Sexteto Borinquen – El Rey del tres
cantan Ignacio y Mario Hernández
Ansonia 1974

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The brothers Mario and Ignacio Hernández take care of the
vocal parts but Mario is the one making the sound in this
group. His skills on the tres are magnificent. Listen to Sexteto
Borinquen from 1974 and original from Puerto Rico but released
on the Ansonia label from New york. In general I am no lover of
bolero but the way these guys play it, sweet stuff..

Dit zijn de jongens van Sexteto Borinquen, Mario Hernández
en zijn broer Ignacio doen de vokalen. De magnifieke skills
van Mario en zijn tres maken de sound naar mijn mening.
Uit 1974 en origineel uit Puerto Rico maar uitgebracht op
Ansonia uit New York. Over het algemeen ben ik geen
liefhebber van bolero maar zo als deze jongens het
spelen, heerlijk hoor..

tracks ;

01 – Me llaman el rey
02 – Suplica
03 – El pilonero
04 – Vuelve
05 – Falsedad
06 – El yerbero
07 – Ausencia
08 – El tumaito
09 – Sara mia
10 – Tu no sabe n’a
11 – Seria capaz
12 – Cosita linda

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Ray Reyes y la Orquesta Refrán – El Clavo
Criollo Records 1979

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Theoretically it is summer but in reality it doesn’t look
much like it. Only about 21 degrees today. Big shame for
those who visit Rotterdam’s Summercarnival today. And
not only for the visitors, what to feel if you’re the freshly
chosen Queen, Geneitha.
Well folks, let’s ceate our own summer with Ray Reyes
and Orquesta Refrán,..listen..

Het mag dan op papier zomer zijn, in de realiteit lijkt het er
nog niet heel erg op. Slechts zo’n 21 graadjes vandaag. Erg
jammer voor de mensen die de parade van het zomercarnaval
in Rotterdam bezoeken. Over de deelnemers nog maar te zwijgen
zoals de nieuwe koningin, Geneitha.
Laten wij er zelf dan maar wat zomer van maken met Ray Reyes
en Orquesta Refrán, luister..

tracks ;

01 – El clavo
02 – Me la voy a gozar
03 – De loco
04 – Primavera
05 – Llevaré candela
06 – Trasnochadora
07 – Y
08 – Mi cantar

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New Orleans Special
The Wild Magnolias, Polydor 1974

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Mijn eerste encounter met New Orleans funky muziek moet
eind jaren zestig hebben plaats gevonden. Toen Lee Dorsey
de hit ‘Working in the coalmine’ had. Ik was nog te jong om het
te beseffen. Pas eind jaren zeventig drong het allemaal tot me
door. Met de platen van Dr. John, the Meters e.d. werd duidelijk
hoe geweldig deze muziek is. Het was nóg veel later toen ik kennis
maakte met Bo Dollis en de Wild Magnolias. Hier hebben we hun 1974
album. Een andere groep New Orleans indianen was The Wild Tchoupitoulas,
een soortgelijke band die ook in de jaren zeventig opereerde. Met de
broertjes Neville van de Meters en geproduceerd door Allen toussaint
die ook de hit ‘Working in the coalmine’ had geschreven. Tijdens de Mardi
Gras, het New Orleans carnaval komt het allemaal samen, indianen bont
gekleed de straat op, de muziek uit het stof, één groot feest in de straten.
Hier zijn wat plaatjes om het verhaal kracht bij te zetten, luister..

