Released in October 1984, Them or Us is Frank Zappa's last studio rock album (unless one counts Thing-Fish). It contains a little of everything for everyone, but most of all it has that cold and dry early-'80s feel that made this and other albums like The Man From Utopia and Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention sound dated pretty quickly. The record begins and ends with covers. "The Closer You Are" is one of those '50s R&B tunes the man loved so much.
Though they eventually rose to enormous success in the hair metal era, Whitesnake toiled long in hard rock purgatory as a hard-working, road-ragged group. Little Box 'O' Snakes: The Sunburst Years 1978-1982 goes deep into the band's early catalog for the Sunburst label, offering up five studio albums and three live albums from various concert broadcasts, not to mention the 1978 Snakebite EP, which was previously available only on vinyl. Studio albums include Trouble (1978), Lovehunter (1979), Ready an' Willing (1980), Come an' Get It (1981), and Saints & Sinners (1982).
Constance Demby is one of the few representatives of the New Age movement (in both her music and her personal philosophies) who consistently creates artistic, highly expressive compositions. Demby was trained in classical music as a child, and her artistic spirit led her to also master several other art forms; at the University of Michigan, she studied painting, sculpture, and music. It was her work as a sculptor that led her to new dimensions of sound. As she was torching a sheet of metal, it roared thunderously, and thus was born the Sonic Steel Instruments: the Whale Sail, and the Space Bass, enormous bowed instruments with deep archetypal resonances.