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Perez Prado - Tequila!

June 28th, 2012

Perez Prado - TequilaPEREZ PRADO

  • Tequila
  • Cannon Records
  • 1974
  • Belgium

Everybody has heard about the king of mambo, Perez Prado. At least at some point. But most of the people don’t know that there was two of them. Brothers Damason Pérez Prado and his little brother, Pantaleón Pérez Prado both shared the same artist name. Neither of the Perez Prados used their first name, but only their last names and the confusion was quite obvious. While Damason Pérez Prado was mainly working on the States, his bass playing brother was in Europe acting as the “true king of mambo”. Even when Pantaleón Perez Prado died in 1983, the press announced the death of his brother as the news was only about the death of Perez Prado. In Spanish speaking countries people have two last names. First one is the paternal (father’s surname) and second is maternal (mother’s surname). That’s the reason for the name issue. So, Damason Pérez Prado was the more famous brother, the king of mambo, but his brother was the funkier one. Even though a lawsuit in 1956 eventually restrained Pantaleón from making further use of the name Perez Prado, there was still few of his albums released in the 1970s under that name. And they were pretty banging.

This album was most propably released originally in Italy, as it was licensed from Beat Records. I’m just not sure what the name of that version is. Tequila! was the name of the Belgian release and the album was also released in the UK by the name Now. Anyways, whatever the name is, it’s a very strong album. There’s no weak tracks, it’s just full of very funky afro-cuban groovers with a loads of breaks. Check for yourself.



El Manisero

Escandalo No 1

Chicago Banana




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The Poets of Rhythm - Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm

June 25th, 2012

The Poets of Rhythm - Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of RhythmTHE POETS OF RHYTHM

  • Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm
  • Soulciety Records
  • 1995
  • Germany

The Munich based funk band The Poets of Rhythm started to form in the late 1980s or very early in the 1990s when Boris Geiger and Jan Weissenfeldt got into the world of late 1960s and early 1970s American musical phenomena often called deep funk or raw funk. They started to get their band together and soon the first line-up was ready; Boris Geiger on vocals and percussion, Jan Weissenfeldt on guitar, Max Weissenfeldt on drums, Jan Krause on bass, Till Sahm on organ, Michael Voß on trumpet and Malte Müller-Egloff on alto saxophone. Their first 45 was released on 1992 and the next year was released their debut album Practice what you preach. They had recorded material even earlier but it had to wait until the 21st century to be released. The band was notorious for having a numerous different aliases that they used when releasing 45s during the years. These aliases included Bo Baral’s Excursionists, Bus People Express, Dynamic Soundmakers, Karl Hector & The Funk-Pilots, The Mercy Sluts, The Mighty Continentals, Neo-Hip-Hot-Kiddies Community, The New Process, The Pan-Atlantics, The Polyversal Souls, Soul Sliders, Soul-Saints Orchestra, Whitefield Brothers and The Woo Woo’s among some others. They also released a couple of “compilation albums” where all the tracks were actually performed by them under different incarnations.

The Gauloises Blondes presents The Poets of Rhythm EP was one of these compilations. It had only five tracks on it, but they’re all performed by The Poets of Rhythm under a different name. And they’re all quite typical Poets of Rhythm sounding midtempo tracks - except the last one, that has a little more pace. First one is a flute driven funk track called “Into space and time” performed by The Poets of Rhythm. The second one on side a is a little heavier but slightly monotonic funker “Fifty yards of soul” by Whitefield Bros. “Spooky grinder”, by The Woo Woo’s opens the b-side. It’s followed by Soul Saints Orchestra’s “Bag of soul”, which is an instrumental take of their Christmas funk track “Santa’s got a bag of soul”. Last one is a live take called “Breakdown to tighten up”. It’s an uptempo part of the live set of The Poets of Rhythm with a massive break in the middle.

The Poets of Rhythm - Into space and time

Whitefield Bros. - Fifty yards of soul

The Woo Woo’s - Spooky grinder

Soul-Saints Orchestra - Bag of soul

The Poets of Rhythm - Breakdown the tighten up (live)

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Midsummer Finngroove Mix of 2012

June 23rd, 2012

Midsummer Finngroove Mix 2012

It’s Midsummer and that is the time when most of us Finns flee to our summer cottages on countryside and drink our asses off and listen to old Finnish music. This year I was having an urban Midsummer at home and I was kinda inspired of all the bonfire and sausage grilling pictures people kept posting on facebook. I decided to celebrate the Summer Solstice my way and do a small mix of late 1960s and early 1970s Finnish groovy music. Since I decided to do it yesterday it’s done in a haste, I hope you still enjoy it. cheers.

