Almost 15 years after his breakout and worldwide
sales of more than 30 million albums, rapper 50 Cent finally
releases a collection of his greatest hits. There are 18 tracks,
including ten top 10 hits. One can rediscover the inevitable "In Da
Club", "P.I.M.P., "Disco Inferno", "Candy Shop" and "Ayo
Technology". We can also hear two tracks previously unreleased on an
album, "Get Up" and "I Get It In", as well as a bonus track, "How To
Rob". The compilation provides a good overview of the most
productive years for 50 Cent (2003-2009). An important song missing
otherwise: "Wanksta" from the soundtrack of
As he approaches 40 years of career, Canadian Bryan
Adams returns with a new collection of his greatest hits. Condensed
on a single CD at full capacity, this anthology contains 21
unmissable hits like "Summer of 69", "Somebody", "Heaven", "It's
Only Love" (with Tina Turner), "(Everything I Do) I Do It For
You", "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman", "Can’t Stop This Thing
We Started", "When You're Gone" (with Melanie C.), "Back To
You" and many more. In addition to covering his entire career,
Ultimate contains two new songs: "Ultimate Love" and "Please
Stay". It is therefore an extremely complete compilation which is
proposed to us. Its main negative point is that all the songs are
presented in a complete disorder. The result is some weird links
between what he produced when he was at the peak of his career in
the early 1980s, his mass hits of the 1990s, and his lesser work of
the past 20 years. It is nevertheless an excellent compilation to
have on one CD all the greatest hits of Bryan Adams.
Nick Cave & The Bad
Seeds – Lovely Creatures:
The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, 1984-2014 (3 CD + DVD)
Nick Cave began his career with the birth of punk
in Australia. On the other hand, he quickly detached himself with
his band, the Bad Seeds, to go to deeper music, both dark and
intelligent. After three decades of quasi-incessant creativity, what
better than a deluxe collection on three CDs to make a summary of
this long career. So, we can hear 45 of the best songs of Nick Cave
and his Bad Seeds covering the years 1984 to 2014. Unlike the
compilation on a single CD, The Best of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds,
released in 1998, we can go much further here, including his debut,
as well as adding tracks from the superb
Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
Push the Sky Away (2014). In
bonus, a DVD is offered featuring TV appearances, live performances
and interviews. With more than 225 minutes, there’s a lot of
material on these three CDs. Unfortunately, because of the lack of
new content, the hardcore fans of the band will not find anything
new to discover. Still, it is certainly the most complete
compilation to date to truly frame the career of Nick Cave & The Bad
Since their last collection of hits went back to
International Superhits, it made sense that we are offered a
new compilation to cover the many hits by Green Day in the new
millennium. Here is a very comprehensive collection of 22 tracks
covering the entire career of the band. Delivered chronologically,
these songs include 10 already offered on
International Superhits, but
especially 10 incomparable hits produced since that time, including
the inevitable album
American Idiot (a title that is still very current).
Only one track is from the trilogy ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!
("Oh Love"), but they add two new songs: "Ordinary World" (with
Miranda Lambert) and "Back in the USA". Here is the ultimate
anthology for Green Day with all the band's biggest hits on one CD.
Several compilations have been released over the
years, bringing together the music of Elton John, the most memorable
Greatest Hits 1970-2002, a double
collection issued 15 years ago. Diamonds has many
similarities with that one, starting with the same 10 early hits.
The 34-track collection adds some important songs of his repertoire
such as "Little Jeannie", "I Don’t Wanna
Go on with You Like That" and the live duet
with George Michael, "Don’t Let the
Sun Go Down on Me". We can also hear some
more recent songs: "Electricity", "Home Again" and "Looking Up". A
three-CD version is also available with several additional pieces
that could have been on the first two, including his covers of "Lucy
in the Sky with Diamonds" (TheBeatles) and "Pinball
Wizard" (The Who). Here is certainly the ultimate collection
for Elton John, highlighting this year 50 years of collaboration
with Bernie Taupin.
On On Air, the Rolling Stones feature rare
BBC radio recordings from their debut, between 1963 and 1965. Of the
18 tracks offered, eight have never been recorded in studio or
offered commercially. We can obviously hear several rhythm & blues
covers, which made them famous at the time, including Chuck Berry
classics as "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Memphis, Tennessee". But we
can also discover their debut in composition, especially with the
classic "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction". In addition to the single
50-minute CD, a double version containing 32 songs is available.
Very popular in the 1980s, the British pop rock
band Tears for Fears has been rather quiet since that time. Here is
a collection containing their 16 greatest hits for a total duration
approaching 75 minutes. Of course, we can hear the classics "Shout"
and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", but you will also
rediscover with pleasure the excellent "Mad World", "Sowing the
Seeds of Love", "Head Over Heels", "Woman in Chains", "Change",
"Pale Shelter", etc. It lacks only a certain chronology to the album
to make it an ultimate anthology of this important band from the
In anticipation of the 59th GRAMMY Awards Ceremony
to be held on February 12th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles,
here is the album containing some of the main nominations. One can
hear 21 hits by pop artists like Beyoncé, Sia,
Drake, Adele, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato,
Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson. Country music is
also well represented with Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert,
Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, etc. Lesser-known
artists that made sensation over the past year are also included as
Twenty One Pilots ("Stressed Out"), The Chainsmokers
("Closer") and Lukas Graham ("7 Years"). The album gives a
good overview of the last year in these two musical genres, even if
there are inexplicably several huge hits missing.
The Shack (Music from and Inspired by the Original
For the music of The Shack movie, they have
assembled many artists from the country scene. You can hear Dan +
Shay, Tim McGraw in duo with Faith Hill, Lady
Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Brett Eldredge. The
only artists who stand out somewhat with a slightly more pop trend
are Needtobreathe, Kelly Clarkson and Skillet,
but they remain in the religious field to fit in with the film. In
fact, the album ends in strength with the classic "Amazing Grace" by
another duo playing Christian music, For King & Country.
Several pieces on the album are particularly boring, especially
outside the context of the movie. But we must admit that the whole
remains coherent, for a rare film soundtrack that you can listen in
full (depending on if you appreciate the genre of course).
Le duo électro français existe depuis déjà 20 ans
et pour l’occasion, on nous offre une compilation double des
meilleurs enregistrements de leur carrière. Twentyears
contient rien de moins que 31 titres totalisant plus de 133 minutes.
On y trouve évidemment leurs plus grands succès comme « Sexy Boy »,
« Alone in Kyoto » ou « La femme d’argent », mais on peut aussi
entendre des raretés et pièces jamais parues jusqu’à maintenant. On
peut aussi redécouvrir « The Duelist » mettant en vedette
Charlotte Gainsbourg et Jarvis Cocker. Le principal
défaut des deux CD est qu’ils présentent l’ensemble des pièces dans
un désordre total. Aussi, le livret manque de détails sur le groupe
et aurait grandement bénéficié d’une biographie. Malgré tout, cette
compilation complète brosse un bon portrait de la carrière d’Air
jusqu’à ce jour.
Several compilations of The Cars music have been
issued over the years, but nothing really worth to be compared to
Complete Greatest Hits. That 20-track collection was
covering the best of the band's career in chronological order in
addition to having a detailed booklet. For Moving in Stereo: The
Best of The Cars, Ric Ocasek and his band have instead
decided to include a few rarities, including a live song,
"Everything You Say". There are 18 in total, but it lacks several
important hits whose excellent "Good Times Roll", "Magic" and "Bye
Bye Love". In addition, there is no timeline on the album, which
makes it much less interesting than
Complete Greatest Hits. You can always rely on the best ones
like "Just What I Needed", "You Might Think", "Shake It Up", "Drive"
and "Tonight She Comes", but the fact remains that it is not a
greatest hits collection covering their entire career.
