Equal parts blue-eyed soul shouter and wild-eyed poet-sorcerer, Van Morrison is among popular music's true innovators, a restless seeker whose incantatory vocals and alchemical fusion of R&B, jazz, blues, and Celtic folk produced perhaps the most spiritually transcendent body of work in the rock & roll canon…
40 of the greatest by Joe Walsh's early group from the late '60s / early '70s, including 'Funk #49', 'Walk Away', 'Take A Look Around', 'Bluebird' and an exclusive interview with the band's original drummer Jim Fox. Also contains many tracks recorded with Tommy Bolin after Joe Walsh went solo. Comes packaged in a double slimline jewel case within a full color slipcase cover.
At the ripe old age of 21, James Morrison became an overnight sensation in the U.K. with the release of his debut album, 2006's Undiscovered, which wasted little time going platinum in the British Isles. Blessed with a fresh, soulful voice that alternated between smooth and rough tones (and suggested a British Stevie Wonder), Morrison recalled both the passion of classic soul music and the confessional lyrical stance of the singer/songwriters of the 1970s. Morrison was born in the West Midlands town of Rugby, where he soaked up the influence of his parents' record collection. His mother was a fan of soul, especially artists like Otis Redding, Van Morrison, and Al Green, while his dad was big on country and classic folk musicians such as Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie…
A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Fab Four's Acoustic Guitar Styles and Techniques. Learn the trademark acoustic guitar riffs and solos behind rock's most influential songwriting duo. An in-depth analysis of eight songs.
So smitten with the incredible vocal harmonies of Quartet ‘The Idea Of North’, superstar Aussie musician James Morrison decided he’d record an album with them. James and The Idea Of North’s first collaboration ‘Feels Like Spring’ has a beautifully distinct sound and style crossing many musical genres: jazz, folk, gospel, pop, classical, comedy - exactly what you hear is difficult to describe. You’ll hear songs you know and songs you don’t. You’ll hear astonishing arrangements of these songs. You’ll hear them performed with great sensitivity, great energy, by great performers. There’s wonder, intrigue and genuine spirit. There’s an amazing connection. Best of all, you’ll feel you’ve known James Morrison and The Idea Of North for years.
The Best of A Flock of Seagulls is an excellent 12-track roundup of A Flock of Seagulls' best material. Their catalog wasn't particularly deep outside of the hits "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" and "I Ran (So Far Away)," but they did do some good new nomantic synth pop, particularly on cuts like "Nightmares," "A Space Age Love Song," and "Telecommunications," all of which are here. As a matter of fact, this really does contain all of the group's best material, and while new wave fetishists will likely go for the actual albums anyway, most listeners will be more than satisfied with this.
Released not long after Warren Zevon announced that he was suffering from terminal cancer, perhaps some could argue that the single-disc Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon exploits his tragedy by recycling his catalog. The argument holds no water, because not only is it worth celebrating the work of this singer/songwriter, but his catalog was calling out for a collection like this. Although there was the double-disc set I'll Sleep When I'm Dead and a 1986 hits collection, there was no set produced during the CD era that chronicled not just his heyday, but his late-'80s comeback while cherrypicking highlights from the '90s. This does exactly that over the course of a generous, sharply selected 22 tracks. Given the space, it's inevitable that some great songs are missing, but if you're looking for a comprehensive overview, turn to the two-disc set. If you're looking for an introduction or simply a stellar selection of highlights, this suits the bill perfectly.