Sunday, August 31, 2008
When I worked in a record store in the 90s I was intrigued and perplexed by a series of CD's called "Lowrider Oldies". They had many familiar (as well as not so familiar) titles but didn't give artist info (or any other info for that matter). Knowing a bit about lowrider culture didn't prepare me for the first Lowrider oldies show I attended about a year ago. Selling out the HUGE Hp pavillion in San Jose (with no mainstream publicity) were Barbara Mason, Eddie Holman, Blue Magic, Santo and Johnny, and this mysterious group called Sly Slick And Wicked. Doing a combination of familiar cover tunes as well as a few of their own (including Cofessin...) I was more than intrigued by these ultra cool cats. Confessin' is an incredible deep soul ballad, and the b-side is a stellar funky number. Thanks to the Latino oldies community for helping keep soul music alive.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Quite simply one of my favorite records, ever.
Willie Tee is at his majestic peak here; elements of jazz in the chord progression capped off by a genius soul lyric and vocal. When the drummer hits those triplets on his cymbal, it's a transcendent moment of the highest order.
WILLIE TEE - FIRST TASTE OF HURT
Friday, August 29, 2008
There are many reasons why I'd love to go back in time. If I could set the wayback machine, it would more than likely be set to 1966. Oh, the records, and clothes I'd buy. Oh, the bands I would try to see live. I'd also love to see what it was like in that time to hear a record like this one. This amazing 45 could easily be called proto-house, proto-techno, proto-psychedelia....This is the third release from Gloria Jones.
GLORIA JONES - HEARTBEAT (part 1)
Friday, August 1, 2008
yes yes, kats and kitties, i've scored some more cool company sleeves that are begging to be shared. All are US issues except the following: Philips (yellow/ blue with Johnny Cash 45); London (w/ Everly Brothers 45) and the 2 Parlophone's. Have to say it was most exciting finding the Immediate sleeve!