Roy Orbinson – Golden Days (The Collection Of 20 All-Time Greats)

FrontCover1Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic, earning him the nicknames “The Caruso of Rock” and “The Big O.” Many of Orbison’s songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project machismo. He performed while standing motionless and wearing black clothes to match his dyed black hair and dark sunglasses.

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Born in Texas, Orbison began singing in a rockabilly and country-and-western band as a teenager. He was signed by Sam Phillips of Sun Records in 1956, but enjoyed his greatest success with Monument Records. From 1960 to 1966, 22 of Orbison’s singles reached the Billboard Top 40. He wrote or co-wrote almost all of his own Top 10 hits, including “Only the Lonely” (1960), “Running Scared” (1961), “Crying” (1961), “In Dreams” (1963), and “Oh, Pretty Woman” (1964).

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After the mid-1960s, Orbison suffered a number of personal tragedies and his career faltered. He experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1980s following the success of several cover versions of his songs. In 1988, he co-founded the Traveling Wilburys (a rock supergroup) with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison died of a heart attack in December 1988 at age 52. One month later, his song “You Got It” (1989) was released as a solo single, becoming his first hit to reach the US and UK Top 10 in nearly 25 years.

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Orbison’s honors include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989, and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2014. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and five other Grammy Awards. Rolling Stone placed him at number 37 on its list of the “Greatest Artists of All Time” and number 13 on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”. In 2002, Billboard magazine listed him at number 74 on its list of the Top 600 recording artists. (wikipedia)

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And here´s a nice compilation with some of his best songs.

A add my favourite Roy Orbinson song “I Got It”.

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Personnel:
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Tracklist:
01. Oh Pretty Woman (Dees/Orbison) 2.57
02. Running Scared (Melson/Orbison) 2.10
03. Falling (Orbison) 2.22
04. Love Hurts (Bryant) 2.27
05. Mean Woman Blues (de Metrius) 2.25
06. I Can’t Stop Loving You (Gibson) 2.49
07. The Crowd (Melson/Orbison) 2.22
08. Blue Bayou (Melson/Orbison) 2.30
09. Borne On The Wind (Dees/Orbison) 2.52
10. Lana (Melson/Orbison) 2.52
11. Only The Lonely (Melson/Orbison) 2.30
12. It’s Over (Dees/Orbison) 2.49
13. Crying (Melson/Orbison) 2.47
14. Pretty Paper (Nelson) 2.44
15. All I Have To Do Is Dream (Bryant) 2.24
16. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (Walker) 2.34
17. Blue Angel (Melson/Orbison) 2.43
18. Working For The Man (Orbison) 2.27
19. Candy Man (Ross/Neil) 2.46
20. In Dreams (Orbison) 2.51
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21. You Got It (Lynne/Orbison/Petty) 3.31

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Australia – Maiden Australia (1976)

FrontCover1And here is a really mysterious LP … I’ve never heard of Ban Australia, nor have I found any relevant information.
But yes, the band really existed and of course they came from Australia.
This album was recorded at Trafalgar Studios, Sydney (A once leading Australian studio located at 74B Trafalgar Street, Annandale, in Sydney now closed and demolished. Owned and operated by Charles Fisher. Designed and built from June 1973 to October 1974)

And we hear some good Pop-Rock and sometimes the album reminds me a bit of the Eagles (“Knowing That You’re There”)

It´s AOR with lot´s of keyboards, with great harmony vocals.

Hey guys…where ar you know ?

Does anybody knows more ?

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Personnel:
Emile T’Boom (vocals, keyboards. synthesizer)
Rick Dakin (keyboards, synthesizer,  background vocals)
Ace Follington (drums, percussion)
Andy MacDonald (bass, background vocals)
Ross McInnes (guitar, background vocals)
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Dave Scott (percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. Captain Magic (McInnes/Theeboom) 3.28
02. Make Me Fly (McInnes/Dakin) 4.33
03. Knowing That You’re There (McInnes/Theeboom) 3.37
04. Questions (McInnes/Theeboom) 3.51
05. Rock And Roll (McInnes/Theeboom) 2.49
06. Going Up (McInnes/Theeboom) 2:42
07. Give Me A Sign (McInnes/Theeboom) 3.08
08. You Never Get An Answer (McInnes/Theeboom) 3.54
09. As Long As I’m Free (McInnes/Theeboom/Dakin) 3.18
10. Jupiter Starship (McInnes/Theeboom) 4.44

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Bee Gees – First Of May + Lamplight (1969)

FrontCover1I have to reduce my singles collection:

The Bee Gees were a musical group formed in 1958 by brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful in popular music in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and later as prominent performers in the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s. The group sang recognisable three-part tight harmonies; Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s. The group wrote all of their own original material, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists and have been regarded as one of the most important and influential acts in pop music history.[4] They have been referred to in the media as: The Disco Kings, Britain’s First Family of Harmony, and The Kings of Dance Music.

