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Dillard Crume and The Soul Rockers - Singing the hits of today

July 25th, 2012

Dillard Crume And The Soul Rockers - Singing The Hits Of TodayDILLARD CRUME AND THE SOUL ROCKERS

  • Singing the hits of today
  • Alshire records
  • 1969
  • USA

Missouri born Dillard Crume knew already in his childhood that he wanted to be a gospel singer. That happened right after the family had moved to Chicago, Illinois when a gospel group was formed out of the Crume brothers. The Crumes did have a pretty huge family, there was eigt boys and two girls so forming a group wasn’t that hard. Six of the brothers formed the group and it was called - surprisingly - The Crume Brothers. That time young Dillard was only nine years old but still strongly into singing, as he was taught by his older brother A.C. Crume. The Crume Brothers did gain success and they became quite famous in their home town of Chicago. Ten years after the forming of The Crume Brothers Dillard was approached by the famous vocal group Five Blind Boys of Jackson, Mississippi to become their guitarist and backing singer. This was an offer not to be declined, so nineteen year old Dillard joined them and toured with them extensively throughout the United States. After the Five Blind Boys Crume became a member of the Highway QCs of Chicago, Illinois. That didn’t last long and he left the gospel scene for awhile playing r’n'b, rock n’ roll, blues, soul and whatever was popular, even calypso. Then in the late 1960s Dillard Crume formed his own band called The Soul Rockers. They did one album and toured all over the United States. After ten years of earthly life he returned to the gospel field as the lead singer of the world famous Soul Stirrers in 1976. Soul Stirrers was by the way the same group that brought up Sam Cooke years earlier. Dillard Crume has been an active singer to this very day and is still touring the world with his latest group Dillard Crume and the New Soul Stirrers.

This album by Dillard Crume and the Soul rockers is one of those popular cover albums released all over the world in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. It was released by the budget label Alshire. As said, the album is about soul, blues and funk covers from that era. There’s good versions of songs like Booker T & the MG’s‘ “Doin’ our thing”, Tony Joe White’s “Polk salad Annie” and The Isley Brothers‘ “That’s the way love is”. There’s three tracks that should be highlighted. The breakbeat driven funky soul number “Mini dress”. The Dyke & The Blazers hit “Let a woman be a woman let a man be a man”, also a good breakbeat driven dancefloor track with a nice break. And last but not least the best track on the album, James Brown hit “Mother popcorn”, here as a nice breakbeat version suitable for cyphers everywhere. Dillard Crume follows the original pretty strictly as he calls his horn player in the end “Maceo, c’mon, blow your horn”… On the other hand I have read rumors of Maceo Parker himself playing on this record so you never know. This album is really scarce except in Scandinavia. For some reason great share of the pressing was shipped to Finland and Sweden, although nowadays it pops out rarely even here.


Doin’ our thing


Polk salad Annie


That’s the way love is


Mini dress


Let a woman be a woman let a man be a man


Mother popcorn

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Kirka - Kirka

January 16th, 2012

Kirka - KirkaKIRKA

  • Kirka
  • Scandia
  • 1969
  • Finland

Right after his first full length, a “live” album called Kirka keikalla, was released this second album of Kiril “Kirka” Babitzin simply called Kirka. It was an album of studio recordings but it wasn’t actually an studio album. It was a compilation of his earlier recordings that were originally released as 45s between 1967 and 1969. So if you’re not a format purist and accept only these quite scarce 45s, this is your choice to get the good ones. The sound quality of this album is pretty ok compared to some other Scandia releases from the same period.

The albums starts with the breakthrough song of Kirka career, “Hetki lyö”, originally released in 1967. It’s a cover of “Beat the clock”, written by Richard Gottehrer and Jonathan Stroll and released by the US pop rock group The McCoys in 1967. It’s more rock and at the same time more funk than the original and somehow always gets people moving whenever it’s playing. Next one is a funky country track “Okolona river bottom band”, a cover of Bobbie Gentry’s original from 1968. “Kellon soiton kuulla saan” (literally “I can hear the bell toll”) is a cover of “No help from me”, the b-side track from the biggest selling hit “Green tambourine” of the US psychedelic pop rock band The Lemon Pipers, written by their headman, Ivan Browne. Originally it was released in 1967, Kirka recorded this almost the same sounding version a year later. Next to mention is “Pitkän tien pää” (literally “End of the long road”). A pretty good cover of the 1969 original “Spinning wheel” by Blood, Sweat & Tears. it has hard drums, nice horns and all, but sadly no break. There’s however two tracks over the others on this one. “Yksinäisyys kolkuttaa” (literally “loneliness is knocking”), a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Happy” from 1969, written by Lee Hazlewood. It’s a funky uptempo groover and in my opinion, it’s even better than the original. The wailing organ solo of Esko Linnavalli in the middle of the song is really amazing and reminds me of the Alan Hawkshaw stuff. In this album is also included four songs from the Jörn Donner movie 69, “Alku kaiken kauniin”, “Igor”, “Mr. wonderful” and “Voin haaveesi täyttää”.

