BGO's 2015 release groups Charley Pride's second four albums onto two CDs: 1968's Songs of Pride…Charley, That Is; In Person and The Sensational Charley Pride, both from 1969; and 1970's Just Plain Charley. By this point, Pride established himself as a star and so RCA was willing to take some chances. Songs of Pride doesn't rely on well-known tunes but rather contains a bunch of new songs, largely written by Jerry Foster and Bill Rice, songs that helped align Charley closer to the modern sound of country in 1968, while In Person demonstrates his in-concert charm and skill. Sensational and Just Plain Charley pick up on Songs of Pride and they're both excellent examples of walking the line between modern sounds – the Bakersfield of Merle Haggard and the proto-outlaw of Kris Kristofferson – and the Music City machine, records that are enough of their time to evoke their era but classic enough to transcend it. This is Charley's peak in many ways and it's a pleasure to have them so easily available on this set.
Andrew W.K. delivers once again. Love him or hate him, this is a great way to get into his stuff. Greatest hits being one of the two CDs contains a great number of his very bests songs. There's not a single one I'd remove from that CD, because they are truly all his best songs. The second CD is his Japanese cover CD. Originally these are two separate CDs, but I had to get them all as one. The Japanese covers are different, they are in his style and overall the sound of them is of a great quality. Maybe the second CD doesn't SCREAM AWK or PARTY HARD, but if you respect a musician artistically than you should be able to appreciate even when they dabble in a new realm.
You may have first heard guitarist Lil’ Dave Thompson in the late 80’s when he toured with Booba Barnes or in 1996 as part of the Fat Possum Blues Caravan in the esteemed company of R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and Paul “Wine” Jones (now sadly, just ten years on, all three are gone). Lil’ Dave has an incredible blues history for an artist just 37 years old. This CD is the next chapter in it. Play it loud the next time you need to get truly loose, it will take you where you want to go. ~ Andrew Galloway, Electro-Fi Records
The violin concertos of Belgian-born composer/virtuoso Henri Vieuxtemps have been recorded by various players, including the young Russian-American virtuoso Misha Keylin heard here. But these shorter pieces, which would have been the stock-in-trade of Vieuxtemps' active touring life (during one American tour he made 121 appearances in six months, without benefit of planes, automobiles, or in many cases trains), are a good deal rarer. They don't have the main virtue of the concertos, which is that there's a certain amount of structural interest to go with the Paganini-like fireworks, but they're a great deal of fun.