Apr 27, 2015

Jaime Brockett - Remember The Wind And The Rain 1971 (2005 Collector's Choice)

Review by Lindsay Planer
Folksinger and composer Jaime Brockett's debut album, Remember the Wind and the Rain (1971), easily demonstrates why readers of Broadside magazine heralded him as Boston, MA's top male performer circa 1968. Brockett's emotive side is revealed on the title track, "Blue Chip," and the hauntingly beautiful "Nowadays," juxtaposed against the anti-authoritarian hippie anthems "Talkin' Green Beret New Super Yellow Hydraulic Banana Teeny Bopper Blues" and the nearly quarter-hour "Legend of the U.S.S Titanic." Even though the latter sounds like an amphetamine-fueled rave, it includes a coded message and some sage advice: if one has the need to partake of recreational combustibles, it should be done "in the privacy of your own home." This is opposed to imbibing on the bow of a ship -- as the narrative blames a pot-tokin' first mate as the responsible party for the vessel's fate. "St. Botolph St. Grey Morning Dulcimer Thing" -- bearing the name of St. Botolph, Boston's patron saint -- is another interesting entry, as it is Brockett's sole original as well as the only instrumental on the disc. The melody contains a few striking resemblances to the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood," and Brockett's prowess on the hammer dulcimer is impressive as the tune ambles and winds up to an accelerated climax and then gently slows for the conclusion. As the spelling might infer, the achingly poignant "Suzzane" isn't a cover of the Leonard Cohen song, but is one of the effort's standouts, thanks in part to Tony Rubino's eloquent acoustic fretwork. The withdrawn intimacy in the reworking of "One Too Many Mornings" sharply contrasts with Bob Dylan's version, offering up an otherwise obscured vantage point in the author's verse. The long-player concludes on a portentous note with "Bag on the Table," a hauntingly noir tale of a life lost and tragically wasted. Although Brockett would go on to record a couple more albums, it is undoubtedly Remember the Wind and the Rain that most folks will recall.

1. Talkin' Green Beret New Super Yellow Hydraulic Banana Teeny Bopper... 5:23
2. Remember The Wind And The Rain 5:36       
3. St. Botolph Street Grey Morning Dulcimer Thing 3:26       
4. Blue Chip 7:26       
5. Nowadays 5:53       
6. Legend Of The U.S.S. Titanic 13:32       
7. Suzzane 4:31       
8. One Too Many Mornings 3:06       
9. Bag On The Table 6:48

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Apr 24, 2015

Funkadelic - Music For Your Mother - Funkadelic 45s (1992, Westbound Records)

Review by Ned Raggett
Though Tales of Kidd Funkadelic brought together some oddballs and rarities from Funkadelic's early- to mid-'70s existence, it wasn't until Music for Your Mother came out that there was a full compilation of all the band's singles from birth to the mid-decade switch to Warner Bros. And what a compilation it is: Bringing together some of the band's best material as well as some of its craziest, Music for Your Mother does the business for any self-respecting P-Funk clone. Given that the focus is on A- and B-sides rather than album cuts, it isn't a truly exhaustive overview -- that would require the inclusion of songs like "Maggot Brain" and "Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow," for a start. It's a small quibble in context, though, especially given the inclusion of a number of songs that never made it onto the original eight albums. Most notable is a curious rarity, the semi-smooth soul "I Miss My Baby" single, which was credited to U.S., with music by Funkadelic (U.S. being a group led by eventual P-Funk guitarist Gary Shider). As for the other B-sides and uncollected numbers, they're an understandably mixed but often interesting bunch, including alternate instrumental takes of "Music for Your Mother" and "I Wanna Know if It's Good to You," the unreleased "Can't Shake It Loose" single, the gospel/feedback freakout "Open Our Eyes," and the hilariously titled "Fish, Chips and Sweat." The amazing bonus to the whole collection is the exhaustive 24-page booklet, reviewing the entire early history of Funkadelic via archival photos and a slew of interviews with the surviving participants. Plenty of fun tales are told, but George Clinton didn't participate -- not surprising, given the unflattering picture eventually painted of him -- while the depressing fates of Eddie Hazel and Tawl Ross get deserved attention.
Disc 1:
1. Music For My Mother
2. Music For My Mother (Instrumental)
3. Can't Shake It Loose
4. As Good As I Can Feel
5. I'll Bet You
6. Qualify And Satisfy
7. Open Our Eyes
8. I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody Got A Thing
9. Fish, Chips And Sweat
10. I Wanna Know If It's Good To You
11. I Wanna Know If It's Good To You (Instrumental)
12. You And Your Folks, Me And My Folks
13. Funky Dollar Bill
14. Can You Get To That
15. Back In Our Minds
16. I Miss My Baby  

