JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ: HE’S THE MAN

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Jose Luis Rodriguez: El Hombre De La Cima (Top Hits, 1980, 7″)

Venezuelan rock single.

I can’t quite figure out if this is a cover of an Edgar Alexander song or of Alexander first wrote it for Rodriguez. Either way, I’m all about these kinds of unexpectedly funky tracks from the late ’70s and early ’80s since they take the borderline cheesiness of rock production in that era but marry it with some slick rhythm section. It’s a good combination.

365 Days of Soul, #65

ROBERTO JORDAN: COMO UNA PIEDRA RODANTE

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Roberto Jordan: Juntos Esta Noche (Let’s Spend the Night Together) (Cariño, 1969, Hazme Una Señal (Cariño, 1968)

Mexican album of mostly American/British pop song covers.

What can I say? I’m a total sucker for these kinds of albums, where American pop songs get covered by non-English singers. Doesn’t hurt that it’s also a cover of a great Rolling Stone track.

365 Days of Soul, #36

HEART: OH HAPPY BREAK

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Heart: Give Me a Happy Day (Look, 1969, Heart)

LP by a rock group out of Albuquerque.

A favorite cheapie, funky rock cut with a killer breakbeat/bassline combo. It’s one of the great things about this era of American music, where so many groups were absorbing the rhythmic revolutions of funk and finding ways to fold them into their records.

365 Days of Soul, #31

SPLIT: CONTACT HIGH

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Split: Drifting (Solid, 1977, 7″)

Psych instrumental out of Baltimore.

Split was the band of George Brigman, who apparently has some heavy cred in the psych world for maybe some super druggy garage rock back in the ’60s. And he’s still out there, recording.

File under “irony”: Split split apart soon after this 7″ came out.

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MUSIC MACHINE: THE WATER’S FINE

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The Music Machine: Come On In (Original, 1966, 7″)

Garage single from Los Angeles.

Oh hey, Cypress Hill sample! (Sorry, I can’t help it). This was the b-side to the group’s popular “Talk, Talk” single. That opening keyboard (which I’ve always describe as a calliope) is apparently a Farfisa organ.

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