Hana Müllerová – Simphonies Concertantes For Harp And Orchestra (Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz) (1997)

FrontCover1.jpgJean-Baptiste Krumpholz (Czech: Jan Křtitel Krumpholtz) (8 May 1742 – 19 February 1790) was a Czech composer and harpist.

Krumpholz was born in Budenice, near Zlonice. He learned music from his father while growing up in Paris; in 1773 he played a successful harp concerto in the Burgtheater in Vienna. After serving three years in Count Esterházy’s court orchestra (1773–1776), during which he is said to have taken counterpoint lessons with Joseph Haydn, he embarked on a successful concert tour of Europe. In Paris and Metz, he worked along with manufacturers Jean Henri Naderman, his son François Joseph Naderman, and Sébastien Érard towards improving the construction of the harp. He composed concertos and sonatas for harp and chamber music.

In the end, he drowned himself in the Seine after his wife, a former pupil, Anne-Marie Krumpholtz (1755–1824), also a virtuoso harpist, eloped to London, although the story that this was with pianist Jan Ladislav Dussek is apocryphal.[citation needed]

He was the brother of Wenzel Krumpholz, violinist and mandolin player.

Krumpholz composed 52 sonatas, 6 concertos and many preludes and variations for the harp. He wrote also harp duets, quartets and 4 sonatas for harp, 2 violins, 2 French horns and cello. (by wikipedia)

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Considered the foremost harp composer of his day, Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz was a contemporary of Haydn and Mozart. He almost certainly knew the former; they were at the Esterházy court at the same time, and his wife, the harpist Anne-Marie Steckler performed in Haydn’s London concerts. Krumpholtz’s scored several major harp works proceeding Mozart’s concerto for flute and harp, dedicated to Mademoiselle de Guines, for whom Krumpholtz himself wrote. Featured in this recital are his “Variations on an Air by Mozart” (from symphony no.35). Composing in a style which was both typical of the period yet advanced the range and technique of harp music, Krumpholtz scored some of his works for solo or accompanied performance. (Gary S. Dalkin)

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And here are some information about the solo artist of this album, Hana Müllerová:

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Personnel:
Hana Müllerová (harp)
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Vojtech ‘Spurny (piano on 01. – 06)
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Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jaroslav Krček

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Tracklist:

Simphonie Concertante in F major for Harp and Orchestra, Op.5, No.1 (14:46):
01. Allegro 5.57
02. Andante 3.43
03. Menuetto. Allegretto 5.14

Simphonie Concertante in B flat major for Harp and Orchestra, Op.5, No.2 (14:11):
04. Allegro non troppo 5.20
05. Adagio con espressione 4.02
06. Tempo di Menuetto 4.56

Simphonie in F major for Harp and Orchestra, Op.11, No.1 (22:56)
07. Allegro assai 9.21
08. Andantino sempre piano 8.53
09. Rondeau. Allegro 4.47

Simphonie in G major for Harp and Orchestra, Op.11, No.2 (19:59)
10. Allegro 7.30
11. Romance 7.01
12. Rondeau. Allegro 5.29

Music composed by Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz

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Sultan Khan – Maestro’s Choice (2006)

FrontCover1.jpgSultan Khan is one of the greatest musicians of the rare instrument called sarangi. It is believed that the word sarangi was derived form the word Sau Rangi, which means a hundred colors and sultan Khan is a great exponent to express those colors on the instrument.

Sultan Khan was born on April 15, 1940 at Sikar in Rajasthan. His great grandfather Hussain Baksh and grandfathers, Azim Khan were court musicians in the princely state of Jodhpur. Gulab Khan his father was also an accomplished vocalist and sarangi artiste. Sultan Khan was trained in the Indore gharana style of khayal singing which was popularized by the legendary Amir Khan. He went through a strict regimen at home.

Sultan Khan is being acknowledged by music connoisseurs for unique depth and his magnificent technical and melodic control over the string instrument. He adopted in his style a special nuance of Amir Khan’s gayaki, which reflects always in his renditions. He is torchbearer of a famous lineage of sarangi players. His systematic badhat, exquisite Khan02.jpggamakas and intricate taan-s make his performances unique and soulful.

