Monday, December 21, 2009

Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics (1991)

Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics
Various Artists

1 Santa's Messin' with the Kid 03:22
2 Merry Christmas 02:45
3 Christmas Blues 02:35
4 Christmas Time Blues 03:04
5 Christmas Day 02:14
6 Merry Christmas, Baby 03:02
7 Please Come Home for Christmas 02:54
8 Jingle Bell Boogie 02:40
9 Christmas Time-Pt. 1 03:40
10 Santa Claus, Santa Claus 02:19
11 Santa Claus 03:21
12 Merry Christmas Darling 02:29
13 Blues for Christmas 02:40
14 Happy New Year 02:43
15 Christmas Holidays [#] 03:08
16 Santa Claus Baby 03:28
17 I Want My Baby for Christmas 02:31
18 I'll Be Home for Christmas 03:14

Saturday, December 19, 2009

VA - Motown Christmas [1999]

1. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Jackson 5
2. What Christmas Means To Me - Stevie Wonder
3. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Temptations
4. My Favorite Things - Diana Ross & The Supremes
5. Deck The Halls/Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabelle - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Jackson 5
7. Ave Maria - Stevie Wonder
8. Silent Night - The Temptations
9. Little Christmas Tree - Michael Jackson
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
11. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) - The Jackson 5
12. Joy To The World - Diana Ross & The Supremes
13. The Little Drummer Boy - The Temptations
14. Silver Bells - Diana Ross & The Supremes
15. Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder
16. Frosty The Snowman - The Jackson 5
17. Jingle Bells - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
18. My Christmas Tree - The Temptations
19. White Christmas - Diana Ross & The Supremes
20. One Little Christmas Tree - Stevie Wonder
21. Give Love On Christmas Day - The Jackson 5
22. It's Christmas Time - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
23. Children's Christmas Song - Diana Ross & The Supremes
24. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Jackson 5
25. I Want To Come Home For Christmas - Marvin Gaye

Friday, December 18, 2009

B.B. King - A Christmas Celebration of Hope (2001)

Now that Charles Brown is gone, it's up to B.B. King to uphold the blues for Christmas. If this first collection of holiday music is any indication, he deserves his own igloo in the North Pole. Self-produced with his touring band in New Orleans during a spring heat wave, A Christmas Celebration of Hope finds King overcoming both the heat and Yuletide music clichés, turning out an inspired and rollicking album that is lit from within by King's generous spirit and gracious heart. Like others before him, King dipped into the blues and R&B holiday canon, but instead of just recycling well-worn classics, he plucked gems like "Blues Decorations" and "Backdoor Santa" out of obscurity and polished them to a high gloss. When King does cover standards, like "Merry Christmas, Baby" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," he imbues them with his own earthy personality and sleek, restrained playing. King also includes two originals in this surprise package: "Celebration," which he first released in 1960, and the new instrumental, "Christmas Love." This record not only will make Christmas merrier for the listener, it will also help people suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes, as King has donated the proceeds to the City of Hope, the world-renowned biomedical research and treatment center. --Jaan Uhelszki

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Beatles - Love

Love is a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack remix album of music recorded by The Beatles, released in November 2006. It features music compiled and remixed for the Cirque du Soleil show of the same name. The album was produced by George Martin and his son Giles Martin, who said, "What people will be hearing on the album is a new experience, a way of re-living the whole Beatles musical lifespan in a very condensed period."

The DVD-Audio has longer versions of "Revolution" and "Back in the U.S.S.R.", increasing the total running time by about two minutes. The track listing for both discs is as follows: All tracks written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, except where noted (see also: Lennon/McCartney).

1. "Because" – 2:44
2. "Get Back" – 2:05
3. "Glass Onion" – 1:20
4. "Eleanor Rigby" (with "Julia" transition) – 3:05
5. "I Am the Walrus" – 4:28
6. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – 1:22
7. "Drive My Car"/"The Word"/"What You're Doing" – 1:54
8. "Gnik Nus" – 0:55
9. "Something" (with "Blue Jay Way" transition) (George Harrison) – 3:29
10. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"/"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"/"Helter Skelter" – 3:22
11. "Help!" – 2:18
12. "Blackbird"/"Yesterday" – 2:31
13. "Strawberry Fields Forever" – 4:31
14. "Within You Without You"/"Tomorrow Never Knows" (Harrison, Lennon/McCartney) – 3:07
15. "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" – 4:10
16. "Octopus's Garden" (Richard Starkey) – 3:18
17. "Lady Madonna" – 2:56
18. "Here Comes the Sun" (with "The Inner Light" transition) (Harrison) – 4:18
19. "Come Together"/"Dear Prudence" (with "Cry Baby Cry" transition) – 4:45
20. "Revolution" – 2:14 (CD version) / 3:23 (DVD version)
21. "Back in the U.S.S.R." – 1:53 (CD version) / 2:34 (DVD version)
22. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (Harrison) – 3:46
23. "A Day in the Life" – 5:08
24. "Hey Jude" – 3:58
25. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" – 1:22
26. "All You Need Is Love" – 3:39

Track elements

Love contains elements from 130 individual recordings of The Beatles. While a complete list has not been disclosed, highlights of how the elements were mixed have been noted by the press.

* "Because" – An interview in Entertainment Weekly revealed that the opening track includes the bird sounds used in the World Wildlife Fund version of "Across the Universe". In addition, a new recording of a Wood Pigeon was implemented "to make it more British," according to George Martin.
* "Get Back" – As reported, the track utilizes the opening guitar from "A Hard Day's Night", the drum and guitar solos from "The End", percussion from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)", and the orchestral swell from "A Day in the Life".
* "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – An interview with George and Giles Martin stated that elements from both the studio recording and the Hollywood Bowl live performance were mixed to create this version.
* "Drive My Car"/"The Word"/"What You're Doing" – As reported, the medley features the guitar solo from "Taxman" and the horns section from "Savoy Truffle".
* "Gnik Nus" – As suggested in its title, the track contains the vocal arrangement of "Sun King" played in reverse.
* "Something" (with "Blue Jay Way" transition) – The track contains vocal elements from "Nowhere Man".
* "Strawberry Fields Forever" – A review of the album noted that this version builds from an acoustic demo.It includes the orchestral section from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", the solo piano from "In My Life", the brass included in "Penny Lane", the cello and harpsichord arrangement from "Piggies" and the coda of "Hello, Goodbye".
* "Within You Without You"/"Tomorrow Never Knows" – This track combines the vocals from "Within You Without You" with the bass and drums from "Tomorrow Never Knows."
* "Octopus's Garden" – According to USA Today and PopMatters, this track contains the string arrangement from "Good Night", sound effects used in "Yellow Submarine" and elements from "Lovely Rita" and "Helter Skelter".
* "Lady Madonna" – The song includes the guitar riff from "Hey Bulldog", Eric Clapton's guitar solo from "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and Billy Preston's organ solo from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
* "Here Comes the Sun" (with "The Inner Light" transition) – As mentioned by Giles Martin, the track includes backing vocals from "Oh! Darling" and a bass line from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)".
* "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" – A BBC article reported that George Martin chose to use an early version of the recording for the album and wrote a new orchestral backing for the track.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood - Live from Madison Square Garden Disc 2

