Songs In The Key of Life 

Stevie releases his masterpiece on September 28, 1976.

It’s number 57 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2005, it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

The Mississippi Delta was shining like a national guitar … 

August 12, 1986 ~ Paul Simon releases Graceland. It became Simon’s most successful studio album and won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, often cited as one of the best albums of all time.

It’s #71 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and in 2007, it was added to the National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”

Purple Rain

Let’s go crazy … Prince releases his sixth album on August 6, 1984. It’s the soundtrack to the movie of the same name and the first album to feature the billing of his band, The Revolution. 

It’s #76 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important.”

The spirit of Jimi Hendrix must surely smile down on Prince Rogers Nelson. Like Hendrix, Prince seems to have tapped into some extraterrestrial musical dimension where black and white styles are merely different aspects of the same funky thing. Prince’s rock & roll is as authentic and compelling as his soul and his extremism is endearing in a era of play-it-safe record production and formulaic hit mongering.”

Kurt Loder, writing for Rolling Stone