Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

L.T.G. Exchange - Susie Heartbreaker -1975 US

L.T.G. Exchange was  a New York City band, with a sound that incorporated bits of funk, soul, salsa, and jazz.  On their second album from 1975 L.T.G .Ecxchange perform the score of the Black Rock Opera "Susie Heartbreaker (Ghetto Child)".I chose " Money Mad","Dinero" and "Trickin'".Enjoy!!!


Kevin Beverly (guitar)
Melvin Barton (bass)
Walter Chiles (piano, keyboards)
Victor Santos (drums)
Bruce Slade (percussion)

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Astrud Gilberto ‎– September 17, 1969-1970 US

Astrud Gilberto had begun tackling '60s vocal pop crossovers on her Windy album from earlier in 1969, but her final record (of three) from that year found her stretching out not just on material but on arrangements. The production and arrangements by Brooks Arthur and Albert Gorgoni, respectively, attempt to push Gilberto into the type of groovy "now sound" that everyone from Harry Nilsson to Andy Williams was employing in the late '60s. Of course, Gilberto was an easy fit for this type of sound, and the only missteps here come when the songs don't fit her occasionally limited talents. "Light my Fire" is at the top of that list, while the Bee Gees' "Holiday" and Nilsson's "Don't Leave Me, Baby" appear very high as well. (John Bush-allmusic)
"September 17, 1969" released in 1970 on Verve Records (V6-8793). From this album i chose "Holiday","Light My Fire" and "Let Go (Canto De Ossanha)". Enjoy!!!

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Terminal Barbershop - Hair Styles-1969 US

"Hair Styles" by The Terminal Barbershop  released in 1969 on Atco Records ‎(SD 33-301).This is actually Ars Nova's third album because most of their second album "Sunshine & Shadows" members like Jon Pierson (Bass Trombone),Joe Hunt (Drums), Sam Brown  (Guitar) and Jimmy Owens (Trumpet, Flugelhorn) are involved on this release.
The album arranged by Jon Pierson and Wyatt Day and contains songs of the musical "Hair". I chose "Aquarius"," Hair" and " Let The Sunshine In".

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Monday, 10 April 2017

Ars Nova- Sunshine & Shadows-1969 US

Ars Nova was an American progressive rock band that performed and recorded from 1967 to 1969. The original core of the group comprised two former students from Mannes College in New York City - Wyatt Day (guitar, keyboards, vocals), who wrote or co-wrote most of the band's songs, and Jon Pierson (trombone, vocals).(wiki)
They recorded two albums, a self-titled in 1968  on Elektra and "Sunshine & Shadows" in 1969 on Atlantic. From their second album i chose "Walk On The Sand","Please Don't Go Now" and "Rubbish".

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Friday, 7 April 2017

We Five featuring Demis Roussos-The Nico Mastorakis Tapes-1978 Greece

The We Five was a greek  beat/rock band active between 1966-67.Among others Demis Roussos (1946 –2015) was on vocals and on bass and Alekos Karakantas (1947-2017) was the lead guitarist. This rare album released in 1978 on Seagull records ‎ (33/3E-IN-630) and contains songs of the 1966-67 period. All the songs are from the Nico Mastorakis tapes who was the manager of the group.
From this album i chose two covers, "From Home" and "Don't Bring Me Down".


Demis Roussos-Vocal,Bass
Lakis Vlavianos-Piano,Organ
Spyros Metaxas-Rythm Guitar,Vocal
Alekos Karakantas-Lead Guitar

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

George Romanos-Two Small Blue Horses-1970 Greece

George Romanos is a greek singer and songwriter.In 1970  Romanos release one of the best  greek psychedelic albums titled "Δυο Μικρά Γαλάζια Αλογα" (Two Small Blue Horses) on Zodiac records.The guitar player on this album was Alekos Karakantas (earlier with Juniors,We Five and later with Axis).Alekos Karakantas was one of the best guitarists with very unique style,  who died yesterday at the age of 70. RIP.
In loving memory of Alekos Karakantas i chose "Two Small Blue Horses" and "Life Is A Dream".
An interview with  Alekos  Karakantas you can find here

