Friday, October 26, 2007

Various Artists - Batucada: The Sound of the Favelas

Various Artists - Batucada: The Sound of the Favelas
Label - Mr Bongo (UK)
Recorded - ???
Style - Latin, Brazilian, Batucada, Lee Library, Percussion

1. Paulinho Da Costa - Ritmo Number One (8:31)
2. Portinho - Batumata (4:35)
3. Padre Miguel - Só No Apito (4:48)
4. Nicos Jaritz - Otão E Eu (5:07)
5. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Repimar (5:20)
6. Verde Amarelo - Vibrando Com A Seleção (2:54)
7. Par Ney De Castro - Ba-Tu-Ca-Da (8:20)
8. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Comunic-Ritmo (2:43)
9. Padre Miguel - Mulata Faceira (3:13)
10. Portinho - Rápido (3:54)
11. Pontela - Pai Bene, Queimou O Pé (3:09)
12. Dom Um E Jadir De Castro - Ozônio (2:59)
13. Fernando - Quando O Couro Fala (4:02)

(from Dusty Groove)
Billed in the press as "the original bass and drum", this is a wonderful set of rare Batucada percussion tracks, lovingly packaged by Mr Bongo for the hipster London scene. In case you're not familiar with Batucada, it's got that hard, fast percussion sound, with lots of instruments in unison, that you hear on samba records, or other older Brazilian percussion sides. This volume's one of the best ways you could ever get into the music -- and there's an excellent sampling of tunes by a wide number of artists. Titles include "Ritmo Number One" by Paulinho Da Costa, "Pai Bene, Queimou O Pe" by Pontela, "Rapido" by Portinho, "Repimar" by Jadir De Castro and Dom Um Romao, "Vibrando Com A Selecao" by Verde Amarelo, and "Quando O Couro Fala" by Fernando.

The drums of the samba, the sound of Rio at 180bpm. The secret weapon of all DJs be they house, techno, jazz or latin orientated. This is the music that provides pulsating cannon that goes off in the house clubs. The most exciting dance rhythm in the world.

This album contains all the essential classics brought together under one roof. From the No 1 much sampled mega-anthem Batucada by maestro Par Ney De Castro, to the in-demand mid tempo burner Batumata with the legendary bongo solo leading to the crash as the Batucada beat kicks in.

Most of the more obscure tracks have been culled from the OLD SKOOL OF BATUCADA: the legendary Fantastic Bateria series on Top Tape. With the main man Padre Miguel leading the way this is bread & butter Batucada. The samba rhythm gets speeded up by each batucada troop matching the pace of the street. The favela is humming as the tempo builds. No one beats a drum as rapido as the boys from Rio.

We must thank Raphael from Tokyo's UFO for unearthing the gem Reprimar Jadir clashes heads uptown with Dom Um in this furious guica led showdown. No club has ever rocked as large as when the mighty Sebag dropped this science.

Legendary percussionist Paulinho De Costa opens up with a one man percussion shakedown. He burned with the eternal flame of BATA. Like a man possessed he furiously creates wave after wave of hardcore triangle, tamborim, bata and cuica solos.

Who can forget the first time they heard Nicos Jarit's deeply dubby bass sound blowing the windows out of every club from the Sub to the ministry.

Thanks to the rough neck jazz Dancers and those who can stay with the rhythm as we cross from the lay down tempo Drum & Bass to the hardcore Bateria.


Various Artists - Batucada Capoeira

Various Artists - Batucada Capoeira
Label - Soul Jazz
Recorded - 1969-1978
Style - Brazilian, Jazz, Funk, Batucada, Capoeira, Samba, Lee Library

1. Luciano Peronne - Samba Quente (1:43)
2. Welcome To Rio - Ensaio De Escola (2:13)
3. Bateria Fantastico De Potela - Demonstracao De Som E Andiamento (6:15)
4. Mestre Bimba - Sao Bente Grande (2:17)
5. Mestre Geraldo & Sua Bateria - Mistura #2 (7:20)
6. Mestre Suassuna E Direceu - A Morte Do Capoeira (3:47)
7. G.R.E.S. Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel - Apresentacao (3:28)
8. Luciano Perrone - Berimbau & Capeoira (3:16)
9. Welcome To Rio - Ritmo De Brasil (2:26)
10. Mestre Suassuna E Direceu - Cavalaria (2:37)
11. Bateria Fantastica Da Portela - Demonstracao De Grupos (4:13)
12. Mestre Bimba - Santa Maria (1:51)
13. Luciano Perrone - Samba Vocalizado (2:27)
14. Mestre Nago - Hora De Renzar (2:24)
15. G.R.E.S. Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel - Repiquereza Forte (2:54)

(from AMG)
When looking for a collection of authentic Brazilian music, it is difficult not to end up buying an album of '60s exotica claiming to be pure Brazilian, or a new age guide to samba that sounds as authentic as "Blame It on the Bossa Nova." Soul Jazz remedies this problem by collecting acoustic tracks on Batucada Capoeira that sound like they were recorded in the center of the carnival. The intensity of live drumming and layered percussion are captured on the early recordings that span from 1969 to 1978. Nothing is diminished by the age of the recordings. The age of the recordings make them easy to compare to musical styles that came much later. Samba is essential dance music and foreshadows house music and other kinds of techno. The same breaks in drumming and build-ups that are used in samba are used in modern dance music to facilitate the dancers. Through the comparison of these early Brazilian dance tracks, it makes apparent the influence of dancers on the music. What truly separates Batucada Capoeira from modern dance music is that it is acoustic and the fact that it sounds so spontaneous. All of the tracks sound more like they occurred rather than were arranged. This adds to the album's feeling of authenticity. All tracks use traditional Brazilian folk instruments and manage to make music that outplays any programmed and supposedly crafted percussion-based music. Numerous comparisons of each track with its electronic counterpart could be made, but somehow it would seem to take away from the purity of these recordings. Of all the recordings on the excellent Batucada Capoeira collection, Mestre Suassuna e Dirceu's "A Morte do Capoeira" is paramount and deserves even wider recognition than this collection can offer. Soul Jazz has created a collection of recordings that does justice to a style of music that is so often ill-represented in an album format.

