gullbuy music review

July 21, 2006


title:: Happy Without You Remixes
label:: 679 Recordings

Happy Without You Remixes contains three remixes of the song Happy Without You from Annie's Anniemal record.

Two of the mixes are done by Grand Central recording artist Riton (Henry Smithson) from Manchester in the UK. The third mix is by French artist Sebastian.

Bobbie Gentry

title:: The Delta Sweete / Local Gentry
label:: Raven Records

Between the swampy-tinged country folk hit Ode to Billie Joe in 1967 and her duets with Glen Campbell in 1968 that she is most remembered for, Bobbie Gentry released two albums in 1968 collected here on cd for the first time.

Each album here features Gentry's acoustic guitar with string arrangements for an interesting hybrid sound that has never really been replicated.

Green & Blue: Loco Dice & Ricardo Villalobos in the Mix

various artists
label:: Cocoon Records

Green and Blue is a two CD set of live club DJ set recordings by Loco Dice (Dusseldorf) and Ricardo Villalobos (Chile). Both DJs bring a minimal aesthetic to house styled music.

The sets are filled with artists you probably have not heard of, but the tracks are meant to blend into a whole (which they do, nicely!), so it doesn't really matter whether you are familiar with the individual artists or not.

Planning to Rock

title:: Have it All
label:: Chicks On Speed Records

Planning To Rock is Janine Roston, from Berlin.

The music is off, kind of like the Boston band Phenomenological Boys combined with Angie Reed. There are hints of Kevin Blechdom, Pop-off Tuesday, and straight off ocapella.

The Specials

title:: Greatest Hits
label:: Fantastic Price Records

Produced by Oingo Boingo's John Avila, The Specials Greatest Hits contains tracks recorded recently (2003?) without Jerry Dammers (keys) or vocalist Terry Hall in the band.

The so-called greatest hits offered on this CD are NOT the versions you know and love.