15 de novembro de 2008

Canned Heat

"Canned Heat is a blues-rock/boogie band that formed in Los Angeles in 1965. The group has been noted for its own interpretations of blues material as well as for efforts to promote the interest in this type of music and its original artists. (...) The music and attitude of Canned Heat afforded them a large following and established the band as one of the popular acts of the hippie era." [wikipedia]

"A hard-luck blues band of the '60s, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. (...) Canned Heat's debut album was every bit as deep into the roots of the blues as any other combo of the time mining similar turf, with the exception of the original Paul Butterfield band." [allmusic]

Poeira Discos brings to you the first five albums by Canned Heat. The torrents have been created by saxxon from TPB. We are just helping the seed. Enjoy!

8 de outubro de 2008

Screaming Lord Sutch

Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow, known as Screaming Lord Sutch, born David Edward Sutch (10 November 1940 – 16 June 1999) was an English musician and aspirant politician, and was famed for founding the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.

In the 1960s, inspired by one of his favourite rock and roll stars, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, he changed his name to "Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow". Early works included recordings produced by legendary audio pioneer Joe Meek.

During the 1960s, Screaming Lord Sutch was known for his horror-themed stage show, as well as for usually dressing as Jack the Ripper, pre-dating the shock rock antics of Alice Cooper by several years. He often started the show by coming out of a big black coffin.

Sutch's album Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends featured legends such as Jimmy Page, John Bonham, Jeff Beck, and Noel Redding. The album was re-released as "Smoke & Fire".

For his follow-up album, Hands of Jack the Ripper, Sutch assembled a group of British rock celebrities for a concert at the Carshalton Park Rock 'n' Roll Festival. Musicians appearing on the record included Ritchie Blackmore, Keith Moon and Noel Redding.

In the Rolling Stones song "Get off of my cloud" the guy who shows up "all dressed up just like a Union Jack" in the song was Lord Sutch, presumably uninvited in Mick Jagger's room.

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5 de outubro de 2008

The Ventures

The Ventures are an instrumental rock band formed in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington. The band, formed by Don Wilson and Bob Bogle, two masonry workers, has had an enduring impact on the development of music worldwide, having sold over 100 million records, and are to date the best-selling instrumental band of all time. In 2008, the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Their music has been cited by many famed guitarists as an influence; indeed, their virtuosity, experimentation with guitar effects, and unique sound laid the groundwork for innumerable groups, earning them the moniker "The Band that Launched a Thousand Bands". They have also contributed to the surf music genre, though they are not, as popularly perceived, strictly a surf band. Though their popularity in the United States waned in the 1970s, the group remains revered in Japan, where they still tour regularly to this day.

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8 de setembro de 2008

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus

Tarkus is the second album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1971.

Greg Lake stated in an early interview that he viewed Tarkus as a representation of the military-industrial complex, and that his lyrics were about that, and about the futility of war and strife.

On the album cover, made after the music was created and recorded, Tarkus is depicted as a half armadillo/half tank creature, born from an egg erupted from a volcano.

The inner gatefold sleeve features a sequence of pictures depicting battles between Tarkus and other half-mechanical creatures, until its eventual defeat by a manticore. "Tarkus" then becomes "Aquatarkus", an aquatic version of the land-bound original.

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13 de agosto de 2008

The Decline of Western Civilization

The Decline of Western Civilization is a 1981 rockumentary film directed by Penelope Spheeris about the Los Angeles punk rock scene in 1979 and 1980. Over the years the film has gained something of a cult status.

Featuring concert footage of legendary Los Angeles punk bands, and interviews both with band members and with the punks who made up their audience, the film offers a look into a subculture that was largely ignored by the rock music press of the time.

Eerily, the promotional poster for The Decline (and the record cover of the soundtrack album) featured a close-up frame of Germs singer Darby Crash supine on stage with his eyes closed. Crash died from a heroin-induced suicide shortly before the film was released (the poster was designed before his death).

Bands included are Black Flag, The Germs, X, The Bags, Circle Jerks, Catholic Discipline, and Fear.

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24 de julho de 2008

Circle Jerks (first 3 albuns)

Formed in 1979 by Black Flag vocalist Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson, the Circle Jerks combined the rebelliousness of the Sex Pistols and Ramones with the aggressive athletic elements of the surfer/skateboarder crowd from Hermosa Beach. This coastal city just south of Los Angeles ignited the initial explosion of hardcore bands. Including bassist Roger Rogerson and drummer Lucky Lehrer, the band recorded their debut album, "Group Sex", in 1980 on Frontier Records. Containing 14 tracks, the songs ranged in length from 1:35 to 27 seconds, taking the hyper blast of punk to the next extreme. With the release of the album, an appearance in the documentary film about L.A. punk The Decline of Western Civilization, and their incendiary live performances, the group's stature was assured in the budding hardcore community.

