Fania All Stars – Live at the Cheetah (1972) VBR

We seem to be stuck in 1972. Not a bad place to be, especially New York in 1972. Fania has since reissued this as separate volumes like the original LP releases with remastered sound, but I’ve found most remasters to be dubiously “improved” so I’m happy to stick with this 2-CD collection which may or may not have had access to the original master tapes. Anyone with an opinion of comparison on the sound feel free to leave a comment. … Continue reading

Ray Barretto – Barretto Power (1972)

To make up for the somewhat uneven Fania collection from earlier today, I thought I’d make amends with this solid set from Ray Barretto. Barretto Power from 1972, with Adelberto Santiago on lead vocals. Nothing revolutionary about this record but who cares. Aside from the Nuyorican soul cuts “Right On” and “Power” — the latter serving as a somewhat lackluster conclusion in my opinion – the rest is salsa served straight-up. It’s Barretto’s band as tight as it would ever … Continue reading

Clara Nunes – Claridade (1975)

CLARA NUNESClaridade Released 1975 1-O mar serenou (Candeia)2-Sofrimento de quem ama (Alberto Lonato)3-A deusa dos Orixás (Toninho – Romildo)4-Juizo final (Élcio Soares – Nelson Cavaquinho)5-Tudo é ilusão (Tufy Lauar – Eden Silva – Anibal da Silva)6-Valsa de realejo (Guinga – Paulo César Pinheiro7-Bafo de boca (Paulo César Pinheiro – João Nogueira)😯 último bloco (Candeia)9-Ninguém tem que achar ruim (Ismael Silva)10-Às vezes faz bem chorar (Ivor Lancellotti)11-Vai amor (W.Rosa – Monarco)12-Que seja bem feliz (Cartola) I am in love with Clara … Continue reading

Carmen Miranda, for Caymmi (1914-2008)

Well, I wanted to make a tribute to Dorival Caymmi, the tower of Brazilian song who passed away yesterday in Rio at 94 years of age. But until I have time to do vinyl rips, I found I had nothing to share that isn’t available over at Loronix, where you will also find a very nice post remembering Caymmi with some wonderful quotations from notables who have been deeply affected and influenced by the man and his music. Instead I’ve … Continue reading

Erkin Koray 1967-1973 Turkish Psych

Big thanks to Josh W for telling me to look out for this cat. Aside from the oddball, mediocre-but-still-fun-to-listen-to covers like songs by The Moody Blues, or ‘Land of a Thousand Dances,’ the rest of this collection is some stunning and creative psychedelia, cream of the crop of the Turkish rock scene. Erkin Koray – download via Rapidshare 1 Mesafeler 3:40 2 Askimiz Bitecek 3:22 3 Yagmur 3:41 4 Silinmeyen Hatiralar 4:11 5 Istemem 3:29 6 Cicek Dagi 2:39 7 … Continue reading

João Gilberto – João Gilberto (1973)

This is my favorite João Gilberto record, absolutely and without doubt. Not that I claim to have his entire discography (it is pretty massive), but this record simply cannot be surpassed. I had an old review I had written for this record in 2004 that I was going to post here, but it strikes me as a bit silly now so I’m including some commentary from others below. What I will say is that this record has an intimate ambiance … Continue reading