Posts Tagged ‘Albums Everyone Should Own

18
Mar
12

van halen – 1984

There is just so much wuss rock out there these days that I feel like I need a jolt of good old fashioned misogynistic, lustful, drunken, hard living rock to remind me that real rock does still exist.  I mean, I often wonder whether or not these young kids even drink beer.

But you know who did drink beer? Van Halen.  And they drank a lot if it my friend.

Formed in 1972, the band of Eddie and Alex Van Halen originally only hired David Lee Roth to save money as they were renting his sound system. Michael Anthony was  brought in  to replace their original drummer  Mark Stone in 1974.  By the mid seventies they were a fixture in the Los Angeles club scene where they impressed folks like Rodney Bingenheimer and Gene Simmons enough to get an demo made.  In 1977 Warner Brothers was impressed enough to sign them to a deal and they released their self titled debut soon after.  Their sound was a unique fusion of hard rock, heavy metal and party rock and the resulting sound was infectious.  But as good as their first five albums were, the band’s sound truly hit its zenith with the release of 1984 in the year of it’s title.

1984 has an infectious amount of energy and no shortage of the kind catchy guitar licks that made Eddie Van Halen a household name.  Alex’s crisp, massive drum’s kept a relentless beat throughout the album, and Anthony’s bass kept the rhythm flowing under David Lee Roth’s flamboyant vocals.  You will be hard pressed to find an album this good that is this much fun at the same time, and the addition of synthesizer really helped evolve their sound into something that would become very 80’s friendly.

But 1984 also marked the end of what is known as the David Lee Roth era.   Rising tensions over band image and direction would lead to Roth’s departure and the eventual rebirth of the band with Sammy Hagar at the microphone.  But no matter who they had singing, or what changes the Van Halen brothers made to the line up, the band never quite regained that magic that they had with the original group.  Apparently they came to the same conclusion because after many years Roth is back in as lead singer.

You got to give the people what they want, and what they want is David Lee Roth Van Halen…and the dream of another album that rocks as hard as 1984.

Listen to the entire album here!

Available on Amazon for cheap HERE!

…or slightly more expensive for no reason on Itunes HERE.

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09
Jan
12

sir victor uwaifo – guitar boy superstar 1970-76

The more you dig into Africa’s rich musical history, the more gold you eventually will find.  This appears to be especially true when it comes to Nigeria which was home to more talent than most hemispheres.  While Fela might get all the recognition, there are a lot of other guys out there that are no less deserving like Sir Victor Uwaifo.  This collection, which chronicles his career in the seventies goes a long way to getting across that genius with some hand picked gems from the man.

Victor was truly a superstar and famous not only for his music, an offshoot of Highlife called Joromi, but also for his accomplishments in writing, sculpting, instrument invention and his former career as a wrestler. Not only that but he was also a Nigerian ambassador and was once the Commissioner of Culture!  Born in Benin in 1941, Victor built his first guitar at the age of 12 and was awarded Africa’s first gold record for his hit song “Joromi” at the age of 18.

This masterful collection, from the always on point Soundway Records, covers Uwaifo’s Ekassa period in the early to mid seventies.  He has just returned from his stint in the capital of Lagos and came hjome to start the new decade with a mixture of  ancient Benini Obas music, highlife jazz and a little rock and soul to create something just as special as afro-beat, but on an entirely different tip.  These were pretty rare recordings and most were unreleased until Soundway got their grubby little mitts on them, polished them up and reissued them here.  Consider it a gift that they did because this music could make a suicide seem upbeat.

All this is well worth it for a guitar player who is also well known for being able to play with his feet and his tongue!  Look out ladies!

On Itunes HERE.

On Amazon HERE…$8.99!

 

01
Dec
11

satanic six – 100% holiday mashups and remixes

If you’re like me, most holiday music makes you ill.  I tend to get by on Frank Sinatra and Phil Spector oldies, but that’s about all.

