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Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young released Déjà Vu about 50 years ago. It was the second studio album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their first with Neil Young. It was released in March 1970 by Atlantic Records and generated three Top 40 singles: "Teach Your Children", "Our House", and the Joni Mitchell song, "Woodstock". I especially enjoyed "Carry On", written by Stephen Stills.
Two of the songs represented the group as a whole and the others showcased individual members. Each musician had been founding members of bands that were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: David Crosby, The Byrds; Graham Nash, The Hollies; and Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield.
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For anyone out there who is a Beatles fan, is it even possible to not enjoy watching the movie, Yesterday (2019, rated PG-13)? It's jam packed with one great tune after another, with some of the best pop music ever written. In fact, there's even a deleted scene with George Harrison's "Something" that should have been included in the movie. The scenes that could have been created around all the fabulous music from The Beatles is probably endless and the movie would be five hours long.
And for the younger generation of music listeners, I hope they will also enjoy this romance/comedy and appreciate some of the music these four guys from Liverpool, England, brought to the world.
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Jennifer is also a fan. Read her review.
On November 22, 1981, The Rolling Stones were in Chicago for a concert and stopped at Buddy Guy's Checkerboard Lounge to hear Muddy Waters and get back to their blues roots. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Ian Stewart joined in with Muddy Waters, the father of modern Chicago blues. Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz are also featured. Junior Wells is excellent on the harmonica.
Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones turned the song "Baby Please Don't Go" into an eleven-minute jam session. The Rolling Stones were named after the Muddy Waters song, "Rollin' Stone."
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I enjoyed Kenny Chesney's album Songs for the Saints (2018). My favorite song was "Get Along," as I'm sure it was for many because it was featured on the radio quite a bit. For those Chesney fans, you know he has a unique sound to country music, combining country roots with his love for the seas, boating, and warm weather. Chesney primarily brings to attention the damage caused from a recent hurricane and brings in some friends for other recordings. These make nice additions to what I think is a very good album.
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La La Land (2016, rated PG-13) was the best musical I've seen in years, and so of course I think the soundtrack is great too. As I listen to each song, I can see the scene in the movie in my memory. I have a cousin whose daughter is a dancer and whenever I hear the opening song, "Another day of Sun," I see those kids dancing on those cars on that bottle-necked freeway in Los Angeles and it reminds me of her.
While it may be true that La La Land would be a terrific rom/com even without a great musical score, having fabulous music makes it the great movie that it is. I think it should have won the Oscar for Best Picture, but what do I know? Check out the soundtrack on Hoopla today.
This album is considered one of Rod Stewart's finest. The cover is based on Renoir's painting, "Bal du moulin de la Galette," with Rod inserted in the painting in period attire.
A Night on the Town (1976) includes some of Rod's classic hits, such as "Tonight's the Night," "The First Cut Is the Deepest," and "The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)." I bought this album when it was originally released, and it sounds as good today as it did then.
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One of the positive things during our extended times at home is discovering new music. Billie Eilish's album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019) is truly one worth listening to. Each song is so very carefully crafted by Billie and her brother Finneas that it leaves you wanting to listen to each song on repeat over and over. My recommendation is putting on some sound-canceling headphones to really dig in and enjoy every layer that is put into each song and to enjoy Billie's beautiful soft voice in songs.
Notable songs are "Bad Guy," You Should See Me in a Crown." and "My Strange Addiction." When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? won the Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 2020 Grammy Awards. Also, "Bad Guy" won the 2020 Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Eilish's sweep is rare: she is the first woman and second person ever to win the four main Grammy categories—and is the youngest person to win Album of the Year. Get all the details at Billboard.com.
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After listening to Greatest Hits 2, you will know why Bob Seger is one of the bestselling artists of all time. This compilation album released in 2003 contains some of his best music, including "Katmandu," "Tryin' To Live My Life Without You," and "Rock And Roll Never Forgets." Once you've heard this album, it will be obvious why Bob Seger has a career spanning six decades and has sold more than 75 million records worldwide.
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Originally released in 1977, Slowhand is considered to be one of Eric Clapton's best. This is still one of my favorite albums, and I never get tired of listening to it. There are the hits that we all remember, such as "Cocaine," "Wonderful Tonight," and "Lay Down Sally," but don't overlook the rest of the songs.
This 35th anniversary edition contains a total of 27 songs, and there are some hidden gems. I recommend "Next Time You See Her," "May You Never," and "Knocking on Heaven's Door" to name a few. By the way, did you know that the title of the album is Eric Clapton's nickname?
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This moving soundtrack is from the award-winning movie A Star is Born starring Lady Gaga as the struggling songwriter, Ally, and Bradley Cooper as the famous country music singer, Jackson Maine. It features blues and folk rock, country, pop, rock, piano ballads, and heart-wrenching duets that complement the heartfelt tale of doomed romance.
Bradley Cooper(who knew he could sing?) took on the blues-inflected, country-rock soul of Jackson Maine. The talented Lady Gaga excels in her powerful solos. The progression of songs goes from cover songs when Ally hasn't been discovered yet, to power ballads, to pop-radio songs, and finishes with "I'll Never Love Again."
"Shallow" is a highlight of this soundtrack. Watch Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform it at the 2019 Academy Awards. Lady Gaga won an Oscar for Best Original Song. They both won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Lady Gaga and the other songwriters won a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper took the lead in writing their own songs with help from Lukas Nelson and D.J. White Shadow aka Paul Blair.The soundtrack is interspersed with dialogue from the movie which gives perspective.
Besides "Shallow," I especially liked "Always Remember Us This Way," "Is That Alright," "Maybe It's Time," and "I'll Never Love Again."
I have always liked Dolly Parton's voice and after watching the movie, Dumplin', on Netflix I had to listen to the soundtrack. There are three new versions of classic Dolly songs "Here You Come Again", "Two Doors Down" and "Jolene". She sings with various
The stylistic change also especially makes far more sense and has far more meaning after watching the Netflix documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two. Experience a year in the life of not Lady Gaga, but Stefani Germonatta. It follows the year in which she was releasing Joanne up until her performance at the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show. You will live, love, laugh, and cry with her up until the very end. Don't have a Netflix subscription? Watch for free using our roku.
As usual, I like to note my favorite songs from an album. Here are my top four songs from Reputation: “…Ready for It?,” “Call It What You Want,” “Dress,” and “I Did Something Bad.”
Her new album Reputation will be out November 10--place your hold now!