This compilation of Robert Cray music videos derives from the period 1986-1990, when Cray was being given major-label promotion by Mercury Records that included, of course, promotional clips intended for MTV and other television outlets. Three of the videos – "Smoking Gun," "Right Next Door (Because of Me)," and "Nothin' But a Woman" – visualize songs from Cray's 1986 Strong Persuader album; two – "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" and "Acting This Way" – are associated with 1988's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark; and "Forecast (Calls for Pain)" is drawn from 1990's Midnight Stroll. It is a pleasure to report, 15 to 19 years after the fact, that – unlike many other videos of the 1980s and early '90s – these do nothing to embarrass the artist…
Charming & romantic. There's no better way to describe Gato Barbieri's late-'70s recordings for A&M, a chapter in the Argentinian saxophonist's varied career that carried him from Lalo Schifrin's orchestra to stepping out on his own playing everything from traditional South American forms to avant-garde jazz to Latin/jazz/pop fusion & back again. Hip-O Records & The Verve Group are proud to feature Gato Barbieri in the 20th Century Masters/The Millennium Collection series, gathering 10 evergreens from one of Gato's most beloved periods. Featured are the full album versions of "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)," "Behind The Rain," "Sunride" & "I Am Singing."
Yeah, Kingdom Come were a bit too enamored with Led Zeppelin on their first album, and their career didn't last much longer after that, but at the very least they were one of the very examples of what was storming the rock charts back in 1987-1988. Zep-styled riffs and that sorta watered-down boogie-guitar swagger were everywhere, and Kingdom Come were just one of the many bands getting loads and loads of criticism from purists. Oddly, though, the kids (for a short time) loved it, and the records sold enough to convince those at Polydor to release this collection of some of their more well-known tunes.
Those who do not pay much attention to record company affiliations should be warned that this discount-priced album, billed as the "best of Aerosmith," represents only their most popular recordings made for Geffen Records between 1987 and 1994. That said, it represents them well, including all 11 of Aerosmith's Top 40 hits from the period ("Angel," "Janie's Got a Gun," "Love in an Elevator," etc.), plus the track "Deuces Are Wild" from the album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience. This, of course, was the period when the bandmembers were collaborating with such songwriting hacks as Desmond Child, Holly Knight, and Jim Vallance to considerable commercial effect, maintaining the comeback they had launched with Run-D.M.C.'s remake of "Walk This Way."
Combining nu-metal with serious pop polish and structure, Alien Ant Farm always felt like a band that lived in two worlds: not quite heavy enough to be metal, but a little too fast-paced for the pop set. And while Alien Ant Farm's genre might be unclear, their entry in the 20th Century Masters series gives fans a bird's-eye view of their career and another opportunity to try nailing down what these guys were up to. Given the musicianship on tracks like "Movies" and their cover of the Michael Jackson classic "Smooth Criminal," while it might be hard to describe, it sure did work.
12 of the biggest '70s hits and most memorable duets that Donny and Marie Osmond recorded before taking their superstar act to TV! Includes their smooth pop hits I'm Leaving It (All) Up to You; Morning Side of the Mountain; Deep Purple; Make the World Go Away; Paper Roses and more.
A lotta funk power, a lotta soul power-and some gems you won't find on other collections. Joining I Got You; Papa's Got a Brand New Bag; Get on the Good Foot; Cold Sweat; Soul Power; Prisoner of Love, and It's a Man's Man's Man's World are his early ballad Try Me; his often overlooked 1968 hit America Is My Home and more.
The Best of The Velvet Underground: The Millennium Collection is a compilation album by The Velvet Underground. It was initially released for the North American market by Polydor in October 2000 as part of their "20th Century Masters" series of budget compilations celebrating the turn of the century.