ROBERTO CARLOS – O INIMITÁVEL
1968 CBS Records (Brasil)
This CD pressing 199_? Columbia 850.105/2-464065
12 Days of Christmas – Day 12 – For Three Kings Day, you get one king. O Rei, the incomparable, inimitable Roberto Carlos. This is a thoroughly excellent record with the exception of one song that annoys the crap out of me. See if you know Dr. Vibes’ tastes well enough to figure out which one it is, and win a free year’s subscription to Flabbergasted Vibes! I’m exhausted, too exhausted to give this album a worthy write-up, but maybe I will share the MONO version of it sometime soon and unloosen my tongue with aplomb. Meanwhile this early CD pressing of the stereo mix sounds pretty good, at least it isn’t crushed / brick-walled like the version include with the “Pra Sempre” boxset. I hope you have all enjoyed this 12 Days of Christmas, perhaps inaugurating a new tradition as the blog continues into its second decade (!!). I’m going to be extremely busy in the next few months, so I don’t know how often you’ll hear from me, but may you all be free of trouble in this New Year!
Billy Paul – 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul
1972 Philadelphia International Records ZX 31793
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/96kHz | FLAC | Art scans at 300 dpi
932 MB (24/96) + 297 MB (16/44) | Genre: Soul, Funk
Dr. Vibes 12 Days of Christmas – Day 10 – Second day in a row that I’m featuring somebody who I’ve wanted to feature here for years, but never have. Billy Paul, who passed only a few years ago, without a doubt had the biggest hit of his career off this record, and one of the most famous soul hits of the 70s, “Me and Mrs. Jones”. They had a thing goin’ on. Lots of people with lots of different memories tucked away between the notes of that classic. The whole record is prime cut Philly soul from start to finish though. Some great Gamble & Huff originals and the cover tunes are extraordinary – Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” and Elton John’s “Your Song”, both covered by scads of other artists, get a top-shelf Billy Paul treatment here.
Prince And The Revolution
Anotherloverholenyohead (Extended single) b/w Girls & Boys
1986 Paisley Park 0-20516
It’s well into 2019 along the Pacific Rim and about 3 minutes from the New Year in Chicago, the city where I found myself and then lost myself. Most of my playlist this evening has consisted of mash-ups on this genius YouTube channel (have a look/listen to Shining Woman) and in between that I’ve been playing some records. This is a nice extended jam from one of the funk rockers off of Parade, where everything glides into a kind of Marc Bolan-electro that probably inspired Noel Fielding to get out his spray paint in the middle of the night. I have to be careful, getting tipsy with Prince these days can lead me to melancholic musical impulsiveness and before you know it I’m listening to Nick Drake or Donny Hathaway at 4 a.m. But both these tracks are uplifting and electric purple. Here’s to more positivity in the New Year, and may U all live 2 C the Dawn.
A Anotherloverholenyohead (Extended Version) 7:52
B Girls & Boys (LP Version) 5:30
Published By – Controversy Music
Record Company – Warner Communications
Pressed By – Allied Record Company
Producer, Composed By, Arranged By, Performer – Prince And The Revolution
Original versions on the Prince And The Revolution album PARADE, Music from the motion picture UNDER THE CHERRY MOON. Available on the Paisley Park album (1-25395), cassette (4-25395) and Compact Disc (2-25395)
Paisley Park Records, manufactured and distributed by Warner Bros. Records Inc., A Warner Communications Company. © 1986 Warner Bros. Records Inc. ? 1986 Warner Bros. Records Inc. for the U.S. & WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the U.S. Made in U.S.A.
LINEAGE: Paisley Park 0-201516 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.
16-bit 44.1 khz
Marvin Gaye – Midnight Love
1982 Columbia FC 38197
Vinyl rip in 24 bit 192 khz | Art at 300 dpi
24-bit 192 khz – 1.68 GB | 24 bit 96 khz – 830 MB | 290 MB 16-bit 44.1 khz
Soul – Funk – Disco – Electro
Dr. Vibes’ 12 Days of Christmas – Day 6 – Marvin’s first record for Columbia after getting out of his Motown contract. Sadly it was his last completed work although Harvey Fuqua and Gordon Banks would go on to fulfill his contract by ‘cooking’ some unissued recordings for the ‘Dream of a Lifetime’ album. My vinyl copy is mint, so all stray clicks or pops were removed by hand. It’s so clean you can clearly make out the “It’s not good to masturbate..” in the fade-out of “Sexual Healing.” Modern medicine has proven him wrong about that, by the way..
Universal Togetherness Band – Universal Togetherness Band
Vinyl rip in 24 bit 192 khz | Art at 300 dpi
24-bit 192 khz – 1.57 GB | 24 bit 96 khz – 838 MB | 281 MB 16-bit 44.1 khz
Numero Groupo NUM57 | Released 2015 | Funk – Soul – Jazz-Funk
Dr. Vibes’ Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 4: Numero Group are the reigning kings of releasing “lost” music. I have joked in the past, among select company of course, that on occasion some of that music probably could have remained lost. But it is clearly a labor of love for them, and the fine attention to detail in the research, liner notes, rare photos, and decent audio restoration and mastering more than compensates for the occasional lackluster release (and, of course, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure etc.) But whereas a great deal of Numero’s lost music is usually comprised 7″ singles by singers or groups who may have had a local or regional fan base, released by indie labels in numbers small enough to be destined for 21st-century audio archeologists, The Universal Togetherness Band is another story – an entire album of material, recorded in pristine quality as a student project through the audio engineering program at Columbia College in Chicago (a small arts college with a strong practical, ‘hands-on’ component, for kids who can’t afford the elite Art Institute down the street..). The end result was top-notch jazz-funk-disco-soul that would have fit nicely with any of the groups on the De-Lite Records roster or a similar outfit. Continue reading
Gene Chandler & Jerry Butler – Gene & Jerry, One & One
Vinyl rip in 24 bit 96 khz | Art at 300 dpi
Mercury Records SR 61330 | Released 1970 | Soul – Funk
Here we have two masters of soul in a short collection of gems which, to my knowledge, has never been issued on CD. I have featured the laid-back funk track “Sho’ Is Groovin’” on the radio and in one of my podcasts, but a person could pretty much take their pick of great tunes here. The album is overshadowed a bit by Butler’s magnificent “Sings Assorted Sounds with Friends and Relatives,” released the same year (with some arrangements by Donny Hathaway) but there’s no reason for soul fans to skip this.