Tuesday, September 30, 2014

John Patton - Boogaloo-1968 US

John Patton, often known as Big John Patton, was one of Blue Note's busiest soul-jazz organists during the golden age of the Hammond B-3s. After spending time with the Lloyd Price orchestra, he recorded extensively for Blue Note, and performed or collaborated with Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, and John Zorn. Between 1963 and 1970 Patton cooked up 11 albums. "Boogaloo" is an album by organist John Patton recorded in 1968 but not released on the Blue Note label until 1995 (Blue Note-B1 7243 8 31878 1 2).


John Patton - Organ
Vincent McEwan - Trumpet
Harold Alexander - Flute and Tenor Saxophone
George Edward Brown - Drums
Richie "Pablo" Landrum - Conga

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John Patton-Understanding-1968 US

John Patton (July 12, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri – March 19, 2002 in Montclair, New Jersey), sometimes nicknamed Big John Patton, was a hard bop and soul jazz organist.
"Understanding" is an album by organist John Patton recorded in 1968 and released on the Blue Note label (BST-84306). On this album Patton is with saxman Harold Alexander and drummer Hugh Walker.  If you like progressive sax, this is for you. This is the 1995 reissue of the album by Blue Note (B1 7243 8 31223 1 8).


John Patton - organ
Harold Alexander - tenor saxophone, flute
Hugh Walker - drums

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James Mason-Rhythm Of Life-1977 US

This is a great jazz/funk album from the Roy Ayers' guitarist released in 1977 on Chiaroscuro Records (CR-189). James Mason proved a tough groover, adept at electric keyboards, funky guitar comping, and a "lead guitar" style very much in the 70's jazz/fusion mode. A crack band, featuring the impeccable drums of Narada Michael Walden, and the etherial vocals of Clarice Taylor, with some guest spots by Philip Woo (piano) and Justo Almario's (saxwork). This is the 1993 UK reissue of the album by Sure Shot Records (SURE 1CD).

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Chico Hamilton-The Dealer introducing Larry Coryell-1966 US

"The Dealer" is a 1966 release by jazz drummer/bandleader Chico Hamilton. It was first released by Impulse Records (AS-9130). All tracks are originals, composed by Hamilton and some arranged by Jimmy Cheatham.
The exceptions are "Larry Of Arabia" composed by Larry Coryell where legend has it that this was his first recording and from where Mick Taylor of Bluesbreakers and The Rolling Stones fame got some of his licks later used with The Stones and "For Mods Only", composed by free jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, who features on the track playing piano.


Chico Hamilton - drums, percussion, vocal on #6
Larry Coryell - electric guitar
Arnie Lawrence - saxophone alto
Richard Davis - bass
also Featuring:
Archie Shepp - piano on #2
Ernie Hayes - organ on #4 and #5

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Monday, September 29, 2014

VA My Girl covers

"My Girl" is a 1964 standard recorded by The Temptations for the Gordy (Motown) label which became a number one hit in 1965. Written and produced by The Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the song became the Temptations' first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. Robinson's inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson.
This is a compilation of 12 versions of this sweet song. Enjoy!!!


01.The Temptations-My Girl (1964 US)
02.Otis Redding-My Girl (1965 US)
03.The American Breed- My Girl (1967 US)
04.The Springfield Rifle-My Girl (1969 US)
05.Bobby Vee-My Girl-Hey Girl (1968 US)
06.Georgie Fame-My Girl (1966 UK)
07.Stevie Wonder-My Girl (1967 US)
08.Billy Preston-My Girl (1965 US)
09.The Mamas & The Papas-My Girl (1967 US)
10.Al Green-My Girl (1972 US)
11.The Outsiders-My Girl (1966 US)
12.Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra- My Girl (1969 France)


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Urbie Green - The Fox- 1977 US

Smooth and silky jazz funk from trombonist Urbie Green. A record that's much more in a mainstream R&B fusion mode than his earlier work. Arranged by David Matthews in a soulful style that still keeps things pretty real on the best cuts.
The group's a good one for the mellow groove of the material and includes Mike Mainieri on Vibraphone, Eric Gale on guitar, Jeremy Steig on flute, and Toots Thielemans laying down a bit of harmonica.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios in July, October and November of 1976, the album released in 1977 on CTI Records (CTI-7070).