He is a master in light and light classical genres of Indian music. Besides his solo performances Sultan Khan is widely known for his talent of accompanying other famous artistes like Zakir Hussain, Ravi Shankar, Lata Mageshkar and Many others.

He is a proud recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award the gold Medalist Award of Maharshtra and the American Academy of Artistes Award in 1998. In 1997 he had the honor and privilege of playing for Prince Charles 50th birthday celebration. Sultan Khan has come to be recognized on an international scale performing along with Ravi Shankar on Former Beatle, George Harrison’s 1974 Dark Horse world tour.

In this album Sultan Khan brings out the structured gravity of the raga Ahir Bhairav the winsome appeal of the thumri played here in four different angs or styles and exquisite lyricism of the evening raga Patdeep. (exoticindiaart.com)

Enter this land full of magic music !

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Personnel:
Madan Bongale (tanpura)
Chintamani Gore (tanpura)
Sultan Khan (sarangi)
Fazal Qureshi (tabla)

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Tracklist:
01. Raga Ahir Bhairav 31.08
02. Raga Patdeep 20.28
03. Thumri 10.28

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Apollo FourForty – Electro Glide In Blue (1997)

FrontCover1.jpgApollo 440 (also known as Apollo Four Forty or @440) are an English electronic music group formed in Liverpool in 1990. The group has written, recorded, and produced five studio albums, collaborated with and produced other artists, remixed as Apollo 440 and as ambient cinematic alter-ego Stealth Sonic Orchestra, and created music for film, television, advertisements and multimedia. Over eleven years, they notched up eleven top-forty UK singles with three top-tens, and had a chart presence worldwide.

Its name comes from the Greek god Apollo and the frequency of concert pitch — the A note at 440 Hz, often denoted as “A440”, and the Sequential Circuits sampler/sequencer, the Studio 440. They changed the writing of their name from Apollo 440 to Apollo Four Forty in 1996, though they switched back for their latest album. To date, Apollo’s remixes number around sixty – from U2 in the early 1990s to Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page and Ennio Morricone a decade later. Among their Stealth Sonic Orchestra remixes are a series of Manic Street Preachers singles.

Apollo 440 were formed by the brothers Trevor and Howard Gray with fellow Liverpudlians Noko and James Gardner, although Gardner left after the recording of the first album. All members sing and add a profusion of samples, electronics, and computer-based sounds.

After relocating to the Camden area of London, Apollo 440 recorded in 1994 with their debut album, Millennium Fever, and released it on 30 January 1995 on their own Stealth Sonic Recordings label (distributed by Epic Records). They have successfully invaded both the record charts and the dance floor with their combination of rock, breakbeat, and ambient.

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The band had been most known for its remixes until the release of Liquid Cool in the UK. However, it was not until the success of the singles “Krupa” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Dub” that their own musical efforts were brought to international attention — particularly the latter single contributed greatly to pushing Apollo 440 into the spotlight.

In 2007, the band played a tribute gig to the late Billy Mackenzie.

Apollo 440’s fifth album, The Future’s What It Used To Be, became available for download on the iTunes Store from 23 March 2012.

Collaborators over the years have included Jeff Beck, Jean Michel Jarre, Billy Mackenzie, Ian McCulloch and Hotei.

Currently, the band resides in Islington, London, having once again moved its headquarters (affectionately labelled ‘Apollo Control’).

Electro Glide in Blue is the second studio album by English electronic music group Apollo 440. It was first released on 3 March 1997 in the United Kingdom by Stealth Sonic Recordings and Epic Records and on 9 September 1997 in the United States by 550 Music. The album features Charles Bukowski, Billy Mackenzie, and a tribute to Gene Krupa; all three of whom had died by the time of the album’s release. Its title is a reference to the 1973 film Electra Glide in Blue.