                             Alekos Karakantas with We Five (1967)

                             Alekos Karakantas with Axis (1972)

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Merrell Fankhauser ‎– The Maui Album-1976 US (1988 Reckless Records)

Merrell Wayne Fankhauser (born December 23, 1943, Louisville, Kentucky, United States) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s with bands including the Impacts, Merrell & the Exiles, HMS Bounty, Fankhauser-Cassidy Band, and MU.
Fankhauser recorded a solo album, Maui (1976), before returning to California in the late 1970s.(wiki)
This is the 1988 UK reissue of "The  Maui Album" by Reckless Records (RECK 10), with different versions of "On Our Way To Hana" and "Make A Joyful Noise". I chose those  great songs plus the beautiful "I Saw Your Photograph". Enjoy!!!

from the back cover:

--In 1974 Merrell Fankhauser was living in a jungle shack on the island of Maui with his group MU and his girlfriend Mary Lee, an accomplished violin player.Their lifestyle was mystically orientated and ascetic, they followed a vegan diet with no drugs or alcohol.Later that year guitarist Jeff Cotton and drummer Randy Wimer left for the mainland to become Christian ministers.
Merrell and Mary Lee retreated further into the depths of the jungle, continuing their researches into the lost civilization of Lemuria.Occasionally they emerged to play club dates as a duo.Late in 1975 they visited L.A. and recorded "The Maui Album".--

Merrell Fankhauser-Vocals,Guitar,Bass
Jeff Cotton-Guitar,Vocals
Mary Lee -Violin
Jeff Parker-Bass
Randy Wimer-Percussion, Vocals

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Monday, 3 April 2017

El Chicano - Celebration- 1972 US

El Chicano is an American chicano rock and brown-eyed soul group from Los Angeles, California, whose style incorporates various modern music genres including rock, funk, soul, blues, jazz, and salsa. The group's name is from Chicano, a term for United States citizens of typically Mexican American descent. (wiki)
From their third album "Celebration" who released in 1972 on KAPP Records ‎(KS 3663), i chose "El Grito", "Mas Zacate" and "Brown-Eyed Girl". Enjoy!!!

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Monday, 27 March 2017

Augustus Pablo -King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown -1976 Jamaica

Horace Swaby (21 June 1954 – 18 May 1999), known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards.
He popularised the use of the melodica (an instrument at that time primarily used in Jamaica to teach music to schoolchildren) in reggae music. His album King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown (1976) is often regarded as one of the most important examples of dub.(wiki)
"King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown" released in Jamaica by Yard Music.From this album i chose "Stop Them Jah", "Each One Dub" and "King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown". Enjoy!!!

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

VA - Whole Lotta Love covers

"Whole Lotta Love" is a song by English hard rock band Led Zeppelin. It is the opening track on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin II, and was released in the United States, several countries in Europe, and Japan as a single, as with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom. The US release became their first hit single, being certified Gold on 13 April 1970, having sold one million copies. It reached number one in Germany, and number four in the Netherlands.
Parts of the song were adapted from Willie Dixon's "You Need Love", recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962.(wiki)
The song has been covered by many artists and bands over the years. On this compilation i chose 10 versions of this song plus the Muddy Waters "You Need Love". Enjoy!!!


01.Led Zeppelin- Whole Lotta Love-1969 UK
02.Muddy Waters - You Need Love-1962 US
03.C.C.S. - Whole Lotta Love-1970 UK
04.Chico Arnez - Whole Lotta Love-1972 UK
05.Dieter Zimmermann - Whole Lotta Love-1971 Germany
06.The Ventures - Whole Lotta Love-1970 US
07.Electric Food - Whole Lotta Love-1970 Germany
08.Tina Turner - Whole Lotta Love-1975 US
09.Unknown Artist ‎– from the album  The World Of Heavy Hits - Whole Lotta Love-1972 UK
10.James Taylor Quartet - Whole Lotta Love-1995 UK
11.Santana (featuring Chris Cornell)- Whole Lotta Love-2010 US


