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February, 2010

Drinkin’ single, seeing double

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Command Swing De Luxe   Command All Star Orchestra   Command Records

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Pray and spray

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Congratulations to Contest Winner Derek Schille!   You can see the best of the rest on the Joyful Sounds Contest Finalists page.   Thanks for playing everyone.

(Photoshoppers, image droppers and cover croppers lend me your shears. Can you cut it?     These high-haired honeys are palms out and just begging for something!   We’ll be awarding an LpCoverLover T-Shirt to the artist that submits the most inspired adaptation of the above cover.)

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Bee sides

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Quarteto Lambari

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My Converse

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This is a great, hard-to-find John Lee Hooker lp recorded in 1971 and released in 1973 on ABC. “Going Down” features rockers Van Morrison and Elvin Bishop, while the other numbers include great r&b and jazz session guys like John Klemmer, Cliff Coulter, Mel Brown, Don “sugarcane” Harris, etc. But the highlight for me is a the first song on the second side – Younger Stud

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The cover photo is by Al Kramer and designed by Ruby Mazur.

All I wore in the early 1970’s were high-top Converse like these.

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Soul survivor

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings   “I Learned the Hard Way”   Release Date:   April 6, 2010 Daptone Records Our first post of a new record!   Because we love Sharon Jones and the sound of the Dap-Kings and Daptone records.     The single just gets better with every spin.

Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, this record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax.   Sharon’s raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fixture in the canon of soul music.   From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in “The Game Gets Old” at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style “Mama Don’t Like My Man” at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the “Daptone Sound” at its finest.

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Soul coiffing

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“Old Brush Arbor Days”   The Joyful Sounds

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Bollywood swinging

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Apna Desh is a 1972 Hindi movie directed by Jambu.   The film’s music is by R.D. Burman.

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Bop a la Mode

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Leonard Feather Presents BOP   Mode Records   (1957)   George Wallington (Piano) with Phil Woods on alto, and either Thad Jones or Idrees Sulieman on trumpet.   Illustration by Wm Box       Titles include “Lemon Drop”, “Salt Peanuts”, “Little Benny”, “Billie’s Bounce”, and “Shaw Nuff”.

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Cool down with an Arctic Buddha Blast!!!

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Thai pop by Kwan Jit Sriprajan “Panatibat”   On the BANGKOK AMPLIFY Label (Early 1970’s)

Congratulations to Caption Contest Winner: Atomicj and thanks to all who played along!

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Secret Asian man

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Bond, Mat Bond!   Music from a 1967 movie spoof from Singapore   (“Casino Royale” came out the same year in the U.S.)

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