Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Scandal Ska - Various Artists (1990)

01. Scandal - Don Drummond
02. Judge Not - Robert Marley
03. Honour Your Mother & Father - Desmond Dekker
04. Miss Jamaica - Jimmy Cliff
05. Love Me Baby - Laurel Aitken
06. Turn Down Date - Cornel Campbell
07. Exodus - Ernest Ranglin
08. We'll Meet - Roy & Millie
09. Mr. Kruschev - Skitter
10. Russian Roulette - King Edwards
11. Now That You're Dead - Theophilus Beckford
12. Girls Rush - Lloyd Clark
13. Japanese Girl - Lloyd Clark
14. Beyond - Kentrick Patrick
15. Christine Keeler - Roland Alphonso
16. Get On The Ball - Basil Gabbidon

Friday, March 16, 2012

Altan - Harvest Storm (1992)

01 pretty peg reels
02 donal agus morag
03 king of the pipers
04 seamus o'shanahan's jigs
05 mo choill
06 the snowy path
07 harvest storm reels
08 'si do mhaimeo i
09 mcfarley's reels
10 rosses highlands
11 a nobleman's wedding
12 bog an lochain strathspey and reels
13 dobbin's flowery vale, air and reel

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The L.A. Carnival - Would Like to Pose a Question (1970)

Sweet jazzy funk -- from the cornbelt of Omaha! The LA Carnival are one of those rarer-than-rare funk groups who not only never got their due back in the day -- but also recorded a heck of a lot of great material that never even got issued! They have a totally great sound that bubbles in jazzy licks on trumpet, sax, and organ -- next to tighter, funkier vamping on the rhythms -- all of which makes for a killer approach to the groove that's surprisingly fresh, given the passage of three decades since the group's heyday. And leave it to the folks at Stones Throw -- who know how to dig beyond the crates, into the earth, and come up with a lost slice of funk history that has made the world a much better musical place. They've lovingly remastered these great recordings from the early 70s, and have packaged the whole thing with a well-done set of notes that really goes into detail about this unique group, their amazing sound, and their obscure Nebraska origins! An instant funk essential -- and one you'll be thanking yourself for buying for years to come. Titles include "Black Man's March", "Ron's Tune", "The Klan", "Color", "Flyin", "We Need Peace & Love", and "Blind Man".

02.We Need Peace and Love
03.(We'd Like To) Pose a Question
04.Seven Steps to Nowhere
05.Blind Man
06.Can You Hum a Tune
08.The Klan
09.Black Man's March
10.Ron's Tune Alternate Take


12.Ron's Tune
13.Bad Luck
14.Blues For L.A.

Lester Abrams - drums, vocals, organ, acoustic piano, percussion
Arno Lucas - vocals, percussion
Leslie Smith - vocals
Rick Chudacoff - electric bass, backup vocals
Ron Cooley - electric and acoustic guitar
Geno DeVaughn - trumpet
Percy Marion - tenor saxophone, flute
Michael Patterson - alto saxophone

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Roots of Chicha 2 - Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru (2010)

This second volume is not a sequel. It’s an attempt to rectify some of the biases and inaccuracies of the first volume. Volume two focuses more on the urban aspect of the music and less on the Amazonian side. It highlights some lesser-known bands, and it also broadens its scope to include some of the early Cuban-influenced groups who would play such a crucial role in the elaboration of the chicha sound, as well as some of the later bands who play in the more Andean style that came to be referred to as chicha. More roots. More chicha.

01 - Constelación - Los Destellos
02 - El Diablo - Compay Quinto
03 - Sibando - Los Ribereños
04 - Colegiala - Los Ilusionistas
05 - La Pastorcita - Los Destellos
06 - Lamento Del Yacuruna - Los Wembler's De Iquitos
07 - Como Un Ave - Grupo Celeste
08 - El Hueleguiso - Manzanita Y Su Conjunto
09 - A Trabajar - Chacalón Y La Nueva Crema
10 - Cumbia Del Desierto - Los Destellos
11 - Mala Mujer - Ranil Y Su Conjunto
12 - Agua - Manzanita Y Su Conjunto
13 - El Aguajal - Los Shapis
14 - Paga La Cuenta Sinvergüenza - Manzanita Y Su Conjunto
15 - Siboney - Los Walkers
16 - La Danza Del Petrolero - Los Wembler's De Iquitos

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

Concerning Dead Links and Re-ups....

many of the rapidshare links are going down, because i don't have an account with them anymore. if any of you would like me to re-up anything, just leave me a comment, and i'll try to get to it ASAP!

Friday, December 30, 2011

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Friday, August 5, 2011

REPOST: Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967 - 1974 (PER REQUEST)

Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967 - 1974

There's 29 tracks from almost as many artists, a fantastic trip into the early daze of the Finnish freak-scene. Psychedelic Phinland is just as political, and parodic, and perverse as it is potheaded. There's plenty of Flower Power pop and/or fuzzed-out blues rock, but you'll also find jazz-damaged prog and mystic folk, revolutionary theatre and electronic insanity.

Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967 - 1974

01 CD1: Topmost The End - Topmost 02:42
02 Savu - Hector & Oscar 02:53
03 Kukkasen valta - Jukka Kuoppamäki 03:16
04 Hippijortsut pöhkölässä - Jorma Ikävalko 03:36
05 Cherry Cup-cake Twist - Blues Section 03:47
06 Must Be the Devil - Wigwam 04:26
07 Being Is More Than Life - Baby Grandmothers 05:45
08 Pientä peliä urbaanissa limousinessa - Eero Koivistoinen 06:03
09 Taiteen kritiikistä - Charlies 03:32
10 Ajatuksia - Apollo 05:06
11 Kasvoton kuolema ja Sirhan Sirhan - Suomen talvisota 1939-40 02:21
12 Tehtaan vahtimestarit - Suomen talvisota 1939-40 01:20
13 Flaggorna fladdrade i gentlemannens WC - Suomen talvisota 1939-40 03:56
14 Näkemiin, voi hyvin ystäväni - Tylympi kohtalo 05:21
15 Olen erilainen - Pekka Streng 03:44
16 Zeppeliini - Juice Leskinen & Coitus Int 03:14
17 Meiran laulu - Hector 05:05
18 Aurinkomaa - Jukka Kuoppamäki 03:34
19 Olen puhunut utopiaa - Markku Into 04:21
20 Tarzan apornas apa / Tarzan gregah / Jane Porter sivistyksen muurilla - Those Lovely Hula Hands 04:45
21 Menevät miehet - Those Lovely Hula Hands 01:40
22 Fos 2 - Pekka Airaksinen 05:33
23 Heinäsirkat I - The Sperm 16:05
24 Kaukana väijyy ystäviä - Sähkökvartetti 10:12
25 Simple Things - Kruununhaan Dynamo 05:04
26 Side one - Sikiöt 10:15
27 Trippin` Together - Sikiöt 10:48
28 Missä on Marilyn? - Those Lovely Hula Hands 05:11
29 Degnahc Ev´uoy - J. O. Mallander 01:41

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Plato's Trip A Psychedelic Journey To Greece In The 1970s, Vol 1

Plato's Trip
A Psychedelic Journey To Greece In The 1970s, Vol 1
2002 GR – O trellos / Mad – Kaliteri Zoi / ALLOY – Twra fevgeis / Thanassis Gaifilias – An eixa duo anases / Mariza Koch – Skepseis / Peloma Mpokiou – An thes ela kai esu / Sounds – Parakseno Taksidi / Boomerang – The Automobile / Despina Glezou - Stis 12 Iuliu tha ginei eklipsi iliu / Elena – Poso thelo / Daltons – O trellos / Elpida – Koita to fos / V. Dimitriu - I omologia

Friday, April 22, 2011

VA - Freak Off-Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo

01. Pete Rodriguez - Oh That's Nice
02. Orchestra Harlow - Freak Off
03. Ismael Quinones - Control
04. Roberto Roena Y Su Apollo Sound - Que Se Sepa
05. Eddie Palmieri - Condiciones Que Existen
06. Joe Quijano & His Conjunto Cachana - Fun City Shingaling
07. Joe Bataan - Es Tu Cosa
08. Willie Bobo - Psychedelic Blues
09. Johnny Colon - Descarga
10. El Gran Combo - Combolu
11. Cal Tjader - Cubano Chant
12. Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives - Black & Blues
13. El Chicano - Spanish Grease
14. Tito Puente - Para Los Rumberos

Various - Broasted Or Fried. Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo

01. Bobby Valentin Use It Before You Lose It (3:00)
02. Latinaires, The Creation (3:16)
03. Joey Pastrana And His Orchestra My Shingaling (3:03)
04. Joe Torres Get Out Of My Way (2:58)
05. Fire Flight To Cuba (3:08)
06. Harlem River Drive Seeds Of Life (5:04)
07. Monguito Santamaria Groovetime (4:41)
08. Joe Bataan So Fine (3:05)
09. Tito Puente Black Brothers (4:17)
10. Kako And His Orchestra Kako's Boogaloo (3:46)
11. Roberto Roena Canta Una Simple (Sing A Simple Song) (2:39)
12. Hector Rivera I Want A Chance For Romance (2:28)
13. Herbie Mann Jungle Fantasy (7:53)
14. St. Vincent Latinaires Broasted Or Fried (4:17

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dengue Fever - Escape from Dragon House

01 We Were Gonna
02 Sni Bong
03 Tip My Canoe
04 Tap Water
05 Sleepwalking Through the Mekong
06 One Thousand Tears Of A Tarantula
07 Escape From Dragon House
08 Made Of Steam
09 Lake Dolores
10 Saran Wrap
11 Hummingbird

Monday, April 18, 2011

Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushin On (2005)

01 Introducing...the Quantic Soul Orchestra
02 West Pier Getdown
03 Pushin' On
04 That Goose on My Grave
05 Feeling Good
06 The Conspirator (Main Theme)
07 Hands of My Love
08 Hold On Tight
09 Get a Move On
10 Paintings and Journeys
11 End of the Road

The second full-length release by the Quantic Soul Orchestra, which organizer Will Holland uses for his live-band recordings (distinguished from his solo projects as Quantic), is another funk-fest that doesn't just consider James Brown's late-'60s unit a band to emulate, but apparently a body to have exhumed. There's no doubt that Quantic is successful -- very much so -- at re-creating the energy and flair, even the precise studio sound, of its intended target. When the author of the liner notes assures readers, however, that "this is strictly about live music all the way, no samples or studio tricknology allowed," how are they supposed to understand the credits stating that Will Holland played at least guitars and bass on all of these tracks, and often saxophone to boot? The question is strictly academic, because Pushin On is an excellent party record that would do the Godfather proud (to say nothing of Lyn Collins and Pretty Purdie). Alice Russell nails her shrieking soul vocal on the title track, and drummer Russell Knight again earns bucketfuls of praise for his unhinged drumming. (If it's true that the opener uses no "studio tricknology," he should rightly take his place alongside the best, and quickest, drummers of all time.) Russell's cover of the Anthony Newley/Leslie Bricusse film titles "Feelin Good" and "Hold On Tight" don't quite come together, and the second half of the album devolves into mere imitation, but Holland shows himself a master of the funk band. (As producer, he also deserves a mountain of credit for giving Pushin On exactly the upfront sound it needs to succeed.) ~ John Bush, Rovi

Friday, April 15, 2011

Modern Funk (Freestyle 2007)

01. The Dap Kings - Nervous Like Me - (4:07)
02. The Bamboos Feat Alice Russell - Bring It Home - (3:34)
03. Cookin On 3 Burners Feat Fallon Williams - Cook It - (3:49)
04. Speedometer Feat Ria Currie - Am I Your Woman? - (3:11)
05. Mark Ronson - Just - (3:25)
06. The Snugs - Strugglin - (3:48)
07. Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings - Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut - (4:06)
08. Spanky Wilson And The Quantic Soul Orchestra - When You're Through - (4:36)
09. The Grits - Boom Boom - (2:56)
10. Martin Solveig Feat Lee Fields - Im' A Good Man - (6:10)
11. The Sound Stylistics - Shake And Hip Drop - (2:35)
12. The Apples - Killin' - (4:19)
13. DJ Aeon 7 - Funky Furious - (3:43)
14. Funkshone - Purification (Parts 1 & 2) - (7:53)
15. Robert Moore - Make It Alright - (2:57)
16. Charles Bradley And The Bullets - Now That I'm Gone - (3:21)
17. Queen Eve And The Kings - All Hail The Queen - (2:10)
18. The Sweet Vandals - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - (2:49)
19. The Fantastics - Give It Up And Turnit A Loose - (3:58)
20. Lack Of Afro - When The Sun Goes Down - (3:31)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Various Artists - Batucada: The Sound of the Favelas

01. Paulinho Da Costa - Ritmo Number One (8:31)
02. Portinho - Batumata (4:35)
03. Padre Miguel - Só No Apito (4:48)
04. Nicos Jaritz - Otão E Eu (5:07)
05. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Repimar (5:20)
06. Verde Amarelo - Vibrando Com A Seleção (2:54)
07. Par Ney De Castro - Ba-Tu-Ca-Da (8:20)
08. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Comunic-Ritmo (2:43)
09. Padre Miguel - Mulata Faceira (3:13)
10. Portinho - Rápido (3:54)
11. Pontela - Pai Bene, Queimou O Pé (3:09)
12. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Ozônio (2:59)
13. Fernando - Quando O Couro Fala (4:02)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

World's Rarest Funk 45' (Volume 2)

01. Clap Your Hands Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets
02. Just Take Your Time Innersouls
03. Deal With It Jimmy Lane & The Incredible Five
04. Monkey In A Sack Lil Buck & The Top Cats
05. Congestion The Devastation
06. Party Abraham & The Metronomes
07. Walking On The Moon Reverend Jamel & Bob Johnson
08. No Names Will Be Called Road Runners
09. Backtalk (Pts. I & II) The 2nd Amendmen Band
10. Right On Right Off The Afros Band
11. Funky Manuel Black On White Affair
12. Top Going Down, Bottom Going Up Nathan Bartell
13. Baby Don't Cry The Third Guitar
14. New Generation The Universals
15. Zambezi (Pts. I & II) The Fun Company
16. Simmerin' Weston Prim & Backlash

Some of the best and rarest Funk 45s never to be heard before for the first time on CD! Includes previously unreleased material and, As with Volume 1, Jazzman continue to champion the magnificent and near forgotten sounds of America’s finest and funkiest 45 releases. Four decades on, these releases still pack a dancefloor beside any modern music production and more than often eclipse their modern counterparts with the sheer style and soul they exude. As we as listeners propel ourselves further into an ever more uncertain musical future I feel it of unique importance to honor and rejoice the musical wealth of these past recordings. Jazzman. 2007.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Love, Peace & Poetry Vol. 4 - Japan (2001)

Love, Peace & Poetry - Vol.4 Japan is the fourth volume in the Love, Peace & Poetry series released by QDK Media and Normal Records in 2001. This volume explores obscuro garage rock and psychedelic rock bands from Japan.

01. "Happenings Theme" (The Happenings Four) – 1:01
02. "Liver Juice Vending Machine" (Foodbrain) – 2:39
03. "Tomorrow's Child" (Apryl Fool) – 4:19
04. "Run and Hide" (Speed, Glue & Shinki) – 4:50
05. "Hidariashi No Otoko" (Yuya Uchida & The Flowers) – 4:39
06. "Brane Baster" (Blues Creation) – 2:02
07. "Freedom of a Mad Paper Lantern" (Shinki Chen) – 3:08
08. "Gloomy Flower" (Jacks) – 3:17
09. "Kimi Ha Darenanda" (Tokedashita Garasubako) – 3:00
10. "You All Should Think More" (Justin Heathcliff) – 2:23
11. "Keep It Cool" (Speed, Glue & Shinki) – 4:19
12. "The Lost Mother Land, Pt. 1" (Apryl Fool) – 5:41
13. "A White Dove in Disguise" (Masahiko Sato) – 2:03
14. "Kirikyogen" (Kawachi, Kuni & Friends) – 5:06
15. "Asamade Matenai" (The Mops) – 3:08
16. "Koishite Aishite" (The Beavers) – 3:15
17. "I Want You" (The Happenings) – 3:02

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics

The Heliocentrics – the London-based collective centered around drummer Malcolm Catto, bassist Jake Ferguson and producer Mike Burnham – first performed with legendary Ethiopian Jazz composer/arranger/pianist/vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke in early 2008. The pairing went so well – Astatke celebrated the band as the Heliocentrics performed the classic songs Astatke recorded for the Ethiopian Amha label in the late 60s and early 70s – that a collaborative recording session became a must. Thus began the landmark sessions in the Heliocentrics’ cavernous studio that resulted in Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information 3.

Though the ensemble run though some of Mulatu’s classic recordings, the bulk of this album is newly recorded psychedelic jazz with a funk and rock edge. Astatke’s presence clearly challenged the band to write and record an album worthy of the legend. From melancholic modal musings to thunderous funk, Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information 3 follows in the lines of the landmark, impossible-to-categorize albums that Astatke and the Heliocentrics have offered to the world.

