Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set, Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set, Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the set. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 38-track Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999 is impressive. Beginning with Aerosmith's "Dream On" and ending with Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop That Thing," the collection covers a huge amount of ground, featuring not just major artists, but era-defining one-hit wonders. Sure, it's easy to spot omissions or quibble about the featured selections, but it's amazing to think that all these songs came from one group of labels. Some selections don't hold up -- Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" actually sounds more dated than anything from the late '70s -- but that's fine, since this winds up being a representative snapshot of mainstream pop in the last 25 years of the 20th century. After all, any collection that has Wild Cherry "Play That Funky Music", James Taylor "Your Smiling Face", Electric Light Orchestra "Don't Bring Me Down", Journey "Open Arms", Herbie Hancock "Rockit", Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias "To All the Girls I've Loved Before", New Kids on the Block "Step by Step", and Will Smith "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It", to name but a few, goes a long way in capturing how ephemeral, weird, and wonderful the '70s, '80s, and '90s could be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646579428
  • Catalog Number: 65794


Disc 1
  1. 1 Dream On (3:26)
  2. 2 Play That Funky Music (3:11)
  3. 3 Lowdown (3:18)
  4. 4 Boogie Nights - Heatwave (3:38)
  5. 5 Your Smiling Face - James Taylor (2:44)
  6. 6 Just the Way You Are (3:30)
  7. 7 Two Tickets to Paradise (3:58)
  8. 8 Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) (3:45)
  9. 9 Don't Bring Me Down (4:04)
  10. 10 Hungry Heart (3:21)
  11. 11 Guilty (4:23)
  12. 12 Keep on Loving You (3:22)
  13. 13 Open Arms - Journey (3:20)
  14. 14 Ebony and Ivory (3:43)
  15. 15 Rosanna - Toto (4:03)
  16. 16 Who Can It Be Now? (3:22)
  17. 17 Heartlight (4:24)
  18. 18 Rockit (3:56)
  19. 19 Girls Just Want to Have Fun (3:55)
  20. 20 Billie Jean (4:53)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Careless Whisper (5:05)
  2. 2 To All the Girls I've Loved Before (3:34)
  3. 3 Smooth Operator (4:16)
  4. 4 Wishing Well (3:32)
  5. 5 Anything for You (3:46)
  6. 6 Eternal Flame (3:56)
  7. 7 We Didn't Start the Fire (4:49)
  8. 8 How Am I Supposed to Live Without You (4:15)
  9. 9 Step by Step (4:27)
  10. 10 Black or White (3:22)
  11. 11 You Gotta Be (4:04)
  12. 12 Because You Loved Me (4:34)
  13. 13 Sunny Came Home (3:50)
  14. 14 Virtual Insanity (3:47)
  15. 15 My All (3:52)
  16. 16 Criminal (5:42)
  17. 17 Gettin' Jiggy Wit It (3:48)
  18. 18 Doo Wop (That Thing) (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie Nelson Vocals, Track Performer
Barbra Streisand Vocals, Track Performer
Daniel Ponce Bata
Aerosmith Track Performer
Bangles Track Performer
Michael Bolton Vocals, Track Performer
Shawn Colvin Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Neil Diamond Vocals, Track Performer
Celine Dion Vocals, Track Performer
Electric Light Orchestra Track Performer
Gloria Estefan Vocals, Track Performer
Heatwave Track Performer
Susanna Hoffs Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Michael Jackson Track Performer
Billy Joel Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Track Performer
Journey Track Performer
Cyndi Lauper Vocals, Track Performer
Jeff Lynne Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paul McCartney Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Track Performer, Vocoder
Men at Work Track Performer
Miami Sound Machine Track Performer
George Michael Vocals
Eddie Money Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Track Performer
New Kids on the Block Track Performer
Joe Perry Guitar, Background Vocals
Steve Perry Vocals
Sade Track Performer
Boz Scaggs Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Neal Schon Guitar, Vocals
Jules Shear Background Vocals
Bruce Springsteen Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer
James Taylor Track Performer
Toto Track Performer
Wham! Track Performer
Wild Cherry Track Performer
Herbie Hancock Emulator, Track Performer, Vocoder, fender rhodes, Fairlight CMI, Clavitar
Steve Khan Acoustic Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bill Laswell Bass
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Tom Scott Saxophone
Steve Smith Drums
Ellie Greenwich Background Vocals
Burt Bacharach Conductor
Julio Iglesias Vocals, Track Performer
