Mike Boom wrote:I've played this mix a lot , and it got better with each listen. This is not stuff I would normally listen to, but I enjoyed pretty much all of it, maybe for that reason. Really have no idea who most of the tracks are by, but I enjoyed the variety of the disc and there are three or four tracks I really really loved, especially track 18 which I think is fucking brilliant.
Hey Mike - I was the sender. I really liked making this one for ya, but was a bit concerned that a lot of it seemed to be outside of your usual listening, at least based on some of your posts that I've seen - but it sounds like it worked out!
Mike Boom wrote:1) Old blues number - have no idea who but its cool, it rocks along, and nice female backing vocals. Nice opening.
This is the Reverend Charlie Jackson, with "God's Got It." This one is from the mid-'70s, he had a very small church (a congregation of maybe 40 or 50 people), and this is basically what his Sunday services sounded like. I'd probably be a church-going man, if I could find a church like this one.
There's a comp collecting all of his '70s singles, which is one of my favorite gospel discs.
Mike Boom wrote:2) Great little sixties pop song, have really enjoyed this more with each hearing, reminds a little of Go Now by the Moody Blues, not sure who it is and it annoyes me I don't know.
This is The Action, with "Come Around," from the great, great album Rolled Gold
. The thing was recorded by George Martin in '67, but EMI for some reason didn't want them to beef it up (it was intended as a demo for the album), and it sat on the shelves until being released in 2002. If you like this song, you'll love the whole thing - it has a similar vibe.
Mike Boom wrote:3) A bit of African music , has that typical high life guitar, but at a slower tempo and has a nice wah wah solo another nice track.
Sir Victor Uwaifo, with "Kirikisi." The recent comp of his has got some stellar guitar playing on it.
Mike Boom wrote:4) A short instrumental/loop featuring a horn section nice interval
J Dilla with "Gobstopper," from the album Donuts
, which is full of this sort of thing.
Mike Boom wrote:5) Not sure how to describe this track, another instrumental - its a sort of jumble of horns and drums and tuba - a sort New Orleans jazz party jam I guess, energetic and fun. Like it
It's the Rebirth Brass Band, with "Fire." They're probably the best and best-known brass band from New Orleans, and have been around for almost 30 years at this point. This is the soundtrack to a lot of days here.
Mike Boom wrote:6) A bit of Zydeco , I like this, really swings along.
Cajun, actually (Zydeco typically leaves out the fiddle and adds a washboard, and is usually done by African-Americans). This is Feufollet, with "Les Jours Sont Longs." They're a pretty great little band, in fact they're my current favorite thing to listen to. They're all in the early 20s, but have been playing together since they were 6 and 7 years old. While they do a lot of traditional songs, they do them in strange ways, with things like pedal steels, toy pianos, and the like. This song is an original number; keeping with their love of odd instrumentation in Cajun songs, this tune features mellotron (!).
Mike Boom wrote:7) Another short instrumental track with strings, quite lovely.
Andrew Bird, with one of the untitled tracks off the lovely album The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Mike Boom wrote:8) Country number, "It takes two to make one", dont know this but its enoyable, the singer has just a touch of Dylan about his vocal delivery in parts.
This is the criminally unknown Jim Ford, with "It Takes Two." Bear Family has re-released some of his stuff on a single disc, which this is from.
Mike Boom wrote:9) This one sounds like a Jerry Lee Lewis song but sung by a woman - groovy rock n roll number.
Sodsai Chaengkij, with "Shake Baby Shake" from the always-amusing Thai Beat a Go-Go
comps - basically, people in southeast Asia in the '60s and '70s doing American songs and covers, often for the GIs over there for Vietnam. Good stuff!
Mike Boom wrote:10) This is a real interesting track, song of singer songwriter track but with quite a few psychedelic touches. Very interested in who this is, a favourite from the disc.
This is the Small Faces, with the mono mix of "Just Passing," from their Immediate years. Despite its brevity, this has always been one of my faves by them.
Mike Boom wrote:11) A boogie woogie piano piece , sort of Leon Russel /Prof Longhair type thing. Very nice.
This is James Booker, with a take of "Classified" from the Taste of Honey
live set, recorded in the mid-'70s. James was an odd cat - an openly gay, one-eyed (he had a star-shaped eyepatch) junkie who is generally regarded as the most technically gifted New Orleans piano player. Despite being openly gay and
a junkie, he was set up with an easy job in City Hall, simply because he was so loved by so many people in this town. He died way too young, in the early '80s. This live set, by the way, also features an eleven minute version of this track, with a long spoken section in which he describes his having the hots for Burt Reynolds.
