Wednesday 30 March 2016

Mother Night- 1972 US



Mother Night was another Nuyorican Latin rock/funk band.Their sole self-titled album released in 1972 by Columbia (KC-31304).From this album i chose two songs,the latin/funk "Julie Nixon" and the latin/rock "Fools Are You".Enjoy!!!

Members:

Ronnie Pace (Lead Vocals, Trumpet, Piano, Congas)
Eddie Martinez (Lead Guitar, Vocals)
Val Burke (Bass)
Skip McPhee (Organ, Vocals)
Arnold Ramsey (Drums, Organ, Guitar, Bass, Saxophone)
Sonny McPhee (Alto Sax, Vocals)
Gary Pribek (Tenor Sax, Flute)
Bill Ohashi (Trombone)

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Chango - 1975 US




This is another great Latin/Rock band.Chango's first self-titled album released in 1975 on ABC Records (ABCD-872).Two songs from this album, "Fire Over Water" and "Chango".

Members:

George Tacktikos (guitar, vocals)
Reinol Andino (timbales, congas, percussion, vocals)
Pepe Gomez (drums, lead vocals, percussion, piano)
Burlin Speakes (bass)
Thomas Alletto (organ, vocals, piano)
Michael Britton (congas, percussion)
Mike Cruz (timbales, percussion, vocals)
Charles Rook (guitar)
Ken Weissman (drums)

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Toro-1975 US



Toro was a great Nuyorican Latin rock/funk band. Their sole album released in 1975 by Coco Records (CLP 106) and produced by Harvey Averne.From this now rare album i chose "Ramona" and "Fields Of Laughter".Enjoy!!!

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Monday 28 March 2016

Sapo-1974 US





Sapo was an early 1970’s San Francisco-based Latin-rock band now considered one of the seminal and influential bands from the period. The band originally had ten pieces including congas, timbales, drums, two guitars and a four piece horn section.
Sapo was formed just as Malo’s song “Suavecito” hit the national top ten charts. Richard Bean, the singer and co-writer of the song, left Malo and formed Sapo with his brother horn player Joe Bean. Richard wrote Sapo’s songs and was the lead singer and timbale player. The band rehearsed four hours a day, five or six days a week in a large garage on South Van Ness Ave. in SF’s Mission District. They soon landed a national record deal on Bell Records (BELL- 1301).From this great Latin-rock album i chose three songs, "Been Had", "Ritmo Del Corazon" and "Wishbone".

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Jose ''Chepito'' Areas-1974 US



 José Octavio "Chepito" Areas (born 25 July 1946) is a Nicaraguan percussionist best known for having played timbales in the Latin rock group Santana from 1969-1977 and 1987-1989.In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for his work in Santana. In 1997, he performed on Abraxas Pool with other members of the early 1970s iteration of Santana, including Gregg Rolie, Neal Schon, Michael Carabello, and Michael Shrieve. Previously, he released an eponymous solo album on Columbia/CBS Records in 1974. (wiki) From this album i chose "Cerro Negro" and "Buscando La Gente".Enjoy!!!

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Wednesday 23 March 2016

Eyes Of Blue-Crossroads Of Time- 1968 UK




The Eyes of Blue's debut album is a rather typical bottom-drawer late-'60s psychedelic effort, going over much of the musical map without charting new territory or doing especially interesting songs.
Chunks of British harmony pop, soul, trendy Eastern-tinged psychedelia, and early progressive classical-dipped melodies and arrangements all bump around in the mix, though they don't cohere too memorably. The Welsh group did have a more organ-based sound than many of their U.K. peers, and the band's keyboardist, Phil Ryan, has admitted that Graham Bond was a big influence on his style on this album.
Bond's input wasn't limited to this, he also wrote two of the songs, "Crossroads Of Time" and "Love Is The Law" (though they were credited to "D. Stewart," aka his girlfriend, Diane Stewart), both of which Bond himself would record slightly later on his 1969 album "Love Is The Law". (allmusic)
The "Crossroads Of Time" released in US by Mercury records (SR-61184). From this album i chose "Crossroads Of Time" and "Love Is The Law".

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Andwellas Dream - Love And Poetry-1969 UK



Andwella were a Northern Irish psychedelic rock band formed in 1968, originally as The Method and later renamed Andwellas Dream. The trio were fronted by Dave Lewis (Guitar/keyboard/vocals), with Nigel Smith (bass/vocals) and Gordon Barton (drums).
"Love And Poetry" is the first studio album by British psychedelic band Andwella's Dream. It was released in 1969 on CBS Records."Love And Poetry" was composed entirely by band member Dave Lewis. It captures the true original sounds of Irish psychedelic rock. Relatively unknown, this album has achieved certain cult status after 40 years and is eagerly sought after by collectors of the genre.It is featured in Record Collector's Top 100 British Psychedelic Records of the 1960s.(wiki)
Two songs from this album, "High on a Mountain" and "Cocaine".

