I went to Reckless Records over the weekend – I haven’t visted the Lakeview store in a little bit and was pleasantly suprprised at what I found.
I’ve been looking for the soundtrack to the movie, Tommy – I can get the Who concept album anywhere, but I couldn’t find the soundtrack, but was lucky enough to come across it yesterday. I also got some New York Dolls stuff – all their newer albums – they were all inexpensive for some reason. And I also got my partner the 3rd season of The Dick Van Dyke Show as he loves the show. Anyways, these all are highly recommended:
Tommy – soundtrack – This is the 1975 movie soundtrack with the Who, Ann-Margret, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Tina Turner, among other stars. I love the movie, and it’s really the only time I enjoy Ann-Margret’s singing (I hated her screechy warbling in Bye Bye Birdie). Elton John’s rendition of “Pinball Wizard” is another fave of mine, and Tina Turner does an amazing “Acid Queen” – this was her wilder, rawer, grittier days before she got the pop makeover in the 1980’s. The movie’s great, so I might look into getting that as well.
Exit, by K-Os – I believe this guy’s Canadian, not sure – but this gentleman’s an amazing rapper – I heard his song ” This Is Not a Love Song” on MTV Soul, and fell in love immediately. I love alternative urban music – this guy will rap and croon on a track, and use hip-hop beats, but will also look to reggae, rock, pop and folk to supplement his sound. He’s eclectic and I enjoy the experimentation.
Purified, by CeCe Winans – this was kind of a random pic – Winans is the sister in the famed gospel superstar family, the Winans – a gospel version of the Jacksons, if you will. Her voice sounds very similar to Whitney Houston’s, and she will often use modern urban-pop productions for her records.
Always by Pebbles – this was another “say what?” purchase for me – Pebbles, for those who didn’t listen to the radio in the 1980’s was a Paula Abdul-Janet Jackson clone who had a couple massive hits like “Girlfriend” and “Mercedes Boy” – they were early L.A. Reid and Babyface productions –very dated. This was her sophomore album that had a couple more hits, plus a duet with Salt ‘N’ Pepa. Pebbles was also known for discovering the pop group, TLC. I believe she’s a born-again Christian and a preacher now.
Dancing Backwards in High Heels, ‘Cause I Sez So and One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This by the New York Dolls – I am a New York Dolls fan, having their two classic 1970’s albums – and I didn’t know they regrouped and made some more records in the late 2000’s. For the uninitiated, the New York Dolls is a glam-rock, glam-punk, hard rock group – it’s funky, bluesy and dirty music. The lead-singer, David Johansen is famous for the mainstream audiences for his novelty lounge singer persona, Buster Poindexter and his hit record, “Hot, Hot, Hot.”
Seeds of Love, by Tears for Fears – yes, this is the Tears for Fears who had those romantic New Wave synth-pop hits in the 1980’s like “Shout” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” but they had some decent-sized hits in the early 1990’s as well, including the beautiful and ethereal “Woman in Chains,” which features Oleta Adams, a soul-jazz singer who would be famous for her one-hit “Get Here” which has been covered by millions of people from karaoke to American Idol. She’s on a couple other songs, I’m thinking she should get second billing, sort of like, Tears for Fears, feat. Oleta Adams.
Upcoming stuff I’m looking out for: the Kanye West/Jay Z collaboration, Barbra Streisand’s new album, I’m also looking out for a rather obscure cast recording of Anything Goes done in the late 1990’s with Angela Lansbury and Madeline Kahn.