THE TUBA FATS RIFF: A COMPANION POST

Back in spring 2011, I visited New Orleans and came back with a handful of records. Amongst them was a single by Floyd Anckle and the Majestic Brass Band, performing what I expected to be a cover of The Meters’ mid-70s hit, “Hey Pocky-Way.” However, the one thing I noticed right away is that it opened with a big tuba riff that wasn’t like anything in The Meters’ song at all.

That song stayed with me for a long time but it was hard to find much on Anckle or the Majestic and at the time, […]

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THE BULLFIGHTER’S JOURNEY PLAYLIST

I have a far more elaborate paper/talk about the history of the song “Viva Tirado” and this is purely a playlist of the songs featured in that talk.

Gerald Wilson: Viva Tirado (1962)

El Chicano: Viva Tirado (1970)

Los Mozambiques: Viva Tirado (1970)

Jack Costanzo: Viva Tirado (1971)

Fania All Stars: Viva Tirado (1974)

Augustus Pablo: Viva Tirado (1970s)

Kid Frost: La Raza (1990)

Latin Alliance: Lowrider (1991)

Awkid: Esto Es Pa Mis Paisas (2010)
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SUNNY AND THE SUNLINERS: GRAZING IN THE GRASS (1970s)

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Sunny and the Sunliners: Grazing In the Grass (From This Is My Band, Key-Loc, 197?)

“Grazing in the Grass,” the mega-hit by Hugh Masakela, ends up on all manners of other people’s albums. It helps that, as an instrumental (originally), it “translates” easily to other genres. In some ways, I would have actually expected Sunny Ozuna’s S.A. peers, Latin Breed, to have tackled this instead (they’ve done some killer jazz-funk tunes) but regardless, fun to hear Masakela get a slight Tejano […]

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TRINIDAD TRIPOLI STEELBAND: I WANT YOU BACK (1971)

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Trinidad Tripoli Steelband: Want You Back (Warner Bros, 1971)

I don’t always listen to steel band…but when I do, I listen to steel band covers of Jackson 5 hits.

BYRON DAUGHERTY: GOLDEN LADY (1972)

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Byron Daugherty: Golden Lady (Gatsby, 1972)

Shout out to Lake Elsinore’s finest aka “the back door man.” I scooped this off the recent Craig Moerer pop-up at Rapp Cats and it was impossible for me to resist.

Stevie Wonder cover? Check.
Heavy electric piano? Check.
Countrified soul vocals? Check.

Damn cool cover and “Gatsby” is a pretty good label name to boot.

NINA SIMONE: TO LOVE SOMEBODY (1968)

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Nina Simone: To Love Somebody (RCA Victor, 1968)

This song absolutely slays. It’s a radical remake of The Bee-Gee’s original, taking a pleasant ballad and having Nina utterly flip into a high energy, uptempo jam. Every time I hear this, I just think “this is a monster.” Every. Time.

DENNIS AND LOS BEATS: PORQUE (196?)

Dennis & Los Yorks: Porque (Dicesa, 196?)

Don’t know much about this one except that it’s likely a garage pop single out of El Salvador. Los Beats were quite prolific but who Dennis is – besides, presumably, the lead singer on here – is unclear. “Porque” is a cover of the Dave Clark Band’s minor 1964 hit, “Because.”

A NEW COVERS MIX FOR BIG CROWN RADIO

Back when Big Crown went by…another name, I recorded a covers mix for their radio/podcast way back when (whoa, nearly 10 years ago!) As they invited me back to contribute again, I figured…why not go with another covers mix? Hope you all enjoy. (If you prefer to listen as a podcast, link is here).

Real talk: I’m too lazy to write out the tracklisting but I do back announce every song on there!

DEEP/UNDER/COVER WITH MICHAEL BARNES ON DUBLAB

A post shared by Oliver W./Soul Sides (@soulsides) on Jun 30, 2017 at 4:12pm PDT

Michael Barnes and I recently got to guest host a show on Dublab. For many years, Dublab’s been one of the premier internet stations but on the day we hosted (6/30), it was their very second day as a terrestrial radio station as well, micro-broadcasting on 99.1 FM in parts of Los Angeles. Michael and I both got our start, many years ago, at KALX 90.7 FM in […]

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LOOSE CHANGE: FANIA ALL STARS

Fania All Stars (Joe Bataan and La La): If This World Were Mine
From Live at the Red Garter Vol. 2 (Fania, 1972)

There’s something quite enjoyable about finding surprises within your own collection. True, maybe you should have caught them the first time but in the end, you end up with a great new song that you didn’t even need to go track down.

Case in point: I’ve had this Fania All Stars LP for ages but I never realized […]

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