July 17, 2018
“It has a good beat, but can you dance to it.” -American Bandstand
I have never considered Pink Floyd a dance band, but then I can’t dance. A Collection Of Great Dance Songs by Pink Floyd was original issued about 36 years ago. As I remember it, the album was put together to satisfy a label contractual obligation. This makes me think that the title was selected tongue in cheek.
The album has now been reissued in a vinyl format. The music has been remastered from the original tapes and the thick 180 gram vinyl gives it a pristine sound.
The album could have been titled The Best Of Pink Floyd 1971-1979. The six tracks provide an introduction to Pink Floyd’s music. “One Of These Days,” “Money,” “Sheep,” “Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-4)” “Wish You Were Here,” and “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2” are instantly recognizable to any fan of the band or the era.
While the songs are readily available on many albums, it’s nice to have their most commercial, and in many ways mainstream material, in one place. The album has a nice flow and the four parts of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” have been combined into one long track.
Many of the original Pink Floyd albums were conceptual and their strength was in sum rather than the parts. Here the songs stand alone and hold up well as individual pieces.
A Collection Of Great Dance Songs is in some ways a niche release, It is on vinyl and provides just a glimpse of what Pink Floyd is all about. Still, while you may not be able to dance to it; it does have a good beat.
July 17, 2018
During the 1990’s, Mariah Carey ruled the pop music world. While her commercial appeal diminished during the 2000’s, her sales of 200,000,000 plus albums, makes her the biggest selling female artist of all time.
Her early albums were pop oriented but in 1997, the release of Butterfly signaled a change of direction. It has a more urban feel as her style moved toward hip hop and rhythm & blues. Now to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its release, Butterfly has been re-issued as a limited-edition picture disc.
Picture discs have been around for decades. They are issued more as collectibles than records that are actually played. Early picture discs had audio issues as the different colors of the vinyl affected the sound. Modern technology has mostly cured that problem.
Carey really came into her own as she co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks. The only exception was a cover of Prince’s “The Beautiful Ones, on which she shared vocals with Dru Hill.
The number one hit “Honey” fueled the album’s new direction. “My All,” “Babydoll,” “Whenever You Call” and “Outside” solidified her new approach.
Today the album may seem a little dated and mild but at the time of its release it pushed the envelope of popular music as it began the fusion of pop, rhythm & blues, and hip hop.
This numbered edition of Butterfly is a visual collectible and basically for the hard core Mariah Carey fan. If you want a copy of the album to actually play, they are cheaper versions available.
July 17, 2018
If there is a holiday coming, the chance are there will be a David Ian release following close behind. He specializes in holiday music and his new release, Vintage Christmas Trio, continues this trend.
Ian is a piano player, who produces a light jazz sound. His style produces perfect background music for the season.
Backed by only a bass and percussion duo, his new album is a minimalist affair that revolves around his piano. Songs such as “Deck The Halls,” “White Christmas,” “”I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day,” and “Silver Bells” all slide by the senses effortlessly. Perhaps the most creative track is his take on “O Come All Ye Faithful,” which features only piano and percussion.
Ian Has found a nice niche for himself. His music may not be revolutionary but it is pleasant and sometimes that is enough.