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Grant Green- Carryin' On -1970 US

Grant Green (St. Louis, Missouri, June 6, 1935 – New York, January 31, 1979) was a jazz guitarist and composer. Recording prolifically and almost exclusively for Blue Note Records (as both leader and sideman) Green performed well in hard bop, soul jazz, bebop and Latin-tinged settings throughout his career.
Having firmly established himself as the '60s jazz guitarist second only to the great Wes Montgomery , Grant Green was willing and able to move into something new and give himself up to the emerging funk wave that would seep across the '70s.
Hypnotically rhythmic and quintessentially grooving, the five tracks on this album are all exceptionally tasty bursts of authentic funk. "Carryin' On" contains two solid covers, The Meters' "Ease Back" and James Brown's "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself)".
Neal Creaque's "Cease the Bombing," (later covered by Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers ) floats like a smooth sailing trip across the ether with Green majestically at the helm.
Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 3, 1969 and released in 1970 on Blue Note Records (BST- 84327).
This is the 1995 US reissue of the album by Blue Note (B1 7243 8 31247 18).


Claude Bartee- Tenor Sax
Willie Bivens- Vibes
Grant Green- Guitar
Clarence Palmer- Electric Piano
Earl Creaque- Electric Piano (On "Cease The Bombing" only)
Jimmy Lewis- Fender Bass
Idris Muhammad- Drums

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bunalim-1970-72 Turkey

Along with Erkin Koray's Underground Quartet, Bunalim was the band that defined Turkish Underground music.They were formed in 1969 with the aim of having underground music reach wider audiences. They couldn't succeed well as their approach was very much wilder and uncompromising than any of their peers at the time. Running all nude down the Istiklal Street, psychedelic light shows, crazy paintings all over the stage wall.
"Tas var köpek yok" is their first single from 1969 when they were very raw in sound and the interrupting guy at the end of the song is none other than Cem Karaca who managed them at the time. Later on Bunalim went on to be a psychedelic hard rock band and disbanded by 1972.After disbanding members of the band formed Ter, a (hard rock) band with Erkin Koray. Their records are in "golden grail" status right now.

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The 5th Dimension- Up, Up And Away-1967 US

This is the first album from the talented and singular group The 5th Dimension. Released in 1967 on Soul City Records (SCS-92000), this set was the first with Jimmy Webb, who contributed to one track and arranged and conducted the whole effort. The most well-known song remains one of the finer songs of the decade. "Up-Up and Away" matched the group's gorgeous harmonies with a great and ethereal yet full-bodied production.

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The 5th Dimension -Stoned Soul Picnic-1968 US

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire also includes pop, R&B, soul, and jazz. The five original members were Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson.
Originally known as The Hi-Fi's,the group changed its name to The 5th Dimension in late 1966 and was best-known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for popularizing the hits "Up, Up and Away", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In", "Wedding Bell Blues", "One Less Bell to Answer" and "(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All".
They have recorded for several different labels over their long careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group would later record for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.
"Stoned Soul Picnic" is the third album by The 5th Dimension, released in 1968 by Soul City label (SCS-92002).

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Friday, September 26, 2014

XIT- Entrance -1974 US

XIT are a Native American psych  rock group from  Albuquerque, New Mexico. The band  release two albums in the 1970s on the Motown label: "Plight Of The Redman"(1972) and "Silent Warrior" (1973).They also release on Mainstream label the album "Drive It" in 1969 as Lincoln Street Exit.
The "Entrance" album by the XIT contains some great recordings.It's a compilation of various non-LP singles and other unreleased tracks they had recorded under their previous incarnation as The Lincoln Street Exit, circa 1967-71.
All members of the band are American Indians, chronicling the changes in Native American life since the arrival of Columbus. "Entrance" released in 1974 by Canyon Records (CANYON 7114), this is the Austrian reissue of the album.


