The mambo has become fashionable again lately, but for Tito Puente it has never gone out of fashion. In 1957 he cut two stellar albums for RCA, but just how good they were didn't become obvious until the advent of the CD. The full, rich sound on these LPs is nothing short of astonishing. This is mambo at its most ecstatic: blasting brass, sensual saxes, and that irresistible Afro-Cuban rhythm section led by Tito, Ray Baretto and Mongo Santamaria. This set contains 23 titles, including 3-D Mambo, Mambo Gozon, Conga Alegre, Hot Timbales…. etc.. Ay! Ay! Ay!
This album is something of a legend in the annals of ECM lore, as it was the only ever recorded by the fantastically talented Steve Eliovson. With Collin Walcott on percussion for support, the since unheard-from guitarist carves lasting impressions that can now be thankfully heard on CD. The experience begins in “Venice” (as in California), where the guitar speaks with tabla like two continents connected by tectonic plates beneath an ocean. Eliovson’s sonorities are pristine, especially in “Earth End” and in “Slow Jazz,” where the precision of finger placement and the occasional bent note add a soulful turn of phrase. The album’s portal is “Awakening,” a submarine communion of gongs that closes one door while opening another. The title track is buoyed by a glimmering triangle and arpeggios from an internal guitar, while the external speaks in tongues with the various percussive accents that flit in and out of its view.
Beecham had an exquisite ear for detail, and his Peer Gynt has more fantasy — more subtlety, too — than anyone else's: Ase s Death and Anitra 's Dance are simply magical. So is the Symphonic Dance, and if In Autumn and the variations occasionally seem a litde thin musically, Beecham makes amends with keenness of attack and eloquent phrasing. The orchestra is superb and the transfers (which give us the variations in stereo for the first time), excellent.
Given the cold shoulder Madonna's 2003 album American Life received by critics and audiences alike – it may have gone platinum, but apart from the Bond theme “Die Another Day,” released in advance of the album, it generated no new Top Ten singles (in fact, its title track barely cracked the Top 40) – it's hard not to read its 2005 follow-up, Confessions on a Dance Floor, as a back-to-basics move of sorts: after a stumble, she's returning to her roots, namely the discos and clubs where she launched her career in the early '80s…
UK 40-track 2-CD album set featuring a collection of 80's Club Classics including hits by Oliver Cheatham, Sister Sledge, Luther Vandross, Shalamar, Gwen Guthrie, Chaka Khan and many more….
The biggest Dance Hits collected this year on a 2CD. With Fais feat. Afrojack, The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ, Martin Garrix feat. Bebe Rexha, Hardwell feat. Jay Sean, Armin van Buuren feat. Bullysongs, Sam Feldt x Lucas & Steve feat. Wulf, Imany, Jonas Blue feat. JP Cooper, and more.
This exceptional 3CD set features the biggest hits and most sought after extended mixes that were so special to the 80s. The biggest artists of the era are featured including Wham!, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Human League, Tears For Fears, Soft Cell and Spandau Ballet. It includes many sought after mixes including the Dance Mix of Sledgehammer, the Night Version of Girls On Film, The Extended Version of All Cried Out and the 12inch New York Mix of Relax.