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Takayuki Inoue Band - Sunrise: “Suite” Taiyō Ni Hoero! ‘76

April 20th, 2012

Takayuki Inoue Band - SunriseTAKAYUKI INOUE BAND

  • Sunrise: “Suite” Taiyō Ni Hoero! ‘76
  • Polydor K.K.
  • 1976
  • Japan

Another well known detective drama soundtrack composer is 1941 born Takayuki Inoue (井上堯之). He started his career in rock bands The Spiders and PYG before forming his own combo, the Takayuki Inoue Band (井上 堯之バンド), a band that would propably follow him for the rest of his life. Among some various soundtracks and regular albums, Takayuki Inoue Band got a job in 1972 of the theme song for the new Toho produced detective drama series called Taiyō ni Hoero! (literally Bark at the Sun). The series immediately become really popular. It ran 15 years from 1972 to 1986 and it’s one of the longest running detective series in Japan within its 718 episodes. It even spawned a sequel simply called Taiyō ni Hoero! Part 2 that ran from 1986 to 1987. But that’s enough for the series, let’s get back to the music. As said Takayuki Inoue got the job for the title theme and that along the series became extremely popular. As was the case with most of the other detective series, there was quite a big amount of different soundtrack albums released. And almost all of them were by Takayuki Inoue Band. Some of those were specially themed releases from different years and some were so called BGM Best -albums, that contained tracks from several episodes. One of these themed albums was called Sunrise. It was released in 1977 and it’s one of the best of the series.

There’s a lot of funky tracks on this album. Of course they are funky in a Japanese detective series way, so they do have that certain feel, but that’s only a positive thing. The a-side of the album is basically one suite, but still separated to different tracks. It’s better this way, since it’s always a pain in the ass trying to find the start of that one good song in the middle of a 24 minute track. And here the fourth part of “組曲 「太陽にほえろ!」” (Suite ‘Taiyō ni hoero!’ ) called “逃走と追跡” (Tōsō to tsuiseki) is the killer. It’s a three and half minute drum break with some horn stabs time to time. And it’s the getaway track of the album. There’s of course some other goodies her too among the basic dramatic mellow stuff. “スコッチ刑事のテーマ” (Sukotchi keiji no tēma) is a distant variation of the Taiyō ni hoero! main theme with all the basic elements. The third good one is “華麗なる情熱” (Kareinaru jōnetsu). Both are midtempo detective theme type of tracks and the latter being the better one. As a whole this is indeed one of the best albums of the series, but of course some of the other ones have good moments too. We’ll have to get back to them on some point later…


Tōsō to tsuiseki


Sukotchi keiji no tēma


Kareinaru jōnetsu

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Tatsuya Takahashi & Tokyo Union - Daitokai Part III

April 18th, 2012

Tatsuya Takahashi & Tokyo Union - Daitokai Part IIITATSUYA TAKAHASHI & TOKYO UNION

  • Daitokai Part III
  • Polydor K.K.
  • 1978
  • Japan

The other detective series Tatsuya Takahashi & Tokyo Union made music for, was Daitokai (literally Big City), that run three seasons from 1976 to 1979. Although TT&TU were’nt the only ones who did soundtracks for the series, they were responsible for Part III (season III) music. The first and the second season were mainly handled by the bands called Game and Microcosmos II, but that’s another story and we’ll come to them later.

Let’s talk about this one first. The opening track “大都会 Part III テーマ” (Daitokai part III tēma) starts the album quite frantically with it’s uptempo jazzy disco beats and hectic feeling. Maybe not the best theme around but acceptable. Second track “Dream of dream” is also an uptempo groover with also quite jazzy but discoish beats and some percussion works overdubbed with a slightly cheesy saxophones and occasional guitarwork. Next up is the very mellow but still groovy “And so in love” that would easily fit into the Love Boat soundtrack. After that comes another uptempo track “One floor house”. The first track on side b is “The Indian medicinman & g’uru”, despite the slow mellow start, it’s turns into a nice midtempo jazz track. Next one is “Midnight Tokyo special”, again very nice uptempo jazzy groover with its occasional disco moments. The last one on the album is a mellow love song called “Moon flower”. All the tracks are instrumentals. Although it’s nothing like the blaxploitation ones from the US, it’s still a pretty good one. It’s more like a typical Japanese detective soundtrack from that late 1970s - early 1980s era.

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Daitokai part III tēma


Dream of dream


And so in love


One floor house


The Indian medicinman & g’uru


Midnight Tokyo special


Moon flower

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James Brown - Hey America it’s Christmas

December 23rd, 2011

James Brown - Hey AmericaJAMES BROWN

  • Hey America it’s Christmas
  • Polydor
  • 1970
  • USA

Of the three Christmas albums James Brown did between 1966 and 1970, Hey America it’s Christmas was the last. It was first released in 1970 on King records with a different cover and then a little later the same year on Polydor with this black cover.

There’s eight songs on this album and most of them are Christmas ballads, a little politically tinted at times of course. It was 1970, so it was natural to have political awareness. The title track “Hey America” starts the album with a funky uptempo breakbeat drumming and vocals about having a Christmas peace all across the nation and so on. Basic Christmas spirit stuff you know. The beats are not that heavy on the track but it’s still among the best on this album. Another good one is “Go power at Christmas”, a midtempo Christmas funk track with James talking about Christmas spirit over a horn breakdown in the middle. Third one worth to mention is “I’m your Christmas friend, don’t be hungry”, a midtempo funk track with a lot of horns. Don’t get me wrong, I like the rest of the songs too, they’re guaranteed James Brown stuff but still a little too mellow for me. “Hey America” was also released as an 45 and some versions of that single have “Hey America part 2″ on the flipside. So if you want this three and half minute instrumental of that track along the vocal version from the album, you need to get the 45 too.


Hey America (album version)


Go power at Christmas


I’m your Christmas friend, don’t be hungry


Hey America part 2 (7″ version)

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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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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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Kalyanji Anandji - Professor Pyarelal

February 1st, 2011

Kalyanji Anandji - Professor PyarelalKALYANJI ANANDJI

  • Professor Pyarelal
  • Polydor
  • 1980
  • India

Kalyanji Anandji is a name brothers Kalyanji Virji Shah and Anandji Virji Shah used when composing music for Bollywood films. Since 1950s they together did music to over 250 movies and at the same time had some other productions too. Together with other famous Bollywood composers Laxmikant Pyarelal and R.D. Burman, Kalyanji Anandji are the best known Bollywood composers of all times.

The movie Professor Pyarelal seems to be released in 1981 although this soundtrack is from 1980. It’s a basic story of crime lords, police detectives and one mans struggle between those. The music itself is mostly quite basic, slightly funky Bollywood stuff with vocals sung by the greats Asha Bhosle, Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. The best track is the almost instrumental title theme “Professor Pyarelal”, a funky uptempo Bollywood jam with breaks in the middle. The horn riff is quite catchy too.


Ye vada


Professor Pyarelal

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