Tom Bee-Lyrics
R.C. Gariss-Lead Guitar,Organ
Lee Herrera-Drums
Mac Suazo-Bass
A. Michael Martin-Vocals,Guitar (Guest)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bobby Jameson (Chris Lucey)- Songs Of Protest And Anti-Protest -1965 US

Robert Parker Jameson (b. 20 April 1945), known as Bobby Jameson, is an American singer and songwriter, who was briefly hyped as a major star in the early 1960s and later recorded with The Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa and others. He is now perhaps best known for his 1965 album "Songs Of Protest And Anti-Protest" which was issued in the US under the pseudonym Chris Lucey.
This is a really good early folk rock album. The constant comparisons to early Love aren’t really on target other than that both were ahead of their time as far as the way they rocked up a basic folk sound.
Although the album was not promoted commercially, and was ignored when first released in late 1965, over the years it acquired a strong reputation. According to Dean McFarlane at Allmusic:

"This sought after psychedelic pop gem... [is] often compared to Love's "Forever Changes", in that it is an intricate exploration of sophisticated arrangements and bleak and twisted lyricism... [It] may have been a little too courageous for its time, tackling blues, exotic - almost lounge arrangements and pure pop psychedelia. Its beauty is in its absolute fracture and collage of a million and one ideas."

Richie Unterberger wrote:

"There aren't many albums of the time that bear an unmistakable Love similarity, but "Songs of Protest and Anti-Protest" is one of them. Both the vocals and songwriting bear strong recollections of early Arthur Lee, with the melodic but wistful folk-rock chord changes, occasional Latin jazz tempos, occasional gruff folk-blues downbeat atmosphere, probing yet vague lyrics, and oddball production."

Part of its appeal to record collectors was its "fantastic obscurity" and the fact that little was known about who had made the record. Jameson himself has commented:

"[The album] was a throw away album when it was created. Like it or not, that is a fact. It has, in recent years, taken on a life of its own and for that I am grateful, but it needs to be viewed in real context, to see how it has risen on its own merit to a position it never held when it was created." (by request)

more info at bobby jameson blogspot

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Jesse Colin Young - On The Road- 1976 US

Jesse Colin Young is an American singer / songwriter / folksinger and a founding member of the group The Youngbloods.Young left the group in 1972 and released some solo albums.
"On The Road" is his 1976 live album released by Warner Bros. Records (BS-2913). Jesse Colin Young had developed a strong musical rapport with a group of players including drummer Jeff Myer, keyboard player Scott Lawrence, and especially horn man Jim Rothermel, whose flute and soprano sax lines duetted with Young's tenor vocals. Adding David Hayes (one of several bassists who had appeared on his studio releases) and his wife Suzi Young on harmonies.
Young produced this excellent live album, on which he mixed Youngbloods favorites "Sunlight" with some of his better solo material "Peace Song," a 12½-minute version of "Ridgetop" and some well-chosen covers, a medley of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)," Randy Newman's "Have You Seen My Baby" for a varied program that emphasized his eclectic talents.
Recorded live at Paramount Northwest, Seattle/Paramount Theatre, Portland/Marin Veterann's Memorial Auditorium, San afael/Pioneer Theatre, Reno.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Lynn Blessing -Sunset Painter -1969 US

Shortly before he appeared on the landmark "Advancement" LP in 1969, vibraphone virtuoso Lynn Blessing released this, a superb fusion of jazz and laid-back psychedelia, his only solo album. A player best known for his LA session work in the 60s and who's stepping out here in a slightly psychedelic approach to jazz!
The style is warmly chromatic vibes, but touched with elements that definitely show some of the changes in the late 60s scene, bits of rock, jazz and country filtered into the album instrumental groove with steel guitar from Sneaky Pete Kleinow(Flying Burrito Brothers, John Lennon, Frank Zappa) and Wolfgang Melz (the Association, Gabor Szabo) .Produced by legendary jazz flautist Paul Horn. (by request)

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Up, Up And Away covers

"Up, Up And Away" is a 1967 song written by Jimmy Webb and recorded by The 5th Dimension, that became a major pop hit, reaching No. 7 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart, No. 18 in Canada, and No. 1 in Australia. The single peaked at No. 9 on Billboard's Easy Listening Top 40. The song placed No. 43 on BMI's "Top 100 Songs of the Century".
This is a compilation of 18 versions of this great song. Enjoy!!!