01. Masenqo
02. Cha Cha
03. Addis Black Widow
04. Mulatu
05. Blue Nile
06. Esketa Dance
07. Chik Chikka
08. Live From Tigre Lounge
09. Chinese New Year
10. Phantom Of The Panther
11. Dewel
12. Fire In The Zoo
13. An Epic Story
14. Anglo Ethio Suite

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics - (OST)

Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics (OST)
Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Modal

Lloyd Miller and The Heliocentrics follows Now-Again's Heliocentrics collaboration with Ethio-jazz legend Mulatu Astatke with an album that pairs ethnomusicologist, jazz maestro and multi-instrumentalist, Lloyd Miller with the UK collective.

With multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Miller, a doctor who specializes in Persian classical music, The Heliocentrics create an album that is both courageous and moody. “Bali Bronze” and “Electricone”, for instance, with its haunting flutes, forceful piano, and pounding drums, crumble the distinctions between Western jazz and Middle Eastern compositions. The same goes for “Modality,” with roots established in John Coltrane-esque jazz and Iranian arrangements. But while (ost) is fidgety and restless, the Asian-influenced “Sunda Sunset” is a five-minute massage suited for deep meditation and immense introspection. All told, (ost) could be disassembled and studied for its dedication to international influences, or praised simply as good music. Then again, with musicians like the great Lloyd Miller and the distinguished Heliocentrics at the helm, should we really be surprised?

01. Electricone 3:40
02. Nava 4:52
03. Mandala 3:20
04. Spiritual Jazz 7:31
05. Bali Bronze 5:44
06. Fantasia Pt. 1 2:34
07. Modality 3:16
08. Salendro 2:07
09. Pari Ru 4:53
10. Lloyd's Diatribe 3:24
11. Fantasia Pt. 2 2:26
12. Chahargah 2:56
13. Sunda Sunset 5:29

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lloyd Miller -A Lifetime In Oriental Jazz

01 Gole gandom
02 Amber Eyes
03 Le Grand Bidou
04 Bizz-aire
05 Amber Eyes
06 Gole Gandom
07 Indo-European Improvisations
08 Hue Wail
09 Chant Inca
10 Bhairava Raga
11 Khamaj Curry
12 Gole Gandom
13 Bhairavi Raga
14 Shur Thing

2009 definitive anthology of the legendary jazz musician & ethno-musicologist. Selections from rare privately pressed albums, live sessions in Europe, and previously unreleased material. This is the story of his extraordinary personal journey from the West Coast to the Far East. Played on a plethora of exotic instruments from around the world, Miller's music is a unique blend of jazz with the modal and spiritual sounds of traditional Asian and Middle Eastern music. Newly remastered sound. Five stars in Mojo mag. 14 tracks.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Konono No.1 - Assume Crash Position

01 Wumbanzanga
02 Thin Legs
03 Mama Na Bana
04 Makembe
05 Fula Fula
06 Guiyome
07 Konono Wa Wa Wa
08 Nakobala Lususu Te

Album Review
For nearly 40 years, Mingiedi Mawangu and his Konono No. 1 likembe orchestra, have been playing street parties and festivals in the Congo, and since the 21st century, all over the world. The likembe is a thumb piano made from steel strips cut to various lengs and played across a steel bridge over a hollowed wooden box, creating a resonating tinny sound that registers from deep and and rumbles to high and reedy. Konono No. 1 make their instruments from car parts and amplify them with everything from microphones assembled from alternator magnets, camshafts, valves, and speakers to homemade amplifiers that distort the likembe's sound and create numerous overtones and effects accompanied by whistles and other percussion instruments made from discarded steel pots, pans, radiators, sheets of tin, trunk covers, car hoods, etc. The only conventional modern instrument is Duki Makumbu's electric bass and Vincent Visi's makeshift drum kit (likewise made of found items).

Previous recordings have documented the many kinds of sounds Konono No. 1 generate in their form of polyrhythmic bazombo trance music that incorporates interlinking folk and improvised melodies that are sometimes played by the likembes, and at other times chanted and sung with call and response vocals. Assume Crash Position, produced by Crammed's Vincent Kenis, was recorded in a proper studio setting in Kinshasa. Rather than let the environment take away from the kinetic, utterly organic, raw feel of their previous albums, the separation of sounds created here, and the clarity of the way the likembes interact with one another, create a new experience altogether. Konono No. 1's approach to playing is not at all different; it is still the sound of an hour-long celebration unfolding -- even adding a couple of likembe players from the Kasai All-Stars on "Mama Na Bana," and a few guitars littered throughout doesn't alter that. A solid example is in one of their set standards, “Konono Wa Wa Wa,” near the album's end. The bassline is clearly stated, followed by layers of drums and percussion. The melody unfolds in call and response chants before the likembes begin to enter gradually by tonality. What seems like an ordinary folk song is, by the four-minute mark of its nearly 12 minutes, a complete exercise in Konono No. 1's trademark ancient-to-future hip-shaking trance dance with echoing sounds, reverb, distortion, and overwhelming energy united inseparably. Another extended workout is on album0opener "Wumbanzanga," where a guitar line is woven through the intricate melody of likembes, percussion, and bass; deep shouted responses to Pauline Mbuka Nsiala's lead vocals make this a celebratory hypnosis inducer; it will make a dancer out of anyone within earshot. For fans, Assume Crash Position is a necessary addition to the catalog. For the intrigued, this is an excellent starting point. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ry Cooder - I, Flathead

Ry Cooder has always been a musical storyteller, from his self-titled debut album (which featured both well-known and under-recognized folk, blues, swing, and jug tunes) to Boomer's Story, his last two offerings for Nonesuch (Chavez Ravine and My Name Is Buddy), and his many film scores (including those for The Long Riders, Paris, Texas, Last Man Standing, Geronimo, and The End of Violence, just to mention a few). When his contributions as a musicologist, producer, and collaborator -- such as his contributions to the various Buena Vista Social Club recordings (including the film score) and his work with V.M. Bhatt, Pops Staples, Ersi Arvizu, and guitarist Manuel Galbán of Los Zafiros -- are included, he becomes a genuine mythmaker. I, Flathead contributes to the weight of Cooder's legend in many ways. First, there's the title, an obvious nod to the late Isaac Asimov's I, Robot; then there's the legend -- the entire story is told in a 100-page, hardbound novella that accompanies the Deluxe Edition -- about beatnik, country music nut, and salt-flats racer Kash Buk, his band the Klowns, the strange and wonderful extraterrestrial visitor called Shakey, and the Passenger who pursues him. It's even subtitled "The Songs of Kash Buk and the Klowns." Finally, there's the music; it's a set of 14 original tunes that employ everything from country rockabilly to blues; strange, shimmering exotica; and Latin-influenced rock, swing, and mariachi music.

Musically, there isn't anything here you haven't heard from Cooder before, but it's shaken and stirred differently and owes a nod or two to Tom Waits' deadpan storytelling manner. This album doesn't have the futuristic Latin groove of Chavez Ravine or the traveling dust-bowl balladic country and folk that was on My Name Is Buddy, but it is simultaneously as welcoming and off-putting as both those earlier records. The songs can be enjoyed with or without the novella, as they were meant to stand apart. The story in it is directly related, but there is a story the recording tells on its own. The sound of the record is frighteningly crystalline for roots-oriented music -- the dirty-assed bottleneck slide guitar-fueled "Ridin' with the Blues," with drummer Jim Keltner and guitarist Rene Camacho, feels too clean despite its tempo and loose vibe. "Pink-O Boogie" follows with the same band -- with added percussion from Joachim Cooder -- but the groove is nastier and dirtier, and feels like it could have come from the Get Rhythm album in 1987. Near the end, Jesús Guzmán arranges some crazy string work to take it out. The rootsy rocker "Waitin' for Some Girl," where Cooder plays everything but drums (courtesy of Martin Pradler) sounds like a lost John Hiatt tune from Ry's Slide Area period (it's also better than anything that Hiatt has come up with himself in ages). Old pal Flaco Jiménez lends his accordion to "Filipino Dancehall Girl," a beautiful norteño tune that is kissed by cha-cha in Joachim's rhythms. "Spayed Kooley" is, as one might expect, a humorous Western swing jam, but played by a basic rock trio. And then there's the beautifully articulated swing ballad "My Dwarf Is Getting Tired," one of the more beautifully warm broken love songs Cooder has ever written -- and the string touches by Guzmán make it a shuffling lounge fave. Ultimately, "quirky" doesn't begin to describe I, Flathead, but it doesn't have to: this disc is simultaneously both vintage and futuristic Cooder doing what he does best, offering listeners ghost traces of the past as they materialize on the dusty desert horizon like a mirage. ~ AMG