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Stealth Mass in F#m” was played several times on BBC Radio 1 on 31 August 1997, when their regular schedule was suspended due to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The title track was featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film Homegrown (by wikipedia)

A more satisfying album than their previous Sony effort, Electro Glide in Blue sees Apollo 440 moving closer to straight-ahead techno and away from commercial pop, a good move considering the electronic atmosphere of the times. Whether it’s the Sony Playstation video-game track “Rapid Racer” or an incredibly well-done duet with former Associates vocalist Billy Mackenzie on “Pain in Any Language,” Apollo 440 proves they’re no strangers to the dancefloor. (by John Bush)

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Personnel:
Mary Byker (Ian Hoxley) (vocals)
Trevor Gray (keyboards, programming)
Cliff Hewitt (drums, programming)
Harry K (turntables, samples, keyboards)
Paul Kodish (drums, programming)
Noko (guitar)
Rej (bass)
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Tracklist:
01. Stealth Overture) (T.Gray/E.Gray/Noko) 1.00
02. Ain’t Talkin’ ’bout Dub (E.Van Halen, A.Van Halen/Anthony/Roth, Noko) 4.31
03. Altamont Super-Highway Revisited (Noko) 6.33
04. Electro Glide In Blue (T.Gray/H.Gray/MacFarlane) 8.36
05. Vanishing Point (Noko) 7.28
06. Tears Of The Gods (H.Gray/T.Gray/Noko) 6.18
07. Carrera Rapida” (Theme from “Rapid Racer”) (Noko/T.Gray/H.Gray/Hoxley) 6.47
08. Krupa (Noko, T.Gray/H. Gray) 6.15
09. White Man’s Throat (album version) (Noko/H.Gray/Hoxley) 4.55
10. Pain In Any Language (Mackenzie /Noko) 8.40
11. Stealth Mass In F#m  (TGray/E.Gray) 6.36

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Meredith Brooks – Blurring The Edges (1997)

FrontCover1.jpgMeredith Ann Brooks (born June 12, 1958) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for her 1997 hit song “Bitch”, for which she was nominated for a Grammy Award.

Brooks started her music career in 1976 as a member of an all-female band called Sapphire, based in Eugene, Oregon, touring and recording with CMS Records in the Pacific Northwest. Her bandmates were Janis Gaines, Cynthia Larsen, Patricia French and Pam Johnson. Seeking greater success, Brooks pushed the band to move to Seattle without Gaines on keyboards, reducing Sapphire to a foursome. In Seattle, Sapphire recorded at Kaye-Smith Studios at the same time as Heart. When this version of the band split in 1982, Brooks moved to Los Angeles to develop a solo career, releasing an album titled Meredith Brooks in 1986, which saw limited success in Mexico. In 1987, she joined Charlotte Caffey and Gia Ciambotti to form the trio the Graces, releasing the single “Lay Down Your Arms” which rose to number 56 on Billboard’s charts. The Graces subsequently released an album, Perfect View, and three more singles, but these did not chart, and the Graces were dropped from the A&M label in 1991.

Meredith Brooks01In 1995, Brooks landed a solo contract with Capitol Records. After two years, her first single, “Bitch”, was released, and she was nominated twice for the 1998 Grammy Awards, for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance and Best Rock Song. The single went Platinum in Australia.

Her album Blurring the Edges achieved Platinum sales, peaking at 22 on the Billboard 200 and 5 on the UK Albums Chart. The album was produced by David Ricketts, formerly of David and David, and he also played keyboards (among other instruments) on the album. Brooks toured in the US and Europe in 1997 and 1998 to support the album, and also participated in the Lilith Fair music festival tour in both of those years.

On March 30, 1998, in Argentina, she opened for the Rolling Stones. During her set the crowd demanded the Stones and became violent, throwing objects including rocks and tampons at the stage and bruising her eye. She appeared again the next day wearing an Argentine soccer shirt, but the crowd again threw things at her, so after singing “Bitch” she threw the shirt on the ground and walked off.

In 1999, Brooks recorded her second album, Deconstruction. The track “Sin City” was recorded for the movie Snake Eyes.

In 2002, Brooks signed with independent label Gold Circle Records.[6] She worked on her third album, Bad Bad One. The label folded immediately after releasing the album.

Meredith Brooks02In 2002, she produced Jennifer Love Hewitt’s album BareNaked and appeared on VH1 Divas Las Vegas as a guest guitar soloist with Celine Dion and Anastacia.

Brooks signed a record deal with SLG Records and re-issued Bad Bad One as Shine in 2004. The track “Shine” was used as the theme music for Dr. Phil from 2004-08. The instrumental remix appears as the last track on the album.

In 2007 Brooks completed a new children’s album titled If I Could Be… and is developing Portland area Sony Music Entertainment artist Becca.

