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Sting and Shaggy: 44/876

Read "44/876" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Every summer needs its soundtrack, i.e.--a song or an album full of songs that will remind people that it's good to be alive. The summer is the time to feel good and it has to have its music that would reflect the fun and mischievous behavior that you would remember the summer by. And on this ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sérgio Mendes: Brasil '66

Sérgio Mendes: Brasil '66

Suffering from poor albums sales as a jazz-bossa pianist at Atlantic Records in 1965, Sérgio Mendes decided to listen to a recommendation made by Richard Adler, a producer at A&M Records. Adler, who would become Mendes's partner, urged him to keep his Brazilian feel but bring on American female vocalists to sing contemporary pop hits in ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sting: 57th & 9th

Read "57th & 9th" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Throughout his long and illustrious career, Sting has enjoyed an enviable set of circumstances. Not only does he have total artistic freedom but he has been accompanied by elite musicians and has a devoted, global fan base. In return, that has yielded many artistic triumphs as he explored almost every genre known to man. He has ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Read "Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishmen" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Joe Cocker
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
A & M Records
1970

Give me a ticket for an aer-o-plane...I ain't got time to take no fast train...

The first record album (long player of LP, that is--what old people put on turntables and played) I ever bought was ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Sting: The Last Ship

Read "Sting: The Last Ship" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Much like his fellow collegue, musician Peter Gabriel, British singer and songwriter Sting has spent the past decade, since his last album with original material Sacred Love (A&M, 2003) in endless touring, reissues, cover albums and recording past material with a philharmonic orchestra. Far from being inactive or lazy, during that time he also reunited his ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sheryl Crow: 100 Miles from Memphis

Read "100 Miles from Memphis" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

On 100 Miles from Memphis, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow pays homage to the Memphis soul sound that deeply influenced her as she grew up, literally “100 miles from Memphis," in her native Wisconsin. The disc kicks off with “Our Love Is Fading," an up-tempo, horn-heavy rocker that might just become the album's first hit single. The relaxed ...

Peter Frampton: Thank You Mr. Churchill

Read "Thank You Mr. Churchill" reviewed by Doug Collette

Thank You Mr Churchill is Peter Frampton's latest attempt to reconcile fame with artistic integrity, a campaign he's been waging much of his career. Looking to escape his teen idol status in The Herd by partnering with Steve Marriott in the quasi-super group Humble Pie, he departed their ranks when growing fame relied too heavily on ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Joe Cocker and the Grease Band: Live at Woodstock

Read "Live at Woodstock" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Great Britain taught America to be proud of her musical heritage by importing it, transforming it, and sending it back to her. The American South between 1920 and 1960 was a hothouse for all of America's great musical offerings: blues, R&B, country, jazz, and rock and roll. All of these genres germinated in the United States, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Herb Alpert: Definitive Hits

Read "Definitive Hits" reviewed by AAJ Staff

How self-serving can one musical genius be to have a label he co-founded release a collection of his best-loved songs?

But this is not just any self-serving genius. This is the guy who brought the world Dolores Ericson covered in shaving foam. This is the self-serving genius who scored the best James Bond film that wasn’t ...

Antonio Carlos Jobim: Wave

Read "Wave" reviewed by William Grim

Antonio Carlos Jobim's music defined the bossa nova movement, and he was largely responsible for the last worldwide popular musical style that featured subtle melodies, literate texts, and sophisticated harmonies. During the late 60s and early 70s Jobim, along with producer Creed Taylor and arranger Claus Ogermann, produced several albums that rank among his finest. Wave ...