As Herb Alpert remembers it, he was in a recording studio one day in 1965 when the art director for A&M, the label Alpert co-owned, showed him the photograph that would eventually grace one of the most memorable LP covers of all time. “My first reaction was, Holy shit, man. Too racy,” Alpert says. “Obviously now it would hardly register, but at the time I thought, Wow, that’s a little much. And I didn’t know, quite frankly, whether it reflected the album -- the music I was doing at the time. But we decided to go with it. Obviously that was fortuitous.”
Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 this year, conjured up his last top 40 hit in 1980. But the ambitious triple album that included "Theme From New York, New York" also yielded the most cosmically zany, critically savaged recordings of his career.
The Chairman would have turned 100 this year, 35 years after his last top 40 hit in 1980. But the ambitious triple album that birthed "Theme From 'New York, New York'" also wrought the most cosmically zany, critically savaged recordings of his career.
Should Hurricane Joaquin skip New York City this weekend, another force of nature will perform in Central Park's Rumsey Playfield on Sunday. Artist and performer Yoko Ono and the latest iteration of Plastic Ono Band -- a loose collective that she formed in 1969 with her late husband John Lennon and revived in 2009 after a 35-year hiatus -- will headline the Modern Sky Festival.
Whatever you think of director Peter Jackson’s decision to pump up J.R.R. Tolkien’s table-setting novel 'The Hobbit' into three films to rival the more naturally epic 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, the indisputably good news is that when the final installment, 'The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies,' is released this December, we will have several hours more of composer Howard Shore’s Middle Earth music to enjoy.