A great release to kick off this week is the album Untinted, a fine collection of soul and (acid-) jazz tracks, selected by one of the most prolific hip hop producers of all time: Madlib. Untinted contains the source material for his remix project Shades of Blue (MOVLP1898) and features original tracks and hidden gems by Herbie Hancock, Horace Silver and Donald Byrd, amongst others.
The soundtrack from the motion picture Titanic is the highest-selling primarily orchestral soundtrack ever. Back in 1996-1997 the American composer James Horner was approached by director James Cameron, after the musician Enya declined to work on the project.
The debut album See You in Hell from New Wave of British Heavy Metal stalwarts Grim Reaper was originally released in Europe in 1983, with the rest of the world following a year later. The album is a perfect example of the way Heavy Metal guitar lines and vocals are blended together in consistently strong tracks.