1 After Midnight 04:45
2 Split Decision 06:25
3 Rambling on My Mind 04:01
4 Georgia on My Mind 05:05
5 Little Wing 06:42
6 Voodoo Chile 16:23
7 Can't Find My Way Home 05:33
8 Dear Mr. Fantasy 07:41
9 Cocaine 06:41

Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood - Live from Madison Square Garden Disc 1

1 Had to Cry Today 07:47
2 Low Down 04:10
3 Them Changes 05:10
4 Forever Man 03:33
5 Sleeping in the Ground 04:50
6 Presence of the Lord 05:23
7 Glad 04:13
8 Well All Right 05:35
9 Double Trouble 08:06
10 Pearly Queen 06:10
11 Tell the Truth 06:42
12 No Face, No Name, No Number 04:09

Friday, December 11, 2009

Let It Roll: The Best of George Harrison

Let It Roll: The Best of George Harrison

1 Got My Mind Set on You 03:52
2 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) 03:35
3 Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) 03:48
4 My Sweet Lord 04:40
5 While My Guitar Gently Weeps [Live][Version] 04:46
6 All Things Must Pass 03:46
7 Any Road 03:52
8 This Is Love 03:47
9 All Those Years Ago 03:46
10 Marwa Blues 03:41
11 What Is Life 04:24
12 Rising Sun 05:27
13 When We Was Fab 03:51
14 Something [Live][Version] 03:10
15 Blow Away 03:59
16 Cheer Down 04:06
17 Here Comes the Sun [Live][Version] 02:54
18 I Don't Want to Do It 02:54
19 Isn't It a Pity 07:07

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III (1970) {1994 Remaster}

Led Zeppelin III is the third album by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded between January and July 1970 and was released on 5 October 1970 by Atlantic Records. Composed largely at a remote cottage in Wales known as Bron-Yr-Aur, this work represented a maturing of the band's music towards a greater emphasis on folk and acoustic sounds. This surprised many fans and critics, and upon its release the album received rather indifferent reviews. Although it is not one of the highest sellers in Led Zeppelin's catalog, Led Zeppelin III is now generally acknowledged as representing an important milestone in the band's history.

Side one

1. "Immigrant Song"
2. "Friends"
3. "Celebration Day"
4. "Since I've Been Loving You"
5. "Out on the Tiles"

Side two

1. "Gallows Pole"
2. "Tangerine"
3. "That's the Way"
4. "Bron-Y-Aur Stomp"
5. "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper"

The Super Super Blues Band: Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf (1967), Checker

Howlin' Wolf / Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The Super Super Blues Band

1 Long Distance Call
2 Medley: Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life
3 Sweet Little Angel
4 I'm a Man
5 Spoonful
6 Diddley Daddy
7 The Red Rooster
8 Goin' Down Slow

Guitar, Vocals - Muddy Waters
Vocals, Guitar - Bo Diddley
Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar - Howlin' Wolf
Producer - Willie Dixon

Recorded: September, 1967 at Ter Mar Studios, Chicago

Sunday, November 22, 2009

CREAM - Those Were The Days (1997)

THOSE WERE THE DAYS is a four-disc set, the first half consisting of Cream's entire studio output and the last half featuring the band's concert performances. The package includes a 48-page booklet full of previously unpublished photos.
Cream: Jack Bruce (vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, harmonica, piano, organ, bass); Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Ginger Baker (vocals, drums, percussion).
Additional personnel: George Harrison (guitar); Felix Pappalardi (viola, organ, trumpet, tonette, Swiss hand bells, piano, mellotron, bass).
Producers: Robert Stigwood, Felix Pappalardi, Ahmet Ertegun.
Compilation producer: Bill Levenson
Engineers include: John Timperly, Tom Dowd, Adrian Barber.
Includes liner notes by John McDermott.
In the two years they were together, Cream's blend of blues, psychedelic rock and quirky lyricism forever altered the definition of rock music. After releasing four seminal albums, Cream broke up as quickly as they had come together, with all three members going on to solo careers of varying artistic and commercial success. THOSE WERE THE DAYS brings together Cream's musical output in a deluxe four-CD set that's neatly halved between studio and live material.
Meticulously compiled and remastered, DAYS includes every studio recording the band ever released, as well as previously unreleased demos, masters, rare and alternate takes. The live half of the box set is primarily culled from seminal performances at legendary venues like San Francisco's Winterland and Fillmore West.
The sound has been considerably cleaned up allowing the listener to hear every nuance of these extended flights of jazz-flavored blues-rock improvisation. The package surrounding Cream's timeless musical output sports a DISRAELI GEARS-style day-glo cover and a 48-page color book. The accompanying notes, complemented by dozens of previously unpublished photos, provide an intimate glimpse into the brief, but groundbreaking career of the original power trio.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Byrds - There Is A Season (4-cd Box Set)

There is a Season provides us with a stunning portrait of the development of the Byrds’ signature sound---jingle-jangle guitars, breathtaking harmonies, and constant experimentation with musical forms. We get to see a group of folkies grow from a Beatles wannabe band to one that never ceased experimenting with diverse musical forms, despite numerous personnel changes and internal tensions that would choke a horse. History has not been especially kind to the memory of the Byrds, but we are finally beginning to understand how the creative tensions impacted the end product over the years. The 4 CDs are arranged in chronological order with the first disc focusing on the original 5 members, with subsequent discs featuring various incarnations of the group’s revolving-door membership.

1 The Only Girl I Adore Clark, McGuinn 2:26
2 Please Let Me Love You Clark, Gerst, McGuinn 2:23
3 Don't Be Long Gerst, McGuinn 1:56
4 The Airport Song Crosby, McGuinn 2:03
5 You Movin' Clark 2:08
6 You Showed Me Clark, McGuinn 2:04
7 Mr. Tambourine Man Dylan 2:32
8 I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better Clark 2:34
9 You Won't Have to Cry Clark, McGuinn 2:10
10 Here Without You Clark 2:39
11 The Bells of Rhymney Davies, Seeger 3:33
12 All I Really Want to Do [Single Version] Dylan 2:05
13 I Knew I'd Want You Clark 2:17
14 Chimes of Freedom Dylan 3:54
15 She Has a Way Clark 2:27
16 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue Dylan 3:05
17 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) Seeger 3:52
18 It Won't Be Wrong Gerst, McGuinn 2:00
19 Set You Free This Time Clark 2:51
20 The World Turns All Around Her Clark 2:15
21 The Day Walk Clark 3:03
22 If You're Gone Clark 2:47
23 The Times They Are A-Changin' Dylan 1:56
24 She Don't Care About That [Single Version] Clark 2:32
25 Stranger in a Strange Land [instrumental] Crosby 3:03
26 Eight Miles High Clark, Crosby, McGuinn 3:37
27 Why [Single Version] Crosby, McGuinn 3:01
28 5D (Fifth Dimension) McGuinn 2:35
29 Wild Mountain Theme 2:32
30 Mr. Spaceman McGuinn 2:12
31 I See You Crosby, McGuinn 2:40
32 What's Happening?!?! Crosby 2:37
33 I Know My Rider 2:46
34 So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star Hillman, McGuinn 2:08
35 Have You Seen Her Face Hillman 2:42
36 Renaissance Fair Crosby, McGuinn 1:54
37 Time Between Hillman 1:55
38 Everybody's Been Burned Crosby 3:07
39 My Back Pages Dylan 3:10
40 It Happens Each Day Crosby 2:47
41 He Was a Friend of Mine [live/#] McGuinn, Traditional 2:39
42 Lady Friend Crosby 2:33
43 Old John Robertson [Single Version] Hillman, McGuinn 1:52
44 Goin' Back Goffin, King 3:28
45 Draft Morning Crosby, Hillman, McGuinn 2:43
46 Wasn't Born to Follow Goffin, King 2:04
47 Tribal Gathering Crosby, Hillman 2:04
48 Dolphin's Smile Crosby, Hillman, McGuinn 2:01
49 Triad Crosby 3:31
50 Universal Mind Decoder [instrumental] Hillman, McGuinn 3:27
51 You Ain't Goin' Nowhere Dylan 2:35
52 I Am a Pilgrim Traditional 3:39
53 The Christian Life Louvin, Louvin 2:29
54 You Don't Miss Your Water Bell 3:49
55 Hickory Wind Buchanan, Parsons 3:32
56 One Hundred Years from Now Parsons 2:53
57 Lazy Days [Alternate Version] Parsons 3:18
58 Pretty Polly [Alternate Version] Traditional 3:34
59 This Wheel's on Fire [Alternate Version] Danko, Dylan 3:54
60 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man McGuinn, Parsons 3:54
61 Candy McGuinn, York 3:38
62 Child of the Universe Grusin, McGuinn 3:11
63 Pretty Boy Floyd [live] Guthrie 2:48
64 Buckaboo [live/instrumental] Morris 2:04
65 King Apathy III [live] McGuinn 3:13
66 Sing Me Back Home [live] Haggard 3:05
67 Lay Lady Lay [Alternate Version] Dylan 3:18
68 Oil in My Lamp [Alternate Version] Traditional 2:03
69 Tulsa County Polland 2:48
70 Jesus Is Just Alright Reynolds 2:10
71 Chestnut Mare Levy, McGuinn 5:08
72 Just a Season Levy, McGuinn 3:52
73 Kathleen's Song [Alternate Version] Levy, McGuinn 2:39
74 All the Things [Alternate Version] Levy, McGuinn 4:56
75 Lover of the Bayou [live] Levy, McGuinn 3:39
76 Positively 4th Street [live] Dylan 3:06
77 Old Blue [live] 3:30
78 It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) [live] Dylan 2:52
79 Ballad of Easy Rider [live] McGuinn 2:10
80 You All Look Alike [live/#] Battin, Fowley 3:08
81 Nashville West [live/#/instrumental] Parsons, White 2:12
82 Willin' [live] George 3:13
83 Black Mountain Rag [live/instrumental] Traditional 1:19
84 Baby What You Want Me to Do [live/#] Reed 3:48
85 I Trust [live/#] McGuinn 4:03
86 Take a Whiff (On Me) [live] Ledbetter, Lomax, Lomax 2:56
87 Glory, Glory Reynolds 4:00
88 Byrdgrass [instrumental] Parsons, White 1:44
89 Pale Blue McGuinn 2:23
90 I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician Levy, McGuinn 2:03
91 Nothin' to It [instrumental] 1:39
92 Tiffany Queen McGuinn 2:42
93 Farther Along Traditional ~ Presley 2:58
94 Bugler Murray 3:08
95 Mr. Tambourine Man [live] Dylan 2:59
96 Roll Over Beethoven [live] Berry 3:02
97 Full Circle Clark 2:43
98 Changing Heart Clark 2:43
99 Paths of Victory Dylan 3:10
100 Mr. Tambourine Man [*] Dylan
101 I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better [*] Clark
102 All I Really Want to Do [*] Dylan
103 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) [*] Seeger
104 It Won't Be Wrong [*] Gerst, McGuinn
105 Set You Free This Time [*] Clark
106 So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star [*] Hillman, McGuinn
107 Mr. Tambourine Man [*] Dylan
108 Eight Miles High [*] Clark, Crosby, McGuinn
109 Mr. Spaceman [*] McGuinn

Buffalo Springfield Box Set - 2001

Buffalo Springfield (box set)

Buffalo Springfield (box set) is a career retrospective of the late 60s folk rock band of the same name, released in 2001. Band member Neil Young assembled the tracks in chronological order to show how the band evolved and disintegrated in the span of two years. Of the four CDs, the first three represent the actual box set while the fourth CD contains the band's first two albums. It reached #194 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart, and stayed on the chart for the single week. The set omits the stereo version of the Buffalo Springfield album, the mono version of Buffalo Springfield Again, the album version of "On The Way Home", "Pretty Girl Why", and "Four Days Gone" from Last Time Around, and the songs "Carefree Country Day" and "In The Hour Of Not Quite Rain" from Last Time Around. It also lacks the long version of "Bluebird", only ever issued on a 2-LP compilation.
Track listing

CD 1

1. "There Goes My Babe" (Young) – 1:43 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
2. "Come On" (Stills) – 1:23 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
3. "Hello, I've Returned" (Stills/Parks) – 1:34 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
4. "Out Of My Mind" (Young) – 2:44 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
5. "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong" (Young) – 3:08 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
6. "I'm Your Kind of Guy" (Young) – 1:05 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
7. "Baby Don't Scold Me" (Stills) – 2:04 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
8. "Neighbor Don't You Worry" (Stills) – 2:28 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
9. "We'll See" (Stills) – 4:07 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
10. "Sad Memory" (Furay) – 2:49 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
11. "Can't Keep Me Down" (Furay) – 2:07 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
12. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (Young) – 3:25
13. "Go And Say Goodbye" (Stills) – 2:21
14. "Sit Down I Think I Love You" (Stills) – 2:31
15. "Leave" (Stills) – 2:43
16. "Hot Dusty Roads" (Stills) – 2:51
17. "Everybody's Wrong" (Stills) – 2:24
18. "Burned" (Young) – 2:16
19. "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It" (Young) – 3:02
20. "Out Of My Mind" (Young) – 3:05
21. "Pay The Price" (Stills) – 2:37
22. "Down Down Down" (Young) – 2:11 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
23. "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong" (Young) – 2:40
24. "Neighbor Don't You Worry" (Stills) – 2:25 (Previously Unreleased Remix)*

CD 2

1. "Down Down Down" (Young) – 2:42 (Previously Unreleased Remix)*
2. "Kahuna Sunset" (Stills/Young) – 2:53 (Previously Unreleased)*
3. "Buffalo Stomp (Raga)" (Furay/Kunkel/Stills/Young) – 3:51 (Previously Unreleased)*
4. "Baby Don't Scold Me" (Stills) – 3:24 (Previously Unreleased Version)*
5. "For What It's Worth" (Stills) – 2:39
6. "Mr. Soul" (Young) – 2:44 (Previously Unreleased Version)*
7. "We'll See" (Stills) – 2:43 (Previously Unreleased)*
8. "My Kind of Love" (Furay) – 2:31 (Previously Unreleased)*
9. "Pretty Girl Why" (Stills) – 2:26 (Previously Unreleased Mix)*
10. "Words I Must Say" (Furay) – 1:12 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
11. "Nobody's Fool" (Furay) – 1:31 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
12. "So You've Got A Lover" (Stills) – 3:06 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
13. "My Angel" (Stills) – 3:48 (Demo)*
14. "No Sun Today" (Eisner) – 2:02 (Previously Unreleased)*
15. "Everydays" (Stills) – 2:40
16. "Down To The Wire" (Young) – 2:25 (Previously Unreleased Version)*
17. "Bluebird" (Stills) – 4:29
18. "Expecting To Fly" (Young) – 3:45
19. "Hung Upside Down" (Stills) – 4:26 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
20. "A Child's Claim To Fame" (Furay) – 2:10
21. "Rock & Roll Woman" (Stills) – 2:46

CD 3

1. "Hung Upside Down" (Stills) – 3:27
2. "Good Time Boy" (Furay) – 2:15
3. "One More Sign" (Young) – 2:02 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
4. "The Rent Is Always Due" (Young) – 3:03 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
5. "Round and Round and Round" (Young) – 3:37 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
6. "Old Laughing Lady" (Young) – 2:40 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*
7. "Broken Arrow" (Young) – 6:14
8. "Sad Memory" (Furay) – 3:01
9. "On The Way Home" (Young) – 2:27 (Previously Unreleased Mix)*
10. "Whatever Happened To Saturday Night" (Young) – 2:06 (Previously Unreleased/Remix)*
11. "Special Care" (Stills) – 3:32
12. "Falcon Lake (Ash On The Floor)" (Young) – 4:19 (Previously Unreleased/Remix)*
13. "What A Day" (Furay) – 2:18 (Previously Unreleased)*
14. "I Am A Child" (Young) – 2:20
15. "Questions" (Stills) – 2:54
16. "Merry-Go-Round" (Furay) – 2:02
17. "Uno Mundo" (Stills) – 2:00
18. "Kind Woman" (Furay) – 4:12
19. "It's So Hard To Wait" (Furay/Young) – 2:05
20. "Four Days Gone" (Stills) – 3:47 (Previously Unreleased Demo)*

CD 4

1. "For What It's Worth" (Stills) – 2:39 (already on CD2, tk5)
2. "Go And Say Goodbye" (Stills) – 2:21 (already on CD1, tk13)
3. "Sit Down I Think I Love You" (Stills) – 2:32 (already on CD1, tk14)
4. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (Young) – 3:25 (already on CD1, tk12)
5. "Hot Dusty Roads" (Stills) – 2:50 (already on CD1, tk16)
6. "Everybody's Wrong" (Stills) – 2:24 (already on CD1, tk17)
7. "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong" (Young) – 2:40 (already on CD1, tk23)
8. "Burned" (Young) – 2:16 (already on CD1, tk18)
9. "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It" (Young) – 3:02 (already on CD1, tk19)
10. "Leave" (Stills) – 2:43 (already on CD1, tk15)
11. "Out Of My Mind" (Young) – 3:05 (already on CD1, tk20)
12. "Pay The Price" (Stills) – 2:36 (already on CD1, tk21)
13. "Baby Don't Scold Me" (Stills) – 3:04
14. "Mr. Soul" (Young) – 2:49
15. "A Child's Claim To Fame" (Furay) – 2:10 (already on CD2, tk20)
16. "Everydays" (Stills) – 2:40 (already on CD2, tk15)
17. "Expecting To Fly" (Young) – 3:44 (already on CD2, tk18)
18. "Bluebird" (Stills) – 2:16 (already on CD2, tk17)
19. "Hung Upside Down" (Stills) – 3:27 (already on CD3, tk1)
20. "Sad Memory" (Furay) – 3:01 (already on CD3, tk8)
21. "Good Time Boy" (Furay) – 2:15 (already on CD3, tk2)
22. "Rock & Roll Woman" (Stills) – 2:46 (already on CD2, tk21)
23. "Broken Arrow" (Young) – 6:14 (already on CD3, tk7)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Horrific Child "L'Étrange Monsieur Whinster" (Eurodisc, 913063, 1976)

This rare French Horror-Psych-Prog is on the Nurse With Wound list; and assuming you're the kind of person who thinks they might enjoy a little French Horror-Psych-Prog in your life now & then, it's well worth the half an hour you'll need to invest in digesting it.

The work of Jean-Pierre Massiera (a guy behind an awful lot of interesting/ experimental audio), it can been seen as a pretty logical progression from the fantastic & spooky-themed Les Maledictus Sound project which he also helmed (and in fact was similar enough in vibe that the "Les Maledictus Sound" CD re-release even contains a "Horrific Child" excerpt). Weaving Krautrock-esque prog around a spacy horror-soundtrack atmosphere, it's a really hypnotizing listen....Part rock album, part experimental ...

01 Frayeur
02 Angoisse
03 H I A (Horreur Indescriptible Et Accumulee)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Buckethead - Mad Monster Party

01 Frankenseuss Laboratories
02 Peppers Ghost
03 Gory Head Stump 2006 The Pageant
04 Ghost
05 Flesh for the Beast
06 Mad Monster Party
07 The Funeral
08 Ice Pick through Eyes
09 Night of the Slunk
10 Traveling Morgue
11 Slaughter Zone - The Haunted Farm
12 The Hand
13 Witches On The Heath
14 Angel Monster
15 Headstone
16 Spider Crawl
17 Buried Alive
18 Isle Of Dead
19 Frozen Brains Tell No Tales
20 The Spider's Web
21 The Corpse Plower

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Baby Grandmothers - Turn on Tune in Drop out 1967

1967 Swedish Psychedelic Rock
"Baby Grandmothers were a short-lived Swedish band, but one of the most prolific and unique psychedelic, modal, experimental power-trios to emerge out of the Scandinavian psychedelic underground-scene in 1967. Recommended highly for all fans of raw psychedelic, reactive improvisational imaginative rock music, and also those interested of original 1960's Swedish "Prog" scene.