Their second LP, 1982's "Wild in the Streets", continued the intensity while injecting a humorous slant into the music by covering '60s pop hits "Just Like Me"/"Put a Little Love in Your Heart," applied with their slamdancing aggression. The joke was expanded on Golden Shower of Hits, their third album, released in 1983. The second time around they tackled "Along Comes Mary," "Afternoon Delight," "Having My Baby," and "Love Will Keep Us Together." Golden Shower also marked the incorporation of a few longer songs that hovered around the three-minute mark, including "Under the Gun," "High Price on Our Heads," and "Rats of Reality." At this point the band took a two-year break, which found Hetson joining the newly formed Bad Religion, taking on guitar duties for both bands well into the next decade.

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22 de julho de 2008

Black Diamond Heavies - Every Damn Time

Stripping the deep blues to its frame and running the music through a big stack of amps while shaking it into a cold sweat, the Black Diamond Heavies are a band from East Nashville, TN, who prove that in terms of sonic impact and soulful energy, size doesn't matter much at all.

The Black Diamond Heavies were formed by keyboard man and vocalist John Wesley Myers, Mark "Porkchop" Holder on guitar and harmonica, and drummer Van Campbell. Myers was previously a member of the feral blues-punk combo the Immortal Lee County Killers, while Campbell had kept time with the Invisibles and the Rum Circus.

The Black Diamond Heavies started gigging in 2004 and self-released an EP called You Damn Right in 2005. The record and especially the BDHs' wildly frantic live shows won them a rabid fan following, especially in the South, but in early 2006 Holder amicably left the band, unhappy with the rigors of life on the road.

Myers and Campbell opted not only to continue without Holder, but to not replace him; stripped down to a two-piece, the band's music became even more raw and intense than before, and in the summer of 2006 the band scored a record deal with noted garage punk label Alive Records. The Black Diamond Heavies' first full-length album, Every Damn Time, was released in early 2007.

1.Fever in My Blood
2.All to Hell
3.Leave It in the Road
4.Let Me Coco
5.Poor Brown Sugar
6.Stitched in Sin
7.White Bitch
9.Might Be Right
10.Guess You Gone and Fucked It All Up

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14 de julho de 2008

ESG - A South Bronx Story

ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) are a band from the South Bronx, New York, U.S.. The band originally consisted of sisters Maria Scroggins (congas, vocals), Renee Scroggins (guitar, vocals), and Valerie Scroggins (drums), and friend Leroy Glover (bass). ESG have been influential in a wide range of musical genres, including hip hop, post punk, disco, and dance-punk.

ESG's music is centered around complex polyrhythms, a funky bass and pop-flavored guitar.

The group's work had become popular among hip-hop artists searching for samples, with such acts as TLC, the Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Big Daddy Kane, Gang Starr, Tricky, Jay-Dee (J-Dilla) and indie rockers like Unrest and Liars. The group addressed this issue on the 1992 12" EP Sample Credits Don't Pay Our Bills.

Major kudos to Universal Sound for compiling ESG's best works for A South Bronx Story, a crucial document of sparse, old school funk. Until 2000, the group's scant material had been nearly impossible to find.

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24 de maio de 2008

The Sugar Hill Records Story [Box Set]

Sugar Hill Records was the first rap and hip-hop label, giving many listeners their first exposure to the urban rhyming and scratching that transformed pop music during the '80s. Like most indie labels, they had troubles with finances and distribution; eventually, that situation resulted in their records remaining out of print during the rise of the hip-hop during the late '80s and '90s. The five-disc Sugar Hill Records Story remedies this situation by collecting all of the label's classic A-sides, many in their full-length mixes, on one set. Tracks by the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, and the Treacherous Three are commonplace and remain excellent, but the true revelation of the box set is how strong largely forgotten cuts by Spoonie Gee, the Funky 4 + 1, Trouble Funk, the Sequence, Super Wolf, and West Street Mob are -- these are supremely funky, infectious and inventive cuts, which have been made familiar through samples and quotations on modern rap records. Another surprise is how integrated this music is -- male and female rappers trade lines without hesitation, and there is none of the misogyny or violence that characterized gangsta rap. But that doesn't mean the old-school rap on The Sugar Hill Records Story sounds dated -- much of this bright, elastic electro-funk has provided the foundation for '90s hits by the likes of the Beastie Boys and Dr. Dre. But the most surprising thing of all is how The Sugar Hill Records Story barely loses momentum over the course of five discs. There is the occasional dull spot or oddity (check out the bizarre B-52's rip-off "At the Ice Arcade" by the Chilly Kids) that interrupts the flow, but the music is consistently strong, even on the fifth disc. It was inevitable that The Sugar Hill Records Story would be an important historical document, but what makes it truly essential is how rich, diverse, and timeless the music actually is.

