Tag: pop

Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman

Destination Space

Oglio

After a brief cinematic prologue, “Destination Space” blasts off with the title track — a “Hang ‘Em High”-esque theme with the most-natural-sounding guitar, bass and organ sounds ever to come out of a synthesizer. About a minute in, the truly synthetic sounds take over, but only for a while before backing out into Spaghetti-Western Land again.

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Roy Orbison

The Soul of Rock and Roll

Monument/Orbison/Legacy

Among previous box sets honoring The Big O, three are significant: a 4-CD anthology (Columbia, 1988); a 4-CD official bootleg set (Orbison, 1999); and a 7-CD retrospective of his golden years (Bear Family, 2001).

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East Village Opera Company

Olde School

Decca

Good musical guilty pleasures are few and far between these days, but the East Village Opera Company comes to the rescue with its third release, an amalgam of ’70s rock excess and bombast fused with some of the finest operatic melodies.

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Brian Wilson

That Lucky Old Sun

Capitol

Wilson’s on a roll: Not counting the soundtrack to “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” (1995), “Orange Crate Art” (his 1995 collaboration with Van Dyke Parks), “Live at the Roxy Theatre” (2000), “Pet Sounds Live” (2002), the resuscitated “SMiLE” (2004) and “What I Really Want for Christmas” (2005), he’s managed to put out four solo albums: 1988’s “Brian Wilson,” 1998’s “Imagination,” 2004’s “Gettin’ In Over My Head” and 2008’s “That Lucky Old Sun.”

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Glen Campbell

Meet Glen Campbell

Capitol

Hired guitar slinger, king of countrypolitan, TV and movie star. Campbell, like Gene Autry, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, parlayed musical popularity into TV (“The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour”) and movie (“True Grit”) appearances that fueled sales (47 million albums). But his last Top 10 country song was 20 years ago; since then, except for a few gospel records in the ’90s, his output has been spotty.

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