Japanese original release. First box set of Andy Williams includes seven original albums "Canadian Sunset," "To You Sweetheart, Aloha," "Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes," "Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests," "The Wonderful World of Andy Williams," "The Academy Award-Winning Call Me Irresponsible and Other Hit Songs from the Movies," and "The Great Songs from "My Fair Lady" and Other Broadway Hits" plus a bonus disc with Japanese version(s) of songs, rare tracks, and more. Features remastering and cardboard sleeve faithfully replicating its US LP jacket design. Comes with lyrics and a description.
This is a great collection of more of this Readers' Digest series of beautiful music or easy listening as some call it. All these sets are very consistent with their excellent quality in both musical selections and production. This set focuses on piano, of course with orchestra. If you like the "great American songbook," then you will know many if not all of the songs. The set is a compilation of tracks, all with the standard excellent, first-class production values. Buy this set and put it on your cd player, turn down the lights and pour a glass of wine. Then relax and enjoy the music.
There are many Gene Ammons recordings currently available on CD in Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics, since the versatile tenorman was a longtime Prestige recording artist. Unlike his earlier jam sessions, this particular outing finds Ammons as the only horn, fronting a talented rhythm section (pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Doug Watkins, drummer Art Taylor, and Ray Barretto on congas). Ammons explores standards (including a near-classic version of "Canadian Sunset"), blues, and ballads in his usual warm, soulful, and swinging fashion. This is a fine outing by one of the true "bosses" of the tenor.
Collecting the albums the soul singer made as he transitioned from gospel to the world of secular music, Eight Classic Albums gathers up a massive collection of both albums and singles of the great Sam Cooke. Featuring his work between 1957 and 1960, this four-disc set contains Sam Cooke, Encore, Tribute to the Lady, Hit Kit, I Thank God, Cooke's Tour, Hits of the Fifties, and Swing Low. The compilation doesn't contain much in the way of liner notes or supplemental material, so while it makes for a great Sam Cooke starter kit, it doesn't provide much in the way of extra information.
The Sonny Lester-produced Soul Sugar looms large in Jimmy McGriff's vast catalog – while it's a fool's errand to pick the organist's absolute funkiest recording, this one demands serious consideration. Without personnel credits, it's impossible to know who's backing McGriff here, but the rhythm section is nonetheless superb – cuts like "Dig on It" (later sampled by A Tribe Called Quest), "Fat Cakes," and "The Now Thing" rival the Meters for sheer soulfulness. The covers are no less impressive – while renditions of James Brown's "Ain't It Funky Now," Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," and Aretha Franklin's "Spirit in the Dark" remain true to the spirit of the original recordings, the ingenious arrangements also allow McGriff and his band panoramic stretches of space to explore.