Meticulously remastered in state-of-the-art 24-bit sound, the two-disc Echoes comes close to achieving the impossible task of encapsulating the essence of perhaps the most ambitious and enduringly successful of all album-oriented rock bands.
This double album—recorded years apart on "Blues Night" at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland (and consisting mostly of previously unreleased material)—is testimony to what the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and his rhythm section, Double Trouble, did best: ripping it up live.
Never accused of playing it safe (remember Chris Gaines?), Garth Brooks offers up a comparatively focused effort on Scarecrow, having zeroed in on his vocal strengths, Allen Reynolds' crystalline production, and powerful songs. A muscular Brooks vocal and arena-rock guitars propel the panoramic midtempo "Why Ain't
Video-rental giant Blockbuster Inc. has canceled its annual awards show because it was uncertain how many viewers would watch in the post-Sept. 11 climate. The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, which honor film and music stars, had been scheduled for next spring in Los Angeles.
Garth Brooks' "Scarecrow" (Capitol) thunders its way to the top of The Billboard 200 this week on sales of 466,000 units, according to SoundScan, leading a charge of five top-10 debuts. "Scarecrow," which also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally, is Brooks' best opening since 1998's "Double Live," which sold a then-record of 1.01 million units in its first week.
Horrace Pinnock, better known as BBC national network Radio 1's reggae expert DJ Village, was shot dead following a gang fight in London early yesterday morning (Nov. 20). According to the Metropolitan Police, Pinnock, 24, was shot following an argument with six to 10 men outside the Plaza Hotel in Wembley at around 2.30 a.m. Shortly afterward, he was pronounced dead at Central Middlesex Hospital.