Freitag, 30. Dezember 2016

Pablo Milanes - A Vivo No Brasil (1984)

The important Caribbean musical tradition has in Pablo Milanés one of its noted composers/performers. The natural bonds of musical identification and fraternity with Brazil are celebrated in this intense album recorded live in this country with the participation of Chico Buarque.

"Yo Pisare las Calles Nuevamente" (in a voice/violão rendition), the nostalgic "Años" (with his band), the energetic "Creeme" and "Yo No Te Pido," the lyrical "Para Vivir" (backed only by the piano of Jorge Aragón), and "Acto de Fé" opened the show, which in the second part began with Chico Buarque's dramatic "Pedaço de Mim" (together with Buarque). Buarque also joins Milanes in the lachrymose "Yolanda" and in "Homenaje." The highly emotional impact of meeting, enhanced by Buarque and Milanes's natural sound affinity, can be verified by the audience's response and in the thrilled address by Elba Ramalho and Caetano Veloso. The musical aspect is subordinated to the lyrical content, with no improvisation or other signals of instrumental independence.       

Tracklist:

01. Apresentação (0:50)
02. Yo pisaré las calles nuevamente (2:41)
03. Años (5:13)
04. Créeme (4:49)
05. Yo no te pido (5:25)
06. Para vivir (3:38)
07. Acto de fe (4:51)
08. Apresentação (0:44)
09. Pedaço de mim (2:34)
10. Yolanda (4:35)
11. Amo esta isla (6:57)
12. Canción por la unidad latinoamericana (7:05)
13. Homenaje (5:43)

Pablo Milanes - A Vivo No Brasil (1984)
(128 kbps, cover art included)

        

Patti Smith - Divine Intervention (Roskilde 1996)

"Three chord rock merged with the power of the word."

So Patti Smith described her music on the 1975 release of "Horses", her celebrated debut album; and so she has continued to blend the spoken and sung arts in incantatory fashion with her latest work, "Twelve".

Impossible to categorize, moving easily between the literary and musical worlds, always unpredictable and impassioned, she is an idiosyncratically unique performer who has always remained true to her artistic vision.
Born in Chicago and raised in Woodbury, New Jersey, just across the state line from Philadelphia, Patti's mother, Beverly, was a jazz singer cum waitress. Her father, Grant,
worked at the Honeywell plant; she was the oldest of four siblings: her sisters Linda and Kimberly (the latter plays mandolin on Gone Again's "Ravens,"), and brother Todd. Unable to find her place in high school society, she took refuge in the images of Rimbaud, Bob Dylan, James Brown, and the Rolling Stones. Dropping out of Glassboro State Teacher's College, she headed for the bright lights - big city of New York.
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"Divine Intervention" (1996, Rupert 9681) is a recording of her performance on June, 30, 1996 at the Roskile Festival in Denmark. The performance and the sound quality are good, so enjoy another Patti Smith bootleg...
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Patti Smith - Divine Intervention (Roskilde 1996)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Mittwoch, 28. Dezember 2016

VA - COMPAÑERO PRESIDENTE (1975)



Posted in September 2013:

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chilean coup d’etat that ousted the constitutional president of Chile, Salvador Allende, from office and gave rise to the vicious dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet 11th September 1973. We would like to share some more music from Chile and Latin America to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Chilean human and social tragedy brought about by Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Thousands of people were tortured and killed, others ‘disappeared’ at the hands of the authorities, the secret police and more were illegally detained. Men, women and children were rounded up by the military and taken from their homes. Most were never seen alive by their families again. One million people were forced into exile.

The album "COMPAÑERO PRESIDENTE" was released in 1975 honouring Salvador Allende and the Unitad Popular and features songs by Inti-Illimani, Soledad Bravo, Andrés Jiménez, Daniel Viglietti, Ali Primera, César Isella, Quilapayún, Oscar Chávez, Angel Parra and Pablo Milanés.


Tracklist:
01 - Chile Herido [Inti-Illimani]
02 - A Salvador Allende En Su Combate Por La Vida [Soledad Bravo]
03 - Canción Al Presidente [Andrés Jiménez]
04 - Por Todo Chile [Daniel Viglietti]
05 - Canción Para Los Valientes [Alí Primera]
06 - Che Salvador [César Isella]
07 - Compañero Presidente [Quilapayún]
08 - A Salvador Allende [Óscar Chávez]
09 - Canción A Salvador Allende (Compañero Presidente) [Angel Parra]
10 - Yo Pisaré Las Calles Nuevamente [Pablo Milanés]

VA - Companero Presidente (1975)
(about 256 kbps, cover art included)

Soleda Bravo - Vol. 4 (1972)

Spain-born and Venezuela-raised Soledad Bravo has been one of the leaders of the nueve cancion ("new song") movement that swept through latin America in the '70s and '80s. Although equally proficient at singing traditional and popular songs, Bravo made her greatest impact as a protest singer.

