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Queen fans’ favourite lyric revealed

September 30, 2011

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A line from ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ has been voted as Queen’s best ever lyric.

A survey conducted by Island Records and music retailer HMV has found that “Don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball” is Queen fans’ favourite line.

Written by Freddie Mercury, and featured as the twelfth track on the band’s 1978 album Jazz, ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ was released as a single on 26 January 1979. It reached No. 9 on the UK singles chart.

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Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse ‘Body and Soul’ duet released as a charity single

September 15, 2011

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A recording of the 1930s jazz standard  ‘Body and Soul’, featuring Amy Winehouse and jazz legend Tony Bennett, is being released as a charity single.

Proceeds from sales of the record will go toward a foundation and rehab centre for young people being set up in the late singer’s honour by her father, Mitch Winehouse.

Bennett, who celebrated his 85th birthday on 3 August, recorded the duet with Amy at London’s Abbey Road Studios in March for his new album, Duets II, which will be released on September 20.

The track was one of Amy Winehouse’s last recordings prior to her death on 23 July at the age of 27.

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Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson added to Original Jazz Classics Remasters series

March 19, 2011

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The classic Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson album, Ella and Oscar, is one of four new titles added to the highly successful Original Jazz Classics Remasters series this month.

Originally launched in March 2010, and enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, the series showcases some of the most pivotal recordings of the past several decades by artists whose influence on jazz is beyond measure.

Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson recorded Ella and Oscar in May 1975. Produced by jazz impresario Norman Granz, the album is a series of duets that enlist the aid of bassist Ray Brown on four of the original nine tracks. Brown also appears on two of the four previously unreleased bonus tracks included in the reissue.

In his new liner notes for the reissued album, Tad Hershorn observes: “The selections that make up Ella and Oscar, as well as the casual ambience of the exchange between singer, pianist, and bassist Ray Brown . . . beckons the listener to enjoy this meeting of musical minds that could have taken place in Ella’s living room in Beverly Hills or Oscar’s home in Mississauga, Ontario, rather than in a recording studio.

“The interaction between Fitzgerald, Peterson, and Brown accomplishes two ends. It reveals the creative improvisational process while delivering a finished definitive product destined to linger in the annals of jazz vocals. The spare directness of these recordings lays bare the emotions contained in the songs themselves with few frills.”

The bonus tracks are alternate takes that underscore the fact that both artists were true masters of the art of jazz improvisation. Each take captures the spontaneity and in-the-moment creativity that are hallmarks of the greatest jazz artists and timeless jazz recordings.

The other new titles being added to the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series are: Ugetsu by Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Monk’s Music by Thelonious Monk, and Cal Tjader/Stan Getz Sextet.

“In keeping with the philosophy behind the series, we continue to showcase the best – and in some cases, the most influential — recordings by some of the most legendary artists in jazz,” says Nick Phillips, Vice President of Jazz and Catalogue A&R at Concord Music Group and producer of the Original Jazz Classics Remasters series. “After 14 titles in a span of 12 months, there’s obviously no lack of high calibre artists and excellent material in the Concord vaults to draw from.”

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