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They send their combined thanks for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Ray was twice nominated for grammy's, on both occasions for his engineering expertise on Carpenters albums.

His relaxation dreams were wiped out when last minute plans included him in the trip to Japan to help Gary with Sound equalization. A passport was rushed through, and Ray found himself transported from the studio's Mix-3 to an American Airlines The tour was successful and pleasant, including the one with two mishaps that added more humor to the show and delighted the audience. At one concert, one of the slides was erroneously shown upside down, and when Karen saw it, she cracked up and laughed so hard that she was unable to complete the songs, and the audience joined in the laughter.

Later, at the same performance when she was seated at the drums, the snare drum stand broke and the snare slid kerplunk right into her lap, but the trooper that she is, kept on drumming without missing a beat. The huge concert halls where they performed were almost impossible to heat, so electric heaters were set on stage facing the group, in spite of which they were chilled to the bone, but hot baths and massages before retiring prevented them from catching colds. Heaters in their dressing rooms kept them comfortable and warm, but outside the dressing rooms they could see their breath, a rare sight for Southern Californians!

Always on the alert for ideas or changes to improve their show, they videotaped on e of their concerts for later viewing. The President and Vice-President of the Sony Corporation invited themto tour the building where they were shown the latest concepts of the Sound Industry, and presented them with beautiful cassette recorders.

They also toured the National Corporation where Panasonic is manufactured, and Richard was very impressed with the new Tetnics Hi Fi equipment. There he received a very nice turntable. Japanese Temples, and respecting Japanese custom, they removed their shoes before entering. The icy cold floor almost froze their feet, so the visit was brief. From there they drove to the Ashiaya. Much of their spare time was spent relaxing in their hotel suites watching American TV programs.

Richard had a special case custom built on rollers, large enough to house their videocassette player and hundred plus tapes while in transit, so American TV rolled right along with them.

Postman" all earned them each a Gold Record, bringing the total of Japanese awards to It was being played wherever they went, even in the watch shop where they were browsing. Richard "digs" watches as he does cars! He purchased an extremely attractive seiko L. The whole group thought it was A-OK and each purchased a similar one before leaving Japan.

Fans had showered them with gifts at every concert, presenting them to Karen from below stage while she was simultaneously singing, holding the mike and bending forward to shake hands and accept gifts. Incredible as it may seem, there were no duplications among the hundreds of items they brought home, though 2 wooden crates each 4 foot square by 4 foot high were built to transport them.

At concert's end fans rushed the stage causing near riots. Though the language barrier was not a major problem, there were times they experienced difficulty ordering meals. The following is a quote from notes Karen kept to help me in writing the newsletter' "It's now Thursday morning, I've just had breakfast.

I'm very full. She spoke it fluently, even changing the dialect from city to city. Their last day was a time racer which almost resulted in missing the flight home, but for the cooperation and swift action of Shorty, one of the Japanese road managers. A nine hour flight returned them to Los Angeles with fond memories and a tour well done. We held up the newsletter to wait for final information on a Tentative Tour Schedule now available as follows:.

Please be sure to confirm these dates with your ticket outlets in advance to avoid last minute disappointment. In response to numberous inquiries, we regret to inform you, the Dinah Shore "Tribute to the Carpenters" show, has been cancelled indefinitely, but any changes will be announced in a future newsletter. People may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Man is the only animal that weeps; for he is the only one that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.

Carpenters Fan Club Newsletter 40 - December Hi Fans! By now you have no doubt heard the new Carpenter single Please Mr Postman and agree it is another hit. It's quite different from the original version, and beautifully arranged of course by Richard. The flip side features Merry Christmas Darling. Richard and Dad wish to convey their gratitude for the lovely cards and gifts they received from you all for their birthdays. During their TV taping, Karen developed laryngitis and was unable to talk or sing.

Her doctor ordered her to rest and forbid her to sing until she was completely recovered. The concerts were rescheduled for the end of December. During their stay in Las Vegas, they were given one of the club's 74 Alvarados to drive. They left for Vegas 2 days early to take in a couple of the nightclub shows.

On stage they worked with the Riviera Club orchestra conducted by Mr. Concerts went so well, they recorded them professionally for a future "live" album. The program included the Warsaw Concerto, performed by Richard on the concert grand, and the audience loved it. Their opening act was Gabriel Kaplan, a clever comedian.

