Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing weekly review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to discover!
Recorded at Cleveland club Peabody's at the end of 1988 - two years after their only hit, the No. 2 smash "Keep Your Hands to Yourself," had fallen off the charts - this blistering set showcases the power of the Satellites as blues-boogie party band. Includes renditions of great covers like "Hippy Hippy Shake" (recently covered by the band for the soundtrack to Cocktail), The Beatles' "Don't Pass Me By," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and even a set-closing medley of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated" and the blues standard "Shake, Rattle and Roll." (This set's also available on CD, with a vinyl pressing due this summer.)
Are you sensing a pattern? Depeche Mode's latest 12" singles box set goes digital, featuring mixes and extensions from the group's fourth album, including "People Are People," "Master and Servant" and "Blasphemous Rumours."
Released on 10" and CD for Record Store Day Black Friday 2013, this companion to Costello and The Roots' collaborative Wise Up Ghost features one of the key band members not on the original album - rapper Black Thought - alongside reworks and "beat interludes" by Karriem Riggins, who'd produced tracks by Common and J Dilla.
The 1965 dance classic of the same name by saxophonist Walker - who took a turn at vocals when the session singer never showed - is one of Motown's best mid-'60s numbers, topping the soul charts and going Top 5 on Billboard's pop survey. This long player features a dozen sides released in the wake of "Shotgun," like Top 40 hits "Do the Boomerang," "Shake and Fingerpop" and "(I'm a) Road Runner."
The second album from the Jackson family's middle child is mostly handled, production-wise, by Ollie E. Brown, the drummer best known for his work in Raydio and one-half of "Breakin'...There's No Stoppin' Us" performer Ollie & Jerry. He adds panache to tracks like "Stay the Night" (originally co-written and sung by Billy Ocean) and "I Don't Want You to Go," an Allee Willis/Bruce Roberts number previously taken on by Lani Hall. But you'll also hear some of her famous siblings: youngest brother Randy produces two songs, including the title track (written by Randy, Tito, Jackie and Marlon), while the groovy "Camp Kuchi Kalai" features backing vocals by Janet a year before her own debut solo album.
Angela Bofill, Teaser / Let Me Be the One (Arista)
A pair of soul/funk platters from Bofill's tenure on Arista in the late '70s and early '80s. What they lack in hits, each one benefits from pristine writing and production from some of the finest names in '80s R&B: 1983's Teaser is helmed by Narada Michael Walden and his crew of smooth soul providers (also featuring a duet with Johnny Mathis on "You're a Special Part of Me"), while 1984's follow-up Let Me Be the One was overseen by David Frank and Mic Murphy, better known as the dance legends The System.
How's this for an offer you can't refuse? The Columbia crooner's vocal version of "Speak Softly, Love" became the highest-charting version of the blockbuster Francis Ford Coppola epic's love theme - as well as the last Top 40 hit of Williams' life. As was tradition for the label's easy-listening legends, the album packs in more great covers of popular tunes, including Paul Williams' "An Old Fashioned Love Song," Bread's "Everything I Own," Badfinger's "Without You" (having soared to No. 1 as done by Harry Nilsson) and even John Lennon's "Imagine."
This 1994 effort by the former Yes frontman features orchestral renditions of new tracks and some from Anderson's songbook, from "Hearts" (a deep cut from Yes' 90125) to several songs written with Vangelis - notably "State of Independence," a U.K. hit for Donna Summer.