Hayseed Dixie
Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
Beatallica

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In the late '80s, Tribute Albums became a hip phenomenon in the college-rock underground. In the '90s, they became an accepted part of the mainstream. The transition was a smooth, imperceptible one, because tribute albums are such a natural concept -- get a bunch of artists to cover their favorite musicians as a salute to their influences. Looking at it that way, it seems entirely natural that the whole thing had humble beginnings, since it was simply a bunch of fans paying tribute to their favorite acts. Similarly, it's easy to see why they became a mainstream favorite, since the temptation of hearing a major-league new star covering a major-league veteran is too great. But as the tribute album became more mainstream, it lost its charm, and it just became a marketing gimmick. But it was a successful one -- as the '90s became the '00s, there were as many tribute albums as ever, from major and minor labels alike.

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Hayseed Dixie
Hayseed Dixie
Beatallica
Beatallica
Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica
Vitamin String Quartet
Vitamin String Quartet
Bee Gees
Bee Gees
Mick Harvey
Mick Harvey

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Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Various Artists
Stone Free: A Tribute to ...
Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington
Aretha Franklin
Unforgettable: A Tribute ...
If I Were a Carpenter [A&M]
Various Artists
If I Were a Carpenter [A&M]
Deadicated: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead
Various Artists
Deadicated: A Tribute to ...
This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies
Various Artists
This Is Where I Belong: ...
Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Various Artists
Tower of Song: The Songs ...

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Title/Composer Performer Stream
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Al Green
All Along the Watchtower Michael Hedges
Song of Bernadette Jennifer Warnes
O Tannenbaum
Vince Guaraldi / Vince Guaraldi Trio
Elephantasy Tom Varner
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) Boyz II Men
You're All I Need to Get By Michael McDonald
Damaged Goods Gang of Four
Bicycle Race Between the Buried and Me
Trans Europe Express Señor Coconut y Su Conjunto

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