On May 29, 1984, Tina Turner issued the album that would take her from being unfairly viewed as a has-been by the world at large and gain her the respect and commercial success that she so sorely deserved. It was a collection which featured 10 tracks produced by no less than four different sets of producers, and yet it proved to be exactly what the world at large need to appreciate the awesomeness of Ms. Turner and, perhaps most importantly, to finally remove the silent “Ike and” that so often appeared in front of people’s perceptions of her.
As you may have noticed from the album’s original date, it’s actually been 31 years since Private Dancer first hit record store shelves, which may lead you to ask, “Why are you only just now releasing a 30th Anniversary Edition of the album?” To that, we can only respond with…
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Miroslav Vitouš, Magical Shepherd: Bassist Miroslav Vitouš may not be a household name outside of houses where jazz fans reside, but between his work as a solo artist and as a founding member of Weather Report, the man is unquestionably a musical legend. Released in 1976, this album finds Vitouš working with Jack DeJohnette, James Gadson, Herbie Hancock, and Onike, and while it might not be the strongest of his solo endeavors, it nonetheless has moments of – you guessed it – magic. (Seriously, though, the title track and “New York City” are pretty great.)
It’s an album that dances on the sand – you know, just like that river twisting through a dusty land – and when it shines, it really shows you all it can, but it’ll shine twice as brightly for you if you pick up the two-CD deluxe edition, which you can find in stores right now.
Not that anyone really needs an additional excuse to own a copy of Rio, given that it features such classic Duran Duran tracks as the title track, “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and “Save a Prayer,” but this expanded version of the album includes the original nine tracks, album remixes of “Rio,” “Lonely In Your Nightmare,” “Hungry Like the Wolf,” and “Hold Back the Rain,” carnival remixes of “My Own Way,” “New Religion,” and “Hold Back the Rain,” the Manchester Square demos of “Last Chance on the Stairway,” “My Own Way,” “New Religion,” and “Like an Angel,” and more. All told, there are 27 songs on the set, plus the second disc closes with Simon Le Bon’s 1982 Christmas message. If that doesn’t warm the hearts of you diehard Durannies, we can’t imagine what will.
Picking a favorite Foreigner album from the initial Lou Gramm era of the band is for many a choice along the lines of picking your favorite child: they all have their merits, but no matter which one you choose, someone’s going to look down their nose at you for your selection. On the other hand, the unselected albums aren’t likely to scream “I hate you” and run off sobbing, so at least they aren’t likely to be left with the permanent emotional scars that your children will, but…oh, sorry, where were we? Oh, well, let’s just forget the analogy and make with the announcement: we’ve just released Foreigner’s 4 album on 180-gram vinyl.
Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, the duo from Versailles, France otherwise known as Air, have been delivering their ever-evolving blend of dance, electronica, prog-rock, and psychedelia since 1995, when they released their debut single, “Modular Mix,” and they’ve built a tremendous fanbase with their subsequent efforts over the course of the last two decades. If you’re one of their many fans, then this is a good week for you…so good, in fact, that the goodness actually carries over into next week as well.
Let’s start with the most awesome news first: today marks the release of The Virgin Suicides – 15th Anniversary –The Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box Set, a mammoth affair which would seem to argue that the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s first feature film is far more important on the pop culture landscape than the film itself...or not. (We figured we’d better throw in the “or not” just in case: Ms. Coppola is pretty well connected in the entertainment business, you know.) Either way, though, there’s no question that we’re taking this album very, very seriously, indeed, as you can see by what’s included: