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im mr skin


RIP Ed Cassidy (1923-05-04 > 2012-12-06), drummer of Spirit … and IM Randy California (1951-02-20 > 1997-01-02) and John Locke (1943-09-25 > 2006-08-04). Cassidy was instantly recognizable by his shaven head (hence his nicknameMr Skin“) and his fondness for wearing black. He was around twenty years older than the rest of the group (born in 1923). His earlier career was primarily in jazz and included stints with Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk, Thelonious Monk and Lee Konitz. He was a founding member of Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.” Quoted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_%28band%29


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sunny symphony

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Nissan selling its Sunny car in France back in 1991 by way of Bobby Hebb‘s classic song – first recorded by Miko Hierota for Toshiba in 1966. Full commercial via http://www.ina.fr/pub/automobile-et-transport/video/PUB3784157113/nissan-sunny-automobile-5-portes.fr.html … more Sunnyvia http://uzine.posterous.com/sunny-marva-0 … The version below is by Screen (1968), off the Beatmeisjesv/a cd compiled by Frank Dam & Marthy Coumans, issued for free with the Beatmeisjes (1963-1969)book by Frank Dam (ISBN 90-204-0563-2), published by LJ Veen in 2002. More recently, Dam has organised the Beatfilmfilm festival …

stranded nay lost in the jungle

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“Lost in the jungle” by la Cucaracha Brass (aka the Latin Chords) is off the Long Live Boogaloo (22 Rare Latin Boogaloos From Spanish Harlem ’63-’72)v/a 2lp (2012-04-17) or cd (2012-05-08) on Secret Stash. Shorty Long’s 1968 version of Stranded in the jungleis off Here Comes… The Complete Motown Stereo Masterson Kent (2012-03), as described earlier. For the Jayhawks’ original version, the Gadabouts’ interpretation and two of the Cadets’ versions of Stranded in the junglesee http://uzine.posterous.com/first-to-be-stranded-in-the-jungle … Hey and did you know that the Jayhaws rerecorded their 1956 classic as the Vibrations in 1961?

a shorty longer shade of pale

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Frederick ‘Shorty’ Long’s Motown recordings – mostly from 1968, including “Here comes the judge”, “Ain’t no justice”, “Night fo’ last”, “Don’t mess with my weekend”, “Here comes Fat Albert”, “Function at the junction”, “Stranded in the jungleànd an awful interpretation of “A whiter shade of pale” (1969 the latter) – have been compiled by Kent on Here Comes… The Complete Motown Stereo Masters(2012-03, cat. no. CDTOP 369).

the one

“James Brown backup singer Marva Whitney discovered that the separation of church and funk was a distinction of tapping from the toe or heel, respectively. “Because tapping from the heel moves your ass” observes RJ Smith. The heel also required a frequent change of socks. One drummer recalls hearing the aquatic squoosh of the JB’s’ footsteps when the band walked offstage every night. A good foot was a sweaty foot. According to the author, Cold Sweatwas “the first hit song about perspiration. […] Nobody had ever thought to sing about an uncomfortable ferment of the body caused by the nearness of other-flesh.” A press release pinpoints how many freshly laundered shirts James Brown would burn through in a single year, while The Onedetermines the first time he cried “Give the drummer some” (May 1967, Cincinnati).” What are you doing, Dave? You’ve just convinced me to purchase RJ Smith’s The one: the life and music of James Brown(Gotham / Penguin 2012-03-15, ISBN 9781592406579)! “Back home, as the Nixon administration pushed its dubious Soul Initiative to rally African American support, Nixon backer James Brown received letters from black soldiers lamenting the absence of soul music on Armed Forces Radio. An owner of several stations himself (good for airplay), the Godfather rectified the situation by bringing the JB’s to Vietnam for a USO tour. “We didn’t do like Bob Hopehe’d say. “We went back there where the lizards wore guns.” While James Brown did the cape act to a backdrop of machine gun patter, Bob Young, future mayor of Augusta, Georgia, was flying a helicopter with the words Mother Popcornscrawled on his helmet. (In the James Brown popcornography, mother was an honorific for a large rear end.) According to Smith, the mere act of federal marshall James Palmer keeping drummer Clyde Stubblefield out of the draft and seated in the JB’s “counts as one of the great unsung patriotic acts of the era”.”
http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7828510/a-review-rj-smith-biography-james-brown
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/books/the-one-james-brown-biography-by-r-j-smith.html
http://articles.boston.com/2012-03-16/arts/31195677_1_james-brown-life-and-music-black-power
http://www.themillions.com/2012/04/becoming-james-brown-on-rj-smiths-the-one.html
http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781592406579,00.html
http://soul-sides.com/2012/08/a-chat-with-rj-smith-author-of-the-one/
http://rockcriticsarchives.com/interviews/rjsmith/rjsmith.html
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=42403
http://www.rjsmiththeone.com/

 

im jon lord

RIP Jon Lord (1941-06-09 > 2012-07-16). Seminal for his work with Deep Purple, highly likeable for his early work in the Artwoods and the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre … or his later work, e.g. with Ride.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Lord
http://www.makingtime.co.uk/artwoods.html
http://ugly-things.com/jon-is-lord-1941-2012/
http://www.deep-purple.net/tree/artwoods/artwoods.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jul/16/deep-purple-jon-lord-dies?INTCMP=SRCH
http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/deep-purples-jon-lord-remembered-by-rick-wakeman-and-bryan-adams-3172215.html

akkerman ’68

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Jan Akkerman in 1968 – before the storm … His solo debut “Talent For Sale” (Imperial 1968) has been reissued by Esoteric (ECLEC 2309, 2012-01) with a well documented 16 page booklet … but without Hunters bonus tracks, sadly. The lp counts eleven tracks, two of which are originals, most notably “Revival of the cat”. The two covers of Booker T & the MG’s originals are the highlights: Slim Jenkins’ place(sic, 1967) and Green onions(1962). Akkerman also covers Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe(sic) of which Booker T & the MG’s have recorded a most sophisticated (instrumental) version – see http://uzine.posterous.com/goin-crazy-over-booker-t
http://www.cherryred.co.uk/esoteric-exd.asp?id=3454
http://www.janakkerman.nl/records/Talent.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Akkerman
http://www.focuscollection.com/listings/l0239.html
http://www.discogs.com/Jan-Akkerman-Talent-For-Sale/master/54669
http://www.keysandchords.com/6/post/2012/2/jan-akkerman-talent-for-sale.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bags’_Groove_(composition)