The Complete Motown Singles has been a dream project of Motown and soul fanatics for many years, ever since the first decade of Stax/Volt singles was compiled in an impressive nine-disc box set in 1991. The Complete Motown Singles might have seemed like a logical move to soul collectors and fanatics, but it remained in the realm of fantasy for many years because, as enticing as that set was, it was difficult to create.
At the end of November the time has come again, according to the tradition, the Hitzone annual review appears, 538 Hitzone - Best Of 2018. A double CD with only the biggest hits of 2018. This musical year has again yielded a large number of stars such as Marshmello, XXXtentacion and Post Malone who finally broke through. But also established names such as Calvin Harris, Shawn Mendes, David Guetta, Ariana Grande and Martin Garrix continued to blast the charts in the past year. Most present artists were again this year Ronnie Flex and Dua Lipa who last year with their own singles and i.s.m. with others in the top 100 have stood. All these bangers completed with the most recent hits can be found on the 2CD, 538 Hitzone - Best Of 2018.
Russell Malone recording this studio date for Venus in 1995, though it was several years before the Japanese label got around to issuing it. Joined by an excellent rhythm section consisting of Larry Willis, Rodney Whitaker, and Yoron Israel, Malone is not afraid to go into lengthy exploration of an old favorite like "I Concentrate on You."
Blues-Rock veterans, the Stoney Curtis Band, returned to the studio in Las Vegas this summer in follow-up to their 2012 double-live release. The resulting CD, Halo Of Dark Matter, is a high-energy collection of guitar-oriented jams, that recalls the stadium guitar heroes of the 70's. This fifth record in Stoney's discography takes things up a couple of notches as his songwriting and soloing skills ascend to yet a higher plateau. The Stoney Curtis Band has been working the clubs between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, for over 10 years, honing their own brand of psychedelic Blues-Rock, readying their show for the road ahead.