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Music: December 2014 Archives

It's the last day of 2014 and our music columnist Errol Nazareth gave you a sample of some of his favourite records that came out this year. "Alvvays" released a self-titled album bursting with sweet melodies and irresistible guitar-driven pop. The music is alternately sweet and fierce and the CD received great reviews on National Public Radio, in publications like The Guardian and Time Magazine, and topped many Best Of 2014 lists. "Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul and Boogie Volume 2" features tracks recorded between 1972 and 1987 - a period when disco superseded soul - and the music on the collection reflect those changing tastes. Another compilation that topped my list is a CD titled "I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-1970". One of the biggest music stories was the release of an album titled "Black Messiah" by the R&B singer D'angelo. There's lots of the sexy, sticky funk and soul that D'angelo served up on his now classic debut album, "Voodoo". And while there are hints of Stevie and Prince and Sly Stone on the 12 tracks, "Black Messiah" is futuristic and forward-looking in its sound and production. And at the age of 82, a blues singer by the name of Leo Welch released his debut album of raw gospel-blues titled "Sabougla Voices".

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Errol's Stocking Stuffer Picks

Here are the titles of the CD's Errol talked about on today's show:

Half The City ~ St Paul and the Broken Bones.
Emma Jean ~ Lee Fields and The Expressions.
The Paris Session ~ Idan Raichel Collective.
Libation ~ Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars
Patti Page: From Nashville to LA - Lost Columbia Masters 1963-1969.
The Brothers and Sisters: Dylan's Gospel.
Bahamas Is Afie ~ Bahamas
Alvvays ~ Alvvays
The Wilderness of Manitoba ~ Between Colours.
Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul and Boogie Volume 2
I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-1970.