David Foster Piano, Keyboards
Jonathan Cain Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
John Cameron Conductor
Louis Clark Conductor
Clarence Clemons Percussion, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Michael Thompson Guitar
Des'ree Vocals, Track Performer
Sue Ann Carwell Background Vocals
Marlon Jackson Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Louie Shelton Guitar
Barry Gibb Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Foreman Guitar
Sade Adu Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Avsec Keyboards
Terry Bailey Trumpet
Randy Barlow Trumpet
Eric Bazilian Bass, Guitar, Saxophone, Background Vocals, hooter
Michael Beinhorn Turntables, Mini Moog
Ernest Berger Drums
Bev Bevan Percussion, Drums
Roy Bittan Piano
George Bitzer Electric Piano
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer, Emulator
Terry Bradford Background Vocals
Lanar Brantley Bass
Alex Brown Background Vocals
David Brown Guitar
Kevin Calhoun Percussion
Ed Calle Saxophone
Mariah Carey Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Carl Carwell Background Vocals
Jorge Casas Bass
Lenny Castro Percussion, Conga
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Rick Chertoff Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Kevin Cronin Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Terence Trent D'Arby Percussion, Keyboards, Baritone Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Krystal Davis Background Vocals
John DeFaria Guitar
Liberty DeVitto Percussion, Drums
Schuyler Deale Bass
Paul S. Denman Bass
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Rick DiFonzo Guitar
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Neal Doughty Hammond Organ
Dave Early Percussion, Drums
Joe Eckert Horn
Emilio Estefan Jr. Percussion
Danny Federici Organ
Anton Fig Percussion, Drums
Steve Forman Percussion
Simon Franglen Synclavier
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Steve Gadd Drums
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Pete Glenister Guitar
Gary Grant Trumpet
Alan Gratzer Drums
Ed Greene Drums
Kelly Groucutt Bass
Andrew Hale Keyboards
Bruce Hall Bass
Greg Ham Flute, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Colin Hay Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Preston Heyman Drums
Jerry Hey Trumpet
Jim Horn Saxophone
Craig Hundley Synthesizer
David Hungate Bass
Joey Hunting Guitar
Rob Hyman Keyboards, Background Vocals
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Randy Jackson Background Vocals
Tito Jackson Background Vocals
Jeff Jacobs Synthesizer
Neil Jason Bass, Guitar
Eric Johns Guitar
Augie Johnson Background Vocals
Jason Kay Vocals
John Keane Drums
Tom Kelly Background Vocals
Bobby Kimball Vocals
Kofi Background Vocals
Danny Kortchmar Guitar
Joey Kramer Drums
Russ Kunkel Percussion, Drums
Joe Lala Shaker, kabassa
Michael Landau Guitar
John Leventhal Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Violin, Keyboards
Steve Lukather Guitar, Vocals
Clarence McDonald Piano
John Mahoney Keyboards
Mario Mantese Bass
Kate Markowitz Vocal Harmony
Stuart Matthewman Guitar, Trumpet, Saxophone
Marty McCall Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar
Sammy Merendino electronic percussion
Clive Mngaza Hi Hat
Teddy Mulet Trumpet
Randy Nichols Keyboards
Michael Omartian Keyboards
Rafael Padilla Percussion
Richard Page Background Vocals
David Paich Keyboards, Vocals, ARP, Mini Moog
James Pankow Trombone
Jeff Porcaro Percussion, Drums
Rob Parissi Guitar, Vocals
Alan Pasqua Keyboards
Shawn Pelton Drums
Debbi Peterson Drums, Vocals
Vicki Peterson Guitar, Vocals
Greg Phillinganes Synthesizer, Keyboards
Steve Porcaro Keyboards
James Poyser Piano, Celeste, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
REO Speedwagon Track Performer
Michael Rhodes Bass
Andrew Ridgley Guitar
Nambo Robinson Trombone
Dan Shea Synthesizer, Keyboards
Slash Guitar
Toby Smith Keyboards
Phil Spalding Bass
Jerry Speiser Drums, Vocals
Michael Steele Bass, Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer Bass
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Ron Strykert Guitar, Vocals
Fred Tackett Guitar
Crystal Taliefero Percussion, Background Vocals
Garry Tallent Bass
Richard Tandy Keyboards
Richard Tee Electric Piano
Rod Temperton Keyboards
Richard Termini Synthesizer
George Terry Guitar
Lonnie Turner Bass
Steven Tyler Vocals
Ross Valory Bass, Vocals
Steven Van Zandt Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Stevie Wonder Track Performer
Jamiroquai Track Performer
Gary Mallaber Percussion, Drums
George Bianchi Piano (Grand)
Paul Cooke Drums
Ashley Ingram Bass, Keyboards
Dan Rothchild Bass
Rob Laufer Guitar
J. Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Harold Cowart Bass
