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Friday, 3 April 2020

Heavy Soul Volume 2


Is it just me or does the cover picure of George Clinton on Mojo's Heavy Soul Vol.2 look a bit like the Coronavirus? Or, maybe things are beginning to get on top of me
Is association with their feature piece on Jimi Hendrix Mojo are offering up 15 hits of Psychedilic funk, Black Rock and Cosmic Slop ...
You won't be surprised to hear that the likes of Funkadelic, Shuggie Otis, the Last Poets and Love appear as well as Hendrix featuring with Lightnin' Rod

I've gone for Mrs Miles Davis. Betty Davis was briefly married to him when she was 23 and him 42 before his violence led to a swift seperation. She had previously met Hendrix and is purportably the subject of his song Dolly Dagger.

Leon's Creation were a San Francisco band led by Leon Portillo with some fairly obvious comparisons to Sly and the Family Stone.

Get down and get with it

Betty Davis - Walkin' Up the Road

Leon's Creation - This is the Beginning


Thursday, 2 April 2020

String Quintet Time


Wait! Come back!
Don't panic - I have only gone semi-classical on you.
I give you Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet  with Room of Songs from 2005 a fanclub release  on the More Miles than Money label. Recorded at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, Texas on February 28 and March 1, 2005
Featuring two acoustic guitars (Alejandro and David Pulkingham), two cellos (Matt Fish and Brian Standefer) and Susan Votz on violin and backing vocals

As punkviper says on his/her review on Amazon   as if the songs in their original format aren't enough to get yer motor runnin', the lush string arrangements here add color & depth to prove that Escovedo's talent runs deep.
Let's face it, where else today are you going to get a strings version of  The Gun Club's Sex Beat?

Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet - Everybody Loves Me

Alejandro Escovedo String Quintet - Sex Beat

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Covers 12. WiIson and Lee do Hendrix.


George writes:
Can you guess what it is yet?


I think we can assume that the above Joe wasn’t going to shoot his partner after catching them in a compromising situation. Two covers today of the song made famous by Hendrix, both rather splendid. You will all be familiar with Mr Pickett so the fact that he gives a good meaty version should come as no surprise.




What might surprise you is this, by Lee Moses, a sort of psychedelic soul version, which is well worth putting on your listening ears for:




Lee Moses made one album, Time and Place, in 1971, and  did not seem to do much else musically thereafter. But that 8 track album is an absolute belter.


And here’s a Brasilian reggae version which is surprisingly splendid as well





The lyrics are not a faithful translation but they still convey the same sentiment as the original. I think.


Another one next week

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Willie Heath Neal



I was playing the old I-pod in the car the other day on random shuffle when two rather good songs by Willie Heath Neal popped up in close proximity.
Given that there are about 19,000 songs on it I took this as a sign to feature him here.Sadly the mp3 versions of these songs have long gone.

This led me down a Willie Health rabbit hole, albeit a reasonably shallow one given that there is not much out there.  A few songs on You Tube which are fairly generic and a few  on Bandcamp including this one which is available as a free download.

Not sure if he is still active but he seems to have led a fairly interesting life

Willie Heath Neal - Out of Highway


Monday, 30 March 2020

That Summer Feeling



Well that's us now in British Summer Time. True to form it was freezing yesterday morning before turning into a fairly nice day.
The BMX Bandits cover of That Summer Feeling popped up on the I-Pod the other morning. Given the  situation we are currently facing with over  a 1000 deaths now recorded  I must confess that I felt a lump in my throat.
However, I will refuse to believe that we are on top of the virus and that it is officially  summer until Drew posts the Jonathan Richman original.

BMX Bandits - That Summer Feeling

Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers - That Summer Feeling

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Let's Groove



2020 Charity Shop Purchase 25 - Earth, Wind & Fire  - Let's Groove- The Best Of

The second and final Newton Stewart purchase and the last charity shop purchase for the foreseeable future was Let's Groove - The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire.

Chosen by Mrs CC and, whisper it, it  may be even better than Kim Wilde.

Some splendid funk ,soul and above all disco from Maurice White and friends
A bit like Kim Wilde and Kids in America you can't possible feature EWF without posting the magnificant Boogie Wonderland.
Up until now I didn't know that it also featured The Emotions. Somewhat criminally it did not reach number 1 anywhere when released in 1978. It peaked at number 4 in the UK and was not even their highest single as both September and Let's Groove reached number 3.
Outrageous.

Earth, Wind & Fire (with The Emotions) - Boogie Wonderland

Earth, Wind & Fire - September

Earth, Wind & Fire - Let's Groove

Saturday, 28 March 2020

50 Americana Albums You Should Hear Before You Die - The World Won't End


You'll be glad to know that it's official The World Won't End. The Pernice Brothers have spoken

The Pernice Brothers were formed in 1996 by former Scud Mountain Boy Joe Pernice (vocals/guitar/bass) and included his brother Bob ( vocals, guitar), Thom Monahan ( vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drum programming), Mike Beltsky (drums, percussion), Laura Stein (vocals, piano, keyboards) and Payton Pinkerton (vocals, guitar, percussion, great name)
A lot of vocalists as there are a lot of harmonies. A Dorchester, Massachusetts Teenage Fanclub if you will.

The World Won't End was there second album released in 2001 after a 3 year hiatus following their 1998 debut Overcome by Happiness when Joe performed as a solo artist and as a member of Chappaquiddick Skyline. I saw him around then and am pretty sure that I also saw the Pernice Brothers
It was released on his own label Ashmont Records although mine is the UK version on Pias/Southpaw.

I also use Joe Pernice as rhyming slang for Fleece  ie "Where's my Joe Pernice?"

Pernice Brothers - Working Girls (Sunlight Shines)

Pernice Brothers - Let That Show