Friday 30 December 2016

Ray Charles - Doing His Thing -1969 US

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), known professionally as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer. Among friends and fellow musicians he preferred being called "Brother Ray". He was often referred to as "The Genius".
"Doing His Thing" is a 1969 studio album by Ray Charles, released by ABC-Tangerine Records (ABCS-695). The cover artwork was by Lafayette Chew. (wiki)
From this album i chose "The Same Thing That Can Make You Laugh (Can Make You Cry)","You Ought To Change Your Ways" and "If It Wasn't For Bad Luck". Enjoy and 

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Friday 23 December 2016

Malo - 1972 US

Malo was an American Latin-tinged rock and roll group. The San Francisco-based ensemble was led by Arcelio Garcia and Jorge Santana, the brother of Latin-rock guitarist, Carlos Santana.
Five of Malo's original members (Santana, Leo, Garcia, Tellez, and Bean) had previously played in the band, The Malibus. The other three founding members (Abel Zarate, Roy Murray, and Richard Spremich) had played together in the group Naked Lunch. (wiki)
Their first self-titled album released in 1972 by Warner Bros Records (BS-2584).From this album i chose "Cafe" , "Nena" and  "Just Say Goodbye".   Enjoy and 

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Wednesday 21 December 2016

XIT-Entrance- The Sound Of Early Xit-1974 US

XIT or Lincoln St. Exit is a Native American rock band that released two albums in the 1970s, "Plight Of The Redman" 1972 and "Silent Warrior" 1973 on Rare Earth (the Motown label), and regrouped in the 1990s as a new and different group under Tom Bee.
XIT is originally based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Members include founder and Native American Music Award winner Tom Bee, (writer of lyrics on Plight Of The Redman). The original group known as Original Xit are A. Michael Martinez (singer and lead guitar), Mac Suazo (bass), Lee Herrerra (drums), and R. C. Gariss (2nd lead guitar).
XIT stands for "crossing of Indian Tribes", according to Tom Bee. Their music often addresses themes of historic and contemporary Native American issues. Their initial recording, 1972's "Plight Of The Redman", is a concept album about the changes in Native American life since the arrival of Columbus.(wiki)
"Entrance- The Sound Of Early Xit" is a compilation who released in 1974 and contains singles and other unreleased songs from 1967 to 1972.From this album i chose "Half A Man","Orange Benevolence" and "She's My Everything". Enjoy!!!

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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Funk Inc.-Chicken Lickin'-1972 US

Funk Inc. was a jazz funk/soul jazz group founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1969 by Bobby Watley, Eugene Barr, Steve Weakley, Jimmy Munford and Cecil Hunt. During the 1970s they were signed to the Prestige Records label for whom they recorded five albums, though they later disbanded in 1976. "Chicken Lickin'" is the second studio album by Funk Inc., released in 1972.(wiki)
From this album i chose "Running Way", "Let's Make Peace And Stop The War"  and "The Better Half". Enjoy!!!

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Monday 19 December 2016

Pierre Henry- Les Jerks Electroniques De La Messe Pour Le Temps Present Et Musiques Concretes De Pierre Henry Pour Maurice Béjart-1967 France

Pierre Henry (born 9 December 1927) is a French composer, considered a pioneer of the musique concrète genre of electronic music.Pierre Henry was born in Paris, France, and began experimenting at the age of 15 with sounds produced by various objects. He became fascinated with the integration of noise into music. Among Henry's works is the 1967 ballet Messe Pour Le Temps présent, a collaboration with choreographer Maurice Béjart that debuted in Avignon.(wiki)
"Les Jerks Electroniques..." released in 1967 on Philips label (836.893 DSY).I chose "Psyche Rock", "Jericho Jerk" and "Teen Tonic". Enjoy!!!

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Thursday 15 December 2016

V.A - Night Train Covers

"Night Train" is a twelve-bar blues instrumental standard first recorded by Jimmy Forrest in 1951.
The song was covered by many bands and artists, so i made a compilation who contains 14 versions of this great  song.  Enjoy!!!

