Friday, August 31, 2007

Johnny Pate - Shaft in Africa OST

Johnny Pate - Shaft in Africa OST
Label - ABC Records
Released - 1973
Style - Funk, Soul, Blaxploitation, Soundtrack, r&b, 70s

A1 You Can’t Even Walk In The Park (Opening Theme) (2:30)
A2 Are You Man Enough? (Main Title) (2:10)
*Vocals - Four Tops
A3 Aleme Finds Shaft (1:33)
A4 Shaft In Africa (Addis) (3:04)
A5 Headman (2:14)
A6 El Jardia (3:02)
B1 Are You Man Enough? (3:27)
*Vocals - Four Tops
B2 Jazar’s Theme (1:33)
B3 Truck Stop (2:15)
B4 Aleme’s Theme (2:17)
B5 El Jardia (Reprise) (1:43)
B6 Are You Man Enough? (End Title) (0:43)

One of the undisputed classics of the blaxploitation soundtrack. The weak tracks, of which there are few, are massively outweighed by the sheer exuberance of the great funk material on the album. A guaranteed dancefloor monster, featuring a superb vocal number by The Four Tops at their peak, and simply magnificent keyboard-driven big band funk from Johnny Pate. An essential album.

It was only a matter of time before this beauty got a reissue - it's the classic Shaft in Africa soundtrack by Johnny Pate with a title song by The Four Tops.

Pate does a brilliant job with the Shaft in Africa soundtrack by combining explosive percussion-heavy funk and tender soul songs to give us one of the best blaxploitation soundtracks ever!

(from B1llb0ard)
The "ubiquitous hip-hop sample of the moment" award goes to the horn loop from Johnny Pate's "Shaft in Africa."

The track, from the 1973 soundtrack of the same name, is prominently featured in "Show Me What You Got," the lead single from Jay-Z's new "Kingdom Come" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam), and "We Gon' Make It," the opening song from Diddy's recently released "Press Play" (Bad Boy).

* not to mention the horn and bongo breakdown in the middle of the track. Heavily sampled break in early hip hop records; the main record that comes to mind is Cookie Crew's 'Born This Way (Let's Dance)' from 1988. - xmp


The Thing With Two Heads OST

V/A - The Thing With Two Heads OST
Label - Pride
Released - 1972
Style - Funk, Breaks, Soul, Blaxploitation, Soundtrackish, 70s

1. Jerry Butler - A Prayer (03:12)
2. Billy Butler & Infinity - Dip, Dip I Got My Hands Full (03:55)
3. Incredible Bongo Band - Bongolia (02:14)
4. Ollie Nightingale - Here I Am Again (03:08)
5. The Sylvers - Fool's Paradise (02:23)
6. Ollie Nightingale - May The Best Man Win (03:21)
7. The Sylvers - I'm Truly Happy (02:45)
8. The Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock (02:36)
9. Sammy Davis, Jr. - Take My Hand (04:23)
10. The Mike Curb Congregation - Oh Happy Day (02:30)

This LP features music allegedly 'inspired by' one of the most offensive movies of all time. The Thing With Two Heads was a man with one white head and one black head. Needless to say, the movie was released through American International. However, the soundtrack contains tracks culled from the MGM/Pride catalog and appears to be effectively a compilation of tracks from other Pride LPs. It does feature two great instrumentals by The Incredible Bongo Band, 'Bongo Rock 72' and 'Bongolia', very hard to find elsewhere. The rest of the album is a mix of seventies soul and vocal numbers.


Black Mama, White Mama OST

Black Mama, White Mama OST
Label - Beyond
Released - 1972
Style - Funk, Soul, Blaxploitation, Soundtrack, 70s

1. Harry Betts - Main Title/Bus Ride [2:10]
2. Harry Betts - Follow Me [0:31]
3. Harry Betts - Day in the Oven [1:06]
4. Harry Betts - Ambush [2:48]
5. Harry Betts - Girls Exit Oven [0:22]
6. Harry Betts - Bus Stop [1:04]
7. Harry Betts - Police Check Point [0:46]
8. Harry Betts - Luis' Work Shed [0:43]
9. Harry Betts - Bloodhounds [1:17]
10. Harry Betts - Challenge and Battle [2:29]
11. Harry Betts - Ambust/Escape and Roundup [5:04]
12. Harry Betts - End Credits [0:57]

Lee Daniels (portrayed by Pam Grier), a prostitute doing hard time in an island prison camp for women where the guards have a new way to punish inmates who fight: by cuffing them together. Chained to her bitter rival, white revolutionary Karen Brent (portrayed by Margaret Markov), Lee finds herself literally linked to the revolutionary cause, and on the fly, when Karen's guerilla friends stage a coup. But Lee has a cause of her own in the form of a secret stash of cash and a getaway boat. Brawling with her white counterpart over which way to go, she's got to make her escape, before both mamas' enemies bring them down.

Funky ass soundtrack! Harry Betts' score for Black Mama, White Mama is funky but fraught with dramatic tension. On Black Mama, White Mama, Latin percussion underscores episodic passages of mounting danger ("Police Check Point") and flight ("Bloodhounds").


Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cold Lampin' with Flavor

I love PE so much its not even funny. Especially the old cracked-out Flavor Flav. New Flav is aiiight but I prefer the Basehead Syndrome version.

"Night of the Living Baseheads"

His solo tracks on various PE albums are some of my favorites. Cold Lampin' with Flavor in particular. I put some links up for the best of It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, but I find the lyrics are just hilarious when reading them alone...

Cold Lampin

I’m lampin, I’m lampin, I’m cole cole lampin
I got loowies boy, I’m not trampin
I just came from Da-crib ya know
I’m on the go-throw ya tank into metro
Live lyrics from the bank of reality
I kick the flyest dope maneuver technicality
To a dope track, you wanna hike git out ya backpack
I’m in my Flav-mobile cole lampin
I took dis g upstate cole lampin
Ta da poke-a-nose, we call da hide-a-ways
A pack of franks and a big bag of frito lays

Flavor-Flav on a hype tip
I’m ya hype drink, come take a big sip
I’m in position, you can't play me out da pocket
I'll take da dopest beat you got and I'll rock-it
Like chocolate, even vanilla - chocolate, strawberry, sasparilla
Flavors are electric - try me - get a shock-a
Didn't I tell you leave Flavor Flav alone, knock-a?
A clock on my chest proves I don't fess
I'm a clock-a, rock-a rockin' wit-da-rest
Flavor in da house by Chuck-D's side
Chuck got da Flavor-Flav don't hide
P.E. crazy, Crazy P.E. - makin' crazy loowies (?) for the shoppin spree

Ya eatin death cause ya like gittin dirt from da graveyard - ya put
gravy on it
Then ya pick ya teeth with tomb stone chips
And casket cover clips - dead women hips ya do da bump with - bones
Nuttin but love bones
Lifestyles of the Live-en-dead
First ya live den ya dead - died trying ta clock what I said
Now I got a murder rap cause I bust ya cap with Flavor - pure

We got Magnum Brown, Shoothki - Valoothki
You could put that in ya don't know what I said book
Shinavative ill factors by da Flavor Flav
Come and ride the Flavor wave
In any year on any givin day
What a brova know - what do Flavor say
Why do dis record play dat way
Prime time merrily in da day
Right now dis radio station is busy - brainknowledgeably wizzy
Honey drippers, you say you got it
You ain't got no flavor and I can prove it
Flavor Flav the flav of all flavors
Onion an garlic french fried potatas
Make ya breath stink, breathe fire
Makes any onion tha best crier

I know it sounds crazy but it fits perfect
Peter perfect pimped a perfect Peter
Honey dripper - sucker sipper - big dipper - sucker dipper
Drippin suckers like its goin out-a-style
Creatin flavors for the Flavor Flav pile
Lampin booyee madina style

Kickin tha flavor gittin busy
Ya goin ouut, I think ya dizzy
I think ya hungry, cause ya starvin for Flavor
Flavor most, put it on toast
Eat it-en taste it en swallow it down
Imperial Flavor gives you the crown
Of the king called Flavor, da king of all flavors
Rolls an rolls an rolls life savers
Flavor Flav is in everything ya eat cause everything ya eat got
Flavor Flav is the first taste ya git in the mornin - ya breakfast is
da flavor
In between the lunch - in between that dinner - in between dats the
midnight flavor
Yeah, thats right I got somethin fa all da fandangoes of damangoes of
da fandangoes of da mangoes >????

