Fantastic 2007 UK compilation that features all 23 tracks found on Ronstadt's original Greatest Hits (1976) and Greatest Hits, Vol. Two (1980). Although often overlooked today, Ronstadt was one of the most popular female vocalists throughout the '70s and '80s, helping to usher many musical styles (from Country Rock to New Wave) into the charts. Plus, she's a fabulous singer to boot! She successfully covered a variety of oldies like 'It's So Easy', 'Tracks of My Tears' and 'Ooh Baby Baby' and managed to make them sound like Ronstadt originals! Features all the hits including 'You're No Good', 'Different Drum', 'When Will I Be Loved', 'Hurt So Bad', 'How Do I Make You' and many more. Rhino.
Newsies is Disney's 1992 return to that rarest form of film the live-action musical. With original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Jack Feldman the music tells the story of the 1899 New York City newsboy rebellion against newspaper kings William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. The film was dead on arrival and played in some lucky local cinemas for two weeks. This was sad news considering that it could have been the beginning of a whole new musical generation. The music of Newsies has since gained a following and has a timeless appeal joining the roots of a great Broadway musical while attempting to fit the songs to their era. Despite the 1990s production we are expected to believe the songs might have been sung by newsboys in the 1890s. We don't of course -- the songs are too elaborate and pop driven (it is also likely that a newsboy who was more melodic than a hum or whistle would have been put in his place if the newsies are as rough as this film would have us believe) Arguably one of the oddest films to emerge from the modern Disney Entertainment empire, this scrappy 1992 live-action musical tells the tale of a turn-of-the-last-century labor uprising among New York City's newsboys (or "Newsies")--an especially ironic topic given the Mouse House's own historical labor relations problems. It was also a valiant attempt to revive the glory days of the Hollywood musical, and Alan Menken (fresh from his triumphs Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid) serves up a rousing retro slate of songs (with lyrics by Jack Feldman) that both evoke the Ragtime-era story and bring a musical revivalist's fervor to the task of reanimating one of filmdom's most endangered genres; a throwback to be sure, but an energetic and infectious one. --Jerry McCulley
The final film in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy will be a certain blockbuster. The soundtrack albums to the previous films have been hits and award winners. Now with The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King featuring a track by Annie Lennox, this score album from the series' composer Howard Shore is sure to score with movie fans. This final chapter of Peter Jackson's sprawling adaptation of Tolkien's "Ring" trilogy closes out one of the most accomplished cycles in cinema--and film music--history. As he's done for the saga's first two installments, composer Howard Shore has honed a mature, brooding orchestral masterpiece that's long on subtle shadings of mood and nuance, while eschewing the hollow bombast that's characterized all too many mainstream action and adventure films for three decades. If anything, he's pared this chapter of his music for Middle Earth even closer to the bone, the trilogy's familiar themes repeated with a sparing hand that only heightens their dramatic power. Like Herrmann before him, Shore has a preternatural understanding of orchestral timbres and their almost mystical connections with human emotions, and he's used it here to close out this remarkable trilogy with Wagnerian dramatic sweep, yet one with a distinctly modern, understated melodic sense that is Shore's alone. James Galway and Renee Fleming make key instrumental and vocal contributions, respectively, while Annie Lennox's soulful "Into the West" makes the expected, if unobtrusive, bow to the theatrical pop song conventions. --Jerry McCulley
2013 album from the actress/singer. Music has always been Ariana Grande's first love. In fact, long before millions of fans fell in love with the singer and actress as Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon show Victorious, she began professionally pursuing her musical career at only eight-years old. Overcome with inspiration, she embraced her passion wholeheartedly and followed this dream. The breakout single "The Way" featuring Mac Miller, is the best way to get to know Ariana. The song has sold more than 1.5 million and scored Ariana her first Billboard Top 10 single. Across the album, she embraces influences as diverse as Mariah Carey and Imogen Heap, while cultivating her own style in the process
Manufacturer: Ghostlight Records
Hot on the heels of the Broadway debut of Disney's Newsies, the Original Broadway Cast Recording is set for release, allowing the show's rabid fans across the country to experience what The New York Times calls 'terrific songs, buoyant melodies, rousing lyrics and a sweet, funny, emotionally satisfying book. A musical worth singing about!' The cast recording features the musical s score by eight-time Academy AwardÂ® winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Sister Act) and lyricist Jack Feldman, with book by four-time Tony AwardÂ® winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles, Torch Song Trilogy). The stage version introduces brand-new songs while keeping many of the beloved songs from the film, including 'Carrying the Banner,' 'Seize the Day,' 'King of New York' and 'Santa Fe.' The iconic music is performed by the musical's original cast, headed by Jeremy Jordan.Newsies played its first Broadway preview on March 15th, prior to its March 29th opening night. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, Newsies is directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun (Big River revival) and choreographed by Tony nominee Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific revival).
