In many ways Etta James resembled a female Ray Charles in her unerring ability to tackle (and sometimes combine) all of the strands of American popular music, from rock & roll to R&B, blues, country, gospel, jazz, and pure pop and soul, while still maintaining a distinct feel and sound that was all her own, and she did this throughout a five-decade career that is impressive for its consistency. This 25-track set (mostly drawn from her time with Chess Records) is hardly definitive (it doesn't have classic James' tracks like "Anything to Say You're Mine," "Don't Cry Baby," "Something's Got a Hold on Me," or the girl group pop of "Two Sides (To Every Story)," for instance, or any of her late-career blues tracks), but it does do a good job of spotlighting James' range and versatility by collecting sides like her signature "At Last," the soul-pop masterpieces "Tell Mama" and "I'd Rather Go Blind," and saucy versions of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and Randy Newman's "You Can Leave Your Hat On," all of which offer ample proof that James was one of the best singers of her generation – in any style.
The Country Music Association of Australian and EMI Music have enjoyed a long and prestigious relationship for close to 20 years, with the annual release of the "Winners" compilation, collecting together the finalists from the Tamworth Golden Guitar Awards every year. Now comes this stunning double CD collection of timeless favourites from the superstars of the local country music scene, featuring Lee Kernaghan, Slim Dusty, Adam Brand, Adam Harvey, Beccy Cole, James Blundell, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley, Gina Jeffreys, John Williamson and many more.
2010 two CD collection. Since 2003, the Shanghai Lounge series has become the High Note label's identifiable trademark, drawing the city look of Shanghai with modern and traditional touches in Downtempo and Trip-Hop tunes. The Best of Shanghai Lounge collects 15 of the best tracks from the first five volumes on Disc One. On Disc Two, High Note has invited German duo Club des Belugas, JoJo Effect, Cayetano, Tape Five, Amp Fiddler (with Corinne Bailey Rae) and others to participate on this special release. 29 tracks.
2010 two CD collection celebrating the 10th anniversary of Fredric Slama's West Coast AOR project. This double disc set contains 23 of his best tracks plus five previously unreleased cuts. L.A Ambition features more than 40 top musicians including Steve Overland (FM), Steve Lukather and Fergie Frederiksen (Toto), Bill Champlin (Chicago), Michael Landau, David Roberts, Michael Ruff, Rick Riso and many others. This release is a dream come true and contains all the finest songs from AOR like you've never heard them before.