01 - Opus 1 Ascending
02 - Opus 2 Floating
03 - Opus 3 Descending

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

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Various Artists - Can you Dig it, 70s Soul Experience

The liner notes that accompany this collection note that '70s soul music has never really gotten its due. One could argue that point for days, but hubris aside, there's no denying that Can You Dig It pays serious homage to the golden years of American soul. The new box set contains 6 CDs and 136 cuts, 65 of which hit the No. 1 spot on the R&B and/or pop charts. As you'd expect with a project that mines such a rich era (the CDs are compiled chronologically), it represents a who's who of stars. Among the notables: Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, the Spinners, the O'Jays, the Staple Singers, James Brown, Chairmen of the Board, Laura Lee, Freda Payne, and Jean Knight. Lesser lights also get to shine, i.e., El Chicano, who deliver the salsafied hippie anthem "Tell Her She's Lovely." But let's be honest--the selling point is the hits, and from the uplifting "Ooh Child" to the sassy "Want Ads," if you grew up in the '70s (hands up), then these tracks are beloved. Sure, the hard-core fan will probably wish for more obscurities, and the exclusion of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and George Clinton is troublesome, but anyone wanting an at-home jukebox loaded with classic R&B will certainly dig this.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Malo" (1972)

In 1971, Malo were signed to Warner Brothers Records and recorded their first album, which was simply entitled "Malo" (BS-2584). Arcelio co-wrote four of the six songs, including their classics "Nena" and "Cafe." Released in 1972, "Malo" also included “Suavecito," which had evolved from a song they had written and been doing in clubs called “My Love.” One of the band members at the time, Richard Bean, wrote a new lyric which gave birth to a major hit record. Malo members Pablo Tellez and Abel Zarate also got credit for the composition. “Suavecito” led to world tours and laid the groundwork for their career of three decades so far. The members on the first album were: Arcelio Garcia, lead vocals; Jorge Santana, lead guitar; Abel Zarate, lead guitar, vocals; Pablo Tellez, bass; Richard Spremich, drums; Richard Kermode, keyboards; Luis Gasca, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals; and Roy Murray, 2nd trumpet, trombone, flute and sax. Guest musicians included Coke Escovedo, timbales; Victor Pantoja, congas; and Richard Bean, timbales and lead vocal on "Suavecito." Malo has always had a "melting pot" of an ethnic mix, with Chicanos, Anglos, and people of Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, and Philippino descent.

The Best Of Malo (GNP Crescendo, 1991)

Malo was a Latin teenaged rock and roll group. The San Francisco, California based ensemble was led by Jorge Santana, the brother of famed Latin-Rock guitarist, Carlos Santana.

Four of the original members (Santana, Garcia, Tellez, and Bean) were previously in a band called the Malibu's. The other three founding members (Abel Zarate, Roy Murray, and Richard Spremich) were in a band called Naked Lunch (see: together.

Malo had a huge Top 20 hit single with the song "Suavecito" in 1972 that was written by timbale player Richard Bean, who initially wrote it as a poem for a girl in his high school algebra class. The song has been called "The Chicano National Anthem" and was arranged for Malo by Richard Bean, bassist Pablo Tellez, and Abel Zarate. Tellez and Zarate also received co-author credits on Suavecito. In addition, guitarist Abel Zarate gave Malo a distinctive two-guitar sound, with intricate harmony and dual solos the norm. The band featured full horn and percussion sections, in the style of contemporary bands Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago and others. Some of the best musicians in the bay area played in Malo, including Forrest Buchtel, Jr., Ron Smith, Luis Gasca, and Tom Harrell in the trumpet section. Malo's music also had a huge following in Central and South America, especially the songs "Chevere", "Nena", "Pana", "Cafe" and "Oye Mama".

After the release of its first album, Malo had a well-documented rift that saw the group eliminate many of its band members. Buchtel went on to play with Blood, Sweat and Tears, Jaco Pastorius and Woody Herman - Harrell has become one of the most lyrical trumpet soloists of all-time, working often with saxophonist Phil Woods. Abel Zarate went on to play with Latin-jazz legend Willie Bobo and continues to play Latin/Brazilian Global jazz in San Francisco with his group Zarate Pollace Project. Richard Bean formed the group "Sapo" with his brother Joe, and is still touring throughout Northern California. Jorge Santana has embarked on a solo career, and still plays frequently with the current Malo band. Malo is also still touring, with only two of the original members, including Arcelio Garcia Jr., who took over the band in the late '70s.

The 1972 "Suavecito" release was sung by Richard Bean with Abel Zarate, and Arcelio Garcia on background vocals, and Zarate playing the signature guitar riffs. Richard Bean continues to perform the hit single with his band Sapo and recently shared his story about "Suavecito" on, Channel 9.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

VA - Broasted or Fried - Latin Breakbeats, Basslines & Boogaloo


1. Bobby Valentin Use It Before You Lose It (3:00)
2. Latinaires, The Creation (3:16)
3. Joey Pastrana And His Orchestra My Shingaling (3:03)
4. Joe Torres Get Out Of My Way (2:58)
5. Fire Flight To Cuba (3:08)
6. Harlem River Drive Seeds Of Life (5:04)
7. Monguito Santamaria Groovetime (4:41)
8. Joe Bataan So Fine (3:05)
9. 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)

Eddie Palmieri – Harlem River Drive

A legendary Latin funk album -- spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s -- cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and New York funk. The grooves are all nice and long -- with plenty of hard jamming, and soulful lyrics in English that have a very positive message. All tracks are great -- and titles include "Seeds Of Life", "Harlem River Drive", and "Idle Hands". Eddie Palmieri plays piano, and the group grooves hard with a killer Latin funk sound!

1. Harlem River Drive (Theme Song)
2. If (We Had Peace Today)
3. Idle Hands
4. Broken Home
5. Seeds of Life

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Various Artists - Super Cool California Soul 2

"A golden state's worth of funky soul from the 60s and 70s - pulled together in a collection that's arguably even better than the first volume in the series! The tracks here are all incredibly solid - tunes that aren't just great because they're rare, but because they perfectly illustrate the hard-hitting groove going on in the California underground..."

1 Compared to What Gow Dow Experience
2 Half-Way Loving Buddy Conner
3 Super Cool (You're Just Super Fool) Pat Hunt
4 Revolution Rap Jefferson, Joey Band
5 Beverly Mokie, J.J., R.O.B.
6 Isn't It Lonely Carmelita
7 I Know You're Leaving Me Sy Hightower
8 Fancy Spanky Wilson
9 Big Herm LAPD
10 I'm Hungry Johnny Morisete
11 We Got to Get It Together David Glover
12 I Have Changed HP Riot
13 Psychedelic Sally Gow Dow Experience
14 Space Nigga Rodney Trotter
15 Such a Night Darondo
16 Compared to What [Bonus Version] Gow Dow Experience

Monday, September 7, 2009

Miles Davis - The Complete On The Corner Sessions

The Complete On the Corner Sessions is the eighth and final deluxe box set in the Miles Davis Series.

Columbia records has released a series of ten box sets containing recordings from the 1950s to the 1970s. These contain material not available on other Columbia albums. Following on from The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions; The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions; The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions; and The Cellar Door Sessions the latest release takes a look at the funk/ Jazz fusion album that would have a strong influence on hip hop in the late 1980s, especially on the Beastie Boys. The album was Miles' electronic twist on what Duke Ellington called the “jungle sound.” His band was made up of musicians trained not in the basics of jazz, but on the newer sounds of James Brown and Sly Stone.