According to Billboard, "her voice is an exceptional instrument." The Diario, a newspaper in Madrid, claims "her voice captivates you, the range is so wide and its strength is amazing."
Bravo, who inherited her political convictions from her father, emigrated to Venezuela with her parents at the age of seven. While attending the Liceo Rafael Urdaneta, she began singing with a group. She continued to sing while studying architecture, psychology and literature at the Central University of Venezuela. Shortly after her graduation in 1967, Bravo was hired to perform every morning on a television show Buenos Dias. She remained on the program for years. Her debut album, "Soledad Bravo Canta", released in 1968, included her interpretation of Carlos Puebla's tribute to Che Guevera, "Hasta Siempre."

Between 1969 and 1976, Bravo continued to focus on the songs of Latin America, releasing three commercially successful albums and touring throughout Peru, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. In 1972, Bravo recorded a double-album, "En Vivo", featuring songs of the Spanish Civil war. Four years later, she was invited to perform in Spain. An appearance on Spanish television, with accompaniment by flamenco guitarist Manolo Sanlucar, helped to make her a nationally known artist. During the four years that she remained in Spain, Bravo recorded several albums including one with Spanish poet Rafael Alberti in 1977, and a collection of songs of the Spanish Jews, "Cantos Sefardies", that received a Grand Prix Du Disque award in France. Switching her attention to the tropical repertoire, Bravo traveled to New York to record "Caribe", produced by salsa musician Willie Colon. Four years later, she recorded a self-titled album with accompaniment by Eddie Gomez, Airto Moreira, Paquito D'Rivera, Jorge Dalto, Ray Barreto, Yomo Toro and Spyro Gyra.

Tracklist:                           
A1Punto y Raya
A2Entra y Sale
A3Uno De Abajo
A4Qué Dirá El Santo Padre
A5 De Qué Se Ríe
A6Niño y Estrella
B1Canción De Toribio García
B2Canción De Pablo
B3Volver A Los Diecisiete
B4El Violín De Becho
B5Patria Amada Idolatrada, Salve, Salve

Soleda Bravo - Vol. 4 (1972)
(ca. 224 kbps, cover art included)

Montag, 26. Dezember 2016

Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Sound Sun Pleasure


The first half-dozen cuts on "Sound Sun Pleasure" (1970) are thought to have been documented between 1958 and 1960, during Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra's residency in Chicago. Although Ra's arrangements are as intricate and involved as any from the era, the song list draws heavily upon standards. That said, it might be recommended as a starting point for parties not acclimated to the artist's later and exceedingly aggressive free and avant-garde leanings.

Hatty Randolph (vocals) joins the combo for a pair of refined vocals on the covers of "'Round Midnight" and "Back in Your Own Backyard." The Arkestra complement Randolph's full-bodied delivery with such finesse, it is a wonder there isn't evidence of more frequent collaborations like this. She adds a bluesy melancholia that nicely offsets the instrumentation. "You Never Told Me That You Care" - co-written by Ra and Hobart Dotson (trumpet) - stunningly demonstrates Ra's unmatched scoring and superlative sense of melody. The sweeping and languid tempo allows the tune to unravel organically. "Enlightenment" - another co-composition by the pair - is slightly more indicative of Ra's complex approach, as well as the style that would inform his later work, noted by the band's stridency around the comparatively progressive harmonics. When "Sound Sun Pleasure" was issued on compact disc in 1992, an additional seven selections were included. Chronologically, they are among the earliest known from Sun Ra, recorded at various times and locations between 1953 and 1956, yielding understandably sporadic sound quality. "Deep Purple" - from a session held in Ra's apartment -- features contributions by Stuff Smith, while Wilbur Ware (bass) duets on an emotive "Can This Be Love." Arthur Hoyle (trumpet) makes one of his first Arkestra appearances on the bouncy post-bop original "Dreams Come True" that also sports a rare Clyde Williams vocal.                

Tracklist:
1'Round Midnight3:55
2You Never Told Me That You Care5:37
3Hour Of Parting4:53
4Back In Your Own Backyard2:07
5Enlightenment5:09
6I Could Have Danced All Night3:11
7Deep Purple4:03
8Piano Interlude1:56
9Can This Be Love6:01
10Dreams Come True3:08
11Don't Blame Me2:53
12'S Wonderful2:18
13Lover Come Back To Me2:49

Sun Ra And His Astro Infinity Arkestra – Sound Sun Pleasure
(ca. 192 kpbs, cover art included)

Samstag, 24. Dezember 2016

Odetta - Christmas Spirituals (1960)

Wish you a peaceful Christmas!

