Eddie Kendricks – Going Up In Smoke (1976) 320kbs

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This goes out to Agnes in Atlanta on her BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday, yo!!! Agnes is one of my oldest friends (by which I mean a friend I’ve held on to for years, not as in old age) We haven’t actually seen each other in years but hopefully that will change soon.

I can’t get enough of Mr. Kendricks lately. I DJ’d a party this Halloween and played two or three of his songs, and could have just played an entire hour-long set. All of his solo albums are fantastic. This will be the first of several I’ll post here. It’s actually taken from a boxset called “The Thin Man”. I’ve left the track numbering intact but changed the ID tags to reflect ‘Going Up In Smoke.’

LINK HERE

A typical AMG review that makes me say “whatever…” But it’s something:

Review by Lindsay Planer

Although the title could be interpreted to portend the relationship between Eddie Kendricks and his longtime record label, contextual and lyrical clues would suggest Goin’ Up In Smoke (1976) has a motif of triumph over tragedy. In many ways it is a continuation of the work that had begun on He’s A Friend (1976) with songwriter/arranger and multi-instrumentalist Norman Harris back at the helm of the same Philly-based Stigma Sound Studio with many musicians likewise making encore appearances.

With pop and soul music having been temporarily hijacked by disco, it stands to reason that Harris’ scores reflect the latest trend in pop music. All the more significant is that the title song joined “Goin’ Up In Smoke,” “Music Man,” “Born Again,” and “Thanks For The Memories” as they collectively sent the LP to a very respectable #11 on the recently created Dance/Disco survey.

That impressive accomplishment aside, in retrospect Kendricks does not seem well served by the aggressive brass section. He occasionally struggles to be heard over them. Or, perhaps producers intentionally buried the vocalist deep inside the mix as to not get in the way of the four-on-the floor beat. To a similar effect, the slow churning of “The Newness Is Gone” is awash in overbearing strings that sadly detract from the intimacy of the artist’s performance. While the heart is definitely in the right place, “Don’t You Want Light” is little more than an homage to “The Hustle” and again, does little to reveal the singer’s talent

New Blog! Flabbergasted Folk

I’ve decided my eclectic tastes just can be contained in a single blog, so I’ve started a “splinter blog” named FLABBERGASTED FOLK. The layout needs tweaking and I’ll mess around with it when I have some time. We’re starting it off with a repost of a Bert Jansch record featured here in the early days of this blog – Jack Orion from 1966. Check it out here!

This in no way means that I’ll be putting any less effort into Flabbergasted Vibes. It just makes sense to have two parallel blogs, in my view.

Baden Powell – Le Monde Musical de Baden Powell

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Deve Ser Amor – 3:54
Choro Para Metronome – 3:00
Adágio – 3:07
Berimbau – 3:03
Samba Em Prelúdio – 3:30
Chanson D’hiver – 2:27
Samba Triste – 3:33
Berceuse A Jussara – 2:37
Prelude – 2:54
Euridice – 3:05
Bachiana – 4:10
Garota De Ipanema – 2:59

AMG Rating: 3 Stars
Release Date: 2005
Recording Date: 1964
Label: Universal Music France

Baden Powell (git)
Alphonse Masselier (b)
Arthur Motta (dr)
Silvio Silveira (perc)
Paul Mauriat and his orchestra
Francoise Waleh (vcl on “Samba Em Preludio”)

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1964 cover

Linernotes wrote:
Brazilian music is, as its country which is 16 times as big as France, diverse, varied, surprising, subtle and simple all at the same time. This music only asks, as Brazil, for regognition and love. With this album, which is the first he releases in Europe, the guitarist & composer BP presents us a complete palette of his musical world. From African rythms to his personal perceiving of classical european composers, and through delicate reminiscence of melodies from the Antilles, to negro american jazz accents: BP reminds all these influences on his guitar.

He’s 27 years old. Born in Rio. He played since 8 y.o. After having studied in Rio academy, where he improved his style and learned composition, he started like many other, in clubs with little rythmic entities. He eventually showed up in several Tv & radio broadcasts, and his compositions became very popular. He teamed with Tom Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal for work and tours in several big cities in Brazil. He recorded with Herbie Mann and Jimmy Pratt just before his departure to the US. After some concerts in the Village Vanguard, his friend and poet Vinicius de Moraes made him come to Paris in the late of 63. He gave recitals and tv shows: Living room, musicorama etc… Asked for his guitaristic influences he answers: Segovia, Van Eps, Django are people that are part of the musical world i love. With this record you’ll be able to discover samples from this musical universe.

Here are the themes: DEVE SER AMOR: was recorded using play back device. Baden first recorded the rythmic part with the bass & drums. Afterwards he recorded the melody. The same process was involved with BACHIANA.
CHORO PARA METRONOME is quite a challenge. The choro which was originally an improvisation over folkoric patterns, turns here into a guitar piece. The metronome replaces the whole rythm section. Fitting perfectly with this souless rythm, BP shows here its astounding technique.

