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Headquarters [Deluxe] (Album of the Day)
Wind And Wuthering (Album of the Day)
Forty years ago this month, Genesis' WIND AND WUTHERING blew into record stores. The eighth studio set from the U.K. band would prove the last with guitarist Steve Hackett, who with the core trio of keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist Mike Rutherford and vocalist/drummer Phil Collins brought the group's progressive rock phase to a memorable close. A touch less whimsical than its predecessors, the album features Genesis' first U.S.-charting single ("Your Own Special Way"), loads of moody atmosphere and some of the most brilliant instrumental work of the band's career (as on the dazzling epic "One For The Vine"). Banks himself cites the Gold-certified WIND AND WUTHERING as a personal favorite, noting with pride "It's definitely the most musically complex of all our albums, and it has a mysterious quality to it."
‘TIS THE SEASONS (Album of the Day)
“The holidays are my favorite time of the year and, ever since the first Four Seasons Christmas album, I've wanted to do another one... and now I've finally got around to it,” says singer Frankie Valli of 'TIS THE SEASONS, the first solo Christmas album of his legendary career. Produced by musical mastermind Bob Gaudio (who formed The Four Seasons with Valli in 1960 and wrote many of the group's biggest hits), the new Rhino collection finds Valli putting his unique spin on more than a dozen yuletide standards. Opening with a high-energy medley of "Joy To The World" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?," the set features stunning arrangements of such classics as “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" and a version of “Merry Christmas, Baby” that features fellow Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Famer Jeff Beck on guitar. An ideal match between iconic songs and iconic vocalist, 'TIS THE SEASONS is the perfect soundtrack to your holiday season.
This Girl's In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook) (Album of the Day)
Platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Rumer has a voice tailor-made for pop classics, and she brings her singular talent to bear on a dozen of them on the new THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE (A BACHARACH & DAVID SONGBOOK). Recorded at the renowned Capitol Studios with arranger, composer and orchestrator Rob Shirakbari (longtime musical director for Dionne Warwick as well as Rumer's husband), the collection includes an appearance by Burt Bacharach himself on piano. “In some cases I said, 'Forget all the other versions - what is the song about?,'” notes Rumer, who gives such favorites as “The Look Of Love” and “(They Long to Be) Close to You” a melancholia that gets right to the emotive core of Bacharach's melodies and Hal David's lyrics. THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE also includes straighter interpretations (“Walk On By”) and more obscure gems (“Land of Make Believe”), and every performance adds a new gleam to this timeless music.
Bella Donna (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
Legendary Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks joined producer Jimmy Iovine to begin recording her solo debut, BELLA DONNA, following the release of the Mac's TUSK and its subsequent tour. Nicks' 1981 collection was quickly certified platinum thanks to classics like “Edge Of Seventeen,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “Leather And Lace” (with Don Henley). Rhino's new triple-disc deluxe edition of the album uncovers unreleased versions of “Edge Of Seventeen” and “Leather And Lace,” as well as rarities like “Blue Lamp” from the Heavy Metal Soundtrack and “Sleeping Angel” from the Fast Times At Ridgemont High Soundtrack. BELLA DONNA: DELUXE EDITION also includes a concert from 1981 that features performances of songs from the album along with several Fleetwood Mac favorites.
Verities & Balderdash (Album of the Day)
On his fourth studio set, Harry Chapin serves up an appealing mix of VERITIES & BALDERDASH. The nine originals on the 1974 Elektra album range from the romantic (“I Wanna Learn A Love Song”) to the topical (“What Made America Famous”) to the comedic ("30,000 Pounds of Bananas"), with a No.1 hit - “Cat's In The Cradle” - included for good measure. With producer Paul Leka at the helm, the collection benefits from polished, ambitious arrangements and the work of top studio musicians; all of Chapin's other albums feature his touring band. The versatile singer-songwriter was born on this day in 1942, and we'll remember Harry Chapin with his most commercially successful release, VERITIES & BALDERDASH.
Boys For Pele (Deluxe) (Album of the Day)
“This is the record where I fought for my life,” notes Tori Amos of BOYS FOR PELE; her debut as a producer was made as she was reeling from a painful break-up. The singer-songwriter delivered an ambitious and uncompromising batch of songs about mythology (Pele was a Hawaiian volcano goddess), suppression and self-discovery – as well as one of her biggest hits, reaching #2 on the album charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. Recorded in Ireland and Louisiana, the set features fan favorites “Caught A Lite Sneeze” and “Hey Jupiter” as well as “Professional Widow,” which topped he U.K. Singles and U.S. Dance charts in an Armand Van Helden remix. Rhino's new 20th-anniversary Deluxe Edition of this pivotal album includes a newly remastered version of the original BOYS FOR PELE, along with a selection of B-sides, rare recordings and four previously unreleased tracks.
The Studio Album Collection 1994-1998 (Album of the Day)
Founded in New York City in 1992, Soul Coughing carved out a niche in that decade's alternative rock scene with a distinctive mix of hip-hop, experimental sounds and what frontman Mike Doughty once described as “deep slacker jazz.” Hard to label but even harder to resist (“Circles,” “Down To This” and “Super Bon Bon” all charmed Modern Rock listeners back in the day), the quartet released three long-players for Slash/Warner Bros. before breaking up in 2000. RUBY VROOM, IRRESISTIBLE BLISS, and EL OSO are all now available on THE STUDIO ALBUM COLLECTION 1994-1998, which shows Soul Coughing to have been masters of surreal lyrics, off-beat samples and cool instrumentation.
Sail Away (Album of the Day)
Randy Newman's debut album featured orchestral arrangements, 12 SONGS a rock band setting, and a live follow-up was just the singer-songwriter and his piano. “Then came SAIL AWAY, in which I combined the three elements that made the earlier albums such failures,” joked Newman of his third studio collection. While not a commercial hit on release (it's been a consistent seller in years since), the 1972 Reprise release drew reams of critical praise, and justifiably so. From the opening title track to closing “God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind).” this is among the darkest, funniest and most insightful set of songs ever recorded. SAIL AWAY was named one of the 500 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone, and we'll give the sardonic masterpiece another spin today in honor of Randy Newman's birthday.