Howard Riley in a very Monkish mode – working here in a live solo setting, on a host of tracks that are either Monk classics from the postwar years, Thelonious-styled takes on standards, or a few of Riley's own great compositions! The set's got a sensitivity that we don't always hear from Riley – and the Monk connotations give the music a sense of historicity and roots that's really wonderful – even while Howard is still opening up and spinning things out with the same sense of space and sound that have made him a legend for decades. The recording quality is great – with a slight echo that only intensifies the feeling – and titles include "Well You Needn't", "Monk's Mood", "Ruby My Dear", "Now Two", "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You", "Signing Off", and "Darn That Dream". CD
A classic from Merry Clayton – and a record whose title follows from her big fame of singing on the original version of "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones! The sound here is a lot more soul-based, as you'd guess – arranged beautifully by Gene Page, with a really righteous feel that's perfect for Merry's deeply soulful vocal approach – and produced to perfection by Lou Adler, with some surprising help from Curtis Amy – one of our favorite saxophonists ever. Music is by a hip cast of top-shelf talents from the coast – including Billy Preston on organ, Joe Sample on piano, David T Walker on guitar, and Paul Humphrey on drums – all nice and tight, but totally right in the pocket with their grooves. Titles include Merry's classic version of "Gimme Shelter", plus "Tell All The People", "I've Got Life", "Here Come Those Heartaches Again", and "Good Girls". CD
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Mad Dog ... CD Nova/Repertoire, 1975. Used ...
Sweet early electro grooves from Giorgio Moroder – the German maestro who really helped transform the sound of the dancefloor in the 70s! The music here is heavy on beats and keyboards, but in a style that's quite different from club grooves in years to come – very much still in the warmer side of the disco spectrum, with a live energy that really keeps things compelling throughout! Moroder's been a key influence on house, techno, and other styles over the years – but there's still nothing like the greatness of the original grooves on this set! Titles include "Let The Music Play", "E=MC2", "From Here To Eternity (reprise)", "Utopia Me Giorgio", "First Hand Experience In Second Hand Love", "Too Hot To Handle", "I Wanna Rock You", "Solitary Man", "Knights In White Satin", "American Dream", and "Shannon's Eyes". CD
A classic from the electro maestro – arguably the greatest American album from Giorgio Moroder! The set's got a great mix of disco and electronics that was years ahead of its time – and is surprisingly fresh and edgey, despite Moroder's fame over the years. Electronics are really at the core of all the tunes – bubbling, dipping, crackling around the groove – with only slight additional disco touches – and an overall sound that leans much more closely towards Kraftwerk than it does other work on the Casablanca label at the time. And we're really not fooling about this one – because it's got a raw electro vibe that still holds up beautifully, and which is more and more of a delight the farther we get from the 70s. Titles include "From Here To Eternity", "Lost Angeles", "Faster Than The Speed Of Love", "First Hand Experience In Second Hand Love", "I'm Left You're Right She's Gone", and "Too Hot To Handle". CD features a bonus single version of "From Here To Eternity". CD
Hard Attack ... CD Repertoire/Kama Sutra (Germany), 1972. Used ...
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A definite hard attack from Dust – a set that really lives up to its Frank Frazetta cover image at the best moments – but also has some surprising acoustic elements, too! Dust are way more than just the usual hard rock trio of the early 70s – as they mix in pedal steel and acoustic guitar with their fuzz and heavy drums – creating a complexity that you'd expect much more from a prog group, even though these guys have the tighter focus of some of the fiercest power trios of their generation! The mix of modes is great, and really gives the songs some depth – with gentle vocals that offset the fiercer ones – and titles include "Pull Away/So Many Times", "Learning To Die", "All In All", "Ivory", "I Been Thinkin", "How Many Horses", and "Suicide". CD
A really cool collaboration between Merry Clayton and Eugene McDaniels – a producer who really takes her music into new territory here! As with other perfect productions by McDaniels in the 70s, Gene really grabs the whole thing up and makes it his own – adding a lot more funk to the mix than you might expect, and electrifying the instrumentation in ways that bump up Merry's vocals nicely. Even better, though – he wrote a number of tunes for the set – the kind of offbeat soul numbers that we love from Eugene's own work, which help Merry move into a hip range of themes and topics. There's a righteous mix of funky jazz and soul on the record – a bit like the sound of Marlena Shaw's Blue Note albums – and McDaniels titles include "Gold Fever", "If I Lose", "Do What You Know", "Gets Hard Sometimes", and "Sink Or Swim". Also includes a great version of Baretta's theme – "Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow" - plus "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and "How'd I Know". CD
