In 1973, Mike Oldfield burst onto the British music scene with his debut album Tubular Bells, two long instrumental suites in which Oldfield stitched together a series of melodies into a grandly scaled work in which he played the many instruments himself. The album was an audacious beginning to a career than saw him become one of the most respected artists in progressive rock, as well as a successful film composer. The Complete Mike Oldfield is a collection released in 1985 which features selections from his first ten solo albums, as well as highlights from his score for the film The Killing Fields.
Fated never to rise to any heights at all, Hard Stuff – formed by guitarist John Du Cann following his unceremonious firing from Atomic Rooster – had already been through two names before they were signed to Deep Purple's Purple label; Daemon lasted a few rehearsals; Bullet survived a single; they became Hard Stuff after another Bullet fired a legal complaint at them, and Bulletproof was their riposte. It is heavy and it is loud. Period reviews mused on the Purple influence and they are not far from the mark, but only if organ were excised from the mix, to be replaced by guitars, guitars, and more guitars…
Destroyer is the fourth studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on March 15, 1976 by Casablanca Records in the US. It was the third successive Kiss album to reach the top 40 in the US, as well as the first to chart in Germany and New Zealand. The album was certified gold on April 22, 1976, and platinum on November 11 of the same year, the first Kiss album to achieve platinum. The album marked a departure from the raw sound of the band's first three albums.
Deep Obsession is a New Zealand group, notable for being the only New Zealand act to have three consecutive No.1 singles in the Official New Zealand Music Chart. Infinity is the debut album pop duo Deep Obsession. The album peaked at No.8 in the New Zealand album chart, and included three No.1 singles. At the 2000 New Zealand Music Awards, the album was honoured with five nominations - Top Group - Deep Obsession, Best Cover - "Lost in Love", Best Song - 'Cold' (written by Zara Clark/Chris Rainbow)', Top Female Vocalist - Zara Clark, (for her work on the 'Infinity' album) Most Promising Female Vocalist - Vanessa Kelly (Vanessa sings 'The Power in You' from "Infinity" album).
2009 two CD live release from the Rock vocalist. Jeff Scott Soto, formerly with Malmsteen, Talisman, Eyes, Soul Sirkus and Journey (and now with Melodic Rock sensations W.E.T,) celebrates the end of his European tour in support of his album Beautiful Mess with a fabulous night in Madrid in front of over 1000 fans. All the major hits of his varied back catalog are included, from solo material to Talisman to tracks from the movie Rock Star. JSS' electrifying performance shows the incredible capacities of this amazing entertainer!
2009 release from the Hard Rock vocalist best known for his stint fronting Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force. On Beautiful Mess, for which Jeff Scott Soto has become JSS, he blends the influences he grew up loving into one Beautiful Mess indeed. From the rocking soul of '21st Century' to the sultry 'Gin & Tonic Sky' to the greasy Funk of 'Bring It Home' to the Beatle-esque 'Kick It', JSS leaves no stone unturned on this release, pleasing fans old and new alike. Beautiful Mess was co-written and produced by the savvy Swedish producer/writer Paulo Mendonça.
With Beyond Skin, Nitin Sawhney set a high bar for global fusion music. Now he's raised it with Prophesy, taking advantage of a larger budget to bring in Indian strings, a South African choir, a Chicago cabbie, soul singer Terry Callier, and Nelson Mandela, among many other things. But what could have been an awkward grab bag of sound comes together under Sawhney's sure hands and inspired songwriting. He makes the unusual work. On "Sunset," for instance, flamenco and rai meet Brazil, and the vocals of Cheb Mami and Nina Miranda work to glorious effect. Trilok Gurtu contributes some stunning kannakol (vocal percussion) to "Breathing Light," while Natacha Atlas beguiles with her singing on "Acquired Dreams." But this is more than a collection of great tunes–it's an album that ponders the way our world and civilization is developing, asking questions and challenging assumptions while still delivering some sumptuous grooves and melodies.