Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999

Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999



To commemorate the end of the century, Sony Music assembled the gargantuan 26-disc box set, Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century. The title was imposing, as was the idea behind it -- to chronicle the life of the oldest record label in the music industry. To be clear, Sony Music has not existed for 100 years, but the heart of its catalog, Columbia Records, was founded early in the 20th century. Sony acquired Columbia and its various subsidiaries in the late '80s, purchasing one of the richest catalogs in pop history, as the box set proves again and again. Sony realized that most consumers wouldn't invest in a 26-disc box, no matter how impressive it was, so they simultaneously released a series of 12 genre-specific double-disc sets that culled highlights from the set. That left two discs exclusive to the box, which was appropriate, since anyone who spends over $300 on an album deserves a little bonus. As it turns out, the double-disc sets are every bit as impressive as the big box, perhaps more so, because they're easily digestible. Even so, the scope of the 38-track Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999 is impressive. Beginning with Aerosmith's "Dream On" and ending with Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)," the collection covers a huge amount of ground, featuring not just major artists, but era-defining one-hit wonders. Sure, it's easy to spot omissions or quibble about the featured selections, but it's amazing to think that all these songs came from one group of labels. Some selections don't hold up -- Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" actually sounds more dated than anything from the late '70s -- but that's fine, since this winds up being a representative snapshot of mainstream pop in the last 25 years of the 20th century. After all, any collection that has Wild Cherry ("Play That Funky Music"), James Taylor ("Your Smiling Face"), Electric Light Orchestra ("Don't Bring Me Down"), Journey ("Open Arms"), Herbie Hancock ("Rockit"), Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias ("To All the Girls I've Loved Before"), New Kids on the Block ("Step by Step"), and Will Smith ("Gettin' Jiggy Wit It"), to name but a few, goes a long way in capturing how ephemeral, weird, and wonderful the '70s, '80s, and '90s could be.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/1999
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646579428
catalogNumber: 65794

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Vocals,Track Performer
Barbra Streisand   Vocals,Track Performer
Daniel Ponce   Bata
Aerosmith   Track Performer
Bangles   Track Performer
Michael Bolton   Vocals,Track Performer
Shawn Colvin   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Neil Diamond   Vocals,Track Performer
Céline Dion   Vocals,Track Performer
Electric Light Orchestra, Part II   Track Performer
Gloria Estefan   Vocals,Track Performer
Heatwave   Track Performer
Susanna Hoffs   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Michael Jackson   Track Performer
Billy Joel   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Track Performer
Journey   Track Performer
Cyndi Lauper   Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Lynne   Synthesizer,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Paul McCartney   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer,Vocoder
Men at Work   Track Performer
Miami Sound Machine   Track Performer
George Michael   Vocals
Eddie Money   Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Track Performer
New Kids on the Block   Track Performer
Joe Perry   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Perry   Vocals
Sade   Track Performer
Boz Scaggs   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Neal Schon   Guitar,Vocals
Jules Shear   Background Vocals
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Track Performer
James Taylor   Track Performer
Toto   Track Performer
Wham!   Track Performer
Wild Cherry   Track Performer
Herbie Hancock   Emulator,Track Performer,Vocoder,fender rhodes,Fairlight CMI,Clavitar
Steve Khan   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Bill Laswell   Bass
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Steve Smith   Drums
Ellie Greenwich   Background Vocals
Burt Bacharach   Conductor
Julio Iglesias   Vocals,Track Performer
David Foster   Piano,Keyboards
Jonathan Cain   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
John Cameron   Conductor
Louis Clark   Conductor
Clarence Clemons   Percussion,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Des'ree   Vocals,Track Performer
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Marlon Jackson   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Louie Shelton   Guitar
