Mittwoch, 30. November 2016

Mikis Theodorakis - Z (Soundtrack, 1969)

Directed and produced by Greek director Costa Gavras, starring Yves Montand and Irene Papas, Z is a real masterpiece of a movie. While the film is set in an unspecified country (and filmed in Algeria) it is clear it refers to the 1963 murder of the Greek left-wing parliamentary deputy Grigoris Lambrakis. Costas Gavras tells this story with great mastery in a film adapted from the book by Greek writer Vasilis Vasilikos. Released in 1969, Z immediately became a kind of a cult hit among cinema lovers.

The music is by Mikis Theodorakis, and FM Records provides us here with the fifth cd of their recent six disc tribute to the composer. It's a very good package with digitally remastered sound and quality standards equal to that of the Serpico soundtrack (again by Mikis Theodorakis through FM Records). There are some rare photos from the movie (and one of the composer) along with interesting information about the film and the soundtrack, provided by the composer himself and Ninos Fenek Mikelidis.

Costas Gavras wanted Theodorakis to score this film from the very beginning, but it was impossible for him to have his scenario sent to the composer, as the latter was at that time in internal exile in Zatouna. So the director choose music from Theodorakis' other works A Hostage and Mauthausen, from which they compiled the Z soundtrack.

'Main Title' recalls a military parade performed by bouzouki, harpsichord, trombones and 'busy' percussion instruments which introduce the audience immediately to the politically charged atmosphere and mood of the movie. 'To yelasto pedi' offers the marvelous main theme by the bouzouki, guitar and the symphony orchestra. It's an outstanding piece which may take a little effort to appreciate initially, but soon grows compellingly; fortuitously given the theme is given may repetitions in asorted variations throughout the whole movie.

Tension rises with 'La course de Manuel', music used for a chase scene. This is very late 60's style music, with overdriven, reverb soaked electric guitar, electric bass, organ, strings, an intense beating of the snare drum and nice percussion work. ' To palicari echei kaimo' is a very different in mood, a song with vocals by well known Greek female singer Maria Farandouri; a very Greek-sounding song with bouzouki, drums and percussion that reminds us of another very well-known work by Mikis Theodorakis Zorba The Greek. It has a very uplifting mood that may really make you want to get up and dance!

'Café Rock' is a fast dance piece, pure 60's in style with drums, groovy bass, the overdrive guitar again and bells that is little odd and strange for our musical tastes today. 'Arrival of Helen' offers a slow and sad rendition of the beautiful main theme, with the bouzouki, strings and a lovely, melancholic melody by the violin at the end.

'Batucada' is an odd percussion piece, evocative of the African jungle. 'To Yelasto Pedi (Bouzouki version)' is a faster and more uplifting version of the main theme with bouzouki and marching snare drum in the background. 'To yelasto pedi' despite it's title, is a really dark and weird musical piece for cello, percussion instruments and keyboard sounds which induces a real sense of discomfort, while 'Pios den mila yia ti Labri ' is a fast militaristic piece with loud marching snare drum, bouzouki, harpsichord, guitar and trombones, similar in style to the 'Main Title'.


The 'Finale' is a sad and very beautiful piece for full symphony orchestra, guitar, bouzouki and harpsichord, built around almost unrecognizable renditions of melodies heard in the 'Main Title'. 'To palikari echi kaimo' is the same song we previously heard by Maria Farandouri, only this time the composer himself plays the piano and sings. The cd ends with 'Safti ti gitonia' which is another song, similar in style with piano and vocals by Mikis Theodorakis again.

Z may make for a very short album and is not for everyone's taste, but it is a really compelling and interesting collection with a fabulous main theme that perfectly matches the movie's powerful, intense and politically - charged atmosphere and mood.

Demetris Christodouides

Tracklist:
A1Main Title (O Andonis)
A2To Yelasto Pedi (Life Goes On) (Orchestral Version)
A3La Course De Manuel (Chase)
A4To Palikari Echi Kaimo (Free World)
A5Cafe Rock
A6Arrivee D'Irene (Arrival)
A7Batucada
B1To Yelasto Pedi (Life Goes On) (Bouzouki Version)
B2Idep Otsaley Ot
B3Pios Den Mila Yia Ti Lambri (Hidden Truth)
B4Finale (To Yelasto Pedi) (Life Goes On)
B5To Palikari Echi Kaimo
B6Safti Gitonia


Mikis Theodorakis - Z (Soundtrack, 1969)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Montag, 28. November 2016

VA - Album De La Revolucion Cubana

Wiki says about this album:


Album de la Revolución Cubana is a publication on the history of the Cuban Revolution. It consists of two parts: comic book and music CD. The comic book was released circa 1960s. The music compilation "Album de la Revolucion Cubana" was released in 2000 by Cuba Soul. It consists of fifteen Cuban propaganda songs in a danceable Latin rhythm, including the famous song from Carlos Puebla, "Hasta siempre", written after Che Guevara's death.

