February 19, 2010
New Albums: Solas and Kenny Rankin
Yes, I know: “New” is a relative term this week. Just roll with it.
Solas – Turning Tide
This is another week of new discoveries for me. I’d never heard of Solas before, but apparently, this group has been around for ages! It is an Irish-American group that has released nine studio albums in the last 15 years, and this is its tenth. Where have I been when I’ve been missing all of these crazy successful groups? I don’t understand.
Anyway, it’s better late than never, right? I’m glad I know about Solas now, at least! I’m not one to indulge in Irish folk music very often, but if I ever find the urge, I’ll know one group to turn to…I’m sitting here listening to Turning Tides and I find myself really relaxed. The lead singer’s voice is so smooth and soulful (Winifred Horan).
I think some of their songs are actually sung in Gaelic, too. Actually…a lot of their songs, now that I think about it. When I was really young, for some reason, I wanted to learn Gaelic so badly. Of course, it’s very hard to learn that language in the United States these days, since it’s mostly a regional language, so I have no idea what made me want to learn it.
There are twelve new tracks on Solas’s Turning Tides and I would recommend each of them (if you’re into Irish-American folk music). Not bad! Check it out!
Kenny Rankin – Silver Morning
So this is where I say that “new” is a relative term this week. Why, you ask? Well, Silver Morning was originally released in 1975 and has just been remastered—and, therefore, rereleased.
Kenny Rankin, who just passed away last year, was an American jazz and pop singer who was extremely popular in the late 60s and early 70s. Johnny Carson was one of his biggest fans, and invited Ranking onto The Tonight Show over 20 times throughout his career. Just listening to this music is interesting because it screams 1970.
On Silver Morning is actually one of Rankin’s most famous pieces: a reworking of the Beatles’ classic hit, “Blackbird.” Apparently, Paul McCartney heard and tremendously enjoyed Rankin’s version of their song. That’s a high compliment! So many remakes are done these days and they sound like total…well…you know.
The album is relatively short (only 11 tracks) but it’s a great record to own if you don’t have it already. The beauty of remastered records is that you get the original piece in clear, digital format. Check out the album!
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