!!! EDDIE BO !!!

 

A mover and shaker behind the New Orleans music scene, Eddie Bo had regional success in the late ’50s with piano stroll-era novelties like “Check Mr. Popeye,” but hit his stride a decade later with a brand of funk and soul that could only have originated in his hometown. “The Hook & Sling” was an R&B hit in 1969, propelled by Bo’s good-natured exhortations and the undeniable groove from drummer James Black. The follow-up single, “(If It’s Good to You) It’s Good for You,” did not achieve the same kind of chart success but is just as tough. The Hook and Sling collects Bo’s output for a number of small New Orleans labels, as well as tracks previously unreleased. Primarily heavy funk instrumentals, with plenty of wah wah guitars and drum breaks, there are connections to Bo’s musical past, including “Love Has Been Good” and “Come to Me”,” two blues-based ballads that lean hard on Bo’s piano. Despite the contrasting styles, Hook & Sling’s material is impressively strong throughout, including good advice on love (“Check Your Bucket” and dance crazes “The Thang”). [AllMusic Review by Kurt Edwards]

Eddie Bo’s Funky Funky New Orleans brings more rare & unreleased New Orleans funk action from 1968-1971.

 

In the Pocket with Eddie Bo!, Vampi Soul collection is arguably the most representative audio portrait of the New Orleans songwriting and performing kingpin, Edwin Bocage. Covering 60 years of music making, its whopping 28 tracks highlight his songs, singles, and productions for other artists. Like all of the best New Orleans music, this baby is sweaty, raw, greasy, and super funky. Some of the classics here include Bo’s stellar bit of proto-soul-funk in “I Found a Little Girl” (while it may borrow from Ray Charles’ gospel-soul inspiration, it gives back in its prefiguring of the bridge style James Brown used to great success later on), “We Like Mambo” (the Afro-Caribbean style welded hard to NOLA second line), and the great break-driven duet “Lover & Friend” with Inez Cheatham. There are an equal number of highlights in his productions and arrangements including — but not limited to — “Horse with a Freeze, Pt. 1” by Roy Ward, the Explosions’ “Garden of Our Trees,” with its burning bassline and tight horn charts, and Curley Moore & Cool Ones’ “Funky Yeah” (which is just damn nasty in the way it uses Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” rhythm). Then there’s the elastic wah-wah guitar and keys in “The Rubber Band” by Bo with the Soul Finders and the straight-up employment of a Motown-style string chart on his 2007 single “Chained.” Anyway you want to listen to this slab, chronologically, on shuffle, or one track played over and over until you gotta move to the next, is just fine because In the Pocket with Eddie Bo is the bomb. [AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek]

 

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THE METERS – Funkify Your Life, The Meters Anthology

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Rhino’s Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology was the first truly comprehensive and widely available retrospective of the groundbreaking New Orleans funk band’s work. These two chronologically arranged discs run down virtually every important track the band recorded under its own name, finally allowing a more general audience to hear why the Meters had earned such a stellar reputation among die-hard funk collectors and sample-minded hip-hoppers. Disc one, subtitled “The Josie Years,” traces the group’s 1969-1971 beginnings as a Booker T. & the MG’s-like outfit, cutting brief instrumentals with a similar guitar/organ/bass/drums lineup. There were important differences, though; the Meters’ arrangements usually carried the melody in single-note guitar lines, which gave them a distinctive calling card, and their rhythms were notably funkier. In fact, drummer Joseph “Ziggy” Modeliste pretty much establishes himself as a monster groove machine right from the beginning; his is a dominating rhythmic presence. This is the lean, earthy Meters sound most often imitated by latter-day funk revivalists like the Soul Fire label. Group vocals and wah-wah guitars start to pop up over the second half of the disc, setting the stage for their more ambitious major-label sound, which is documented on the second disc (“The Reprise/Warner Bros. Years”). Nearly all of these tracks are vocal numbers, “songs” in the more traditional sense, but the group also opens its sound up, allowing the members to show off their individual chops as soloists. There’s more flash in this music, including plenty of nimble-fingered unison passages demonstrating that the band can be as tight as they are loose. It’s more proof that the Meters were the most telepathic funk ensemble this side of the J.B.’s. Those with a casual interest can safely content themselves with the fine single-disc Very Best of the Meters, but for devoted funk fans, Funkify Your Life should be considered essential listening. [AllMusic Review by Steve Huey]

 

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Surfadelic Presents – GET THE PICTURE? [60’s Mod/Freakbeat]

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Hey man, I mean peoples, what is Freak-Beat? Is it a beat music for freaks?