Tracklist:
  1. Celeste Mendoza – Cuba corazón de nuestra América
  2. Celina González y Reutilio – Décimas de la Revolución
  3. Esther Borja – Despertar
  4. Merceditas Valdés – A coger la guampara
  5. Celina González y Reutilio – Que viva Fidel
  6. Las D'aida – El cohete americano
  7. Pío Leyva – Rumba de mi patria
  8. Carlos Puebla – Hasta siempre
  9. Amelita Frades – Pensamiento
  10. Ramón Veloz – Nueva vida
  11. Esther Borja – Dejame estrechar tu mano
  12. Ojedita Y Coro – La canción de los niños
  13. Niño Rivera – Nuevo son
  14. Omara Portuondo – Junto a mi fusil mi son
  15. Ela Calvo y Orquesta Aragón with Los Papines – Cuba, qué linda es Cuba

 VA - Album De La Revolucion Cubana
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Samstag, 26. November 2016

VA - 1962 - Chants De La Revolution Cubaine

Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader of revolution, died today at 90. More than half a century ago, his guerrilla army of “bearded ones” replaced Fulgencio Batista’s corrupt dictatorship with communist rule which challenged the US and turned the island into a cold-war crucible.
He fended off a CIA-backed invasion at the Bay of Pigs in 1961 as well as many assassination attempts. His alliance with Moscow helped trigger the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, a 13-day showdown with the US that brought the world closer to the brink of nuclear war than it has ever been.

He first tried to overthrow General Batista in 1953, was imprisoned, exiled to Mexico, and then returned in 1956. He succeeded on January 1, 1959 and has dominated Cuba ever since – surviving 638 documented attempts by the CIA to kill him, and living through ten US presidencies.

Resigning due to ill health in February 2008, Castro handed over to his brother Raul and is now rarely seen in public. But he continues to loom large in Cuba - writing regular columns for Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, and meet visiting dignitaries.



"Chants De La Revolution Cubaine" collects some historic recordings relatetd to the revolution in Cuba in 1959.

Tracklist:

  • 1. - Fidel Est Arrivé [Rolando La Serie Y Et Son Orchestre] - 2:57"
  • 2. - Partisans [Choeurs De Révolutionnaires Cubains] - 2:10"
  • 3. - Vive La Revolution [Raúl Luzardo Et Le Trio Los Titanes] - 3:11"
  • 4. - Sierra Maestra [Daniel Santos Et Son Ensemble] - 3:37"
  • 5. - Parlons De La Revolution [Celina Et Reutillo] - 3:08"
  • 6. - Les "Barbudos" [Orchestre Fajardos] - 2:30"
  • 7. - Au Commandant Camacho [Los Yayaberos] - 3:07"
  • 8. - Hymne De La Milice [Fanfarre De L'armée Rebelle] - 2:30"

VA - 1962 - Chants De La Revolution Cubaine
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Freitag, 25. November 2016

Martin Carthy - Martin Carthy (1965)

If the English folk revival of the 1960s had a single "father" and guiding spirit, then Martin Carthy was it. Carthy's influence transcends his abilities, formidable though those are - apart from being one of the most talented acoustic guitarists, mandolinists, and general multi-instrumentalists working the folk clubs in the 1960s, he was also a powerful singer with no pretensions or affectations, and was an even more prodigious arranger and editor, with an excellent ear for traditional compositions. In particular, he was as much a scholar as a performer, and frequently went back to the notes and notebooks of folk song collectors such as Percy Grainger, scouring them for fragments that could be made whole in performance - no "second hander," he used the earliest known transcriptions and recordings of many of the oldest folk songs known in England as his source, and worked from there. By 1966, at the time he was cutting his first two albums, Carthy was already an influence on Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, and by the end of the 1960s was de facto mentor to virtually every serious aspiring folk musician in England. At least three major English folk-rock bands, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, and the Albion Band, were formed either directly or indirectly with his help and influence.               

Carthy's debut album rates a place alongside the album by Bob Dylan, as the debut work of a man who ultimately revolutionized folk music performance in England (Carthy is mentioned as an influence on the notes to Dylan's Freewheelin' album). This is Carthy's purest and simplest folk effort, an all-acoustic recording done in barely an afternoon that includes his version of "Scarborough Fair," awhich Paul Simon learned from Carthy (including the chords and changes from Carthy's arrangement) and transformed into a hit of his own. Also here is "Two Magicians," a song that later entered the repertory Steeleye Span, and "Lovely Joan," a folk song that is most familiar to classical listeners as the source of the counter-melody to Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Greensleeves." The playing and the interpretations are somewhat less ambitious and rather rougher than subsequent efforts, with Dave Swarbrick guesting on fiddle on about half the tracks, and Carthy's guitar covering all but the acapella tracks.      


Tracklist:                           
High Germany2:31
The Trees They Do Grow High3:31
Sovay2:09
Ye Mariners All1:47
The Queen Of Hearts2:21
Broomfield Hill2:51
Springhill Mine Disaster4:21
Scarborough Fair3:25
Lovely Joan1:49
The Barley And The Rye1:39
The Wind That Shakes The Barley4:26
The Two Magicians3:23
The Handsome Cabin Boy3:24
And A-Begging I Will Go2:54

    
Martin Carthy - Martin Carthy (1965)    
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Donnerstag, 24. November 2016

Slapp Happy & Dagmar Krause - Ultra Rare Trax

Slapp Happy was formed in 1972 when British keyboardist and avant-garde composer Anthony Moore met New York guitarist/artist/cartoonist/poet Peter Blegvad. The two were living in Hamburg at the time, and Moore had already released several albums of “new music” for Polydor. When Polydor rejected one of his albums outright, he proposed a pop-oriented project instead. Local girl Dagmar Krause, a former member of the folk-rock group The City Preachers, was recruited as vocalist and Slapp Happy was born.

This terrific collection was released in 1996.


