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Doris - Did you give the world some love today baby

February 27th, 2011

doris-did-you-give-the-world-some-love-today-babyDORIS

  • Did you give the world some love today baby
  • EMI Odeon
  • 1970
  • Sweden

Gothenburg born singer Doris Svensson started her singing career in 1960 at the age of 13. Nine years and few projects later she went to the studio to record her forst solo album, Svenssons Doris!. In 1970 EMI released this second album called Did you give the world some love today baby. It wasn’t an instant success, not even close. But 26 years later when it was first reissued, it aroused a lot of interest and became very sought after album among funk music collectors. This album is not a funk album however. It’s more of a mixture of soul, pop and rock with a lot of funk touch. Most of the tracks were composed by jazz-pianist Berndt Egerbladh, who also did the big band brass arrangements and played the organ. The heavy drumming on the album was played by Jan Carlsson (of the Hansson & Karlsson fame), guitar by Bengan Karlsson and bass by Doris’ husband Lukas Lindholm. The backing band was called Heta linjen.

This LP marks the highlight in the career of a talented Nordic blond vocalist - Doris Svensson from Gothenburg, Sweden. It seems as though she’s finally managed to find and record a set of songs that suit her 100%. Maybe this isn’t surprising when you consider the musical genius that went into writing and scoring the album. Most of the material was written and arranged by TV producer, jazz-pianist, composer, “rarely-out-of-the-news-man-about-town” Berndt Egerbladh. Lyrical assistance was generously provided by a 6 foot kiltless Scottish giant, Francis Cowan. Francis also plays the cello on a few tracks which explains why he’s kiltless. Anyway, quite a combination which gave a fantastic result, with a little help from the producer Håkan Sterner. Incidentally, Håkan found the job so exciting that he was forced to retreat behind a beard after its completion.

Doris’ album provides 36 minutes of qualified musical jou guaranteed to satisfy all tastes. Discotheques will find that two numbers in particular, “Don’t” and “Beatmaker” are good box office draws. Jazz die-hards might even start visiting discotheques after digesting “I wish I knew” and “I’m pushing you out”. Note too an incredible ballad called “Daisies” and tell me if Sweden hasn’t produced a dangerous competitor for Melanie. Once again, this LP’s got something for everybody, the best of underground, jazz, rock and folk - not mixed up in one gigantic hotch-potch, but all in gentle harmony. Listen to Doris - a good time will be has by all.
(Liner notes by Roger Wallis)

First up is the funky downtempo pop-soul title tune “Did you give the world some love today baby” with some nice string and brass work. The country influenced but quite funky “Waiting an the station” and the psychedelic jazz track “You never come closer” are also worth to mention. The latter was very popular on the UK acid jazz scene of the 1990s. The best ones here however are the heavily funky soul-jazz tracks “Don’t” and “Beatmaker”, where the latter is definitely the winner in here with catchy lyrics and funky arrangements. Doris’ rough voice fits perfectly on these giving the reason to get this album whatever it takes. Can’t help it, I just got to love it.


Did you give the world some love today baby


Waiting an the station


You never come closer


Don’t


Beatmaker

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Theo Schumann combo - Theo Schumann combo

February 25th, 2011

Theo Schumann combo - Theo Schumann comboTHEO CHUMANN COMBO

  • Theo Schumann combo
  • AMIGA
  • 1969
  • Germany

AMIGA was a state owned label of former DDR that had the monopoly on record production. Asi it was so in every communist state back then. They released 2200 albums and around 5000 singles. Seems that the poor and highly controlled communist state produced more imaginative and groovy music than the capitalistic Germany in the west. Or that’s how I feel about it, since there’s much more good music in my shelf from the east than the west.

