Saturday, 24 October 2009

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Gone With The Wave by Lalo Schifrin

Produced by Stanley Wilson (Colpix 1964)

Recorded in Los Angeles, October 1964

This did get a release on CD around 1999 but it seems to be hard to get. I like this album mainly because of the track "Taco-Taquito" which I find addictive. There are some cool moments of lush cool jazz like "Aqua Blues" or "Breaks Bosa Nova".

Side One

Gone With the Wave
Laniakea Waltz
A Taste of Bambo
[aka Hot Saké by Quincy Jones]
Halieva Blues



Side Two

Aqua Blues
Surf Waltz
Five by Four (Ala Moana)
Breaks Bossa Nova
Waimea Bay

Monday, 18 May 2009

Rotary Connection by Rotary Connection

Produced by Charles Stepney & Marshall Chess (1969 Cadet)

This was release two years earlier on the Checker label but in 1969 it made it out on the Cadet Label. It is a collection of songs that could be loosely called psychedelic soul. It is acquired listening and the stand-out tunes for me are "Turn Me On", "Like A Rolling Stone" and "Didn't Want To Have To Do It". Also on here is a sitar sample lifted successfully by the Fugees.

Side A


Rapid Transit

Turn Me On

Pink Noise

Lady Jane

Like A Rolling Stone

Side B

Soul Man

Sursum Mentes

Didn't Want To Have To Do It

Black Noise

Memory Band

Ruby Tuesday

Rotary Connection

Sunday, 15 February 2009

The Fabulous Ronettes by the Ronettes

Estelle Bennett (below middle) from the classic Ronettes has passed at 67. Phil Spector may have given the group their hits but their irresistible charisma kept them as princesses of pop for a solid 16 months. Their tunes still get a party jumping 46 years later, no problem!

The more favored of the trio was (Veronica) Ronnie Bennett as she went on to marry the Gun-Totting-Wall-of-Sound-Svengali in 1968, only to divorce six years later.

Estelle also married in 1968 and had a daughter. She left the industry until 1988, when suddenly, the spotlight was turned back on for an acrimonious court case between the Ronettes and Spector over royalties. Spector was ordered to pay $3 million but the ruling was over turned on appeal.

For me this is one group that will always be special. If you want your baby to dance, their tunes are simply perfect!

Estelle may have passed but she will never be forgotten! Come on Baby!

Side A

(Walking) In The Rain (Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Phil Spector)
Do I Love You? (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector)
So Young (William Tyus)
(The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector)
I Wonder (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector)
What'd I Say? (Ray Charles)

Side B

Be My Baby (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector) "You, Baby" (Cynthia Weil, Barry Mann, Phil Spector)
Baby, I Love You (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector)
How Does It Feel? (Vini Poncia, Pete Andreoli, Phil Spector)
When I Saw You (Phil Spector)

Chapel Of Love (Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, Phil Spector)