Tracklist:

          Casablanca Moon EP:
                Casablanca Moon (single edit)
                Me and Pavarti (single edit)
          City Preachers:
                Hey, La La La
                Who are you
                Any Day in Wonderland
                Sometimes the Sky is filled with Rain
                Canada
                On a Train Ride
                Betty Dupree
                Wenn Abendlichter Glanzen
                Penelope
                Golden Yesterdays
                Come Back
                Franky and Johnny
                Old Shanty Town
          Commuters:
                The Ventriloquist
                The Young Lieutenant
                The Architect
                The Poet
                The Man on the Island
                The Acrobat
                The Organist
                The Philosopher
                The Gentlemen on the Stairs
                The Priest
          Sort Of EP:
                Alcohol
          Anthony Moore EP:
                Judy (single edit)
                Lucia (single edit)
          Slapp Happy Including Anthony Moore EP:
                Johnny's Dead
                Mr. Rainbow


Slapp Happy & Dagmar Krause - Ultra Rare Trax
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Dienstag, 22. November 2016

VA - La Nueva Canción Chilena (1972)


"La Nueva Canción Chilena" is a compilation album featuring various artist of the Nueva Canción Chilena movement, originally released in 1972 by the label DICAP ("Discoteca del Cantar Popular"). The compilation consists of songs performed by Violeta Parra, Victor Jara, Quilapayún, Isabel and Angel Parra (children of Violeta), Tiemponuevo and Inti-Illimani.

The Nueva canción ("new song") movement was originally developed in Latin America during the 1960s. It has been associated with the rise of leftist social movements in this region and influenced by historical events such as the Cuban Revolution. Lyrically, nueva canción artists gave special attention to politically-charged messages that had a strong relationship with these series of events, while musically, it strove for a renewal of traditional Latin and South American Folk Music expressions (such as Andean Folk Music).

Chile has been commonly named as the birthplace of nueva canción, with artists such as Inti-Illimani, Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, and Quilapayún leading the movement during the 1960s. The success of nueva canción in Chile helped propagating the movement to other Latin American countries, such as Argentina (where it was known as nuevo cancionero and was notoriously represented by Mercedes Sosa), Uruguay (led by artists such as Alfredo Zitarrosa and Daniel Viglietti) and Cuba (known as Nueva trova and including artists such as Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés and Noel Nicola) among other South and Central American countries, as well as spreading to Spain.

The Latin American nueva canción trend, along with its popular acclaim in the region, saw a notable decline during the 1970s, with the rise to power of increasingly oppressive military juntas in Chile and Argentina, which would be responsible for the death or long-term forced exile of several musicians connected to the movement. Many nueva canción artists who took refuge for several years in other countries would nevertheless continue their work for the following decades, while doing so at a more diminished pace and relatively lower popular reception.                          

"La Nueva Canción Chilena constituye la expresión de la influendia Ideológica y Política de los sectores progresistas de la música popular (...) La Nueva Canción Chilena, como movimiento musical, nace vinculada a las expresiones folklóricas y es su tarea primordial la rehabilitación de los valores autóctonos de la cultura Latinoamericana, poniendo sus contenidos al servicio de la lucha popular..."
Juan Carvajal, Director Artístico / DICAP.
Santiago / Julio / 72.

Tracklist:
01 - La carta - Violeta Parra
02 - Plegaria a un labrador - Víctor Jara
03 - ¿Qué dirá el Santo Padre? - Quilapayún
04 - Al centro de la injusticia - Isabel Parra
05 - La democracia - Angel Parra
06 - No nos moverán - Tiemponuevo
07 - Gracias a la vida - Isabel Parra
08 - Te recuerdo, Amanda - Víctor Jara
09 - Canción del Poder Popular - Inti-Illimani
10 - La muralla - Quilapayún
11 - Rin del angelito - Inti-Illimani
12 - Los pueblos americanos - Quilapayún

VA - La Neuva Cancion Chilena (1972)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Yabby You - Conquering Lion (1975)

Making his first recordings at the dawn of reggae's roots era, singer/producer Vivian "Yabby You" Jackson represented one of the new music's most important young voices. This self-produced album for the singer's Prophets label stands as his most powerful statement.

Along with singles like the Abyssinians' "Satta Massa Gana" and Burning Spear's "Door Peeper," Yabby's "Conquering Lion," "Warn the Nation," and "Run Come Rally" hailed a new sound (deep roots) and a new sensibility (Rastafarian). All are collected here along with lesser-known material that is just as essential.

Though a devout Rasta, Yabby's belief system replaced the faith's savior, Haile Selassie, with Jesus Christ, taking to heart the biblical psalms as well as the apocalyptic Revelation of St. John the Divine. From "Conquering Lion's" opening portent "Run Come Rally" to its closing adage "time longer than rope/and time gonna catch up on you," Yabby refuses to dilute his message. There's no lover's rock here, just Jah truth and wisdom Prophets style. The singer delivers the god-fearing warning of "Jah Vengeance" like he's seen the future himself. Likewise, everything from his attacks on the greed and sin that prevail in Babylon to praises of Jah and cries for justice speak of an unwavering conviction. Propelling his lyrics are the finest rhythms of his career. "Conquering Lion" and "Jah Vengeance" in particular would spawn numerous re-cuts over the years, including multiple dubs by the great King Tubby, sax versions by Tommy McCook, and DJ sides by Trinity, Dillinger, and Big Youth. Along with "Run Come Rally," "Anti-Christ," and "Warn the Nation," they would form the foundation of the dub classic "King Tubby's Prophecy of Dub". "Conquering Lion" is essential roots and one of the finest reggae albums from any era.     

Tracklist:
Run Come Rally
Jah Vengeance
Conquering Lion
Covetious Men
Anti Christ
Carnal Mind
Jah Love
Love Thy Neighbour
Love Of Jah
The Man Who Does The Work

Yabby You - Conquering Lion (1975)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Montag, 21. November 2016

Fela Kuti - Why Black Man Dey Suffer (1971)

"Why Black Man Dey Suffer", recorded in 1971, was originally deemed too controversial for release by EMI, Fela Kutis label at the time. Having recently been schooled in the American black power movement and having taken on a new Pan-African worldview, this album served as one of Fela’s first musical soapboxes on which he challenged the colonial injustices and corruption of the ruling elites of his time.

