This album was originally released in 1969 as "First Winter". When Johnny Winter emerged on the national scene in 1969, the hope, particularly in the record business, was that he would become a superstar on the scale of Jimi Hendrix, another blues-based rock guitarist and singer who preceded him by a few years. That never quite happened, but Winter did survive the high expectations of his early admirers to become a mature, respected blues musician with a strong sense of tradition. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 63rd in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
John Mayer evokes the hushed professionalism of '80s adult-contemporary rock on his all-too-breezy eighth studio album, 2021's Sob Rock. Mayer has always worn his influences on his sleeve, often bringing together the bluesy fret work of Eric Clapton with the yearning singer/songwriter sincerity of James Taylor. He's also made no secret of how much the sound of mid- and late-'80s pop/rock has informed his own work, and albums like 2006's Grammy-winning Continuum and 2012's Born and Raised have found him drawing upon the work of icons like Sting, Peter Gabriel, and Neil Young. Once again working with legendary producer Don Was (who helmed Born and Raised), Mayer has crafted an album that purposefully sounds like it could have been released anytime between 1985 and 1990.
Containing over 40 Australian chart hits from the 1980s, the latest in this highly sought after series delves further into our pop music culture of the 1980s with Christie Allen, Machinations, Vertical Hold, Electric Pandas to the one smash hit from Monte Video And The Cassettes! Heaps of other 'hard to find' Aussie hits including those from Redgum, Real Life, Avion and Uncanny X-Men feature in this new set. Again compiled by Brent James, the collection contains detailed liner notes along with State by State chart positions and is a must-have for any fan of Aussie Pop of the 80s.
Forty classic Australian chart hits of the 1970s with many tracks seeing the light of day for the first time in many years. From the blockbuster national hits to the hits unique to just one or two regions, this release features the big hits from Dragon, Jon English and Sherbet to Brisbane's Moonlight and Adelaide's Musick Express. Also present is Digby Richards, Chain, Ross Wilson, Max Merritt & The Meteors and The Seekers 1970s comeback hit to rare gems from Rumour and Tony Cole.
Like Omigod! The 80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) is a seven-disc, 142-track box set of popular music hits of the 1980s. Released by Rhino Records in 2002, the box set was based on the success of Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box, Rhino's box set covering the 1970s. Like Omigod! includes a 90-page booklet of cultural comment, a timeline for the decade, and liner notes for the tracks included in the set. As does Have a Nice Decade, the tracks tend to be from the lesser-known artists who were one-hit wonders, although music from the best-selling artists of the era are also included. In addition, many of the 1980s musical styles — rock, pop, country pop, new wave, funk, disco and rhythm and blues — are represented.
Having documented the British psychedelic scene with anthologies devoted to the years 1967, 1968 and 1969, Grapefruit's ongoing series fearlessly confronts the dawn of the Seventies with a slight rebrand. New Moon's In The Sky: The British Progressive Pop Sounds Of 1970 features (appropriately enough) seventy tracks from the first year of the new decade as the British pop scene adjusted to life without The Beatles. The 3-CD set concentrates on the more song-based recordings to emanate from British studios during 1970, whether from a pure-pop-for-then-people perspective or the more concise, melodic end of the burgeoning progressive rock spectrum.