Easily the longest of any Capitol single-disc compilation, 2005's The World of Nat King Cole also benefits from a fresh remastering of its material to make it the best introduction to the interpretive brilliance of Nat King Cole. Nearly all the hits that need to be here are indeed present: "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "Route 66," "Nature Boy," "Too Young," and "Mona Lisa." The compilers also wisely chose a few representative songs to replace some of the middling hits; the only surprise is the absence of "The Christmas Song" and "Lush Life," although the chart hits – "Answer Me, My Love," "Pretend," "Looking Back"…
Magical melodies and evocative moods from the rich Russian folk music tradition. The Russian land has long been steeped in an aura of mystery, and its culture and traditions are interwoven throughout its traumatic and often tragic history. The evocative songs and melodies of the Russian folk tradition flow through this history and reflect the very nature of this magnificent and fascinating land.
The original 12-song LP has been expanded to 20 tracks for this CD. The original material comprised a very pleasant and diverting psychedelic pop release, strongly reminiscent at times of the early Bee Gees from Horizontal, interspersed with some heavier-sounding tracks that were closer to the World of Oz's actual sound on-stage. The bonus cuts are single edits and mixes of tracks that were already represented on the album, so there's nothing new to hear except for a punchier, more compressed sound on some of the better songs.
Antony Kalugin is a prolific musician and composer from Ukraine. His bands Karfagen, Sunchild and Hoggwash plus his solo albums has gained him many fans.
The original stories by P.G. Wodehouse are delightfully amusing and worthy of out loud chuckling at times. The films series Jeeves and Wooster are as close as one could come to the dry wit of uber intelligent Jeeves, as he contends with his witless (and certainly not dry) employer, Bertie Wooster. Their shenanigans usually revolve around various comedies of errors set in that mystical feudal society of 1930s Britain. This collection of music and a bit of dialogue from the series is just as delightful, embodying the bouncy, whimsical style of light music from the 1920s and 30s. Recommended.
Mario Pecoraro, the piano player and singer was born in Bludenz in 1978. He is strongly characterized by his Italian roots. At the age of 15, Mario enrols as the youngest full student at the University of Music and Representational Art, to study classical drums. His increasing love for jazz and Latin American music brings him to his secret love, the piano. After radically switching to the program of Jazz and Pop Piano, he is selected among numerous applicants for a one-year scholarship at the University of Miami, School of Music. After a very successful year of studies there, the School of Music offers him a full scholarship...
Philip Glass is one of the most familiar names in contemporary music today. He is also one of the most successful and widely-performed living composers and his output ranges from instrumental works and large-scale operas and theater pieces to film music and collaborations with rock musicians. Glass was born in Baltimore in 1937 to Jewish immigrant parents and his early musical education began with violin lessons at the age of six and at the age of eight he was accepted at the Peabody Institute (the youngest student ever accepted at that august institution). Studies there included his by now preferred instrument, the flute, and by the time he reached his teens he began composing.