martes, 22 de noviembre de 2016

The Awakening ‎- Hear, Sense And Feel (1972)

1972 album from the Chicago-based jazz sextet. While keeping alert to John Coltrane's spirituality, the group follows a no-nonsense, straight-forward jazz course with sidesteps into the freer jazz zones, quite natural for band pianist Ken Chaney and saxophonist-flautist Ari Brown given their involvement with the Afro-centric AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Music)

lunes, 14 de noviembre de 2016

The Bulgarian Voices Angelite, Huun-Huur Tu & the Moscow Art Trio - Mountain Tale (1998)

This is Misha Alperin's exploration of fusing Bulgarian folk/traditional music with Russian jazz improvisations & the Tuvan music of Huun-Huur-Tu. What otherwise could become a clash or cacophony of cultures, melds into a unity and harmony which is very enjoyable and natural.
Angelite (The Bulgarian Voices, a female choir/chorus) starts out the first track, later a male Russian soloist sings a totally different song as a complementary counterpoint: beautiful, spiritual, transcendental!!! The qualities are enhanced by the combination of cultures. The second track, "Sunrise" is like a worship service: Angelite provides the harmonies, just like waves rushing up onto the shore, creating sculptures of sound. Track #3, "Early Morning with My Horse", starts out with the "clip - clop" of horse's hooves on a pavement, the sound for which the Tuvans are famous. It continues with their unique male vocals accompanied by ancient Mongolian instruments, combined with the harmonies of Angelite. Track #10 is the only disappointment. The liner notes explain the music is based on the composer's wife's experiences in Norway, hearing how the Norwegians called their cows. Well, it could be intriguing, if done with taste & creativity, since the Tuvans create masterful hoof beats with their instruments ... Instead, the outcome is ludicrous, adults "mooing", like kindergarten children! Please leave the cows in the pasture!! The composer is forgiven as it is only 1 track out of 10 which falls short of artistic merit. Obviously, he lost creative perspective (or had a deadline to meet). 90% of the CD is great! The ethereal voices of Angelite are without comparison! The Moscow Art Trio provides the modern instrumentation: piano, French horn, clarinet, and folk reeds. Huun-Huur-Tu provide the earthy rhythms, ancient instruments, and authentic vocalizations, such as "throat singing" from their Mongolian homeland ('Throat singing' has similarities to Buddhist chanting). If you are open to artistic exploration, try folk-jazz fusion, it is out-of-the-ordinairy and will lift your spirits.

Siren - Financial Suicide (1989)

Siren is a bit of an oddball band, having started out with a couple of strong, progressive-tinged demos in a time when prog metal was rare; later, their debut didn't exactly fail utterly, but rather failed to satisfactorily live up to the potential seen in the demos. Here, the band goes for a bit of a different sound; it's much more streamlined and polished (though not in a commercial way), but unfortunately a good chunk of the rough character of the earlier releases has been polished right out.

On Financial Suicide, Siren exhibit a mildly progressive, mildly thrashy sound, reminiscent of a less quirky version of later Mekong Delta (think Kaleidoscope with less Rush). It's little wonder then that this release was on Delta mastermind Ralph Hubert's Aaarrg label. Doug Lee takes on vocal duties on this album, and while he's no virtuoso, and no personality like Dio or Halford, his high-pitched nasal whine/rasp is actually quite pleasing. It's not surprising then that Hubert snapped him up for his band after the demise of Siren. Siren's riff style is tinged with thrash, and though generally simple, occasionally exhibits a technical flair. The problem is, it's also pretty damn generic. There aren't any really horrible riffs or blatant ripoffs, just very little that's noteworthy; and while the songs aren't incredibly repetitive, their lack of good ideas often makes them seem so. Rather than having glaring faults or being actively irritating, Financial Suicide just suffers from a deficiency of actively good qualities. It doesn't help that the songs aren't short, and that the production is decidedly bland; not horrible, but with most of the aggression polished right out (think a weaker Kaleidoscope).

