Friday, April 21, 2017

Mickey Baker - In the 50s (1952-56)

Mickey Baker - In the 50s (1952-56)
71 minutes. Mostly instrumental greasy, slinky, gut bustin' guitar. GIT IT!
Few rock & roll or R&B guitarists of the '50s and '60s have a more consistently frantic body of work than the great Mickey Baker, though his name isn't nearly as well-known as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, or Ike Turner. Baker did most of his work as a sideman, and his best-known recordings as a headliner found him playing second fiddle to Sylvia Robinson as half of Mickey & Sylvia (whose "Love Is Strange" remains a puzzling delight 50 years after it was recorded), but folks who know and love first-era rock & roll are aware of Baker's greatness, and this collection is a superb overview of his work, both as a bandleader and as a hired gun.

Containing a hefty 31 tracks recorded between 1952 and 1956, In the '50s: Hit, Git & Split runs the gamut from the low-key acoustic blues of Baker's "Love Me Baby" to the wailing electric dread of Larry Dale's "Midnight Hours," the uptempo rockabilly of Joe Clay's "Did You Mean Jelly-Bean," the easy-swinging jump blues of Sam Price's "Rib Joint," a double-time rewrite of Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" on Brownie McGhee's "Anna Mae," and a rockin' re-recording by Louis Jordan of "Caldonia" with Baker's guitar answering the hearty peals of the horn section and Jordan's vocals. The word "Wild" tended to pop up in the titles of Mickey Baker's solo albums, and one spin of this disc will show you why – the man's rough-and-tumble style screamed and hollered the blues whenever he hit the strings, and Baker's solos are death-defying hoodoo magic no matter what cut you cue up. Hit, Git & Split is a thoroughly enjoyable set of vintage R&B that's good and greasy throughout, and a peerless introduction to one of the great unsung heroes of rock & roll.
Personnel & tracklist:
01 - Bill Hendricks - Spinnin' Rock Boogie
02 - Mickey Baker - Love Me Baby
03 - Mickey Baker - Brandstand Stomp
04 - Mickey Baker - Riverboat
05 - Big Red McHouston - I'm Tired
06 - Big Red McHouston - Stranger Blues
07 - Larry Dale - You Better Heed My Warning
08 - Larry Dale - Midnight Hours
09 - Mickey Baker - Shake Walkin'
10 - Larry Dale - Down to the Bottom
11 - Mickey Baker - Greasy Spoon
12 - Larry Dale - Please Tell Me
13 - Mickey And Sylvia - Where Is My Honey
14 - Mickey And Sylvia - No Good Lover
15 - Mickey Baker - Rock With a Sock
16 - Mickey & Sylvia - Love Is Strange
17 - Joe Clay - Did You Mean Jelly-Bean
18 - Charles Calhoun - Runaway
19 - Little Willie John - I Need Your Love So Bad
20 - Titus Turner - All Around the World
21 - Sam Price - Rib Joint
22 - Brownie McGhee - Anna Mae
23 - Eddie Riff - My Baby's Gone Away
24 - Louis Jordan - Caldonia '56
25 - Tiny Kennedy - Country Boy
26 - Mr Bear And His Bearcats - The Bear Hug
27 - Roy Gaines - Worried 'Bout You Baby
28 - Square Walton - Pepper-Head Woman
29 - Champion Jack Dupree - Stumbling Block
30 - Big John Greer - Come Back Uncle John
31 - Young Jessie - Hit Git And Split 




Monday, April 3, 2017

The Mutants - Boogie De La Muerte

The Mutants - Boogie De La Muerte Mixture of 60's garage rock, surf, porn funk and manic psychedelia, the instrumental madness of The Mutants is a lost soundtrack for Russ Meyer's, Tarantino's and Aki Kaurismäki's films. Impossible to categorize, they call it "afro-garage-mambo".
The Mutants were founded in 1998 by Weijjo a.k.a Abnormal, who wanted to form an instrumental band after getting tired of difficult singers. Members were picked partly from his previous punk band "Isebel's Pain" and from locations you don´t want to know about. The sound of The Mutants has been wonderfully weird from the first beginnings, only to get seriously sicker since. After the first chaotic gigs with the usual rock instrumentation + organ, they needed to sound bigger. A Saxophone and percussion were added. The originally punk/surf/garage -based stuff is now smashed through Parliament/Funkadelic filter. The beats have been funkier since. You will love it with leather and rubber.

