Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis/Amii Stewart —
Killerfish ... CD Quartet (Spain), 1979. New Copy ...
Long before Sharknado hit the small screen, the team of Guido & Maurizio DeAngelis served up the groovy score for Killerfish – a great aquatic thriller from the later years of disco, given a very groove-heavy score by the Italian brothers! The leadoff track – "The Winner Takes All" – features English language vocals by disco diva Amii Stewart, who returns on another track as well – and these lyrical moments set a framework for the vivid instrumental numbers, which often have a style that's a bit more laidback in the groove department, but which still uses disco elements like guitar and keyboards mixed with a bit of strings. Titles include "Run Away Man", "Killer Fish", "Margaux", "Flying Into Love", "Welcome To Brasil", "Diamonds", and "Don't Ever Let Me Hear You Say Goodbye". CD
Classic Boogie Down Productions circa '89 – with prime street poetry from KRS and those raw beats and absolute prime end of the 80s production! Blueprint is an apt title for a couple reasons – the beats aren't what we'd call spare, but they're raw and unvarnished – a perfect framework for KRS's clear, consise and tough rhymes. It's also the blueprint for some of the best, tough and street aware hip hop to come. Includes "Jack Of Spades", "The Blueprint", "You Must Learn", "Who Protects Us From You?", "Why Is That?", "Breath Control", and "Bo! Bo! Bo!". CD
The fourth album from Roxy Music – and quite possibly their best to date! The album has the group moving strongly past the Eno years, into a tighter framework that still contains many of the darker themes of earlier records. Ferry's lead vocals are incredibly majestic – rising to heights to match the European greats of years past who were his inspiration – and the group's tight blend of reeds, guitar, and moody keyboards gives the whole album an off-kilter sense of instrumentation that really sets it apart from the pack. There's an artfulness here that's never overdone, and the whole thing comes together with a magic that's impossible to describe, but which is Roxy at their best. Titles include "Out Of The Blue", "The Thrill Of It All", "Three & Nine", "Triptych", "Casanova", and "Prairie Rose". CD
A rugged collection of soul and funk numbers – a great selection of tunes on their own, but especially noteworthy as blueprint beats sample for the best cuts of Notorious BIG! As you'd expect, there's a gaggle of soul and funk classic numbers on the set – with the tight, snapping drums and sweeping elements that set the framework for all of those solid beats – plus lots of comparably rare jazz and soundtrack cuts! 31 tracks on four sides! Includes "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield, "Something Extra" by Black Heat, "I Get Lifted" by George McCrae, "Remind Me" by Patrice Rushen, "Who's Making Love" by Lou Donaldson, "Either Way" by Dave Grusin, "You Can't Turn Me Away" by Sylvia Striplin, "My Flame" by Bobby Caldwell and much more – plus the sleeve notes the Biggie tracks for which the tunes were sampled! LP, Vinyl record album
The music of Thelonious Monk, but played in ways that are quite different than the original! Italian pianist Giorgio Gaslini's always been his own man in music – and on this compelling set, he really turns some Monk compositions on their ear – using the tunes only as very spare frameworks for his own improvisations, which often take flight on the full reaches of the keyboard of the piano! Some notes are quote bold, others spare and tentative – and Gaslini balances himself beautifully as he attacks these tunes – poised in a space that's all his own, and shaking off any easy Monkish expectations you might have. Titles include "Monk's Mood", "Epistrophy", "Ruby My Dear", "Pannonica", "Let's Cool One", and "Ask Me Now". LP, Vinyl record album