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Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women

Items from the Film and Sound collection that are on NPR's list of the greatest albums made by women between 1964 and the present. The list was compiled by women and rethinks popular music to put women at the center.


The Mosaic Project by Terri Lyne Carrington
Amazon Says: For more than two decades, drummer, producer and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk and much more...
Amazon Says: For more than two decades, drummer, producer and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has crafted an eclectic brand of jazz that incorporates elements of bebop, soul, funk and much more. Since her debut in 1989, the GRAMMY®-nominated artist has established a reputation for assembling artists of varying styles and perspectives to create music that adheres to the traditions of jazz yet speaks to a much broader and more diverse audience. Carrington brings this same diverse sensibility to her new recording The Mosaic Project, an album that once again gathers a myriad of voices and crystallizes them into a multi-faceted whole that far outweighs the sum of its parts. "Everything about this recording is about making a larger picture out of many various elements," says Carrington, who produced the 14-song set. "I assembled several friends - most of whom I've performed with in the past, and all of whom bring their own individual story - to help me create the big picture. For as talented as each of them are as individuals, when I put them all together, I have a much greater musical story - one that can be told in an interesting and compelling way." Included on that list of friends are some of the most prominent female jazz artists of the last few decades: Esperanza Spalding, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila E., Nona Hendryx, Cassandra Wilson, Geri Allen and several others. Carrington says the emergence of so many great female jazz artists is what finally makes an album like The Mosaic Project possible, more so now than in decades past. "If I had tried to do something like this in the past - like when I started playing 25 years ago - I might have felt limited by the pool of available musicians," she says. "But now there are so many talented women whom I've been playing with anyway - not just because they're women but because I love the way they play. So it has become easier to do a special project that celebrates the artistry and the musicality of these women." Clearly, Carrington's picture is never quite what it seems. With so many individual voices and perspectives in the mix, the results are often eye-opening and ear-opening. "There's one part of me that's kind of a jazz head who likes complex, thought provoking melodies and harmonies," she says. "And then there's another part of me that really likes funk and pop and things that are accessible. This record is another chance for me to assemble all of these great musicians to help me combine those different aspects of myself - those different pieces - and create something special in the process. less...
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Songs In A Minor by Alicia Keys
Amazon Says: The original release of songs in A minor sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and garnered Keys with her first five, of 14 total, Grammy Awards including Best New Artist more...
Amazon Says: The original release of songs in A minor sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and garnered Keys with her first five, of 14 total, Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Song of the Year for "Fallin," and Best R&B Album. With the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, Keys' fans will be able to rediscover this seminal album and explore 6 previously unreleased and original bonus tracks , such as "A Woman's Worth" remix featuring Nas; "Juiciest" mix tape version; "Fallin" the Ali soundtrack version; and the previously unreleased "Typewriter". Disc 2 is enhanced and will also feature a special new Chris Robinson cut of the "Fallin ' /A Woman's Worth" videos. The deluxe edition features a lenticular cover and a 16 page booklet with new liner notes by Alicia Keys. less...
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Last Splash by The Breeders
Amazon Says: No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: BREEDERS Title: LAST SPLASH Street Release Date: 08/31/1993 more...
Amazon Says: No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: BREEDERS Title: LAST SPLASH Street Release Date: 08/31/1993 less...
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Amazon Says: 2010 release from the Swedish Pop sensation, the third and final album in Robyn's unique trilogy for 2010. Features five of the best tracks from Body Talk Pts One and Two plus more...
Amazon Says: 2010 release from the Swedish Pop sensation, the third and final album in Robyn's unique trilogy for 2010. Features five of the best tracks from Body Talk Pts One and Two plus five brand-spanking new songs from the ridiculously prolific pop star. Includes the singles 'Hang With Me' and 'Dancing on My Own' as well as 'Indestructible'. Island. less...
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Ys by JOANNA NEWSOM
Amazon Says: A new Joanna Newsom album - Yes! Well actually, YS. You pronounce it "ees". YS is an unspeakably incredible 45 minute album that consists of 5 songs. YS is to Ms Newsom a drea more...
Amazon Says: A new Joanna Newsom album - Yes! Well actually, YS. You pronounce it "ees". YS is an unspeakably incredible 45 minute album that consists of 5 songs. YS is to Ms Newsom a dream collaboration between her voice and harp and an orchestra. less...
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Amazon Says: 2002 debut album from the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. The album's critical and commercial success was a breakthrough for Jones in 2002, as it reached the top of the Bill more...
Amazon Says: 2002 debut album from the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter. The album's critical and commercial success was a breakthrough for Jones in 2002, as it reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart and several jazz charts. The album also topped many critics' "albums of the year" lists and gathered major music awards in the process, including eight Grammy Awards. Following initial sales, Come Away with Me was certified diamond by the RIAA on February 15, 2005 having shipped over 10 million copies in its first three years of release. less...
