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20/20

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This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo ...

20th Century-Fox

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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...th Century-Fox . The film studio was formed in 1935 with a merger between the established Fox Film Corporation, going back to the nickelodeon days and incorporated in 1915 , and the newly formed Twentieth Century, a production company founded in 1933 by Darryl F. Zanuck and Joseph M. Schenck . Even before the merger, Shirley Temple rose as the predominant star at Fox and continued to remain box office gold for the rest of the decade. Other musical stars that shone at 20th Century-Fox were Alice Faye , Sonja Henie , Don Ameche , Betty Grable , and...

Ballet of the 20th Century

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2010
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Performing arts, Dance, Music
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285 words

...Ballet of the 20th Century ( Ballet du XX e Siècle ) The Brussels-based company formed in 1960 with Maurice Béjart as director. Attached to the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, its repertoire was a showcase for Béjart 's own work, whose spectacular production values and highly coloured emotional content earned the company a high international profile through more than twenty years of touring. Productions included Sacre du printemps (mus. Stravinsky , 1959 , which Béjart choreographed for Ballet-Théâtre de Paris, the ensemble which eventually became...

20/20

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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150 words

.../20 This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo completed the line-up featured on the group’s early work for Bomp!, a leading independent label, which in turn inspired a major contract with Columbia Records ’ subsidiary Portrait. 20/20 was produced by former Sparks vocalist Earl Mankey and featured newcomer Chris Silagyi (keyboards). Despite commercial indifference, its superior brand of power pop was a...

Benson, George - 20/20

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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136 words

...George - 20/20 This 1985 Warner Brothers release from guitar and soul singer George Benson is one of his best pop vocal albums. 20/20 offers a selection of soft ballads such as ‘New Day’, Benson’s cover of ‘Nothings Gonna Change My Love for You’, and his duet with Roberta Flack, ‘You Are The Love Of My Life’. Up-tempo hits such as ‘No One Emotion’, the title track, and a terrific Basie-like treatment of ‘Beyond the Sea’ are also included in the mix. Another highlight is the hit song ‘I Just Wanna Hang Around You’. Benson is backed by his usual cast of big...

Beach Boys - 20/20

Beach Boys - 20/20   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...Boys - 20/20 The last Beach Boys album of the 60s opens with the blissful rocker ‘Do It Again’, which expresses nostalgia for ‘all the places we surfed and danced’ and sounds as good as any of the old songs they might have surfed or danced to in those halcyon days. It was, deservedly, the biggest hit they’d have with an original song until ‘Kokomo’ nearly 20 years later. The rest of 20/20 is a compellingly schizophrenic collection. On one hand, Brian Wilson contributes the ethereal, a cappella fragment ‘Our Prayer’ and Bruce Johnston tries his hand at a ...

Carter, Carlene - Hindsight 20/20

Carter, Carlene - Hindsight 20/20   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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155 words

...Carlene - Hindsight 20/20 For some reason, Carlene Carter’s career has been a sporadic affair: three albums in the late 70s and three more in the early 90s. Hindsight 20/20 gathers 20 tracks from all six albums into one astonishingly good package. Carter’s 70s albums, when she was crossing traditional country with the sort of new wave smarts then-husband Nick Lowe and cohorts (including Elvis Costello, Brinsley Schwarz and Dave Edmunds) had perfected, still sound ahead of their time over two decades later. By comparison, the three 90s albums are...

Easton, Tim - Special 20

Easton, Tim - Special 20   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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...20 Special 20 , named after a favoured harmonica, is the first solo release from Haynes Boys frontman Tim Easton. Easton makes it clear he’s one of the rare breed of songwriters - Steve Earle, John Prine, Lucinda Williams - who sing as well as they write. More restrained than the excellent eponymous Haynes Boys release of 1997, Special 20 shows an artist at the height of his powers. From the rousing opening track ‘Just Like Home’, recorded on a four-track at Easton’s Columbus, Ohio house, to the rhythmic and celebratory ‘Hey Rosine’, Special 20 is...

22-20s

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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Music
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260 words

...old Skip James track ‘22-20 Blues’). The trio sparked a record company bidding war with Heavenly Records emerging as the lucky signatory. The 22-20s made their debut in April 2003 with the 7-inch ‘Such A Fool’, voted Single Of The Week by the NME . The six-track live mini-album 05/03 followed in October and was promoted by a US tour with the Kings Of Leon and Jet . The band’s self-titled debut album was preceded in April 2004 by ‘Why Don’t You Do It For Me?’. ALBUMS 05/03 mini-album (Heavenly/Astralwerks 2003) ٭ ٭ ٭ 22-20s (Heavenly/Astralwerks...

Garbage - Version 2.0

Garbage - Version 2.0   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
Subject:
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118 words

...- Version 2.0 A few sceptics thought that Shirley Manson and her band would not be able to match the success of their debut album. As with all decent software Version 2.0 was a refinement and a slight improvement of the original winner. Even though the opening track ‘Temptation Waits’ has the listener thinking the record company has dropped a Chrissie Hynde CD in the box, the album is a lively and, for the most part, happy excursion. The development has already been considerable and having to follow up wonderful singles such as ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ is...

