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Steve Jansen - Slope (2007)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 24 Nov 2021 09:03 | Comments : 3

Steve Jansen - Slope (2007)
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Samadhisound

David Sylvian's brother gives solo albums by drummers a good name.
Former Japan band member and regular David Sylvian collaborator Steve Jansen releases his astonishing solo album on Samadhi Sound this Autumn. On ‘Slope’, tension underlies the crisp rhythms and intricate programming, while a collection of distinctive vocalists draw out the sentiment and expression in his songwriting. The album features guest contributions from Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Thomas Feiner, Anja Garbarek, Nina Kinert, David Sylvian, Theo Travis and Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman).
Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction (2007)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 24 Nov 2021 05:26 | Comments : 4

Annie Lennox - Songs of Mass Destruction (2007)
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Arista


As the title indicates, Annie Lennox's SONGS OF MASS DESTRUCTION was largely inspired by global conditions at the time she was writing and recording the album. However, the songs are not long-winded polemics or political rants, but a collection of thoughtful, effortlessly melodic tunes given warm, richly detailed production and anchored by some of the best vocals of her career. Lennox's singing throughout the album, especially on the powerful "Womankind" and the gospel-infused "Ghosts In My Machine," is both passionate and expertly controlled.
Frank Zappa - The Lost Episodes (1996)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 22 Nov 2021 05:38 | Comments : 12

Frank Zappa - The Lost Episodes (1996)
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Rykodisc / (Frank Zappa, February 1996)

THE LOST EPISODES is a collection of rare and previously-unreleased tracks spanning Frank Zappa's career.

This lavish set (a 30-song CD accompanied by a 48-page book and all enclosed in a slipcase) was among Frank Zappa's final projects before his death in late '93. It was assembled from over thirty years of recordings. The earliest are from '59--one is of The Blackouts in which Zappa was the drummer, while the other features Don Van Vliet as vocalist with the Zappa brothers (Frank on Bobby) on guitars. There's a '61 recording of "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" (which made its official recorded debut seven years later on The Mothers Of Invention's WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY), audio verite snippets, and film soundtrack music Zappa scored and recorded in '63. There are also solo pieces scored for synthesizers and original versions of pieces recorded by his '70s and '80s bands. From doo-wop to Edgar Varese, this is as close to autobiographical as any one Zappa album can be--and smartly edited and sequenced to boot!
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 (2CD) (1992)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 20 Nov 2021 16:58 | Comments : 4

Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 6 (2CD) (1992)
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Rykodisc / (Zappa, July 1992)


Personnel includes: Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar); Mark Volman, Howard Kaylan (vocals); Steve Vai, Adrian Belew (guitar); Ike Willis, Jean Luc-Ponty (violin); Arthur Barrow, Patrick O'Hearn (bass); Terry Bozzio (drums).

Disc 1 was recorded from 1970-1988 and is dedicated to songs dealing with the topic of sex. It contains nine new tracks. Disc 2 documents several of Zappa's notorious Halloween concerts and contains five previously unreleased tracks.

This wraps up Frank Zappa's series of two-disc sets chronicling all manner of previously unreleased live recordings from throughout the entirety of his performing career (coming to a total of over twelve hours!). This time out there's actual thematic unity linking the entire proceedings. The theme? Sex, of course. From locker-room jokes to anti-censorship rants, it runs the entire spectrum. "Make A Sex Noise" and "Tracy Is A Snob" even feature some of the female citizens of, respectively, Binghamton, New York and Salt Lake City, Utah, voluntarily coming up on stage and making--you guessed it--sex noises to the accompaniment of the band. If there's a subtext here, it's the joyful coming together of these bands and their audiences. These are performances full of grit and edgy breathlessness as only live-on-stage can be.
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 (2CD) (1992)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 17 Nov 2021 12:45 | Comments : 3

Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 5 (2CD) (1992)
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Rykodisc / (Zappa, July 1992)