After several monster hits by Jason Derulo,
Warner decided to assemble them on Platinum Hits. Among the
12 tracks, only "Don’t Wanna Go Home" and the new song "Kiss the
Sky" are not platinum hits. With a CD counting only 41 minutes, it
is a rather succinct compilation that is offered to us. It still
includes hits from 2009 to 2015, including "Whatcha Say", "Talk
Dirty", "Wiggle" and "Want To Want Me". Without being an ultimate
collection, Platinum Hits demonstrates nevertheless the
importance Derulo has had on the pop scene during the first half of
For their new album, the sisters Ann and
Nancy Wilson decided to do new versions of seven pieces a
little more obscure in their repertoire. They are complemented by
three new songs. In the title song, James Hetfield (Metallica)
adds his voice to that of Ann, a huge contrast for this decidedly
rock song. "Two" is a cover of Ne-Yo, while "I Jump", another
new song, is mixing orchestrations and Led Zeppelin
riffs. The third new track, "Heaven", is a piece that the group lugs
around for a while, but that was never released on a studio album.
Unfortunately, the CD contains many unnecessary moments and
certainly lacks of focus, going in all directions. This results in a
rather weak album that has little moments truly newsworthy, except
for the title track and "I Jump".
A few months after his death, here is what could
be considered Prince’s ultimate compilation. It is also his first
hits collection in 10 years, with nothing less than 40 tracks. Only
his period before 1993 is covered here for contractual reasons, but
this is after all his greatest hits. Two songs among the 40 are
rarities: "Gotta Stop (Messin 'About)" (a B-side) and "Moonbeam
Levels" (a song recorded in 1982 that was never released before).
For the rest, his classics are all there: "1999", "Let's Go Crazy",
"Purple Rain", "Kiss", "Cream", "Nothing Compares 2 U", etc. The
only negative points are the lack of chronology on both CDs, as well
as a booklet missing biographical details for such a great character
of pop music. So, without being the ultimate anthology, 4ever
remains a very good retrospective.
The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture
To accompany the animated film Angry Birds,
they have assembled a rather eclectic mix of artists, styles and
even eras. We can find indeed hits from the 1980s as Rick Astley’s
("Never Gonna Give You Up") and Scorpions’ ( "Rock You Like a
Hurricane"), a heavier song with Limp Bizkit, as well as
contemporary artists like Imagine Dragons and Steve Aoki.
Some songs were written for the film and you can discover new
compositions by Blake Shelton, Demi Lovato and
Charli XCX. This is primarily a compilation for fans of the
film, since there are no guidelines.
Born To Be Blue
is a film by Robert Budreau whose main character is legendary
jazz singer and trumpeter Chet Baker (played by Ethan
Hawke). Unfortunately, no original music by Baker was used in
the film (maybe for copyright reasons?). It’s rather Canadians
David Braid (piano) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet) who play
jazz standards associated to Baker, and in a style that is apparent.
Many of the pieces presented are interpreted in a short version of
just over two minutes, which is not really a tribute to the original
work and that only serves the movie. In addition to the covers of
standards, there are some new compositions by Braid and original
songs by Charles Mingus ("Haitian Fight Song") and Odetta
("Go Down Sunshine"). But the most surprising part is to hear Ethan
Hawke sing two songs, including the highly successful "My Funny
Valentine", the one that is most associated with Baker. As it is
often the case with movie soundtracks, music serves only to
accompany the film and provides little value by itself. Playing the
old records of Chet Baker remains by far the best option.
Compass is an
ambitious project by two renowned Mexican DJs: Camilo Lara (Mexican
Institute of Sound) and Toy Selectah (Control Machete,
Mad Decent). The 13 songs of the album include about one
hundred collaborators from anywhere around the world. They
especially have a unique mix of genres, making it a quite global
album. There is a base of Latin music, but also electronic, hip hop,
pop and different rhythms of the world. This eclectic mix is a
particularly suitable amalgam on a danceable background proving that
music has no boundaries.
Country Voice Love Songs
is a compilation of 18 tracks combining several of the finest voices
in contemporary country. Among the most famous singers, there are
George Strait, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley and
the young Hunter Hayes. The only woman in this male tide is
Shania Twain with the song "Forever and For Always". A
highlight of the CD is presented by Chad Brownlee with
"Thinking Out Loud", but all of these love songs are likely to
appeal to a public which is fan of modern country.
Many Anglophone artists recorded a song in the
language of Molière during their career. These are 14 of those songs
that are assembled on this unique compilation. In some cases, these
are French song covers like "La vie en rose" by Grace Jones,
"Tous les garçons et les filles" by
Eurythmics, "La complainte de la butte"
by Rufus Wainwright and "Avec le temps"
by Belinda Carlisle. In other cases, there is a French
version of one of their hits like "Waterloo" by ABBA,
"Heroes" by David
Bowie, "Diamond Sun" by Glass Tiger and "Sunday Girl"
by Blondie. Finally, some songs were written in French as "Embrasse-moi"
by Sam Roberts, the excellent "Jolie Louise" from Daniel
Lanois first album and "Quand je pense à toi"
which was written by Chris de Burg specifically for the
Quebec market. Can also be heard on the album Julio Iglesias,
Olivia Newton-John and Elton John. Here is a nice
blend of French material by superstars of pop music.
God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
Blind Willie Johnson is a singer and guitarist from
Texas who lived between 1897 and 1945. He was proposing a mix of
blues and gospel with a rare intensity. On this tribute, producer
Jeffrey Gaskill has assembled leading musicians from the folk,
country and blues. Even Sinéad O'Connor comes to offer an
emotional version of "Trouble Will Soon Be Over". Other performers
include Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Cowboy Junkies,
Luther Dickinson, Maria McKee and Rickie Lee Jones.
Often covered by artists like
Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan,
Blind Willie Johnson influenced a whole generation of musicians. You
can hear it on this album that goes well beyond the tribute.
The compilation produced by Dave Cobb
wants to be a cry from the heart for southern music looking further.
It includes contemporary country artists exhibiting folk elements
and Americana. Although the influences of the past remain very
present, they seem to want more than ever to prove that this music
will remain alive in the future by subtly breaking some conventions.
The idea to refresh the sound of another era is interesting but may
cringe. Among the artists included on the album, you can hear
John Paul White, Jason Isbell, Brent Cobb,
Miranda Lambert, Morgan and Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown,
Shooter Jennings and Rich Robinson. This is an
interesting and pleasant album to listen to, but it is not clear who
this is for.
For the soundtrack of the Suicide Squad movie
were assembled various artists from contemporary rap to classic
It is therefore particularly varied 14 tracks that are offered with
transitions that can often seem bizarre.
You can hear a majority of original songs by artists such as
Twenty One Pilots, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex, Mark
Ronson, Lil Wayne, Imagine Dragons, Kevin Gates,
Rick Ross, etc.
One can also rediscover classics by Eminem ("Without Me"),
Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Fortunate Son") and War ("Slippin'
Into Darkness"), plus a cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Panic!
At the Disco.
One of the good moments of the CD, and that is also perfect within
the film, comes with the excellent "Medieval Warfare" by Grimes.
The CD ends with a cover of the Bee Gees’ "I Started a Joke"
by ConfidentialMX with Becky Hanson.
Despite good times, the whole rather proves to be unequal and
remains most of all effective in the context of the film.
Vinyl: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 1
The new HBO series created by Mick Jagger
gained much attention even before its premiere. It depicts the world
of rock music in the 1970s. This compilation presents 18 songs from
the series. There are of course rock music from the 1970s, but also
soul and R&B from the 1950s and 1960s. Rock moments include David
Johansen (from the New York Dolls), Mott The Hoople
(with "All the Way From Memphis"), The Edgar Winter Group
(with "Frankenstein") and Foghat (with "I Just Want to Make
Love to You"). The 1950s and 1960s are represented among others by
Otis Redding (with "Mr. Pitiful") and Ruth Brown (with
"Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"). We can also hear of course the
theme song of the series, "Sugar Daddy" by Sturgill Simpson.
Some more obscure songs complete the set for a full picture of the
time and to make us travel back 40 years ago.
