Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/10/1998
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678308826
  • Catalog Number: 83088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Yakety Yak (1:50)
  2. 2 What'd I Say (6:28)
  3. 3 Mack the Knife (3:06)
  4. 4 Stand by Me - Ben E. King (2:55)
  5. 5 In the Midnight Hour (2:38)
  6. 6 I Got You Babe (3:09)
  7. 7 When a Man Loves a Woman (2:52)
  8. 8 Respect (2:23)
  9. 9 Soul Man (2:41)
  10. 10 (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay (2:41)
  11. 11 Sunshine of Your Love (4:12)
  12. 12 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (7:25)
  13. 13 Whole Lotta Love (6:09)
  14. 14 Brown Sugar (3:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Layla (7:06)
  2. 2 Roundabout (8:31)
  3. 3 Le Freak (3:34)
  4. 4 We Are Family (3:35)
  5. 5 Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (4:02)
  6. 6 In the Air Tonight (4:58)
  7. 7 I Want to Know What Love Is (5:04)
  8. 8 Wind Beneath My Wings (4:19)
  9. 9 Silent All These Years (4:12)
  10. 10 Baby - Brandy (5:13)
  11. 11 Hold My Hand (4:16)
  12. 12 Who Will Save Your Soul (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Track Performer
Ray Charles Track Performer
Cher Track Performer
Chic Track Performer
The 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
The 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
The 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great songs from a great label with great artists...not always though

    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.

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