My first encounter with New Orleans funky music must have taken place
during he end of the sixties when Lee Dorsey had a hit with ‘Working in the
coalmine’. I was too young to realise though. Only by the end of the seventies
it started to become clear to me. listening to Dr. John and the Meters I found
out just how great this music is. Still much later I got aquainted with the music
of Bo Dollis and the Wild magnolias. Today we’ve got their 1974 album. Another
New Orleans Indian group was The Wild Tchoupitoulas, with the brothers Neville
of the Meters and produced by Allen Toussaint who wrote ‘Working in the coalmine’.
They operated around the same time, mid seventies. During the Mardi gras, the
New Orleans carnival, it all comes together, Indians go out dresed in colours and
the streets of New Orleans turn into a big party. Do check these records
to find out, listen and agree, this is wild party stuff..

titels ;

01 – Handa wanda
02 – Smoke my peace pipe
03 – Two way pak a way
04 – Corey died on the battlefield
05 – Soul, soul, soul
06 – Saints

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titels ;

01 – Gris-gris gumbo ya ya
02 – Danse kalinda ba doom
03 – mama roux
04 – Danse fambeaux
05 – Croker coutbullion
06 – Jump sturdy
07 – I walk on guilded splinters

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titels ;

01 – People say
02 – Love is for me
03 – Just kissed my baby
04 – What’cha say
05 – Jungle man
06 – Hey pocky a-way
07 – It ain’t no use
08 – Loving you is on my mind
09 – Africa
10 – People say ( single version )
11 – Hey pocky a-way ( single version )

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Ray Barretto – Barretto-Power
Fania 1972

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Ik moet echt eens wat meer salsa plaatsen, wat dacht je van deze ?
Conga speler Ray Barretto heeft een enorme berg platen gemaakt.
Dit krachtige album is uit 1972, op Fania en komt stevig uit de verf.
Adalberto Santiago doet de vokalen, lekker hoor, luister..

I really should post more salsa, how about this one ? Conga player
Ray Barretto mad e a big pile of records. The one we have today is
from 1972, on Fania and rocks like it’s title already suggests, power-
ful. Adalberto Santiago does vocals, nice, listen..

titels ;

01 – Oye la noticia
02 – Perla del sur
03 – Right on
04 – De que te quejas tu
05 – Y dicen
06 – Quitate la mascara
07 – Se que volveras
08 – Power

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Carlos Carvajal y la Colombia All Stars
Live in Central Park, invitado especial:
Piper Pimienta Diaz y Raffi Perez
Discos Toka 1978

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We hebben er niet veel maar vandaag eens een live registratie
van een salsa concert in Central Park, New York 1978. Met speciaal
genodigde Piper Pimienta Diaz die we natuurlijk kennen van los Latin
Brothers. New York was in die tijd de hoofdstad van de salsa brava,
lekker ruig geluid met veel trombone en dikke zangpartijen.
Carlos Carvajal begon zijn carriere bij Peregoyo
y su Combo Vacana.

We haven’t seen a whole lot of them but today we’ve got us a live
registration of a salsa concert in Central Park, New York 1978. With
special guest Piper Pemienta Diaz who we know from los Latin Brothers
of course. New York was the capital of salsa brava in those days, rough
though sweet sound with lots of trombone and great vocal parts.
Carlos Carvajal started his career with Peregoyo
y su Combo Vacana.

titels ;

01 – Cañaveral
02 – Asi se baila
03 – Varon-varon
04 – Amor mezquino
05 – Mosaico del recuerdo

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Felix Morales and his orchestra Capri
Salsa Records 1972

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Je kunt mij beter nooit te serieus nemen hoor. Ik loop hier ook
maar een beetje te dollen met wie er maar gevoelig voor is. Ik
meen het wel als ik zeg verbreed je horizon en luister ook eens
naar muziek waarvan je eerst denkt, dat is niks voor mij. Neem
nou deze Felix Morales en zijn Orchestra Capri, een club muzi-
kanten waarvan ik zeg, die snappen het. Alles in balans, niets te
veel of te weinig. Met Ismael Quintana, Adalberto Santiago, Vitin
Aviles en Pete ‘Conde’ Rodriguez slechts in het achtergrond koortje.
Dukie Gonzalez doet de lead vocalen, Charlie Rodriguez op de tres,
ik noem er zomaar een paar. schitterende arrangementen, niet te
missen dit spul. En pietsie achtergrond geluiden maar net
niet te veel gelukkig, pak het en geniet ervan zoals ik..

