After a five-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Laura Nyro returned with Smile in 1976. On this disc, Nyro's somewhat idiosyncratic writing and performance style is decidedly subdued. In its stead is a light pop and jazz feel similar to that of Maria Muldaur's mid-'70s recordings. Supporting Nyro instrumentally is virtually a who's who of New York and Los Angeles studio stalwarts. While the prowess of folks like Will Lee (bass), brothers Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Michael Brecker (flute/sax), Hugh McCracken (guitar), and Rick Marotta (drums) certainly strengthens Nyro's already laid-back material, it likewise reduces her to sounding like a Joni Mitchell ripoff. The undeniable highlight of Smile is the maturity in the songwriting. It becomes obvious that the half-decade away has done some significant good in revealing a decidedly positive evolution in Nyro's approach to her own life. What's more is that the material on this album seems to come from a place of contentment.
2008 digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of this long-deleted classic from the British Ambient House outfit, originally released in 1994. Features a bonus disc containing five rare and previously unreleased remixes compiled by main Orbman, Dr. Alex Paterson: 'Sausage Tats Mit Gravy' (Dom Mix # 1), 'Star Twister' (Pomme Fritz & Apple Sauce Mix), 'Potato Fields of Electric Gliding Blue' (Ambient Mix), 'Eastern Hot Dogs in Gardens of Dub' (Lx Mix) and 'Wrapped With Salt & Vinegar' (Thomas Fehlmann Mix). Enhanced packaging contains previously unseen tour photographs, screen grabs from the 'Pomme Fritz (Meat 'n' Veg)' video and sleevenotes by long time Orb collaborator, Kris Needs.
"Another Mother Further" is the third full-length studio album by Atlanta funk-rock group Mother's Finest. It was released in 1977 on Epic Records and co-produced by Tom Werman. It managed to chart one single, "Piece of the Rock". "Truth'll Set You Free" was covered by R&B group Labelle on their 2008 album, Back to Now, after Nona Hendryx and Joyce Kennedy performed it on the international Daughters Of Soul tour in 2004.
Sometimes, expanded Deluxe Editions don't seem to have much of a purpose outside of marketing: the second disc will contain a clearinghouse of B-sides and remixes or a live show, not adding much to the story of the original album. That's not the case with the Deluxe Edition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's final album, Street Survivors – it's a Deluxe Edition that fills out the final chapter of the original band's career by presenting the complete original version of the album, recorded with legendary producer Tom Dowd at Criteria Studios but scrapped when the group's live sound engineer Kevin Elson argued that these versions sounded lifeless…
Collection includes: Im Nin 'alu (Played In Full Mix) (1987) Maxi-Single; Shaday (1988); 5 Tracks (1989) Japan Only EP; Desert Wind (1989); Kirya (1992); Ofra Haza (1997); Forever Ofra Haza: Her Greatest Songs Remixed (2008).
2008 digitally remastered two CD deluxe edition of the Synthpop duo's sophomore album includes a bonus CD that contains all the twelve inch mixes of the hits and the non-album B-sides, the majority of which appear on CD for the first time. Released in May 1984, Mange Tout was produced by John Luongo and peaked at # 8 in the album charts. It features the huge hits 'Blind Vision', and 'Don't Tell Me' as well as 'That's Love That It Is' and their version of Abba's 'The Day Before You Came'.
Looking at the cover, which shows Michael and none of his four brothers, one wouldn’t get the idea that this three-disc set is two-thirds Jackson 5 material. While Michael obviously features prominently in the Jackson 5 songs on The Motown Years, he gets one disc to himself. Altogether, this box collects all the essential J5 and Michael singles and more, including 'ABC', 'Never Can Say Goodbye', 'I Found That Girl', 'I Am Love', 'The Love You Save', 'Ben', 'Rockin’ Robin', and 'I Wanna Be Where You Are'. Released in the U.K., it retails for the price of a single disc and is a convenient way to scoop up a large quantity of high-quality ‘70s pop-soul.