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Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England, until the late 1950s. There, in 1955, they formed the skiffle/rock and roll group the Rattlesnakes. The family then moved to Redcliffe, in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia, later to Cribb Island. After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with “Spicks and Specks” (their twelfth single), they returned to the UK in January 1967, when producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience. The Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1977) was the turning point of their career, with both the film and soundtrack having a cultural impact throughout the world, enhancing the disco scene’s mainstream appeal. They won five Grammy Awards for Saturday Night Fever, including Album of the Year.

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The Bee Gees have sold over 120 million records worldwide[8][9] (with estimates as high as over 225 million records sold worldwide), making them among the best-selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; the Hall’s citation says, “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.” With nine number-one hits on the Billboard Hot 100, the Bee Gees are the third-most successful band in Billboard charts history behind only the Beatles and the Supremes.

Following Maurice’s sudden death in January 2003 at the age of 53, Barry and Robin retired the group’s name after 45 years of activity. In 2009, Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again.[15] Robin died in May 2012, aged 62, after a prolonged period of failing health, leaving Barry as the only original surviving member of the group. (wikipdia)

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And here is one of their – from my point of view – superfluous singles … sorry … but I’m just not a Bee Gees fan.

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Personnel:
Barry Gibb (guitar, vocals)
Maurice Gibb (vocals, bass)
Robin Gibb (keyboards, vocals)
Vince Melouney (guitar)
Colin Petersen (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. First Of May 2.43
02. Lamplight 4.50
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All songs written by:
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James Blunt – The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021) (2021)

FrontCover1James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount; 22 February 1974) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. A former reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, he served under NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War. After leaving the military, he rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, achieving worldwide fame with the singles “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover”.

Blunt’s first album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number two in the US. “You’re Beautiful” was number one in the UK, the US and a dozen other countries. Back to Bedlam was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, and is one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. By 2013, Blunt had sold over 20 million albums worldwide.[4] He has received several awards, including two Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 2006—two MTV Video Music Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations and an Honorary Doctorate for Music in 2016 from the University of Bristol. (wikipedia)

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James Blunt’s greatest hits album, ‘The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)’ celebrates songs spanning a stellar 17-year career that has spawned over 23 million album sales, a global smash hit with ‘You’re Beautiful’, two Brit Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations.

Amongst the string of hit singles, ‘The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)’ will also include four new songs (‘Love Under Pressure’, ‘Unstoppable’, ‘Adrenaline’ & ‘I Came For Love’), as well as four exclusive live performances from around the world, including the Glastonbury Festival. It also features stunning tracks from his latest Gold-selling album ‘Once Upon A Mind’, including ‘Cold’, and the heartbreaking ballad for his father, ‘Monster’.

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James’ classic 2004 debut album ‘Back To Bedlam’, was recently named as one of the top ten best-selling albums of that decade, and with ‘Once Upon A Mind’, James Blunt reinforced his reputation for writing honest, emotional songs that people can easily relate to. The album marked a return to what James Blunt does best – writing classic songs that touch both the heart and the head. Another side of James – his wit and charm – have in recent times been showcased via his always engaging. (jbhifi.com.au)

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When I think of James Blunt, the only song that always springs to mind is: You’re Beautiful.

There are of course, many other hits that Blunt has had over his seventeen year career; I think of Love Under Pressure, 1973 and Goodbye My Lover – which are all included in this stellar 2 CD package.

Blunt seems to specialise in writing honest, emotional songs people can relate to which makes him so popular. There is also his wit and charm which you will discover if you see him live. He never takes himself too seriously which adds to his enduring appeal.

Among the string of hit singles, the album features four new songs as well as four live performances from around the world, including the Glastonbury Festival.

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Rather than getting labelled with the ballads that made him famous, Blunt has latterly had success with European dance artists such as Robin Schulz, witnessed here on the track OK. The uptempo number meant that you were just as likely to hear his music in an Ibiza night club as well as on the radio.

Rather than starting the album with You’re Beautiful it appears as the fifth number on CD1, which I feel gives prominence to his other hits that might not be as well-known.

