Stop what you're doing right now! There are some groundbreaking classics out this week...
The Cowboy Junkies for example, are the living proof that it's possible to create a fantastic album overnight; The Trinity Session was recorded using one microphone, a DAT recorder and the wonderful acoustics of the Holy Trinity church. The album is completely re-mastered by the original recording engineer and the band and is now available in a limited edition of transparent red vinyl.
For this week we have another exclusive; Wally Tax with his solo album Love In. This rock 'n roll legend was once famous for his career with The Outsiders, but shows his gentle side on his debut album with orchestrated pop and melodramatic sounds. The first pressing of this album is on yellow coloured vinyl.
If you're looking for an album that's one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (edited by Robert Dimery) it should definitely be Spy vs. Spy: The Music Of Ornette Coleman by composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn.
Murda Muzik album by Mobb Deep is filled with hip hop beats from the East-Coast. It features one of the group's best-known and most acclaimed songs, "Quiet Storm", which is in Prodigy's own words: "Cause it's the real sh*t, sh*t to make em feel sh*t (the real)".
The all-round famous producer of tracks for Funkdoobiest, House Of Pain, Dizzee Rascal, U2, Depeche Mode, Die Antwoord, Cypress Hill and many more, released an album as The Soul Assasins. The apocalyptic grooves by DJ Muggs are collected and can be heard on Muggs Presents: The Soul Assassins (Chapter 1) album.
The unique approach to storytelling through sounds by Richard Bona is well presented on the Reverance album. He remains true to his roots with African rhythms on his second studio album.
Just in time for his 80th birthday on January 31 we have a classical release by Philip Glass. His Songs From The Trilogy album is a compilation of music from his opera's.
And we're closing this week vinyl releases with a hip hop classic. Slam: The Soundtrack consists entirely of hip hop music; produced by DJ Spooky it includes tracks by Ol' Dirty Bastard, Mobb Deep, KRS-One, Big Punisher, Q-Tip and more.
Enough food for thought this week!
All the best,The MOV crew
The Muggs Presents The Soul Assassins (Chapter 1)album was originally released in 1997 and is produced by DJ Muggs. It features tracks from a veritable 'who's who' list of rappers like Dr. Dre & B Real, Mobb Deep, RZA/GZA & Genius (Wu-Tang Clan), Krs-One (Boogie Down Productions), Goodie Mob plus contributions from his Cypress Hill fellow band members B-Real and Sen Dog.
Spy vs Spy: The Music of Ornette Coleman is the 1989 album by American composer and saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn, featuring the compositions of Ornette Coleman performed in the brief intense style of Zorn's hardcore miniatures.
The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
The song "Reverence (The Story of a Miracle)" features a guest appearance by prominent jazz guitarist Pat Metheny.
Murda Muzik is the fourth album released in 1999 by the rap duo. It is their most successful album ever, selling over 1 million copies in the USA and was certified Platinum. It reached to #3 on the Billboard 200 album charts, #2 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Billboard album chart and entered solid positions in Germany, Holland and the United Kingdom.