Barry Gibb   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sade Adu   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mark Avsec   Keyboards
Terry Bailey   Trumpet
Randy Barlow   Trumpet
Eric Bazilian   Bass,Guitar,Saxophone,Background Vocals,hooter
Michael Beinhorn   Turntables,Mini Moog
Ernest Berger   Drums
Bev Bevan   Percussion,Drums
Roy Bittan   Piano
George Bitzer   Electric Piano
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer,Emulator
Terry Bradford   Background Vocals
Lanar Brantley   Bass
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
David Brown   Guitar
Kevin Calhoun   Percussion
Ed Calle   Saxophone
Mariah Carey   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Carl Carwell   Background Vocals
Jorge Casas   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Conga
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Rick Chertoff   Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Kevin Cronin   Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Terence Trent D'Arby   Percussion,Keyboards,Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Krystal Davis   Background Vocals
John DeFaria   Guitar
Liberty DeVitto   Percussion,Drums
Schuyler Deale   Bass
Paul S. Denman   Bass
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Rick DiFonzo   Guitar
Martin Ditcham   Percussion
Neal Doughty   Hammond Organ
Dave Early   Percussion,Drums
Joe Eckert   Horn
Emilio Estefan   Percussion
Danny Federici   Organ
Anton Fig   Percussion,Drums
Steve Forman   Percussion
Simon Franglen   Synclavier
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Steve Gadd   Drums
Jim Gilstrap   Background Vocals
Pete Glenister   Guitar
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Alan Gratzer   Drums
Ed Greene   Drums
Kelly Groucutt   Bass
Andrew Hale   Keyboards
Bruce Hall   Bass
Greg Ham   Flute,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Colin Hay   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Preston Heyman   Drums
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Craig Hundley   Synthesizer
David Hungate   Bass
Joey Hunting   Guitar
Rob Hyman   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Phillip Ingram   Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Background Vocals
Tito Jackson   Background Vocals
Jeff Jacobs   Synthesizer
Neil Jason   Bass,Guitar
Eric Johns   Guitar
Augie Johnson   Background Vocals
Jason Kay   Vocals
John Keane   Drums
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Bobby Kimball   Vocals
Kofi   Background Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar
Joey Kramer   Drums
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Joe Lala   Shaker,kabassa
Michael Landau   Guitar
John Leventhal   Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Violin,Keyboards
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence McDonald   Piano
John Mahoney   Keyboards
Mario Mantese   Bass
Kate Markowitz   Vocal Harmony
Stuart Matthewman   Guitar,Trumpet,Saxophone
Marty McCall   Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Acoustic Guitar
Sammy Merendino   electronic percussion
Clive Mngaza   Hi Hat
Teddy Mulet   Trumpet
Randy Nichols   Keyboards
Michael Omartian   Keyboards
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Richard Page   Background Vocals
David Paich   Keyboards,Vocals,ARP,Mini Moog
James Pankow   Trombone
Jeff Porcaro   Percussion,Drums
Rob Parissi   Guitar,Vocals
Alan Pasqua   Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Debbi Peterson   Drums,Vocals
Vicki Peterson   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Steve Porcaro   Keyboards
James Poyser   Piano,Celeste,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
REO Speedwagon   Track Performer
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Dan Shea   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Slash   Guitar
Toby Smith   Keyboards
Phil Spalding   Bass
Jerry Speiser   Drums,Vocals
Michael Steele   Bass,Vocals
Doug Stegmeyer   Bass
Maretha Stewart   Background Vocals
Ron Strykert   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Tackett   Guitar
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion,Background Vocals
Garry Tallent   Bass
Richard Tandy   Keyboards
Richard Tee   Electric Piano
Rod Temperton   Keyboards
Richard Termini   Synthesizer
George Terry   Guitar
Lonnie Turner   Bass
Steven Tyler   Vocals
Ross Valory   Bass,Vocals
Steven Van Zandt   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Stevie Wonder   Track Performer
Jamiroquai   Track Performer
Gary Mallaber   Percussion,Drums
George Bianchi   Piano (Grand)
Paul Cooke   Drums
Ashley Ingram   Bass,Keyboards
Dan Rothchild   Bass
Rob Laufer   Guitar
J. Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Harold Cowart   Bass
Jimmy Lyon   Guitar
Jim Trompeter   Keyboards
Ron Beitle   Drums,Vocals
