I’m a compulsive reader of the comments at the bottom of the page. Some people can’t look away from a bad wreck, and I can’t help scrolling down to see what the trolls and shills have to say (in the spirit of full disclosure, I admit that I read the juiciest ones aloud in the voice of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons: “Worst. Comment. Evar.”). With that admission out of the way, I can tell you that a post on Time Life’s Soul of the 70s 10 CD Box Set page set me to thinking.
Heavy metal and other Shirley Temple family revelations!
While the interwebs mourned the loss yesterday of child star and conservative political powerhouse Shirley Temple Black at age 85, a smaller but related story also made the rounds: The Dimpled One’s daughter, Lori Black, once played bass for sludge-metal titans the Melvins!
In fact, Lori Black’s scant Wikipedia page’s sole entry, aside from a two-line bio, is about her time playing with the Melvins and dating its frontman, Buzz Osborne (also known as King Buzzo).
George Jones may have passed away this year, but he left behind a legacy of unparalleled country music performances. Even Frank Sinatra referred to George Jones as “the second greatest singer in America”. That’s why Time Life featured many of his best songs on their comprehensive country music CD collection Golden Age of Country. Classic hits like:
Remember those soft rock songs that made you feel so good? Mellow, laid-back rock music that was the soundtrack of your life? Now you can hear them again when you buy Time Life’s CD Music Collection The Best of Soft Rock. Continue reading →
In 1965, The Mamas & The Papas’ fantastic harmonies got us all “California Dreamin'”, and John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” made us yearn for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Capture those beautiful songs again with Time-Life’s 8-CD Box Set Collection, The Folk Years. 120 all-original hit folk and folk rock recordings along with a free bonus DVD, “Legends of Folk” featuring full-length performances by artists including Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.
These are not re-recordings or later versions, they are the original recordings that you loved back in the 50s and 60s. Remember these great hits: Continue reading →
If you remember “Gentle on My Mind,” the flowing banjo-propelled ballad written by John Hartford and made famous by music legend Glen Campbell, you might be a boomer (or even older). If you’re not familiar with this pop-country-folk-bluegrass standard, then thank me for the introduction. Happy Monday!
Do you enjoy “Gentle on My Mind?” and other easy-listening favorites? You might enjoy Time-Life’s 10-CD Box Set Collection, Music of Your Life. Here’s a sample list of some of the classic songs in this carefully-compiled collection. These are all the original hit recordings – no re-records. Continue reading →
Who can forget the Bee Gees fantastic soaring falsettos singing “Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk, I’m a woman’s man, no time to talk”? It was 1977, John Travolta was strutting his bad self on the disco floor and everyone was catching Saturday Night Fever. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb wrote, produced and performed the movie soundtrack, and “Stayin’ Alive” told the story of survival in the big city — any big city — but especially New York.
This sizzling single hit the airwaves and record stores the first week of August back in 1964. Propelled by insistent drumming from co-writer Marvin Gaye, instrumental backing by Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers, vocal backing by the Vandellas, and Martha Reeve’s soaring lead vocal, “Dancing in the Street” seemed to be playing everywhere on portable transistor AM radios, 45 rpm record players and dance parties all over the country. Continue reading →