Better don’t take me too serious folks, I’m just fooling around with
whoever wants to be fooled around with. I do mean it when I say
broaden your horizon, without wanting to hurt anybody’s feeling.
Take this album of Felix Morales and his Orchestra Capri, a bunch
of musicians who knew what they were doing. Everything is in
perfect balance, nothing too much or too little. Ismael Quintana,
Adalberto Santiago, Vitin Aviles en Pete ‘Conde’ Rodriguez just
being background vocals. Dukie Gonzalez taking care of the lead
vocals, Charlie Rodrigues on tres, just naming a few. astonishing
arrangements, don’t miss. Shame about a little background noise
on this fine record, but not too much, enjoy listening..

titels ;

01 – Lo que soy
02 – Vagabundo
03 – No me mires
04 – Tapame contigo
05 – Sigue ella boba
06 – Bomboncito
07 – Virgencita ayudame
08 – prefiero el son
09 – Mi son montuno
10 – Guaguanco a todos los barrios

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the B-52’s – High Fidelity, Play Loud
Island 1978

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Wat dacht je van deze band ? Uit 1978
alweer, de B-52’s. Aanvankelijk wilde ik het niet horen maar
deze baanbrekende band werd terecht opgepakt door producer
Chris Blackwell en Island Records. Nu terugkijkend weet ik, dit
is pure cult. Why don’t you dance with me ? I’m not no Limburger..
Dance this Mess Around is er een die op elke dansvloer tot z’n recht
komt. Geef ‘m nog eens een paar rondjes en kom tot de conclusie,
dit is hippy hippy forward hippy hippy hippy shake..

titels;

01 – Planet claire
02 – 52 girls
03 – Dance this mess around
04 – Rock lobster
05 – Lava
06 – There’s a moon in the sky ( called the moon )
07 – Hero workshop
08 – 6060-842
09 – Downtown

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Leo Fuld – Mazzel
Artone 1966

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Friends introduced me to this guy. The album is named
‘mazzel’, and mazzel is something he certainly had. Leo
Fuld was a jewish folksinger who was born in Rotterdam.
Now he had the mazzel ( luck ) to realise it was best
leaving Holland and move to the USA in 1939. As we
all know he probably saved his life doing so, a little
later Rotterdam was bombed and many died in the
second world war that began in the next year.
Something quite different then you are used
to find here, a little change can’t hurt though.
Wonderful atmosphere, slightly gypsy,
warmest voice, lots of emotion..

tracks;

01 – Yaas
02 – Momele
03 – Moshiagh
04 – In der finster
05 – My yiddishe mama
06 – Ich sing
07 – Mazzel
08 – Unter boimer
09 – Glick
10 – Kaddish
11 – Wus geween ist geween
12 – Ich hab dich zoviel lieb
13 – Shalom israel
14 – Wo ahin soll ich geh’n

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Chivirico – Para mi Gente
Cotique 1976

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Chivirico Dávila’s real name was Rafael Dávila Rosario.
He was born Puerto Rican, this album on Cotique was
recorded in New York. He worked with many different
artists in many different countries but never gained the
recognition he deserved. Listen to this great album..

tracks;

01 – Para mi gente
02 – Enamorado
03 – Tumba
04 – Quizas, quizas
05 – Gavilan
06 – Yare, yare
07 – Por equivocacion
08 – La mujer del peso
09 – Cristal
10 – Mar y cielo

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Don Covay – Super Dude I
Mercury 1973

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This sunday soulbrothers we’ve got an album by one
of the most influential singers in the field. Even his
weepies are different and breathe a certain coolness.
His work was an inspirational source for many to
follow. I am a fan, that’s for sure. Listen
to the great Don Covay, sweeet..
..and what a title, do you think
the ‘I’ thing refers to reggae
track ‘Memphis’ ?
I and I do..

tracks;

01 – Overtime man
02 – Leave him pt.1
03 – I stayed away too long
04 – I was checkin’ out, she was chenkin’ in
05 – Hold you to your promise
06 – Memphis
07 – The pinch hitters
08 – Somebody’s been enjoying my home
09 – Bad mouthing
10 – Leave him pt.2
11 – Money ( that’s what I want )
12 – Don’t step on a man when he’s down