Listen to it here..

or here..

Midsummer Finngroove Mix 2012 by Mista Tibbz


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Sound Prospect - Hit Man

June 22nd, 2012

Sound Prospect - Hit ManSOUND PROSPECT

  • Hit man
  • Peer International Library Limited
  • 1977
  • UK

Six years after the Bigroup album, Peer released an album called Hit man. It’s credited to a group called Sound Prospect - without a doubt another made up name for some group of session musicians strictly built for a library record.

Hit man starts with the funky uptempo title track “Hit man”, that sounds like it’s taken straight from some blaxploitation soundtracks. It’s actually just what the title says, a great chase funk track with some serious suspence feel and also the best track of the album. Next one is a midtempo track “Catcher” that sounds better by the name than actually is. After some decent and not so decent tracks comes “Even balance”, a funky midtempo jazz jam with some nice organ work. It’s followed by funky downtempo jazz track “Als blues” and more mellow sounding midtempo “Stevie bee”. Mellow but groovy “Mount calme” is also worth to mention aswell as the last track, “Latin -a go-go”. Hit man isn’t maybe one of the best library albums around but it still has it’s moments.

Hit man


Even balance

Al’s blues

Stevie bee

Mount calme

Latin a go-go

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The Bigroup - Big Hammer

June 19th, 2012

The Bigroup - Big hammerTHE BIGROUP

  • Big hammer
  • Peer International Library Limited
  • 1971
  • UK

Peer International Library Limited was a London based production music library company that was established in the late 1960s by Dennis Berry (aka Peter Dennis). It was closely affiliated with the other library company Southern, - which was also run by Dennis Berry. They often shared releases and that’s why certain titles appear on both Peer and Southern catalogue. This album here, called Big hammer, was credited to a band called The Bigroup, but without a doubt it was some studio musicians group with a made up name for the album. And it was also released on Southern.

The opening track “Big hammer” starts the album strongly. It’s a banging midtempo psych funk track with a hint of oriental vibe every now and then. A stronger oriental vibe comes with the next one, a downtempo sitar and flute driven mellow groover “Anna purna”. I’m not exactly sure if it actually is a sitar but sounds a lot of it. After the dramatic “Devil’s stronghold”, comes “Rolling”. It starts promisingly with a nice break, but then turns into a melancholic midtempo groover. Next up are two quite heavy downtempo psych funk tracks called “Beat norm” and “Heavy lift”. After them comes one of the best tracks on the album, “What’s coming”. It’s a strong upbeat track with heavy breakbeat drums and some wailing melodies on top. Then there’s again two mellow but psych heavy tracks called “Blow-suck blues” and “Gentle swell” before we get to the last track, “Bombilation”. “Bombilation” is a great midtempo organ driven psych funk groover with some electric guitar work (I’m still not a fan of those) and banging beats. All the songs are relatively long for a library record, all the tracks except one are over three minutes what makes it a more pleasant one to listen.

Big hammer

Anna purna

Devil’s stronghold


Beat norm

Heavy lift

What’s coming

Blow-suck blues

Gentle swell


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Nico Gomez and his Afro Percussion Inc. - Ritual

June 16th, 2012

Nico Gomez and his Afro Percussion Inc - RitualNICO GOMEZ AND HIS AFRO PERCUSSION INC.

  • Ritual
  • Omega International
  • 1971
  • Netherlands

Joseph Van Het Groenewoud was born in Amsterdam in the mid 1920s. In 1947, in the aftermath of the World War II he moved to Belgium to avoid the military service in Dutch East Indies (nowadays Indonesia). He had already started to play violin and bass during his time in Amsterdam and his musical career started in Brussels ballroom orchestra almost immediately after he moved to Belgium. He also changed his name to Nico Ooms, Propably to confuse the Dutch authorities or something. In the late 1950s he was also involved with the forming of the famous Belgian latin influenced group The Chakachas. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Ooms was quite active in the latin music scene of Belgium. At some point - possibly in the late 1960s - he changed his name again, this time to Nico Gomez. And that name he bore till his death in 1992. At that time he also started to record albums with his own bands. In 1971 he released an album with his new group, The Afro Percussion Inc. The album was called Ritual. In the late 1960s and early 1970s there were only very few studios in Brussels, so it was obvious that the same studio musicians were used in different projects. The same musicians that were involved with Ritual, were also responsible for most of the other funky releases that came out from Belgium in the 1970s - El Chicles, Chakachas, Chicken Curry, Super Funky Discotheque, SSO, Black Blood, The Sumos etc. The list is very long and it explains the quality of certain recordings from Belgium that time.