Brooks is a member of the Canadian charity Artists Against Racism.

In 2018 the song “I’m a Mess” was a worldwide chart hit for Bebe Rexha. While an original song, it does borrow some of its melody from Brooks’ earlier hit “Bitch.” As a result, Meredith Brooks is listed as a co-writer of the song.

Blurring the Edges is the debut studio album by the American singer-songwriter Meredith Brooks. It was produced by Geza X and David Ricketts. It was released through Capitol Records on May 6, 1997. It became a huge commercial success, going double platinum in Canada and platinum in the United States. (by wikipedia)

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Meredith Brooks’ debut album, Blurring the Edges is one of the most blatant examples of post-Alanis Morissette marketing by the record industry. At her musical core, Brooks is more like Sheryl Crow — namely, a classic rocker with slightly edgy lyrics. She even works with producer David Ricketts, the former partner of Crow’s Tuesday Night Music Club collaborator, David Baerwald. Ricketts gives Blurring the Edges a radio-friendly polish, one that glosses over any of the grit in Brooks’ songs. And on the album’s first single, “Bitch,” Brooks and Ricketts devise an Alanis clone, from the semi-profane lyrics to the caterwauling chorus.

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“Bitch” isn’t indicative of the rest of the album, which is considerably calmer and aimed at adult alternative stations, and while she fits neatly into the confines of that format, she doesn’t really do anything to distinguish herself from the legions of similar post-alternative singer/songwriters. Blurring the Edges isn’t necessarily a bad album — Brooks is a competent melodicist and her lyrics are occasionally promising — yet it isn’t a distinctive one. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

In other words: This lady knows how to rock, how to roll and how to make you crazy … believe me !

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Personnel:
Meredith Brooks (vocals. guitar)
Paul Bushnell (bass)
Nick Drapela (guitar)
Jim Ebert (synthesizer, bass)
Josh Freese (drums)
Victoria Levy (background vocals)
David Ricketts (bass, keyboards)
Jimmy Woods (harmonica)
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Tracklist:
01. I Need (Brooks/Peiken) 4.11
02. Bitch (Brooks/Peiken) 4.13
03. Somedays (Brooks/Dvoskin) 3.45
04. Watched You Fall (Brooks/Ward) 4.52
05. Pollyanne (Brooks/Peiken) 3.15
06. Shatter (Brooks/Peiken) 3.59
07. My Little Town (Brooks/Corey/Lynch) 4.01
08. What Would Happen (Brooks) 5.17
09. It Don’t Get Better (Brooks/Dukes) 4.14
10. Birthday (Brooks/Peiken) 3.16
11. Stop (Brooks/Dvoskin) 5.01
12. Wash My Hands (Brooks/Dvoskin/Peiken) 5.04

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I hate the world today
You’re so good to me, I know, but I can’t change
Tried to tell you but you look at me like maybe
I’m an angel underneath
Innocent and sweet

Yesterday I cried
You must have been relieved to see the softer side
I can understand how you’d be so confused
I don’t envy you
I’m a little bit of everything all rolled into one

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

So take me as I am
This may mean you’ll have to be a stronger man
Rest assured that when I start to make you nervous
And I’m going to extremes
Tomorrow I will change and today won’t mean a thing

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your Hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

Just when you think you got me figured out
The season’s already changing
I think it’s cool, you do what you do
And don’t try to save me

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your Hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

I’m a bitch, I’m a tease
I’m a goddess on my knees
When you hurt, when you suffer
I’m your angel undercover
I’ve been numb, I’m revived
Can’t say I’m not alive
You know I wouldn’t want it any other way

Kathy Mattea – Love Travels (1997)

FrontCover1.jpgKathleen Alice Mattea (born June 21, 1959) is an American country music and bluegrass singer. Active since 1984 as a recording artist, she has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including four that reached No. 1: “Goin’ Gone”, “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses”, “Come from the Heart”, and “Burnin’ Old Memories”, plus twelve more that charted within the top ten. She has released fourteen studio albums, two Christmas albums, and one greatest hits album. Most of her material was recorded for Universal Music Group Nashville’s Mercury Records Nashville division between 1984 and 2000, with later albums being issued on Narada Productions, her own Captain Potato label, and Sugar Hill Records. Among her albums, she has received five gold certifications and one platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). She has collaborated with Dolly Parton, Michael McDonald, Tim O’Brien, and her husband, Jon Vezner. Mattea is also a two-time Grammy Award winner: in 1990 for “Where’ve You Been”, and in 1993 for her Christmas album Good News. Her style is defined by traditional country, bluegrass, folk, and Celtic music influences.

