Sunday, May 28, 2017

R.I.P. Gregg Allman 1947-2017

One of americas biggest voices and greatest songwriters of all time died a couple of hours ago, I'm really sad about the news. Few guys had such a big soul in his voice, he's also seemed to have such a big heart. One of rock's true gentlemen is gone, gone with the wind.

A. Doeman And I & I Sound ‎"Natty Result" 1981

I don't much about this LP or artist at all. I think this it's an american-jamaican artist who recorded this album in L.A. around 1981 (some says 1982)?  The production is in nice lo-fi, and the music is roots reggae with some dub effects and melodica. It sounds like Lee Perry should have the hang over of his life and made a record approximately. But, it's very charming and groovy!


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Richard Wahnfried "Time Actor" 1979

This is a marvelous LP by Klaus Schulze under the pseudonym Richard Wahnfried from 1979. Time Actor is a really time less piece of art - it could have been recorded today by an intellectual but introvert indie-act. This music is some kind of groovy electronic restrained lo-fi-new wave with kraut rock elements. A true overlooked master piece in the so called "2nd wave of kraut rock". Groovy!


The Independent Movement "Slippin’ Away" 1978

This is a very moody and groovy soul album from 1978 by The Independent Movement (their only release), a couple of tracks have a more typical of time disco-vibe. Groovy!


C.S. Crew "Funky Pack" 1976

A true gem from Nigeria released back in 1976, amazing afro-funk with elements of soul and rock. The album got properly reissued in 2013 by Cultures Of Soul Records, support them here. Groovy!


Friday, May 26, 2017

Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers "Doin' What We Wanna" 1970

Wonderful work by tenor saxophonist Clarence Wheeler and his gang on this groovy and instrumental soul album from 1970, in parts very funky and sometimes with a more moody soul-jazz touch. One of the coolest albums Atlantic Records put out in 1970. Groovy!


Pat Martino ‎"Consciousness" 1974

Consciousness is a very groovy jazz/fusion from 1974 by the italian-american guitar player Pat Martino. The music had some typical mid 70s criminal/detective vibes, and his take on John Coltrane's Impressions is a winner! Groovy!


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Walter Bishop Jr "Soul Village" 1977

Amazing album from 1977 by the american and new yorker pianist and composer Walter Bishop Jr. This is a true soul-jazz gem with moody and funky vibes. Among the musicians on the record are Mark Egan, Randy Becker, Steve Kahn and Ed Soph. Groovy!


Tony Murray "Meets Santana" 1987

Nice jamaican roots reggae/dancehall album from 1987 with Tony Murray and Santana with the backing group The Radics (not to be confused with the latin rocker). I don't know much about those dudes, but it's pretty groovy!


Mantronix "Music Madness" 1986

The New York duo Mantronix (Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee, both Jamaican-americans) released a couple of highly acclaimed albums in the mid 80s. They were true innovatives in the hip hop genre, and their crossover/mix with electrnoic music were fantastic and way ahead of it's time. Music Madness is their 2nd album from 1986. Groovy!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

VA - Reggae Got Soul 4 (20 Soul Covers From The Jamaican 1960s & 1970s)

Well, here is a fourth mixtape with groovy jamaican-reggae soul covers from the 60s & 70s. This mix along with the three previous in this series is some kind of compliment to the highly recomended soul-cover projects by Soul Jazz Records (Studio One Soul 1 & 2), Funky Kingston and Soul Power by Trojan, and of course Blood & Fire's lovely Darker Than Blue. None of the songs on my four mixtapes appears on the compilations I mentioned (I think). Keep on pushin'!

