What did Elvin Jones think of Ginsberg? Well, Elvin was always a happy soul and whatever was going on was cool with him. The next day he might be playing with the most out avant-garde musicians, so this gig was kind of a lark for him!
Nothing here sounds strained or pretentious, which should make it the last word in concept albums. It sounds, rather, like a labor of love, a salute from a young visionary to an ancient sage, executed with delicacy and charm in a vocal style reminiscent of an Anglo-American muezzin.
Al Et Al - - Strange Affair. Reissue of a rare progressive folk album from the UK, originally dating back to Expect gentle acoustic guitars, keyboards and woodwind instruments along with a sweet female voice and tasteful vocal harmonies. This was the band's sole album.
Features in the Pokora book Record Collector Dreams with a massive 4 symbols on the rarity scale. Great album and very very rare!! The writing of Allan Thompson is excellent, with great contemporary folk music and a mix of melancholy and humour in the lyrics — I suspect that he went on to become a psychiatrist, as the whole group seem to have been at Southampton University in when the album was produced.
Reuben Ayres keyboards is now a consultant Gastroenterologist shame , while James Acheson flute, recorder, whistle and squeeze-box is a Neuro-Opthalmologist.
Rosie Hamilton was the female vocalist acting as a foil to Thompson, but I can find no trace of where she moved on to. I must also give credit to the fantastic artwork on the cover possibly one of the best covers ever which was done by Jill Cassidy. Adam Best - - Wall Of Sound. Adam Best Wall Of Sound. But it's undeniable that the mysterious Adam Best - or anyone who has chosen to hide behind that name for some unknown reason - has crafted a little groovy record that can still make a good impression more than forty years later.
So, who was Adam Best? Some people discussing in an Internet forum - here - link Adam Best to Barry Stoller, a composer of Library Music who is better known for the theme he created for "Match of the Day", the popular BBC's football television programme. It seems that Meatball's "Atomic Butterly" features a backing track identical to one of those contained on "Wall of Sound" with different solos over the top Uhm, I would be quite curious to listen to that record Anyway, the only certainty I can offer is that the album liner notes mention veteran composer and director Harold Geller's involvement in the making of the record.
Then we have the fact that the original six compositions on "Wall of Sound" - the other six are covers of famous tunes - are signed by Hugh Cortley and a certain Supran. Well, I guess I should write five originals and seven covers since one of the originals seems to be a plagiarism More on this if you continue to read below. I wasn't able to find anything relevant about Supran, but Cortley is often associated with Musi Silvio, another Library Music composer.
Their tune entitled "Export" Here's a complete transcription of the original liner notes that appear on the back cover of "Wall of Sound":. They are usually self-centred ruthless people - they don't get results unless they are - who know to the letter what they want, and nothing is allowed to stand in their way. Such a man is Adam Best. He has been playing guitar, bass and drums on the pop scene for a number of years, but it was not until 14 months ago that he gave up playing in public to concentrate full-time on his own project.
He was aided by one Harold Geller, one of London's most successful music directors and publishers, who recognised that his ideas were valid, and encouraged him to begin work on the new sound.
Electronic music is not in itself new. People have been making musical sounds with electronics for years, but the great majority of it can hardly be called music, for it lacks - for want of a better word - soul.
For the first time a musician entered the field, with the knowledge of electronics and the knowledge and ability of musician. The sound he has manufactured successfully fills the gap between vocal and instrumental music, based on the solid rhythm foundation played by Adam, augmented by section work by electronics. Just over a year ago Adam began work in a North London coal cellar to build by hand the machines he needed to complete his work.
The things he required were not commercially manufactured so everything had to be designed and constructed by him. What little spare time was available was spent in discotheques up and down the country listening and learning from the types of music that were popular.
The idea was to provide music that was danceable, and at the same time made pleasant listening. This was achieved by many hours of sessions between Harold Geller and Adam Best and many long involved telephone calls at all odd hours of the day and night when one would think of an idea which would immediately have to be put down in sound.
They both laughingly refer to their nocturnal sound effects with neighbours thinking that a crime has been committed when they hear the weird noises emanating from their various houses in the still of the night. However, on reflection, they both feel that it was all very worthwhile. How well he succeeded can be gauged from the reactions of Philips Records.
On hearing the first tracks played to them by Adam and Harold Geller, they immediately asked that they were given the opportunity to release all forthcoming material. The first complete Album "Wall of Sound" was presented to them in January, and was immediately scheduled for rush-release.
Adam's dream had at last proved worthwhile. The first album is just the beginning for Adam; the sound can only get better. There are no limits on the medium, it is as much or as little as he chooses to make it, and the "Wall of Sound" Adam Best created may well prove to be the most significant musical event of the '70s. The album opens with the title track; clocking at over five minutes, "Wall of Sound" is the longest number and probably the coolest original composition too: sustained by forceful guitars and a raw rhythm section, keyboards The Isleys' version was reissued in the U.
This instrumental version begins with a short break and keeps in line with the hectic nature of the original uptempo beat; one of the best tracks on the album. Wall Of Sound is a tightly-knit capsule that takes you to a time and place in which people just danced and made weird movies. Half of the album is a fraction too kitch to swallow, the other half is downright funky. Tuff funky breaks, rockin guitar riffs,funky hammond,drum patterns all over the shop.
A cool rockin easy listening overlooked classic. Labels: Adam Best , UK. Wednesday, August 22, Aretha Franklin. Aretha Franklin. March 25, — August 16, She was Martin Luther King Jr. She sang gospel truths that resonated across age groups, but it was grown-up music, reflecting an adult sense of self-awareness and sexual maturity and full of hard realities, to which she seemed to relate.