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01.Jimmy Forest- Night Train-1951 US
02.Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery- Night Train-1966 US
03.James Brown- Night Train-1961 US
04.Chico Arnez- Night Train-1972 UK
05.Xavier Cugat- Night Train-1964 Spain
06.The Excursion- Night Train-1968 UK
07.The 4 Instants- Night Train-1966 UK
08.Rusty Bryant- Night Train-1969 US
09.Le London All Star- Night Train-1965 UK
10.The Kingsmen- Night Train-1964 US
11.Georgie Fame- Night Train-1964 UK
12.Soul Sounds- Night Train-1967 UK
13.Beefeaters - Night Train-1969 Denmark
14.Harry  Stoneham- Night Train-1976 UK

Wednesday 14 December 2016

MFSB-1973 US

MFSB (according to the "clean" interpretation, Mother Father Sister Brother) was a pool of more than thirty studio musicians based at Philadelphia’s famed Sigma Sound Studios. They worked closely with the production team of Gamble and Huff and producer/arranger Thom Bell, and backed up such groups as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, the O’Jays, the Stylistics, the Spinners, Wilson Pickett, and Billy Paul. MFSB is the debut album by Philadelphia International Records houseband MFSB, released in 1973.(wiki)
From this album i chose the instrumental covers of "Back Stabbers","Family Affair" and "Freddie's Dead". Enjoy!!!

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Tuesday 13 December 2016

The Soulful Strings-Paint It Black -1966 US

The Soulful Strings was a project of the Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans, working with several musicians from the Cadet Records house band between 1966 and 1971 including Charles Stepney, Bobby Christian, Billy Wooten, Phil Upchurch, Lennie Druss, and Cleveland Eaton.
Employing a repertoire composed almost entirely of covers, Evans and company created a unique sound, combining a sharp, soulful rhythm section with a lush string backing. Evans pushed the strings to the front, assuming an attitude previously reserved only for the hulking funk of bass and rhythm guitar. It was this crucial element that made the Soulful Strings sound, so successful. (DISCOGS)
"Paint It Black" is their first album and released in 1966 on Cadet Records (LPS-776).From this album i chose "Paint It Black", "Wade In The Water" and "Take Five". Enjoy!!!

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Monday 12 December 2016

African Music Machine - Water Black Gold -1972-74 US

The African Music Machine was a New Orleans funk band, led by Louis Villery, playing in the 1970s. It issued several singles which became collector's items. A compilation album Black Water Gold was issued in 2000. The band was re-formed by Villery in 2001, and issued an album on the Singular label. They play mellow beats incorporating traditional African and Caribbean sounds.(wiki)
"Black Water Gold" released in 2000 by Soul Power label (LPS-3317).From this compilation i chose "Black Water Gold" and "Mr. Brown".


Bass, Vocals – Louis Villery
Drums – Louis Acorn
Guitar – Jumbo
Percussion – Osman
Piano, Organ – Obitu
Tenor Saxophone – Tyrone Dotson
Tenor Saxophone, Flute – Ete-Ete
Trumpet – Amal

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Wednesday 7 December 2016

V.A - I Just Want To Make Love To You Covers

 "I Just Want To Make Love To You" is a 1954 blues song written by Willie Dixon, first recorded by Muddy Waters, and released as "Just Make Love To Me" (Chess 1571). The song reached number four on Billboard magazine's R&B Best Sellers chart.Backing Waters on vocals are Little Walter on harmonica, Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Otis Spann on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Fred Below on drums. Waters recorded the song again for the album "Electric Mud" (wiki)
The song was covered by many bands and artists, so i made a compilation who contains 13 versions of this great blues song. Enjoy!!!

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01.Muddy Waters- Just Make Love To Me-1954 US
02.Etta James- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1969 US
03.Billy Hawks- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1967 US
04.Cold Blood- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1969 US
05.Mom's Apple Pie- I Just Wanna Make Love to You-1972 US
06.Rainbow- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1968 US
07.Smith- I Just Wanna Make Love To You-1969 US
08.The Animals- I Just Wanna Make Love To You-1964 UK
09.The Rolling Stones- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1964 UK
10.The Shadows Of Knight- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1966 US
11.Spring Fever- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1970 Canada
12.The Apple Pie Motherhood Band- I Just Want To Make Love To You-1969 US
13.Muddy Waters- I Just Want to Make Love to You-1968 US

Cal Tjader -Agua Dulce- 1971 US

Callen Radcliffe "Cal" Tjader, Jr. (July 16, 1925 – May 5, 1982) was an American Latin jazz musician, known as the most successful non-Latino Latin musician. He also explored various other jazz idioms but never abandoned the music of Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, performing it until his death.
Tjader primarily played the vibraphone. He was accomplished on the drums, bongos, congas, timpani, and the piano. He worked with numerous musicians from several cultures. He is often linked to the development of Latin rock and acid jazz. Although fusing jazz with Latin music is often categorized as "Latin jazz" (or, earlier, "Afro-Cuban jazz"), Tjader's output swung freely between both styles. (wiki)
"Agua Dulce" released in 1971 on Fantasy ‎Records (F–8416).From this album i chose "Agua Dulce", "Ran Kan Kan" and "Gimme Shelter". Enjoy!!!