Argentina Chill Out Social Club is a project
created to remake different classics of the most popular music in
history. On this first of six CDs, 12 classics of the 1980s (or
almost) are played in an electro jazz style with latin and bossa
nova accents. The really nice voice of Analiah Robledo sings
hits of Madonna
(« La Isla Bonita »), AC/DC
(« You Shook Me All Night Long/Rock and Roll All Night »), Michael Jackson
(« Billie Jean », « Dangerous »), Bon Jovi (« Never Say
Goodbye »), Metallica
(« Nothing Else Matters »), Guns N’ Roses
(« Sweet Child O’ Mine »), Queen
(« Somebody To Love »), U2(« Where the Streets Have No Name »), etc. In addition to this important album for the
1980s, the collection includes 5 tribute albums in the same style:
The Buena Vista Social Club, it’s the Cuban
supergroup that was discovered by Ry Cooder nearly 20 years
ago and which has become the emblem of Cuban music worldwide. It was
composed of legends which several are now dead: Ibrahim Ferrer,
Ruben Gonzalez, Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, Manuel "Guajiro"
Mirabal, Eliades Ochoa, Omara Portuondo, Jesus
"Aguaje" Ramos and Compay Segundo. Lost and Found
contains 13 previously unreleased recordings. These are songs dating
back to the recording sessions for their first album released in
1997, as well as live tracks and songs recorded in rehearsal for
subsequent albums. It is difficult to understand how the Cuban
standard "Lagrimas Negras" sung by Omara Portuondo was not found
among the selected tracks for their first album. The live song "Bruca
Manigua" and the excellent "Tiene Sabor" are also among the most
interesting moments of this CD. Lost and Found still
introduces Cuban jazz at its best, always played masterfully by some
of the greatest musicians in the country.
Since her stunning debut in 1988, the protest
folk singer Tracy Chapman had never released a real collection of
her greatest hits. She does it with this collection of 18 tracks
spanning her entire career. Obviously included are the inevitable
"Fast Car", "Talkin' Bout a Revolution", "Telling Stories" and "Give
Me One Reason", but one can also hear her version of "Stand by Me"
recorded in 2015 on The Late Show With David Letterman. Two
major lacks however spoil our enjoyment: the songs are not presented
in chronological order and the booklet contains no biographical
details about this unique singer. These are two important elements
that could have made this an essential collection.
Robin Gibb – Saved by the Bell: The Collected Works of Robin Gibb 1968-1970
One of the Gibb brothers who were successful in the
1960s in the Bee Gees, Robin embarked on a brief solo career
in 1968 and produced the album
Robin’s Reign. In 1970, he returned
to the band, but he still had time to record many songs. This triple
album presents first
Robin’s Reign, but enhanced by 9
additional songs, some left out for the album, others that are songs
of the record in mono versions, etc. The second CD offers the
Sing Slowly Sisters recording sessions, an album that was never
released after the reunion with the Bee Gees. Finally, the third CD
features 23 rarities: demo versions, recordings at the BBC, two
Italian versions, etc. Producer Andrew Sandoval had already
started to work on assembling Gibb’s solo works before his death in
2012 and he resumed after. It is pop orchestral music, usually mild
and often captivating. These three CD therefore present a
comprehensive overview of what Robin Gibb recorded during his short
break off the Bee Gees.
Bette Midlerturns 70 by offering usa collectionof her
fromher debutin 1972.It includes18 of herbestballads,although withsome momentsa little
like "FavoriteWaste of Time" inopening.Among hergreatest classics, one
"The Rose", "Wind Beneath
My Wings" and "From
a Distance", not to mention the title song.
Obviously,75 minutesof love songsare not
likely toreach everybody, but the
biggest fans ofBette
Midlerwill appreciatethis important
As a gift to his fans, the British singer offers
a box set of five EPs released between 2009 and 2011, before he
became the superstar we know today. It includes the following CDs:
You Need Me EP, Live at the Bedford EP, Loose
Change EP, Songs I Wrote With Amy EP, and No. 5
Collaborations Project EP. The CD Songs I Wrote With Amy EP
contains songs written in collaboration with Amy Wadge, while
No. 5 Collaborations Project EP contains 8 songs with various
collaborators. These five EPs certainly do not enjoy the large-scale
production of his next two albums. But, they will surely still be
interesting for his fans.
In the summer of 2013, producer Ian Brennan
(Ramblin 'Jack Elliott, TV on the Radio, Tinariwen)
traveled to the Mozambican border of Malawi in order to record the
music of the inmates of the central prison in Zomba. Built in the
19th century, this decrepit maximum security prison designed to
house 340 prisoners has now over 2,000. Brennan and his wife were
able to enter the prison in exchange of seminars on violence
prevention to prisoners and guards. More than 60 artists were
recorded for more than six hours of music. Twenty tracks were
selected for this album of barely 32 minutes which has often
personal songs for the lifers. The most touching pieces were mostly
recorded by women, such as "I Kill No More" by Josephine Banda,
"Don’t Hate Me" by Gladis Zinamo and "Last Wishes" by
Irene Chibowa. Although prisoners at Zomba prison have committed
major crimes, they certainly have many talented musicians and
singers. (January 2015)
Fifty Shades of Grey (Original
Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Themovie based on the successful
eroticbook trilogy FiftyShades of
justin time for
Valentine's Dayand it isaccompanied by theCD
includes hits from the past,but also morecontemporary songsand
someoriginal pieces writtenfor the film.You can
hearamong others "I Put a Spell on
You" by Annie
"Meet Me in the Middle",EllieGoulding’s
"Love Me Like You
Do", remixesofBeyoncé’s "Haunted"
and "Crazy in Love", "SaltedWound" by Sia, "Beast
of Burden" by the
Rolling Stones, "Witchcraft" by
Frank Sinatraand "I Know You" by
The musicfits ratherwell with themood of the
movie, but it can most of all create aparticularlybeautifulromantic atmosphere.
Inspired by the biography by Ron Chernow,
this Broadway musical show introduces the history of one of the
fathers of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. What is
special is that it is essentially hip hop music that accompanies
this story of the 18th century, plus a multiethnic group of
actors-singers led by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The two CDs have a
mixed music integrating rap, R&B, pop, and a more classic Broadway
musical show music. Although there are interesting times, this very
long album is mainly addressed to those who have had the chance to
attend this blockbuster of more than two hours.
Ida is a Polish
film by Pawel Pawlikowski which won an Oscar in 2015 for
"Best Foreign Language Film". This 75-minute CD was compiled and
produced by Jacek Szumlas and it contains music from and
inspired by the film. It has 26 tracks dating back mostly to the
1950s and 1960s. Among the most famous names we can hear there are
Tony Renis ("Quando Quando Quando"), Neil Sedaka ("Oh
Carol"), Paul Anka ("Diana" and "A Steel Guitar and a Glass
of Wine"), Little Eva ("The Locomotion"), Elvis Presley ("Return
to Sender"), Fats Domino ("I'm Walking"), Little Richard
("Lucille"), Adamo ("Tombe la neige"), The Drifters
("Under the Boardwalk") and John Coltrane ("Naima" and
"Equinox"). We can also hear many Polish classics. Here is a movie
soundtrack that will allow you to escape in the past.
On thissoundtrack of the
movie,you can hear16contemporary artists
indie pop genre. One canfindamong othersSantigold, Twin
Shadow, Sam Bruno,VanceJoy,
Vampire Weekend, HAIM,
Mountain Goatsand several otherextremelyinteresting
artists. In addition, there is
a goodguidelinethroughout theCDwhile the songsadmirablyflow well, despite some dance
remixesin the middle.
The result isa
surprisingsoundtrackand very pleasant to
listento the end,
a rarityfor a
movie soundtrack. The CDof the musicof PaperTownsis thereforeone of the best
soundtracks in along time.
On this 17-track compilation totaling over 60
minutes, contemporary artists pay tribute to pop and rock music of
the 1980s by playing great hits in their own way. We can hear right
at the opening a completely stripped version by Sam Smith of
the yet danceable "How Will I Know" by Whitney Houston. We
can also rediscover Madonna’s
"Lucky Star" by Birdy, The Cars’ "Drive" by The
Script, Kim Carnes’ "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kylie
Minogue, Cher’s "If I Could Turn Back Time" by
Christina Perri, Bryan Adams’ "Run To You" by Kian
Egan, The Clash’s "Should I Stay or Should I Go " by
Kaiser Chiefs, and much more. Several versions are particularly
successful and make us truly appreciate this music of another era.