I look for something meaningful. When I go into the studio, I put everything into it. Even the kitchen sink. Many people can have soul. When she resurfaced in for a brief concert tour, just months after announcing that she was undergoing an unspecified surgical procedure, Franklin told AARP magazine that she had shed 85 pounds. Franklin did not divulge additional details. Sometimes, she would wear tube tops and leotards onstage, as if to flaunt her girth.
In her later years, she favored strapless gowns and was known to slap her ample backside during her infrequent concerts. Franklin had a favorite milliner and even a preferred furrier. Before she became a soul-singing superstar, Aretha Louise Franklin was a young pop-jazz singer struggling to find her voice on Columbia Records. She was born March 25, , in Memphis but moved to Buffalo, then Detroit, at a young age when her father changed pulpits. A rock star among preachers, C.
Siggers never pursued a career in music beyond performing in church, but Jackson encouraged Aretha to sing. So, too, did Clara Ward, another gospel legend who visited the Franklin home regularly.
The Franklins often had celebrity company jazz pianist Art Tatum and singer Sam Cooke were frequent guests , and Aretha became a minor sensation herself.
But her childhood was rocky. Still, according to biographers, family friends always swore that the upheaval deeply affected Franklin, who had been a confident and outgoing child but became introverted and insecure after her mother moved away. Then, when Franklin was 10, her mother died after a heart attack. Aretha Franklin continued to sing in church and signed a deal with Checker Records. In , at the age of 14, she released her first album, a collection of hymns and spirituals recorded during services at New Bethel Baptist.
She had two sons by the time she was The father — or fathers — has never been identified, leading to wild speculation. Her father advised his daughter against signing a contract with the local start-up that would eventually come to produce the sound of young America.
Buy from CD and LP. Total number of members who have this title in their: Collection: 34 Wish list: 3 There are 4 labels for this title. Contour Track listing 1. A1 Contract Man. A3 Road Runner. Lost tracks released for the first time ever. Limited to pressings. Produced by Brian Wilson. Duophonic stereo press.
Blackfoot, J. Previously unreleased 60's and 70's songs. Fred Wesley on horn. Yellow vinyl. Japan only release. Numero-related release. But if the meaning here is frequently obscure, the language and rhythms are sufficiently rich for a listener to treat the piece as an immersive rather than interpretative experience. Eliot was on that of the first. Edward Kamau Brathwaite: Calypso. Brathwaite re-told the story of the migrations and disruptions of the Middle Passage in a form that echoed the collective experience described: in broken lines, fragments made coherent by a constantly changing rhythm.
In this recording, he moves back through his own experience in an effort to bridge the distance between his origins and later years, interspersing passages of prose autobiography from The Contrary Experience with selections and excerpts from the poems, and weaving his own voice with those of Peter Orr and Yvonne Bonnamy to describe a series of landscapes, and the resonances of these in his own sensibility.
It is these interests, rather than his broader role as a polemicist, educational writer and public explicator of modern art, that informs this recording. Joan Baez: The Magic Wood. I met a man with eyes of glass And a finger curled as the wriggling worm, And hair all red with rotting leaves, And a stick that hissed like a summer snake. The wood is full of shining eyes, The wood is full of creeping feet, The wood is full of tiny cries; You must not go to the wood at night!
The mood is set by repeated electric piano vamps and a doom-laden organ, creating an experience akin to an otherworldly progressive rock sermon. From: The Seasons. Throughout, nature is powerfully evoked through sounds that are far removed from the natural. These — the work of composers like Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram and John Baker — domesticated the alien sounds of electronic music into such familiar yet startling shapes as the Dr Who theme and the s call signals of BBC Radio Nottingham and Sheffield.
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As well, she shows a determination to work from traditional elements to all other extremes of music. Her combinations, ranging from bop to Kurt Weill's pre-WWII cabaret music to the sort of pure, raw aggression that could easily fit onto an early Anthony Braxton record, make this one of most interesting works in the canon of avant-garde jazz. Between the thirteen-minute cut-up opening piece "Hotel Overture" and the all-encompassing, Zappaesque minute closing epic " And it's Again," there's nothing left to the imagination.
Much like discs by the aforementioned Frank Zappa, the record utilizes rock at a variety of points that display aggression. Unlike Zappa's music, the rock doesn't really sound or grasp the conventions of rock music; here it seems merely like a tool, rather than a wholehearted expression, unlike the use of world music and jazz on the album.
Unfortunately, at times the use of rock mixed with vocals sounds a bit too much like it might fit into the rock musical Hair. Being the first of its kind, Hair sounded like what New York theater composers and playwrights thought rock music and youth culture should sound like.
But Hair was a product of its period as is this record. Musicians like Zappa and Steely Dan would find the perfect alchemy of rock and jazz. Not to say that this set does not work. This opus is truly one of the most unique recordings that has ever graced modern music. Due to Bley's unrelenting fearlessness in surrounding her compositions with influences from around the world, this results are all the richer.
As well, Carla gets started with early experimental big band pieces here. Overall this now two-CD set may seem a bit dated and grandiose, but nostalgic expanse is one of the great features of Escalator.
It sounds unlike any other jazz recording ever. The genius of Carla Bley and the amazing ideas she incorporates into this record and its followup, Tropic Appetites make it worth searching out.Drama Suite (Part II), an album by Alan Tew on Spotify. Brass Statement. View all on Spotify. More by Alan Tew. Drama Suite Part I. Drama Suite Part II. Themes: Soundtrack to The '70s. Classic Television and Radio Themes. The Vinyl Remixes. More Alan Tew. Listen to Drama Suite (Part II) now. Listen to Drama Suite (Part II) in.