PE - Cold Lampin' with Flavor

PE - Terminator X to the Edge of Panic

PE - Show Em Whatcha Got

PE - Night of the Living Baseheads

PE - Security of the First World

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Cedric Im Brooks & The Light Of Saba

Cedric Im Brooks & The Light Of Saba

Label - Honest Jon's Records
Released - 2003
Style - Dub, Roots, Reggae, Nyabinghi, Calypso, Jazz, Funk, Afro Funk, Disco, Lee Library

"Cedric "Im" Brooks’ is arguably the most innovative saxophone players in all of reggae music. His stunning fusion of jazz, Afro-beat, funk and Latin with reggae sets him apart as a true pioneer, radically altering the limits and expectations of what reggae music could sound like. Born in Jamaica, Cedric Brooks toured Caribbean hotels and clubs with various big bands and combos in the 1960's.

All the time, however, his own musical horizons - especially the breakthrough of new jazz - grew increasingly distant from the constrained, commercial music he had to play.

So when the chance came to visit America, Brooks eagerly accepted the opportunity. It was there that he became awe-struck by the music and vibes of jazz legend Sun Ra and Sonny Rollins. He was on the point of joining Sun Ra when the birth of his second daughter necessitated his return to Jamaica. Despite reggae being in full swing on the island, Cedric took up Sun Ra's challenge by moving beyond reggae's rocksteady beat by experimenting with free jazz and poetry, African robes and dancers. And so he formed his group The Light of Saba, taking leads from Hugh Masekela and Fela Kuti creating a multi-cultural 'world music' way ahead of its time.

The Light of Saba collects 18 Of Cedric Brooks' most exhilarating tracks blending African and US, Cuban and other West Indian influences - calypso and funk, rhumba, jazz bebop, nyabinghi and even '70s disco - on top of a foundation of sunny, warm reggae music. All the originals go for big bucks & are impossible to find. If you’ve never heard of Cedric Brooks before, then get ready to experience reggae in ways you never thought possible."

1 Lambs Bread Collie
2 Sabasi
3 Free Up Black Man
4 Outcry
5 Salt Lane Rock
6 Sabebe
7 Nobody's Business
8 Rasta Lead On Version
9 Sabayindah
10 Rebirth
11 Satta Massa Gana
12 Africa
13 Sound
14 Sly Mongoose
15 Words Of Wisdom
16 Jah Light It Right
17 Ethiopia Tikdem
18 Song For My Father
19 Collie Version

Tino - Tino's Dub Select

Label - Quatermass
Released - 2003
Style - Breaks, Dub, Dope Beats, Lee Library

Hello Friends, my name is Tino!

(from Forced Exposure):
"This essential collection of tracks is culled from the original albums in the 'Tino's Breaks' series, Volume 5 / Dub and Volume 6/ Halloween Dub on the Tino Corp. label -- tooled by co-producers Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Ben Stokes (D.H.S.) and Mike Powell (Bo Square). In the grand tradition of studio alchemists like Lee Perry, Augustus Pablo and Mad Professor, Tino and friends mingle deep deep basslines and fat effects but the furious funk still flows and the creative warp here is truly Tino's own stock in trade. Sample the homegrown and share it with a friend. Serving Tino's Dub Select, 'nicely toasted'. Tino Corp. is a record label founded by Jack Dangers and Ben Stokes dedicated to curating unique beats and sounds. As CEO and principal artist, Tino launched the label with a series of instructional albums called Tino's Breaks, which teach a new style of drumming with each installment. DJs test Tino records for scratching flexibility and overall funkiness, including DJ Krush, Cut Chemist, Nu-Mark (Jurassic Five), DJ Shadow, Z-Trip and DJ Quest. Tino Corp. is also affiliated with the Bay area turntablist collective, Future Primitive Sound whose 'associates' include Radar, Rob Swift, Faust & Shortee, Pam The Funktress (The Coup) and Romanowski."

1 Bats In My Belfry Dub
2 Vampire Circus Dub
3 Kick It Dub
4 Zombies Walk Dub
5 Sunday Dub 6 Spells
7 It's Halloween Dub
8 Doomsday Dub
9 Tuff Dub
10 Monster Dub
11 Lochness Monster Dub
12 D-U-B Dub


Augustus Pablo - Rockers Meets King Tubbys In A Fire House

Augustus Pablo - Rockers Meets King Tubbys In A Fire House
Label - Shanachie
Released - 1980/1989 re-issue
Style - Reggae, Dub, Rockers, Lee Library

Another classic selection from the Lee Library cassette-only vaults. I've probably listened to this album well over 500 times in my life, and its one of those classic albums that gets better and better each time I hear it. Augustus Pablo left a lasting legacy of insanely good records - not just his own records, but other records and studios he's played for. His contribution to the Reggae world (and Music world in general) is monumental. Anytime you hear dancehall, reggae or dub music with melodica instrumentation - Augustus Pablo was the ORIGINAL. And the best.

Thanks / praises to the Lee for giving me a headstart on the real shit! I could have easily been stuck with an older brother who was lame and had no musical interest, but I got lucky!

(review from AMG):
As is often the case with albums that come from deep within the insular world of 1970s Kingston, the title of this one bears a little bit of explanation. "Rockers" was the nickname given to melodica player and producer Augustus Pablo; on this album, as on several other classics of the genre, he is teamed up with dub wizard Osbourne Ruddock (better known as King Tubby) to deliver a set of dub mixes derived from singles by Hugh Mundell, Delroy Williams, and others. (King Jammy, one of King Tubby's protégés, also contributes a few mixes here, but is uncredited.) "Fire House" is an ironic reference to the Waterhouse section of Kingston, where King Tubby's studio was located. On this collection, Pablo's sound predominates: his eerie melodica lines snake in and out of the mix, and the gentle-but-firm grooves that always typify a Rockers production are in full force. King Tubby contributes the special element of dubwise alchemy that was his own trademark, administering echo and delay at judicious intervals and keeping the general atmosphere mysterious and seductive. Because of the nature of the music and its consistently high quality, highlights are a bit difficult to pick out, but they include the very dread "Zion Is a Home" and the equally fine "Dub in a Matthews Lane Area," which could be used as a master class in dub technique.

1 Rockers Meet King Tubbys In A Fire House
2 Short Man Dub
3 Zion Is A Home
4 Dub In A Matthews Lane Arena
5 Jah Say Dub
6 Son Of Jah Dub
7 Simeon Tradition
8 Selassie I Dub
9 Jah Mouly Ital Sip


Augustus Pablo - East Of The River Nile

Augustus Pablo - East Of The River Nile
Labels - Message (JA) / Shanachie
Released - 1978/1989 re-issue
Style - Dub, Reggae, Rockers, Lee Library (of course)

Bass - Aston "Family Man" Barrett , Bagga , Clayton Downie , Robbie Shakespeare
Drums - Carlton Barrett , Max Edwards , Noel "Alfonso" Benbow
Engineer - Ernest Hookim , Errol Thompson , Lee Perry , Prince Jammy , Sylvan Morris
Guitar [Lead] - Earl "Chinna" Smith
Photography [Cover Photo] - Walsh's Photo Studio
Producer, Melodica, Clavinet, Piano, Organ, Other [String Assemble] - Augustus Pablo
Written By - Horace Swaby

Notes: Recorded at Harry J's, A & R, Channel One, King Tubbys & Black Ark Studios.

This is a Lee Library classic selection. From the original cassette-only Lee Library collection! I'm talking Motorhead, Yngwie, X, old R.E.M, Eek-a-Mouse, Ozzy, Bad Brains, Black Flag, Steel Pulse etc.

These two Augustus Pablo tapes were highly influential to my musical development. They are two classic masterpieces; everyone needs to know how superb a musician, producer and songwriter Augustus Pablo really was. RIP Dr. Pablo.


