The Humblebums – First Collection of Merry Melodies (1969) (Transatlantic TRA-186)

The Humblebums – First Collection of Merry Melodies Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | Art scans at 300 dpi 1969 Transatlantic Records TRA 186 | Genre:  Folk The other week, I ran a Patreon poll for the site’s handful of patrons to ask what genre the next post should be about, and “folk” won the day.  A few months ago I shared the final Humblebums record, Open The Door, which is split evenly between Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty songs.  … Continue reading

Swallow – Party In Space (1983) (Charlie’s Records SCR 324)

Swallow Party In Space 1983 Charlie’s Records SCR 324   King Swallow is a famous Antiguan calypso and soca artist, but I confess that I picked up this album for the cover photo of the first Challenger space shuttle launch.  There is a rumor that when NASA became aware of this album, they tried to sue Swallow for the unauthorized use of a Department of Defense image (now in the public domain, you can see the original below).  They reached … Continue reading

Haboob – Haboob (1971) (HörZu Black Label / Reprise Records REP 3400)

Haboob – Haboob1971 Hör Zu Black Label / Reprise Records REP 3400Made in Germany This is a rather difficult-to-describe rarity from a group that only made a single record, a trio of ex-pat Americans living in Germany. The driving force is James Jackson who rocks out on Farfisa, Choir Organ, and Hohner Piano. George Green, who also played in the Munich ‘drum orchestra’ band Niagara, gives a drum solo that is actually interesting (I appreciate drum solos in a live … Continue reading

Linton Kwesi Johnson – Tings An’ Times (1991)

Linton Kwesi Johnson Tings An’ Times 1991 Intercord IRS 986.939 Germany Four months into the year and this only the second blog post here (not counting the 12 days of Xmas series)? I wish I could tell you I’ve been off seeking wisdom in the Himalayas away from any internet, or retracing the path of Genghis Khan through the Gobi Desert. But if you were to peek at my Instagram you would find the truth in a succession of extremely … Continue reading

Rufus Thomas – Do The Funky Chicken (1970)

RUFUS THOMASDo The Funky ChickenStax Records 1970 STS-2028Reissue 2011 There weren’t too many people who could almost steal a show from Isaac Hayes in the early 70s, but Rufus Thomas almost accomplished that feat at the famous Wattstax festival,w with his rendition of the title track from this album (see below for a great clip).