Friday, April 28, 2017

VA - See You In Your Dreams! The Dynamic Sound Of Eddie Kramer 1968-1979

Well, here is a mixtape I made with music produced by maestro Eddie Kramer 1968-1979. I deceided to only include songs where he was mentioned as a producer, I know he made a lot of classic recordings at the same time as an enginer only. but I did not include any of them, cause I think Kramer was an extraordinary producer with a smart and unique rock sound way back in the 70s. He produced many LP's by Kiss, and in my opinion he produced their best albums (except from Paul Stanley's 1978 solo album, wich is the best Kiss album I think, both in the way it sounds and for the songs). I believe the first album he produced was the self titled LP by the psychedelic hippie-rockers Graffiti in 1968. Personally I think Mott's (Mott The Hoople) excluded and hated album Shouting And Pointing from 1976 is a hell of a good rock/heavy album, far better than many of their earlier stuff (esp their earliest recordings). It's also pretty funny he produced Twisted Sisters first, and self released single from 1979, Kramer's versions are sadly replaced (or crappy remixed) on their debut album that was released the year after.

01. Foghat - High On Love (1978)
02. Brownsville Station - Rockers' N' Rollers (1977)
03. Kiss - Mr. Speed (1976)
04. Stories - Top Of The City (1973)
05. Puzzle - Hey Medusa (1969)
06. Graffiti  - New Life (1968)
07. Elliott Randall - Brother People (1970)
08. Jimi Hendrix - Ezy Ryder (1971)
09. Spooky Tooth - Fantasy Satisfier (1974)
10. Jobriath - Take Me I'm Yours (1973)
11. Fotomaker - Two Can Make It Work (1978)
12. Mott - Collision Course (1976)
13. Angel - She's A Mover (1977)
14. Twisted Sister - I'll Never Grow Up, Now (1979)
15. Ace Frehley - Rip It Out (1978)
16. Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes - Breast-Fed Gator (1970)
17. Sir Lord Baltimore - Hard Rain Fallin' (1970)
18. Edwin Birdsong - Rising Sign (Funky) (1973)
19. Truth - I Can't Go On (1974)
20. Duke & The Drivers - Rock N Roll High (1975)
21. Buzzy Linhart - That's The Bag I'm In (1970)
22. NRBQ - Magnet (1972)


Mixmasters "Same" 1988

This was the southern californian electro hip-hop Mixmasters first album from 1988. The member Tony "Tony G" Gonzalez went a legendary producer, musician and DJ onwards.  Groovy!


Ranking Joe "Saturday Night Jamdown Style" 1980

This LP from 1980 by the jamaican deejay was recorded at Channel One (produced by Henry "Junjo" Lawes), mixed at King Tubby's by Scientist, and among the musicians are Flabby, Sly, Val Bennett, Bobby Ellis and the Roots Radics Band. You got it? The music is moody deep dub-reggae. Groovy!


Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers "Que Chevere!" 2014

A very swingin' album from 2014 by the New York based Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers. The music is old school boogaloo/latin, with vibes of afrobeat and soul. The leader Ray Lugo got several other projects (Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra for example) in many different groovy directions, what a dude! Groovy!


Scott Bradford "Rock Slides" 1969

Amazing LP from 1969 by Keyboard player Scott Bradford. The music is very groovy jazz-funk with wonderful and spiritual work by Nathan Davis on saxophone and flute. The album got a typical of time hippie-rock vibe and are sometimes very trippy. Groovy!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Shelly Thunder "Fresh Out The Pack" 1989

Shelley Thuder was born in Kingston, Jamaica but migrating to Brooklyn, New York in the early 1980s. She start deejaying in the mid 80s and Fresh On The Pack is her 2nd effort. Great ragga hip hop/dancehall from 1989. Groovy!


Marley Marl ‎"In Control Volume 1" 1988

Marley Marl (aka Marlon Lu'ree Williams) was a legendary producer and DJ from Queens, New York. This is his first lp from 1988, very funky and groovy old school hip-hop.


Jack Costanzo "Viva Tirado" 1971

Chicago born Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo released this groovy (and part funky) gem in 1971 on GNP Crescendo with a little help from female singer Gerri Woo. His uptempo mix of latin, pop and jazz will sure save your day. Groovy!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Martha Bass "I'm So Grateful" 1966

Fontella Bass mother Martha Bass (formerly member of Clara Ward Singers) released a handful of albums on her own in the mid to late 60s on Checker Records, amazing and soulful gospel all over, from the church to the masses. Groovy!


Mustafa Özkent Ve Orkestrası ‎"Gençlik İle Elele" 1973

Mustafa Özkent and his band released this groovy lo-fi kind of LP back in 1973, a great turkish album with psychedelic and folklore vibes meets danceable and funky grooves. Sadly the album and reissue is out of print, but support (and read more about the album) Finders Keepers here. Groovy!


Karl Hector & The Malcouns "Sahara Swing" 2008

This is the german producer and guitarist JJ Whitefield's (also the founder of Poets & The Rhythm and The Whitefield Brothers) first album under the pseudonym (or in the group) Karl Hector & The Malcouns. Sahara Swing was released back in 2008 and is a modern classic today. The music is some unique kind of groovy afrofunk, ethiopique jazz and psychedelic/kraut. Very repetetive and moody. Support the band here. Groovy!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

T.S. Monk ‎"More Of The Good Life" 1981

Amazing and funky disco from 1981 by Thelonious Monk's son, recorded in the heart of New York City, this is his 2nd effort. Put on your boogie shoes! Groovy!


