Anyone who lived through the 1970s and the disco era knows KC and the Sunshine Band and at least a couple of their songs. Oh, don’t give us that look, trying to pretend you’re too cool to have ever listened to disco: when a band has five number-one hits to their name – “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty,” “I’m Your Boogie Man,” and “Please Don’t Go,” in case you’ve forgotten them – there’s no way even their detractors can avoid hearing their music, and like it or not, the songs are so catchy that the hooks stick with you long after they’ve left the charts.
When Julian Lennon, the eldest son of the late John Lennon, decided to embark on a recording career of his own a few years after his father’s death, it’s hard to gauge exactly how high people’s expectations were, but there’s no question that people were curious about the possibilities. It only required a cursory glance at a photograph of Julian to spot the physical resemblance he shared with John, but would they share a vocal one as well?
As it turns out, of course, they most certainly did have similar singing voices, and it’s fair to say that those similarities probably inspired a few still-mourning Beatles fans to pick up Julian’s 1984 debut album, Valotte. That’s not to say that the tunes weren’t pretty solid in their own right, mind you, and with production by Phil Ramone, they sounded darned nice, too. By the time all was said and done, two of the tracks had made their way into the top 10 – “Valotte” (#9) and “Too Late for Goodbyes” (#5) – and two others, “Say You’re Wrong” and “Jesse,” had also earned placement in the Billboard Hot 100 (at #21 and #54, respectively). After that, though…
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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Smiths' self-titled debut album, the band's discography is now available Mastered for iTunes.
Covering all four studio albums including 'The Queen Is Dead' (named "the greatest album of all time" by NME Magazine), the live album ‘Rank’, the singles and B-sides compilations ‘Hatful of Hollow’, ‘The World Won’t Listen’ and 'Louder Than Bombs' and finally, ‘Complete’, the ultimate collection for Smiths diehard.
Between Rhino Handmade reissuing The Monkees Present and Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork taking the stage together and touring throughout July and August, the summer of 2013 provided Monkees fans a couple of pretty great months. After that, though, the guys went their separate ways – maybe you caught Mr. Nesmith on his solo tour a few months back – so it’s been pretty quiet on the Monkees front.
If you’re in desperate need of a fix, then you’d better check your calendar and see what you’ve got going on between March 14 – 16 that you’re going to have to cancel, because that’s when the Monkees’ Official 2014 Convention – a co-presentation between Then and Now Productions and your friends here at Rhino – takes place in at the Hilton Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The two biggest reasons to attend? Both Mr. Dolenz and Mr. Nesmith will be there.
Rhino Spotlights Otis Redding And Aretha Franklin With New Boxed Sets, The King Of Soul And The Queen Of Soul
Each Four-Disc Collection Available February 4
Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin’s powerful voices continue to be the standard by which all other soul singers are measured. But they also share another bond through “Respect.” Redding originally wrote and recorded the song in 1965 and two years later Franklin’s cover version transformed it into a female-empowerment anthem known around the world.
Rhino will pay some respect of its own to these legendary artists during Black History Month when it releases new four-disc sets that showcase their individual careers. Due out on February 4, THE KING OF SOUL and THE QUEEN OF SOUL both feature over 85 tracks.
THE KING OF SOUL’s arrival coincides with the 50th anniversary of Redding’s debut album, Pain In My Heart, which helped define the sound of Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee. This new set features 92 songs and retraces the singer’s career from his meteoric rise to his untimely death in a 1967 plane crash.