Los Fabulosos Festivals: Can I Change My Mind?
From 7″ (Onda Nueva, 1970)
I first posted this song over four years ago; it was left off (I think) the Panama 3 comp by Soundway and the compiler, Beto, was kind enough to share a copy of the song with me. Four years later and I couldn’t help but throw down to buy one of the scarce copies to come available (not the least of which, a really clean one).
It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of this Tyrone [...]
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Los Freddy’s: Vuelve Mi Amor (Never My Love)
From 7″ (Peerless, 196?)
Los Xochimilcas: Y La Amo (And I Love Her)
From Cumbias y Dengues (Eco, 196?)
I recently got the Los Freddy’s in…I always did love the original version by The Association and the Los Freddy’s pull off a pretty loyal cover musically. I could be wrong but doesn’t this sound like a bunch of teenagers? Either that or the lead has a naturally “young” sounding voice.
The Los Xochimilcas’ cumbia flip on “And I Love [...]
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During the first half of the last season of Breaking Bad, I was watching this scene from the episode “Hazard Pay” and my first thought was, “what song is this???”
And as it turns out…it was this:
The Peddlers: On a Clear Day
From Three In a Cell (Epic, 1968)
I’m only slightly familiar with this British trio, mostly because of their awesome Suite London, which I wrote about back in 2007. But only recently, that was the only LP of theirs I ever owned. I slept on Three In a Cell and their marvelous [...]
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In honor of Richie Havens, who passed away earlier this week, I’m bringing back this 2010 post. -O.W.
Lamont Dozier: Going Back To My Roots
From Peddlin’ Music On The Side (WB, 1977)
Richie Havens: Going Back To My Roots
From Connections (Elektra, 1980)
One of my best moments in a club came back in the ’00s when I was at APT during a night that Chairman Mao was spinning. I had never heard Lamont Dozier’s “Going Back To My Roots” before and I was just marveling at now just how good [...]
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This isn’t some grand insight but what I find remarkable about the career of the late Donald Byrd was his ability to span so many different phases of jazz. For a cat who started in the bebop era, he bridged from there into post-bop, dabbled a bit in free, became one of the giants of the soul jazz era, and then became a massive force during the heyday of fusion. The vast majority of artists – of any genre – have trouble transitioning between even micro-changes in musical styles.1 Donald Byrd [...]
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