I want to highlight a prison work song, and I chose one of my favourite “Rosie”. It was recorded in 1947, but released on vinyl for the first time in 1958. All credits to those men from Mississippi State Penitentiary’s Parchman work camp who were recorded singing this song. Thanks also to Alan Lomax for collecting this song, as he have done with his many field recording. I can really hear the blood, sweat and pain from these men, and a not such a far fetched hunch is that several of them where innocent.
9/10 … By 1976, Herbie Hancock was a true rock star. He had established himself as a huge talent during his Blue Note career in the 1960s before joined the legendary second Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. That in turn led to Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew, and the rock and jazz worlds melded into a delicious fusion cocktail…
In November 1971, Ginger Baker, the legendary drummer of Cream and Blind Faith, decided to set up a recording studio in Lagos, then the capital of Nigeria. Baker was one of the first rock musicians to realize the potential of African music. He also decided that it would be a rewarding musical experience to travel […]
9/10 … Originally released on 1973 as a double album and conceived as a collection of episodes destined to TV broadcasting, “To-day’s sound” has quickly become one of the most popular works by Piero Umiliani and certainly is one of the best of his long career. Umiliani, here on the job with Moog, Hammond and keyboards, is accompanied by a group of excellent and talented jazz players: Franco D’Andrea and Giovanni Tommaso (both in the Perigeo group), the trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini, guitarist Silvano Chimenti from I Grès group, percussionist Ciro Cicco and many others…
The 10th of November marked the anniversary of Kristallnacht, The Night of Broken Glass, when Nazi Germany carried out a pogrom against Jewish-owned businesses, homes, schools and hospitals at the start of the Holocaust. Aside from the shattered storefronts and buildings, people were burned, and 30,000 Jews were carted off to concentration camps. Of course yesterday also […]
This post is mainly for those new to the genre or rather concept of Northern Soul. Those that already know can find a couple of documentaries to watch or to download the book “Northern Soul: Music, drugs and subcultural identity” as a pdf further down this on the side. I Loooooooove Northern Soul, the cheer […]
This is a legendary book about the Top 500 Northern Soul records. Unfortunately I don’t have a copy myself but hopefully will find one somewhere since it’s now out of print. The playlist with the 500 tracks never gets boring, it goes on repeat pretty often at my house. You can listen to it either […]
9/10 … In 1968, Sly & The Family Stone appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show performing the exuberant but little-known album track “Love City.” The following year, they returned to the show for what proved to be a legendary performance, playing an excerpt from their #1 hit “Everyday People” before launching into the iconic “Dance To The Music.” In both episodes, the home viewer was presented with a high energy performance by a band fully engaged with both the audience and themselves. On Sullivan, the band was facing each other just as often as they were facing the cameras. At the center of the action was Sly Stone who, when not playing the organ, was breaking into explosive dance routines on stage, and at one point running into the audience with his bandmate and sister Rose. Clearly this was a band determined to not only win over their audience, but truly own them from beginning until end.
8/10 … Mr. Gaye had one of the most amazing voices in the history of soul music, but unfortunately with a tormented soul, that we can properly put on his fucked up father. A father that couldn’t give his son praise for his accomplishments, a cross-dressing pastor that gave his son shit for not making ”gods” music 😡, and ultimately killed him the day before Marvin would turn 45. May he rot in his christian hell forever and ever.
9/10 … This is a real coffee table book, 436 pages and a wooping 31x25cm. I sat down with a cup of cooffe and started at the begining. I was imiditlly sucked into this amazing universe and 6 hours later I was still at it. Writting down for me new titles to discover and listening to them on Spotify to see if I wanted to hunt down the vinyl. Another aspect I love about this kind of books is that I feel less crazy for spending so much time and so much money on music. There’s a whole lot of other people out there that are the same.
A work always in progress, but here you have for the moment 166 tracks from the 1970’s or as it’s also called, the golden era of Soul/Funk Music. And also a couple of Blues tracks. HERE YOU FIND MORE SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS
Born in august 1939, Lewisham, London, and past away today on the 6th of october 2019. Ginger Baker was one of the greatest drummer the world have seen, and will be missed all over the music world. I will be honest, I discovered Ginger Baker about 6 months ago, I mean really discovered. Ofcourse I […]