- Matt Whalley, All Music Guide


Machito - Afro-Cuban Jazz

Machito - Afro-Cuban Jazz
Label - Clef Records (Japanese Import)
Recorded - 1950 ??? (Liner Notes completely in Japanese)
Style - Latin, Afro-Cuban, Salsa, Pachanga, Jazz, Lee Library

1. Machito - Part 1. Cancion (2:58)
2. Machito - Part 2. Mambo (3:17)
3. Machito - Part 3, Mambo(Continued) (2:42)
4. Machito - Part 4. 6/8 (2:15)
5. Machito - Part 5. Jazz (3:42)
6. Machito - Part 6. Rhumba Abierta (2:37)
7. Machito - Part 1. Introduction (2:41)
8. Machito - Part 2. Pregon (2:15)
9. Machito - Part 3. 6/8 (2:41)
10. Machito - Part 4. Jazz (1:58)
11. Machito - Part 5.Cancion Antigua (4:34)
12. Machito - Part 6. Rhumba Finale (3:30)
13. Machito - Havana Special (3:04)
14. Machito - Fiesta Time (3:15)

* Lee Library stumped me on this one. Can't find a damned thing about this online anywhere! It's very much a Japanese import, and that probably explains why.


Machito's contribution to the development of Afro-Cuban Jazz can not be overstated. His band, the Afro-Cuban Salseros, were the first to fuse jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythm. The band's arrangements broke new ground with their use of contrasting rhythmic figures and dynamic contrast. Musical director, lead trumpeter and cousin Mario Bauza used the band's three trumpets to achieve piercing climaxes, while the saxophone section offered lush harmonies and counterpoint. Cutting-edge solo improvisations grounded themselves in the Bop innovations of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, both of whom served stints in the band themselves.The band maintained a rock-solid foundation in the traditional Cuban rhythmic pattern known as the "clave." Machito stood at the head of this musical juggernaut, leading the band with his maracas and rich, vibrato-laden baritone. This musical hybrid gave rise to a dance craze which was to last over a decade. Critics and fans labeled the sound "Mambo," which, in the Yoruba language, means "important matter." An important matter, indeed.

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Fernando Gelbard - Didi

Fernando Gelbard - Didi
Label - whatmusic
Recorded - 1975
Style - Analog Jazz, Lounge, Lee Library, So Cool!

1. Fernando Gelbard - Hola Didi (8:32)
2. Fernando Gelbard - El Senor Mayor (9:04)
3. Fernando Gelbard - Mojo Uno (2:02)
4. Fernando Gelbard - Alevacolariea (5:42)
5. Fernando Gelbard - Sombrero De Flores (7:27)
6. Fernando Gelbard - Chau, Ambrosio (5:37)

(from Dusty Groove)
A sweet set of mellowly funky keyboard jazz from Argentinian pianist Fernando Gelbard! This dream of an album was recorded in the mid 70s -- and features Gelbard playing Fender Rhodes and moog with a lively backing combo. Tracks are long, all original, and have a laidback groove that makes the album a warm and spectacular treat. Percussion is strong on a few numbers, and a few other tracks feature a bit of sax -- but the real focus is on Gelbard's keyboard work, which is mellow and and very soulful. Tracks include "Chau Ambrosio", "Alevacolariea", "Hola Didi", and "El Senor Mayor".

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Tenorio Jr. - Embalo

Tenorio Jr. - Embalo
Label - Dubas (BR)
Recorded - 1964
Style - Latin, Bossa, Jazz, Lee Library

1. Tenorio Jr - Embalo (3:10)
2. Tenorio Jr - Inutil Paisagem (2:27)
3. Tenorio Jr - Nebulosa (1:55)
4. Tenorio Jr - Samadhi (3:09)
5. Tenorio Jr - Sambinha (2:46)
6. Tenorio Jr - Fim De Semana Em Eldorado (4:13)
7. Tenorio Jr - Nectar (2:39)
8. Tenorio Jr - Clouds (3:59)
9. Tenorio Jr - Consolacao (2:28)
10. Tenorio Jr - Estou Nessa Agora (1:38)
11. Tenorio Jr - Carnaval Sem Assunto (2:00)

(from Dusty Groove)
Fantastic! This is one of the all-time Brazilian jazz classics of the 60's -- and one of the most sought after bossa albums ever! Pianist Tenorio Jr leads a crack ensemble through some fantastic tracks -- as warm and soulful as they are tight and angular, a perfect summation of the bossa jazz idiom at its truest expression! The writing is fantastic throughout -- and the album includes loads of great numbers -- including the famous "Nebulosa", instantly recognizable from a sample used by United Future Organization, and the tracks "Clouds", "Nectar", "Embalo", and "Estou Nessa Agora".


Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Gal Costa - Gal Costa
Label - Polygram (BR)
Recorded - 1969
Style - Brazilian, Bossa, Rock, Psych, Lee Library

1. Gal Costa - Não Identificado (3:18)
2. Gal Costa - Sebastiana (2:24)
3. Gal Costa - Lost in the Paradise (2:51)
4. Gal Costa - Namorinho de Portão (2:33)
5. Gal Costa - Saudosismo (3:10)
6. Gal Costa - Se Você Pensa (3:14)
7. Gal Costa - Vou Recomeçar (3:24)
8. Gal Costa - Divino, Maravilhoso (4:20)
9. Gal Costa - Que Pena (Ele Já Não Gosta Mais De Mim) (3:35)
10. Gal Costa - Baby (3:33)
11. Gal Costa - A Coisa Mais Linda Que Existe (3:59)
12. Gal Costa - Deus é o Amor (3:04)

(from dusty groove)
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded -- anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa -- done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat -- who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves! Tunes include some classics by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Gilberto Gil -- served up in amazing new versions by Gal and Duprat! Titles include "Nao Identificado", "Lost in the Paradise", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Namorinho De Portao", "Divino Maravilhoso", and "Deus E O Amor".


Sunday, October 21, 2007

Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Encontro

Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Encontro
Label - Whatmusic (UK)
Recorded - 1970
Style - Jazz, Funk, Fusion, Organs, Lee Library, Brazilian

1. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Encontro (3:10)
2. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Summertime (2:55)
3. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - So Voce (2:17)
4. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Arabian Things (2:55)
5. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Mustang Cor De Saugue (2:43)
6. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Surra 7 (2:01)
7. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Chafariz (2:24)
8. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Livia (2:41)
9. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Valshinha No.1 (1:46)
10. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Meia Volta (Ana Cristina) (2:41)
11. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Parapluies (2:48)
12. Ze Roberto Bertrami & Projecto III - Nadia (3:26)

(From Dusty Groove)
Early work from the group that went onto become Azymuth -- featuring mad organ and piano work from Ze Roberto Bertrami, showing him to be a keyboard genius, even at this early stage! The style here is quite different from the smooth fusion of later years -- more an assemblage of groove-based tracks that use a lot of cool studio work to bring together styles that include soul jazz, 60s easy, and some of the brilliantly baroque grooves that were part of the Marcos Valle/Blue Brazil generation. Titles include "Parapluies", "Nadia", "Chafariz", "Mustang Cor De Sangue", "Arabian Nights", and "Surra 7".


Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Look Around

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Look Around
Label - A & M Records
Recorded - 1967
Style - Bachelor Pad, Jazz, Funk, Percussive, Lee Library

1. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - With A Little Help From My Friends (2:38)
2. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Roda (2:26)
3. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Like A Lover (3:55)
4. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - The Frog (2:45)
5. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Tristeza (Goodbye Sadness) (2:57)
6. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - The Look Of Love (2:46)
7. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Pradizer Adeus (To Say Goodbye) (3:08)
8. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Batucada (The Beat) (2:23)
9. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - So Many Stars (4:30)
10. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Look Around (3:00)

Produced by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sergio et. al. play through the songs of the Beatles, Bacharach/David, Gilberto Gil and a few originals. The sound is the Tijuana Brass with a little more of a South American feel to the beat. The cover has "the sixties" written all over the place. The colors, the knit dresses, the ties and shades. It all adds up to a fine time. Grab a drink and let's relax in the shade with this one.


Primo 7 - Pinta O Sete

Primo 7 - Pinta O Sete
Label - Whatmusic (UK)
Recorded - 1965
Style - Jazz, Brazilian, Groovy, Lee Library

1. Primo 7 - Joao Quatrocentao (2:10)
2. Primo 7 - Leila (3:10)
3. Primo 7 - Voce De Pic-Nic (2:06)
4. Primo 7 - E Com Pimenta (1:58)
5. Primo 7 - Romanti Partners (2:25)
6. Primo 7 - Deixa O Morro Cantar (2:11)
7. Primo 7 - Gira Mundo (2:41)
8. Primo 7 - Balanco Do Rio (1:54)
9. Primo 7 - Timba-Oba (1:52)
10. Primo 7 - Pior Pra Mim (2:04)
11. Primo 7 - E De Manha (2:12)
12. Primo 7 - Macas E Bananas (2:21)

(From Dusty Groove)
Jazzy organ grooves from Brazil -- a sweet 60s swinger that packs a heck of a punch! The album's one of the few by Primo Jr, and features a great blend of organ, percussion, vibes, vocals, and guitar -- all dancing around with a groove that's similar to the best mid 60s work by Ed Lincoln, who was clearly an inspiration for this session. Grooves are in a fast bossa and samba mode, played with a nice touch of jazz -- and very lively and swinging throughout! Titles include "Leila", "E Com Pimenta", "Romantic Partners", "Joao Quatrocentao", "Gira Mundo", "Balanco Do Rio", "E De Manha", and "Macas E Bananas".


Miguel Ángel - Samba Na Onda

Miguel Ángel - Samba Na Onda
Label - Equipe/Whatmusic (UK)
Recorded - 1964
Style - Brazilian, Samba, Jazz, Lee Library, Percussive

1. Miguel Ángel - Deixa Isso Pra La (2:11)
2. Miguel Ángel - Da Bola (2:01)
3. Miguel Ángel - Telefone (1:33)
4. Miguel Ángel - Na Base Do Balanco (1:59)
5. Miguel Ángel - Balanco Do Mar (1:55)
6. Miguel Ángel - Lagrima Flor (2:11)
7. Miguel Ángel - Isto E Samba (2:07)
8. Miguel Ángel - Bate A Palma (1:42)
9. Miguel Ángel - Balanco Zona Sul (1:54)
10. Miguel Ángel - Vou Andar Por Ai (2:36)
11. Miguel Ángel - Roda De Samba (1:51)
12. Miguel Ángel - Consolacao (2:42)

(From Dusty Groove)
An upbeat groover from 60s Brazil -- a highly percussive album that features work by Wilson Das Neves and Rubens Bassini! The record is an unusual one, in that it mixes the bossa harmony sound of groups like Tamba Trio or Os Cariocas with a harder, more percussive sound that owes something to the samba-grooving records of the time. The result is a really great set -- one that bristles with electricity on every groove. Titles include "Lagrima Flor", "Telefone", "Da Bola", "Deixa Isso Pra La", "Isto E Samba", "Consolacao", "Roda De Samba", and "Bate A Palma".


Luciano Perrone - Batucada Fantastica Vol. 3

Luciano Perrone - Batucada Fantastica Vol. 3
Label - Whatmusic (UK)
Recorded - 1972
Style - Brazilian, Batucada, Lee Library, Spacey

1. Luciano Perrone - Escola De Samba
2. Luciano Perrone - Berimbau (The Sound Of The Berimbau)
3. Luciano Perrone - Capoeria (Em 3 Andamentos)
4. Luciano Perrone - Tamborins Envenenados
5. Luciano Perrone - Samba Volcalizado (The Vocal Samba)
6. Luciano Perrone - Reco-Reco Da Lavaderia
7. Luciano Perrone - Polca-Samba-Choro
8. Luciano Perrone - O Som Da Criancola (The Sound Of The Criancola)
9. Luciano Perrone - Apito No Embalo (The Carnival Whistle)
10. Luciano Perrone - Cuicas Loucas (The Crazy Cuicas)
11. Luciano Perrone - Afro-Brasileiros
12. Luciano Perrone - Frevo (The Beat Of The Frevo)
13. Luciano Perrone - Samba Cruzado
14. Luciano Perrone - Sorongo (The Sound Of The Bamboo)
15. Luciano Perrone - Reco-Mola
16. Luciano Perrone - Samba Em 5 Sons
17. Luciano Perrone - Choro Brasileiro (Em 2 Andamentos)
18. Luciano Perrone - Ze Pereira (The Carnival Sound Of Ze Pereira)

(From Dusty Groove)
Excellent work from Luciano Perrone & "Seus Ritmistas Brasileiros" -- a crack percussion ensemble that recorded some of the best batucada work of the 60s! The album's recorded with a nice spacey sound that really adds to the "fantastica" feel of the set -- as the driving drum work of the group echoes out with a really magical sound! The album's a key classic in the batucada tradition -- one of the best of the type you could find -- and titles include "Ciucas Loucas", "Afro-Brasileiros", "Samba Em 5 Sons", "Berimbau", and "Capoeira".


