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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Incredible String Band-U-1970 Scotland

The Incredible String Band were a psychedelic folk band formed in Scotland in 1965. The band built a considerable following, especially within British counter culture before splitting up in 1974. The members of the group are considered musical pioneers in psych folk and by integrating a very wide variety of traditional music forms and instruments, in the development of world music.
"U" is a double album by The Incredible String Band released in 1970 on Elektra Records.
This is something special and unique  by The Incredible String Band. The letter "U" represented a transition from a high level of spiritual awareness to a low, then returning to a final peak of awareness and communication.
Their 1970 album intended as a soundtrack to their theatrical stage show, this was subtitled "A Surreal Parade In Song And Dance". The two-LP set boasted a pretty staggering diversity, from an Indian sitar-paced instrumental and whimsical psychedelic folk minstrelsy to American nineteenth century saloon raunch and tunes that skirted confessional singer-songwriting, old-time country-folk, barrelhouse blues, and straight-out rock'n'roll.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ian Lloyd & Stories-Traveling Underground- 1973 US

Ian Lloyd (b. Lloyd Buonconsiglio, 1947, Seattle) is an American rock singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the band Stories.
In 1971 Michael Brown and Ian Lloyd formed Stories. They released two albums "Stories" and "About Us" with a handful of Billboard Top 100 charting singles. Brown left before the band recorded their third and final album, "Traveling Underground", which was released under the artist's name, Ian Lloyd & Stories, and included the Billboard top 40 hit, "Mammy Blue".
All songs written by members of Ian Lloyd & Stories except "If It Feels Good, Do It" (J. Stevenson) and "Mammy Blue" (Giraud/Trim). With 1973's "Traveling Underground", Stories changed its name to Ian Lloyd & Stories and unveiled a new five-man lineup. Lead singer Lloyd (a whiskey-voiced belter comparable to Rod Stewart and Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant), guitarist Steve Love, and drummer Bryan Madey were still on board. But keyboardist/composer Michael Brown (a graduate of Left Banke and Montage) was gone, and the new members were keyboardist Kenneth Bichel and bassist Kenny Aaronson.
"Mammy Blue" is different from the other songs on "Traveling Underground". A long way from the R&B leanings of "Mammy Blue," tracks like "Stories Untold," "Hard When You're So Far Away," and "Earthbound-Freefall" favor the type of baroque art-rock approach that had worked so well on Stories' previous releases.
"Traveling Underground" released by Kama Sutra (KSBS-2078) and is the work of a fine pop-rock/art-rock band that occasionally detoured into blue-eyed soul.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Beast-1969 US

Based in Denver, Colorado, this outfit played Eastern influenced psychedelic music. Their first selftitled album,  is melodic and mellow with sophisticated arrangements dominated by the flute and trumpet. A couple of songs have soul influences.
The best tracks are the hypnotic "Floating", "(Strange Places Like)  Santo Domingo" and "When We Rise", which features some good guitar work.
Robert Yeazel had previously been with the Denver group The Super Band and dring a short stint in Los Angeles had played on the third West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band album. Robert Yeazel and Larry Ferris went on to play in Sugarloaf. Ken Passarelli would later play with Joe Walsh's Barnstormer, Tommy Bolin, Steven Stills, Elton John, Hall and Oates, etc.
The album released in 1969 by Cotillion Records (SD- 9012). I think this is better than their second album.  (re-post by request)


David Raines-Lead Singer
Robert Yeazel -Lead Guitar
Larry Ferris -Drums
Ken Passarelli -Bass ,Harmonica
Dominick Todero-Trumpet
Gerry Fike-Organ
Michael Kerns-Flute,Saxophones

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Los Delfines -Estamos Seguros- 1970 Uruguay

Los Delfines was basically a pop band, with some rock licks.Their only album "Estamos Seguros" is a typical product of this era. Full of complicated arrangements, featuring strings, wind instruments and well-studied melodies the LP sounds like many of the British groups of the time (Kaleidoscope, July etc.) ranging from direct rock "Estamos Seguros", to psychedelia " Mirar Sin Verte" and to pop like "Todo" and ''Dos Ratones Ciegos".
Recommended for searchers of soft psycho pop.
"Estamos Seguros" released in 1970 by Breeder Backtrack Archive Series (LLU- 14444). (by request)


Julio (July) Fontenla-Lead Guitar,Vocals
Jorge (Coyo) Abuchalja-Guitar, Vocals
Mario Aguerre-Bass
Esteban Hirschfield-Keyboards
Jorge (Chocho) Vila-Drums

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Serge Gainsbourg-Les Selections du Cinema de Gainsbourg vol. 2 - Le Smoke Disque 2005 France