They were very impressed by the beauty of the Performing Arts Center where they performed and appreciated the lovely dinner brought in for them between shows.

The Astor Hotel in Chicago was 'old home' to them, as they'd stayed there on previous occasions, but this time they shared it with other celebrities.

Latimore Horowitz and Elton John used the Astor as headquarters while doing shows in or near Chicago. Groupie commotion there was endless.

Horowitz, one of the It Must Be Getting Close To Christmas - Various - So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2005 (CD) greatests pianists, had come out of retirement to stage several special concerts. Lansing, Michigan weather was a drastic change from the warm temperature they enjoyed in Chicago. It was degrees cooler and raining. Technical difficulties on stage added to the gloom. The audience saved the day. At the hotel, a young girl, claiming to be housekeeper frequently barged in unannounced until Richard put a stop to it.

In spite of more crummy weather in Saginaw, the concert was sold out and went very well. In both Saginaw and Muskegon, their concerts were held in ice rinks, which is not one of their favorite places to perform.

Low temps must be maintained to keep the ice from melting and though the floor is covered, the cold comes through and freezes their feet.

A refreshing and first time interlude for the group was offered by Curt Mercer, their sound engineer, who donned ice skates and did some fancy skating for them while the overture was played. Concert capacity is considerably less. The field house design is great for sports, but Carpenters' concert -the first concert to be held there - brought to light a number of diffuculties for stagehands. Richard compared the field house design to that of a tea cup, with bleachers on inside walls and the group at the bottom of the cup.

There is no way to back a truck up to the stage and unload equipment. Instead, it must be brought from the top, down an aisle to the bottom.

The biggest problem was the huge soundboard, and the 9 ft. It was a bigger problem still getting them back UP. In Fort Wayne they played in a very flashy red, yellow and blue building which housed another ice rink.

Electrical problems in the dressing rooms gave them a few headaches. When the iron and hair dryer was used at the same time, all the lights blew, so clothes pressing had to wait until hair drying was completed. In Champaign, Illinois they played to 11, people for a home-coming. They were pleased with the assembly hall on the campus of the University of Illinois. In spite of restrictions, a fellow wearing a security badge, but sans security uniform, got into Richard's dressing room and asked for a pen.

Richard offered his, the man left, then returned momentarily with a Polaroid picture of himself with a message on it for Karen. When Richard noticed that every word in the message was misspelled, he became suspicious and called a genuine security guard who discovered the badge was a fake, and proceeded to usher the man out of the building. After the concert, the dinner at the Boorshead was excellent, and well worth the long drive to get there. Lodging was the Paradise, designed like a motel from out of the past.

The group enjoyed the food as well as the nostalgic atmosphere of the building design which featured port hole windows in the doors. The flight home was a bit grueling. It was lengthy, with several stops, and although they flew first class as always, their meal consisted of a corned beef sandwich and a brownie each. Not too substantial for a hungry group. There was another "Mr Guder" aboard who gave Richard a bad time. When Richard turned in his seat to talk to Doug who sat behind him, his view of him was blocked by the 'No Smoking' sign on the back of his seat which he removed temporarily.

Guder" told him to replace it or he would tell the captain. Richard ignored him, and the captain was informed and promptly replied that it didn't worry him. Guess the atmosphere was a little tense for a while. The lights of the Los Angeles airport were a very welcome sight to them that night. We have room for a few questions which have picked at random. What are their feelings towards Bette Midler?

They think she's a great performer. Has Richard ever tried to teach Karen to play piano? Does the red car on the cover of the Now And Then album belong to Richard?

It is his Ferrari G T C. Is the house on this same cover their parents home? How long does it take them to produce an album? Approximately 3 months depending upon unforeseen technical problems. No talk shows are scheduled for the present time.

Sometimes they are only given a couple days notice, which makes it difficult to advise you in advance. Is there any significance attached to the identical gold bracelets they wear? They each bought their own because they liked them so much.

However, each own an elegant rope-like bracelet, a gift from Herb Alpert 4 years ago. What were the four Platinum records for, mentioned in newsletter 39? Thank you all for your interest. Keep those questions coming in.

