Have Yourself A Mari Little Christmas is the sophomore EP by Mari Burelle released November 10, 2017, on the Intersound Records label. This is a collection of five Christmas songs recorded in the Disco and Latin style as shown in such tracks as Feliz Navidad, Maria Sabias Que (Mary Did You Know), Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, O Christmas Tree and Carol Of The Bells. Maria has a great voice and did this album justice. This album was well performed, recorded and produced and is available for purchase from Amazon, Itunes, and other places where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 598th music review, I am proud to present the perfect album for the Christmas season. Soulful Christmas is the November 24, 2017, album by Jennifer Saran released on the Tarpan Records label. This is my third review for this great artist with 17 Tracks which covers several styles such as soul, jazz, bluegrass, and disco as seen in such songs as Christmas Love (Featuring The Temptations), Swingin’ At Christmas Time, Soul Cake, Christmas Delight and much more. This the best Christmas album I have heard in some time and I am impressed on how well this a release is written, performed, recorded and produced. You can purchase this album today from Amazon, Itunes and other places where Cd’s and digital downloads are sold.
Night Life is the recent release by Jeff McCall a the former lead singer of 80’s synth-pop duo Malicieux Garde. It’s electronica sound and beats took me back to some of the clubs in the 80’s when I used to DJ. Among the great tracks on this album are Night Life, New Horizons, Am I Dreaming, Life Drama and much more. I am very impressed with how he is literally a ‘one-man electro-pop band’ writing, recording and producing all his own work. His music to sample and to buy is available at http://jeffmccallmusic.com.
Greatest Hits is a compilation album of American R&B group Earth, Wind & Fire. It contains several songs recorded between 1973 and 1981 and it was released on November 17, 1998 on the Columbia/Legacy Records label. Listening to this great compilation brings so many great memories with such great tracks as September, Shining Star, Boogie Wonderland, After The Love Is Gone, and my all time favorite That’s Way Of The World. This compilation is great from start to finish and was well performed, recorded and produced. This is one album you would want to add to your library.
Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire – Live at the Greek Theatre is a live concert DVD by American bands Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire. The recording was made at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California at the end of their joint tour in 2004. I usually do not review music videos but this one is an exception. In my opinion this is one of the best concert video ever made. The video starts off with both bands doing the classic Chicago song Beginnings and then going into the Earth Wind & Fire song Into The Stone. After the intro each band goes into their separate part of the concert. After a coin flip Earth Wind and Fire starts off with some of their biggest hits such as Boogie Wonderland, Serpentine Fire, After the Love Is Gone, That’s The Way Of The World and more. Then Chicago takes the stage starting off with Ballad For A Girl in Buchanan from their album Chicago II. Then they go into some of their major hits as Hard Habit to Break, Alive Again, Saturday in the Park, If You Leave Me Now and more. After each band did their park of the show they get back together for the finale which they did such songs as September, Free, Shining Star and the powerful last song 25 or 6 to 4. I am just disappointed that this was not released as a CD or on vinyl. Still I recommend this DVD or Blu Ray to your video library.
Walk With Me is my second review for North American adult pop- adult contemporary artist, singer and songwriter Jennifer Saran. This 2016 release on the Tarpan Records label showcases Jennifer’s powerful vocals whether it is that great disco sound of the 70s and 80s or her soulful ballads. This album was produced by legendary producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Sting). Some of my favorite songs on this eighteen track album were Where Have You Been, Sacred Lover, Sexy Time, Its Not Over, Come Home and so much more. This album was great from start to finish. Well written and well recorded. Check out this album, you will definitely like it. You can purchase this album at Amazon, Itunes, and wherever CD’s are sold.
In The Moment is a January 15, 2016 release by San Francisco based R&B artist CORNELL “CC” CARTER on the CDC Productions label. He brings back the old school soul that many of us loved. Instead of listening to this album in my office that I usually do, I decided to listen to this album while I was out running errands. This album made my trip extremely delightful. With the opening track Beautiful, this album grabbed my attention and kept it. I loved this thirteen track album from start to finish, a mixture of soul, disco, and funk with the sound of great artist of the past as Barry White, Kool and the Gang and so much more. My favorite tracks off this album were Lady Of My Dreams, Together, Sunshine, Too Late and Show Me. I was very impressed with his rendition of the Delfonics classic La La Means I Love You. With so many artists going to Hip Hop and Rap, I am glad there is still an artist that stays with the old school soul. I highly recommend this album that is a fan of old R&B. I know you will not be disappointed. You can purchase this album on Amazon, cc2000music.bandcamp.com and other locations.
Vindicated Soul is an upcoming release by San Franciso based R&B artist CORNELL “CC” CARTER on the CDC Productions label. When I put this CD in my first reaction was OH MY GOD !!!!. This album brought me back to the great days of R&B artists such as Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and other artists of that era. This album is a mix of soul, funk. blues and jazz. There are great cuts on this eight track album such as All The Way Around, Watching You, Where Do We Go, Look What You’ve Done For Me and much more. This is definitely one album I will be listening to over and over again. This album was very well written, performed, recorded and produced. I got to get his earlier releases. You will be able to purchase this album on May 19th 2017 on Amazon and other stores.
Meco Plays The Wizard of Oz is the third studio album by Meco Monardo, an American record producer and musician. It was released in 1978 on the Millennium Records label. This Disco album has takes of hits from the original movie such as Over The Rainbow, Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead, We’re Off To See The Wizard and much more. In addition to the music, this album has a great album cover with artwork with Meco as The Wizard.. This is a great addition to anyone’s disco collection.
I usually do not write a review for a single song, but this one I will make an exception because of every time I hear this song I can’t stop moving in my chair. Can’t Stop the Feeling! is a song recorded by American singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake for the soundtrack to the film Trolls, for which he serves as the executive music producer. This song was released in May 2016 on the RCA Records label. It is an up-tempo disco-pop, soul-pop number with funk influences. In fact believe it or not, I have not heard of this song till the 2017 Oscars when he performed this as the opening number, since then I can’t help listening to this song over and over. You can find this great song on the Trolls soundtrack or as a CD single or on a 12” vinyl single.