What comes to the music, Ritual is quite different compared to his previous albums. While the previous recordings were more or less big band performed latin music with an easy listening feel, Ritual has some serious funk, afro-cuban and even chicano rock influences. The album starts wth the raw latin funk take of Perez Prado song “Caballo negro”. It’s an uptempo, a little messy but really funky song with a short break in the end. Next one is a midtempo latin track “Naci para bailar”, which is really groovy but a little lazy. There’s also some nice organ work. Then comes “Cuba libre”, again a very funky latin groover with a very dominating guitar sound and a catchy hook “te quiero, cuba libre..”. After that comes a very groovy version of “Samba de una note so” (better known as “One note samba”) followed by another banging uptempo latin funker “Baila chibiquiban”, with a nice break in the middle. Then comes a song that always reminds of a certain local beer comercial no matter who’s version it is that I hear. Nico Gomez‘ version of “El condor pasa” with a quite heavy downtempo beats is however one of the best I’ve heard so far. Next up is the first standout track of this overall great album called “Lupita”, originally by the king of mambo Perez Prado. With funky and banging latin beats and a quite massive and long break makes it a bboy friendly banger. It’s followed by another heavy downtempo latin funk track “Pa! pa! pa! pa!”. Then comes another bboy friendly standout track, “Ritual”, with banging breakbeat drums, nice breaks and som fuzz guitar works. Last track of the album is mellow but heavy and banging version “Eso es el amor” (the original was Belgian #1 hit in 1958 as performed by The Chakachas), that is mostly quite downtempo but fastens the pace every now and then. The original pressing of this album is really rare and pricy - last time I saw it, was at Utrecht record fair few years ago, and it was 800 euros. Well 800 is way too much in any circumstances, but one can always ask… There’s however few different later pressings around, although they seem to be quite scarce too.

Caballo negro

Naci para bailar

Cuba libre

Samba de una nota so

Baila chibiquiban

El condor pasa


Pa! pa! pa! pa!


Eso es el amor

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Combo Xingú - Xingú

June 13th, 2012

Combo Xingu - XinguCOMBO XINGÚ

  • Xingú
  • IRT Records
  • 1972
  • Peru

Combo Xingú was founded in 1971 and is widely concerned as one of the first Chilean bands to play western funk music. It was formed from the remains of disbanded Chilean group Beat Combo aswell as from the students and alumni of the Chile’s National Conservatory of Music. The heart of the band was the former Los Geminis and The Thunderbirds member, pianist Sergio Arellano who was leading them. Besides the bandleader Sergio Arellano on piano and organ, the key members were Raul on percussion, Gamboa Nelson on bass, Patrick Wolf on guitar, Manuel Muñoz on trumpet, Steve Moya on tenor saxophone, Luis Ortiz on drums and Fernando Fiori on vocals. Combo Xingú was disbanded after only two years of activity and two albums in 1973.

While the first album, the self-titled Combo Xingú, was more or less easy listening and local folk sounds, the second album, simply Xingú, was pretty much funk. And it’s sometimes incorrectly presented as a Chilean library music release. The album starts with an uptempo, flute driven jazzy breakbeat track “Baja a las chiquillas” - a cover of Herbie Hancock’s “Bring down the birds”. Then after the acoustic guitar driven vocal track “Puente sobre aquas turbulantas” (cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge over troubled water”) comes a funky version of The Nite-Liters song “Tanga boo gonk” followed by a midtempo psych funk take of Nina Simone song “Don’t let me be misunderstood” here named “No permites que me interpreten mal”. Next up is a heavy but funky version of the Led Zeppelin classic “Moby dick” with some psychedelic latin percussion work and some tangled drumming in the middle. Then comes three nice funk tracks. First an original composition by Sergio Arellano, jazzy uptempo “Black power”. Then a nice version of the James Brown classic “Hot pants” and finally another original composition by Arellano, an uptempo instrumental “493 west”. The last two tracks are downtempo “Luces brilliantes”, a cover of Jimmy Reed’s “Bright lights, big city” and a cover of Santana’s “Everybody’s everything”, an uptempo jazzy vocal funk track with some serious guitar works.

Baja a las chiquillas

Puente sobre aquas turbulantas

Tanga boo gonk

No permites que me interpreten mal

Moby dick

Black power

Hot pants

493 west

Luces brilliantes

Everybody’s everything

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