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Saturday, April 25, 2009

DAVE PIKE And His Orchestra : Montuna Orita (1964)

As the title suggests, this is Latin-tinged jazz by vibist Dave Pike. There are a number of classic jazz and Latin musicians featured here, including Willie Bobo, Hubert Laws, and "Patato" Valdes. This track also featured a VERY young Chick Corea on piano, one of his first recording sessions.
Song : "Montuna Orita" by Dave Pike and his orchestra
From the LP "MANHATTAN LATIN" (Decca) 1964


Dave Pike : vibes
Hubert Laws : piccolo, tenor saxophone
Dave Burns : trumpet
Ray Copeland : flugelhorn
Chick Corea : piano
Israel "Cachao" Lopez : bass
Carlos "Patato" Valdes : conga, vocals
Robert Thomas : percussion, vocals
Willie Bobo : drums

Get it here : Montuna Orita

Saturday, April 18, 2009

THE METERS : Yeah, You're Right (1970)

Here's a track from The Meters second album; a nice mid-tempo funk number which originally opened up side two. Like most of The Meters early tunes, it seems to be a great backing track waiting for the right vocalist. But it stands out on its own either way. A good use of guitar breaks, and very tight drumming.

Song : "Yeah, You're Right" by The Meters
From the LP "LOOK-KA PY PY" (Josie, JOS 4011) Jan. 1970

Art Neville : organ
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste : drums
Leo Nocentelli : guitar
George Porter, Jr : bass

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Yeah, You're Right

Saturday, April 11, 2009

GENESIS : The Knife (1970)

R.I.P. John Mayhew (1947 - Mar. 26. 2009)
The elusive former Genesis drummer, John Mayhew, has passed away of a heart condition. He was in fact the THIRD drummer for the band, and his spot was in turn filled by none other than Phil Collins. His musical contribution was only on their second album, TRESPASS. After the band, he pretty much disappeared from sight (even from his family), until he showed up at a Genesis convention in the UK in 2006!
This track represents the growth of the band, plugging in their instruments, and bridging rock music from the hippy-60s to the progressive-70s. This song is quite heavy, even for Genesis standards, and also represents guitarist Anthony Phillips last recording with the group. This is the remixed/remastered version from 2008, which completely updates and refreshes the sound of the track!

Here's the wiki blurb:
The Knife is a song by progressive rock band Genesis from their second album "Trespass" from 1970. In some ways it is the first "classic" Genesis song as it was performed live often in the band's early days (a live version appears on the "Genesis Live" album from 1973) and has appeared sporadically in the band's setlists all the way up through 1982 (after 1975, however, they performed an edited four-minute version of the song). It was released as a two-part single in May of 1971, but it did not chart.
The song was unusually aggressive for Genesis at the time, as most of their work consisted of soft, pastoral acoustic textures and poetic lyrics. It features a bouncy, march-like organ riff, heavily distorted guitars and bass, and chaotic drumming. Peter Gabriel said he wanted to write something that had the excitement of "Rondo" by The Nice.) The song's lyrics concern Gabriel's reflections on violent revolutions, showing how those who use violence in the name of freedom are often only interested in establishing their own dictatorship.

"The Knife" was the most popular stage song from Trespass, usually being performed as an encore. During one performance in 1970, Peter Gabriel became so carried away at the end of the song that he jumped off the stage into the audience and landed on his foot, breaking his ankle as a result.

Song : "The Knife" by Genesis
From the LP "TRESPASS" (Charisma) Oct. 23, 1970

Peter Gabriel : vocals, flute, bass drum
Anthony Phillips : guitar
Mike Rutherford : bass
Tony Banks : keyboards
John Mayhew : drums

Get it here : The Knife

Friday, April 03, 2009

DEPECHE MODE : Wrong (2009)

This is the newest single from Depeche Mode, which is currently an internet-only release (the CD-single will be released on Apr. 9). It is accompanied by a great music video (which looks like it could belong to Radiohead).

Song : "Wrong" by Depeche Mode
From the LP "SOUNDS OF THE UNIVERSE" (EMI) Apr. 20, 2009

Dave Gahan : vocals
Martin Gore : keyboards, guitar, vocals
Andy Fletcher : keyboards
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