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sábado, 12 de noviembre de 2016

The Rhythm Makers - Soul on Your Side (1976)

American funk group from Bronx, New York City. 
First formed in 1968 as Sabu & The Survivors, renamed to GQ around 1978. 
Emanuel “Rahiem” LeBlanc – lead vocals, rhythm guitar 
Keith Crier – bass guitar, vocals 
Kenny Banks – drums, vocals 
Herb Lane – keyboards, vocals

Two beautiful Before / After Beatles Photos

jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2016

Surprise album download #2

Ok people, I'll follow with this one for all of you! 
Michigan garage band, the drummer is now a really well know vocalist.
This one consists of twenty-four cover tunes, all ultra-crude home recordings.
Googling more info if you like what you hear!

miércoles, 9 de noviembre de 2016

Surprise album download #1

Let's try something.... I'll start, (from time to time), to post a "surprise album" for free download. 
You will not know anything about the release untill you download it. Just a portion of the cover artwork as a preview.
Good Luck!

Boris Murashkin ‎– Bio-Energetic Music (1991)

Russian sonic artist, multi-instrumentalist, who was just known for the one really weird Melodiya CD release. The bulk of the album is like an audio film, and a really surreal one at that.

martes, 8 de noviembre de 2016

Don Drummond - Jazz Ska Attack1964 (2000)

Don Drummond was a Jamaican ska trombonist and composer. He was one of the original members of The Skatalites, and composed many of their tunes.

Drummond was born at the Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, to Doris Monroe and Uriah Drummond. His musical career began in 1950 with the Eric Dean's All-Stars where he performed jazz. He continued into the 1960s with others, including Kenny Williams.
After performing jazz for a decade, Drummond began performing ska and in 1964 Don joined The Skatalites. With Drummond's politicized conversion to the Rastafari movement, other band members followed his lead. He became a household name in Jamaica, before suffering mental problems. He was rated by pianist George Shearing to be among the world's top five trombone players.
In 1965 Drummond was convicted of the murder of his longtime girlfriend, Anita "Marguerita" Mahfood, an exotic rhumba dancer and singer, on 1 January 1965. He was ruled criminally insane and imprisoned at Bellevue Asylum, Kingston, where he remained until his death four years later.

Ebenezer Obey and his International Brothers - Board Members (1972)

Ebenezer Obey (born 3 April 1942 as Ebenezer Remilekun Aremu Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi in Idogo, Nigeria), nicknamed the "Chief Commander", is a Nigerian jùjú musician.
He began his professional career in the mid-1950s after moving to Lagos. After tutelage under Fatai Rolling-Dollar's band, he formed a band called The International Brothers in 1964, playing highlife–jùjú fusion. The band later metamorphosed into Inter-Reformers in the early-1970s, with a long list of Juju album hits on the West African Decca musical label.

Obey began experimenting with Yoruba percussion style and expanding on the band by adding more drum kits, guitars and talking drums. Obey's musical strengths lie in weaving intricate Yoruba axioms into dance-floor compositions. As is characteristic of Nigerian Yoruba social-circle music, the Inter-Reformers band excel in praise-singing for rich Nigerian socialites and business tycoons. Obey, however, is also renowned for Christian spiritual themes in his music and has since the early-1990s retired into Nigerian gospel music ministry.

Pete Sutherland - Poor Man's Dream (1984)

The old timey dance music of the American southern mountains, New England and the Celtic isles are resurrected through the playing of multi-instrumentalist Pete Sutherland. A former member, along with hammer dulcimer player Malcolm Dalglish and guitarist Grey Larsen, of mid-1980s folk trio, Metamora, Sutherland has continued to expand string band traditions as a member of The Clayfoot Strutters and Mac Benford's Woodshed All Stars. Sutherland has also recorded as a soloist and with his wife, Karen.
Sutherland's earliest musical memories reflect the opera and musical theater albums favored by his parents. Although he played with several teenage rock bands, he most enduring musical outlet has come through traditional folk music. Inspired by Vermont-based fiddler Louie Beaudoin and Appalachian fiddlers Tommy Jarrell and Ed Haley, Sutherland began performing with the Arm & Hammer String Band in 1973. Moving to Burlington, Indiana in the early-1980s, he helped to form Metamora. Together with the band, Sutherland recorded six albums including the score of the Disney film, "Tuck Everlasting."

"Poor Man's Dream," Sutherland's debut solo album, was released in 1984 and combined traditional fiddle tunes with original material. Shortly after the disbanding of Metamora, in 1989, Sutherland returned to his home state where he currently lives.