1. Rapper's Delight (Long Version)- Sugarhill Gang
2. Funk You Up (Long Version)- The Sequence
3. Rapper's Reprise (Jam-Jam)- Sugarhill Gang w/ The Sequence
4. Super-Wolf Can Do It (Short Version)- Super-Wolf
5. Hot Hot Summer Day- Sugarhill Gang
6. And You Know That (Short Version)- The Sequence
7. Freedom- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
8. Monster Jam- Spoonie Gee & The Sequence
9. Baby Let's Rap Now (Part 2)- The Moments
10. People Get On Up- Positive Force

1. 8th Wonder- Sugarhill Gang
2. That's the Joint- Funky 4 + 1
3. The Birthday Party- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
4. Check it Out- Wayne & Charlie (The Rapping Dummy)
5. The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels of Steel- Grandmaster Flash
6. Showdown- The Furious Five Meets The Sugarhill Gang
7. Let's Dance (Make Your Body Move)- West Street Mob
8. Spoonie is Back- Spoonie Gee
9. Apache- Sugarhill Gang
10. It's Nasty (Genius of Love) (Short Version)- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

1. Hey Fellas (Long Version)- Trouble Funk
2. Sing a Simple Song- West Street Mob
3. It's Good to Be the Queen- Sylvia
4. The Lover in You- Sugarhill Gang
5. The Message- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
6. Whip it- Treacherous Three w/ Philippe Wynne
7. Scratchin- Crash Crew
8. Ooh Baby (Short Version)- West Street Mob
9. Scorpio- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
10. Making Cash Money- Busy Bee
11. Here Comes the Bride- The Sequence

1. Message II (Survival)- Melle Mel & Duke Bootee
2. Breaking Bells (Take Me To The Mardi Gras)- Crash Crew
3. Yes We Can-Can- Treacherous Three
4. The Word is Out- Sugarhill Gang
5. New York New York- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
6. Girls- Sugarhill Gang
7. Kick It Live from 9 to 5- Sugarhill Gang
8. Break Dance Electric Boogie- West Street Mob
9. All Night Long (Waterbed)- Kevie Kev (Waterbed Kev)
10. At the Ice Arcade- Chilly Kids
11. White Lines (Don't Don't Do it)(Long Version)- Grandmaster Flash/Melle Mel
12. We Are Known as Emcees (We Turn the Party's Out)- Crash Crew

1. Jesse- Grandmaster Melle Mel
2. Beat Street- Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
3. Livin' in the Fast Lane- Sugarhill Gang
4. We Don't Work for Free- Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
5. Step off- The Furious Five
6. Xmas Rap- Treacherous Three
7. Busy Bee's Groove- Busy Bee
8. Turn it Up- Treacherous Three
9. The Down Beat- Sugarhill Gang
10. Vice- Grandmaster Melle Mel
11. Outta Control- Miracle Mike & The Ladies of the 80's
12. Street Walker(Original Version)- Mass Production w/ Grandmaster Melle
13. The Message ('97 Dungeon Mix)- Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

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8 de maio de 2008

Surfbeat From Behind The Iron Curtain

This CD consists mainly of 60s ultra-rare instrumental-rock tracks from CCCP, East Germany, Poland, Romania & Czechoslovakia.

01. Sincron - Pe Linga Plopii Fara Sot (2:55)
02. Capras - Beginning Of Autumn (2:18)
03. T. Terauchi & Bunny - Theme From Unfinished Symphony (2:45)
04. Black 'N' Whites - Komandosi (3:23)
05. The Eliminators - The Saint (2:48)
06. Mefisto - Return Of Gemini (2:07)
07. Die Sputniks - Sputniks Thema (2:02)
08. The Thunderbirds - African Guitar (2:40)
09. Alarm - Nocny Alarm (2:17)
10. Boomerangs - Crazy Guitars (2:37)
11. Trocadero Sextett - Leicht Verdreht (2:02)
12. Orchester Charles Blackwell - The Bumble Beat (1:59)
13. Klaus Lenz Sextett - Corso (2:23)
14. Slava Kunst Orchestra - Lucifer In Coelis (4:46)
15. The Thunderbirds - Twisting Safari (2:12)
16. Theo Schumann Combo - Aladin (2:16)
17. Black 'N' Whites - Take Blya Moja (2:39)
18. Sincron - In Gara La Leordeni (2:49)
19. Gisha Brothers - Werwo's Rock (2:28)
20. The Constellations - Colorado (2:17)
21. Javalin - Javalins Rock (2:27)
22. Franks Echo Quintett - Melodie Fuer Barbara (2:39)
23. The Eliminators - Wipe Out! (3:26)
24. Karel Duba & His Guitar Men - The Coach (2:49)

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21 de abril de 2008

Funky 4 + 1 - That's The Joint

Funky 4 + 1 were one of the first hip-hop groups that contained a female MC and were certainly the first group of their kind that released records commercially. Further, the group were the among the first wave of Bronx crews to release records after the initial success of the Sugarhill Gang in 1979. The Funky 4 consisted of DJ Breakout, K.K. Rockwell, Keith Keith, Lil' Rodney Cee, Jazzy Jeff, and the "plus one" -- Sha Rock.