The title track “Why Black Man Dey Suffer” is a history lesson on the oppression of the African man. It details the litany of abuses the black man has suffered - from being taken as slaves, to having an alien people impose a new culture upon them, take their land, fight them, and set them against one another. The following track, “Ikoyi Mentality”, firmly expresses Fela’s identification with the downtrodden masses and his rejection of the ways of the ruling class inhabitants of the Ikoyi neighborhood in Lagos.
 
Tracklist:
AWhy Black Man Dey Suffer
BIkoyi Mentality Versus Mushin Mentality

(320 kbps, cover art included)

Sonntag, 20. November 2016

Charlie Parker - The Charlie Parker Story (Savoy)

The Charlie Parker Story is an LP record by Charlie Parker, released posthumously by Savoy Records. While many of the tracks on this album had been previously released on other formats (78 rpm records, 7-inch EPs and singles, and 10- and 12-inch LPs), this is the first album that chronicles the entire session, recorded November 26, 1945, including all takes of all pieces.
This session is famous in that it is the first recorded under Parker's name. It is also controversial, in that to this day it is unclear who the pianist and trumpet player are on all of the tracks.




Charlie Parker - The Charlie Parker Story (Savoy)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Samstag, 19. November 2016

The New Lost City Ramblers ‎– Moonshine & Prohibition

Longtime Folkways recording artists The New Lost City Ramblers perform 17 period songs about liquor, bootlegging, and Prohibition (1917-1933) in the traditional style of southern mountain string bands. As Rambler member Mike Seeger observes in the liner notes, many of the songs appear to have been written by people who knew drink well and were familiar with it's effects. Several of the songs consist of new lyrics commemorating the virtues or evils of alcohol set to familiar melodies of the time. Rambler member John Cohen also contributed to the liner notes, which include an informal history of prohibition in America as well as song lyrics and photos.        

These 1960's versions of songs from the prohibition era will please the musical palette of any old-style country/bluegrass enthusiast. In addition to the skillful performances by The New Lost City Ramblers, these songs have much to say about the attitudes and behavior of folks during this fascinating period of American history.

Tracklist:

A1Virginia Bootlegger
A2Kentucky Bootlegger
A3Bootlegger's Story
A4Drunken Driver
A5Moonshiner
A6Drunkard's Hiccups
A7I Saw A Man At The Close Of Day
A8Goodbye Old Booze
B1Prohibition Is A Failure
B2Old Home Brew
B3I've Still Got 99
B4Whiskey Seller
B5Teetotals
B6Al Smith For President
B7Intoxicated Rat
B8Wreck On The Highway
B9Down To The Stillhouse To Get A Little Cider


The New Lost City Ramblers ‎– Moonshine & Prohibition
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Freitag, 18. November 2016

Karol Rathaus - Der letzte Pierrot - Sinfonie Nr. 1 (Decca Entartete Musik)

Karol Rathaus was one of those indirect victims of Nazism that Decca’s Entartete Musik series has been so indispensable in rediscovering. Polish-born, he was briefly very successful in pre-war Germany (an opera was premiered by Bruno Walter; Furtwangler and Horenstein also took him up). Seeing the way the wind was blowing he left Germany the year before Hitler came to power, wrote film music and a ballet in Paris and London but found few openings and fewer performances in America, where he eventually settled.

The First Symphony (there are two others) was roundly abused at its premiere in 1926; this recording is its first performance since then, and the composer – not yet 60 – went to his early grave believing the score to be
lost. It is a prodigiously inventive work, 40 minutes long though in only two movements, in a frowning, sinewy post-romantic style that might remind you just a little of the symphonies of Honegger or of the more austere pages of Martinu. The thematic language, though, is much closer to the Viennese tradition and its roots in Mahler, Reger and (Rathaus’s teacher) Schreker are clearly perceptible. But it has an individual emotional vein, often grim, sombre or shadowed, rising at times to a bitter eloquence that is very striking; orchestrally, too, it is highly accomplished. According to an accompanying note Rathaus was frightened by the reaction to the work and by the anti-Semitism of some of his critics; it is hard not to hear some such prejudice in dismissals of the symphony as ‘atonal’. It is no such thing, and although many of its melodies are angular and some of its dissonances harsh, it is by no means especially innovative for its period.

Even so, Rathaus apparently changed his style soon afterwards. Not radically, if his ballet The last Pierrot is anything to go by. Its melodies are sometimes smoother; no doubt association with dance added an element of grace to his manner, but the music is evidently by the same composer as the symphony. Jazz elements are introduced (and adroitly used to convey real menace at one point) and there is a violent forcefulness that aptly reflects the plot – this is a Pierrot in modern times, seeking his Columbine among factories and dance halls. It is effective and was for a while very popular. But it is the Symphony that whets one’s appetite for more of this impressively gifted composer’s music, especially in such eloquent performances as these. The Symphony is a tough piece to bring off – it had to wait five years for its premiere, because conductors were scared of it – but Israel Yinon has its full measure. I look forward to future recordings by him as eagerly as I do to more music by Karol Rathaus.

