37 years ago this week, Roberta Flack entered the chart with the one of the final duets she recorded with her frequent vocal collaborator Donny Hathaway.
Break out the champagne: it’s been 35 years since Bootsy Collins released the album that would prove to be his final full-length outing for Warner Brothers.
Looking back at that opening line, we should probably clarify – even though we’d like to hope that it’s self-explanatory – that the champagne is to toast the anniversary of the album’s release rather than Collins’ subsequent departure from the label. After all, you can take one look at his outfit on the album cover and know with complete certainty that nobody enjoys saying goodbye to Bootsy. The guy is a one-man party.
The overarching sound of the British duo Everything but the Girl (singer Tracey Thorn and instrumentalist Ben Watt) had after years settled into a pleasant, melodic pattern—keyboards and acoustic guitars laying the melodies over a mix of live and electronic percussion, with Thorn’s contralto providing the main focus and finishing touch. Something odd happened with 1994's AMPLIFIED HEART, though—a Todd Terry club remix of the song "Missing" became a massive worldwide hit, and it suddenly became apparent how ripe EBTG's music was for such aural reassessment. Heretofore unrecognized space in many of their songs' mixes could be filled with beats, echo and other accoutrements of dance music. In the right hands, a track that might have provided an agreeable diversion on the radio or in a dorm room CD player could be positively deadly on the dance floor.
26 years ago today, Ray Charles was named as one of the first 10 individuals to be enshrined as members of the Atlanta Celebrity Walk.
49 years ago, Tony Joe White entered the studio to record the song that would prove to be the biggest hit of his career.
It was on this day in Reading, England in 1953 that Michael Gordon Oldfield – but you can call him Mike – first entered the world. In celebration of this occasion, we’ve got our official Mike Oldfield playlist cocked and ready for your listening enjoyment, but to spotlight some of his musicianship from outside his career as a solo artist, we’ve also put together a six-pack of tracks from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s that feature Mr. Oldfield in some capacity.
10 years ago today, Wilco released the album that would provide the band with the highest placement on the Billboard 200 of their career to date.
Produced by the band themselves and recorded on their home turf – The Wilco Loft in Chicago’s Irving Park – SKY BLUE SKY was the first Wilco album for two of the band’s members; guitarist Nels Cline and jack-of-all-musical-trades Pat Sansone. More importantly, though, it was the first album that the band had done with virtually no help from longtime collaborator Jim O’Rourke. The end result was a comparatively mellow affair, with frontman Jeff Tweedy indicating that the lyrics of the album had been influenced by his spinning LPs by The Byrds and Fairport Convention.
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