fredag 19 september 2008

Archie Shepp - For Losers

Archie Shepp recorded this album for Impulse on three seperate dates in 1968-69, but it wasn't released until 1971. It features sounds that go in line with what he had done up until then and some funkier, fatback sounds that go in line with what his later Impulse releases would sound like. Personnel is as follows; Archie Shepp on tenor and soprano sax, Woody Shaw, Martin Banks or Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Matthew Gee or Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Clarence Sharpe, James Spaulding or Martin Kenyatta on alto sax, Cecil Payne or Charles Davis on baritone sax, Cedar Walton or Andrew Bey on piano, Dave Burrell on organ, Bert Payne or Wally Richardson on guitar, Wilbur Ware, Albert Winston or Bob Bushnell on bass, Joe Chambers, Beaver Harris or Bernard Purdie on drums and China-Lin Sharpe or Leon Thomas, Doris Troy and Tasha Thomas on vocals.
  1. Stick 'Em Up
  2. Abstract
  3. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  4. What Would It Be Without You
  5. Un Croque Monsieur (Poem: For Losers)

onsdag 17 september 2008

Odyssey - Odyssey

I was a little surprised when I couldn't find this one on any blog. Maybe it's just my blogsearching skills that's messing me up. Anyway, this record was released on Mowest in 1972 and contains some rare groove classics, for example Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love and Battened Ships, both great tunes. Another favourite of mine is the rocky funk of Black Top Island (Of The West). Most of the songs fit into the soul category, although there is some songs that makes me wonder how they came to be on this album, Country Tune for example. This was the only album this group ever released (if you're thinking of the disco group of the same name, stop it). Royce Jones and Billy Pierce is doing the lead vocals, Kathleen Warren plays piano, fender rhodes, vibes & sings, Warner Schwebke plays bass, Don Peake and Don Dacus plays guitars and Gene Pello plays drums.
  1. Home Of The Brave
  2. Georgia Song
  3. Country Tune
  4. Gossamer Wings
  5. Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love
  6. Wondrous Castles
  7. Battened Ships
  8. Sunny California Woman
  9. Black Top Island (Of The West)
  10. Broken Road

måndag 15 september 2008

King Floyd - Think About It

A quality funky soul record, released on ATCO/Chimneyville records in 1973. King Floyd tackles some covers and some originals. The Otis Redding tune Hard To Handle is my favourite, with its classic piano intro intact and drums that is a little harder than those on the original. Do Your Feeling is also great.
  1. My Girl
  2. Here It Is
  3. Do Your Feeling
  4. It's Not What You Say
  5. Woman Don't Go Astray
  6. Think About It
  7. Thank You
  8. Hard To Handle
  9. You've Got Me
  10. Everybody Needs Somebody

fredag 5 september 2008

Dave Liebman - Drum Ode

Another Dave Liebman album but this one is more experimental, less rooted in funk and R'n'B grooves. Released on ECM in 1975, this record is a smorgosboard of rythms and rhodes. Richard Beirach plays rhodes, Gene Perla plays bass, John Abercrombie plays guitar, Jeff Williams and Bob Moses plays drums, Eleana Steinberg supplies vocals and then there are some congas, bongos, tablas and percussion being played, see the back cover for full detail.
  1. Goli Dance
  2. Loft Dance
  3. Oasis
  4. The Call
  5. Your Lady
  6. The Iguana's Ritual
  7. Satya Dhwani (True Sound)

torsdag 4 september 2008

Various Artists - Motown Instrumentals

The title pretty much explains it all. From what I understand, this is a pretty obscure record. A couple of the songs are instrumentals to old Motown hits and another couple of songs are new. Released in 1977 on Motowns Natural Resources Label. The sound quality of this one is a little rough at times but that's due to issues with the sound of the actual record, not a glitch in the ripping process.
  1. San Remo Golden Strings - Hungry For Love
  2. Jr. Walker - You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  3. Commodores - Rapid Fire
  4. The Temptations - Papa Was A Rolling Stone
  5. San Remo Golden Strings - Festival Time
  6. Jr. Walker - Cleo's Back
  7. The Crusaders - Way Back Home
  8. Jermaine Jackson - Erucu
  9. Rare Earth - Get Ready
Link removed upon request.

måndag 1 september 2008

Odell Brown - Odell Brown

Organ-izer Odell Brown released this jazz-funk album on Paula Records in 1974. It's mellow, funky music and Brown plays both organ and rhodes (the electric piano is actually featured more frequently than the organ). A nice record all the way through. No info on the other players (if you know, clue me in).
  1. I Love Every Little Thing About You
  2. Tasha
  3. South of 63rd
  4. Song Theme
  5. Simizzoke