Monsters, the heart-breaking ballad for his father, follows and proves, that a strong melody with a good lyric sung from the heart really are the best ingredients for a memorable song.

CD2 has Coz I Love You performed live at Glastonbury and Where Is My Mind? (live in Paris), whilst Blunt is still popular here in the UK he seems to be even more popular in continental Europe.

No doubt the majority of these songs will be performed on his forthcoming arena tour. If you want a entertaining night out with good songs interspersed with his sharp wit there is no finer opportunity. (yorkshiretimes.co.uk)

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James Blunt (vocals, guitar, piano)
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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Love Under Pressure (Blunt/Savoretti) 3.10
02. 1973 (Batson/Blunt) 4.39
03. Wisemen (Blunt/Hogarth/Skarbek) 3.43
04. Same Mistake (Blunt) 4.58
05. You’re Beautiful (Blunt/Ghost/Skarbek) 3.33
06. Monsters (Blunt/Hogarth/Wadge) 4.20
07. Tears And Rain (Blunt/Chambers) (Blunt) 4.04
08. Bonfire Heart (Blunt/Tedder) 3.56
09. I Really Want You (Live In New York) (Blunt) 3.35
10. The Truth (Blunt/Robson/Tighe) 3.42
11. Heart To Heart (Blunt/Omelio/Parker) 3.26
12. Champions (Blunt/Crew/McDonald/Parker/Priddy) 3.13
13. Postcards (Blunt/Hector/Robson) 4.43
14. No Bravery (Live in London) (Blunt/Skarbek) 3.48
15. Adrenaline (Blunt/Bradley/Ibrahim/Jordan-Patrikios) 2.57

CD 2:
01. Smoke Signals (Blunt/Parker) 3.43
02. Unstoppable (Blunt/Crew/Jackson) 3.27
03. Goodbye My Lover (Blunt/Skarbek) 4.17
04. Coz I Love You (Live at Glastonbury) (Holder/Lea) 5.33
05. So Long, Jimmy (Blunt/Hogarth) 4.25
06. Carry You Home (Blunt/Martin) 3.54
07. The Greatest (Blunt/Cyphert/Robson) 3.11
08. High (Blunt/Ross) 4.03
09. Don’t Give Me Those Eyes (Blunt/McDonald/Moccio) 4.04
10. OK (feat. Robin Schulz) (Blunt/Mac/McDonald/Schulz) 3.10
11. Stay The Night (Blunt/Marley/Robson/Tedder) 3.32
12. Bartender (Blunt/Geiger/Jones/Parker) 3.13
13. Cold (Blunt/Robson/Tighe) 3.29
14. Where Is My Mind? (Live in Paris) (Francis) 3.48
15. I Came For Love (Blunt/Bradley/Robson) 3.01

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Roger Moore – Where Does Love Go + Tomorrow After Tomorrow (1965)

FrontCover1Some actors should not make records:

Sir Roger George Moore KBE (14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017) was an English actor. He was the third actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond in the Eon Productions film series, playing the character in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985. Moore’s seven appearances as Bond, from Live and Let Die to A View to a Kill, are the most of any actor in the Eon-produced entries.

On television, Moore played the lead role of Simon Templar, the title character in the British mystery thriller series The Saint (1962–1969). He also had roles in American series, including Beau Maverick on the Western Maverick (1960–1961), in which he replaced James Garner as the lead, and a co-lead, with Tony Curtis, in the action-comedy The Persuaders! (1971–1972).

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Continuing to act on screen in the decades after his retirement from the Bond franchise, Moore’s final appearance was in a pilot for a new Saint series that became a 2017 television film.

Moore was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for services to charity. In 2007, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry. He was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2008. (wikipedia)

In 1965, during his tenure in The Saint, Roger Moore and his later to be wife Luisa Mattioli released a single on CBS Records, Where Does Love Go c/w Tomorrow After Tomorrow.

Side A was a song which the Addrisi Brothers wrote and Charles Boyer made famous, mostly because his version’s biggest fan was Elvis Presley; and it was a mellow number that in regards to the singing it counts mostly as a spoken word tune.

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Side B was an original composition written by Moore and Mattioli in the same vein as the other track.

