There It Is: UMe Celebrates 50 Years of James Brown at The Apollo with New Compilation

"So now, ladies and gentlemen, it is Star Time. Are you ready for Star Time?" With those words by emcee Fats Gondor on the stage of The Apollo Theater in New York City on October 24, 1962, history was made. James Brown was set to take the stage at the famed Harlem theater - but what could have been just another show on Brown's breakneck touring schedule became a flashpoint for not only Brown's career but for the entire pop, rock and soul canon, thanks to Brown's insistence on recording and, the

Review: Judy Garland, “Creations 1929-1962: Songs She Introduced”

In the first two lines of the introductory essay that accompanies JSP Records’ new box set Judy Garland – Creations 1929-1962: Songs She Introduced, the box’s compiler Lawrence Schulman sets forth its raison d'être: “That Judy Garland (1922-1969) was one of the most talented singers and actresses of her generation is known.  That she introduced close to a hundred songs to the Great American Songbook is not.”  Thanks to this 4-CD, 94-song collection, that secret shouldn’t be a secret any longer.