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Monday, 20 March 2017

Kongas-Anikana-O- 1978 France

Marc Cerrone (born 1952 in Vitry-sur-Seine, near Paris, France) is a French disco drummer, composer, record producer and creator of major concert shows. Cerrone is considered as one of the most influential disco producers of the 70s and 80s in Europe.
His first recordings as a part of Kongas were released on Barclay Records. He is most famous from the Kongas days for "Anikana-O", co-written and produced by Alec R. Costandinos. (wiki)
"Anikana-O" released in 1978 by Barclay Records ‎(91 021) on green vinyl. I chose the two afro-funk songs from this album, "Anikana-O" and "Jungle".Enjoy!!!

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Emil Richards -New Time Element-1967 US

Emil Richards, born Emilio Joseph Radocchia on September 2, 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, is a percussionist who plays a variety of different percussion instruments.He became known as one of the most desirable percussionists in jazz, rock and other popular music and was called on to play in countless movie and television soundtracks.
On this  rare album who released in 1967 by UNI records (73003), Richards play some  covers of pop/rock and jazz/soul hits.I chose "Call Me", "Sunny", "Happy Together" and "Take Five".


Emil Richards- Vibes, Percussion
Dave Mac Kay-Piano, Organ
Joe Porcaro-Drums
John Morell-Guitar
Chuck Domanico-Bass
Chino Valdes-Congas, Bongos

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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Brian Auger & The Trinity- Befour -1970 UK

Brian Auger and the Trinity was a British musical ensemble led by the keyboardist Brian Auger. (wiki) "Befour" released in 1970 on RCA Victor (SF-8101) in UK and by RCA Victor (LSP-4372) in USA with different cover.I chose two songs from this album, "I Wanna Take You Higher" and "Pavane".


Brian Auger-Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
David Ambrose-Bass, Backing Vocals
Gary Boyle-Lead Guitar, Vocals, Backing Vocals
Clive Thacker-Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Felt-1971 US

Felt was formed in Alabama in the late '60s around the talents of Myke Jackson (guitars), Mike Neel (drums), Tommy Gilstrap (bass), Stan Lee (guitars), and Allan Dalrymple (keyboards).
The band's self-titled album contains half-a-dozen original songs written for the most part by Jackson. This rare album released by Nasco (Nasco- 9006) in 1971,  was the only long-player produced by the progressive blues quintet  Felt,  formed by 17-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist Myke Jackson.
A wide-ranging spectrum of influences including late Beatle-psych, mellow West Coast-jamming and early 1970s hardrock. Fellow guitarist, Stan Lee would move on to the punk band the Dickies later in the '70s.
This is the 90's unknown reissue of the Nasco release, with the same code  (Nasco- 9006).I chose two songs," Now She's Gone" and "Destination".


Myke Jackson- Lead Guitar, Vocals
Allan Dalrymple- Keyboards
Tommy Gilstrap- Bass
Stan Lee- Rhythm Guitar
Mike Neel- Drums

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Saturday, 4 March 2017

Herbie Mann - Latin Mann-Afro To Bossa To Blues- 1965 US

Herbert Jay Solomon (April 16, 1930 – July 1, 2003), known by his stage name Herbie Mann, was an American jazz flautist and important early practitioner of world music. Latin Mann (subtitled Afro to Bossa to Blues) is an album by American jazz flautist Herbie Mann recorded for the Columbia label (CS 9188) and released in 1965.(wiki)
From this album i chose "Let's Boom Chitty Boom", "What'd I Say" and "Manteca". Enjoy!!!

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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Baker Street Philharmonic-Yesterday's Dreams-1971 UK

 "Yesterday's Dreams" released in 1971 on Pye Records (PKL 4401).Arranged,conductor and producer was Mike Vickers. Michael "Mike" Vickers (born 18 April 1940) is a British musician who came to prominence as guitarist, flautist and saxophonist with the 1960s band, Manfred Mann. The album contains mostly covers with good hammond organ work. I chose "Sympathy"(Rarebird),"The Last One" (Mike Vickers) and "The Witch" (The Rattles). Enjoy!!!

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