01 Drive Like I Never Been Hurt 04:07
02 Waitin' for Some Girl 03:48
03 Johnny Cash 03:08
04 Can I Smoke I Here? 04:19
05 Steel Guitar Heaven 03:40
06 Ridin' with the Blues 03:01
07 Pink-O Boogie 03:05
08 Fernando Sez 04:44
09 Spayed Kooley 02:09
10 Filipino Dancehall Girl 03:54
11 My Dwarf Is Getting Tired 03:59
12 Flathead One More Time 03:12
13 5000 Country Music Songs 06:41
14 Little Trona Girl

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead

Mulatu Astatke already has a legendary status as the father of Ethio Jazz. But he hasn't been content to rest on his laurels. Instead he's forged ahead. This album proves very different from his work with the Heliocentrics (some of whom do feature here), or with the Either/Orchestra -- it's an album of what is essentially a meandering, laid-back groove that looks at music from two angles -- the Western and the Ethiopian. The former gets to stretch out on cuts like the opener, the reflective "Radcliffe," and "The Way to Nice." Ethiopia raises its head on "I Faram Gami I Faram," which some luscious Addis Ababa singing, a reworking of the style that made Astatke's name, and actually of one of his old compositions. But it can also be heard in the flute on "Ethio Blues," or the ways Astatke's vibraphone resembles a balafon in "Green Africa." "Assosa" is a true trip into rural Ethiopia, based on traditional music, while "Mulatu's Mood" crosses the continent to put another of the man's older pieces in a highlife framework and highlight the connections between styles. What's interesting is how much of a backseat Astatke is happy to take, rarely venturing out front for a solo (and even then they're brief, more like punctuations), but always powering things along as part of the rhythm section. The exception is on "Boogaloo," at heart Western enough until Astatke takes it to Ethiopia over the groove, and then an Ethiopian fiddle holds it in strange, beautiful territory. A beautiful album that adds to Astatke's stature.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nigeria Rock Special: Psychedelic Afro-Rock And Fuzz Funk In 1970s Nigeria

01.Ofege — Adieu
02.The Action 13 — More Bread to the People
03.The Hygrades — In the Jungle (Instrumental)
04.The Wings — Odenigbo
05.Ofo the Black Company — Eniaro
06.The Elcados — Ku Mi Da Hankan
07.Mono Mono — Kenimania
08.Tabukah X — Finger Toe
09.The Funkees — Acid Rock
10.Colomach — Cotocun Gba Gounke
11.Joe King Kologbo & His Black Sound — Another Man's Thing
12.Question Mark — Freaking Out
13.Original Wings — Igba Alusi
14.Tunji Oyelana — Omoba D'Eru Ri
15.BLO — Chant to Mother Earth

This is the third and final installment in the excellent Sound Way Records' essential trilogy of 1970s Nigerian sounds: first we had hi-life, then disco and boogie, and now we have the complete picture with this third volume focusing on afro-rock and funk! As you would expect from Sound Way, this is an absolutely brilliant compilation that showcases the flowering of the afro-rock sound in Nigeria as the influence of US acts like Jimi Hendrix and Santana started to seep into the mainly soul-based sets of a handful of young bands. Some of the musicians from these bands were picked up by Cream's Ginger Baker when he visited Nigeria in 1970 and accompanied him on a tour of Europe and America - this experience exposed these young players to the betaing heart of the inner-world of progressive and psychedelic rock at its peak, and so these musicians were able to return to Nigeria full of inspiration. The resultant Afro Rock craze hit the students and young night clubbers of Nigeria hard as fuzz-heavy guitars were fused with heavy African rhythms, taking the African and Afro-Latin influences behind the US rockers back home to the source! Highly recommended!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mandarin Movie - Mandarin Movie (2005)

"Mandarin Movie is a project from Chicago native and current Brazil resident Rob Mazurek, a cornetist, composer, painter, improviser, and multi-media artist whose unique musical style draws from free jazz, hard-bop, experimental electronica and minimalism. Mandarin Movie's debut release is a full frequency audio assault, dense and beautiful at times, unrestrained, chaotic & hard at other times, with an almost sculptural quality, always preparing us for the beauty of sound and silence. The name 'Mandarin Movie' stems from a dream Rob had in 2003, evoking an artist's vision of singular clarity similar to Sun Ra's Space is The Place. At the dreams end Rob found himself atop the highest building in the world where 'It was all light beams and flying discs and dense beautiful sounding explosions which put a good feeling in the back of your head'." Includes Alan Licht on guitar.

01 Orange
02 The Green Giraffe
03 Black Goat (part one)
04 Black Goat (part two)
05 The Ghost Ship Is Sinking
06 Peking Duck With Steam Dumpling
07 A Very Modern Camera (part one)
08 A Very Modern Camera (part two)
09 Ghost Ships Don?t Sink
10 The Highest Building In The World


Alan Licht - Guitar
Steve Swell - Trombone
Jason Ajemian - Double Bass, Electronics
Frank Rosaly - Drums
Rob Mazurek - Computer, Electric Eels
Moog; Pianette, Cornet; John Herndon - Drums, Programming (track 2)
Rick Rizzo - Guitar (track 2)
Mikael Jorgensen - Computer (track 1)
Jim Becker - Fiddle, Banjo - (track 5)

Style: Modern Jazz

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Diga Rhythm Band (1976)

Diga Rhythm Band
Mickey Hart/Diga Rhythm Band

01 Sweet Sixteen
02 Magnificent Sevens
03 Happiness Is Drumming
04 Razooli
05 Tal Mala

During a lull in activities with the Grateful Dead, percussionist and ethnomusicologist Mickey Hart joined with tabla player, Zakir Hussain, son of longtime Ravi Shankar accompanist, Alla Rakha, and students of the Ali Akbar College of Music to form the heavily percussive Diga Rhythm Band in 1975. Recording their sole album, Diga, in Hart's barn/studio in Novato, California, the 11-piece group was augmented by Jerry Garcia on guitar and Jim McPherson, Kathy McDonald and David Freiberg on vocals. One tune on the album, "Happiness Is Drumming (Fire on the Mountain) went on to be a staple at concerts by the Grateful Dead, the Other Ones and Hart's Planet Drum.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Daktaris Soul Explosion

01 Musicawa Silt
02 Musicawa Silt Part 2
03 Quiet Man Is Dead Man
04 Modern Technology
05 Super Afro-Beat
06 Give It Up Turnit Loose
07 Eltsuhg Ibal Lasiti
08 Daktari Walk
09 Voodoo Soul Stew
10 Upside Down

One of the greatest grooves from the legendary Desco Records years – a brilliant album of modern Afro Funk done by The Daktaris – in a groove that's just as hard-hitting as any of Fela's work from the 70s! The album was one of the first to bring back an older African style to current funk – and even years later, it's still one of the best examples of the sound – a razor-sharp session that helped set the stage for better-known Antibalas work to come! Percussion and guitar is super-heavy throughout – produced with that bare-bones Desco style, and handled in a way that makes you think the record might be some treasure from mid 70s Nigeria – a trick the label tried to pull when it was released! Cuts include a cover of Fela's "Upside Down", James Brown's "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", and the originals "Super Afro-Beat", "Daktari Walk", "Voodoo Soul Stew", and "Quiet Man Is A Dead Man". © 1996-2010, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

VA - Putumayo presents World Christmas Party (2010)

Putumayo presents World Christmas Party, a festive collection of Christmas favorites recorded by artists from around the globe. Whether listeners are seeking a fresh spin on perennial Christmas classics or want to know what rhythms get yuletide celebrations started from Jamaica to Cape Verde, World Christmas Party is sure to put people into the holiday mood. The CD unites reggae, Latin, African and other global rhythms into an upbeat album perfect for Christmas festivities.

Putumayo’s Christmas collections have sold more than one million copies and have been hailed by the New York Times and many other publications for their refreshing, uplifting holiday selections. Says Dan Storper, Putumayo Founder and CEO, “I’ve really enjoyed searching for Christmas music in my travels around the world and exploring the ways in which the holiday is celebrated in different cultures.”

01 Wish You A Merry Christmas (Jacob Miller - Jamaica)
02 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Poncho Sanchez - USA)
03 Christmas Comes But Once A Year (Charles Brown - USA)
04 Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Keahiwai - Hawaii)
05 Winter Wonderland (Jose Conde - USA/Cuba)
06 Alegria (Maria De Barros - Cape Verde)
07 Barra De Navidad Blues (Heritage Hall Jazz Band - USA)
08 The Christmas Song (Brave Combo - USA)
09 Kei Te Haere Mai A Hana Koko (H.K. Crew feat. Kina - New Zealand)
10 Carol and the Kings (Alison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven - USA)
11 Boas Festas Mocambique (Costa Neto - Mozambique)
12 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Ed Calle with Arturo Sandoval - Venezuela/Cuba)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Next Stop ... Soweto Vol. 3 Giants, Ministers and Makers Jazz in South Africa 1963-1984.

