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2017. február 28., kedd

28-02-2017 10:03 ~ 52 FAVOURiTE tracks 1963-1955 2h 41m

28-02-2017 10:03 >>The Beatles, Booker T. & The MG's, Chuck Berry, The Outlaws, Herbie Mann, Don & Dewey, Preston Epps, Roy Montrell, Grant Green, Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim, Arthur Lyman, Nina Simone, Gene Vincent, Moondog, Tal Farlow, Martin Denny, Billie Holiday, Paul Gayten, Bobby Charles, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Frank Sinatra<<

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So much has been said and written about the Beatles -- and their story is so mythic in its sweep -- that it's difficult to summarize their career without restating clichés that have already been digested by tens of millions of rock fans. To start with the obvious, they were the greatest and most influential act of the rock era, and introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century. Moreover, they were among the few artists of any discipline that were simultaneously the best at what they did and the most popular at what they did. Relentlessly imaginative and experimental, the Beatles grabbed hold of the international mass consciousness in 1964 and never let go for the next six years, always staying ahead of the pack in terms of creativity but never losing their ability to communicate their increasingly sophisticated ideas to a mass audience. Their supremacy as rock icons remains unchallenged to this day, decades after their breakup in 1970..
The Beatles
It Won't Be Long (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) 2:13
All My Loving (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) 2:07
I Wanna Be Your Man (John Lennon / Paul McCartney) 1:59
from With The Beatles 1963
With the Beatles is a sequel of the highest order -- one that betters the original by developing its own tone and adding depth. While it may share several similarities with its predecessor -- there is an equal ratio of covers-to-originals, a familiar blend of girl group, Motown, R&B, pop, and rock, and a show tune that interrupts the flow of the album -- With the Beatles is a better record that not only rocks harder, it's considerably more sophisticated...

The house band for Stax Records played on nearly every song released by the label and epitomized the sound of Memphis soul... As the house band at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, Booker T. & the MG's may have been the single greatest factor in the lasting value of that label's soul music, not to mention Southern soul as a whole. Their tight, impeccable grooves could be heard on classic hits by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Albert King, and Sam & Dave, and for that reason alone, they would deserve their subsequent induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But in addition to their formidable skills as a house band, on their own they were one of the top instrumental outfits of the rock era...
Booker T. & The MG's
Green Onions 2:53
I Got a Woman 3:36
Behave Yourself 3:55
Lonely Avenue (Doc Pomus) 3:30
from Green Onions 1962
There's not a note or a nuance out of place anywhere on this record, which featured 35 of the most exciting minutes of instrumental music in any category that one could purchase in 1962 (and it's no slouch multiple decades out, either)...

Rock & roll's prime innovator, thanks to his detailed songwriting, dazzling lyrics, and clear, economical guitar licks... Of all the early breakthrough rock & roll artists, none is more important to the development of the music than Chuck Berry. He is its greatest songwriter, the main shaper of its instrumental voice, one of its greatest guitarists, and one of its greatest performers. Quite simply, without him there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, nor a myriad others.
Chuck Berry
Sweet Sixteen (Joe Josea / B.B. King) 2:45
Run Around (Chuck Berry) 2:31
Stop and Listen (Chuck Berry) 2:25
Rip It Up (Robert "Bumps" Blackwell / John Marascalco) 1:58
from New Juke-Box Hits 1961
Chuck Berry's fifth Chess Records album, New Juke Box Hits, was recorded and released in the midst of the legal difficulties that would put him in jail the following year. That distraction seems to have kept him from composing top-flight material, while the attendant publicity adversely affected his record sales, such that the album contained no hits...

The Outlaws -- not to be confused with the American country act of the same name -- were one of a wave of instrumental groups that came along in British pop/rock music during the late 1950's and early 1960's. At the time, Cliff Richard's backing band the Shadows, were selling hundreds of thousands of records on their own, separate from the singer, and enjoying the kind of star status that guitarists of just a generation earlier could only have dreamt about. The Outlaws were distinguished by the unique sound of their records, courtesy of producer Joe Meek, and the presence of three top-flight players, one near-legend (Bobby Graham), and one future guitar god, Ritchie Blackmore, in their ranks. 
The Outlaws
Dream Of The West 2:12
Husky Team 2:34
Western Sunset 2:11
from Dream of the West 1961
Lead Guitar – Billy Kuy / Bass – Charles Hodges / Drums – Bobbie Graham / Rhythm Guitar – Reg Hawkins / Written-By – Robert Duke

