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Pop - Released December 9, 2016 | Parlophone UK

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R&B - Released January 10, 1986 | Parlophone UK

Because it contains its share of memorable and inspired material -- and even a few gems -- it seems inappropriate to call Tina Turner's Break Every Rule a disappointment. But because Private Dancer was so incredible a comeback, one greeted this anxiously awaited follow-up with such high expectations that anything less than outstanding would have been disappointing. And the album isn't outstanding -- it's generally quite enjoyable and far from weak -- but not outstanding. Be that as it may, there's a lot to savor here. "Two People" is forgettable, but Turner definitely has some gems in the power ballad "I'll Be Thunder," the driving rocker "Back Where You Started" and the haunting David Bowie piece "Girls." While Private Dancer would be a much better introduction to Turner's work as a solo artist, this has more pluses than minuses. ~ Alex Henderson
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Pop - Released October 28, 1987 | Parlophone UK

Unchain My Heart was the release Joe Cocker had been rebuilding for. The title cut returned him to the Top 40, and the song "A Woman Loves a Man" followed it there along with it being included in the Bull Durham film soundtrack. A solid effort from a veteran. ~ James Chrispell
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Pop - Released June 22, 1988 | Parlophone UK

Robert Palmer cloned his hard rock Riptide style for its follow-up, his debut album on EMI, and was rewarded with the number two hit "Simply Irresistible," even if the formula was beginning to sound thin. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Pop - Released August 16, 1989 | Parlophone UK

With One Night of Sin, Joe Cocker and his cohorts decided not to mess with the hit formula they had found with Unchain My Heart. Therefore, One Night of Sin suffers a bit in comparison. However, that's not to say that this isn't great '80s Joe Cocker, because everything here has something to recommend it. Includes the hit "When the Night Comes" and Cocker's updated version of Peggy Lee's "Fever." ~ James Chrispell
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Rock - Released September 13, 1989 | Parlophone UK

Turner's last studio album for Capitol was produced by the late Dan Hartman of "Instant Replay" disco fame; however, this was not a retro '70s-style album. This set was comprised of 12 mature, middle-range, adult rock and pop songs. Turner tackled rock on "Steamy Windows" and "The Best," the latter a universal hit. She created fine club tracks such as "Falling Like Rain," "I Don't Wanna Lose You," and "Look Me in the Heart." Still, she cooled down long enough for a couple of gutbucket ballads in "Be Tender With Me Baby" and "Ask Me How I Feel." The most interesting cut was the scorching return to Turner's Delta roots on the flawless "Undercover Agent for the Blues," one of the finest pop-blues performances since B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone." Despite the slight musical style variations, the whole project was wrapped in an enticing pop style that gave it buoyancy and synthesis. ~ Bil Carpenter
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Pop - Released November 27, 1989 | Parlophone UK

Released in 1989, 14 Grandes Exitos is a greatest-hits collection from Mexican pop star Luis Miguel. The compilation primarily focuses on the prolific singer’s pre-Warner teen idol catalog. ~ Gregory Heaney
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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Parlophone UK

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R&B - Released March 16, 1988 | Parlophone UK

A "live" 2-fer of her hits from the '60s to present. ~ Bil Carpenter

Pop - Released April 16, 1990 | Parlophone UK

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Pop - Released May 21, 1990 | Parlophone UK

This is a solid, R&B-heavy live concert. ~ Dan Heilman
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Jazz - Released October 15, 1990 | Parlophone UK

In 1961, after six years as one of the main attractions of Count Basie's orchestra, Williams (with Basie's blessing) went out on his own. One of his first sessions was this live recording, cut at Birdland with a strong quintet that featured trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and Jimmy Forrest on tenor. Williams mostly sings standards and ballads, but also tosses in a few of his popular blues (including "Well Alright, OK, You Win" and "Goin' to Chicago") during a well-rounded and thoroughly enjoyable set. ~ Scott Yanow
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Pop - Released June 24, 1991 | Parlophone UK

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R&B - Released September 30, 1991 | Parlophone UK

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Pop - Released June 19, 1992 | Parlophone UK

El Idolo de Mexico is a greatest-hits compilation from Mexican superstar Luis Miguel. Released in 1992, the collection focuses on Miguel’s years as a teen idol and features songs from early albums Un Sol and Palabra de Honor, amongst others. ~ Gregory Heaney
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Rock - Released June 15, 1993 | Parlophone UK

This is the soundtrack for the Tina Turner film that got Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne Oscar nominations. There's little here that you couldn't get elsewhere in better versions, but if you only want a hint of the music Tina Turner made in various contexts, with and without Ike, this would be a serviceable purchase. Otherwise, get the film and hear the music in the correct setting. ~ Ron Wynn
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Vocal Jazz - Released August 2, 1993 | Parlophone UK

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These recordings can be considered the final ones of Betty Carter's early period for, by the time she next appeared on record (in 1969), the singer was much more adventurous in her improvisations. This CD reissues eight selections from Carter's rather brief 1964 Roulette LP (under 26 minutes), plus it adds seven previously unissued numbers from 1965. On the former date Carter (who is quite memorable on "This Is Always," "Some Other Time," and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most") is accompanied by pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Roy McCurdy, while the "new" session ("There Is No Greater Love" and "You're a Sweetheart" are the standouts) features guitarist Kenny Burrell plus an unknown rhythm section in the backup band. Highly recommended to Betty Carter fans and to those listeners who find her later work somewhat forbidding. ~ Scott Yanow
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Rock - Released August 16, 1993 | Parlophone UK

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Jazz - Released October 28, 1994 | Parlophone UK

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Pop - Released July 14, 1995 | Parlophone UK

Spotlight on Matt Monro is an excellent 18-track overview of his recordings for Capitol Records. Although it doesn't contain all of his biggest hits, it does have a representative sampling of hits and lesser-known gems, making it a good introduction to the vocalist's work. Among the highlights are "My Kind of Girl," "I'm Glad There Is You," "I'll Take Romance," "Laura," "Autumn Leaves," "Ebb Tide," "From Russia with Love," "When Joanna Loved Me," "The Good Life," and "September Song." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine