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The Definitive Collection [2 CD]

The Definitive Collection [2 CD] Lowest new price: $16.93
Lowest used price: $3.39
Brand: Polygram
Model: 2140364

This collection digs deeper than previous hits collections to take you across 37 key cuts by these Euro-Pop kings/queens. That's the 2-CD version; the DVD has every video they shot plus a previously unseen Dancing Queen performance at the Royal Swedish Opera. Hits on both releases: Dancing Queen; Take a Chance on Me; Waterloo; The Winner Takes It All; The Name of the Game; Fernando; SOS; I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do; Knowing Me, Knowing You; Does Your Mother Know; When All Is Said and Done; Mamma Mia; Chiquitita , and more!

Is there anything that simply screams the 1970s' most indelible pop cultural clichés--the sunny romanticism, perfect vocal hooks, feathered hair, stacked heels, and flared sateen britches--more than the Swedish pop phenomenon Abba? And while many a pundit snootily dismissed them during their prime as some sort of prefabricated aberration, their worldwide popularity peaked somewhere just south of Beatlesmania. Indeed, Abba's music was as finely tooled and crafted as anything to come from a Volvo or IKEA factory--if occasionally more economically potent. This double-disc, 37-track anthology comes neatly on the heels of Mama Mia!, the smash, if unlikely, Broadway show based on the band's hits, and documents every single released by the band's Polar label in their home country as well as key tracks released internationally.

This is the canon from whence the term "Europop" sprang. With a continental sense of vocal neoclassicism, informed by just the right ethnic clichés (and oft wed to the era's insistent 4/4 disco beat) to make songs like "Mama Mia," "Fernando," "Chiquitita," and "Voulez-Vous" work on a global scale, the writing team of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and their respective partners in music and life, Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad, developed the seamless, wall-of-sound productions contained herein. The Definitive Collection features a rare single remix of "Ring, Ring" and a 1979 promo-only extended mix of "Voulez-Vous" as bonus tracks, as well as a concise, illustrated history of the band and each track. --Jerry McCulley

Features:

  • Record Label: Polar
  • Catalog#: 549 974-2
  • Country Of Release: EU
  • Year Of Release: 2001

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1999

1999 Lowest new price: $5.33
Lowest used price: $1.68
Brand: PRINCE
Model: B2_0578150

Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (3/99)

Prince's fifth album came right before the lascivious multi-instrumentalist became a huge star with his 1984 film and soundtrack, Purple Rain. But Prince had already proved himself to be the most audacious talent to emerge in the 1980s, and 1999, the bulk of which features Prince on all the instruments, reflects the dance-rock styles that he also brought to the acts he produced, particularly the Time. Prince knows how to run a one-man-band individual instruments don't blend together as much as they compete in a funky showdown which allows tracks like "Automatic," "D.M.S.R.," and "Delirious" to sustain their long playing times. But the album's two enduring hits, "1999" and "Little Red Corvette," outshine the rest, and define the essential roles that rock and funk play in Prince's music. "Little Red Corvette" is a sexy song about a car, which would have been enough to make it a terrific rock song even if it didn't also boast an infectious chorus and a great guitar part. As for "1999," count on it being the dance song of the millennial year. --John Milward

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  • Prince - 1999 Brazil Import

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Pure Disco

Pure Disco Lowest new price: $6.90
Lowest used price: $1.90
Brand: Polygram
Model: 2139179

Lace up those platform shoes and start that mirror ball a-spinnin'! 42 classic tracks, including YMCA Village People; Knock on Wood Amii Stewart; Dancing Queen ABBA; Last Dance Donna Summer; I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor; I Need Your Lovin' Teena Marie; I Love the Nightlife Alicia Bridges; Best Disco in Town Ritchie Family; If I Can't Have You Yvonne Elliman; Oops Upside Your Head Gap Band; Upside Down Diana Ross; Cuba Gibson Brothers; Funkytown Lipps, Inc.; Turn the Beat Around Vicki Sue Robinson; We Are Family Sister Sledge, and more.