Next Stop Soweto Vol. 3 is the story of the music that survived in South Africa during this mid-‘60s to mid-‘80s era. The album features many of the recognised South African jazz greats like saxophonist Dudu Pukwana and drummer Early Mabuza, the potent soul jazz grooves of The Heshoo Beshoo Group and The Drive and some of the many artists creating unique fusions like Philip Tabane’s Malombo mixing African drums and hand percussion with guitar, vocal and flute. This is important music, a defiant statement in the face of unimaginable cultural repression.

promo sampler:


Mel Brown - Chicken Fat (1967)

Guitarist Mel Brown is hailed as "An Impulse! Discovery" on Chicken Fat, his debut for the label, and this album does feature a fantastic unique sound. Brown played in the bands of T-Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker, and has an aggressive (though not harsh) single-string picking style. For this date he is paired with either Herb Ellis or Arthur Wright on guitar, Gerald Wiggins on organ, and Brown's regular rhythm section of Paul Humphrey on drums and Ronald Brown on electric bass. There are a couple tracks that are played as pretty straight blues, but this is a hoppin' soul-jazz date. The tunes are bouncy and funky, and Brown's playing is a real treat. His bluesy, almost reckless soloing gives a vastly different flavor that the playing of guys like Grant Green or Melvin Sparks. Gerald Wiggins' organ playing is cool and swinging, and the electric bass of Ronald Brown makes this album about as funky as Impulse ever got. Both Herb Ellis and Arthur Wright get some solo space as well, with Ellis sounding quite interesting playing an unamplified 12-string on a couple cuts. Brown gets some nice tones as well, and on "Hobo Flats" plays "an electronic guitar with Wah-Wah distortion" (remember, this is 1967 jazz) "that gives a weird shimmering sound," according to the liner notes. Leave it to Impulse! to put a new spin on the guitar/organ sound. This is hot stuff - AMG

01 Chicken Fat
02 Greasy Spoon
03 Home James
04 Slalom
05 Hobo Flats
06 Shanty
07 Sad But True
08 I'm Goin' to Jackson
09 Blues for Big Bob

Friday, September 10, 2010

Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes (1999)

01 Ando Meio Desligado
02 Ave, Lucifer
03 Dia 36
04 Baby [1971]
05 Fuga No. II
06 Cantor de Mambo
07 Adeus Maria Fulo
08 Desculpe, Babe
09 El Justiciero
10 Panis et Circenses
11 A Minha Menina
12 Bat Macumba
13 Le Premier Bonheur du Jour
14 Baby [1988]

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Various Artists - Folk And Pop Sounds Of Sumatra Vol. 1 (2003)

01. Sitogol #1 (Haba Haba Group)
02. Unknown Title (Unknown Group)
03. Borungku Si Derita (Marios Group)
04. Siti Payung (Pimp Rubiah)
05. Indang Pariaman (Samsimar)
06. Piso Somalim #1 (Unknown Drama)
07. Sri Mersing (Pimp Rubiah)
08. Bapikek Balam (Samsimar)
09. Piso Somalim #2 (Unknown Drama)
10. Sitogol #2 (Haba Haba Group)

An essential collection of unique folk and pop music from the Island of Sumatra, including drone beat pop, jungle folk trance, gypsy hybrid songs, haunting vocal chants, and other beautiful, lost styles, which have yet to be discovered. The selections on this CD are a combination of droning beat pop, pseudo-gypsy songs, jungle folk trance, and other improbable traditional and hybrid styles heard by only a handful of outsiders. These recordings are from old cassette tapes received as gifts, in trade, or purchased from sources in Sumatra in 1989. Some of the tapes are unmarked with the artists unknown, yet all of them are decaying documents of various sound quality containing some of the most eccentric artifacts ever uncovered from this fascinating island.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ethiopiques - Volumes 14, 15 & 16

no tracklist today...just three more volumes of the awesome "Ethiopiques" series...
suffice it say, if you liked the other volumes in this series, you'll want these, too!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

John Paul Jones - Zooma (1999)

01. Zooma Jones 5:52
02. Grind Jones 5:20
03. The Smile of Your Shadow Jones 5:50
04. Goose Jones 4:58
05. Bass 'N' Drums Jones 2:32
06. B. Fingers Jones 5:26
07. Smake Eyes Jones 7:32
08. Nosumi Blues Jones 5:48
09. Tidal Jones 6:50

John Paul Jones stayed quiet for years after the disbandment of Led Zeppelin, performing the occasional arranging, soundtrack, or production gig, or collaborating with such avant garde musicians as Diamanda Galas. Throughout it all, he never released a full-fledged solo album — until the fall of 1999, when he unleashed Zooma. Anyone that was following who Jones worked with in the '90s — including Galas, the Butthole Surfers, and R.E.M. — shouldn't be entirely surprised by the depth, range, and gleeful strangeness on Zooma, but those expecting something like Led Zeppelin IV will be disappointed. That's not to say that there's no Zeppelin here at all. Jones was a key member of Zep, contributing heavily to their sonic majesty and experimental bent, all things that are apparent throughout the album. The difference is, Jones frees himself and his collaborators — including Paul Leary and members of the London Symphony Orchestra — to push the envelope hard by making Zooma an instrumental effort. Freed from the boundaries of songs, but not compositions, Jones crafts a series of nine truly impressive songs, blending together blues, worldbeat, heavy rock, jazz, and the avant-garde into a distinctive, unpredictable, and original sound. It may have been a long wait to receive the first solo album from Jones, but the end result makes it all worthwhile...AMG

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Traffic - Smiling Phases (1991)

01. Paper Sun 4:15
02. Hole In My Shoe 3:01
03. Smiling Phases 2:39
04. Heaven Is In Your Mind 4:12
05. Coloured Rain 2:37
06. No Face, No Name, No Number 3:28
07. Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush 2:36
08. Dear Mr. Fantasy 5:36
09. You Can All Join In 3:32
10. Feelin' Alright 4:13
11. Pearly Queen 4:15
12. Forty Thousand Headmen 3:11
13. Vagabond Virgin 5:13
14. Shanghai Noodle Factory 5:03
15. Withering Tree 3:00
16. Medicated Goo 3:32

01. Glad 6:59
02. Freedom Rider 5:26
03. Empty Pages 4:34
04. John Barleycorn 6:21
05. Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys 11:26
06. Light Up Or Leave Me Alone 4:41
07. Rock & Roll Stew 4:18
08. Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory 5:58
09. Walking In The Wind 6:38
10. When The Eagle Flies 4:22

During their tumultuous existence between 1967 and 1974, Traffic had two distinct phases separated by a year (January 1969 to February 1970) during which the band was temporarily dissolved. In its first phase, Traffic was heavily influenced by the pop psychedelia of its time, but were also developing a distinctive blues-rock jam style. When Steve Winwood reconvened the group in 1970 without Dave Mason, he was ready to take the spotlight more forcefully, and Traffic evolved into a band that played long, largely instrumental songs. In constructing a two-CD retrospective of Traffic, compiler Kevin Patrick has taken the obvious step of devoting disc one to the early phase of Traffic and disc two to the later one. He faces different challenges in selecting tracks for each disc. The first CD is necessarily diverse; the early singles must be included, and so must some of Dave Mason's material, though his songs tend to sound more like solo tracks. The challenge for disc two is simply that the songs from 1970-1974 tend to be so long, and it's difficult to decide which ones to include. Patrick has met both of these challenges admirably. Though both discs are a bit short by CD standards, running a little over an hour each, there are few significant tracks that are missing. On disc two, Patrick has striven to be fair to the later Traffic albums, even though they are not as good as their predecessors from this phase, but he strikes a reasonable balance. Until 1991, Traffic had had no more than a few single-disc compilations, the most readily available being The Best of Traffic, which contained nothing from the group's later period. So, Smiling Phases was a welcome addition to the catalog, with solid selection and sequencing...AMG

Friday, August 13, 2010

Songs Clapton Taught Us: Clapton Classics (80's jap cd)

the essence of Clapton and his blues...

