An enormous commercial success, 1981's The Dude is a cross-cultural success blending jazz, Latin music, soul ballads, and straight pop into an admittedly slick but never over-produced or soulless stew. The album opens with a surprise: "Ai No Corrida" is a synthesizer-driven yet still funky Latin dance track written by Chaz Jankel of Ian Dury & the Blockheads, suggesting that unlike a lot of musicians his age, Quincy Jones kept his ears open to new music. The proto-rap title track accomplishes the same thing. The rest of the album is more conventional, with James Ingram and Patti Austin trading vocals on a smooth collection of tracks highlighted by the masterful love ballads "One Hundred Ways" and "Just Once," staples of adult contemporary stations, and the haunting Stevie Wonder-penned instrumental "Velas." The Dude is an outstanding collection that was massively influential on the '80s R&B scene.
Two classic easy-listening albums by Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra, originally released in 1970 on the Philips label, together on one CD and remastered from the original analogue stereo tapes for Vocalion's trademark crystal-clear sound.
Everyone is familiar with his melodic, incredibly beautiful and exciting music. Paul Mauriat - one of those people who are open to everyone with the help of this wonderful world of music. For more than thirty-year history, Paul Mauriat, along with his orchestra arranged and recorded more than a thousand tunes … Here is the 10-disc collection «The Best of Paul Mauriat» released in Japan in 1994.
JUMBO were formed in Milan at the end of 1969 around singer-songwriter Alvaro "Jumbo" FELLA (his nickname then became the name of the group). The band delivered complex Bluesy prog in a very non-traditional Italian style. They have created its own sound … an alternation of melody and hard rock, with strong themes (sex, drugs and prostitution. They were also influenced by Ian ANDERSON and JETHRO TULL.