Theodore Schumann’s professional musical career begun in the 1950s when he started his own jazz quartet. From 1961 to mid 1970s was was a bandleader of Theo Schuman combo, a group that was concentrating on pop music - both original compositions and covers. Their self titled debut album was released in 1969 and the band soon gained a lot of popularity and radio play. Almost all the songs on this first album were original compositions of Theo Schumann and they varied from surf rock and rock n’ roll to beat and even funk. Besides the quite dull late 1960s rock there’s however two interesting songs on this album. The midtempo funky “Hackepeter” and the breakbeat track “Derby”. For these two songs only Theo Schumann combo album is worth getting.


Hackepeter


Derby

Theo Schumann combo

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Nathan Davis - Suite for dr. Martin Luther King jr.

February 23rd, 2011

Nathan Davis - Suite for dr Martin Luther King JrNATHAN DAVIS

  • Suite for dr. Martin Luther King jr.
  • Tomorrow international
  • 1976
  • USA

Kansas City born multi-instrumentalist (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet and flute) Nathan Davis did this album in honor of dr. Martin Luther King and his achievements. Although the music is mostly free improvisation and traditional jazz, it contains also small elements of soul, funk, gospel and blues with some spoken word added between the tracks. This album may not be as funky as his If album from the same year, but it still has two really magnificent tracks. Uptempo jazzfunk track “Funk-a-dilly Molly” starts with a guitar-drum break and continues as a nice percussion driven dancefloor filler throughout the whole song. “Mean business” is similar groover, with more horns, more funkiness and a little less pace. There’s two different cover versions both released on Nathan Davis‘ own Tomorrow international label and this green cover being the second pressing.


Funk-a-dilly Molly


Mean business

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Kirka - Kirka keikalla

February 21st, 2011

Kirka - Kirka KeikallaKIRKA

  • Kirka keikalla
  • Scandia
  • 1969
  • Finland

Born to a Russian emigrant family in 1950, Kirill “Kirka” Babitzin was one of the most popular singers in Finland. He started his career with his first band The Creatures as early as 1962 when he was only twelve years old. Kirka got his big break in 1967 when he joined Ilkka “Danny” Lipsanen’s band The Islanders, and the very same year his first solo hit single “Hetki lyö” was released. In 1969 was released this live album Kirka keikalla and later in the same year his self titled album, a compilation of his singles. Kirka keikalla was a so called studio live album. It was recorded in Scandia’s recording studio in February 1969 with backing band The Islanders and members of Kirka fan club as an audience. It was also the first live album released in Finland. Kirka’s passing in 2007 was a really sad moment and with him died a big piece of Finnish soul and rock history.

The songs on this one are mostly cover songs. The only exception a medley of Kirka’s hits “Hetki lyö”, Leijat”, “Ehkä suukon antaa saan” and “Viimeiseen mieheen”. First song on the album is a cover of The Temptations‘ hit “Get ready”. Rare earth also did a 21 minute bboy friendly version of the same song, but Kirka’s version follows quite strictly the original. There’s two James Brown covers too, downtempo soul tracks “I’ll go crazy” and “It’s a man’s man’s man’s world”. “I can’t stop loving you” and “What’d I say” from Ray Charles’s repertoire are also included. In my opinion the best song is “Hold On, I’m Coming” originally released by Sam and Dave. The only weird thing is, that it’s dedicated to Tom Jones in the introduction speech. This is a nice live album, too bad they didn’t got very good sound quality for a reason or another even though it was recorded in a studio. The album was later in the 1980s released with the name Live 68, even though it’s recorded in 1969.


Get ready


I’ll go crazy


It’s a man’s man’s man’s world


Hold on, I’m coming


Hetki lyö / Leijat / Ehkä suukon antaa saan / Viimeiseen mieheen

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Jackie Robinson - I’m different

February 19th, 2011

Jackie Robinson - I'm DifferentJACKIE ROBINSON

  • I’m different
  • Ariola
  • 1976
  • Germany

German singer Gitta Walther has many pseudonyms. Gitta MacKay, Jackie Robinson and Simone are just some of the many names she’s used in her long career. She was born in the former East Germany (DDR), but moved to West Germany in the 1960s to start a singing career with a mandatory promise to return to the communist country afterwards. She never returned so she became officially a defector, and was not allowed to return to East Germany until the 1980s. In the end of 1975, She signed with Ariola Records and began recording a solo album with producers Fritz Muschler & Paul Birmingham.

