EMI's generous compilation of 100 tracks from its archive of recordings by Maria Callas makes a fine introduction to her legacy. Callas' voice isn't consistent throughout, but when she's at her best, it's easy to hear the musical and dramatic power that made her the most legendary opera singer of the 20th century. She is impressive often enough that it's not hard to forgive the performances that are less than stellar. The six-disc collection is intelligently organized, with each disc dedicated to a particular composer (or several composers) or a theme: Bellini; Donizetti and Rossini; Verdi; Puccini; French operatic heroines; and dramatic heroines.
Pairing the ever-reliable Gold compilation series with the Motown catalogue is a sure-fire recipe for glorious success. The Gold series standard for selection, sequencing, sound, and packaging applies here, and the material covers all the essential Motown artists of the 1960s, including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye. With stone-cold-classic singles ranging from Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street" to the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," it's impossible to go wrong with more Motown Classics Gold. This beautiful, first-rate set serves to remind us why these pop masterpieces sound as vital and fresh now as they did on their release.
This compilation highlights some of the best songs released by Motown Records. The artists include The Supremes, Marvalettes, Edwin Starr, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and many more. It is really the essence of the classic Motown Records.