Σάββατο 2 Ιουλίου 2022

Dave Bixby – Ode To Quetzalcoatl 1970 (Not On Label (Dave Bixby Self-released)

Label : Not On Label (Dave Bixby Self-released)

Value :

Guerssen Records present a reissue of Dave Bixby's Ode To Quetzalcoatl, originally released in 1969. Since its discovery in the late '90s, Dave Bixby's legendary $2000 private press album from 1969 is considered by all serious record collectors as the king in the loner/downer folk genre. After being involved in '60s Michigan folk and garage-rock bands such as The Shillelaghs and Peter & The Prophets, Bixby started playing acoustic guitar and experimenting with LSD. After a year of drug abuse, he felt broken. Starting a soul-searching, spiritual journey, he wrote Ode To Quetzalcoatl and most of the material for his second album, Harbinger's Second Coming (1970) in just one month and a half. Assisted by fellow musician Brian MacInness, who played some guitar parts on the album, Dave recorded Quetzalcoatl using an echo-laden four-track machine in a flat's living room. The sound is lo-fi and sparse: just acoustic guitars and some occasional harmonica and flute, added to Bixby's haunting, emotional vocals, spiritual lyrics, and solid songwriting. The opening cut, the eerie and painful "Drug Song" sets the mood perfectly for the rest of the album which contains more tormented titles like "666", "Lonely Faces", "Open Doors", "Secret Forest" -- never has an acoustic folk album sounded so intense. 

Taste :

Dave Bixby - Drug Song

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By Electric Looser

Κυριακή 26 Ιουνίου 2022

Mankunku Quartet – Yakhal' Inkomo 1968 (World Record Co.)



Label : World Record Co.

Value :

A real treasure from the South African scene of the 60s – and the kind of record that we thought wasn't being made until the following decade! Tenorist Winston Mankunku Ngozi rivals the genius of Coltrane and Wayne Shorter here – both artists to whom he dedicates a key track on the album – and the record's hardly just a South African jazz effort, as it's got this long-flowing spiritual energy that rivals some of the best American work on Impulse or Blue Note at the time – but, like the best of those records, never does so in any sort of slavish way at all! Instead, Ngozi really finds his own voice here – blowing tenor with a great amount of depth, in a quartet that often hits these modal currents that work great with his horn – a lineup that features Lionel Pillay on piano, Agrippa Magwaza on bass, and Early Mabuza on drums.

Taste :

Mankunku Quartet – Yakhal' Inkomo

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By Electric Looser

Δευτέρα 20 Ιουνίου 2022

Margo Guryan – Take A Picture 1968 (Bell)

Label : Bell

Value :

An overlooked 60s pop gem from Margo Guryan – probably best known as the writer of the "Sunday Morning" hit for Spanky & Our Gang, but an equally great singer on her own! Margo's got a style that's towards the hipper side of girl pop in the late 60s – but one that's also free from singer/songwriter modes too – an approach that's never too serious, yet which often has a nice undercurrent of darkness in the mix. Production is somewhat poppy, but not in a commercial way – and we might well say that Guryan's work here has that same great balance of elements we love in the Mercury recordings by Spanky & Our Gang.

Taste :

Margo Guryan – Take A Picture (full album)

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By Electric Looser

Τετάρτη 15 Ιουνίου 2022

45 rpm (city soul,latin jazz & brazillian licks for summer lovers)

 


Track List :

1 Toru Takemitsu - Searching for fantasy
2 The Gripsweats - Gripsweats Theme
3 Bobby Jones - Welcome Back A Foolish Man
4 Antonio Castro - W.E.L.F.A.R.E
5 Innersouls - Thoughts
6 Sunny and the Sunliners - Put Me In Jail
7 John Fitch & Associates - Romantic Attitude
8 Boco - Running The Mardi Gras
9 Hugh Masekela - Grazing In The Grass
10 Hugh Masekela - Riot
11 Young Holt Unlimited - Country Slicker Joe
12 Tania Maria With Boto And Helio - Fio Maravilha
13 Bossa 70 - Si Voce Pensa
14 The Moon People - Land Of Love
15 Black Sugar - Too Late
16 The Judy Roberts - Never Was Love
17 Ελπίδα - Στείλε δυό φιλιά
18 The Wooden Glass - In The Rain

*from 45s only

Enjoy.....

Σάββατο 11 Ιουνίου 2022

The Nineteenth Whole – Smilin 1972 (Eastbound Records)

Label : Eastbound Records

Value :

The Nineteenth Whole were an Indianapolis-based funky jazz outfit who were part of a very vibrant scene. Jazz guitar legend ‘Grant Green’ had originally hailed from there and he recruited the members of the 19th Whole as his rhythm section for live dates. (Green also discovered the other great Indianapolis jazz outfit Funk Inc. at about this time.) The attention that followed their work with Green allowed the Nineteenth Whole to sign with producer Bob Porter (responsible for many superb jazz productions for Prestige and Atlantic) on Eastbound, a label he had set up with Detroit independent Westbound Records.

Fronted by Billy Wooten’s distinctive vibes, joined by guitar legend Cornell Dupree (you all know his opening riff on the intro of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’) and percussionist Buddy Caldwell (THE session musician for respected labels such as Prestige & Muse) makes Smilin’ an organ funk groove classic at its best!

Recorded in 1972 by the legendary Rudy Van Gelder (known for recording Miles Davis in the early 1950’s and the countless work he did for Blue Note, Prestige, Verve .. and many others) at the Indianapolis club that gave the band their Eastbound name: ‘The Nineteenth Whole’. Production on the album was handled by Bob Porter (responsible for many superb jazz productions for Prestige and Atlantic).

Taste : 

The Nineteenth Whole - Slippin' Into Darkness

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By Electric Looser

Τρίτη 7 Ιουνίου 2022

Frank And The Top Ten - Meet The Gang 1971 (Golden Ring Records)

Label : Golden Ring Records 

Value :

Top notch Library LP by Frank And The Top Ten (aka Jürgen Franke aka Frank Mantis)! This LP features tune after tune of amazing grooves, all tracks on this are outstanding, it is full of wicked fuzz guitar, fine hammond organ, cool flute, heavy drum breaks and percussion…real hot, a total banger!

Taste : 

Frank And The Top Ten - Bad Girl

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By Electric Looser

Τρίτη 31 Μαΐου 2022

Barbara & Ernie – Prelude To... 1971 (Cotillion)

Label : Cotillion

Value :

A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet Records. But the vocals – by singer Barbara Massey – have a flanged-out quality that's clearly overdubbed, creating a double-voiced sound that's almost a bit like Brasil 66! This mix of modes is really great – completely unique, and sublime throughout – with a vibe that was years ahead of its time, and which is finally beginning to get some recognition these many years later. Arrangements are by the pair, but Deodato also had a hand in the record too – and the core combo of musicians includes Grady Tate on drums, Ralph McDonald on percussion, and Sam Brown on guitar – alongside more guitars from Ernie and keyboards and piano from Barbara.

Taste :

Barbara & Ernie – Play With Fire

 Barbara & Ernie – For You

Barbara & Ernie – Somebody to Love

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By Electric Looser