 Tracklist:
01. P.I.P.
02. Texas Rampa Mutant
03. Lady Boy
04. Erotic Doner
05. Romanow
06. Muerte Le Mutande
07. Rotko
08. Ribuli
09. Fraude De El Fierro
10. Backnang

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The Mutants - Grave Groove

The Mutants - Grave Groove
Mixture of 60's garage rock, surf, porn funk and manic psychedelia, the instrumental madness of The Mutants is a lost soundtrack for Russ Meyer's, Tarantino's and Aki Kaurismäki's films. Impossible to categorize, they call it "afro-garage-mambo".
The Mutants were founded in 1998 by Weijjo a.k.a Abnormal, who wanted to form an instrumental band after getting tired of difficult singers. Members were picked partly from his previous punk band "Isebel's Pain" and from locations you don´t want to know about. The sound of The Mutants has been wonderfully weird from the first beginnings, only to get seriously sicker since. After the first chaotic gigs with the usual rock instrumentation + organ, they needed to sound bigger. A Saxophone and percussion were added. The originally punk/surf/garage -based stuff is now smashed through Parliament/Funkadelic filter. The beats have been funkier since. You will love it with leather and rubber.

 Tracklist:
01. Wham
02. Outerspace Odyssey
03. El Matador del Diablo
04. Queen of the Meadow Hill
05. Kalkutta
06. Nacht im Cafe Ohne
07. CMC (Carlos Muchas Cervezas)
08. Dark Galaxy

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The Mutants - Death Cult

The Mutants - Death Cult
Mixture of 60's garage rock, surf, porn funk and manic psychedelia, the instrumental madness of The Mutants is a lost soundtrack for Russ Meyer's, Tarantino's and Aki Kaurismäki's films. Impossible to categorize, they call it "afro-garage-mambo".
The Mutants were founded in 1998 by Weijjo a.k.a Abnormal, who wanted to form an instrumental band after getting tired of difficult singers. Members were picked partly from his previous punk band "Isebel's Pain" and from locations you don´t want to know about. The sound of The Mutants has been wonderfully weird from the first beginnings, only to get seriously sicker since. After the first chaotic gigs with the usual rock instrumentation + organ, they needed to sound bigger. A Saxophone and percussion were added. The originally punk/surf/garage -based stuff is now smashed through Parliament/Funkadelic filter. The beats have been funkier since. You will love it with leather and rubber.

Tracklist:
01. Welcome To Death Cult
02. Port-au-Prince
03. Heavy Caramba!
04. Cps In Heat
05. Iron Jamaica
06. Mutants Death Cult
07. Serious Mojo
08. Jung'ala
09. White Trash Trouble Man
10. The Ghost Of Meadow Hill

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The Mutants - Voodoo Blues

The Mutants - Voodoo Blues
Mixture of 60's garage rock, surf, porn funk and manic psychedelia, the instrumental madness of The Mutants is a lost soundtrack for Russ Meyer's, Tarantino's and Aki Kaurismäki's films. Impossible to categorize, they call it "afro-garage-mambo".
The Mutants were founded in 1998 by Weijjo a.k.a Abnormal, who wanted to form an instrumental band after getting tired of difficult singers. Members were picked partly from his previous punk band "Isebel's Pain" and from locations you don´t want to know about. The sound of The Mutants has been wonderfully weird from the first beginnings, only to get seriously sicker since. After the first chaotic gigs with the usual rock instrumentation + organ, they needed to sound bigger. A Saxophone and percussion were added. The originally punk/surf/garage -based stuff is now smashed through Parliament/Funkadelic filter. The beats have been funkier since. You will love it with leather and rubber.

