Black Music Month kicks off this month and features reissues of classics from some of the world’s greatest artists including Charles Mingus, Curtis Mayfield, Milt Jackson & Ray Charles, Zapp & Roger, The Drifters, The Time and Miles’ unreleased music. Davis and Roberta Flack.
Influential black artists paved the musical roads for generations to come, leading to cultural, social and political revolutions that still ring true in 2021. In June and July, Rhino will celebrate these legendary artists who continue to influence and inspire the world. today’s music. The full release schedule is listed below, and the physical titles are available for pre-order now.
Doo-wop music was popularized by African-American youth in the east coast cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New York, passing through the steelworks of Pittsburgh and Cincinnati heading west through Windy City, Chicago, before traveling the airwaves and reaching the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, California. Hip-Hop has taken a similar path by amplifying the rhythmic voices of black youth. This art form originated in New York City and sparked a storm of creativity that took the world by storm in the late 1970s and early 1980s and continues to dominate popular music today.
The melodic harmonies of the Drifters burst onto the music scene in the 1950s, starting in barber shops and street corners before dominating the charts. Over the next decade, the group created numerous hits and several number 1s on the Billboard charts. Their two iconic hits “Under the Boardwalk” and “This Magic Moment” cemented their legacy and place in musical history by being honored with their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The essay then follows the transition from the doo-wop style to soul and funk, eventually landing on hip-hop’s inclusion of the previous styles to create something totally original. For example, the legendary band “More Bounce to the Ounce” by Zapp and Roger has been sampled over 300 times since its release in 1980.
The reissue of Lupe Fiasco’s “Food & Liquor” album features the harmonic influences of doo-wop throughout “Daydreamin ‘” ft. Jill Scott, who won a Grammy Award for Best Urban / Alternative Performance in 2008. This album will remind fans of Lupe’s clever, witty and intelligent pun that cemented him as one of the greatest lyricists and most important voices in hip-hop.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye out for this place as every week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl records from a variety of artists. It could be a repress of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week it’s a big box set from one of our favorite rock and roll singers.
ROD STEWART: ‘1975 – 1978’
Sir Rod Stewart was on his way to becoming one of the most successful recording artists in history in 1974 when he moved to the United States and signed with Warner Bros. During his next 27 years with the label, he released some of the biggest commercial and critical hits. acclaimed records of his long career.
The label returns to the start of this legendary race with an ensemble that features Stewart’s first four albums for the label on vinyl, as well as a bonus LP of rare and unreleased studio takes from said LPs, ‘Atlantic Crossing’, ‘A Night on the city “,” Footloose & Fancy Free “and” Blondes have more fun “.
After being sold out for decades, studio albums look and sound amazing when they return to vinyl, with cover art replicas and a newly remastered sound. Add to that the bonus LP, all organized in an iridescent box with an aluminum stamp on the cover, Rod’s gold glittering blonde shag haircut, and his silver glittering leopard print suit. I
This four-album record from the 1970s was one of Stewart’s most successful, and the bonus LP for this set, titled “Encores 1975-1978”, is a collection of 10 takes selected from sessions of recording of all four albums. The first side features five songs from recent deluxe editions released for “Atlantic Crossing” and “A Night on the Town”.
Songs include an alternate version of the B-side “Rosie” and a cover of “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees recorded with influential Stax Records house group Booker T. & The MG’s. The reverse features five never-before-seen session releases from Foot Loose & Fancy Free and Blondes Have More Fun. Highlights include a cover of the Motown classic, “You Really Got A Hold On Me”, and the unreleased tracks “Silver Tongue” and “Don’t Hang Up”.
Rod’s new set, the vinyl version, is available in stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.
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