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Saturday 3 December 2016

Toots & The Maytals- Funky Kingston-1973 Jamaica

Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and rock steady vocal groups. The Maytals were formed in the early 1960s and were key figures in popularizing reggae music. Frontman Toots Hibbert's soulful vocal style has been compared to Otis Redding, and led him to be named one of the 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone.(wiki)
From their 1973 album "Funky Kingston" i chose the self-titled song and their version of Richard Berry's song "Louie Louie".

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B.T. Express - Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) - 1974 US

B.T. Express (originally named Brooklyn Transit Express) was an American funk/disco group, that had a number of successful songs during the 1970s.(wiki)
From their first 1974 album i chose "Express" and "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)". Enjoy!!!

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Ultra Funk - 1975 UK

A rare bit of funk from the mid 70's UK scene, cut with a groove that's got plenty of blacksploitation soundtrack touches. Ultra Funk were most likely a studio group assembled for the session but they've got a tight sound that makes them perfect for serving up the mix of grooves in the set, a great blend of originals and covers, all done with lots of influences from cop shows, action soundtracks  and kung fu movies.
Most cuts are instrumentals and have some great keyboard and electric bits. The vocal version of  "Kung Fu Man", featuring Mr. Superbad, Freddie Mack is a terrific, funky dance track sounds a lot like a very early Rap. Two songs from this album, "Kung Fu Man" and the great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me". Enjoy!!!

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T.S. Bonniwell- Close -1969 US

T.S. Bonniwell is the billing that Sean Bonniwell used for his only solo album, "Close", released on Capitol in 1969 (ST-277). This might be a bit confusing to Music Machine fans, who are familiar with the name Sean Bonniwell rather than the handle T.S. Bonniwell. For it was as Sean Bonniwell that he was the singer/songwriter and chief visionary of the Music Machine, one of the finest garage-psychedelic bands of the '60s.
"Close" have some positive attributes, particularly in the introverted-to-the-point-of-reclusion lyrics, and its sad but sweet melodies. Often Bonniwell sounds like a man whose roaring fire has dwindled down to a candle in the wind, such is the fragile and burned-out nature of songs like "Black Snow" and "Sleep." In an interview with the magazine Ugly Things, Bonniwell described it as "kind of like, if Neil Diamond did an imitation of Johnny Mathis."
From this album i chose "Black Snow", "Temporary Knife" and "Sleep".

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

Bloomsbury People-1970 US

The Bloomsbury People formed in 1968. The band immediately gained a degree of local success, playing frequently around Milwaukee and the surrounding region and recording a couple of 45s over the next couple years.
The Bloomsbury People, began playing an unconventional mixture of avant-garde rock, classical music, and baroque pop that eventually came to be characterized as progressive rock, recorded their sole self-titled album at Audio Finishers studios,Chicago and released on MGM Records (SE-4678) in 1970. Milwaukee-native Sigmund Snopek III may be one of the most fascinating artists to emerge from the late '60s and early '70s.
Sigmund Snopek III continued making intriguing music, ranging from Top 40 pop songs to electronic pieces and jazz compositions to symphonies and operas in a career that lasted well over 30 years, culminating in his most conspicuous role as a sideman for the much-loved alternative pop band The Violent Femmes.
From Bloomsbury People great and sole album i chose "Birdsong", "Pioneer Saint Of Death" and "So It Seems".Enjoy!!!


Jon Wyderka- Vocals,Percussion
Sigmund Snopek III- Keyboards,Trombone,Vocals
Ding Lorenz- Drums,Acoustic Percussion and Dropped Stick
Paul DuJardin- Bass,Trombone,Vocals
Greg Janick- Organ,Saxophones,Vocals
Dennis Lanting- Electric and Acoustic Guitars,Vocals

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Tuesday 15 November 2016

Brigg - 1973 US

Brigg was another one of those US private psych/prog legends. The group was from Northumberland, Pennsylvania, although some dealers have previously listed them as Canadian.Their 1973 self-titled album is a rare one & only melodic rural hippy rock album, with good harmonies and songs with  fine folk tinged psychedelic electric and acoustic  guitar.
The album recorded in 1973 at Susquehanna Sound Productions Studio No.1,Northumberland, Pennsylvania.This is the Italian reissue of the album by HABLABEL (HBL 11002) from 1988.Two songs from this band, "Hey Mister" and "Took It Away".


Rusty Foulke-Lead Guitar, Vocals
Rob Morse-Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Willoughby-Bass,Flute,Piano,Vocals
Rick Klinger-Percussion
Webb Kline-Keyboards on "Hey Mister"

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