Cal is a soundtrack album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 24 August 1984 by Vertigo Records. The album contains music composed for the 1984 film Cal, produced by David Puttnam and directed by Pat O'Connor. Puttnam also produced the film Local Hero (1983). In his review for AllMusic, Steven McDonald gave the album four our of five stars and called it a "quiet, reflective set of cues that eschew false dramatics in favor of supporting the story." In her review in The New York Times, Janet Maslin called the album "an exceptionally lovely and haunting score."
Producer and musician Dan Diaz turns out some of the hardest-hitting punk and indie rock tracks available anywhere. Packed with tons of raw material, this DVD showcases the authentic pace and volume of today's Southern California music scene. Raised in the Poway community of San Diego, famed by Blink 182, Diaz delivers tight, hard-thumping punk anthems and underground hits typical of middle-class Southern California suburbs. The drum and bass tracks alone are so rich that adding "Punk & Indie Rock" to your collection just for these elements is worth the price of admission. If you ever wanted to assemble slammin' tracks in the style of today's hottest indie bands, now is the time to take the "slammin' sounds of So-Cal" in the studio with you!
"Cal Tjader Plays/Mary Stallings Sings" is a noteworthy album in that it represents Mary Stallings's recording debut. Only 22 at the time, Stallings sings with a remarkable amount of conviction and control here, displaying the rich tone and heavy gospel influence that would mark all her work. Tjader leads a fine band through a set filled with standards and tunes by Fats Waller and Duke Ellington, and his cool-toned vibes add a shimmering atmosphere to the proceedings. The 2005 reissue boasts excellent remastered sound and two alternative takes from the session.