Paul Piot & Paul Guiot: Amour, Vacances Et Baroque 
Gary Bellington: Merry Go Sound 
from the stellar library compilation Barry 7's Connectors
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Basil Poledouris: Cemetery (Film version) 
Basil Poledouris: Matt Surfs, Kaliponi Slack Key, Bear's Shack 
Basil Poledouris: Summerset 
I looked into Basil Poledouris' work after reading his obit last November. If you are a fan of big 1980's movies you've probably already heard his music. Big Wednesday is not a movie I had heard of, but it appears to be a surfing movie, and the titles of the songs on the soundtrack basically reveal the plot and story twists.
I enjoy the soothing numbers off this soundtrack when they play randomly on my mp3 player.
Buy the soundtrack here.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Big Brother & The Holding Company: Oh, Sweet Mary 
Big Brother & The Holding Company: Flower in the Sun 
I watched Festival Express again recently, and was once again amazed by Janis Joplin. Flower in the Sun is a studio outtake added to the 1999 re-release of Cheap Thrills.
Buy Cheap Thrills here.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Robert Palmer: Riptide 
Robert Palmer: I Didn't Mean To Turn You On 
Palmer took a plunge to find the wonderful Riptide, which was composed by the songwriting team of Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On was composed by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
I suggest listening to I Didn't Mean To Turn You On immediately after Riptide ends. Riptide makes a nice intro to the light funk of I Didn't Mean To Turn You On.
Buy Riptide here.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Fantastic Soul Invention:
Nice And Slow b/w Double Action 
This mysterious 45 was produced in Italy on the Green Light label in 1976. "Fantastic Soul Invention", it seems, is a phony artist name that was used on bootleg releases of various funk/disco tracks. The real artist on Nice And Slow is Jesse Green and on Double Action it's the Sarr Band (I think). However, this version of Double Action has some percussion and clav overdubs not on this Sarr Band version. Anyroad, double up on it nicely and slowly with these two fresh dance cuts.
Jesse Green: Nice And Slow (instr.) (with thanks to Ryan)
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Starbuck: It Feels Good 
Culled from the Maxell Rock Sampler. Featuring the craziest synth climb this side of Blinded By The Light. I used to think I was alone in my appreciation for this, but Internet research has revealed, as it will, that there are some hardcore Starbuck fans out there.
The liner notes from the Sampler are memorable:
"Here's contrast for you: full vocal harmonies and fuzz-tone guitars back an extremely clear, strong tenor lead vocal. Starbuck is an Atlanta-based sextet which turns It Feels So Good* into a danceable, stimulating, mellow measure of contemporary rhythm.
Only Ken Crysler, the drummer, isn't a singer. The rest, including keyboardists Bruce Blackburn and Dave Shaver, along with guitarists John Fristoe and Johnny Walker, and bass player James Cobb, add vocals to their instrumental expertise.
Musically, the material is lyrical, emotionally specific**, quietly incandescent and warm. Sonically it's clean. Listen for the clear ringing of the opening brush hitting the cymbal. Listen also for a rarity in modern rock music: a crystalline unfuzzed guitar solo that's completely free from intentional distortion."
Starbuck on CD
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
The Cyrkle: Turn-Down Day 
Another mid-60's bon-bon plucked from the box of 45's I was yammering on about here. It will be a turn-down weekend for me, as I'm headed to the glamourous beaches of Westerly, Rhode Island, with hopefully a foray into Connecticut on Saturday for Sheridan DuPre III's 79th birthday bash.
"Things that are waiting to mess my mind will just have to wait till tomorrow."
Buy The Cyrkle
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Jean Michel Jarre: Equinoxe Part 5 
Jean Michel Jarre: Equinoxe Part 6 
Emmett directed me towards Jean Michel back in December. Since then I've listened to a few of his albums, but hadn't realized how huge he was until I read this Wikipedia post.
Bastille Day, 1979. Place de la Concorde. 1 million electronic music fans. Sounds insane.
I am tempted to post the whole album here, given that the album is meant to 'reflect a day in the life of a human being'. Here are parts 5 and 6, which I guess are the equivalent of the end of the work day / metro ride home. Part 8 is downright dirty.
Buy Equinoxe here.
Shirley Bassey: Vehicle 
arranged, produced & conducted by Johnny Harris
Note how the bass player goes mental on the last verse. One wonders: what was in his Wheaties that day?
BTW, who did the original of this? Oh right, the Ides Of March.
Fun fact: the man who wrote "Vehicle", Jim Peterik, also co-wrote and co-produced "Eye Of The Tiger".
Shirley's version is available on the CD reissue of Something Else.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Hosono & Yokoo: Madam Consul General of Madras 
A bit of early electronica from one of the amazing minds behind YMO. Tadanori Yokoo appears to have contributed the cover art and nothing else. The unrivaled Bumrocks posted Hum ghar sajan a few months back, otherwise I would have posted it myself. If you haven't yet heard it, it's worth tracking it down.