This aren´t the Christmas songs you´ll hear in the malls or at the parades. No Santa Claus. No reindeer. No snow. But for me it would not be Christmas without this glorious album. (Although, to be honest, the music is so beautiful, I´ve put it on many times in mid-summer, and it doesn´t seem out of place.

Odetta's husky voice is often stunning, both in her a cappella performances and her songs with accompaniment. She says these songs are traditional spirituals, neither purely African nor American, but songs that emerged from the sufferings of slavery. Powerful stuff.                

Tracklist:

A1Rise Up Shepard And Follow
A2What Month Was Jesus Born In?
A3Mary Had A Baby
A4Somebody Talking 'Bout Jesus
A5Virgin Mary Had One Son
A6Go Tell It On The Mountain
A7Shout For Joy
B1Poor Little Jesus
B2O Jerusalem
B3Ain't That A-Rockin'
B4If Anybody Asks You
B5Beautiful Star
B6Children Go Where I Send Thee


Odetta - Christmas Spirituals (1960)
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Donnerstag, 22. Dezember 2016

Gideon - Mamlok - Rochberg - Shapey - Waxman - Wyner - Zilberts - Psalms Of Joy And Sorrow

Unique among liturgies in their singular blend of majestic grandeur, lofty sentiments, and poignant simplicity, the Psalms embrace virtually every basic human emotion and mood, always in the context of faith.

This album reflects the varied responses of twelve 20th- and 21st-century composers to some of the most affecting and enduring of all biblical texts—the Psalms.

Common to the liturgies, histories, and spirit of both Judaism and Christianity, the biblical Book of Psalms is one of the most widely familiar and most frequently quoted books of the Hebrew Bible. The Psalms' sentiments and teachings, expressed in a singular blend of majestic grandeur and poignant simplicity, give them a uniquely universal resonance. Encompassing virtually every human emotion and mood from exaltation to alienation, hope to despair, these texts have inspired musical interpretation since Jewish antiquity, with notated musical settings dating back
more than ten centuries.

Composers of virtually every orientation have engaged the Psalms in compositions ranging from large-scale works for chorus, full orchestra, and soloists to intimate a cappella choral pieces. The original settings heard on this new CD, by both traditionally-minded and avant-garde composers, exemplify the variety of musical treatments and expressions the Psalms have inspired.

Participating artists heard on "Psalms of Joy and Sorrow" include actor Theodore Bikel, cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Charles Osborne and Meir Finkelstein; the BBC Singers, Laudibus Choir, Schola Hebraeica, Barcelona Symphony/National Orchestra of Catalonia and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; and conductors Samuel Adler, Michael Brewer, Ronald Corp, Patrick Gardner, Steven Gunzenhauser, Avner Itai, Elli Jaffe, Neil Levin and Karl Anton Rickenbacher.


"Dispersed over the centuries to all corners of the earth, the Jewish people absorbed elements of its host cultures while, miraculously, maintaining its own. As many Jews reconnected in America, escaping persecution and seeking to take part in a visionary democratic society, their experiences found voice in their music. The sacred and secular body of work that has developed over the three centuries since Jews first arrived on these shores provides a powerful means of expressing the multilayered saga of American Jewry.

While much of this music had become a vital force in American and world culture, even more music
of specifically Jewish content had been created, perhaps performed, and then lost to current and future generations. Believing that there was a unique opportunity to rediscover, preserve and transmit the collective memory contained within this music, I founded the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music in 1990.

The passionate collaboration of many distinguished artists, ensembles and recording producers over the past fourteen years has created a vast repository of musical resources to educate, entertain and inspire people of all faiths and cultures. The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music is a living project; one that we hope will cultivate and nourish musicians and enthusiasts of this richly varied musical repertoire." - Lowell Milken

“In the Torah and the [books of the] Prophets, God reaches out to man. The initiative is His. The message is His. He communicates, we receive.... In the Psalms, human beings reach out to God. The initiative is human. The language is human. We make an effort to communicate. He receives.... The human soul extends itself beyond its confining, sheltering, impermanent house of clay. It gropes for an experience of the divine Presence.” - Nahum Sarna

Gideon - Mamlok - Rochberg - Shapey - Waxman - Wyner - Zilberts - Psalms Of Joy And Sorrow
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Dienstag, 13. Dezember 2016

VA - Place Of Hope - Celebrating The New South Africa (1996)

"Place Of Hope" is an album with songs performed by musicians from the USA and South Africa. It was dedicated to the students of Funda Community College of South Africa. Founded in 1984, Funda is one of the oldest independent training institutions in the visual arts in South Africa, established in response to the inaccessibility of specialised training in the visual arts for black South Africans under apartheid. Built on land donated by the Urban Foundation and IBM, Funda continues to serve as a critical point of access to the visual arts sector for young black South Africans.

