Circling the intersection of ebullient synth pop and strutting indie rock, Canada's Yukon Blonde emerged from Kelowna, British Columbia in the late 2000s. The group is led by singer and main songwriter Jeff Innes. After releasing a more folk-rock-minded debut EP, Everything in Everyway, in 2009, they shifted toward a heavier reliance on synths and bass groves by their third LP, 2015's On Blonde.
The Ventures are an American instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. Founded by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, the group in its various incarnations has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide. With over 100 million records sold, the group is the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their instrumental virtuosity, experimentation with guitar effects, and unique sound laid the groundwork for innumerable groups, earning them the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands". While their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains revered in Japan, where they tour regularly to this day.
Sweet 60s grooves from Shirley Scott – really working the Hammond organ here with a wonderful sound – that warm, lean, soulful groove she hit perfectly at Impulse Records! There's a clarity here you don't get on some of Shirley's other records – a really stripped-down sound on the keys, which makes for playful lines that really sparkle – the kind of class and care that really set Scott apart from other 60s organists! Rhythm is nice and tight – bass from George Duvivier, and the great Mickey Roker playing some nice snapping, dancing drums – and tracks are short and compact, but still with some nice solo moments. Titles include "Come Back To Me", "On The Trail", "Love Nest", "Girl Talk", and "Keep The Faith Baby".
The complete Checker singles 1955-62 plus the classic LP 'Down And Out Blues'. Sonny Boy Williamson was an enigma in the modern blues world of the early 1960s, a real true example of the travelling blues man who rambled and hoboed across America playing music, gambling, womanising and drinking heavily along the way. 26 tracks including all 12 titles from the classic 'Down And Out Blues' albums which reach No. 20 in the UK charts. Herein are gems such as "One Way Out", "Fattening Frogs For Snakes" and as the title of this collection suggests the hit "Don't Start Me Talkin'" which has been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher and even the New York Dolls. Session musicians include Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Jimmy Rogers, Willie Dixon and more.
Swedish DJ Avicii is a strange case. In 2011, he broke through with "Levels," a bleepy and bright bit of EDM that could have been his signature hit, but then his 2013 album, True, was a country-pop and folk-inspired affair that thrilled his fans with its inventiveness, but left others as cold as a meandering Mumford & Sons remix effort…
Filling in a gap in Frank Sinatra's history, Legacy's 2015 box A Voice on Air collects over 100 radio broadcasts recorded between 1935 and 1955. This is the first collection to chronicle this era – over 90 of its 100 tracks are previously unreleased – and it's pulled from a variety of sources, including the Sinatra estate's vaults, the Library of Congress, and the Paley Center for Media, each strand assisting in sterling re-creations of original broadcasts from Frank's bobbysocks days, World War II, and the nascent saloon singer of the '50s. Sinatra wound up singing some of these songs in the studio but not necessarily in these arrangements, a wrinkle that would be tantalizing enough but a good portion of A Voice on Air is devoted to songs he only sang on the air.