El Ritual - El Ritual (1971)

Mexican heavy/psychedelic/prog band. 

domingo, 6 de noviembre de 2016

Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Messin' (1973)

Manfred Mann's Earth Band are an English rock band formed by South African musician Manfred Mann. The band's hits include covers of Bruce Springsteen's "For You","Blinded by the Light" and "Spirit In The Night". After forming in 1971 and despite a short hiatus in the late 1980s/early 1990s, the Earth Band has continued to perform and tour through the present.
Messin' followed Glorified Magnified and preceded Solar Fire, and like all Earth Band albums contains a mixture of originals and covers.
The album was produced by Manfred Mann and engineered by John Edwardes at Maximum Sound Studios, London in 1973.
Link from Weirdward Ho !

V.A. - Sometimes... Death Is Better (1993)

Shiver Records compilation... this album features 15 good bands that truly represents the undeground scene.

1. INTERNAL BLEEDING - Intro/Despoilment of Rotting Flesh
2. DEFORMITY - Unwanted Child
3. DYSTROPHY - Nemesis
4. AFTERDEATH - Dark Atmosphere
5. INQUISITOR - Jehovah's Downfall
6. EARTHCORPSE - Lifeless
7. ATER - Gravelust
8. ALGOL - Last Thoughts
9. COMPOS MENTIS - Cythrawl
10. D.A.B - Sanctuary of the Dead Gods
11. DERANGED - Hammer Cottered Rectum
12. ABSORBED - Cybernetical Existence
13. INVERTED - Across the Lake of Flames
14. DISGUSTING - Immemorial
15. CADUCITY - Praseodymium

domingo, 30 de octubre de 2016

Michel Legrand - Le Mans (1971) Soundtrack

Michel Legrand is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand is a prolific composer, having written over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many memorable songs.
He has won three Oscars (out of 13 nominations) and five Grammys and has been nominated for an Emmy. He was 22 when his first album, I Love Paris, became one of the best-selling instrumental albums ever released. He is a virtuoso jazz and classical pianist and an accomplished arranger and conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world.

He studied music at the Paris Conservatoire from 1943-50 (ages 11–18), working with, among others, Nadia Boulanger, who also taught many other composers, including Aaron Copland and Philip Glass, and Ástor Piazzolla. Legrand graduated with top honors as both a composer and a pianist.
Legrand is known principally as a composer of innovative music for films, composing film scores (about two hundred to date) for directors Jean-Luc Godard, Richard Brooks, Claude Lelouch, Clint Eastwood, Barbra Streisand, Robert Altman, Joseph Losey, and many others. Legrand himself appears and performs in Agnès Varda's French New Wave classic, Cleo from 5 to 7 (1961). After his songs appeared in Jacques Demy's films The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1966), Legrand became famous worldwide. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was a sung-through musical in which all the dialogue was set to music, a revolutionary concept at the time.

Legrand's score for Le Mans is an extremely pleasing entry into his overall canon of work. A jazz score in every definition, he uses an impressionistic approach to convey the notion of speed.

sábado, 29 de octubre de 2016

NME - Unholy Death (1986)

At the time of its release, this album represented the ultimate in raw, truly EVIL black Metal. The type of music that would send posers running and screaming back into the closet to listen to those Sheena Easton and Duran Duran albums (or slap on a Judas Priest record so they could at least PRETEND to be heavy.) But I can think of no other band at this time that was as truly malevolent and evil sounding as these guys were.

A lot of people have compared this to Venom, and certainly those comparisons are valid. Both bands share a similar songwriting style and image. NME weren’t really a speed or thrash band in the sense that, say, Bathory, Slayer and Possessed were. Rather, much like Venom and Hellhammer, they relied on a series of mid-paced, malevolent grinding riffs and allowed the overall heaviness, atmosphere and distortion to carry the sound. However, the guitar sounds on here are far darker and more corrosive and sinister than Venom ever were; its actually somewhat indescribable: eerie and heavy at the same time. The playing is none too complex, but there is more going on than just the simple riffs. The guitar has way more reverb and distortion on it than Venom or Hellhammer, and the guitarist deliberately channels the feedback to accentuate the playing. The overall effect is one of simplicity and power, getting the most power out of each single note, mimimalism at its best. And the production values are none too pretty either but that’s the point, you just don’t want them to be. The raw minimalist production actually suits this music perfectly; everything cranked up to ten. The whole thing is paradoxically beautiful in its very rawness and ugliness. (Oxenkiller review)

In April 1986, the NME frontman Kurt was accused of killing his adoptive mother with a hatchet and scissors while on drugs. He claimed that he thought he was a robot. He wanted to open up his mother to see if she was a robot also. He was charged with second-degree murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. He was released early in 1994 and that was when NME's music took a change.

