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If you're hosting a holiday party, it's important to find the right music to set the mood. Personally, we like to stick to the classics. Our holiday parties would not be complete without a little Frank Sinatra. Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra is a great collection of Christmas classics sung by Ol' Blue Eyes himself. It includes such songs as Silent Night, White Christmas, and Jingle Bells. It also makes a great host/hostess gift.... more
We're usually not big fans of the so-called soft jazz that is so popular today, but there's just something about Melody Gardot that we just cant get enough of lately. Her latest album, My One and Only Thrill, has been on constant rotation in our house. It's the perfect all-occasion album; we love to play it while we're working in the office, cleaning our house, or having guests over the dinner.
We've been kind of bored by the whiny, hipster music that has dominated playlists and were looking for a solid rock album when we discovered Horehound by The Dead Weather. Fronted by Alison Mosshart (from The Kills) and Jack White (from The White Stripes), the album has a bluesy, heavy rock sound that makes no apologies. And now that we've listened to it about five hundred times, we're looking forward to their second album,... more
Billy Holiday is one of those artists that will always transcend the test of time. Her soulful voice is sure to put a smile on your favorite lady's face this Mother's Day. Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday represents her finest work. The two-disc anthology features such classics as What A Little Moonlight Can Do and These Foolish Things. Pour her a glass of wine, draw her a bath, and put in this... more
Sade is like a fine wine: She just keeps getting better and better with age. Sade's sixth album, Soldier of Love, isn't out until February 9th, but you can pre-order it now. And from what we've heard of the album, it's still the same Sade, which is a good thing. That soulful voice and those seductive rhythms make it the perfect Valentine's Day soundtrack. Be sure to load this album into your MP3 player... more
Vampire Weekend is back with a follow-up to their self-titled album. And like their first album, we can't help but smile whenever we listen to Contra. The peppy rhythms and unique instrumentation bring familiarity to the album, which is good if you liked their first album. But there are also new textures to Contra that make it stand on its own, and remind us of Paul Simon's Graceland, which is a good thing.
Okay, we'll admit that we never really cared for Elton John in our younger days because our parents listened to him all the time. But now that we've gotten older, we find ourselves humming along to songs like Crocodile Rock and Bennie And The Jets because they remind us of our youth. Surprise the music lover or Elton John fan in your life with this Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002 box set.
Months after his death, Michael Jackson is still one of the top grossing entertainers of all time. If you're a fan, you've probably already seen This Is It, which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of what was to be his final concert tour. You can hear the music behind the movie with Michael Jackson's: This Is It soundtrack. The first disc features original masters of his most famous songs, and the second... more
When we first heard "Don't Stay" from Laura Izibor's Let the Truth Be Told we were waiting in line at our local coffee shop. At a time earlier than we'd prefer, and without caffeine, it was actually disappointing to get to the register. A helpful clerk let us in on the artist's name and we were just as impressed by the rest of the album. The Dublin-born R&B singer is only 22 years old,... more
Even if you haven't seen all the sequels that followed the original movie, you'll still recognize the Halloween soundtrack that made the movies even scarier. You can set the mood on Halloween night as you dole out treats or host a scary party. Be prepared to sleep with the lights on, though, if you have an active imagination.
There are certain albums that we can turn to time and time again without tiring. Astrud Gilberto's Finest Hour is such an album. Sure, "The Girl From Ipanema" is popular for a reason, but lesser-known songs like "Berimbau" and "Corcovado" really highlight Gilberto's silky voice. Her songs run the gamut, from samba, jazz, and pop. This is the perfect collection for a quiet evening at home, or a cocktail party with friends.
August 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the last album recorded by the Beatles, Abbey Road. Even those who weren't born at the time of the original release probably recognize the album cover that shows the Fab Four crossing the famous road in London. Fans gathered, singing Maxwell's Silver Hammer and other songs, to celebrate the anniversary and tie up traffic. You can sing along too with your very own copy of this world-famous... more
It isn't the lyrics that make "You've Got a Friend" such a memorable song. It's the sweet sound of Carole King singing it. Catch this song on what has to be our favorite Carole King album -- Tapestry. For the nearly 40 years since its '70s release, it has been an album you can listen to all the way through.
It probably amazed most people that so much time had passed when Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace of Music was released on the 25th anniversary of the famous festival. Now the 40th anniversary of the August 1969 event is coming up, but this collection of music still stands strong. Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearance Revival, Canned Heat and more. Even if you weren't there, you can relive the event that is still hailed as one... more
You don't have to live in France to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th. We like to use the day as an excuse to break open a bottle of champagne, and listen to one of France's most legendary songstresses, Edith Piaf. Nicknamed "La Mome Piaf" or "The Little Sparrow," her unique voice captures the romance of Paris. The Voice of the Sparrow features some of her most famous ballads, including "La Vie En Rose"... more
Learning how to speak Spanish may seem like a daunting task, but the best way to learn any language is to totally immerse yourself in its sights and sounds. Start at the beginning with Barron's Mastering Spanish Level One. It comes with a textbook and 12 compact discs that cover vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, and conversation. You'll be speaking Spanish like a pro once you've completed this comprehensive program.
The final track on Early Classics: The King Recordings by Ralph Stanley is "I Wanna Go Home." That's been the case with this Virginia native, who always returns to Dickenson County, the place he was born and raised and still lives now. That's when he's not out performing, of course. At 82, the Bluegrass master is still touring the country to play for his fans. But he always returns to the Appalachian region he... more
Show Oasis you still love them, even if the Chinese government may not. According to a spate of stories, the group's two April shows in Beijing and Shanghai were canceled recently, and not at the band's request. Start with their debut album Definitely, Maybe, which was a major hit in the British band's homeland and went gold in America. Or you can go for (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, which became the... more
Counteract the effects of sitting in an office chair all day and dance. The eponymous B-52's album is nearly impossible to resist. Once you get to Dance This Mess Around, you will be off that couch. While we generally dislike any type of sentiment that comes on pillows or inspirational posters, dance like there's no one looking is good advice. Our caveat is that, for many, many people we know, there really should be... more
The Obama's first dance at the round of inaugural balls was the classic "At Last," performed by Beyonce. While there will probably be slightly fewer celebrities, media, and security guards, you can still create your own special moment as you slow dance with her to the version by singer extraordinaire Etta James on the three-disc collection, The Chess Box. It includes this quintessential love song and more than 70 other of the incomparable Etta's... more