Monday, 8 July 2019

Né Ladeiras ‎– Essência - Os Anos Valentim De Carvalho 1982-1983 (2008)

Genre: Pop
Format: CD
Label: Edições Valentim de Carvalho

"Alhur" (1982)
01.   Húmus Verde
02.   Holoteta
03.   Essência
04.   Alhur
"Sonho Azul" (1983)
05.   Tu E Eu
06.   Os Sinos
07.   Hotel Astória
08.   A Aliança
09.   Em Coimbra Serei Tua
10.   Maritima
11.   A Chave
12.   Sonho Azul

Notes:
Compilation of the EP "Alhur" (1982) and the LP "Sonho Azul" (1983).
From the reissue series "Do Tempo do Vinil"

Satoshi Ashikawa ‎– Still Way (Wave Notation 2) (1982)

Style: New Age, Contemporary, Minimal, Ambient
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Crescent

Tracklist:
1.   Prelude
2.   Landscape Of Wheels
3.   Still Park - Ensemble
4.   Still Park - Piano Solo
5    Still Sky
6.   Image Under The Tree
      Bonus Track
7.   Wrinkle

Credits:
Composed By – Satoshi Ashikawa
Engineer – Michinori Yamazaki

From the liner notes written by Ashikawa himself: 
“Sound design” doesn’t just mean simply decorating with sounds. The creation of non-sound, in other words silence, as in a design, if possible, would be wonderful. There’s no question that our age — in which we are inundated with sound – is historically unprecedented. The Canadian sound environmentalist and researcher Murray Schafer warns of this state of affairs in the following: “The ear, unlike some other sense organs, is exposed and vulnerable. The eye can be closed at will; the ear is always open. The eye can be focused and pointed at will; the ear picks up all sound right back to the acoustic horizon in all directions. Its only protection is an elaborate psychological system of filtering out undesirable sounds in order to concentrate on what is desirable. The eye points outward; the ear draws inward. It would seem reasonable to suppose that as sound sources in the acoustic environment multiply – and they are certainty multiplying today —the ear will become blunted to them and will fail to exercise its individualistic right to demand that insouciant and distracting sounds should be stopped in order that it may concentrate totally on those which truly matter.” 
We should have a more conscious attitude toward the sounds – other than music —that we listen to. Presently, the levels of sound and music in the environment have clearly exceeded man’s capacity to assimilate them, and the audio ecosystem is beginning to fall apart. Background music, which is supposed to create “atmosphere,” is far too excessive. In our present condition, we find that within certain areas and spaces, aspects of visual design are well attended to, but sound design is completely ignored. It is necessary to treat sound and music with the same level of daily need as we treat architecture, interior design, food, or the air we breathe. In any case, the Wave Notation series has begun. I hope it will be used and judged for what I had in mind as “sound design,” but of course the listener is free to use it in any way. However, I would hope this music does not become a partner in crime to the flood of sounds and music which inundate us at present.
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The Time ‎– Ice Cream Castle (1984)

Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Tracklist:
1.   Ice Cream Castles
2.   My Drawers
3.   Chilli Sauce
4.  Jungle Love
5.   If The Kid Can't Make You Come
6.   The Bird

Credits: Bass, Voice – Jerry Hubbard Drums – Jellybean Johnson Guitar, Backing Vocals – Jesse Johnson Keyboards, Backing Vocals – Mark Cardenas, Paul Peterson Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Morris Day Percussion, Voice – Jerome Benton Producer – Morris Day, The Starr * Company Written-By – Jesse Johnson, Morris Day


This album is the immaculate album of The Time. True Time fans will tell you that while this was the breakthrough album for the band, it was not their best. Ice Cream Castles broke through via the film Purple Rain where a good bit of the songs found a home in the movie, but strangely not on the soundtrack.  It was a bizarre marketing tactic that just seemed off kilter. Regardless, it worked, but for some funksters that have followed the band since the early days, the album was dreadfully short on songs only offering a paltry 6 songs not even totaling 40 minutes in length. 
But the songs showcased the bands capabilities and they all were at rare form. The inevitable funkiness of The Bird and Jungle Love quickly became dance hall favorites and songs that would be forever engraved on The Time’s playlist even to this day more than 25 years later. My Drawers was another amazing song that was just as funky as the other aforementioned hits, but it never saw much radio play. 
The remaining 3 songs were pretty much solely designed to further the bands image as a jokingly egotistical, womanizing, well-dressed gang of funky talented musicians. All of which were pretty much penned by Jesse Johnson with exception to the title track which was penned by Prince and Morris Day. 
All in all, Ice Cream Castles is a funk classic that helped the world stand up and recognize that The Time was truly a force to be reckoned with. It is a must have for any funk fanatic that is filling in their collection of missing classics. While it’s short on time and short on songs, it’s undeniably a classic funk album and an imperative addition to all funk collections. But because it fell so short on expectations compared to other Time albums, we only give it 4.5 out of 5 afros. If it had a couple more songs to further showcase the bands talent, it would have hit the 5 out of 5, but Paisley Park did the band a huge disservice by cutting them short. Shame on you!  Compared to the other Time albums, this one was a good funk fix, but we felt cheated.  Leave them wanting more just doesn’t cut it, but when you can pick this album up for under $5, you better own it or be ridiculed.  
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The Time ‎– What Time Is It? (1982)

