Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Best of Buck Owens - Buck Owens

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

All Things Must Pass (album) - George Harrison

If you like George Harrison or his work with the Beatles, and you’ve never sat yourself down and listened to this record, you owe it to yourself.

Several great songs, with a great vibe flowing throughout, about love, life, spirituality, and all the other things that were so good about late 60s and early 70s popular rock music. Big production where it makes sense, from Phil Spector, but he knew when to get out of the way and let the power of George’s music shine through.

And as I just learned today, from the comments on the YouTube video, George was just 25 when he wrote all of this epic music.

I bought this triple album after hearing one particular song from it, an album cut called “Awaiting on You All”, late one night on WXRT-FM in Chicago, probably in 1978 or 79. It entered constant rotation on my turntable for several years thereafter. And “My Sweet Lord” and “What is Life”, while still excellent songs, are not even the best songs on the record. The third disc is a live jam session from Concert for Bangladesh - I never paid much attention to it, because the rest of this record is so outstanding.

My faves: Behind that Locked Door, If Not for You (yes, the Bob Dylan tune), Apple Scruffs, Awaiting on You All, Beware of Darkness, Isn’t It a Pity, All Things Must Pass, Art of Dying, and literally, almost every song on the first two discs is the kind of thing you can listen to over, and over, and over again.

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Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) - George Harrison

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees

1974, The Sound of Philadelphia: The golden age of soul music,  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Early in the Morning - Vanity Fare

Friday, June 27, 2014

"She’s Gone" - Rob Thomas & Daryl Hall

From Live From Daryl’s House

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

docmartn:

Artist: Paul McCartney & Wings
Track: Mrs. Vandebilt
Album: Band on the Run
Year: 1973

vintagevinyl101

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This guy killed last night.

Frank Dmitri, retired bartender, age 74. And his life’s dream was to sing on stage in front of people. So he comes out and nails ”I’ve Got the World on a String”. The whole crowd stands and claps in time with the music, and then in the last verse, on “what a world , and this is the life, hey now, I’m in love”, he just nails it to the wall. 

It was so cool to watch. Nice job Frank!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

docmartn:

Artist: Hurricane Smith
Track: Oh Babe, What What Would You Say?
Album: single
Year: 1972

everythingburritos

Friday, June 20, 2014
nprfreshair:

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead remembers jazz pianist Horace Silver, who passed away this week: 

"Horace Silver could handle bebop’s high-speed chases, but he favored more relaxed tempos and stronger echoes of blues and gospel—what came to be called hard bop. He started leading his own two-horn quintets featuring no end of original tunes with infectious, built-in grooves—and maybe little extensions or riffing interludes to spur the players on. On his mid-’50s hit “The Preacher,” adapted from an old drinking song, you can practically see the congregation swaying in the pews. Whole bands, whole movements would take off from that sound.”

nprfreshair:

Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead remembers jazz pianist Horace Silver, who passed away this week: 

"Horace Silver could handle bebop’s high-speed chases, but he favored more relaxed tempos and stronger echoes of blues and gospel—what came to be called hard bop. He started leading his own two-horn quintets featuring no end of original tunes with infectious, built-in grooves—and maybe little extensions or riffing interludes to spur the players on. On his mid-’50s hit “The Preacher,” adapted from an old drinking song, you can practically see the congregation swaying in the pews. Whole bands, whole movements would take off from that sound.”

Thursday, June 19, 2014

istolechetbakerstrumpet:

We lost one of the big ones today…

Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, known simply as Horace Silver, died today at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. According to his son Gregory, he died of “natural causes”. 

Silver was a pioneer of the Hard-Bop genre of Jazz along with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers. He also successfully blended Gospel music, African music, and Latin rhythms into Jazz. 

Known for compositions like “Song For My Father”, “Blowin’ the Blues Away” and the infectious “Filthy McNasty”. 

R.I.P Horace Silver. Your contributions to Jazz will always be remembered. 

(September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014)

Horace Silver was true jazz royalty, and basically served as my introduction to jazz, about 30 years ago. 

Check out any of the songs above, plus “The Preacher”, on Youtube or on iTunes. Swinging and melodic, the kind of music that is both very easy to like initially and complex enough that it never gets old. 

He was one of a kind. R.I.P.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Forty years ago on Soul Train: The Stylistics "Betcha By Golly Wow" and "You Make Me Feel Brand New"

I always feel better after listening to any Stylistics song. Maybe you too?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The Allman Brothers Band - Blue Sky (from Eat a Peach)

For me, one of the sweetest rolling, rhythmic, melodic guitar solos in the history of electric guitar, by the legendary Dickey Betts.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Eric Clapton and Billy Preston (from the “Concert for George” - Isn’t It a Pity.

Really, really nice version of this great George Harrison song from All Thing Must Pass.  Great vocals by Preston, beautiful solo by Clapton.

Things I learned today: Preston was born to sing this song.

 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Les Paul and Mary Ford - How High the Moon