Bruce Springsteen’s fifth album gushes forth with the fury of a burst dam, delivering torrents of despair, inspiration, heartbreak, and joy. The Ties That Bind: The River Collection expands the original 20-song double album to a 4xCD set.
This collection contains tracks from Nomi's debut and the follow-up, Simple Man. As such, the material is an interesting blend of catchy synth-pop, like 'Just One Look' and 'Falling In Love Again' (sung partly in German) and serious choral pieces like 'Death and From Beyond'. 'Rubberband Lazer', an addictive pop song with weird country infusions and brilliant bursts of synth, and the theatrical' Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead 'with its sing-along chorus are my favorites here.
3-disc box set includes classic albums: 'JT' (1977), 'That's Why I'm Here' (1985), and 'Never Die Young' (1988).
Before hitting big with Arista Records and "Don't Tell Me What to Do," Tillis had recorded rock-influenced country for Warner Bros. She had minor success with the likes of "There Goes My Love" and "These Memories of You," but what makes Collection interesting is early versions of "One of Those Things" and "Maybe It Was Memphis" as well as a version of "Five Minutes," later a hit for Lorrie Morgan.– by Brian Mansfield
Universal Masters Collection: Classic album by Ella Fitzgerald was released May 29, 2000 on the Universal Distribution label. This compilation of works recorded by the beloved jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald includes such classics as "Makin Whoopee," "Thanks For The Memory," and "That Old Black Magic." Remastered anthology from the First Lady Of Song. Universal Masters Collection: Classic CD music contains a single disc with 16 songs.
Freddy Fender's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection isn't particularly exhaustive, weighing in at only 12 tracks, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, since these songs provide a nice snapshot of the vocalist at his peak. His very biggest songs, including "Before the Next Teardrop Falls" and "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights," are here, along with several country Top Tens that crossed over into the pop charts – namely "Secret Love," "You'll Lose a Good Thing," "Vay Con Dios," and "Livin' It Down." Though Fender did record other noteworthy material, much of it is noteworthy only after you've become a fan, and the conciseness of this collection makes it preferable for most listeners that just want the hits.–by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Is there an early rock & roller who has a crazier reputation than the Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis? His exploits as a piano-thumping, egocentric wild man with an unquenchable thirst for living have become the fodder for numerous biographies, film documentaries, and a full-length Hollywood movie.
Sonny Lowe has been a mainstay in the Northbay blues scene for over 25 years. With his own band, Sonny and the Blenders, he has played extensively within a 100 mi. radius of his home in Santa Rosa and now, following major events like the growth of his children, he is preparing to launch another voyage into the unknown of a working Blues band. This time under the name of simply, The Sonny Lowe Band, and the release of this highly acclaimed CD, 100 PROOF, Sonny claims to be ready, willing AND able to take on the road. Directly quoted, Sonny states "I didn't grow all this time and lose all this hair so I could sit in a rocking chair……