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A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection

A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection

A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection is a modest 60-track anthology of Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' diverse label. Chronologically speaking, it begins with Alpert and his Tijuana Brass' "The Lonely Bull [El Solo Toro]" and concludes with


A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection is a modest 60-track anthology of Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss' diverse label. Chronologically speaking, it begins with Alpert and his Tijuana Brass' "The Lonely Bull [El Solo Toro]" and concludes with Barry White's "Practice What You Preach," so it could have been released in late 1994, a few years prior to the Polygram-Universal merger that gutted the label. This isn't billed as a definitive compilation. The liner notes refer to it as a "sampling," and it's formatted as such, with each disc of the CD version given a loose theme and some peculiar sequencing, like disc two, aka A Mission to Rock, which features Joe Jackson's not-very-rocking "Steppin' Out" (1982) between Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" (1972) and the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Hot Burrito #1" (1969). More selections come from the '70s than the '60s and '80s combined, while the '90s get something of a short shrift, with neither the Gin Blossoms nor Blues Traveler represented. There's no obvious label aesthetic that runs through all of the music, but the A&M roster did have a singular assortment of critical and popular favorites, from Captain Beefheart (not included) to Carpenters, and from Milton Nascimento to Styx. Mainstream rap excepted, A&M covered every development and radio format in popular music -- including bossa nova, AM pop, folk-rock, singer/songwriter, soft rock, quiet storm, stadium rock, smooth jazz, new wave, and grunge -- with significant contributors. There is no way a generalist A&M overview could have been assembled without appealing to anyone other than a voracious pop music nerd. This certainly does the trick (and retailed for a price significantly lower than a full-price two-disc set). Maybe a second volume will have room for Beefheart, Melvin Van Peebles, the Tubes, the Blue Nile, Double, Intelligent Hoodlum, Swervedriver, and Vesta.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claus Ogerman   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Carl Smith   Composer
Joan Baez   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer
Neil Sedaka   Composer
Jorge Ben   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Herb Alpert   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Joan Armatrading   Composer
David Baerwald   Composer
Captain & Tennille   Producer
Chris de Burgh   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Dave Edmunds   Producer
Peter Frampton   Composer,Producer
Free   Producer
Roger Hodgson   Composer
Human League   Producer
Janet Jackson   Composer,Producer
Joe Jackson   Composer
Jesse Johnson   Composer,Producer
Gerald Levert   Composer,Producer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Police   Producer
Billy Preston   Composer,Producer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Linda Ronstadt   Producer
Soundgarden   Producer
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Sting   Composer,Producer
Styx   Arranger,Producer
Supertramp   Producer
UB40   Producer
Suzanne Vega   Composer
Barry White   Composer,Producer
Tom Coster   Composer
George Duke   Producer
Stan Getz   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer,Producer
Chuck Mangione   Composer,Producer
Hugh Masekela   Arranger
Gene Lees   Composer
Bobby Martin   Producer
Frank Sullivan   Composer
Ce Ce Peniston   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer,Producer
Lani Hall   Composer
Bell & James   Producer
Gary Brooker   Composer
Dennis DeYoung   Composer
Keith Forsey   Composer,Producer
Andy Fraser   Composer
Larry Lee   Composer
Steve Marriott   Composer
Jim Peterik   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Arranger,Orchestration
Sheryl Crow   Composer
Philip Oakey   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Steve Addabbo   Producer
David Anderle   Producer
Andy Armer   Composer
Don Barnes   Composer,Producer
Eduardo del Barrio   Composer
Michael Beinhorn   Producer
Leroy Bell   Composer
Bill Bottrell   Composer,Producer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
John Callis   Composer
Jeff Carlisi   Composer,Producer
Steve Cash   Composer
Manny Charlton   Producer
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Bob Clearmountain   Producer
Denny Cordell   Producer
Chris Cornell   Composer
Jack Daugherty   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Rick Davies   Composer
Chris Difford   Composer
Chris Ethridge   Composer
Ray Falconer   Producer
Neil Finn   Composer
Bruce Fisher   Composer
Sylvia Fricker   Composer
Steve Gadd   Composer
Eric Gale   Composer
Kevin Gilbert   Composer
Glyn Johns   Producer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Len Ron Hanks   Composer
Paul Hardiman   Producer
Gary Jackson   Composer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Casey James   Composer
David Jenkins   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
George Johnson   Composer
Louis Johnson   Composer
Lenny Kaye   Producer
David Kershenbaum   Producer
Sol Lake   Composer
Cory Lerios   Composer
Stewart Levine   Producer
Irwin Levine   Composer
Henry Lewy   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
Wayne Lewis   Composer,Producer
Larry Marks   Producer
George Massenburg   Producer
Rodney Mills   Producer
Jerry Moss   Producer
Edwin Nicholas   Composer
Jeffrey Osborne   Composer
Keith Reid   Composer
Martin Rushent   Producer
Paul Samwell-Smith   Producer
Steve Schiff   Composer
Peter Schless   Composer
Bill Schnee   Producer
Caiphus Semenya   Arranger,Producer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Richard Tee   Composer
David Tickle   Producer
Glenn Tilbrook   Composer
Jim Vallance   Composer
Gino Vannelli   Producer
Joe Vannelli   Producer
Ross Vannelli   Composer,Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
Toni Wine   Composer
John McClain   Producer
Frank Werber   Producer
James Harris   Composer
R.K. Jackson   Composer,Producer
Raynard Miner   Composer
Zane Grey   Composer
Chris Thomas   Producer
Philip Wright   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer
David Lewis   Composer,Producer
Barry Korkin   Compilation Supervisor
Tony Nicholas   Producer
Rudy Clark   Composer
Ralph Bailey   Composer
Wayne Carson Thompson   Composer
Sonora Sam   Composer
Fernando Brant   Composer
Wyn Cooper   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Pete Henderson   Producer
Ken Williams   Composer
John Kelly   Producer
Randy Alpert   Composer,Producer
Michele Horie   Producer
Ralph McDonald   Composer
Pete Smith   Producer
E.L. Linnear   Composer
Jeff Ayeroff   Art Direction
Felipe Delgado   Composer,Producer
Keith Thomas   Composer,Producer
Russell Kunkel   Producer
Du Bose Hayward   Composer
Nickolas Ashford   Composer
Burritos   Producer
Sujata Murthy   Publicity
Forrest Lockwood   Licensing
Willis Ramsey   Composer
Pie   Producer
Bernie Gelb   Executive Producer

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