Rap with you in The Carpenters International Fan Club disbanded in The newsletters written by Ms. Evelyn Wallace and Ms. Rosina Sullivan. The following information on our famous brother-sister team pertaining to their individual characteristics etc. Richard Lynn Carpenter Libra was born at a. Blonde hair, hazel eyes.

Present height 6 ft. His voice range in low E for two octaves. His favorite colors are yellow, black and gold. Hobbies include luxury cars, sports cars the faster the better and antique cars. He collects records, specially old 78's. Karen Anne Carpenter Pisces was born at a. It Must Be Getting Close To Christmas - Various - So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2005 (CD) hair and eyes. Present height 5 ft. Her voice rang is C below middle C to G above height C. Her favorite colors are red, black and yellow.

Hobbies include cooking, needlepoint and bowling. She loves horses, and her love of them convinced her to make the move to California from New Haven, Connecticut where she and Richard were born. Karen was rather disappointed when her parents bought a house in the city of Downey, where she discovered there was no room to house a horse.

However, she settled for a second love - a dog. At present she has a beautiful Belgian Shepherd she calls Lady and a Sammoyed pup she has named Mush.

Karen's private collection consists of a variety of stuffed animals. What do they wear when they're home? Both prefer blue jeans and T-shirts. Like most people, they like to dress for comfort. Richard likes old shoes that are well broken in. Karen has a thing about fuzzy bedroom slippers, and takes a pair to wear on tour in her dressing room. Favorite food? Karen's favorite is spaghetti, home made fruit salad, Italian egg-plant and barbecue ribs.

Richard just likes FOOD most any kind. Richard and Karen both enjoy a game of pool. They have a pool table installed in their home, and visitors challenged to a game, find they have stiff competition. Both enjoy movies and t. Richard particularly likes science fiction films. See you later - Evelyn. The going was rough as the weather was cold, wet and miserable. Living conditions were horrible, as roads were covered with ice and snow.

A lot of driving was involved, because there were no airline connections between many of the towns where they were scheduled to appear. To top it off, both Richard and Karen took sick, due to extreme cold.

Being acclimated to the warmer Southern California weather, their blood had thinned, and in spite of extra warm clothing they wore, they got chilled to the marrow while driving, and caught chills. Let's Dance We'll Bring the House Down Cum on Feel the Noize All Join Hands Do You Believe in Miracles Let's Have a Party Get Down and Get With It My Oh My Run Runaway Mama Weer All Crazee Now Okey Cokey Here's to the New Year It's no secret that Sting is a serious man, so it's only logical that his holiday album -- his first new music since the Police reunion, not that it really matters -- is a serious endeavor, thank you.

No niceties for him, no comforts of carols; he favors formal over familiar, writing madrigals, not ditties. The austerity here is genuine, not affected, and the cerebral nature of the album is gently fascinating. Erlewine If on a Winter's Night presents an arc of songs that conjure the season of spirits, the eerie silences of the snow; days of solitude and reflection for some, a time of re-birth and celebration for many.

With traditional music of the British Isles as their starting point, Sting and his guest musicians draw the listener in through a collection of songs, carols, and lullabies spanning the centuries - such as The Snow it Melts the Soonest traditional Newcastle balladSoul Cake traditional English "begging" song Gabriel's Message 14th century carolas well as two of Sting's own compositions - Lullaby for an Anxious Child and The Hounds of Winter.

Also featured on the album is Hurdy Gurdy Man - a musical reworking and English translation by Sting of Der Leiermann from Schubert's classic winter song-cycle Winterreise. For this exploration of the themes and emotions of winter Sting is joined by friend and long time colleague, guitarist Dominic Miller - and an ensemble of three remarkable musicians from Northern England and Scotland: Kathryn Tickell fiddle and Northumbrian pipes Julian Sutton melodian and Mary MacMaster metal string Scottish harp.

Together they've created an album with a wonderful, warm, and unique ensemble sound - an acoustic meditation on winter. Bethlehem Down Bonus Blake's Cradle Song Bonus The 5 chart topper from featuring 'The Loco-Motion', here reissued and bit digitally remastered with the b-side 'Destitute and 'Losin' and a remix of 'Shinin'. Capitol Records. The end result has its moments but is not as strong as We're an American Band. Although the songs are tight and benefit from a strong performance by the group, the material simply isn't as inspired this time out: songs like "Please Me" and "Getting Over You" are energetic but lack the infectious hooks and clever arrangement touches that would make them stick in the listener's memory.

