Friday, 10 April 2020

Led Zeppelin ‎– Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Style: Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Atlantic, Warner Bros. Records

A1.   Whole Lotta Love
A2.   What Is And What Should Never Be
A3.   The Lemon Song
A4.   Thank You
B1.   Heartbreaker
B2.   Living Loving Maid (She's Just A Woman)
B3.   Ramble On
B4.   Moby Dick
B5.   Bring It On Home

Vocals – Robert Plant
Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals – John Paul Jones
Drums, Timpani, Backing Vocals – John Bonham
Harmonica, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals, Pedal Steel Guitar – Jimmy Page
Written-By – Jimmy Page, John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant

Between the release of the band’s first, eponymous album and this, their second, Led Zeppelin had completed four US and UK tours. Thus II, by necessity, was recorded on the road in the States and while it received many tweaks before it reached the shops it still has a live feel that few rock albums have ever come close to. Engineer, Eddie Kramer, uses his expertise in taming the live guitar for the confines of a studio as Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and John rip through their raggedy book of blues standards and poppier exercises in sword and sorcey–tinged rock folk. 
Unsurprisingly the album contained what would become the some of the band’s defining live statements. ''Whole Lotta Love'' was born to be played live. For hours. Its truncated studio cousin just replaces the rockabilly medleys with swooping theremin and rattling toms. The riff was pilfered (from Willie Dixon) but still mighty. ''What Is And What Should Never Be'' demonstrates what Jimmy always used to burble on about in interviews about 'using light and shade'. It’s quietly jazzy and pastoral, and then in the chorus it rocks like a mother. See also ''Ramble On'', with added Tolkien references. ''Thank You'' is a nod to Plant's West Coast predelictions. 
This leaves the rockers like ''Heartbreaker'' (again a fine platform for a lengthy stage work-out), its lightweight follow-on ''Livin' Lovin Maid'' and the blues molestations. Oh, and ''Moby Dick''. Probably the result of limited time to present product to 'the man' at Atlantic, the band included this 4-minute romp across the skins by Bonham. It ain't pretty though its low-D riff is, again, a monster. 
Mind you, the blues molestations more than make up for this slightest of hiccups. ''The Lemon Song'' (Howlin’ Wolf’s ''Killing Floor'' slowed down and sleazed up) is a great demonstration of how, live, Zeppelin locked together like no one else, making all resistance impossible. ''Bring It On Home'', Sonny Boy Williamson's already sleazy slouch is here picked up by the scruff of the neck and kicked across the room by Jimmy's new, turbo-charged riff. This is the sound of a band having its last major tussle with the genre that gave birth to them: The Blues. From this point on they'd be nobody’s band but their own.
Chris Jones / BBC

PZ ‎– Do Outro Lado (2019)

Style: Abstract, Alternative Rock, Avantgarde
Format: CD
Label: Meifumado

01.   Realidade Paralela
02.   Supimpa
03.   Diverti-me Imenso
04.   Banano
05.   Deixei de Ser um Tótó
06.   Eu Sou um Queque
07.   Partes de Mim São Falhas
08.   Damasco
09.   Rei na Barriga
10.   Despistar
11.   É Indecente

Music by: Paulo Zé Pimenta
Mixed & Mastered by: Zé Nando Pimenta

Por muito que tenha consolidado um discurso inconfundível, único e extremamente original, ao quinto álbum de originais, PZ não pára de surpreender.

O seu estilo está claramente marcado nos onze temas que compõem “Do outro lado”, disco que chega hoje ao mundo digital mas, talvez porque para si não existam dogmas ou temas susceptíveis de não serem questionados, dos mais profundos e existenciais aos mais fúteis ou frugais, nunca é mais do mesmo, mesmo que persista aquele sorriso nos lábios, apenas interrompido por breves e compulsivas gargalhadas, que nos invade quando ouvimos as suas canções.

Desta vez, provavelmente porque “há luminosidade a mais”, a sua Pop volta a ser mais Hip Hop, mesmo sabendo que “a gera já não é o que era”...

E depois há os instrumentais que abrigam as suas palavras, quantas vezes ofuscados pela sua primazia. E aí PZ é um mestre que, a cada passo domina mais a sua linguagem, essa deliciosa síntese da mais estimulante história da música electrónica, onde Raymond Scott e Luke Vibert, Jean-Jaques Perrey e Morgan Geist, Kraftwerk e Egyptian Lover ou Unknown DJ convivem pacificamente."
Pedro Tenreiro

Samy Birnbach & Benjamin Lew ‎– When God Was Famous / MTM VOL. 19 (1989)

Style: Modern Classical, Minimal, Ambient
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Crammed Discs, Made To Measure

01.   Pourquoi Que Je Vis
02.   Kommt
03.   The Wheel
04.   An Upbraiding
05.   Men With Coats Thrashing
06.   Response
07.   What Is To Be Given
08.   Ravenna (1)
09.   Hotels
10.   Mandorla
11.   Plis
12.   In The Green Morning, Now, Once More
13.   Little Birds Sit On Your Shoulders

Cello – Aurelia Boven
Electronics – Benjamin Lew
Guitar, Producer – Peter Principle
Oboe, Bassoon – Michel Berckmans
Producer, Engineer – Gilles Martin
Producer, Vocals – Samy Birnbach

Melvin Van Peebles ‎– What the .... You Mean I Can't Sing (1974)

Genre: Funk / Soul, Non-Music
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Atlantic

1.   A Birth Certificate Ain't Nothing But A Death Warrant Anyway
2.   So Many Bars
3.   Save The Watergate 500
4.   Superstition
5.   There
6.   Come On Write Me
7.   Eyes On The Rabbit
8.   My Love Belongs To You

Bass – Bob Babbitt
Drums – Andrew Smith
Guitar – Bob Mann, George Davis, Jerry Friedman
Keyboards – Arthur Jenkins, Harold Wheeler
Percussion – Leopoldo Fleming, Warren Smith
Backing Vocals – Barbara Massey, Rhetta Hughes, Tasha Thomas
Producer, Music By, Words By – Melvin Van Peebles

Hal Willner ‎– Weird Nightmare: Meditations On Mingus (1992)

Style: Contemporary Jazz
Format: CD
Label: Sony Records, Columbia

01.   Canon (Part 1)
02.   Meditations On Integration
03.   Canon (Part 2)
04.   Jump Monk
05.   Weird Nightmare
06.   Work Song
07.   Self-Portrait In 3 Colors
08.   Purple Heart
09.   Tonight At Noon
10.   Gunslinging Bird
11.   Weird Nightmare Interlude
12.   Reincarnation Of A Lovebird/Haitian Fight Song Montage Open Letter To Duke
13.   The Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
14.   Oh Lord, Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb On Me
15.   Eclipse
16.   Pithecanthropus Erectus
18.   Freedom
19.   Weird Nightmare (Reprise)

Mastered By – Bob Ludwig
Mixed By – Kirk Yano, Tom Lazarus
Recorded By, Mixed By – Joe Ferla
Written-By – Charles Mingus
Producer – Hal Willner