Let's not waste time: get this for soprano Lucy Crowe's voice, for her performance of "What passion cannot Music raise", for her "The soft complaining flute"–and don't forget the glorious "But oh! What art can teach". Okay–just get this for the magnificent Crowe, whose golden, ringing tone and impeccable, uninhibited technique sets Handel's arias ablaze in vibrant, scintillating glory, relegating any recorded competition to second-class status. (Listen to that long-held, stratospheric note in the final chorus, on the words "The trumpet shall be heard on high"–on high, indeed; it seems like Crowe could have sustained it forever!) To sing Handel requires technical ease and comfort, range and unreserved explicatory ability–and in this, and in her complete habitation of the world of Handelian style Lucy Crowe is unsurpassed.
Limited Edition 7CD box set featuring rare live performances of GP with the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. Also features Gram's songs performed by Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Jerry Garcia. Plus a disc of influences/original version…
“A Song For You” knits together classic songwriting of the rock era with classic songwriting of the standards era. It draws a through line from a modern classic such as Van Morrison’s “Someone Like You” with the timeless romanticism of Victor Young and Edward Heyman’s “When I Fall In Love”. From Leon Russell to Sacha Distell and Jack Reardon. “Try A Little Tenderness” was a Tin Pan Alley hit of the 1920s long before the well known Otis Redding 60s hit version. The core value of this album is the immortality of great songwriting. The project includes the final work of the legendary Paul Buckmaster, perhaps the greatest arranger and concertmaster of the rock era. “A Song For You” was the very last song Paul worked on in a storied Grammy Award winning career.
For a good portion of his solo career, John Fogerty refused to play any of his old Creedence Clearwater Revival songs – not because he hated them but because he was tied up in a nasty legal battle with Saul Zaentz, the head of his former record label Fantasy. After a few decades, Fogerty's position softened and he started playing the tunes in concert, then, after Concord purchased Fantasy in 2004, he celebrated CCR, first with a new hits compilation combining his old band and solo work, then eventually working his way around to Wrote a Song for Everyone, a 2013 album where he revisits many of his most popular songs with a little help from his superstar friends. Savvy guy that he is, Fogerty doesn't place all of his chips on one bet: he mixes up rock and country, old and new, dabbling just a bit in R&B and alternative folk, but preferring to stick to a tastefully weathered roots rock that suits him well.
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection
Yes, another outstanding Renaissance album, AMONG THEIR BEST ONES! On this one, the omnipresent & OUTSTANDING classical arrangements are really in the foreground, really participating to the melody! Clearly, Renaissance is a band that is better when having an accompanying orchestra! Again, the style is still strongly baroque symphonic. Just hear this combination of relatively modern keyboards and strings+horn arrangements: SUBLIME! Annie’s lead vocals are very loud, pure and never bland.