Newest CD/Album Reviews

Come Together Now (W/Dvd)
Come Together Collaborative
Come Together Now (W/Dvd)
Label: 785 Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 11/29/2005
Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012). - 10/20/2017 10:15 PM


"Avoid this CD. One song with a non-rap mix and it sucks. I thought it had other songs. 0/5 rating!"

Rock On 1981
Rock On 1981
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 10/17/2017 7:03 PM


"There are definitely a few noteworthy, rarely on 80's comp songs here. Definitely worth it. I'm on my 2nd copy! Blondie - Rapture J. Geils Band - Centerfold Foreigner - Waiting For A Girl Like You Billy Squier - The Stroke A Taste Of Honey - Sukiyaki Juice Newton - Queen Of Hearts Marty Balin - Hearts April Wine - Just Between You And Me Little River Band - The Night Owls Pat Benatar - Fire And Ice Gino Vannelli -Living Inside Myself Terri Gibbs - Somebodys's Knockin'"

Lovescape
Neil Diamond
Lovescape
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Release Date: 8/27/1991
Review by: Michelle D. (kitty-cat). - 10/15/2017 4:34 PM


"Hey, It's The Diamond. His music is always beautiful. Enough said."

Best of the 50s
Various Artists
Best of the 50s
Label: Sonoma
Release Date: 9/28/2010
Review by: Daniel T. (djtal). - 10/13/2017 5:36 PM


"From the Amazon description of this set: "All are newly recorded versions or live in concert performances of your favorite 50s hits...""

Sweet Tea
Buddy Guy
Sweet Tea
Label: Jive
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 5/15/2001
Review by: Alfredo V.. - 10/10/2017 10:48 PM


"Pretty bad. Very disappointed."

Family Dinner Vol. 2 [CD/DVD Combo]
Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Charlie Hunter, Becca Stevens, Salif Keita, Terence Blanchard, Michelle Willis, Chris Turner, Jacob Collier, Laura Mvula, Jeff Coffin, Väsen, Knower, Ivan Neville, Carlos Malta, Jason Marsalis, Nigel Hall
Family Dinner Vol. 2 [CD/DVD Combo]
Label: Ground Up
Release Date: 2/12/2016
Review by: Seth B.. - 10/10/2017 5:26 PM


"I think this was probably the best swap ever. Not only was the music tuneful, technically excellent and influenced by styles from around the world, but it just captures the imagination. I was surprised to see a DVD included, which is even better, and contains interviews with the musicians and music that wasn't included on the CD. Highly, highly recommended. I'm probably going to actually buy some additional copies for friends and family, as this one ain't leaving my collection. (Sorry, wish lister!)"

Christmas Past
Christmas Past
Christmas Past
Label: K-Tel UK
Release Date: 2/26/2008
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 10/9/2017 2:57 PM


"Tracklist 1 – Perry Como Winter Wonderland 2 – Doris Day The Christmas Song 3 – Frank Sinatra White Christmas 4 – Dean Martin Silver Bells (LIVE) 5 – Gene Autry Here Comes Santa Claus 6 – Bessie Smith At The Christmas Ball 7 – Stanley Holloway Old Sam's Christmas Pudding 8 – Phyllis Robbins I'm Sending A Letter To Santa Claus 9 – Mario Lanza Ave Maria (LIVE) 10 – Dick Haymes The Cradle Song Of The Virgin 11 – Perry Como I'll Be Home For Christmas 12 – Frank Sinatra Jingle Bells 13 – The Andrews Sisters Christmas Island 14 – Peggy Lee Winter Weather 15 – Bing Crosby Let's Start The New Year Right 16 – Dean Martin Silent Night (LIVE)"

Rock Rhythm & Blues
Various Artists
Rock Rhythm & Blues
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 10/8/2017 2:09 PM


"1. I'm Ready - Elton John 2. This Magic Moment/Dance With Me - Rick James 3. For Your Precious Love - Michael McDonald 4. Fever - Chaka Khan 5. Ten Commandments of Love, The - Howard Hewett 6. I Wanna Be Your Girl - Manhattan Transfer 7. It's Just a Matter of Time - Randy Travis 8. Mr. Lee - The Pointer Sisters 9. Roll With Me Henry - Christine McVie & Friends 10. Goodnight My Love - El DeBarge"

Night & Day 2
Joe Jackson
Night & Day 2
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 10/24/2000
Release Date: 10/24/2000
Review by: Sheldon D.. - 10/8/2017 5:45 AM


"Joe Jackson's part 2 to Night & Day is a faithful yet unpretentious follow-up to one of the best albums from the early 80's. The lyrics are interesting and honest and creative. And the music -- wow, the music! Awesome and beautiful. (It's music that could soundtrack a stroll through the city streets.) Joe's voice is as passionate, gritty and at times lovely as ever; and the voice of Marianne Faithful on one of the best (and strangest) tracks is hauntingly beautiful and freakishly sexy. I was a big fan of Night & Day in the early 1980's, and I'm a fan of this gorgeous follow-up. 5 stars!"

Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 1/1/1966
Re-Release Date: 9/16/2003
Review by: Kirsten M.. - 10/7/2017 10:25 PM


"Have waited a long time to be offered this cd through swapacd. Couldn't be more pleased with the condition of the cd and liners - all intact and in very good condition. Thank you so much!"

Ghost Party
Various Artists
Ghost Party
Label: Delta
Release Date: 10/8/2002
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/6/2017 11:32 PM


"Ghost Party!! How many compilations feature not one but TWO tracks by Screamin' Lord Sutch?! I ask you. Wild Thing:The Troggs Run for Your Life: Eric Burdon The Stroll: The Diamonds Young Blood: The Coasters Chantilly Lace: Tommy Bruce Spooky: Dennis Yost See You Later, Alligator: Bill Haley Monster Rock: Screaming Lord Sutch Out of Limits: The Marketts Rock and Shock: Screaming Lord Sutch "...Confident, Sexy, Celebratory, Fun, Nocturnal, Rollicking, Swaggering..." So says allmusic, and can't argue with that!"

Whendo
Gangbe Brass Band
Whendo
Label: World Village USA
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 10/11/2005
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/6/2017 11:13 PM


"Brass excellence from the Republic of Benin. Gangbé Brass Band blends West African jůjú and traditional Vodou music with Western jazz and big-band. The ten-member band plays Trumpet, trombone, and tuba, West African percussion and vocals. "Gangbé" means "sound of metal" in the Fon language. Samples: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwhJKGWO-II"

Rockin 80's
Various Artists
Rockin 80's
Label: Bmg Special Product
Original Release Date: 8/6/1997
Re-Release Date: 11/11/1997
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 10/6/2017 2:41 PM


"a few of these aren't often on 80's comps. I got it for #'s 5 and 10. # 9 and # 6 were added bonuses 1. We Built This City - Jefferson Starship   2. Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley   3. Who's Zoomin' Who - Aretha Franklin   4. Private Eyes - Daryl Hall/John Oates   5. You Should Hear How She Talks About You - Melissa Manchester   6. Funky Town - Pseudo Echo   7. Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmies   8. Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.   9. Waiting For A Star to Fall - boy meets Girl   10. 65 Love Affair - Paul Davis"

Follow the Feeling [Explicit]
Son of Mars
Follow the Feeling [Explicit]
Label: CD Baby
Release Date: 8/5/2016
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/6/2017 1:13 AM


"From CD Baby: An eclectic collection of tunes from songwriter/guitarist Lars Mortensen with band Son of Mars. From ultra mellow acoustics, soulful spaced out deepness, to hard straight rock. For more information and samples: https://sonofmars.bandcamp.com/album/follow-the-feeling. Artist's blog: http://www.sonofmars.com/larsblog/"

Wide Weird World of Henry Jaco by Henry Jacobs
Henry Jacobs
Wide Weird World of Henry Jaco by Henry Jacobs
Label: Important
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/6/2017 1:01 AM


"From Important Records: A contemporary of Ken Nordine and Lenny Bruce, Jacobs honed an individual style that was droll and laid-back but winked at you at the same time. On his recordings for Folkways, World Pacific, and Fantasy, as well as on his private label MEA, the world of Jacobs is an audio collage that embraces many cultures and sensibilities. This CD/DVD collection pays homage to Jacobs’ creative play, presenting recovered and restored audio as well as rare animated films that will give you a taste of this man’s special talents. From the early 1950s into the 1970s, Jacobs experimented with tape music, staged the early surround sound and visual spectacle Vortex (with artist Jordan Belson), and developed an array of absurd characters that would pop up as crank callers, relaxation coaches, or upside-down smiling instructors. Henry Jacobs is a sound artist and improviser par excellence. His influential recordings as well as collaborative projects resonate with an irreverent sense of humor and a love for musics of the world. For more infomation and reviews: http://importantrecords.com/special-editions/henry-jacobs-weird-wide-world-henry-jacobs-cddvd"

Pop in 70's 3
Various Artists
Pop in 70's 3
Label: Madacy Records
Release Date: 12/7/1999
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 10/5/2017 8:17 PM


"Incredible selection, original versions, plus the 14 minute version of Santa Esmerelda!! So many lost hits here. Totally worth the price! Jeans on by David Dundas, Rocky by Austin Roberts, Get up and boogie long version, I'm Doing fine now, by New York City, Let Her In, by john Travolta, rock N Roll Lullaby by BJ Thomas! And others. Really great selection of not often compiled 70's hits"

