Jack Johnson – Brush Fire Fairy Tales (The 59) #266

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Jack Johnson – Brush Fire Fairy Tales (2001)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 43 – 2001.

Brushfire Fairytales was the debut album from singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, released in 2001 through Enjoy Records, a label that was later renamed Everloving Recordings.

The album’s primary musicians are Johnson (vocals/guitars/piano), Adam Topol (drums/percussion) and Merlo Podlewski (bass). It was produced by J. P. Plunier, recorded and mixed by Todd Burke, with assistant engineers Andrew Alekel & Chad Essig and recorded near Hollywood and Vine just north of 6400 Sunset at 1520 N Cahuenga in Los Angeles at Grandmaster Recorders (formerly Bijou Studios in Hollywood), King Sound.

The first single from the album – “Flake” – features guests musicians Tommy Jordan on Steel Drums and Ben Harper on slide guitar.

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Dido – No Angel (The ’59) #255

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Dido – No Angel (1999)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’re at the end of a decade, a century and a millennium – year 41 – 1999.

No Angel was the debut studio album from British singer-songwriter Dido.

Originally released on 1 June 1999 in the United States, the album found a mass audience when it was released worldwide in February 2001, and was the second best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, behind James Blunt’s ‘Back to Bedlam’.

The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (The ’59) #251

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The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (1999)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 41 – 1999.

69 Love Songs is the sixth studio album by American indie band The Magnetic Fields, fronted by Stephin Merritt. It was released on September 7, 1999 by Merge Records.

As its title indicates, 69 Love Songs is a three-volume concept album composed of 69 love songs, all written Merritt.

The group of friends I go to gigs with (collectively know as the ‘Gigsters) saw the whole album performed over two consecutive dates at London’s Roundhouse that year. It may well be the most boring gig I have ever been to. I might well have nodded off a few times. Having said that, ‘The book of love’ is still a good tune.

Sam Brown – Box (The ’59) #243

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Sam Brown – Box (1997)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today completes year 39 – 1997.

Sam Brown seems to have gone mostly unnoticed by the masses, it’s a shame really as she consistently produced some catchy songs.

With such a famous father (Joe), getting signed and the release of the first two albums was never going to be an issue, even though both failed to attract much attention. With the 1997 Box though, Sam returned back to the fore with a collection of sometime great and never less than good songs.

‘Whisper’ is a beautiful ballad that makes her first hit (Stop!) seems like amateurish ramblings. There are many other outstanding tracks on the album, ‘What’s The Use’, ‘Intuition’, ‘They’re The Ones’ and the title track ‘Box’ are just a few.

Alanis Morisette – Jagged Little Pill (The ’59) #227

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Alanis Moristte – Jagged Little Pill (1995)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 37 – 1995.

Jagged Little Pill was the third studio album, and international debut, from Canadian singer songwriter Alanis Morissette, released on June 13, 1995 through Maverick Records.

Morissette began work on the album after moving from her hometown, Ottawa, to Toronto. She made little progress until she traveled to Los Angeles, where she met producer Glen Ballard. Morissette and Ballard had an instant connection and began co-writing and experimenting with sounds.

The experimentation resulted in an alternative rock album that takes influence from post-grunge and pop rock. The lyrics touch upon themes of aggression and unsuccessful relationships, while Ballard introduced a pop sensibility to Morissette’s angst.

The album topped the charts in thirteen countries; with sales of over 33 million units worldwide. It was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning five, including Album of the Year, making Morissette the youngest artist in history to win the honour, a record she held until 2010.  Rolling Stone ranked Jagged Little Pill at No.327 on its 2003 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

 

Bjork – Debut (The ’59) #213

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Bjork – Debut (1993)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 35 – 1993.

The aptly named debut studio album from Icelandic singer/songwriter Björk, released in July 1993 by One Little Indian and Elektra Records.

The album was produced by Björk with artist Nellee Hooper and was Björk’s first recording following the dissolution of her previous band, the Sugarcubes.

Debut received critical acclaim from British music critics, though United States reviews were more mixed. The album sold better than the label predicted, charting at No. 3 in the UK and No.61 in the US. It was certified gold in Canada and platinum in the US, where it remains Björk’s best-selling album.

Five singles were released from Debut: “Human Behaviour”, “Venus as a Boy”, “Play Dead”, “Big Time Sensuality” and “Violently Happy”. All charted in the UK, with only “Human Behaviour”, “Violently Happy” and “Big Time Sensuality” charting on dance and modern rock charts in the US.

John Martyn – Couldn’t love you more (The ’59) #211

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John Martyn – Couldn’t love you more (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 34 – 1992.

The seventeenth studio album from the late John Martyn, release in 1992 and one of the homes of ‘May you never’