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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Record Collecting: Gil Scott-Heron - Real Eyes

Gil Scott-Heron - Real Eyes
Arista, 1980
Produced by Gil Scott-Heron and Malcom Cecil

Went crate digging recently and this was the first record I ran across. I have never seen a copy of this one before, so while I wasn't happy that the first record I wanted had a $20 price tag, I didn't let that stop me.

I have been looking for this album for years now because of two songs. "The Klan", which was sampled by Little Brother for their track, "Make Me Hot", which was given a great re-edit by Yam-Who?, and "Your Daddy Loves You (For Gia Louise)". He re-recorded "Your Daddy Loves You..." as a live track, and then that live track was re-mixed by DJ Asparagus and Wipe The Needle. I've been playing that re-edit and the remix in mixes for years, but I had never heard the originals until I got this album home.

It was so worth the wait. I am blown away by how subtle, yet beautiful, the playing is on "Your Daddy Loves You...". "The Klan" was everything I expected it to be. The rest of the album is sold Gil Scott-Heron.

Record Collecting: Elton John - Friends

Elton John - Friends (Original Soundtrack)
Paramount Records, 1971
Produced by Gus Dudgeon

Technically this could be considered Sir Elton John's 4th album though a lot of times you won't find it on a discography list because it is a soundtrack. This album was released between Tumbleweed Connection, 1970, and Madman Across the Water, 1971 (That's if you aren't counting his live album 17-11-70, which was released in 1971 and before Madman.) So, if you think about it, this project came along before Elton John and Bernie Taupin became full blown superstars. 

There is nothing super exciting about the songs here. The title track was a minor hit reaching #34 on the Pop Chart. Personally, I really like "Can I Put You On" but as Elton John songs go, there are many better songs in his discography. There is not a thing wrong with any of the tracks on this album. It's just that you are comparing little known songs written to go along with a movie - that turned out to be a flop - to the well known rest of the career of a bona-fide superstar.

However, it is an interesting look at Elton John before the fame was fully realized. Also, this one can be found for pretty cheap. As you can see I paid $5 for mine. And on top of everything else you get some great album art to display!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Record Collecting: Maria Muldaur

Maria Muldaur - Southern Winds
Warner Brothers, 1978
Produced and arranged by Christopher Bond
Features Les Dudek on slide guitar

I was first introduced to Maria Muldaur's music through my Instagram buddy @minglewoodblues. She posted a picture of Geoff and Maria Muldaur's album Sweet Potatoes. Since my favorite dessert happens to be sweet potato pie, and I was getting ready to bake my first sweet potato pie of the season, I decided to listen to it. After telling @minglewoodblues that I really enjoyed it, she suggested I take a listen to this Maria Muldaur solo album.

She mentioned a track titled "I'll Keep My Light In My Window". I recognized the song from Quantic and Alice Russell's album, Look Around The Corner.I thought that Muldaur's version might be the original version of the song, however when I got my hands on this copy of the album I noticed the song writing credits went to Leonard Caston and Terri McFadden, names I recognized from Motown.Turns out the original was done by the little known Motown duo, Caston & Majors. Now my hunt continues to find that version.

But back to Maria Muldaur. Along with the Caston & Majors song, she covers a few songs by Leon Russell, and JJ Cale's "Cajun Moon". Her singing is strong, yet sultry, and still leaves room for a touch of playfulness. Her backing band is solid. This one is a treat that you can pick up at a cheap price.

DJ Roger Riddle - Unapologetic

Mixed and compiled by DJ Roger Riddle

I am not the least bit sorry about playing these songs for you. I hope you enjoy.