Tracklist:

1. Place Of Hope
2. One Love/People Get Ready
3. That's The Way Of The World
4. Place Of Hope
5. Now Or Never
6. Broken Wings
7. Thula Sizwe/I Shall Be Released
8. We Shall Overcome
9. Heal Our Land
10. Zulu Chant
11. Fragile
12. Now It's Your Turn
13. New South Africa
14. Shed A Little Light
15. Place Of Hope
16. Amazing Grace
VA - Place Of Hope - Celebrating The New South Africa (1996)
(256 kbps, cover art included)

Freitag, 9. Dezember 2016

Hein & Oss - Singen Volkslieder (1976)

Hein & Oss were born identical twins on September 17th 1927 in Pirmasens, Germany. Through the influence of their mother and their grandfather they found a very early interest in singing and in music.

They belong to the small band of German folksingers who are internationally famous through their various concerts, broadcasting and television appearances.

Through their extensive travels they got to know the world and its music; their repertoire is extremely varied and interesting and is drawn from nearly every part of the folk word. Shanties or chansons, soldier´s songs, protest songs or spirituals - the congenial twins from Pirmasens enthrall their audience in Berlin and Calcutta, Paris and Rome, Athens, Teheran, Munich, Bagdad,Hamburg and London.

Hein & Oss belongend to the founders of the "Chanson Folklore International", whose annual festival was held at Castle Waldeck, Germany and was considered as a meeting point of well known folksingers from various countries.

This double album was recored in Munich, August 1976.

Hein & Oss - Singen Volkslieder - Auf den Plätzen, auf, in den Straßen (1976)
(192 kbps, front cover included)

Mittwoch, 7. Dezember 2016

Witthüser & Westrupp -Trips & Träume (1971)

Apparently, Witthüser & Westrupp came into being at the Essen "Podium" folk club where Walter Westrupp worked as a DJ. Bernd Witthüser was already known as a protest singer, Westrupp was playing in a skiffle band, and when the two met they realised there was a magical chemistry between them. They busked and played in local clubs creating their own unique repertoire. Although working as a duo since 1969, their debut was released under Bernd Witthüser's name, as it contained music composed by him, with lyrics taken from the writings of politically minded poets and novelists, like Novalis, Heine and Brösel.

As a proper duo the Witthüser & Westrupp sound came on in leaps and bounds, their music was pure innovation, drawing on Westrupp's classical background, and enthusiasm from Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser, Witthüser & Westrupp became the cosmic buskers! With some of the finest session musicians in Germany, they went on to record three of the most original progressive folk-rock albums of the early-70's.

"TRIPS & TRÄUME" is, excepting a couple of shorter catchy folk songs, a very cosmic affair, with long spacious tracks oozing out atmosphere, like ancient folk diversions from Ash Ra Tempel. Up first is "Lasst uns auf die Reise gehn" which is such a moving tune for me, i´m so touched by this song. "Nimm doch einen Joint, mein Freund" is a (sort of) cover of THE FRATERNITY OF MAN"S "Don't Bogart Me" made popular by it's inclusion in the film "Easy Rider". This version is such a blast as we get English vocals for the first time as they sing about sharing weed and singing about hash and lsd. Humerous stuff.

The next two albums on the Pilz label developed the sound on an even richer more complex level with massed keyboards, a little more rock, more guitars and even choirs, many of the guests being from Wallenstein. After disbanding, both musicians went onto other folk and political bands: Baier Westrupp, Die Walter H.C. Meier Pumpe, etc. A double live album of Witthüser & Westrupp was also issued.

Tracklist:
A1Laßt uns auf die Reise gehn4:00
A2Trippo Nova8:55
A3Orienta7:35
B1Illusion I4:35
B2Karlchen9:05
B3Englischer Walzer1:38
B4Nimm doch einen Joint, mein Freund3:30

Witthüser & Westruppe - Trips & Träume (1971)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Oscar Chávez – Nicaragua vencerá (1979)


Oscar Chávez was born in Mexico in 1935. He spent his early years studying theater at the Escuela de Arte Teatral del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, the Academia de Teatro del Maestro Seki Sano, and the Teatro de la Universidad. Chávez appeared in a number of films, including Los Caimanes, La Diosa de Plata, and El Heraldo. His film work led to opportunities in the emerging world of the telenovela. As an actor, vocalist, and director, Chávez participated in more than 200 radio plays for Radio Universidad.

