Posts Tagged ‘1979’

Stevie Wonder - Journey through the secret life of plants

July 28th, 2012

Stevie Wonder - Secret Life Of PlantsSTEVIE WONDER

  • Journey through the secret life of plants
  • Motown
  • 1979
  • USA

Times have passed with this blog and a quite big amount of posts have been released during the few years. To celebrate the record post number 100 I’ll bring up the very first bboy related album I have ever bought. Or at least this was the first one strictly intended only for playing for bboys back in the late 1990s.

As a soundtrack score to a document about plants, Journey through the secret life of plants is exactly what you think it would be. Mostly ambient sounds mixed with occasional melodies and strange vocals, almost if it was a new age recording. It was originally made only for the documentary film, but later Motown decided to release the score as a new Stevie Wonder album. It was supposed to be kind of a sequel album to much praised Songs in the key of life. I guess fans back then were as confused as I am still about this album, it’s so different from the previous material what we used to hear from Wonder. Journey through the secret life of plants was by the way the first album where digital sampling synthesizer, Computer Music Melodian, was used.

Wonder created the film score through a complex process of collaboration. The film’s producer, Michael Braun, described each visual image in detail, while the sound engineer, Gary Olzabal, specified the length of a passage. This information was processed to a four-track tape (with the film’s sound on one of the tracks), leaving Wonder space to add his own musical accompaniment. The result is an underscore that, at times, closely mimics the visual images on the screen.

Among the subtle ambience of the underscore tracks can however be found a true gem. The first track on side d, “A seed’s a star / tree medley”, is one of the best of these so called less known Stevie tracks. It easily moves people on dancefloors everywhere with it’s hypnotic uptempo groove. I think I’ll never get bored to this song. From the background chanting at the end you can hear repeatedly the name of another interesting track on this album, “Kesse ye lolo de ye”. It’s a track with raw drumming with several different percussions, kora melodies and chanting. Not typical Stevie at all. And that’s not all. Downtempo dramatic “Power flower” is also quite a good track and the hypnotic eight minute uptempo disco track “Race babbling” is the last one the mention. The rest of the album is that documentary score type of strange music with titles like “Earth’s creation”, “The first garden”, “Venus’ flytrap and the bug”, “Black orchid”, “Ecclesiastes” and so on. This album is quite common and really undervalued musically in general. Every home should have a copy of it…

Power flower

Kesse ye lolo de ye

Race babbling

A seed’s a star / tree medley

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The Chaplin band – Grandmother’s airpig

November 5th, 2011

Chaplin Band - Grandmother's AirpigTHE CHAPLIN BAND

  • Grandmother’s airpig
  • Papagayo
  • 1979
  • Netherlands

The Chaplin band was formed in 1976 by Maastricht based brothers John and Joe Bartels to respond the growing demands of the Dutch disco fever. Their first single release, “Let’s have a party” was released the same year and was an instant hit. After some line-up changes they released their first album, Grandmother’s airpig in 1979. It was a mix of disco, soul and funk with occasional hints of jazz and even reggae. Despite the occasionally annoying plucking bass it’s actually a pretty decent album.

Most of the tracks are uptempo disco tracks with hints of jazz and soul and a load of funk. Like “How low”, an uptempo vocal disco-funk track with some nice guitarwork, or “I’m gonna start” and “Do it”, soul’ish disco funk numbers with a lot of groove. “Do it” has a nice starting break and almost Cloud One sounding beats. “Funky banana” is an uptempo party-disco track with whistles and weird vocals about a banana with strong accent. There’s “Be my sunshine”, a midtempo jazzy disco-soul track. The title track “Grandmother’s airpig” instead is a nice midtempo pluck bass funk jam, almost eighties sounding. Then there’s a midtempo vocal soul number called “I don’t know why she’s leaving me” and also “I’m gonna start a new life”, a flute driven jazzy vocal number with strong influence of soul. Overall this odd curiosity is a quite nice one when it comes to European disco. Later in the early 1980s they turned their style into more italo disco, but that’s a different story.

