That's the Way I Like It: The Best of Dead or Alive collects 18 tracks from the androgynous British dance-pop outfit responsible for one of the '80’s most enduring club hits, “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”. Other highlights include a cover of KC & the Sunshine Band's disco classic "That's the Way (I Like It)," “Lover Come Back to Me," "In Too Deep," "My Heart Goes Bang,” and 1986's "Brand New Lover,” as well as the four extended/alternate mixes that populate the collections’ second half. Remastered from the original studio tapes, the anthology may not be exhaustive, but it’s solid enough for casual fans, and engaging enough to recommend to listeners with the false notion that Dead or Alive was a mere one-hit wonder.
Although they're only remembered today for their 1964 hit "Hippy Hippy Shake," which charted on both sides of the Atlantic – the Swinging Blue Jeans were actually one of the strongest of the Liverpool bands from the '60s British Invasion; and, indeed, the Blue Jeans' earliest incarnation goes back about as far as the roots of the Beatles as the Quarry Men. "Hippy Hippy Shake" – a cover of an obscure '50s rocker that was actually done much better by the Beatles on tapes of their BBC performances – was their only Top 30 entry in the U.S….
One of Sonny Rollins' lesser sets of the 1970s, this LP matches his tenor with the dated electric keyboards of Patrice Rushen, guitarist Lee Ritenour, either Alex Blake or Charles Meeks on bass, drummer Billy Cobham, and percussionist Bill Summers. There are some moments of interest mostly due to Rollins' sound and his melodic playing.
Billy Preston: Encouraging Words! 1993 digitally remastered domestic U.S. Apple / Capitol CD reissue of the pop-soul legend's 1970 record album produced by George Harrison. Features 15 tracks including 2 George Harrison covers, 'My Sweet Lord' & 'All Things (Must) Pass' & 1 Lennon/McCartney cover, 'I've Got a Feeling', as well as 2 bonus tracks, the previously unreleased 'As Long As I Got My Baby' & 'All That I've Got (I'm Gonna Give It To You)'.