A unique aspect of the group was that Sha Rock wasn't portrayed as a sex object but was more or less considered equal among the male members of the group. Aside from the novelty of having a woman in their ranks, they are one of the most influential but overlooked old-school hip-hop groups -- having been sampled by a wide assortment of later hip-hop artists including the Beastie Boys (on their Paul's Boutique record). Along with Grandmaster Flash, they began recording 12" singles for Enjoy Records -- releasing what is considered the longest rap song ever: "Rappin' and Rockin' the House" (at over 15 minutes, it outlasts the lengthy "Rapper's Delight"). After they grew displeased with what they considered to be Enjoy's poor distribution, they followed Grandmaster Flash to the Sugarhill Records label. There they cut the all-time classic "That's the Joint" but never went on to release a full-length record. After only moderate success, the group went their separate ways in the early '80s with Lil' Rodney Cee and K.K. Rockwell forming Double Trouble and Sha Rock joining Lisa Lee and Debbie Dee as part of US Girls (who appeared in the 1984 film Beat Street). This 2001 release is a anthology of singles and unissued tracks by these early hip-hop innovators.

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10 de abril de 2008

Baby Charles - Baby Charles (2008)

Baby Charles are a special band. Their funky music is simultaneously tight but loose, heavy but soulful and dirty...

Fronted by soul sensation Dionne Charles, the band also has Lee Nicklen (keys), Simon Hill (bass), Toby Sendall (guitar), Georgina Carrol (flute), Sigi Beare (sax), Will Rumfitt (trombone), and Alex Kirkwood (drums), laying down the chicken-fried grooves.

Inspired by the late 60's funk of: Eddie Bo, The J.B.'s and The Meters.

Baby Charles play by feel, and cannot contain their drummer Alex Kirkwood from unleashing thunderous drum breaks...

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24 de fevereiro de 2008

Full Blown Cherry - A Rockabilly Tribute to The Ramones

This is not one of our "official releases", but this album is so fun we decided to put it in here so more people could know about it. It is a rockabilly tribute do the Ramones, by american rockabilly band Full Blown Cherry.

It is a new album from a small band, so please, if you can, buy the album and support the band!

Some people think that what we do here is piracy, but we are only trying to make the world better by spreading music. And we do support the artist, much more than the recording companies do!! We all have bands ourselves, so we know exactly how things work...

Thanks to our friend Hillbilly for showing us this little pearl!

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5 de fevereiro de 2008

ADEMIR LEMOS - Le Bateau ao vivo (1970)


Together with Big Boy, Ademir was one of Brazil's first and top funk DJs in the 1970s. First discovered by Carlos Imperial in his radio show "Clube dos Brôtos", at Rádio Nacional, Ademir soon found work as a top DJ and selecter, and ended up as a resident in the famous carioca club "Le Bateau" by the end of the 1960s, early 1970s.

This is a collection organized by Ademir and released by brazilian label Top Tape back in 1971.

Blogger and collector Merlinus - from merlinusesamantha.blogspot.com - ripped this from his own vinyl copy. Cheers and credits go to him! I just torrented it.

Track List:

  1. Joey Levine - Come On My Baby
  2. Rocky Candy Mt. - Sweet Magic
  3. Joe Jeffrey - My Baby Loves Lovin`
  4. Ronnie Milsap - What's Your Game
  5. Mr. Bloe, Wind - Groovin' With Mr. Bloe
  6. Paul Flagg - Tell The Truth
  7. Charles Hodges - Slip Around
  8. George Tindley - Wan-Tu-Wah-Zuree
  9. Don Young - Movin'
  10. No Second Thoughts - Top Shelf (About Who You Really Love)
  11. Fragile Rock Valley - Be My Baby
  12. Kool and The Gang - Kool and The Gang
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21 de janeiro de 2008

Kurtis Blow Presents The History of Rap [Vol I, II & III]

Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap, Vol. 1: The Genesis

The first volume of the three-part Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap is subtitled The Genesis, which means that it covers a period of time when rap was strictly a live art form and rarely made it to record. That means, of course, that the disc is filled with funk records -- specifically ones with extended rhythm breaks and grooves that provided ideal instrumental backdrops for rappers. The Genesis leans toward the obscure, where even the most familiar names (James Brown, the Isley Brothers, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, the Jackson 5) are represented with unfamiliar songs, and the remainder of the compilation is filled with cult artists (Baby Huey, Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band, Black Heat, Rhythm Heritage). While many of these songs may be unfamiliar, there are beats and samples that have been popularized through sampling, which makes listening to the disc fascinating. Unfortunately, it never becomes truly intoxicating, since it's a historical recording that's designed for education, not entertainment, but anyone interested in the birth of hip-hop will find it necessary listening.

