Soulblazz - soul + blues + jazz - is the new album by American singer-songwriter Natalia M. King. Released on 22 April this year, the album merges elements from the artist's childhood influences with her powerful vocal range and soulful lyrics.
R.E.M. began to move toward mainstream record production on Lifes Rich Pageant, but they didn't have a commercial breakthrough until the following year's Document. Ironically, Document is a stranger, more varied album than its predecessor, but co-producer Scott Litt – who would go on to produce every R.E.M. album in the following decade – is a better conduit for the band than Don Gehman, giving the group a clean sound without sacrificing their enigmatic tendencies. "Finest Worksong," the stream-of-conscious rant "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)," and the surprise Top Ten single "The One I Love" all crackle with muscular rhythms and guitar riffs, but the real surprise is how political the mid-tempo jangle pop of "Welcome to the Occupation," "Disturbance at the Heron House," and "King of Birds" is. Where Lifes Rich Pageant sounded a bit like a party record, Document is a fiery statement, and its memorable melodies and riffs are made all the more indelible by its righteous anger.
B.B. King - Complete Recordings 1949-1962; 6 CDs, 168 tracks, over 8 hours of music B.B. King, known as The King of the Blues, and indeed one of the Three Kings of Blues Guitar (along with namesakes Albert and Freddie) was amongst the finest guitarists and vocalists to ever grace the genre. He has featured in Rolling Stones 100 and Gibsons 50 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, reaching 6 and 17 respectively. Across the six discs comprising this boxed set lie the foundations of one of the most enduring legacies in all of the blues. Featuring more than 160 cuts and over eight hours of music, this compilation will surely remain the ultimate collection of B.B. Kings output a catalogue which most blues fans regard as home to some of the finest music ever released.