Shinin' On's best songs are the ones that became its single releases: the title track infuses its hard-driving, spacy rock groove with some surprisingly ethereal vocal harmonies and the cover of "The Loco Motion" turns this dance classic on its ear with a stomping beat and a screeching guitar lead from Mark Farner.

Other tracks make up for their lack of hooks by experimenting with the group's sound in interesting ways: "Mr. Pretty Boy" is a creepy, slow blues song that features an atmospheric Mellotron backing, and "To Get Back In" is a full-fledged soul song built on a thick combination of organ and horns.

In the end, Shinin' On is too unfocused and uneven to win over non-fans, but Grand Funk Railroad fans will find plenty to enjoy on this album A unique collection of 6 new blues-rock tracks in classic Thorogood style, combined with 6 "fan favorites" that have been out-of-print and hard to find on CD. Split into two sides just like a vinyl album! Just as they sound virtually unchanged from the first time they stepped into a recording studio.

George still has the same ferocious slide technique, his growling vocals have barely aged, and the band still has the feel of skilled musicians who know how to play it simple. The only real problem with this record is that as cool as it is to hear the band's take on "Six Days on the Road" or their tumble through Howlin' Wolf's "Howlin' for My Baby," it'd be better to hear more of the new tracks.

They have a more immediate feel and the group sounds like they're playing for fun rather than chasing commercial success. There's a fire in "Born Lover" and a bounce in "Run Myself Out of Town" that the old, muffled production can't reproduce. Not that the old tracks are bad by any means, and longtime fans of GT will be glad to have them.

Just as they will be glad that he and the Destroyers are still around and still rocking out T ail Dragger Drop Down Mama Run Myself Out Of Town Born Lover Twenty Dollar Gig Let Me Pass Howlin' For My Baby Highway 49 Six Days On The Road Treat Her Right Hello Little Girl Blue Highway Adrenalize, Def Leppards fifth studio album from cemented the band as the dominant arena rock band.

The album was recorded following the tragic death of guitarist Steve Clark - with Phil Collen recording all guitar parts - and dedicated to his memory. The album featured huge singles such as "Let's Get rocked" and "make Love Like a man" and debuted at no. The Deluxe Edition features a remastered version of the originalalbum with a bonus disc of rare, live, acoustic and demo versions. Now, on to this Remaster. Overall This Remaster Rocks! The wait is ova - for one of the most hotly anticipated new albums in recent history, as multi-platinum, award-winning Def Jam recording artist Rihanna announces the completion of her fourth original studio album, Rated R, scheduled to arrive in the physical and digital marketplace on Monday, November 23rd.

Mad House Wait Your Turn Hard featuring Jeezy Stupid In Love Rockstar featuring Slash Russian Roulette Fire Bomb Rude Boy Photographs featuring Will. G4L Te Amo Cold Case Love The Last Song Prior to 's Highway to Hell, all the band's LPs differed in their Australian and international incarnations one, 's TNT, was just cannibalized for other albumsso there are quite a few stray tracks -- a full 12, ranging from the priceless boogie "R.

The studio disc is rounded out by some OK latter-day tracks, highlighted by "Big Gun" from the Last Action Hero soundtrack and the nifty little rocker "Cyberspace," and it's quite nice to have all these cuts rounded up. If the live tracks aren't quite as noteworthy, it's largely because there have already been several live releases -- proper albums, box sets, and home videos alike -- but the quality of the two CDs is quite high, opening with a clutch of Bon Scott cuts before settling into a stretch from a dynamite set from Detroit's Joe Louis Arena inthen finding the group trotting around the globe on the third disc.

This is supplemented by a DVD dubbed Family Jewels 3, a disc that rounds up all the videos not on the original double-disc collection, including a pair of clips from 's Black Ice "Rock N Roll Train," "Anything Goes"and alternate takes of seven videos featured on the original compilation. Elton John's most extravagant creation is a song workout of seamless '70s pop rock. Despite its ambition and breadth, the album is unpretentious and endearing, as John and lyricist-partner Bernie Taupin seemingly aim to provide nothing but pleasure for their listeners.

