The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 143
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 143

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 3J y 4 CI Boxed sets providing i 1 historic perspective Marilyn Home mezzo-soprano with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra Jose Molina conductor MONDAY DEC 15 8 PM it s u 1 1 Uberactx Liza Mindg Barbra Streisand, Elvis, Columbo, & featuring... i JAX. AiIImiiiiii A program of Songs and Opera Arias including "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" Reflections KRAVIS Presents ic of the 6-25 OV TUE. - FRI. Limited (56n832-SHOW Now on Sale at the 1 R(im KRAVIS 1 KRAVIS CENTER B0X 0FFICE 1 -lc5UU)-IVKAVl&-1 7Q1 Okeechobee Blvd West Palm Beach r SAT 2:00 P.M 8:00 P.M. SUN 2:00 P.M 7:00 P.M. TICKETS NOW ON SALE tl9 00 jn Wfplrlav anrl Matmpp tf1; 00 Fnrbu anH ii P,o tatS REVUE aH Rat Pack and Friends, with Sammy, Frank and Dean! 8:oo P.M. H Fri., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Playhouse Box Office 800 - 647 - 6877 Additional service chan 1 tib m tea) - Kill lltUllIll mwmtii -.FOKD'ci: SI. TiCKe&fuu&srtsm qes may apply. M MX ieiiciv-' i from Samson et Dalila CENTER Remaining Tickets from $20 "e VM t& fit tm' ? 9 Iw&Hi .sv,-a '1' Pafii Beach County Florida TOBESrOFEVERYTHNG ATEllCTDEVHfnCOTCOUKlRjraiDnUjECT nmx 1 By J.D. Coflsidine The Baltimore Sun Boxed sets were conceived as aiway to sum up a career that was too big for a single "Greatest Hits" collection. I That's still the case to some degree, but there's also a strong historical element to the current generation of boxed sets. Here's a look at some of this season's boxed sets what they offer, what they lack, and whether they're worth the price: B I With selections chosen by the band and emphasizing live and lesser-known tracks, The Doors Box Set (Elektra) is as close to a radical rethink of the band as we're likely to get. Sure, it shows Jim Morrison at his most froth-ingly theatrical, ranting about sex and revolution, but Queen of the Highway Morrison presents him as a lounge-lizard king, a view that's as refreshing as it is funny. ' In among the previously unre-leased fare there's also a "new" Doors tune, Orange County Suite. With new instrumental tracks dubbed onto an old vocal, it's as convincing as the Beatles' Free As a Bird, though not quite as catchy. What you get: An insider's view of the band, emphasizing its instrumental daring and rabble-rousing theatrics. Plus a host of previously unreleased performances. 1 What you miss: Most of the major hits. ' Packaging: A 12- by 5-inch box with booklet and individual jewel boxes. ; Number of songs: 53. ; Number of CDs: Four. - Typical retail price: $51.99. 0 I Cream single-handedly put the "power" in power trio, upping the volume of British blues rock and making "heavy" one of rock's highest accolades. Guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker were the cream of the crop for British rock mid-60s, and made some amazing music in the 2Vi years they were together. Those Were the Days (Polydor) offers a near-complete overview, as well as some interesting oddities (would you believe Cream doing a jingle for Falstaff Beer?). What you get: All the studio recordings (including eight previously unreleased tracks), and most of the live ones (including an extended version of Toad). What you miss: The version of N.S. U. from Live Cream (the set includes a different concert recording of the song). Packaging: Booklet-style package. Number of songs: 63. Number of CDs: Three. Typical retail price: $43.99 D Like the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel's output has been a familiar part of the pop canon for so long it seems hard to imagine that there could be anything more to it. But there is, and Old Friends (Columbia) has it. In addition to crisp, detailed sound on familiar hits like Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Trouble Water, this painstakingly remastered set includes an impressive array of unreleased tracks. , Minor gripe: Even with the unreleased material, there's still room enough on these CDs for all of Simon & Garfunkel's output. So why isn't it here? ; What you get: All the big hits and best-known numbers, plus 15 previously unreleased live performances and demos. I What you miss: 14 original album track s, including April Come She Will, A Simple Desultory Philippic and A Song for the Asking. . Packaging: Booklet-style package, liner notes by David rncke. Number of songs: 59. Number of CDs: Three. Typical retail price: $43.99. Chart success isn't always the best measure of a singer s sue cess. Just look at Dusty Springfield. From a Billboard Top-40 perspective, she was a minor player at best, generating just 11 hits (ii in Britain;, only three ot which cracked the Top 10. From an