The mid-Michigan based trio Organissimo is not your garden variety, grandfather's organ combo. Yes, they pay allegiance to Jimmy Smith and the forefathers of the B-3, but these musicians, particularly guitarist Joe Gloss and organist Jim Alfredson, are younger and have the audience of their generation in mind. Easy comparisons to Medeski, Martin & Wood, Soulive, and the Brothers Groove can be made. The difference maker is veteran drummer Randy Marsh, who has played his share of bop, soul-jazz, rock, funk, and commercial music, not to mention being a fan of Frank Zappa.
Fantastic collection of all 24 of the legendary late singer's hit singles on Monument Records from the 1960's plus a couple more stereo mixes. The set also contains a few of Roy's covers of classic songs like 'Distant Drums', 'What'd I Say', 'Let The Good Times Roll', 'Beautiful Dreamer' and 'Love Hurts'. There are other notable songs here too, many of them obscure songs, all of which confirm what a talented singer Roy was. The second disc includes all the b-sides, so collectors can be satisfied that they have all his single output from the era.
Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country & western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records in the early to mid 1960s when 22 of his songs placed on the US Billboard Top Forty, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "In Dreams", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". Fantastic collection of 24 confirmed classics from one of the most beautiful voices ever in modern pop music. The bulk of the tracks are drawn from Orbison's meticulous 1985 re-recordings of all his classics (that were done to absolute perfection). The balance come from the MGM and Sun Records archives. One track from 1969, "Say No More", written by Boudleaux Bryant, makes it's debut on this disc. Music Club.
Winner Takes All was originally released as a two-album set, which reflected how popular the Isley Brothers were during this period of time. It features some rather lengthy but entertaining pieces. Ronald Isley's silky tenor remains untarnished throughout the album. "I Wanna Be with You" made its claim on the Billboard R&B charts, peaking at number one. "Winner Takes All" and "It's a Disco Night" followed in that order and only managed to reach numbers 38 and 27, respectively. Decent songs they are, but not as explosive as some of the Isley Brothers previously released up-tempo numbers. And as danceable as they, they come closer to good-listening songs. However, there are three solid ballads: "Let's Fall in Love," "How Lucky I Am" and "You're the Key to My Heart."