5 for 5: August 2011

5 for 5 music

So every month, the folks over at Amazon put about 100 albums on sale for $5 which are chosen by their editors (or whoever does their copy in the mp3 store) for said whole month. Believe it or not, there’s some good stuff in the offerings. With that, I’ve had the notion to highlight a few of them that should be considered for your collection. I’m going to try to do this ever month to coincide with when they put it up. So let’s get started, shall we?

The Police – Every Breath You Take: The Classics:

Message In A Bottle, Roxanne, Don’t Stand So Close To Me, the title cut of the album….need I say more? If you know about these songs and don’t have them in your collection, well something is wrong with you first of all. Outside of that, or if you don’t already own them, now’s your chance. That’s all I’m saying.

Dangermouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome

You may or may not have heard of this concept album earlier in the year and may have passed it up. Now would be a good time to pick this up. The spaghetti western influence of the album is undeniable, and there are some good turns throughout the album by the likes of Norah Jones and Jack White on several tracks. It’s pretty good from what all i’ve listened to.

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

Classic albums are such for a reason. You can’t go too far into the realm of jazz and not run across this album or artist. If you are new to jazz or to the works of Miles Davis, this would be one of the albums to start with. The first track, So What, is a much noted (and sampled) intro the man called Miles and should be in any jazz lover’s collection. I go so far as to say anyone’s collection, but that might be stretching things.

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

I’m a fan of Erykah Badu but, up until recently, I’ve been sitting on this album since it came out.having finally listened to it, i’ve embraced this album along with the others in Ms. Badu’s catalog. Songs like “Love”, the Sylvia Striplin influenced “Get MuNNy”, and the constantly bumped first single “Window Seat” are treats that should be experienced. Oh, and “Fall In Love (Your Funeral)”, too!

Jay-Z – The Blueprint

I hear rumors that Jay-Z has come out with some little album with another cat recently. Haven’t heard too much about it….yea. Anyway, I almost made this a bonus instead of an actual pick. Why? While I am a fan of Hov’s works, the Blueprint albums and I have a wanna like/kinda don’t like relationship. Ringing endorsement, right? Later for that, the first Blueprint is the more solid of the three albums that bear the name from this artist. It’s kind hit ridden with the likes of “Girls, Girls, Girls,”, Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, “Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love)”, and “Song Cry”. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the true gems such as “Takeover”, “U Don’t Know”, and “Never Change”.

These are the goods I’ve come across this time, but that doesn’t mean there’s not more (or different) ones for you to come across. These aren’t to your liking, check this link (http://goo.gl/neHz) and peep out what’s being offered for yourself. Happy hunting!