SongReadercontains 20 songs written
performed byvarious artists.Releasedin 2012in the form of
illustrated music sheets, the album was
finally completedin its traditionalformat.We can hearNorahJones,Jack White, Jeff
Ribot, Jack Blackand many others.Inaddition to producingthe
album withRandallPoster,Beckhimself comes
to interpret the
Eleven years after therelease of their debut
album, it isnow the timeto makea summaryof the career ofBilly
Talent. The four
Toronto bandare introduced in thiscompilation withexcerpts
arranged chronologically. There are12 in all, plus 2new pieces, "Kingdom ofZod" and "Chasing
the Sun". Someadditional
trackswould have beennice,especially from
theirfirst album, which contained
several essentialsongsfor the group.Anotherannoyingdetail:
the booklet does not contain any informationabout the band,their
albums, and so on, information always
usefuland interestingwhen we havein handa recap of a 10-year
career. Still,this isa very goodcompilation
we can listen to withgreat pleasure.A version withDVDis also available. (December 2014)
TheMontreal collectiveled byJamesDiSalvioissued5 albumssince its debutin 1997.This compilation
of thebest of
their career with18 trackstotalling77 minutes.
It includesof coursethe inevitable"Drinking
in L.A." and "Astounded" (with
sampling of Curtis
Mayfield), but also "Couch
"Loaded" (with Big DaddyKane), "Go
(with Youssou N'Dour),
"Everywhere"and "Afrodiziak". At
the very endof the CD, you can hear
their newstripped downversion of "Drinking in L.A."
recorded for the
summarizing the 30 yearsof the Audiogramlabel.Unfortunately,the song orderis randomand the CDcontains nobooklet.Itstillis a greatcompilationfor
electro-popgroup. (December 2014)
After only three studio albums widely
distributed, the contemporary country band already has a collection
of its best songs. It actually contains 14 single the group has
issued between 2008 and 2013. Of these, no less than 8 reached
number 1 on the Billboard country charts: "Chicken Fried", "Toes",
"Free", "Highway 20 Ride", "As She's Walking Away", "Colder
Weather", "Knee Deep" and "Keep in Mind". Most of the others have
meanwhile reached the top 10. While a compilation could seem too
hasty in the case of the Zac Brown Band, it has enough quality
material to satisfy any country fan. (December 2014)
Here's a new house collection from the prolific
Quebec DJ. In this 2015 edition, he offers some Latin sparks, but he
remains mostly well anchored in house music and somewhat more
progressive techno. We must be almost a specialist in this kind of
music to know the songs offered as he downright goes into
underground house music with all the aplomb that we know from him.
Among the most interesting pieces included, there are "Mama Yo!" by
Mayra Veronica, "Bump & Grind 2014" by Waze, Odyssey and
R. Kelley, "3 Percent" by Kronic & Krunk and "Payback" by
Dimitri Vangelis, Wyman & Steve Angello. As usual, there is a
composition of his own, "Unbreakable". Again, D-Noy offers us a
constant mix of dance music for 63 minutes. The main problem is that
many songs can leave the audience indifferent, as long as it does
not end up in the context of an electrifying dance floor.
his new Pacha Ibiza compilation, the famous Quebec DJ uses again
the formula that made him successful for many years, presenting the best
of the current house scene. He starts strong with the new version of
Technotronic’s "Pump Up the Jam" by the Bodybangers.
Thereafter, there is a little less known names outside of the
underground house scene, except for Steve Aoki and The
Partysquad. As usual, D-Noy has a personal composition, "Take Me
Back", featuring Sandy Duperval. 15 tracks totaling 65 minutes
make a constant party to animate any dance floor.
The young Texan singer already has four albums to
her credit. Despite her 22 years of age only, she releases her first
greatest hits collection. In addition to her best songs since 2009,
we can hear her duet with Selena, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and a
pair of new tracks: "The Heart Wants What It Wants" and "Do It".
This collection of 15 songs successfully demonstrates how this young
singer’s voice is strong, both in emotional songs and danceable
songs. Selena Gomez is certainly among the best pop singers of her
generation. (January 2015)
better to sing love than crooner Dean Martin? On Essential Love Songs
can be heard 16 classics, all timeless and still relevant for a
romantic evening. They include among others "Just in Time", "I've Grown
Accustomed to Her Face", "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "That's Amoré"
and "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You". Although he passed out
nearly 20 years ago, Dean Martin is still alive and well thanks to his
Loreena McKennitt – The Journey So Far: The Best of Loreena
For 30 years, the Canadian singer has remained
rather independent, on the sidelines of the music industry. She is
an unclassifiable singer who has always sailed between new age
music, folk, Celtic and world music. This collection presents the 12
most successful songs by the artist to date, including "The Mummers'
Dance", "The Mystic's Dream" and "The Bonny Swans". A deluxe version
is also available, with a second CD entitled A Midsummer Night's
Tour. This disc presents the top 9 performances of her concert
of July 2012 in Mainz, Germany, the city where she recorded
Troubadours on the Rhine, released
After 12 years of existence, the pop punk / emo
band from New Jersey My Chemical Romance decided to split a little
over a year ago. With May Death Never Stop You,
they present somehow their musical testament. It includes their 15
greatest hits, from their four studio albums. The set is presented
in chronological order to get a good idea of the
evolution of the group that was rather in rock opera for some time.
Moreover, songs from their latest albums are surprisingly consistent
in a compilation of this type. Only their first album,
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love,
may seem somewhat poorly represented with two tracks, but it is
resumed at the end of the CD with 3 demos from the recording
sessions of that first record. Before giving us the highlights of
the band, we are presented with their last recorded song, "Fake Your
Death". Are they not only feigning death by accident? They would not
be the firsts to do so before returning triumphantly (talk to KISS,
the masters of marketing!). Even fans of the band which already have
all their albums will enjoy great satisfaction listening to this
excellent collection that can be listened like a real album.
Releasedin 2008to celebrate
the 10 yearsof the death
ofFrankSinatra,Nothing But the
reissuedfor our greatestpleasure.It isunquestionablythebest collection ofhitseverreleasedforthe most famouscrooner. It contains21essentialhitswith"The Way You Look
Tonight", "Luck Be
a Lady", "Fly Me
to the Moon", "My Kind of
in the Night", "Summer Wind",
"It Was a VeryGood Year", and "The Girl from Ipanema".
You can also heara
previously unreleasedrecording of "Body
and Soul" with the voice recordedin 1984, and 2007
arrangements.Though thecompilation doesnot
cover the entirecareerof the singer,focusingespeciallyonthe 1960s,therearestillhis most importanthits.The onlyclassicthat is reallylackingis "Love and Marriage".
Legendary crooner Frank Sinatra has always sing love. So what could be
more natural than a compilation featuring 16 of his greatest love songs?
No real surprises can be found here with some hits and other standards
from his repertoire. The most famous pieces include "The Way You Look
Tonight", "The Look of Love" and "It Had to Be You". With only 48
minutes, it certainly could have included several additional tracks to
make a more complete collection. But it is still a good collection of
romantic songs for a romantic night by the fireplace.
While the new wave band from London has mostly
been successful in the 1980s, they remain on the scene 35 years
later. Here is a good reason to release an album doing a
retrospective of their career. In fact, there is little difference
Goldcollection issued in
2001, the main addition being the single "Once More" from their
album of the same title back in 2009. As a bonus, this anthology
includes three new songs including the single "This Is the Love".
They complement perfectly the CD of more than 80 minutes with 19
tracks. In addition, everything is in a chronological order for an
excellent collection. (December 2014)
The English ska band may have only released three
studio albums between 1979 and 1984, but it still made several
notable songs. We can find 20 of these on this comprehensive
compilation of the band's career. Presented chronologically, the
tracks cover the three albums. Among the must, include the excellent
"A Message To You Rudy", "Gangsters", "Nite Klub" and "Concrete
Jungle". We can hear a live song, "Too Much Too Young". This
collection was already issued in the UK in 2008, but it is finally
available in America. (December 2014)
There are several hits collections for Tina Turner on
the market and here's another one, this time around the theme of love.
