jueves, 25 de marzo de 2010

·"The Complete BBC Sessions Vol. 5" - The Beatles




·"The Very Best of Beniamino Gigli" - Beniamino Gigli

Beniamino Gigli, (March 20, 1890 - November 30, 1957) was an Italian opera singer. The most famous tenor of his generation, he was renowned internationally for the great beauty of his voice and the soundness of his vocal technique. Critics sometimes took him to task, however, for what was perceived to be the over-emotionalism of his interpretations. Nevertheless, such was Gigli's talent that he is considered to be one of the very finest tenors in the recorded history of music. Gigli was born in Recanati, in the Marche, the son of a shoe-maker who loved opera. His brother Lorenzo became a famous Italian painter. In 1914, he won first prize in an international singing competition in Parma. His operatic debut came on October 15, 1914 when he played Enzo in Amilcare Ponchielli's La Gioconda in Rovigo, following which he was in great demand. Gigli made many important debuts in quick succession, and always in Mefistofele: Teatro Massimo di Palermo (March 31, 1915), Teatro San Carlo di Napoli (December 26, 1915), Teatro Costanzi di Roma (December 26, 1916), La Scala (November 19, 1918), and finally the Metropolitan (November 26, 1920). Two other great Italian tenors on the roster of the Met during the 1920s were also Gigli's chief rivals, Giovanni Martinelli and Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. Some of the roles with which Gigli became particularly associated during this period included Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Rodolfo in Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème and the title role in Umberto Giordano's Andrea Chénier, both of which he would later record in full. Gigli rose to true international prominence after the death of the great Italian tenor Enrico Caruso in 1921. Such was his popularity with audiences he was often called "Caruso Secondo", though he much preferred to be known as "Gigli Primo." In fact, the comparison was not valid as Caruso had a bigger, darker, more heroic voice than Gigli's honey-toned lyric instrument. Gigli left the Met in 1932, ostensibly after refusing to take a pay cut. Giulio Gatti-Casazza, the Met's then general manager, was furious at his company's most popular male singer; he told the press that Gigli was the only singer not to accept the pay cut. There were in fact several others, Lily Pons and Rosa Ponselle among them; and it is well-documented that Gatti-Casazza gave himself a large pay increase in 1931, so that after the pay cut in 1932 his salary remained the same as it had been originally. Furthermore, Gatti was careful to hide Gigli's counter offer to the press, in which the singer offered to sing five or six concerts gratis, which in dollars saved was worth more than Gatti's imposed pay cut. After leaving the Met, Gigli returned again to Italy, and sang in houses there, elsewhere in Europe, and in South America. He was criticized for being a favorite singer of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and toward the end of World War II was able to give few performances. However he immediately returned to the stage when the war ended in 1945, and the audience acclaim was greater and more clamorous than ever. In the last few years of his life, Gigli gave concert performances more often than he appeared on stage. Before his retirement in 1955, Gigli undertook an exhausting world tour of Farewell Concerts. This impaired his health in the two years that remained to him, during which time he helped prepare his Memoirs (based primarily on an earlier Memoir, fleshed out by a series of interviews). Gigli died in Rome in 1957.


01- Marechiare
02- 'O Sole Mio
03- La Donna e Mobile
04- Qual Turbamento
05- La Danza
06- Santa Lucia
07- Una Furtiva Lagrima
08- Torna a Surriento
09- Dicitencello Vuje
10- L'Ultima Canzone
11- Santa Lucia Luntana
12- 'O Surdatto 'Nnammurato
13- Amore Ti Vieta
14- Solo Per Te, Lucia
15- A Canzone 'e Napule
16- Core 'Ngrato
17- Povera Pulcinella
18- Quanto e Bella
19- Funiculi, Funicula
20- Nessun Dorma
21- Casarella
22- Maria
23- Mamma
24- Ave Maria

·"Play Boy" - The Marvelettes

The Marvelettes were an American singing girl group on the Tamla (later Motown) label. Motown's first successful female vocal group, the Marvelettes are most notable for recording the company's first #1 Pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman", and for setting the precedent for later Motown girl groups such as Martha & the Vandellas and The Supremes. During their eight-year run on the Billboard music charts, the group scored nineteen top forty American R&B Singles and ten Top 40 American Pop singles. Of these hits, three were Top 10 Pop singles, nine were top Top 10 R&B singles, and their debut was #1 one on both charts. (Between 1961 and 1969 they charted a total of 25 Pop singles.) "Playboy" is a song composed by Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, Mickey Stevenson and singer Gladys Horton, lead vocalist of The Marvelettes, who recorded the song and released it as a single on Motown's Tamla imprint in 1962. The single, led by Horton, is about a man who fools around with a lot of women and the woman who narrates the story warns him to stay away from her due to the stories she heard of him "running around with every woman in town". Horton is helped out in the song by her Marvelettes cohorts Wanda Young, Georgeanna Tillman, Katherine Anderson & Juanita Cowart. This was released as the third single by the Marvelettes and was their second top ten pop hit reaching number seven on the charts while reaching number four on the R&B chart. Playboy was the third album by The Marvelettes, released to capitalize on their hit singles "Playboy" and "Beechwood 4-5789", in 1962. It also includes the single, "Someday, Someway", and heartfelt standard, "Forever", which would be released as a single the following year. Other compositions include "Goddess of Love", "Cry Over You", and "Mix It Up". George Gordy, William "Mickey" Stevenson, and Marvin Gaye, who had produced "Beechwood 4-5789", all did some work on the Playboy LP as well.



