True Audiophile: Best of Groove Note is basically a fancy name for the Super Audio CD label sampler. Groove Note Records began releasing jazz and blues recordings in 2005. They've also expanded their vision and have begun to re-release rare tracks by vintage artists and look to genre-bending vocalists in order to showcase excellent music coming from the jazz and blues traditions.
Doug Sahm once sang, "You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lot of soul," and, as a proud son of the Lone Star state, he seemed bent on proving that every time he stepped in front of a microphone. Whether he was playing roots rock, garage punk, blues, country, norteño, or (as was often the case) something that mixed up several of the above-mentioned ingredients, Doug Sahm always sounded like Doug Sahm – a little wild, a little loose, but always good company, and a guy with a whole lot of soul who knew a lot of musicians upon whom the same praise could be bestowed. Pulling together a single disc compilation that would make sense of the length and breadth of the artist's recording career (which spanned five decades) would be just about impossible (the licensing hassles involved with the many labels involved would probably scotch such a project anyway), but this disc, which boasts 22 songs recorded over the course of eight years, is a pretty good starter for anyone wanting to get to know Sahm's music.
2009 collection from this late '80s/early '90s Dance/Club project led by producers Robert Clivilles and David Cole. C+C Music Factory earned a total of 35 music industry awards worldwide, including five Billboard Awards, five American Music Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Features 15 tracks including 'Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)', 'Just A Touch Of Love (Everyday)' and 'Things That Make You Go Hmmmm….'.
Tower of Groove: Complete DVD - One of the greatest funk drummers of all time, Dave Garibaldi performs four great tunes with a six-piece band and then breaks down his drum part in each tune section by section. Styles covered include Latin, funk, hip-hop, and jazz. He also demonstrates the drum grooves from seven classic Tower of Power tunes. David Garibaldi combines his innovations of funk from his Tower of Power days with his innovations in Afro-Cuban music and demonstrates how to incorporate them into modern music. This DVD shows you how to become your own drummer and how to create your own signature sound. Special bonus features include an improvised bonus lesson, "3 Bell Funk," and a live European performance with RAD.
Songwriter and pianist Anne Clark has been a cult figure since the early '80s and has amassed a rather sizable catalog despite her small but rabid following. She writes nearly-Gothic love songs full of obsession and pathos, and pretty orchestral settings with clever instrumental figures and stinging piano runs and minor-key epiphanies. She's a consummate artist, playing to her strengths while trying to subtly, but surely, extend her reach, and always following her own muse, even when it takes her into dissonant territory. Most of her albums are out of print even on CD, and sell for collector's prices when they can be found. This is too bad, because Clark has assembled a solid, if quirky, and passionately honest body of work. This best-of issued by Beehive is truly that. It features 24 tracks and clocks in at over 75 minutes. Many of these are Clark's most lovely songs, such as "The Sitting Room," "All Night Party" (with Vini Reilly of Durutti Column), the "12" remix" of "Our Darkness," and "The Last Emotion," as well as instrumental themes such as "Swimming" and "An Ordinary Life".
Olivia Ong is a Singaporean singer who found success in Japan with English-language renditions of bossa nova classics.