New Dorp. New York by SBTRKT (feat Ezra Koenig)
Instead (Emanative Remix) by Collocutor
Say That by Toro Y Moi
If These Are The Last Days by Electric Wire Hustle
Shades of Jae by Moodymann
Opportunity by Brasstronaught
Personal Jesus (MKTL & Polyrhythm Bootleg) by Depeche Mode
Good Ol Love (Honeycomb Vocal Mix) by Honeysweet
Drum Skat (Skat That) by Marlon D
Decisions by Taylor McFerrin
A Night Out With Therese (Original Mix) by Anno Stamm
Evertrack by Rushmore
It's Serious by Cooly G, Karizma

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Atomic Number 79

Atomic Number 79
Mixed and compiled by DJ Roger Riddle

This is definitely music for nighttime listening. But hey, if you're feeling spunky, be a gangsta and play it in the daytime.

Baby (feat Dam-Funk) by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti
The Love by A Tribe Called Quest
Flowers by Andrew Ashong
The Top by Francis and the Lights
Riding High by Faze-O
Rock With You (Daniel Crawford Midnight Remix) by Michael Jackson
Soul Glow by Fatima
Take It Personal by Gang Starr
W by Karizma
One 4 Teen (J-Dilla Remix) by Bahamadia
Southern Freeez (feat Emanuelle Araujo) by Sonzeira
Herione by Wildcookie
Start of It by Collective Efforts
Dirty Love by J Davey
Love the Way by Andrew Ashong
Average Fruit by Quadron

Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Life So Different From My Own

1.Space In Time by Gerardo Frisina
2.Marylin by Floating Points 
3.Jazzy Joint feat Jose James by J.A.M.
4.Spanish Key by Miles Davis
5.Sun (Eckoclick Remix) by Bambooman
6.A.I.E. by Soil & "Pimp" Sessions
7.Something In The Way by 4 Hero feat Bembe Segue and Kaidi Tatham
8.Depois do Carnaval by Azymuth
9.O Tempo Samba by Grupo Batuque
10.Live In The Light by Fertile Ground
11.Bubbles by Diggs Duke
12.Doriva by The Impanemas
13.Just A Thing by Karizma
14.Conscious (Soulclap Remix) by Womack & Womack
15.Technology Stole My Vinyl by Kenny Dixon Jr
16.Could Heaven Ever Be Like This by Idris Muhammad
17.Love Never Felt So Good (David Morales & Eric Kupper Classic Tribute Mix) by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake
18.Straight No Turns by Wild Cub
19.Renovation by Jazz Collective

Sometimes when listening to music I find a common thread through some of the most unexpected songs. I was surprised by how the Jazz, House, and Brazilian worked so well together as I was building this mix. 

Songs that I never thought I would be able to work into a mix and make it sound good, like Soil & "Pimp" Sessions' "A.I.E." and Miles Davis's "Spanish Key" suddenly sounded good when surrounded by dance tunes.

This is such an eclectic selection of songs that I was thinking, what kind of person would hear this and think this was supposed to go together? What kind of life do they lead where they hear music like played regularly. It music be incredible. Then I realized I was talking about myself. This is what's on my iPod as I walk to work every day.

So, the title of the mix is a bit of a misnomer. It would be nice to hear songs played together like this on local radio or at an event here in Macon. However, I am sure people everywhere dream of hearing better music wherever they are.

I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" Was Supposed To Be A Duet With Chaka Khan.

Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" was a huge hit from his 1986 release on Island Records, Riptide.

The song is a quintessential 80's song. The video, well known for Palmer singing in front of a sexy all female band where each member looks alike was so popular that it is still parodied today.

I recently read an interview with Chaka Khan where she mentioned that the famous 80s pop tune was supposed to be a duet between Palmer and herself.

After a little bit of digging, I found out it was true. They recorded the duet but Palmer's record label and Khan's record label could not come to terms over the release of the song. So Palmer re-recorded Khan's parts himself and the rest is music history.

Khan receives a credit in the album's liner notes for the vocal arrangement for the track.

Another interesting fact about the song is that Bernard Edwards, bass player for 70s disco icons, Chic, played bass as well as produced the track and the entire Riptide album.