Welcome to The Weekend Stream, a relaxing review of notable digital-only catalogue titles. There may be no CD or vinyl, but there's plenty of great new/old music to float you into the weekend. A beloved Madonna ballad, a new Journey remix and a benefit compilation for Ukranian relief all get center stage today, plus a few unheard gems for country and electronic fans alike.
This emotional 1995 ballad, a collaboration between the Queen of Pop and David Foster, was the lead single off a terrific collection of ballads, Something to Remember. These edits and mixes (some of which incorporate Spanish lyrics) are also backed with a rare live version of "Live to Tell."
When Netflix's Stranger Things aired its fourth season in 2022, one of its trailers was scored to a dramatic remix of Journey's "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" overseen engineer Bryce Miller and the band's former frontman Steve Perry. The duo teamed up on a second mix of "Only the Young," a non-LP favorite from the Vision Quest soundtrack. it's backed here with not only that "Separate Ways" remix, but the original versions of "Young" and another soundtrack favorite, "Ask the Lonely"; all four will be included on a 7" EP with the new 40th anniversary vinyl reissue of the group's Frontiers.
Various Artists, Heal the Sky (Ohmatdyt) (iTunes)
Curated by Russian musician and poet Boris Grebenshchikov, this charitable compilation aims to raise proceeds for Ohmatdyt, a children's hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine. The set features new and unheard songs by Grebenshchikov with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics and Stevie Nicks; plus Jethro Tull, Crowded House, Jackson Browne, The Waterboys and more.
Country singer Jon Randall often existed just shy of the spotlight, eventually finding fame as a writer or producer for the likes of Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and others. Along the way, he recorded for RCA Nashville and Epic, but several of his works were never released, like Great Day to Be Alive, recorded in 1996 but only released now.
Another collection of sides from the legendary singer/actress includes hits like the chart-topping "A Guy is a Guy" and Top 10 hits "Sugarbush" (a duet with Frankie Laine) and "Mister Tap Toe."
U.K. electronic duo Aurora, consisting of guitarist/keyboardist Sacha Collison and keyboardist Simon Greenaway, scored a Top 5 at home with a cover of Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" in 2000. Even with two albums under their belt at the top of the century, they ended up recording an unreleased album for ZTT in 2004; its intended single "Craving," featuring vocalist Lisa Lindley-Jones, has now been loosed from the label's vault for their ongoing 40th anniversary digital series.
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