20 Christmas Stars
Various
20 Christmas Stars
Label: Kid's Records
Review by: Scott C. (scotso). - 10/1/2017 5:39 PM


"1. "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" (Amy Grant) 2. "O Come All Ye Faithful" (Chicago) 3. "Another Christmas Song" (Jethro Tull) 4. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" (Dionne Warwick) 5. "Deck the Halls" (Neil Sedaka) 6. "The Gift of Hope" (Mary Hart) 7. "Go Tell It On the Mountain" (Don McLean) 8. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (The Pointer Sisters) 9. "Heroes" (Kenny Rogers) 10. "O Holy Night" (Donny Osmand) 11. "Angels We Have Heard On High" (Jeffrey Osborne" 12. "Good King Wenceslas" (John Tesh) 13. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Mannheim Steamroller) 14. "Our Blessed Savior Has Come" (Carman) 15. "Silent Night" (Melissa Manchester) 16. "Twelve Days of Christmas" (The Sinatra Family) 17. "Carol of the Bells" (Four Seasons) 18. "Away In the Manger" (Willie Nelson) 19. "Dear Santa Please" (Marilyn McCoo) 20. "Auld Lang Syne" (Lou Rawls)"

New Songs of the Humpback Whale
Various Artists
New Songs of the Humpback Whale
Label: Important Records
Release Date: 11/13/2015
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/1/2017 11:23 AM


"From Important Records: "People tend to assume humpback whale song just a "whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaooooh" and leave it at that. But if you sit down and listen to a complete humpback performance you will find that the long moan is only one note in a complex composition, with distinct phrases, repetition, structure, organization, shape and form akin to many kinds of human music. This is no random outburst of cries and whispers, but a song with power, verve, identity, and design. It is a desire to go beyond memory and into the sounds of reality that has led us to release New Songs of the Humpback Whale, which aims to gather the best recent recordings of scientists and whale listeners the globe over to give all of us a chance to assess what has happened to whale song over the past few decades. One can hear gradual changes in humpback song from year to year, with some phrases lengthening, others shortening, others disappearing altogether as new variations appear. The change can be heard month to month, and even week to week within a single season. Today's whale songs should sound quite different from what he fondly remembers from the sixties. But is their musical culture going downhill? Or is it on the rise? Or just changing? Can we humans even tell the difference? To tell the difference infographic designer Michael Deal has created a new way to visualize humpback whale song, based on sonograms familiar to sound scientist but simplified into colorful glyphs making the structure of this grand underwater music easier to understand than ever before. Though humpback whale song did not evolve for humans to appreciate, it may be no accident that we do. Upon hearing the great song for the first time, whale scientist Roger Payne said he heard the size of the ocean, "as if I had walked into a dark cave to hear wave after wave of echoes cascading back from the darkness beyond.... That's what whales do, give the ocean its voice."' For more information, reviews: http://importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec433"

The Terrestrial Sea
MARK LYKEN
The Terrestrial Sea
Label: Important Records
Release Date: 5/6/2016
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/1/2017 11:21 AM


"From Important Records: "Genuinely breathtaking" - Aesthetica Magazine "A surrealistic meditation on the way that different environments encroach on each other" - Financial Times "The Terrestrial Sea is an important work because of what it represents: the acute awareness that arrives when the senses are used to their fullest extent" - A Closer Listen Mark Lyken is an Artist, Composer and Filmmaker based in rural Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. He creates musical and sound pieces, film, paintings and installations. The Cromarty Firth is an inlet of the North Sea in the Highlands of Scotland. It is an important and protected natural habitat of seabirds and marine mammals, yet it is also an essential berth of the Oil and Tourism industries. Based in a field station ideally located at the Cromarty Lighthouse, Ecologists from the University of Aberdeen study how natural and man-made environmental changes influence the behaviour and populations of the Firth's protected species. In 2012 Lyken was Artist in residence at the Lighthouse Field Station where he worked alongside the Ecologists and recorded The Terrestrial Sea album. He returned to Cromarty in 2014 to collaborate on a companion film with award-winning Filmmaker Emma Dove. The Terrestrial Sea is the culmination of that work, highlighting the diverse and ever-changing environments that the Ecologists are studying through music and film. A link to watch the film is contained within the CD packaging. The Terrestrial Sea is deeply imbued with a sense of place. Whilst sonically evoking the drama and beauty of the land and seascapes of the Cromarty Firth it also explores the tensions that exist surrounding the natural and industrial world. The music combines real world, electronic and processed sounds, creating a sometimes incongruous soundworld of corroded melodies, percussive clangs, drilling platform drones, pile driving booms, intensifying boat noise, local voices, the simulated sounds of weather and the ever-present sea itself. For more information, reviews: http://importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec437"

Svaevninger
ELSE MARIE PADE & JACOB KIRKEGAARD
Svaevninger
Label: Important Records
Release Date: 12/16/2014
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/1/2017 11:19 AM