Roger Moore was not celebrated for his singing abilities, and sensibly there did not follow his musical aspirations very closely. (destroyexist.com)

Some actors should not make records … listen to this bizarre single and you´ll know what I mean …

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Personnel:
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Less Reed Orchestra

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Tracklist:
01. Where Does Love Go (Don Addrisi/Dick Addrisi) 2.55
02. Tomorrow After Tomorrow (R.Moore/L,Moore) 2.13

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Riccardo Cocciante – Quando Si Vuole Bene (1° Tempo) (1986)

FrontCover1Riccardo Cocciante was born on 20 February 1946 in Saigon, French Indochina, now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to an Italian father from Rocca di Mezzo, L’Aquila, and a French mother. At the age of 11, he moved to Rome, Italy, where he attended the Lycée français Chateaubriand. He has also lived in France, the United States, and Ireland. (wikipedia)

Born of an Italian father and a French mother (so it’s no surprise he uses the name Richard for his French records), he often performed in pop events, and his first album, “Mu” (1972) presented a mixture of progressive rock and religion.

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But it was only with his following works, “Poetry (Poesia)” (1973) and “Soul (Anima)” (1974), that his very personal approach to song-writing became apparent: the coarse voice strokes the chords of a tortured intimacy (“Poesia”) or bursts into an irrepressible, almost raging cry, that became famous with “Soulless beauty (Bella senz’anima)” and “When a love story’s over (Quando finisce un amore)”.
If “Dawn (Alba)” (1975) hovers in some way between manierism and ritual, it is with “Concert for Margherita (Concerto per Margherita)” (1976) that Cocciante reaches superstar status: arranged by Vangelis, the album contains several very successful songs (“Spring (Primavera)”, “When you’re fond (Quando si vuole bene)”), not least “Margherita” – written four-handed with Marco Luberti – which is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful Italian love songs of all time.

Riccardo Cocciante01An artist by this time know well known throughout Europe and South America, with “Riccardo Cocciante” (1977) and “…and I sing (… e io canto)” (1979) he continues along the successful path set by the earlier albums: in ’77, as proof of the appreciation he enjoys as a songwriter, both Mina and Mia Martini decide to record versions of his “Once again (Da capo)”. A change comes with “A deer in springtime (Cervo a primavera)” (1981), in which Mogol – soon after the end of his collaboration with Lucio Battisti – lends a hand with the lyrics: the collaboration produces excellent results, as is proven by pieces such as the one that lends it’s title to the album and “My dearest friend (Il mio amico carissimo), both fated to become old favourites. The presence of Mogol has beneficial effects on the subsequent “Cocciante” (1982), that is steeped with future classics such as “A hole in the heart (Un buco nel cuore)”, “A new friend (Un nuovo amico)”, “On a bicycle (In bicicletta)” and “Blue nostalgia (Celeste nostalgia)”.

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Having changed recording company, moving from Rca to Virgin, Cocciante attempts to make the big leap into international pop: the results however are uneven and the only song to stand out is “Questione di feeling” (from the album “The Sea of poppies (Il mare dei papaveri)”, 1985), performed as a duet with Mina.

Riccardo Cocciante04Having retired with his wife Catherine Boutet to the United States, the singer only returns to Italy to take part in the Sanremo Festival in 1991, which he wins with “If we stay together (Se stiamo insieme)”. The rest is recent history: the success achieved with the music for “Notre Dame du Paris”, the work inspired by Victor Hugo’s tale which, following its Parisian debut in 1998, is now being staged worldwide and selling millions of records, and established him as an internationally famous artist.
In 2006, Sony-Bmg publishes “All my dreams (Tutti i miei sogni)”, a three CD box set with a collection of all his hit songs: they range from “Now I am the light (Ora che io sono la luce)” and “Man (Uomo)” both from Mu up to the recent “You Italia (Tu Italia)” and “On the lips and in the mind (Sulle labbra e nel pensiero)” from “Songs” recorded in 2005. (Francesco Troiano)

And here´s a real nice live recording:

‘Quando si vuole bene’ is the first live album by Riccardo Cocciante.The album was recorded during the singer-songwriter’s tour in (1986).

Wonderful Pop Chansons in Italian, very lovingly arranged and played by excellent musicians.

For all romantic readers of this blog.

