New Albums in my collection: July 2019

>> Annie Lennox: Medusa
A covers album given Annie’s unique treatment.

>> Miami Sound Machine: Primitive Love
The Latin pop band fronted by Gloria Estefan finally started to see crossover success in the US with this 1985 album featuring “Conga”.

>> Renaissance: Novella
Symphonic prog masterpiece from 1977. Renaissance blended progressive rock with orchestral arrangements to great success in the ’70s, and this album was no exception. The new reissue includes a 2CD bonus concert from 1977 at The Royal Albert Hall performing with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

>> Diana Ross: Playlist: The Very Best of Diana Ross
Unlike many “best of” compilations, the full-length album versions of the songs are used here, which is especially welcome when some of the songs are of the disco or dance variety, where single versions don’t give the song enough time to properly stretch out.

>> Roxette: Joyride
Roxette may have been more popular in their native Sweden, but after their breakout Look Sharp! in 1988, this followup from 1991 benefitted from some of that momentum overseas as well, including the title single.

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