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George Clinton – a Parliafunkadelicment thang

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Some time ago I made this compilation of Pfunk tracks.
I tried to pick some of the numbers you don’t hear that
much. When driving your car this is music that makes
time pass easily, grooving on.., enjoy a
Parliafunkadelicment thang.

tracks;

01 – Parliament – Wizard of finance
02 – Funkadelic – Philmore
03 – Parliament – Handcuffs
04 – Funkadelic – Cholly ( funk get ready to roll )
05 – Parliament – Theme from the blackhole
06 – Funkadelic – Nappy dugout
07 – Funkadelic – No compute
08 – Bootsy’s Rubber Band – What’s a telephone bill
09 – Parliament – Dr. Funkenstein
10 – Parliament – Red Hot Mama
11 – Funkadelic – I’ll stay
12 – Funkadelic – Standing on the verge of getting it on
13 – Funkadelic – Field maneuvers
14 – Funkadelic – Back in our minds
15 – Funkadelic – Hit it and quit it
16 – Funkadelic – Can you get to that
17 – Funkadelic – Loose booty
18 – Funkadelic – A joyful process

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Johnny Guitar Watson – A Real Mother
Kessler-Grass 1977

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I was 19 years old when this came out, I remember so well.
The deep underground funky sound of Johnny Guitar Watson
made a huge impression and I must say, I still love it. Back
then we were hanging out in dark smokey seller discotheques
and youthcenters. When listening to it again I can see images
of those days, the girls, the atmosphere, damn, good thoughts.
Let’s take a dive back into the seventies and play this sucker
till we can’t take it no more, the vinyl got hurt a tiny bit over
the years and has a few jumps in the last track, sorry ‘bout
being so careless..

tracks;

01 – A real mother
02 – Nothing left to be desired
03 – Your love is my love
04 – The real deal
05 – Tarzan
06 – I wanna thank you
07 – Lover Jones

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Nils Lofgren – Cry Tough
A&M Records Inc. 1976

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Okay folks, come back in time with me. Do you remember
half way the seventies we were listening mainly to popmusic.
Guitars were and are still the instrument that can bring us
into extasy. Over the years one records certain guitarparts
in the brain, somehow when they pass by you know every
little sound, every slip of the fingers, it’s like you’re there,
inside that incredible sweet stroke, that pull of the string.
Okay, enough laba laba, the lp I recorded for you to taste
is this one by the magnificent Nils Lofgren. I can dream
this album, listened to it so much in those days, his
skills are unequalled. Something else for a change,
a treat for guitarlovers like yourself maybe..

tracks;

01 – Cry tough
02 – It’s not a crime
03 – Incidentally…it’s over
04 – For your love
05 – Share a little
06 – Mud in your eye
07 – Can’t get closer
08 – You lit a fire
09 – Jailbait

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Shuggie Otis – Freedom Flight
Epic 1971

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Some nice soulmusic to change the mood, today’s sound is
one that sticks. Once you’ve heard these tracks a couple of
times, there’s no turning back. They are in your head to stay.
It was only decades later I got to hear these songs again. In
2001 Luaka Bop Inc. came with the cd, ‘Inspiration Information’.
It was when I heard ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ again first time. In
1971 when it first came out it ran the charts in my little country
and when hearing it again, it brought back lots of memories of
those days. On this lp, Shuggie is accompanied by his father
Johnny Otis who also produced the album. Next we have
George Duke who died way to early age 67,in august 2013.
We find Wilton Felder on bass and Aynsley Dunbar on drums
to call a few. Wonderful atmospheric drifting off sounds,
Shuggie wrote Strawberry Letter 23 and played all instru-
ments on it, give it a try and you wont be sorry,
get it & spread it..

tracks;

01 – Ice cold daydream
02 – Strawberry letter 23
03 – Sweet thang
04 – Me and my woman
05 – Someone’s always singing
06 – Purple
07 – Freedom flight

Bonus tracks;

08 – Inspiration information
09 – Sparkle city
10 – Aht uh mi hed

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