The music of the album was about to mix pop, rock, disco and r’n'b. The first single release was “Moving like a superstar”, a basic funky uptempo disco track with some strings and a disco breakdown in the middle. Since it was an international release, Ariola gave her a new artist name, Jackie Robinson. The single was a big disco hit, it was even in the US Billboard top 10, reaching no. 7 in 1976. The album I’m different was soon released in Spring 1976 and a second single “Pussyfooter” was released. This midtempo funky disco track later became popular among bboys because of it’s catchy break with hypnotic pussyfooter-vocals. It was also included in notorious Ultimate breaks & beats compilations. Songs in this album are mostly disco oriented but the mentioned hints of pop, rock and r’n'b are there also. “Get up Jones” is a mellow laid back disco funk take with a lot of strings that reminds me of the late 1970s blaxploitation movies. “Hey Fernando” is also a midtempo track, but more latin funk oriented disco with some nice percussion work , some electric guitars and even a break in the end. Nice version of the Rolling Stones‘ hit “Sympathy for the devil” starts with an orchestral intro and suddenly turns into an uptempo breakbeat song with a strong rock feel in it. Not too common album but pops up every now and then with a good price.


Get up Jones


Hey Fernando


Sympathy for the devil


Moving like a superstar


Pussyfooter

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Freddie Roulette - Sweet funky steel

February 17th, 2011

Freddie Roulette - Sweet Funky SteelFREDDIE ROULETTE

  • Sweet funky steel
  • Janus
  • 1973
  • USA

Freddie Roulette was born in Illinois, but later in the early 1970s moved to San Francisco. He got interested in steel guitar, an old Hawaiian musical tradition, when he saw a girl playing it in the elementary school. He soon mastered the instrument and brought the sound with him to San Francisco. Adding the steel guitar and slack key elements to blues music, he created some really unique sounds. His first and seemingly the only solo album, Sweet funky steel was released in 1973 on Janus Records. It was produced by Harvey Mandel, the former guitarist of the great Canned Heat. Mandel also played solo guitar on the album among three other regular guitarists and Roulette on steel guitar. So guitars are the key element here on this album, especially the steel guitar of course.

Songs on this album are mostly blues oriented but there’s few funky ones too. “Joaquin”, “Cause and effect” and “Million dollar feeling” are all downtempo, but quite funky tracks. At the same time they also sound kind of odd and unusual, but that’s because of the sharp and piercing sound of the steel guitar. The best track however is the last one, “Alleluia”. It’s an uptempo break’ish steel guitar funk track with nice beats. Quite obscure album I must say.


Joaquin


Cause and effect


Million dollar feeling


Alleluia

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The power of attorney - From the inside…

February 15th, 2011

The Power of Attorney - From the InsideTHE POWER OF ATTORNEY

  • From the inside…
  • Polydor
  • 1974
  • USA

The Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution at Graterford, also known variously as SCI Graterford (SCIG), Eastern Correctional Institution, Graterford Prison, Graterford Penitentiary, and the Graterford Prison Farm, is a Pennsylvania Department of Corrections prison located in Skippack Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States, near Graterford. The prison, located on Graterford Road off of Pennsylvania Route 113, is about 31 miles (50 km) west of the city of Philadelphia.