Disc 1 features material recorded by Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention between 1965 and 1969. Disc 2 contains recordings by the 1982 incarnation of Zappa's working band, about half of which was recorded in Geneva, Switzerland.
A subtle--and sometimes not so subtle--point that Frank Zappa was trying to make with this series of live recordings spanning twenty years, was that the much-loved original Mothers of Invention were no match for his later ensembles. This two-disc set has one hour of the '60s-era band and another of one concert from '82 in Switzerland. It is evident that the original Mothers, while simply playing as well as they could, were establishing the foundation upon which all of the later bands were built. Zappa's desires as a composer led him to seek more skillful players, but the chemistry of his band's first four or five years is undeniably engaging. Everything they were trying was new. Later outfits forfeited the inter-band charm for prowess and a certain familiarity. Comparisons aside, the bottom line is that both Zappa's early and later bands possessed a range of staggering originality that's going to continue to sound new for a long time to come.
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (2CD) (1991)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 11 Nov 2021 13:50 | Comments : 4

Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 4 (2CD) (1991)
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Rykodisc / (Zappa, June 1991)


Two more hours of assorted live performances from Frank Zappa's vast archives. The intent here was again to show off the skills of his '70s and '80s ensembles (one cut of the Mothers in '69 appears on each of the discs) and the songs are for the most part drawn from then-current releases. A few older numbers ("My guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama" and "Willie the Pimp") are given a spin, and show themselves worthy of the trip. A nice surprise comes in the form of "Love Of My Life" (from RUBEN & THE JETS) played at a New York City club in 1980 (the city where large chunks of the early Mothers of Invention's repertoire came into its own). As with the other titles in this series, they're sequenced with a keen sense of making a worthy listening experience and not just documenting the past.
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (2CD) (1989)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 10 Nov 2021 07:53 | Comments : 2

Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 3 (2CD) (1989)
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Rykodisc / (Zappa, November 1989)

Family man that he was, Frank Zappa opens this third volume of wide-ranging live performances by introducing guitar-slinger son Dweezil, then fifteen years old, who solos on "Sharleena." This time out the focus is primarily on Frank's '80s bands, with the repertoire also drawing from that era's releases. There's plenty of room given for soloing, with Zappa even splicing into a 1982 performance of "King Kong" a 1971 segment that includes his own guitar freakout, recorded at London's Rainbow Theater just moments before a wacko bolted onto the stage and threw him into the orchestra pit (landing him in the hospital with broken bones and a long recovery during which he was confined to a wheelchair). Stage announcements and assorted patter continue his documentation of the assorted rigors of life on the road and on the stage itself--at a couple points thrown objects threaten to halt the show.
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert (2CD) (1988)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 09 Nov 2021 05:07 | Comments : 2

Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert (2CD) (1988)
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Rykodisc / (Zappa, October 1988)


Subtitled "The Helsinki Concert," YOU CAN'T DO THAT ONSTAGE ANYMORE VOL. 2 was recorded in Finland in '74. It's the same band as heard on the live ROXY & ELSEWHERE, which was released a couple weeks prior to this concert. However, with another year of roadwork under their collective belt, the band's turn-on-a-dime quotient is cranked up quite a bit. Hearing the differences in the five songs which are found on both releases offers a telling glimpse into the growth of this crack sextet. Their familiarity with the material allowed them to internalize the complex blueprints and really flourish as ensemble players. As they shift effortlessly from dense thirty-second note call and response games to orchestral landscapes, it's possible to forget that there are only six musicians running the train. Among Zappa's audience, this band rightly remains one of the most cherished of his post-Mothers ensembles. This two-hour set allows one the luxury of hear the true shape of one performance.
You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (2CD) (1988)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 08 Nov 2021 07:47 | Comments : 1

You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore, Vol. 1 (2CD) (1988)
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Rykodisc / (Zappa, May 1988)