In fact, Love Songs contains very few differences from the
collections presented before, because Tina Turner’s work stays around
this theme anyway. We can therefore hear 18 of her greatest hits, with
the exception of a few soundtrack songs that are not included (for
example, "We Don’t Need Another Hero" from the movie Thunderdome).
The 74-minute CD is an excellent retrospective of the career of the
singer, even going back to her years with Ike Turner with 1966
"River Deep Mountain High". The few disadvantages that may arise are
primarily the lack of chronology between the songs and the absence of a
biography in the booklet. For anything else, Love Songs will make
you rediscover with pleasure the whole work of the legendary singer on a
background of romance. (February 2014)
After more than 25 years of career, it's time for a
collection of greatest hits in English for Roch Voisine. It includes the
12 most popular songs in the language of Shakespeare, plus four
unreleased tracks. These new songs include the official anthem of the
Canadian team in Sochi in English and French, "Living Out My
Dreams / Pour l’honneur" for which Voisine is accompanied by the
Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano. We can also hear
his own version of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ "Under the Bridge" with
Carlos Santana on guitar. Among his inevitable hits assembled here,
there are of course "Kissing Rain" and "I'll Always Be There".
After 15 years of career, it is now the time for
a review for the songwriter and performer from Montreal based in New
York. On Vibrate, one can find his 18 greatest hits to date.
One can especially hear excerpts from his first five albums released
between 1998 and 2007, plus two songs from his latest album, Out
of the Game, issued in 2012. One can also find his excellent
version of Leonard Cohen’s "Hallelujah" which appeared on the
Shrek, and discover a new song,
"Me and Liza". Otherwise, it lacks "Across the Universe", his very
good version of the Beatles’
classic. Even if the songs are not presented chronologically, the
quality found makes sure
Vibrate is an excellent collection of the best songs of Rufus
Wainwright. It will be appreciated as much by his fans than by a new
audience who would like to find out his music.
Like every year for the last 20 years, the Grammy
team presents the nominated artists in the major categories of the gala
of January 26, particularly in pop, country and hip hop. Amongst others,
we may hear the monster hits by Bruno Mars ("Locked Out of
Heaven"), Robin Thicke ("Blurred Lines"), Daft Punk ("Get
Lucky"), Katy Perry ("Roar"), Kendrick Lamar ("Swimming
Pools (Drank)") and P!nk ("Just Give Me a Reason"). We can find
18 tracks for a total of more than 70 minutes of the most popular music
of the last 12 months in the United States.
As it is oftenthe case withthe musicof the movies by RichardLinklater(Dazed
Suburbia, School ofRock),
found onthe soundtrack
an array ofeclectic
artists. You can hearclassic rock(PaulMcCartney& Wingsfor "Band on the Run"), folk
(BobDylanfor "Beyond the Horizon"),
Hivesfor "Hate To
SayI ToldYou So")
and popmusic (Gnarls
Barkley for "Crazy").
Otherwise, there is a
general trendto alternative/ indierockwith artists like
Arcade Fire,The BlackKeys,Wilco, Vampire WeekendandTweedy(JeffTweedyand hissonSpencerwiththe onlyoriginal songon the CD, "SummerNoon").
We can also hearthe
"Do You Realize??"
by The Flaming Lips, as well as
the newest hit by
Kimbra, "SomebodyThat IUsed ToKnow". In fact, despite some
more obscuretracksamong the 16, Boyhoodpresentsvirtually a
compilation ofblockbustersfor 62minutes.A very goodsoundtrack!
The melodiesincluded onthe movie
soundtrack of TheFaultin OurStarsadapt perfectlyto the
film bytheir lightness andromanticism.We can hearsongs byEdSheeran,JakeBugg,
Birdy(for 3tracks), CharliXCX, Ray
Lamontagne,LykkeLiand several other
lesser-known artists. Few titlesstand out from thelot,
but the whole remains
coherentand interestinguntil the end. This isa goodsoundtrackthat fansof the filmwill greatly appreciate.
Just Passing Through: The Breithaupt
Brothers Songbook Vol. II
JeffBreithauptwrotepieces worthyof the greatestjazz
standards. On this secondvolumeof theirSongbook, you can hear
beautifulmelodies.These artists includeKellylee
Sarah Slean and
Ian Thomas.All these greatnames in
were entrustedcarefully selectedsongs for them.There are15 in total, reflecting the massive
talentof the twobrothers whooften workremotely,Jeffliving in NewYork City whileDonrecently leftToronto for asuccessful career as a
composerof film musicin LosAngeles.
The sequel to the animated musical presents again
dynamic background music on Brazilian bossa nova. This album
includes the music of the film which is dominated by the first
single by Janelle Monae (in 2 versions), "What is Love", as
well as "Welcome Back" by Bruno Mars, "Rio Rio" by Ester
Dean (with B.o.B) "It's a Jungle Out Here" by Philip
Lawrence (in 2 versions) and "Favo de Mel" by Milton
Nascimento. Other interpretations are mostly by actors and
actresses who have lent their voices to the characters (Anne
Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Andy Garcia, and others).
They were able to create a unique atmosphere with this album of 40
minutes, remaining consistent until the end except on rare
occasions. Interpreters do not steal the show in any case for a
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we are offered a
double compilation of love songs heard in the Twilight saga.
These are 34 tracks that are presented by artists like Christina
Perri, Death Cab For Cutie, Cee Lo Green, Beck
with Bat For Lashes, Metric, Bruno Mars, Green
Day, Lupe Fiasco and The Bravery. Many of the songs
presented can be considered great romantic songs. Unfortunately, as it
is often the case on this kind of collection, we do not find any musical
direction. It is therefore primarily an album for hardcore fans of the
Twilight saga. For others, you probably already have the albums
including your favorite songs anyway...
French film composer Alexandre Desplat has composed and
directed the music for the World War 2 drama by Angelina JolieUnbroken. The movie tells the true story of Olympic runner
Louis Zamperini who survived a plane crash at sea and was imprisoned
in various Japanese prisons. It was therefore a good circumstance to
accompany the drama with rather dramatic classical music, but
Desplat wanted to bring out a sentimental sound, a little brighter.
Percussions are reminiscent of the military atmosphere of the film
and flutes bring us into a Japanese style.
This results in a fairly melodic album with very effective passages.
The only song on this entirely instrumental album comes at the very
end with a new track by Coldplay, "Miracles".
a debut album last year, the duo from Toronto returns with a new
compilation of great dance hits mixed on 69 minutes. It includes among
others the hits "This is What It Feels Like" by Armin Van Buuren,
"I Love It" by Icona Pop (remixed by Hot Mouth), "Closer"
by Tegan and Sara (remixed by Sultan + Ned Shepard) and
especially "We Are Young" by Fun. (remixed by Alvin Risk).
We can also hear Cody Simpson, Krewella, Jason Derulo,
Avicii and Flo Rida, plus a song by The Angry Kids
themselves, "We Could Be Lions". The transitions between the songs on
the album are particularly successful as they beautifully blend into
each other. So much so that we realize after 3 or 4 tracks that we
missed a couple. This is an excellent compilation to bring you to the
had done in 2010 with
My Worlds Acoustic, the young Canadian
pop singer follows his
Believe album with acoustic
recordings. There are 8 acoustic versions of tracks from the album, plus
3 new songs. Unfortunately, these are session musicians who perform most
of the guitars, even if Bieber is involved on a few songs. He is
therefore clearly not comfortable enough yet on his instrument. The
repertoire a little more festive of Justin Bieber turns a little strange
in an acoustic more serious version, and it is with no surprise that the
already soft songs as "As Long As You Love Me" and "Be Alright" are
easier to fit in this atmosphere. "She Don’t Like the Lights" is
certainly one of the best ones with his hit single "Boyfriend". Among
the new songs, "Yellow Raincoat" is a sure hit and Bieber presents a
very personal ballad in conclusion, "Nothing Like Us". Did we need
Believe Acoustic? Certainly not, but his fans should find something
interesting while awaiting for new material.
