James Blood Ulmer


April, 1984

Free Funk

A classic of the modern jazz avant-garde, this is the purest, most accessible showcase for the guitarist’s bold, genre-clashing guitar vision. With minimal trio accompaniment -- drummer Warren Benbow and violinist Charles Burnham--Ulmer's guitar’s unique tuning (developed for this album) allows him to cover bass parts as well as leads. There is a conscious emphasis on the smoother tones of Burnham's amplified violin, often fed through a wah-wah pedal. Highlights include, “Church,” "Love Dance" and Swing & Things.”

- Steve Huey


The Lightning Seeds


December 20, 1994

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

For the project's third album, Ian Broudie wrote his strongest batch of songs yet and managed to return to the Top 20 of the U.K. album chart. Songs like "Lucky You," "Perfect," and "Change" (which received some recognition in the States due to its inclusion in the movie Clueless), were all modern pop gems that arrived at the height of Brit-pop.

- Jason Damas