Blame the Vain Dwight Yoakam New West Records 2005
I’ve been a fan since he burst on the scene in 1986 and this newest release didn’t let me down. Lots of twang in that Kentucky bred voice and some smokin’ pedal steel guitar. One of my favorites is ‘Intentional Heartache’, a salute to a woman scorned.
Turandot Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) Zubin Mehta London Philharmonic Orchestra Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballe’, Nicolai Ghiaurov The Decca Record Company 1984
An absolute all-star cast for the Puccini opera that features ‘Nessun dorma’ and ‘In questa Reggia’. Beautifully orchestrated with superb vocal performances. The package contains two CD’s and a 227-page booklet with the complete libretto in English, German, Italian and French. Concise historical notes and the complete story of Turandot are also in all four languages in the booklet.
Remember the Titans Various artists An original Walt Disney Records soundtrack Walt Disney Records 2000
If you’ve seen the movie, then you know the music is as good as the story itself. The soundtrack includes: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell); Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum); Peace Train (Cat Stevens); Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye (Steam); Long Cool Woman (The Hollies); I Want to Take You Higher (Ike and Tina Turner); Up Around the Bend (Creedence Clearwater Revival); Spill the Wine (Eric Burdon and War); A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Leon Russell); Act Naturally (Buck Owens); Express Yourself (Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band); and Titan’s Spirit ( the movie score composed by Trevor Rabin). Great collection!
Blaze of Glory Jon Bon Jovi Inspired by the film Young Guns II PolyGram Records 1990
Great rock music with a decidedly Western flavor. Lots of cool percussion effects. Throw in some guitar solos by Jeff Beck and some vocals by Lou Diamond Phillips and this album just about has it all. And, oh yeah, there is an Emilio Estevez sound bite from the film that really sets the tone. All this and the CD cover unfolds with a poster of Jon Bon Jovi that is quite easy on the eyes.
Half The Perfect World Madeleine Peyroux
My brother introduced me to this artist and I’m glad he did. Her voice is reminiscent of smokey bars and midnight trysts. Simple jazz/blues tunes that always sound better with a drink and layer of smoke in the air. You get the idea. It’s a nice album with a duet with k.d. lang as part of the bargain.
The Four Seasons Antonio Vivaldi (1676-1741) Seiji Ozawa conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra Joseph Silverstein, violin Telarc 1982
An excellent recording of Vivaldi’s most popular and probably most well-known work.
Simple Gifts Instrumental arrangements of Shaker melodies William Coulter and Barry Phillips Gourd Music 1990
Beautifully simple melodies performed on guitar, cello, bowed psaltery, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, flute, English horn and various folk instruments.
The Commitments original motion picture soundtrack various artists from the motion picture cast MCA Records 1991
If you like rhythm and blues, this is a ‘must have’ recording. Tunes include Mustang Sally, Take Me To The River, Chain of Fools, The Dark End of the Street, Destination Anywhere, I Can’t Stand the Rain, Try A Little Tenderness, Treat Her Right, Do Right Woman Do Right Man, Mr. Pitiful, I Never Loved A Man, In The Midnight Hour, Bye Bye Baby and Slip Away. The film is worth checking out, too.
Sixteen Biggest Hits Willie Nelson Sony Music 1998
From the plaintive “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” through almost 20 more years of hits, this recording covers them all. Vintage Willie.
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