Luckily DJ BC and his friends had a different idea and have compiled this neat little collection for your 2011 season.  Together with DJ McFly, DJ Sshmolli, ATOM, Voicedude and a slew of other bring you a sleigh full of messed up Christmas fun.  Check out the set list!

1. Have Yourself a Santastic Little Christmas (Santastic DJs vs Henry Mancini vs classic breaks)- dj BC
2. Santatage (Otis Redding vs The Beastie Boys vs Run DMC) – Divide and Kreate (Stockholm, Sweden)
3. Party Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (LMFAO vs Brenda Lee) – DJ McFly (Boston, MA)
4. Santa A Go-Go (Wham! vs. The Jackson 5) – DJ Schmolli (Vienna, Austria)
5. Nothing Else Matters But My Favourite Things (Metallica vs Brian Setzer Orchestra) – G3RsT (The Netherlands)
6. Crimson & Chanukah (Adam Sandler as sung by Adrian Roberts vs Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) – A Plus D (San Francisco) vs RIAA (Los Angeles)
7. Wonderland Walker(Peggy Lee vs Fats Domino vs Bjork) – ATOM (NYC, USA)
8. Mashing Christmas (Danny Elfman vs The Supremes vs Jimmy Stewart) – dj BC (Atlanta, GA)
9. Merry Christmas 2U (U2 vs David Archuletta vs Gladys Knight & The Saints Unlimited vs MercyMe) – mojochronic (Berkeley, CA)
10. You’re A Loser, Newt Gingrich! (Dr. Seuss & Albert Hague vs Voicedude) – Voicedude (Anaheim, CA)
11. Marshmallow Vanilla Fudge World(Brenda Lee vs Vanilla Fudge) – DJ Flack (Boston, USA)
12. Blenda Ree Mix (Brenda Lee vs Greenhill Dixieland Band) – Martinn (The Netherlands)
13. Pump Up The Holiday (Andy Williams vs Technotronic vs The Osmonds) – mojochronic (Berkeley, CA)
14. Let’s Get Our Fa La La On (Justin Bieber & Boyz II Men vs Marvin Gaye) – Voicedude (Anaheim, CA)
15. Viva Home (Pet Shop Boys vs Coldplay vs It’s A Wonderful Life) – Cheekyboy (London, England)

And because it’s the season of giving, the mix is free…although you will find a nice little donation button on their site and I encourage you to give.  So head on down HERE and grab a copy!  If you like it and want more, check out more of these guys holiday capers like:

Santastic V: Snow,Man!

or

Menorah Mashup

Or a whole list of more fun tracks HERE

This is the stiff that winter dreams are made of people!  Get crackin!

07
Oct
11

stan getz & charlie byrd – jazz samba / stan getz & luiz bonfa – jazz samba encore

Having a good week so far since a friend emailed me with free tickets to the Further show at the Greek tonight…and its been a while since I’ve seen the Dead. And who doesn’t enjoy a miracle ticket?

Moving right along, chalk these albums up on the list of great things I have found in the bargain bin at the record store.

I had found the first volume Charlie Byrd and Stan Getz – Jazz Samba some months before, liked it and was eager to digest the sequel. The Byrd/Getz dynamic in the first volume is a great example an album that began a musical movement in the 60s. Charlie had traveled to Brazil and became completely enamored with the place and it’s music…so much so that upon his return he sat down with Stan Getz and some very talented session players and recorded an album of Brazilian tunes that would start the bossa nova craze.

It’s a great album, and one that begs to be listened to all the way through every time…with hits like Desafinado and Bahia standing out, although not so much that you’ll want to skip ahead to reach them. Let it transport you away to a magical beach on a tropical isle at sunset, where waves of melancholy coolness wash over you in the torchlight.

That, and the album really lets the light shine on Getz as one of the greatest sax men ever.

But Getz wasn’t finished, and two years later returned with “Jazz Samba Encore” featuring Luiz Bonfa, Maria Toledo and the incomparable Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Where the original album was bright and dynamic, “Encore” feels much softer in comparison…but not in a bad way. The addition of some real Brazilian stars to the line-up definitely changed the flavor of the work, but it remains as solid as it’s predecessor if not better. Getz simply took this album back to it’s roots and the quality really shows.

