Album review

David Axelrod - Anthology II

The highlight of this latest trawl through Axelrod's finest work between 1967 and now is Cannonball Adderley's "Tensity", which, apart from inventing trip hop, features Adderley's most impassioned alto solo on record. Elsewhere, we hear subtly uneasy orchestral pieces ("The Sick Rose," "The Divine Image"), some fine pop-soul from Lou Rawls ("Dead End Street"), a beyond-bizarre silence-filled cover of "Good Day Sunshine" by one Ray Brown, and a couple of ominous pieces conducted by The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s David McCallum, one of which, "The Edge", turns out to be the basis for Dr Dre's "The Next Episode". Anxious but compelling music.

Rating: 4 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...