Musicheads®

Musicheads® Essentials is a web feature that gives the Current staff a chance to share some of our favorite albums of all time with our listeners. Join us each week as a different Current host or staff member picks an essential album from their collection and tells you why they love it.

Musicheads Essential Artist: Amy Winehouse


Amy Winehouse is important because in her all-too-short career, she established her one-in-a-million voice on a series of records that introduced soul music to a whole new generation around the world, bringing in modern hip-hop influences and embracing a confrontational and risque spirit that wouldn't have flown in the mid '60s.

Musicheads Essentials: Joni Mitchell


March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, each weekday this month we'll be spotlighting a different artist with special coverage on air and online. For Tuesday, March 3, we're shining a light on Joni Mitchell.

Musicheads Essentials: Dolly Parton


March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, each weekday this month we'll be spotlighting a different artist with special coverage on air and online. For Monday, March 2, we're shining a light on Dolly Parton.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - 1999


On October 27, 1982, Prince released '1999,' the first album to playfully credit The Revolution, so we asked Bobby Z all about it.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - Controversy


Released on October 14, 1981, 'Controversy' is Prince's fourth full-length album. The record is notable for several firsts, and was a firm foundation to launch him into megastardom.

Musicheads Essentials: Prince - Dirty Mind


With 'Dirty Mind,' released on October 8, 1980, Prince jumped to the head of the class, laying the sonic blueprint that would help define the music of the '80s and beyond.

Musicheads Essentials: Morris Hayes on 'Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic'


Morris Hayes has it all: candor, a sense of humor, and musical chops that earned him the title of keyboardist, then musical director in Prince's band. He sat down with Purple Current host Sean McPherson for a marathon interview about Prince albums from 1995-2010, plus miscellaneous other stories he remembered as they went. Due to overwhelming demand, we're publishing the full interview album by album.