Buy Cochin Moon here.
Herbie Hancock: Wiggle-Waggle and Fat Albert Rotunda 
ripped from the cryptically-titled Fat Albert Rotunda
"Wiggle-Waggle": Very hip 8-bar "blues" chord progression on this.
"Fat Albert Rotunda": Great free jazz stylings from Joe Henderson and shamanistic percussion from (?).
This is also the album that contains the classic Fat Mama.
Herbie Hancock - piano, electric piano
Joe Henderson - alto flute, tenor sax
Johnny Coles - trumpet, fluegel horn
Garnet Brown - trombone
Tootie Heath - drums
Buster Williams - acoustic bass, electric bass
[guitarist and percussionist uncredited, at least on my copy]
all selections written, arranged and conducted by Herbie Hancock
recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Santo & Johnny:
Love Theme From "The Godfather" 
from the album famosi temi da films
Some tidbits from Wikipedia:
"Santo Farina was Johnny's older brother. He played the lap steel guitar as a youth, and then taught Johnny to play the electric guitar."
The Farina brothers are from Brooklyn.
"In 1973, they recorded "The Godfather" movie theme. It held the #1 position for 26 weeks in Italy."
"As of 2006, Bacharach had written a total of 70 Top 40 hits in the U.S."
Santo & Johnny CD's: A cool gift idea for Father's Day.
Friday, June 08, 2007
John Cale: Child's Christmas in Wales 
John Cale: Where There's a Will 
I've been listening to this recording a lot, which I came across lately. The dialogue between songs may make the interview, but here are two of the songs between the segments of dialogue.
Recorded in BFSB Studios, Cologne, Feb 5, 1984.
Buy John Cale here.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Love Robot: Love Robot (Loud-E edit) 
Have no fear, we are your friends...
First heard this in the Lovefingers/Tako & Loud-E mix on Beats In Space. Was fortunate enough to find an mp3 of it on this mysterious and intriguing site. But why is this ruling music site attached to a webpage marketing a beautiful house in Waterford, Ireland?
Philip Glass: Warszawa 
If you were to play this to a friend and quiz that friend... Who composed it is obvious. What inspired it is less so. Then your friend would pound you. That's speculation, not personal experience.
I've been enjoying Glass's tributes lately. This particular composition tops them all.
The entire Low Symphony is available, through resellers, here.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
The Moody Blues: Go Now! b/w Lose Your Money 
Through a friend of a friend, I recently acquired a collection of 45's that belonged to two sisters growing up in Port Chester, New York, in the early 60's. Taken as a whole, these singles represent a fascinating cross-section of the hit parade of the day and a window into the musical psyches of two teenage girls. The classic teen heartbreak anthem "Go Now!", taken from this collection, is the first installment in what I hope will be an ongoing series. There are hundreds of records in this box. The only difficulty is that I'll need to find clean digital versions of the songs, because the 45's themselves are NOT rippable. (Talk about dusty 7's...)
Go Now! (recorded live at the NME Poll Winners' Concert, April 11, 1965)
And because the Internet is insane, go here to check out the original
Bessie Banks version.
The Magnificent Moodies on CD
Monday, June 04, 2007
Don Ray: Standing In The Rain 
from the album Garden Of Love
This selection was inspired by the following blurb on Jigsaw Music:
"Cosmo played an amazing space disco set at the April ’05 Jigsaw. Her set took in fresh new house sounds alongside some New York Loft classics. The crowd went absolutely nuts for Don Ray’s “Standing in the Rain”!"
SITR is notable also for the only known rhyming of "soaking" with "talking".
As it happens, we were watching that movie "The Last Days Of Disco" at Kacers's parents' place yesterday and I was amused to hear Got To Have Loving in the soundtrack. So there's that one for you as well.
Both tracks written by Cerrone and Don Ray. Taken from the CD reissue. I'm not totally loving the way it's mastered, but wtf. You might want to turn the treble down, and the lights.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Erroll Garner: Summertime
recorded in New York City, January 3, 1952
featuring John Simmons on bass and Shadow Wilson on drums
What's up y'all? I woke up on Friday morning fully excited to post this, only to find that my Internet was down for the very first time since it was installed 5 years ago. Then I was away at a wedding all weekend with no web access. Blame it on a simple twist of fate.
Anyways, "Summertime": I kind of have issues with this song, not because I don't love it (I do), but because I feel that it's overplayed. (Indeed, according to Wikipedia: "It is widely believed that "Summertime" vies with the Beatles' "Yesterday" as one of the most often covered songs in popular music, with an estimated 2,600 different versions recorded.") That being said -- I love this version of "Summertime"! One of my favorite intros ever and quite possibly my favorite ending ever.
"Summertime" was written by George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy & Bess.
available on the life-changing compilation Body & Soul