EVERY COVER TELLS A TALE

Sorry folks – no song files this time, just some wicked covers I wanted to share. Hell, I could probably create a blog of just album covers. Hey now, there’s an idea… (I’m kidding. But don’t let that stop someone else out there from pursuing).

Thanks to Joel Wing for the Rampage and Liquidators covers.

By the way – with the holiday weekend upon us, I probably won’t have a new update until next week. Happy holidays to everyone. – O.W.

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GET ASSOCIATED

The Association: Never My Love & Wantin’ Ain’t Gettin’

From Insight Out (WB, 1967)

I grew up listening to the “oldies” because my dad always had the car radio tuned into one of L.A.’s big oldies stations. The great thing about classic oldies rock n’ roll is that if you listen for about a year, you pretty much will hear the playlist that every similar station around the country plays. Over that time, there were some songs I always looked forward to hearing and I knew if I just listened long enough, it was [...]

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EDDIE’S EXCURSIONS

Eddie Palmieri: Condiciones Que Existen & Chocolate Ice Cream

From Salsa-Jazz-Descarga: Exploration (Coco, 1978)

Eddie (along with brother Charlie) Palmieri’s career spans several key transformations in the history of Latin music – soul, jazz, salsa, etc. In the late ’70s, producer Harvey Averne (yeah, that dude gets around) helped compile some of Palmieri’s more intriguing excursions into this album.

“Condiciones Que Existen” (Existing Conditions) comes off of Palmier’s 19T3 album Sentido and it’s one of the funkiest numbers he ever put together. It’s got this wicked squeegee sound to thanks to Harry Viggiano’s chicken scratch [...]

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PAGAN RITUAL

Ralfi Pagan Make It With You

Stray Woman

I Never Thought You’d Leave Me

From With Love (Fania, 1972)

This is an album I’ve spent about two years looking for and had I really remembered how good Ralfi Pagan’s songs were, I probably would have just broken down and bought this LP at whatever price. Pagan doesn’t have the best damn voice ever handed down by the Almighty, but there’s just something about the combination of his vocals with Harvey Averne’s production that is sublime.

Take, “Make It With You,” a cover of Bread’s [...]

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Hope folks like the new look of Soul Sides. It’s not like I hated the previous incarnation but I wanted to switch things up a touch. More to the point, I just completed graduate school (Soul Sides is academically certified now – wrecknoize, suckas). Meaning = I have a LOT of time on my hands (until late January).

Having a lot of time on my hands, I’ve finally caught up with about 6 weeks worth of audioblog updates that I had to put on hold to finish my dissertation. One thing I want to get out of [...]

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