Fantastic work from this avant jazz supergroup – their first album away from the Jazzland label, and a set that maybe seems to show a whole new direction for the quintet! Some of the music here has a stronger set of arrangement at the core – balanced between the completely incredible individual strengths of the members – a bit, maybe, like the way that Charles Mingus could strike that rare balance in his prime – even if there's nothing Mingus-like about this music at all! The interwoven spirits of the players is completely sublime – as much a lead feature as the breakout solos – which include work by Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and clarinet, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Hans Hulboekmo on drums. Titles include "Stuck In Stockholm", "Falt Strid", "Be Wafted", "Sinusoidal Arches", and "Ten Years". CD
The full story of Atomic Rooster – a group who were quite an important force in their day, but who've become a bit overlooked in more recent years! The group originally grew out of the Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, and featured drummer Carl Palmer in his pre-ELP years – and keyboardist Vincent Crane, who'd be the real lasting force in the group – and brought an especially strong style on organ that was a nice link between earlier bluesier rock and the start of prog – but at a level that was also pretty hard rock-driven too! That latter aspect took off even more strongly as the group lost Palmer and started to really find their sound – and eventually, they picked up the great Chris Farlowe on vocals, whose singing really pushed the style on their last few records! This box features five full studio albums – Atomic Rooster, Death Walks Behind You, In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster, Made In England, and Nice N Greasy – plus bonus tracks from singles, and other cuts that appeared on different international pressings of the records! 55 tracks in all – and very detailed notes on the group! CD
Close matches: 2
Jerry McCain —
Jig's Up ... CD Atomic Bomb, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ...
(Out of print, CDr release.)
Jimmy Rogers, Big Bill Hickey & Hubert Sumlin —
Bill's Blues ... CD Atomic Theory, 1994. Used ...
A fantastic project from the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello – one that has her taking on the tunes of others, hence the title of the album – but completely transforming them with her own unique approach to bass and vocals! Most of the numbers won't be recognized at the start, as the Ndegeocello approach feels as if she wrote all of the work herself – but as the set goes on, you'll definitely catch elements of the tunes – yet love them even more in the way they come alive as vehicles for new expression! Meshell sings and plays bass with a core group that includes great guitars from Chris Bruce, heavy drums from Abraham Rounds, and keyboards from Jebin Bruni – and guests on the album include Jeff Parker on guitar and Kat Khaleel on additional vocals. Titles include "Private Dancer", "Smooth Operator", "I Wonder If I Take You Home", "Nite & Day", "Sensitivity", "Atomic Dog 2017", "Sometimes It Snows In April", and "Don't Disturb This Groove". CD
An incredible legacy in music – presented here in a really wonderful package! For years, the music of William Onyeabar has been the stuff of legend, but only accessible to a few who could get their hands on scarce original pressings – but that lack has really been corrected by this wonderful set, which is the first to offer up full album reissues of Onyeabar's magical music, complete with all the original artwork! William's got a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a weird mix of African rhythms and contemporary 70s keyboards – served up in a hypnotic blend of boogie and underground club styles borrowed from the US, but delivered with an earthy, very personal quality – a sound that's gotten Onyeabar plenty of attention over the years. And while Luaka Bop did a wonderful job on collecting together some of his best tracks for their Who Is William Onyeabor compilation, the music here all deserves to be heard – as each record is really something special, and every long track has its own sort of magnetic attraction for the listener! 9 full albums in all – each as a separate CD – Crashes In Love (1), Atomic Bomb, Tomorrow, Great Lover, Anything You Sow, Crashes In Love (2), Body & Soul, Hypertension, and Good Name. CD
Great work from one of the hippest record stores of all time – the legendary Dolphin's of Hollywood, home to some of the best R&B on the west coast scene in the 50s! The work here was all originally produced by John Dolphin for his Recorded In Hollywood label – a small imprint run out of the shop, but one that featured R&B and jazz that was every bit as great as that coming from bigger labels at the time. The titles here are all rare alternates and odd takes – compiled by Billy Vera, who first unearthed the stash of John Dolphin's tapes for Specialty Records at the end of the 80s. Vera's track selection here nicely complements other previously-released versions of Dolphin material – in that it includes some great oddities, and also even includes some great notes on the store and the scene at the time. CD features 25 tracks – all previously unissued – with titles that include "Dolphin's Theme" and "Rock Bottom" by Red Callender, "Hang Your Tears Out To Dry" and "My Love Comes Tumbling Down" by Jesse Belvin, "Pee Wee's Blues" and "Crying & Walking" by Pee Wee Crayton, "Easy Money" and "Papa" by Scatman Crothers, "Three Men In My Life" and "Tall Tan Baby" by Maggie Jacquet, "Cadillac Baby" by Little Caesar, "Baby Doll" by Marvin Phillips, "Atomic Baby" by Linda Hayes, and "The Blues Has Got Me" by an Unknown Vocalist – and even a "Dolphin's Radio Jingle" by Dick Huggy Boy Hugg! CD
Quite a crazy little record from Charles Mingus! Mingus plays piano and sings (yes, you read that right!) in a tight sextet with Booker Ervin and Roland Kirk on reeds, and Jimmy Knepper on trombone. Mingus is trying out a kind of messed-up, blues-inspired sound here – but for some reason the tracks sort of fall short of their potential, perhaps because they're not infused with the same clarity and anger as his earlier works, or perhaps because Mingus' work on the piano just isn't as fierce as his bass playing. Still, the album's a nice one, and way better than the other Mingus piano album, on Impulse. Titles include "Oh Lord, Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me", "Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am", "Devil Woman", and "Passions Of A Man". Plus the CD includes three bonus tracks "Old Blues For Walt's Torin", "Peggy's Blue Skylight", and "Invisible Lady". CD
(Atlantic 50th anniversary pressing in a cardboard digipack.)
Sublime sounds from the legendary Louvin Brothers – heard here on a collection of tracks recorded before their more famous years at Capitol Records – for labels that include Decca, Apollo, and MGM! Yet even at this early point, the brothers are fantastic – graced with a harmony sound that was both rooted in the hills, and which would become a huge influence on rock and folk generations to come – often just backed by simple guitar and mandolin backings, which usually don't offer the pyrotechnics of contemporaries like Bill Monroe – lest they get in the way of the vocals – yet still have a way of ringing out with a fantastic sort of depth. Titles include "Weapon Of Prayer", "Alabama", "Seven Year Blues", "The Get Acquainted Waltz", "You'll Be Rewarded Over There", "Robe Of White", "The Sons & Daughters Of God", "Childish Love", and "The Great Atomic Power". CD
A haunting set from Cassandra Wilson – freely creative, and a good example of the way that she was one of the few singers pushing the boundaries of jazz vocal expression in the 80s! The set's never too over the top, but it does feature lots of artful touches on the instrumentation – and in the way that Wilson chooses and sings her material. There's a slight bit of a New York downtown edge to the record, although the performance is relatively straightforward overall – and players include Steve Coleman on alto, Graham Haynes on trumpet, Rod Williams on piano, and Jean-Paul Bourelly on guitar. Arrangements are by Wilson, Olu Dara, Bourelly, and Henry Threadgill – and titles include "Days Aweigh", "Subatomic Blues", "If You Only Know How", "Black & Yellow", and "Some Other Time". CD