-- Michael Oliver, Gramophone [9/1998]

Tracklist:

Sinfonie Nr. 1
01. Erster Satz
02. Zweiter Satz

Der letzte Pierrot
03. Erster Akt
04. Zweiter Akt
05. Dritter Akt

Karol Rathaus - Der letzte Pierrot - Sinfonie Nr. 1 (Decca Entartete Musik)
(256 kbps, front cover included)

Mittwoch, 16. November 2016

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Blessed Assurance (1951)

Sister Rosetta Tharpe became gospel music's first crossover artist and its first great recording star. Her vocals and electric guitar playing influenced future greats such as Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin and many others. Her 1944 hit "Down By The Riverside" was selected for the American Library of Congress National Recording Registry in 2004. Her accomplishments were cut short in 1973 when she died from a stroke. After listening to this powerhouse singer you'll agree, Sister Rosetta Tharpe truly deserves the title of "the original soul sister".

"Blessed Assurance" is an album with slow Gospel songs, accompanied by organ. It was also released in France as "Spirituals".

Tracklist:
A1Blessed Assurance
A2Amazing Grace
A3Rock Of Ages
A4Let The Lower Lights Be Burning
B1In The Garden
B2There's A Fountain Filled With Blood
B3Throw Out The Life Line
B4What A Friend We Have In Jesus

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Blessed Assurance (1951)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Dienstag, 15. November 2016

VA - Beyond the Wildwood – A Tribute to Syd Barrett (1987)

Like a supernova, Roger "Syd" Barrett burned briefly and brightly, leaving an indelible mark upon psychedelic and progressive rock as the founder and original singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist of Pink Floyd. Barrett was responsible for most of their brilliant first album, 1967's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn", but left and/or was fired from the band in early 1968 after his erratic behavior had made him too difficult to deal with (he appears on a couple tracks on their second album, "A Saucerful of Secrets"). Such was his stature within the original lineup that few observers thought the band could survive his departure; in fact, the original group's management decided to keep Syd on and leave the rest of the band to their own devices. Pink Floyd never recaptured the playful humor and mad energy of their work with Barrett.               

Beyond the Wildwood – A Tribute to Syd Barrett is a tribute album consisting of music written by Syd Barrett. The musicians performing on the album are British and American indie rock artists. The songs featured come from Pink Floyd's singles; the albums The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets; and Barrett's two solo albums: The Madcap Laughs and Barrett. Although Barrett's productive recording career had only lasted from 1967 though 1970, his music had a great influence on the development of psychedelic rock, alternative rock and indie rock music.

"Beyond the Wildwood" is a must have for any serious Syd fan. This album of covers is a fine tribute, the songs are not at all "replicas"; they are all fresh and re-worked, some of them quite radically. 


1. The Mock Turtles - No Good Trying
2. Plasticland - Octopus
3. SS-20 - Arnold Layne
4. Paul Roland - Matilda Mother
5. Fit And Limo - Long Cold Look
6. The Shamen - Long Gone
7. Opal - If The Sun Don't Shine (Adaptation Of Jugband Blues)
8. The Ashes In The Morning - Baby Lemonade
9. The Lobster Quadrille - Wolfpack
10. The Paint Set - Golden Hair
11. Tropicana Fishtank - No Man's Land
12. The T.V. Personalities - Apples And Oranges
13. The Soup Dragons - Two Of A Kind
14. The Green Telescope - Scream Thy Last Scream
15. The Chemistry Set - See Emily Play
16. What Noise - Rats
17. Death Of Samantha - Gigolo Aunt

VA - Beyond the Wildwood – A Tribute to Syd Barrett (1987)
(256 kbps, cover art incuded)

Miriam Makeba - The Guinea Years

Like many politically-minded black South Africans, Miriam Makeba spent several decades in exile during the apartheid era. Following the 1961 Sharpville Massacre, where dozens of people - including several of her relatives - were shot to death while protesting the new pass laws, Makeba broke her silence on the evils of apartheid rule. The South African government responded by revoking her citizenship and permanently refusing to let her return to her homeland.
 
After ten years of securing her fame in Europe and North America, singer Miriam Makeba returned home to Africa in 1968; sadly, though, Makeba couldn't return to her native South Africa because of her outspoken views on apartheid. So instead she temporarily lived in Guinea and recorded and performed with some of the top local musicians.
 
This excellent disc reveals the riches with 16 varied tracks, including four live cuts which end the program. While ranging from traditional Guinean cuts ("Milele") to bossa nova ("Le Enfant et la Gazelle"), Makeba further shows her flexibility by incorporating some rock and soul into the Afro-pop mix ("Lovely Lies") and even by offering a fine bit of torch singing à la Shirley Bassey ("Jeux Interdits [Forbidden Games]"). Taking in the raw soukous sound of Franco and his peers and expanding it with her own international touch and incredible voice, Makeba delivers a stunning batch of songs that can be counted as some of her best.    

 Tracklist:
1Teya Teya
2L´Enfant Et la Gazelle
3Milele
4Amampondo
5Toure Barika
6Lovely Lies
7Africa
8Maobhe Guinee
9Jeux Interdits (Forbidden Games)
10West Wind Unifications
11Dakhla Yunik
12Teya Teya (alternate Version)
13Djuiginira
14Malouyame
15Kadeya Deya
16Sekou Famake
     
Miriam Makeba - The Guinea Years
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Montag, 14. November 2016

Dizzy Gillespie - The Champ (1956)

An early LP on Savoy that gathers Dizzy Gillespie's small-group recordings from 1951-52, "The Champ" has a lot to recommend it - songs, sidemen, and performances. With just one exception, each of the selections are drawn from quintet or sextet dates, boasting work by Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Percy Heath, and Stuff Smith in addition to an early appearance from John Coltrane (he made his debut with Diz, though not here).

