Monday, October 30, 2017

Emmylou Harris - Light Of The Stable


Emmylou Harris is an artist with the rare sort of voice that communicates an honest and firmly grounded humanity while possessing a crystalline purity that verges on the angelic. In short, she was a singer born to make a great Christmas album, and in 1979 she did just that with Light of the Stable, in which she fused the high-lonesome traditional sound she'd been exploring on Roses in the Snow and Blue Kentucky Girl with songs that honored the spiritual and emotional roots of the holiday season. The album's gestation began with a 1975 single of "Light of the Stable," with most of the material recorded years later, but Harris and producer Brian Ahern gave the project an admirably unified sound, which speaks of Christmas with a quiet dignity that's celebratory but reverent -- this is one of the few Christmas albums from a secular artist that scarcely mentions Santa Claus while focusing clearly on the birth of Christ. Harris and Ahern assembled a stellar cast for these sessions -- the pickers include Ricky Skaggs, James Burton, and Rodney Crowell, while Willie Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, and Neil Young pitch in backing vocals -- but the results are a marvel of restraint, with precious little showboating and a handful of performances that rank with the performers' best work. If you're looking for a disc that will kick up your Christmas party a few notches, Light of the Stable isn't it, but if you want to hear music of quiet but compelling beauty which warmly resonates with the true meaning of the holidays, then you'll find this album is an experience to treasure.

1. Christmas Times A Comin' (2:54), 2. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (3:43), 3. Away In A Manger (2:40), 4. Angel Eyes (3:21), 5. The First Noel (2:41), 6. Star Of Bethlehem (with Neil Young) (3:08), 7. Little Drummer Boy (4:05), 8. Golden Cradle (2:07), 9. Silent Night (3:36), 10. Light Of The Stable (2:28)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Joe Cocker - The Life Of A Man ~ The Ultimate Hits 1968-2013


CD 1, 1. Feelin' Alright (4:08), 2. High Time We Went (4:28), 3. Marjorine (2:37), 4. She Came in Through the Bathroom Window (2:35), 5. I Can Stand a Little Rain (3:32), 6. Many Rivers to Cross (3:40), 7. Shelter Me (4:29), 8. You Can Leave Your Hat On (4:13), 9. Can't Find My Way Home (3:26), 10. Darling Be Home Soon (4:40), 11. One (4:31), 12. My Father's Son (4:29), 13. Fire It Up (3:50), 14. Unchain My Heart (5:02), 15. Delta Lady (2:49), 16. Cry Me a River (Live) (4:03), 17. The Letter (Live) (4:33), 18. With a Little Help from My Friends (5:12), 19. You Are so Beautiful (Live) (4:04)

CD 2, 1. When the Night Comes (4:46), 2. Come Together (4:23), 3. First We Take Manhattan (3:41), 4. Summer in the City (3:53), 5. Up Where We Belong (An Officer and a Gentleman / Soundtrack Version) (3:50), 6. Don't You Love Me Anymore (5:22), 7. Unforgiven (4:13), 8. Have A Little Faith In Me (4:18), 9. You Are So Beautiful (Album Version) (2:39), 10. Woman to Woman (4:27), 11. The Simple Things (4:48), 12. N'oubliez jamais (4:42), 13. Tonight (Radio Edit) (4:47), 14. Night Calls (3:25), 15. Hard Knocks (3:22), 16. I Come in Peace (4:17), 17. Performance (4:39)

Greatest Ever! ~ 70s Rock


CD 1, 1. Free - All Right Now (4:12), 2. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (4:44), 3. Status Quo - Rockin' All Over The World (3:36), 4. Alabama - Since You Been Gone (3:15), 5. Bachman Turner Overdrive - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (3:30), 6. The Sweet - Ballroom Blitz (4:02), 7. Joe Walsh - Rocky Mountain Way (5:14), 8. Atomic Rooster - Tomorrow Night (3:57), 9. Nazareth - This Flight Tonight (3:23), 10. The Runaways - Cherry Bomb (2:18), 11. Robert Palmer - Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) (3:11), 12. The Guess Who - American Woman (5:07), 13. Juicy Lucy - Who Do You Love (3:00), 14. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Vambo Marble Eye (4:18), 15. Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right (3:16), 16. Uriah Heep - Easy Livin' (2:36), 17. Matthews' Southern Comfort - Woodstock (Single Version) (4:30), 18. Ken Hensley - Cold Autumn Sunday (5:27)

CD 2, 1. Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water (3:44), 2. Motorhead - Overkill (5:11), 3. Vinegar Joe - Proud To Be A Honky Woman (4:30), 4. The MC5 - The American Rose (2:30), 5. Argent - Hold Your Head Up (3:44), 6. Bonnie Tyler - Living For The City (3:43), 7. The Knack - My Sharona (3:59), 8. Hello - New York Groove (2:44), 9. Pilot - Magic (3:05), 10. Stealers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You (3:23), 11. Kansas - Carry On Wayward Son (3:37), 12. Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog (3:21), 13. Magnum - Baby Rock Me (4:07), 14. Styx - Renegade (4:11), 15. Wishbone Ash - Blowin' Free (5:19), 16. Caravan - In The Land Of Grey And Pink (4:51), 17. Beggars' Opera - MacArthur Parc (8:18)

