One of the great ones from Ian Dury – a record that goes way beyond simple quirky rock, and explodes with some wonderful jazzy touches! The sound here is totally great – very much in the sway of Chaz Jankel's musical direction, and filled with great bits on sax, keyboards, and guitar that have a fair bit more warmth and soul than Dury's original records. There's actually less standout hits here – but that's ok, because the record has a really unified feel overall – strongly in the funky arty dancefloor mode that you might expect from some of the Ze Records camp. Titles include "Dance Of The Screamers", "Inbetweenies", "Quiet", "Sink My Boats", "Don't Ask Me", "This Is What We Find", and "Uneasy Sunny Day Hotsy Totsy". CD
Humble Pie —
Humble Pie ... CD A&M/Repertoire (Germany), 1970. Used ...
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Heavy sounds from Humble Pie – and a record that will make you forgive Peter Frampton for all his mistakes later in the 70s! The act is something of a supergroup – with roots in Small Faces, The Herd, and Spooky Tooth – and in addition to Frampton's great guitar and vocals, the set features excellent contributions from Steve Marriott – working in that later Small Faces mode that was slightly roots-inflected, and which here gets a hip London twist as well. Guitars are right up front in the mix – nothing humble about their fuzz at all – and titles include "Red Light Mama Red Hot", "Earth & Water Song", "Live With Me", "Only A Roach", "One Eyed Trouser Snake Rumba", "Sucking On The Sweet Vine", and "Theme From Skini". CD
Shuggie Otis' second appearance on record (the first was with Johnny Otis on the Cold Shot LP) – done in a studio blues jam headed by Al Kooper, who's more than willing to back off and let Shuggie get plenty of space to do his own thing! The record has Shuggie really going to town on a few numbers – in that messed-up west coast slightly funky style of his, a perfect match for Kooper's rock-inflected blues – and the album's a surprisingly satisfying entry in the early years of Otis' career – not unlike his first few bluesy albums for Columbia! Titles include "Double Or Nothing", "Bury My Body", "One Room Country Shack", "Shuggie's Old Time", and "Shuggie's Shuffle". CD
Lovin Spoonful —
Singles As & Bs ... CD Repertoire (Germany), Late 60s. Used 2 CDs ...
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The debut album from 70s tunefully tongue-in-cheek pop rockers 10 CC – and the intro to their unique blend of masterful pop songcraft and satirical, often vaguely cynical lyricism! As was the case with much of their ouvre, the jokiness rarely treads on the strong songwriting and catchy compositions – and paved the way for the more irony laden pop for decades to come! Titles include "Johnny Don't Do It", "Sand In My Face", "Donna", "The Dean And I", "Headline Hustler", "Speed Kills", "Rubber Bullets", "Dhips Don't Disappear (Do They?)", "The Hospital Song", "Fresh Air For Mama" and more, plus the CD bonus tracks "Hot Sun Funk", "4% Of Something", "Waterfall", "Bee In My Bonnet" and "Rubber Bullets" (single version). CD
Elegant, lovely jazz piano from the legendary Jaki Byard – solo numbers captured in the late 70s on some dates at San Francisco's Keystone Korner. It includes some of the great numbers from Byard's repertoire of the time, his own great number "Seasons" as well as homages to/medleys of other inspiring figures, a nice run through of Monk's "Round Midnight" and more. Byard has a way of waxing nostalgiac with grace and sensitivity, as well as demonstrating his own unique style of piano. Nice stuff! Other numbers include "Billy Holiday Tribute: God Bless The Child/Lover Man", "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Hello Young Lovers", "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?", "I Know A Place", "Sunday" and "Ellington-Strayhorn Medley: Lush Life/Day Dream/Johnny Come Lately". CD
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Ceu ... CD Six Degrees, 2006. Used ...
Another feather in the Six Degrees cap – and like the rest of their Brazilian music repertoire, an artist who seems bent on breaking down boundaries – both in styles and generations! Ceu's got the same "old is new" feeling as some of the label's other work in recent years – a mode that takes older bossa, samba, and other styles (including dub) – and reworks it using a lightly playful quality, and a relatively stripped-down feel overall. Instrumentation here is mostly acoustic – especially on the rhythms – but it does include some electric bits on keyboards and turntables, used lightly enough as to not interfere with the organic quality of the sound. Ceu's vocals are light, too – but also slightly raspy, in a way that makes them a lot better from some of the too-dreamy singing you might expect on a record like this. Titles include "Lenda", "Malemolencia", "10 Contados", "Vinheta Dorival", "Ave Cruz", "Concrete Jungle", "Vinheta Quebrante", "Samba Na Sola", and "Bobagem". CD
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
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Old & New Dreams —
Playing ... LP ECM, 1981. Near Mint- ...
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Second ECM recording of Ornette Coleman alums, once again playing a handful of newer tunes as well as Coleman repertoire. Don Cherry's on trumpet and piano, Dewey Redman on tenor sax & musette, Charlie Haden on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums. While Coleman was delving into full-on electric ensemble playing with Prime Time at the time of this recording, this group maintains the spirit of th eoriginal harmelodic quartet. 6 tracks in all: "HappyHouse", "Mopti", "New Dream", "Rushour", "Broken Shadows" and "Playing". LP, Vinyl record album
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
Two lesser-known instrumental albums from Percy Faith – issued here back to back on a single CD! Chinatown is from 1974 – and features a slight 70s twist on the Faith style of the 60s – maybe a subtle dose of the big band modes that Maynard Ferguson was using on a few of the tunes that get slightly groovy – mixed with more of that compressed string style on the mellower numbers – creating a balance that makes the album a bit more interesting than you might expect! A few of these tracks almost head towards funky big band modes, and the choice of repertoire is pretty great – with an excellent version of the "Chinatown" theme by Jerry Goldsmith – plus "Tubular Bells", "Moody", "Midnight At The Oasis", "I'm Gonna Go Fishin", and "Deep In The Morning". Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet is a late 60s charmer from Percy Faith – a record that begins with a remake of his classic hit "A Summer Place", then steps into a mix of cuts that include some surprisingly groovy choices! Faith really surprises us here with his swinging takes on some tunes – music that goes way past his buttoned-up style of a decade before – on tracks that include "Spinning Wheel", "Aquarius", "April Fools", "Hello Tomorrow", "Good Morning Starshine", "One", and a sweet take on Nilsson's "Without Her". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on standard CD players too!)