Content tagged 'Adult Contemporary'
Daylight Again (Album of the Day)
Crosby, Stills & Nash's fourth album of completely original material, DAYLIGHT AGAIN began life as a collaboration between Stephen Stills and Graham Nash while David Crosby was sidelined. The pair recruited such talented vocalists as Art Garfunkel and Timothy B. Schmit to fill out the harmonies (as well as a raft of session aces to lend instrumental support), but in the end returned to their old friend to recreate the CSN magic. All three rise to the occasion not only as singers but as songwriters; Crosby's outstanding “Delta,” Stills' “Southern Cross” (which spawned the trio's first music video) and Nash's “Wasted On The Way” (a frank look at the group's past squabbles) rank with their most memorable material. A Top 10 hit, DAYLIGHT AGAIN was released 35 years ago this month, and its inspiring music still shines brightly.
Spirit (Album of the Day)
In the wake of a smash debut, Jewel Kilcher's second album was among the most anticipated of the decade, and SPIRIT did not disappoint. The 1998 Atlantic collection glows with the same beautiful voice, heartfelt poetry and appealing melodies that had won the singer-songwriter millions of fans three years earlier, but the production here (by Peter Collins and Patrick Leonard) frames these virtues with much more professional polish than did PIECES OF YOU. Singles “Hands,” “Down So Long” and “Jupiter” were certainly highlights, but the title of another song, “What's Simple Is True,” may better explain what made this set another multi-platinum hit. If Jewel's success was part of the '90s wave of “women in rock” (she was a headliner at Lilith Fair 20 years ago today), it's the directness and honesty of SPIRIT that continues to resonate.
"What's Love Got To Do With It" (Album of the Day)
Songwriters Terry Britten and Graham Lyle had offered “What's Love Got To Do With It” to singers including Cliff Richard, Donna Summer and Phyllis Hyman, but it's impossible to imagine anyone doing half of what Tina Turner did with it. In her hands, it was an anthem of survival and reinvention, embodying Tina's emergence from the shadow of Ike Turner and into the spotlight of MTV as a solo star. Released in May 1984, the track became the 44-year-old performer's first No.1 hit and earned three Grammy Awards, including Record and Song of the Year. Sparking a comeback that included the multi-platinum PRIVATE DANCER album and a Hollywood biopic that drew its name from the iconic single, Tina Turner's “What's Love Got To Do With It” will endure for as long as hearts can be broken.
Unplugged... And Seated (Album of the Day)
The stripped-down, predominantly acoustic approach of MTV's Unplugged series allowed for a fresh spin on rock classics, and few performers took better advantage of it than Rod Stewart. Released 25 years ago today, UNPLUGGED … AND SEATED features the U.K. singer-songwriter on 17 career-spanning songs ranging from such early favorites as “Stay With Me” and “Maggie May” to more recent hits including “Forever Young” and “Have I Told You Lately.” Former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood joins in on guitar for many of these tracks, and though they hadn't worked together in nearly two decades, the chemistry is still palpable. A Stewart show is usually pretty animated as Rod plays to the crowd, but even when UNPLUGGED … AND SEATED, he makes thrilling music.