Posts Tagged ‘1972’

The Eliminators - Loving Explosion

August 6th, 2012

The Eliminators - Loving ExplosionTHE ELIMINATORS

  • Loving explosion
  • BRC
  • 1972
  • USA

The Eliminators was first formed in the early 1960s as a school band in Atkins High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ten years later, the original members were all playing in different groups in Winston-Salem area, but were unsatisfied. They started to seek old friends from the high school times and finally reunited to start their musical career again. They cut this one album together and it was released on BRC label in 1972. They are widely credited as the baddest and the funkiest band ever come from the Winston-Salem area. Apparently they got so popular in their area that the record was later released also on BRC’s parent label Brunswick to get a wider distribution. That didn’t work out very well, or then the band was so loved that people listened their records to pieces as the album is very rare and seldom seen. They toured actively before their split in 1976. Although it looked totally impossible since, the glad news in Winston-Salem Journal few months ago tells us that the band was again reunited after being separated for 36 years.

The Eliminators is a good example of soulful funk with a hint of disco. There’s very fat sound on their playing, with loads of percussion and tight funky drumming without any cheesyness. The title track, funky soul track “Loving explosion” starts the album. It’s followed by another disco’ish funky laidback soul track “Get satisfied” that reminds me of B.T. Express‘ first albums. “Love your woman” is a similar tune too, although it has a little more pace. Then comes one highlight of this album, uptempo percussion heavy disco funk jam “Give it up”, with some guitar work that I’m not that fond of. The mellow ballad “Try, try, try” ends the first side. Side b starts with socially aware “Blood donors needed (give all you can)”, which is a grooving midtempo disco funk track with a conscious message in it. After a ballad “Taking love, and making love” comes another two highlights, Funky percussive midtempo flute driven instrumental take of the second track called “Get satisfied (pt. 2)” followed by an uptempo disco funk track “Loose hips” with a massive percussion break in the middle. Last one is again another mellow but funky soul tune “Rump bump”.

Loving explosion

Get satisfied

Love your woman

Give it up

Try, try, try

Blood donors needed (give all you can)

Taking love, and making love

Get satisfied (Pt. 2)

Loose hips

Rump bump

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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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John Schroeder - Gangster movie vibrations

September 27th, 2011

John Schroeder - Gangster Movie VibrationsJOHN SCHROEDER

  • Gangster movie vibrations
  • Polydor
  • 1972
  • UK

UK born John Schroeder is propably best know of his work as an easy listening composer, arranger and producer. During his career he did a lot of covers of contemporary hits and of course some original material too. As a creative guy, he did not only produce easy listening hits after hits with his own name, but also with several pseudonyms and with an instrumental pop outfit called Sounds Orchestral, together with his fellow countryman, Johnny Pearson - best known for his work with various production music library companies.

During the early 1970s Schroeder did various “vibrations”-albums - including Party dance vibrations, Latin vibrations, Tv vibrations, Love vibrations and this one, Gangster movie vibrations. Of those, Gangster movie vibrations is propably the strongest one. Despite the continuous easy listening feel, there’s few good ones here. The very dramatic orchestral take of John Barry’s legendary Bond-theme “Diamonds are forever”, Quite airy but funky version of Isaac Hayes‘ Shaft-track “Cafe Reggio” and a very strong version of Gordon Parks’ “Blowin’ your mind” from Shaft’s big score. The last one being even better than the original. If these are not enough for buying, the real treat is still yet to come. The best track is a strong bboy friendly version of Quincy Jones‘ “Money runner” - originally from the $-soundtrack.

Diamonds are forever

Cafe Reggio

Blowin your mind

Money runner

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Paul Kass / Simon Haseley - Prototype

September 21st, 2011

Paul Kass / Simon Haseley - PrototypePAUL KASS / SIMON HASELEY

  • Prototype
  • Music De Wolfe
  • 1972
  • UK

Established in 1909, Music De Wolfe is the originator in production music library business. They started releasing their recorded library records in 1927 with the advent of ‘Talkies’ and the company is still active in the production music scene. With it’s over 80000 titles it’s one of the main players in the industry. During the 1960s and 1970s it was also among the funkiest production music companies, together with KPM, Themes International and Peer International. Music De Wolfe had also several sublabels for production library music such as Hudson Music, Rouge Music and Sylvester Music.

In 1972 composers Paul Kass and Simon Haseley made an album called Prototype. It’s one of the funkiest among all the funky library records. It’s full of breaks, funky rhythms, groovy organs and banging beats from funky easy listening to jazz funk, funk rock sounds and beyond. For example “Filibuster” by Paul Kass starts with a break and continues as a midtempo rockish heavy funk tune having another tough break in the middle. Another great song by Paul Kass is “Causeway”, again starting with a break and continuing as a bboy friendly uptempo library funk track with heavy breaks, some percussion and nice breakbeat rhythm. And there’s more to mention. “Heavy Mob” and “Fast burner” are great funky library tracks too. Although Simon Haseley’s side is not as funky as Paul Kass‘, it still has some really great tracks. Midtempo “Hammer man” is a cheerful but at the same time quite heavy track with its funky banging drums. The last track “Response” is clearly the best one from Haseley. Funky drums and organ along the driving wah wah guitar makes it a great library funk track. What’s also nice compared to most of the production music library records around is, that most the songs are full length instead of those one to two minute themes there usually are on this type of records.

