Non-Classical Top 10
The Non-Classical Top Ten lists the albums which have proved most popular in the last month and might give you some good ideas for your next purchase. It covers jazz, but rock & pop, blues, electronica, folk and many more genres.
1 Rosanne Cash - The River and The Thread (Deluxe version)
Inspired by swampy delta blues, gospel, Appalachian folk, country and rock, Rosanne Cash has created an impressive and rich contemporary collection of songs. The album richly evokes the Southern landscape - physical, musical, emotional - and examines the indelible impressions it has made on her.
'Mesmerizing...Cash paints her masterpiece.' UNCUT
2 The Rolling Stones - GRRR!
GRRR! tells the fascinating ongoing story of the Greatest Rock'n'Roll Band In The World, from their high octane version of Chuck Berry's ‘Come On', their first single issued in June 1963, via the thrilling chart-toppers ‘The Last Time', ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' all the way to the present day with the inclusion of two new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris, France in August 2012.
3 Susan Wong - My Live Stories
Recorded live at the world famous Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, USA, 'My Live Stories' sees Susan re-visit some of her best-loved songs with an ensemble of top-notch session musicians. Enjoying the benefits of a first-class recording environment (a studio within a 100 year old converted church no less!), Susan's soft and sultry vocal style is captured at its best.
4 Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book
‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book' treats the listener to over three hours of Ella singing some of the best popular songs ever written. This extensive collection, recorded with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, led Ira to say that he had ‘never known how good our songs were until I heard Ella sing them'. Ella's recording of 'But Not for Me' won her the 1960 GRAMMY Award for ‘Best Female Vocal Performance'.
5 Mark Knopfler - Privateering
'Privateering' is Mark Knopfler's first double album in a 35-year recording career. These 20 tracks of consummately crafted folk, blues, country and rock originals reflect the creative exuberance of an artist whose exceptional abilities were recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Ivor Novellos. Recorded in Mark's own studio, British Grove, 'Privateering' is a smart, subtle, soulful and utterly superb collection of songs from a class act with an unbeatable band. These are tough tales of real people, living hard lives in difficult times. And it is all carried off with the self-confident bravado of a latter-day privateer.
6 Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene
Oxygene is a lush combination of purring electronic beats and waves from the iconic French musician, Jean-Michel Jarre. With over 14 million copies sold so far, Oxygene has been described as leading the 'synthesizer revolution of the Seventies' and is the best selling French album of all time.
7 Lawson Rollins - Full Circle
Described as ‘simply dazzling' by Guitar Player Magazine, Lawson Rollins returns to his roots on his latest release, ‘Full Circle'. The twelve tightly focused tracks feature his distinctive guitar work set against a back drop of world beat rhythms and intimate ensemble instrumentation.
‘Rollins' pristine and masterful picking on acoustic and electric guitars is the common thread running through all his work...mesmerizing.' Jazziz Magazine
8 Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue
Nina Simone's debut album features her signature song 'My Baby Just Cares for Me'. She uses her rich evocative contralto to run the gamut from lament for love gone bad in 'Don't Smoke in Bed' and the heart rending plea of 'I Loves You Porgy', to the jumping 'Love Me Or Leave Me'. There is a wink in her tinkling, joyful romp though 'My Baby Just Cares for Me', while her 'Plain Gold Ring' feels at times like a native chant.
'For a recording made in 1957 the sound quality is just superb...what a debut.' S Gilles, Linn customer
9 Royal Wood - We Were Born To Glory
Canada's Royal Wood has enjoyed critical acclaim and chart success for his latest album, ‘We Were Born To Glory', which was nominated for ‘Adult Alternative Album of the Year' at the 2013 Juno Awards. An experienced and talented songwriter (Royal is a past recipient of iTunes' 'Songwriter of the Year' Award) whose sincere, optimistic and refreshing songs result in a hugely enjoyable, classy and cohesive album. Highly recommended!
‘Sophisticated, smart, and catchy as all-get-out.' Canadian Blog Spot
10 Mogwai - Rave Tapes
‘Rave Tapes', produced by longtime Mogwai associate (and Delgados drummer) Paul Savage, is widely considered the band's most complete collection to date.
‘Rave Tapes finds its makers matching grace and irreverence, noise and beauty with
the don't-give-a-f*ck bravado of people who can only know better.' ClashMusic.com