I was enticed to buy this compilation album when I saw top songs by the original groups that made them famous: Commodores, Average White Band, Earth Wind And Fire, Kool and The Gang, Patti LaBelle, Jean Knight, Carl Douglas, Rose Royce, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Ohio Players, Chic, The Gap Band, Rick James, and more. I loved most of these tracks when they were new, and I'm not ashamed to say that I still do (at least most of them) :-) There are tracks from groups with great success and longevity, and some that are one-hit wonders, but this is a good sampling of the age of Funk. These tracks are good for listening, dancing (if you still do), and reminiscing.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Fleetwood Mac's landmark Rumours album, the classic Fleetwood Mac lineup - Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie and Stevie Nicks - have reunited for an MTV special, a national tour and this extraordinary new album. Drawn from three intimate performances on a Hollywood soundstage, The Dance features superb new versions of classic Fleetwood Mac material, as well as several new songs!Certified at 5 million units by the RIAA. (3/00) Fleetwood Mac's 1997 reunion could have been the kind of event that works on video--great concert, after all--but ends up not paying off in repeated listenings on CD. But The Dance, while concentrating on the group's '70s and '80s triumphs, finds the Mac energy running high and impassioned. New songs like "Temporary One" and "Bleed to Love Her" are fine additions to the canon, while "Everywhere" and "Say You Love Me" both breeze along the way you remember them and manage a reinvention in the live setting. The dark side of the vision is accounted for with Lindsey Buckingham's crazed solo "Big Love," but best of all is "Silver Springs," wherein Stevie Nicks tears the roof off the sucker and sets fire to the rubble. --Rickey Wright
The beloved children's anthem Baby Beluga joins fun-filled favorites and inspiring Raffi originals in this collection of musical riches for the whole family. Baby Beluga is a fun-filled collection of favorite children's songs and Raffi originals, all performed in the singer's folksy, expressive style. Beluga begins with the sounds of whales communicating in their high-pitch squeaks (which presented here come across as cute and sweet) and features melodic lines that evoke vivid pictures of gentle waves and a frolicking whale. An illustrated sing-along book that is published separately is a nice companion to this first track, giving young listeners visual images of the song's narrative. The rest of this varied album blends traditional songs like "Oats and Beans and Barley" and "This Old Man" with four original pieces by Raffi, including the instrumental "Water Dance." Liner notes have the complete lyrics, a description and history of beluga whales, and explanations of Raffi's inspiration and ties to each song. This is an excellent album with catchy tunes that's sure to become a household favorite. --Tami Horiuchi
Brand: Umgd/Dream Works Records
SOUNDTRACK SHREK 1 Like The Muppet Show or The Simpsons, Shrek is tiered with visual appeal, fantasy, and sophisticated humor that appeals to children and adults on two mutually exclusive levels. Judging by the soundtrack alone, there is some genuine emotion coming from this movie; Rufus Wainwright, the Proclaimers, and especially the Eels all pen winsome, longing tunes. Dana Glover's "It Is You (I Have Loved)" represents the soundtrack's requisite glossy ballad, but it's better than most, and John Powell's climactic, orchestral "True Love's First Kiss" makes one wish there was a full score to accompany this soundtrack. On the flip side, Smash Mouth cover the Monkees' "I'm a Believer" with a groovy treatment of crunchy hip-hop beats, and Leslie Carter (sister of Aaron and Nick) gives a perky performance on the Britney-esque "Like Wow!" The soundtrack squeezes the last drops of juice from the overplayed Smash Mouth hit "All Star," but other than that, it strikes a great balance between cute-but-not-precious pop hits, and more grown-up songs that are well within reach of young ears. --Beth Massa
Beastie Boys Photos Â Â Â More from Beastie Boys The Sounds of Science Check Your Head IIll Communication Hello Nasty Awesome, I Shot That DVD Video Anthology - Criterion Collection After the out-of-nowhere success of Licensed to Ill, the Beasties had to prove they were more than one-album wonders, and they hit it out of the park with this follow-up. The Boys' lyrics are a hysterical deluge of cultural allusion (Ponce De Leon, Sadaharu Oh, and Love Connection's Chuck Woolery all get name-dropped), compressed wordplay, and adenoidal snottiness, but the real stars are the Dust Brothers, whose production is a hip-hop landmark. Their music tracks sound like the history of rock and funk radio boiled down to a pure concentrate--monster jams built out of thousands of unexpected samples (Johnny Cash! The Sweet!). It's a killer party album, kinetic and dense, and it never slows down. --Douglas Wolk
The second album from Montreal's Arcade Fire exceeds all expectations. With string and orchestral arrangements by two of the band members, "Neon Bible" is full of both half-assed punk rock mistakes and meticulously orchestrated woodwinds. Processed strings and mandolin. Quiet rumbles and loud rumbles. But mostly just eleven songs that the band thinks are really good. The deluxe CD version is packaged in a hinged box with two 32-page flip books designed by the band. The LP is double 180-gram audiophile quality with three sides of music and an etching on the fourth side. The LP also includes a coupon for a free MP3 download of "Neon Bible". Arcade Fire's 2004 debut "Funeral" has scanned over 300,000 copies and is certified platinum in Canada.
