Friday, March 30, 2012
1. Black Merda The Folks from Mother's Mixer--Great acid funk/rock type of stuff in the vein of Funkadelic and Hendrix's funkiest stuff.
2. The Staple Singers Let's Do It Again--Man, I love this album! If the title track sounds inspired by Curtis Mayfield to you, that's because he wrote all of the music for this soundtrack album (released in 1975), and The Staple Singers did a great job vocally, as always.
3. Booker T & the MGs Soul Dressing. Everything Booker T. and company put out was great, soulful instrumentals, and Soul Dressing is one of many essential albums by the MGs.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
1. Harlem River Drive Harlem River Drive--Eddie Palmieri's Harlem River Drive album was released in 1971, and is probably one of my favorites from the Latin 60's/70's soul era. If someone asks you how to classify Latin Soul, is the one of the albums I would put on (along with Joe Bataan Subway Joe, and Ray Barretto Acid).
2. Donny Hathaway In Performance--At last, my Hathaway collection is complete! In Performance is the last of Hathaway's albums that I didn't have up to this point. At first listen, I'm not sure I like it as much as his other live release, Live, as it doesn't quite have that energy (second listen--pretty damn close). It's still really, really good though because, you know, it's Donny Hathaway.
3. Les McCann & Eddie Harris The Swiss Movement. I already know this album well, and had it on vinyl previously, but it wasn't the best copy so I needed a new one. Great duo in McCann and Harris, although I may like Les McCann Invitation to Openness and Layers, and Eddie Harris The Electrifying Eddie Harris a bit better. Close call though, every album I mentioned by these two are great.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
1. Rotary Connection Rotary Connection--Very interesting stuff by Rotary Connection. At times psychedelic, soulful, with loads of strings, the album can be both brilliant and maddening at the same time. Featuring Minnie Riperton, future soul great, Rotary Connection was released in 1967, and should be considered one of many essential releases from that time period.
2. David Axelrod David Axelrod Chronicles. A compilation that includes the entirely of his 1974 release Heavy Axe, along with some tracks tacked onto the end from some of his production work. I'm a big Axelrod fun, mainly from the period of Songs of Experience and Songs of Innocence, and this is the first time I really took a listen to the tracks off of Heavy Axe. Funky stuff, and great production, as only Axelrod could do!
3. Curtis Mayfield Back to the World. Can't believe I finally picked this up, as it's been on my list for over a year, but it's so hard to find. Recorded after Superfly, his 1974 release Back to the World is a wonderful listen. It has that Mayfield soul and funk, but also I can sense a underlying influence of Bob Marley somehow, in both the structure of the songs and the lyrical content as well.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
1. Lula Cortes e Ze Ramalho Paebiru--crazy, mysterious, Brazilian music released in 1974. At times Jazzy, folky, and experimental, sounds all at once, Paebiru is certainly an intriguing listen.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
|Donald Byrd--In his younger days before he got funky|