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Love Travels is the ninth studio album released by American country music singer Kathy Mattea. It was released in 1997 (see 1997 in country music) on Mercury Records, the label to which she had been signed since 1984. Three singles were released from it: “455 Rocket”, “I’m on Your Side”, and “Love Travels”. “455 Rocket” was the highest charting, reaching a peak of #21 on the Billboard country charts, while “Love Travels” was her final Top 40 country entry at #39. Suzy Bogguss sang background vocals on “Further and Further Away.” (by wikipedia)

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Mattea is a tasteful, thoughtful singer who uses country music as a means to an end. Her music is not so much rooted in the country tradition as it is a by-product of it. Mattea’s roots are more James Taylor than George Jones, and while steel guitars and 2/4 rhythms abound, LOVE TRAVELS is more an album of stylized Nashville folk-pop than neo-country.

To flesh out her introspective vision, Mattea reaches beyond the usual stable of Nashville songwriters to include songs by some honest-to-god singer-songwriter types. Gillian Welch contributes “Patiently Waiting” and “455 Rocket,” and they show Welch to be capable of writing outside her own trad-country performance style. Jim Lauderdale’s “I’m On Your Side,” an unsentimental oath of loyalty, is one of the album’s highlights. Janis Ian’s moody, minor-key “All Roads To The River” lends a dark side to LOVE TRAVELS. The clean but homey production of Mattea and Ben Wisch creates an atmosphere through which the subtle beauty of the songs can clearly be seen.

Recorded at Woodland Studios, Nashville, Tennessee

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Personnel:
Chris Carmichael (violin)
Lionel Cartwright (piano, background vocals)
Bill Cooley (guitar)
Jerry Douglas (dobro)
Stuart Duncan (mandolin)
Paul Franklin (pedal steel-guitar)
Bob Halligan, Jr. (guitar, piano)
James “Hutch” Hutchinson (bass)
Jim Keltner (drums)
Abe Laboriel, Jr, (drums, percussion)
Jim Lauderdale (guitar)
Steve Lauer (accordion, harmonium)
Tim Lauer (synthesizer)
Hunter Lee (whistle, bagpipes)
Duke Levine (guitar)
Kathy Mattea (vocals)
Edgar Meyer (bass)
Don Potter (guitar)
Matt Rollings (keyboards)
Kirby Shelstad (percussion)
Steve Sturm (pedal steel-guitar)
Ben Wisch (synthesizer, background vocals)
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Jonatha Brooke – Michael McDonald – Kim Richey

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Tracklist:
01. Love Travels (B.Halligan Jr./L.Halligan) 5.31
02. Sending Me Angels (Miller/Williams) 4.16
03. Patiently Waiting (Welch) 5.05
04. If That’s What You Call Love (Cartwright) 4.30
05. Further And Further Away (Wheeler) 4.32
06. 455 Rocket (Rawlings/Welch) 4.09
07. I’m On Your Side (Lauderdale) 3.10
08. The Bridge (Jim Pittman/Kimmel) 3.26
09. All Roads To The River (Ian/Vezner) 3.17
10. The End Of The Line (Fleming/Cawley/Kennedy) 4.29
11. Beautiful Fool (Henry) 4.52

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The Verve – Urban Hymns (1997)

FrontCover1.jpgUrban Hymns is the third studio album by English alternative rock band The Verve, released on 29 September 1997 on Hut Records. It earned nearly unanimous critical praise upon its release, and went on to become the band’s best-selling release and one of the biggest selling albums of the year. As of 2015, Urban Hymns is ranked the 19th best-selling album in UK chart history and has sold over ten million copies worldwide.