Jonathan Knight   Vocals
Jordan Knight   Vocals
John Rees   Bass,Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Fiona Apple   Vocals
Maxine Lewis   Background Vocals
Enrique "Kiki" Garcia   Drums
Lauryn Hill   Vocals,Track Performer
Charles Berginc   Horn
Jack Brandiar   Horn
Bridgette Bryant-Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Will Smith   Vocals
DJ Supreme   DJ
Derrick McKenzie   Drums
Timothy "Tyme" Riley   Keyboards
Alanna Capps   Background Vocals
A. Jackson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lenesha Randolph   Background Vocals
Rasheem "Kio" Pugh   Background Vocals
Fundisha Johnson   Background Vocals
Indigo Quartet   Strings
Everol Ray   Trumpet
Jenni Fujita   Background Vocals
Joey McIntyre   Vocals
Neil Steubenhaus   Bass
Rick Singer   Horn
DJ Jazzy Jeff   scratching
Bryan Basset   Guitar,Vocals
John Brio   Drums,chamberlain
He-Man Broken Hearts Club Choir   Background Vocals
Clay Otswald   Keyboards
Tom Hamilton   Bass
Simon Katz   Guitar
David Foreman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Bolton   Producer
Neil Diamond   Producer
Michael Jackson   Composer
Billy Joel   Producer
Jeff Lynne   Producer,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Material   Producer
George Michael   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Eddie Money   Arranger
Andrew Ridgeley   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Producer
James Taylor   Composer
Toto   Producer
Herbie Hancock   Producer,Rhythm Sequencing
Quincy Jones   Producer
Phil Green   Contributor
Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Producer
John Cameron   Arranger
Louis Clark   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Albert Hammond   Composer
Robert Hazard   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Composer
Davitt Sigerson   Producer
Michael Thompson   Photo Courtesy
Michael Jonzun   Contributor
George Martin   Producer
Steven Berkowitz   Executive Producer
Barry Gibb   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Peter Graves   Horn Arrangements
Albhy Galuten   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Peter Asher   Producer
Adrian Barber   Producer
Samuel Barnes   Composer
Kevin Beamish   Producer
Michael Beinhorn   Contributor,Dmx
Bruce Botnick   Producer
Wallis Buchanan   Vibe Master
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Mariah Carey   Composer,Producer
Rick Chertoff   Producer
Kevin Clark   drum programming
Kevin Cronin   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Mark Doyle   Contributor
Emilio Estefan   Producer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor   Composer
Randy Jackson   Composer
Mick Jones   Producer
Jason Kay   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Kathryn King   Producer
Doug Kleeger   Sound Effects
Lancellotti   Contributor
Jon Landau   Producer
John Leventhal   Producer
Peter McIan   Producer
Richard Mendelson   Contributor
Michael Omartian   Producer
David Paich   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Rob Parissi   Arranger,Producer
Greg Phillinganes   rhythm arrangement
Chuck Plotkin   Producer
Phil Ramone   Producer
Karl Richardson   Producer
Gary Richrath   Producer
Dan Shea   Programming,drum programming,Sound Design
Andrew Slater   Producer
Toby Smith   Composer
Maurice Starr   Producer
Stone   Producer
Richard Tandy   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Tom Tom 84   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Steven Van Zandt   Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Barry Blue   Producer
David Dyson   Contributor
Simon Hale   Arranger
Ashley Ingram   String Arrangements
Quaglieri   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Jimmy Lyon   Arranger
Walter Afanasieff   Composer,Producer
Jackson 5   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Randee Saint Nicholas   Photo Courtesy
Don Hunstein   Photo Courtesy
Herman Leonard   Photo Courtesy
David Gahr   Photo Courtesy
Arnold Levine   Art Direction
Frank Ockenfels   Photo Courtesy
Janet Boye   Art Direction
Sheila Rock   Photo Courtesy
David Katzenstein   Photo Courtesy
Sam Emerson   Photo Courtesy
Lauryn Hill   Producer
Brian Aris   Photo Courtesy
Herb Ritts   Photo Courtesy
Poke & Tone   Producer
Charlie Sarrica   Artwork
Yasko Kubota   Contributor
Rob Sachs   Contributor
Will Smith   Composer
A. Jackson   Producer
Vada Nobles   drum programming
John Milward   Liner Notes
Ed Cerchione   Tape Research
Dave DiMartino   Essay
Ron Juliano   Artwork
Milward   Contributor
John Naatjes   Tape Research
Leo Okcke   Contributor
Judy Thomas   Tape Research
Eric Johnson   Photo Courtesy
Joe Robinson   Composer
Michael Levine   Photo Courtesy
Jeff Jones   Executive Producer
Raymond St. John   Composer
Mike Stone   Producer
Helen Adu   Composer
Doug James   Composer

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