(review from AMG):
The best of the pure instrumental albums in Pablo's catalog, East of the River Nile finds the melodica master stretching out on various keyboards and strings as well on earthy, meditative tracks like "Chant to King Selassie I," "Jah Light," and "Natural Way." Though this is explicitly a non-dub occasion, "Natural Way" does get its own version with "Nature Dub." ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

1 Chant To King Selassie I
2 Natural Way
3 Nature Dub
4 Upfull Living
5 Unfinished Melody
6 Jah Light
7 Memories Of The Ghetto
8 Africa (1983)
9 East Of The River Nile
10 Sounds From Levi
11 Chapter 2
12 Addis A Baba


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

V/A - I-Robots: Italo Electro Disco Underground Classics

V/A - I-Robots: Italo Electro Disco Underground Classics
Label - IRMA (Italy)
Recorded - Early 80s
Released - 2004
Style - Electronic, Electro, Italo-Disco, Lee Library

(from Dusty Groove):
A great look at an oft-neglected chapter of underground club -- the excellent electronic work coming out of Italy in the early 80s! The Italian approach to the music was certainly influenced by the sounds of New York, Germany, and England at the time -- but it also had its own flavor -- a kind of unabashed love of the dancefloor, and a subtle hope that disco would someday come again! The grooves on the set are all spare and electronic, but also quite infectious -- with a really strong focus on the hook, and a stripped-down sound that somehow makes them even more compelling. Titles include "Robot Is Systematic" by 'Lectric Workers, "Dance Boy Dance" by Alexander Robotnick, "Stranger In A Strange Land (club)" by NOIA, "Collision (rmx)" by Sphinx, "Pinguins Invasion (hot version)" by Scotch, "Plastic Doll (rmx inst)" by Dharma, "Walking In The Neon (club)" by Peter Richard, "Wonderful (inst)" by Klein & MBO, "I Need Love (inst)" by Capricorn, and "Spacer Woman (voc)" by Charlie.

1 Charlie - Spacer Woman (Vocal) (7:28)
2 Capricorn - I Need Love (Instrumental) (6:13)
3 Sun La Shan - Catch (Dub Version) (5:25)
4 Peter Richard - Walking In The Neon (Club Version) (8:18)
5 Sphinx - Collision (Remixed) (6:39)
6 'Lectric Workers - Robot Is Systematic (7:03)
7 Dharma - Plastic Doll (Remixed Instrumental) (5:40)
8 Scotch - Penguin's Invasion (Hot Version) (4:54)
9 Steel Mind - Bad Passion (Instrumental Version) (4:50)
10 Kano - Ikeya-Seki (5:51)
11 N.O.I.A. - Stranger In A Strange Land (Club Mix) (7:31)
12 Alexander Robotnick - Dance Boy Dance (5:09)
13 Klein & M.B.O. - Wonderful (Instrumental) (4:44)

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AIR - Premiers Symptômes

AIR - Premiers Symptômes
Label - Source (FR)
Released - 1997
Style - Future Jazz, Space Rock, Lounge, Ambient, Electronic, Downtempo, Trip Hop

This EP is my favorite AIR production to date. Even after a million listens, it still sounds fresh. Classic 70s-style lounge instrumentation, excellent songwriting and very spacey pads/effects create gorgeous audio atmosphere. Standout tracks for me are "Modular Mix" and "Les Professionnels." But they're all superb.

(from AIR discographie):
A molecule of air is invisible and weightless and evasive to the hands grasp. Like the early singles of French band Air. Translucent and dreamlike and dispersed into the world between '95 and '97. Virtually impossible to get hold of. Until now. Premiers Symptomes is a collection of the gentle, fluid, langour of Air's first, perfectly formed, pieces. Featuring seven pre-Moon Safari moments in the evolution of Air. It includes "Modular," their musical gift to Le Corbusier's hypothetical Modular Man with its effervescent scrolls of Rhodes, like oxygen bubbles rising through water. "Casanova 70," a soothing, beatless ode to filmic sensualism. For "Californie": "We were imagining a man in the desert in California" says Jean Benoit Dunckel, "He was walking a lot and and he wanted to drink and he had no water. He is very thirsty and near to dying, suddenly he sees the long wide sea in front of him and he is very happy."

Produced before they had a studio, in Nicolas Godin's compact apartment, somewhere on a steep street in old Paris, these eloquent tracks articulate the innocence of Air's beginnings. "Premiers Symtomes was a sort of experimentation," muses JB. "It was a special, special time. When we made this record it was with very little equipment and we were completely unknown."

1 AIR - Modular Mix (5:59)
2 AIR - Casanova 70 (5:53)
3 AIR - Les Professionnels (4:32)
4 AIR - J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau (5:42)
5 AIR - Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi (4:52)
6 AIR - Californie (2:27)
7 Alex Gopher - Gordini Mix (Brakes On Mix) (4:22)


Monday, August 27, 2007

Jah Shaka - Echo Possession

?!?!? Jah Shaka a run di Dance

Looks like some members of the audience might be in pain. busted eardrums and whatnot...

V/A - Gilles Peterson in Brazil

V/A - Gilles Peterson in Brazil
Label - Ether (UK)
Release - 2004
Style - Brazil, Bossa Nova, Samba, Electronic, Drum and Bass, Lee Library

(from Dusty Groove):
A soaring selection of Brazilian groove -- selected by the great Gilles Peterson -- one of the best collections ever assembled by the world famous DJ! Gilles goes way past the obvious for the sets, which are divided into two discs -- one for classic tracks (many of which are actually woefully under-appreciated, in the grand scheme) and a second disc of recent tracks and remixes. The mood is really soaring and soulful throughout -- groovy sambas mingle with Brazilian jazz and soul tunes, and cheeky psychedelia-steeped 60s sunshine on the first disc. The mood on disc two is wholly reverent of the samba roots, but it's also awash in modern club grooves -- with sputtering post drum & bass, a hip hop beat track sensibility on others, and a straight driving club groove on still others!

CD1 - "Classico"
1-01 Wilson Simonal - Nem Vem Que Não Tem
1-02 Golden Boys - Berimbau
1-03 Tim Maia - No Caminho Do Bem
1-04 Djavan - Serrado
1-05 Os Originais Do Samba - Tenha Fé Pois Amanhã Um Lindo Dia Vai Nascer
1-06 O Povo Canta - O Telefone Tocou Novamente
1-07 Mario Castro Neves & Samba S.A. - Candomblé
1-08 Quarteto Em Cy - Tudo Que Você Podia Ser
1-09 Jaime E Nair - Sob O Mar
1-10 Os Cobras - Nana
1-11 Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 - Zanzibar
1-12 Bossa Três - Imprevisto

CD2 - "Da Hora"
2-01 BiD - Mandingueira (Instituto Remix) (Featuring - Elza Soares)
2-02 Otto - Bob (Edu K Remix) (Featuring - Bebel Gilberto)
2-03 Patricia Marx & 4 Hero - Menino
2-04 Marcos Valle - Parabéns (Dança Do Daniel)
2-05 Joe Claussell & Kerri Chandler - Escrávos de Jô (Robust Horns Mix)
2-06 Spiritual South - Green Gold
2-07 Cesar Mariano & Cia - Futebol De Bar (Heavy Üsker Mix)
2-08 Drumagick - Malandragem
2-09 DJ Marky & XRS - Moments Of Lust (Featuring - Vikter Duplaix)
2-10 Mitchell & Dewbury - Beyond The Rains (Drumagick City Mix) (Featuring - Billie Godfrey)
2-11 Bruno E - Dado (Bruno E Remix)

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V/A - Blue Brazil Vol. 2

RE-UP April 21, 2008

V/A - Blue Brazil Vol. 2
Label - Blue Note
Release - 1997
Style - Brazil, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Lee Library

(from Dusty Groove):
Fantastic! And every bit as wonderful as volume one. Put together by the guys at Mr. Bongo, this volume 2 features more rare Brazilian gems from the Brazilian EMI/Odeon catalog. The selection is stunning, and filled with material that will make your jaw drop! Way beyond the usual bossa stuff, this one includes amazing fusion, cool grooy sounding stuff, and haunting cuts that are beyond description. Great stuff, and a fantastic introduction to the kind of grooves that have been driving the international Brazilian scene.