Genre: Funk / Soul
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Tracklist:
1.   Wild And Loose
2.   777-9311
3.   Onedayi'mgonnabesomebody
4.   The Walk
5.   Gigolos Get Lonely Too
6.   I Don't Wanna Leave You

Credits:
Bass, Vocals – Terry Lewis
Drums, Percussion – Jellybean Johnson
Guitar, Vocals – Jesse Johnson
Keyboards, Vocals – Jimmy Jam, Monte Moir
Lead Vocals – Morris Day
Producer – Morris Day, The Starr * Company

The Time's second album, What Time Is It?, is similar in many ways to The Time (1981), except better all-around, boasting three extended synth-funk jams ("Wild and Loose," "777-9311," "The Walk") that surpass those on the preceding album, plus a humorously wonderful ballad, "Gigolos Get Lonely Too," that tops any of those on the band's eponymous debut. In terms of similarities, both What Time Is It? and The Time are largely the work of Prince with the exception of the vocals, which are sung instead by Morris Day. Jesse Johnson (guitar), Terry Lewis (bass), Jimmy Jam (keyboards), Monte Moir (keyboards), and Jellybean Johnson (drums) are again listed as bandmembers, and though they certainly performed this material live in-concert as Prince's opening act, it's questionable how much musical input they had in the recording studio. Prince reportedly performed every note of music heard here except the vocals, though there's no evidence of that in the liner notes (at least not on the initial edition), as the only sign of his involvement is a production credit for Jamie Starr, one of his pseudonyms. Another similarity between What Time Is It? and The Time is the slim song offerings -- only six songs on each album, and though half the songs approach ten minutes in length, there are slight offerings on each album, "Onedayi'mgonnabesomebody" thankfully the only inconsequential song here. Any way you measure it, What Time Is It? is undoubtedly the better of the two albums, and the Time's most fully developed album overall, if not their flat-out best. Sure, there are only six songs, but five of them are fantastic, especially "777-9311," and the album itself sounds much more fully produced than its predecessor. Any fan of Prince's early-'80s work, particularly 1999 (1983), will find much to enjoy on What Time Is It? 
 Jason Birchmeier / AllMusic

The Time ‎– The Time (1981)

Genre: Funk / Soul
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Warner Bros. Records

Tracklist:
1.   Get It Up
2.   Girl
3.   After Hi School
4.   Cool
5.   Oh, Baby
6.   The Stick

Credits:
Bass, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Terry Lewis
Drums, Percussion – Jellybean Johnson
Guitar, Vocals – Jesse Johnson
Keyboards, Vocals – Jimmy Jam, Monte Moir
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Morris Day
Producer – Jamie Starr, Morris Day

Essentially a side project for Prince in the wake of his tour with Rick James in support of Dirty Mind (1980), the Time made their self-titled album debut in 1981, a few months before the release of Controversy. The band's lineup is listed as Morris Day (vocals), Jesse Johnson (guitar), Terry Lewis (bass), Jimmy Jam (keyboards), Monte Moir (keyboards), and Jellybean Johnson (drums) -- all from the same Minneapolis music scene as Prince -- though reportedly all the music heard on The Time was performed by Prince with the exception of the vocals and a couple synthesizer solos. Moreover, Prince wrote all but one of the songs. None of this information is evident in the liner notes, however (at least not on the initial edition), as the only sign of Prince's involvement is a production credit for Jamie Starr, one of his pseudonyms. The origin of the Time -- and subsequently Vanity 6 -- came about because Prince was a prolific artist and his record label, Warner Brothers, recognizing this, gave him its contractual blessing to create side projects. This worked out well for Prince since he was able to release music in addition to his proper solo recordings, and he would have himself an opening band for his tours. The Time may have not written or performed the music on their self-titled debut, but they were fully capable of performing it live on-stage as Prince's opening act. Far from a bunch of stage actors, the Time was actually a talented bunch: Morris Day would prove himself a charismatic frontman and had previously co-written "Partyup" for Dirty Mind; Jesse Johnson would develop as a virtuosic guitarist; and most accomplished of all, Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam would become a first-rate production duo, helming Janet Jackson's Control in 1986, among many other projects. As for the album itself, The Time is short on material, featuring only six songs, a couple of them quite slight, but there are a few truly fantastic songs here on a par with Prince's best work of the era, namely "Get It Up," "Cool," and "The Stick," all extended synth-funk jams in the eight-to-ten-minute range. Successive albums by the Time would be more typical of the band itself, yet The Time is no less noteworthy for the lack of the band's involvement; in fact, this debut release is especially noteworthy for Prince fans enamored of his Dirty Mind-era output, for the music here feels like a session of outtakes as sung by Morris Day. 
Jason Birchmeier  / AllMusic