With it’s even greater ethereal tropical sound, “Encore” continues the journey down roads only hinted at in the first volume. Sometimes I like to have both these albums on a loop at my place while I cook…because even on loop they never get old or tired. I like ‘Saudabe vem correndo ” myself and the track above, ‘O morro nao tem vez.” So if you like jazz, bossa nova or brazillian tunes…or maybe you’re just a Stan Getz fan and don’t have these. Well, now’s your chance.

On Amazon HERE and HERE.

If you were to Google both albums, you could find them for free as well…but I think these are worth the cash.

15
Sep
11

fishbone – fishbone ep & truth and soul

So if I never mentioned it…I’m going to cooking school.

Le Cordon Bleu to be specific, but before you get all excited let me just reveal that it’s their online course for restaurant management.   So…no exciting cooking classes or hands on demonstrations or anything.  When I began, it was a six week semester and then a week long break.  Now it’s a 12 week double semester with no break between.

Right now I’m really missing the break part.

But, moving right along to another great album…

Before there was No Doubt, before the Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the scene or  Living Colour dropped their first album…there was Fishbone. An unlikely combination of weirdos from a junior high school in South Central Los Angeles, Fishbone didn’t look or sound like anyone else at the time…and that suited them just fine.  The original line up of Angelo Moore, John Norwood Fisher, “Dirty” Walter A. Kibby II,Kendall Jones,Chris Dowd and Philip “Fish” Fisher refused to fit the stereotype of South Central at the time…either sartorially or musically, and began making waves with their live shows and developing a sound that would go on to influence much of the music o the next two decades.

Originally their sound was pure joyful Ska, the energetic cousin of reggae, but would soon blossom into a radical mix of punk, funk, jazz and rock.  I am aware that some will point out that Truth and Soul was Fishbone’s greatest album…and you know what, I am going to go along with that too.  But for that “opening shot of the revolution”…the one where you weren’t sure what would happen next, but couldn’t wait to find out, the original Fishbone EP was the shit.  With infectious tunes like “Party at Ground Zero” and”UGLY, ” it was THE party album of it’s time and brought Ska and Reggae to the main stream.

Then we jump ahead almost ten years and Fishbone drops Truth and Soul…the album that spawned a million t shirts, and for good reason.  For the hardcore Fishbone fan, this was the deepest shit there was, and a far cry from the sound of their first EP.  Darker, grittier and funkier…even more socially conscious , but still with an upbeat ska feel.  Truth and Soul forged new ground with a sound that no one had heard before, but many would imitate after. From it’s opening cover of the Curtis Mayfield classic “Freddie’s Dead, to deeper cuts like “Ghetto Soundwave” and “Bonin in the Boneyard” it made for a wonderful listening experience.

But Fishbone is still around and going strong, and I implore you to go see a live show for a taste of the musical energy I can only poorly describe here.

Both albums can be got for cheap on Amazon!  HERE and HERE!

08
Sep
11

ike & tina turner – the soul of ike and tina & dynamite

So the other week I decided to open an ING savings account, because…who doesn’t want to earn 1% interest on their money.  I gotta say it was a mistake.

After closing my savings account and transferring my cash to my checking account, I filled out their online forms and waited for the go ahead to transfer my money over.  A few days went by and …nothing happened.

I got worried and called to find out what the deal was, and was informed by the Customer Service rep that while my routing number was fine, my account number was invalid.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a hard enough time deciphering the hieroglyphics on the bottom of my check as it is.  So I asked the guy which number, specifically that he needed.  He told me it was all the numbers after the routing number (I had originally only given them the last five.)  I gave him the new number, he said it should all be kosher in a day or two, and I waited.

When nothing happened four days later, I called again.  I talked to another rep who I went over the same info with and he said it was all fixed and would be ready in a few days.  WRONG!!!

