Freitag, 7. August 2015

Sun Ra And The Arkestra - Sound Of Joy

Sound of Joy is an album by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. It features the Arkestral lineup during the last few months of 1956, after trombonist Julian Priester left to join Lionel Hampton, Charles Davis became a regular member of the band, and Victor Sproles took over on bass. It was intended as the follow-up to "Jazz By Sun Ra" but Transition Records ceased to operate before it could be released.
Four of the tracks were included on "Sun Ra and his Solar Arkestra Visits Planet Earth", released in 1966. The entire LP was eventually released in 1968 by Delmark Records, who also re-issued "Jazz by Sun Ra". Two ballads, written by Sun Ra and sung by Clyde Williams, were left off the original album, however, because the president of Delmark Records, Bob Koester, "felt they didn't fit with the other pieces on the session." The songs were reinstated when the album was re-issued on CD in 1994.

This reissue, prior to the release of many of Sun Ra's Saturn albums on Evidence CDs, was often thought of as Ra's second recording although now several earlier dates have appeared.
The music from Sun Ra's Chicago-based band of the 1950s (some of the same tunes, but different performances, also appear on Evidence's Planet Earth/Low Ways) is quite interesting for its ties to the bop and swing traditions are much more obvious than it would be in the near future.
Ra's eccentric piano and occasional electric keyboard look forward as do some of the harmonies and Jim Herndon's colorful tympani. Two previously unissued cuts (other versions of which have also surfaced on an Evidence set) augment the original LP program.        

Recorded in November 1957. CD reissue of the 1968 Delmark LP. Tracks 10 & 11 are previously unissued bonus tracks.

Tracklist:
1El Is A Sound Of Joy3:59
2Overtones Of China3:21
3Two Tones3:38
4Paradise4:27
5Planet Earth4:21
6Ankh6:28
7Saturn3:58
8Reflections In Blue6:18
9El Viktor2:30
10As You Once Were4:17
11Dreams Come True3:51

Sun Ra And The Arkestra - Sound Of Joy
(192 kbps, cover art included)  

Donnerstag, 6. August 2015

VA - Celebrating The Eggman - A Tribute To John Lennon

After the split of the Beatles, John Lennon gained worldwide fame for his subsequent solo career, and for his political activism and pacifism. He was shot in the archway of the building where he lived, the Dakota, in New York City on Monday, 8 December 1980. Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.

This compilation was released on the 10th anniversary of this event. The album features bands from the former GDR, most of the involved musicians were still children or youths in the year 1980.

Tracklist:
Tausend Tonnen Obst - Drive my car
  1. Die Vision - Julia
  2. Herbst in Peking - Working class hero
  3. Ichfunktion - Cold turkey
  4. Der Expander des Fortschritts - Lucy in the sky with diamonds
  5. Dekadance - Whatever gets you through the night
  6. Die Art - I'm losing you
  7. Big Savod & the Deep Manko - Nowhere man
  8. Feeling B - Revolution No.89
  9. Kashmir - I'm so tired
  10. The Fate - Help
  11. AG Geige - Come together
  12. Kampanella is Abstract feat. Svea - Isolation

VA - Celebrating The Eggman - A Tribute To John Lennon
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Dienstag, 4. August 2015

Howlin' Wolf‎ – Cadillac Daddy - Memphis Recordings, 1952

You can't possibly fault the material aboard this 12-song collection of Howlin' Wolf's Memphis recordings cut for Sam Phillips. The title track features some truly frightening guitar work from Willie Johnson,and all the material here is loaded with feral energy and a sense that it could fall apart at any second. It's totally intuitive music, with Wolf seemingly making it all up as he went along, which Sam Phillips had the patience to capture as it all went down. These are some of the great moments in blues history...

These are the recordings that prompted Sun Records chief Sam Phillips's oft-repeated assertion: "This is where the soul of a man dies." Phillips oversaw sessions by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and B.B. King, but the guttural electric blues of Howlin' Wolf captured his fancy like nothing else - and it's not hard to see why. The Wolf of these '52 sessions was just a few years off the farm, having begun to play West Memphis, Arkansas, juke joints, and cat houses following World War II. Working with a small but feral band highlighted by lead guitarist Willie Johnson (called by some the Jimi Hendrix of his day), the already middle-aged singer and harmonica player created a sound in the early '50s that bridged the Mississippi blues that were his roots with the amped Chicago blues that were his destiny. Phillips captured the man born Chester Burnett on the title track, "Drivin' C.V. Wine," and also on the other 10 selections included here, three of which were previously released while all but one of the remaining numbers have never appeared before in North America. Wolf's Chess sides are, of course, landmarks, but this is Wolf untamed and running wild. --Steven Stolder


Tracklist:
                           
A1Cadillac Daddy (Mr. Highway Man)
A2Bluebird Blues
A3My Last Affair (Take 1)
A4Oh Red! (Take 2)
A5Come Back Home
A6Dorothy Mae
B1Decoration Day Blues
B2Color And Kind
B3Drinkin' C.V. Wine
B4I Got A Woman (Sweet Woman)
B5Everybody's In The Mood
B6My Baby Walked Off

Howlin' Wolf‎ – Cadillac Daddy - Memphis Recordings, 1952
(320 kbps, cover art included)