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Song of the week

12 Apr

Bang Bang – Joe Cuba Sextet 1966 Tico Recordsimages

This week I came across a forgotten classic while looking for a something new! I was searching for Willy Moon’s cover of ‘Bang Bang’ from his new album ‘Here’s Willy.’ Some people I’ve spoke to really don’t like Willy, all citing an arrogance that they can’t stand, But that’s actually one if the things I really quite like about him. Anyway love or hate Willy Moon I dare you to not love the song ‘Bang Bang’ by Joe Cuba Sextet. Which is what this post is actually about.

I heard it on Monday at work and as soon as I clocked off I headed strait to Sounds Of The Universe on Broadwick street to go and get me some on Vinyl. I didn’t find the record I was really hoping to find which was the single ‘Hey Joe, Hey Joe’ but I did find this fun re-issue LP Joe Cuba Sextet ‎– Wanted Dead Or Alive (Bang! Bang! Push, Push, Push) which had the Song I had initially happened upon in the morning! Way to go starting Monday morning with a Bang Bang!

Joe’s Spanish Harlem sound really does evoke carnival excitement in me. I guess since the sun has been trying to come out I though it would be OK to listen to this and think of how close the summer must be by now.


Song of the week

3 Apr

Equals, The - Mystic Syster1 Equals - Mystic Syster [b]This is more about an album rather than a song. “Mystic Syster” by The Equals. A soulful, funky album which leans towards reggae at times with inflections of early RnB and RnR. It covers so many styles whilst encompassing something quite unique altogether. Even tho it was recorded in the late 70s and with the use of early synthesisers it still seems to somehow sound fresh and current.

There were three versions of The Album  released in 1978 in the UK and Canada and 1980 in Spain on ICE Records. I’m not sure how popular it was in England as not many people I have spoken to seem to know much about it although, I have learned that It was quite popular in West Africa. Who Knew?  It was written and produce by music pioneer Eddy Grant, a man who in my opinion is quite a legend, he has worked on so many projects but I believe this is one is his best. It’s a real gem of an album. If your interested in reading an overview of his works I highly recommend this very informative blog post by Sound Boutique.

I’ve tried to find the album on Vinyl but it would appear it’s quite rare, as are any recordings on the internet. I have however, found these two tracks from the album on Youtube. Perhaps you might be better than me at looking for things on the inter-web and find it or you might have it in a dusty box somewhere (in which case you should probably give it to me for safe keeping) or you might see it in a charity shop, Carboot or a friends house, By any means if you haven’t already and the opportunity presents itself, I strongly recommend listening to this album in it’s entirety. It’s such a great album.

Mystic Syster – The Equals Ice Records 1978

Are you Ready? – The Equals ICE Records 1978


A1 Mystic Syster 5:34
A2 Are You Ready For Me 6:55
A3 Nobody’s Got Time 6:07
B1 Red Dog 4:10
B2 Rock’n’Roll Star 3:30
B3 Helèna 4:19
B4 Something Beautiful 3:42
B5 Bad Roots Dude

Song of the week

25 Mar

Katie Dalton – Katie Cruelimage

I’ve decided to spend a little less time bringing you songs everyday and try it weekly instead so that I have more time to write about other suitably brilliant things as well as work on running more events where you can come and hear our most delightful discoveries and witness our favourite musicians play live.

Twenty years ago Karen Dalton, a  Cherokee folk singer, well known on New York’s Greenwich Village folk scene in the 60s sadly passed away aged 55 after contracting AIDS relating to a long battle with drugs and alcohol. Born in Oaklahoma in 1937, married and divorced twice with two children by the age of 22, Karen started playing on the folk scene playing with the likes of Fred Neil, Tim Hardin, Dino Valenti and Bob Dylan. Karen has been describe by Bob Dylan as the Billy Holiday of folk and her voice said to have had rust in it before it ever found silver, I really don’t think I could put it better since she was never hugely successful commercially and some of her recordings were not release or were re-issued some years after her death.   

I was listening to my itunes library on random the other day and this little gem came on. The combination of Karen’s Voice and banjo playing along with the violin is enough to make any grown man feel the desire to weep! I wasn’t so familiar with Karen so I did a bit of research and digging and played some more of her music. If you like this track I highly recommend you do the same. What struck me most was how pained such a beautiful and gifted woman’s voice could be and how is has haunted me since hearing it. That and her life story, The pain was certainly real. Someone should make a film!

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