Prolific and widely known flutist, beloved in jazz circles, has covered many world music styles... Herbie Mann played a wide variety of music throughout his career. He became quite popular in the 1960s, but in the '70s became so immersed in pop and various types of world music that he seemed lost to jazz. However, Mann never lost his ability to improvise creatively as his later recordings attest...
Herbie Mann
You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Kahn, Brown) 6:37
Autumn Leaves (Prevert, Mercer, Kosma) 9:49
from Flute, Brass, Vibes & Percussion 1961
Flute – Herbie Mann
Bass – Nabil "Knobby" Totah
Bongos – Ray Barretto
Congas – Ray Mantilla
Drums – Rudy Collins
Trumpet – Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham, Jerome Kail, Leo Ball, Siggy Schatz
Vibraphone – Johnny Rae

Don & Dewey - Jump Awhile (Don "Sugarcane" Harris / Dewey Terry) 2:21
Preston Epps - Bongo in the Congo (Barney Kessel) 1:59
Roy Montrell - Mudd (Roy Montrell) 2:34
Grant Green - Space Flight (Sam Lazar) 2:39
from Mighty Instrumentals R&B-Style 1960

Grant Green

Willie Dixon - Legendary bluesman and producer helped architect the sound of Chicago blues in the 1940s & '50s.
Memphis Slim - Legendary blues singer and songwriter who added a post-war sophistication to barrelhouse/boogie-woogie piano.
Willie Dixon and Memphis Slim
Nervous (Willie Dixon) 3:17
Good Understanding (Willie Dixon) 2:17
That's My Baby (Willie Dixon) 3:25
from Willie's Blues 1959
According to the original liner notes, this 1959 Willie Dixon session was cut during a two hour span in between flights. This certainly explains the relaxed, jam session feel of the recordings. Unfortunately, the songs come out sounding sluggish and stilted at times; this is partly due, no doubt, to the makeshift nature of the date, but also, more surprisingly, because of drummer Gus Johnson's overly slick and formalized playing. On top of this, one has to contend with Dixon's less-then-inspired vocals -- it's Dixon's writing talents and A&R savvy in the blues world that warrant him a place in the pantheon, not his skills at the microphone. That all said, this still is an enjoyable disc to listen to, not least of all because of the quality of Dixon's many originals and the freshness of pianist Memphis Slim's playing...
Willie Dixon, Big Joe Williams, and Memphis Slim, New York City, 1961

One of the original proponents of exotica, vibraphonist Arthur Lyman joined Martin Denny's combo in 1954... As the vibraphonist for Martin Denny's group, Lyman was instrumental in crafting the sound of exotica. Lyman didn't stay with Denny for long, however, leaving the ensemble in 1957 to start a solo career that was nearly as successful as Denny's. To no one's surprise, Lyman's albums sounded very much like Denny's, with even more of a somnambulant feel. Much of the public wanted to relax, though, and they sent his debut, "Taboo," to number six in the album charts in 1958. In addition to playing vibes on his group's recordings, Lyman also played some guitar, piano, and drums, as well as paying careful attention to using stereophonic sound
Arthur Lyman
Bahia 3:05
Legend of the Rain 4:05
Happy Voodoo 2:50
from Bahia 1959
As the outer LP jacket proudly proclaims, "The Exotic Sounds of Arthur Lyman" are back once again for another dozen tiki-inspired tunes on Bahia (1959). Just like he had done on his influential breakthrough and genre-defining album Exotic two years earlier, this Lyman collection draws heavily on the repertoire of fellow space age bachelor pad music bandleader Les Baxter. However, it is the slinky and moody title track "Bahia" -- penned by Brazilian composer/pianist (and of all things) soccer commentator Ary Barroso -- that commences the affair. The tropical augmentation of bird calls and other jungle-related aural enhancers punctuate Lyman's (vibes/marimba/guitar) and Alan Soares (piano) as they lead the combo through a Latin-tinged arrangement. As is typical of many Lyman discs of the era, his band recorded inside an aluminum-based Geodesic dome -- which was designed and constructed under the direction of American industrialist, ship magnate, and music lover Henry J. Kaiser...

An African-American icon and true diva whose distinctive voice brought an unmatched level of eclecticism across five decades.
Nina Simone
My Baby Just Cares for Me 3:38
Love Me or Leave Me 3:23
Good Bait 5:28
from My Baby Just Cares for Me

American rockabilly legend who defined the greasy-haired, leather-jacketed, hot rods 'n' babes spark of rock & roll. 
Gene Vincent
Red Blue Jeans and a Ponytail (Bill Davis / Jack Rhodes) 2:14
Unchained Melody (Alex North / Hy Zaret) 2:43
Catman (Tex Davis / Gene Vincent)
from Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps 1957
Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, cut in October 1956, only four months after its predecessor, came about under slightly less favorable circumstances than the Bluejean Bop album. Cliff Gallup, whose lead guitar had been so central to the group's original sound, and rhythm guitarist Willie Williams, who was only somewhat less important to their sound, had been gone from the band for nearly two months when producer Ken Nelson decided it was time to cut material for more singles and a second album.