YOU CAN'T DO THAT ONSTAGE ANYMORE, VOL. 1 is the first in the series of assorted live recordings spanning Frank Zappa's entire career, from The Mothers of Invention on. Assembled by the man himself, the series was compiled with an eye towards fans already familiar with his body of work. The songs for the most part had original studio versions, and their inclusion was determined by whether or not they shed any new light on a particular composition or lineup of the band. Previously unreleased numbers range from variations on familiar themes ("Babette") or topical excerpts particular to a certain tour or show ("Diseases Of The Band"), as well as bits of audio verite ("The Florida Airport Tape"). There are a handful of selections from the Mothers in '69, with the bulk of the two-hour set being his '70s and '80s ensembles--in fact a clear but unstated purpose with the series was to show the instrumental prowess of his post-MOI ensembles.
Sting - Sacred Love (2004)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 07 Nov 2021 12:31 | Comments : 3

Sting - Sacred Love (2004)
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A&M Records

Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"
"Whenever I Say Your Name" won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.
"Send Your Love" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

SACRED LOVE seems like the culmination of a process that began 10 years earlier with Sting's TEN SUMMONER'S TALES album. While his first three solo albums were dense, cerebral affairs, that one began a move towards simplification and broader commercial appeal. While SACRED LOVE's predecessor was perhaps Sting's slickest, most pop-oriented album, this one seems to strike an easy balance between his weighty lyrical concerns and a broad-based, accessible sound.
David Sylvian - Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities (1985) [remastered]
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 06 Nov 2021 13:36 | Comments : 1

David Sylvian - Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities (1985) [remastered]
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Virgin

This reissue of Alchemy is a thoughtful one- comprising the original 1985 tape-only release that saw tracks Preperation for a Journey & Steel Cathedrals released alongside the Words with the Shaman ep with the hard to find b-sides to 1989's Pop Song single (found on the deleted Weatherbox set). As a collection of Sylvian's instrumental work, it blends together very well- though anyone who didn't enjoy his other instrumental work (the Czuckay albums Flux&Mutability/Plight&Premonition, the last sides of Gone to Earth) may not be that enamoured.
Lee Morgan - Charisma (1966) [20-bit remastered]
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Lee Morgan - Charisma (1966) [20-bit remastered]
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Blue Note

Personnel: Lee Morgan (trumpet); Jackie McLean (alto saxophone); Hank Mobley (tenor saxophone); Cedar Walton (piano); Paul Chambers (bass); Billy Higgins (drums).

Yet another mid-'60s Blue Note album that makes a coherent artistic statement despite personnel that reads like an all-star blowing date. Jackie McLean (alto), Hank Mobley (tenor) and Cedar Walton (piano) were all bandleaders in their own right; bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Billy Higgins were as in demand as any sidemen of the day (for that matter, Morgan played on countless record dates as a sideman himself, including several of Mobley's sessions). Nevertheless, this sextet hangs together like a veteran unit, playing with wit, fire and enthusiasm throughout.
Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up (1982)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 05 Nov 2021 05:55 | Comments : 0

Herbie Hancock - Lite Me Up (1982)
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Sony / Columbia

Recorded in 1982 and features sidemen such as: Jeff Porcaro (drums), Steve Luthaker (guitar), Abraham Laboriel (bass), Patty Austin (vocals) and Narada Michael Walden (drums, producer). Includes the songs: 'Lite Me Up !', 'Bomb' and 'Fun Tracks'.
Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 29 Oct 2021 17:51 | Comments : 0

Herbie Hancock - Thrust (1974)
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Columbia / Legacy

Despite its rather silly sci-fi cover, 1974's THRUST is a top-tier album by composer/keyboardist Herbie Hancock. On this excellent follow-up to the legendary HEADHUNTERS, Hancock lays into some seriously deep grooves on his Fender Rhodes, and is backed by many of the same musicians from HEADHUNTERS, including bassist Paul Jackson and woodwind master Bennie Maupin.
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1974)
Posted By : ruskaval | Date : 29 Oct 2021 17:41 | Comments : 1

Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters (1973)
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Columbia / Legacy

Head Hunters has spawned a thousand copies and copyists, but is only strengthened through comparison. One of the most enduring works of the 70s' jazz/funk legacy, and surely one of Herbie Hancock's most enjoyable and infectious recordings, the album was released in the deeply groovy days of 1973, and soon became the best-selling record in jazz history.