The Three Degrees were hugely successful internationally throughout the seventies, particularly in the UK where
they enjoyed ten top forty hits including Year Of Decision, Take Good Care Of Yourself and the anthemic ballad When Will I See You Again, all on Philadelphia International Records.
23 Degrees were a dub ambient project active in the mid 90’s. Released on the now defunct San Francisco-based label, Silent Records, their first album "An Endless Searching For Substance" debuted in 1994. Their second release, "Born of Earth's Torments" (1995), expands on powerful trance melodies composed by Timothy Hendricks, surging drumbeats of Roy Robinson, and soulful ethnic vocals of Bertha Matus. A contemporary style of combining slow repetitive rhythms with hypnotic, deep bass is what makes 23 Degrees move beyond its counterparts. The band's diverse influences include Brian Eno, John Cage, Omar Moore, Sly Dunbar, Frank Zappa and Robbie Shakespear. Wired Magazine acknowledges that 23 Degrees "offers superbly crafted ambient landscapes." Collectively the members of 23 Degrees create depth of originality and experience into "Born of Earth's Torments."
A super-sizing of this long-running but under-publicized group's productive years – from 1970 to 1979 – on Roulette, Philadelphia International, Epic, and Ariola Records. Only diehards will miss earlier (excluded) sides from 1965 to 1969 on Swan, ABC, Warner Bros., Metromedia, and Neptune. This set beams up their hits: "TSOP," "When Will I See You Again," "Maybe," "Dirty Old Man," "Long Lost Lover," etc, and spans to include scorching renditions of New York City's "I'm Doing Fine Now," Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," and Aretha Franklin's "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." Essential for girl group fans, and a good buy for casual fans.
SELWA marks the second pairing of fusion guitarist Steve Tibbetts with Tibetan Buddhist nun Choying Drolma. Like 1997's CHO, SELWA is a deeply atmospheric, musically adventurous journey that remains true to the spiritual underpinnings of Drolma's practice. A monk whose resonant, mellifluous vocals evoke both the solemnity and the serenity of her chants and prayers, Drolma's singing gifts strike the listener immediately. Even more striking is how perfectly Tibbetts's percussion, effects-drenched guitar work, and production flourishes suit Drolma's voice. Tibbetts's accompaniment is supremely sensitive, supporting and echoing Drolma's phrases and inflections with a variety of suitable instrumentation.
9 Degrees West of the Moon is the 6th studio album by the Italian progressive power metal band Vision Divine. It was released in 2009. The album marks the return of the singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire) after the departure of Michele Luppi. Fabio Lione is returning to the band's lineup after three studio albums where vocals were handled by Michele Luppi and this album marks a defining moment in the history of the band.