Though a busy actor and director, his musical pursuits have earned him international fame, with more than 20 records to his credit. In his repertoire choices and compositions, Chávez has distinguished himself not only as an arranger and performer, but as champion of Mexican folklore. This preoccupation with preservation of tradition manifested itself throughout his work via the inclusion of not only traditional stories, but also protest songs. Viewing folklore as inherently political, Chávez would come to be known as the people's folk historian. Later in his career, Chávez added light political satire to his repertoire, including material that made light of current political situations and characters. Chávez continues to be an important player in the preservation of traditional Mexican music and culture.   

Here´s Oscar Chavez hommage to the Sandinista revolution against the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua.           

Tracklist:
01. Ya cayó Somoza
02. Con Sandino en Nicaragua
03. La Mama Ramona
04. Somos los libertadores
05. Dos palomitas blancas
06. Contra Moncada
07. Gratitud a Masaya
08. Caballo criollo
09. Corrido de Nicaragua
10. Hora cero-La Adelita

Oscar Chávez – Nicaragua vencerá (1979)
(160 kbps, front cover included)

Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2016

Gisela May & Thanassis Moraitis - Mikis Theodorakis - Lieder

This album is a historical musical document that has been recorded in Berlin in 1988, just a year before the fall of the Berliner Wall. The “great lady” of the Berliner Ensemble and excellent interpreter of Brecht’s songs, Gisela May, meets the Greek singer Thanassis Moraitis.
Together, they sing an anthology consisting of important compositions signed by Mikis Theodorakis, one of the most significant Greek composers such as “Asma Asmaton”, “Antonis”, “To gelasto pedi” and others.

Tracklist:
A1Lied der Lieder (Part 1)3:56
A2Andonis2:58
A3Der Flüchtling3:02
A4Wenn der Krieg vorbei ist3:03
A5Lied der Lieder (Part 2)0:53
A6Am 18. November2:00
A7Der Junge mit dem Lächeln2:34
A8Weil er sich nicht Gesetzen beugte2:52
A9Anatolien2:45
B1O Dromos Tou Phegariou2:44
B2Santiago5:27
B3Patrida Mou2:40
B4Chameni Apostoli3:02
B5Arkouda3:24
B6Tripolis4:00
B7To Taxidi2:51


Gisela May & Thanassis Moraitis - Mikis Theodorakis - Lieder
(320 kbps, cover art included)

Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2016

Lee Perry - Megaton Dub Vol. 2 (1984)

Opinions (mine included) run hot and cold over this hard-to-find two volume set of Scratch dub. I don't think it is as excellent and crucial as many of its supporters claim, nor do I think it's as awful as its detractors insist. File it under odd and occasionally wonderful (but, ultimately not essential), especially if you like your Perry mix so loaded with echo it sounds as if it was recorded in a canyon. Extremely difficult to find.     - allmusic.com

More near nuclear versions, recorded at Black Ark Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. Maybe one should have no fear of atomic energy but this second round of word sound power plants deserve maximum respect. Upsetter at the apogee.
         
Tracklist:                                                     
A1Traveling In Dub
A2Fisherman Dub
A3Zion In Dub
A4Groovy Dub
B1Dub Crisis
B2Green Bay Killing
B3Big Neck Dub
B4Living In Dub

Lee Perry - Megaton Dub Vol. 2
(192 kbps, cover art included)

Hugh Masekela - Grrr (1966)

The South Afican-born trumpeter Hugh Masekela was playing world music before it had a name. On this album, recorded shortly after he moved to the United States and shortly before he became a worldwide star, he seamlessly fuses jazz ideas with the emotionally direct, rhythmically complex South African music known as Mbaqanga.

Masekela as a young trumpeter from the mid-'60s. Rare, but clearly his best format and playing.  - allmusic.com               

Tracklist:

01. U, Dwi (Masekela) (3:14)
02. Zuul and the Mexican (Masekela) (3:22)
03. Emavungweni (Xaba) (3:08)
04. Ntjilo-Ntjilo (Makeba) (4:12)
05. Sharpville (Masekela) (3:29)
06. Umaningi Bona (Nkabinde) (3:17)
07. Sipho (Mrwebi) (3:44)
08. Kwa-Blaney (Gwangwa) (2:12)
09. Mra (Christopher) (3:08)
10. Phatsha-Phatsha (Mabaso) (2:55)

Hugh Masekela - Grrr (1966)
(320 kbps, cover art 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)

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)

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)