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 Artists: Elvis Costello

Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists and today we're highlighting Elvis Costello.

Musicheads Essentials: The Replacements, 'Let It Be'

Essential as breathing to musicheads and to anyone alive, Let It Be sums up the Replacements — from the iconic cover photo to the last cacophonous note. If the Replacements never recorded another song, their reputation and impact would still be massive.

Musicheads Essentials: The Replacements, 'Pleased to Meet Me'

"Pleased to Meet Me is the finest record The Replacements ever made," writes The Current's David Campbell. "It lands in that sweet spot where technology, team, craft, chops, guts, attitude, ideas, creativity and some major label money all intersected at the right time for those songs to become what they became."

Musicheads Essentials: The White Stripes - Elephant

If one listens to any one album by the White Stripes, they will hear a different shade of the band. Yet for all their elusiveness and apparent shape-shifting, the entirety of the band is really only visible on one album and one album alone: Elephant.

Musicheads Essentials: Led Zeppelin III

Led Zeppelin's influence on modern music is undeniable but... which of their LPs is essential? 1970's "III" was the last breath taken by a band who were still mere mortals, mates from the Midlands trying hard to make a career out of this fledgling rock industry.

Musicheads Essentials: Stax Records

Bill DeVille takes you through the history of one of rock & roll, soul and R&B's most quintessential labels, Stax Records.

Musicheads Essentials: The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

What is a studio masterpiece album? To me, it's a record that reaches beyond the traditional boundary of studio constraints. The musicians and producers who've made this type of record have been able to think outside of the box and have found innovative ways to create an expanded sonic environment. I put The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin" in that realm.

Musicheads Essentials: The Best of Faces

In their brief career (1969-76), this band provided the soundtrack to my final years in high school. If the English had done Proms, me and my mates would have ended ours drunkenly singing "Stay With Me" in the middle of the dancefloor, even if the DJ wouldn't play it!