01 All Your Love / Otis Rush
02 Hideaway / Freddy King
03 Born Under A Bad Sign / Albert King
04 Spoonful / Howlin' Wolf
05 Rollin' And Tumblin' / Muddy Waters
06 Cat's Squirrel / Dr. Ross
07 Ramblin' On My Mind / Robert Johnson
08 I'm So Glad / Skip James
09 Outside Woman Blues / Blind Joe Reynolds
10 Sittin' On Top Of The World / Howlin' Wolf
11 I Wish You Would / Billy Boy Arnold
12 Too Much Monkey Business / Chuck Berry
13 I Got Love If You Want It / Slim Harpo
14 Smokestack Lightnin' / Howlin' Wolf
15 Five Long Years / Eddie Boyd
16 Willie And The Hand Jive / Johnny Otis
17 Jesus Is Coming Soon / Blind Willie Johnson
18 Swing Low Sweet Chariot / The Staple Singers
19 Everybody Oughta Make A Change / Sleepy John Estes
20 Worried Life Blues / Big Maceo
21 Further On Up The Road / Bobby Bland
22 Have You Ever Loved A Woman / Freddy King
23 Steppin' Out / Memphis Slim
24 The Sky Is Crying / Elmore James
25 Eyesight To The Blind / Sonny Boy Williamson
26 Crossroads / Robert Johnson

that's not the real cover as i could barely find any infos at all about this Japanese compilation cd from the 80's...but, this the essence of Clapton's blues...
truly, the "Songs Clapton Taught Us".

Monday, August 9, 2010

Ethiopiques Volume 13: Ethiopian Groove (2003)

One of our favorite compilations in this amazing series – a killer batch of 70s funk from Ethiopia! The instrumental grooves are very much in the style of the best American work at the time – like tracks by James Brown or Kool & The Gang – but the vocals have this amazing other-worldly feel that makes the music sound totally unique, and which pulls out some strange pitches in the instrumentation that really gives the whole thing a wild and edgey feel! The set's got 17 tracks in all – none of which you've probably heard before – and titles include "Tashamanaletch" and "Wededku Afqerkush" by Alemayehu Eshete, "Muziqawi Silt" by Wallias Band, "Gedawo" and "Gud Aderegetchegn" by Ayalew Mesafin, "Ya Djaleleto" and "Antchin Yagegnulet" by Tamrat Ferendji, and "Yemendjar Shega" by Muluqen Mellesse

These recordings are almost all from 1976 and 1977, so it's last-gasp-time before the military dictatorship clampdown killed off that golden age.
Another very solid Ethiopiques compilation that will both satisfy the series' veterans and whet the appetite of newcomers...

01. Tashamanalétch (She Stirs Up Covetousness) - Eshèté, Alèayèhu
02. Ewnètègna Feqer (A True Love) - Abbèbè, Tesfaye
03. Mètch Ené Terf Fèlèghu
04. Wèdèdku Afqèrkush (I'm in Love, I Love You) - Eshèté, Alèayèhu
05. Antchin Yagènulèt (When They See You) - Fèrèndji, Tamrat
06. Muziqa Muziqa
07. Atraqègn (Don't Go Away from Me) - Haylè-Michael, Tèzè
08. Yèmendjar Shèga - Menguistu, Shèwalul
09. Muziqawi Silt [Instrumental] - Bèyènè, Girma
10. Djemeregne - Menguistu, Shèwalul
11. Feqer Aydèlèm Wèy (Isn't It Love?) - Mèsfin, Ayalew
12. Ya Djalèléto (My Beautiful Beloved) - Fèrèndji, Tamrat
13. Tegel Nèw - Haylè-Michael, Tèzè
14. Gud Adèrègètchegn (She Shattered Me) - Mesfin, Ayalèw
15. Gèdawo (The Lucky One) - Mesfin, Ayalèw
16. Mètché Nèw (When?) - Sissay, Tèshomè
17. Amlak Abét Abét (Lord, I Pray of You) - Sissay, Tèshomè

Ethiopiques, Vol. 12: Konso Music and Songs (2003)

For just the second time in the Ethiopiques series, there's something fairly new, not vintage. Volume two brought material from the early part of the 1990s, but this is real modern fieldwork, the music of the Xonso people, revolving around the voice, the flute, and the lyre. They have an interesting view of music; not only is it a part of everyday life, but it is also a way to pass messages to their descendants. While the instruments are present, it's always the sound of people that's to the fore. There's singing, clapping, stomping, chanting, and myriad variations -- almost any way of making noise that's possible with the voice or body. That could seem off-putting, but in fact it's warm and oddly reassuring. The sense of pleasure the Xonso have in their music-making is palpable, communicating itself in every second of the disc. So while this is a definite departure for this series, the music more than makes up for the change of pace. - AMG

01 Kabalula Kossa - Xorma
02 Kusse Guibada - untitled
03 Tadesse Deyasa - Wattatra
04 Choir - Parga
06 Kabachare Jiraato - Timma qollo
07 Kahano - Hoppa
08 Kosey A Gamecho - Tansa
09 Kabachare Jiraato - Oyayo
10 Tadesse Telliy A - Kampalutu
11 Choir - Kirna Yoqaa
12 Choir - Untitled
14 Karacho Tayye - Tansa 2
15 Tamiru Tzareghe - untitled
16 Tadesse Deyasa - untitled
17 Tadesse Telllya Jankara - Xorma 2
18 Sagooyya Jiwwa - Xorma 3
19 Changara - Tansa 3
20 Arrimma Shingoda - Songo Gawadi
21 Hoire Katano - Untitled
22 Robisha Weghegira - Untitled
23 Kabalula Kossa - Daletya

Ethiopiques Volume 11 – Alemu Aga: Harp Of King David

One of the more recent recordings in this series of CDs focusing on Ethiopian music – and one of the more mellow, too! The CD's devoted to work played on the Beguena, or "King David's Harp" – one of Ethiopia's oldest instruments, and one with a weirdly haunting sound. The style is kind of like a fretless bass being played in echoey bottom registers – acoustic here, but with an enigmatic electricity of its own that creates many trance-like moments! © 1996-2010, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

Ethiopiques Volume 11: Alemu Aga

01. Abatatchen Hoy - peter Noster
02. Medinanna Zelesegna - Medina And Zelesegna
03. Tew Semagn Hagere - Cher Concitoyen
04. Yeemebetatchen Selamta
05. Keto Ayqerem Motu
06. Sele Sene Seqlet
07. Abba Gragn Mote
08. Sele Sene Fetret
09. Dagem Metseat
10. Sele Genna
11. Man Yemeramer?
12. Yebeguenna Derdera

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle (UK 1968) Mono & Stereo + bonus

Odessey & Oracle was one of the flukiest (and best) albums of the 1960s, and one of the most enduring long-players to come out of the entire British psychedelic boom, mixing trippy melodies, ornate choruses, and lush Mellotron sounds with a solid hard rock base. But it was overlooked completely in England and barely got out in America (with a big push by Al Kooper, who was then a Columbia Records producer); and it was neglected in the U.S. until the single "Time of the Season," culled from the album, topped the charts nearly two years after it was recorded, by which time the group was long disbanded. Ironically, at the time of its recording in the summer of 1967, permanency was not much on the minds of the band members. Odessey & Oracle was intended as a final statement, a bold last hurrah, having worked hard for three years only to see the quality of their gigs decline as the hits stopped coming. The results are consistently pleasing, surprising, and challenging: "Hung Up on a Dream" and "Changes" are some of the most powerful psychedelic pop/rock ever heard out of England, with a solid rhythm section, a hot Mellotron sound, and chiming, hard guitar, as well as highly melodic piano; "Changes" also benefits from radiant singing. "This Will Be Our Year" makes use of trumpets (one of the very few instances of real overdubbing) in a manner reminiscent of "Penny Lane"; and then there's "Time of the Season," the most well-known song in their output and a white soul classic. Not all of the album is that inspired, but it's all consistently interesting and very good listening, and superior to most other psychedelic albums this side of the Beatles' best and Pink Floyd's early work. Indeed, the only complaint one might have about the original LP is its relatively short running time, barely over 30 minutes, but even that's refreshing in an era where most musicians took their (and our) time making their point, and most of the CD reissues have bonus tracks to fill out the space available. — Bruce Eder

that's what the AMG guy said.
i say get it for "Beachwood Park" and play that song over and over because
it's a such a cool fuckin' summer song!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ethiopiques Volume 10 – Tezeta: Ethiopian Blues & Ballads

Excellent stuff – even if this volume isn't as funky as other numbers in the Ethiopiques series! Instead, the tracks are soulful and bluesy numbers – half vocal, half instrumental tunes, with a really dark approach, and backings that are spare and extremely haunting. The vocalists are amazing – with a wailing crying tone that really sets the mood of the CD – and the instrumentalists follow suit with moody solo work on guitar and tenor sax. Titles include "Eyetegnu Negu" by Frew Haylou, "Hedetch Alu" by Mulequen Mellesse, "Tezeta" by Mahmoud Ahmed, "Tezeta" by Menelik Wesnatchew, "Gubelye" by Mulatu Astatqe, and "Alteleyeshegnem" by Alemayehu Eshete. © 1996-2010, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

01 Frew Haylou - Eyetegnu Nequ - Frew Haylou
02 Hedetch Alu - Muluqen Mellesse
03 Teredtchewalehu - Alemayehu Eshete
04 Heywete - Tesfa-Maryam Kidane
05 Tezeta - Seyfou Yohannes
06 Alteleyeshegnem - Alemayehu Eshete
07 Gubelye - Mulatu Astatqe
08 Tezeta - Mahmoud Ahmed
09 Man Yehon Telleq Sew - Alemayehu Eshete
10 Tezeta - Tesfa-Maryam Kidane
11 Tezeta - Menelik Wesnatchew
12 Tezeta Slow - Getatchew Kassa
13 Tezeta Slow - Getatchew Kassa

Éthiopiques Vol. 9 - Alèmayèhu Eshèté

Alemayehu Eshete is an Ethiopian Ethio-jazz singer active since the 1960s who primarily sings in Amharic. Eshete's talent was recognized by colonel Rètta Dèmèqè who invited the young singer to perform with Addis Ababa's famous Police Orchestra. Eshete had his first hit ("Seul") in 1961 before moving on to found the orchestra Alèm-Girma Band with Girma Bèyènè. Over the course of 15 years, Eshete released some 30 singles until the arrival of the communist Derg junta, which forced Eshete and many other artists into exile.

