“Pump It Up” and “Lipstick Vogue” reveal Elvis Costello’s songwriting skills had reached a higher level. His then-new band, The Attractions, also helped kick it up a few notches.
Though The Beatles disbanded decades ago, they’re nevertheless responsible for two current Grammy nominations: Director Ron Howard’s thrilling documentary The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years (Best Music Film) and John Daversa’s daring Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles (Best Large Jazz Ensemble
As long as there have been records, there have been concept albums. As early as Frank Sinatra’s In the Wee Small Hours, with its songs about lost love, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ themed albums (Going Places, Whipped Cream and Other Delights), and Ella
There have been plenty of killer pop music cameos, famous voices showing up as background singers – musical moments that can make you ask, “Wait, wasn’t that…?” Mick Jagger on Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” John Lennon on Bowie’s “Fame,” Christine McVie on Bob Welch’s
The most surprising thing about Pure McCartney is how long it took – relative to artists of comparable stature – for a box set retrospective of Paul McCartney‘s full career (so far) to be released. 2001’s Wingspan was a terrific collection of McCartney’s post-Beatles work,