Pure pop at its finest. Wyman Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was where Elton John's personality began to gather more attention than his music, as it topped the American charts for eight straight weeks. In many ways, the double album was a recap of all the styles and sounds that made John a star.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is all over the map, beginning with the prog rock epic "Funeral for a Friend Love Lies Bleeding " and immediately careening into the balladry of "Candle in the Wind. Though its diversity is impressive, the album doesn't hold together very well. Even so, its individual moments are spectacular and the glitzy, crowd-pleasing showmanship that fuels the album pretty much defines what made Elton John a superstar in the early '70s Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British Pop vocalist's album including five bonus tracks.

Bonus tracks include remixes of those It Must Be Getting Close To Christmas - Various - So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2005 (CD) plus the non-album 'Back Seat Driver'. Comes with a detailed booklet featuring original LP artwork, in-depth liner notes and all relevant picture sleeves. Kim Wilde's third album was never released in the U. Catch as Catch Can is probably Wilde's most experimental album, a continuation of the dark-hued synth rock feel of Select with hints of the more commercial dance-pop sound that would characterize the rest of her career.

Certainly the first single, the gimmicky, campy strut "Love Blonde," is the oddest single of Wilde's career. Elsewhere, the genuinely beautiful ballad "Can You Hear It" probably the prettiest song Wilde ever recorded"Sparks," and the quirky "Dream Sequence" have an atmospheric, nearly psychedelic tinge, thanks to hazy backing vocals and diffused, dreamy arrangements.

Power pop. That is a PLUS to me because I don't like the newer remastered versions of this song that contain Ravel's "Bolero" between these two other parts of the medley. The addition of "Bolero" only slows this down to almost a dirge. I know this is how it was originally recorded but IMO this is a case where I think the shorter medley works better. Only trouble is, this is on an older generation CD and the sound quality is a little muddier and volume is certainly lower that the remastered CDs.

Doubt if we will ever get a remastered version of this song without "Bolero" however. Walk Away Funk 49 Midnight Man Stop Thanks Woman Again Take a Look Around Funk 48 Tend My Garden There I Go Again Ashes, the Rain and I This deluxe edition features piano demos of eight of the album's tracks plus piano demos for five tracks that never made the album.

Also included are non-album cuts, BBC sessions and more. One of the best albums of the 60's especially from the progressive side of music. On the first side we have a conceptual rock record that is concerned with damnation, hell-fire and the soul. Then on side two their are more standard but still brilliant covers with some excellent psychedelia. Rather unusually for a record in my collection this album features very little guitar instead the lead instrument is Vincent Crane's later of Atomic Rooster excellent organ.

The vocals here are of course some of the best ever as Arthur sings with a range and emotion that few can match. So if your interested in great music from the 60's give this a try. After a nine year wait, Kiss release the studio album Sonic Boom.

Featuring 11 brand new Kiss anthems, Sonic Boom is an emphatic statement from one of Rock's most iconic bands. Modern Day Deliah 3. Russian Roulette 4. Never Enough 3. Stand 4. Hot And Cold 3. All The Glory 3. Danger Us 4. When Lightning Strikes 3. Say Yeah 4. Deuce 3. Detroit Rock City 3.

Shout It Out Loud 2. Hotter Than Hell 3. Calling Dr. Love 3. Love Gun 3. Heaven's On Fire 3. Lick It Up 3. I Love It Loud 4.

Forever 3. Christine Sixteen 2. Do You Love Me? Black Diamond 4. Rock And Roll All Nite 2. The Fall" is the new studio album by American singer-songwriter Norah Jones that will be released in November 17, Norah has taken a new direction on the The Fall, experimenting with different sounds and a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits and Modest Mouse.

Musicians include drummers Joey Waronker Beck, R. Japanese reissue of album, packaged in a limited edition miniature LP sleeve. Includes the same 2 bonus tracks as the U. Instead of repeating the formula that made Elton John a success, John and Bernie Taupin attempted their most ambitious record to date for the follow-up to their breakthrough.

A loose concept album about the American West, Tumbleweed Connection emphasized the pretensions that always lay beneath their songcraft. Half of the songs don't follow conventional pop song structures; instead, they flow between verses and vague choruses.