The Viking of 6th Avenue, the NYC street performer icon was actually a groundbreaking minimalist jazz composer feted by royalty. 
Caribea, sextet 1:30
Lullaby, sextet 2:13
Big Cat, sextet 1:50
Frog Bog, quintet 2:09
from Moondog 1956
By the standards of the mid-'50s, or indeed or any era, this was so far-out and uncommercial that it's difficult to believe it was even released. Moondog, by this time well known as a New York street musician, drives these pieces along with maraca and clava percussion, often in odd time signatures. The percussion lines are the backbone for unusual melodies, often Asian- or Japanese-inspired, with a movingly mournful (but not unappealing) quality. Washes of wind-like sounds and animal noises are often used to embellish the pieces...

Leading early bop guitarist who helped define the modern jazz guitar with his great speed, technique, and flow of ideas. / Nearly as famous for his reluctance to play as for his outstanding abilities, guitarist Tal Farlow did not take up the instrument until he was already 21, but within a year was playing professionally and in 1948 was with Marjorie Hyams' band. While with the Red Norvo Trio (which originally included Charles Mingus) from 1949-1953, Farlow became famous in the jazz world.
Tal Farlow
If There's Someone Lovelier Than You (Tal Farlow) 2:45
You and the Night and the Music (Otto Harbach / Walter Hirsch) 3:43
Blues in the Closet (Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers) 2:51
from The Tal Farlow Album 1955
For guitarist Tal Farlow's second album as a leader (following a very obscure effort for Blue Note), he is joined by rhythm guitarist Barry Galbraith, bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Joe Morello on eight numbers, and pianist Claude Williamson and bassist Red Mitchell for the remaining four. Farlow is heard in his early prime. Thirty-two at the time, he was a brilliant technician who could play extremely fast, yet clean and with a light touch...

Pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor who invented the exotica style, combining easy listening, Latin, and Hawaiian.
Martin Denny
Exotica 3:07
Oro (God of Vengeance) 2:21
Flamingo 2:48
from Best Of Martin Denny's Exotica
Since the mid-'90s resurgence of easy listening or space age bachelor pad music, the majority of both original LPs and compilations by the pioneers of the genre -- Esquivel, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, and Martin Denny -- saw a glut of reissues, both good and bad. Unfortunately, the best of those discs aren't as easy to find some ten years later as they once were, making this 2006 compilation a welcome arrival...

Quintessential jazz singer whose reedy voice and laconic style made her a legend for the ages. 
Billie Holiday
Body and Soul (Frank Eyton / Johnny Green / Edward Heyman / Robert Sour) 6:18
Darn That Dream (Eddie DeLange / James Van Heusen) 6:19
Comes Love (Lew Brown / Sam H. Stept / Charles Tobias) 4:02
from Body & Soul 1957
This session comes from close to the end of the line (1959) in the erstwhile swinging company of Barney Kessel on guitar, Ben Webster on tenor, and naysayers will be quick to point out that Lady Day wasn't in peak form here. But Billie Holiday with some of the platinum chipped off the pipes is still way better than a buncha finger-snappin' wannabes anyday.... The Lady sings and swings.

Paul Gayten - You Better Beleive It 2:21
Bobby Charles - Take It Easy Greasy 2:13
Muddy Waters - Don't Go No Father 2:55
Willie Dixon - 29 Ways 2:10
form The Chess Story Vol.6 1955-1956
Chess Records was an American record company, founded in 1950 in Chicago and specializing in blues and rhythm and blues. Over time it expanded into soul music, gospel music, early rock and roll, and occasional jazz and comedy recordings, released on the Chess, Checker, Argo, and Cadet labels. The Chess catalogue is currently owned by Universal Music Group and managed by Geffen Records.
Founded and run by Jewish immigrant brothers from Poland, Leonard and Phil Chess, the company produced and released many singles and albums regarded as central to the rock music canon. The musician and critic Cub Koda described Chess as "America's greatest blues label."

One of the towering figures of the 20th century, the first teen idol and the definitive saloon singer, the latter exemplified on a series of '50s concept albums.  
Frank Sinatra
In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning  (Bob Hilliard / David Mann) 3:00
Deep in a Dream (Eddie DeLange / James Van Heusen) 2:49
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Cole Porter) 2:31
from In the Wee Small Hours 1955
Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12" album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records. It's a blue, melancholy album, built around a spare rhythm section featuring a rhythm guitar, celesta, and Bill Miller's piano, with gently aching strings added every once and a while. Within that melancholy mood is one of Sinatra's most jazz-oriented performances -- he restructures the melody and Miller's playing is bold throughout the record...

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