CSN: The first release from the folk rock supergroup was a wild success, bringing together members of Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies in Crosby, Stills, and Nash after a meeting at a Laurel Canyon party. Their self-titled debut, featuring the famous cover photo by Henry Diltz, features their trademark harmonies and guitar work, as well as memorable classics from "Marrakesh Express" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "Helplessly Hoping" to "Wooden Ships," all of which became canon of the folk-rock foundation that drove the cultural sea change out of Lauren Canyon in the latter half of the 60s.
John Prine: The country singer/songwriter legend's debut Atlantic Album, which was included in Rolling Stone's list of 500 greatest records of all time. In 2009, Bob Dylan told the Huffington Post that Prine was one of his favorite songwriters of all time, and critics generally agree that his simple song structures support both sarcasm and wry observation and commentary on life that is generally unparalleled.
Willie Nelson: Nelson's concept album narrating the story of a couple's divorce, with side one exploring the situation from the woman's perspective, and side two looking at it from the man's. Nelson has shared over the years that the songs reflect universal accounts of grief and heartbreak, and are not autobiographical. It was also one of the first Nelson albums to feature his own band, and the second Willie Nelson release on Atlantic. Originally recorded in 1972 at Muscle Shoals in Alabama, Nelson and his band revisited it in the studio in Nashville and released it in 1974. It was well received by critics at the time and generally considered a breakthrough album for the genre insofar as concept albums were concerned.