One wonders whether the inclusion of the bonus DVD showcasing SlamJamz artists was a better trade off, as oppose to having a double CD showcasing more of Browns work. Once again, I like to thank Chuck D and the Slamjamz crew for stepping up and paying a true, overdue tribute that the Godfather deserves. This tribute was everything the Godfather would have hoped for. Tibb to JB is a cover of James Brown's most legendary hits, but with an updated twist on 3 levels:.
The production on the cover version of "It's a Man's, Man's World" my favorite on the tribute was brilliant to the point were it was hard for me to decide whether the original or cover version is better.
They did a superb job with the Horn arrangements and the vibes added a jazz-funk quality to the cover song. There no question that James had powerful vocals, but I always had a "What If" analysis in the back of my mind. Tribb to JB in my opinion had lyrically painted a perfect picture of the endless "What If" possibilities of James Brown. The last song on the album is an absolute eye opener for Hip-Hop and made a powerful statement you will never forget.
The song was tribute to one of relatives that died from drug abuse. Autumn might be young, but has a maturity and wisdom of a wise elder woman.
This little girl truly touched and moved my heart deeply. Start here with the extraordinary Egyptian singer who died in , mourned by a global audience. And this is the mesmeric record which made that happen. The liquid sound of the West African night courtesy of the seminal Senegalese band re-formed and now touring again who magically adapted the local craze for Cuban sounds to the traditions of Wolof griot culture.
This is their peak. Which Youssou record to pick? The West African superstar has brought many disparate elements to his music but with this magical collection he introduced the world to the mbalax sound. Fantastic, and the DVD is mind-altering. There was a Navajo speed metal group from Arizona and they hooked up with the guys from the desert - both their people had been shafted by imperial powers. It was the strangest thing seeing these sub-machine gun-carrying Tuareg hanging out with speed metallers from Scottsdale.
This spectacular recording is just one of the reasons why. Women, politics, magic, controversy Who knew? Through the sterling work of a French fan see OMM52 , the sounds of swinging Addis Ababa in the s and s have been newly made available to - and lapped up in large numbers by - a curious global audience. The big guitarist from Congo Zaire as it then was gave James Brown a run for his money at the Rumble in the Jungle, when both performed before the Ali-Foreman fight.
The cover of the record counteracts how seriously the band takes itself and its music, depicting the band sitting on a bench some of them are even smiling! Band member Ted Dwane told Fuse that his girlfriend runs "an immersive theater company, and they came in and got everyone to go crazy. So everyone was being unnaturally fast in the background.
But why such a chaotic image? Dwane said the band wanted the Babel cover to capture the spirit of their "Gentlemen of the Road" tour, particularly its "party vibes. The "brother-sister" actually ex-husband-wife Detroit folk-punk duo released their fourth album, Elephant, in , which boasted one banger after another, like "Seven Nation Army" and "The Hardest Button to Button.
Jack White says the grand beast appears on the jacket. But it's a side view an elephant, too, with the tusks leading off either side. To be fair, if you squint, you can see the rough shapes. Tool has always catered to the discerning metalhead. Its music is complex, and its lyrics are inscrutable, as if Judas Priest went to grad school. It follows that the band's album covers are as cryptic and weird as its songs.
The artwork of the band's album, 10, Days, depicts a creepy, somewhat ancient-looking face with deep eyes. Then a closer look reveals it's three faces; it's like one of those Magic Eye pictures but with more existential dread. The picture is part of a painting called Net of Being by psychedelic artist Alex Grey, who gets his inspiration from ingesting hallucinogenic substances such as LSD, mescaline, and ayahuasca. Over the past decade and change, Rihanna has evolved from a singer of throwaway dance singles into a complex and challenging musician.
Her album covers have evolved, too. In their place: provocative, thoughtful covers like ANTI. The album features an artfully out-of-focus image of a child, wearing a crown and holding a black balloon, against a white and blood-red background, along with some Braille messages.
It's the work of an artist named Roy Nachum. Yeah, the cover is so tight it got its own launch party. Nachum started with a real childhood snapshot of the singer, taken on her first day of daycare at age 5. An excerpt: "I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood. Coldplay's third album offers up another round of that dreamy, sleepy, inoffensive music that's cool enough for the alternative rock station but lame enough for that "listen at work" station. And yet, the same old Coldplay isn't expected from the album's refreshingly weird cover: It's a blue background, and then some random, rainbow-colored blocks that looks like somebody made a cartoon appetizer out of Lego.
Those colorful shapes are actually a graphical visualization of the Baudot code. That's an early telegraph communication system patented by French inventor Emile Baudot in Used concurrently with the more familiar Morse code, the Baudot system transmitted readable messages as ones and zeroes, assigned five-character sequences for every letter, number, and punctuation mark e.
Not too many artists have a mascot. And then there's Kanye West's "Dropout Bear," who first appears on the front of the rapper's game-changing debut The College Dropout, sitting forlornly on some gym bleachers. Plain Pat, West's manager at the time, confirms that it's Yeezy himself inside the bear suit, and also that the bear doesn't have any much meaning at all. Sometimes, you can sell something just by saying it plain.
The name of this album is Brothers" against a black background. He also thought the raw, simple cover reflected a similar sensibility in the band's bluesy, rootsy rock. Tha Thizz Kid. Z-Ro - 1 Deep [Limited Edition]. Black Moon - Alter the Chemistry.
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