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Amazon Says: A Seat At The Table, is the new album from Solange Knowles. The album will be available digitally on September 30th, released on CD November 18th, and on vinyl LP December 9th more...
Amazon Says: A Seat At The Table, is the new album from Solange Knowles. The album will be available digitally on September 30th, released on CD November 18th, and on vinyl LP December 9th. Solange describes A Seat At The Table as "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing." A Seat At The Table was written by Solange, and features a host of guest artists including Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina. less...
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Tidal by Fiona Apple
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No Secrets by CARLY SIMON
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Hejira by Joni Mitchell
Amazon Says: The compelling character portraits on this 1976 LP (a #13 hit) are finely detailed with Joni's yearning melodies and the sensitive bass of Jaco Pastorius. The wonderful title more...
Amazon Says: The compelling character portraits on this 1976 LP (a #13 hit) are finely detailed with Joni's yearning melodies and the sensitive bass of Jaco Pastorius. The wonderful title tune joins Amelia; Coyote; Refuge of the Road , and more! less...
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Platinum by Miranda Lambert
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Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes
Amazon Says: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band's Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three GRAMMY nominations, including a nod for B more...
Amazon Says: Alabama Shakes’ Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band's Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned the group three GRAMMY nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist. Sound & Color demonstrates the tremendous strides made by a group of musicians who had only been playing together for a few months when they recorded their first album. From the searing single "Don't Wanna Fight" to the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini,” Alabama Shakes build on the soulful blues-rock base and map a surprising, innovative new direction. less...
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Fearless [Enhanced] by Taylor Swift
Amazon Says: Fearless is the 2008 sophomore album from Taylor Swift, the young Country singer/songwriter who charmed the hearts and charts of America beginning with her debut single 'Tim M more...
Amazon Says: Fearless is the 2008 sophomore album from Taylor Swift, the young Country singer/songwriter who charmed the hearts and charts of America beginning with her debut single 'Tim McGraw'. Her triple-platinum self-titled debut release has scanned over 3.4 million units and spent more weeks at #1 than any other Country album this year: 24 weeks! Taylor is the only Country female artist to have five Top 10 singles from a debut album and the only Country female vocalist this decade to reach the Top 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. Needless to say, she's a sensation that has only just begun to show what she is capable of. 13 tracks including the single 'Love Story' and 'Change', first heard during the 2008 Summer Olympics. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition. less...
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Daydream by Mariah Carey
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Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney
Amazon Says: Dig Me Out is the third studio album by Sleater-Kinney, originally released on April 8, 1997 by Kill Rock Stars. The album was produced by John Goodmanson and recorded from De more...
Amazon Says: Dig Me Out is the third studio album by Sleater-Kinney, originally released on April 8, 1997 by Kill Rock Stars. The album was produced by John Goodmanson and recorded from December 1996 to January 1997 at John and Stu's Place in Seattle, Washington. Dig Me Out marked the debut of Janet Weiss, who became the band's longest-serving and last drummer. This reissue is newly-remastered. less...
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Big Science by Laurie Anderson
Amazon Says: The re-mastering of Laurie Anderson's Big Science still resonates just as deeply as the original. Articulating a dream-like American society amidst social and political anxiet more...
Amazon Says: The re-mastering of Laurie Anderson's Big Science still resonates just as deeply as the original. Articulating a dream-like American society amidst social and political anxiety, Anderson's work is both comforting and sinister at the same time. less...
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Dummy by Portishead
Amazon Says: 11-track version includes 'It's a Fire' not featured on the 10-track version. Universal. 1994. more...
Amazon Says: 11-track version includes 'It's a Fire' not featured on the 10-track version. Universal. 1994. less...
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Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks
Amazon Says: BELLA DONNA: DELUXE EDITION uncovers unreleased versions of “Edge Of Seventeen” and “Leather And Lace,” as well as rarities like “Blue Lamp” from the Heavy Metal S more...
Amazon Says: BELLA DONNA: DELUXE EDITION uncovers unreleased versions of “Edge Of Seventeen” and “Leather And Lace,” as well as rarities like “Blue Lamp” from the Heavy Metal Soundtrack and “Sleeping Angel” from the Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack. This deluxe edition also includes a concert from 1981 that features performances songs from Bella Donna along with several Fleetwood Mac favorites. less...
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She'S So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper
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Blue Light 'Til Dawn by Cassandra Wilson
Amazon Says: Beautiful modern day jazz vocalist more...
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Spice by Spice Girls
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Wide Open Spaces by Dixie Chicks
Amazon Says: NEW Combo BLUWAVS CD and FLAC FILE more...
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The Writing's On The Wall by Destiny's Child
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Pretenders by Pretenders
Amazon Says: Pretenders, the band's stunning debut album, was originally released in 1980 and hit #9 in Billboard®. It introduced the Pretenders classics "Kid," "Precious," "Mystery Achie more...