The box set includes more than 6 hours of music. Twelve of these are previously unissued tracks. Another five tracks are previously unissued in full. They cover sixteen sessions from On the Corner, Big Fun, and Get Up with It until Davis's mid-seventies retirement. Miles is joined in these recordings by Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnette, Billy Hart, and many others. The 6-CD deluxe edition also contains a 120-page full-color booklet with liner notes and essays by producer Bob Belden, journalist Tom Terrell, and arranger/ composer Paul Buckmaster as well as rare photographs and new illustrations.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Quantic Presents: The World's Rarest Funk 45s

Will Quantic is known around the world for his blistering stage performances with his band the Quantic Soul Orchestra. His ear for a good tune, and his feel for a good rhythm didn't come from nowhere - you see Quantic has been collecting rare funk 45s for years, and in that time he has absorbed every drum kick, every horn line and every guitar lick into his very soul. It's a shame that the original 45s are so rare, with only a few hundred being pressed in many cases, but it is possible that with such rarity comes excellence, distinction and quality. We sincerely hope that by drawing attention to not only the music, but the stories behind the music and the performers themselves, we will inspire more people in the world to create and perform music of the calibre that Quantic does today. Listen, learn and enjoy! Jazzman Records. 2006.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cold Heat -- Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol 1

Cold Heat is a follow-up to the smoking Funky 16 Corners set -- and like that one, it's overflowing with great bits that have barely (or never) been heard by the rest of the world at large. Compiler Egon has gone through a range of rare singles, masters, and demos -- and has come up with tunes that burn with a brightness that's undeniable. The grooves are all on the harder end of the James Brown Funky People side of the spectrum -- and some tracks are by names that are finally getting their due, thanks to the work of Egon, Wax Poetics, and some of the other funky forces doing the good work over the past few years. In a way, the collection's a summation of some of the singles and reissues coming out through the Now Again/Stones Throw imprint -- but it also features some other bits and alternate versions that are totally great! Titles include "Don't Go" by Aristocrats Organization, "Loaded To The Gills (edit)" by Michael Liggins & The Supersouls, "Mr Chicken (alternate)" by The Soul Seven, "Slipping Into Darkness" by Dayton Sidewinders, "James Brown Medley" by The Apollo Commanders, "Scorpio" by Kashmere Stage Band, "Sad Chicken" by Leroy & The Drivers, "Street Scene" by Leon Mitchinson, "Free Your Mind" by Amnesty, "The Thing" by Carleen & The Groovers, "Go For Yourself (edit)" by Kenny Smith & The Loveliters, and "The Stretch (edit)" by Detroit Sex Machines.

Joe Zawinul - Zawinul (Atlantic, 1971)

Conceptually, sonically, this is really the first Weather Report album in all but name, confirming that Joe Zawinul was the primary creative engine behind the group from the beginning. It is also the link between WR and Miles Davis' keyboard-laden experiments on In a Silent Way; indeed, the tune "In a Silent Way" is redone in the more complex form in which Zawinul envisioned it, and Miles even contributes a brief, generous tribute to Zawinul on the liner. Two keyboardists -- Zawinul and the formidable Herbie Hancock -- form the underpinning of this stately, probing album, garnishing their work with the galactic sound effects of the Echoplex and ring modulator. Earl Turbinton provides the Wayne Shorter-like beams of light on the soprano sax, spelled by Wayne himself on "Double Image." The third founder of WR, Miroslav Vitous, checks in on bass, and hard-bopping trumpeter Woody Shaw proves to be perfectly adept at the jazz-rock game. Two short-lived standards of the jazz-rock era, the aforementioned "Double Image" and "Doctor Honoris Causa," are introduced here, yet it is mood pieces like "His Last Journey" and "Arrival in New York" that with the help of tape-speed manipulation, establish the lasting, murky, reflective ambience of this CD

Sunday, August 23, 2009

"Cambodian Rocks", a collection of Cambodian psych and garage music from the 60s and early 70s

In 1996, the Parallel World label released the LP "Cambodian Rocks", a collection of Cambodian psych and garage music from the 60s and early 70s (probably), compiled by an American tourist named Paul Wheeler from some cassettes he bought in Phnom Penh. No information on the songs was provided at all, no artist names, no song titles, and no recording dates. Four years later, Parallel World reissued this compilation on CD with a few extra tracks, but still without any identifying information. Unfortunately, it is more than likely that many of the featured musicians, showing a definite Western influence in their music, were murdered by the Khmer Rouge regime which took over power in 1975. Certainly none of them ever received any money from the sales of this compilation. However, the music is wonderful, and here it is for your enjoyment.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Vampisoul Goes to Africa: Afrobeat Nirvana: Various Artists

In this special compilation, you'll find a variety of Nigerian Sounds from the late 50's to the 80's and showcases some of the finest artists including Tony Allen, Orlando Julius and of course Fela Kuti. Mixing jazz, soul, rock, psychedelia and more with traditional African sounds and rhythms, the music that emanates from this fine collection is a testament to the rich, modern musical history of Nigeria. All of these songs come from current or upcoming releases on Vampi-Soul's huge West African Re-issue project but this CD, in itself, is a great introduction to the music that has come to be termed "Afrobeat". The full list of artists include Bola Johnson, Fela-Ransome Kuti, Opotopo, Tony Allen with Africa 70, Olando Julius & Afrosounders, Godwin Omobuwa, Fred Fisher Atolobor.

Jamaica Funk Original Jamaican Funk & Soul 45's

The music on this album contains original Jamaican funk and soul mainly released on 45s released in the years 1972-78. These cross-cultural musical gems exist on account of the hidden triangle of communication between 3 countries: America, Jamaica and Britain. The first link is the influence of American music on that of Jamaica from the late-1950s onwards; the second is the way in which, from the 1960s onwards, the new emerging market for Jamaican music in the UK influenced the styles of reggae coming out of Kingston. As a phase in the history of black American music, funk and soul spans from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s (roughly between rhythm and blues and disco); but throughout the world, funk and soul was also absorbed into the musical melting pot of many different countries: from the afro-beat of Fela Kuti, the boogaloo of Tito Puente to the diverse sounds emanating from Kingston in the late-1960s and early-1970s. The connection between funk, soul and reggae is one of the strongest, all three containing a certain rawness and concentration on rhythm. Everyone knows the influence of rhythm and blues on ska and of soul music on rocksteady - both fostered by the powerful US radio stations in New York, Miami and New Orleans beaming the music across the Atlantic. But funk’s influence is more pervasive; the syncopation of funk sits nicely over the off-beat of reggae, making the former an ingredient found in many of the latter’s stylistic turns from the late 1960s onwards; roots, steppers, rocksteady, dub can all be as funky as the more obvious versioning of James Brown, Gamble and Huff, Motown, The Meters, etc. On June 22, 1948 the SS Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury docks bringing the first wave of post-war immigrant Caribbeans to Britain. Twenty tears on and thriving Jamaican communities in places such as Brixton, Bristol and Birmingham meant that Kingston record producers were now able to export their sounds to this new market; and a network of labels, distributors, promoters enabled Jamaican records to achieve success for the first time outside of their own country. With funk, soul and reggae sounds found at many a local disco in the UK, an obvious cross-pollinisation took place, with Jamaican producers and artists always quick off the mark with new trends. Here you will find heavyweight versions of funk and soul tunes by the likes of Betty Wright, The JBs, Bill Withers, Earth, Wind and Fire alongside original material from The Heptones, Cedric Brooks, Lee Perry and other greats of the Kingston musical scene in the early 1970s.