On the title track, a six-minute jam released as a two-part single, Gillespie plays furiously and tenor Budd Johnson contributes a great squawking solo. "Birk's Works," one of Dizzy's finest compositions, gets its first commercial recording, while Stuff Smith's violin solo gives "Caravan" exactly the exotic touch it needs to lift it above competing versions. Diz and Joe Carroll trade vocals on "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and bop culture meets gospel for "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac."                

Tracklist:

The Champ
Birk's Work
Caravan
Time On My Hands
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Tin Tin Deo
Stardust
They Can't Take That Away From Me
The Bluest Blues
Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac
Ooh-Shoo-Be-Doo-Bee
 Bopsies Blues (alt. take, bonus track)
 Blue Skies (bonus track)

Dizzy Gillespie - The Champ (1956)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Sonntag, 13. November 2016

The Kingston Trio - Live At Newport 1959


"Live at Newport" is a live album by the American folk music group The Kingston Trio. It contains a performance by the trio at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. At the time of the performance, the group consisted of Dave Guard, Bob Shane and Nick Reynolds.

The Kingston Trio had just become superstars when they performed this 12-song set at the Newport Folk Festival. Including well-known features of their repertoire such as "M.T.A.," "Scotch and Soda," and "All My Sorrows," it's a good-sounding and well-executed performance.   

It's been half a century since The Kingston Trio set the pop world afire with "Tom Dooley" and "(Charlie on the) MTA," and, in the process, turned "folk" music mainstream. College kids with energy, talent, and lively humor to burn, the Trio avoided the protest songs and controversy which led to the blacklisting of The Weavers during the McCarthy era. Featured at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, they became star attractions the following year when the Newport Folk Festival was inaugurated.

This album, recorded at that 1959 Festival but not released until 1994, highlights the youth, high spirits, and just plain good fun of a Kingston Trio concert, long before rock concerts became the norm. Only thirty-seven minutes long, this album contains mostly songs that were already big hits (and had already been recorded), but for those newbies wanting a short sample of their music and performing style, or long-time fans wanting a historic live recording, this does the job nicely.

"Saro Jane," "Hard Ain't It Hard," "When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Three Jolly Coachmen" have the insistent rhythms of guitar and banjo, the unrelenting energy, and the easy harmonies that typify Kingston Trio albums. "All My Sorrows," "South Coast," and "Scotch and Soda" add some quieter, minor-keyed variety to the selection. Their wild, irreverent humor, as close as the Trio gets to a protest, is seen in "Merry Minuet," in which the "rioting in Africa" and "starving in Spain," become a comment on politics and the environment, which may someday be solved by the "mushroom-shaped cloud."

Filled with the high-pitched screams and cheers of their young audience, to which the group plays with asides and seemingly off-the-cuff remarks, this album is classic Kingston Trio - loads of fun and loads of now-familiar songs.

The Kingston Trio - Live At Newport
(256 kbps, front cover included)

Samstag, 12. November 2016

Woody Guthrie - Archive Of Folk Music (1966, vinly rip)

"A folk song is what's wrong and how to fix it or it could be
who's hungry and where their mouth is or
who's out of work and where the job is or
who's broke and where the money is or
who's carrying a gun and where the peace is." - Woody Guthrie

Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) is best known as an American singer-songwriter and folk musician, whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan "This Machine Kills Fascists" displayed on his guitar.

In the spring of 1944, fresh off a torpedoed merchant marine ship, Woody Guthrie began showing up at the offices of Moses Asch´s Asch Records, where the record company owner let him make recordings informally; Guthrie would appear either alone or with a friend, usually his merchant marine partner Cisco Houston, but also Sonny Terry, Bess Hawes, and/or Leadbelly, and they would cut dozens of old folk songs, some with newly written lyrics by Guthrie, plus some of Guthrie's outright originals. The masters quickly piled up into the hundreds, far more than even a major label could release, and Asch had only issued a fraction of them by 1947, when he went bankrupt. That had ominous implications for Guthrie's discography, since some of the masters were retained by Asch's creditors, including his former partner, Herbert Harris of Stinson Records. The two disputed ownership of the material, but neither seems to have had the money for a legal battle. Asch, returning to solvency, put his Guthrie tracks out on his newly formed Folkways Records, while Harris released his on Stinson, and they also turned up on other labels, including the one on which they appear here, Everest. Guthrie sings alone only on "Gypsy Davy," "Pretty Boy Floyd," "Buffalo Skinners," and "Ranger's Command," while Houston provides a tenor harmony on the choruses and sometimes even the verses of the rest, in addition to serving as an instrumentalist. (It's not clear who plays what, although some tracks seem to have two guitars or a guitar and mandolin on them.) Although not credited on the disc, Terry plays harmonica on "Hey Lolly Lolly" and "Lonesome Day." The sound quality is iffy, indicative of possibly second-generation masters, and, of course, the performances have a first-take, near-rehearsal feel. That doesn't keep the music from being stirring on occasion. But folk music fans should note that this isn't really the Woody Guthrie of "This Land Is Your Land." Most of the songs are traditional ones, and the musical approach is closer to that of an old-timey country string band like the Monroe Brothers than it is to the urban folk that took its inspiration from Guthrie.


Woody Guthrie - Archive Of Folk Music (1966, vinly rip)
(192 kbps, front & back cover included)

VA - Mojo Presents - The Songs Of Leonard Cohen Covered

Leonard Cohen passed away yesterday at the age of 82. Rest in peace!

The Songs of Leonard Cohen Covered is a tribute album to Leonard Cohen, released in 2012. It was compiled by Mojo magazine, as a part of the magazine's March 2012 issue. The album features contributions by various musicians, including Bill Callahan, Cass McCombs, The Low Anthem, Field Music, Marc Ribot and ex-Fleet Foxes member Father John Misty.

