The Kylie experience has become so all-encompassing it's hard to believe that 2015's Kylie Christmas is her first holiday album. She and her team do it right, providing a varied and diverse selection of tracks and moods…
Kylie Christmas is the thirteenth studio album, and first Holiday album, by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, released on 13 November 2015 by Parlophone. Following the release of her twelfth studio album, Kiss Me Once, Minogue announced her departure with Parlophone, and her management deal with American label, Roc Nation. Minogue signed an exclusive one-album deal with Parlophone to release Kylie Christmas, with distribution rights with her Australian labels Warner Music Group and Mushroom Records. A Christmas music album consisting thirteen songs and three bonus tracks, Kylie Christmas contains both cover versions and original songs.
After the release of her 2014 album Kiss Me Once, the pop whirlwind known as Kylie Minogue set off on an ambitious world tour that took her everywhere from Monte Carlo to Istanbul to Sheffield. Playing before rapturous crowds with a stage show that could only be described as elaborate, Kylie ran through a set that included hits from her impressively long career. From "The Loco-Motion" all the way up to "Les Sex" from the new album, every song is a sparkling nugget of pop greatness brought to life in front of the crowd. This CD/Blu-Ray set captures a November show at Glasgow's SSE Hydro arena, and if you were unfortunate enough to have missed the tour, this comes about as close as one can get to actually being there. Just close your eyes and imagine lots of pink lights, sequins, and feathers as the music plays.
Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD player) and 24 bit remastering. Featuring the work of obscure composer/pianist Todd Cochrane, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson's 1971 album Head On is a highly cerebral and atmospheric affair that is somewhat different than his other equally experimental '70s work. Although the album does feature more of the avant-garde jazz that Hutcherson was exploring during this period, Cochrane's material is heavily influenced by contemporary classical music, and accordingly Head On is more of an exercise in reflective, layered jazz than rambunctious freebop – though it does offer some of that, too.
Reissue. Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (fully compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering (24bit 192kHz). Bobby Hutcherson's second quartet session, Oblique, shares both pianist Herbie Hancock and drummer Joe Chambers with his first, Happenings (bassist Albert Stinson is a newcomer). However, the approach is somewhat different this time around. For starters, there's less emphasis on Hutcherson originals; he contributes only three of the six pieces, with one from Hancock and two from the typically free-thinking Chambers. And compared to the relatively simple compositions and reflective soloing on Happenings, Oblique is often more complex in its post-bop style and more emotionally direct (despite what the title may suggest).
Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (fully compatible with standard CD player) and the latest remastering (24bit 192kHz). Carried by its almost impossibly infectious eponymous opening track, The Sidewinder helped foreshadow the sounds of boogaloo and soul-jazz with its healthy R&B influence and Latin tinge. While the rest of the album retreats to a more conventional hard bop sound, Morgan's compositions are forward-thinking and universally solid. Only 25 at the time of its release, Morgan was accomplished (and perhaps cocky) enough to speak of mentoring the great Joe Henderson, who at 26 was just beginning to play dates with Blue Note after getting out of the military.