December 30, 2015

Ian Fraser "Lemmy" Kilmister
Dec 24 - 1945 ~ Dec 28 - 2015

Young Lemmy

I've been a bit surprised to be thinking so much about Lemmy, his life, and his music the last few days. In fact, it's a bit weird to mourn any artist or musician for very long.
Around 1979, the first time I heard Motörhead; like many, I was truly blown away by the speed and fury, such a new and unique sound, not to mention a trio, and that voice. Lemmy attacked the bass guitar like a concert violinist would play a jack hammer...He grabbed life by the balls. He was smart, well-read, had a great sense of humor, liked to party, and got all the dirty fun women. All this really came out in the music.
People either got it or didn't.
Lemmy used to call Motörhead, "Rock N' Roll," which is really most accurate.
To call Motörhead, a "Metal" band always seemed a bit of a misnomer, just part of the picture, really.
Motörhead really had SOUL in the purest (and fastest) Rock N' Roll " Chuck Berry " tradition.
This really can't be said for a lot of "Metal" bands that play in this genre.

Very few artists truly inspire me, but Lemmy was special.
For more than 40 years, Lemmy was Motörhead, a sonic force of beauty. If we could all live our lives the way Lemmy did...We'd all be dead!

December 26, 2015

hard funk dancer ~ 1972

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One could argue that Bobby Byrd invented funk.
I've always viewed Bobby Byrd and James Brown as one and the same. They needed each other. Their collaborations created so many amazing sounds.

It's been written and documented that Bobby actually "discovered" the young James Brown in 1952, while playing baseball, on a juvenile prison field in Georgia. James was serving time there for stealing clothes.

In 1970, James Brown collaborated and started the Brownstone record label with Florida producer, and future 70s soul disco pioneer, Henry Stone. Stone would later run TK records. From 1970 to 1977, the Brownstone record label released about eleven 45s.

A side that needs to be played with volume through speakers. But this will have to do.
Sayin' it and doin' it are two different things...True enough.
Funk perfection.

northern soul dancer ~ 1968

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Recorded in Hollywood, California 1968.

Detroit super soul singer, Marvin' Tyrone 'Jones (1942-1982) aka Jack Montgomery recorded and released only four 45s in his lifetime.
Existing from 1962 to 1970, the Los Angeles based Revue record label recorded and pressed about sixty 45s, mostly soul, soul-funk, soul-funk-jazz.

December 17, 2015

lovers rock / reggae ~ Jamaica 1975

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John Holt 1947 - 2014
This just sounds especially good this morning.
John Holt's beautiful, " Lovers rock " reggae cover of the Isley Brother's soul classic.
I decided to mix and post two different 45 sides of the same tune here by him. Both from 1975.
The vocal side (Impact! label) leads into a "dub/instrumental" version side (Clintones label).

October 23, 2015

group soul ~ Florida 1971

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A 2011 UK press - Outta Sight/CAT label

First press original Cat label from 1971

This fantastic group soul 45 has been a mystery to me (and many others I'm sure) for many years.
Originally released in 1971, it was consequently pressed three more times, with different flip sides in the early 70s.
Northern soul, crossover soul, group sweet soul...
It now stands out as an obscure, overlooked, lost soul beauty, pressed on Henry Stone's Cat label out of Miami, Florida.

Producer, promoter, talent scout, label owner, distributor, and music mogul Henry Stone (1921-2014) is not only a legend in the development of the "Miami sound" and Florida soul, but soul music period.
Starting in 1948, he founded many R&B/Soul labels including; Chart, Dade, Alston, Cat, Glades, T. K., Drive, Dash, Marlin to name a few.

Who was/is 'Purple Mundi' ?
Still don't know. It has been documented that the 1973 third press flip, 'Man From The Sky' was in fact by soul singer Betty Wright and her many talented siblings, including her brother Charles Wright aka "Carlos Wright"...
(Note: not the same 'Express Yourself' 103rd Street Rhythm Band...Charles)

From what I could find, Jeannette, Phillip, Milton, Charles, and Betty Wright all or partially sang backup on 'Stop Hurting Me Baby'.

But my biggest question has still not been answered...
Who was the lead vocal/singer on 'Stop Hurting me Baby'?

Is this Milton Wright? Don't think so...I've listened carefully to Milton Wright's recordings and it doesn't sound like him...
Lead vocal could also be James Knight. From 1970 to 1978, James Knight & the Butlers recorded four 45 rpm singles, also on the Cat label. Does sound a lot like him. Just don't know for sure.

This recording is superb in its' production and arrangement. To my ears, really a perfect performance by a soul singer few soul sides achieve.
Perhaps others agree. In October 2015 a first press 1971 Cat label 45 sold for $1293.

This record has really been impossible to find. But the 'Outta Sight' record label in the U.K. has reissued the original recording with the 1973 flip.

July 3, 2015

Jazz Swing Orchestra/vocal ~ 1938

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" The California Songbird " ... Ivie Anderson !

A swinging LP track taken from the 1973 Columbia double LP, ' Duke Ellington Presents Ivie Anderson '

All the songs pressed on this double LP are the original recordings from 1932 to 1940, and all feature Ivie Anderson on vocals.

' Swingtime In Honolulu ' also features some great solos by Johnny Hodges - alto soprano sax
Barney Bigard - clarinet, tenor sax
Rex Stewart - cornet
and the Duke - piano

Born in Gilroy, California in 1904, Ivie sang and toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra from about 1931 to 1942.

a newspaper ad from 1939 - the St Louis Star-Times

78 rpm!
A first press from 1938 - Brunswick label

June 24, 2015

An update to viewers and listeners of my music blogs:

It is most unfortunate that after almost six years of posting over 300 of my favorite songs, none of my mp3 files will play through the divShare links anymore.

I thought my files would be safe on divShare...apparently not.
DivShare has informed me that I have to re-upload all my music files that I originally converted from vinyl (most all I have deleted because of the space it takes up on my drive).

In the meantime, I'll try and find a new host to embed future vinyl to mp3 files. This may take some time, but I will be back with more.