The album features the hit singles “Bitter Sweet Symphony”, “Lucky Man” and UK number one “The Drugs Don’t Work”. The critical and commercial success of the album saw the band win two Brit Awards in 1998, including Best British Group, and appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in April 1998. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

The Verve had previously released two albums, A Storm in Heaven in 1993 and A Northern Soul in 1995. The band had only achieved moderate commercial success up to that point, and the band split shortly after their second album due to internal conflicts. Vocalist Richard Ashcroft quickly reformed the group, with Simon Tong, an old friend of the band on guitar, however Ashcroft realised Nick McCabe’s unique guitar style was required to complete the true Verve unit and later asked him to return. Tong also remained adding more guitar and keyboard/organ textures, making them a five-piece band and expanding their sound.

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The four-piece had already recorded several tracks for the album with Youth as producer, but once McCabe returned they re-recorded several tracks and changed producers to Chris Potter. McCabe said that in the next seven months of work, “… the key tracks were recorded from scratch, but some of them were already there.”

The cover photo was taken in Richmond Park, London.

The Verve were known for their music’s complex, immersive sonic textures. “Bitter Sweet Symphony” was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and remains the band’s most well-known song. “The Drugs Don’t Work”, the band’s only number one single in the UK, became a concert staple for jam bands and other groups.

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The singles

The rest of the album alternated between wistful ballads like “Sonnet” and “Space and Time” (written by Richard Ashcroft), spacey grooves like “Catching the Butterfly” and “The Rolling People”, all-out rockers like the pounding “Come On” (which existed in demo from the “Northern Soul” era) and psychedelic driven songs like “Neon Wilderness”. The hidden track “Deep Freeze” features distorted guitars and a baby’s cry sound. It has strong ambient influences that set it apart from the rest of the tracks in terms of composition and overall mood.

Urban Hymns spent 12 weeks at the top of the UK Albums Chart, with a total of 124 weeks on the chart. It also became The Verve’s first charting album in the United States, where it debuted at number 63 on the Billboard 200, giving the band their first commercial success in the country. Urban Hymns ultimately peaked at number 23 on the chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA on 4 April 1998;[27] it remains the group’s best-selling album in the United States to date, with over 1.3 million copies sold as of 2009. (by wikipedia)

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Not long after the release of A Northern Soul, the Verve imploded due to friction between vocalist Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe. It looked like the band had ended before reaching its full potential, which is part of the reason why their third album, Urban Hymns — recorded after the pair patched things up in late 1996 — is so remarkable. Much of the record consists of songs Ashcroft had intended for a solo project or a new group, yet Urban Hymns unmistakably sounds like the work of a full band, with its sweeping, grandiose soundscapes and sense of purpose. The Verve have toned down their trancy, psychedelic excursions, yet haven’t abandoned them — if anything, they sound more muscular than before, whether it’s the trippy “Catching the Butterfly” or the pounding “Come On.”

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These powerful, guitar-drenched rockers provide the context for Ashcroft’s affecting, string-laden ballads, which give Urban Hymns its hurt. The majestic “Bitter Sweet Symphony” and the heartbreaking, country-tinged “The Drugs Don’t Work” are an astonishing pair, two anthemic ballads that make the personal universal, thereby sounding like instant classics. They just are the tip of the iceberg — “Sonnet” is a lovely, surprisingly understated ballad, “The Rolling People” has a measured, electric power, and many others match their quality. Although it may run a bit too long for some tastes, Urban Hymns is a rich album that revitalizes rock traditions without ever seeming less than contemporary. It is the album the Verve have been striving to make since their formation, and it turns out to be worth all the wait. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Richard Ashcroft (vocals, guitar)
Simon Jones (bass)
Nick McCabe (guitar)
Peter Salisbury (drums)
Simon Tong (guitar, keyboards)
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All songs written by Richard Ashcroft, except where noted.

Tracklist:
01. Bitter Sweet Symphony (Jager/Richards/Ashcroft) 5.58
02. Sonnet (Ashcroft) 4.21
03. The Rolling People (Ashcroft/McCabe/Salisbury/Tong) 7.02
04. The Drugs Don’t Work (Ashcroft) 5.05
05. Catching The Butterfly (Ashcroft/McCabe/Salisbury/Tong) 6.26
06. Neon Wilderness (Ashcroft/McCabe/Salisbury/Tong/McCabe) 2.38
07. Space And Time (Ashcroft) 5:36
08. Weeping Willow (Ashcroft) 4.50
09. Lucky Man (Ashcroft) 4.53
10. One Day (Ashcroft) 5.03
11. This Time (Ashcroft) 3.51
12. Velvet Morning (Ashcroft) 4.57
13. Come On (includes hidden song “Deep Freeze”) (Ashcroft/McCabe/Salisbury/ Tong) 15.15

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Various Artists – A Twist Of Jobim (1997)

FrontCover1.jpgTwist of Jobim contains a single disc with 11 songs. The CD has an unusual multi-artist tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Some of the Twist of Jobim songs are made funky (but in a melodic and tasteful way), while others become quiet (but still passionate) ballads. Twist of Jobim are all jazz-oriented songs.

