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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Since its inception in 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has honored the founders and faith-keepers of this revolutionary musical movement with annual nominations. The yearly induction ceremony has long been noted for its incendiary live performances and all-star jam sessions. The 2009 class has been announced! This year's inductees include Jeff Beck, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Metallica, Run-D.M.C., Bobby Womack and Wanda Jackson. The induction ceremony will happen on April 14, 2009. Check out some of the nominees in our collection. Classic works by Hall of Fame members are not to be missed!

2009 Inductees

Blow by Blow by Jeff  BeckBlow by Blow
Jeff Beck
Blow By Blow is Jeff Beck's first album that is focused solely on instrumental parts and no vocals. His guitar playing takes the center stage. Includes "Diamond Dust"; "Scatterbrain"; "Freeway Jam"; and "You Know What I Mean."
Death Magnetic by Metallica Death Magnetic
The metal masters return with their first new studio album in five years, their first with new bassist Robert Trujillo. The CD also features contributions from iconic producer Rick Rubin.
Ultimate Run DMC by Run-D.M.C. Ultimate Run DMC
Features all the music from the legendary rap group Run-DMC. Also includes a DVD with their more popular music videos. Hits include "My Adidas"; "Walk This Way"; and "It's Tricky".

Past Inductees

Star Time by James BrownStar Time
James Brown
This box set has 71 tracks that cover all the high points and make an eloquent case for Brown as the greatest R&B artist of all time.
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison by Johnny CashJohnny Cash at Folsom Prison
Johnny Cash
In 1968 Cash recorded an album live in front of a captive but wildly appreciative audience in Folsom Prison. With two guitars, bass, drums, and a small vocal group (including June Carter Cash), Cash sings his hits and lesser-known songs.
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music by Ray CharlesModern Sounds in Country and Western Music
Ray Charles
Ray Charles steps into the world of country with his 1962 album, infusing it with hints of R&B and gospel. Along with three classics from Hank Williams, Ray also taps into current country hits of the day.
Rare and Unreleased Gems from the Queen of Soul by Aretha FranklinRare and Unreleased Gems from the Queen of Soul
Aretha Franklin
The vaults at Atlantic Records have opened up to reveal a collection of B-sides, demos, outtakes, and other rare tracks from Aretha Franklin's time at the label.
U218: Singles by U2 U218: Singles
The collection spans the band's entire 26-year career and includes 16 of their best-known songs.