This is the 2005 French Unofficial Release of 5 tracks by Serge Gainsbourg on Le Smoke Disque  (LSD-002).
Le Smoke Disque  Presents: Serge Gainsbourg Selections from Film. In addition to the supermodel entourages, the whisper-soft vocal deliveries and notorious heavypetting recording sessions, Serge Gainsbourg authored some extremely heavy cinematic sounds. Unfortunately, most of it is also extremely rare. Thankfully, the good team at Le Smoke Disque packaged some of Gainsbourg's weightiest musical moments into a DJ-friendly piece of wax.
" Les Selections du Cinema de Gainsbourg" offers an eclectic showcase highlighting the range of funky cinematic recordings Serge was responsible for. From the heavy backbeats and clavinet workouts of "Danger", to the theatrical lushness of "Premiere  Blessure," this music conjures up images of the smoky Parisian after hours as well as the elegant soul of early-70s European cinema. In addition, the pressing also contains the incredibly funky, "En Melody," notable for its sample cameos on tracks from De La Soul to Beck.

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Andy Bey- Experience And Judgment -1974 US

 Andy Bey is one of the most criminally underrated jazz singers and musicians, who has excelled in each and every style he has attempted over his 40-plus-year career. He also did notable work with Horace Silver and Gary Bartz.
Inspired by Indian classical music & treaties like The Philosophy Of The Masters, & produced by arranger William S. Fischer, this is a great debut album from 1974, featuring 12 spacy jazz-funk tracks.
The "Celestial Blues" version on this album is different from the Gary Bartz one but is also great. After that period he returned to hard bop and also recorded covers of music by non-jazz musicians such as Nick Drake.
If you are fans of Gil Scott-Heron and Roy Ayers, then you must like this album.
This is the 2005 US reissue of the album by Atlantic Records (SD 1654).


Andy Bey-Vocals,Piano
Selwart Clarke-Violin, Viola
Wilbur Bascomb-Bass
George Davis,Richard Resnicoff-Guitars
William Fischer-Electric Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Synthesizer, Percussion
Buddy Williams,Jimmy Young-Drums

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African Music Machine - Water Black Gold -1972-74 US

The African Music Machine was a funk outfit from New Orleans led by bassist/songwriter Louis Villery. From 1972-1974, they cut several of their own singles for the Patterson-owned Soul Power subsidiary. Most of their work was done in a heavy, James Brown vein, sometimes with a bit of Creole influence mixed in. Their original 45s including "Black Water Gold," "Tropical," and "The Dapp" later became highly prized items among funk collectors, fetching outlandish prices. This US compilation of singles titled "Water Black Gold" was reissued in 2000 by Soul Power Records (LPS 3317).


Alias Rasheed (Louis Villery) - bass, vocals
Abdul (Louis Acorn) - drums
Yuseef (Tyrone Dotson) - tenor sax
Osman - percussion
Amal - trumpet
Ete-Ete - tenor sax and flute
Jumbo - guitar
Obitu - piano and organ

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Afrique - Soul Makossa-1973 US

This is a killer Afro Funk album!!!  In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit, many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation, kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records (MRL 394) to cash in on the hit, but it's also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that's lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads.
The group's a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz and includes drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard and guitarist David T. Walker. The record does include a version of "Soul Makossa" that's pretty great but even better is the breakbeat classic "House Of Rising Funk". Other nice ones include "Kissing My Love", "Hot Mud", "Get It", "Hot Doggin"  and "Let Me Do My Thing".

Instrumentation & Personnel:

David T. Walker-Guitar
Arthur Wright-Guitar
Chuck Rainey-Fender Bass
Charles Kynard-Organ
Ray Pounds-Drums
Chino Valdes-Percussion
King Errisson-Percussion
Paul Humphrey-Percussion
Paul Jeffrey-Tenor Sax
Joe Kelso-Tenor Sax
Steve Kravitz-Baritone Sax
Wallace Snow-Percussion
Charles Taggart-Percussion

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction covers

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" or simply "Satisfaction" is a song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards' three-note guitar riff – intended to be replaced by horns – opens and drives the song. The lyrics refer to sexual frustration and commercialism.

The song was first released as a single in the United States in June 1965 and also featured on the fourth studio album of American version of Out of Our Heads, released that July. "Satisfaction" was a hit, giving the Stones their first number one in the US. In the UK, the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive. In Britain, the single was released in August 1965, it became the Rolling Stones' fourth number one in the United Kingdom.