In an interview Kirka tells that Jörn Donner was making a movie at that time and needed the music for it. So he rushed into the Scandia office and told that he needed a singer, a good one, and he knew Scandia had one. So Donner picked up Kirka to sing the soundtrack songs that were first released on a four track 45 ep and later on Kirka’s self titled debut studio album. Kirka also tells that Donner already had in mind some songs made by Claes af Geijerstam that were already recorded in Sweden and he wanted Kirka to sing them in Finnish.
- shapeoffinnstocome.blogspot.com

So Kirka did sing his raw vocals to these four tracks and the rest is history. Included in these four songs is the toughest track on the album, an uptempo funk track called “Igor”. It starts with an open break and soon the bass joins in. In the middle there’s a solo that sounds much like sitar and therefore “Igor” has been labeled widely as a psychedelic sitar funk track. But it’s actually not a sitar, it’a a regular guitar with really loose strings and they just made it sound like a sitar. Innovative huh? Jörn Donner also made an international release of his movie and he wanted an international version of the soundtrack too. So he took the same four soundtrack songs sung this time in English by the Swedish rock singer Tommy Körberg. And there was included of course “Igor the dog”. But that’s another story and I’ll tell you about it later. Nowadays Kirka album is quite hard to find and not that cheap. But it’s still an original and beats easily those youtube ripped mp3’s people seem to be playing in bboy jams these days.


Hetki lyö


Okolona river bottom band


Kellon soiton kuulla saan


Pitkän tien pää


Yksinäisyys kolkuttaa


Igor

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The Rob Franken Organization - Ob-la-di ob-la-da

November 11th, 2011

Rob Franken Organization - Ob-la-di Ob-la-daTHE ROB FRANKEN ORGANIZATION

  • Ob-la-di ob-la-da
  • RCA Camden
  • 1969
  • Netherlands

1941 born Rob Franken was one of the key figures of all European organ players in the 1960s and 1970s. He was the first European to master the Fender Rhodes electric piano and among the first to handle the Hammond B3 organ. Although he was mostly obsessed with the Fender Rhodes throughout the late 1960s, the Hammond was the instrument he was best remembered for. Rob Franken started his career with the folk duo Esther & Abi Ofarim, then he moved to play with Klaus Weiss Trio in the mid 1960s. Soon after he formed his legendary own small combo, The Rob Franken Organization. The Organization released two albums - ‘Pon my soul in 1967 and Ob-la-di ob-la-da in 1969. He also played as a pianist of Toots Thielemans and a permanent organist / keyboard played for Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination and Brass. During his relatively short career, Franken played in over 400 records and was a very much liked person among session musicians. His sudden and unexpected death due to an internal hemorrhage at the age of 42 in 1983 ended his glorious career - only three days after his last recording session with the Rhythm Combination and Brass.

This second album by The Rob Franken Organization was fully an instrumental album. And it consisted of both covers and of original material. It’s mostly Hammond driven uptempo breakbeat funk in a strong Mohawks manner. During this second album the line-up was the following: Rob Franken on organ, Piet Hein Veening on bass, Joop Scholten on guitar and Louis Deby on drums. Let’s start with the title track “Ob-la-di ob-la-da”. It’s a very funky uptempo version of this well known Beatles track, although that song always reminds me of that tv-series called Life goes on. Other uptempo funkers include titles like “Black jack”, “Bottle blue”, “Catch fire”, “Hunky dory”, “Lucky strike” and “Scintilla. The only midtempo track is the rough funk cut “Hop toad”. Few downtempo soul instrumentals are also included. Overall this is one of the tightest albums ever released in the Continental Europe.


Ob-la-di ob-la-da


Scintilla


Catch fire


Bottle blue


Black Jack


Hop toad

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I Pyranas - Motivi di ieri, successi di oggi

March 1st, 2011

I Pyranas - Motivi Di Ieri, Successi Di OggiI PYRANAS

  • Motivi di ieri, successi di oggi
  • ARC
  • 1969
  • Italy

Beat and rhythm n’ blues group I pyranas was originally from France but spent most of it’s active time in Italy. When Miami born singer Rocky Roberts (who had moved to Italy to perform) separated from his backing band The airedales (who continued with their bassist Wess a the new leader), he contacted the French group Les pyranas to be his new band. Les pyranas had already released few 45s on a French label Barclay and after request from Rocky, they moved to Italy to record and perform under a name I pyranas. Together with Rocky Roberts they did total three 45s in Italy and France, and continued as an instrumental group. In 1969 their line-up consisted of André Laidli (trumpet), Albert Verrecchia (keyboards), Paul Nicolas (saxophone), André Ceccarelli (drums), Jean Claude Chavanat (guitar), Jean Costa (trombone), Christian Guisien (trombone) and Tony Bonfils (bass).

