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.

michael chapman’s fully qualified ghosts


The bitter wailings of the master of regret: Michael Chapman … Since discovering Chapman’s music around 1986, I’ve never taken those people seriously who find Leonard Cohen‘s music depressing. (Cohen has tremendous wit, actually.) Michael Chapman (do not confuse him with Family’s Roger Chapman) has worked with Ronson, Dunbar, Buckmaster … and has recorded his best work for Harvest. After reissues by BGO, C5, Repertoire and See for Miles, the San Francisco label Light in the Attic is the latest to rerelease him. They’re starting with his second album Fully Qualified Survivor (1970). Hopefully, Rainmaker (1969),Window (1971) and Wrecked Again (1971) will follow, and Millstone Grit (Deram 1973),Deal Gone Down (Deram 1974) and some of his lesser known later work (on Decca and beyond) as well. (Meanwhile, Chapman has released twenty-six solo guitar versions of tunes spanning his entire career via the Trainsong: Guitar Compositions 1967-20102cd on Tompkins Square – whose site fails to state the cat. no. or barcode of their release, sadly.)

stijn = klepperr beyond the haze

via http://www.antwerpsekleppers.be/?p=198 & more via http://www.antwerpsekleppers.be/?p=285 + see also http://www.mijnlabel.com/ + http://myspace.com/mijnlabel + http://www.facebook.com/pages/STIJN/27707419375 … Spessiaal konsert gisterruh au Bourla d’Anvers … liked the new songs the best … Booty and Password were top, again, WUGDAI could have sounded a bit mo’ rough, and the untitled instrumental closer boogied me all the way back to ’84 (see also the track below) … the rough / tough track sounded promising too, what with buzz words that score a high Roger on my Zapp-o-meter, but is still a ‘live only’ embryo apparently … anyhoo, after “Kompaktplaat Nummer 000” (rel. 2001), “Euphoric” (’04) and “The World Is Happy Now” (’06), it looks like we may be expecting another groovy album of songs in 2010 … Dâm-Funk watch out!

Bonus : a great story about a so-so “funk” record – musically mere EWF cloning, imho …
via http://www.lightintheattic.net/?p=927 & here’s anutha cratediggin’ wet dream