The facility, built in 1929, is Pennsylvania’s largest maximum-security prison, holding about 3,500 prisoners. The grounds include an extensive prison farm on 1,730 acres (7.0 km2); the 62-acre (250,000 m2) prison compound itself lies within 30-foot (9.1 m) high walls surmounted by nine manned towers. An $80 million construction program completed in 1989 added a new administration building, a 28-bed infirmary, and 372 additional cells.
(Wikipedia)

The power of attorney are 9 men from Graterford Prison with something to say…” says the introduction of the band in the covers. These nine guys locked up in Graterford prison definitely had funk in their veins. Very little is known of this band, only the guys involved: Charles McDowell (bass), Gilberto Albizu (congas), Otis J. Graham (drums), Brother Edward J. X Smith (guitar), William Smith (guitar), Wilbur C. Brown (keyboards), Ronald Aikens (percussion), Marion Wilson (saxophone) and Stanley Watkins (saxophone). They seem to have aroused the interest of James Brown himself as the godfather of soul helped them to get their only album published on Polydor.

Songs are mostly soulful vocal funk numbers in here but there’s of course some slow jams too. The lyrics concentrate mostly on the life in a prison and on the other hand, in the ghetto. Really funky “Life is nowhere in the ghetto” starts the album and promises good. After few ballads comes up “Buck naked”, a really tight uptempo instrumental funk track. Then there’s “Jelly roll”, a midtempo instrumental funk jam. “I wanna be free” is exactly what the title sounds like, a song about the life in prison ja the yearning of freedom. It’s a nice uptempo funk track and among the best in this album. From the inside is an obscure album in many ways. Unlike most of the prison band albums that were private pressings, this was released in a major label. And James Brown was involved in this. Whether he did or did not actually do anything for them, he is still involved and there’s a letter from him pressed on the covers. Too bad the guys didn’t got more material released for a reason or another. Hope they got their lives together though..


Jelly roll


Life is nowhere in the ghetto


I wanna be free


Buck naked

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Barış Manço - Sakla samanı gelir zamanı

February 13th, 2011

Baris Manco - Sakla Samani Gelir ZamaniBARIŞ MANÇO

  • Sakla samanı gelir zamanı
  • Yavuz Plak
  • 1977
  • Turkey

Istanbul born Barış Manço was one of the most influential Turkish musicians of all times. His musical style combined traditional Turkish folk music, türkü, with western rock and even funk. In 1962 Manço formed his first band after seeing a live performance of another legendary Turkish rock star Erkin Koray. After few own bands in 1960s and brief recordings backed by well known Turkish band Mogollar and reformed Kaygısızlar (his own band from late 60s) he went to form Kurtalan Ekspres in 1972. That band accompanied him until his death in 1999. After a serious car accident in 1967 Manço grew his signature moustache to cover the scars he got.

Sakla samanı gelir zamanı (a Turkish proverb meaning “save hay for a rainy day”) was the third album of Barış Manço after succesful Dünden Bugüne (1972) and 2023 (1975). All these were backed by the legendary Kurtalan Ekspres orchestra. Sakla samanı gelir zamanı wasn’t actually a studio album, but a compilation of singles released by Yavuz between 1972 and 1976. There’s plenty of different types of good tracks in this album. The hypnotic downtempo rare groove number “Gönül dagi” (1973), midtempo funky Anatolian rock number “Kalk gidelim küheylan” (1973) with nice percussion work and very oriental feeling. There’s also midtempo funky “Nazar eyle nazar eyle” (1974) and “Ölum allahin emri” (1972) which after a minute or so intro turns into a nice midtempo oriental funkrock song. “Lambaya püf de!” (1973) is a downtempo mellow song that turns into a nice oriental funk song in the end. The best track no doubt is the uptempo oriental funk song “Ben bilirim ben bilirim” (1975) with nice catchy melody and abreak in the end. There’s also quite hilarious music video of that song where the tempo slightly pitched up. “Ben bilirim” was later released on 20 Sanat yılı disco Manço cassette as a percussion driven disco version. Despite the variety of recording years and musical styles this album is a very strong Anatolian rock album. There is a German reissue of Sakla samanı gelir zamanı from 2008 with different cover and slightly different expanded tracklist.


Gönül dagi


Ölum Allahin emri


Lambaya püf de!


