BRENDA & THE TABULATIONS – DRY YOUR EYES // THE DIXIE CUPS – CHAPEL OF LOVE // Ben E. King – Spanish Harlem

July 21, 2016

 

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BRENDA & THE TABULATIONS – DRY YOUR EYES (1967)

I absolutely adore this record. It’s been a go-to of mine for a little while now (I know I’ve mentioned it before on here but I can’t find the post). Brenda & The Tabulations were a group out of Philadelphia in 1966. Brenda Payton has a one of a kind voice in my opinion, and definitely stands out in the girl-group era (note she was the only girl in the band until ’71 when they brought in two female back-up harmony singers). I really love her voice and this whole record is amazing.

Iko Iko came on the other day and..

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THE DIXIE CUPS – CHAPEL OF LOVE (1964)

The Dixie Cups were probably best known for the title track off this record Chapel of Love and Iko Iko, however it’s the rest of the record that I enjoy most, particularly I’m Gonna Get You Yet. I love the minimal percussion and female vox. This record was the debut studio album of the New Orleans group, produced by Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greewich. (Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller produced  hits like “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King.)

Speaking of Ben E. King…

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Ben E. King – Spanish Harlem (1960)

Spanish Harlem has been on repeat for me as of late, it was also produced by Jerry Lieber with Phil Spector. One of the most beautiful songs to listen to, specifically walking around New York City on a summer day.

Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers

December 17, 2015

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Rattus Norvegicus – The Stranglers (1977)

This is the first studio album recorded by London Punk band The Stranglers. I’ve been listening to it a lot recently. Hard to believe it was produced in only one week by Martin Rushent (Buzzcocks, Human League). These days I feel like albums take forever to make.

This video of The Stranglers on TopPop is amazing, especially when the air drumming comes in. I think their keyboard player is the only one taking this seriously.

Gary Numan & The Tubeway Army – Replicas

December 16, 2015

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Gary Numan – Replicas (1979)

This is an album I’ve adored for quite sometime now, although I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here. I love Gary Numan, and this is my favorite album of his, although it’s technically released as Tubeway Army and before Gary began releasing his own solo records. (Pleasure Principle & Telekon are also freakin’ amazing). There’s something about solely using synths, live percussion and bass that I absolutely love. The use of the Polymoog is really awesome too, a synth from the 1970’s and one of Moog’s early Polyphonic synthesizers (there aren’t many Moog varieties that are polyphonic). I actually really want one badly! “Down in the Park”, “Are Friends Electric?”, “I’m Praying to The Aliens” are all classics.

Wooden Shijps – Contact

May 29, 2015

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Wooden Shijps – Contact (2009)

I once posted about Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg’s song “Contact” way back in 2010! I recently discovered this cover version by Wooden Shijps. Pretty contented by the fact that their is a droning, psychedelic version of this song out there. The b-side to the single is “I Hear The Vibrations” which is also worth a listen.

O.V. Wright – A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace Of Spades

May 24, 2015

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O.V. Wright – A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace Of Spades (1971)

O.V. Wright hails from Tennessee and is regarded as one of Southern Soul’s most authoritative and individual artists. He started as the lead singer for numerous gospel groups before being discovered by Roosevelt Jamison, who helped Wright to record That’s How Strong My Love is (which was later covered by Otis Redding and The Rolling Stones). Anyway, I started listening to A Nickel & A Nail & The Ace of Spades somewhat randomly after looking up similar artists to Lee Moses (see post below). It was recorded with the legendary Willie Mitchell in Memphis, and is an absolutely amazing record to listen to, especially on a lazy Sunday like today.

Lee Moses – Time and Place

May 24, 2015

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Lee Moses – Time and Place (1971)

A friend recently showed me this record by Lee Moses. I was blown away. There is so much raw emotion behind Lee’s lyrics that it’s difficult not to wonder why more people don’t know about him. You really feel like you are there with him going through whatever he’s going through while he’s singin’ his words. Lee Moses, from Atlanta, is probably one of the best kept secrets in Deep Soul. This record Time and Place is something everybody should listen to at least once (but I promise you’ll listen to it more than that..) The title track ‘Time and Place’ is my favorite, along with ‘Free at Last’.

Nepa – Tony Allen / Expensive Shit – Fela Kuti

February 4, 2015

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Nepa (Never Expect Power Always) – Tony Allen with Afrobeat 2000 (1984)

Recently came across Tony Allen‘s “Nepa (Never Expect Power Always)” record. The title track is amazing and a definite gem. If you’re unfamiliar with Tony’s name, you might recognize his drumming from Fela Kuti’s Africa ’70 band. Brian Eno states that Tony Allen is “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived.”

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Expensive Shit – Fela Kuti & Africa ’70 (1975)

Mentioning Fela, I thought I’d post something he recorded with Africa ’70 and Allen’s drumming. The 12th studio album by Fela Kuti Expensive Shit is an amazing record, and well worth a thorough listen.