01- Playboy
02- Mix It Up
03- Beechwood 4-5789
04- I'm Hooked
05- I Think I Can Change You
06- Forever
07- Someday, Someway
08- Goddess Of Love
09- You Should Know
10- Cry Over You

Bonus Tracks:

11- Playboy (mono single mix)
12- Forever (mono single mix)
13- Someday, Someway (mono single mix)

miércoles, 17 de marzo de 2010

·"The Complete BBC Sessions Vol. 4" - The Beatles




·"Lo Mejor 1966-1970" - Sandro

Sandro was born in Buenos Aires to Irma Nydia Ocampo and Vicente Sánchez in 1945. He was raised in the southern suburb of Valentín Alsina, and learned to play the guitar as a child, identifying his music as Romani. His paternal grandfather was Russian Rom from Hungary – Roma are known in Argentina as Gitanos (Gypsies). Considered a precursor to Rock music in Spanish. Initially, in his schooldays, he imitated King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, but afterwards created a personal style that marked his career. He started the musical group Sandro & los de Fuego in 1961, which gained popularity on the TV show Sábados Circulares, and became wideley-known in the 1960s. With songs such as 'Ave de Paso', 'Atmosfera Pesada', 'Quiero Llenarme de Ti', 'Tengo', '¿A esto le llamas amor?', 'Eres el Demonio Disfrazado' ( cover of '(You're The) Devil in Disguise)', 'Porque Yo Te Amo', 'Penumbras' , 'Una Muchacha y Una Guitarra', 'Trigal' or 'Rosa Rosa', the success of his career kept growing steadily. Sandro also had the leading role in various films, including ("I Want to Fill Myself with You" – 1969) and Subí que te llevo ("Hop On, I'll Give You a Ride" – 1980), and directed one feature, Tú me enloqueces ("I'm Crazy About You"), in 1976. His co-star in the latter film, argentine actrees Susana Giménez, was offered a TV variety show after he refused to host it; Later on, Giménez's show, named Hola Susana, would become a ratings leader shortly after its 1987 launch. He was the first Latino singer to sell out Madison Square Garden five times during the 1970s. Sandro was also the first singer to perform a television concert via satellite in the World's History. The concert was broadcast live from Madison Square Garden on April 1970, and marked the debut of a Latin american artist for a world audience. Sandro's songs were re recorded by international artists such us Shirley Bassey, Liza Minnelli, Burt Bacharach, Dalida, Shirley MacLaine,Toto Cutugno, Nancy Wilson, Mary Hopkins, Loredana Berté, Umberto Tozzi, Gilbert Bécaud, Milva, Julio Iglesias or Engelbert Humperdinck, among others. In the 1990s Argentine and other Latin American artists released an album called Padre del rock en castellano ("Father of Spanish Rock") in his honor. Sandro continued releasing studio albums in the beggining of the 1990s and reappeared on stage in 1993 with a new show, that was presented at Teatro Gran Rex, the most prestigious venue of Buenos Aires, performing 18 attendance-record–breaking consecutive concerts. The news that he suffered from emphysema were made public in 1998, causing a great generalized concern among his followers from all over the world. Sandro had been a self declared longtime cigarette smoking addict, which undoubtedly was the main cause of the disease. On November 20, 2009, Sandro received a double transplant (heart and lungs) in Mendoza, Argentina, the operation was a success. Five days later, in a daily press conference held by his doctors, it was reported that Sandro, although still kept in intensive care, was breathing without a respirator and that he had started a slow recovery. Nevertheless, in the evening of January the 4th of 2010, after 45 days of receiving a double cardio-pulmonary transplant, and after many complications, he died of septic shock, mesenteric ischemia and disseminated intravascular coagulation in the Italian Hospital of Mendoza, Argentina.



01- Como Caja de Música
02- Ayer Aún
03- Ave de Paso
04- Con Los Ojos del Recuerdo
05- Después de la Guerra
06- Las Manos
07- Quiero Llenarme de Ti
08- Como Lo Hice Yo
09- Una Muchacha y Una Guitarra
10- Porque Yo Te Amo
11- Tengo
12- Así
13- París Ante Ti
14- Penumbras
15- Palabras Viejas
16- Rosa, Rosa
17- Dame
18- Guitarras al Viento
19- El Maniquí
20- Trigal
21- Te Propongo
22- La Vida Sigue Igual

·"The Heavy Heavy Hits" - Madness

Madness are a British pop/ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. In 2009, the band have continued to perform with their most recognised lineup of seven members, although their lineup has varied slightly over the years. They were one of the most prominent bands of the late-1970s 2 Tone ska revival. Madness achieved most of their success in the early to mid 1980s. Both Madness and UB40 spent 214 weeks on the UK singles charts over the course of the decade, holding the record for most weeks spent by a group in the 1980s UK singles charts. However, Madness achieved this in a shorter time period (1980–1986).



01- Prince
02- One Step Beyond
03- My Girl
04- Night Boat To Cairo
05- Baggy Trousers
06- Embarrassment
07- Los Palmas 7
08- Grey Day
09- Shut Up
10- It Must Be Love
11- Cardiac Arrest
12- House Of Fun
13- Driving In My Car
14- Our House
15- Tomorrow's Just Another Day
16- Wings Of A Dove
17- Sun And The Rain
18- Michael Caine
19- One Better Day
20- Yesterday's Men
21- Uncle Sam
22- Sweetest Girl
23- Waiting For The Ghost Train