanye West's love of the dark, and other times bouncing with the snark, swagger, and styl

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Madonna: Sticky & Sweet Tour

Hard Candy may not have been Madonna’s biggest hit, but it -- like so many of her albums -- was supported by a major international tour. Madonna dubbed it Sticky & Sweet -- a none-too-subtle allusion to Hard Candy’s title -- which is also the

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Still

When blockbuster gospel/R&B duo BeBe & CeCe Winans decided to hang it up in 1994 to concentrate on solo careers, they literally split themselves in half. Without flinching, BeBe Winans went the route of contemporary R&B, releasing a handf

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Raggin' at Greenfield Village

Raggin’ at Greenfield Village highlights music performed at Greenfield Village’s annual Ragtime Street Fair by Raisin River Ragtime Review. It contains some of our nation’s most important early popular music. The recording not only features mus

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The White Stripes: Greatest Hits

Like the other archival releases that appeared after the White Stripes called it quits in 2011, The White Stripes Greatest Hits is filled with the same detail, wit, and willingness to subvert expectations that made the band so dynamic when they were

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Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets

With millions of albums sold and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Bob Seger is one of music's most enduring icons. This two-disc set spans his entire career and includes such hits as Old Time Rock and Roll; Hollywood Nights; and Turn t

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Detroit Stories

In 1970, fledgling producer Bob Ezrin walked into a farmhouse on the outskirts of Detroit to work with the Alice Cooper band. Abandoning flower power Los Angeles, because they were the opposite of the hippie peace and love ideal, Alice had brought hi

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Motown Originals: The Classic Songs That Inspired the Broadway Show!

The last frontier for Motown is the Great White Way and so, in 2013, the Sound of Young America hit Broadway via a jukebox musical loosely focused on the rise of Berry Gordy Jr. in the '60s. To accompany this musical came Motown Originals: The C

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8 Mile

The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary boundaries

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I Care 4 U

Serving as both a greatest hits collection and a summary of stuff she'd been working on before her death in August 2001, the disc is a keen reminder of just how talented the 22-year-old was as a singer and song stylist. Sure, it's easy to h

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