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 Deep Purple - Made In Japan
The deluxe edition of Deep Purple's classic live album is now on sale and includes a remastered version as well as the original 1972 mix, both in Studio Master. Frequently cited as one of the greatest live albums of all time, 'Made In Japan' captures Deep Purple at their entertaining best. The relentless energy of 'Highway Star' and 'Space Truckin'' is all the more apparent on the remastered version while passages of improvisation on 'Lazy' show how great a live band Deep Purple were in their prime.
2 Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
Norah Jones' tasteful blend of jazz, folk and Americana styles in 'Feels Like Home' has been a great success, selling over 12 million copies worldwide with the opening track, 'Sunrise' winning her a Grammy for 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance' in 2004. Her memorable collaboration with Glastonbury crowd-pleaser Dolly Parton on 'Creepin'' won a Grammy nomination for 'Best Country Collaboration With Vocals'. Fans of Jones' folky, jazz style will enjoy songs like 'In The Morning' and 'Above Ground'.
3 Dougie MacLean - Till Tomorrow
Originally famed for writing the song Caledonia, Dougie has teamed up with conductor John Logan and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to bring a new and beautiful symphonic dimension to his best-loved songs on his debut recording with Linn Records.
'Of course Caledonia is here, in what may well be its definitive version - and alongside the title track, it is one of the highlights of an excellent disc.' The Herald
4 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.
5 Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Originally released at the end of 1973 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' was the crowning moment of an upward trajectory marking the unstoppable rise of Elton John. It gave the world the global smashes 'Candle In The Wind', 'Bennie & The Jets', 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting', and the soaring title track. Having already sold more than 30 million copies worldwide this celebrated album has now been re-released to mark its 40th Anniversary.
6 Helge Lien Trio - Badgers And Other Beings
Bringing their world-class songwriting and musicianship to bear on ten new songs is the hugely popular Helge Lien Trio. Think E.S.T. with Bill Evans' lyricism and Keith Jarret's storytelling thrown in and you have Helge Lien's distinctly Nordic jazz trio sound. With a new drummer on board bringing new ideas and power to the group, 'Badgers And Other Beings' is both experimental and playful, surprising and pleasing.
'[Lien's] playing has a really dynamic feel to it and a deftness of touch that sets him apart.' Hifi Pig
7 Agnes Obel - Aventine
Well known in her native Denmark, Agnes Obel is a multi-award winning singer whose original song writing is at the heart of ‘Aventine', her sophomore album. A beautiful and cohesive collection ‘Aventine' is intriguingly unhurried and possesses an ethereal quality. Agnes has created a cinematographic feel throughout the album with songs that are filmic in their evocation of stories, images and moods.
‘...exquisite arrangements...a wonderful album.' The Guardian
8 Gjertrud Lunde - Hjemklang
Gjertrud Lunde presents a timeless album which is a sensitive blend of jazz, classical, pop and world music. Her soulful compositions are skilfully expressed and blended with groovy beats to create a musical language that exceeds artistic, stylistic and national boundaries in an effortless manner.
An excellent four-piece band adds a wide range of expression to Gjertrud Lunde's voice.
9 John Verity - Tone Hound
After the success of 'It's A Mean Old Scene' in 2011, John Verity returns with ‘Tone Hound' which sees the bluesman explore classics such as ‘I Put A Spell On You' and ‘Love Hurts' alongside brand new material including the stand out track ‘Would You?'. The veteran performer explains ‘I tried to get the feel of an old Stax record on this one, and to that end we used a real brass section - none of your keyboard nonsense!'
10 Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene
Jean-Michel Jarre's multi-million selling debut album is at number 10. ‘Oxygene' led the synthesizer revolution of the seventies and launched Jarre as the pioneer of electronic and synth-pop music.
'It has withstood the test of time and the evolution of digital electronica...innocence and freshness provide most of its charm. Jarre's techniques and ability provide the rest.' AllMusic.com