Category:PolyGram compilation albums
Pages in category "PolyGram compilation albums"
The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Achtung Baby – Achtung Baby is the seventh studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, and was released on 18 November 1991 on Island Records, thematically, Achtung Baby is darker, more introspective, and at times more flippant than their previous work. Seeking inspiration from German reunification, U2 began recording Achtung Baby at Berlins Hansa Studios in October 1990, the sessions were fraught with conflict, as the band argued over their musical direction and the quality of their material. After tensions and slow progress nearly prompted the group to disband, morale and productivity improved during subsequent recording sessions in Dublin, where the album was completed in 1991. To confound the publics expectations of the band and their music, U2 chose the records facetious title and colourful multi-image sleeve. Achtung Baby is one of U2s most successful records, it received reviews and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Top Albums. Five songs were released as singles, all of which were chart successes, including One, Mysterious Ways. The album has sold 18 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1993 for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, Achtung Baby has since been acclaimed by writers and music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time. The record was reissued in October 2011 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its original release, U2s high exposure and their reputation for being overly serious led to accusations of grandiosity and self-righteousness. By the bands 1989 Lovetown Tour, they had become bored with playing their greatest hits. U2 believe that audiences misunderstood the groups collaboration with blues musician B. B. King on Rattle and Hum and the Lovetown Tour, and they described it as an excursion down a dead-end street. Bono said that, in retrospect, listening to black music enabled the group to create a work such as Achtung Baby, while their experiences with folk music helped him to develop as a lyricist. Towards the end of the Lovetown Tour, Bono announced on-stage that it was the end of something for U2, following the tour, the group began, what was at the time, their longest break from public performances and album releases. Reacting to their own sense of stagnation and to their critics. They wrote God Part II from Rattle and Hum after realising they had excessively pursued nostalgia in their songwriting, the song had a more contemporary feel that Bono said was closer to Achtung Babys direction. Much of the material they wrote was experimental, and according to Bono, ideas deemed inappropriate for the play were put aside for the bands use. During this period, Bono and the Edge began increasingly writing songs together without Mullen or bassist Adam Clayton, in mid-1990, Bono reviewed material he had written in Australia on the Lovetown Tour, and the group recorded demos at STS Studios in Dublin. The demos later evolved into the songs Whos Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses, Until the End of the World, Even Better Than the Real Thing, and Mysterious Ways
2. Desire of the Rhino King – Desire of the Rhino King is a compilation album released in 1991 by experimental rock musician and guitarist Adrian Belew. It includes songs from Belews first three albums for Island Records, Lone Rhino, Twang Bar King, and Desire Caught By the Tail. Track 18 is an outtake from the Desire sessions which makes its CD debut here and it was first released on a Flexi disc included with the March 1987 issue of Guitar Player magazine. All music composed by Adrian Belew except where noted
3. Forgotten Freshness Volumes 1 & 2 – Forgotten Freshness Volumes 1 &2 is a rarities album by American hip hop group Insane Clown Posse. Released in 1998, it features unreleased and lost tracks that are harder to find elsewhere and it also contains some tracks that were remixed or changed. Before this albums release the ICP released Forgotten Freshness in 1995, but because of sample-clearing problems it was released in the Detroit area. Many of the tracks on that album appeared again on these albums for wider distribution purposes, three tracks, Life at a Risk, Ghetto Zone, and Ask You Somethin do not appear on this album, despite appearing on the original Forgotten Freshness. It is the 2nd installment in the groups Forgotten Freshness album series, their 3rd compilation album, Forgotten Freshness Volumes 1 &2 features several scrapped songs intended for some of the groups previous albums. The songs Fat Sweaty Betty, Willy Bubba, and I Didnt Mean To Kill Em were all intended to be released on Riddle Box, Fat Sweaty Betty was eventually given away as a single at the groups two Mental Warp shows. The song House of Wonders was originally set to be released on The Great Milenko, piggy Pie is the original version of the song Piggie Pie, found on The Great Milenko. The Walt Disney Company, owner of the label at the time, asked that the lyrics to the original be changed. The song Southwest Strangla was planned to be released on Shaggy 2 Dopes second solo album Shaggs The Clown, in the beginning of the song, a news brief is played about the actual looting of Northwest Airlines Flight 255 which crashed on I-94 in Detroit in 1987. The album also two remixes, Mr. Johnsons Head and Hokus Pokus. Dead Pumpkins was the first Hallowicked single given away in 1994, while Mr. Rotten Treats, with a change in beat and lyrics, the song Hey, Vato became Wagon Wagon found on the Ringmaster album. Some lyrics from the song are found on the song Who Asked You. This is currently the only ICP album under Island Records that you can pick up on Psychopathics official merchandise website, Hatchetgear