Alemayehu Eshete has since gained fame in Europe and the Americas with the release of Buda Musique's Ethiopiques series of compilations on compact disc. Ethiopiques Volume 9 is devoted entirely to recordings of Eshete's earlier music, and Volume 22 covers his career between 1972 and 1974. Other songs have also appeared on Volumes 3, 8, 10, and 13 or the series. In 2008 Eshete toured the United States with fellow Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed, backed by Boston's 10-piece Either/Orchestra.

01. Addis Abeba Bete
02. Yeweyn Haregitu
03. Qondjit
04. Yelben Betayiw
05. Yesew Bet Yesew New
06. Mekeyershin Salawq
07. Qotchegn Messassate
08. Eruq Yaleshew
09. Shegitu Mare
10. Yeweb Dar
11. Telantena Zare
12. Memar Memeramer
13. Tedesteshal Wey?
14. Denyew Deneba
15. Temhert Bete
16. Nefas Indaygeban
17. Leb Tatefaletch
18. Feqer Feqer New
19. Gizew Honeshenna
20. Heywete Abatey New
21. Ya Tara
22. Timarkyalesh

Ethiopiques, Vol. 8: Swinging Addis

With ties--most of them clearly nonbinding--to the sanctioned musical institutions of Ethiopia in the 1960s (police bands and the like), the singers and players on the Ethiopiques series of reissues were in a funky bind. They had pledged some allegiance to Emperor Haile Selassie I and his imperial declarations, but their muses picked up distant signals from North America, including jazz's horn charts, funk's on-the-one rhythms, and an overriding sense of urgency in music made by youth. Here's volume 8 of the Ethiopiques series, testimony in 70-plus minutes to the winning power of the youth culture's music. With the series' most unabashed nod to James Brown in Alèmayèhu Eshèté's six tracks, volume 8 goes further than its predecessors in documenting a jazzy, soulful, electric-keyboard-fueled scene that simply ignores conventional musical borders. Eshèté's vocals bark and then soar over the webbed rhythms with all the force of Brown's--and an additionally rich range of guitars and keyboards that race around and through each other like polyrhythmic drums. What volume 8 shows is that the impact of soul, jazz, and funk (try Lèmma Dèmissew on for size) provided so much quiltwork to be syncopated together in these hip, danceable tunes. Listening to Samuel Bèlay's band kick the horns over an artfully hanging-back rhythmic tide, it's hard to imagine that a musical culture this rich could be stymied by the late 1970s--just a few years after Selassie's regime was crushed. --Andrew Bartlett

Ethiopiques Volume 8: Swinging Addis

01.Ene Negn Bay Manesh - Girma Beyene
02.Mar Teb Yelal Kafesh
03.Hasabe - Ayalew Mesfin
04.Tchero Adari Negn - Alemayehu Eschete
05.Betchayen Tegodahu - Alemayehu Eschete
06.Tessassategn Eko - Bahta Gebre-Heywet
07.Gizie - Bahta Gebre-Heywet
08.Astawesalehu - Lemma Demissew
09.Adrashash Tefabegn - Lemma Demissew
10.Lezelalem Nuri - Lemma Demissew
11.Yetesfa Tezeta - Tesfa-Maryam Kidane
12.Aynotchesh Yerefu - Samuel Belay
13.Qeresh Endewaza - Samuel Belay
14.Set Alamenem - Girma Beyene
15.Yebeqagnal - Girma Beyene
16.Enken Yelelebesh - Girma Beyene
17.Betchayen Tekezie - Getatchew Kassa
18.Afer Yemegneshal - Alemayehu Eschete
19.Eskegizew Bertchi - Alemayehu Eschete
20.Ayalqem Tedengo - Alemayehu Eschete
21.Honey Baby - Alemayehu Eschete

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ethiopiques - Vol. 7 Mahmoud Ahmed - Ere Mela Mela (1999)

Another great volume of Ethiopiques! Volume 7 of Ethiopiques series is another expanded re-issue of an LP by Mahmoud Ahmed originally released in 1975. Though there seems to be an abundance of songs by Ahmed from 1975 on volumes 1 and 3, we can't find any overlap with the songs on this album. The songs are the same sort of fusion of American soul and jazz with shuffling rhythms of Ethiopian music. Features "Belomi Benna" and "Bemen Sebeb Letlash".

01 Sidetegnash negn/Samiraye
02 Indenesh gedaow
03 Bemin sebeb litlash
04 Abay mado/Imbwa belew
05 Atawurulign lela
06 Ohoho gedama
07 Ere mela mela/Meche neu
08 Fetsum dink lij nesh
09 Belomy benna
10 Asheweyna
11 Mèdjèmèrya Feqrey
12 Kasalèfqut Hulu

Ethiopiques Vol 6 - Mahmoud Ahmed: Almaz (1973)

Volume 6 of the fantastic Ethiopiques series is an expanded re-issue of the first lp by Mahmoud Ahmed plus his first single from 1971. While not as clearly influenced by American soul and jazz, there are a few funky cuts that are pretty nice! Most of these songs flow with a groove unique to Ethiopian music -- and although Ahmed's songs appear throughout the Ethiopiques series, only one of these songs appears on other volumes ("Kulun Mankwalesh"). With the groovy "Nafqot New Yegodagn" and "Yasdestal".

01. Almaz Men Eda Nèw
02. Asha Gèdawo
03. Tchebo Aymolam
04. Feqer Endègèna
05. Ambassel
06. Zèmèdié
07. Kulun Mankwalèsh
08. Mèla Mèla
09. Antchiyé
10. Nafqot Nèw Yègodagn
11. Yasdestal

Ethiopiques Vol 5 - Tigrigna Music: Tigray/Eritrea 1970-1975 (1999)

This volume of the Ethiopiques series is the one that veers closest to what we think of as the traditional modern sound of Africa. The cycling stringed instruments, the chanting vocals, the handclaps, all remind one of juju music. Not that that's a bad thing. In fact, this might be the best single disc of traditional African music to emerge in the years prior to 2001. Most of this music is from the northern region of Eritrea and marked by a ring of singers and dancers who gradually increase the speed and complexity of their clapping and ululating to the point of frenzy. This is haunting stuff, not as mind-blowing as the sunglassed funk of the other volumes of the series, but charming in its way and a vital chapter in the musical history of the region.