01 Antonio Adolfo & A Brazuca - Transamazonica (3:17)
02 Silvio Cezar & Meirelles - Sambo Do Carioca (1:59)
03 Wilson Simonal - Nana (2:53)
04 Os Tres Morais - Freio Aerodinamico (2:41)
05 Quinteto Villa Lobos & Luiz Eça - Reflexos (2:21)
06 Elza Soares - Deixa A Nega Gingar (2:21)
07 Quarteto Em Cy - Tudo Que Você Podia Ser (2:43)
08 Di Melo - A Vida Em Seus Metodos Diz Calma (3:46)
09 Luiz Gonzaga Jnr - Moleque (4:28)
10 Milton Banana - Ladeira Da Preguice (2:30)
11 Milton Banana - Procissao (2:13)
12 Elza Soares - Mas Que Nada (2:27)
13 Som Três - Jungle (3:27)
14 Edu Lobo - Vento Bravo (3:30)
15 Meirelles - Also Sprach Zarathustra (3:59)
16 Leny Andrade - Estamos Al (3:08)
17 Quarteto Novo - Ponteio (2:41)
18 Edu Lobo - Libera Nos (3:41)


V/A - Blue Brazil Vol. 1: Blue Note in a Latin Groove

RE-UP April 21, 2008

V/A - Blue Brazil Vol. 1: Blue Note in a Latin Groove (please ignore the awful cover "art")
Label - Blue Note
Release - 1994
Style - Brazil, Bossa Nova, Jazz, Latin Jazz, Lee Library

(from Dusty Groove): One of the best Brazilian compilations you could ever buy! Fantastic compilation of rare Brazilian jazz cuts, put together by London DJ Joe Davis for Blue Note UK. Includes some of the finest material from the EMI-Odeon Brazil catalog! The tracks are a stunning mix of bossa, jazz, Brazilian funk, and lots lots more! Still one of the best-ever Brazilian compilations we've heard, and if you were ever looking for a good introduction to the music, this is it!

1 Luiz Arruda Paez - Upa Neguinho (2:36)
2 Alaide Costa - Catavento (2:42)
3 Mandrake Som - Berimbau (4:06)
4 Quarteto Novo - Vim De Santana (5:13)
5 Perry Ribiero / Bossa 3 - Deus Brasiliero (1:55)
6 Milton Banana Trio - Primitivo (2:41)
7 Milton Banana Trio - Noa Noa (1:59)
8 Edu Lobo - Viola Fora De Moda (2:51)
9 Bossa 3 - Nao Me Diga Adeus (3:33)
10 Marcos Valle - Batucada Sergiu (2:18)
11 Joyce - Aldeia De Ogum (4:35)
12 Lo Borges - Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser (3:48)
13 Som Três - Homenagem A Mongo (4:23)
14 Elza Soares - Deixa Isso Pra La (2:31)
15 Quarteto Novo - Misturada (4:19)
16 Eumir Deodato - Bebe (2:31)
17 Johnny Alf Um Tema P'ro Simon (3:09)


V/A - Musica De Futebol

V/A - Musica De Futebol
Label - Mr. Bongo
Release - 2002
Style - Brazil, Bossa Nova, Samba, Sporty, Lee Library

1. Brasil V Italia: World Cup Final 1970 : Pele Scores
2. Samba Rubro Negro - Joao Nogueira
3. Camisa 10 Da Gavea - Jorge Ben
4. Mas Que Nada - Tamba Trio ( Jorge Ben Jr)
5. Futebol De Bar - Cesar Mariano
6. O Ronco Da Cuica - Joao Bosco
7. Mitos E Magias Na Triunfante Odisséia Da Criação 2001 - Gaviões Da Fiel
8. Touradas Em Madri - Carmen Miranda (Joao De Barro) 1938 (Mr Bongo Remaster)
9. O Rei Pelé - Jackson Do Pandeiro
10. O Futebol - Chico Buarque
11. Hino Do Esporte Clube Bahia - Caetano Veloso
12. Filo Maravliha - Marijo
13. Crowd Noises & Ggoool By Arujou - Flamengo 3x2
14. Pele Ballistic Brothers Mix - Arakatuba ( Bosco De Oliveira)
15. Brasil V Italia 1970 World Cup Final : Carlos Alberto Scores The Third Goal
16. Gol Anulado - Joao Bosco
17. Meu Du Campo - Elis Regina
18. Ponta Da Lanca Africano - Jorge Ben
19. Gres Mocidade Independente De Inhauma
20. Nao Adianta - Trio Mocoto
21. Pixinguinha;1x0; Um A Zero
22. Perdao Nao Tem - Elis Regina & Pele

V/A - Tropique Samba Lounge: Samba e Amor

V/A - Tropique Samba Lounge: Samba e Amor
Label - Dubas Musica
Release - 2004
Style - Brazil, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Lee Library

1. Samba E Amor - Nara Leao
2. Essa Passou - Carlos Lyra e Chico Buarque
3. Nem Eu - Gal Costa
4. Ra - Joao Donato
5. Nega Dina - Emilio Santiago
6. Amor Ate O Fim - Elis Regina
7. Chiclete Com Banana - Gilberto Gil
8. E Isso Ai - Elza Soares
9. Essa Moca Ta Diferente - Wilson Das Neves
10. Desbunde Total - Johnny Alf
11. Embola A Bola - Djavan
12. Enlouqueci - Alaide Costa
13. Poeta Do Morro - Luiz Melodia
14. Samba Do Malandrinho - Don Salvador


Friday, August 24, 2007

muppet disco

V/A - Catch Up Vol. 1

V/A - Catch Up Vol. 1
Label - Crippled Dick Hot Wax (DE)
Released - 2003
Recorded - 1975
Style - Soul, Funk, Jazz, Breaks, Lounge, Sound Library, Lee Library

(from Dusty Groove):
A classic bit of 70s funk from Germany -- and a long-lost treasure finally back out again on reissue! This rare 1975 set was the brainchild of 3 of Germany's funkiest jazz players -- drummer Charly Antolini, whose drums crackled on some of the best MPS recordings; keyboardist Max Greger Jr, who made some great straighter albums in the 60s; and bassist Milan Pilar, an electric player with a really warm and round tone. Together, the trio grooves through some excellent funky numbers -- really jamming with a soulful groove, as Greger switches effortlessly between piano, moog, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, and organ! Includes the funky break classic "Onkel Joe" -- plus gems like "Moonlight On a Bald Head", "Catch Up", "Blues For The Kaiser", "Lydia", and "Spinning Wheel". Their first album 'Catch Up' was recorded in 1975 in the legendary Munich Studios, for the label Calig. Rare Groove addicts consider this album as a speciality.

01. Catch Up
02. Bordun
03. Onkel Joe
04. Moonlight On A Baldhead
05. Lydia
06. Blues For The Kaiser
07. A Night Without Dreams/The Little Things That Make Us Happy
08. Spinning Wheel


V/A - Jeff Recordings: Rough Beats From Peru & Trinidad '72-'76

V/A - Jeff Recordings: Rough Beats From Peru & Trinidad '72-'76
Label - Crippled Dick Hot Wax (DE)
Street Release - 2002/2003
Recorded - ??? 1972-1976
Style - Latin, Bossa, South American, Funk, Percussion, Breaks, Peru, Trinidad, Lee Library

(from Crippled Dick site):
From the vaults of sound engineer jeff nieckau: rough beats from peru & trinidad 72-76 Who would imagine that hidden behind the exotic and sought after band Bossa 70 stands a sound engineer from Germany? His name is Gerhard Nieckau, nickname Jeff. In the early 60s he went to Africa, later to Peru and Trinidad to explore unknown musical territory , to record music and to fit studios. His trademark is a simple recording technique without frills, resulting in a pure, almost raw sound. All compiled pearls were found in his private archive, most of them published for the first time in Europe. The wide range reaches from Calypso to Funk, from Jazz to Roots Beats. Amongst the uncompromisingly devoted version of Aretha Franklins THINK and Baden Powells BIRIMBAO by BOSSA 70, Lou Donaldsons CATERPILLA and Fela Kutis BLACK MANS CRY interpreted by THE GAY FLAMINGOS STEEL BAND. World music as well as rare groove fans will be surprised how diverse, modern and powerfully danceable this kind of music can be and how refreshing the influence of traditional music styles.

01. Intro Jeff / ...screwing
02. Bossa 70 / Birimbao
03. Lancelot Layne / Yo Tink It Sorf ?
04. Gay Flamingoes Steelband / Caterpilla
05. Lord Shorty / Endless Vibrations
06. Mansa Musa / Nothing For Nothing
07. Andre Tanker / Round And Round
08. Clive Zanda / Chip Down
09. Bossa 70 / Get Out Of My Way
10. Mike Boothman / Diego Shuffle
11. Mansa Musa / Beat The Drum
12. Wild Fire / Check It Out
13. Gay Flamingoes Steelband / Black Man´s Cry
14. Bossa 70 / Think
15. Andre Tanker / Carapachaima
16. Playing a joke on Jeff


Willie Hutch - Foxy Brown OST [1975]

Willie Hutch - Foxy Brown OST
Label - Motown
Released - 1974
Style - Funk, Breaks, Blaxploitation, Soundtrack, Soul

This is another one of my favorite Blaxploitation-era (i hate calling it that, but it is what it is) funk soundtracks. I've recognized little bits and pieces from various hip-hop and R&B songs that were made much later, but the one that really sticks out is from 'Out There.' The intro to that track and the distant "Out There" echoed sample I've heard in more than one production. Great funky, sleazy stuff!

