Tommy Smith is one of jazz saxophonists, composers and Scottish directors (Scottish National Jazz Orchestra) better known internationally since the late 80's. This album features another one of many tributes to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. On familiar topics of both ('In a Sentimental Mood', 'Prelude to a kiss' or 'Sophisticated Lady', …), recreate safely and without surprises, adhered to the teachers, a relaxed atmosphere that is pleasant to enjoy with the emotional warmth of his tenor sax.
This 17-track set collects several of Phil Spector's Philles releases with Darlene Love (under her own name, as well as the Crystals and Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans featuring lead vocals by Love), including the classic “He’s a Rebel,” which did as much as any song or recording in the decade to establish a template for girl groups.
Ginormous is an interesting project who was before this mostly related to the ant-zen sub-label Hymen Records, who released three releases, including the digital only release ‘Egantic (Remixes)’. With Ginormous, Bryan Konietzko makes a lot of use of acoustic instruments and filters them through electronic processors.
Recounts the story of Billy Fury and the birth of British popular music. His first album, The Sound of Fury (released in 1960), has become a landmark record in British rock 'n' roll history. Born in Liverpool during the Second World War, Ronnie Wycherley became an overnight sensation in 1958 when he was asked to go on stage and sing a couple of his self-penned songs by showbiz impresario Larry Parnes. Ronnie's knees shook with nerves, but over 2,000 screaming girls welcomed the new star of British rock 'n' roll and the headline in the local newspaper the following day was 'Dingle boy with a hot guitar'.
ABC's debut album combined the talents of the Sheffield, U.K.-based band, particularly lead singer Martin Fry, a fashion plate of a frontman with a Bryan Ferry fixation, and the inventive production style of former Buggles member Trevor Horn and his team of musicians, several of whom would go on to form the Art of Noise. Horn created dense tracks that merged synthesizer sounds, prominent beats, and swaths of strings and horns, their orchestrations courtesy of Anne Dudley, who would follow her work with the Art of Noise by becoming a prominent film composer, and who here underscored Fry's stylized romantic lyrics and dramatic, if affected, singing. The production style was dense and noisy, but frequently beautiful, and the group's emotional songs gave it a depth and coherence later Horn works, such as those of Yes ("Owner of a Lonely Heart") and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, would lack. (You can hear Horn trying out the latter band's style in "Date Stamp.") Fry and company used the sound to create moving dancefloor epics like "Many Happy Returns," which, like most of the album's tracks, deserved to be a hit single.