1- James Brown - Give It Up Or Turn It a Loose (in the jungle groove remix)
2- The Isley Brothers - Get Into Something
3- Booker T & The M.G.'s - Melting Pot
4- Baby Huey - Listen To Me
5- Dennis Coffey & The Detroit Guitar Band - Scorpio
6- The Jimmy Castor Bunch - It's Just Begun
7- Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band - Apache
8- The Jackson 5 - Hum Along And Dance
9- Black Heat - Love The Life You Live
10- Rhythm Heritage - Theme From S.W.A.T. (extended 7' version)
11- Herman Kelly & Life - Dance To The Drummer's Beat
12- Fatback - King Tim III (personality jock)

Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap, Vol. 2: The Birth of the Rap Record

As the second installment of Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap, The Birth of the Rap Record chronicles the moment that hip-hop entered the popular consciousness. The record that broke the doors down was "Rapper's Delight," which is represented here, like the ten other tracks on the compilation, in an extended version that allows both the beats and the rhymes to flourish. Where most early rap compilations focus on records that made an impact on the R&B charts, The Birth of the Rap Records is devoted to the underground. There are a number of familiar songs here -- "The Breaks," "The Message" -- but the majority of the disc is devoted to underappreciated artists like the Sequence, Spoonie Gee, "Love Bug" Starski, Davy DMX and Funky Four Plus One More, or unfamiliar songs by artsits like Afrika Bambaataa and the Treacherous Three. Unlike its predecessor, The Genesis, Vol. 2: The Birth of the Rap Record plays smoothly, making it a rare historical release that is as entertaining as it is educational.

1- Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight
2- Sequence - Funk You Up
3- Funky 4 + One More - Rappin And Rocking The House
4- Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin
5- Kurtis Blow - The Breaks
6- Spoonie Gee Meets The Sequence - Monster Jam
7- Afrika Bambaata & Jazzy 5 - Jazzy Sensation (short version)
8- The Treacherous Three - Feel The Beat
9- Grandmaster Flash And The Furious 5 - The Message (long version)
10- "Love Bug" Starski - Starski Live At The Disco Fever
11- Davy Dmx - One For The Treble

Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap, Vol. 3: The Golden Age

Where Kurtis Blow Presents the History of Rap, Vol. 2: The Birth of the Rap Record chronicled rap's first forays into the mainstream, Vol. 3: The Golden Age documents the point when hip-hop culture became an undeniable part of popular culture. There are more hits on The Golden Age than on any other disc in The History of Rap, featuring classics by such artists as Run-D.M.C. ("Rock Box"), Whodini ("Friends"), the Fat Boys ("Jail House Rap"), UTFO ("Roxanne, Roxanne"), Public Enemy ("Rebel Without a Pause"), Boogie Down Productions ("Criminal Minded"), Big Daddy Kane ("Raw"), Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock ("It Takes Two"), and Biz Markie ("Vapors," "Just a Friend"). At that time, rap was becoming more diverse, boasting different rhyming and production styles -- where early rap was similiar stylistically, there was a world of difference between the dizzying hardcore of Public Enemy and the comedy shenanigans on Biz Markie. The musical depth of rap is evident on The Golden Age -- it certainly does not all sound the same -- and while it does overlook some artists, it nevertheless is an invaluable sampler, capturing the essence of the era.

1- Run Dmc - Rock Box
2 -Whodini - Friends
3- Whodini - Five Minutes Of Funk
4- Fat Boys - Jail House Rap
5- UTFO - Roxanne, Roxanne
6- MC Shan - The Bridge
7- Public Enemy - Rebel Without A Pause
8- Boogie Down Productions - Criminal Minded (album version)
9- Big Daddy Kane - Raw
10- Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
11- Biz Markie - Vapors
12- Biz Markie - Just A Friend

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17 de janeiro de 2008

AFRICA 100 (afrobeat)

Afrobeat is a sound and a movement, music and a state of mind. It's the joyous awakening of a continent from a colonial nightmare and the crushing realization that the nightmare isn't over yet, anguish and happiness whipped together with traditional drums, cheap guitars, and even cheaper amps.

Afrobeat is a term with no solid definition, like punk, rock, or soul, although it may be all three of those things. No one knows who first used the word, but as far as history is concerned, it belongs to Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late Nigerian giant through whom any understanding of the sound of 1970s Africa must pass. In the most limited sense, you could say that Afrobeat is the cinematic, polyrhythmic, symphonic funk sound that Fela developed with superhuman drummer Tony Allen, but it's much more than that.

For what has been recovered, distribution can be spotty, and the shop that has two things you're looking for is usually missing four other things you want to check out. Compilers of these sounds must track down the musicians, hunt out masters in forgotten, crumbling pressing plants, and sift through bins of scratched, dusty vinyl in the markets of Accra, Conakry, and Lagos looking for the lost slab of brilliant funk or the 45 with the highlife A-side and the totally unexpected fuzz-rock B-side. The rewards of those efforts have been huge, though, and I'm pleased this music is increasingly getting the spotlight it deserves.

