Monday, October 5, 2009

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i am being away from this site for a while due to the fact i am going to job corp

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Re-up: Michael Jackson-Love Songs

Released in January of 2002, Motown's Love Songs contains 14 love songs and ballads Michael Jackson recorded, either by himself or with the Jackson 5, during his time on Motown in the early '70s. There are a few familiar songs here, such as "Who's Lovin' You," but the Love Songs series prides itself on mood, not hits, while providing just one or two tracks as collector's bait (a previously unreleased version of "I'll Be There" or the original mix of "Call on Me," for example). This means that it's the odd collection that sort of appeals to the dedicated, since it gives a different spin on the artist (but not really, since it recycles the catalog), and it sort of appeals to the casual fan, since it digs through albums to provide what they're looking for (but not really, since there aren't that many big hits here). So it fulfills the promise of the title quite well, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a lot of people will really need it (unless they're looking for mood music, of course).
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Hugo Montenegro-Dawn Of Dylan

Imagine a rock & roll version of the Ray Coniff Singers put together by the composer of the soundtrack to the film Hurry Sundown, covering the ten tunes by Bob Dylan which the public found his most recognizable at this point in time. That's the product of the man who had a number one hit with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, the tune from the 1968 Clint Eastwood film. The singers and musicians are not listed; only the producer, arranger, conductor, album coordinator, and engineers. Great art it is not, but as a piece of pop history it is pretty intriguing. "Lay Lady Lay" is ridiculous, but they do it all straight-faced. This isn't Patty Duke attempting to sing on her Valley of the Dolls album, nor is it Mrs. Miller being a total farce, but it inadvertently comes off just as whimsical. Songs like "The Times They Are a Changin'" call for grit and a rough edge, and what they have here is the complete opposite. If Montenegro was going to be this bold why didn't he include "Masters of War"? Or take it a step further and follow this album up with an early-'70s tribute to Black Sabbath? A lone flower adorns the front and back cover, and it looks like one of those Pickwick budget deals, but the shame of it is "The Good, the Bad & the Ugly" was a monster hit with unique and thought provoking sounds. There is none of that here. The name Hugo Montenegro splashed on this cover makes it appear like the listener is going to get stunning original re-creations of Bob Dylan's music. Now had they given "The Mighty Quinn" and "Like a Rolling Stone" that deep, dark, mysterious music which burst out of the Clint Eastwood film instead of this second rate attempt to cop Ray Conniff's riffs, this would be a masterpiece. Liz Damon's Orient Express does it much better on "1900 Yesterday," and they don't prostitute Bob Dylan's name in the process to try to sell some records. Could've have been much more, but it isn't.
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Johnny Rivers- Realization

Not a concept album, but a song cycle depicting life in southern California in the late '60s, Realization is a fine cycle to catch a ride on. It's also a serious surprise -- when psychedelia reared its head in 1967, the results were frequently disastrous for those performers who'd been specializing in straight-ahead rock & roll, and few had rocked harder or more straight-ahead than Johnny Rivers. Instead of jumping on a bandwagon that had nothing to do with where he was musically, he hijacked the sounds of psychedelic rock -- much as the Temptations did at Motown -- and took it where he was going. Acting as his own producer for the first time, Rivers opened up a slightly gentler side to his work that's equally valid and a lot more interesting, if not quite as exciting as his rock & roll classics. After a few sonic digressions as a lead-in, "Hey Joe" gets going, carrying listeners into Rivers' gorgeous rendition of James Hendricks' "Look to Your Soul." His own achingly beautiful "The Way We Live" follows, and then comes Hendricks' "Summer Rain," which turned into Rivers' last big hit of the 1960s. And then he has the temerity to take "A Whiter Shade of Pale" and make it prettier and harder -- but less spacy -- than the Procol Harum original; from there he plunges into blue-eyed soul on "Brother, Where Are You." The surprises continue right through to the rather delicate, introspective reading of "Positively Fourth Street" at the close, Rivers succeeding in evoking a vast array of thoughts and emotions. For his trouble, helped by the two hits, he was rewarded with a Top Five charting album, and one that has continued to find new admirers across the decades. ~ James Chrispell & Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Herb Alpert And Tijuana Brass- Whipped Cream And Other Delights

