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Andy Smith & Dean Rudland Present New Orleans Funk Experience
Andy Smith & Dean Rudland Present New Orleans Funk Experience
Price: 6.77

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation!, 6 Dec 2010
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Impressively even compilation without any real bummers, and six
fantastic funk/soul/r&b nuggets from Eddi Bo & Inez Cheetham, Gus
The Groove Lewis, Zila Mays(VOW!!!A bad slice of sister funk!),
Eddie Lang, Eldridge Holmes and Roger & His Gypsies.
Just as good as you would expect from Rudland and Andy Smith.
Rudland being responsible for numerous excellent collections and
liner notes on funk, soul and jazz compilations, and Portishead's
former tour DJ Andy Smith, who made the cool and diverse "The
Document" album a few years back.
If you like the "New Orleans Funk" compilation from Soul Jazz
Records then this should go down well.


Orange & Experimental Remixes Ep
Orange & Experimental Remixes Ep
Price: 28.17

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DO YOURSELF A FAVOR! THEY GOT THE FLAVOR!!, 26 Oct 2010
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One of the classic rock albums from the 90s, and a FANTASTIC mess of raw blues,
punk, funk and rock n roll, done with chicken grease and trash-king attitude.
PLAY THE BLUES...PUNK!!

Put a Stones song, The Birthday Party, some juke joint blues, James Brown,
hilarious lyrics, real showmanship, a funky drummer and a reeeal high strung
preacher in a bag, shake it like an alligators tale and you might end up with
the sound and the blast of THE BLOOOOZE EXPLOSION!

I saw another reviewer call it "a lo-fi hi-style stroke of masculine genius", heh heh,
and that's a description that is pretty accurate for songs like "Full Grown" and
"Blues X Man". There is not one remotely bad song on "Orange", but if I had to pick 4
favourites I would choose "Flavor", "Brenda", "Dissect" and "Bellbottoms".

This is The Blues Explosion masterpiece. Spencer and Judah Bauer have never sounded as
ferocious and focused as this, and Russel Simins' drumming is amazing all the way through;
hard, heavy and kick-ass funky.

As I already own the Experimental Remixes album, I don't care too much about the bonus
tracks, but all in all you get 6 added dustkickers; Both mixes of Flavor, a second version
of Bellbottoms(with a new drum break), the 10 minute kick-ass live medley the slightly
harder version of "Very Rare" and the "Calvin" mix.

The liner notes are excellent and very well written. It's interesting to read about the
recording process of Orange and about some of their heaviest influences; Jerry Lee Lewis,
The Meters and James Brown.

"...James Brown, whose influence on Spencer, Simins and Bauer weighed heavily on all parts
of the presentation, but especially on the drum-smashing, turn-on-a-diming, rhythm-and-
blues-exploding revues that had become their nightly ritual and had done as much or more as
the records to prime the pump for the success of Orange."

(From the liner notes by Mike Edison)

It's hard to compare the Blues Explosion to anyone. And how can you? They are
in a league of their own. IT'S THE BLOOOZE EXPLOSION LEAGUE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!
THEY ARE NO.1 IN KANSAS CITY! NEW YORK CITY! THEY ARE NO.1 MY CITY! YOUR CITY!
ANY GOD-DAANG CITY! THEY ARE NO.1 FROM JULY TO JUNE! THEY ARE NO.1 ON THE MOON!
GET DOWN WITH IT NEIL ARMSTRONG!! BECAUSE THAT'S THE SWEAT OF THE BLUES EXPLOSION!

The only album I can think of from recent years that holds any resemblance at all
to "Orange", is Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Fever To Tell", so if you dig that album and have
missed The Blues Explosion, you're in for a blast.

It's unbelievable that Orange didn't make a bigger impact when it was released.
Nobody sounded as raw then. Nobody sounds as raw now.

BELLBOTTOMS!BELLBOTTOMS!!BELLBOTTOMS!!!


Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves 1972-1978
Afro-Beat Airways: West African Shock Waves 1972-1978
Price: 16.58

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Movers And Groovers!, 8 Sep 2010
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When I read about a new Analog Africa compilation
my heart starts pounding a bit faster, as "African
Scream Contest", "Legends of Benin" and both volumes
with Poly-Rythmo are all essential albums for funk
and afrobeat headz.
Their latest release is another fine entry in the
series, this time they they deliver a bit more straight-
forward package of funk and afrobeat from Ghana and
Togo, and as always a lot of the songs are organ-driven,
slightly psychedelic groovers.
It varies from slowburning afrobeat numbers to the frenetic
funk of Marijata. There are some songs that doesn't do
that much for me, but even those songs contain moments
were they really lock in and hit a groove.
Highlites include K. Frimpong, Ebo Taylor, Orchestre Abass,
Cos-Ber-Zam and Apagya Show Band.


A River Ain't Too Much To Love
A River Ain't Too Much To Love
Price: 11.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I Gave It A Couple Of Hoots!", 1 July 2010
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Togheter with "Knock Knock", "Dongs Of Sevotion", "Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle"
and "Apocalypse" this is Bill Callahan's finest album.

Compared to some of his earlier work there is a real gentle tone to a lot of the songs,
and as always he comes up with those single lines that are strangely moving, like the
part in "Rock Bottom Riser" where he goes: "I saw a gold ring at the bottom of the river..."
He is one of very few artists who is capable of saying a lot with few words, and he has
that deep baritone, somewhere between talking and singing, that nails down the lyrics.