On March 9th, 2005 Kurt A. Struebing was killed when he was crossing a bridge in Seattle, Washington. His car and about 3 other cars were stopped at a barricade on a swing bridge which was open letting boat traffic go through the Duwamish Waterway. Witnesses report that his car suddenly pulled out of line, burst through the stopped traffic and ran through the barricade falling 60 feet to his death. They are not sure if he was under the influence or suicidal.

Stephans - Kochanka powieszonego (1995)

Not much info about this one. They are from Poland and have four albums I think. Here the debut album from 1995, released by Kornicore Records.
Hope you enjoy it!

Lightning Hopkins - Historic recordings (1952 - 1953)

Lightnin' Hopkins was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, and occasional pianist, from Centerville, Texas. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 71 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Hopkins's style was born from spending many hours playing informally without a backing band. His distinctive fingerstyle technique often included playing, in effect, bass, rhythm, lead, and percussion at the same time. He played both "alternating" and "monotonic" bass styles incorporating imaginative, often chromatic turnarounds and single-note lead lines. Tapping or slapping the body of his guitar added rhythmic accompaniment.

Much of Hopkins's music follows the standard 12-bar blues template, but his phrasing was free and loose. Many of his songs were in the talking blues style, but he was a powerful and confident singer.

Lyrically, his songs expressed the problems of life in the segregated South, bad luck in love and other subjects common in the blues idiom. He dealt with these subjects with humor and good nature. Many of his songs are filled with double entendres, and he was known for his humorous introductions to songs.

Nelson Truehart - Morning In My Lai

The record featured here all deal with Lt. William Calley Jr., the U.S. Army officer who ordered, and was one of the many soldiers who took part in, the horrible event that has become known as the My Lai Massacre.  The massacre took place in March 1968 in the South Vietnamese village of My Lai and resulted in the deaths of  300 - 500 unarmed civilians, many of them women, children and the elderly.   

The widespread atrocities were initially covered-up, but news about the savage events that took place that day eventually leaked out and Calley was formally court-martialed and charged with murder. 

His primary defense rested on his belief that he was following the orders of his superiors, but that's always seemed like something of a non sequitir to me.  While it's not unimagineable that Calley was in fact ordered to make sure the entire village was wiped out, the slaughter of unarmed and defenseless people has pretty much always been illegal and indefensible, at least for as long as warfare laws have been around.

Calley was the only soldier convicted of war crimes for the incidents that took place in My Lai.   On March 29, 1971, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and hard labor at Fort Leavenworth.

Upon announcement of the verdict many Americans were appalled, including most of those whose records are included below.  President Nixon immediately ordered Calley transferred from prison to house arrest arrest at Fort Benning while his appeal was heard.  State legislatures in New Jersey, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, and South Carolina passed motions officially requesting clemency for Calley.  Alabama Governor George Wallace quickly named Calley an honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Alabama National Guard.  Here in Georgia, Governor Jimmy Carter proclaimed an "American Fighting Man's Day" and asked the state's residents to drive with their headlights on during daylight hours in a week-long protest.

Despite being sentenced to life in prison, Calley was ulitmately paroled after serving less than four years under house arrest at Fort Benning.  These days Calley, 69, stays out of the headlines and seems to live a quiet life in Atlanta. 

In 2009, while publicly speaking about the events for the first time, he apologized for his role in murders at My Lai.  Addressing the Kiwanis Club in Columbus, Georgia near Fort Benning, Calley said, "There is not a day that goes by when I do not feel remorse for what happened that day in My Lai.  I feel remorse for the Vietnamese who were killed, for their families, and for the American soldiers involved and their familes.  I am very sorry."