01. Annette Clarke - Just One Look (1973)
02. St. Andrew´s Girls Choir - Walk On By (1969)
03. Owen Gray - Ain't Nobody Home (1968)
04. David Isaacs - Just Enough (To Keep Me Hangin' On) (1971)
05. Alton Ellis - Can I Change My Mind (1969)
06. The Chosen Few - You're A Big Girl Now (1972)
07. The Selectors - Higher and Higher (1975)
08. Winston Francis - Yester Me, Yester You (1970)
09. Maroons - Kung Fu Fighting (1974)
10. Horace Andy - Rock Your Baby (1974)
11. Now Generation - It's Too Late (1974)
12. Marcia Griffiths - Band Of Gold (1970)
13. The Gayletts - Son Of A Preacher Man (1969)
14. Slim Smith - On Broadway (1969)
15. The Heptones - Young, Gifted And Black (1970)
16. The Marvels - Be My Baby (1971)
17. Susan Cadogan - I Say A Little Prayer (1975)
18. Don Cornell - Stop In The Name Of Love (1970)
19. Pat Kelly - Dark End Of The Street (1969)
20. Lloyd Charmers - Let's Get It On (1974)


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

VA - I'm There 2 (More Groovy Sounds Of Bob Dylan 1968-1970)

Here is a 2nd mixtape I made with cover versions of Bob Dylan songs recorded 1968-1970. This was not a try to do a "best of" zimmerman-covers, not even from the those specific years, and many artists and versions/songs are missing from the period. We all love Roger McGuinn and The Byrds don't we? This was just meant to be a groovy mixtape to fill your head with, and it was pretty fun to put this together. Hope some of you dig it.

01. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity ‎- I Am A Lonesome Hobo (1968)
02. Family Dogg - Love Minus Zero (1969)
03. Johnny Jenkins - Down Along The Cove (1970)
04. Billy Preston - She Belongs To Me (1969)
05. Deena Webster - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (1968)
06. Lynn Blessing - Country Pie (1969)
07. Nannie Porres - It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (1969)
08. Hugo Montenegro - Mr Tambourine Man (1970)
09. John Braden - I Want You (1968)
10. Phluph - It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (1968)
11. Southwind - You Been On My Mind (1968)
12. Al Kooper - Went To See The Gypsy (1969)
13. Joe Cocker - Dear Landlord (1969)
14. Earl Scruggs - Nashville Skyline Rag (1970)
15. Brewer Shipley - All Along The Watchtower (1970)
16. Taj Mahal - I Pity The Poor Immigrant (1969)
17. The Faces - Wicked Messenger (1970)
18. Raymond Froggatt - Corrina Corrina (1968)
19. Candymen - The Memphis Blues Again (1968)
20. The Serfs - Like A Rolling Stone (1969)


Monday, May 22, 2017

Kohsuke Mine "Out Of Chaos" 1974

Out Of Chaos is the japanese jazz/jazz-fusion tenor saxophoist Kohsuke Mine's 2nd effort, the quartet recorded the album in Tokyo and it was released back in 1974. The album got three longer tracks and it's a great crossover between spiritual, fusion and contemporary jazz. Groovy!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos "Beware" 2015

Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos are a rock steady/reagge group from Los Angeles, Beware is their first and only album so far. It's very hard to realize that this album was recorded just two years ago, it sounds like it was recorded in Kingston by jamaican dudes in the mid 70s, so vintage and so retro production (we like!). And, musically this is some kind of early 70s reggae and late 60s rock steady, groovy organs, moody horns, lovely rhythm section, and the singer just blow me away (so the backing vocalists do). Support the band here, and support Truth & Soul Records here. This is a time machine for sure. Groovy!


Randy Brown "Midnight Desire" 1980

Randy Brown was born in Memphis 1952, and recorded with the doo wop group The Newcombers and soulsters The Temprees before went on with a solo career. Midnight Desire from 1980 is a fantastic and moody record (except for one ballad) full of uptempo soul/funk with elements of disco. Lovely produced by Homer Banks for Chocolate City Records! Groovy!


Milt Jackson "And The Hip String Quartet" 1968

Milt "Bags" Jackson was one of americas finest and most profilic (and well respected) vibraphonist in the 50s, 60s and 70s, he played with almost everyone of the biggest jazz stars of it's time. Milton Jackson And The Hip Strings from 1968 is just what the title and album cover tells, a pretty contemporary jazz album with typical of time groovy vibes. But what a great record!