Gal Costa - Gal-1969

Gal Costa - Gal-1969
Label - Universal
Recorded - 1969
Style - Bossa, Brazilian, Lee Library, Jazz

1. Gal Costa - Cinema Olympia (3:07)
2. Gal Costa - Tuareg (3:23)
3. Gal Costa - Cultura E Civilizão (4:19)
4. Gal Costa - Pais Tropical (3:47)
5. Gal Costa - Meu Nome É Gal (3:23)
6. Gal Costa - Com Médo, Com Pedro (3:04)
7. Gal Costa - The Empty Boat (4:05)
8. Gal Costa - Objeto Sim, Objeto Não (5:07)
9. Gal Costa - Pulsars E Quasars (4:58)

Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa -- caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat -- and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from 1969!

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Ed Lincoln - Ed Lincoln

Ed Lincoln - Ed Lincoln
Label - Savoya/Whatmusic (UK)
Recorded - 1968
Style - Brazilian, Samba, Bossa, Jazz, Lee Library

1. Ed Lincoln - Zum Zum Zum (2:59)
2. Ed Lincoln - Waldemar (2:42)
3. Ed Lincoln - O Charo Do Bebe (2:40)
4. Ed Lincoln - Catedral (2:17)
5. Ed Lincoln - Ja Estou Aqui (2:38)
6. Ed Lincoln - Cumba-Ie (2:25)
7. Ed Lincoln - Se Correr O Bicho Pega (2:22)
8. Ed Lincoln - Sack O Woe (Saca-Uo) (3:14)
9. Ed Lincoln - E Demais (2:47)
10. Ed Lincoln - Da-Me Teu Coracao (2:14)
11. Ed Lincoln - Bala-Bala-Cue (2:25)
12. Ed Lincoln - Bon-Jour (2:43)

(From Dusty Groove)
Excellent work from this fab Brazilian organ player! Next to Walter Wanderley, Ed Lincoln was one of Brazil's greatest talents on the Hammond Organ during the 1960s -- and this sparkling LP of samba and bossa groovers is one of his best recordings ever! The album's got a lively jazzy groove all the way through -- featuring Ed on arrangements and organ, heading up a group that includes Durval Ferreira on guitar, Alex Papa on drums, and Orlandivo on percussion. Tunes have a choppy party kind of groove -- and titles include "Sack O Woe", "E Demais", "Zum Zum Zum", "Waldemar", "O Choro Do Bebe", "Cumba Ie", and "Bala Bala Cue".


Celso Murilo - Mr. Ritmo

Celso Murilo - Mr. Ritmo
Label - Pawal/Whatmusic (UK)
Recorded - 1959
Style - Bossa, Brazilian, Instrumentals, Lee Library, Jazz

1. Celso Murilo - Ail Que Saudades Da Amelia/Implorar (2:36)
2. Celso Murilo - Tea For Two (2:12)
3. Celso Murilo - Nao Deixa A Peteca Cair (1:56)
4. Celso Murilo - Rico Vacilon (1:57)
5. Celso Murilo - Chorou, Chorou (2:09)
6. Celso Murilo - Merengue En Copa (3:13)
7. Celso Murilo - Los Marcianos (2:12)
8. Celso Murilo - Teleco-Teco No 1 (2:59)
9. Celso Murilo - Cha-Cha Celso (1:43)
10. Celso Murilo - Pau Pereira (1:38)
11. Celso Murilo - Ritmo Sabroso (1:44)
12. Celso Murilo - Rosa Morena (1:55)

(From Dusty Groove)
A very groovy set from keyboardist Celso Murilo -- a 60s album of organ and piano instrumentals with a really cool groove! The record follows in the best tradition of small combo bossa sessions -- mixing together a strongly rhythmic approach that includes percussion by the great Rubens Bassini, plus backing on trumpet, flute, and timbales -- all set to the pace of Murilo's sweet lines on the keys! The style's more expansive than 60s work by Walter Wanderley or Ed Lincoln -- more open to influences from American Latin music, in addition to the core samba and bossa sounds that inform the work. The whole thing's great -- a driving, lively little set that's a delight throughout! Titles include "Rosa Morena", "Ritmo Sabroso", "Cha Cha Celso", "Paul Pereira", "Los Marcianos", "Chorou Chorou", and "Rico Vacilon".


Ana Mazzotti - Ana Mazzotti

Ana Mazzotti - Ana Mazzotti
Label - Whatmusic (UK)
Recorded - 1974
Style - Brazilian, Lee Library, Jazz, Funk

1. Ana Mazzotti - Agora Ou Nunca Mais (2:59)
2. Ana Mazzotti - Roda Mundo (2:28)
3. Ana Mazzotti - Acalanto (1:59)
4. Ana Mazzotti - Cordão (3:41)
5. Ana Mazzotti - De Um Jeito Só (3:17)
6. Ana Mazzotti - Eu Sou Mais Eu (3:15)
7. Ana Mazzotti - Canto De Meditação (3:23)
8. Ana Mazzotti - Feel Like Making Love (3:54)
9. Ana Mazzotti - Bairro Negro (2:40)
10. Ana Mazzotti - Sou (2:23)

(from Dusty Groove)
An amazing album of icy Brazilian jazz and sweet electric funk! Singer Ana Mazzotti is at the head of the session -- singing with this breezy style that's at once cold and warm, cool and emotive -- and she's backed by a small jazz combo with some incredible moog, Arp, and organ from Jose Roberto! The record's got a bucketful of groove-heavy tracks that feel like CTI meeting up with Joao Donato -- and the album's a treasure that should be in the collection of any fan of 70s Brazilian funk! Titles include "Cordao", "Soul", "Bairro Negro", "Eu Sou Mai Eu", "Roda Mundo", "Sou", and "Agora Ou Nunca Mais" -- plus an incredible version of "Feel Like Making Love"!



Friday, October 12, 2007

Ennio Appreciation!

In appreciation of the fine music composed by the great Ennio Morricone, here are a few of my favorites...