Amazon Says: Pretenders, the band's stunning debut album, was originally released in 1980 and hit #9 in Billboard®. It introduced the Pretenders classics "Kid," "Precious," "Mystery Achievement," and the #14 Billboard® hit "Brass In Pocket." Plus the band's distinctive take on Ray Davies "Stop Your Sobbing," which was their breakthrough single in the U.K. and the U.S. less...
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Indigo Girls by Indigo Girls
Amazon Says: TRACK LISTING: 1. CLOSER TO FINE 2. SECURE YOURSELF 3. KID FEARS 4. PRINCE OF DARKNESS 5. BLOOD AND FIRE 6. TRIED TO BE TRUE 7. LOVE'S RECOVERY 8. LAND OF CANAAN 9. CENTER STA more...
Amazon Says: TRACK LISTING: 1. CLOSER TO FINE 2. SECURE YOURSELF 3. KID FEARS 4. PRINCE OF DARKNESS 5. BLOOD AND FIRE 6. TRIED TO BE TRUE 7. LOVE'S RECOVERY 8. LAND OF CANAAN 9. CENTER STAGE 10. HISTORY OF US less...
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What's The 411? by Mary J. Blige
Amazon Says: No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: BLIGE,MARY J. Title: WHAT'S THE 411? Street Release Date: 07/28/1992 more...
Amazon Says: No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: BLIGE,MARY J. Title: WHAT'S THE 411? Street Release Date: 07/28/1992 less...
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Nick Of Time by Bonnie Raitt
Amazon Says: After 17 years of impressing blues fans and nibbling at the pop charts, Raitt reached #1 and won four Grammys with this 1989 triumph. The title hit and smash Something to Talk more...
Amazon Says: After 17 years of impressing blues fans and nibbling at the pop charts, Raitt reached #1 and won four Grammys with this 1989 triumph. The title hit and smash Something to Talk About join Thing Called Love; Have a Heart; Real Man , and more of her best! less...
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Amazon Says: "This album can be singled out not only for its interpretive qualities, but for the incredible atmosphere created by producer Daniel Lanois. The recording has a similar dark, more...
Amazon Says: "This album can be singled out not only for its interpretive qualities, but for the incredible atmosphere created by producer Daniel Lanois. The recording has a similar dark, introspective ambience familiar from Lanois' work with Bob Dylan, and it works wonderfully with these songs."--Amazon.com. less...
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Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield
Amazon Says: In 1969 Dusty released this gem with help from the legendary Jerry Wexler. On it are the classics, "Son of a Preacher Man" and "The Windmills Of Your Mind." more...
Amazon Says: In 1969 Dusty released this gem with help from the legendary Jerry Wexler. On it are the classics, "Son of a Preacher Man" and "The Windmills Of Your Mind." less...
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Amazon Says: More from Heart Brigade Magazine The Road Home [LIVE] Heart Alive in Seattle: DVD The Road Home DVD more...
Amazon Says: More from Heart Brigade Magazine The Road Home [LIVE] Heart Alive in Seattle: DVD The Road Home DVD less...
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Tracy Chapman by TRACY CHAPMAN
Amazon Says: Certified Multi-Platinum (6 times) by the RIAA. (11/01) more...
Amazon Says: Certified Multi-Platinum (6 times) by the RIAA. (11/01) less...
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Parallel Lines by BLONDIE
Amazon Says: Blondie's songs and sultry swagger hit the tipping point in '78 and they leapt from hip new-wave band to full-fledged pop stars. Along with their all-time classics Heart of Gl more...
Amazon Says: Blondie's songs and sultry swagger hit the tipping point in '78 and they leapt from hip new-wave band to full-fledged pop stars. Along with their all-time classics Heart of Glass and One Way or Another and the rest of the LP, this set includes a booklet with the album's photo session and a DVD with Heart of Glass; Picture This, and Hanging on the Telephone promo videos plus Sunday Girl from Top of the Pops ! less...
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Private Dancer by Tina Turner
Amazon Says: As a Part of the EMI Cententary Celebrations, a Number of Classics CDs Are to Be Re-Issued with Extra Bonus Tracks and Enhanced Packaging. For this First Release in this Serie more...
Amazon Says: As a Part of the EMI Cententary Celebrations, a Number of Classics CDs Are to Be Re-Issued with Extra Bonus Tracks and Enhanced Packaging. For this First Release in this Series Seven Tracks have Been Added (4 B-Sides and Extended Remixes). less...
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Exile in Guyville by Liz Phair
Amazon Says: Two CD set archive release of her 1993 album. Liz Phair is a US singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her signature guitar, which she is often seen playing (and is prominent upon t more...
Amazon Says: Two CD set archive release of her 1993 album. Liz Phair is a US singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her signature guitar, which she is often seen playing (and is prominent upon the cover of her self-titled fourth album), is a Fender Duo-Sonic II. Her album Exile in Guyville was chosen as one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This two disc set includes four previously unreleased audio tracks and a DVD with a documentary about the album's genesis. less...
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