On this new album, Chris de Burgh revisits 14 pieces
from his vast repertoire in acoustic versions. There are several lesser
known compositions from the artist, as his hits "Lady in Red", "Don’t
Pay the Ferryman" and "Missing You" are missing. So, it is rather far
from a collection of greatest hits, but the record is trying to give a
second life to pieces that have gone somewhat under the radar in their
original version. The most interesting moment of the CD can be heard
right at the beginning with the excellent "Waiting for the Hurricane".
For this newedition of thecompilationIn daHouse,
the QuebecDJonce again presents the best
of currenthouse music.
Thereare fewgreat commercial hits, butmore undergroundhousesongsthatenthusiastsof the genrewill recognizeimmediately.
You canstillhear someaccessibletracks thatsurelygot toyour ears before,such as "Beautiful Life"
"Sing La La La" by
RidaandDaleSaunders) and the
excellent "Live for the Night" by
Krewella. As always,Desnoyersincludes apersonalcomposition,
"No War Call".
If you needto add alittle energyto yourpartys,DanDesnoyersis still a must.
As it has becometradition, here is the summer
version of the house compilationsbyDanielDesnoyers. Itonceagainshowsexcellentmixes of internationalhits.The CDstartsstrongly with"Feel This Moment"
by PitbullwithChristinaAguilera,"I Need Your Love"byCalvinHarriswith EllieGoulding(remixed
and "This Is What ItFeelsLike" by
ArminVanBuurenwithTrevorGuthrie(remixed by DavidGuetta). We can also heara version of Depeche
Mode’s "Just Can’t
Get Enough" byAlexGuestaand StefanoPain,
a version of BobMarley’s "Could You Be Loved" by
withJaba, andthe excellent "I Love
It" by Icona
PopwithCharliXCX. Finally, ashe does onevery album,
D-Noy offers us a pieceof his own,"See Ya
It's now timefor a newcompilationby the famoushouseDJ from Quebec.The leastone can sayis that it startswith power with Pitbull's "Don't Stop
the Party".Subsequently,themost famousmomentsinclude Bingo Players' "Get
Up (Rattle)", CalvinHarris' "Sweet
"Michael Jackson (The Beat
and especially Ke$ha's
"Die Young".The second halfpresentstracksa little lessfamous,but equally
interestingto maintain the
party at its climax.This is the casewith, among
(Jump)" andWe ArePresidents' "Hello
Ass Drop" by DJsFrom Marswhich is used
astraining for how to becomea good producerof the
perfect club song.Then,as usual, D-Noy
gives usa personal
composition, "It Goes On", featuring
JodeeandP.-A.Here isanotheralbumup tothereputation of Desnoyers. (April 2013)
ex-leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival was unable to interpret
the classics from his old band for many years because of a contract
dispute with his former record label. This conflict is now over, so
Fogerty can re-record 12 of his greatest hits in duets with contemporary
artists. First we can hear pure rock 'n' roll on "Fortunate Son" along
with the Foo Fighters. Other moments are more country or folk,
but the whole presents in a beautiful way some of the best songs of
CCR’s repertoire (and his solo repertoire). Of all the artists included
are Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band,
Kid Rock, Bob Seger and Jennifer Hudson. In addition
to all these duets, there are two new songs that Fogerty performs in
solo: "Mystic Highway" and "Train of Fools".
10 years, the Guetta couple has presented its Ibiza mix, Fuck Me I'm
Famous! For this 2013 edition, we find David Guetta himself on two
songs: "Play Hard" (a Albert Neve remix) and "Ain’t a
Party". We also find two of his remixes for Armin
Van Buuren’s "This Is What It Feels Like" and Empire of the Sun’s
"Alive". Other featured artists include Calvin Harris, Avicii,
Alesso and OneRepublic (for "If I Lose Myself"), Nicky
Romero, as well as Laidback Luke and Hardwell. It is
an endless party of 70 minutes that will certainly make you move.
GarageInfectiousDiseaseis ahardcore punk bandthatwas formedin 1986in Sacramento, California.
After a coupleof demos,
the band recordeda full-length
album before thesinger,Matt, decides to
leave.It was donefor
soonthereafter be forgotten.On thiscompilation,
you can discover for the first timeon CD theirself-titledfirstalbumof 21 tracks, the 1986 demo My PetDisease andthe 1987 demoThe JokeThatWentToo Far.
As a bonus, the CD containsa multimediasectionwith over 35minutes of videoandover 40minutesofMP3files of
live performancesandrehearsals.For fans ofhardcore punkonly.
Since her debut in 1995, Jewel Kilcher
captured attention with great songs like "Who Will Save Your Soul", "You
Were Meant For Me" and especially "Foolish Games" from the Batman &
Robin movie in 1997. Subsequently, the transition to a more dance
pop style in the early 2000s was not unanimous, but she still managed to
continue her journey as a songwriter and even had a turn in country
music in recent years. Here is finally a first compilation of the work
of Jewel covering a period of nearly 20 years. There are her 13 greatest
hits in a chronological pacing. You can also hear new versions of "You
Were Meant For Me" with the Pistol Annies and "Foolish Games"
with Kelly Clarkson. Finally, you can discover a whole new song,
"Two Hearts Breaking". The booklet offers a very detailed beautiful
addition to the CD and there is only a biography of the artist missing
to make it truly complete.
After 10 years ofcareerand fourstudio albumscame the timefor TheKillersfor a collection oftheir
greatest hits. Obviously, withthe monster hits of theirdebutthey have whatit takes to startthis album
with strength.We are
to seehowthe best
following albumsfit perfectlyin such an exercise. Everything
can thenheartwo new piecesthat seemstraight outof the 1980s,"Shot at the Night"
and "Just Another Girl". A
(original demo), "When
You Were Young" (Calvin
and "Be Still". For
its consistency, DirectHitsisa very interestingaddition
tothe Las Vegas band's discographyand a great waytorediscover them.
As it was the case more than 10 years ago with their
first remix album,
Reanimation, Linkin Park offer us a
remix of a full album in Recharged. We find indeed 14 remix of 12
songs from their latest album,
Living Things, issued in 2012. These
new versions bring Linkin Park into dubstep, a style that fits them
particularly well. Some big names joined the band as Steve Aoki
("A Light That Never Comes"), Pusha T ("I'll Be Gone"),
Dirtyphonics ("Lies Greed Misery") and Money Mark ("Until It
Breaks"). Otherwise, some tracks are also remixed from the inside with
two titles by Mike Shinoda, including the excellent "Castle of
Glass", and one by Rick Rubin (a second version of "A Light That
Never Comes"). It would be surprising if this remix album brings dubstep
fans to Linkin Park. But fans of the group will discover an interesting
new face of their favorite band.
Forhiscompilationof the summer,MC Marioisonceagainturningtosome of the biggestinternational hitsmixedup nicelyfora constantparty of
over an hourand a quarter.The albumstartsstrongly withaTiëstoremixof YoungbloodHawke's
"WeCome Running" and
"If I Lose Myself"
by OneRepublicwithAlesso. A little
further, we can also hear the
"#thatPOWER". Among theotherbig namesthat are includedin thismega mixthere areDavidGuetta,Afrojack, Mia
Here is thedancecompilationof the summerfor a successfulparty.
After a career spanning 17 years, seven studio albums
and a disproportionate number of radio hits, it is natural that Canadian
band Nickelback offers us a first volume of its greatest hits. We can
hear 19 of them including 6 from
All The Right Reasons, their
biggest seller with 8 million copies sold in the United States. All the
radio hits are found on this 73-minute CD, starting with the inevitable
"How You Remind Me", one of their only songs that remain pleasant to
listen to with the passing of time. Although some older pieces are
getting aged, this compilation has at least the advantage of presenting
the best of the band, thus avoiding having to listen to their many usual
filler tracks. This is a very good point in favour of this compilation
which is somehow the band's best album to date...
