Ready for the most remarkable flood of high-profile stereo debuts this year (or any year)? Hit Parade Records presents perhaps their finest CD collection yet, and it’s overflowing with sonic surprises you never expected to hear in stereo. From the most iconic drum beat in pop music (the fabulous “Be My Baby” intro) to the instantly recognizable opening chords of “Louie Louie” and “You Really Got Me” (both here in stereo for the first time), this album contains more important pop music history than any CD you’ll likely ever own.
New Soil wasn't the first session Jackie McLean recorded for Blue Note, but it was the first one released, and as the title suggests, the first glimmerings of McLean's desire to push beyond the limits of bop are already apparent. They're subtle, of course, and nowhere near as pronounced as they would be in just a few years' time, but – as with the 1959 material later issued on Jackie's Bag – hints of Ornette Coleman's stream-of-consciousness melodic freedom are beginning to find their way into McLean's improvisations. His playing is just a touch more angular than the ear expects, especially given the very bluesy nature of pieces like McLean's 11-minute vamp "Hip Strut," and pianist Walter Davis, Jr.'s infectious boogie-woogie "Greasy." Coleman's influence is most apparent on McLean's "Minor Apprehension," where the freewheeling, Coleman-esque main theme is paralleled by trumpeter Donald Byrd in a definite nod to Don Cherry. What's more, drummer Pete LaRoca takes a surprisingly free solo of significant length toward the end of the track.
2016 three CD collection. After a two-year hiatus, Ministry's multi-million selling series returns with Anthems Soul Classics. Soul music, for it's namesake, has one characteristic like no other music genre… A pure, heartfelt warmth that shines through it's gospel routes into melodies that defined a generation. Anthems Soul Classics is the definitive collection of the biggest names and greatest sounds in soul.