Late last year, we released a box set featuring Ry Cooder’s studio albums from 1970 through 1987, but those of you who know his catalog inside and out no doubt noticed the omission of his soundtrack work, which – not counting his handful of contributions to Nicolas Roeg’s Performance in 1970 – kicked off with The Long Riders in 1980. If you’re one of those individuals, you’ll be pleased to discover that, as of today, there’s now a companion piece to 1970 – 1987: the appropriately-named Soundtracks.
First, the bad news: although it starts with The Long Riders and continues chronologically through 1993’s Trespass, it’s not completely all inclusive of Cooder’s soundtrack work through those years.
This week’s Mono Monday release is the debut album from an R&B belter who effectively made his entire career possible with the first song he recorded for his first full-length album, which – given that the album in question was initially released 48 years ago – is a pretty impressive accomplishment by anyone’s standards.
Percy Sledge’s story is one of those that you’d write off as fiction if you didn’t know it was true: he was working as an orderly in an Alabama hospital during the week, touring the southeast with a group called the Esquires Combo on Saturdays and Sundays, when a former patient introduced Sledge to record producer Quin Ivy, which led to an audition and a recording contract with Atlantic Records. The next thing you know, Sledge is in the studio, recording “When a Man Loves a Woman,” crooning along with Spooner Oldham’s unforgettable organ playing behind him.
Watch the late Robin Gibb re-interpret the classic 1966 Bee Gees song. "I Am The World," in this video composed of footage shot in 2009.
The single is featured on Gibb's new album, 50 ST. CATHERINE'S DRIVE, out now.
According to the supercomputer Deep Thought, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything, a revelation which we can only presume must somehow be tied to why Genesis has decided to release R-KIVE, a new box set which covers 42 years of music from not only the band but also the various members of the band, including three selections each from the discographies of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford…and in case you’re wondering, yes, in this instance, when we say “Mike Rutherford,” we do mean “Mike + The Mechanics.” (Sorry, fans, there’s no “Maxine” to be found here.)
This is far from the first box set to emerge from the Genesis camp, of course, but it is the first time they’ve put something together which covers the members’ work inside and outside the band, thereby providing a fuller picture of what each individual brought to the table.
It was a dark day in pop music when Robin Gibb, one of the founding members of the Bee Gees, succumbed to cancer on May 20, 2012, but for those still mourning the man who sang and co-wrote “I Started a Joke” (not to mention numerous other classic tracks), we can bring a little bit of bittersweet sunshine to your day with the release of 50 St. Catherine’s Drive, Robin’s final solo album.
Compiled by Robin’s widow, Dwina, and his son R.J., 50 St. Catherine’s Drive – named for the address where Robin was born – features 17 tracks, including the majority of the material he recorded for the album, along with a demo of “Sydney,” the last track he wrote and recorded in his lifetime.