Tag Archives: Light in the Attic

donnie & joe’s blue eyed psych

The utterly wonderful Light in the Attic are rereleasing “Dreamin’ Wild” (Enterprise & Co 1979) by Donnie & Joe Emerson! As championed by Oliver Wang, Chris Swanson, Ariel Pink and many more … Nice album but a tad overrated. Standout track – below – is called “Baby”.

listen whitey

Noted music producer and scholar Pat Thomas spent five years in Oakland researching Listen, Whitey! The Sights And Sounds Of Black Power 1965-1975“. It also chronicles the forgotten history of Motown’s Black Power subsidiary label, Black Forum (1970-1973). The tracklisting (listen to tracks  1, 5 & 12 below) on Listen, Whitey!(named after Huey P. Newton’s 1972 lp on Folkways) does miss God bless America for what(1972) by the once again forgotten Swamp Dogg, though – imho more relevant than Roy Harper‘s I hate the white manwith its rather vague lyrics, however poignant their delivery  … Even so, and especially with the accompanying book on Fantagraphics, this v/a compilation is a great addition to “(Rich Mix Presents) Back To Blackon Lo (2005), the Black & Proudcomps on Trikont (2002 & 2005), the two Stand Up And Be Counted – Soul, Funk And Jazz From A Revolutionary Erav/a volumes on Harmless (1999 & 2000) and What’s The Word? on the revamped Harmless (2011). Extra (viva RotA): Mable Hillery! And Denise Sullivan‘s book Keep on pushing – black power music from blues to hip hop(ISBN 9781556528170, Chicago Review Press / IPG 2011-07)!



my children kool and together


Some of the rare & sparse releases of Kool and Together (from Victoria, Texas, aka My Children +2, but not at all related to Kool and the Gang) have been recorded in the Sugar Hill studios in Houston, Texas. Kool and Together’s output has just been compiled by Heavy Light (HLR-001, 2011-10). Amazingly, there’s no info yet on this untitled release via http://heavylightrecords.com/ but see here instead: http://lightintheattic.net/news/?p=4292 + http://lightintheattic.net/artists/365-kool-together

just jim sullivan

LitA reissued Jim Sullivan's 1970-01 lp late last year (2010-11-16). Careful this is not a nugget by Big Jim Sullivan

the regretful rainmaker


ThoughFully Qualified Survivor(Harvest 1970) is often regarded as Michael Chapman‘s masterpiece, his debut lp Rainmaker(Harvest 1969) is just as magnificent. “You say” is as delicate as any of Nick Drake‘s gems but one senses the same taste of disappointment that Tim Hardin voiced so elegantly … “No song to sing” betrays strong US folk influences but sounds very personal in the way it reeks of regret over yet another lost love. “One time thing” comes right after with the most weary, depressing lyric … but then again we’d been warned upfront by the lp’s opening track – the roaring lament of “It didn’t work out”! Make no mistake: “Rainmaker” darkens your days with grey gale force showers that announce a bitter winter of discontent, rather than refreshes you with a pleasant spring drizzle that makes you look forward to the annual dance around the maypole … Folk rock at its most ominous, and no madcap Harper in sight either. But what a poignant debut, Chapman‘s! Produced by Gus Dudgeon; organ by Norman Haines; drums by Aynsley Dunbar or Barry Morgan; bass by Rick Kemp, Danny Thompson or Alex Dmochowski; guitars by Clem Clempson & Michael Chapman. Hey and do check the 1976 remake of “It didn’t work out” on Savage Amusementas well – e.g. via the neat little Dogs Got More Sense – The Decca Years 1974-19772cd+dvd box set (2004) on Shakedown / Secret! 2012-01 update: Light in the Attic have just reissued the album on lp (no bonus tracks) and on cd (6 bonus tracks, 3 previously unreleased – see tracklist via the Second Disc), cat. no. LITA079.