Recorded live during the 1986 Italian Tour

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Personnel:
Dino d’Autorio (bass)
Riccardo Cocciante (vocals, piano)
Valerio Galavotti (saxophone, flute)
Maurizio Lucantoni (keyboards)
Agostino Marangolo (drums)
Carlo Pennisi (guitar)
Michele Santoro (guitar, keyboards)
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Chattanooga:
Ezio Mazzola – Vittorio Fiorillo – Rossella Cassese – Daniela Cassese – Riki Graziano

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Tracklist:
01. Tu Sei Il Mio Amico Carissimo (Mogol/Cocciante) 3:08
02. Un Buco Nel Cuore 4:30
03. In Bicicletta 4:08
04. Sulla Terra Io E Lei (Roda-Gil/Cocciante 4:12
05. Primavera (Luberti/Cocciante) 5:10
06. Cervo A Primavera 5:05
06. È Passata Una Nuvola 3:46
07. Il Mare Dei Papaveri 3:31
08. Celeste Nostalgia 3:59
09. Parole Sante, Zia Lucia 4:56

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Steely Dan – Remastered – The Best Of Steely Dan, Then and Now (1993)

FrontCover1After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult following remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 listed Steely Dan at #82 as one of the 100 greatest musical artists of all time. Becker died on September 3, 2017, leaving Fagen as the only official member. (by wikipedia

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There’s a reason why “remastered” is part of the title of Then and Now: The Best of Steely Dan Remastered. Steely Dan’s fans are notorious for their love of pristine audio quality; they loved virgin vinyl pressings of the Dan’s classic studio work and they loved the CD reissues. So the distinction that this 1993 collection is remastered is important, since it gives the hardcore a reason to check it out. Of course, in the years since, the remasters have been replaced by new remasters, most notably the Fagen and Becker-endorsed 1999 reissues, but this was still an improvement over the issues in the marketplace in 1993.

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More importantly, at least to the general audience, is that the compilation is a good overview of the band’s work. It doesn’t follow chronological order and there are omissions that are easy to spot, especially since it decides to balance singles with album tracks from “Midnite Cruiser” to “Josie.” Still, this is a really entertaining sampling, heavy on their big hits yet still an accurate portrait of their breadth and depth. Nothing that the hardcore fan needs to add — unless they don’t have “FM” somewhere in their collection or are a completist or an audiophile circa 1993 — but casual fans will enjoy it (though it’s not much better than the easily available A Decade of Steely Dan, so it’s not necessarily worth an extensive search for this British collection). Best of all, the auto-Stonehenge makes for the coolest cover ever for a Dan compilation. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

The album cover is a photograph of Carhenge in Nebraska.

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Personnel:
Walter Becker (guitar, bass, background vocals)
Donald Fagen (vocals, keyboards)
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01. Reelin’ In The Years 4.39
02 Rikki Don’t Lose That Number 4.34
03. Peg 3.57
04. FM 5.07
05. Hey Nineteen 5.06
06. Deacon Blues 7.32
07. Black Friday 3.41
08. Bodhisattva 5.19
09. Do It Again 5.57
10. Haitian Divorce 5.52
11. My Old School 5.48
12. Midnite Cruiser 4.09
13. Babylon Sisters 5.51
14. Kid Charlemagne 4.40
15. Dirty Work 3.10
16. Josie 4.29

All songs written by:
Walter Becker – Donald Fagen

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Tom Jones – The Tom Jones Collection (1998)

FrontCover1Tom Jones is one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. From the mid-’60s on, Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music — from pop, rock, show tunes, and country to dance, techno, and more — while his vocal style, a full-throated, robust baritone with little regard for nuance or subtlety, remained a swaggering constant. Mid-’60s songs like “It’s Not Unusual” and “What’s New Pussycat” registered on the charts, as did inimitable readings of country classics such as “Green, Green Grass of Home” later in the decade.

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As his career rolled along, Jones became a favorite in Las Vegas, had a hit with an Art of Noise-produced cover of Prince’s “Kiss” in 1988, and released albums that ranged from the slick dance-pop of 1994’s The Lead and How to Swing It to 2010’s Praise & Blame, a collection of covers that paved the way for a string of releases that found Jones digging into the modern American Songbook. His taste for exploration led him to cover songs by relatively obscure artists like Billy Joe Shaver and the Milk Carton Kids, while 2021’s Surrounded by Time showed the influence of Radiohead. No matter the style or song, Jones’ powerful, one-of-a-kind voice is instantly recognizable and his passion for performing has never dimmed. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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And here´s a low budget edition with many of his hits …. on the second CD we hear Tom Jones.

Not really necessary, but Tom Jones was of course an important part of the British music history !