Nino Rota - Il Casanova Di Federico Fellini (1976) Soundtrack

Giovanni "Nino" Rota (3 December 1911 – 10 April 1979) was an Italian composer, pianist, conductor and academic who is best known for his film scores, notably for the films of Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti. He also composed the music for two of Franco Zeffirelli's Shakespeare films, and for the first two films of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy, receiving the Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Godfather Part II (1974).

During his long career Rota was an extraordinarily prolific composer, especially of music for the cinema. He wrote more than 150 scores for Italian and international productions from the 1930s until his death in 1979—an average of three scores each year over a 46-year period, and in his most productive period from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s he wrote as many as ten scores every year, and sometimes more, with a remarkable thirteen film scores to his credit in 1954.
Quite intricate melodies.

jueves, 27 de octubre de 2016

Work Song From Postal Employees in Ghana (1975)

This piece was created by four postal workers in Ghana.
This particular piece is a field recording that was recorded by James Koetting in 1975. The music was created by the postal workers canceling stamps in the University of Ghana post office in Ghana. The whistled part is from the hymn "Bompata," by the Ghanaian composer W.J. Akyeampong (b. 1900). This type of music is created daily as a normal part of life for the Africans in Ghana.

Piero Piccioni - Appassionata. (1974) Soundtrack

Piero Piccioni was a pianist, organist, conductor and composer, he was also the prolific author of more than 300 film soundtracks.
He was deeply influenced in his use of jazz by 20th century classical composers and American cinematography. Amongst his favourites were Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, John Ford and Alex North. He began writing songs of his own and was soon able to get some of his works published by Carisch editions.
Appassionata is a 1974 Italian erotic drama film and here is the soundtrack.

Diamanda Galas - Maska Rdeče Smrti - Živi V Ljubljani (Live 1988)

Hope you enjoy this great Bootleg of Diamanda Galas. She is an American avant-garde composer, vocalist, pianist, organist, performance artist, and painter. All in one!
She has worked with many avant-garde composers, including Iannis Xenakis, Vinko Globokar and John Zorn, and also collaborated with jazz musician Bobby Bradford, and John Paul Jones, former bassist of Led Zeppelin.
This live recording have a great sound quality , captured at Festivalna dvorana, Ljubljana, 7.10.1988 in the old Yugoslavia.

ZZ Top - Tres Hombres in Clarkston (1980) BOOTLEG

ZZ Top’s Expect No Quarter Tour in support of Deguello (released November 1979) ran from November 20, 1979 through January 3, 1981. This included the band’s first trip outside of North America taking them to Europe for the first time. This was also the first tour featuring Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill with their famous chest length beards. The previous Worldwide Texas Tour did have shows planned for Europe, Japan, and Australia but were all cancelled due to quarantine issues with livestock which were part of the stage set.

Godfather presents an excellent sounding soundboard from Pine Knob in Michigan. The recording  has all instruments clear in the mix with just enough of the audience in the background to give it a nice live atmosphere. Billy Gibbons’ guitar sounds nice and fat and crunchy. Some debate surrounding the date also places their show in Clarkston on August 20, 1980.

Randy Pie - Highway Driver (1974)

Randy Pie was a moderately successful German rock / funk band based in Hamburg, which was active between 1972 and 1977, and briefly in 1986. Formed by Dicky Tarrach, and mostly originating as ex-members of the pop group The Rattles they started as the Randy Pie & Family. 
Deep Purple's then guitarist Ritchie Blackmore was guested on their single "Hurry to the City".

Full album from Youtube.

Unio Musical de Torrent - ¡Festa! (1979)

Symphonic Band "UNIÓ MUSICAL DE TORRENT" is a young band. Its foundation dates back to February 1973 when the centennial Band "PATRONATO DE JUVENTUD OBRERA" and the Musical Association "LA CLASICA" from Torrent.
The director and founder was D. Mariano Puig Yago. After his death in October 1978, took over direction D. Enrique Andreu Romero. In September 1981 he hired as director D. Francisco Idilio Gimeno Martinez. Took the place D. Manuel Enguídanos Cotanda in October 1996. After his death, took over direction D. José María Ortí Soriano in March 2011, and is currently the artistic director.

They are already famous the Musical Weeks organized by the Society annually on the occasion of the feast of the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia, having acted on them the best concert and chamber groups of Spain.