(from Dusty Groove):
A monster! Foxy Brown is Willie Hutch's magnificent soundtrack for Foxy Brown -- a Pam Grier blacksploitation film from the early 70s -- and it's pure genius all the way through, a record filled with some of the best funky soundtrack cuts of the era! Willie's got a real Curtis Mayfield sound here -- with a dope mixture of full orchestrations and heavy funk, guitar riffing away as drums snap tightly across the album's best rhythms! Includes the classic funky numbers "Ain't That Mellow Mellow" and "Give Me Some of that Good Old Love" -- plus "Whatever You Do", "Foxy Lady", "You Sure Know How To Love Your Man", "Theme Of Foxy Brown", "Out There", and "Chase".

1 Chase (2:30)
2 Theme Of Foxy Brown (2:24)
3 Overture Of Foxy Brown (0:57)
4 Hospital Prelude Of Love Theme (2:50)
5 Give Me Some Of That Good Old Love (3:42)
6 Out There (2:42)
7 Foxy Lady (4:01)
8 You Sure Know How To Love Your Man (3:50)
9 Have You Ever Asked Yourself Why (All About Money Game) (3:24)
10 Ain't That (Mellow, Mellow) (2:57)
11 Whatever You Do (Do It Good) (3:03)
12 I Can Sho' Give You Love (5:10)


Herbie Hancock - The Spook Who Sat By The Door OST [1973]

Herbie Hancock - The Spook Who Sat By The Door OST
Label - UAR
Released - 1973
Style - Jazz, Funk, Breaks, Blaxploitation, Weird, Abstract, Soundtrack, Herbie!

This one is really strange. When I copped this, some of the tracks sounded like they were recorded straight off a TV speaker or something. So I put the tracks through some audio processing to even out the levels, and now it sounds much better. Just an FYI if a couple of the tracks sound different... This soundtrack is just too cool not to clean up and share! Some of Herbie's best (and most obscure) work to date, in my opinion. I'm a freak for anything Herbie or Miles from the '69 to '78 period, so I couldn't pass this up. Hopefully others agree...

(from Dusty Groove):
A legendary soundtrack by the great Herbie Hancock -- super-rare, and super-dope, and super-funky! The film itself is a really righteous tale about a disenchanted Vietnam vet who infiltrates the CIA, learns its tricks, and uses them to start the coming revolution -- and Herbie's score for the film is every bit as bold and powerful as the movie itself! The music's got loads and loads of heavy keyboards -- sometimes distorted and noisy, as on some of Herbie's own work of the time -- sometimes smooth and sweet, with a tasty Fender Rhodes sound -- but always tight, jazzy, and funky! The soundtrack does a good job of including background noises, sound effects, and snippets of dialogue from the film -- and there's also a few mysterious bonus bits, which seem to come from other sources, but which fit in well with the sound of the overall album! The whole thing makes for an ultra-cool listening experience that's served up in a number of dimensions -- and titles include "The Big Rip Off", "Revenge", "At The Lounge", "Training Day", "The Stick Up", and "It Begins".

*tracklisting is a bit weird, so bear with me...

Track Listing:
1. Revolution
Herbie Hancock
2. The Spook Who Sat By The Door (Reprise)
Herbie Hancock
3. Revenge
Herbie Hancock
4. At The Lounge
Herbie Hancock
5. Training Day
Herbie Hancock
6. The Stick Up
Herbie Hancock
7. Main Theme
Herbie Hancock
8. Underground
Herbie Hancock
9. The Spook Who Sat By The Door
Herbie Hancock
10. The Big Rip Off
Herbie Hancock
11. Recruiting
Herbie Hancock
12. The Pick Up
Herbie Hancock
13. It Begins
Herbie Hancock
13b?. The Plan, CIA Spook, Best of the Best, Step Outside, Junkie, Man & Machine, Bad Move, I'm Black, Network
Dialogue from the Movie


Dennis Coffey - Black Belt Jones OST [1974]

Dennis Coffey - Black Belt Jones OST [1974]
Label - Warner
Released - 1975
Style - Blaxploitation, Funk, Soundtrack, Breaks

(from Dusty Groove):
Finally -- the long overdue release of one of the funkiest soundtracks ever! The music to Black Belt Jones has always been the stuff of legend -- mostly only issued as a promo single back in the 70s, but funky enough that it's ranked among the best soundtracks of the decade! The score was composed and performed by Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus -- the former a funk star in his own right, the latter the composer of the ultra-hip Friday Foster soundtrack -- and together, the pair have crafted some killer grooves that mix guitars, congas, and blasting orchestrations that could plow Enter The Dragon into the dust! Plus, the soundtrack nicely mixes together bits of dialogue and sound effects from the film -- making things sound a lot like some of those cool Japanese Bruce Lee soundtracks that were floating around from years back. Titles include "Love Theme", "At The Beach", "Main Theme", "Opening Theme", "Drama", "Mafia Theme", and "Sexy".

** This is one of my favorite Blaxploitation soundtracks ever. -xmp


A1Main Theme
A2Sydney's Theme
A3Opening Theme
A4Main Theme (Version 2)
A5At The Beach
A6Symphony For Jones
A8Mafia Theme (Drama Part 2)
B1Love Theme
B2Battle Theme
B3Dragon Style
B4Sexy (Love Theme Part 2)
B5Mr. Jones
B7Super Slick (Get Pinky)


Francis Lai - L'Aventure c'est L'Aventure OST [1972]

Francis Lai - L'Aventure c'est L'Aventure OST [1972]

Hopefully nobody at Fuzzy has posted this already/recently... my apologies if they have. This is a vinyl rip, and the original vinyl recording for this soundtrack goes for about EUR 85.00 !

(Review from here):

One of Francis Lai's more sought-after 1970s scores, this album may not be that hard to find but is almost always expensive because it features an otherwise-unavailable track by French pop legend Johnny Hallyday. That's a pity, because this album is a really tight, madly funky soundtrack with some killer beats, breaks, funk tracks, drums and Rhodes. The main theme is reprised throughout the album, which is a good thing because the melody is tight, punchy and insistent, so suits Christian Gaubert's funk arrangements perfectly. Plenty of serious funk instrumental business for sampling or playing out - highly recommended.

Music composed by Francis Lai.

1. Generique - Cinq Pour L'Aventure
2. L'Aventure c'est L'Aventure
3. Rapt
4. Aventure et Vacances
5. L'Aventure c'est L'Aventure
Performed by Johnny Hallyday
6. Flashing Notes
7. Intrigue Au Soleil
8. Cinq Pour L'Aventure


Stu Allen - Best of '89 Hip Hop [UK Radio Key 103]

Thanks to my new buddy Craig, I've dug this old Stu Allen Best of 1989 mix [Key 103, Manchester] out. It is one of the best compilations of raw hip-hop from pre-1990 era. This just reaffirms my position that UK radio has been ahead of the pack for years.

Here in the states, we would potentially begin catching up if only we could convince the FCC to go back to their original position - what they were created for back in the 1930s.

This blurb from wiki sums up how corrupt they have been allowed to become. Public airwaves should have always been For The People and used By The People. One scroll through the FM dial in Washington, DC will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth. I hardly ever venture past 95.5 FM.

Beginning in 1994, commercial spectrum has been allocated via competitive auctions rather than the previous method of "best public use." This was a cumbersome bureaucratic process in which competitors attempted to show that they were most capable of making best public use of the license they wished to obtain. The structure and licenses available in each auction are determined by vote of the Commission, with the licenses awarded to the highest bidders. Auctions are usually conducted on a simultaneous multiple-round basis, with all offered licenses being auctioned at the same time. Auctions proceed in bidding rounds of decreasing duration until no more bids are received. Revenues are deposited in the US Treasury to be spent by Congress.