As everything else I write on Amazon, this is a simple recommendation, not a review,
and as the stars go, I sometimes find it difficult to decide on four or five stars. Strictly
speaking the full five stars ought to be reserved for the near faultless albums, where
the quality never drops, but on some albums the highlights carry so much weight that it feels
natural to give it 5 stars, even if the standard drops a little on a few songs.

Say Valley Maker, The Well, Rock Bottom Riser, Drinking At The Dam and Let Me See The
Colts are all GREAT songs, and the rest isn't too far behind.


God Ween Satan: The Oneness [Anniversary Edition]
God Ween Satan: The Oneness [Anniversary Edition]
Price: 12.76

5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother Of All Freakouts!, 1 July 2010
This is the strangest, most hilarious thing ever recorded.
I don't even wanna know what they were on when they
recorded it, but the music suggests Dean and Gene have
connections with dealers from outer space, and that they
bought a golden suitcase full of stuff the aliens couldn't
sell to their own kind.

God Ween Satan is the essence of Ween, and a masterpiece
that doesn't compare to anything else. If this is your
entrance point to Ween you won't find a better one.
The album is all over the place. Metal, gospel, pop, folk,
funk, rock, R&B, punk. Some of it is plain old ridiculous,
but it's so overdone that for the most part it just makes me
laugh.

Some people try to write Ween off as somewhat of a comedy act.
Not serious enough. Too wacky. Blah Blah Blah!
Well, how can you cover so many styles with such grand assurance,
without having real heart and talent?
It's simple. You can't. Just ask the Boognish. The Boognish knows.


In The Raw
In The Raw
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Price: 10.27

4.0 out of 5 stars Guitar-driven raw funk!, 21 Jun 2010
This review is from: In The Raw (Audio CD)
8/10. One of the phattest pieces of rock n roll flavored, guitar-driven funk
to be released in recent years. "In The Raw" is guitar and drum heavy, an all
instrumental album with at least 3-4 mindblowing tracks, and several good
ones. This years album, the more experimental "Earthology" was a bit hit
and miss, but contained 3 great songs; "Safari Strut", "Taisho" and the
beautiful ethio-jazz number "Sem Yelesh", but If you want to check out other
stuff by some of the same musicians I would rather recommend Karl Hector & The
Malcouns "Sahara swing".


Brothers
Brothers

24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits like sunshine!, 19 May 2010
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This review is from: Brothers (Audio CD)
An early contender for album of the year, and for me this is easily the best album
The Keys have made. I have always liked the Keys, some of their songs are fantastic
3 minute riffed-out stompers, but albumwhise they have never been on heavy rotation.
This however, is pure class and gonna stick for a looong time.
The R&B and soul influences are more significant on Brothers than on anything they
have done before, and I see some Black Keys fans think this is too soft compared to
their older stuff (The most entertaining remark being; " there is NO excuse for
falsetto, this is not The Bee Gees"!! HA HA HA!), but I just don't get the criticism.
It's not like they have gone in a completely new direction. "You're the one" from
"Magic Potion" is very similar to the more mellow stuff on "Brothers"
This is a GREAT album and there is no mistaking it for anything else than the Black
Keys. Their sound just got refined, reshuffled and reimagined. Same, but different!

And by the way, falsetto works like a mother!


How I Quit Smoking
How I Quit Smoking
Price: 10.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Lambchop - Essential Alt. Country - Essential Anything!, 18 Mar 2010
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This review is from: How I Quit Smoking (Audio CD)
The greatest record Lambchop has released. Togheter with "Is A Woman"
this stands out as their finest achievement. It's an album that doesn't
wear out, and Nashville Soul has never sounded as beautiful, spooky or
elusive as this.

As a whole I think it's superior to "Is A Woman". Lambchop were 16 members
strong when they recorded it, and all the players contribute with moments
of brilliance. A lot of these arrangements are so gorgeous and ingenious
they could soundtrack magic.


Nigeria Afrobeat Special: the New Explosive Sound in 1970's Nigeria
Nigeria Afrobeat Special: the New Explosive Sound in 1970's Nigeria
Price: 16.10

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get Busy! Mind Your Business!, 26 Feb 2010
3.5 stars. A pretty strong compilation with few bummers, and a previously
unreleased Fela track. To get the original 45 version of "Who're you?" was
the main reason for buying it, but even if this version contains some good
moments, it's not a Fela classic, and too careless compared to his best work.

The big nugget here comes from Saxon Lee & The Shadow Internationals
with "Mind Your Business". I've heard it at least 30 times the last two days
and am still amazed when I play it. 10 minutes of pure afrobeat bliss!
The rhythm section and the organ gets into a killer groove. It struts along
with a walking rhythm that could make hippos swing their giant yash with
ease, and is something related to reggae. Everything here comes up smoking;
the rhythm section, the horns, the scratchy guitar. As funky as it gets!

The singer Pax Nicholas was also a background singer and percussionist for
Fela's Africa 70, and released a solo-album called "Na Teef Know de Road
of Teef", that Fela supposedly told him to never play again, when he heard
how strong it was. I don't think the "Na Teef" album is that strong, the title
track is good, but too repeating and I can't imagine it got Fela sweating.
But if he heard "Mind Your Business" he would at least have turned up
the air-condition. And burned one down. What a groove!
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Move Your Hand
Move Your Hand
Price: 16.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Grinding SoulJazz Groovers!, 9 Feb 2010
This review is from: Move Your Hand (Audio CD)
Just do as the man says, and move your hand.
Move it for some of the funkiest slow grooves ever
made in the name of souljazz, move it for the master
of the B-3 organ and mooove your hand for the title
track alone, a song that is so cool it makes people
put on shades before they go to bed.


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