"DREAMING OF YOU"
When listening to the posthumous "Dreaming of You," the best
way to appreciate the loss Selena fans felt after her killing is to
fast-forward through the opening three tracks. These songs were to
be her armaments in the crossover war and, sure enough, they're
catchy, state-of-the-art pop/R&B - but, despite the sublime melody
of "I Could Fall in Love," strikingly anonymous.
The real Selena comes through on the fourth track, "God's Child
(Baila Conmigo)," a duet with David Byrne for the coming film "Blue
in the Face." It's a wonderful acoustic guitar, bass and percussion
rave-up that shows the expressiveness of her voice.
Then it's back to pop business as usual for the title track and
the previously released "Missing My Baby," though the latter
(remixed by Full Force) is utterly charming thanks to the song's
neo-'60s soul sashay.
But it's the second half of "Dreaming" - a potpourri of past
hits - where Selena really shines, whether it's in the mariachi
dreams of "El Toro Relajo" and "Tu Solo Tu" or the infectious
cumbia/reggae vibe of "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." Then the loss becomes
- Cary Darling, Orange County Register
"KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR PRESENTS . . . "
Various artists (King Biscuit Flower Hour)
At tag sales and flea markets, the clueless and shameless hawk
their junk vinyl, thinking that what all record collectors lust for
are trashed and tattered old Elvis albums.
But the real connoisseurs know a whole lot better about what
exactly sends hard-core collectors into a heart-palpitating,
leg-shaking, tongue-tied tizzy.
Intended solely for broadcast purposes and not for commercial
release, those rare recordings of concerts and interviews generally
command big bucks in collectors' circles.
One of the granddaddies of all radio shows is "The King Biscuit
Flower Hour," which since 1973 has broadcast more than 1,000
installments featuring more than 450 artists to radio stations
across the country.
Now, for the first time, many of those long-sought concert
recordings are being commercially released for the first time.
Recently, King Biscuit unleashed the first installment of vintage
broadcasts, featuring six recordings culled from its archives. The
series is expected to continue with six to eight additional titles
per quarter, and the next batch is due in October.
While acts as big as John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and
Eric Clapton have been featured on the Biscuit, don't look for
those shows to surface commercially in the near future. Anything's
possible, but labels tend to get in the way of such superstar