Compiled by music writer Joe Tangari to accompany "The Indestructible Beat", his five-part April 2005 Pitchfork feature on the origins and history of Afrobeat and related genres, this home-assembled box set compiles 99 songs (a "vinyl-only" bonus track is unavailable here), and spans from the late 1950s to the present day, with a special focus on the genre's most active and fertile decade, the 1970s. Containing almost nine hours of music, it is now the most definitive collection of Afrobeat known to exist, and possibly the most thorough introduction to the music available.

For the uninitiated, Afrobeat, in its purest form, it is intensely beat-heavy, drawing as much inspiration from American funk, soul and jazz as from aboriginal chants and rhythms. Allmusic.com states that its musicians tended to favor large ensembles, extended grooves and improvised jam sessions, but that at its core it was dance music. Over the course of the the 1970s, however, many varieties and mutations would spring up, each drawing from more distant forms. On this collection, influences range from James Brown's good-foot funk, to Detroit's Motown R&B and soul, to Lee "Scratch" Perry and King Tubby's dub reggae, to even Serge Gainsbourg's sultry French whispers.

>> Disc 01
101. Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa '70: "Zombie" (Nigeria, 1977)
102. Girma Beyene: "Set Alamenem" (Ethiopia, 1969)
103. Marijata: "Mother Africa" (Ghana, 1976)
104. Segun Bucknor & His Revolution: "La La La" (Nigeria, year unknown)
105. Oscar Sulley & the Uhuru Dance Band: "Bukom Mashie" (Ghana, 1973)
106. Geraldo Pino: "Heavy Heavy Heavy" (Sierra Leone, year unknown)
107. Super Eagles: "Love's a Real Thing" (Gambia, 1972)
108. Orlando Julius & His Modern Aces: "Ijo Soul" (Nigeria, 1966)
109. Matata: "Talkin' Talkin'" (Kenya, 1973)
110. Ayalew Mesfin: "Hasabe" (Ethiopia, 1973)
111. Super Mambo 69: "Sweeper Soul" (country unknown, 1972)
112. Babatunde Olatunji: "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba" (Nigeria, 1960)
113. Dick Khoza: "African Jive" (South Africa, 1976)
114. Orchestra Baobab: "Mouhamadou Bamba" (Senegal, 1980)
115. Os Bongos: "Kazukuta" (Angola, 1974)
116. Getatchew Mekurya: "Yegenet Muziqa" (Ethiopia, 1972)

>> Disc 02
201. Brigth Engelberts & the B.E. Movement: "Get Together" (country, year unknown)
202. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra: "Big Man" (United States, 2004)
203. Oscar Sulley & the Uhuru Dance Band: "Olufeme" (Ghana, 1973)
204. Thony Shorby Nyenwi: "No Wrong Show" (Nigeria, 1978)
205. Ogyatanaa Show Band: "Disco Africa" (Ghana, 1976)
206. Wallias Band: "Muziqawi Silt" (Ethiopia, 1977)
207. Lemma Demissew: "Astawesalehu" (Ethiopia, 1968 or 69)
208. Apagya Show Band: "Kwaku Ananse" (Ghana, 1974)
209. Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa '70: "Roforofo Fight" (Nigeria, 1972)
210. Monomono: "Tire Loma Da Nigbehin" (Nigeria, 1974)
211. Ofo the Black Company: "Allah Wakbarr" (Nigeria, 1972)
212. Joe Mensah: "Africa Is Home" (Ghana, 1975)
213. Lijadu Sisters: "Orere Eljigbo" (Nigeria, 1979)
214. Bembeya Jazz National: "Petit Sekou" (Guinea, 1976)

>> Disc 03
301. Gyedu Blay-Ambolley & the Steneboofs: "Simigwado" (Ghana, 1973)
302. Jingo: "Fever" (country unknown, 1974)
303. Joni Haastrup: "Greetings" (Nigeria, 1977)
304. Honny & the Bees Band: "Psychedelic Woman" (Ghana, 1973)
305. Yahoos: "Mabala" (country, year unknown)
306. Blo: "Blo" (Nigeria, 1972)
307. Tlahoun Gessesse: "Alegntaye" (Ethiopia, 1973)
308. K. Frimpong & His Cubano Fiestas: "Hwehwe Mu Na Yi Wo Mpena" (Ghana, 1977)
309. Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Africa '70: "Gentleman" (Nigeria, 1973)
310. Manu Dibango: "African Battle" (Cameroon, 1973 or 74)
311. Alemayehu Eshete: "Addis Ababa Bete" (Ethiopia, 1989)
312. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists: "Agboju Logun" (12-inch mix) (Nigeria, 1984)