The Funky 16 Corners

The Funky 16 Corners is a compilation of funk songs and instrumentals by little-known performers from the late 1960s to the mid 1970s. The album, released on

Stones Throw Records in 2001, pays homage to these forgotten funk bands and musicians.

Track listing

1. "Intro"
* Performed by Ebony Rhythm Band
2. "Dap Walk"
* Performed by Ernie & The Top Notes
3. "Let's Go (It's Summertime)"
* Performed by James Reese & The Progressions
4. "Trespasser"
* Performed by Bad Medicine
5. "The Funky 16 Corners"
* Performed by The Highlighters Band
6. "The Kick"
* Performed by The Rhythm Machine
7. "What About You (In The World Today)"
* Performed by Co Real Artists
8. "Interlude"
* Performed by Ebony Rhythm Band
9. "The Dump"
* Performed by Soul Vibrations
10. "Jody's Freeze"
* Performed by James Reese & The Progressions
11. "Kashmere"
* Performed by Kashmere Stage Band
12. "Fish Head"
* Performed by Slim & The Soulful Saints
13. "Tighten Up Tighter"
* Performed by Billy Ball & The Upsetters
* Featuring Roosevelt Matthews
14. "Southside Funk"
* Performed by The Soul Seven
15. "Can We Rap"
* Performed by Carleen & The Groovers
16. "Beautiful Day"
* Performed by Spider Harrison
17. "Go To Work [Alternate Version]"
* Performed by Revolution Compared To What
18. "The Phantom"
* Performed by Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One
19. "In The Rain"
* Performed by The Wooden Glass
* Featuring Billy Wooten
20. "Outro"
* Performed by Ebony Rhythm Band
21. "Bunky's Pick [Bonus Track]"
* Performed by Cut Chemist
22. "The Funky Buzzard [Bonus Track]"
* Performed by James Bell & The Turner Brothers

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

James Brown - Star Time

Star Time is a 1991 71-track, 4-CD box set by James Brown. Its contents span most of the length of his career up to the time of its release, starting in 1956 with his first hit record, "Please, Please, Please", and ending with "Unity, Pt. 1", his 1984 collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa. It includes a few previously unreleased tracks.

The box set's title comes from the question Brown's announcer would traditionally ask audiences at the start of Brown's concerts: "Are you ready for star time?"

Star Time's liner notes, written by Cliff White, Harry Weinger, Nelson George, Alan M. Leeds and Brown himself, won a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes. The notes also include album and singles discographies and a one-page comic by Mary Fleener, a visual interpretation of the song "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

In 2003, the album was ranked number 79 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Crosby, Stills & Nash [BOX SET]

CSN is a box set released in 1991 by Crosby, Stills and Nash. It features material from their albums as a group in addition to selections from their various solo and duet albums. It also features many outtakes, including from sessions that did not result in an album by the group. Highlights include a cover of The Beatles' "Blackbird" and the full length take of "Almost Cut My Hair."

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Soup (1995)

1 The New Rising Sun 3:21
2 Belly Button Window 3:35
3 Stepping Stone 4:08
4 Freedom 3:26
5 Angel 4:20
6 Room Full Of Mirrors 3:10
7 Midnight 6:02
8 Night Bird Flying 3:47
9 Drifting 3:52
10 Ezy Ryder 4:09
11 Pali Gap 4:43
12 Message To Love 3:34
13 Peace In Mississippi 5:26
14 In From The Storm 3:41

Stone Free ~ A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

1 The Cure - Purple Haze
2 Eric Clapton - Stone Free
3 Spin Doctors - Spanish Castle Magic
4 Buddy Guy - Red House
5 Body Count - Hey Joe
6 Seal and Jeff Beck - Manic Depression
7 Nigel Kennedy - Fire
8 The Pretenders - Bold as Love
9 P.M. Dawn - You Got Me Floatin'
10 Slash and Paul Rodgers with the Band of Gypsies - I Don't Live Today
11 Belly - Are You Experienced?
12 Living Colour - Crosstown Traffic
13 Pat Metheny - Third Stone From the Sun
14 M.A.C.C. - Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)

V.A. ~ In From The Storm (1995)

1 Doug Pinnick - ...And the Gods Made Love
2 Buddy Miles, Doug Pinnick, Steve Lukather - Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)
3 Taj Mahal, Robben Ford - Rainy Day, Dream Away
4 Sting, John McLaughlin - The Wind Cries Mary
5 Sass Jordan, Carlos Santana - Spanish Castle Magic
6 Toots Thielemans - Little Wing
7 Corey Glover, Eric Schenkman - In From the Storm
8 Corey Glover, Steve Vai, Hiram Bullock - Drifting
9 Paul Rodgers, Steve Vai - Bold as Love
10 Doug Pinnick, Eric Schenkman - Burning of the Midnight Lamp
11 Buddy Miles, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell - Purple Haze
12 Brian May - One Rainy Wish

Friday, August 7, 2009

Jefferson Airplane - The Best Of

Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1965. A pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement, Jefferson Airplane was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve mainstream commercial and critical success.

Throughout the late 1960s Jefferson Airplane was one of the most sought-after and highly-paid concert acts in the world. Their recordings were internationally successful and sold in great quantities, and they scored two US Top 10 hit singles and a string of Top 20 albums. Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is still widely regarded as one of the key recordings of the so-called Summer of Love period, and brought the group international recognition (as well as two chart hits: "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit").

Successor bands to Jefferson Airplane include Jefferson Starship and Starship while spinoffs include Hot Tuna and KBC Band. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.....

