Leon Bridgesis the ‘out of almost nowhere’ story that only comes along once in a while. Awareness of Bridges and his unique craft continues to grow authentically and consistently. It was only last summer that Leon was singing open mics in his hometown of Fort Worth, TX. One of those open mics was attended byAustin JenkinsandJosh Blockof the notable indie band White Denim who were absolutely floored by Leon's voice, songs, and creative vision.
They soon after set-up shop in a makeshift studio and recorded the throwback rhythm and blues album's title cut "Coming Home" completely live to tape. This first take is exactly what you hear opening the record. The remaining 9 songs including previously released tracks "Better Man" and "Lisa Sawyer" followed in a burst of creativity and inspiration.
"Recorded live at Jenkins and Block's Niles City Sound studio, using only vintage equipment, "Coming Home" explores the reasons why gospel meeting soul worked so magically at the dawn of the 1960s: the swing, the intimate relationship between background and lead vocals, the way the descending organ line works a pirouette around the triplets Bridges sings. This kind of perfection is always relevant." - Ann Powers, NPR
Marvin Gaye's landmark 1971 recording What's Going On is one of the most important and passionate soul records ever made and it directly influenced other artists to take greater responsibility in the meaning of their music. Gaye co-wrote the songs and produced the album, a social commentary on an American dream which was increasingly being threatened by urban and environmental problems including unemployment and poverty. What's Going On broke the Motown mold and introduced Gaye as not only the company's sexy prince, but also an uncompromising artist with something to say.
Controversial Soulstress Totally Delivers on 2007 Smash!
Winner of Five 2008 Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance & Best Pop Vocal Album
Amy Winehouse's second album, Back to Black, is one of the finest soul albums, British or otherwise, to come out in years. Frank, her first album, was a sparse and stripped-down affair; Back to Black, meanwhile, is neither of these things. This time around, she's taken her inspiration from some of the classic 1960's girl groups like the Supremes and the Shangri-Las, a sound particularly suited to her textured vocal delivery, while adding a contemporary songwriting sensibility.
With the help of producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, "Rehab" becomes a gospel-tinged stomp, while the title track (and album highlight) is a heartbreaking musical tribute to Phil Spector, with it's echoey bass drum, rhythmic piano, chimes, saxophone and close harmonies. Best of all, though, is the fact that Back to Black bucks the trends in R&B by being unabashedly grown-up in both style and content.
Winehouse's lyrics deal with relationships from a grown-up perspective, and are honest, direct and, often, complicated: on "You Know I'm No Good," she's unapologetic about her unfaithfulness. But she can also be witty, as on "Me & Mrs Jones" when she berates a boyfriend with "You made me miss the Slick Rick gig." Back to Black is a refreshingly mature soul album, the best of its kind for years!
Peter Hernandez (born October 8, 1985 in Waikiki, Hawaii), better known by his stage name Bruno Mars, is a Filipino-Puerto Rican American singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist signed to Atlantic Records. He is most well known for singing and co-writing the hooks for the #1 hit Nothin' on You by B.o.B, and Billionaire by Travie McCoy; he also co-wrote the international hits Right Round by Flo Rida and Wavin' Flag by K'naan.
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2 Just the Way You Are
3 Our First Time
4 Runaway Baby
5 The Lazy Song
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1 Marry You
2 Talking to the Moon
3 Liquor Store Blues (Featuring Damian Marley)
4 Count on Me
5 The Other Side (Featuring Cee Lo Green and B.O.B.)
The second studio album by the Jackson 5, which peaked at #1 on Billboard charts in 1970 and sold millions of copies worldwide. Includes the hits "ABC" and "The Love You Save," which reached #1 on Billboard's Soul Singles chart and unseated the Beatles' "Let It Be" on the Hot 100. Available for the first time on 180g Blue LP.
Al Greenwas the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings. The distinctive Hi Records sound that the vocalist and producer Willie Mitchell developed madeAl Greenthe most popular and influential soul singer of the early '70s.Greatest Hitsepitomizes that trademark sound with 10 of the R&B legends' all-time classics.
