samedi 24 novembre 2007

Crystal Winds - First Flight

Crystal Winds are Paul Coleman and Cortez Brown with a group of Chicago s finest. recorded in the heyday era of Curtom, but released on the lesser known Cash Ear label, First Flight has been a sought after rare funk/soul album for over twenty years. Tooled by some incredible musicianship, with orchestrations by Rich Tufo (Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson etc), it's no wonder that original copies of this album have exchanged hands for seriously high sums of money. Includes the awesome Love Ain t Easy , Lovers Holiday and So Sad from a long lost era of Chicago magic.

vendredi 23 novembre 2007

Ray Pollard - The Drifter/Let Him Go

"The late great Ray Pollard was the former lead singer with The Wanderers. In 1965 he started a solo career with Shrine records releasing No More Like Me/This Time (I'm Gonna Be True). He then went on to record three excellent singles for United Artists including the classic The Drifter. His then recorded two singles for Decca and finally one for Omnipotent in 1973. Ray sadly passed away in January 2005 but left us a small collection of recordings featuring his fantastic voice." Toffeesoul

lundi 19 novembre 2007

Joe Bataan - The Bottle (La Botella)

"The cut that put Joe Bataan on the international map! "The Bottle" is a fantastic cover of Gil Scott-Heron's hit -- done here with a sparkling Latin club flourish, and a fast grooving sound that retains all of the soul of the original, while giving the track more of an edge. "When You're Down" is a nice cut too -- a bit mellower, with that warm soul finish that makes Joe so great!" Dusty groove

dimanche 18 novembre 2007

Le Trio Camara - Le Trio Camara

"A killer album of jazzy bossa grooves -- originally recorded in France in the early 70s, and darn hard to find in any format! The record was cut for the tiny Saravah label -- home to groovy French acts like Brigitte Fontaine and Areski, as well as an elite group of jazz and world musicians. The overall style is similar to bossa nova piano sessions coming out of Brazil in the 60s, but the groove is a lot freer, and the band has a nice rolling sound that might be compared to some of the MPS jazz/Brazilian crossover sessions. Fernando Martins is the pianist, and Edson Lobo is on bass. Titles include "Upa Neguinho", "Nascente", "Bia", "Noa Noa", "Samba Novo", "Berimbau", "Nao Tem Solucao", and "Muito A Vontade"." Dustygroove

Esther Williams - Last Night Changed It All

"A monster! Esther Williams' "Last Night Changed It All" is wonderful for many reasons -- one is the killer drum break at the beginning, another is the song's totally infectious funky hook, and the last is the cut's great sense of humor and phony phone call!" Dustygroove