Sound Opinions Show

Oct 1, 2015

SOUND OPINIONS WEEKLY RUNDOWN, 10/9/2015, SO_100915_1541

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… Muscle Shoals keyboardist Spooner Oldham on his recording sessions with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and more. Then, the 11th album by pop diva Janet Jackson.




Rapper Fetty Wap’s first studio album has debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts. It’s rare for a hip-hop artist to open at #1. Other top-selling artists this week include Drake and Future, Don Henley of The Eagles, and George Strait.


The Beatles’ 1 compilation, first released in 2000, is being reissued yet again on November 6. The new edition is expanded in multiple configurations of CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray. Like the estates of Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles’ continue to find novel ways to resell product.


Album sales are not the only way to measure how music is being consumed. The Wall Street Journal has released an interactive map that shows the most popular songs on digital jukeboxes for each zip code. While some neighborhoods may prefer Queen, others a few blocks away opt for R. Kelly.


Jim and Greg speak with Spooner Oldham, a keyboardist and songwriter at the famed recording studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the 1960s and 1970s. Spooner’s playing appears on big hits by Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, and more, and his songs have been recorded by acts like The Box Tops, James & Bobby Purify, and Janis Joplin. His own 1972 album Pot Luck was reissued earlier this year.


Jim and Greg review Unbreakable, the 11th studio album by pop and R&B icon Janet Jackson. The album is her first since 2008 and features guest vocals by Missy Elliott and J. Cole.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.