4. From the Beginning (Small Faces album) – From the Beginning was the retrospective album released by the English rock band Small Faces in June 1967 on Decca Records. The album rose to Number 17 in the UK Album Chart, the album was released by Don Arden on Decca after the group had made a switch to the Immediate label headed by Andrew Loog Oldham. The album contains their hit records on Decca including their number one song All or Nothing, the album also includes a cover of Del Shannons classic hit song Runaway, and other previously unissued songs which were apparently demos. All tracks written by Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, unless otherwise noted, - Catalog #8446332006 Format CD Label/Universal/Polygram - Catalog #90692012 Format 2 CD Deluxe Edition Label/Universal/Sanctuary Records Small Faces discography Paolo Hewitt John Hellier. Steve Marriott - All Too Beautiful
5. Gold: Greatest Hits – Gold, Greatest Hits is a compilation album by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released on 21 September 1992 through PolyGram, the first compilation to be released after the company had acquired Polar Music, in 1998, PolyGram was in turn merged into what is now the Universal Music Group. With sales of 30 million, Gold is the best-selling ABBA album, prior to its release, all previously released ABBA compilations had been deleted and only the original studio albums remained in print. Gold, Greatest Hits was well received by the music-buying public, the 2002 re-release was not released in Australia, while in New Zealand, the international edition was issued. From 2008 onwards, only the editions have been released in Australia. The original 1992 release had a different track listing, replacing the English versions of Chiquitita. Shortly after the release of Gold, Greatest Hits, a Spanish version of the album, titled Oro, Grandes Exitos was issued, followed later by Mas Oro, in 1992 a VHS video was released which included all tracks from the original album. During the 1990s, various variations on this video were issued, until Universal Music decided in 2003 to re-issue the video on VHS. The track listing was similar to the album, with some added content, a 25-minute documentary produced in 1999. In 2010, the DVD was remastered with six bonus clips, mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All and Money, Money, Money. The sixth bonus clip was an Australian cartoon version of Money, Money, Money, the 2010 edition did not include the 2003 Abba documentary or the 1992 version of Dancing Queen. This disk was available as a stand-alone DVD and as part of the 2010 Special Edition re-release, in 2002, Gold, Greatest Hits was released in mainland Europe with a bonus second disc. This included the tracks, The UK saw a 30th Anniversary Edition released in 2004 with a gold-coloured sleeve cover rather than the normal black sleeve. The original release included a DVD with 18 of the 19 songs from the CD and it was available also without the DVD. The album topped the UK Albums Chart on five occasions, sixteen years apart, first in 1992. Gold, Greatest Hits is the second highest selling album of all time in the United Kingdom, in Germany, Gold, Greatest Hits has been certified five times Platinum for shipment of 2.5 million units. It has also been certified 10 times Platinum in Switzerland for sales of 500,000 units, in Sweden the album is listed as the sixth best-charting album as of October 2016. In Austria, the album is the fourth best selling album of all time, in Australia, the album is the third or fourth best selling album of all time
6. Great Pianists of the 20th Century – Great Pianists of the 20th Century was a 200-CD box set released by Philips Records in 1999 and sponsored by Steinway & Sons. The box set comprised 100 volumes featuring 72 pianists of the 20th century, the set contains a variety of composers from different eras, from Baroque to Contemporary classical. Material from Warner Classics and Sony Classics was also used, the majority of the pianists feature on one set only, with sixteen appearing on a second set. Seven artists are featured across three sets, perceptive pianophiles have pointed out various errors in the set, including misattributed recordings and use of unauthorized takes. For example, the Paderewski volume contains a performance of Liszt’s La Leggierezza which was recorded by Benno Moiseiwitsch – also included in the latter’s volume. Further, the liner notes claim the cadenza of the piece was by Moiseiwitsch, the first of two Cortot volumes was withdrawn when it was discovered that a previously rejected performance of Schumann’s Kreisleriana was issued by mistake. The volume was reissued with the correct take, the series has also been criticized for the lack of remastering of historic recordings, notably in the Hofmann reissue which degraded the transfers originally issued by Ward Marston. The German edition of the set includes a bonus CD with Clara Haskil —raising to 5 the total number of CDs with her. This bonus CD contains her interpretation of some of Scarlattis piano sonatas from her 1947 Westminster LP, great Pianists of the Twentieth Century at the Classical Notes website. A Buyers Guide to Historic Piano Recordings Reissued on Compact Discs, international Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland, University Libraries website