Ennio Morricone - Exorcist II: 'The Heretic' OST [1977]
Ennio Morricone - Le Foto Proibite di Una Signora Per Bene [1970]
Ennio Morricone - Le Casse OST [1971]
Ennio Morricone - Veruschka [1971]
Ennio Morricone - Forza G [1971]
Ennio Morricone - Holocausto 2000 OST [1973]

(from wiki)
Ennio Morricone, Grande Ufficiale OMRI (born November 10, 1928; sometimes also credited as Dan Savio or Leo Nichols) is an Italian composer especially noted for his film scores. He has composed and arranged scores for more than 400 film and television productions, more than any other composer living or deceased. He is best known for the characteristic sparse and memorable soundtracks of Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) which have been frequently cited by many in the film industry as some of the greatest film scores ever composed.

Although only 30 of his film scores are for Westerns, it is these for which he is best known. His more recent notable compositions for film include the scores for The Mission (Roland Joffé, 1986), The Untouchables (Brian DePalma, 1987), Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988), Lolita (Adrian Lyne, 1997) and Malèna (Giuseppe Tornatore, 2000). He received the Honorary Academy Award (Lifetime Achievement Award) in 2007 (although he never won an Oscar in competition), only the second film composer to do so (the first being Alex North).

Morricone makes no qualitative distinction between his film scores (which he collectively calls 'applied music') and has by now more than 100 concert pieces (termed 'absolute music'). He has collaborated with industry giants, most notably Quincy Jones.

Ennio Morricone - Exorcist II: 'The Heretic' OST

Ennio Morricone - Exorcist II: 'The Heretic' OST
Label - Warner (Fr)
Recorded - 1977
Style - Soundtrack, Scary, Experimental, Dark Arts

* The weather here on the East Coast is finally starting to feel like Fall - and with Halloween just around the corner, here's a little something to get you warmed up...

(From Scorebaby)
For many Morricone fans, his score for Exorcist II: "The Heretic" -- one of the first il Maestro composed for Hollywood.

Since the movie's predecessor featured the memorable "Tubular Bells" by Mike Oldfield, Morricone truly had a tall order when commissioned to handle the sequel. He succeeds, even as the John Boorman's movie itself fails to live up to William Friedkin's original.

The score encompasses elements of African tribal music ("Pazuzu"), tribalistic gospel ("Little Afro-Flemish Mass") along with more familiar Morricone atmospheres ranging from tenderness (Regan's Theme") to dread ("Rite of Magic").

Probably the most memorable track for fans of "groovy Morricone" is "Magic and Ecstasy," an intricate, brilliantly orchestrated heavy rock number sounding like the best track never recorded by Goblin or King Crimson.

Other tracks feature "possessed" sounds such as howls, laughter and chanting. Still, others are quite soothing, featuring harpsichord, acoustic guitar and wordless female vocals. All in all, a wonderfully varied soundtrack. Well worth hunting down, even for the import price.

1. Regan's Theme
2. Pazuzu (Theme From The Exorciste II)
3. Interrupted Melody
4. Rite Of Magic
5. Little Afroflemish Mass
6. Great Bird Of The Sky
7. Magic And Ecstasy
8. Seduction And Magic
9. Regan's Theme
10. Dark Revelation
11. Night Flight
12. Interrupted Melody
13. Exorcism


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Ennio Morricone- Le Foto Proibite di Una Signora Per Bene

Ennio Morricone - Le Foto Proibite di Una Signora Per Bene
Label - Dagored
Released - 1970
Style - Soundtrack, Funk, Breaks, Heat, Psych

* Intermezzino Pop has GOT to be some of the funkiest 1 minute and 12 seconds of music ever recorded!

(From AMG)
Ennio Morricone composed hundreds of original soundtracks for this style of low-budget thriller. The original soundtrack for this obscure Italian thriller from 1970 prominently features the voice of Edda Dell'Orso, who cropped up frequently in Morricone's work during this period. Additionally, the Canori Moderni vocal ensemble features heavily in the evocative soundtrack. Most striking is the manner in which the composer uses repetition in an almost minimalist fashion. The unusual orchestrations of his work, which would later become a signature of his soundtrack compositions, are strikingly evident here. ~ Skip Jansen, All Music Guide

1. Ennio Morricone - Le Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene (4:45)
2. Ennio Morricone - Qui Ci Scappa Il Morto (3:50)
3. Ennio Morricone - Amore Come Dolore (6:08)
4. Ennio Morricone - Bella, Cara, Dolce, Buona Mogliettina Per Bene (3:05)
5. Ennio Morricone - Allegretto Per Signora (2:25)
6. Ennio Morricone - Intermezzino Pop (1:12)
7. Ennio Morricone - Caduta Nell'Inconscio (3:41)
8. Ennio Morricone - Nel Vuoto (9:33)
9. Ennio Morricone - Secondo Intermezzino Pop (0:53)
10. Ennio Morricone - Percussivamente (3:21)
11. Ennio Morricone - Quelle Foto (5:03)
12. Ennio Morricone - Solo Eco (2:40)
13. Ennio Morricone - Qui Ci Scappa Il Morto (Alternate Version) (1:55)


Ennio Morricone - Le Casse OST

Ennio Morricone - Le Casse OST
Label - GDM (Italy)
Recorded - 1971
Style - Soundtrack, Jazz, Funk, Weird, Awesome

(from Dusty Groove)
Quite possibly our favorite Ennio Morricone soundtrack ever -- THE record that first made our ears prick up many years ago, and acknowledge him as the genius he truly is! The very first note of the record grabs you immediately -- a heartbeat-like rhythm, pounding out very slowly before giving way to an off-tuned piano that steps and staggers into the groove. Other tracks follow in a majestic blend of strings, space, weird woodwinds, and even a few funky bits -- all cast with a perfect blend of dark and sweet throughout! The sound is amazing -- mindblowing at every twist and turn -- and the range of themes here is a bit wider than other Morricone soundtracks from the period -- making for even more excitement! CD reissues material that was issued on other albums under the English title The Burglars or the French title Le Casse -- with new remastering, and a booklet that features lots of color images from the film.

