Review: By the time that Donald Byrd's Street Lady was released in 1973, the legendary jazz musician and producer had already racked up about 20 albums to his name, and the 70s marked his entrance into the funkier side of the genre. Street Lady is still one of his most relevant albums to date, possibly residing in the bag of just about every DJ who plays on vinyl, and has been sampled by a rather considerable amount of producers, too. The opening tune "Lansana's Priestess", for instance, was used in the cleverest of ways by Detroit house and techno producer Theo Parrish, while tunes like "Miss Kane" and "Sister Love" remain as monumental pillars of the scene. "Street Lady" is as iconic now as it was back in '73, with the same going for the experimental sounds of "Witch Hunt", while "Woman Of The World" ends on a gentle, euphoric stride. Unmissable, of course.
The Albuquerque Concert (Livemiles part 1 - part 1) (14:22)
The Albuquerque Concert (part 2) (15:29)
The West Berlin Open Air Concert (Livemiles part 2 - part 1) (16:59)
The West Berlin Open Air Concert (part 2) (10:17)
Review: Dating from Tangerine Dream's infamous "blue period", 1988's "Livemiles" originally squeezed recordings from two iconic concerts - one in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1986, the other in West Berlin in 1987 - onto one slab of wax. Given that both recordings hover around the 30-minute mark, this resulted in pretty rubbish sound. This reissue addresses this issue, splitting each recording into two parts for a louder cut. Musically, it's what you'd expect from Tangerine Dream in this period, ebbing and flowing between Fairlight and Atari ST-driven electronic rhythms and blissful ambient soundscapes. It's all very positive in the manner of, say, Jean Michel-Jarre, rather than the more droning and atmospheric, krautrock-influenced feel of their 1970s work.