Elvis Costello & The Attractions
This Year’s Model (1978)
To me, this is a MASTERPIECE. I can’t say a single bad thing about this album. I could say lots of good things, but I’ll spare you.
I give this six stars out of five
Ben Vereen - Off-Stage, 1975 In between his Broadway stint in Pippin and his landmark role in Roots, Ben Vereen took some time to record this incredible Funk/Soul LP. The opening track, “Stop Your Half Steppin’ Mama,” is pure funky disco. “I’ll Keep A Light In My Window,” immortalized on Fatboy Slim’s “Late Night Tales,” compilation flirts with some dirty, driving, soul with the kind of production we’ve come to know and love from the era: soaring strings, unrelenting bass, and a horn section that’s equal parts light and dark. The B-side opens with “What’s The Reason,” which is two minutes and forty-five seconds of pure Buddah bubblegum goodness. Up next is a slow, sticky, cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” a savory pallet cleanser to the previous pop tune, and an interesting take on the polished Motown version we all know and love.