Righteous and rocking soul from Merry Clayton! The set was done in LA with arrangements by insiders that include Jerry Peters, Carole King, and Billy Preston – and features some tight and sometimes funky backing from players that include David T Walker, Wilton Felder, Paul Humphrey, and Curtis Amy. Some of the tunes are a bit too rock-soul for our taste, but there are a few tasty bits on here that we really like – including a hip Leon Ware tune called "Whatever", a nice cover of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands", and Jerry Peters "Love Me Or Let Me Be Lonely". Other tracks include "Southern Man", "Same Old Story", "Walk On In", and "A Song For You". CD
Classic dancefloor electronics from Giorgio Moroder – and the "first electronic live to digital album", which must have cost a bundle to make! Giorgio is in prime electro disco mode here – spinning out long lines of catchy synthesizer tunes – in a way that takes Kraftwerk aesthetic and turns it towards the dancefloor, and also tops it off with some nice pop-styled vocals too! According to the notes, Giorgio's working with "music programmed as bursts of energy" – but to us, it's just plain groovy disco! Tracks are long, and titles include "I Wanna Rock You", "Baby Blue", "What A Night", "If You Weren't Afraid", and "In My Wildest Dreams". CD features three bonus tracks too – single versions of "Baby Blue", "If You Weren't Afraid", and "I Wanna Rock You". CD
Excellent early work from Giorgio Moroder – recorded in the pre-disco years, with a trippy rock style that mixes electronics and some surprisingly soulful guitar work! The overall style is almost a prog take on the beat group sound with some poppy touches – a cool blend that was shared briefly by other European groups of the time, before they stretched out and got a bit more trippy. The album's got some nice moogy touches, tight drums by Keith Forsey, and even a bit of keyboards from Max Gregor Jr. Most tracks have vocals, but also kick off with a strong foot instrumentally – making for some great rock break moments that are worth the album alone, even though the full songs are pretty nice too! Titles include the epic "Tears", "Lord Release Me", "Watch Your Step", "Pauline", "Son Of My Father", "Automation", "London Traffic", "Spanish Disaster", and "Underdog". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "Today's A Tomorrow", "Everybody Join Hands", "I'm Free Now", "Non Ci Sto", "Take It Shake It Break My Heart", and "Underdog (mono)". CD
A unique collaboration from disco maestro Giorgio Moroder – a rare early 80s project done with vocals from singer Joe Esposito – who'd first risen to fame in the 70s trio Brooklyn Dreams! Joe's raspy lead gives the tunes a lyrical center you don't always get with Moroder – vocals that are sometimes more upfront than Giorgio's electronics and keyboards, and which definitely give the music a blue-eyed quality that should have made the set more of a crossover hit. The grooves still have plenty of Moroder touches at the bottom – and titles include "Lady Lady", "To Turn The Stone", "Washed In The Neon Light", "My Girl", "Solitary Man", "Too Hot To Touch", "A Love Affair", and "Show Me The Night". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "Face To face", "Chase (1985 rmx)", "A Love Affair (USA mix)", "Too Hot To Touch (inst)", "American Dream (7" version)", and "American Dream (12" version)". CD
Seminal early work from the legendary Joe Cuba – highly percussive Latin tracks, served up in a small combo mode that really helped pave the way for the Latin Soul generation! Joe's shaking off most of Latin tradition here – going for a tightly focused sound that features plenty of timbales and congas, and which also introduces a bit of English language to their repertoire – thanks to vocals by Jimmy Sabater on the track "To Be With You". Cheo Feliciano sings on a few other numbers, but a number of tracks are really cooking instrumentals! Titles include the great "Wabble Cha", plus "Oriente", "Callejero", "Salsa Y Bembe", "Cachondea", and "To Be With You", a big early hit for the group. LP, Vinyl record album
Germans singing English – what could be better? The set's a pretty wild batch of tunes – easy listening pop recordings by the Gunter Kallman Choir, a hip German ensemble that has a dreamy male/female harmony sound! The group's repertoire was a lot hipper than you might think, given the setup – and the tracks on this set are a wonderful blend of all things groovy with all things easy – the perfect crossroads of the radical 60s and the quietude of the conservative living room. This is the kind of music we used to pass by as unauthentic, or "fake" – but honestly, we're totally wrapped up in it these days, and embrace it for a complexity that we're still trying to unpack. Very much in the style of vocal work on the MPS Snowflakes compilation – and with 20 wonderful tracks that include "Born In Spring", "Eyes Of Love", "Live For Life", "Windmills Of Your Mind", "It's Getting Better", "Daydream", "Happy Heart", "A Memory Of You", "The Colour Of My Love", "One Summer's Day", and "When I Look In Your Eyes". CD