I think this may be the highlight of this year's finds, some supremely funky rumba from the Congo. The influence of James Brown is clear and the addition of a keyboard sets Sosoliso's sound apart from many of the other rumba groups. Check it out and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
This album of North Indian sitar music I picked up at today's boot sale is particularly mesmerising. If you click on the back sleeve you should see an enlarged image which allows you to read the very informative sleeve notes. Or maybe you just want to immerse yourself in beautiful sound.
Here on the South Coast of England it has rained non-stop for days and days. This has given me the perfect opportunity to delve into the now extensive Snap Crackle & Pop archive and put together this mix of Afro-Latin sounds. These tropical rhythms sound wonderful under our leaden skies.
01 Vou Chorar - Lucio Alves
02 Antonico - Elza Soares & Miltinho
03 Domingo No Parque - Gilberto Gil
04 La Estraordinaria - Qrquesta Henry Castro, Antonio Gonzalez y D'Argil
05 Ligia - Edmundo Arias y su Orquesta
06 Caracoli - Lucho Bermudez y su Orquesta
07 Grito Parrandero - Los Corraleros de Majagual
08 Juventud Flaca Y Loca - Lisandra Meza y su Conjunto
09 Amanciend - Adolfo Echeverria
10 Rodeado de Pillos - Lisandro Meza y su Conjunto
11 Tobaco y Ron - Orquesta la Sabrosa
12 Felix Llego - Felix Del Rosario y Sus Magos Del Ritmos
13 Monina y Ramon - Rafi Jr Y La Diferente
14 Oiga Mi Guaguanco - Orchestra Harlow
15 Los Hermanos - Elis Regina
Tommy McCook, born in 1922, was one of the great heroes of Jamaican music. In 1963 he formed the Skatellites, one of the great names in early ska music, before pulling together the Supersonics in 1965. The Supersonics became the house band at Duke Reid's studio and were backing band on many reggae and rocksteady hits in the mid to late sixties.
This album is just gorgeous and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have:
01 Stealing Stealing
02 Lock Jaw
03 Moonlight Groover
04 Funkey Funkey Reggae
05 Quando Mi Amor
06 My Girl
07 Drink Milk
08 Only A Smile
09 Drink Milk
10 You Were To Be
11 Stealing Vol 2
12 Moon Invader
13 Moon Walk
What is there to say that hasn't already been said?
I doubt he would have paid much attention to earthly follies like birthdays or centennials, but for what its worth, Sun Ra would have been 100 years old today. He has left us with a legacy that very few others in the entire history of recorded music could match. Our world, our universe in fact, is infinitely richer for his existence.
This is a live recording from 1984, released by Recommended Records in 1985. I bought my copy in 1990 and the version of Fate in a Pleasant Mood remains one of my very favourite pieces of music by anyone, ever. A very special magic occurred on this evening.
If you are unfamiliar with Sun Ra, his music and his philosophy, then you could start off with these two brilliant documentaries:
01 Fate In A Pleasant Mood
02 Cosmo Journey Blues
03 Cosmo Sun Connection
04 Cosmonaut Astronaut Rendezvous
05 As Space Ships Approach
06 Pharoah's Den
Well, I've got to say I'm still pretty enamoured with the gorgeous music of Lucio Alves presented in the last SCP post (go and get it if you haven't already), but I was lucky enough to spot this beauty in a second hand record shop earlier this week, and I just had to post it.
Here we have 4 beautiful songs from Georges Kiamuangana's (aka Vercky) Veve Productions label. The record appears to have been released in 1987 and so we can assume that most of these songs were recorded and released as 7" singles in the mid '70s. There's a great line up of Congolese talent to be heard here, Nyboma Muandido and Vata Mombassa were, alongside Pepe Kalle, the main vocalists and songwriters for Orchestra Lipua Lipua (meaning chaos and disorder in Lingala - how very punk rock!); meanwhile Soki Vangu was the voice of the legendary Orchestre Bella Bella.
To whet your appetite, here is some incredible footage of Orchestre Bella Bella with Soki Vangu performing live on Zaire TV:
The music is, of course, for evaluation purposes only. If you like what you hear then go out and try and buy stuff...or something, give money to a down on his luck musician, or sponsor a good busker, it may be the start of something beautiful.
If any of the zips die, then post a comment and i'll try to repost. And leave comments, abuse, name calling, any response is welcome.
I think all of the albums posted are currently unavailable, but if this is not the case we'll remove the offending files.