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Tuesday 22 March 2016

Ananda Shankar-1970 US




Ananda Shankar Roy (11 December 1942 – 26 March 1999) was a Bengali musician best known for fusing Western and Eastern musical styles.Born in Almora in Uttar Pradesh, India, Shankar was the son of Amala and Uday Shankar, popular dancers, and also the nephew of the renowned sitar player Ravi Shankar. He studied in The Scindia School, Gwalior. Ananda did not learn sitar from his uncle but studied instead with Lalmani Misra at Banaras Hindu University.
In the late 1960s, Shankar travelled to Los Angeles, where he played with many contemporary musicians including Jimi Hendrix. There he was signed to Reprise Records and released his first album, "Ananda Shankar(RS -6398)", in 1970, with original Indian classical material alongside sitar-based cover versions of popular hits such as The Rolling Stones' "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and The Doors' "Light My Fire"(wiki). I chose those songs for you. Enjoy!!!

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Bobby Bryant - The Jazz Excursion Into Hair- 1969 US



Bobby Bryant (May 19, 1934 – June 10, 1998) was an American jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist.
Bryant was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and played saxophone in his youth. He moved to Chicago in 1952, where he studied at the Cosmopolitan School of Music until 1957. Remaining in the city until 1960, he played with Red Saunders, Billy Williams, and other ensembles. He relocated to New York City in 1960 and then Los Angeles in 1961, where he became a fixture on the West Coast jazz scene. He led his own groups in addition to playing with Vic Damone, Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, Frank Capp/Nat Pierce, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He also worked as a studio musician and a music educator.(wiki)
"The Jazz Excursion Into "Hair" released in 1969 by World Pacific Jazz (ST-20159).From this album i chose three songs, "I Got Life", "Let The Sunshine In" and "Aquarius".

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Saturday 19 March 2016

Serge Gainsbourg-Les Selections Du Cinema De Gainsbourg vol.2 -2005 France


Serge Gainsbourg (born Lucien Ginsburg, April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor, and director. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French popular music, he was renowned for his often provocative and scandalous releases,as well as his diverse artistic output, which embodied genres ranging from jazz, mambo, world, chanson, pop and yé-yé, to rock and roll, progressive rock, reggae, electronic, disco, new wave, and funk. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.(wiki)
"Les Sélections Du Cinéma De Gainsbourg Vol. 2" is a 2005 12" Vinyl (unofficial release) by
the french label Le Smoke Disque (LSD-002). I choose the Side One who contains the great 1971 "En Melody" and  the 1968 sitar psychedelic "New Delire".

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Andy Bey-Experience And Judgment-1974 US




Andrew W. Bey (born October 28, 1939 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American jazz singer and pianist. Bey has a wide vocal range, with his four-octave baritone voice.
"Experience and Judgment" is an album by vocalist and pianist Andy Bey recorded in 1974 and released on the Atlantic label(SD 1654).(wiki) From this album i chose ""Celestial Blues" and "Being Uptight".

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Friday 18 March 2016

The Spirit Of Atlanta-The Burning Of Atlanta -1973 US



While essentially a vanity project for composer/producer/arranger Thomas Stewart, backed here by a cadre of "Hot 'Lanta" session players, The Burning of Atlanta is nevertheless an excellent funk LP that boasts the panoramic scope of a classic blaxploitation soundtrack.
With the vocals embedded deep in the mix, the emphasis lies squarely on the record's intensely hypnotic grooves, most of the tracks extend past the five-minute mark, with the epic "Messin' Around" clocking in at nearly twice that total. Stewart's dramatic melodies also boast a sheen recalling Curtis Mayfield's classic "Superfly" and just in case you couldn't place the reference, there's even an answer song: "Freddie's Alive and Well."(allmusic)
"The Burning Of Atlanta" released in 1973 by Buddah Records (BDS 5135 ST).Two songs from this album, "Messin' Around" and "Freddie's Alive and Well." Enjoy!!!

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Wednesday 16 March 2016

Ivar Avenue Reunion-1970 US



Neil Merryweather (born Robert Neilson Lillie on December 27, 1945 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian rock singer, bass player and songwriter. He has recorded and performed with musicians including Steve Miller, Dave Mason, Lita Ford, Billy Joel, Rick James and Wilson Pickett, and released an extensive catalogue of albums.(wiki)
Neil’s manager Morey Alexander received a call from RCA Records asking Neil to put a jam album together like Merryweather’s "Word of Mouth". Neil Merryweather, Charlie Musselwhite and Barry Goldberg were reunited again after playing on the Capitol Records album together.
Merryweather, John Richardson & Robin Boers were the band that jammed with Barry and J. J. Velker played on a few tracks. Neil brought Lynn Carey (Mama Lion) to the sessions as a guest artist.
The reunion occurred at RCA Studios on Ivar Avenue, thus the name "Ivar Avenue Reunion”.(discogs)
From this album, released in 1970 by RCA Victor (LSP-4442), i chose "Ride Mama Ride" and "Fast Train". Enjoy!!!

