Sunday, 12 April 2020

Led Zeppelin ‎– Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

Style: Blues Rock, Hard Rock
Format: CDVinyl
Label: Atlantic, Swan Song, Warner Music Group

A1.   Black Dog
A2.   Rock And Roll
A3.   The Battle Of Evermore
A4.   Stairway To Heaven
B1.   Misty Mountain Hop
B2.   Four Sticks
B3.   Going To California
B4.   When The Levee Breaks

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

Recorded at Headley Grange in Hampshire, Island Studios in London and Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Led Zeppelin IV is the album that put Led Zeppelin into homes around the world, acting as a successful marriage of the hard rock from their second album with the folkier meanderings of their third. It is an album that demonstrates their subtlety and restraint as much as their stadium-filling grandstanding and it confirmed their superstar rock status. 
The actually untitled album (it was also known as Four Symbols or The Runes Album), a chart-topper on both sides of the Atlantic, captures the group’s schizophrenia perfectly. On the one hand, they wallop away through genre-defining rock standards such as “Rock And Roll”, “Black Dog” and “Misty Mountain Hop”; yet on the other, they are gentle and restrained on the folk mysticism of “Going To California” and the Sandy Denny co-sung “The Battle Of Evermore.” 
It is on their anthem, “Stairway To Heaven”, however, that both strands come together in perfect accord. Starting as a recorder-driven acoustic folk ballad, it culminates in its closing minutes as a full-on, much emulated rock classic, with Robert Plant’s vocals and Jimmy Page’s guitar both approaching career-bests. Led Zeppelin IV also demonstrates the singular talent that was drummer John Bonham – the blues driven “When The Levee Breaks” is one of the most heavily sampled drum tracks of all time. 
With immaculate playing (multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones’ contributions are not to be underestimated, either), a mystically obscure sleeve, and a remarkable range of tunes, Led Zeppelin IV, is still, for many, the best example of the group’s craft. Robert Plant thinks so himself. He has been quoted saying, simply: "the Fourth Album, that's it."
Daryl Easlea / BBC

Sereias ‎– O País A Arder (2019)

Genre: Jazz, Rock
Format: CD
Label: Lovers &  Lollypops

01.   Introdução
02.   Puta De Deus
03.   Primeiro Ministro
04.   FP25
05.   Contradição
06.   Loucura
07.   Putas Da TV
08.   Anjo Em Chamas
09.   Resolução
10.   País A Arder

António Pedro Ribeiro - Voz
João Pires - Bateria
Tommy Hughes - Baixo
Sérgio Rocha - Guitarra
Nils Meisel - Sintetizadores
Saxofónico anónimo
Textos - A. Pedro Ribeiro
Música - Sereias

Fred Frith ‎– The Top Of His Head / MTM VOL. 21 (1989)

Style: Soundtrack, Experimental
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Crammed Discs, Made To Measure

01.   Title Theme
02.   Driving To The Train
03.   Wheels Within
04.   Hold On Hold
05.   Lucy Leaves A Note
06.   Gus Escapes
07.   Gravity's A Rule
08.   Channel Change
09.   Orbit
10.   Fall To Call
11.   Underwater Dream
12.   This Old Earth
13.   Donuts
14.   The Long Drive
15.   Lucy
16.   The Premonition
17.   Questions And Answers
18.   The Performance
19.   The Way You Look Tonight

Cello, Accordion – Anne Bourne
Saxophone, Flute – Jean Derome
Voice – Christie MacFadyen, Jane Siberry
Tape, Computer, Instruments – Fred Frith

Mr. V ‎– Welcome Home (2006)

Style: Hip-House, House, Garage House
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Vega Records, Defected

01.   Welcome Home (intro)
02.   On Da Grind
03.   Bring Your Rhythm
04.   It's Broke
05.   Wind Ya Body
06.   Make Peace
07.   Put Your Drink Down
08.   Da Bump
09.   Jus Dance
10.   Somethin (Wit Jazz)
11.   Mr. Bongo
12.   V Get's Jazzy

Executive Producer – Louie Vega, Mr. V
Mastered By – Herb Powers Jr.
Mixed By – Alix Alvarez

Hailing from New York's lower east side, and taken under Louie Vega's wing, Mr V AKA Victor Font, has produced a meltdown of R&B, hip hop, rap, latin and house, with a dash of early Snoop Dogg for good measure. All the tracks on 'Welcome Home' last no longer than 2 mins 40, so the album finishes abruptly at just over half an hour. Just when you start to relax into the groove, it ups and moves onto the next track. Title track Welcome Home is laid-back and fairly inoffensive, with a jazz lounge feel which it shares with Bring Your Rhythm and Jus Dance. Green Velvet basslines pepper the LP, providing the infectious rhythm which will hook listeners in. It's Broke and Da Bump lean more towards house and early electro, while the latin flavours are brought out in Put Your Drink Down. Last track V Gets Jazzy adopts Missy Elliot Pass The Dutch-style claps to pin the beats down. "Shake your body/booty" is uttered a few too many times on different songs, and it's a colloquialism that gets tiring. 'Welcome Home' is the smooth soundtrack to a $7-a-cocktail NY bar that doesn't quite hit the spot.
Alex Burden / The Skinny