Brand: PORCUPINE TREE
Porcupine Tree defies categorization. This unique London-based quartet make unconventional, uncompromising music that qualifies them as Europe's premiere art-rock cult band. Porcupine Tree's cogent musical personality is a force to be reckoned with. Porcupine Tree's intelligent and accessible sound will appeal not only to metal enthusiasts and twenty-something dark wave fans, but will also fit in with today's more adventurous alternative station playlists. This is an enhanced CD with exclusive making-of-the-album video footage, plus a hidden track which is a partial re-recording of Lighbulb Sun's 'She Moved On. Atlantic. 2005. Before the Mars Volta made prog-metal fashionable again--with a little help from the Dillinger Escape Plan and My Chemical Romance--Porcupine Tree's 2002 US debut, In Abstentia, had already laid most of the groundwork. For the middle-aged British quartet led by Steven Wilson, '70s rockers like Rush and Yes (with whom the group toured after the album's release) never went out of style but instead left behind grandiose scriptures to be studied for all of eternity. So while tighter and more efficient in spots ("Shallow," "Halo"), Porcupine Tree's Deadwing faithfully keeps the technically proficient epics coming, peaking with multi-tentacled 12-minute "Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here)." --Aidin Vaziri
Chakra Suite: Music for Meditation, Healing and Inner Peace
Manufacturer: Steven Halpern'S Inner Peace Music
The original #1 best-seller (over 770,000 sold worldwide)! An essential foundation of every New Age music section. CDNow/Amazon.com New customers continue to ask for it by name. Chakra Suite uses the 7 musical keynotes to resonate and balance the 7 chakras. Originally released as Spectrum Suite, now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Excellent for meditation, relaxation and healing.
This music soundtrack from the hit 1996 film is the best-selling Gospel album of all time. Featuring songs written by Kirk Franklin and Richard Smallwood as well as performances by Hezekiah Walker, Shirley Caesar, and The Georgia Mass Choir, this soundtrack takes Whitney Houston back to her roots of singing with her mother in her church choir. Includes favorites I Love The Lord, Who Would Have Imagined A King, and I Go To The Rock, which Whitney performed live at the 1998 Gospel Music Dove Awards. Track Listing * I Believe In You and Me * Step By Step * Joy * Hold On, Help Is On ..e Way * I Go To ..e Rock * I Love ..e Lord * Somebody Bigger ..an You And I * You Were Loved * My Heart Is Calling * I Believe In You and Me (Film Version) * Step By Step (Remix) * Who Would Imagined A King * He's All Over Me * ....e Lord Is My Sheph By this time in her career, Whitney Houston had a formula sound, and here she leans on it hard, surrounding herself with adult contemporary heavy-hitters like Diane Warren and Babyface. This wasn't the monster her previous records were, most notably The Bodyguard soundtrack, even though it seems to be an overt attempt at satisfying the same audience. Her voice is as crystalline as ever, but overall it seems a somewhat soulless effort, even though the themes are much more secular than she's braved before. --Scott Wilson
Manufacturer: Rhino Records / Fox Music / Fox Searchlight
This is the soundtrack to the Fox Searchlight Pictures feature film, "Juno." Highlights include The Moldy Peaches' "Anyone Else But You," Kimya Dawson's "So Nice So Smart," and the Mott The Hoople classic "All The Young Dudes" Director Jason Reitman's warm, compassionate comedy about an unanticipated teen pregnancy was not only a dark horse OscarÂ® nominee for Best Picture, but saw this soundtrack CD top the charts just two weeks after its release. It's a collection wherein quirky, generation-spanning folk and rock choices are rooted in something more rewarding than mere eclecticism for its own sake--namely the sense of unlikely, hopeful humanity that Kimya Dawson's core songs bring to its slightly askew axis. Dawson's spotlight performances here range from a handful of decidedly twee solo cuts, to the album's key "Anyone Else But You," (her 2001 duet with Adam Green released under the Moldy Peaches moniker,) and a couple more upbeat oddballs by the singer's more recent Antsy Pants project. That effusively innocent musical core is augmented with a pair of eminently sympathetic tracks from Scottish twee-pop magnates Belle and Sebastian, then seasoned with a mix of catalog tracks that spans eras from Buddy Holly to Sonic Youth--utilizing styles as diverse as the Kinks, Mott the Hoople, and Velvet Underground--that nonetheless manage to bolster the film's tender emotions with a graceful, (if skewed,) charm that's hard to resist. --Jerry McCulley Director Jason Reitman made a whole slew of great decisions with his justly lauded film Juno. One of them was the choice of music he used, which gave potent voice to this soundtrack companion. While all of the songs added energy and emotional atmosphere to the scenes, it was the inclusion of numerous numbers by Kimya Dawson that subtly enhanced the wonderfully drawn title character. Dawson's homemade immediacy and faux stream-of-consciousness lyrics felt like songs that the character Juno would listen to, or create. Dawson's seven (one recorded with Adam Green, her partner...