CD 3, 1. Kiss - Rock & Roll All Night (2:56), 2. Warren Zevon - Werewolves Of London (3:26), 3. David Essex - Rock On (3:22), 4. Thin Lizzy - The Boys Are Back In Town (4:25), 5. Foghat - Slow Ride (3:57), 6. The New York Dolls - Bad Girl (3:04), 7. Golden Earring - Radar Love (5:03), 8. City Boy - 5705 (3:14), 9. Rod Stewart - Maggie May (5:13), 10. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Lucky Man (4:36), 11. Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky (3:59), 12. Gary Moore feat Phil Lynott - Parisienne Walkways (3:14), 13. Mountain - Mississippi Queen (2:30), 14. Tempest - Stargazer (3:36), 15. Allman Brothers - Jessica (4:09), 16. Aphrodite's Child - The Four Horsemen (5:54), 17. David Byron - Roller Coasrer (3:58)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Beatles - Untouched By The Hand Of Madness


1. Get Back (False Start) (0:06), 2. Get Back (2:35), 3. I've Got A Feeling (False Start) (0:09), 4. Help (Jam) (0:06), 5. Teddy Boy (5:56), 6. Two Of Us (False Start) (0:12), 7. Two Of Us (False Start) (0:13), 8. Two Of Us (3:34), 9. Dig A Pony (False Start) (0:23), 10. Dig A Pony (3:43), 11. I've Got A Feeling (2:44), 12. The Long And Winding Road (3:45), 13. Let It Be (4:05), 14. Don't Let Me Down (3:53), 15. For You Blue (False Start) (0:24), 16. For You Blue (2:41), 17. Get Back (2:54), 18. The Walk (1:02), 19. Get Back (False Start) (0:07), 20. Get Back (2:35), 21. I've Got A Feeling (False Start) (0:09), 22. Help (Jam) (0:06), 23. Teddy Boy (5:56), 24. Two Of Us (False Start) (0:12), 25. Two Of Us (False Start) (0:13), 26. Two Of Us (3:34), 27. Dig A Pony (False Start) (0:23), 28. Dig A Pony (3:43), 29. I've Got A Feeling (2:44), 30. The Long And Winding Road (3:45), 31. Let It Be (4:05), 32. Don't Let Me Down (3:53), 33. For You Blue (False Start) (0:24), 34. For You Blue (2:41), 35. Get Back (2:54), 36. The Walk (0:55)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Emmylou Harris - Blue Kentucky Girl


1. Sister's Coming Home [with Tanya Tucker] (2:54), 2. Beneath Still Waters (3:43), 3. Rough And Rocky (3:52), 4. Hickory Wind (4:03), 5. Save The Last Dance For Me (3:42), 6. Sorrow In The Wind (3:31), 7. They'll Never Take His Love From Me (2:37), 8. Everytime You Leave [with Don Everly] (3:01), 9. Blue Kentucky Girl (3:19), 10. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (3:56)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Bee Gees ~ Limited Edition


CD 1, 1. Spicks and Specks (2:51), 2. Follow The Wind (2:12), 3. Wine And Woman (2:53), 4. I Was A Lover, A Leader Of Men (3:39), 5. Everyday I Have To Cry (2:09), 6. And The Children Laughing (3:23), 7. I Want Home (2:25), 8. I Am The World (2:36), 9. Playdown (2:50), 10. Don't Know Why I Bother With Myself (2:43), 11. Monday's Rain (2:56), 12. To Be Or Not To Be (2:15), 13. Second Hand People (2:02), 14. Claustrophobia (2:28), 15. Take Hold Of That Star (2:57), 16. Could It Be I'm In Love With You (2:18), 17. The Battle Of The Blue And Grey (2:08), 18. Timber (1:47)

CD 2, 1. Monrning Of My Life (3:53), 2. Tomorrow, Tomorrow (3:57), 3. How Many Birds (1:59), 4. Big Chance (1:43), 5. Where Are You (2:11), 6. Jingle Jangle (2:12), 7. Tint Of Blue (2:07), 8. Born A Man (3:11), 9. Red Chair Fade Away (2:19), 10. Turn Of The Century (2:26), 11. Theme Frome "Jaimie McPheeters" (1:54), 12. The Three Kisses Of Love (1:50), 13. How Love Was True (2:23), 14. You Wouldn't Know (2:06), 15. Glass House (1:57), 16. Sir Geoffrey Saved The World (2:11), 17. I Don't Think It's Funny (2:55), 18. Peace Of Mind (2:17)

Friday, October 6, 2017

David Bowie - Ziggy Goes To East


1. Opening SE (4:19), 2. Hang Onto Yourself (2:49), 3. Ziggy Stardust (3:23), 4. Changes (3:39), 5. Moonage Daydream (6:34), 6. John, I'm Only Dancing (2:53), 7. Watch That Man (4:17), 8. Width Of A Circle (12:15), 9. Space Oddity (5:09), 10. Let's Spend The Night Together (3:38), 11. Time (5:23), 12. Five Years (4:41), 13. The Jean Genie (8:00), 14. Suffragette City (5:48), 15. Rock'n'Roll Suicide (5:06)

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