Cut during the fall of 1972, Electric Light Orchestra II was where Jeff Lynne started rebuilding the sound of Electric Light Orchestra following the departure of Roy Wood from the original lineup. It was as personal an effort as Lynne had ever made in music, showcasing his work as singer, songwriter, guitarist, sometime synthesizer player, and producer, and it is more focused than its predecessor but also retains some of the earlier album's lean textures. Lynne, drummer Bev Bevan, bassist Mike D'Albuquerque, and keyboardist Richard Tandy comprise the core of the band, with two cellists and a violinist sawing away around them.
Much as Donny Osmond stormed the charts in 1989 with the George Michael sound-alike "Soldier of Love," Jennifer Paige and her producer have re-created the same scenario via this collection's first offering, "Crush," a song very reminiscent of early Mariah Carey. It is only hoped that Carey will use this as a reminder of what made her voice so engaging upon her entrance into the pop diva arena. Jennifer unleashes a voice with great development potential that holds its own with a solid pop effort, and splendidly provides her own background vocals on most tracks as well. Definitely one of the brighter pop talents to emerge in quite a while. Standout tracks on this fine debut release include the first single "Crush," "Get to Me," "Somewhere, Someday," and the stellar "Let It Rain".
There were a lot of heavy metal bands in the 1980s and there were a lot of pop bands too; there weren't many who combined the two styles as well as Def Leppard did. This is a statement that the simply titled The CD Collection, Vol. 1 proves over and over during the course of its playing time. Made up of the four albums the band released during the 1980s, a live show recorded in 1983 (which was issued as part of the deluxe edition of Pyromania), a disc of B-sides and rarities, and a mini-disc of the band's self-titled 1979 EP, the set is filled with razor-sharp riffs, hooky choruses, thudding backbeats, inferno-hot guitar soloing, keening vocal harmonies, and the inimitable yelp of singer Joe Elliott as it runs through their early career. Starting with the EP, it's plain that Def Leppard had the goods right away, but all they needed was a producer to help them clean it up a little.
Age Of is the upcoming ninth studio album by American electronic producer Oneohtrix Point Never. It is currently set to be released on June 1, 2018 on Warp Records. It features contributions from James Blake (who additionally produced and mixed the album), ANOHNI, Prurient, Kelsey Lu and Eli Keszler.
Oscar Peterson was one of the greatest piano players of all time. A pianist with phenomenal technique on the level of his idol, Art Tatum, Peterson's speed, dexterity, and ability to swing at any tempo were amazing. Very effective in small groups, jam sessions, and in accompanying singers, O.P. was at his absolute best when performing unaccompanied solos. His original style did not fall into any specific idiom. Like Erroll Garner and George Shearing, Peterson's distinctive playing formed during the mid- to late '40s and fell somewhere between swing and bop. Peterson was criticized through the years because he used so many notes, didn't evolve much since the 1950s, and recorded a remarkable number of albums.
Veil Of Obscurity was created by Michael Raitzin and Michelle Raitzin, in collaboration with some members of the Danish/Swedish rock band Royal Hunt and engineer/producer Bill Malina (Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Santana among many others). The unique melodic power pop/rock sound of the band is a result of a mix of a variety of musical flavors where some of the most talented musicians were brought to the table during the recording of the songs. "Discover the amazing new music of Veil Of Obscurity. We are a pop-rock band that sings about what matters, offering pure entertainment with meaningful lyrics. You'll hear songs covering a range of topics, from love and lust to despair and gambling. Nothing out there sounds quite like Veil Of Obscurity! Our unique sound is a hybrid between pop and rock, blending current sounds and melodies with a solid classic rock background. All our songs are powered by the voice of rising soul-pop artist Michelle Raitzin, who is known as a member of Team Blake Shelton on NBC's hit show The Voice."