"From Important Records: "Gorgeous electronic collaboration between Jacob Kirkegaard and Else Marie Pade. Urgent CD reissue of the sold out LP edition. This CD includes a beautiful 15 minute bonus track not included on the LP release. Else Marie Pade (born December 2, 1924 in Aarhus) is a Danish composer who pioneered electronic and concrete music in Denmark beginning in 1954 . Pade was active in the resistance movement during the Second World War, and was interned at the Frřslev prison camp from 1944 till the end of the war. An archival collection of Else Marie Pade's electronic work is now available on Important Records. Danish artist Jacob Kirkegaard's works are focused on scientific and aesthetic aspects of sonic perception. He explores acoustic spaces and phenomena that usually remain imperceptible to the immediate ear. Kirkegaard's installations, compositions & photographs are created from within a variety of environments such as subterranean geyser vibrations, empty rooms in Chernobyl, a rotating TV tower, and even sounds from the human inner ear itself." For more information, reviews: http://importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec382"

Seven Storey Mountain
Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, C Spencer Yeh
Seven Storey Mountain
Label: Important Records
Release Date: 6/14/2011
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/1/2017 11:16 AM


"From Important Records: "The first Seven Storey Mountain featured the odd pairing of British improv legend Paul Lytton and avant-rock icon David Grubbs. This second version is played by a trio that has worked together more regularly in different constellations. Yeh works with Corsano in Paul Flaherty's trio and with me in a trio with Tall Firs drummer Ryan Sawyer. Corsano has also worked with me in a new trio with saxophone iconoclast Evan Parker. There is a different kind of communication here, more organic and slowly moving over the tape material, which has new elements in it as well. Add to that, the beautiful mastering work of Mell Detmer and I think it has turned out as a heavy, dark, and beautifully rich record." Nate Wooley, Jan. 2011" For more information, and reviews: http://importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec330"

Heat Source
Ashley Paul
Heat Source
Label: Important Records
Release Date: 11/11/2014
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/1/2017 11:12 AM


"From Important Records: Ashley Paul is a performer and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. She uses an array of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, guitar, bells and percussion, mixing disparate elements to create a colorful palate of sound that works its way into her intuitive songs; free forming, introverted melodies. This blend manifests beautiful and simple musical forms against acoustic experimentation. Her solo albums have received high praise being chosen in Wire Magazine "Top 50 Releases of 2013, Pitchfork "Best Experimental sounds of 2013", first on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore's "Tongue Top Ten" in Arthur Magazine and included on NPR's All Songs Considered "Best of 2010". She has been interviewed or featured in Wire Magazine, BOMB, Gonzo (circus), Dummy, The Quietus, Ad Hoc, Spex, The Sound Projector and Foxy Digitalis. For more information and reviews: http://importantrecords.com/imprec/imprec413-0"

Triptychs: Variations on a Melody
Aidan Baker
Triptychs: Variations on a Melody
Label: Important Records
Release Date: 9/16/2014
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 10/1/2017 11:09 AM


"From Important Records: "Each "triptych" is based around a simple, slow-moving melodic line, which repeats three times with the addition of a harmonic line upon each repetition, culminating in a three part harmony. Triptychs: Variations On A Melody takes inspiration from Erik Satie's compositions Gymnopédies and his notion of "furniture music," which many consider a precursor to contemporary ambient music. Tags: ambient drone experimental furniture music minimalist neoclassical post-rock shoegaze Berlin released September 16, 2014 Aidan Baker - guitars, melodica Leah Buckareff - electric bass David Nesselhauf - acoustic bass Katie English - flute Rose Bolton - violin Peter Broderick - violin, piano Angela Chan - viola Julia Kent - cello Felicia Atkinson - organ Aki Yakamoto - piano"

Rides Again
James Gang
Rides Again
Label: Mca
Release Date: 6/6/2000
Review by: Theodore C.. - 10/1/2017 9:40 AM


"IMHO, the best of album from the James Gang. Joe was at his best with melodic rock."

Martini Musique
Various Artists
Martini Musique
Label: EMI
Review by: IC B. (icberry). - 9/29/2017 10:12 PM


"A very cool lineup of tracks here. Can't beat this playlist! Tracklist 1 –Bobby Darin More 2 –Peggy Lee What A Little Moonlight Can Do 3 –Renato Carosone Tu Vuo Fa L-Americano 4 –8˝ Souvenirs Happy Feet 5 –Paris Combo Living Room 6 –Martin Denny Quiet Village 7 –Karl Zéro I Love You For Sentimental Reasons 8 –Sophia Loren Zoo Be Zoo Be Zoo 9 –Pink Martini Amado Mio 10 –Elliott Easton's Tiki Gods Mr. Lucky 11 –Edwyn Collins Witchcraft 12 –Keely Smith Cocktails For Two"