Larry Coryell – Coryell
1969 Vanguard Apostolic VSD 6547 | Vinyl rip in 24 bit 196 khz | Art at 600 and 300 dpi
Jazz-Rock / Jazz-Funk / Soul / Fusion / Psychedelic
I’ve been holding back on posting about this album until I could commemorate the 10th ANNIVERSARY of this blog. It’s a very special record to me from the great guitarist Larry Coryell, who passed away in 2017. It’s unique in that it captures him in a kind of transition between his time playing in the psychedelic rock group The Free Spirits and his future as an icon of jazz fusion, in the pre-Bitches Brew era when that genre was still fresh and nascent. And it’s soul-shaking, mind-melting grooviness from start to finish. I like to imagine that Hendrix heard this album and decided to shelve the Experience on the spot and start up his Band of Gypsies. Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on the drums and Chuck Rainey on bass are holding down a solid soul groove here, which just elevates the vibe to transcendent levels. Continue reading
It’s been a year since the last Flabbergasted Freeform, and ten months since the last “Focus” podcast of old calypso and soca. There are a bunch of reasons why I didn’t feel like doing them any more, but I won’t go into them here. But since this month marks the TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the blog, I thought it called for some special commemorations. This Freeform mix was done in December of last year and was only circulated privately. It’s a good time, though, so I’m sharing it with the world now and hope the world enjoys it. The first person to find the couple bars of “Them Changes” quoted in another song gets a free Secret Decoder Ring. That is, as soon as I get them from the magazine I ordered where I ordered a dozen of these powerful devices, which happened to be a back issue from 1958, so please be patient.
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Novos Baianos – Novos Baianos
1974 Continental SLP-10.144 (Original release)
2016 Japanese reissue, Bomba Records Continental SLP-10.144
Last Sunday, Brazil’s first World Cup match ended in a tie, and now they’ve won their a match against Costa Rica. I didn’t watch. I don’t care about the World Cup. Even if I did, I’m not sure I would be cheering for Brazil this year. Country has lost its damn mind, and Neymar continues to be whitening. Also FIFA continues to be an ethically dodgy facilitator of slave labor littering the world with disused stadiums built as monuments to their power. So let’s listen to a record by some people who embody the “beautiful game” as, in my uninformed naiveté, I imagine it to exist in some parallel utopia – Os Novos Baianos, lovers of futebol and purveyors of fine music, still in the midst of their heyday.
Prince & The Revolution – Pop Life b/w Hello
1985 Paisley Park 9 20357-0 A
12-inch Dance Remix by Sheila E.
Last Thursday would have been Prince Rogers Nelson’s 60th birthday. A fact which earned him his own category on the long-running American game show Jeopardy, incidentally quite popular with geezers of all ages. Perhaps we should be consoled that there will never be a starstruck clerk at the Four Seasons hotel forced to wait uncomfortably while Prince digs in his wallet for his AARP card to get that senior-citizen discount on his luxury suite. But nevertheless, we’ve all got a space to fill. Continue reading
The S.O.S Band – III
Vinyl rip in 24-bit 196 khz | Art at 600 and 300 dpi
1982 Tabu Records FZ 38352| Electro-funk / Soul / Funk
Abel – Please World
1971 America Records 30 AM 6040
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Funk / Soul
Style: Psychedelic Rock
A1 Lost Control 4:30
A2 Searching For The Light 3:29
A3 Being Lonely 3:46
A4 Music Maker 5:30
B1 Please World 3:39
B2 Let Me Be 3:29
B3 I’d Still Be With Her 2:55
B4 Questions And Answers 2:55
B5 Candy 5:00
Printed By – Imprimerie Polychrome
Distributed By – Musidisc-Europe
Bass – Charles Bolds
Drums – Tom Catalano
Guitar, Lead Vocals – Abel Sanchez
Saxophone, Vocals – David Spediacci
Trumpet, Vocals – Larry Chiesa
Written and produced by Abel Sanchez
Engineer – Russ Gary
Design, Photography By – Tony Lane
LINEAGE: America Records 30 AM 6040 vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica AT440-MLa cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest King Cobra cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; clicks and pops removed with Click Repair on very light settings, manually auditioning the output; further clicks removed with Adobe Audition 3.0; dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.