Their second album Motivi di ieri, successi di oggi was released in 1969 on an Italian RCA sublabel ARC, in a same year as their debut album Tanti successi per I pyranas. Musically they follow the same style as in their debut. Songs vary from bluesy r’n'b and soul to melancholic beat and uptempo funk and it’s all instrumental. There’s mellow downtempo groovers like “Un’ora sola ti vorrei”, there’s very bluesy stuff and then there’s uptempo beat-funk. The midtempo “Portami tante rose” sounds very much of those Italian soundtrack sounds from the same period with a slight easy listening feel. “Angeli negri” is an uptempo funky beat track with very melancholic horn melodies and it’s feelings are almost Finnish’ish. It reminds me of those funkier ones from Danish-Finnish trumpeter Jörgen Petersen. “Parlami d’amore mariu’” is also an uptempo track similar to “Angeli negri” but with more pace and less melancholy. The best track here is “Amor amor amor”, a bboy friendly funky breakbeat track with catchy horn stabs, nice organ and some percussion work.


Un’ora sola ti vorrei


Portami tante rose


Parlami d’amore mariu’


Angeli negri


Amor amor amor

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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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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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Electric indian - Keem-o-sabe

January 13th, 2011

Electric indian - Keem-o-sabeELECTRIC INDIAN

  • Keem-o-sabe
  • United Artists
  • 1969
  • USA

Ke-mo sah-bee (pronounced /ˌkiːmoʊˈsɑːbiː/; often spelled kemo sabe or kemosabe) is the term of endearment used by the intrepid and ever-faithful fictional Native American character, Tonto, (and sometimes the Lone Ranger himself) in the very successful American radio and television program The Lone Ranger. It is sometimes translated as, “trusty scout” or “faithful friend” in Potawatomi.
(Wikipedia)

Electric indian was a studio group formed from session musicians by producer Len Barry. It’s main purpose was to exploit the popularity of American Indians in the late 1960s media. Neither Barry or Vincent Montana Jr. - who did the arrangements with Jimmy Wisner - didn’t exactly know how the Indian music should sound like, so they imagined it and this was the result. Even though the music wasn’t even close to the native Indian music, the first single cut “Keem-o-sabe” on Marmaduke Records reached the US Top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100. After the success of the first release, United Artists took the group to release an album. And there it was, Keem-o-sabe.

Percussion driven music is what this album is all about. There’s cover songs such as bboy friendly version of Stevie Wonder’s “My cherie amour”, Jerry Butler’s “Only the strong survive”, JR Walker & The all stars‘ “What does it take to win your love”. Then there’s a cover of Blood, Sweat & Tears‘ “Spinning wheel” that usually don’t go wrong in any case. And there’s a magnificent bboy friendly breakbeat version of Marvin Gaye’s “I heard it through the grapevine”. There’s also another tight bboy track, apparently their own composition, “Rain dance” that has been played around a lot. Overall this is at the same time weird and really amusing album,


My cherie amour


Spinning wheel


I heard it through the grapevine


Rain dance

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Dave Pike set - Noisy silence, gentle noise

January 1st, 2011

Dave Pike set - Noisy silence, gentle noiseDAVE PIKE SET

  • Noisy silence - gentle noise
  • MPS
  • 1969
  • Germany

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dave Pike started out his career backing for artists such as Dexter Gordon, Harold Land, Carl Perkins and so on. In the early 1960s he started playing vibraphone with flautist Herbie Mann. In the late 1960s his music became more experimental and his move to Germany started an era that produced some of the most original jazz recordings of the time. He formed the Dave Pike set with guitarist Volker Kriegel, drummer Peter Baumeister and bassist Hans (Johann-Anton) Rettenbacher and together they recorded several albums. From these Got the feelin’ (1969) and Noisy silence, gentle noise (1969) are clearly the most funky and grooving.

Noisy silence, gentle noise is a mixture between free jazz, soul jazz and bop with a hint of orient flavor due to the sitar work of Volker Kriegel. The best and at the same time the most well-known track is the sitar-banger “Mathar” that has been played and compiled million times all around. Of course there’s a pretty good reason for that, it’s one of the best sitar-funk songs ever made. After the 35 second sitar intro the song is banging all the way through with a breakbeat drums and psychedelic sitar sounds. There’s also some other pretty good jazz tracks. “I’m on my way” and “Walkin’ down the highway in a red raw egg” for example. Too bad this album is quite rare and mostly overpriced. Even the reissue from 2000 can fetch over 40 euro price tag nowadays. There’s also 45 of “Mathar” and several different format reissues around.


Mathar


Walkin’ down the highway in a red raw egg


I’m on my way

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