These experiments are remarkably successful, primarily because Taupin's lyrics are evocative and John's melodic sense is at its best. As should be expected for a concept album about the Wild West, the music draws from country and blues in equal measures, ranging from the bluesy choruses of "Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" and the modified country of "Country Comfort" to the gospel-inflected "Burn Down the Mission" and the rolling, soulful "Amoreena. This deluxe edition features piano demos of many of the album's tracks plus BBC sessions and more.

Polycarbonate plastic with improved transparency is used for the disc surface for enhanced audio quality.

Written and produced by Jimi Hendrix, the album is seen as the peak of Hendrix's mastery of the electric guitar, and is frequently cited as one of the greatest rock albums of all time. It is not only the last of his albums released as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, but also the last of Hendrix's studio albums to be professionally produced under his own supervision.

After Electric Ladyland, Hendrix spent the remaining two years of his life attempting to organize a new band and recording a breadth of new songs. Released as a double album, Electric Ladyland is a cross-section of Hendrix's wide range of musical talent.

It includes samples of several genres and styles of music, including the psychedelia of "Burning of the Midnight Lamp" previously a UK single in the summer ofthe bluesy guitar jam "Voodoo Chile", the New Orleans-style rock and roll of "Come On", the epic studio production of " The album also features a cover version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" that was widely praised by many, including Dylan himself, as well as "Voodoo Child Slight Return ", a staple of both radio and guitar repertoire.

The result was not only one of the best rock albums of the era, but also Hendrix's original musical vision at its absolute apex. When revisionist rock critics refer to him as the maker of a generation's mightiest dope music, this is the album they're referring to. But Electric Ladyland is so much more than just background music for chemical intake. Kudos to engineer Eddie Kramer who supervised the remastering of the original two-track stereo masters for this reissue on MCA for taking Hendrix's visions of a soundscape behind his music and giving it all context, experimenting with odd mic techniques, echo, backward tape, flanging, and chorusing, all new techniques at the time, at least the way they're used here.

What Hendrix sonically achieved on this record expanded the concept of what could be gotten out of a modern recording studio in much the same manner as Phil Spector had done a decade before with his Wall of Sound. As an album this influential and as far as influencing a generation of players and beyond, this was his ultimate statement for manythe highlights speak for themselves: "Crosstown Traffic," his reinterpretation of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," "Burning of the Midnight Lamp," the spacy " With this double set now on one compact discHendrix once It Must Be Getting Close To Christmas - Various - So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2005 (CD) pushed the concept album to new horizons Having been cleared earlier in the year in another lawsuit concerning the supposedly suicide-inducing subject matter of his music, Ozzy Osbourne reinvigorated his sound and expanded his following with his sixth studio album, No More Tears, in the fall of Songs like "Desire" and "S.

Top 40 hit on his own. Not cowed by his court cases, he wrote songs about child abuse "Mr. Tinkertrain" and serial murder "No More Tears" from the point of view of the criminals. Both are powerful rockers, and they make the album an even stronger collection Who could ever have thought, going back to the Pretty Things' first recording session in — which started out so disastrously that their original producer quit in frustration — that it would come to this?

The Pretty Things' early history in the studio featured the band with its amps seemingly turned up to 11, but for much of S. Sorrow the band is turned down to seven or four, or even two, or not amplified at all except for Wally Allen's bass — natchand they're doing all kinds of folkish things here that are still bluesy enough so you never forget who they are, amid weird little digressions on percussion and chorus; harmony vocals that are spooky, trippy, strange, and delightful; sitars included in the array of stringed instruments; and an organ trying hard to sound like a Mellotron.

Sometimes one gets an echo of Pink Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn or A Saucerful of Secrets, and it all straddles the worlds of British blues and British psychedelia better than almost any record you can name.

The album, for those unfamiliar, tells the story of "S. Sorrow," a sort of British Everyman — think of a working-class, luckless equivalent to the Kinks' Arthur, from cradle to grave. The tale and the songs are a bit downbeat and no amount of scrutiny can disguise the fact that the rock opera S.

Sorrow is ultimately a bit of a confusing effort — these boys were musicians, not authors or dramatists. Although it may have helped inspire Tommy, it is, simply, not nearly as good.