Jimmy Lyon Guitar
Jim Trompeter Keyboards
Ron Beitle Drums, Vocals
Jonathan Knight Vocals
Jordan Knight Vocals
John Rees Bass, Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Fiona Apple Vocals
Maxine Lewis Background Vocals
Enrique "Kiki" Garcia Drums
Lauryn Hill Vocals, Track Performer
Charles Berginc Horn
Jack Brandiar Horn
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont Background Vocals
Will Smith Vocals
DJ Supreme DJ
Derrick McKenzie Drums
Timothy "Tyme" Riley Keyboards
Alanna Capps Background Vocals
A. Jackson Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Rasheem "Kio" Pugh Background Vocals
Fundisha Johnson Background Vocals
Indigo Quartet Strings
Everol Ray Trumpet
Jenni Fujita Background Vocals
Joey McIntyre Vocals
Neil Steubenhaus Bass
Rick Singer Horn
DJ Jazzy Jeff scratching
Bryan Basset Guitar, Vocals
John Brio Drums, chamberlain
He-Man Broken Hearts Club Choir Background Vocals
Clay Otswald Keyboards
Tom Hamilton Bass
Simon Katz Guitar
Technical Credits
Michael Bolton Producer
Neil Diamond Producer
Michael Jackson Composer
Billy Joel Producer
Carole King Composer
Jeff Lynne Producer, String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Material Producer
George Michael Arranger, Composer, Producer
Eddie Money Arranger
Andrew Ridgeley Composer
Bruce Springsteen Producer
James Taylor Composer
Toto Producer
Herbie Hancock Producer, Rhythm Sequencing
Quincy Jones Producer
Phil Green Contributor
Burt Bacharach Arranger, Producer
Carole Bayer Sager Producer
John Cameron Arranger
Louis Clark String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Bernard Edwards Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Albert Hammond Composer
Robert Hazard Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Davitt Sigerson Producer
Michael Thompson Photo Courtesy
Michael Jonzun Contributor
George Martin Producer
Steven Berkowitz Executive Producer
Barry Gibb Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Peter Graves Horn Arrangements
Sade Adu Composer
Albhy Galuten Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Peter Asher Producer
Adrian Barber Producer
Samuel Barnes Composer
Kevin Beamish Producer
Michael Beinhorn Contributor, Dmx
Bruce Botnick Producer
Wallis Buchanan Vibe Master
David Campbell String Arrangements
Mariah Carey Composer, Producer
Rick Chertoff Producer
Kevin Clark drum programming
Kevin Cronin Producer
Hal David Composer
Mark Doyle Contributor
Emilio Estefan Jr. Producer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor Composer
Randy Jackson Composer
Mick Jones Producer
Jason Kay Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kathryn King Producer
Doug Kleeger Sound Effects
Al Lancellotti Contributor
Jon Landau Producer
John Leventhal Producer
Peter McIan Producer
Richard Mendelson Contributor
Michael Omartian Producer
Clyde Otis Composer
David Paich Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Rob Parissi Arranger, Producer
Greg Phillinganes rhythm arrangement
Chuck Plotkin Producer
Phil Ramone Producer
Karl Richardson Producer
Gary Richrath Producer
Dan Shea Programming, drum programming, Sound Design
Andrew Slater Producer
Toby Smith Composer
Maurice Starr Producer
Al Stone Producer
Mike "Clay" Stone Producer
Richard Tandy String Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Tom Tom 84 Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Steven Van Zandt Producer
Diane Warren Composer
Barry Blue Producer
David Dyson Contributor
Simon Hale Arranger
Ashley Ingram String Arrangements
Al Quaglieri Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Jimmy Lyon Arranger
Walter Afanasieff Composer, Producer
The Jacksons Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Randee Saint Nicholas Photo Courtesy
Don Hunstein Photo Courtesy
Herman Leonard Photo Courtesy
David Gahr Photo Courtesy
Arnold Levine Art Direction
Darcy Proper Mastering
Frank Ockenfels Photo Courtesy
Murray Stein Composer
Janet Boye Art Direction
Chris Athens Mastering
Sheila Rock Photo Courtesy
David Katzenstein Photo Courtesy
Sam Emerson Photo Courtesy
Lauryn Hill Producer
Brian Aris Photo Courtesy
Herb Ritts Photo Courtesy
Poke & Tone Producer
Charlie Sarrica Artwork
Yasko Kubota Contributor
Rob Sachs Contributor
Will Smith Composer
Antonio Hardy Composer
A. Jackson Producer
Vada Nobles drum programming
John Milward Liner Notes
Ed Cerchione Tape Research
Dave DiMartino Essay
Ron Juliano Artwork
Milward Contributor
John Naatjes Tape Research
Leo Okcke Contributor
Joe Palmacio Mastering
Judy Thomas Tape Research
Eric Johnson Photo Courtesy
Joe Robinson Composer
Michael Levine Photo Courtesy
Jeff Jones Executive Producer
Doug James Composer
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