Santana - Aniversario

Santana is a band consisting of a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. The range of these artists has varied greatly. Just like Santana himself, the band is known for helping make Latin rock famous in the rest of the world.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Psychedelic Archaeology - Vol. 7+8+9+10

The Rest Of The Psychedelic Archaeology Series

Monday, August 3, 2009

Psychedelic Archaeology - Vol. 6

01 - tony and the vizitors - saturday's son
02 - flower pot - black motto
03 - american express - when the city sleeps
04 - mcdonald's farm - between the lines
05 - emergency exit - maybe too late
06 - the raven(s) - calamity jane
07 - west coast natural gas - jumping frog
08 - the sun - soul sync
09 - epitome - sleep #9
10 - the human touch - sally go round the roses
11 - five by five - 15 going on 20
12 - these vizitors - rippling road
13 - mad john fever - breath and thunder
14 - flower of purple - luv's so free
15 - west coast natural gas - a favor
16 - zekes - leaving you
17 - caretakers - epic
18 - shy limbs - trick or two
19 - troyes - morning of the rain
20 - the paper train - brother
21 - dave miller set - bread and butter day
22 - black narcosis - land of stone
23 - graylock mansion - over my shoulder
24 - higher elevation - summer skies
25 - second summers - sad vibrations

Psychedelic Archaeology - Vol. 5

01 - bumps - ode to a toad
02 - cosmic brotherhood - sunshine world
03 - delicate balance - night is almost gone
04 - crowd + 1 - try
05 - t.i.m.e. - what would life be without it
06 - bad boys - black olives
07 - ronny and the daytonas - brave new world
08 - pops merrily - help me down
09 - giant crab - listen girl
10 - conception - babylon
11 - future - shape of things to come
12 - second helping - floating downstream on an inflatable rubber raft
13 - le cirque - land of oz
14 - changing colours - da da da da
15 - sheb wooley - the love-in
16 - five by five (5x5) - good connection
17 - second helping - on friday
18 - bumps - shining
19 - messengers - must we always live for tomorrow
20 - epic splendor - cowboys and indians
21 - wrongh black dog - wake me, shake me
22 - ronnie james reincarnation - is this the only life you've ever had
23 - giant crab - esp
24 - bill soden - my mermaid and me
25 - crowd + 1 - don't hold back
26 - uk baby - michael's daughter
27 - thorndike pickledish - sf bound

Psychedelic Archaeology - Vol. 4

01 - sound vendor - mr. sun
02 - lynx - look at me
03 - the collectors - ring the bells
04 - the collectors - uncle wiggley
05 - accents - friendly stranger
06 - beautiful - shadows in the sun
07 - sixth day creation - cherry pie
08 - velvet haze - last day on earth
09 - act of creation - yesterday noontime
10 - east river drive - hard way to go
11 - enemys - mo-jo woman
12 - aluminum dream - strangers calling
13 - benjamin carry ltd - old man
14 - medicine mike - i've never been so high
15 - merlin - dirty woman
16 - rose garden - here's today
17 - sagittarius - virgo
18 - sawdust - sunbeam
19 - shane - woman don't you go
20 - turquoise - 53 summer street
21 - the cellar - think about now
22 - the raves - mr. man
23 - hugh mccracken - you blow my mind
24 - act of creation - i've just seen you
25 - chateaux - reference man pt. 2

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Psychedelic Archaeology - Vol. 3

01 the trip - radio promo spot
02 velvet seed - flim flam man
03 flower pot - wantin' ain't gettin'
04 owl - spirits
05 dave heenan set - alice in wonderland
06 young californians - in a garden
07 owen b. - nowhere to run
08 eclectic mouse - where do the hounds go
09 whatt four - you're wishin' i was someone e
10 fountain of youth - day don't come
11 rogue show - make me over again
12 sweet smoke - the great evacuation of haight
13 dave travis extreme - last night the flowers bloomed
14 granny's intentions - story of david
15 rock garden - sweet pajamas
16 fair exchange - out in the open
17 this generation - the children have your tongue
18 neal ford & fanatics - movin' along
19 rumble - rich man poor man
20 cups - good as gold
21 excalibur - dreamin'
22 avengers - strange faces
23 suburban 9 to 5 - elevator operator
24 california bear - in my dreams
25 alexander rabbit - malagua

Psychedelic Archaeology - Vol. 2

01 - lynx - just a friend
02 - whatt four - dandelion wine
03 - the hardtimes - they said no
04 - lyte - it's gonna work out fine
05 - the mission - calmilly
06 - tidal waves - searching for love
07 - pendragon - never gonna go back
08 - aorta - shapes of things to come
09 - she trinity - climb that tree
10 - oracle - don't say no
11 - the new phoenix - give to me your love
12 - joyride - the big bright green pleasure machine
13 - the free - what makes you
14 - american zoo - magdalena
15 - london phogg - the times to come
16 - barry mann - young electric... psychedelic band
17 - lexington ave. local - along comes mary
18 - lyte - i don't believe you
19 - shades inc - sights
20 - cyrkle - the words
21 - the mission - gailing made it
22 - underground sunshine - nine to five (ain't my bag)
23 - fenwyck - i cry
24 - moorpark intersection - i think i'll just go & find me a flower
25 - sunshine - dream selection
26 - stonybrook people - there's tomorrow

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Psychedelic Archaeology - Vol. 1

01 - west coast natural gas - a favor
02 - rochelle rosenthal and the kickball queen - lottery
03 - the sandals - house of painted glass
04 - kim fowley - strangers from the sky
05 - aorta - strange
06 - american blues - say so
07 - mary maiden - the scarlet letter
08 - neal ford and the fanatics - mary wanna mary me
09 - the david - people saying, people seeing
10 - the chosen few - the earth above, the sky below
11 - the mass - raining sorrow
12 - hot water - reaction
13 - west coast natural gas - go run and play
14 - natural gas - sunnydays
15 - jefferson lee - pancake trees
16 - sound sandwich - zig zag news
17 - groundspeed - l-12 east
18 - aphrodite's child - magic mirror
19 - gregorians - dialated eyes
20 - chapter vi - oracle
21 - stone hedge - desiree
22 - mind garage - asphalt mother
23 - the raik's progress - why did you rob us tank
24 - layne martine jr - surabian lament

Friday, July 31, 2009

Kaleidoscope - Pulsating Dream

Kaleidoscope - Pulsating Dream
Kaleidoscope was an American psychedelic folk band who recorded 4 albums and several singles for Epic between 1966 and 1970. They are not to be confused with the British Psychedelic group Kaleidoscope.
The original line-up featured Solomon Feldthouse, David Lindley, Chris Darrow, Chester Crill (a.k.a Max Budda, Fenrus Epp, Templeton Parcely) and John Vidican. Between them, they played a wide range of stringed instruments and world-music influences, deployed in their early psychedelic songs such as Egyptian Gardens and Pulsating Dream and then in longer pieces such as Taxim, which they also performed live at the Berkeley Folk Festival on July 4 1967. They were also unusual among rock bands in being able and willing to feature music by Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington in their repertoire.
Their 1967 piece Stranger in Your City/Beacon from Mars, recorded live in the studio, was also influential, with Led Zeppelin admiring Lindley's controlled feedback solo.
Darrow and Vidican left and were replaced by Stuart Brotman and Paul Lagos for their 3rd and 4th albums. The release, "Bernice," is deep, amazing psych with phenomenal electric guitar work that was missing from some of the other albums, and while it looks as though it may be more country influenced, which many of their albums surely were, this one is WAY overlooked. At the end of 1969, Kaleidoscope contributed 2 new songs ("Brother Mary" and "Mickey's Tune") to Michaelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point.
Kaleidoscope - Pulsating Dream

Friday, July 24, 2009

High Life and Afro Soul 1963-1969

Fela Ransome-Kuti and His Koola Lobitos
Highlife-Jazz and Afro-Soul (1963-1969) (CD Japan; P-Vine PCD-18511/3)
A three-CD set of extremely rare recordings by Koola Lobitos in Nigeria in the 1960s.