So anyways, thanks Craig for putting this tracklist together. I think a number of people will appreciate this oldschool contribution. FYI - Craig has a couple of mixes on his site that impress me beyond belief. And I'm *very* picky about mixes I support. These are just in their own category of quality. So good! grab them - I LoveDisko and I LoveSurprises @

*my favorite of the two is I LoveSurprises. Unbelievably good.

Stu Allen - Best of '89 Hip Hop

1. Big Daddy Kane - Warm It Up Kane
2. Ace & Action - Letter To The Better
3. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines 89
4. Silver Bullet - 20 Seconds To Comply (Inst)
5. King Sun - On A Club Tip
6. Twin Hype - Do It To The Crowd
7. Doug Lazy - Let It Roll
8. De La Soul - Me Myself & I
9. Young MC - Bust A Move
10. Queen Latifah - Dance For Me
11. Tuff Crew - What, You Dont Know
12. Cookie Crew - Born This Way (Inst)
13. Rob Base - Get On The Dancefloor
14. Monie Love - I Can Do This
15. Roxanne Shante - Live On Stage
16. Big Daddy Kane - Another Victory
17. DJ Chuck Chillout & Kool Chip - Rhythm Is The Master
18. Twin Hype - Those Who Like To Groove
19. MC Martay & DJ DBM - Beyond Control
20. MC Buzz B - How Sleep The Brave
21. De La Soul - Eye Know
22. De La Soul - Say No Go
23. Digital Underground - Doowutchyalike
24. Redhead Kingpin & The FBI - Do The Right Thing
25. Wrecks-N-Effect - New Jack Swing
26. Heavy D & The Boyz - We Got Our Own Thang
27. Stezo - Its My Turn
28. Ultra Magnetic MCs - Give The Drummer Some
29. Most Wanted - Calm Down
30. Public Enemy - Fight The Power
31. Dismasters - Black and Proud
32. EPMD - So Wat Cha Sayin
33. Lakim Shabazz - When a wise man speaks
34. DJ Supreme Nyborn - Versatility
35. EPMD - Big Payback
36. Cookie Crew - Come On & Get Some
37. NWA - Straight Outta Compton


Dom from UK (Manchester??) Hit me up!

Weird way of letting someone know to get in touch, I know. But I'm allowed to do this sort of thing.

Dom - just left comments on 2 of the best posts; Aswad and Bad Brains. Would like to speak personally so hit me with an email if you don't mind - can get my pers. email from my profile I think.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Various - Brazilian Beats

Various - Brazilian Beats
Label: Mr. Bongo
Style: Electronic, Brazil, Funk, Bossa Nova, Samba, Lee Library

(From Dusty Groove):
"Funky funky Brazil! Mr. Bongo have done it again, and unleashed a killer set of rare funky Brazilian tracks -- one that includes some of the most in-demand sample tracks from the old days, plus a few new remixes of other titles. Some of the cuts on the set used to be out on vinyl reissues back in the early 90s, but nearly all of them are hard to find now -- and the selection of material is fantastic!"

01 Ney De Castro - Ba-tu-ca-da (Pete Heller Big Love From Rio Mix)
02 Airto Moreira - Celebration Suite
03 Masters At Work - Brazilian Beat (Dope Mix)
04 Tenorio Jr. - Nebulosa
05 Sambalanço Trio - Sam Blues
06 Dom Salvador - Barumba
07 Boogaloo Combo - Hot Pants Road
08 Anna Mazzotti - Eu Sou Mais Eu
09 Skowa & Mafia - Deus Me Faça Funky
10 Orlandivo - Onde Anda O Meu Amor
11 Jorge Ben & Toquinho - Carolina Carol Bela
12 Luis Carlos Vinhas - Ye Mele
13 Milton Banana - Cidade Vazia
14 Trio Mocotó - Swinga Sambaby
15 Nico Gomez - La Lupita
16 Ed Lincoln - Cochise
17 João Donato - Cala Boca Menino
18 Otto - Bob

Various: Black Rio - Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980

Various: Black Rio - Brazil Soul Power 1971-1980
Label: Strut
Released: 2002
Style: Brazil, Funk, Samba, Jazz, Lee Library
Credits: Compiled By - DJ Cliffy

1 Gang Do Tagarela - Melo da Tagarela (Rapper´s Delight) (4:10)
2 Copa 7 - Copa 7 No Samba (2:53)
3 Grupo Arembepe - Iaia (3:04)
4 Uniao Black - Black Rio (2:46)
5 Miguel de Deus - Cinco Anos (4:56)
6 Jorge Ben - Comanche (2:58)
7 Trio Mocotó - Nago (3:40)
8 Banda Black Rio - Gafiera Universal (3:06)
9 Toni Tornado - Podes Crer, Amizade (2:30)
10 Eklipse Soul - Psicose (2:11)
11 Manito - Na Baixa Da Sapateiro (3:28)
12 Orlandivo - Onde Anda O Meu Amor (3:46)
13 Dom Salvador e Aboliçao - Som, Sangue E Raca (2:46)
14 Antonio Carlos E Jocafi - Kabaluere (2:22)
15 Orquestra E Coro - Kriola (2:27)
16 Gerson King Combo - Uma Chance (5:25)


Monday, August 20, 2007

Trip to Brazil Vol. 2 - Bossa & Beyond

Back from hiatus. Thanks for all the supportive comments and patience! Now for some treats from Brazil....

Trip to Brazil Vol. 2 - Bossa & Beyond
Label - EmArcy
Released - 1999
Style - Jazz, Bossa Nova, Latin, Brazil, Lee Library

(Review from Amazon dot com):
Best Brazilian Compilation of Rare Tracks

Incredible, one of the best compilations of Brazilian music issued - a true classic in every sense of the word. Volume 2 is a continuation of Volume 1 - a musical journey that depicts the rich evolution of Brazilian music during and after the bossa era. A tasty batch of rare tracks illustrate the wide range of styles that emerged during the late 60s and 1970s. Great.

1-01 João Gilberto - Este Seu Olhar
1-02 Caterina Valente & Luiz Bonfá - Menina Flor
1-03 Jorge Ben - Balanca Pema
1-04 Quarteto Em Cy - Juliana
1-05 Jon Hendricks - You And I (Voce E Eu
1-06 Elis Regina - Zazueira
1-07 Zimbo Trio - Madalena
1-08 Edu Lobo - Marta E Romao
1-09 Erlon Chaves - Pigmaliao
1-10 Milton Nascimento - Bridges (Travessia)
1-11 MPB4 - Cravo E Canela
1-12 Fafá De Belém - Emorio
1-13 Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 - Zanzibar
1-14 Gilberto Gil - Terremoto
1-15 Rogerio Duprat - Ponteio
1-16 Pericles Cavalcanti - E Assim Sera
1-17 Claudette Soares - Ao Amigo Tom
1-18 Vinicius De Moraes & Toquinho - Carto Ao Tom
1-19 Chico Buarque & Maria Bethania - Vai Levando
1-20 Joyce - Feminina
2-01 Marcos Valle - Fittipaldi Show
2-02 Os Mutantes - Adeus Maria Fulo
2-03 Hermeto Pascoal - Bebe
2-04 Elis Regina - Verao Vermelho
2-05 Quincy Jones - Jive Samba
2-06 Thiago De Mello & Amazon - Meu Boi Bumba
2-07 Brigitte Bardot - Tu Veux Ou Tu Veux Pas
2-08 Mario Castro-Neves - Helena And I
2-09 Moacir Santos - Nana
2-10 Nara Leão & Caetano Veloso - Odara
2-11 Ithamara Koorax - Mas Que Nada
2-12 João Donato - Que Besteira
2-13 Gal Costa - Barato Total
2-14 Vinicius Cantuária - Maravilhar
2-15 Leo Gandelman - April Child
2-16 Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 - Promise Of A Fisherman
2-17 João Gilberto - Aquarela Do Brasil
2-18 Airto - Tombo In 7/4

download 1
download 2a
download 2b


Walter Wanderley - When It Was Done

Walter Wanderley - When It Was Done
Label - A&M/CTI (Japan)
Released - 1968
Style - Brazil, Funk, Bossa Groove, Jazz, Lee Library

(From Dusty Groove):
An amazing leap forward for the incredible Walter Wanderley -- a record that has him mixing his earlier bossa groove with the wider vision of late 60s A&M/CTI -- supported by an amazing cast of American and Brazilian artists! The vibe is wonderful from the very first note -- a refinement of bossa with the more sophisticated scoring touches of CTI -- arrangements from both Deodato and Don Sebesky, working wonderfully to support Wanderley's lead keyboard lines on organ and electric harpsichord! The record's arguably more sophisticated than most work of this nature coming from Brazil at the same time -- and with classic production by Creed Taylor, the sound is sublime through and through! A few tracks feature a slight bit of vocals -- from Milton Nascimento, Anamaria Valle, and others -- and instrumentalists helping on the session include Hubert Laws on flute and Marvin Stamm on flugelhorn. Titles include great versions of "Open Your Arms", "When It Was Done", "Reach Out For Me", "Ponteio", "Surfboard", "Baiao Da Garoa", "Capoeira", and "Ole Ole Ola".

