Feb 222015
 

You want some sweet Daptone beats but you can’t decide which artist or album, no problem, Daptone Gold has you covered :)

A 23 track compilation featuring rarities, classics and previously unreleased tracks from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Binky Griptite, Lee Fields, Antibalas and more. Vinyl release is a double LP packaged in a deluxe gold foil gatefold jacket with extensive liner notes, and will include a poster, sticker and MP3 download card. CD release is a deluxe gold foil digipak with 6 page booklet including extensive liner notes and photos.

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Feb 222015
 

Now Playing – Skull Snaps

a classic example of soul/funk from 1973. It hits on all cylinders but they never really open it up the way you want them too. Still a great listen.

AllMusic Says:
Original vinyl copies of Skull Snaps’ one and only LP continue to exchange hands on the rare groove market for three figures. There are two reasons for this: one, it’s rare, and two, the drum breaks from the album have been feasted upon for samples so frequently that samples 2015-02-07 10.09.26of the samples have likely been sampled. It’s not that the album is spectacular — it’s merely a decent early-’70s funk record from some accomplished musicians who don’t exactly leave a trademark of their own throughout its nine songs. This soul-drenched funk album is most notable for the drums of “It’s a New Day.” It’s the album’s strongest cut, and the opening drum pattern is as ubiquitous they come — you can hear it get put to re-use in well over two dozen popular rap songs. Anyone who likes hard funk will find much to like — the vocals are gruff, the rhythms are tough yet nimble (the drums are crisp and smacking throughout), and the subject matter takes on everything from pimps to romance to everyday relationships. Charly reissued the album on CD in 1995.

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Feb 222015
 

I always have one or two albums I play so often I start to feel like I am neglecting the rest of my collection, especially new additions. Currently this is the case with the exceptional, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath and the album I am speaking of here, Demon Fuzz – Afreaka!

This is the classic long lost British psychedelic funk album by Demon Fuzz

In a just world, Demon Fuzz would have been very successful. Sadly, however, the only real success they enjoyed is the fact that many club DJs now use their samples frequently. Although the band played most of the British underground festivals in the early seventies, Demon Fuzz were simply too way-out to make a significant impact on the college crowd and as a result they broke up after 18 months on the scene. Released in 1970 the band’s only album, the extraordinary Afreaka!, demonstrates their excellence in playing psychedelic soul, dub-heavy funk, progressive rock, Afro-jazz and black acid rock. Demon Fuzz these days are amongst the most bootlegged and sampled bands from the early 70s British underground. This re-release, which includes the stunning and rare EP that at the time was released along with the album, tells the band’s full story for the first time ever.

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Feb 222015
 

I understand why a lot of people really can’t stand Bob Dylan, I know he had a pretty long patch of garbage in the middle of his career but he has been at his best musically for the last 15 or more years.

I didn’t come across many reviews that had anything nice to say and to each of them I disagree wholeheartedly about what this album is and how much emotion Dylan brings to these songs.

Rolling Stone said:
Bob Dylan’s new album Shadows in the Night is hitting shelves on February 3rd, though you can hear his rendition of “Stay with Me” right here. The track, written by Jerome Moross and Carolyn Leigh, is one of 10 songs associated with Frank Sinatra that will appear on the album, alongside “That Lucky Old Sun,” “Autumn Leaves,” I’m a Fool to Want You” and “Full Moon and Empty Arms.” Dylan posted his rendition of the latter song on his website last May.

“It was a real privilege to make this album,” Dylan said in a statement. “I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time but was never brave enough to approach 30-piece complicated arrangements and refine them down for a five-piece band…. I don’t see myself as covering these songs in any way. They’ve been covered enough. Buried, as a matter a fact. What me and my band are basically doing is uncovering them. Lifting them out of the grave and bringing them into the light of day.”

“Stay With Me” is the only song from the collection that entered Dylan’s live repertoire. It was the set closer throughout the final months of his 2014 tour, which culminated with a five-night stand at New York’s Beacon Theater. He has no dates on the books right now, but he is set to be honored at the pre-Grammy MusiCares concert on February 6th in Los Angeles. There, his songs will be covered by a cast of musicians that includes Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, Willie Nelson and Jack White. Jimmy Carter will present Dylan with MusiCares Person of the Year award, but it’s unclear whether or not Dylan himself will perform at the event.

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Feb 222015
 

Feeling like getting my funk on with Ohio Players – Gold

Do you agree with what AllMusic says about the Ohio Players below?

When it gets right down to it, the Ohio Players’ albums were as memorable for their risqué album covers as they were for their music. Sure, there were some seriously funky individual tracks, but the Players couldn’t keep the momentum up throughout the course of an entire album. And that’s why Gold is such a useful collection, even in light of more comprehensive latter-day collections. Gold has the good stuff and absolutely no filler. From the scorching “Fire” and the wild “Love Rollercoaster” to the sly “Jive Turkey” and “Who’d She Coo?,” nearly every one of the group’s finest songs is present and accounted for on Gold. Naturally, there are some omissions — “Funky Worm” really should have been on the collection, especially since it was their first number one R&B hit — but this album should satisfy most listeners who just want the hits. If you want to dig a little deeper into their catalog without sampling their albums, try Funk on Fire: The Mercury Anthology, but otherwise, stick with the Gold and you’ll reap its rewards.

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