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CD 1 (studio reordings):
01. Green Green Grass Of Home (Putman) (1966) 2.25
02. Delilah (Reed/Mason) 2.39
03. Whats New Pussycat (Bacharach/David) 2.16
04. She´s A Lady (Anka) 3.38
05. Please Release Me (Williams/Miller/Harris/Yount) 2.21
06. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon) 3.04
07. All By Myself (Carmen/Rachmaninov) 2.41
08. Too Much Too Little Too Late (Kipner/Vallins) 3.06
09. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Greenfield/Sedaka) 2.03
10. We Don’t Talk Anymore (Tarney) 2.41
11. Let It Be (Lennon/McCartney) 2.57
12. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (Weil/Mann/Spector) 3.11
13. I Write The Songs (Johnston) 2.58
14. Endless Love (with Dionne Warwick) (Richie) 2.40
15. The Most Beatiful Girl In The World (Sherrill/Bourke/Wilson/Welty) 2.42
16. Let Your Love Flow (Williams) 2.48
17. For Once In My Life (Miller/Murden) 2.02
18. She Believes In Me (Gibb) 3.58
19. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (Wickham/Napier-Bell/Donaggio/Pallavicini) 2.42
20. Do You Think I´m Sexy (Stewart/Appice/Hitchings) 2.32

CD 2 (live recordings):
01. Hot Legs (with Tina Turner) (Stewart) 2.37
02. Listen To The Music (Johnston) 2.35
03. I Can’t Stop Loving You (Bickerton/Waddington) 3.17
04. Nine To Five (Parton) 2.04
05. Starting Over (Lennon) 1.52
06. Lady Madonna (Lennon/McCartney) 2.35
07. You Win Again (B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M. Gibb) 2.38
08. Rock’n’Roll Music (Berry) 3.22
09. Try A Little Tenderness (Campbell/Connelly/Woods) 2.32
10. I Can See Clearly Now (Nash) 2.14
11. Save The Last Dance For Me (Pomus/Shuman) 2.19
12. Spanish Harlem (Leiber/Spector) 2.23
13. On Broadway (B.Gibb/R.Gibb/M. Gibb) 2.20
14. Sexy Eyes (Waters/Mather/Stegall) 2.39
15. Got To Get You Into My Life (Lennon/McCartney) 2.26
16. Lay Down Sally (Clapton/Levy/Terry) 1.56
17. Such A Night (Chase) 2.16
18. As Time Goes By (Hupfeld) 3.06
19. Fever (Davenport/Cooley) 2.32
20. My Way (live) (Anka/Revaux/François/Thibault) 3.47

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Etta James – The Second Time Around (1961)

FrontCover1Jamesetta Hawkins (January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012), known professionally as Etta James, was an American singer who performed in various genres, including gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, rock and roll, and soul. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as “The Wallflower”, “At Last”, “Tell Mama”, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”, and “I’d Rather Go Blind”.

She faced a number of personal problems, including heroin addiction, severe physical abuse, and incarceration, before making a musical comeback in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

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The Second Time Around is the second studio album by the American blues artist Etta James. The album was released in 1961 on Argo Records. It was produced by Phil and Leonard Chess, who also produced her previous album. Riley Hampton was the arranger and orchestra conductor.

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The Second Time Around was originally released by Argo Records as a 12-inch LP, containing five tracks on each side of the LP (with ten tracks overall). Like her previous album, At Last!, the producers, Phil and Leonard Chess, added orchestral strings to the background music of James’s voice, which garnered Pop crossover appeal. The album spawned three singles: “Don’t Cry Baby” (#6), “The Fool That I Am” (#14) and “Seven Day Fool” (#95), which all became major hits on the Hot Rhythm Blues Records and Billboard Pop Chart in 1961. The album includes covers of pop and jazz standards such as, “Dream.”[8][9] The album was re-issued as a compact disc on MCA/Chess in 1999, however unlike her previous album which was also re-issued, The Second Time Around did not include any additional bonus tracks. (wikipedia)

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Etta James’s second album isn’t what you pull off the shelf when you want to hear her belt some soul. Like her debut, it found Chess presenting her as more or less a pop singer, using orchestration arranged and conducted by Riley Hampton, and mostly tackling popular standards of the ’40s. If you’re not a purist, this approach won’t bother you in the least; James sings with gusto, proving that she could more than hold her own in this idiom as well. R&B isn’t entirely neglected either, with the rousing “Seven Day Fool” (co-written by Berry Gordy, Jr.) a standout; “Don’t Cry Baby” and “Fool That I Am” were R&B hits that made a mild impression on the pop charts as well. (by Richie Unterberger)

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01. Don’t Cry Baby (Bernie/Johnson/Unger) 2.31
02. Fool That I Am (Hunt) 3.00
03. One For My Baby (And One More For Rhe Road) (Arlen/Mercer) 3.30
04. In My Diary (Graham/Silverman) 2.37
05. Seven Day Fool (Davis/Gordy/Woods) 3.01
06. It’s Too Soon To Know (Chessler/Morris) 2.50
07. Dream (Mercer) 2.28
08. I’ll Dry My Tears (James/Walker) 2.40
09. Plum Nuts (Plummer) 3.03
10. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington/Russell) 2.26

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Pi(!)nk – I’m Not Dead (2006)

FrontCover1Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), known professionally as Pink (stylized as P!nk), is an American singer, songwriter, actress and dancer. She was originally a member of the girl group Choice. In 1995, LaFace Records saw potential in Pink and offered her a solo recording contract.