Grandmother’s airpig

Disco lights

Do it

How low

Funky banana

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Eddy Louiss - Histoire sans parole

November 2nd, 2011

Eddy Louiss - Histoire Sans ParoleEDDY LOUISS

  • Histoire sans parole
  • Goss records
  • 1979
  • France

Organist Eddy Louiss (real name Edward Louise) was born in France, 1941. His father was a talented musician of Martiniquan descent and his mother was a French schoolteacher. They both encouraged little Edward to the land of music, and he started his piano lessons at the age of five. Later he continued to study harmony and music theory in conservatory, and also toured with his father on casino summer tours playing piano and singing. Edward quit school at the age of 16 and fully concentrated on music thereafter. His professional career begun in 1961 with one Daniel Humair. Almost two decades later his solo album Histoire sans parole was released on a small Goss label. During his career, Eddy Louiss have been involved with dozens and dozens of recordings, but he did only few straight solo albums.

Histoire sans parole is a quite pure jazzfunk album. With a range of songs from midtempo groovers to uptempo floorfillers, it’s a one truly magnificent record. Uptempo “St. Cyprien” and midtempo “Sagittaire” are both nice jazzfunk groovers, the latter being among my all time favorite French jazzfunk tracks. Last song, the midtempo “Insomnie” is an almost 11 minute monster rare groove jazzfunk track that is very close to “Sagittaire” what comes to its splendor. Three other tracks on this album, “Histoire sans parole”, “Canon” and “Capricorne” aren’t that bad either.

St. Cyprien



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Yutaka Mizutani - Necchû jidai

March 7th, 2011

Yutaka Mizutani - Necchu JidaiYUTAKA MIZUTANI

  • Necchû jidai
  • For life
  • 1979
  • Japan

Originally from Ashibetsu City, Hokkaidō, Yutaka Mizutani moved to Tokyo when he was eight. He started taking acting classes at the age of 12 and that launched his reluctant career that has been lasting for decades. Late 1970s his agency encouraged him to start doing music. His albums sold very well and he’s been releasing albums every now and then to this very day. In 1978 he starred in a drama comedy tv series called Necchû jidai, where he also did the soundtrack.

The soundtrack is quite typical Japanese soundtrack with variety of different types of music and dialogue placed over the songs. Music is either Japanese soundtrack-disco oriented or orchestrated drama. Album starts with the short uptempo disco’ish vocal track “水谷 豊/カリフォルニア・コネクション 1″ (Kariforunia konekushon 1) (read “California connection 1″). The last one on the first side, “水谷 豊/カリフォルニア・コネクション 2″ (Kariforunia konekushon 2) continues the theme of the first track. “タケシベーダー” (Takeshibēdā) is a mellow funky track with a slightly reggae feel and a lot of dialogue. “ノスタルディア・フライト” (Nosutarudia furaito) is a midtempo disco boogie track with some dialogue at the start and a lot of strings. The funky midtempo “絶対絶命!授業参観” (Zettai zetsumei! Jugyō sankan) starts with a dialogue and continues with nice funky percussion beat and oddly some effects that sound like they’re straight from Super Mario games - although the first Mario bros was released four years later. The only negative thing is that it’s only 47 seconds long. One song however goes over the others within it’s pace and bboy friendliness. “翔べ!夕陽に向って” (Tobe! Yūhi ni mukatte) is an uptempo track that starts with a break, continues as a funky disco song before it turns to the break again. Only one dialogue shout is involved at the start. Overall these songs are all quite short, as is the case with most of the soundtracks from Japan. The cover is also worth to mention, the guy with a huge revolver in the upper pic and the class of little kids in the pic below is a strange combination, but surely it’s a nice series. Or is it? Have anyone even seen it?

Kariforunia konekushon 1

Kariforunia konekushon 2


Nosutarudia furaito

Zettai zetsumei! Jugyō sankan

Tobe! Yūhi ni mukatte

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