7. More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits – More ABBA Gold, More ABBA Hits is a compilation album by Swedish pop group ABBA. Released in 1993, it was the follow-up to the highly successful Gold, Greatest Hits, released the previous year, and went on to sell 3 million copies. These were included here as well as some of ABBAs lesser-known hits from the time when their popularity was declining, such as Head over Heels and The Day Before You Came. Also included are several B-sides and album tracks, plus one previously unreleased track, I Am the City, More Gold, More Hits was re-released in 1999, and again in 2008, coinciding with the release of the film Mamma Mia. The Australian release featured the European track list, not the Australasian track list on the 1999 issue, all tracks written by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, unless otherwise noted. Like Gold, Greatest Hits, a 25th anniversary edition of More Gold, a 4,27 edited version of The Visitors was replaced by the original 5,49 version, while an alternate mix of Lovelight was replaced by the version originally released in 1979. In Australia, the track list was changed, as I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do and Ring Ring had been added to the domestic version of Gold, Greatest Hits, these were removed, along with Lovelight and Cassandra. Instead, the three songs that had removed from the domestic version of Gold, Greatest Hits —Super Trouper, I Have a Dream. The disc is also coloured gold and there is a booklet with notes, photos, tretow – digital remastering Jon Astley – digital remastering Henrik Jonsson – digital remastering Carl Magnus Palm – liner notes Michael B. Tretow – engineering Album Charts Certifications
8. Now Smash Hits – Now Thats What I Call Music, Smash Hits was a compilation album released in 1987. The album is part of the Now, series, and is a collaboration with Smash Hits magazine, a successful pop music based magazine at the time. It was conceived, written and designed by the Smash Hits staff, the album features popular UK Singles Chart hits from 1980 to 1987, in rough backwards chronological order, starting with more recent songs and ending with older ones. Many of the songs had not featured on any Now albums before as the series did not start until 1983. A companion issue of the magazine was released at the time, featuring pictures. The front cover of the vinyl and audio cassette releases feature the words 32 Swingorilliant Hits of the 80s, for the Compact Disc release the number was changed to 31, as Michael Jacksons One Day in Your Life is missing from the CD version. A VHS tape was released featuring 26 music videos of songs from the compilation. Neil Tennant, who features on side 1 of the album as part of Pet Shop Boys, Smash Hits went on to release their own various artists compilation albums. This is the first album in the Now, another 3-disc compilation called Now Thats What I Call The 80s was released in 2007
9. The Unforgettable Fire – The Unforgettable Fire is the fourth studio album by Irish rock band U2. It was released on 1 October 1984, the band wanted a different musical direction following the harder-hitting rock of their 1983 album War. They employed Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois to produce and assist in experimenting with a more ambient, the resulting change in direction was at the time the bands most dramatic. Recording began in May 1984 at Slane Castle, where the band lived, wrote, the album was completed in August 1984 at Windmill Lane Studios. It features atmospheric sounds and lyrics that lead vocalist Bono describes as sketches, two songs feature lyrical tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. The Unforgettable Fire received generally favourable reviews from critics and produced the bands biggest hit at the time, Pride, as well as the live favourite Bad, a 25th Anniversary edition of the album was released in October 2009. The title is a reference to The Unforgettable Fire—an art exhibit about the bombing of Hiroshima. The band saw the exhibit in November 1983 in Japan while on the War Tour, U2 feared that following the overt rock of their 1983 War album and War Tour, they were in danger of becoming another shrill, sloganeering arena-rock band. The success of the 1983 Under a Blood Red Sky live album, as bassist Adam Clayton recalls, We were looking for something that was a bit more serious, more arty. The band had recorded their first three albums with producer Steve Lillywhite, and rather than create the son of War, they sought experimentation, both Lillywhite and the band agreed that it was time for a change of producers and not to repeat the same formula. The band had considered using Jimmy Iovine to produce a new record, however, they found their early musical ideas for the album to be too European for an American producer. They also considered approaching Conny Plank, whose credits included Can and Kraftwerk. Guitarist The Edge had an appreciation of musician Brian Enos work. The band were fond of his work with Talking Heads. Having never worked with such as U2s, Eno was also initially reluctant. When the band played him Under a Blood Red Sky, his eyes glazed over, Eno had brought along his engineer Daniel Lanois to his meeting with U2 intending to recommend Lanois work with the band instead. Enos earlier doubts were resolved by Bonos power of persuasion and his perception of what he called U2s lyrical soul in abundance. Eno commented that the band were struggling against it as if they were frightened of being overpowered by some softness
10. The Very Best of Cat Stevens – The Very Best of Cat Stevens is the title of a compilation album by Cat Stevens. There are multiple albums released with this title, the first was released by Polygram on its recently acquired Island Records label in January 1990. A compilation album with the title was released in 2000 on the A&M. In many respects, it is a different album. The track list is substantially different, the cover art for these releases features a simple portrait of the artist. This album was released in the UK and Europe in 2003, using the cover art. The UTV Records release was available with a DVD bonus disk containing some early footage. All songs written by Cat Stevens, except where noted, old School Yard Teaser and the Firecat