THE ESSENTIALS FROM SONY/LEGACY…Doris Day, Bob Dylan, Earth Wind and Fire, Julio Iglesias, Sade

Wanna try an artist that you’re not familiar with, but don’t want to shell out major bucks? Step right up!

Doris Day’s one of the most underappreciated vocalists around. She did some great pieces during the end of the Swing Era like “Sentimental Journey,” and then went to become a virgin in the 50s and did things like “Pillow Talk” and “Que Sera Sera.” Most impressive here are a collection of duets with Buddy Clark and a nice nostalgic piece with Sinatra on “Let’s Take An Old-Fashioned Walk.” Lots to like here!\

If you passed on the 10,000 volume set of the Complete Bob Dylan on Columbia last year, and still want to see what the bid deal is about him, this 2 cd set is a great deal. Songs from his folk period, like “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’” still sound relevant, as does his”plugged in” era with “Like a Rolling Stone.” Did you know that “Rainy Day Women # 12 & 36” refers to being stoned by zealots, and not by weed? He was one of the first, if not THE first, songwriter to make his songs sound personal, as on the vindictive “Positively 4th Street.”His lyrics, while his voice slowly deteriorated over the years, sounds more poignant as the years pass.

Earth Wind and Fire make a strong case for having their tunes done by some jazz vocalist. These tunes, particularly from the 70s are just a kick! The patented falsetto harmonies, the clipped vocal deliveries and the total FUNK feel is simply irresistible. “Mighty Mighty” and “That’s The Way of the World” sound fresher than any R&B stuff put out today, and “Boogie Wonderland” says more about a generation that the entire Widipedia. Get ready to get out the Afro Sheen!

I never understood what it was about Julio Iglesias. Like Boz Scaggs and James Taylor, his popularity, especially with women, baffles me. I once asked my wife about it, and all she said was, “I’m your wife, and if I have to explain it to you, you’ll never get it.” Songs like “Hey” are subtle and sweet, and “Moralito” is joyful. And, who hasn’t sung “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before.” The first disc is pop hits, and the second is the Latin Lover. Make your call; I guarantee your girlfriend or wife wants this one!

The British vocalist Sade came and went, and I wish she’d come back. She had (has?) a sexy and husky voice, and her tunes were sensuous in their rhythm and delivery. All of the hits like “Your Love Is King” and “Hang on to Your Love” are included here, while a couple of remixes, such as “The Moon and the Sky” with  Jay Z stand out like a sore thumb. This set makes you want to pull out of her Garbo and end the reclusiveness.

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