Content tagged 'Pop'
Faith Hill Take Me As I Am (Album of the Day)
Time And Again: The Ultimate a-ha (Album of the Day)
The Best of The Specials (Album of the Day)
The Secret Life Of Harpers Bizarre (Album of the Day)
Daylight Again (Album of the Day)
Crosby, Stills & Nash's fourth album of completely original material, DAYLIGHT AGAIN began life as a collaboration between Stephen Stills and Graham Nash while David Crosby was sidelined. The pair recruited such talented vocalists as Art Garfunkel and Timothy B. Schmit to fill out the harmonies (as well as a raft of session aces to lend instrumental support), but in the end returned to their old friend to recreate the CSN magic. All three rise to the occasion not only as singers but as songwriters; Crosby's outstanding “Delta,” Stills' “Southern Cross” (which spawned the trio's first music video) and Nash's “Wasted On The Way” (a frank look at the group's past squabbles) rank with their most memorable material. A Top 10 hit, DAYLIGHT AGAIN was released 35 years ago this month, and its inspiring music still shines brightly.
Tourism (Album of the Day)
Though TOURISM was recorded while Roxette was out on the road, the Swedish duo's fourth album was not a concert collection. Instead, it was cut in studios, stages, hotel rooms and other strange places while Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson were traveling the globe in support of their previous long-player, JOYRIDE. The pair wanted to "take advantage of the excitement and the energy within the band on a tour like this," and their dynamic performances are the one constant across the diverse settings of these 16 tracks, which include live versions of such favorites as “The Look,” new studio songs like “How Do You Do!” and “Fingertips,” and a distinctive live-studio hybrid that revisits “It Must Have Been Love,” which had originally gone to No.1 on this day in 1990. With more than 6 million copies sold around the world, TOURISM underlined Roxette's popularity as well as its sense of adventure.
More Trini Lopez At PJ's (Live) (Album of the Day)
Trini Lopez first started making music in Dallas in the late 1950s; fast-forward a few years and he'd made his way to Los Angeles and a residency at the P.J.'s club (later known as the Starwood). After Frank Sinatra signed him to his Reprise label, Lopez recorded his 1963 debut at the popular West Hollywood night spot, and the album spawned a million-selling single. To capitalize on that success, MORE TRINI LOPEZ AT P.J.'S followed later that year and nearly reached the Top 10. Playing a great mix of material including folk-pop (“Go Into The Mountains”), Latin (“Corazon De Melon”) and rock 'n' roll (“Kansas City”), Trini had the audience in the palm of his hand and the excitement is audible in this well-recorded live set. The singer turns 80 today, and we'll wish him a very happy birthday with MORE TRINI LOPEZ AT P.J.'S.
Ferry Cross The Mersey (Mono And Stereo Version) (Album of the Day)
After the success of A Hard Day's Night, Beatles manager Brian Epstein wasted no time creating a big-screen vehicle for another one of his clients, Gerry and the Pacemakers. You might not have seen the resulting slice-of-Liverpool life FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY, but you've surely heard the film's title number, a Top 10 single in both the U.S. and the U.K. It's one of nine irresistible Pacemakers songs on the soundtrack to the 1965 musical, which also includes the beat group's minor hit “It's Gonna Be Alright” as well as contributions from Cilla Black, The Fourmost and producer George Martin's orchestra. In honor of Pacemakers bassist Les Chadwick's birthday, we'll take another ride on the FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY today!
Rio [Collector's] (Album of the Day)
Cliff/Cliff Sings (Album of the Day)
On this day in 1958, Cliff Richard played his first concert with the band that would later be known as The Shadows; if you're looking for ground zero of British rock, that's about as close as you'll get. Like Elvis Presley in America, Richard was a teen idol who could make female fans swoon but was also capable of blowing the roof off the joint, and the CLIFF/CLIFF SINGS two-fer of his first albums shows both sides of the vocalist to excellent effect. Recorded live at EMI's Abbey Road studio in front of a rabid audience in February 1959, CLIFF features tough performances by Richard and band (then still called The Drifters) of 16 rockers including their own hit "Move It" as well as Presley, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis classics. Released at the end of the same year, CLIFF SINGS is split evenly between rock with The Shadows and orchestrated pop arranged by producer Norrie Paramor; the set reached No.2 on the U.K. chart.