Whipped Cream sold over 6 million copies in the United States and the album cover alone is considered a classic pop culture icon. It featured model Dolores Erickson wearing chiffon and shaving cream. The picture was taken at a time when Erickson was three months pregnant. The cover was so popular with Alpert fans that, during concerts, when about to play the song "Whipped Cream", Alpert would tell the audience, "Sorry, we can't play the cover for you!" The art was parodied by several groups including once A&M band Soul Asylum, who made fun of the liner notes along with the back cover on their album Clam Dip & Other Delights, comedian Pat Cooper on his album Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights, the Frivolous Five on a Herb Alpert tribute album, "Sour Cream and Other Delights" and by Peter Nero on his album, Peter Nero Plays a Salute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass.
Singles taken from the album included "A Taste of Honey," "Whipped Cream" and "Lollipops and Roses". The latter two of these were eventually featured on the ABC-TV series The Dating Game: "Whipped Cream" as the intro to the bachelorette, and "Lollipops and Roses" as the theme used when the bachelor(ette) learned about the person chosen for the date. ("Spanish Flea", a song taken from the TJB's next album Going Places, was used as the theme for the bachelor.)
Up until this album, Alpert had utilized Los Angeles area studio musicians to back him on his records. On this album eventual members of the Tijuana Brass (John Pisano, guitar and Bob Edmondson, trombone) were featured as well as studio vets Hal Blaine, Carol Kaye, Russell Bridges (better known as Leon Russell) and Chuck Berghofer. With the success of "Whipped Cream" came huge demands for concert appearances. It was at this time that Alpert formed the public version of the Tijuana Brass which included: Pisano, Edmondson, Nick Ceroli (drums), Pat Senatore (bass), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Lou Pagani (piano) as well as Julius Wechter on marimba and vibes (studio only).
A remix of the album was released in 2006 on the Shout Factory label with a similarly "clothed" model on the cover.
The pop standard "Tangerine" appeared around the time that another version of that song was used as the theme for a then-popular dietary supplement called SEGO.
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Monday, January 19, 2009

A Taste Of Honey- Twice As Sweet

Their third album, which sadly finds the group no longer working with the Mizells, though George Duke steps in and does a pretty decent job behind the production desk. The girls always had a fairly commercial sound, but with some nice jazzy touches, that are less in effect here, as they transition to the more synthesized tones that would become popular throughout the 80s. Includes "Sukiyaki", "Ain't Nothin' But A Party", "Rescue Me", "I'm Talkin' 'Bout You", "She's A Dancer" and "Don't Lead Me On". (Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole, some creasing, and initials in marker on the front & on the labels.) © 1996-2009, Dusty Groove America, Inc.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Donald Byrd - Love Byrd

Funky electric groove from Donald Byrd -- a post Mizell effort that's still burning in a crisp groove similar to his classic 70s Blue Note work -- one that's absolutely dripping with keys! Isaac Hayes(R.I.P.) produced this one, and also played a lot of those keyboards on the session with Byrd's 125 St Band -- grooving on acoustic piano and Rhodes, plus vibes and synth. Ronnie Garnett's bass is tight and funky throughout, with William Duckett on guitar, Albert Crawford, Jr on piano, keys & clavinet, Myra Walker on acoustic piano, and some groovy female chorus vocals that's to Isaac's Hot Buttered Soul Unlimited! Tracks include the great mellow "I Love Your Love", plus "I Feel Like Loving You Today", "Butterfly", "Love Has Come Around", and "I'll Always Love You".
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Deniece Williams and Johnny Mathis- Thats What Friends Are For

Johnny Mathis and Deniece Williams made a fine team on this collection of sentimental love songs and light pop ballads. They had had previous success on the title track, which had been included on her first release, so they opted for a full session. They had a moderate hit with a cover of "You're All I Need To Get By," and they also reworked Stevie Wonder's "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Going To Do)." It peaked at number 19 on the pop chart and actually proved Williams' most consistent album from a sales standpoint.
- Ron Wynn, All Music Guide
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Henry Mancini- Mr.Lucky

Mancini prided himself on his versatility and range. It is in full evidence here - and used as the soundtrack for a very forgettable TV series starring Ross Martin and John Vivyan (put those names in on Google and see what you get...). Still, you gotta say that this was an amazing talent we had in Henry Mancini, and he is very much missed.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Micheal Franks- Objects Of Desire

First off, it has to be said that you either love, hate, admire or maybe ponder over Michael Franks' voice. What is less debatable is the quality of the music and the rich lyrics to be found on pretty much all his work. Objects of Desire like other Franks albums utilises 'A' list session bands and some varied flavours. There are some great syncopated grooves with mega-tight drumming by Andy Newmark Harvey Mason and others playing off sensitive bass playing from Francisco Centeno, Mark Egan and others. The guitar work from Niki Moroch and Larry Carlron (No Deposit Love has Carlton at his Steely Dan best) is particularly tasteful. If you like Dragonfly Summer/Blue Pacific this one is for you. If you haven't heard Franks before, give it a chance and try not to immediately dismiss his soft voice and let the whole thing blend into your senses.
I've seen other reviewers compare this album to disco music (referring to it's timing being the end of the disco period). I'm not sure what they have blocking their ears. Yes it is syncopated, yes it has slap bass, yes it has a lot of backbeat, but it it not monotonous and the fills and layering are complex and varied. You have to listen below the polished veneer, believe me it is all there.

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Im Back

ok Im Back From My Hiatus
i just Been so Lazy
with this blog
so im posting more albums real real soon