>> Disc 04
401. Bob Pinado & His Sound Casters: "Me, You, One (Means I Love You)" (Ghana, 1976)
402. Koola Lobitos: "Highlife Time" (Nigeria, 1965)
403. 3rd Generation Band: "Because of Money" (Ghana, 1973)
404. Mercury Dance Band: "Envy No Good" (country, year unknown)
405. Mahmoud Ahmed: "Mar Teb Yelal Kafesh" (Ethiopia, 1975)
406. E.T. Mensah & His Tempos Band: "205" (Ghana, late 1950s)
407. Bembeya Jazz National: "N'Garokomo" (Guinea, 1973)
408. Tamrat Ferendji & Sensation Band: "Antchin Yagegnulet" (Ethiopia, 1977)
409. Matata: "Wanna Do My Thing" (Kenya, early 70s)
410. Lekan Animashaun: "Serere" (Nigeria, recorded 1979, overdubs 1986, released 1995)
411. Dick Khoza: "Chapita" (South Africa, 1976)
412. Tesfa Maryam Kidane: "Yetesfa Tezeta" (Ethiopia, 1969)
413. Mulatu Astatque: "Kasalefkut Hulu" (Ethiopia, 1972)
414. Kokolo: "Mister Sinister" (United States, 2004)
415. Tlahoun Gessesse: "Aykedashem Lebe" (Ethiopia, 1974)

>> Disc 05
501. Manu Dibango: "Soul Makossa" (Cameroon, 1972)
502. Ebo Taylor: "Heaven" (Ghana, 1977)
503. Hugh Masakela & the Union of South Africa: "Dyambo" (South Africa, year unknown)
504. Sweet Talks: "Kye Kye Pe Aware" (Ghana, 1976)
505. Rob: "Make it Fast, Make it Slow" (Ghana, 1977)
506. William Onyeabor: "Better Change Your Mind" (Nigeria, 1978)
507. Bahta Gebre Heywet: "Tessassategn Eko" (Ethiopia, 1973)
508. Ayalew Mesfin & Black Lion Band: "Gud Aderegetchegn" (Ethiopia, 1977)
509. Sahara All-Stars Band Jos: "Enjoy Yourself" (Nigeria, year unknown)
510. Christy Azuma & Uppers International: "Naam" (Ghana, 1976)
511. Mahmoud Ahmed: "Kulun Mankwalesh" (Ethiopia, 1973)
512. Alemayehu Eshete: "Eskegizew Bertchi" (Ethiopia, 1974)
513. Salif Keita: "Mandjou" (Mali, 1978)
514. Assagai: "Cocoa" (country unknown, 1971)

>> Disc 06
601. Lourdes Van Dunem: "Ngongo ya Biluka" (Angola, 1972)
602. Guerilla: "La Popo" (country, year unknown)
603. Peter King: "Mystery Tour" (Nigeria, 1976)
604. Samuel Belay: "Aynotchesh Yerefu" (Ethiopia, 1973)
605. Ebo Taylor: "Atwer Abroba" (Ghana, 1977)
606. Tony Allen & His Afro Messengers: "No Discrimination" (Nigeria, 1979)
607. Johnson Mkhalali: "Joyce No. 2" (South Africa, 1985)
608. King Sunny Ade & His African Beats: "Ja Funmi" (Nigeria, 1982)
609. Amaswazi Emvelo: "Indoda Yejazi Elimnyama" (South Africa, 1985)
610. Pacific Express: "the Way it Used to Be" (South Africa, 1978)
611. Miriam Makeba: "Maria Fulo" (South Africa, 1967)
612. Youssou N'Dour & Etoile de Dakar: "Wadiour" (Senegal, 1982)
613. Tunde Williams & Africa '70: "Mr. Big Mouth" (Nigeria, 1975)
614. The Funkees: "Dancing Time" (Nigeria, early 70s)
615. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: "Lomhlaba Kawunoni (The Earth Never Gets Fat)" (South Africa, 1987)

>> Disc 07
701. Girma Beyene: "Ene Negn Bay Manesh" (Ethiopia, 1969)
702. TP Orchestra Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou Dahomey: "Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome" (Benin, early 70s)
703. Sweet Talks: "Eyi Su Ngaangaa" (Ghana, 1976)
704. African Brothers Band: "Sakatumbe" (Ghana, 1970)
705. Dan Boadi & His African Internationals: "Play that Funky Music" (Nigeria, 1978)
706. Manu Dibango: "Mwasa Makossa" (Cameroon, 1973)
707. George Danquah: "Just a Moment" (country, year unknown)
708. Mulatu Astatque: "Netsanet" (Ethiopia, 1974)
709. Gaspar Lawal: "Kita Kita" (Nigeria, 1980)
710. Moussa Doumbia: "Keleya" (Mali, 1975)
711. Fred Fisher: "Asa-sa" (Nigeria, 1979)
712. Konono No. 1: "Paradiso" (Democratic Republic of Congo, 2005)
713. Fela Ransome Kuti & Africa '70: "Water No Get Enemy" (Nigeria, 1975)

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15 de janeiro de 2008

Beastie Breaks

A collection of songs sampled by the Beastie Boys.

