Joe Cuba – Steppin’ Out Seeco SCLP 9248 Original release 1963 This pressing, late 60s / early 70s Style: Pachanga, Mambo, Guaguancó, Cha-Cha, Bolero, Salsa The back cover of this early Joe Cuba LP includes instructions on how to dance the ‘Wabble Cha’, a dance step I presumed they hoped would take the world by storm. There are two great vocalists on this record – Cheo Feliciano and Jimmy Sabater. “To Be With You” would become Sabater’s trademark song.
Gene Russell New Direction Real Gone Music RGM1018 Released: 29 Aug 2020 Limited Edition, RSD exclusive, Clear with Black Swirl US Original release on BLACK JAZZ RECORDS as BJ/1 in 1971 Well, it has been nearly two months since my last post here. I had planned to share this record at the beginning of the year, hoping that 2021 would symbolize a “new direction” for the world. But those hopes got dashed just a few days in. I haven’t been … Continue reading
100 Proof Aged In Soul – 100 Proof 1972 Hot Wax HA 712 Vinyl transfer at 24-bit / 192 khz Classic soul here, on an album that has only been reissued on CD in Japan. Nice and warm northern soul arrangements and production values, pure pleasure from start to finish. The group was put together by the very busy Holland-Dozier-Holland team and featured veterans of R&B groups like The Falcons, The Contours, and The Originals. The record was produced by … Continue reading
João Bosco – João Bosco Original release 1973 2003 reissue RCA / BMG France 74321 965032 In 1972, João Bosco only had a split 7-inch single under his name as a recording artist, but the fact that the other side of that 7″ was from Tom Jobim should tell you the high regard he was held in even at this stage. That same year, Elis Regina would record her first Bosco/Blanc-authored song, Bala Por Pala, and songs from the prolific writing … Continue reading