With the arrival of Delta Lady: The Rita Coolidge Anthology, one can only remark: what took so long? No other singer – not Maria Muldaur, Bette Midler, Bonnie Bramlett, Carly Simon, or Linda Ronstadt – more perfectly embodied the wide range of changes that popular music underwent from the late '60s through the mid-'80s, and continues to seek new means of expression today. This two-disc anthology on Hip-O offers the first complete portrait of this complex and multivalent talent on CD (though a box set would have been nice). Rita Coolidge scored her first chart hit with friend Donna Weiss' "Turn Around and Love You" in 1969. That song earned her a studio spot where she fell in with Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, and a huge cast of musicians. Being a background vocalist on Delaney & Bonnie's classic Accept No Substitute earned her a place on Russell and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen revue and the rest is history, including a handful of chart hits and guest appearances that stagger the mind.
On stage at World Cafe Live is a thirteen part concert series which has been recorded in high-definition by HDNet, America's fastest growing HD network. Each of the thirteen one-hour programs features artists singing their classic songs and new recordings, as well as in-depth interviews give with WXPN's Michaela Majoun. The performances were captured in 1080i high definition and presented in a 16.9 widescreen format. Audio options include Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or PCM Stereo.
For the first time on one superb Double CD, Raven presents three classic 1970s albums by one of the finest American singers of the pop era RITA COOLIDGE. The Lady's Not For Sale (1972), Fall Into Spring (1974) and It's Only Love (1975) established her career and feature the pure sounds of laid-back country-rock and West Coast soft-rock mixed with a soulfulness that marks them as polished, quality productions. Raven has previously combined her two platinum-selling hit albums Anytime Anywhere (1977) and Love Me Again (1978) on a great value 2-for-1 release (RVCD-277) containing her biggest hits 'Higher and Higher' and 'We're All Alone'. Originally recorded for A&M Records, these three albums showcase the renowned Coolidge stamp of soulful warmth which is predominant on splendid covers of 'Fever', 'Bird on the Wire', 'I'll Be Your Baby Tonight', 'Love Has No Pride', 'Desperados Waiting for the Train' and 'It's Only Love'. Produced by David Anderle
Named for the traditional Navajo song "Shi Ni Sha," I Am Walking collects the best of contemporary Native American music, blending the airy beauty of flutists Andrew Vasquez, Joseph Fire Crow, Gary Stroutsos, and R. Carlos Nakai with notable singers Joanne Shenandoah and the Coolidge family of Walela. The result is rich with the spiritual beauty of ancient Navajo, Hopi, Oneida, and other Native cultures. Too many bright spots dominate this collection to list them all, but among the most special goodies are Walela's "Wash Your Spirit Clean"–floating with angelic voices, sparkling guitar, and crisp percussion and drums–and "Oweegon" from Jim Wilson's Little Wolf Band, which sends Priscilla Coolidge's vocals and Native chant flowing over spicy electronic rhythms like cold water through river rocks. A majestic collection for kind hearts.
This DVD presents a spectacular collection of some of the most celebrated and vibrant songstresses of our time. From the unforgettable voice of Dionne Warwick performing 'Walk On By' to the memorable and equally unforgettable Dusty Springfield singing 'Quiet Please There's A Lady On Stage' we bring together sounds for all tastes and every mood.
From the very first cut here, "The Lover of Beirut", Brahem's fascinating blend of traditional Eastern-flavored tonalities and his very jazz-like sense of free rhythms mix, in an astonishingly instinctual and intimate way, with Gesing's moody clarinet, their melodic lines at times doubling before breaking free to bend and swerve off into a melodic maze before slowly returning to their intricate Byzantine dance.