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Music: December 2013 Archives

Errol's Stocking Stuffer Picks

If you're still searching for some last minute gifts, our music columnist Errol Nazareth recommended the following titles on the show this morning: "Higher!, The Sly and the Family Stone" box set, is the most comprehensive collection of the ground breaking band's music. The four discs and a gorgeous 104-page book are housed in a slim 10 by 10 inch box, and by including songs that Sly recorded under his given name, the sets producers give us an idea of the sounds that were swirling around the young genius' head, and how brilliantly he fused them when he formed The Family Stone. "Overdose of the Holy Ghost: The Sound of Gospel Through the Disco and Boogie Eras" is another cracking compilation of gospel backed with strings, horns and that familiar disco beat. Errol also introduced you to some remarkable female voices this year, among them Lianne La Havas ("Is Your Love Big Enough?"), Laura Mvula ("Sing To The Moon"), Cecile McLoran Salvant ("Woman Child"), Rokia Traore ("Beautiful Africa"), and Alice Russell ("To Dust"). And if you're looking for a present for a new parent, Errol recommends "Songs from a Journey with a Parrot: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from Brazil and Portugal", "A Gift For Sophie", and "Listen To The Birds" - three gorgeous storybook-CD sets that will appeal to parents and their little ones.


Errol's Pick

Ollie Vee is a band from a southern Ontario farm town called Seagrave and their debut CD, "Lonesome Girl", caught the ear of our music columnist Errol Nazareth. He says music that's soaked in reverb and tremolo gets him every time. And Ollie Vee's new album of 13 originals fits that bill very nicely. The music has hints of rockabilly, country, Roy Orbison and Chris Isaak and it all flows beautifully from beginning to end. Jesse Adamson, Johnny Vassos, Howard Linscott and Adam Perzia are the members of Ollie Vee. One of the reasons Ollie Vee has attracted such attention is because of how "Lonesome Girl" was recorded. In an interview, Jesse Adamson, the band's guitarist and singer, told me they wanted the music to sound organic so they recorded all the songs live off the floor and straight to tape. In fact, many of the tunes on Lonesome Girl were recorded on the first take! Ollie Vee is at the Cameron House on Queen Street West tonight and next Thursday. And I hope to see you there.