Sunday 21 March 2010
Putumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues Review and Giveaway
Here's something you probably don't know about me: I used to work for one of the world's largest sellers of books, music and coffee. I really loved working there, and for many reasons, but one of them was the fact that I got to hear new music as soon as it hit the shelves. Every Tuesday we'd get a new lineup of that week's new releases, and we would listen to those CDs for the next week throughout the store. Sometimes that wasn't fully appreciated. I love Norah Jones, for example, but if I had to hear the opening chords to "Sunrise" again, I think I'd scream. No...I know I would. Anyway, more often, it was great to get to hear stuff that I wouldn't ordinarily think to buy for myself. This is how my love affair with Putumayo World Music began.
One amazing perk of working for one of the world's largest sellers of books, music and coffee (come on...surely you know who I'm talking about by now, right?!) was that, as employees, we had first dibs at a lot of promotional items. Often these included items that nobody really wanted, and they sat unclaimed for weeks. Putumayo CDs were NOT included in that group! They were ALWAYS one of the most popular employee side benefits any time they became available. I became especially skilled at determining when they would go up for grabs, and would arrive for work early so I could snag them before somebody beat me to it. I loved them so much that I also bought several of the great compilations, and I now boast a fair collection of Putumayo music, most of which I still listen to a LOT. I have African Party, African Groove, Asian Lounge, Samba Bossa Nova, Christmas Around the World, Latin Groove, A Family Christmas, Cafe Cubano, Dreamland, African Dreamland, Latin Playground, and World Playground. Oh yeah. I love Putumayo, and there are still several other collections I would love to have.
Putumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues, I'm sure you want to get your hands on a copy of it, and if you haven't heard it, you should enter to win it now! (Really, I hope you'll enter either way. This is some GREAT music!) The Rhythm & Blues collection features several really amazing artists and absolutely irresistible songs. A few of my favorites include "Put Me Down Easy" by Catherine Russell, "100 Days, 100 Nights" by Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, and "River is Waiting" by Irma Thomas with Henry Butler. There's even a fantastic cover version of "Wang Dang Doodle" by Sam Moore, Keb' Mo' and Angie Stone! Many of the tracks on this album are strikingly reminiscent of old soul standards by Otis Redding, The Four Tops and others. And let me tell ya...this album will get you dancing! It's one of those CDs that don't sound 'new' when you first hear it, but are more like your favorite comfy jeans. It feels like you know this music already, and you can't help but try to sing along, even if you don't know the words. Or maybe that's just me.
I am so excited to be able to offer a copy of Putumayo Presents Rhythm & Blues to one lucky reader as my Very First Giveaway! Whoo-hoo...way to get it rollin'! Big THANKS to Putumayo and Eric at E1 Music Canada for this opportunity!
Now onto the good stuff....Here's how you can win a copy for yourself:
Visit Putumayo World Music, then come back here and leave a comment telling me another great collection you would love to have!
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Contest is open to U.S. and Canada only. Ends April 4th, 2010 at 10:00pm GMT.
Winner will be selected using Random.org (which was created here in Dublin...cool little fact for ya!) and will be contacted by email. If prize is not claimed within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn from other entries.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this product for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation, and the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are mine.