1. Idris Mohammed - Lorens Dance ("For All The Girls")
2. Gene Harris - Put On Train ("What Comes Around")
3. Cedar Walton - Jacob's Ladder ("The Scoop")
4. Eugene McDaniels - Headless Heros ("Get It Together")
5. Funkadelic - I'll Bet You ("Car Thief")
6. Ballin Jack - Never Let Em Say ("Shadrach")
7. Jimmy Smith - Root Down ("Root Down")
8. Sly Stone - Loose Booty ("Shadrach")
9. Jeremy Steig - Howling For Judy ("Sureshot")
10. Funk Factory - Rien Ne Va Plus ("Car Thief")
11. Jimi Hendrix - Gotta Have It ("Jimmy James")
12. The Blues Project - Flute Thing ("Flute Loop")

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Butter 08

Butter 08 was a short-lived musical side project whose members consisted of Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, Russell Simins of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Rick Lee of Skeleton Key and director Mike Mills. The band released just one album, the self-titled "Butter 08" in 1996 on the Beastie Boys' now defunct Grand Royal record label. The album features guest performances by future Cibo Matto members Timo Ellis and Sean Lennon as well as a performance by filmmaker Evan Bernard who directed music videos for several Grand Royal artists as well as for Cibo Matto and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

In addition to their one album, a remix of their song "Degobrah" appears on the soundtrack for "City of Industry", a 1996 film featuring Harvey Keitel.

The band was allegedly formed when the members spent an evening recording the 1995 Cibo Matto single "Know Your Chicken" together. A demo was then sent to Mike D, who immediately signed Butter 08 to Grand Royal Records.

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Born Bad

The Born Bad compilation series collects together the original music that inspired bands like The Cramps. You can't go wrong with this series, although they can be kind of short since I think they were originally intended as vinyl compilations, and sometimes are sourced from vinyl sources.

It's a great compilation series if you are curious to hear the original rockabilly and garage punk artists that inspired Born Bad 2The Cramps, like Hasil Adkins, Wanda Jackson, Andre Williams, Charlie Feathers, and Richard Berry, with some later 60s groups thrown in every once in awhile, like The Sonics, Tommy James, Paul Revere, and the Kasenetz-Katz Super Circus.

Volume 1 features the original versions of Goo Goo Muck by Ronnie Cook & the Gaylads, Uranium Rock by Warren Smith, The Crusher by The Novas, Rockin' Bones by Ronnie Dawson, Strychnine by the Sonics and Funnel Of Love by Wanda Jackson. All songs covered by the Cramps, or in the case of Funnel of Love, members of The Cramps helped Wanda Jackson re-record a version of that song in 2003 on her album Heart Trouble.

Volume 2 has original versions of Love Me by the Phantoms, I Can't Hardly Stand It by Charlie Feathers, She Said by Hasil Adkins, and Lonesome Town by Ricky Nelson. Born Bad 3For a nice change of pace here, things get a bit more 60s garage rock on Hanky Panky by Tommy James and the Shondells, Hungry by Paul Revere & the Raiders and Quick Joey Small by the Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus.

Highlights from Volume 3 include the trio of songs based around the Surfin' Bird phenomenon, including Mama Oom Mow Mow and The Bird's The Word by the Rivingtons and Surfin' Bird by The Trashmen. Andre Williams makes his appearance on two of his classic tunes Bacon Fat and Jail Bait. And the original version of Can Your Hossie Do The Dog by Del Raney's Umbrellas is heard here (the tune that later inspired Born Bad 4The Cramps own tune Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?).

There's a brilliantly hyper version of Heartbreak Hotel by Buddy Love on Volume 4. There's also the original Richard Berry version of Louie, Louie here. The one-two punch of Red Crayola's Hurricane Fighter Plane and The Standells' Baracuda were the definite highlight for me, with a couple of later mid-60s tracks with a pulsing manic sound. Also, stick around for the hilarious Mad Magazine related It's A Gas by Born Bad 5Alfred E. Neuman.

Volume 5 includes a different version of Hanky Panky, this time from the Raindrops (a girl group which featured songwriting partners Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry). You can also find the raw resurrection of the old Jimmie Rodgers' song Mule Skinner Blues by the Fendermen from 1960, a very early version of garage rock music.

Volume 6 includes another crazed and truly un-hinged psychobilly Elvis cover in Jailhouse Rock by Dean Carter recorded 10 years after the original Elvis version, in 1967, out of time and in a different place. This puts the psycho in the definition of psychobilly. Born Bad 5There's also He's Waiting by The Sonics, Dirty Robber by The Wailers, Yum Yum Yamaha by Carol Conners & Cycles, Mini Skirt Blues by the Flower Children, Hipsville 29 B.C. by The Sparkles, and Green Door by Jim Lowe, all music to drive you batty.

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