These aren't exactly Jim Croce's greatest hits, although most of them–"Operator", "Time In a Bottle", "Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown," and "I'll Have to Say I Love You In a Song" among others–are here. More specifically, 24 CARAT includes the complete YOU DON'T MESS AROUND WITH JIM album, plus the best cuts from LIFE AND TIMES and I GOT A NAME. Better yet, everything's been beautifully remastered in typical DCC fashion, which means that the lower frequencies seem more burnished than ever. The overall clarity is remarkable, and particularly works to the advantage of Croce's signature sound of two finger-picked acoustic guitars playing harmony lines.
Pairing the ever-reliable Gold compilation series with the Motown catalogue is a sure-fire recipe for glorious success. The Gold series standard for selection, sequencing, sound, and packaging applies here, and the material covers all the essential Motown artists of the 1960s, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. With stone-cold-classic singles ranging from Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" to the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," it's impossible to go wrong with more Motown Classics Gold. This beautiful, first-rate set serves to remind us why these pop masterpieces sound as vital and fresh now as they did on their release.
By 1971, James Taylor, was recognized as the living embodiment of the post-hippie singer-songwriter movement. But until YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND, culled from his third album, he hadn’t enjoyed a No.1 single. The song was written by former Brill Building tune-smith Carole King, who had fled New York for laid-back California and during the early '70s, was herself making the transition to solo recording artist.
Taylor and King were introduced to each other by Danny Kortchmar, a guitarist who had previously worked with him in the Flying Machine and with her in the City. As Carole was recording her landmark album Tapestry, James was a few blocks down the street cutting his own Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, and You’ve Got a Friend appeared on both sets. King decided not to release her version as single, so Taylor did-though when they toured together that summer, they usually shared the song in a show-closing duet.
Classical Chillout Gold is the follow up to Pure Classical Chillout, the highly successful. Spread over 4 CDs, and covering bases including musicals, opera, film scores and advertising themes, it is the perfect classical album.
There are a lot of good songs on this five CD compilation that take you back to better times and real music. This is definitely a great companion CD set when taking a road trip…you can rock for hours!
Much like jazz, Southern rock isn't just a musical genre, it's an institution, one that is interwoven into the fabric of 20th century American popular culture and is distinctly indigenous to American shores. As such, there have been countless anthologies and budget-line collections loosely assembling a smattering of the sound and its rich diversity, but nothing like this. Southern Rock: Gold isn't just an anthology, it's an anthropological and sociological document of some of the greatest rock music ever to come out of the American South, complete with a veritable who's who of the style…
The Fantasy label's 1973 follow-up to Creedence Gold – the glibly titled More Creedence Gold – is by far the superior compilation, boasting 14 tracks including bona fide rock & roll classics like "Run Through the Jungle," "Fortunate Son," "Lookin' Out My Back Door," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Lodi," and "Up Around the Bend"…