The Supremes, the most commercially successful girl group in pop history, were one of the jewels in Motown Records' artist stable. Given wonderful material by Motown's amazing songwriters, the group scored numerous number one pop hits, as did singer Diana Ross when she left the group and went solo, and Motown's bright, modern, and uptown image as a label had a lot to do with way these ladies gracefully and elegantly presented themselves and took over a song. Dozen of those number one hits, both as the Supremes and as Ross solo, are collected here, including the timeless classics "Come See About Me," "You Can't Hurry Love," "You Keep Me Hangin' On," and "Stop! In the Name of Love."
Bluesy jazz in the Kansas City tradition by award winning guitarist and Roomful of Blues saxophonist. Award winning jazz and blues guitarist Gerry Beaudoin and saxophonist Rich Latielle, an original member of the multiple Grammy nominated jump blues band Roomful of Blues, turn out some swinging, jumping jazz and blues in the great Kansas City tradition of Count Basie, pianist Jay McShann and of course alto saxophonist and blues shouter Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, whom they both had worked with. Five original compositions run the gamut …
The Third Rail are best remembered today because their closest brush with hit-single status, 1967's "Run Run Run," appeared on Lenny Kaye's pioneering original Nuggets compilation in 1972. But while that album was the shot that kicked off the great garage rock revival, the Third Rail's music was a far better example of the glorious products of the pop music factory that was the Brill Building rather than teenage rock & roll run wild and free. Group founder Artie Resnick was a seasoned pro in the music biz, having written "Under the Boardwalk" and "Good Lovin'," and vocalist and co-writer Joey Levine was a teenaged pop prodigy who (like Resnick) would later become a major player in Buddah Records' mighty bubblegum empire a few years down the line. But in 1967, Levine was just a bit too clever for his own good, which is a big part of the pleasure of the Third Rail's sole album, ID Music.
This may be the best series of rockabilly compilations I've run across, and I've blown a lot of money on some mediocre crap. You get a ton of solid senders from fairly obscure names that run the gamut from hillbilly to rockin' boppers.