01. Aminey - Tsehaytu Beraki
02. Medjemerya Feqrey - Tsehaytu Beraki
03. Hadarey - Tsehaytu Beraki
04. Bazay - Tsehaytu Beraki
05. Memona - Tsehaytu Beraki
06. Milenu - Tsehaytu Beraki
07. Adey Weladitey - Tebereh Tesfa-Hunegn
08. Welladka Hazile - Tebereh Tesfa-Hunegn
09. Ab Teqay Qerebi - Tewelde Redda
10. Nehadar Zeytkewen - Tewelde Redda
11. Furuyti Ayni - Bezuayene Zegeye
12. Deqi Adey - Bezuayene Zegeye
13. Netsela May-May - Bezuayene Zegeye
14. Embi Ila - Beyene Habte
15. Tefqereni Zeneberet - Beyene Habte
16. Abadit - Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi
17. Ab Qetri Berhan - Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi
18. Selam Temagwet - Tekle Tesfa-Ezghi

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mulatu Astatke - Ethiopiques - Vol. 4 (re-post)

Ethiopiques - Vol. 4 Ethio Jazz & Musique Instrumentale, 1969-1974

01. Mulatu Astatqé - Yèkèrmo Sèw (A Man of Experience and Wisdom)
02. Mulatu Astatqé - Mètché Dershé (When Am I Going to Reach There?)
03. Mulatu Astatqé - Kasalèfkut Hulu (From All the Time I Have Passed)
04. Mulatu Astatqé - Tezeta (Nostalgia)
05. Mulatu Astatqé - Yègellé Tezeta (My Own Memory)
06. Mulatu Astatqé - Munayé (My Muna)
07. Mulatu Astatqé - Gubèlyé (My Gubel)
08. Fèqadu Amdè-Mesqel - Asmarina (My Asmara)
09. Mulatu Astatqé - Yèkatit (February)
10. Mulatu Astatqé - Nètsanèt (Liberty)
11. Mulatu Astatqé - Tezetayé Antchi Lidj (Baby, My Unforgettable Remembrance)
12. Mulatu Astatqé - Sabyé (My Saba)
13. Girma Hadgu - Ené Alantchi Alnorem (I Can't Live Without You)
14. Mulatu Astatqé - Dèwèl (Bell)

ethiopiques posts to resume...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia

1 Mulatu
2 Mascaram Setaba
3 Dewel
4 Kulunmanqueleshi
5 Kasalefkut-Hulu
6 Munaye
7 Chifara

Mulatu Astatke (born 1943; surname also spelled Astatqé; Amharic: ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ) is an Ethiopian musician and arranger. He is known as the father of Ethio-jazz. Born in the western Ethiopian city of Jimma, Mulatu was musically trained in London, New York City, and Boston, where he was the first African student at Berklee College of Music. Later he combined his jazz and Latin music influences with traditional Ethiopian music.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights (2007)

100 Days, 100 Nights - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (2007)

01. 100 Days, 100 Nights
02. Nobody's Baby
03. Tell Me
04. Be Easy
05. When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle
06. Let Them Knock
07. Something's Changed
08. Humble Me
09. Keep On Looking
10. Answer Me

Sharon Jones (born May 4, 1956) is an American soul/funk singer and lead singer of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, who are widely considered to be at the forefront of a revivalist movement that aims to recapture the feeling of soul and funk music as it was at its height in the late 1960s to mid 1970s. Despite trying to forge a career as a professional singer since an early age, it has only been in her middle age that Jones has experienced breakthrough success.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Explosivos - Deep-Soul From The Latin Heart (2005)

A Latin Soul jukebox -- overflowing with great singles from the glory days of the Spanish Harlem scene! The vibe here is definitely on the dirtier end of late 60s Latin -- that groove that picked up plenty of funk and soul from other strands of the New York scene, and took it way way uptown where it was cooked up with a nice dash of salsa! And while there was certainly some work of the time that tried to cash in on the boogaloo groove and never really made the cut, the tunes on this set are all the real deal -- the hard-hitting numbers that stood out as some of the best cuts coming out from labels like Tico, Fania, Cotique, and Alegre. CD features a total of 20 great tracks, all of them cookers -- with titles that include "Soul Gritty" by Ralph Robles, "You Need Help" by Monguito Santamaria, "Deep" by Quetcy Alma, "Chicarrones" by The Latin Gents, "Fat Papa" by Charlie Palmieri, "Mama's Girl" by King Nando, "Chacon Pata Pata" by Chacon, "Get It Right" by Alfredito, "Apewalk" by Al Escobar, "Stand" by Harvey Averne, "King Of Latin Soul" by Joey Pastrana, "Kool It Here Comes The Fuzz" by Jimmy Sabater, and "African Twist" by Eddie Palmieri. © 1996-2010, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

01. Latin Soul Drive Is Here - Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives
02. King Of Latin Soul - Joey Pastrana
03. Psychedelic Baby - Joe Cuba Sextet
04. Stand - The Harvey Averne Band
05. I'm Gonna Leave You - Russel Cohen Y La New Yorkers
06. Soul Gritty - Ralph Robles
07. You Need Help - Monguito Santamaria
08. Kool It (Here Comes The Fuzz) - Jimmy Sabater
09. Use It Before You Lose It - Bobby Valentín
10. Fat Papa - Charlie Palmieri
11. Deep - Quetcy Alma
12. Electric Latin Soul - Flash & The Dynamics
13. Apewalk - Al Escobar
14. Get It Right - Alfredito And His Orchestra
15. Chacon Pata Pata - Chacon
16. African Twist - Eddie Palmieri
17. Lazy Boogaloo - George Guzman
18. Mama's Girl - King Nando
19. Hit De Bongo - Tito Puente & His Orchestra
20. Chicarrones - The Latin Gents

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The First Days Of Funk (2005)

Label: Electrostatic (Australia)

The First Days Of Funk is a heavy collection that features awesome rare and obscure funk jams from long outta circulation tracks circa 1975-1978. Artists on this release include Olympics, Ernie K Doe, Randolph Brothers, Slinky Street Band, Rodney Trotter's Egypt, Chosen Few, Sons Of Slum, Bobby Husband, Fred Moss, Sam and the Sparks, Pound of Flesh, Masters of Soul, The Dynamic Soul Machine, and more...... 80 tracks in all!!

The first days of Funk vol. 1 disc 1

01. Jim Horne - Hey there Jim
02. Olympics - Papa will
03. Randolph Brothers - What it is (pt 1)
04. Randolph Brothers - What it is (pt 2)
05. Sam and the Sparks - Daybreak
06. Willie Joe - Funny thing
07. The New Editions - Vargo
08. Walter Davis - Baby wachdoin to me
09. Bobby Husband - Man's best friend
10. Johnny Thompson - Main squeeze
11. Billy Sha Rae - Let's do ti again
12. ST4 - Funky
13. Tony Clarke - Ghetto Man
14. Sons of Slum - 16 miles of plastic ghetto
15. Dossie Terry - Soul food
16. Erskine - Let him fix it
17. Rythm Rebellion - Universal rythm
18. Michael Jay Coleman - I'm a lover not a fighter
19. Lee Rogers - Sex appeal
20. Chain Reaction - Nurse your nerves

The first days of Funk vol. 1 disc 2

01. Lorenzo Holden - The Wig
02. James River - Let's live
03. Ofs Limited - Mr Kidneys
04. Big Daddy Rucker - Just do your thing
05. Chosen Few - Cut me in
06. Pound of Flesh - Funky March
07. Master of Soul - Right on
08. Jonah Ellis - I get hot
09. Kings of Soul - Girl what have you done ?
10. McKinley Mitchell - Days got bright
11. Chet Ivey - Party People
12. Hetti Loyd - Grief sorrow pain
13. Mauric and Mac - Use that good thing
14. News - Tend to your business
15. Fred and the Ovations - I'm gonna love you
16. Frankie Seay - All I want is loving you
17. Jackie Thompson - Got to right the wrongs
18. The Dynamic Soul Machine - Moving on
19. Eli the Prophet - Take a little give a lot
20. Fred Moss - Get on Down

The first days of Funk vol. 2 disc 1

01. Burning Cities - Spoons
02. Jerry McCain - Funky Down Easy
03. Pearl Reeves - Cool With A Groove
04. Vernon Garrett - Think People
05. The Projections - Groovin' To The Music
06. Groove Street Band - Shake Your Pants
07. Transitionnal Funk Company - Funafied
08. Gentle Persuasion - Rub Your Stub
09. Harvey Clark - Do Your Own Thing
10. Woody Guenther - Bang, Dang In Time
11. Herb Day - Shakin' In My Boots
12. Cal Jenkins - The Elbow
13. Eddie James - Her Mama Won't Leave Us Alone
14. Soulful Illusion - Soulful Illusion
15. Funkhouse Express - Music Makes You Move
16. Jackson Highway - Snake Eyes
17. Lorenzo Holden - The Wig2
18. Aldora Britton - The Hardway
19. Black Love - Get On Down2
20. Jade - Boodi Shakes Money

The first days of Funk vol. 2 disc 2

01. Gregory Washington - Pamla Lamour
02. North By Northwest - Disco Unusual
03. Priscilla Rollins - Obeah Women
04. Slinky Street Band - Time Study
05. Spontaneous Simplicity - Road Man
06. Onyx - Evasive Action
07. The Presidents - Mighty Do Fly
08. Ernie K Doe - Dancin' Man
09. Johnny Copeland - Provin' Time
10. Burps - Appetite
11. Ironing Board Sam - Space Streaker
12. The Variations - Put The Music On Funk
13. Sign Of The Vibration - Last Of THe Corruptors
14. Conspiracy - Kount Funkular
15. Supreme Creme - Superfunky
16. Dave Crawford - Hey Party
17. AIM - Tunnel Rat
18. Rodney Trotter's Egypt - Space Nigga
19. Jerry Combs - Get Yourself Together
20. Ronnie Fray - Little Jimmy Jones