The song is considered by some critics to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever recorded. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed "Satisfaction" in the second spot on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", while in 2006 it was added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.
This is a compilation of 30 versions of this great song. Enjoy!!!


part 1:

01.The Rolling Stones- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1965 UK)
02.Paul Revere And The Raiders - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1965 US)
03.Terry Knight And The Pack- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1967 US)
04.The Eyes- Satisfaction (1966 UK)
05.Incredible Bongo Band- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1973 US)
06.Dorados – Keine Klasse (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction) (1965 Germany)
07.Le Trio Sourire - Satisfaction (1965 Canada)
08.Otis Redding- Satisfaction (1965 US)
09.Gary McFarland- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1965 US)
10.The Electric Piano Playground- Satisfaction (1967 US)
11.Billy Preston - Satisfaction (1966 US)
12.The Hollywood Persuaders- Satisfaction (1965 US)
13.Joe Pass-  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1966 US)
14.Dieter Reith- Satisfaction (1974 Germany)
15.Mongo Santamaria- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1967 US)

part 2:

16.Manfred Mann- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1967 UK)
17.The Paul Horn Quintet-  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1966 US)
18.The Shadows- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1970 UK)
19.Blue Cheer- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1968 US)
20.The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1968 US)
21. Bill Cosby- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1968 US)
22.Bohemian Vendetta- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1967 US)
23.Ted Heath And His Music- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1969 UK)
24. Los Apson- Satisfaccion (1966 Mexico)
25.Jose Feliciano- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1970 US)
26.George Semper- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1966 US)
27.Raffaella Carra- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction  (1973 Italy)
28.CCS- ( I Can' t Get No)  Satisfaction (1970 UK)
29.Paraffin Jack Flash Limited-(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1968 UK)
30.Quincy Jones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (1965 US)


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Chakachas - Jungle Fever-1972 Belgium

The Chakachas were a Belgium based group of Latin Soul studio musicians.
Also known as Les Chakachas or Los Chakachas, they were formed by band leader Gaston Bogaert (percussion) Kari Kenton (vocals & maracas) Vic Ingeveldt (Dutchman from Liege, saxophone) Charlie Lots (trumpet) Christian Marc (piano) Henri Breyre (guitar & backing vocals) and Bill Raymond (bass).
They started out in the late 1950s and had a Belgian #1 in 1958 with "Eso Es El Amor", which was sung in Spanish. Although they issued numerous recordings, they are best remembered for their hit single "Jungle Fever" from 1972, which sold over a million copies in the U.S. and reached #3.
Recommended to all the fans of Salsa and Latin Funk sounds of the 1970s !!!
This is the German release of the album by Hansa Records (85566 IT).

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Ripple- 1973 US

Ripple was an American soul/funk band from Michigan. The group was signed to GRC Records in the 1970s, and scored several hit singles, the biggest of which was "I Don't Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky". This is the 1995 UK reissue of the album by Charly Records (CPLP 8093).


Keith Samuels - guitar, lead vocals
Simon Kenneth Carter - bass, vocals
Brian Sherrer - drums, percussion, timbales
Walter (Wally) Carter - conga, percussion, vocals
Dave Ferguson - trumpet, flugel horn, percussion
William (Bill) Hull - tenor sax, flute, percussion

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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Invaders- Spacing Out-1970 Bermuda

"Spacing Out" is a 1970 ultra-rare Psychedelic Funk album by The Invaders. The album is now much sought-after with original copies on Duane Records label (DUANE LP-1101) selling for up to $1000.
The band was formed in Bermuda and the LP, along with a couple 45s, were released in Bermuda and the US. One of the best instrumental funk albums ever recorded with funky percussions and flute, a nice Latin touch and psychedelic echo-sounds. Includes two versions of the Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing", Temptations' "Can't Get Next To You" and a version of the Meters' "Look A Py Py".
This is the 90's Canadian reissue of the album,  not on label (INVD001).


Sturgis Griffin Jr. - Congas
Ralph Richardson - Trumpet
Lloyd Williams - Saxophone, Flute
Stan Gilbert - Bass
John Burch - Guitar
Mike Stowe - Drums

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

VA Gloria covers

"Gloria" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison's band Them in 1964 and released as the B-side of "Baby, Please Don't Go". The song became a garage rock staple and a part of many rock bands' repertoires.
This is a compilation of 18 versions of this great song.Enjoy!!!


01.Them-Gloria (1964 UK)
02.The Shadows Of Knight-Gloria (1966 US)
03.Santa Esmeralda-Gloria (1977 France)
04.The Boots-Gloria (1966 Germany)
05.The Hombres-Gloria (1967 US)
06.The Blues Magoos- Gloria (1967 US)
07.Los Walkers-Gloria (1967 Argentina)
08.The Squires - Gloria (1966 US)
09.The Golden Cups-Gloria (1969 Japan)
10.Miguel Angel & Los Sharps - Gloria (196- Mexico)
11.P.J. Orion and The Magnates- Gloria (1967 US)
12.The Beatnicks- Gloria (1967 Chile)
13.The Outsiders-Gloria (1967 US)
14.The Hangmen-Gloria (1968 US)
15.Gerhard Dlugi - Gloria (196- Germany)
16.The Human Beinz-Gloria (1967 US)
17.The Doors-Gloria (1969 US)
18.The Tangerine Zoo -Gloria (1968 US)


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