The debut release from the I.E. label (which is connected with Polygram) is an unusual multi-artist tribute to the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Some of his tunes are made funky (but in a melodic and tasteful way), while others become quiet (but still passionate) ballads. The treatments are all jazz-oriented, and there is plenty of solo space for the likes of guitarist Lee Ritenour (in one of his finest jazz efforts), pianists Dave Grusin and Alan Pasqua, altoist Eric Marienthal, bassist Christian McBride, and tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. Plus, there are guest spots for Herbie Hancock (an excellent acoustic piano solo on “Stone Flower”), the sopranos of Art Porter (on “Dindi”) and Steve Tavaglione, the Yellowjackets (who team up with Ritenour on “Mojave”), singer El DeBarge (“Dindi”) and the vocal duo of Al Jarreau and Oleta Adams (“Waters of March” and a lightweight rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema”). Nearly every song holds one’s interest, the melodies are celebrated, and the fresh interpretations contain more than their share of surprises. (by Scott Yanow)

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Personnel:
Oleta Adams (vocals on 04. + 11.)
El DeBarge (vocals on 03.
John Beasley (synthesizer on 02. + 04.)
Paulinho da Costa (percussion on 01., 06., 07, 10. + 11.)
Melvin Davis (bass on 02., 03. + 07.)
Cassio Duarte (percussion on 02.- 05 + 09.)
Russell Ferrante (synthesizer on 06., piano on 10. + 11.)
Dave Grusin (piano on 01., 02., 04. + 05.)
Herbie Hancock (piano on 06.)
Jimmy Haslip (bass on 10.)
Jerry Hey (flugelhorn on 07., 08.)
Dan Higgins (flute on 01., 07. – 09.)
Al Jarreau (vocals on 04. + 11.)
Will Kennedy (drums on 10.)
Eric Marienthal (saxophone on 02., 04 – 07.)
Harvey Mason (drums on 02., 04., 08. + 09.)
Christian McBride (bass on 08., 09.)
Bob Mintzer (saxophone on 10.)
Gary Novak (drums on 06.)
Alan Pasqua (piano on 08. + 09.)
John Patitucci (bass on 06.)
Lee Ritenour (guitar on 01., 02., 04., 06. – 10., keyboards, synthesizer on 01., 03. 07., 11., bass on 01. + 11.)
Steve Tavaglione (saxophone on 06., electronic wind instrument on 08. + 09.)
Ernie Watts (saxophone on 08. + 09.)

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Tracklist:
01. Dave Grusin / Lee Ritenour: Water To Drink (Agua de Beber) (Jobim) 5.06
02. Dave Grusin / Eric Marienthal / Lee Ritenour: Captain Bacardi (Jobim) 5.05
03. El DeBarge / Art Porter: Dindi (Jobim) 4.57
04. Oleta Adams / Al Jarreau: Waters of March (Aguas de Março) (Jobim) 4.38
05. Dave Grusin: Bonita (Gilbert/Jobim/Santamaria) 4.04
06. Paulinho Da Costa / Herbie Hancock / Steve Tavaglione: Stone Flower (Jobim) 8.49
07. Eric Marienthal / Lee Ritenour: Favela (Gilbert/Jobim/de Moraes) 4.47
08. Alan Pasqua / Ernie Watts: Children’s Games (Jobim) 3.53
09. Christian McBride / Ernie Watts: Lamento (Jobim/de Moraes) 6.27
10. Lee Ritenour / Yellowjackets: Mojave (Jobim) 5.22
11. Oleta Adams / Al Jarreau: The Girl From Ipanema (Gimbel/Jobim/de Moraes) 429

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