Tracklist:
01. A Caligula
02. High Ride
03. Voodoo Blues
04. Sin Hipster
05. Lumbago
06. Stampede Caravan
07. Southern Far Out
08. Papa Simba
09. Move Along!

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Shazam! and Other Instrumentals Written by Lee Hazlewood

Shazam! and Other Instrumentals Written by Lee Hazlewood
24 tracks. Shazam! features two dozen vocal-free (give or take the occasional rebel yell etc) nuggets written by the great Lee Hazlewood. Star of the show is twang master Duane Eddy with three great tracks: the title number, the menacing 'Stalkin' and 'This Town', a lesser-known 45 from Hazlewood's stint writing and producing gems for Nancy Sinatra and others at Reprise Records. Other key artists include guitar wiz Al Casey, top Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine, renowned arranger,orchestra leader Jack Nitzsche and ace surf combo the Astronauts, not forgetting Dick Dale with his axe-shredding version of 'Angry Generation'. The most interesting and enjoyable tracks are the final two additives - neither of which rightly belong on this CD - a weird and almost creepy take on 'Some Velvet Morning' (24) and, preceding it, a demo instrumental of 'These Boots' by long-time collaborator Billy Strange which sounds like it could be an outtake from the self-same sessions that produced Nancy Sinatra's million-selling hit, although that is not acknowledged in the booklet so I could be wrong. BTW - The Residents did a wonderfully mutated version of this in their early days and Track 20, 'Zapata' (1964) by Jack Nitzsche is no relation to John Barry's seductive 'Zapata' from three years earlier. You've probably gotten an idea of what this album is all about. If you're into instrumentals from that classic period when they were all the thing, and you couldn't turn on the (AM) radio without hearing this type of music, this is for you.

Tracklist:

1. Duane Eddy – Shazam!
2. Al Casey – The Stinger
3. Duane Eddy – Stalkin'
4. Tony Castle And The Raiders – Salty
5. Al Casey – Surfs You Right
6. The Astronauts – Movin'
7. Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars – Challenger II
8. Jack Nitzsche – Baja
9. The Rhythm Rockers – Moovin' N' Groovin'
10. The Ventures – Rebel-'Rouse
11. The Lively Ones – (Dance With The) Guitar Man
12. The Astronauts – El Aguila (The Eagle)
13. Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars – The Phantom Driver
14. The Astronauts – The Hearse
15. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Angry Generation
16. Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks – Muchacho
17. The Challengers – Johnny October
18. Dino, Desi & Billy – Desi's Drums
19. Duane Eddy – This Town
20. Jack Nitzsche – Zapata
21. The Vanguards – A Stranger In Your Town
22. The Whisk Kids – Bo-Dacious
23. Billy Strange – These Boots Are Made For Walking
24. The Afro Blues Quintet – Some Velvet Morning 



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Aloha, Baby!

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Aloha, Baby! (2011)
The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more. The professionalism of the musicians is evident and the orchestration is right on. Like the perfect Martini, the sound is very clean and well mixed, especially from drums and vibes neither of which are overstated. They even throw in a little Hawaiian steel guitar to smooth things out. While Tikiyaki Orchestra certainly evokes the musical stylings of musicians like Martin Denny, Esquival, and Les Baxter, there is also a jazzy influence a little more reminiscent of Dean Elliot and Les Brown. It has been a long while since I have thought of any music as being just plain fun. This is. It makes you want to throw a party just so you can play this music during it. Spin "Aloha, Baby" at your next get together, it absolutely will have a positive and completely groovy effect on your guests.
 Track List:

01. Theme For Jetsetters [03:09]
02. Polynesian Village Love Theme [03:13]
03. ALoha, Baby ! [02:43]
04. La Hula Rhumba [04:00]
05. In Search of Mei Ting [03:42]
06. Kono's Revenge [02:47]
07. Lotus Operandi [03:54]
08. Mysteria [02:46]
09. Chateau Leilani [02:15]
10. Lahaina Morning Rain [02:31]
11. Mana Pacifica [02:49]
12. Hawai'i Nocturne [03:56]
13. Captain Lush Black Box Recording [02:15]