20/20

20/20  

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This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo ...
Haggard, Merle - 20 Number One Hits

Haggard, Merle - 20 Number One Hits   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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168 words

...Merle - 20 Number One Hits Merle Haggard is truly one of the legends of country music. Along with George Jones, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, Haggard has weathered personal adversity and shifting musical trends, been influential to a couple of generations of country (and rock ‘n’ roll) performers, and produced a massive body of work, some of it as good as country music gets. Recorded in the mid-90s, 20 Number One Hits features Haggard revisiting his chart-topping favourites. With the benefits of improved recording technology, hard-won maturity, and...

Black Uhuru - 20 Greatest Hits

Black Uhuru - 20 Greatest Hits   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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181 words

...Uhuru - 20 Greatest Hits This import collection covers much of the group’s output for Chris Blackwell’s Island Records label. It focuses on the golden years of the band’s career, when Michael Rose and Puma Jones (the latter of whom died an untimely death in the late 80s) were still members. Produced by Sly And Robbie at the height of their powers, these tracks have an honesty and fury, and include some of Black Uhuru’s grittier material, rather than a simple compilation of pop hits. The controversial (by today’s standards) yet potent ‘Abortion’ makes its...

Jethro Tull - 20 Years Of Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull - 20 Years Of Jethro Tull   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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176 words

...Tull - 20 Years Of Jethro Tull True fans of Jethro Tull who are reluctant to invest in the five-disc box set that came out in 1988 should consider picking up this best-of collection taken from that monster assemblage. Divided into four sections (‘The Radio Archives and Rare Tracks’, ‘Essential Tull’, ‘Flawed Gems’ and ‘The Other Side Of Tull’) 20 Years Of Jethro Tull is full of alternative takes, oddities, rarities, unreleased masters, home demos and live cuts. This unusual but enjoyable history begins with a cover of ‘Stormy Monday Blues’, capturing the...

Contours - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

Contours - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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Music
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147 words

...- 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Although ‘First I Look At The Purse’ was later revived to great effect by the J. Geils Band, the song that cements the legend of Detroit’s Contours is ‘Do You Love Me’, a primal R&B howl that melds the spirit of the Isley Brothers, Jackie Wilson, and Barrett Strong into two minutes and 54 seconds of unbridled looseness, locomotion, and lust. Perfectly syncopated rhythms and raspy shouting get the unmistakable message across with a visceral quality seldom heard in that early 60s era. As this excellent...

T. Rex (with Marc Bolan) - 20th Century Boy: Ultimate Collection

T. Rex (with Marc Bolan) - 20th Century Boy: Ultimate Collection   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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198 words

...Marc Bolan) - 20th Century Boy: Ultimate Collection Marc Bolan and T. Rex never troubled the pop culture radar in the USA beyond one minor hit single, making them perhaps the biggest UK stars to never leave any significant stateside impression. As a result, their catalogue has rarely been properly served by USA labels, with the songs that made Bolan’s name remaining out of print for years at a time while UK labels large and small released every tiny scrap of rehearsal tape, often multiple times. After Mitsubishi Motors used the stomping ‘20th Century Boy’ in...

Isaacs, Gregory - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

Isaacs, Gregory - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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146 words

...Gregory - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection This is a leisurely stroll through eleven of Gregory Isaacs’ impeccably smooth lover’s rock rhythms, culling tracks from 1979’s Soon Forward , 1982’s Night Nurse , and 1983’s Out Deh albums, in addition to a couple of live cuts. Commencing with the unmistakable keyboard motif of the Cool Ruler’s best-known hit ‘Night Nurse’, the collection also features a rarity in the form of ‘Top Ten’, previously only released as a single. ‘Cool Down the Pace’, a winning combination of dance hall and lover’s...

Jennings, Waylon - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

Jennings, Waylon - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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207 words

...Waylon - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Despite its ambitious title, this compilation actually focuses on only one small section of Waylon’s career, from 1986-89. Consequently, anyone expecting an introduction to Jennings’ oeuvre here will wind up rather confused. Although Jennings spent the 70s breaking country taboos left and right as a founder of the outlaw country movement, by the 80s, his hard living had begun to catch up with him. By the middle of the decade he was led by slick production values rather than spearheading the...

Cash, Johnny - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection

Cash, Johnny - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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207 words

...Johnny - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection Although the 80s are regarded by some as a valley in the long career of Johnny Cash, the country legend’s tenure at Mercury Records during that time produced some fine work. Such albums as Johnny 99 and Rockabilly Blues found him shedding new light on songs by Bruce Springsteen and Guy Clark, and offering some hard-hitting new material of his own. So it’s hard to figure why those albums were ignored on this collection of Cash’s Mercury recordings. Instead, 10 of the 12 tunes are reworkings of...

Derek And The Dominos - The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition

Derek And The Dominos - The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition   Reference library

Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
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Music
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192 words

...And The Dominos - The Layla Sessions: 20th Anniversary Edition By digitally remixing and remastering these sessions, the producers have resurrected one of Eric Clapton’s greatest achievements at a time when he was at his instrumental and songwriting peak. Musically, Clapton was inspired by his new rhythm section and challenged by fellow guitar hero Duane Allman, whose torrid slide guitar makes blues-blasts such as ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’ and ‘Key To The Highway’ so compelling. And from the classic title song (with drummer Jim Gordon’s...

Hindsight 20/20 (Carlene Carter album)

Hindsight 20/20 (Carlene Carter album)  

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For some reason, Carlene Carter’s career has been a sporadic affair: three albums in the late 70s and three more in the early 90s. Hindsight 20/20 gathers 20 tracks from ...

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