Tag: Album Reviews

Various Artists: The Daisy Age (Ace Records)

This fantastic and fun Bob Stanley-produced compilation highlights one of the finest–albeit extremely brief–moments in hip-hop history, the Native Tongues “movement,” which found hip-hop musicians eschewing the violence and misogyny that dominated the rap scene and offering up a positive. more innocent vision of the world.

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Be For Real: The P.I.R. Recordings (1972-1975) (SoulMusic Records)

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes created some of the most sophisticated Soul and R&B of the Seventies, as well as being the launchpad for legendary vocalist Teddy Pendergrass. This three-disc set collects all of their recorded work for Philadelphia International Records, and is a superb and essential collection.

The Beatles: Abbey Road: Super Deluxe Edition (Apple Records)

A superb box set released to honor the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest swan songs ever made, and one of the greatest rock and roll albums ever released.

The Artist Formerly Known As Prince: The Versace Experience: Prelude 2 Gold (NPG Records/The Prince Estate)

For Fashion Week 1995, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince compiled a cassette that served as a prelude to his forthcoming album The Gold Experience, a release that quickly became a Holy Grail. Part remix album, part sampler, part audio collage, it offers a fascinating–and often quite frustrating–first peek into what The Kid was up to that year.

The Emotions: Don’t Ask My Neighbors: The Columbia/ARC Recordings (1976-1981) (SoulMusic Records)

The sisterly trio The Emotions helped to brighten up the musical world in the late 1970s, and this box set contains the lot of their successful chart-topping era, offering up some of the finest music that decade had to offer.

Glen Campbell: Old Home Town/Letter To Home/It’s Just A Matter Of Time (Morello Records)

After a prolific run with Capitol Records, legendary country crooner Glen Campbell signed to Atlantic America, resulting in three albums that found him being led toward a generic Modern Country sound. Still, for their weaknesses, these albums produced some fantastic singles, returning the fading star to the top reaches of the country charts.

Jess Conrad: Jess For You: The Definitive Collection (El Records)

A talented actor doth not a talented recording act make. This collection rounds up the material released by British actor Jess Conrad; though they occasionally show a spark of quality, the fare is mostly pop fare that was quickly becoming outdated, and it shows that ability in one artistic field doesn’t mean it will translate into another.

Hank Williams: The Complete Health & Happiness Recordings (BMG)

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Hank Williams’ legendary Health & Happiness Show transcription recordings, BMG has remastered and reissued them in a handy two-disc set, offering up a fresh new look of a young talent in his prime.

Various Artists: Movie Goer: Pop Cinema And The Classics/Fellini Masterpieces (él Records)

Two superb three-disc collections from the esteemed él Records offer up superb examples of the use of classical music and classical styles in modern cinema–one collection offers an overview of familiar music used in a variety of films, whilst the other documents the interplay between composer Federico Fellini and his primary orchestrator, Nino Rota.

Billy Ocean: Remixes and Rarities (Cherry Pop)

Billy Ocean made a splash in 1984 with his smash hit album Suddenly, which propelled him to a respectable success for the rest of the decade. Cherry Pop’s latest in its Remixes And Rarities offers up two discs’ worth of variants and hard-to-find remixes that serves as a nice reminder of what made Ocean so special.