1. Open Your Arms
2. Surfboard
3. Baiao Da Garoa
4. Reach Our For Me
5. Ole, Ole, Ola
6. Ponteio
7. When It Was Done
8. On My Mind
9. Just My Love And I
10. Capoeira
11. Truth In Peace


Walter Wanderley - Moondreams

Walter Wanderley - Moondreams
Label - A&M/CTI (Japan)
Released - 1969
Style - Jazz, Bossa Nova, Brazil, Funk, Lee Library

(From Dusty Groove):
Walter Wanderley opens up wonderfully on both organ and electric harpsichord here -- going for a very different sound than on his earlier records, and with plenty of great late 60s CTI touches! The music is as heavenly as you might guess from the title -- a dreamy recasting of Brazilian bossa modes with some of the sunnier 60s touches of the A&M scene -- all wrapped together with impeccable arrangements both from Deodato and Wanderley himself. The record mixes a bit of strings with a sweet chorus of flutes and just a bit of trumpet -- all undercut by some snapping rhythms that include a bit of percussion from Airto, plus occasional chorus vocals sung by Flora Purim and Stella Stevens! The mix of players, modes and sounds here is really wonderful -- and makes for a unique album that propels the older 60s bossa sound firmly towards the more sophisticated modes of the 70s -- all at a level that Wanderley never hit again in the studio! Titles include great versions of Marcos Valle's "Proton, Electron, Neutron", Egberto Gismonti's "O Sonho (Moondreams)", Luiz Gonzaga's "Asa Branca", and Young-Holt Unlimited's classic "Soulful Strut" -- plus "Penha", "L'Amore Dice Ciao", "5:30 Plane", and "Mirror Of Love".

1. Asa Branca
2. L'amore Dice Ciao
3. Penha
4. One Of The Nicer Things
5. Proton, Electron, Neutron
6. 5:30 Plane
7. Soulful Strut
8. Moondreams
9. Jackie, All
10. Mirror Of Love


Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave
Label - A&M/CTI (Japan)
Released - 1967
Style - Bossa Nova, Jazz, Brazil, Lee Library

(From here):
Notes: Known more for his "Ipanema" and "Samba" tunes Jobim has a way of bringing the Brazilian night into a jazz framework and making both partners happy about the situation. Relaxing, soft music with the underlying rhythm and sway of the breeze or the water upon the sand. The "Boss of the Bossa Nova" with his large backing ensemble makes beautiful music here for all to enjoy. I'm not sure how the giraffe photo fits into the picture, but I first found the green cover and a little later came across the red one. A good record in either shade.

1. "Wave" – 2:58
2. "The Red Blouse" – 5:06
3. "Look to the Sky" – 2:20
4. "Batidinha" – 3:15
5. "Triste" – 2:04
6. "Mojave" – 2:23
7. "Dialogo" – 2:52
8. "Lamento" – 2:44
9. "Antigua" – 3:10
10. "Captain Bacardi" – 4:30


Antonio Carlos Jobim - Tide

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Tide
Label - A&M/CTI (Japan)
Released - 1970
Style - Jazz, Bossa Nova, Latin, Brazil, Lee Library

(from Dusty Groove):
An incredible record -- from the first off-key note to the last! The album's filled with some wonderfully moody LA studio sounds, arranged by Deodato, and a has a great swirling mix of sound that weaves around Jobim's lofty guitar and piano. From the first note, you can feel the strange magic of Jobim and Deodato at work -- as the album appears to be smooth and mellow, yet has a strangely unsettling undertone that keeps us coming back after all these years! Tracks include "Tema Jazz", "Carinhoso", "Rockanalia", and a nice remake of "Girl From Ipanema". Plus, the CD features 4 bonus alternate versions, including an 8 minute take of "Tema Jazz"!

1. The Girl From Ipanema
2. Carinhoso
3. Tema Jazz
4. Sue Ann
5. Remember
6. Tide
7. Takatanga
8. Caribe
9. Rockanalia
10. Tema Jazz (Alternative Take)
11. Tide (Alternative Take)
12. Tema Jazz (Alternative Take)
13. Tema Jazz (Master Take In Full)


Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower

Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower
Label - A&M/CTI (Japan)
Released - 1970
Style - Jazz, Bossa Nova, Latin, Brazil, Lee Library

(from Dusty Groove):
One of Antonio Carlos Jobim's greatest records -- and a perfect blend of his subtle bossa genius with the moody electric sound of CTI! Jobim plays electric and acoustic piano, guitar, and sings a bit -- and Deodato handled the arrangements with a breezy brilliance that matches all the magic of Jobim's wonderful compositions, but gives them a slightly more fluid feel too -- in a way that's somewhat more sophisticated than the sound of Jobim's previous CTI outings -- Tide and Wave. Other players on the album include Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, and Airto on percussion -- and there's a great mix of Brazilian and American styles on the set -- electric, sinister, breezy, and always wonderful! Includes the titles "Sabia", "God & The Devil In The Land Of The Sun", "Children's Games", "Stone Flower", "Brazil", "Tereza My Love", and "Choro".

1. Tereza My Love
2. Children's Games
3. Choro
4. Brazil
5. Stone Flower
6. Amparo
7. Andorinha
8. God And The Devil In The Land Of The Sun
9. Sabia
10. Brazil (alternate take) - (bonus track)


Wednesday, August 15, 2007

sorry for the slack

I apologize for putting stuff on hold, but this week is exceptionally busy. After this week, it should be back to normal.

Will work on getting some new stuff up by Sunday/Monday so keep an eye out!


Wednesday, August 8, 2007

PMX DJs - Rave Face mix

Holding off on new album posts for a couple days due to super busy schedule. But I just finished my first official Ableton-oriented dj mix, so I think I'll post it up.

People still say doing a DJ mix with Ableton is 'cheating' but that's a kettle of bullshit. Although you might not be touching vinyl on Technics turntables, it's a hell of a lot more work than doing a vinyl mix. And if you don't have an ear for mixing records, you won't miraculously become a mindblowing DJ with Ableton overnight. The basic fundamentals of proper old school mixing still apply, like programming and EQ. Can't have two basslines compete for the same frequency space while in the mix! A proper DJ needs to have an ear for tone, key and pitch to a certain extent. Most importantly, a proper DJ needs to know how to beatmatch. And that's not something you pick up overnight. All this stuff applies in the realm of Ableton Live if you're working on a DJ mix.

I could crank out a turntable mix in a couple hours. This Ableton mix took me 3 weeks. Little bit here, little bit there. My main point was to focus on dopeness and throw out the notion of allegiance to any particular genre. Those days are over. Now it's time to initiate musical gangbangs without falling prey to the hyped-up "mash-up" bullshit. I know mixing Jay Z with the Beatles is so totally shocking, but try creating something new that goes beyond the confines of irony. Anyways, here's the joint. Hopefully other people will be into it as much as I am!

PMX DJs present Rave Face
August 2007
styles = hip-hop, miami bass, electro, techno, acid, hardcore, breakbeat, bleeps'n'bass
256k mp3

Booka Shade - Night Falls
The Ace of Clubs - Benefist
Kushti - Butta Vapour
Zoo Brazil - Reek'd
Vibert - Doin' the Do
Motorbass - Flying Fingers
Mike Flowers Pops - Pound Your Ironing Board
Neil Landstrumm - Rockers the Underground King
Neil Landstrumm - Yorkshire Steel Cybernetics
2 Live Crew - What I Like (beatbox edit)
Soul Oddity - Freq Shift
Phoenecia - Can
Luke Vibert - Mate Tron
Luke Vibert - Asheed
Etienne de Crecy - Out of my Hands (dj mehdi rmx)
E.U. - Puerto
Robert Babicz - Cristal garden
DJ's Unite - DJ's Unite
DJ Magic Mike - Jeep Jammy
D'Arcangelo - Sundart


Anyone who was heavy into the rave scene back in the 90s should be familiar with the Rave Face phenomenon. It's basically after a night of heavy raving, either when the sun's come up or they turn the fluorescent lights on all bright to get people out. Although not exclusive to dark and dirty warehouses, those venues had the best Rave Face results. Look around at everyone - see that girl over there looking all fucked up, shaking? RAVE FACE. OMG is that dude chewing through his bottom lip? RAVE FACE.