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Glass Prism - Poe Through The Glass Prism- 1969 US



The group originally formed as 'The El Caminoes' in the early 60s.The group was comprised of George Fox (piano and vocals), Steve Bond (drums), Jim Shrader (saxophone and bass) Tom Varano (lead guitar) and Carl Siracuse (guitar and organ).
George Fox and Jim Shrader moved elsewhere after high-school and left the group.
Steve Bond died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by Rick Richards.
With the addition of bassist and singer Augie Christiano, the official Glass Prism lineup was complete.
The group signed a two-record deal with RCA in 1969 who requested a new name for the band. Christiano had the idea to record a concept album based on lyrics by Edgar Allen Poe and the band took its new name from their debut album title "Poe Through The Glass Prism".(Discogs)
From their first album on RCA Victor "Poe Through The Glass Prism" (LSP-4201), i chose two songs, "The Raven" and "Eldorado".

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Food-Forever Is A Dream -1969 US



While Food's only album is fairly wide-ranging in its exploration of various modes of lighter, more pop-oriented psychedelic album rock, it's an ordinary record of its kind. It's not so much what's wrong with the album that holds it back, but rather what it lacks in truly strong songs or original takes on the sound of its times. Certainly it's a record of its time, as you can tell from the fluttering distorted violin-ish guitar sustains, insertions of British psych-influenced horn fanfares, tempo changes, occasional probing vaguely trippy lyrics, uptempo soul-rock numbers, high piercing organ, and other such accoutrements.(allmusic)
From this great album i chose "Forever Is A Dream" and "Here We Go Again".

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Frankie Valli-Timeless- 1968 US



Frankie Valli (born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio, May 3, 1934) is an American popular singer, known as the frontman of The Four Seasons beginning in 1960. He is known for his unusually powerful falsetto voice. (wiki)
From his 1968 solo album "Timeless", released on Philips (PHS 600-274), i chose two covers, B. Hebb's "Sunny" and J. Lennon - P. McCartney's "Eleanor Rigby". Enjoy!!!

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Wednesday 9 March 2016

Les Chakachas-1960 GR single



This 1960 single of Les Chakachas released in Greece by RCA records (47g 2060).The a side contains "Ego Kai To Gaidouraki Mou", written by G. Mouzakis and G.Economidis, and the b side "Ta Paidia Tou Peiraia " written by Manos Hadjidakis. Both songs were sung in Greek.

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Chakachas-1972 Belgium


The Chakachas were a Belgian based group of Latin soul studio musicians. Also known as Les Chakachas or Los Chakachas, they were formed by bandleader Gaston Bogaert, ex-Los Juano Boengs and The Continentals, percussion (conga and tumba), Tito Puente's singer wife Kari Kenton, vocals and maracas, Vic Ingeveldt (a Dutchman from Liege), saxophone, Charlie Lots, trumpet, Christian Marc, piano, Henri Breyre, guitar and backing vocals and Bill Raymond, bass guitar. All were native to Schaarbeek (a district of Brussels), or nearby Charleroi, Willebroek and Liege.(wiki)
From this 1972 self titled album, released in UK by Young Blood International (SYB 3003), i chose two songs, "Stories" and "The Party". Enjoy!!!

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Wednesday 2 March 2016

Jean Knight -1971 US single



Jean Knight (born Jean Caliste, January 26, 1943, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States) is an American soul/R&B/funk singer, best known for her 1971 Stax Records hit single, "Mr. Big Stuff".(wiki)
This is the US repress of the 1971 Stax single, released also by Stax (STX 1014) in 1977.The a side contain "Mr. Big Stuff" and on the b side the groovy "You Think You're Hot Stuff". Enjoy!!!

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Izhar Cohen And Alpha Beta- Ah-Ba-Ni-Bi-1978 Israel single


Izhar Cohen (born March 13, 1951) is an Israeli singer who won the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest.During the 70's Cohen was one of the most played singers in Israel. Representing Israel, he won the 1978 Eurovision Song Contest with the group Alphabeta performing "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" with music by Nurit Hirsh and words by Ehud Manor.(wiki)
This is the Greek single of Izhar Cohen's "Ah-Ba-Ni-Bi" sung in English and released in 1978 by Polydor (2001 781).

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Tuesday 1 March 2016

The Charms-The Giants-1965 GR single



This is a rare GR single released in 1965 by Popular Records (AP 6057).The a side contains The Charms' beat/pop song "Yanka" and  the b side The Giants'surf song "High Life Rhythm". Enjoy!!!

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Etta James -1974 single



Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. (wiki)
This is his 1974 UK single released by  Chess Records (6145 033), contains the great "Out On The Street Again" and on the b side the lovely "Come A Little Closer". Enjoy!!!

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Wilson Pickett-1971 US single




Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B, soul and rock and roll singer and songwriter.(wiki)
This is Wilson Pickett's 1971 single released by Atlantic Oldies Series (OS 13027), contains the soul tracks "Sugar Sugar" and "Fire And Water".

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