CULTURE: Remembering the local albums that defined the past 5 decades

The Staccatos


Initially The Staccatos by The Staccatos (1965)
The singing and songwriting duo of Vern Craig and Les Emmerson shone on the band’s only full-length album.

Heaven’s Radio


Uptown Babies by Heaven’s Radio (1979)
An invigorating, upbeat mix of reggae, jazz, folk, and rock created while Dave Matthews was still in grade school.

Bruce Cockburn


Stealing Fire by Bruce Cockburn (1984)
Political outrage, a world view, and two enduring hit singles — “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” — make this album a classic.

Alanis Morissette


Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995)
The mega-selling album changed the landscape for female artists, making it okay to be bold, assertive, and a little bit obscene.

Kathleen Edwards


Failer by Kathleen Edwards (2002)
The singer-songwriter’s full-length debut proved that an indie artist can reach for the stars from the woods outside Wakefield.

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