… But wait, there’s more! More dynamite, more savagery, more killer sounds from the Mod 60’s. Wasn’t so sure if I was going to make another compilation with my freakbeat & mod favorites but it turned out there were enough of them for at least one more Surfadelic volume. Again, there are mostly UK bands with a little help from few garage rockers from Australia, Scandinavia, Canada…  60’s Mod rockers as The Who, Small Faces, The Artwoods, John’s Children, The Loot, The Birds, The Attack mixed with raw R&B/Beat punkers like The Pretty Things, The Sorrows, The King Bees, The Talismen, The Master’s Apprentices, Downliners Sect, The Ugly Ducklings, The Outsiders… Wow just WoooW!!! And yes, Freakbeat is a beat music with wicked, harder rocking sound and touches of early psych, that’s my definition. Don’t believe me?, well try it yourself. Get the picture? Dig!!!

 

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Surfadelic Presents – COLOURS OF MY MIND [60’s Mod/Psych]

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60’s Mod story continues in the new volume of ‘Surfadelic presents’ collection with title inspired by this 60’s chick body painting and song ”Colour Of My Mind” by my favorite mod/psych gang The Attack. Here I’ve managed to gather some of my alltime mod psychedelic tunes mostly by UK bands as The Action, John’s Children, The Creation, The Open Mind, The Smoke, The Electric Banana (Pretty Things), The Factory, The Longboatmen, you could find on legendary comps as Chocolate Soup for Diabetics, Rubble series or Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks and others. Also there are trax by classic acts as The Troggs, The Who or The Yardbirds and some lesser known losers. This stuff is more on psychedelic side of mod genre than on previous freakbeat collection. And yeah, attention! There’s one real cool tune not from the 60’s but by an modern band, so you could guess who it is and you can win my respect.  The cover model is famous 60’s boobastic chick Michelle Angelo. Take Her Any Time, Dig!

 

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Surfadelic Presents: Concentration Baby! (60’s Mod/Freakbeat)

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Whatcha say ’bout spiral cover art, ha? Do ya feel kinda dizzy miss Lizzy? Ok, here we go! This is brand new Surfadelic comp dedicated to 60’s Mod & Freakbeat rock action, as you could see already. I’ve borrowed the title from an real cool Dave Clark Five song, they won’t mind I quess. Here I’ve gathered some of my favorite tunes mostly by UK bands and few by others like Dutch, Scandinavian, German & Italian groups. There are couple of trax by unknown authors or bands, so maybe you can help to solve that mystery. All I can say is, it’s a 100% killer collection you have dreamed of. Non stop raw, fuzzed-out & sexy rockin’ action by yesterday’s savage youth. There are many 60’s comps out there but hey, this one is Surfadelic, alright! You gotta deserve it, you have to concentrate! Look at those spirals… you gotta dig!!!

 

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JAY-JAYS [1966] Vinyl Rip!

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“At the end of 1965, four members of The Hagues popular Jumping Jewels dumped their manager and struck out on their own as the Jay-Jays. With the name change came a new musical direction, a pent-up beat music sound inspired by the Beatles, the Who and, especially, the Kinks. Their first single, Bald Headed Woman, was a Top 10 smash. The Jay-Jays most impressive recordings were all released within the span of one tumultuous, action-packed year: 1966. Their self-titled album included such Dutch beat gems as Come Back If You Dare, I Keep Tryin, Today Im Gay and the fuzz-packed instrumental Cruncher. Every one of those jumping 66 jewels can be heard on this twelve-inch platter, remastered in dynamic mono sound, each sounding louder, more vibrant, and more crunch-filled than ever before.”

