Thursday, 12 November 2020

VA ‎– Nuggets (Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968) (1998)

Style: Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock
Format: Box Set / 4xCD  
Label: Elektra, Rhino Records

Vol.1 (the original nuggets)
1-01.   The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
1-02.   The Standells - Dirty Water
1-03.   The Strangeloves - Night Time
1-04.   The Knickerbockers - Lies
1-05.   The Vagrants - Respect
1-06.   Mouse - A Public Execution
1-07.   The Blues Project - No Time Like The Right Time
1-08.   The Shadows Of Knight - Oh Yeah
1-09.   The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard
1-10.   The Barbarians - Moulty
1-11.   The Remains - Don't Look Back
1-12.   The Magicians - An Invitation To Cry
1-13.   The Castaways - Liar, Liar
1-14.   The Thirteenth Floor Elevators - You're Gonna Miss Me
1-15.   Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
1-16.   The Leaves - Hey Joe
1-17.   Michael & The Messengers - Romeo & Juliet
1-18.   The Cryan Shames - Sugar And Spice
1-19.   The Amboy Dukes - Baby Please Don't Go
1-20.   Blues Magoos - Tobacco Road
1-21.   Chocolate Watch Band - Let's Talk About Girls
1-22.   The Mojo Men - Sit Down, I Think I Love You
1-23.   The Third Rail - Run, Run, Run
1-24.   Sagittarius - My World Fell Down
1-25.   Nazz - Open My Eyes
1-26.   The Premiers - Farmer John
1-27.   The Magic Mushrooms - It's-A-Happening

2-01.   The Music Machine - Talk Talk
2-02.   The Del-Vetts - Last Time Around
2-03.   The Human Beinz - Nobody But Me
2-04.   Kenny & The Kasuals - Journey To Tyme
2-05.   The Sparkles - No Friend Of Mine
2-06.   The Turtles - Outside Chance
2-07.   The Litter - Action Woman
2-08.   The Elastik Band - Spazz
2-09.   The Chocolate Watchband - Sweet Young Thing
2-10.   Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense And Peppermints
2-11.   The Brogues - I Ain't No Miracle Worker
2-12.   Love - 7 And 7 Is
2-13.   The Outsiders - Time Won't Let Me
2-14.   The Squire - Going All The Way
2-15.   The Shadows Of Knight - I'm Gonna Make You Mine
2-16.   Kim Fowley - The Trip
2-17.   The Seeds Featuring Sky Saxon - Can't Seem To Make You Mine
2-18.   The Remains - Why Do I Cry
2-19.   The Beau Brummels - Laugh, Laugh
2-20.   The Nightcrawlers - The Little Black Egg
2-21.   The Gants - I Wonder
2-22.   The Five Americans - I See The Light
2-23.   The Woolies - Who Do You Love
2-24.   Swingin' Medallions - Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
2-25.   The Merry-Go-Round - Live
2-26.   Paul Revere & The Raiders - Steppin' Out
2-27.   Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Diddy Wah Diddy
2-29.   Syndicate Of Sound - Little Girl
2-30.   Blues Magoos - (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
2-31.   Max Frost & The Troopers - Shape Of Things To Come


3-01.   The Hombres - Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)
3-02.   The Golliwogs - Fight Fire
3-03.   New Colony Six - At The River's Edge
3-04.   The Daily Flash - Jack Of Diamonds
3-05.   Lyme & Cybelle - Follow Me
3-06.   The Choir - It's Cold Outside
3-07.   The Rare Breed - Beg, Borrow And Steal
3-08.   Sir Douglas Quintet - She's About A Mover
3-09.   The Music Explosion - Little Bit O'Soul
3-10.   The "E" Types - Put The Clock Back On The Wall
3-11.   The Palace Guard - Falling Sugar
3-12.   The Gestures - Run, Run, Run
3-13.   The Rationals - I Need You
3-14.   The Humane Society -Knock, Knock
3-15.   The Groupies - Primitive
3-16.   The Sonics - Psycho
3-17.   The Lyrics - So What!!
3-18.   The Lollipop Shoppe - You Must Be A Witch
3-19.   The Balloon Farm - A Question Of Temperature
3-20.   Mouse & The Traps -Maid Of Sugar - Maid Of Spice
3-21.   The Uniques - You Ain't Tuff
3-22.   The Standells - Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White
3-23.   The Mojo Men - She's My Baby
3-24.   Unrelated Segments - Story Of My Life
3-25.   The Third Bardo - I'm Five Years Ahead Of My Time
3-26.    We The People - Mirror Of Your Mind
3-27.   The Shadows Of Knight - Bad Little Woman
3-28.   The Music Machine - Double Yellow Line
3-29.   The Human Expression - Optical Sound
3-30.   The Amboy Dukes - Journey To The Center Of The Mind


4-01.   The Chocolate Watchband -Are You Gonna Be There (At The Love-In)
4-02.   The Leaves - Too Many People
4-03.   The Brigands - (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man
4-04.   The Barbarians -Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl
4-05.   Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs -Wooly Bully
4-06.   The Strangeloves -I Want Candy
4-07.   The Kingsmen - Louie Louie
4-08.   The Knickerbockers -One Track Mind
4-09.   Wailers - Out Of Our Tree
4-10.   Harbinger Complex -I Think I'm Down
4-11.   The Dovers - What Am I Going To Do
4-12.   The Charlatans - Codine
4-13.   The Mystery Trend -Johnny Was A Good Boy
4-14.   Clefs Of Lavender Hill - Stop - Get A Ticket
4-15.   The Monks - Complication
4-16.   The Sonics - The Witch
4-17.   The Electric Prunes - Get Me To The World On Time
4-18.   The Other Half - Mr. Pharmacist
4-19.   Richard & The Young Lions - Open Up Your Door
4-20.   Paul Revere & The Raiders - Just Like Me
4-21.   We The People - You Burn Me Up And Down
4-22.   The Lemon Drops - I Live In The Springtime
4-23.   Fenwyck - Mindrocker
4-24.   The Rumors - Hold Me Now
4-25.   The Underdogs - Love's Gone Bad
4-26.   The Standells - Why Pick On Me
4-27.   The Zakary Thaks - Bad Girl
4-28.   Gonn - Blackout Of Gretely
4-29.   The Bees - Voices Green And Purple
4-30.   Davie Allan & The Arrows - Blues' Theme
Producer – Bill Inglot
Compilation Producer, Programmed By – Lenny Kaye
Remastered By – Bill Inglot, Dan Hersch