artistic standpoint, however, Springfield was a marvel, a singer as at home with a Burt Bacharach ballad like Anyone Who Had a Heart as with a blue-eyed soul classic like Son of a freacher Man. The Dustv Shrinefield Anthnla r cv gy (MercuryChronicles) serves up the hill measure of this remark able singer and will make atten tive listeners think twice about marginalizing her. What you get: A career-span ning sample that would please even tan-club members. What you miss: An auto graph? Packaging: Slipcover with fold-out cardboard wallet. Number of songs: 77. Number of CDs: Three. Typical retail price: $43.99. Ever have a friend make a mix tape for you, one that pulled together every minor hit and half-forgotten gem you ever loved? That's the net effect of Beg, Scream & Shout: The Big 01' Box of '60s Soul (Rhino) a '60s soul collection that skips all the obvious choices yet manages to seem absolutely essential anyway. The set is broken up into three sections: Beg, which focuses on soul ballads; Scream, which emphasizes vocal virtuosity; and Shout, which is all about putting rhythm behind the blues. It's chock-a-block with the sort of classics only connoisseurs know, from Eddie Holman's Hey There, Lonely Girl to Edwin Starr's Agent Dou-ble-0-Soul. What you get: Twelve dozen '60s soul classics. What you miss: A time when radio stations still played such songs. Packaging: The set comes two ways, either in a 5-by-5 slipcover or in a deluxe "singles box" package that loads each disc into a holder in the shape of a 45, plus a booklet and a box of "soul cards." Number of songs: 144. Number of CDs: Six. Typical retail price: $99.99. There was a time, back in the '70s, when Philadelphia was Soul City No. 1. Thanks to Billy Paul, O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the Three Degrees and MFSB, the Philly Soul sound virtually defined R&B sophistication in the early disco era. That sound was largely the work of producersongwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, whose signature sound an inspired blend of gospel emotionalism and lush, jazz-schooled sophistication made them a hit machine. The Philly Sound (Epic Legacy) traces the arc of their success, from early work like Expressway to Your Heart by the Soul Survivors, to the heyday of their label, Philadelphia International. There's not a clunker on the set, but there are enough gaps to leave fans wishing for a fourth disc. What you get: An overview of Gamble & Huff-produced R&B hits. What you miss: Not only are some of the biggest hits by the O'Jays missing, but there's no McFadden & Whitehead, or any of the solo work by Teddy Pender-grass or Patti LaBelle. Packaging: Booklet-style package with tribute-filled liner notes. Number of songs: 48. Number of CDs: Three. Typical retail price: $43.99. Sponsored 6y. First National in Palm Beach, First Union's Private Bank and The R.H. Norton Trust, with additional support from Hospice of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Mrs. Jack McPherson Media Sponsors: The Palm Beach Post and WPTV NewsChannel 5 NORTON MUSEUM OFART liwihaiHIiTtftttn A f '-W, : Available Mon. -thru IS ; at the Royal Poinciana 1 1 To charge by phone: (561) 966-3309 U CROUP SALES: (561) 659-3324 OUTSIDE PALM BEACH COUNTY: 1 teB 1 ... Itllf iftrv, S. MS 'v - ffiA I' 1 r i n - or is W t SfflWf S'iPSSSP'i E5 ftlmBeacliCajnn'Flocila U-S AIRWAY.' HUM MM AwtMiir fci .nmoiiiMi 1451 S.Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach 561-832-51 96 wmmmi - filf liltililir f Ainttitrir MAVIS Wi'.'f- Mill Home Anriquel -m0 Buy tickets now through noni Ticket mtn wKZ a filXt-rf Mill House Antique ImWM 4 " " ; Recommended Christmas albums " MELISSA MANCHESTER, Joy (Angel) ; ROBERTA FLACK, The Christmas Album (Angel) ; SWV, A Special Christmas (RCA) VARIOUS ARTISTS, Blue Yule (Rhino) I DWIGHT YOAKAM, Come on Christmas (Columbia) . JUDY COLLINS, Christmas at the Biltmore Estate (Elektra) ; VARIOUS ARTISTS, The Way in a Manger: A Country Christmas - (Reprise) ' ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, Merry Texas Christmas, Y'all (High Street) : JAYMZ BEE & THE ROYAL JELLY ORCHESTRA, A Christmas Cocktail , (MilanBMG) ; JEFFREY OSBORNE, Something Warm for Christmas (Modell) DALE WARLAND SINGERS, Carols for Christmas (d'note) ' CROVER WASHINGTON JR., Breath of Heaven (Columbia) JIM BRICKMAN, The Gift (Windham Hill) HANSON, Snowed In (Mercury) Palm Beach Post-Co News Servlct 5 r ft " .1 1' ' - ( enters Including Blurkhuster Music, Seam, Spec's Music. Peaches and select I'uhlix Super Markets in I'alin Beach and (9541 52.V.VMW in Broward C ounly or buy online at www.ticketmaster.cnni CHAR(;E-BY-PllONfc at (561 ) 6-3.109 X ', UK U ram warn uxinn'Mowa pm P...I.!i"M' a.P-, U S AIRWAY! ' " ' 1 i 1 1 ' ' 1 bW OMB

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