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Nico Muhly (1981-)
Philip Glass (1937-)

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Back when I was kid, my mom had a Makeba album we liked, I think it was this one, but I'm not sure. I bought a cheap box set that had her first 5 albums to make sure! :unsure: I haven't listened in decades. Enjoying it so far! :)
ETA: Not the album, but a good listen.

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Streamed via Amazon, not in the box set. This is probably the album my mom had, but it's been so long that the only song I recognize is "The Click Song." There are a couple more that sound familiar.
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Golden Road is the third studio album by Australian country music singer Keith Urban, released in 2002.

This album produced four singles: "Somebody Like You", "Raining on Sunday", "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me", and "You'll Think of Me", which all made it to the Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. "Somebody Like You", "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me", and "You'll Think of Me" all reached Number One, while "Raining on Sunday" peaked at number three. "Raining on Sunday" features backing vocals from Darius Rucker of Hootie & the Blowfish.

The song "You Look Good in My Shirt" was originally slated to be the album's fifth single; however, Capitol Nashville instead chose to release a single from a new album. The song charted from unsolicited airplay. Urban re-recorded the song in 2008 for his Greatest Hits. The re-recorded version was a Number One single in 2008.

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Keith Urban's second release for Capitol Records is an early yet devastatingly original piece of work that pointed the way toward his later albums, and it proves him partially responsible for the diverse musical traditions that made their way into the contemporary country scene during the 21st century. While others like Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Travis Tritt modeled a sound that included Southern and '70s rock, Urban brought bluegrass, Top 40 pop stylings, and drum loops into the mix, and made them all work in his own songs as well as those he covered.
Produced by Urban and Dan Huff, Golden Road is the first place listeners really get to hear the monster guitar slash-and-burn that's so prevalent in his live performances. The album contains two Urban originals in the beautiful, lithe ballad "You're Not Alone Tonight" and the shuffling soft rocker "Song for Dad," both of which showcase the blend of sounds he would later employ as his own trademark mix. The set also contains a pair of excellent cuts by Rodney Crowell, which are particularly suitable, and perhaps were even tailor-made for Urban in "You Won" and "What About Me." The ballad "Raining on Sunday" was originally written by Darrell Brown, as was the other single "You'll Think of Me." Tony Martin's "You Look Good in My Shirt" is a delightfully stinging rocker, and Monty Powell's "Who Wouldn't Want to Be Me" is another, with Urban playing the strings off his banjo as well as electric guitar.

Although his later records were bigger hits, this one is consistent enough -- and full of such charm and personality -- that it's difficult to believe Urban didn't write everything here. That he owns these songs as if he did write them makes Golden Road a lasting early achievement.

Keith Urban (age 53) is a New Zealand-born Australian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, charting four singles in Australia before moving to the United States the following year. He found work as a session guitarist before starting a band. Urban made his solo American debut in 1999.

Urban is a citizen of New Zealand, his place of birth, as well as a citizen of both Australia and the United States.

While living in Nashville, Urban frequently used cocaine. After reaching a personal low point in 1998, he checked into a treatment center in Nashville. He married Nicole Kidman on 25 June 2006. On 19 October 2006, Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center. Kidman gave birth to their daughter in 2008. In 2010, Urban and Kidman had a second daughter by surrogate.

He has charted 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs chart, 18 of which went to Number One.

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The Best of Kansas is the first compilation album from the American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1984.

The cover contains elements of nearly all previous Kansas album covers:
  • Kansas: Abolitionist John Brown, as portrayed in the John Steuart Curry mural Tragic Prelude.
  • Song for America: The bird depicted on the front cover of Song for America can be found on the back side, perched atop the track listing.
  • Masque: The outline of a fish appears in John Brown's beard. The "face" on the cover of Masque (Giuseppe Arcimboldo's Water) is composed of various marine life.
  • Leftoverture: The inkwell and scattered pages of sheet music appear on the back cover.
  • Point of Know Return: The ship tipping over the edge of the world is on the front.
  • Two for the Show: The spotlights, stage, curtains, and figures in the audience are all indirect references; On the back cover, there is a mop behind the interrogation chair, a reference to the cleaning ladies on the cover.
  • Monolith: On the back cover, the moon behind a shadow of the figure depicted on Monolith is seen through the open door.
  • Audio-Visions: On the back cover, at the right side, one of the two hands on the front cover of Audio-Visions is holding the curtain.
  • Vinyl Confessions: The interrogation chair is seen under a spotlight on the back cover.
  • Drastic Measures: The black tux and red bow-tie worn by the bazooka 'player' are worn by John Brown here.
The band has produced nine gold albums, three multi-platinum albums, and one platinum live double album, and a million-selling single, "Dust in the Wind". "Carry On Wayward Son" was the second-most-played track on US classic rock radio in 1995 and Number One in 1997.

Kansas appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the 1970s and 1980s

Berkeley Breathed, the creator of the Opus comic strip, revealed that "Opus was named after a Kansas song." From the band's 1976 album Leftoverture, the songs "Opus Insert" and the epic "Magnum Opus" could both be the inspiration for the name. He also added, "If you're too young to know who Kansas was, to hell with you."

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1972. Directed by Bob Fosse
I first saw Liza in Cabaret in 90s and she shocked me with her performance. To me she is a triple threat. She could dance, act and sing her a$$ off. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ This show is fantastic and shows her skills.
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Liza with a "Z" is a 1972 concert film made for television, starring Liza Minnelli, produced by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Fosse also directed and choreographed the concert, and Ebb wrote and arranged the music with his song-writing partner John Kander. All four had recently completed the successful film adaptation of Cabaret. According to Minnelli, Liza with a "Z" was "the first filmed concert on television".
Singer sponsored the production, even though producers did their best to prevent the sponsors from seeing rehearsals, fearing they would backout due to Minnelli's short skirts.
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Filmed on May 31 at the Lyceum Theatre in New York, after only eight weeks of rehearsals, the concert was shot with eight 16mm film cameras at the insistence of Fosse, in contrast to other television specials of the time which were all shot on videotape.
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Throughout the concert Minnelli sings and dances to a variety of popular songs, highlights from Cabaret, and material specifically written for her by Kander and Ebbโ€”most notably the title song.
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Minnelli is often accompanied on stage by dancers, backup singers, and musicians. Costumes were designed by Halston, who was also a friend of Minnelli. Marvin Hamlisch was selected by Kander and Ebb to be music coordinator.
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First broadcast by NBC on September 10, 1972, it went on to win four Emmys and a Peabody Award. Kay Gardella of the New York Daily News reviewed the film as being "sensational with an S."
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After the initial broadcast, NBC re-ran the concert only twice more and did not screen it again after 1973.
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The film was not seen for over thirty years and was thought lost until 1999, when Michael Arick discovered that Minnelli owned the copyright and the two set about restoring the negatives.

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We saw Kansas on the 'Point Of Know Return' tour, after the show we hung around waiting for the crowd to thin before heading out when they came back out and did a third encore....Magnum Opus/Father Padilla Meets the Perfect Gnat/Howling at the Moon '......of my concert highlights for sure.....
 
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