Friday, May 19, 2017

VA - L.A. (Light Album) 40 Soft Rock Nuggets 1975-1982!

Well, here is two mixtapes I made with some of my "soft rock" favorites from the years 1975-1982 (love it or leave it), some may call the genre yacht rock, FM rock, adult oriented rock, soft pop and so on, there are also a lot of ramifications. I really love this genre, so playful in the crossovers between pop, jazzrock, ligth disco, soul, folk, grooves, rock and harmonies. Please remember this was not a try to do a fair overview of the genre, lots of influental bands from those years are missing here (and the biggest hits), this was just meant to be two groovy mixtapes to fill your head with. Cheers.

01. Archie James Cavanaugh - Take It Easy (1980)
02. Joe Egan - Back On the Road (1979)
03. Mark Gillespie - Traveller In The Night (1981)
04. Walter Egan - Magnet And Steel (1978)
05. The Tarney-Spencer Band - I Can Hear Love (1978)
06. Kalapana - What Do I Do (1975)
07. Boz Scaggs - Lowdown (1976)
08. Danny Kirwan - Wings of a Dove (1979)
09. Wings - Wino Junko (1976)
10. Mondo Rock - Chemistry (1981)
11. The Doobie Brothers - Losin' End (1976)
12. Cecilio and Kapono - Someday (1975)
13. Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right (1976)
14. Alessi - Driftin (1978)
15. Joe Vitale - Plantation Harbor (1982)
16. Steve Marrs - How Was I To Know (1982)
17. Ben Sidran - Feel Your Groove (1976)
18. Ned Dohenny - To Prove My Love (1979)
19. Jeremy Spencer - Cool Breeze (1979)
20. The Beach Boys - Angel Come Home (1979)

01. The Eagles - One Of These Nights (1975)
02. Terence Boylan - Don't Hang Up Those Dancing Shoes (1977)
03. The Bernie Leadon-Michael Georgiades Band - You're The Singer (1977)
04. Mark-Almond - Lonely People (1978)
05. Michael Franks - Monkey See-Monkey Do (1975)
06. Mick Fleetwood - Walk A Thin Line (1981)
07. Captain & Tennille - You Never Done It Like That (1978)
08. Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (1981)
09. Debra Laws - How Long (1977)
10. Bob Bennett - Madness Dancing (1982)
11. Felix Cavaliere - Good To Have Love Back (1979)
12. Dwayne Ford - Lovin' And Losin' You (1981)
13. Bob Welch - Sentimental Lady (1977)
14. Donald Fagen - I.G.Y. (1982)
15. Cory Wells - Hard Times (1979)
16. Chilliwack - I Believe (1981)
17. Steely Dan - Haitian Divorce (1976)
18. Marty Balin ‎- Hearts (1981)
19. Dan Peek - Divine Lady (1978)
20. Fleetwood Mac - Over My Head (1975)


Lloyd McNeill Quartet "Washington Suite" 1970

Washington Suite is an absolute killer jazz album by the american flautist, poet, painter and composer Lloyd McNeil from 1970. The music is very moody, laid back, spiritual and groovy in parts (esp The City Tryptych). There is also elements of african, brazil and european music on this LP. The album has recently been reissued by Soul Jazz Records, support them here. Groovy!


Blay Ambolley "Ketan" 2017

Blay Ambolay is a very profilic musician/singer/producer from Ghana (active since the early 70s), now based in Los Angeles. His latest album Ketan is full of typical funky Ghana afrobeat, afrofunk (also a more laid back high life-jazz number) and grooves. Great produced albums! Support him here. And, also support his german record lable  Agogo Records here. Groovy!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Expanders "Same" 2011

The Expanders from California are maybe be one of americas best roots reggae acts from the 2010s? They formed in 2003 already (as an live act), and this release from 2011 is their album debut. First class Bob Marley-era roots reggae,  and the album is perfectly late 70s produced, a couple of tunes has some dub effect. This is groovy as hell. Support the band here.