As one of the most influential rock groups in the late-Eighties, Living Colour proved that blending hard rock with funk, soul, rap and punk can be a very successful undertaking. Vernon Reid's incredible guitar work drives the songs on Time's Up (1990) to new heights, two years after their huge debut Vivid. Time's Up went Gold in a blink of an eye and even won a Grammy Award.
Coney Island Baby (1976)is one of Lou Reed's most approachable records. Lou finds himself on Coney Island Baby singing songs that are stripped down to the bare essentials (drums, bass, guitars). It is clear that Reed was going through a happy period of his life when recording Coney Island Baby. The warm, mellow sound and catchy songwriting elevate Coney Island Baby to great heights.
The sixth Alan Parsons release on Music On Vinyl! Released two years after their big-selling Eye In The Sky album (MOVLP188), Ammonia Avenue (1984) offers beautiful tunes with intelligent lyrical content. Alan Parsons Project is the pinnacle of Art Rock and this album proves it, yielding the hit singles, "Don't Answer Me" and "Prime Time". A great deal of variation and clever hooks result in a record that holds more than the sum of its parts: a great listen throughout!
The sequel to Time Out [MOVLP038], Time Further Out (1961) yielded mesmerizing songs like "It's A Raggy Waltz" (3/4 timing), "Unsquare Dance" (in a 7/4 timing) and "Bluette", a laidback, open-till-late jazz club tune. The recordings sound fresh, easy-going and inventive at the same time. The use of unusual time signatures is never without function; keeping the music interesting with each and every listen.