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|20th Century Masters: The Best Of Etta James (Millennium Collection)
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Hear the reigning queen of cool jazz croon her way through 11 of her best tunes on this greatest hits collection.
Few vocalists can muster the power and sass of Etta James when she's rocking the mike on classic R&B tunes like "Tell Mama" or "Something's Got a Hold on Me." But James also had a way with a ballad, and her sensitive readings of songs such as "At Last" and "All I Could Do Was Cry" made her a fan favorite in the early '60s. Had she not been sidelined for a while by an addiction to heroin, today we might think of James, not Aretha, as the Queen of Soul. Because this set offers only 11 cuts, it's generally inferior to Her Best: The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection, which boasts 20 tunes. Still, it's a satisfying intro to the delightful "Miss Peaches" nonetheless. --Daniel Durchholz
|Cold Cold World
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|King Of The Delta Blues Singers
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Blues lovers everywhere knew the legend of Robert Johnson, but only one complete Robert Johnson song was commercially available until this 1961 album came out. The most anticipated blues album of all time also became the most influential as future rock stars devoured it. Along with Crossroads Blues; Rambling on My Mind , and all the other classics, this reissue contains a newly discovered, previously unissued alternate version of Traveling Riverside Blues ! 17 tracks.
If there is a recording that is required listening for every blues fan, it's this one. Robert Johnson wasn't just King of the Delta blues; he was one of its founding fathers, and these re-mastered tunes are as timeless and important today as they were all those years ago. The songs that passed into the blues canon, to be covered by countless guitarists over the years, are here: "Crossroad Blues," "Preaching Blues," "Come On In My Kitchen," "Walking Blues," and more. And on this particular version of this often-reissued recording, there's an additional treat: a previously unreleased version of "Traveling Riverside Blues." Absolutely essential. --Genevieve Williams
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On 'Illuminations,' Groban worked with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his critically acclaimed work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, and Dixie Chicks among many others. Groban co-wrote the majority of the songs, including 'Hidden Away,' which he wrote with Dan Wilson - former leader of the band Semisonic and co-writer of several cuts on the Dixie Chicks' 'Not Ready to Make Nice.' 'Hidden Away' was recorded live with Groban singing and playing piano, Matt Sweeney and Smokey Hormel on acoustic guitars, and veteran R&B icon Spooner Oldham on organ, with a striking orchestral arrangement by David Campbell added later. The opening piano chords and the unfolding melody evoke a timeless Americana, a thread from Stephen Foster through Aaron Copland through Paul Simon and Randy Newman, as Groban makes a heartfelt plea not to hide true love or one's true self.
'Illuminations' finds both Groban and Rubin stepping out of each one's respective zone and creating an entirely new zone. The bracing result fulfills Rubin's vision of a 'fine art' Groban record, marrying the warmth of the sweeping American roots of Groban's writing and the grandeur of classical settings by matching the live, one-take performances by Groban and the intimate, core acoustic band with colorful orchestral arrangements by David Campbell and James Newton Howard.
- GROBAN JOSH ILLUMINATIONS
|The Golden Age Of The Ink Spots - The Best Of Everything - 101 Classic Original Recordings [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 4CD SET
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Tracing the origins of The Four Ink Spots, one of the most distinctive of all vocal groups, is rather like compiling a family tree. It goes back to the early 1920s when dancer Orville 'Hoppy' Jones teamed up with 'Miff' Campbell to play in small time vaudeville. Joined in 1928 by Leonard Reed, they became The Peanut Boys. Elsewhere, Ivory 'Deacon' (better known as Deek) Watson was playing in a 'coffee pot' band known as The Percolating Puppies whose members, in addition to playing stringed instruments, would also use various sized tea and coffee pots as echo chambers for kazoos, thus emulating the sound of a larger band. When Reed left Jones and Campbell, Watson was recruited to take his place and with the addition of a fourth member, 'Slim' Green, became The Four Riff Brothers who performed together well into 1931 when Watson and Green left to pursue solo careers. In the meantime Charlie Fuqua, originally with the Patent Leather Kids, teamed with Jerry Daniels and Bernie MacKey to play in an un-named coffee pot band. The titles says it all, 101 original recordings from the greatest harmony group of the 1930s and 1940s, The Ink Spots remain a firm favourite to this day. This superb, digitally re-mastered set includes every one of their chart successes, big and small, all seven of their duets with Ella Fitzgerald, and much more. Around five hours playing time, four CD set in slip case, with a 16 page booklet setting out the history of a seminal group who influenced many subsequent popular and R&B singers.
|Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions
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Here are her complete 1968 Muscle Shoals sessions, including the title hit, her hits Security; I Got You Babe , and Almost Persuaded , and 18 more!
|Preachin' The Blues: The Songs of Mississippi Fred McDowell
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The best tribute to Fred McDowell is the many recordings he left behind. Arhoolie's The Best of Mississippi Fred McDowell and Capitol's I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll are fantastic, but it's still fun to hear these interpretations of the 30-years-dead daddy of contemporary Mississippi hill country blues done by contemporary artists. Charlie Musselwhite zeroes in on McDowell's magic by swapping his trademark harp for guitar to play a spare, spirit-possessed "61 Highway." Paul Geremia nails the blaze of McDowell's slide for "Get Right Church," and Anders Osborne cops Fred's mumbling singing style in "Kokomo Blues." Although Colleen Sexton's vocal for "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" is overwrought, her band runs a nice arrangement similar to what Junior Kimbrough, one of McDowell's inheritors, might have done. Tab Benoit delivers an uncanny imitation of McDowell's guitar and vocal approach on "Train I Ride," and Austinite Sue Foley's dirty solo guitar-and-vocal treatment of "Frisco Line" may be the best thing she's ever recorded. The most interesting rendition is David Maxwell's solo piano instrumental take on "I Heard Somebody Call," which starts by abandoning everything but the naked fear and loneliness in the face of God's last judgment that McDowell gave his original. Although the rest of this disc is less inspiring, overall, it's a solid testimonial to the durability of McDowell's legacy. --Ted Drozdowski
|Time is on My Side
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Twenty-three sides representing the cream of Irma Thomas's brilliant Minit/Liberty years (1961-1966), when her reputation as "The Soul Queen of New Orleans" was built. Virtually all her best-known tunes are here -- "Wish Someone Would Care," "Ruler of My Heart," "It's Raining," and "Time Is on My Side" (covered note-for-note by The Stones). Beautiful singing from one of the first ladies of soul music. Essential. ~ Christine Ohlman, All Music Guide
|The Excello Singles Anthology [2 CD]
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|New York City
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