Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Mark Ronson, who cut "Sunny" twice

Uptown Funk January 13th from Mark Ronson

Ronson previously tracked Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" twice

"Uptown Funk" crams an entire wedding reception into four-and-a-half minutes, and the album containing the song looks to be as much fun as the single. Mark Ronson thinks so: "It's my best record, for sure," he tells Rolling Stone. As usual, the producer has recruited a star-studded cast of singers and side-hands. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon wrote the lyrics; Mystikal, Bruno Mars and Tame Impala's Kevin Park contribute vocals; and Stevie Wonder plays a little harmonica. "It's probably the peak musical highlight of my life," Ronson says of that last collaboration. "I'm fine if I never top it." R.S.

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Among the recently released albums, digital reissues, MP3 downloads and box sets are the 13-song “Art, Official Age,” the 34th studio album in 36 years from Prince, released simultaneously with the 12-track “PLECTRUMELECTRUM” that he recorded with his all-female band, 3RDEYEGIRL; “747,” seven-time Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum’s sixth album; “Bring Back the Sunshine” is the ninth studio album since 2001 from country superstar Blake Shelton; “Tracks of My Tears” is the 11th studio album since 1980 from Canadian Bryan Adams and his first in six years and features 11 cover songs, including The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” The Beatles’ “Any Time At All,” Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny,” Dylan’s Lay Lady Lay” and Smokey Robinson’s title cut.

The 17-song “50 St. Catherine’s Drive” is the final album from former Bee Gee Robin Gibb, who died in 2012 at 62; 

the 14-song “In the Mood” from 79-year-old trumpeter Herb Alpert, who led The Tijuana Brass from 1962-1969, is a collection of original compositions and modern takes on classic standards, including Rodgers and Hart’s “Blue Moon, Cole Porter’s “Begin the Beguine” and the title song that Big Band leader Glenn Miller took to No. 1 for 13 straight weeks in 1940; and a dozen Christmas songs comprise “Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December” that sees the 51-year-old smooth jazz sax player joined by Johnny Mathis, fellow mellow saxman Kenny G, Richard Marx, Gloria Estefan and others.



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