Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
TRACK LISTING: The Girl From Ipanema, Doralice, Para Machuchar Meu Coração, Desafinado (Off Key), Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars), So Danço Samba, O Grande Amor, Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)
BONUS TRACKS: The Girl From Ipanema (45 rpm issue), Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars) (45 rpm issue)
IMPRESSIONS: This is the A-bomb that exploded the craze for bossa nova first in the U.S. and then all around the world. The performances of Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto are flawless and the songwriting of Antonio Carlos Jobim (both he and Gilberto being preeminent creators of the style) is vital but I find the most electrifying aspect to be the inclusion of Astrud Gilberto's vocals (on all too few songs but the ones that mattered obviously). Astrud was a housewife with no previous recording or performing experience and was included on the album against her husband's and Jobim's objections but Stan Getz and his wife Monica fought for her inclusion (despite her rather charming tendency to sing flat). How right they were! Astrud quickly became an immediate sensation and a global star.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: The Girl From Ipanema, Para Machuchar Meu Coração, Desafinado (Off Key), Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars), So Danço Samba, Vivo Sonhando (Dreamer)
FACT SHEET: GETZ/GILBERTO is the first jazz bossa nova album released by American jazz saxophonist Stan Getz teamed with Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto featuring songwriter/pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim and vocalist Astrud Gilberto. The album won 3 1965 Grammy Awards including one for Album of the Year; the first jazz album to ever win Album of the Year. The personnel for the recording are Stan Getz (tenor saxophone), Joao Gilberto (guitar, vocals), Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano), Astrud Gilberto (vocals), and Milton Banana (drums). There seems to be some confusion over who plays bass with Tommy Williams credited on the cd reissue but Sebastiao Neto getting credit elsewhere. The album was produced by orchestra leader Creed Taylor (famous for his "Shock" and "Panic" lounge albums). The cover painting is by Olga Albizu.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Remember (Christmas), You're Breaking My Heart, Spaceman, The Lottery Song, I'd Rather Be Dead, The Most Beautiful World in the World
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
LABEL: The Medicine Label
TRACK LISTING: Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo - Rick Derringer, Slow Ride - Foghat, School's Out - Alice Cooper, Jim Dandy - Black Oak Arkansas, Tush - ZZ Top, Love Hurts - Nazareth, Stranglehold - Ted Nugent, Cherry Bomb - The Runaways, Fox on the Run - Sweet, Low Rider - War, Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Highway Star - Deep Purple, Rock and Roll All Night - Kiss, Paranoid - Black Sabbath, Free Ride - The Edgar Winter Group, No More Mr. Nice Guy - Alice Cooper, Living in the U.S.A. - The Steve Miller Band, Never Been Any Reason - Head East, Why Can't We Be Friends - War, Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts, Right Place Wrong Time - Dr. John, Balinese - ZZ Top, Lord Have Mercy On My Soul - Black Oak Arkansas, I Just Want To Make Love To You - Foghat, Show Me the Way - Peter Frampton, Do You Feel Like We Do - Peter Frampton
IMPRESSIONS: The movie depicts the last day of school in 1976 and, for those of us of a certain age, is stuffed full of nostalgia. Even though I'm too young even to have been one of the youngest of the junior high school students shown (I would only have been in 5th grade at the time), it still looks veeeeeeeeery familiar to me and what it was like back then. The soundtrack fits the time and feel of the film perfectly and, unlike most films which plug popular songs into them to merely exploit nostalgic recognition, every song in the film derives from the action itself and has an internal source because the kids are listening to them on their car radios, at their hangouts or elsewhere. Even when there isn't a direct source for the music (such as at the baseball field, for instance), one can rationalise quite easily that someone's got their puke-coloured Camaro parked just outside the camera's viewpoint with the motor running and the car door open.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Slow Ride - Foghat, School's Out - Alice Cooper, Stranglehold - Ted Nugent, Fox On the Run - Sweet, Low Rider - War, Tuesday's Gone - Lynyrd Skynyrd, Highway Star - Deep Purple, Paranoid - Black Sabbath, Free Ride - The Edgar Winter Group, Living in the U.S.A. - The Steve Miller Band, Why Can't We Be Friends - War, Summer Breeze - Seals & Crofts
FACT SHEET: DAZED AND CONFUSED is Richard Linklater's second film as director. The soundtrack album was actually released as two cds with the second being entitled "EVEN MORE DAZED AND CONFUSED" but here I treat them as one soundtrack album cuz they are, ya dig? The name of the film is taken from the Jake Holmes song covered most famously by Led Zeppelin. Linklater asked the surviving members of Zep for permission to use the song in his film but while Jimmy Page said yes Robert Plant said no. When first released in 1993, the film only grossed less than $8 million but since then it has grown to become a huge cult film on video. Quentin Tarantino has placed it on his list of 10 greatest films of all time in a 2002 "Sight and Sound" article.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
TRACK LISTING: North To Alaska, Whispering Pines, Johnny Reb, The Mansion You Stole, I'm Ready (If You're Willing), When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below), Honky Tonk Man, The Battle of New Orleans, All For the Love of a Girl, Sink the Bismarck, Comanche (The Brave Horse), Jim Bridger, Johnny Freedom (Freedomland)
IMPRESSIONS: As a kid, I kept a huge stack of old 45s and a portable record player from the 1950s (which had been my mother's) at my grandparents' huge old Victorian house in Pennsauken for my usual weekend visits. Among the 45s was Johnny Horton's "Whispering Pines" single and I always loved that song. Fast forward many years later to the mid-1980s. It was my birthday and my best friend Cheeks decided to go all out by buying me presents and balloons and a score of other things to celebrate. This was actually the first time in my entire life when a non-family member had done anything like this for me and I was truthfully very moved. At some point earlier in our friendship, I must've mentioned Johnny Horton's "Whispering Pines" because among the gifts Cheeks had gotten me a cassette of "Johnny Horton's Greatest Hits". Of all the gifts, that one meant the most to me since I hadn't heard the song in years and the thoughtfulness of my friend truly touched me. I still have that cassette -- even though I've long since replaced the album on cd. As much as I loved "Whispering Pines" already, this has added an entire new dimension to the song and it's now one of my all-time favourites.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: North To Alaska, Whispering Pines, The Mansion You Stole, When It's Springtime In Alaska (It's Forty Below), Honky Tonk Man, The Battle of New Orleans, Sink the Bismarck, Comanche (The Brave Horse)
FACT SHEET: Johnny Horton was a popular country singer in the late 1950's who specialized in "story songs" which often had an historical focus. His biggest hit was the #1 chart topper "The Battle of New Orleans". After having premonitions that he would be killed by a drunk, Horton tried to back out of touring dates, invited his mother to visit for a week and asked his sister to look after his wife and children. Unable to back out of a date playing the Skyline Club in Austin, Texas, Horton at first remained in his dressing room saying that a drunk would kill him if he went near the bar. After the gig, Horton was driving near Milano Texas around 2 am when a 19-year old drunk truck driver collided with Horton's cadillac while they were crossing a bridge. Horton died on the way to the hospital.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: Candy's Going Bad, Radar Love, Vanilla Queen