Content tagged '00s'
Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (Album of the Day)
As longtime members of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have written, recorded and performed some of the most popular and enduring music of all time. The two have now joined together for their first-ever album as a duo, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE. The collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined the Mac for the group’s “On With The Show” concerts; the pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited. Led by the single “In My World,” the new album features 10 songs cut at Los Angeles' The Village Studios (where Fleetwood Mac recorded several classic albums), and bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie joined the duo for the sessions. A showcase for their stunning talent, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/CHRISTINE McVIE will be loved and enjoyed by Fleetwood Mac and music fans the world over.
Long Strange Trip (2CD version) (Album of the Day)
LONG STRANGE TRIP is the first full-length documentary to explore the fiercely independent vision, perpetual innovation, and uncompromising commitment to their audience that made the Grateful Dead one of the most influential musical groups of its generation. The soundtrack to the critically-acclaimed film offers a career-spanning collection of studio and live recordings from the Bay Area band that includes several unreleased performances. Co-produced by director Amir Bar-Lev and Dead archivist David Lemieux, the 2-CD set pairs classic studio tracks like "Ripple" and "Touch Of Grey" with such dynamic live performances as "He's Gone" and "St. Stephen," and the half-dozen previously unreleased cuts include a legendary Fillmore East version of “Dark Star.” Both the film and the LONG STRANGE TRIP soundtrack offer a taste of everything that makes the Grateful Dead magical.
Release: Further Listening 2001 - 2004 (Album of the Day)
Pet Shop Boys were nearly two decades into their still-ongoing career when they released RELEASE, and the 2002 album has the sound of a band catching its second wind. The outgrowth of recordings made to fill out a greatest hits collection, these songs (“Home And Dry,” “I Get Along,” “London” and seven others) have the worldly sensibilities and catchy melodies for which the U.K. synth-poppers are famous but with a little something extra – guitar work by the great Johnny Marr. As part of a catalog upgrade, RELEASE has just been reissued with two "further listening" albums of additional tracks from the era, including previously unreleased songs, John Peel performances and a cover of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Alone Again, Naturally" featuring Elton John.
Happiness LTD. (Album of the Day)
"We wanted this record to be written on the road," noted Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays of HAPPINESS LTD, "partly so the influences would be more varied, but also so we could test out the songs live before we recorded them.” The strategy paid off - the Canadian quartet's third studio set broadens their music considerably. The New Wave-tinged indie rock that brought them to fame is here and as catchy as ever on "Let Me In” and "Give Up?,” but there are also songs that plumb darker emotional depths such as the title track. Released 10 years ago this month, HAPPINESS LTD marked the debut of guitarist Luke Paquin, and the Sire collection has a big, aggressive sound sure to make listeners happy.
The Spirit Room (Album of the Day)
With 2001's THE SPIRIT ROOM, Sedona, Arizona, native Michelle Branch made an impressive and precocious major label debut – she was just 18 when it was released. The Maverick collection would sound assured coming from a singer-songwriter twice that age; the 11 originals are insightful and melodic, and Branch proves a versatile and passionate vocalist. Producer John Shanks applies bright polish to the consistently catchy material, and the result was irresistible to radio: “Everywhere,” “All You Wanted” and “Goodbye to You” were all Top 40 singles, driving the album to double-platinum sales status. Michelle Branch made a welcome return to record stores in April after several years away, and while she still has a long career ahead, THE SPIRIT ROOM shows great talent was there from the beginning.
The Wailing Dervishes (Album of the Day)
Even among Atlantic Records' storied 1960s jazz stable, Herbie Mann stood out as adventurous. The pioneering flutist was known for his skill incorporating influences from varied cultures and traditions, and in the case of THE WAILING DERVISHES, he adds Middle Eastern sounds to his considerable sonic palette. Stellar instrumental support from Chick Ganimian on the oud and Moulay "Ali" Hafid on percussion adds authenticity (while far removed from Arabia, Rufus Harley's bagpipes on “Flute Bag” are nonetheless pretty cool), and Mann's improvisational style holds it all together wonderfully. Recorded live 50 years ago, THE WAILING DERVISHES is an early example of world music that will still thrill broad-minded listeners.
Waking And Dreaming (Album of the Day)
“Still The One” was virtually inescapable during the latter half of 1976; in addition to radio airplay, the Top 5 single saw heavy use in fall season promos on ABC-TV. Orleans' biggest hit is the centerpiece of WAKING AND DREAMING but the Chuck Plotkin-produced collection features many other highlights, love song “If I Don't Have You,” the gentle, harmony-filled “Sails” and closer “Spring Fever” among them. Featuring soft rock rooted in R&B, the set would prove the final Orleans album from lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter John Hall. And don't judge this one by its cover - WAKING AND DREAMING will fill your days and nights with beautifully tailored sounds.
Bob Gibson & Bob Camp at the Gate of Horn (Album of the Day)
Bob Gibson was one of the great unsung heroes of the folk revival. A 1953 encounter with Pete Seeger inspired Gibson to become a musician, and his travels eventually brought him to Chicago and an extended engagement at Albert Grossman's seminal folk club the Gate of Horn. Recorded with fellow performer Bob Camp (later known as Hamilton Camp), AT THE GATE OF HORN captures the pair's stirring harmonies and inventive 12-string guitar playing on 11 songs including such standards as “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Betty And Dupree.” Gibson & Camp's exuberant approach underlined the rich possibilities of folk music, and the 1961 Elektra collection helped pave the way for such hitmakers as Peter, Paul & Mary and Gordon Lightfoot. Bob Gibson was born on this day in 1931, and we'll salute the singer with BOB GIBSON & BOB CAMP AT THE GATE OF HORN.
Homogenic (Album of the Day)
After establishing herself as one of alternative music's most eclectic and unpredictable artists, Bjork decided to make an album of “only one flavour,” and thus was born HOMOGENIC. Recorded in Spain with such producers as Mark Bell and Howie B behind the boards, the 1997 collection features soundscapes defined by techno beats, the Icelandic String Octet … and some bleak emotional depths. Recent personal upheavals leave their mark on such melancholic songs as “Hunter” and “Bachelorette,” though rays of light still shine through in the Icelandic ode “Jóga” and closing “All Is Full Of Love.” The set drew near universal acclaim upon release, and today we'll give the gold-certified HOMOGENIC another spin to wish Bjork a happy birthday.
Parachutes (Album of the Day)
By the turn of the millennium, Brit-pop had pretty much run its course when a new band emerged to pick up the U.K. music torch: Coldplay. Following a few independent E.P.s, the quartet signed to Parlophone and their full-length debut, PARACHUTES, arrived in 2000. A wistful and atmospheric set of alternative rock led by frontman Chris Martin's high, aching vocals, the album spun off four singles: “Shiver,” “Trouble,” “Don't Panic” and the hit that introduced the band to American audiences, “Yellow." The collection would eventually go double-platinum in the States, and earned critical plaudits as well, including a Best Alternative Music Album Grammy and a Brit Award for Best British Album. Today we'll unfurl PARACHUTES to wish Chris Martin a happy birthday.