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Giants of Rock #34

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Cuatitos Cantu  Falcon Records (1974)  This is Ramon and Leonel who both have six fingers on their right hands but stand just 4′ tall.  (click on the cover to enlarge)  God give’th and God take’th away.

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“Oh baby please don’t go”

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“Marilina” con Los Personalities   “Me Tienes a Mi”   Falcon Records

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Boom!

Paul Gonzalves Quartet  “Boom-Jackie, Boom-Chick”  (1964)  Vocalion Records (UK)  One of the most expensive and toughest albums to track down.  This sells for over a grand on ebay if it shows up .  Only 500 copies were pressed .  The latin-flavored title track is a dedication to Jack Sharpe, one time jazz club owner, taxi driver and legendary London character.  Gonsalves was a good mate of Sharpe’s, and Jackie “supervised” the album. Gonsalves died in Sharpe’s flat in 1974.  Tremendous work from saxophonist Paul Gonsalves — one of his rare UK sessions from the 60s, all of which show that he had a tremendous sound that went way beyond his more famous work with Duke Ellington! The style here is tight, hip, and very grooving — work by a quartet that features Gonsalves on tenor, plus Pat Smythe on piano, Kenny Napper on bass, and Ronnie Stevenson on drums — all hitting a soulful hardbop style that’s very much like the best Tubby Hayes records from the time!  Gonsalves’ tone is incredible — with that raspy, almost flatted mode that he used with Ellington — and it really stretches out here with plenty of room for creativity, in a way that makes us wonder why nobody ever got this one issued over on our side of the Atlantic.  – Dusty Groove

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Mike Terry’s nuts

Mike Terry “Clackers”  Joy  Records (UK)  (1972)  Remember this balls-out fad from the early Seventies?!

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Huh?


“Your Mystery Record” from Reader’s Digest  For the discerning listener!

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Freaky dollskie

“Naga” (“Naked”) is rock opera album by the Polish band Niebiesko-Czarni (Blue-Blacks; English translation of the band’s name on this cover isn’t literal).     It was released in the People’s Republic of Poland in 1972 through Polskie Nagrania “Muza”.     (Thanks to LP cover lover Dadarin for the contribution)

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Ears in heaven

“By Grace We Sing”   The Grace Quartet   Harbor Records

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“Which way to Highway 1?”

“Mr. Eliminator”   Dick Dale and His Del-Tones   Capitol Records (1964)   The king of surf guitar!

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We’ll be back soon!

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