REQUIEM FOR A KING

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(image by the (literally) illustrious John Jennings)

B.B. King passed away yesterday.

I’ll leave it to my betters to properly eulogize him but my man Joe Schloss reminded me about one of King’s best lines ever (executed here to funky perfection by Johnny Holiday):

FALL CLEANING


Ten Wheel Drive with Genya Raven: How Long Before I’m Gone
Stay With Me
From Brief Replies (Polydor, 1970)

The Highlighters: You’re Time Is Gonna Come
From 7″ (Chess, 1970)

I save a slew of songs with the intention of “eventually posting them up” and what inevitably happens is that they just end up “hanging around” and go nowhere fast. Right now, I have at least 1.5 years worth of stuff and decided to get off the proverbial pot by finally posting some up.

The Ten Wheel Drive’s “How Long” came to my attention after hearing […]

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NUMERO IS COOKING UP THE GOODS AGAIN

A few weeks ago I posted about Numero 25 being a book and 2LP set. Well, plans have changed as there has been a reshuffling of catalog numbers, and the results are even better than you can imagine.

The book and 2LP release has now been given a new catalog number as Numero 33. You can view a promo of it here with Ricky Allen’s “No Better Time Than Now” as a musical backdrop. The coffee table book features a photo collection as shot by Michael Abramson of Chicago nightlife in the mid-70s. The exciting thing […]

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THE WAY WE WERE IN 2008

The year 2008 found me actually buying less music than in years past, although I’m sure my wife would disagree. While 2K8 wasn’t a stellar year for me musically speaking, it did have some standout moments, with some coming unexpectedly.

For instance, I was sure I was going to hate the 808s & Heartbreak album. That damn autotone has been played out this year. I had heard the lead single on the MTV awards show when Kanye premiered the song and liked it, but I wondered how he would pull off an entire album of it. […]

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BO’S BREAKS

Bo Diddley: Go For Broke
Bo Diddley: Bad Side of the Moon
From Another Dimension (Chess, 1971).

Bo Diddley: I’ve Had It Hard
From Where It All Began (Chess, 1972)

All three also on Drive By Bo Diddley, Tales From the Funk Dimension, 1970-1973.

I was cleaning out one of my folders and realized that I had digitized a few Bo Diddley songs for a post meant to commemorate his life after his passing this year…but then forgot to put them up. Oops. Please file under “better late than never.”

The first two come off […]

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TIME TRAVELING WITH TAJ


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Taj Mahal :Cakewalk Into Town
taken from the album
“Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff”
on Columbia (1972)

Taj Mahal :Farther On Down The Road
taken from the album
“Giant Step” on Columbia (1969)

Taj Mahal :Queen Bee & Salsa de Laventille
taken from the album
“Evolution” on Warner Bros (1978)

Taj Mahal :Why Did You Have To Desert Me?
&
Clara […]

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DEVIL WITH A BLUE(S) DRESS ON

Etta James: Something’s Got A Hold On Me + Baby What You Want Me To Do
From Rocks The House (Argo, 1964)

Jimmy Reed: Baby What You Want Me To Do
From 7” (VJ, 1960). Also on The Very Best Of

If sound could create fire, then this is the album to have handy during a cold night’s camping trip. Part blues, part soul and all in your face, Etta James tapped another dimension in late September 1963 in Nashville. Chess producer/A&R man Ralph Bass, frustrated with trying to reach the soul summit with Etta in […]

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ORIGINAL GANGSTERS


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Muddy Waters : I Just Wanna Make Love To You & Mannish Boy
taken from the album “Electric Mud” on Cadet (1968)

Howlin’ Wolf : Spoonful, Smokestack Lightning & Evil
taken from the album “The Howlin’ Wolf Album” on Cadet (1968)

Wynder K Frog : Into The Fire & Howl In Wolf’s Clothing
taken from the album “Into The Fire” on United Artists (1970)

It makes little sense to me, how after years […]

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William Bell/Mavis Staples, James Brown/Marva Whitney, Arlean Brown/Lee Williams: Boys Meet Girls



William Bell + Mavis Staples: Strung Out
From 7″ + Boy Meets Girl (Stax, 1969)

James Brown + Marva Whitney: Sunny
From Gettin’ Down To It (King, 1969)

Arlean Brown + Lee Williams: Impeach Me Baby
From 7″ (LaNoRmAyA, 197?)

First of all, no one’s gonna make a run at the David Axelrod contest? Really? C’mon, just give it a shot.

Onto the real post:

I’m not an automatic fan of duet songs – it’s always risky trying to put two people together on a song and still make it work; […]

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