The Albinoni ADAGIO and the Bach PRELUDE so seduced the guitarist, that he did want to give a respectful homage to these composers by playing these two pieces.
BERIMBAU is the name of a musical instrument looking like an arc, which is used in the Capoeira. This is a dance which partly look like wrestle, and is done by Nordeste youth, especially in the Bahia area. It is undoubtly of African inspiration.

SAMBA EM PRELUDIO is made of two distincts melodies. Baden plays the first which is in turn played by the orchestra. Then the guitar plays the second theme, and then the two parts are played together, and taken by cello and Francoise Waleh’s voice. CHANSON D’HIVER is the first song that Baden wrote when he came to Paris in December 63.

SAMBA TRISTE opens on a very dark climate and dramatic first part, then the repetitive rythm takes over and leads to the conclusive chords. BERCEUSE A JUSSARA is a delicate composition, dedicated to his little niece “Sobrinha” Jussara. EURIDICE is a Vinicius de Moraes composition, which illustrates the Orphee myth. BACHIANA is a piece written with, once again, Johann S. Bach in mind. GAROTA is a new composition from Tom Jobim and Vinicius. Baden takes it as a basis for a free improvisation, with a complete command on the instrument.
Jacques Lubin, 1964.

Scott Yanow, AMG wrote:
When it was originally released in 1964, this set of music was a bit of a hit, selling over 100,000 copies. Brazilian guitarist-composer Baden Powell was working regularly in France at the time and he is joined on various selections by a French rhythm section and an orchestra. There are also some unaccompanied guitar solos. Listened to over four decades later, much of the music comes across as being overly sweet, safe and sleepy. Powell plays well enough, but the lack of mood variation and the unimaginative arrangements are unfortunate. Since the guitarist rarely gets beyond the melody, the overall results are pleasant background music, nice but predictable. [Universal reissued Le Monde Musical de Baden Powell on CD in 2005.]

This RIP and PRESENTATION courtesy of the almighty KUNG. I only uploaded this for him because he’s busy, and I’m still rebuilding my machine to do new rips and scans. This is essential listening, enjoy!!

Elis Regina – Em pleno verão (1970) 320 Abr

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Elis Regina
Em pleno verão
Released 1970 on Philips
LINK HERE

I much prefer Elis performing MPB material than her bright, brash take on bossa nova. This record really marks a new chapter in her trajectory. All of records are more than worth listening to and having, but this is as good a place to start as any. Enjoy this gem from the woman widely regarded as Brazil’s greatest singer.

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Review from Dusty Groove
One of the greatest records ever by this amazing Brazilian singer! This hard-to-find session from 1970 is a perfect bridge between Elis’ early bossa work and her later albums as a sophisticated pop singer — and it’s got a wonderfully lively feel all the way through, with loads of uptempo numbers that have a great great groove! Erlon Chaves handled the arrangements — and his style takes off from the marvelous work that Roberto Menescal did on Gal’s albums from 1969, with lots of breezy orchestrations, and nice jazzy patches of instrumentation. Titles include “Ate Ai Morreu Neves”, “Vou Deitar E Rolar”, “Bicho Do Mato”, “Nao Tenha Medo”, “These Are The Songs”, “Frevo”, “Fechado Pra Balanco”, and a version of Joyce’s “Copacabana Velha De Guerra”
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Antonio Carlos Jobim – Jobim (1972) 320 kbs


Antonio Carlos Jobim – Jobim (1972) [FLAC] {Verve 543381}

Review by Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com)
Though this is one of the more obscure Jobim albums, it did introduce what some believe is Jobim’s masterpiece, the hypnotically revolving song “Aguas de Marco” (heard here in Portuguese and English versions). Mostly, however, the record lets listeners in on another side of Jobim, the Debussy/Villa-Lobos-inspired creator of moody instrumental tone poems for films and whatnot, with the instrumental colors filled in by Jobim’s old cohort, Claus Ogerman. This was supposed to be a breakthrough for Jobim, bursting out of the bossa nova idiom into uncharted territory, yet a lot of this often undeniably beautiful music merely treads over ground that Villa-Lobos explored long before (“Train to Cordisburgo” especially). In any case, Jobim would explore his serious muse with greater success later on.

Tracks
1. Aguas De Marco
2. Ana Luiza
3. Matita Pere
4. Tempo Do Mar
5. Mantiqueira Range
6. Themes From The Film Cronica Da Casa Assassinada Trem Para Crodisburgo
7. Um Rancho Nas Nuvens
8. Nuvens Douradas
9. Waters Of March (Aguas De Marco)