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Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary
     

Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary

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Adequately covering the rich legacy of Atlantic Records' first 50 years over only two CDs is an impossible task, even concentrating only on rock and R&B, so it would be difficult to expect Atlantic Records 50 Years: Gold Anniversary to offer anything more than a cursory overview. The compilation does illustrate the incredible depth and diversity of talent that

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Adequately covering the rich legacy of Atlantic Records' first 50 years over only two CDs is an impossible task, even concentrating only on rock and R&B, so it would be difficult to expect Atlantic Records 50 Years: Gold Anniversary to offer anything more than a cursory overview. The compilation does illustrate the incredible depth and diversity of talent that the label has maintained over the years, even if it doesn't come anywhere near a coherent presentation of that talent. Instead, 50 Years skims a sampling of some of the best and best-known songs from throughout the company's history. The first disc concentrates primarily on Atlantic's rich catalog of R&B and soul music from the '50s and '60s (a greater portion of which easily filled a hugely entertaining nine-CD box set) and moves into seminal rock legends like Cream, CSNY, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones -- all represented by only one song apiece. The second disc is wildly varied, featuring prog-rock from Yes, a couple of disco hits, and mainstream pop
ock from the '80s, as well as a few selections from Atlantic's most popular '90s artists (Tori Amos, Hootie and the Blowfish, Brandy, Jewel). So the problem certainly isn't with the quality of the music; it's just that there are so many different musical styles represented here that the set can't present them in any sort of context. Nearly all of these artists have a great deal more quality material out there, certainly enough that having one cut from each is hardly a satisfying proposition; moreover, there are various-artists compilations covering most of these styles in more coherent fashion. However, even if it isn't at all unified, Atlantic Records 50 Years undeniably possesses a wealth of great music.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/1998
Label:
Atlantic
UPC:
0075678308826
catalogNumber:
83088

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bette Midler   Track Performer
Ray Charles   Track Performer
Cher   Track Performer
Chic   Track Performer
Coasters   Track Performer
Phil Collins   Track Performer
Cream   Track Performer
Bobby Darin   Track Performer
Foreigner   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Ben E. King   Track Performer
Led Zeppelin   Track Performer
Stevie Nicks   Track Performer
Jimmy Page   Guitar
Tom Petty   Track Performer
Wilson Pickett   Track Performer
Otis Redding   Track Performer
Rolling Stones   Track Performer
Sam & Dave   Track Performer
Sister Sledge   Track Performer
Percy Sledge   Track Performer
Steve Stills   Track Performer
Yes   Track Performer
Tori Amos   Track Performer
Jewel   Track Performer
Hootie & the Blowfish   Track Performer
Sonny Bono   Track Performer
David Crosby   Track Performer
Derek & the Dominos   Track Performer
Brandy   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Jack Bruce   Composer
Phil Collins   Producer
Steve Cropper   Producer
Mick Jones   Producer
Graham Nash   Producer
Jimmy Page   Composer,Producer
Tom Petty   Producer
Robert Plant   Composer
Otis Redding   Producer
Steve Stills   Producer
Yes   Producer
Bernard Edwards   Producer
Marlin Greene   Producer
Jerry Leiber   Producer
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Davitt Sigerson   Producer
Ben Keith   Producer
John Paul Jones   Composer
Jimmy Miller   Producer
John Bonham   Composer
Sonny Bono   Composer,Producer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
David Crosby   Producer
Keith Crouch   Producer
Derek & the Dominos   Producer
Dominoes   Producer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Don Gehman   Producer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Trevor Horn   Producer
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Ted Jensen   Contributor
Arif Mardin   Producer
Eddy Offord   Producer
Felix Pappalardi   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Alex Sadkin   Producer
Jimmy Stewart   Producer
Mike Stoller   Producer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Jim Stewart   Producer
Quin Ivy   Producer
Dave Marsh   Liner Notes
Stax Staff   Producer
Jewel Kilcher   Composer

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Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every now and again, a label (especially one as big Atlantic) must issue an anniversary compilation to ensure that people know what kind of great music they produce. This CD set is very good: it's got Led Zeppelin, Hootie & the Blowfish, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Foreigner, and a lot of the primitive black R&B. Yes, it is very good, but don't overlook the fact that this release could have been better! Did the original 6-minute version of "What'd I Say" really make it big? Why not the original version of "In The Air Tonight" rather than the god-awful single mix? Remove the Chic and Sister Sledge numbers. Give us, say, Abba's "Dancing Queen" or something from the Allman Brothers Band. Perhaps there could be a trimmed version of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" or even one of those poppy Genesis numbers. I would have prefered "Hot Blooded" over "I Want To Know What Love Is." Or how about "Birdland" from the Manhattan Transfer or something big by Boney M.? And since when does Tori Amos have any big hits, let alone radio hits!?! Replace it with "Let My Love Open The Door" by Pete Townshend. Anyway, I still think it's a good CD, but I would have wanted to make those changes. Thanks for letting me rant.