Best of 2007 Mixtapes

Mixtapes 2007

Jim and Greg ring in the New Year with their annual mixtapes. They've compiled the best songs of 2007 to give you the perfect year-end soundtrack. Plus, Jim and Greg will discuss the controversial legacy of Ike Turner and review the latest album from R&B diva Mary J. Blige.

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Music legend Ike Turner passed away a couple of weeks ago, so Jim and Greg took this opportunity to discuss how much this controversial figure influenced the development of rock and roll. Most people's image of Turner is taken from the 1993 movie What's Love Got to Do With It, which portrayed his violent relationship with Tina Turner. But, as is the case with countless artists and musicians, even bad people can make great art. Turner was a major music figure long before he met Tina, and many people say that his 1951 recording of "Rocket 88" led to the birth of rock and roll. Listen to the song, and check out Greg's obituary of the musician.

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Mary J. Blige Growing Pains

Mary J. Blige is back with a new album that's getting lots of attention. Growing Pains is the R&B diva's 8th album in a career that has seen six Grammy Awards and 40 million records sold. So how does this effort compare? Jim thinks that Blige may have lost some of her edge — whether that's due to sunnier times or sunnier production isn‘t clear though. She’s known for her honest and emotional performances which often relay tough times. But Jim finds Growing Pains a little too sterile. He gives it a Burn It. Greg admits that he too was worried about how a happier MJB would sound, but he disagrees with Jim's conclusion. As a singer she has no peer, and Greg thinks she's gotten even better. He calls Growing Pains another landmark Blige record and gives it a Buy It.

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The Best Songs of 2007 - Mixtapes

Jim and Greg present their Mixtapes for 2007. Check out the track listing below.

Featured Songs

  1. Velvet Underground,“European Son,”The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967
  2. Lou Reed,“My House”The Blue Mask, 1982
  3. Ike and Tina Turner,“Proud Mary,”Greatest Hits, 1969
  4. Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats,“Rocket 88,”1951
  5. artist: Mary J. Blige,“Just Fine,”album: Growing Pains, 2007
  6. Mary J. Blige,“Roses,”Growing Pains, 2007
  7. Mary J. Blige,“Smoke”Growing Pains, 2007
  8. Art Brut,“Pump Up the Volume,”It's a Bit Complicated, 2007
  9. Alicia Keys,“No One,”As I Am, 2007
  10. Flight of the Conchords,“Hip-hopopotamus vs Rhyme-noceros”2007
  11. Operator Please,“Just A Song About Ping Pong”2007
  12. Care Bears on Fire,“Everybody Else”2007
  13. LCD Soundsystem,“All My Friends,”Sound of Silver, 2007
  14. The Shins,“Phantom Limb,”Wincing the Night Away," 2007
  15. Arcade Fire,“No Cars Go,”Neon Bible, 2007
  16. Peter Bjorn & John,“Objects of My Affection,”Writer's Block, 2006

Footnotes

imdb.com Whats Love Got to Do With It on IMDB officialtina.com Tina Turner's homepage wikipedia.org“Rocket 88”on Wikipedia chicagotribune.com Greg's obituary for Ike Turner mjblige.com Mary J Blige metacritic.com Growing Pains chicagotribune.com Greg