Her R&B-influenced debut studio album Can’t Take Me Home (2000) was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten songs: “There You Go” and “Most Girls”. She gained further recognition with the collaborative single “Lady Marmalade” from the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, which topped many charts worldwide. Refocusing her sound to pop rock with her second studio album Missundaztood (2001), the album sold more than 13 million copies worldwide and yielded the international hit songs “Get the Party Started”, “Don’t Let Me Get Me”, and “Just Like a Pill”.

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While Pink’s third studio album, Try This (2003), sold significantly less than her previous work, it earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. She returned to the top of record charts with her fourth and fifth studio albums, I’m Not Dead (2006) and Funhouse (2008), which spawned the top-ten entries “Who Knew” and “U + Ur Hand”, as well as the number-one single “So What”. Pink’s sixth studio album, The Truth About Love (2012), was her first Billboard 200 number-one album and spawned her fourth US number-one single, “Just Give Me a Reason”. In 2014, Pink recorded a collaborative album, Rose Ave., with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me. Her next studio albums, Beautiful Trauma (2017) and Hurts 2B Human (2019), both debuted at atop the Billboard 200 chart, with the former becoming the world’s third best-selling album of the year.

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Pink is regarded as the “Pop Royalty” for her distinctive raspy voice and acrobatic stage presence, Pink has sold over 135 million records worldwide (60 million albums and 75 million singles), making her one of the world’s best-selling music artists. Her accolades include three Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, a Daytime Emmy Award and seven MTV Video Music Awards, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. In 2009, Billboard named Pink the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, behind only Madonna. VH1 ranked her at number ten on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year award in 2013. At the 63rd annual BMI Pop Awards, she received the BMI President’s Award for “her outstanding achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture and the entertainment industry.”

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I’m Not Dead is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Pink. It was released on April 4, 2006, through LaFace Records. Following the commercial underperformance of her third studio album Try This (2003), Pink parted ways with Arista Records and began experimenting with new sounds and collaborating with new producers, and stated she named the album after having an epiphany about adult responsibilities and the realities of everyday life. Pink served as the executive producer of the project and contributions to the album’s production came from several producers including Billy Mann, Butch Walker, Dr. Luke and Max Martin.

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Commercially, I’m Not Dead peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, and reached number one in several territories including Australia, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, and Switzerland. The album received positive reviews from music critics, many of whom complimented the risks Pink took on the record as well as her experimentation with rock music. “Stupid Girls” was released as the lead single from I’m Not Dead ahead of the album’s release, which generated controversy for its lyrical content and music video, for which Pink received the MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video and a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Five additional singles were released from the album, with “Who Knew” and “U + Ur Hand” reaching the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. I’m Not Dead has since been certified double platinum in the United States and certified gold in Finland, Denmark, and Sweden. Pink promoted the album through radio and television interviews, media appearances, and the I’m Not Dead Tour. (wikipedia)

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Although it hardly deserved it, Try This — P!nk’s 2003 sequel to her 2001 artistic and commercial breakthrough, M!ssundaztood — turned out to be something of a flop, selling considerably less than its predecessor and generating no true hit singles. Perhaps this downturn in sales was due to the harder rock direction she pursued on Try This, perhaps the songs she co-wrote with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong weren’t quite pop even if they were poppy, perhaps it was just a matter of timing, but the album just didn’t click with a larger audience, through no fault of the music, which was the equal to that on M!ssundaztood. When faced with such a commercial disappointment, some artists would crawl back to what made them a star, but not P!nk. Although she does pump up the dance on 2006’s I’m Not Dead, it’s way too simple to call the album a return to “Get the Party Started” — P!nk is far too complex to do something so straightforward.