Berndt Egerbladh ‎"Plays The Organ With A Swing" 1968

This is the legendary swedish arranger/composer and organist/pianist Berndt Egerbladh's first LP from 1968, a very groovy hammond soul-jazz album with a typical of time pop-vibe with help from legendary musicians Rune Gustafsson, Red Mitchell, Bertil Löfgren, etc. One of the grooviest 60s albums from Sweden for sure. Groovy!


Benny Golson ‎"Tune In Turn On - To The Hippest Commercials Of The Sixties" 1967

Tune In, Turn on is a true classic from 1967 with Philadelphia arranger and saxophonist Benny Golson, and produced by the mighty Tom Wilson. The crossover between jazz and pop is stunning, very groovy and has the typical of time hip/mod pop-vibe that fits perfectly for your cocktail party or sober happening. Groovy!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Hadley Caliman ‎"Projecting" 1976

The Oklahoma born jazz saxophonis Hadley Caliman made this LP in San Francisco for Catalysist Records in 1976. Projecting (wich is include Kenny Jenkins on bass, among others) is a groovy post/hard bop jazz album with elements and vibes of latin jazz and soul-jazz. Groovy!


Larry Young "Larry Young's Fuel" 1975

This is legendary keyboard player Larry Young's fantastic LP from 1975, incredible groovy and uptempo jazz-funk with a whole lot of soul and early disco as well. On half of the tracks the ultra cool female singer Linda "Tequila" Logan made an incredible work. SO GROOVY!


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Speedometer "Downtown Funk 74" 2017

Well, britain's old cult record label KPM Records is back, their funky library music from the 70s are legendary. Speedometer (support the band here) released their first single in 2000 already, and are a highly acclaimed soul/funk (mostly) instrumental orchestra. Downtown Funk '74 from 2017 actually sounds like it was recorded in 1974 - very groovy 70s cinematic funk, and it has the typical sound of KPM, incredible great!


El Michels Affair "Return To The 37th Chamber" 2017

The instrumental combo El Michels Affair is from New York City, and this is their latest album Return To The 37th Chamber. Their music is retro tinged funk and soul, sometimes with vibes of both jazz and hip hop, and it's very cinematic. Support the band here. Groovy!


Saturday, April 22, 2017

VA - Country Groove 14 (1968-1977)

Well, here is a new mixtape I made inspired by the lovely compilations Country Got Soul 1 & 2 (Casual Records), Country Funk 1 & 2 (Light In The Attic) and Delta Swamp Rock 1 & 2 (Soul Jazz Records). None of the songs appears on the titles I mentioned above.

01. Charlie Daniels - Big Man (1970)
02. Billy Joe Royal ‎- Helping Hand (1969)
03. The Hagers - Gamblin' Man (1970)
04. Roy Orbison - Casting My Spell (1970)
05. Travis Wammack - Love Rustler (1975)
06. Roger Morris - The Vigil (1972)
07. Link Wray - Rise and Fall of Jimmy Stokes (1971)
08. Emmett Finley - Where He Cried Last (1971)
09. Hill, Barbata & Ethridge - Long Ago (1971)
10. Bones - Potatoes (1973)
11. Charlie McCoy - Working Man Blues (1975)
12. Rick Roberts - Drunk And Dirty (1972)
13. Lee Hazlewood & Ann Margret - Sweet Thing (1969)
14. The First Edition - Charlie The Fer De Lance (1968)
15. Jesse Winchester - The Nudge (1970)
16. Ben Atkins - Cross My Mind (1971)
17. Finnegan & Wood - Tend To Your Own Business (1972)
18. Gary Farr - Certain Lady (1973)
19. Ed Sanders - Albion Crags (1973)
20. Dennis Linde - Ghost Riders (1977)


Thursday, April 20, 2017

VA - Groover's Paradise 8! 18 Global Grooves From 1967-2016

Well, here is a mixtape I made with world wide groovy stuff from 1967-2016. You will get 70s UK disco, italian library music, latino cocktail, pure funk, ethiopique modern groove, dub disco, japanese soft rock, german electronic valium soul, and much more.

01. Pretty Purdie ‎- Funky Donkey (1967)
02. Roberto Delgado ‎- Mas Que Nada (1969)
03. Disco Dub Band - For The Love Of Money (1976)
04. Ed Wizard & Disco Double Dee - Straight Up (2012)
05. Mickey Moonlight - Interplanetary Music (2008)
06. Klaus Schønning - Havmågen (1979)
07. Hailu Mergia - Hari Meru Meru (1985)
08. Belaboris - Yo Vanhassa Talossa (1984)
09. Orgone - Cali Fever (2010)
10. Woima Collective - Puno (2010)
11. Snakeye - Choked Up (1975)
12. Ennio Morricone - Allegretto Per Signora (1970)
13. Raze de Soare - Fereastra Ușă (2015)
14. Miskotom - Downtown (2016)
15. Adrian Gurvitz - Untouchable And Free (1979)
16. Bread & Butter - Japanese Woman (1980)
17. Romano Mussolini - Blues For Alexandra (1974)
18. Sarr Band - Magic Mandrake (1977)