Compay Segundo –
Guantanamera: The Essential Album
discovered the excellent Cuban musician Compay Segundo in the Buena
Vista Social Club in the late 1990s, when he was almost 90 years
old. He unfortunately died a few years later, in July 2003. Many albums
and compilations have been marketed since his death, but this is
probably the most comprehensive collection of his best recordings
between 1996 and 2003. You can hear of course the inevitable title song,
as well as "Chan Chan", "El Dia Que Me Quieras" and "Y Tu Que Has Hecho?".
A Compay Segundo compilation is virtually the same as a compilation of
the best Cuban jazz!
this set of 4 CDs, they finally present a true anthology of the band
that had its heyday in the first half of the 1970s. The box makes a
brilliant overview of the band's career by offering several bonus
rarities. We even find 5 songs by Sly Stone from the mid-1960s, when he
was named Sylvester Stewart. Some tracks are missing to make an
absolutely complete set, but with 67 songs totaling over 4 hours and 40
minutes, you'll get much for your money. Note that a single CD version
with 16 tracks is also available,
Higher: The Best of the Box.
native of New Zealand soprano singer has developed a worldwide
reputation not only thanks to her beautiful voice, but also with her
talent as an actress. After years of stealing the show in the biggest
opera halls in the world, here is the ultimate compilation of her best
recordings. It contains 21 tracks including excerpts from Le
nozze de Figaro, Carmen, La traviata, My Fair Lady,
as well as the Fauré Requiem. You can also hear some sacred
favorites like "Ave Maria" and "O Holy Night". (December 2013)
Formed in 1976, The Vibrators were one of the most enduring British punk
bands, despite numerous personnel changes. Their career is most of all
based on their first albums, especially
Pure Mania (1977), while the
majority of their subsequent records were only pretexts to go on tour.
This compilation of 17 songs is covering their entire career until 2009.
Otherwise, the first 12 tracks dating from the 1970s and 1980s are
presented in a re-recorded studio version of 1991. Although we would
have preferred the original versions, they again show the energy of the
band and the effectiveness of their early compositions. The last five
songs are a sample of each of their last albums between 1990 and 2009.
So this is the first compilation to give an overview of the entire
career of The Vibrators, a good way to discover them.
Thiscompilation presents17jazz standardsperformed byAmerican jazzmen. Thelink between all of themis
that theywere all recordedin
and1970.The artiststhatyou can hearon this almost entirely
instrumental album,includeDjangoReinhardt(on 2tracks), Bill
Cat Anderson, andEarlHines,among others.
: L’excellence se fête / A Celebration of Excellence (3 CD)
Analekta label celebrates its 25th anniversary, while Radio-Classique
(founded by Jean-Pierre Coallier) reaches 15 years of existence.
That was a good reason for both to work together and present this superb
3-CD box set of classic works that marked Canadian music. Analekta was
originally founded to showcase classical music performers from Canada
and they released more than 500 albums in 25 years. Radio-Classique for
its part contributed to improve the broadcasting of classical music over
the last 15 years. It was therefore natural to give them the mandate to
select the music for this box set among the thousands of works from the
Analekta catalog. Among the artists that can be heard and which are
shining internationally, there are violinists Angèle Dubeau and
James Ehnes, pianist Alain Lefèvre, contralto
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, cellist Stéphane Tétreault and many
others. You can also hear the I Musici ensemble, the Metropolitan
Orchestra and the Montreal and Quebec Symphony Orchestras. Composers
honored include Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart,
Tchaïkovsky, Vivaldi, and Mathieu.
A bit of history,
EdBangerRecordsis aFrench recordlabelthat was foundedin 2003by formerDaftPunkmanagerPedroWinter.Specializingin electronic
music, the label was
in placefor 10 years now.
For the occasion,we are
presented witha compilationof the best artistsof the
Mr Oizo, KrazyBaldhead, Breakbot,
Busy PandCassiusintroducingoftenelectronicdancemusic,but sometimes moreambient
one. The highlight of theCD isobviouslywhen wegetthe most famousband havingrecordedfor EdBanger, Justice, with"BrianVision MMXIII".
For fansof the genre,there isgood electronicmusic producedinFrance.
Girls, Volume 1 –
Music From the HBO Original Series
The popularAmericanseries Girlspresentsmusic that
often stands out.It was
thereforequite natural thattheyoffera collection ofsongsheard inthe firstseason of the showorcomingin the second season.Thealbum beginsstrongly with"Dancing
On My Own"by Robynand "Sight of the Sun"
by Fun.Otherinteresting moments
include "Girls" by Santigold,"Fool To Cry" by
Tegan andSaraand "I Don’t Love Anyone"
by Belle and
Unfortunately, as it is often the caseonsoundtracks, the
whole is somewhatlackingof consistencywith much
unknown artistswithout much interest.Fans of theserieswillstillrelivetheir good memories.
Hockey Anthems: First
Period – Legends / Second Period – Rookies
is a compilation on 2 CDs of the biggest hits in arenas in North America
during hockey games. The first CD, First Period - Legends
presents mostly classic rock dating back to the 1970s and 1980s, as the
inevitable "Blitzkrieg Bop" by the
Ramones, "Cum On Feel the Noize" by Quiet Riot and "Rock
and Roll All Night" by KISS, not
to mention the famous "Na Na Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam and
the theme of Hockey Night in Canada by Neil Peart. Through
this quite rock collection, there is still a newer pop hit "Let's Get It
Started" by the Black Eyed Peas. The second CD, Second Period
- Rookies, rather offers successful songs of the 2000s, mostly rock,
but with a bit of hip hop. We can hear among others Fall Out Boy,
Wolfmother, Rob Zombie, Serena Ryder, Metric,
Hedley, and two tracks by Down With Webster. Both CDs are
sold separately and they will certainly make a great gift to any fans of
hockey, according to his age.
TheJunoAwardsrewardthe most popularartistsin Canada.
Theywere held thisyearon April 21at the BrandtCentre in
categories of popandrock. We can firsthear themegahit by
Maybe" and JustinBieber’s "Boyfriend".Otherartists featuredincludeHedley,BillyTalent,
Big Wreck, Rushand LeonardCohen.The onlysonginFrenchis "Parler à mon père"
by CelineDion.The set isalittle disjointed, going in
all directions, but it stillpresentsa good pictureofthe mostpopular of Canadian music overthe last year.
ForValentine's Day, the pop punklabelHopelessissued acompilationof love songsby 10 of
its artists.It includesoriginal songs, but also
covers ofwell known songslike Cyndi Lauper’s
byAll Time Low,Bruno Mars’ "Grenade"
byWe Are TheIn Crowd, BritneySpears’
Bruno Mars’ "Locked Out of
ByFridayand Death Cabfor Cutie’s "I
Will Follow YouInto the Dark"
byFor TheFoxes.Otherartists whohavetheirlove songs areThe Used,Yellowcard,Anarbor,
The Dangerous Summer
covers byAll Time Low,We Are TheIn Crowd
and Divided ByFridayare quite successful, but the album also has
several ballads that are less
stillan albumof love
songs that is quite different fromwhat is usuallyoffered. (April 2013)
For the 22nd consecutive year, Warner Music Canada
presents its compilation of the pop hits of the year. Usually the
compilation explores also hip hop and rock. But this time, the album has
a certain consistency with pop music that invaded the radios for months.
17 tracks are found by artists like Cody Simpson, Ariana
Grande, Maroon 5, Tegan and Sara, Fun. and
Ed Sheeran. The most interesting moments are offered to us by
Demi Lovato ("Heart Attack") , OneRepublic ("Counting Stars"), Emeli
Sandé ("Next To Me") and above all, perhaps the hit single of the year
by Capital Cities, "Safe and Sound". The CD concludes with the
second planetary hit by Korean Psy ("Gentleman"). With some
slightly below the average moments it is certainly not the best
compilation of the series. But it still can make a good summary of the
radio music in recent months.
The Self Made series is a compilation for the
rap record label of Rick Ross, Maybach Music. For the third
consecutive year, it presents some important pieces by rappers found
under that banner. We can therefore hear many songs by Ross himself, but
also by Meek Mill, Wale, Omarion, among others.