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No, P!nk is complicated, often seemingly contradictory: she tears down “porno paparazzi girls” like Paris Hilton just as easily as she flaunts her bling on “‘Cuz I Can”; she celebrates that “I Got Money Now”; she’ll swagger and snarl and swear like a sailor, then turn around and write sweet songs of support to a teenager, or a knowingly melancholy reflection like “I Got Money Now”; she’ll collaborate with Britney Spears hitmaker Max Martin on one track, then turn around and bring in the Indigo Girls for support on a stripped-down protest song. She’ll try anything, and she does on I’m Not Dead. It Ping-Pongs between dense dancefloor anthems and fuzzy power pop, acoustic folk-rock and anthemic power ballads, hard rock tunes powered by electronic beats and dance tunes sung with the zeal of a rocker. It’s not just that P!nk tries a lot of different sounds, it’s that she seizes the freedom to hurl insults at both George W. Bush and a sleazoid who tried to pick her up at a bar, or to end a chorus with a chant of “Ice cream, ice cream/We all want ice cream.” Far from sounding cow-towed by the reaction to Try This, P!nk sounds liberated, making music that’s far riskier and stranger than anything else in mainstream pop in 2006.

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And it’s a testament to her power as both a musician and a persona that for this record, even though she’s working with singer/songwriter Butch Walker, Max Martin, and Teddy Geiger’s cohort, Billy Mann — her most mainstream collaborators since LA Reid and Babyface helmed her 2000 debut, Can’t Take Me Home — she sounds the strangest she ever has, and that’s a positively thrilling thing to hear. That’s because she not only sounds strange, she sounds stronger as a writer and singer, as convincing when she’s singing the bluesy, acoustic “The One That Got Away” as when she’s taunting and teasing on “Stupid Girls” or “U + Ur Hand” or when she’s singing a propulsive piece of pure pop like “Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely).” In other words, she sounds complex: smart, funny, sexy, catchy, and best of all, surprising and unpredictable. This is the third album in a row where she’s thrown a curve ball, confounding expectations by delivering a record that’s wilder, stronger, and better than the last. And while that’s no guarantee that I’m Not Dead will be a bigger hit than Try This, at least it’s proof positive that there are few pop musicians more exciting in the 2000s than P!nk. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Dan Chase (keyboard + dum programming)
Mike Elizondo (keyboards, guitar, keyboard programming)
Lukasz Gottwald (guitar + drum programming)
Mylious Johnson (drums)
Lee Levin (drums)
Robin Lynch (guitar)
Billy Mann (guitar, piano, drums, background vocals)
Lasse Mårtén (drums)
Max Martin (keyboard,  guitar + drum programming)
Justin Meldal-Johnsen (bass)
Molecules (guest MC)
Rafael Moreira (guitar)
Shawn Pelton (drums)
Jeff Phillips (guitar)
Pink (vocals, keyboards)
Niklas Olovson (bass, drum programming)
Roc Raida (DJ)
Christopher Rojas (guitar, bass, violin, keyboard + drum programming, violins, drum programming, background vocals)
Emily Saliers (guitar, background vocals)
Andy Timmons (guitar)
Butch Walker (guitar, bass, additional programming, background vocals)
Pete Wallace (guitar, piano, percussion, keyboard + drum programming)
Dan Warner (guitar)
Joey Waronker (drums)
Steven Wolf (tambourine)
Geoff Zanelli (guitar, bass, synthesizer)
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Tracklist:
01.Stupid Girls (Pink/B.Mann/Olovson/Lynch) 3.17
02. Who Knew (Pink/M.Martin/Gottwald) 3.28
03. Long Way To Happy (Pink/Walker) 3.49
04. Nobody Knows (Pink/B.Mann) 3.59
05. Dear Mr. President (featuring Indigo Girls) (Pink/B.Mann) 4.33
06. I’m Not Dead (Pink/B.Mann) 3.46
07. Cuz I Can (Pink/M.Martin/Gottwald) 3.43
08. Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely) (Pink/Walker) 3.18
09. U + Ur Hand (Pink/M.Martin/Gottwald/Rami) 3.34
10. Runaway (Pink/B.Mann) 4.23
11. The One That Got Away (Pink/B.Mann) 4.41
12. I Got Money Now (Pink/Elizondo) 3.55
13. Conversations With My 13 Year Old Self (Pink/B.Mann) 3.50
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14. Fingers (Pink/B.Mann) 4.13
15. I Have Seen The Rain (featuring Jim Moore) (Moore) 3.30
16. Who Knew (Bimbo Jones Radio Edit) (Pink/M.Martin/Gottwald) 3.30
17. U + Ur Hand (Beatcult Remix) ((Pink/M.Martin/Gottwald/Rami) 6.42

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