That said, it was first and has quite a few nifty ideas and production touches. This version of "Defecting Grey" is the original, long, uncut five-minute rendition, and not of trivial importance; it's superior to the shorter one used on the official single. Eder 's S. Sorrow is arguably the first concept album ever recorded although depending on what your definition of a concept is, that point can be debated.

It traces the story of a man called Sebastian Sorrow from birth to his eventual demise across a largely dark journey, as one could probably determine when a song title called 'Death' turns up halfway through.

Musically though, this is also a landmark album featuring some great psychedelic moments on, in particular the intense riff that propels 'Balloon Burning' and the maddening, effects-laden spiral that concludes 'Baron Saturday' bookending the despair on 'Death' where Phil May's vocals stink of dislocation and regret; somehow one gets the feeling that this story doesn't have a happy ending.

Along with 'Odessey And Oracle' by The Zombies this is one of those lost great rock albums which has only been appreciated retrospectively; it would quite feasibly be hailed as a masterpiece if it was released today.

This reissue adds four valuable songs from their singles "Defecting Grey," "Mr. This version of "Defecting Grey" is the original, long, uncut five-minute rendition, and not of trivial importance; it's superior to the shorter one used on the official single Sorrow Is Born 3. Bracelets Of Fingers 3. She Says Good Morning 3. Private Sorrow 3. Balloon Burning 3. Death 3.

Baron Saturday 3. The Journey 2. I See You 3. Well Of Destiny 1. Trust 2. Old Man Going 3. Loneliest Person 1. Defecting Grey Bonus Track 4. Evasion Bonus Track 3. Talkin' About The Good Times 3. Private Sorrow Bonus Track 3.

Balloon Burning Bonus Track 3. Defecting Grey Bonus Track 5. The Pretty Things. What a dreadful, career-in-the-dumper name for a group. Even shortened the "Pretties", anyone?

I know it's ironic, but it's also terrible. Yet such was I! The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business! Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Two weeks after this session he had another heart attack and was in intensive care until May 5, when he insisted on going home. On July 5 he announced he was ready to perform again and requested his band convene for rehearsal. He passed away at the next morning, July 6, Nicholas of Myra. The producers-arrangers-conductors who helped him shape this art, and what he brought to it on his own, are the subjects of this definitive appraisal of the Sinatra Christmas outpourings.

MARY J. These attributes are in abundant evidence on A Mary Christmaswhich is nothing less than far and away the best new Christmas album of a strong season. Thus a classic restored. DAVID IAN, Vintage Christmas Wonderland -- As a followup to his acclaimed It Must Be Getting Close To Christmas - Various - So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2005 (CD) Christmas full-length album, jazz pianist-guitarist-arranger David Ian follows a similar template with much the same cast, pares the set list down to five It Must Be Getting Close To Christmas - Various - So Fresh: Songs For Christmas 2005 (CD) sacred, two secular--and comes up with an unqualified gem.

But when his new label home, Yep Roc, suggested a holiday project, he took it under advisement and shortly thereafter bought in. The result, Quality Streetfulfills his vision, and comes complete with a subtitle that might strike some fans as being quintessentially snarky in a Nick Lowe kind of way but is in fact completely sincere. He keeps Christmas well. Smith, whose plaintive voice and sheer conviction is nothing short of captivating.

This is Streisand at her apex in recordings made almost three-and-a-half decades apart. The man recorded no less than eight Yule albums, three of which provide the bulk of the material for this Classic Christmas Album release.

Matthew 2: Then Barbara Mandrell above recorded it, and lo, dreams did come true. That listeners and critics often missed its true intent was an oversight that gnawed at the songwriters. During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow.

Joseph Mohr. Two years later, music was added by Franz Xaver Guber and the song was performed for the first time in the Alpine village of Oberndorf, Austria, on Christmas Day, The fame of this composition spread throughout the world and years later, people are still touched by both the simplicity and the strength of its message. In a five-part opus, Dr. Rudolph, with his nose so bright, takes flight. Herewith the true story of the events animating Longfellow's agonizing verses and the text of the complete poem, including two stanzas directly referencing the horrors of the Civil War that were omitted in when John Baptiste Calkin arranged Longfellow's verses into the seasonal classic expressing the triumph of good over evil in the world, 'I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day.

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