Monday, August 6, 2007

bad cops must wear Hello Kitty armbands

just saw this on yahoo news. I give it a 9/10 for newsworthiness.

BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai police officers who break rules will be forced to wear hot pink armbands featuring "Hello Kitty," the Japanese icon of cute, as a mark of shame, a senior officer said Monday.

Police officers caught littering, parking in a prohibited area, or arriving late — among other misdemeanors — will be forced to stay in the division office and wear the armband all day, said Police Col. Pongpat Chayaphan. The officers won't wear the armband in public.

The striking armband features Hello Kitty sitting atop two hearts.

"Simple warnings no longer work. This new twist is expected to make them feel guilt and shame and prevent them from repeating the offense, no matter how minor," said Pongpat, acting chief of the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.

"(Hello) Kitty is a cute icon for young girls. It's not something macho police officers want covering their biceps," Pongpat said.

He said police caught breaking the law will be subject the same fines and penalties as any other members of the public.

"We want to make sure that we do not condone small offenses," Pongpat said, adding that the CSD believed that getting tough on petty misdemeanors would lead to fewer cases of more serious offenses including abuse of power and mistreatment of the public by police officers.


Friday, August 3, 2007

V/A - SoHo Lounge Heat

V/A - SoHo Lounge Heat
Label - EMI
Recorded - 60s/70s
Style - Movie Grooves, Crime-Funk, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Dope, Chill, Lee Library


(from Score Baby):
The title -- Soho Lounge Heat -- makes this top shelf collection of library music from Cavendish and Boosey & Hawkes studios circa 1969-77 sound like some nu-jazz "chill" collection for the night spot du jour. But be not detered, Soho Lounge Heat delivers cinematic funky grooves of the highest order.

Composed and arranged primarily by Dennis Farnon (along with Trevor Duncan, John Cacavas, Pete Moore, John Scott and Sam Fonteyn), the set may span '69-'77, but the bulk comes from '72 and '74.

Fans of sound library collections like Luke Vibert's Nuggets, Le Jazzbeat, Stereo Ultra and Stroboscopica will really dig this EMI release. There's plenty of throbbing bass, funky drums and a jazzy cinematic vibe that just won't quit.

Some of the titles are telling: "The Trackers," "The Big Score," "Acapulco Connection," "Border Incident," "Shanghai Caper," "The Armenian File," and so on. This is the soundtrack for the movie in your mind.

1. Dennis Farnon - The Ttackers
2. Trevor Duncan - Funkrund
3. Dennis Farnon - The Rally
4. John Cacavas - The Big Score
5. Dennis Farnon - The Sandpiper
6. Dennis Farnon - Gin And Tonic
7. Pete Moore - Two Bars
8. Dennis Farnon - Snowmobile
9. Dennis Farnon - Acapulco Connection
10. Dennis Farnon - Southbound
11. Dennis Farnon - Tournament
12. Sam Fonteyn - One Way Trip (Cool Version)
13. Dennis Farnon - The Baltic Caper
14. Dennis Farnon - Coast Road North
15. Dennis Farnon - Border Incident
16. Dennis Farnon - Pardon
17. Dennis Farnon - Taco Brazil
18. Dennis Farnon - Lady Killers
19. Dennis Farnon - Soul Type Blues
20. Dennis Farnon - Motor Cross
21. John Scott - Big Fingers
22. Dennis Farnon - Shanghai Caper
23. Dennis Farnon - The Armenian File
24. Dennis Farnon - Night Driver
25. Dennis Farnon - Savannah Flyer

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Electro Keyboard Orchestra

Electro Keyboard Orchestra - Self-Titled
Label - Columbia
Released - 1975
Style - Jazz, Funk, Analog, Synthesizers, Electronic, Experimental, Lee Library

(from movin-ent)
The Electro Keyboard Orchestra was a Japanese group featuring eight keyboard players, all on Korg synthesizers. Specifically, they're using two early models, the MiniKorg 700S and the MaxiKorg 800DV, twenty of them shared amongst the group. Though there's also a super-tight rhythm section, the songs are obviously dominated by the keys. Among the highlights are a cover of Quincy Jones's "Ironside" theme and a fantastic original, "The Soaring Sea Gull." With so many different synth layers combining to create melodies and bass grooves, we can only imagine how amazing their live show must have been! The most synth players we've recorded simultaneously is a meager six, but we're doing our best to carry on the tradition of heavy analog funk.

Tracklisting = ? (will post later)


Jean-Jacques Perrey - Moog Sensations

Jean-Jacques Perrey - Moog Sensations
Label - Dare-Dare (France)
Released - 2001
Style - Electronic, Funk, Analog, Moog, Lee Library

It's JJP and it's called Moog Sensations. If you don't know, now you know.

1 The Percolator
2 Moog Sensations
3 Aérolithe Alpha
4 Ballet Intersidéral
5 Borborygmus
6 One Zéro Zéro
7 Chronophonie
8 Coeur Synthétique
9 Berceuse Pour Un Bébé Robot
10 Indicatif Spatial
11 Pizzicato Pour Vénus
12 One Two Two
13 Music
14 La Panthère Cosmique
15 Soirée Chez Jean-Sebastien
16 Quand Le Temps Sera Venu
17 Colonie Céleste
18 La Tour Pointue
19 Relaxation
20 Moogie Boogy


Nino Nardini - Funny Moogy

Nino Nardini - Funny Moogy
Label - CD-R / Wacky Wacky (France) / Zippy CD Co. / Jack Diamond
Recorded - Early 70s
Released - 2003
Style - Analog, Moog, Funk, Soundtrack, Instrumental, Electronic, Jazz, Breaks, Music Library, Lee Library

(from random old personal page)
# Nino Nardini: "Funny Moogy"

* LP, Crea Sound Library, France, Circa early 1970's
CD-R, Wacky Wacky, France 2003
* comment:
o Jack Diamond Music: If you are a fan of electronic instrumental sounds in the Roger Roger vein, you will LOVE THIS TO BITS ! Animal sounds, weird human voices, sound effects all added and tape manipulated/twisted into, around, upsidedown and rightsideup and throughout electronics that are also manipulated to create some of the most brilliant genius stuff ever created.

1. Presto-Presti
2. Jocky
3. Jolly Farm
can't read the rest and don't have the disc at work w/ me.


Piero Umiliani - To-day's Sound

Piero Umiliani - To-day's Sound
Label - Easy Tempo
Released - 1997
Style - Funk, Soul, Jazz, Latin, Samba, Lounge, Easy Listening, Music Library, Lee Library

Notes (from Movie Grooves)
A welcome repressing of another of Piero Umiliani's fantastic library records from the early 70s when he established his own publishing company and studios (also see The Man and the City).

The original LP, only pressed in 300 copies exchanges hands for about $500 or more. Some of the tracks on To-Day's Sound were used in movies; apparently the track "Open Space" is used at the start of Baba Yaga (1973).

(from Dusty Groove)
More fantastic wild stuff by this Italian genius! This CD is filled with cool groovy little cuts featuring the maestro himself on moog, Fender Rhodes, and marimba -- plus instrumentation that includes vibes, flute, and Lowry and Hammond organs. Even more wild than the classic Sweden Heaven & Hell LP, with cool little cuts like "Safari Club", "Free Dimension", "Truck Driver", and "Music on the Road". Wonderful stuff from 1971 -- and another reason why the forces of time and space are converging on the late 90's to make this the best time ever to sample groovy music from around the globe!

1 Open Space
2 Green Valley
3 Caretera Panamericana
4 Goodmorning Sun
5 To-Day's Sound
6 Free Dimension
7 Truck Driver
8 Blue Lagoon
9 Wanderer
10 Lady Magnolia
11 Pretty
12 Railroad
13 Country Town
14 Bus Stop
15 Cotton Road
16 Nocturne
17 Exploration
18 Tropical River
19 Coast To Coast
20 Safari Club
21 Music On The Road

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