The Chess Box by Etta James ~ Etta James' entry in the celebrated "Chess Box" series examines the great R&B/jazz singer's 15-year career with one of America's most noted blues labels. From hits such as "At Last" and "Tell Mama" to previously unreleased gems such as her version of "Never My Love," the three CDs provide a comprehensive picture of this great artist's fertile '60s and '70s period.
Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder~ Stevie Wonder ~ Stevie's 1976 opus finally gets the deluxe CD treatment it deserves. From the plush deluxe package to the sparkling remastered sound, the album that gave us "I Wish," "Sir Duke," "As," "Isn't She Lovely," and many more just got that much better.
Lucy Pearl by Lucy Pearl~ Lucy Pearl ~The long-awaited debut album by this trio--comprised of former members of Tony Toni Tone, En Vogue, and A Tribe Called Quest--is definitely something cool. Standout cuts include the funky single "Dance Tonight," the rock raver "Hollywood," and the bittersweetly nostalgic "Remember the Times." One of the most intriguing soul records of the year thus far.