There's no denying that Frank Sinatra was one of the greatest singers of his–or any–age. At the height of his powers, he could have sung a page from the Slough telephone directory and had a Number One hit. Lucky for us, then, that he worked with some of the finest writers and arrangers in music. The songs on 20 Classic Tracks are, for the most part, just that: 20 songs, culled from his vast EMI back catalogue, that give a good overview of Old Blue Eyes' finest works: "Come Fly With Me", "Cheek To Cheek", "April In Paris", "Baubles, Bangles And Beads". This is one of the better Sinatra compilations you're likely to find.
When you go into the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. When you go into the woods today you're not going to believe your eyes. But it ain't no "teddy bear picnic". Three girls discover that two men are willing to do anything to impress Mother and what impresses Mother is watching her son commit acts of rape and murder. Now these women are prisoners and lowered to pawns in the game of checkers between two dim wits and their Maniac Mommy and the question becomes, can any of them escape, alive?
Electric Light Orchestra's third album showed a marked advancement, with a fuller, more cohesive sound from the band as a whole and major improvements in Jeff Lynne's singing and songwriting. This is where the band took on its familiar sound, Lynne's voice suddenly showing an attractive expressiveness reminiscent of John Lennon in his early solo years, and also sporting a convincing white British soulful quality that was utterly lacking earlier. The group also plugged the holes that made its work seem so close to being ragged on those earlier records. "Showdown" and "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle" (the latter featuring Marc Bolan on double lead guitar with Lynne) became AM radio fixtures while "Daybreaker" became a concert opener for the group and, along with "In the Hall of the Mountain King," kept the group's FM/art rock credentials in order.