1. Ennio Morricone - Le Casse [Générique] (3:20)
2. Ennio Morricone - Théme d'Amour (3:08)
3. Ennio Morricone - Marinella (1:37)
4. Astrud Gilberto - Argomenti (3:39)
5. Ennio Morricone - Pour Zacharia (2:54)
6. Ennio Morricone - La Fille A la Frange (2:25)
7. Ennio Morricone - Virage Dangereux (3:20)
8. Ennio Morricone - Ma Non Troppo Erotico {From "the Burglers"} (3:44)
9. Ennio Morricone - Rodéo (4:21)
10. Astrud Gilberto - Una Donna Che Ti Ama (2:56)
11. Ennio Morricone - Le Casse [Version Inédite Hors Film] (2:43)


Ennio Morricone - Veruschka

Ennio Morricone - Veruschka
Label - Easy Tempo
Released - 1971
Style - Soundtrack, Jazz, Lounge, Dark & Groovy

(from MovieGrooves)
The soundtrack for the 1971 documentary "Veruschka, Poesia di una Donna" directed by Franco Rubartelli. Veruschka (real name Vera Lehndorff) was a real 60's/70's icon and in her heyday was an artist and, most famously, the worlds first supermodel. She also appeared in numerous movies including Blow Up, Salome and Coleur Chair.

(from Dusty Groove)
One of the most haunting Morricone soundtracks ever -- and one of the grooviest too! The album's a perfect blend of our two favorite styles of Morricone work -- that of the floating female vocal over a gentle groove, and the darker, tenser side of his music. The main "Verushka" theme is one of his most beautiful -- a variation of female vocals with a gentle edge, in the tradition of classic soundtracks like La Donna Invisible or Le Photo Proibite. This theme shifts from mood to mood over the course of the LP, occasionally giving way to some more atonal passages and other more jazz-based tunes.

1. Ennio Morricone - Veruschka (6:49)
2. Ennio Morricone - Intervallo I (3:52)
3. Ennio Morricone - La Bambola (2:17)
4. Ennio Morricone - Astratto I (3:42)
5. Ennio Morricone - La Spiaggia (8:19)
6. Ennio Morricone - Dopo l'Intervista (2:31)
7. Ennio Morricone - Poesia Di Una Donna (5:03)
8. Ennio Morricone - Le Fotografie (1:03)
9. Ennio Morricone - La Bambola (3:16)
10. Ennio Morricone - Intervallo II (3:57)
11. Ennio Morricone - Magia (2:47)
12. Ennio Morricone - Astratto III (1:49)
13. Ennio Morricone - Veruschka (1:56)
14. Ennio Morricone - Astratto II (1:14)


Ennio Morricone - Forza G

Ennio Morricone - Forza G
Label - Cinevox
Recorded - 1971
Style - Soundtrack, Jazz, Lounge

(from MovieGrooves)
The lovely soundtrack from Morricone for the 1971 Italian romantic-drama Forza G (AKA G Force, Winged Devils and Die Todesflieger) directed by Duccio Tessari.

Originally in 1971 only 2 tracks from the Forza G soundtrack were released on a 45rpm single. Since then there has only been a Japanese release of the music - and even then it was only 6 tracks.

This CD contains the complete soundtrack for the very first time - including music that never made it to the final cut of the movie. Wordless vocals on a few tracks by the great Edda Dell'Orso.

1. Ennio Morricone - Sospesi Fra Nuvuole (Titoli - Singolo Lato A) (3:47)
2. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Per Gioco - Presentazione Della Pattuglia) (4:09)
3. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Come Un Western) (2:35)
4. Ennio Morricone - Sospesi Fra Le Nuvole (Ripresa Prima) (2:45)
5. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Psichedelico Jazzistico) (1:42)
6. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (La Festa) (1:34)
7. Ennio Morricone - Sospesi Fra Le Nuvole (Ripresa Seconda) (2:57)
8. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (L'aliante) (1:35)
9. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Burlesco) (1:36)
10. Ennio Morricone - Sospesi Fra Le Nuvole (Ripresa Terza) (2:46)
11. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Quella Donna) (2:32)
12. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Un Pilota E Il Suo Aereo) (3:03)
13. Ennio Morricone - Sospesi Fra Le Nuvole (Ripresa Quarta) (2:54)
14. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Prova-D'Acrobazia) (1:37)
15. Ennio Morricone - Forza G (Le Frecce Tricolori) (2:09)
16. Ennio Morricone - Bonus Track (2:15)


Ennio Morricone - Holocausto 2000 OST

Ennio Morricone - Holocausto 2000 OST
Label - Beat Records
Recorded - 1973, 1977
Style - Soundtrack, Experimental, Suspense

* Another scary Halloween warm-up OST, just to get you in the mood.

(From MovieGrooves)
Two Ennio Morricone soundtracks on one CD. Holocaust 2000 (1977) was directed by Alberto De Martino and starred Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward and Agostina Belli. It's the story of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant executive discovering that his son is the Anti-Christ. Totally inspired no doubt by The Omen. Morricone's orchestral score does a good job of creating feelings of suspense and menace.

Sesso in confessionale (1973) was directed by Vittorio De Sisti. It's a documentary about the 'problems of sex' with contributions from a priest, theologian, sexologist, journalist and psychologist. From Morricone's score it sounds a pretty interesting movie. The music is tense and experimental with lots of sparse orchestration and interesting audio and sound effects thrown in. We'd love to see how it's used in a documentary.

1. Ennio Morricone - Holocaust (2:34)
2. Ennio Morricone - Slogan (1:40)
3. Ennio Morricone - Il Bene-Cativo (1:51)
4. Ennio Morricone - Jesus (3:00)
5. Ennio Morricone - Canera Anodizztata (3:50)
6. Ennio Morricone - Ritorno Di Suoni (1:17)
7. Ennio Morricone - Strofa Monodica (1:40)
8. Ennio Morricone - Festa All'ambasciata (1:24)
9. Ennio Morricone - Da Mille Echi, Un Grido (1:55)
10. Ennio Morricone - Holocaust (1:36)
11. Ennio Morricone - Serie Di Tre (3:31)
12. Ennio Morricone - Computer (2:48)
13. Ennio Morricone - Il Male (1:37)
14. Ennio Morricone - Falsamarea (2:05)
15. Ennio Morricone - Holocaust (Conclusione) (0:59)
16. Ennio Morricone - Telefona Interrotta (1:27)
17. Ennio Morricone - Centrale Nucleare (2:13)
18. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 1 (1:27)
19. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 2 (3:32)
20. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 3 (1:50)
21. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 4 (1:46)
22. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 5 (2:28)
23. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 6 (2:01)
24. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 7 (2:08)
25. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 8 (0:58)
26. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 9 (1:41)
27. Ennio Morricone - Sesso In Confessional Seq. 10 (2:51)


Monday, October 8, 2007

Treasure Isle In Dub (Rare Dubs 70-78)

Treasure Isle In Dub 1970-1978
Label - Treasure Isle/Jamaican
Recorded - 1970-1978
Style - Dub, Early Reggae, Roots, Lee Library

Treasure Isle Studio’s,33 Bond Street, was one of the main contenders to the Studio 1 crown.So many hits came from it’s wooded loft premises that it seemed every track was destined to become a hit, propelled by the Trojan himself Mr Duke Reid.

Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid [b.1915, Jamaica] had spent ten years as a Kingston policeman when he and his wife Lucille [after winning a substantial Jamaican National lottery] decided to buy The Treasure Isle Liquor Store in Kingston, Jamaica. Wanting music to attract customers, the Duke arranged through a sponsorship deal to host his own radio show ‘Treasure Isle Time’. The people would listen to the latest American R&B tunes, interspersed with liquor deals going down at his store. This in time would lead to the starting of his own Sound System, where he could take his liquor to the dances via his Trojan truck. With shouts of ‘Here comes the Trojan’, Duke Reid’s now named Trojan Sound System was born. It proved such a success that he was crowned King of Sound and Blues three years in a row 1956, 1957 and 1958. 1958 also saw the store which was out growing itself, move to its legendary premises, 33 Bond Street.

Duke Reid was a formidable character in the music business. His guns from his policing days were ever present and always on show, striking a menacing cord. It was also not unheard of for a few rounds to be let off, if the need arose. But it was his extensive knowledge of the R&B tunes,and knowing what the people liked to here that was his real strength. Like Coxsone Dodd at Studio 1 he would travel to America to acquire the latest cuts. But this was proving more difficult due to America’s tastes moving on to Rock & Roll, which was not so popular in Jamaica.

The obvious step was to record their own tunes to supply the demand. This proved so popular with cuts like ‘Duke’s Cookies’, ’What makes Honey’ and the ‘Joker’. The next step would be to open his own recording studio which he did in the loft above his store. It was 1962 and Treasure Isle Studio’s was open for business.

1962 - 1966 was a prolific time at Treasure Isle, the Ska hits kept coming. His resident engineer Byron Smith and later Syd Bucknor’s work with artists like Stranger Cole, The Techniques, Justin Hinds and the Dominoes and the great Alton Ellis and the Flames, proved a winning formula. Such was the output that the releases were spread over three labels, Treasure Isle, Duke Reid and Duchess [a name he often used to refer to his wife].

1968-1969 saw the beat slowing down and reggae was evolving into Rocksteady and again Duke had his finger on the pulse. Working with guitarist Ernest Ranglin and the great sax player Tommy McCook and the Supersonics, the hits flowed from the studio. The Paragons ‘Wear you to the Ball’, Alton Ellis’s ‘Rock Steady’, The Melodians ‘Last train to Expo’ and The Technique’s rendition of the Curtis Mayfield classic ‘Queen Majesty’ were all big hits of the day. Getting released on Reid’s own labels and on Trojan [named after his Sound System] in the UK.

The musical style would change again around 1970, but the ever resourceful Reid would apply his tunes and start a new genre, the DJ Sound. By using his classic backing tracks and interspersing the dubbed vocal along side his Sound System DJ’s rants and raves, his tunes became hits once more. The irrepressible U Roy cut ‘Wake this Town’ a version of Alton Ellis’s ‘Girl I’ve Got a Date’, ’Rule the Nation’, rode the Techniques ‘You Don’t Care’ and ‘Wear you to the Ball’ the Paragons hit of the same name, became three hits in a row in the Jamaican unheard of feat....

For this collection with have put together a set of rare dubs recorded at the legendary studio. Such classics as the for mentioned ‘Queen Majesty’, Alton Ellis’s ‘I’m Just a Guy’, The Ethiopians ‘Everything Crash’. All great tunes and classic rhythms, the atmosphere and the guidance of the seasoned engineers Byron Smith and Syd Bucknor alongside the top musicians, set the tone for these classic lost till now recordings.

Everyday Is Dub Day
This Old Dub Of Mine
Carpenter Dub
Why Dub In Spring
Majesty Dub
Just A Dub
Dub You Madly
Let The Dub Go
Everythings Dub
Prisoner Dub
Dubbing You
I'm Your Dub
Dub Satisfaction
It's Raining Dub


King Tubby meets Lee Perry - Megawatt Dub

King Tubby meets Lee Perry - Megawatt Dub
Label - Shanachie
Released - 1997
Style - Dub, Reggae, Lee Library

(review by AMG):
Megawatt Dub matches the work of reggae music's best loved studio pioneers: the Upsetter himself, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and dub organizer Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock for an imaginary dub duel. Accompanied by some of the finest rocksteady/reggae sessionmen of their time (including drummer Sly Dunbar, keyboardist Winston Wright, and bassist/guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith), the pair deconstruct the form, fleshing out echo-laden drum and bass, only to strip the mix down to its bare bones once again. Tubby's "versions" come across as more spacious structures when heard next to the slightly clouded fidelity of the Perry tracks on hand. If one were forced to announce a winner, the latter might have the edge, causing more aural confusion on the likes of "Rainy Night" and "Open the Gate" (reworking of one-time Congo Watty Burnett's material). More traditional, Tubby sticks to tried and true effects, punctuating drum patterns with echo and reverb rather than cluttering the sound with them. As usual, the faders are worked with the skill of a master. The duo shares compositional credit for the playful whiplash rhythm "Splash Dub." Only the added tracks by "Prince" Phillip Smart (recorded at Burnett's studio years later) seem unnecessary. Smart began his career as one of Tubby's earliest mixing disciples, making him a witness to the music's formation during the mid-'70s. Unfortunately, his contributions (slick, synthesized "versions" of "Copycat" and "Forever") feel lifeless and out of place against the work of his contemporaries. Long out of print until Shanachie packaged these tracks for official release, the rare material makes Megawatt Dub an attractive purchase for avid dub fans. But while the quality is consistent, both producers reached greater sonic heights elsewhere.