Nazar eyle nazar eyle


Kalk gidelim küheylan


Ben bilirim ben bilirim

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Byron Peterson orchestra - Jazz rock U.S.A.

February 11th, 2011

Byron Peterson Orchestra - Jazz Rock USABYRON PETERSON ORCHESTRA

  • Jazz rock U.S.A.
  • Hoctor
  • early 1970s
  • USA

Once America’s #1 organizer of dance workshops and competitions, Hoctor Dance Enterprises was established in 1959 by Danny and Betty Hoctor, a famous dance team who later founded a record company to produce material for dance instruction. From the early 1960s they produced wide range of music intended for dancing. Most of the albums produced are non-interesting traditional stuff, but there’s several pearls to be found from their catalogue too. Not much info is available of this record’s artist, Byron Peterson, except a short bio that’s written on the back cover.

The title Jazz rock U.S.A. is a little misleading one. the record doesn not contain any jazz-rock at all, it’s a mixture of mellow jazz grooves and jazzfunk. In their own way all the tracks are good or at least decent. There’s a lot of percussion, catchy horns and no electric guitar at all. Despite the occasional cheesy feeling, Jazz rock U.S.A. is one of the best ones as a whole in the Hoctor catalogue. Album starts with a groovy midtempo track “Sunday satisfaction” that has a kind of a break in the beginning and nice mellow groove throughout the song. Next up is a smooth cover of Bill Withers‘ classic “Ain’t no sunshine” that starts as a mellow downtempo groover and suddenly fastens the pace with a percussion break before getting back to mellowness again. Much covered Isaac Hayes‘ “Theme from Shaft” follows. It’s a pretty funky take with more jazziness than the original. The covers of Carole King’s “I feel the earth move” and Arthur Conley’s “Funky street” are also good ones. Rest of the songs are groovy jazz numbers such as “Blues down” and “Moogie mood”. Now that Hoctor Records has bankcrupted there’s no possibility to get exact info when this was released but around 1972 should be quite close.


Blues down


Moogie mood


Ain’t no sunshine


Sunday satisfaction


Theme from Shaft


I feel the earth move


Funky street

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Shigeru Suzuki - Band wagon

February 9th, 2011

Shigeru Suzuki - Band WagonSHIGERU SUZUKI

  • Band wagon
  • Panam
  • 1975
  • Japan

Shigeru Suzuki (鈴木茂) is a well known Japanese guitarist who started his career in late 1960s. In 1969-1972 Suzuki played in Happy End, a short lived band that played folk rock. His bandmates in Happy end included Takashi Matsumoto (松本隆), Eiichi Ohtaki (大瀧詠一) and Haruomi Hosono (細野晴臣) (of the Yellow magic orchestra fame). After Happy end was disbanded, Suzuki played in Hosono’s new band Tin pan alley, a band concentrating on exotica styled music.

Band wagon, the first solo album of Shigeru Suzuki, was released in 1975. Instead of folk rock or exotica, this album is funk and soul oriented. It was recorded in Los Angeles with additional local session musicians involved. Most of the tracks are vocal numbers but there’s also some instrumentals included. While Suzuki concentrates on slow funk jams, there’s also few funky midtempo soul songs. First track “砂の女” (Suna no onna) is very soulful funky song similar to the second one, “八月の匂い” (Hachigatsu no nioi). Third track “微熱少年” (Binetsu shōnen) is a guitar driven midtempo groovy soul track. Few instrumentals include “スノー・エクスプレス” (Sunō ekusupuresu) (read “Snow express”) and “ウッド・ペッカー” (Uddo pekkā) (read “Woodpecker”), really funky midtempo groovers. There’s also slow funk jams like “100ワットの恋人” (100 Watto no koibito) and “夕焼け波止場” (Yūyake hatoba) in the album. This is clearly one of the funkiest albums out of Japan, highly recommended.


100 Watto no koibito


Sunō ekusupuresu


Uddo pekkā


Binetsu shōnen


Suna no onna

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