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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford

Posted by Amoebite, April 11, 2016 05:30pm | Post a Comment

Mary Wilson, Freda Payne & Linda Clifford What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Amoeba Hollywood had the honor of having not just one, not just two, but three legends of American soul and R&B visit the store recently: Mary Wilson, Freda Payne and Linda Clifford.

Mary Wilson is a founding member of a little group you may have heard of called The Supremes, in which she sang on twelve #1 hits, and went on to a successful solo career starting in the late '70s. 

Best known for her chart-topping 1970 single "Band of Gold," Freda Payne is a jazz and soul singer, actress, and talk show host who has worked with legends like Quincy Jones and Pearl Bailey.

Former Miss New York State, Linda Clifford started her entertainment career as an actress and moved into music by fronting a jazz trio before switching to R&B, which led her to sign with Paramount Records and Curtis Mayfield's Curtom Records. 

As you could imagine, between the three singers some great vocalists turned up in their Amoeba bags, including Nancy Wilson and Thelma Houston whose album Sunshower Clifford had just learned of the night before from Payne. Wilson and Payne both picked up the same collection of Antonio Carlos Jobim tunes, and Clifford grabbed two Shirley Horn collections. Mary Wilson also talks about getting into the blues again because of none other than British rocker Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones. As she says, "our parents grew up with it...we were into rock n' roll."

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New "What's in My Bag?" Episode with Logic

Posted by Amoebite, February 29, 2016 05:07pm | Post a Comment

Logic What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music Hollywood The Incredible True Story

Logic may be in the midst of a massive world tour right now, but Amoeba Hollywood had the pleasure of sitting down the with rapper/singer on a recent visit to the store. Born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Logic started his musical career young, releasing his first official mixtape, Young, Broke, and Infamous, in 2010 when he was only twenty. In 2011, his follow-up, Young Sinatra, won accolades from numerous fans, as well as the influential publication XXL. His music video for "All I Do" was Logic's first to chart over 1 million views on YouTube. A year later Logic released a third mixtape, Young Sinatra: Undeniable, which led to a successful European tour, an XXL cover, and the announcement that he had signed to Def Jam. 2015's The Incredible True Story debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200, for which he is currently touring both the US and Europe.

Logic Incredible True Story

Logic has a lot to say about all of his picks, the first of which is a DVD of Community: The Complete First Season, which stars fellow musician and actor Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino). He also chooses some classic hip hop albums from the '90s, including OutKast's Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, as well as more current favorites like Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterflywhich he calls "a great album for hip hop, and for mankind." Logic also talks Quincy Jones and producing, and why The Incredible True Story hadn't been pressed on to vinyl until last week.

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Sweaters

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 10, 2009 12:05pm | Post a Comment
Sweaters were a big deal in the 80's. Obviously black artists did not have a monopoly on outrageous sweater covers -- see early 80's Cheap Trick for some serious sweater related catasrophes. However, I must say that there's a ton of soul, funk & R&B covers featuring various knit jobs. Bunny DeBarge takes the cake, if you ask me. How many of you could pull off a full skyline pattern???
Bunny DeBarge in love lp coverbill withers something that turns you on lp coverCameo word up lp coverBunny DeBarge in love back lp cover
eugene wilder lp covermauirice white lp coverisaac hayes u-turn lp coverthe best of johnny mathis 1975-1980 lp cover
patti labelle it's alright with me lp coverloose ends a little spice lp coverkool and the gang emergency lp coverpatti labelle it's alright with me lp insert
force m.d.'s love letters coverthe fit just havin' fun lp covermidnight star s/t lp back cover4 by four lp cover
Patti Labelle
looks like she's wearing a snuggie. I don't know which look I like better on the Force M.D.'s- the ultra preppy sweater vest action we have here or the giant fur coats they wear on the
Chillin' album.
dazz band on the one lp covero'jays love fever lp coverquincy jones purple sweater innner sleevetavares new directions lp cover

MICHAEL JACKSON'S THRILLER TURNS 25

Posted by Billyjam, December 2, 2007 12:08am | Post a Comment
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Michael Jackson
's album Thriller is celebrating its 25th year anniversary. The 1982 album was a follow up to 1979's Off The Wall, which was a big hit. Thriller would become an even bigger hit  -- much, much bigger -- going on to become the biggest selling album of all time, with worldwide sales of over a hundred million to date!  

Thriller was such a large scale hit that it stayed on the Billboard Top 10 Album chart for a solid year and produced a total of seven Billboard Top Ten singles -- and the album only had nine tracks!

When Thriller was relased in late 1982 it was a different world in many ways -- besides the fact that people still loved Michael Jackson. For one thing, it was a time when a pop star of that scale could exist. Nowadays the fame pie is divided many more times and there are now no artists such a broad cross-section of the population could all agree on liking.

But Thriller era Micheal Jackson appealed to all demographics. Quincy Jones' perfectly produced sound -- whose key instrument was Michael's voice -- somehow captured the best of everything in music at that time, and beyond too. Thriller had everything -- rock, dance, rhythm, soul, groove and strong melody. It advanced disco into a new space, and tapped into (and topped) the imported new wave sound that was gaining popularity then.     

Thriller is available at Amoeba Music, both new and used, vinyl and CD. And note there are different versions/editions of it. In addition to the original 1982 version (see tracking below), there is also the 2001 Thriller Special Edition Release CD which has 21 tracks, including several Quincy Jones interview clips. But there is also the brand new 25th Anniversary edition of Thriller  which comes as a CD/DVD bundle.

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