1 Come By Yah Dub (3:33)
Mixed By - King Tubby
2 Right Yo Dub (2:44)
Mixed By - Lee Perry
3 Perfidia Dub (3:18)
Mixed By - King Tubby
4 Drifter Dub, Part 3 (3:44)
Mixed By - King Tubby
5 Drifter Dub, Part 4 (3:40)
Mixed By - King Tubby
6 Rainy Night Dub (2:32)
Mixed By - Lee Perry
7 Open The Gate Dub (3:48)
Mixed By - Lee Perry
8 Rise & Shine Dub (2:47)
Mixed By - Lee Perry
9 War Dub (2:39)
Mixed By - Lee Perry
10 Forever Dub (3:27)
Mixed By - Philip Smart
11 Splash Out Dub (4:20)
Mixed By - Augustus Pablo , King Tubby
12 Glass House Dub (2:53)
Mixed By - King Tubby
13 Copy Cat Dub (4:19)
Mixed By - Philip Smart


The Icebreakers w/ The Diamonds - Planet Mars Dub

The Icebreakers w/ The Diamonds - Planet Mars Dub
Label - Virgin
Released - 1978
Style - Dub, Reggae, Lee Library

The Icebreakers: The Diamonds (vocals); Chinna (guitar); Trommie, McCook & The Marquis (horns); Touter (keyboards); Lloyd P. (bass); Sly (drums); Stick (percussion).

Rework of The Mighty Diamonds' Planet Earth in Dub fashion.

1. Dub With Garvey (4:00)
2. Sweet Answer (3:45)
3. Work Out (3:35)
4. Who Cares? (3:10)
5. Run Away (3:50)
6. Grand Rock (3:15)
7. Two Brothers (3:40)
8. Finger Out (3:30)
9. Ital Rock (2:45)
10. Planet Mars (4:15)


Dub Over Dub: 27 Track Dub Extravaganza

Dub Over Dub: 27 Track Dub Extravaganza (2xCD)
Label - Heartbeat/High Note
Recorded - 70s
Style - Dub, Roots, Reggae, Lee Library

Personnel: Bertram "Ranchie" McLean (guitar, bass); Radcliffe "Duggie" Bryan, Willie Lindo (guitar); Headley "Deadley" Bennett, Herman Marquis (alto saxophone); Cedric "Im" Brooks, Dean Fraser (tenor saxophone); Clive Hunt, David Madden, Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Vin "Don D Jr." Gordon, Nambo (trombone); Ansel Collins, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Harold Butler, Winston Wright (keyboards); Robbie Shakespeare (bass); Sly Dunbar, Micheal "Mickey Boo" Richards (drums); Uzziah "Sticky" Thompson, Harry Powell, Count Ossie (percussion).

Compilation producer: Chris Wilson.

Recorded at Treasure Isle Studios and Channel One, Kingston, Jamaica.

DUB OVER DUB features dub tracks from the High Note label, a reggae label of the 70's. Twenty six of these tracks were mixed by Errol Brown, High Note's main engineer, who is considered one of the pioneers of dub. The music is performed by the High Note house bands, which included Sly & Robbie, Bobby Ellis, Earl Lindo and other major musicians of the era.


1. Sly Special
2. Revelation Chapter One
3. Jah Caught Them Dub
4. Falling In Dub
5. Woman Iron Rock
6. Black Cat Version
7. Over Dub
8. Dub Outta Control
9. Dub And Harmony
10. Love Dub
11. Strictly Roots
12. Su Su Mouth
13. Forward In Dub
14. Downtown Rock

1. Lion Dub
2. Dub In Peace
3. Phase One Special
4. Living Dub, A
5. Sky Nation Skank
6. Peace And Inity
7. Dub It In A Dreamland
8. Chatty Dub
9. This Yah Dub
10. Winning Version
11. Dub Walla
12. Ital Dub
13. Socialist Dub

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Mikey Dread - African Anthem Deluxe

Mikey Dread - African Anthem Deluxe
Label - DATC
Released - 1979
Style - Dub, Reggae, Roots, Lee Library


Michael Campbell (AKA Mikey Dread) was the DJ behind the groundbreaking Dread at the Controls show on the JBC. Campbell was initially forbidden to speak on his show due to his engineer status and had to use a pre-recorded announcer. However, he worked around his restrictions by using many strange sound effects and jingles to marry the tunes together. Dread played lots of exclusive dub plates from the likes of Lee Perry and King Tubby, amassed quite a following, and managed to upset the management at his radio station. Mikey also set up his Dread at the Controls label. African Anthem was his first album and first release on his label. It features of a mix of dub and DJ tracks with a fair number of jingles and sound effects. This album is a joy to listen to. It’s fresh, loose, funky and above all, entertaining. Don’t be put off by the “interesting wallpaper” on the sleeve. If you enjoyed the Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown set by Don Letts, then give this a listen.

1. Saturday Night Style
2. Industrial Spy
3. Headline News
4. Mikey Dread In Action
5. Resignation Dub
6. Technical Selection
7. Comic Strip
8. Pre-dawn Dub
9. Operator's Choice
10. Ancestral Dub
11. Raggamuffin Dubstyle
12. JBC Days & Proper Education Dub
13. Freelancer Dub
14. Jumping Master Dub
15. Peacemaker Dub


Monday, October 1, 2007

After The Afterparty

OK not a soundtrack or dub, but this is my most recent DJ mix and so far its my personal favorite. Hope ye enjoy.

So I had a DJ Spun tape when I was like 16 where he played Jungle records @ 33 rpm. I started doing the same thing back in '95 and it's still my favorite way to hear jungle. On the wrong speed. I'm sure you'll agree. This mix is my favorite yet; atmospheric jungle dropped down 3 octaves so the bass is ridiculous. Please grab and think of shimmering sunrises. DC/Baltimore oldschool crew - think back to the first Sunrise Festivals and that type of thing. Rock it.

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September 2007

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1. Kalu - Ain't No Game (Slo)
2. Appaloosa - Unplugged (Chaos & Julia Set Remix) (Slo)
3. Alliance - Virtual Heaven (Slo)
4. Jack 'n' Phil - I Like It (Slo)
5. Matt - Phat & Phuturistic (Slo)
6. D.O.P.E. - Diamonds (Slo)
7. Dub Technicians - Mindscape (Slo)
8. Photek - Resolution (Slo)
9. A-Sides & Nut-E-1 - Tonight (Slo)
10. Photek - Rings Around Saturn (Slo)
11. A Touch Of Jazz - Respected Not Accepted (Slo)
12. Alex Reece - Basic Principle (Slo)
13. Wax Doctor - Atmospheric Funk (Slo)
14. LTJ Bukem - Horizons (Slo)