10cc's first two albums, recorded under the sponsorship of entrepreneur and one-time pop star Jonathan King, are combined on one disc for this CD reissue. 1973's 10cc shows that from the start, the group had an uncommon command of recording studio technique; the performances are polished, the harmonies superb, and the production flawless and often witty (all the more remarkable from a new band producing themselves, albeit one comprised of music-biz vets). However, the group was still getting up to speed in terms of their songwriting at this point, and while the craft is fine, there isn't a lot of inspiration on hand. Except for the sardonic "Rubber Bullets" and sarcastically sprightly "The Dean and I," the '50s-inspired parodies on side one don't wear well, and most of side two is clever but not terribly distinguished. 1974's Sheet Music was where 10cc truly hit their stride; the album is full of effective barbed humor buffered by the superbly polished production, which leans toward pretension without quite falling into the pool.
This veteran American musical and vocal group surpassed in 2007 the 50th anniversary in active and has walked proudly around the world the standard of popular (folk revival) and American melodic music. The CD under review is a reprint of two early LPs published. The first was the initial album of the group, 'The Brothers Four' (1960) and the third of his career, 'BMOC (Best Music On / Off Campus)' (1961).
I really just wanted to buy It's the Talk of the Town as a single download but could not find the song anywhere except as part of a CD. The CD actually had 2 albums in it - It's the Talk of the Town and Young at Heart. Ray Conniff music is one of those old time groups that had a distinctive sound.
This is another of Conniff's "two-fer" offerings that reflects great listening, featuring great variety in the song selections. Of course, "Somewhere My Love" is Ray's most successful recording ever, and one of my personal favorites of all time, "Three Coins in the Fountain," tops it off for me. For real variety, compare these selections to the lightheartedness of "King of the Road" and "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport."
The Columbia Two-for-one series provides incomparable quality and value-for-money for anyone who wants easy listening CDs and this album is no exception. Johnny Mathis was at the top of the tree for over four decades and this double (original) album of classic songs showcases some his best recordings. The fabulous track-list includes some of the biggest hits of the 60's (and of all time) and Mathis has never been in better voice.His version of the Elvis hit 'Something', although a little too short is probably the best there is whilst 'Honey come back' is also emotionally peerless. I could get carried away with a description of every song as 'the best: sufficient to say that this is (of about 1500 in my collection) in my top ten CDs
Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin' Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, he is one of the best-known Chicago blues artists. Musician and critic Cub Koda noted, "no one could match Howlin' Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits." Producer Sam Phillips recalled, "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies'". Several of his songs, including "Smokestack Lightnin'", "Back Door Man", "Killing Floor" and "Spoonful", have become blues and blues rock standards. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 51 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."