I would love to get my hands on thrift shop finds like this. Not sure how my wife would react though - or actually I am. She keeps telling me we have way too many books and records as it is...
My pick for today is that Abdel Adi Halo & the El Gusto album on Honest John's. I got it today from Amazon, together with "The Complete Ripping Yarns" DVD. Nice album it is too, kind of funny in the sense that it sounds somehow "vintage" Apparently the sessions were hastily organised and done with less than up to date equipment. Now I only wish they would get together a bigger band with the pied-noir and jewish expatriates that were present at the concerts I've read about...
The band is swedish, the singers (Sanna Kurki-Suonio and Anita Lehtola) are Finnish and the songs are old traditional poems from Karelia, that frontier area we share with Russia. A damn fine album it is too.
Shit,I feel really old after reading the first album Kalcidis bought was Ice-T, mine was Crossing The Red Sea With The Adverts about a lifetime earlier,today I've been enjoying the 'Best Of The Diodes',some classic Canadian powerpop, & Fela Kuti 'Open & Close'
Post by The Cloverdale Kid on Apr 19, 2008 21:47:08 GMT
Oh yeah- Funk Soul Sisters- I was supposed to talk about the new one right Balders- Got "More Adventures of the Funk SOul Sisters and it is as good as the first two in the series...the last has still not gotten here as there was some mix-up Anyway- here is what we got on that:
1. Secretary - Betty Wright Great song if a little poorly mixed 2. Memories - Whitney Houston, Material This tune touches the eighties, but is too slow for even our man ZAP and his dusty soul gems- saxaphone sux in it as well- lowest rated song of the whole set I think 3. Piece of the Action - Mavis Staples Not her best outing, but not bad 4. I'm His Wife, You're Just a Friend - Ann Sexton Wonderful voice- silly lyrics 5. All I Need - June Conquest Classic Soul tune, what a voice 6. All I Want Is You - Betty Harris I bought these to discover new artists and this gal is the thing- I think she rates up there with Candi in delivery- this tune is magic for me 7. If My Friends Could See Me Now - Linda Clifford Did not think this song was this funky...not at all like I remember it- definately disco, but on the good side of that- top shelf 8. Over and Over - Nona Hendryx, Material OK- this is set for Dusty Gems- right up Zaps alley 9. It's Your Love - Ethel Beatty And this one- late 70's /early 80's slow jam- not my thing but there is an audience 10. Ladies of the Eighties This just rules- again, ready for Dusty Gems...got that Gap Band Feel, roller disco thing that I crave going 11. Jessie Joe - Jean Knight I'ts Jean Knight- I don't have to hear it to know it's good- it is much later than Mr. Big Stuff though 12. Never Gonna Stop - Linda Clifford More eighties- bit slow for this boy, but a very good song...especially after some wine and (Ok- I will stop) 13. Girls Are Out to Get You - The Fascinations This one is well known I am sure- Northern Soul SCORCHER- I love this song 14. Take Care - June Conquest Again- nice voice for real 15. You're Losing Me - Ann Sexton Again, if female soul vocals move you (how could they not) this is a killer- great bassline here 16. Cussin', Cryin' and Carryin' On - Ike Turner, Tina Turner Yeah right- Ike and Tina getting funky- how could that be bad?
Anyway, not a real proper review- I think aside from a few sour notes this record is well worth having if you don't have the tunes elsewhere (like myself)
'Back From The Grave' !!!! Shit,I have all that series from the mid 80's not to mention Pebbles,Rubble,Highs In The Mid 60's etc etc but BFTG were always the wildest,my personal favourites alongside Ugly Things,the Australian 60's punk/garage compilations.You've inspired me not to join Mrs Taffy in bed but to put the headphones on & read my Kicks fanzines that were inspired by all things 50's/60's & put out by The Zantees,yeeehaaa!
It was a great night,I started with Back From The Grave #1 & finished with Florida Punk From The 60's via Ugly Things & Nuggets,I also found an old catalogue from Midnight Records,NY where I used to buy all that stuff from in the 80's with a nostalgic wants lists inside of stuff I could never afford when I was 20.
V/A - African Pearls 4: Senegal, The Teranga Spirit (Syllart)
Knocked me flat, this one. The more (by now) familiar stuff on Disc 2 is all fine and so on, but it is the rootsy, VERY down to earth stuff on Disc 1 that has sent me reeling. The orginal version of "Boulmamine" is wonderful, and from these tracks you can clearly hear where Youssou N'Dour (and some of moroccan gnawa, btw) is coming from.
Well for me it's been Nigeria Special (especially disc one) for a long time until I got Baby Charles in the post today. Spent most of the rest of the afternoon driving around avoiding work with it cranked up LOUD.
Soon come: Nigeria Disco Funk Special.
All of the above recommended by CM members of course.