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The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Idol Worship (2015)
The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more. "Idol Worship" is a slightly new direction for the Tikiyaki Orchestra. They are moving in a more "surfy" direction and less of the traditional exotica feel in previous works. Several of the tracks sound as if they could be lifted from a B-movie soundtrack. The listener looking for exotica as done in recent years by the Tikiyaki Orchestra will be a little disappointed. A couple of tracks sound like Duane Eddy meets the George Shearing Quintet. Tikiyaki Orchestra's website calls the new music "sensual" and "most raw yet." Well, OK, if they say so. It's still awesome to these experienced ears.
 Track List:

01. Idol Worship [04:24]
02. Return to Orchid Isle [03:25]
03. Pele's Kiss [03:25]
04. Tiare Tahiti [03:07]
05. Esplanade [03:05]
06. Exotic In Blues [03:38]
07. Zero Gravity [04:15]
08. Paniolo [02:39]
09. Eden Awaits [03:17]
10. Malaga Cove [02:58]
11. The Final Transmission [03:05]

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The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Swingin' Sounds For The Jungle Jetset

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - Swingin' Sounds For The Jungle Jetset (2009)

The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and bring it into the 21st century. Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more.
Their 4 albums…. “StereoExotique” , “Swingin’’ Sounds for the Jungle Jetset”, "Aloha, Baby !" and "Idol Worship and other Primitive Pleasures" prove that, Exotica is not just background music for the swingin’ tikiphile, but you can actually hum along, due to catchy, concise and well crafted songwriting, something that was not always necessarily a main component of the original Exotica sound. You'll love all the tropical bird effects, tremolo guitars, and "take me to a simpler time" feel ingrained in the music. The whole album is solid and upbeat, with no weak spots, and even the cheesy intro seems appropriate once you get used to it. The sound quality is excellent, even played through a High-End home system or headphones. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this for your Luau and Tiki parties.
Track List:

01. Bachelor #1 [03:06]
02. Tabu for Two [03:13]
03. Singapore Swing [03:03]
04. Bachelor #2 [02:01]
05. Dan-O's Day Off [02:25]
06. Sunset on the Kona Kai [03:41]
07. Tango Tahiti [03:32]
08. Bali Hai-Ball_FinalMix(master) [05:02]
09. Makaha [02:59]
10. Last Sampan to Kowloon [04:12]
11. Bachelor #3 [02:43]
12. Poho Moku [05:01]

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The Tikiyaki Orchestra - StereoExotique

The Tikiyaki Orchestra - StereoExotique (2007)

The Tikiyaki Orchestra exist in a class by themselves. There really is no other band quite like them on the planet. They take the Exotica tradition as established by pioneers Denny, Lyman and Baxter and it into the 21st century.  Their unmistakable sound is a blend of the coolest retro styles–exotica, lounge, space-age bachelor pad, crime jazz, spy, surf, spaghetti western and more. The instrumentation is thick and lush with tons of percussion and beautiful vibes taking the lead on most tunes. Standout tracks for me are Mai Tais on the Moon, Waikiki Serenade, and Stranded in Paradise. On this release all the music is performed by Jim Bacchi, but in the past year the Tikiyakis have been performing live with a 7-piece orchestra. So put on your favorite aloha shirt, mix up a Zombie, and fire up Stereoexotique!

Track List:

01. X<–-You Are Here [00:50]
02. Exotique [02:09]
03. Mai Tais on the Moon [02:15]
04. Waikiki Serenade [03:10]
05. Koko Sufu [03:09]
06. The Road to Punalu'u [02:47]
07. Black Sand, Blue Sea [03:40]
08. Shaka Hula Bossa Nova [04:59]
09. Crossing Kilauea [03:12]
10. Sneaky Tiki [02:49]
11. Ali'I Fire Dance [03:44]
12. Stranded in Paradise [03:11]
13. Ocean Ambience [04:38]

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