Helio Matheus – Matheus Segundo Matheus (1975)
Original release, RCA-Victor, Brazil
2018 Reissue, Athens Of The North, AOTNLP017
A short-and-sweet Friday post for you to get your weekend started on point. Scottish label Athens Of The North (or AOTN) serves up a reissue of this cult classic that, thanks to a collector’s market gone mad, I will never be able to afford as an original pressing. No idea what they used for their source but it sounds pretty decent, so I feel like this label has done music fans a huge favor by making it available. As you can see below, the list of contributing musicians here is huge and includes members of Azymuth, Sá, Rodrix & Guarabyra and other heavyweights. Helio himself was well established as a writer and arranger in MPB circles at this time, but recorded very little under his own name. It’s a solid offering of samba-soul, samba-rock, MPB, and even a little dreamy orchestral psychedelic pop thrown in. It may have some questionable lyrics (for example, “Briguenta”) but the grooves make up for it. Plus it has maybe the best back-cover photograph of all time..
James Gilstrap – Love Talk 1976 Roxbury Records RLX 105
Jim Gilstrap is better known as a backup singer, but Stevie Wonder fans might know him for singing the first verse of “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life”, which also makes him the first voice you hear on the epic Talking Book. His name appears on tons of albums. You can see a partial list of his session credits here , where you can see that he was very busy in the 1970s, working in the worlds of rock, soul, jazz, and funk. The fact that Gene Page did the arranging on this record is also worth noting. This album, which has never appeared on CD, is a nice, short set of soulful disco-funk, and the mellow version of Todd Rundgren’s “Hello, It’s Me” has me wondering if Prince ever covered the song on solo piano. Continue reading
Prince – Let’s Work 1982 Warner Bros. Records – DWBS 50028 Vinyl, 12″, Single, SRC Pressing
A good portion of the world is celebrating a holiday today: the day that His Purple Majesty passed on into the Afterworld, leaving us on our own, three years ago. Hence, this is technically a sombre holiday post. Continue reading
RUFUS THOMAS Do The Funky Chicken Stax Records 1970 STS-2028 Reissue 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). Continue reading
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)
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