A record that's as lively as its title and its cover – a set of party-heavy girl group tracks by The Pixies Three – a lesser-remembered trio that's still plenty darn fab! The Pixies have a sound that's perhaps a bit more skittish, and sometimes a bit more rough than some of their contemporaries in the mid 60s – but that's also a big part of the delight here, because the sound of the set is slightly off kilter on most numbers – kind of like looking at familiar girl group pop with a slightly skewed vision. The approach makes for a pretty great little album, especially when all the tracks are taken together – and titles include "442 Glendwood Avenue", "Party Party Party", "Birthday Party", "After The Party", "Brand New Boy", "House Party", and "Welcome To The Party". CD also features 8 more bonus tracks that include "Orphan Boy", "Summertime USA", "The Hootch", "Cold Cold Winter", "Our Love", and "Your Way". CD
Soulive pays homage to The Beatles – a straight up, raw & funky organ trio take on tracks from Rubber Soul (our favorite Beatles album, by the way) and other hits by The Fab Four – and it's great! There was a period from the mid 60s through the 70s in which a Beatles tribute LP , in every style of music, efforts ranging from the most sincere to the worst kind of novelty records, seemed to fall from the sky every 5 minutes. The excellent musicians and funky jazz devotees of Soulive are keenly and clearly aware of this – picking up on a pop tradition that's been nearly dormant for a couple decades. They do a fantastic job of showing how adaptable the great songs of The Beatles are, but even better than that, demonstrating Soulive's own amazing funky souls! Includes "Drive My Car", "Taxman", "Come Together", "Day Tripper", "My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Help!" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with a coupon with a code to download Rubber Soulive plus additional live material!)
A sweet Italian comedy set in a tropical locale – and scored here by the Bixio/Frizzi/Tempera trio with a nice blend of disco styles and warmer 70s exotic elements! The music is often heavy on keyboards – of the sort you'd hear in other Italian sex comedies of the time – and although the leadoff theme is a disco groover, other numbers step back and get a bit more mellow – laidback cuts that are maybe our favorites on the soundtrack! Acoustic piano and Hammond organ also figure into the mix of keys – which creates more organic and classic-styled moments – and CD features a total of 17 tracks from the film, including variations on "Gemonetra Prinetti Selvaggiamente Osvaldo" and "Savana's Theme". CD
A sweet sexy soundtrack from composers Vince Tempera and Franco Bixio – put together with nice warm orchestrations from Fabio Frizzi! The scene is the mid 70s, and the trio have definitely been listening to a lot of Barry White – particularly White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, whose sound they do a great job of matching on the record – using swirling strings, slow funk rhythm, and their own cool keyboards – which brings in some nice moogy touches to the whole thing – and makes for a really unique album overall! The soundtrack ranks with the best of the best sexy Italian scores from the 70s – and titles include "La Preda", "Daniel's Tune", "Presenza Angosciante", "Ipotesi Di Orizzonte", "Violenza", and "Tranquilla Incoscienza". 15 in all – include a bonus alternate take of the title theme. CD
FAT (Fabulous Austrian Trio) —
FAT ... CD Abstract Logix, 2012. Used ...
One of our all-time favorites! Trudy Pitts is a totally unique organist, with a wonderful sound that was spare and light – but still pretty darn soulful, and very very groovy! This rare first album has the lady playing in her famous trio with husband Bill Carney on drums and a young Pat Martino on guitar – plus some additional conga work by Abdu Johnson. The record's a unique blend of soul jazz and groovy organ lines – with a sound that's impossible to match. Plus, Trudy sings on a few songs – in a sweet low husky voice, similar to that used by Andy & The Bey Sisters. Titles include "Steppin In Minor", "Spanish Flea", "Take Five", "Music To Watch Girls By", "Fiddlin", and "Siete". Great! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's a bit more abstract as well – using some noisier electronics amidst the smoother ones, to create a style that's somewhere between fusion, electric funk, and some of the more soaring Brazilian rhythms of the post-bossa years! The keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami are worth the price of admission alone – and include Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – plus bits of Hammond organ too! There's more than a few great breaks and samples on the set – and titles include "Brazil", "Caca De Conta", "Melo Dos Dois Bicudos", "Manha", "Periscopio", and "Montreal City". CD
One of the sweetest electric records to come from 70s Brazil – the fabulous first effort from the Azymuth trio, and work that's hardly been matched again! Although the group here have plenty of the warm keyboard touches of their more famous later work, they're also moving in territory that's a bit more abstract as well – using some noisier electronics amidst the smoother ones, to create a style that's somewhere between fusion, electric funk, and some of the more soaring Brazilian rhythms of the post-bossa years! The keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami are worth the price of admission alone – and include Fender Rhodes, Arp, and clavinet – plus bits of Hammond organ too! There's more than a few great breaks and samples on the set – and titles include "Brazil", "Caca De Conta", "Melo Dos Dois Bicudos", "Manha", "Periscopio", and "Montreal City". LP, Vinyl record album
James Darren/Shelley Fabares/Paul Petersen —
Teenage Triangle ... CD Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
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A trio of pop talents you'd normally find on TV – Paul Peterson and Shelly Fabares from the Donna Reed Show, plus James Darren, who'd also done some work for the same program as well – brought together here in a classic 60s album that allows each of their stars to shine brightly on their own! Every singer gets a set of their own tracks for the record – Fabares in the same style as her excellent records with producer/arranger Stu Phillips, Peterson at a level that's maybe a bit more throwaway kid pop, and Darren with a surprisingly strong presence that belies his record as the strongest recording star of the three. Titles include "She Can't Find Her Keys", "Keep Your Love Locked", and "Lollipops & Roses" by Paul Peterson; "Johnny Angel", "I'm Grlwoing Up", and "Johnny Loves Me" by Shelly Fabares; and "Her Royal Majesty", "Goodbye Cruel World", and "Conscience" by James Darren. CD
A sweet little set from Dida – a singer who also plays a mighty nice jazz guitar – a cool combination, especially for a female artist – stepping out wonderfully here in a well-recorded set! Trumpeter Roy Hargrove guests on a few tracks, and Fabio Morgera joins on a few more – but we're more than compelled enough by the core sounds of Dida's trio, which has this timeless feel in its construction of guitar, bass, and drums – almost a late 40s sort of vocal jazz cool – but somehow coming across with a very contemporary vibe that belies the Brooklyn recording location for the album. Titles include "Fried Pies", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "Calcutta Cutie", "Ir Atzuva It's A Sad City", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", and "That's All". CD