Ariana Grande's sophomore album follows the success of her double platinum single, Problem feat. Iggy Azalea, which sold over 438k its first week, and her debut album Yours Truly, that came in at #1 on the Top 200 in September 2013.
Deluxe CD/DVD edition includes bonus DVD that contains the Back To Brooklyn show and more. 2013 live album from the Pop icon and entertainment superstar. Back To Brooklyn features nine songs that Barbra has never performed on stage before and includes special guests Il Volo, Jason Gould and Chris Botti. ''I have so many strong memories of growing up in Brooklyn. The apartments I lived in... the stoops I sat on... the lobby with its beautiful echo, where I first discovered I had a good voice. I'm proud of where I come from. Brooklyn people are down to earth. When we meet, there's an instant bond. I could be in Shanghai and if I bumped into someone from Brooklyn, we could speak in a shorthand that is completely unique. I eventually left Brooklyn to pursue my dreams, but Brooklyn never left me. In a very real sense, being born and raised there made me who I am today You can go home again.'' -Barbra
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Brand: UNI DIST CORP. (MCA)
Eighteen years after the Brothers' original "mission from God", Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) is getting out of prison and discovering that much has changed in the time he's been away. His partner, Jake, is gone, his band is no longer together and the orphanage where he grew up has been demolished. Elwood soon realizes that he must embark on a whole new mission - to reassemble the old band, this time with the help of a soulful bartender (John Goodman), compete at Queen Moussette's (Erykah Badu) Battle of the Bands and set a wayward orphan named Buster on the path to redemption. In the midst of the mayhem, he's got to prove to the police that there's magic in the music...and a mysterious method behind the Blues Brothers' madness. Special appearances by B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Johnny Lang, Blues Traveler, Eric Claption and many more. It's an action-packed comedy with lots of Rhythm and Blues. It's hard to ignore the sad and conspicuous absence of the late John Belushi, but this long-delayed sequel to 1980's The Blues Brothers still has Dan Aykroyd--as Chicago bad boy and blues rocker Elwood Blues--to keep the music alive. Once again, Elwood's trying to reunite the original Blues Brothers Band, and this time he's got a strip-joint bartender (John Goodman) and a 10-year-old orphan named Buster (J. Evan Bonifant) joining him at center stage. Believing that Elwood has kidnapped the kid, the cops are hot on his trail as the reunited band hits the road for the Battle of the Bands in Louisiana and the All-Star Blues Jam that ends the movie in a rockin' blaze of glory. It's a shameless clone of the first film, and nobody--especially not Aykroyd or director John Landis--seems to care that the story's not nearly as fun as the music that's used to stretch it out. Of course there's a seemingly endless parade of stunts, including a nonstop pileup of police cars that's hilariously absurd, but what really matters here--indeed, the movie's only saving grace--is the great lineup of legendary blues musicians. Aretha ...
Barbra Streisand's private music vault holds all the master tapes she's recorded for five decades. Now, she's sharing 11 previously unreleased songs, spanning a cross-section of her career from 1963 to the present. In an unparalleled career, Streisand has released more than 60 albums. Many of the sessions for these albums yielded extra recordings, which weren't included on the albums they were intended for. They've all been stored in her vault until now. Over the past year, Barbra has painstakingly gone through the recordings to come up with this collection, Release Me. Highlights include: "Didn't We" written by Jimmy Webb - recorded in 1970 for an unreleased album project titled The Singer; the standard "Willow Weep For Me" - an unreleased track recorded in 1967 for Simply Streisand, arranged by Ray Ellis noted for his legendary work with Billie Holiday; A striking version of Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going Rain Today," with Barbra on vocals and Newman on piano - from the 1971 Stoney End sessions; an unreleased studio version of "With One More Look At You" from A Star Is Born; Two tracks from the unreleased sequel to the acclaimed The Broadway Album, titled Back To Broadway - "Home" (from The Wiz) and How Are Things In Glocca Morra? / Heather On The Hill" (from Finian s Rainbow / Brigadoon).Reflecting on the album, Streisand noted, "The thing I'm happiest about is that I still have great affection for all these songs. They appealed to me at the time...and still do. Listening now, I actually think to myself, 'The girl wasn't half bad.'"With the exception of two songs where the original masters couldn t be located, all the tracks on Release Me were transferred from first generation master tapes. Every attention was paid to preserving the sonic perspective of the sessions as they were originally recorded and mixed.