Manufacturer: Sony Legacy
Brand: Denver, John
BMG Strategic Marketing Group assembles here, the definitive single disc collection of Denver favorites, along with a bonus disc of special & previously unreleased songs that every fan will want to have. Pulled from the original master tapes & remastered to perfection, this is the purest sounding John Denver ever.
Manufacturer: Elektra Entertainment
Twenty-five year old Jason Mraz made his first forays into the music scene at a young age, making the pilgrimage from Mechanicsville, Virginia to New York City at eighteen to study performance and music theater. Soon, he was honing his singer-songwriter skills busking on the streets of Manhattan. Eventually making his way to the west coast, Mraz now embraces what he calls a life of sleep, peace and poetry -- and hundreds of shows that have smitten thousands of fans. His debut album, Waiting For My Rocket To Come, is packed with witty, wordy, smart, funky and astonishingly catchy pop songs that do right by the best singer-songwriter traditions of Elektra. The album was produced by John Alagia, who has worked with the Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer, among others. Virginia exile Jason Mraz grew up listening to Dave Matthews and Agents of Good Roots, local heroes whose frat-friendly influences are much in evidence on his major-label debut. Producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) augments Mraz's SoCal cohorts with Agents' rhythm section, dramatically expanding and polishing songs like "Curbside Prophet" and "You and I Both," which previously appeared in looser, less developed versions on Mraz's self-released live recordings. But fans from the singer-songwriter's coffeehouse years need not despair. Mraz's witty lyrics and easygoing folk-blues stylings (think Jack Johnson on Prozac) are still very much in evidence. He's also in fine voice and, on two standout tracks--"Who Needs Shelter" and "Absolutely Zero"--rivals Neil Finn in his ability to invoke the spirit of Paul McCartney. Waiting for My Rocket to Come showcases an artist who, while still finding his own direction, is clearly off to a great start. --Bill Forman
The most comprehensive single-CD collection by this treasured troubadour. These 1965-1987 United Artists, Reprise and Warner Bros. tracks include his Top 10 hits Sundown; If You Could Read My Mind; The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald; Carefree Highway , and 14 more! Though he rose from the ranks of journeyman '60s folksinger to become a potent and consistent '70s hit maker, Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot's stock in trade was as much hard-eyed, dispassionate observation as romance or poetic whimsy. Perhaps that's why his songs have been covered by everyone from Elvis (this set's "Early Morning Rain") to Dylan. If there's such a thing as an alpha-male folkie, Lightfoot certainly fits the bill. Spanning the tongue-in-cheek chauvinism of 1965's "For Lovin' Me" and the cheatin' ways of "Sundown" to more introspective fare like "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Beautiful," this 20-track collection presents a concise primer on Lightfoot's career and craft. After his career peaked with one of the most unlikely top five hits ever, the gloom-laden 1976 narrative "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," Lightfoot's production tailed off sharply, though this anthology's "Stay Loose" ('86) and "Restless" ('93) are testament to his enduring skills as a songwriter and performer. --Jerry McCulley
2006 special holiday two CD edition of this release features the album's original tracklisting plus a bonus disc featuring Enya's remarkable interpretation of traditional Christmas songs 'Adeste, Fideles' (the original Latin version of 'O Come All Ye Faithful') and 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' plus two original songs, 'Christmas Secrets' and 'The Magic of The Night'. which were produced by Nicky Ryan and feature Roma Ryan's evocative lyrical skills. There's no one else quite like Enya and she continues to dazzle and enchant listeners with every release. Warner.
His #1-smash "best-of" from 1973 plus three new bonus tracks! Includes his classic hits Take Me Home, Country Roads; Sunshine on My Shoulders , and Rocky Mountain High plus Follow Me; Goodbye Again; Leaving, on a Jet Plane; Sail Away Home; Daydream , and more.
Manufacturer: Mercury Records
Brand: Virgin Emi Records
Brilliant 1998 album of tales of dusty trails...one of her best! Includes 'Right In Time' & Drunken Angel'. Lucinda Williams makes this whole music thing seem so simple: Write in plain language about the people and places that crowd your memory; add subtle flavors of a mandolin here, a Dobro there, perhaps an accordion or slide guitar; above all, sing as honestly and naturally as you can. Of course, it took her six years to achieve this simplicity, an amazing achievement considering the number of knobs that were turned. Her exquisite voice moans and groans and slips and slides--she delivers a polished tone in a coarse manner. On the superb "Concrete and Barbed Wire," soft acoustic guitars are punctuated by electric slide, accordion, mandolin, and Steve Earle's harmony. Williams's deeply personal stories are matched with bluesy rumbles, raunchy grooves, and plaintive whispers. The entire Deep South is reduced to a sleepy small town filled with ex-lovers, dive bars, and endless gravel roads. --Marc Greilsamer
Manufacturer: Reprise Records
A quadruple platinum #1 smash and the best-selling album of 1972, Harvest was Neil Young's fourth solo effort. With the gold #1 'Heart Of Gold,' Top 40 'Old Man,' powerful 'The Needle And The Damage Done,' controversial 'A Man Needs A Maid' and 'Southern Man' companion 'Alabama', Harvest won inclusion in Rolling Stone's '100 Greatest Albums Of All Time'.