01.The 5th Dimension-Up, Up And Away (1967 US)
02.Nancy Sinatra-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)
03.The Brass Ring-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)
04.The Impressions-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)
05.The Sunshine Company-Up, Up And Away (1967 US)
06.Klaus Wunderlich -Up, Up  And Away (1969 Germany)
07.The Mike Sammes Singers-Up, Up And Away (1968 UK)
08.The Don Reeve Sound-Up, Up And Away (1972 UK)
09.Bossa Rio-Up, Up And Away (1969 US-Brazil)
10.Rajput & The Seypoy Mutiny-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)
11.Jimmy McGriff-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)
12.Jimmy Caravan-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)
13.Associated Soul Group-Up, Up And Away (1967 US)
14.Johnny Mann Singers-Up, Up And Away (1967 US)
15.The Generation Gap-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)
16.Alan Lorber Orchestra-Up, Up And Away (1967 US)
17.Willie Bobo-Up, Up And Away (1967 US)
18.Diana Ross & The Supremes-Up, Up And Away (1968 US)


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Amazonas - Amazonas Play Santana-1973 UK

Not a lot of info to be had on this one apart from the fact this is one of Leo Muller’s releases. Leo Muller was a German businessman who developed his own brand of musical exploitation from the mid 1950s to the end of the 70s. He established a new label called Stereo Gold Award from which you’ll find some interesting albums.
"Amazonas Play Santana" is not bad at all. The tracks like "Black Magic Woman","Just In Time To See The Sun" and "Oye Como Va" do sound like worthy covers. The beats and rhythm are solid and the guitar work is impressive.
On the back cover says:
"The pulsating erotic dance rhythms of the best in Afro-Latin percussion. Fluid guitar solos with various spellbinding instrumental colours in a tribute to the hypnotic genius of Santana".
"Amazonas Play Santana" released in 1973 by Stereo Gold Award (MER-377) in UK and by Sonic (9055) in Germany.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

The Youngbloods - Elephant Mountain-1969 US

The Youngbloods were an American folk/psych band consisting of Jesse Colin Young (vocals, bass), Jerry Corbitt (lead guitar), "Banana" Lowell Levinger (rhythm guitar) and Joe Bauer (drums).
Jesse Colin Young (b, Perry Miller, November 11, 1941, New York City) was a moderately successful folk singer with two LPs under his belt when he met fellow folk singer and former bluegrass musician from Cambridge named Jerry Corbitt (b. Tifton, Georgia). When in town, Young would drop in on Corbitt and the two would play together for hours, exchanging harmonies.
Beginning in January 1965 , the two began performing on the Canadian circuit as a duo (eventually as the Youngbloods, Young would play bass and Corbitt would play piano, harmonica and lead guitar. Corbitt introduced Young to a bluegrass musician, Lowell Levinger, who had the nickname of "Banana." (b. Lowell Levinger, 1946, Cambridge, Massachusetts).
Levinger could play the banjo, mandolin, mandola, guitar and bass. He had played in the Proper Bostoners and the Trolls and knew of a fellow tenant who could flesh out the band.
Joe Bauer (b. September 26, 1941, Memphis, Florida) an aspiring jazz drummer with experience playing in society dance bands, was at first unmoved by the offer to perform in a rock and roll outfit, but soon gave in.
"Elephant Mountain" featuring many of their best tracks, including  "Sunlight", "Beautiful", "Ride The Wind" and  "Darkness, Darkness". The album released in 1969 on RCA Victor (LSP-4150).

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Incredible String Band -The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter-1968 Scotland

"The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter" was the third album by The Incredible String Band, released in March 1968 on Elektra Records. It is regarded by many as a quintessential example of hippie culture, with its promotion of ideas such as communal living, eastern mysticism and rationalistic pantheism.
The album features a series of vividly dreamlike Robin Williamson songs, such as "The Minotaur's Song", a surreal music-hall parody sung from the point of view of the mythical beast. Its centrepiece is Mike Heron's "A Very Cellular Song", a 13-minute reflection on life, love, and amoebas, whose complex structure incorporates a Bahamian spiritual ("I Bid You Goodnight", originally recorded by the Pinder Family. The last part of "A Very Cellular Song", "May the Long Time Sun Shine", is sometimes wrongly referred to as a Sikh hymn or an Irish blessing, but is in fact an original song written by Mike Heron.
The album's layered production style employs multitrack recording techniques and a very wide array of instruments from across the world, including sitar, gimbri, shenai, oud, harpsichord, panpipes, and kazoo.

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