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Alice in Chains – MTV Unplugged
The band perform songs from both Facelift and Dirt albums as well as their critically acclaimed E.P. Jar Of Flies, creating new and exciting arrangements for their heavier songs while reinventing others. The tension and excitement in the audience is palpable throughout the entire show, and it makes this a fantastic record of the greatness of Alice In Chains.
Dave Swarbrick & Simon Nicol – In The Club
Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol are hugely important figures in the history of British Folk Rock and Folk music since the 1960's. They were both key figures in British Folk Rock super group Fairport Convention and appeared on their seminal album Liege and Lief (1969) which initiated the electric folk movement. In fact BBC radio 2 listeners have voted Liege and Leaf the 'Most influential folk album of all time'.
Deodato – Prelude
Although Eumir Deodato is best known for his rendition of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', this Brazilian producer and arranger is definitely not a one-trick pony. Before CTI decided to give him the spotlight, he had already worked with some of the best in the business; Frank Sinatra, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Wes Montgomery. The Grammy winning signature track, a Latin-fused arrangement of the theme from 2001: A Space Oddisey, propelled Prelude to the top of the charts, making it the best selling record of CTI's catalogue. But the other songs can hold their own as well. Deodato's arrangements are lush, his Rhodes playing is light, elegant and funky. Prelude is a jewel from the CTI-treasury.
George Benson – White Rabbit
On White Rabbit CTI-boss and producer Creed Taylor placed George Benson in lavish Spanish arrangements by Don Sebesky to the greatest success. Titel track 'White Rabbit' remains strong even without the lyrics, while 'California Dreaming' with its Andalusian harmonies sounds laidback and warm. On closer 'El Mar', Benson comes through with some truly inspiring playing.
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Buckley' posthumous releases suggest what Grace did: that he was one of the most talented musicians of his generation, while also being one of the most impulsive and, often, maddeningly inconsistent. Is he really being served by the uncovering of outtakes, B-sides and live performances? Fans certainly think so, but I won't cop to listening very beyond his lone completed record these days. And it bears emphasizing that its rewards have lost nothing in 10 years. Grace remains one of the most engaging, inspired records ever made, and its 10 original songs serve as the best possible portrait of Buckley as a diva, songwriter and artist.
Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys
The Authorized Hendrix Family Edition - Commemorating the two nights Jimi Hendrix played the Fillmore East on December 31st 1969 and January 1st 1970. This edition was mastered from the original Analog master tapes. Buddy Miles on drums/vocals and Billy Cox's bass make up two-thirds of the trio, with guitar genius filling in the rest, "Machine Gun", the album's highlight, features some of Hendrix's greatest playing. Rock guitar has never been the same. Mastered exclusively from the original two-track analog master tapes.
Leonard Cohen – Ten New Songs
The way the album came about is linked to the actual sound of it. The album had a unique path and it wasn't done in the way an album is normally done. It was also recorded pretty much in the order it plays in...The recording was some kind of extension of his time at Mount Baldy. He was still very reclusive during this time...I would initially sing and play everything, at the time not knowing if we were bringing in other musicians or singers. Of course as it turned out, we didn't so my voice stayed because Leonard liked what he was hearing.
Patti Smith – Horses
In Smith's own words, Horses was conceived as "three-chord rock merged with the power of the word". Steve Huey of AllMusic calls Horses "essentially the first art punk album." Smith and her band's sound, spearheaded by the rudimentary guitar work of Lenny Kaye, drew on the simple aesthetics of garage rock, and the group's use of simplistic chord structures was emblematic of the punk rock scene associated with the band. Smith, however, used such structures as a basis for lyrical and musical improvisation in the album's songs, diverging from other contemporary punk acts who generally shied away from solos. Horses drew on genres such as rock and roll, reggae, and jazz. "Redondo Beach" features a reggae backing track, while "Birdland", which was improvised by the band in Electric Lady Studios, owed more to jazz, which Smith's mother enjoyed, than to the influence of punk
Patti Smith – Trampin’
One can hear the ghosts of Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and Mimi Fariña in seams between the keys under Jesse's fingers and the wavering, tender grain in Smith's voice. This is timeless music. It knows no age or sub-genre classification; it is American music as it has been spoken the world over; it is rock & roll done as well as it can be by anybody.
Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
It wasn't clear at the time, but Bridge Over Troubled Water was an album about the end — a casually ambitious look back at an expiring musical partnership (Simon and Garfunkel) and decade (the Sixties). Recorded in late 1969, it's largely remembered for a pair of big-themed production masterworks: "The Boxer" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," led by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, respectively. "Bridge" quickly attained the beloved stature of a hymn, while "The Boxer" — a metaphor for the immigrant experience in America — ranks with Simon's finest songs. Bridge over Troubled Water is the fifth and final studio album by American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel, released in January 1970 on Columbia Records. Following the duo's soundtrack for The Graduate, Art Garfunkel took an acting role in the film Catch-22, while Paul Simon worked on the songs, writing all tracks except Felice and Boudleaux Bryant's "Bye Bye Love" (previously a hit for the Everly Brothers).