Vinyl rip of this 60’s garage/beat band from Holland fine ’66 LP. Already have posted their stuff before but hey, ya gotta git it anyway. Keep on tryin’, Dig!!!

 

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PEBBLES Vol. 6 (Revisited)

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This Pebbles volume is dedicated to raw 60’s Brit rhythm & blues rather than Mod as it’s stated on the cover. It features cool garage/r&b by The Fairies [Twink pre Pink Fairies band], The First Gear, The Betterdays, The Wild Ones, David John & The Mood, The Wheels, Bill & Will “Goin’ To The River” (later covered by The Gories), covers of Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed. One of my favs is “Singing The Blues” by Jason Eddie And The Centremen, a neurotically played tune produced by legendary Joe Meek! [apparently he added the wild guitar afterwards without the band knowing and they weren’t happy]. Last track on this comp is a pop tune by Bo & Peep and the band is mainly The Rolling Stones plus others that might have included Gene Pitney and Phil Spector.

As with other “Revisited” volumes the sound quality is quite improved with trax from the best possible sources. There is also cool bonus cut by Jimmy P. just for your listening pleasure, don’t miss it! Dig!!!

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Turds On A Bum Ride vol.1 (revisited)

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Here’s another revisited version of an old and now a classic garage/psych comp. “Turds On A Bum Ride” 1 issued in 1991. as 29 trax 2LP set [Cd version has 25] is best in the series of 6 volumes made by some italian collectors. Opening up with killer single B-side “I Just Don’t Know” by the MC5 followed by Sean Bonniwell’s intro to The Music Machine fuzzed-out gem “No Girl Gonna Cry” (two favorite bands) and you know it’s gonna be a rollercoaster garage punk ride. Then there’s notorious “Boil The Kettle, Mother” by The ID, an obscure Jerry Cole band-project, Von Ruden‘s cool psychedelizied version of The Stones’ “The Spider And The Fly”, killer garage/psych tunes by Silk Winged Alliance, Northwest Company and The Happy Return. One of my alltime favs is ’69. psych tune “Tendency To Be Free” by Rabbit Mackay. There are more fine garage stuff with The Sparkles “I Want To Be Free”, Terry Knight And The Pack “Numbers” fuzz killer, wacky “Complication” by The Monks and The Shadows Of Knight “I’m Gonna Make You Mine”. You got loadsa great rare late 60’s psych as Capt. Groovy & His Bubblegum Army, The Animated Egg, Magic Swirling Ship, Orphan Egg, Lite Storm and exotic middle eastern influenced “For A Moment” by Orient Express. All in all, this collection is an unforgetable garage/acid ride to the center of a mind, allright!  🙂
Here is Surfadelic HQ 360 sound version of this legendary compilation. Acid, Fuzz & no Flowers! Don’t miss it, dig!!!

 

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THE LEFT BANKE – And Suddenly It’s… (Vinyl Rip!)

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“Baroque pop is a style of Pop that emerged in the mid 1960s when several Pop Rock recording artists began incorporating elements of Western Classical Music into their music. Many pop songs by then had already made use of instruments previously associated with classical music, such as harpsichord and strings, but baroque pop was distinguished for its majestic, melancholic sound that was more reminiscent of the Baroque Music of the 17th-18th century.” [RYM]

 

 

Inspired by Brit invasion bands, The Beatles, Stones, The Zombies and stuff like “Lady Jane” and “Eleanor Rigby”, NY group The Left Banke create their world of perfect melancholic pop sounds and became top US 60’s baroque pop act. They are famous for ’66 hit singles “Walk Away Renee” and “Pretty Ballerina” which charted in US and find their way on many 60’s comps as Nuggets. They recorded two fine Lp’s and few singles in ’67/’68.  This Bam Caruso LP collection from 1988. is probably the best overwiev of their 60’s recordings. 18 trax of heavenly vocals, arrangements, harpsichord and strings dominated sounds. Vinyl rip by Surfadelic!

 

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