Disc 2:
1. Baby I Owe You Something Good
2. Hit It And Quit It
3. A Whole Lot Of BS
4. Loose Booty
5. A Joyful Process
6. Cosmic Slop
7. If You Don't Like The Effects, Don't Produce The Cause
8. Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On
9. Jimmy's Got A Little Bit Of Bitch In Him
10. Red Hot Mamma
11. Vital Juices
12. Better By The Pound
13. Stuffs And Things
14. Let's Take It To The Stage
15. Biological Speculation
16. Undisco Kidd
17. How Do Yeaw View You 

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Apr 22, 2015

The Wackers - Shredder (Vinyl-rip, 1973)


1. Day & Night
2. Hey Lawdy Lawdy
3. I'll Believe In You
4. Put Myself to Sleep
5. Eventually, Even You Even Me
6. Coming Apart
7. It's My Life
8. Beach Song
9. Buck Duckdog Memorial Jam
(Our Ship's Comin' In/My Old Lady/You Really Got Me)
10. Last Dance

Randy Bishop - bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Bob Segarini - guitar, vocals
Bill “Kootch” Trochim - bass, guitar, vocals
Spencer Earnshaw - drums
Additional musicians:
Gerry Mercer - drums
Jack Schaffer - saxophone
J. P. Lauzon - bass, guitar, piano
Frankie Hart - percussion, backing vocals
Janet Abramson - backing vocals
Rayburn Blake - backing vocals

 Vinyl-rip | FLAC TRACKS | 225 mb incl. 3% recovery


The Wackers - Hot Wacks (1972) 

Apr 19, 2015

Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers & Friends - Back To The 'Dillo 1982 (Edsel 1998)

 Review by Eugene Chadbourne 
In the '70s Augie Meyers cranked up a label called Texas and released a string of albums. The catalog included several live recordings involving a group of musicians that could be credited as loosely as they are for this production, or might also be known as the Sir Douglas Quintet or the Texas Tornados. Anyway, it's Doug Sahm and his faithful sidekick Augie Meyers plus many of the usual cohorts, including a horn section that sounds as if it has been practicing unison statements after every meal for the last decade. The live recording sound is perfectly acceptable for a '70s rock date, and the only thing that might detract from the experience of reliving a night at the infamous Armadillo Ballroom is the almost ridiculous jukebox nature of the program. Sahm's sidemen often complained that the leader neglected his brilliant original material for the sake of playing as many different covers as possible, and if the matter ever came to a jury trial, this recording could be brought in as exhibit A. There is a Chuck Berry song, followed by pretty little "Susie Q," followed by "Crazy Arms" -- well, it is like a frat party that gets crashed by an old redneck trucker carrying a boom box. The last two songs are a cover of "Purple Haze"--very nice, as could be expected -- and five minutes of jazz, competent, unexpected, and a weird way to end the show. This last instrumental, "Outro Song," is credited to Sahm, and there are only three other examples of his songwriting performed, best of which is a romping version of "Nuevo Laredo."
1. Introduction 3:21
2. It's Just The Same Ole Story 4:01
3. Get On Up 3:09
4. I Pity The Fool 3:41
5. Think About It, Baby 2:13
6. Carol 3:22
7. Susie Q 4:39
8. Crazy Arms 3:15
9. George Jones Song 3:46
10. Nuevo Laredo 3:36
11. Purple Haze 3:49
12. Outro Song 5:11

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Apr 18, 2015

Amazing Blondel - A Foreign Field That Is Forever England - Live Abroad (1996)

Recorded live during the european tour 1972-73

1. Introduction
2. Seascape
3. Dolor Dolcis
4. Willowood
5. Pavan
6. Spring Air
7. Shepherd's Song
8. Celestial Light
9. Fantasia Lindum
10. Landscape
11. Saxon Lady

John Gladwin - lead vocals, guitar, lute
Terence Alan Wincott - crumhorn, vocals, recorders, flute
Edward Baird - lute, guitar, cittern, vocals

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Apr 16, 2015

Looking Glass - Subway Serenade (1973)


1. Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne
2. City Lady
3. For Skipper
4. Sweet Somethin'
5. Who's Gonna Sing My Rock 'N' Roll Song
6. Are You Dreamin' (Money In My Pockets)
7. Rainbow Man
8. Wait
9. Sweet Jeremiah
10. Wooly Eyes

Elliot Lurie - guitars, vocals
Larry Gonsky - keyboards, vocals
Pieter Sweval - bass, vocals, harp
Jeff Grob - drums

FLAC TRACKS | 226 mb incl. 3% recovery


Apr 14, 2015

Rick Derringer - Derringer Live (1977)


1. Let Me In
2. Teenage Love Affair
3. Sailor
4. Beyond The Universe
5. Sittin' By The Pool
6. Uncomplicated
7. Still Alive And Well
8. Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo

Rick Derringer - vocals, guitar
Kenny Aaronson - bass, vocals
Vinny Appice - drums
Danny Johnson - guitar, vocals

FLAC TRACKS+Covers | 259 mb incl. 3% recovery