July 9, 1995. Jerry Garcia would pass a month later.
Jane’s Addiction release their first live album on July 8, 2013. It was worth the wait.
The third album from Bill Callahan is released on July 5, 1993. The first two Smog albums were recorded in Bill’s garage. This one was born in a recording studio but the lo-fi sound is still there.
U2 releases their Grammy-Award winning album on July 5, 1993. It’s co-produced by The Edge, Flood and Brian Eno.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers release “Into The Great Wide Open” on July 2, 1991. It’s the second album produced by Jeff Lynn. It also produces one of the best song videos of all time featuring Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.
Limp Bizkit release their monster, double-platinum debut album on July 1, 1997 …
June 27, 1995 ~ Gov’t Mule releases their eponymous album. It’s hard to listen to “Mule” and still not smile …
Bonnie’s follow-up to “Nick of Time” is released on June 25, 1991 and does even better than the Grammy winner. Take a look at the liner notes (Still burning bright …) for a nod to Stevie Ray Vaughan who died a year earlier. SRV had encouraged Bonnie to quit drinking and she still credits him to this day for her sobriety.
It’s rare that a debut album is a masterpiece. Liz Phair releases her “Exile” on June 22, 1993. It’s considered one of the best albums of the 90’s — a track-by-track response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street. It’s #327 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. (It’s #4 on mine if anyone cares …)
Liz says she was attacted to Mick’s persona and the album because ” … it perfectly fit my impression of what was going on in the head of this guy I had a crush on. I could project onto the Stones and they would answer back. It was like having a relationship through the music.”
June 21, 1990 ~ Farrar, Tweedy and Heirdorn ~ Uncle Tupelo ~ release what many consider the most important alternative rock album ever.