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Burnin’ love

Fancisco Zapata   Organo y Ritmos   “Rojo Candela”

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Mod man out

Dick a la “Mod”   (Click for more Dick)

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Original synth

“Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat” (check it out) by Charanjit Singh (India, 1982) newly discovered and rereleased by our friend Edo at Bombay-Connections Records who writes:

*Until recently it wasn’t much more than some rumours on the web: a 1982 released LP called TEN RAGAS TO A DISCO BEAT containing Kraftwerk-like acid house music, years before the genre was invented.

So it turns out, the record was no rumour. Only a few hundred copies of the LP were ever pressed, and only a handful seem to have survived. Moreover, the LP outdoes all expectations. Performed on the synths that would later define Acid House, the Roland TB-303 and TR-808, the album sounds light years ahead of its time with its repetitive beats and hypnotic electronic melodies. Its maker, Bollywood session musician Charanjit Singh, set out to translate ancient Indian classical Ragas to the modern synthesizer and in doing so seems to have invented House music along the way. The 10 tracks make a consistent listen from A to Z. Its restrained minimalism and lack of cheesiness makes it incredibly contemporary, sounding animated, fluid and unabashedly alive.”

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Bikini wax

From Thailand.

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Lovesaxy

“Sex Sax”   Moacyr Silva e Seu Sax de Ouro   (Brazilian wax)   Check out that crazy font!

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Your cash ain’t nothing but trash

“Money is to Burn”   (Cookin’ the books?   Fiscal inferno?)

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King of the conga

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“Acid”   Ray Barretto Fania Records   (1968)   A classic.   A well-know dance floor firestarter, but also a great cover worthy of another look.   Features “Acid”, “Teacher of Love”, “Mercy, Mercy, Baby”, “Soul Drummers”, “A Deeper Shade of Soul” –   the whole LP is an afro-latin, soul, funk and boogaloo fusion that makes you wanna move your feet.   “Have you heard them cooking / The Soul Drummers / well they play so cool / Soul Drummers / so hard to resist / Soul Drummers / with the African twist.”   A jewel in the amazing Fania catalog.   Drop “Acid” at your next party and see what happens.

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Keeping up with the Jones’

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“Mad Thad”   Leonard Feather presents Thad Jones   Period Records   NYC, January 6, 1957

Thad Jones (tp) Henry Coker (tb -2,3) Frank Wess (ts, fl) Tommy Flanagan (p) Eddie Jones (b) Elvin Jones (d) with Frank Foster, Jimmy Jones, Doug Watkins, Jo Jones,   Quincy Jones

Bird Song, Cat Meets Chick, Quiet Sip

Late 1956 and early 1957 found Thad Jones in the midst of a rewarding flurry of recording activity.   During time off from Basie, however, Jones poured his energy into composing, arranging, and playing with fires of creativity that led Charles Mingus to call him “the greatest trumpet that I’ve heard in this life.” For Mad Thad, Jones recruited a few of his favorite Basie colleagues and a Basie veteran, drummer Jo Jones. For one session, he brought in his brother Elvin on drums and another fellow Detroiter, pianist Tommy Flanagan. Fully justifying Mingus’s enthusiasm, Jones played at the top of his game of melodic and harmonic invention. His compositions included a blues line that quickly became a jazz standard, “Bird Song.” – Concord Records

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Guitar Boy

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This one is from Sao Paulo, Brasil.   MusiColor Records   I don’t know who this mysterious “Guitar Boy” is.   There’s a cover of Telstar here and some soundtrack themes.

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Indiana wants me

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“Blues Helping”   Love Sculpture   Rare Earth Records (1967)   Love Sculpture was a British band that formed in Cardiff in 1966 out of the remnants of another local band called The Human Beans. The band, featuring lead guitarist Dave Edmunds (Right), John Williams on bass, and drummer Bob “Congo” Jones disbanded in 1970 after two LPs, this is their first. (Edmunds then went on to success with the number one song “I Hear You Knocking” and “I Knew the Bride (When She Used To Rock and Roll)” and then with Nick Lowe formed the band Rockpile.)

“Blues Helping” is pretty straight forward British blues rock with covers of “Summertime,” “Wang Dang Doodle,” and “Shake Your Hips”

Below is Robert Indiana’s “Love Sculpture” located on the corner of 6th Avenue and 55th Street in Manhattan, NY.

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Below is the album cover for “Renegade” by Rage Against The Machine which parodies the “Love” sculpture.   (Neither Robert Indiana nor Rage have any other connection with the “Blues Healing” LP that started this ramble.   None that I know of that is.)

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