Jump ahead four days later when there is still no activity.  I call ING again (notice that I’m doing all the contacting.)  This time the  rep tells me my account has been deleted, and she goes to find out why.  The next thing I know I’m talking to some harpy who informs me that my account number was still invalid and that ING would be terminating any business they had with me.  I protested that all I wanted to do was give them my money, she insisted that they had tried to contact me about this issue…which was a lie because no one from ING ever tried to contact me!!!  EVER!

So I guess ING doesn’t need your money.  Fuck ING!!!  <<<That’s the moral of my story.  Fuck them right in their fucking asses!!! And fuck their customer service too…

Now on to things that are far more awesome, I give you this sparkling reissue of two of Ike and Tina Turners most bad ass albums…The Soul of Ike and Tina and Dynamite.  First of all I gotta say I’m loving these two for one package deals.  It’s nice that someone finally realized that a CD can hold over an hour’s worth of music and anything less was a waste of space.  As a bonus they even threw in five bonus tracks to round it all out!  These two gems from 1960 and 1962 catch Ike and Tina doing what they do best…producing some of the most high energy, gritty, dark, funky southern music.

What makes it even better was that the two original albums weren’t even recorded as albums.  These were just compilations of their many hit singles of the day, so you don’t get the typical handful of hits with a bunch of filler.  You get ALL HITS.  And when it comes to Ike and Tina, this is exactly where you want to be. It’s also got the world famous Ikkettes on back up too! It’s got the kind of musical power on it like “Worried and Hurtin Inside,” “Letter from Tina ” and “I Had a Notion” guaranteed to make you the hero of the next soul BBQ you attend.

I’ve listened to this collection at least ten times since I discovered it a month or two ago.  If any of this sounds good the folks at Emd also gave the same treatment to another two early sixties albums with:Ike and Tina Turner Don’t Play Me Cheap / It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.  So if this album gave you an ear boner, you’ll definitely blow your audio load over the other one too.

Only $9 on amazon for the downloadable version!  But if you google the fucker you might find it cheaper…or free.  Just sayin.

22
Aug
11

the allman brothers – in memory of duane allman – last concert at the fillmore east 1971(bootleg)

I figured I might eventually get around to the Allman Brothers…but with a concise note from Dave on my Suggest an Album Everyone Should Hear page, I finally made it so.

Thanks for the note Dave!

Seriously. When you have a music collection that’s several hundred gigs…and not to mention the thousands of records, it gets tough trying to remember the best ones without a little help.

Recorded at the Fillmore East in 1971, this concert captures the band’s original line up of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks and Jai Johnson.  It was the last set ever played at the Fillmore East before it was shut down…and around three months before Duane was killed in a motorcycle crash in Macon, Ga.  A year later a traffic accident would also claim the life of Berry Oakley. The band that remains today is good, but not nearly as young, hungry and complete as it was here.

But this concert captures what is, for me at least, the original Allman Brothers displaying what made them so special in the first place.  Excellent musicianship, amazing jams and that southern tinged jazz rock and blues that really made them famous. Even Bill Graham, the man who had seen it all in the music industry, was blown away by their performance. The guitar work here is stunning…especially on Statsboro Blues and Whipping post, but it’s the 12 minute version of In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed that really hits all the right notes.

Better yet, you get a smoking 18 minute version of You Don’t Love Me to top off the whole show.

There are a couple of recordings of this performance available, the commercial release of The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East is nice, but shortened with editing and mainly culled from the first nights show.  Then you have The Fillmore Concerts which have much more material and are more even then the first release, but are still edited down a bit and mixed from two nights.  Why record company’s insist on this is beyond me.

This bootleg version is an excellent soundboard recording and covers the real last show in all it’s glory.  If you like the Allman Brothers, want to like the Allman Brothers or even just like a solid jam session…you do a lot worse than grabbing this little nugget HERE 1, HERE 2, HERE 3, HERE 4 and HERE 5.




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