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  • Shrink-wrapped

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Harmony of Difference

Harmony of Difference Lowest new price: $6.56
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Brand: Young Turks

Earlier this year, avant-garde jazz titan Kamasi Washington premiered Harmony of Difference, an original six-movement suite, as part of this year’s Whitney Biennial. The EP is the first new music from Washington since his universally acclaimed 2015 debut album The Epic. Harmony of Difference explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Washington’s suite includes visual elements married to the musical works and draws voraciously on jazz for its foundation. Each of the first five movements is its own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance. Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity. In his own words, “my hope is that witnessing the beautiful harmony created by merging different musical melodies will help people realize the beauty in our own differences.” “Against a backdrop of “fake news,” chemical warfare and presidential missteps, Washington’s 13-minute opus thrives with gospel-infused power, resting alongside his previous work while occupying new sonic space…. The huge scale makes his music feel like a sacred offering in bleak times” - Pitchfork Best New Track “a liberation theology for fearsome times” - New York Times “We can count on the man Kamasi Washington to deliver peace in the form of jazz” - The Fader “an expansive, winding new song...’Truth’ unfurls with breezy piano chords, soulful electric guitar counter-melodies, wordless choral chants and washes of the bandleader’s smoldering saxophone.” - Rolling Stone

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  • Shrink-wrapped

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Sylvan Esso

Sylvan Esso Lowest new price: $12.96
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Sylvan Esso is a collaboration between vocalist Amelia Meath and electronic musician Nick Sanborn. Meath's powerful voice is front and center, unjoined by fellow harmonizers as it is in her folk group, Mountain Man. Sanborn, who plays bass in the genre-destroying Megafaun, creates intricate, pulsing grooves for Meath's voice to inhabit. Their self-titled debut a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don't suffer the longstanding complications of that term.

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Sign O' The Times (2CD)

Sign O' The Times (2CD) Lowest new price: $5.33
Lowest used price: $3.80
Brand: Paisley Park

Out-of-print in the US. 2 CD set. Warner. 1987.

It begins with the insistent drip-drop of a sequencer and ends with some old school R&B. In between, the artist who was still calling himself Prince unfurls an encyclopedia of moods, genres, and grooves. Widely heralded as a groundbreaker in 1987, when it was released, some of the music in oh-so-'80s synths sounds a bit dated. Yet this two-CD set is clearly the sound of a performer at the height of his power. On songs like the title track, "If I Was Your Girlfriend," and the thunderous "The Cross," Prince proves why the hype was justified. --Amy Linden

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  • VERY GOOD COND CLEAN W/LINER NOTES

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The Very Best of Kool & the Gang

The Very Best of Kool & the Gang Lowest new price: $11.33
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Brand: Mercury
Model: 2322011

There's a party goin' on right here! This 21-track collection brings together Kool & the Gang's hugest hits-eight Top 10 pop, nine #1 R&B-plus the brand-new exclusive Jason Nevins remix of Celebration . Includes Celebration (original and remix); Cherish; Joanna; Jungle Boogie; Too Hot; Hollywood Swinging; Ladies Night; Get Down on It; Misled , and more.

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  • Shrink-wrapped

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Death Row Greatest Hits [Vinyl]

Death Row Greatest Hits [Vinyl] Lowest new price: $12.97
Brand: Death Row

4xLP in gatefold sleeve.

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  • Shrink-wrapped

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Pure Disco 2

Pure Disco 2 Lowest new price: $7.00
Lowest used price: $2.22
Brand: Rollercoaster
Model: 2140591

Lace up those platform shoes and start that mirror ball a-spinnin'--again! The second installation of Pure Disco features 21 tracks!

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Ultimate Prince

Ultimate Prince Lowest new price: $6.00
Lowest used price: $3.45
Brand: PRINCE
Model: Ultimate

The artist who will forever be known as Prince-and could fittingly be known as "The Artist"-is one of the most brilliant, versatile and influential musical forces of his, or any, time. Prince took R&B and regally marched it into genre-blurring horizons previously unknown, fusing rock, funk, soul, psychedelia, pop, and singer-songwriter aesthetics into a sound that was mind-bending and booty-shaking. Sensual, literate, explosive, and groundbreaking, his artistry never stopped evolving and the hits and acclaim never stopped coming. His adventurous reinventions, bold experimentation, stellar instrumental and composing skills and genius for showmanship have placed him high in the pantheon of all-time superstars. "Unique" doesn't begin to describe his royal powers, showcased herein on the first-ever two-disc compilation of his masterful Warner Bros. years.

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  • Prince - Ultimate Brazil Import

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