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Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary
0. DISC 1:
1. Yakety Yak - The Coasters
2. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
3. Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
4. Stand by Me - Ben E. King
5. In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
6. I Got You Babe - Sonny Bono/Cher/Sonny & Cher
7. When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
8. Respect - Aretha Franklin
9. Soul Man - Sam & Dave
10. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
11. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
12. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - David Crosby/Graham Nash/Stephen Stills/Crosby, Stills & Nash
13. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
14. Brown Sugar - The Rolling Stones
0. DISC 2:
1. Layla - Derek & the Dominos
2. Roundabout - Yes
3. Freak, Le - Chic
4. We Are Family - Sister Sledge
5. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty
6. In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
7. I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner
8. Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
9. Silent All These Years - Tori Amos
10. Baby - Brandy
11. Hold My Hand - Hootie & the Blowfish
12. Who Will Save Your Soul - Jewel
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83088
Producers include: Ahmet Ertegun, Jerry Wexler, Jimmy Miller, Nile Rodgers, Arif Mardin.
Includes liner notes by Dave Marsh.
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Jimmy Page (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Dave Marsh .
Unknown Contributor Role: Ted Jensen.
Adequately covering the rich legacy of Atlantic Records' first 50 years over only two CDs is an impossible task, even concentrating only on rock and R&B, so it would be difficult to expect Atlantic Records 50 Years: Gold Anniversary to offer anything more than a cursory overview. The compilation does illustrate the incredible depth and diversity of talent that the label has maintained over the years, even if it doesn't come anywhere near a coherent presentation of that talent. Instead, 50 Years skims a sampling of some of the best and best-known songs from throughout the company's history. The first disc concentrates primarily on Atlantic's rich catalog of R&B and soul music from the '50s and '60s (a greater portion of which easily filled a hugely entertaining nine-CD box set) and moves into seminal rock legends like Cream, CSNY, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones -- all represented by only one song apiece. The second disc is wildly varied, featuring prog-rock from Yes, a couple of disco hits, and mainstream pop/rock from the '80s, as well as a few selections from Atlantic's most popular '90s artists (Tori Amos, Hootie and the Blowfish, Brandy, Jewel). So the problem certainly isn't with the quality of the music; it's just that there are so many different musical styles represented here that the set can't present them in any sort of context. Nearly all of these artists have a great deal more quality material out there, certainly enough that having one cut from each is hardly a satisfying proposition; moreover, there are various-artists compilations covering most of these styles in more coherent fashion. However, even if it isn't at all unified, Atlantic Records 50 Years undeniably possesses a wealth of great music. ~ Steve Huey
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