"The honey-voiced Green made some of the most visionary soul music of the Seventies." - Rolling Stone
Al GreenGreatest HitsTrack Listing
1. Tired Of Being Alone 2. Call Me (Come Back Home) 3. I'm Still In Love With You 4. Here I Am (Come And Take Me) 5. Love And Happiness 6. Let's Stay Together 7. I Can't Get Next To You 8. You Ought To Be With Me 9. Look What You Done For Me 10. Let's Get Married
Double white with red splatter colored vinyl LP pressing. The Weeknd's After Hours features global hits like "Heartless" and "Blinding Lights". Filtering R&B, pop, and hip-hop through an ambitious widescreen lens, quietly took over popular music and culture on his own terms. As a result, the multi-platinum two-time Grammy Award winner has emerged as one of the most successful and significant artists of the 21st century.
Limited double vinyl LP pressing. The Best of Sade is the first greatest hits album by vocalist Sade Adu and her band. It was originally released in November 1994. By Epic Records. Sade formed in London in 1982. However, three of their members were originally from Kingston upon Hull in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Their music features elements of soul, R&B, jazz, soft rock, and funk. Sade's 1984 debut studio album Diamond Life, was a hit internationally, reaching # 1 in several countries and the Top Ten in the US where it has sold in excess of 4 million copies. In late 1985, Sade released their second studio album Promise, which peaked at No. 1 in both the UK and the US. It was certified double platinum in the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US. In 1986 Sade won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Their 2000 fifth studio album, Lovers Rock, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade's US certified sales so far stand at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAAand have sold more than 75 million records worldwide to date. The band were ranked at #50 on VH1's list of the "100 greatest artists of all time."
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1 Your Love Is King (Album Version) Sade 3:39
2 Hang on to Your Love Sade 4:29
3 Smooth Operator (Single Version) Sade 4:16
4 Jezebel (Album Version) Sade 5:28
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1 The Sweetest Taboo (Album Version) Sade 4:25
2 Is It a Crime (Album Version) Sade 6:20
3 Never As Good As the First Time Sade 3:58
4 Love Is Stronger Than Pride (Album Version) Sade 4:16
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1 Paradise (Album Version) Sade 3:36
2 Nothing Can Come Between Us (Album Version) Sade 3:52
SZA, one of the redefining voices of today's contemporary music era, entered the music scene in 2012 with her first critically acclaimed EP,See.SZA.Run. Following that, she releasedSin 2013 andZin 2014, both to rave reviews. In 2013,SZAsigned to Top Dawg Entertainment, being the first female artist to join the label.SZAwrote and performed on Rihanna'sAntisingle "Consideration" in 2016 and helped write Nicki Minaj and Beyonce's "Feelin Myself" in 2014. Born in Maplewood, NJ as Solána Rowe,SZAgrew up listening to classic and avant-garde jazz, alternative, and rap. She renamed herself finding inspiration within the Supreme Alphabet: the ‘S' stands for savior or sovereign, the ‘Z' for zig-zag, and the ‘A' for Allah.
On the strength of hit lead single "Love Galore,"SZA'smajor label debutCtrlclaimed the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart and entered at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Albums and No. 2 on the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts. The long-awaitedCtrlis revered for its raw and honest lyrics and features guest appearances byKendrick Lamar,Travis Scott,James FauntleroyandIsaiah Rashad.NoiseydescribesCtrlas "14 tracks of the dreamy R&B lusciousness that we've come to know and love the New Jersey singer-songwriter for."NPRcallsCtrl"a resolutely confident and skillful R&B album that explores the notions of control and honesty," whileThe Shade Roomproclaims, "‘Ctrl' is actuals! Imagine ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' tailored for our generation."
2021 Grammy Award-Winner for Best Progressive R&B Album!
Thundercat's new albumIt Is What It Is was co-produced withFlying Lotusand features musical contributions fromTy Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole,Steve Lacy,Steve Arrington, and Zack Fox.
It Is What It Isfollows his game-changing third albumDrunk(2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. "This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that," Bruner says aboutIt Is What It Is. "It's a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don't necessarily understand...some things just aren't meant to be understood."