Leonard Cohnes 1967 debut remains not only the cornerstone of Cohen´s remarkable career, but also a genuine songwriting landmark in terms of language, themaic developments and even arrangements. The entire album is covered here, its 10 tracks being augmented by five bonus cuts. The result is a fine tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Tracklist:

  1. Field Music – "Suzanne"
  2. Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo – "Master Song"
  3. Palace Songs – "Winter Lady"
  4. The Miserable Rich – "The Stranger Song"
  5. Liz Green – "Sisters of Mercy"
  6. Bill Callahan – "So Long, Marianne"
  7. Michael Kiwanuka – "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye"
  8. The Low Anthem – "Stories of the Street"
  9. Cass McCombs – "Teachers"
  10. Father John Misty – "One of Us Cannot Be Wrong"
Bonus tracks
  1. Diagrams – "Famous Blue Raincoat"
  2. Paper Dollhouse – "Last Year's Man"
  3. Marc Ribot and My Brightest Diamond – "Bird on A Wire"
  4. Dan Michaelson – "Avalanche"
  5. Scott Matthews – "Seems So Long Ago, Nancy!"



VA - Mojo Presents - The Songs Of Leonard Cohen Covered
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Donnerstag, 10. November 2016

Kurt Weill: Kleine Dreigroschenmusik - Mahagonny Songspiel - Violin Concerto (London Sinfonietta & David Atherton)

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Kurt Weill's collaborations with Bertolt Brecht in the late 1920s and early '30s captured the angst, despair, and decadence of post-Weimar Germany with determined zest and ironic brilliance.

These qualities, in turn, are mirrored in David Atherton's landmark Deutsche Grammophon Weill recordings from the mid-1970s. The performances still retain their proficient sting and expressive ferocity.

Atherton's alert London Sinfonietta revels in the tart edge of Weill's whiplash orchestrations, notwithstanding some rather tight-lipped shimmying in the "Kleine Dreigroschenmusik".

The British singers deliver Brecht's lacerating texts in nearly perfect German, and are not afraid to get down and dirty when appropriate. Violinist Nona Liddell makes the best of a rather unidiomatic solo part in the composer's early, Hindemithian concerto.

Kleine Dreigroschenmusik - Mahagonny Songspiel
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Hanns Eisler - Deutsche Sinfonie (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig)


At various times "Deutsche Sinfonie" for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 50 has variously been dubbed a "concentration camp symphony" or an "anti-Hitler symphony." This provocative work for chorus, soloists, and orchestra by Hans Eisler is in 11 sections, and was mostly written from 1935 through 1957. Eight movements have words by Bertold Brecht, and the eighth movement also contains portions from Ignazio Silone's novel "Bread and Wine" (1936). The Deutsche Sinfonie's history can also be viewed as biographical of the composer's tumultuous life.

The first movement is a "Präludium (Prelude)" which introduces the BACH motif in simple counterpoint, along with other central images of the work. Movement 2 is titled "An die Kämpfer in den Konzentrationslagern" (To the fighters in the concentration camps) and is a passacaglia based again on the BACH motif with 12-tone writing in the upper registers. The text praises the unshakeable courage of comrades in the camps: An "Etude für Orchester" follows with hints of military rhythms, and canonic lines. Eisler stated that his objectives in this work were to "convey grief without sentimentality, and struggle without the use of militaristic music." The 4th movement, "Erinnerung (Potsdam) [Remembrance (Potsdam)]" describes the grim scene of an anti-war protest, brilliantly portrayed in the music. The fifth movement, dramatically punctuated with luminous orchestration, is titled "In Sonnenburg" (which ironically means "Sun City"). The text here concerns a concentration camp in which both prisoners and guards went hungry. The "Intermezzo für Orchester" follows. The seventh movement is "Begräbnis des Hetzers im Zinksarg (Burial of the Troublemaker in a Zinc Coffin)". The trouble-maker in this case asked for enough to eat, a dry place to live, that his children be fed, and that he be paid his exact wages. The chorus first enters in a forte chorus in Classical style on the words "Denn er war ein Hetzer. Begrabt ihn! Begrabt ihn! (Because he was a troublemaker. Bury him! Bury him!)." And at the end, in dramatic minor harmonies punctuated in triplet rhythm by the instruments, the chorus states that "wer sich solidarisch erklärt mit allen Unterdrückten, der soll von nun an bis in die Ewigkeit in das Zink kommen wie dieser da"(whoever proclaims his solidarity with all who are oppressed - from now on throughout eternity he will be put into a zinc box like this one). In contrast to the previous movements, the 8th movement, a "Bauernkantate (Peasant Cantata)" in 4 sections, describes everyday experiences which give rise to the realizations that inform humanist impulses. The third movement is a stroke of expressive genius, entitled "Flüstergespräche (Melodram) [Dialogue in whispers]." It is a conversation in theatrical whispers about trials that are forever delayed. The whispering by two voices is heard in front of a subdued, ethereal humming chorus and sustaining orchestra playing 12-tone material, to stunning effect. The last section of Movement 8 is a "Bauernliedchen," a peasant's little song of encouragement and resistance. The 9th Movement, "Arbeiterkantate" (A Worker's Cantata), describes in the first person the gradual realization of society's inherent class struggle. Falling rain is used throughout as a metaphor describing social and natural consequences, the class-enemy trying to convince people that the rain can fall upward to the clouds (by false democracy, by maintaining fear and false enemies, etc.). Movement 10 is an "Allegro for Orchestra" which intrically varies the BACH motif. The final Movement 11 is an "Epilogue" extracted from Eisler's work "Bilder aus der Kriegsfibel (Pictures from the Primer on War)" and is a plea to save children from the literal cold and the coldness of man's previous acts.