Interesting surprises which can be discovered on this record come from
Gunplay with the inevitable "Gallardo" and from Stalley
with the excellent "Coupes & Roses". Although some names recur too
often, sometimes as guest artists, this compilation of 16 songs and 70
minutes has very good pieces of contemporary rap.
Here is a compilation of the Buddyhead record label containing
20 titles (+ 2 bonus tracks) for a total of 75 minutes. The problem with this
type of compilation is most of the time to be able to create a unique direction
with the different artists presented. On "Gimme Skelter", we can say that the only real direction is the punk and anti corporate
attitude of the artists and the songs offered. Among those artists, we find
the grand father of punk, Iggy Pop, who comes to play one song and does the
intro, different interludes all along the disc and a phone interview of 9
minutes with Nardwuar at the end. We can also find titles by Mudhoney, the
Yeah Yeah Yeahs,
Le Tigre, Wire, Radio Vago and even Weezer. Primal Scream presents also a live
version recorded in Japan of Shoot Speed / Kill Light, when Your Enemies Friends
offers maybe one of the most effective songs of the album with a new version
of Back Of A Taxi. To remind us better of the anti corporate direction of
the album, Shat gives us a bonus song entitled What The Fuck Do You Think
Christina Aguilera Is Doing Right Now?. It's a dark album, not only musically,
but also because of the lyrics, and it's entirely alternative. It's in fact a
real punk album like we can't hear a lot these days. The record needs
definitely a couple of good listenings and contains very few strong songs, but
globally, it will be appreciated by the genre's fans. (March 2004)
Here is the 4th album of the "Chillout" series presented by
Nettwerk. It’s released just in time for 2004 and it gives the
opportunity once again to hear some of the best ambiant bands of the
moment, and everything is perfectly mixed together to avoid every
unuseful break between the songs. Among the best known artists, we can
hear Radiohead, Massive Attack, U.N.K.L.E., N.E.R.D.,
Brothers, Conjure One and Björk. Some of the songs offered have been
remixed specially for this project. It’s the case for It’s In Our
Hands by Björk, Provider by N.E.R.D. and Butterfly Caught
Massive Attack. The mixing is once again of very great quality and it
makes it one of the best albums to play in background in a dinner or in
a lounge bar. Combined with the 3 first editions, you will have the best
of ambiant electronica music of the last years. A must for every fan of
the genre. (January 2004)
collection by Nettwerk Productions
gives us modern electronica and ambiant artists. On this 2003 version, the
3rd "Chillout", the choice of the artists is specially good. We even have
some artists from other record companies, what is a rarity on this type of
compilations, because most of the time we present the artists of our
company only. For the well known artists, we can hear Moby (In
This World), Télépopmusik, Kirsty Hawkshaw, Fisherspooner and a
New Order classic (Your Silent Face). We also have artists from Nettwerk:
Delerium (Love), Sarah McLachlan (Black
in its William Orbit remix), Sounds From The Ground and Conjure One
The Moon with Sinead O'Connor in a special mix for this record). What is
pleasant is that even the less known artists give us a great song. There
is no weakness on this 14 titles collection of 72 minutes, another rare
phenomena for an album of this type. In bonus, the songs are perfectly
mixed for an ideal linking from the beginning to the end. It's an album
that will carry you like if you were on a cloud. The best atmosphere
music, it also has a dancing tendency that will never annoy you. I'm not
the biggest fan of this type of compilations, that has most of the time a
lot of weaknesses, goes in all directions and offers not very good unknown
artists. But here, everything is excellent and I suggest it to any fan of
the style. A very good finding, that will help you to discover great
artists! (July 2003)
Here is a
collection record from Nutone Music with electronic music on a jazzy
background. We can talk about new jazz. It's almost completely
instrumental and this album makes a special atmosphere whenever you need
it. It's perfect for a relaxing atmosphere, background music for a
lounge bar or for the happy hour downtown Montreal. We can hear a music
with a great number of different sounds, a very hot and sensual music.
It's probably because I don't know this style very well, but I don't
know any of the artists offered here. You can note anyway the presence
of Rest Area, a Montreal project directed by Patrice Dubuc.
"Sunset Nights" is a perfect album for your very hot summer
nights when you want to relax with your girlfriend or boyfriend. It's 65 minutes
that you can listen to from the beginning to the end without any problem
and it always stays in background. (June 2003)
A tribute to a band
of that importance is always waited with a mix of
curiosity and fear. The biggest fans most of the time hate it, even
talking about a sacrilege. And the people who don't know the band very
well can discover the band's songs by another artist. This type of tribute
has usually two types of covers: perfect copies of the original songs and
completely different versions. On this Ramones tribute put together by Rob
Zombie, there is almost anything, played by well known artists what is not
always the case for a tribute. I will take it one song at a time. It
starts with a soft but effective version of Havana Affair by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
After that, Rob Zombie completely destroys the classic Blitzkrieg Bop.
and Zeke (a californian punk rock band) do I Believe In Miracles in a good version not so far from the original
one. They will do another
one later, the bonus song Daytime Dilemma. Metallica, which is
supposed to be the best garage band in the world, don't impress anybody
with their version of 53rd and 3rd. Fortunately, U2 impresses us on
Beat On The Brat,
when they show everybody they are comfortable with punk music. KISS offers
next its party version of Do You Remember Rock N' Roll Radio. Marilyn Manson transforms completely, but effectively,
Took My Baby Away, like The Pretenders will do later with Something
To Believe In. Garbage does a perfect copy of the original I Just Wanna Have Something
To Do song, but with no energy. While Green Day does a very good version of
Outsider (we can hear
on their album "Shenanigans").
Rancid proves us the bests to do Ramones covers are punk rockers on
Is A Punk Rocker (The Offspring will do the same later with
I Wanna Be
Sedated). Pete Yorn offers us a beautiful version of I Wanna Be Your
Boyfriend while Rooney does an ordinary version of Here
Today, Gone Tomorrow. Tom Waits destroys, but in a good way, The Return Of Jacky & Judy. Finally, there is a hidden track by
of the Red Hot Chili Peppers who covers Today Your Love,
Tomorrow The World in a version to go asleep very quickly. To conclude,
it's a good album, despite a few weaknesses, but the purists will
certainly hate it. Anyway, I think the 50 minutes are easy to listen to
and it shows us how effective were the songs of the Ramones. (April 2003)
Here is a package of old compositions from this excellent
metal band, the best of its generation. The songs were rejected from the
sessions for their two first albums, but we don't hear the difference with
a real album. It's that the songs are particularly homogen and efficient.
We find absolutely no weakness and the 16 songs go very well together, an
album a lot of bands would like to do but can't, even with all their
efforts. We could think this album has been released to make us wait for
the end of a lack of inspiration after the big success of
I think they prepare another big hit and want to prepare us mentally for
this next album. After all, System Of A Down is the #1 metal band of the
2000's. Before the next real album, you can listen to the beautiful "Steal This Album!", sold without any cover and that looks more like a demo than an album. You
can come back to me after listening to Innervision and cie, songs of 3 minutes or less that will give you a lesson on metal
music. Don't think it's another "Toxicity", but you should like it very
much. (May 2003)
Here is a compilation
of the early years of the Boston band the Dropkick Murphys that were
previously released on 7''s or EPs or are unreleased live recordings.
There are 24 tracks on which we can hear how much they were inspired by The Clash
at their beginnings, even if they were able to create their own style in
the following years. In fact, we can hear 3 songs of The Clash interpreted
Opportunities, Guns of Brixton and White Riot. We can as well hear
a cover of The Pogues, Billy's Bones, a band with who worked Joe Strummer
of The Clash. Take note that in the live song Skinhead On The MTBA
you can hear a part of
TNT of AC/DC, a surprising moment, but particularly interesting. On
these early recordings, we hear less of bagpipes, an instrument they used
more often on the following records, influenced by the music of their
ancestors, the irish culture. They give us a punk a little more straight
that will please the fans of the US east coast punk. It's an excellent way
to rediscover this band that was not always loved by the critics, even if
their last album,
is absolutely excellent. Don't miss the release of the
volume 2 of "The Singles Collection" on March 8th that
will offer us rarities and unreleased songs from the 1998-2004 era. (March