Mike Boom wrote:12) A slightly sort of latin beat to this track, cruises along with some very tasty organ and guitar. Like it
This is The Super Eagles, with "Love's a Real Thing." They were a Nigerian group from the '60s and early '70s. This is their best track; on their LP, they cover "Hey Jude" in the weird Temptations way - by focusing all their attention on the verses, and only doing, like, four bars of the "na-na-na" coda.
Mike Boom wrote:13) Sixties girl group pop song, love it, but can't place who it is.
This is the Cookies, with "I Never Dreamed." This may be my favorite girl group tune; that guitar sound just slays me!
Mike Boom wrote:14) Lo fi recording , interesting little acoustic number - again , no idea who it is. Hard to tell how old this is, but it reminds me a bit of Chris Knox, or GBVs more lo fi moments.
This is Roky Erickson, with his first recording of "Birds'd Crash" (which he recently redid with Okkervill River). This was recorded at the mental hospital where he was locked up in '71; the second guitar on there is thought to have been played by the other guitar player from his prison band, who hacked up his family.
Mike Boom wrote:15) Mercy Mercy, I know the Stones version of this, this is the original version I guess, not sure who by.
This is the Don Covay original, and features none other than Jimi Hendrix on guitar. Covay and Jagger sound remarkably similar, both the tone of their voice, and the way they pronounce words and finish lines. The whole "Mercy" album is a corker, and I'd highly recommend it.
Mike Boom wrote:16) Short instrumental - led by horn section
This is everyone's favorite street-performing, Viking-helmet wearing composer, Moondog, with "Bird's Lament." I've been listening to a ton of his stuff lately; there's all kinds of interesting things going on, but with a great sense of melody and rhythm.
Mike Boom wrote:17) Another boogie woogie piano track, nice vocal. Is this Dr John or someone of his ilk? Groovy.
Yep, good call - Dr. John with "Life," an Allen Toussaint tune that's been recorded by a bunch of New Orleans folks. This is probably my favorite version of the track, from the album In The Right Place
Mike Boom wrote:18) Highlight of the disc - I love this song , brilliance. "Sugar Man" . A sort of woozy drug song, a pretty straight foward acoustic type track but with this crazy trippy production. As with just about everything else on this mix I have no idea who this is but I do know its fucking great.
Ah, great! This is Rodriguez, with "Sugar Man" from the 1970 album Cold Fact
. This whole album is killer, and is along these lines; this is one of those great lost albums that sank without any notice at the time, but which has been rediscovered and re-released recently. Good stuff!
Mike Boom wrote:19) Sounds like John Martyn, but I'm not sure it is , just a vocal with just some strange strings, cello I think. Another favourite from the disc - kinda strange and folky - really love this track.
Arthur Russell, with a track off the World of Echo
disc, "Our Last Night Together." The whole album sounds similar to this, with cello, echoey vocals, and little else getting in the way. This is from the early '90s or late '80s.
Mike Boom wrote:20) And another favourite track from this disc, mostly instrumental, it really heats up at the end. Really nice drums and rhythm guitar at the start of the track leads into a faster end section with a few vocals. Cool stuff.
This is The Feelies, with "Raised Eyebrows" off their debut album Crazy Rhythms
. An early '80s masterpiece; I recently bumped a thread about them, which is likely on page 3 or 4 of Yakety Yak right now.
Mike Boom wrote:Thanks again to my mixer for a great disc
Thanks, Mr. Boom! And thanks for enjoying my first mix club entry!
1. Rev. Charlie Jackson - "God's Got It"
2. The Action - "Come Around"
3. Victor Uwaifo - "Kirikisi"
4. J Dilla - "Gobstopper"
5. Rebirth Brass Band - "Fire"
6. Feufollet - "Les Jours Sont Longs"
7. Andrew Bird - "[Untitled]"
8. Jim Ford - "It Takes Two (to Make One)"
9. Sodsai Chaengkij - "Shake Baby Shake"
10. The Small Faces - "Just Passing"
11. James Booker - "Classified" (Live)
12. Super Eagles - "Love's a Real Thing"
13. The Cookies - "I Never Dreamed"
14. Roky Erickson - "Birds'd Crash"
15. Don Covay - "Mercy, Mercy"
16. Moondog - "Bird's Lament"
17. Dr. John - "Life"
18. Rodriguez - "Sugar Man"
19. Arthur Russell - "Our Last Night Together"
20. The Feelies - "Raised Eyebrows"