Hanns Eisler - Deutsche Sinfonie (Gewandhausorchester Leipzig)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Mittwoch, 9. November 2016

Jalda Rebling - Hans-Werner Apel - Stefan Maass - Jews in Germany (1250-1750) - Juden in Deutschland (1994)

Today we remember the anti-Jewish pogrom in Nazi Germany and Austria on 9 to 10 November1938, also known as "Novemberpogrome", "Reichskristallnacht", "Reichspogromnacht" or "Pogromnacht" in German.

This album features jewish music from 5 centuries performed by the famous jewish vocalist Jalda Rebling and the well known musicians Hans-Werner Apel and Stefan Maass. No easy-listening, but excellent and very impressive. The album was recorded in 1994.

The present recordings provide for the first time a representative cross-section of the Jewish history of music in Germany. The highlights of Hebrew, Yiddish and German songs tell us of 500 years of fruitful and dreadful neighbourhood in a country, which seemed to be a second, intellectual home for the Jewish people, and yet became the place of ruthless persecution.

Tracklist:

1a. Wa heb' uf, unt niht envint - komponiert von Süßkind von Trimberg
1b. Ich var uf der toren vart - komponiert von Süßkind von Trimberg
2. Ein wolf vil jaemerlichen sprach - komponiert von Süßkind von Trimberg
3. Möcht ich dein wegeren
4. Der Winter will hinweichen
5. Judenverfolgung zu Passau 1477
5a. O du armer Judas
5b. Variationen auf den armen Judas - komponiert von Hans Gerle
6. Judentanz - komponiert von Hans Newsidler
7a. Vintz Hanß Lied - komponiert von Elchanan b. Abraham Helen
7b. Triumphmarsch - komponiert von Elchanan b. Abraham Helen
8. Judentanz - komponiert von Wolff Heckel
9. Addir hu - komponiert von Johann Stephan Rittangel
10. Galgengesang des Joseph Süß Oppenheimer
11. Eins wollt ihr es nennen
12. Ergötzlichkeit zur rechten Zeit - komponiert von Adam Krieger
13. Kallalied
14. Zu Chassene und B'rith-Mile - komponiert von Elchanan b. Abraham Helen
15. Akdomus - komponiert von Leijb Chasan
16. Das neue Jerusalem
17. Ki lo naeh - komponiert von Johann Stephan Rittangel

Jalda Rebling - Hans-Werner Apel - Stefan Maass - Jews in Germany (1250-1750) - Juden in Deutschland (1994)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Hanns Eisler - Deutsche Sinfonie (NOVA, 1988)


Deutsche Sinfonie, Op. 50, is a composition for soloists, chorus and orchestra by Hanns Eisler. Despite the title, it is considered to be more in the style of a cantata than a symphony.

Principally composed between 1935 and 1947, but not completed until 1957, it is an eleven-movement setting of poems by Bertolt Brecht, drawn mainly from Brecht's Songs, Poems and Choruses of 1934, and by Ignazio Silone, adapted by Eisler.

It was premiered in its full form at the German State Opera, East Berlin, on 24 April 1959. Brecht had died in 1956.

Eisler's theme was the advance of Nazism in Germany. Yet the composer encountered difficulties in both reception and performance of the work throughout its long period of composition and development. When the first two movements (at this stage subtitled An Anti-Hitler Symphony) won a prize at the 15th Festival of the International Society for Contemporary Music, gaining a promised performance of them at the 1937 Paris World Exhibition, the Nazi regime persuaded the French government to have the performance cancelled.

Here´s the "Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin" recording, conducted by Max Pommer and released in 1988 on the NOVA label.

Hanns Eisler - Deutsche Sinfonie (NOVA, 1988)
(256 kbps, front cover included)

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Winter In America (1974)


Gil Scott-Heron was at his most righteous and provocative on this album.

The title cut was a moving, angry summation of the social injustices Scott-Heron felt had led the nation to a particularly dangerous period, while "The Bottle" was a great treatise on the dangers of alcohol abuse.

He also offered his thoughts on Nixon's legacy with "The H2O Gate Blues," a classic oral narrative.

Brian Jackson's capable keyboard, acoustic piano and arranging talents helped make this a first-rate release, one of several the duo issued during the 1970s.

The album title Winter in America was intended to represent Scott-Heron's use of the season of winter as a metaphor and concept of his view of the issues facing society during his time. The title was also meant to represent the urban sociological themes featured on the album, which had surfaced on most of Scott-Heron's previous work. Scott-Heron referred to the title as the "overall atmosphere of the album", as well as the metaphor for the overall theme of the album. Winter was conceived amid social, economic and political issues in the United States during the early 1970s, including stagflation, the 1973 oil crisis that had great effect during the winter, the 1973 stock market crash, the Watergate scandal, and urban decay. He further elaborated on the social concept of winter and Afrocentricism, as it relates to living during times such as these and how the title reflects on the time itself, in the original LP liner notes:


Tracklist
01. Peace Go With You, Brother
02. Rivers Of My Fathers
03. A Very Precious Time
04. Back Home
05. The Bottle
06. Song For Bobby Smith
07. Your Daddy Loves You
08. H2Ogate Blues
09. Peace Go With You, Brother
10. Winter In America (Live)
11. Song For Bobby Smith (Alternate)
12. Your Daddy Loves You (Live)
13. The Bottle / Guan Guanco (Live)

Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - Winter In America (1974)
(192 kbps, front cover included)