Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator) (2001) 320kbs

Gillian WelchTime (The Revelator) 320kbsReleased 2001 I’ve had a lot of insomnia this year. Dark nights of the soul or something like that. A few things have gotten me through those nights more or less intact — the records of Anne Briggs, Bert Jansch, Nick Drake, certain Indian ragas, an ambient project called Mirror, and this record from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. This is my favorite of hers. I feel it’s her most honest and heartfelt, away from her … Continue reading

Gilberto Gil – Refavela (1977) 320kbs

Gilberto Gil Refavela (1977)320 kbs This is a highly underrated album, a result of Gil’s trip to Lagos with Caetano Veloso. Caetano recorded “Bicho”, also a classic, but this record holds its own against it any day. In my opinion, this is the last of Gil’s records that you can truly call a “classic.” It’s groundbreaking stuff that presages “world music” but the production values here are still nice, warm, and analog (no Peter Gabriel “Real World studios” sounding stuff … Continue reading

Pat Kelly – Talk About Love (1978)

This is a vinyl rip, a little lower resolution than I usually like, but the music so, so sweet… Pat Kelly – Talk About Love (download here!)Terminal LP #TMLP 1001 1978Record date : 1978 Album style : roots, lovers, solo vocal Playlist :To Each His OwnI Am So ProudComing HomeStoned In LoveNever Get To HeavenTalk About LoveLittle Boy BlueI’ve Been TryingI Don’t Want To GoSummer Time Producer : Phil Pratt Engineer : Ernest Hoo Kim Vocals : Pat KellyDrums : … Continue reading

Hugh Masekela – The Chisa Years (2006)

Hugh Masekela THE CHISA YEARS (Rare and Unreleased) 2006 BBE Records Review by Thom Jurek Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine met in 1961 at the Manhattan School of Music. They became friends, roommates, and collaborators. They began experimenting with putting together groups of African singers, studio musicians, and a fusion of South African township jive and urban gospel. The two started the CHISA label together in 1966 just before the pair scored big with Masekela’s smash, “Grazin’ in the Grass.” … Continue reading

Muhal Richard Abrams – Levels and Degrees of Light (1967) 320 kbs

Muhal Richard Abrams – Levels And Degrees Of Light (1967) 320 kbs {DD 413} Review by Brian Olewnick (allmusic.com)Levels and Degrees of Light was the first recording under Muhal Richard Abrams’ name and was a landmark album that launched the first in a long line of beautiful, musical salvos from the AACM toward the mainstream jazz world. The title track finds Abrams broadly tracing out some of the territory he would continue to explore in succeeding decades, an ethereal, mystic … Continue reading

Nelson Angelo & Joyce (1972) 320 kbs

Nelson Angelo e JoyceReleased as Odeon SMOFB 3734 in 1972Reissued in 2006 on Discos Mariposas, Argentina This is a beautiful, haunting album. It captures the dreamy, wistful saudades of the Clube da Esquina album with its bucolic, pastoral stroll tinged with psychedelia. And no wonder — it features a great deal of the same people. Nelson Angelo wrote a lot of stuff on that record, along with Ronaldo Bastos and Marcio Borges, both represented here too. In all the hipster … Continue reading