Paul Kass - Filibuster

Paul Kass - Causeway

Paul Kass - Fast burner

Simon Haseley - Hammer man

Simon Haseley - Response

Simon Haseley - Prototype

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Ingfried Hoffmann - Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt

March 17th, 2011

Ingfried Hoffman - Robbi Tobbi und das FliewatüütINGFRIED HOFFMANN

  • Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt
  • Diggler
  • 2002
  • Germany

Join the adventure of Tobbi, a small boy and Robbi, the robot in their Fliewatüüt on the ground, in the water and in the air. Together they built a vehicle which can swim, fly and drive and takes them on their journey. In 1972 the producers of the series used a break-through filming technique: A combination of back projection and puppet acting. Today this series is regarded as a true classic of German TV-history. (Diggler)

Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt is a German children’s book written by Boy Lornsen that was released in 1967. It spawned a film adaptation of 11 episodes in 1972. Besides being a children’s series with groundbreaking techniques, the music is also top class. Composer Ingfried Hoffmann, undoubtedly the best organ player in 1970s Germany, used contemporary sounds like funk, jazz, beat and bossa nova to create this extraordinary soundtrack that remained unreleased for 30 years. This Poland born organist, pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger was also known for his projects under a pseudonym Memphis Black and for playing with Klaus Doldinger, Klaus Kühn, Peter Nero and Peter Thomas. He did several other soundtrack recordings too during the 1960s and 1970s.

This release by Diggler includes the complete original music from the Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt series, selected dialogues of the characters and as a bonus track, a remix of the title track by The Frank Popp ensemble. The title theme “Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt” starts the album with a rumble. It’s a groovy and funky uptempo track with a slight easy listening feel. It sounds like it suits for any tight early 1970s action movie. Sounds even a little Bond-esque to me. The Frank Popp ensemble’s remix of the title track is really a magnificent one too. It has strong acid jazz feeling but it’s also as much banging as the original, or even more. “Himbeersaft” (raspberry juice) is kind of a downtempo version of the title theme that repeats the melodies slowly with certain grimness. “Nordpol” (north pole) and “Kartoffelschälmusik” (potato peeling music) are both uptempo early 1970s style easy listening soundtrack tracks, latter being the better one but only 36 seconds long. Another great but short track is the breakbeat one “Nessie”. Along the title track, the best one here is “Guten flug! (orgel)” (good flight! (organ)), that is a repeat of the “Guten flug!” track but with whistling replaced by organ sounds. With it’s happy feeling and uptempo beat it just won’t leave anybody untouched. Overall the album is a mixture of early 1970s movie/tv sounds, library music and beat grooviness. Big respect to Diggler for bringing this up.





Guten flug! (orgel)

Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt

Robbi, Tobbi und das Fliewatüüt (Frank Popp ensemble remix)

Check also the trailer of the series here.

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The Jimmy Castor bunch - Phase two

January 9th, 2011

Jimmy Castor bunch - Phase twoTHE JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH

  • Phase two
  • RCA
  • 1972
  • USA

In the same year, shortly after the release of their greatest success, It’s just begun, The Jimmy Castor bunch released another album called Phase two. It uses the very same formula as in It’s just begun - funk with social awareness, pop hooks, gonzo comedy, fuzz guitar and latin rock elements. Despite the occasional feeling of some uninspired moments - like in “Luther the anthropoid (ape man)” that sounds a lot more like a remake of “Troglodyte (cave man)” than a sequel - Phase two is still somewhat a great album. In the book “Stairway to hell” (Da Capo Press Inc 1998) Phase two was even voted as the #10 heavy metal album of all times.

Castor’s Leroy-saga continues with the fuzzed latin funk/rock song “Say Leroy (The creature from the black lagoon is your father)” that was a pop chart hit. There’s two massive rockfunk/percussion breakdowns in this track too. The socially aware bboy classic “When?” guides the listeners through the hard life of the ghetto and at the same time grooves with a fuzz guitar drenched breakbeat frenzy. Then there’s latin flavored “Party time” and two mellow tracks “Paradise” and “The first time I saw your face”. The last track is a tribute to the greatest rock guitarist of all times, Jimi Hendrix, that Castor befriended with in the late 1960s after his first album. “Tribute to Jimi: Purple haze / Foxey ladey” is a great medley of Hendrix classics with Castor’s uncompromising funk-style.

Luther the anthropoid (ape man)

Say Leroy (The creature from the black lagoon is your father)


Party life

Tribute To Jimi: Purple Haze / Foxey Lady

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