The unruly bounce of single "Black Qualls" is classicThundercat, teaming up withSteve Lacy(The Internet) and Funk iconSteve Arrington(Slave). It's another example ofStephen Lee Bruner'sdesire to highlight the lineage of his music and pay his respects to the musicians who inspired him. Discovering Arrington's output in his late teens, Bruner says he fell in love with his music immediately: "The tone of the bass, the way his stuff feels and moves, it resonated through my whole body."
Lost in Space / Great Scott / 22-26
I Love Louis Cole [ft. Louis Cole]
Black Qualls [ft. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino]
UK LP pressing! Jimi Hendrix's untimely death in September of 1970 left a gaping hole in the funk-rock genre. With 1971's Maggot Brain, Funkadelic showed that they were rightful heirs to Hendrix's throne. This is the album where everything seems to come together for the legendary band. Most obviously, the songwriting is sharper and more focused. As on their previous releases, epic instrumental compositions dominate. But this time they are much more coherent and less reliant on studio trickery and psychedelic effects. Maggot Brain is unquestionably one of rock and funk's all-time classics. Westbound. 2006.
20 Highlights from the New Career-Spanning Queen of Soul Box Set including Biggest Hits Plus Previously Unreleased Alternate Takes & Live Recordings!
To say thatAretha Franklinwas one of the greatest American artists of all time is an understatement. Her multi-octave voice moved millions around the world during an unrivaled career that spanned six decades and garnered the singer-songwriter every achievement and honor imaginable.
Franklin's reign as the Queen of Soul is highlighted here with the20-track vinyl 2LPcollection. Includes the previously unreleased tracks "Call Me" – Alternate Version, "Until You Come Back To Me" – Work Tape, "You Light Up My Life" and "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" – Live, which was originally broadcast on The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors on 12/19/15. Franklin's biggest hits are here too, like "I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," "Think" and her signature smash, "Respect." But instead of using familiar takes for other hits, the collection selects different versions, like an alternate take of "Chain Of Fools."
Never Grow Old
Today I Sing The Blues
One Step Ahead
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
A Change Is Gonna Come
Chain Of Fools – Alternate Version
Call Me – Alternate Version
Rock Steady – Alternate Mix/Take
How I Got Over (Single Edit) – Live
Master Of Eyes (The Deepness Of Your Eyes)
Until You Come Back To Me – Work Tape
Something He Can Feel
You Light Up My Life
Freeway Of Love
I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) – Aretha Franklin and George Michael
2022 release. Dawn FM is the fifth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd. The album is narrated by Jim Carrey, and features guest appearances from Tyler, the Creator and Lil Wayne. The production was handled by The Weeknd himself alongside Oneohtrix Point Never-who produced the majority of the tracks-as well as Max Martin, Oscar Holter, Calvin Harris, and Swedish House Mafia, among others. The album serves as a follow-up to The Weeknd's fourth studio album, After Hours (2020).
1 Dawn FM
3 How Do I Make You Love Me?
4 Take My Breath
6 A Tale By Quincy
7 Out of Time
8 Here We Go... Again (Featuring Tyler the Creator)
Double vinyl LP pressing. 2015's Beauty Behind the Madness is the second studio album by The Weeknd. The album features guest appearances from Labrinth, Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey. Three singles have been released from the album: 'Often', 'The Hills' and 'Can't Feel My Face'. 'Earned It', a single from Fifty Shades of Grey: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, is also included on the album. Abel Tesfaye - known by his stage name The Weeknd - is a Canadian singer, songwriter and record producer. In late 2010, Tesfaye anonymously uploaded several songs to YouTube under the name The Weeknd. He released three nine-track mixtapes throughout 2011, which were critically acclaimed. The following year, he released a compilation album Trilogy, consisting of remastered versions of the mixtape material and three additional songs. In 2013, he released his debut studio album Kiss Land.
Solange describes her ambitious new full-length studio albumA Seat At The Table as "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing." A Seat At The Table was written by Solangeand follows up the Saint Records founder's 2012 EPTrue. The 21-track 2LP-set features a host of special guest artists including Lil Wayne, Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes and Lu. NPRexclaims, "It's a floating melange of R&B, bold in its quiet and understated sounds, bolder in its message."