The brainchild of Elektra Records chief Jac Holzman, Nuggets was a double-album survey of grass roots American garage-rock “one-hit wonders”, originally released in 1972, at the very moment when rock’n’roll was making its first backwards-looking audit.

Curated by future Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye (whose original liner notes would coin the term punk rock), it documented the widely pervading influence of the so-called British Invasion on young mid-to-late-60s beat combos across the USA.  

This anniversary reissue features new, sagacious sleeve-notes from Kaye, while the album’s 27 short, sharp, electric guitar and Farfisa organ-soaked essays remain preserved in musical amber, evincing the impact of The Beatles (to an almost preposterous level – faux Scouse accents and all – on The Knickerbockers’ Lies), The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Them et al on an eclectic tranche of musicians. These acts’ recordings would project British Invasion tropes through the prism of 1960s American musical (and, increasingly, counter-) culture.

Typically, The Electric Prunes’ I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night), The Seeds’ Pushin’ Too Hard and 13th Floor Elevators’ You’re Gonna Miss Me – all of which would enjoy deferred "classic" status courtesy of Nuggets – are products of a ricocheting process of cross-fertilisation. US blues and soul-inspired British styles are bent back into feisty, indigenous variants on garage-rock, brimming with "out there" lyrics and disorientating studio effects which bear testimony to a burgeoning awareness of drug-induced altered states.

There are less lysergic, less Anglophone offerings here, too. The Vagrants’ muscular, bluesy take on Otis Redding’s Respect, and Mouse’s A Public Execution, an unmitigated homage to Highway 61 Revisited-era Bob Dylan, for example, while several tracks presage a subsequent wave of US underground punk-rock.

Count Five’s spiky Psychotic Reaction proffers the missing link between The Yardbirds and early Television, while The Remains’ angsty Don’t Look Back might have been the blueprint for Richard Hell and the Voidoids. The Shadows of Knight’s Oh Yeah, meanwhile, is surely the prototype for David Bowie’s The Jean Jeanie.

Thus, Nuggets remains a Rosetta Stone among rock compilations and an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the rapid, wild and vivid evolution of 1960s psychedelia.
David Sheppard  / BBC Review

Enrique Rodríguez & The Negra Chiway Band ‎– Fase Liminal (2020)

Genre: Jazz
Format: Vinyl, CD
Label: Soul Jazz Records

A1.   ¿Dónde?
A2.   Descenso
A3.   Vindakalla-Welukan (Autoconfrontación)
A4.   No Quiero Seguir Así
B1.   Acabar de Conocerse
B2.   Paso Firme
B3.   ¿Dónde ? (Alt. Take)

Flute – Niko Herlitz
Backing Vocals – Juan Gillmore
Trumpet – David Riquelme
Violin – Valentina Fuentes
Clarinet – Gonzalo Plaza 
Congas, Bongos – Laura López 
Double Bass – Benjamin "Panfi" Higuera
Drums – Dante Zerda
Electric Bass – Sebastián Mamani
Maracas, Other – Galvarino "Nino" Pino Kuisi
Percussion – Juan "John" Paredes
Tenor Saxophone – Leonardo Huanquil
Alto Saxophone – Daniella Rojas, Roberto Boksamy
Composed By, Recorded By, Mixed By – Enrique Rodríguez
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Xylophone, Clarinet, Quena, Grand Piano, Synthesizer, Keyboards, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Percussion, Drums – Enrique "Quique" Rodríguez

Powerful new spiritual jazz from Chile on Soul Jazz Records. Enrique Rodríguez and the Negra Chiway Band group have an instantly powerful and unique sound that is reminiscent of the ensembles of Sun Ra and his Arkestra as well as Horace Tapscott and his Pan-Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, one that channels the righteous spirits of Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp and McCoy Tyner together with a stunning Latin rhythmical and new consciousness and percussive energy. Added to this are elements

Men Without Hats ‎– Rhythm Of Youth (1984)

Style: Synth-pop
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Sire, Statik Records

01.   Ban The Game
02.   The Safety Dance
03.   Living In China
04.   The Great Ones Remember
05.   I Got The Message
06.   I Like
07.   Ideas For Walls
08.   Things In My Life
09.   Cocoricci (Le Tango Des Voleurs)
10.   The Great Ones Remember (Reprise)
11.   Antarctica
12.   Ban The Game (Full Version )
13.   I Got The Message (Long Version)
14.   The Safety Dance (Video Version)
15.   The Safety Dance (Club Mix)

Acoustic Guitar – Daniel A. Vermette
Castanets – Michel Jérôme
Electronics – Allan McCarthy, Ivan
Guitar – Ivan, Stefan Doroschuk
Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer – Colin Doroschuk
Piano – Allan McCarthy, Ivan
Violin – Stefan Doroschuk
Voice – Ivan, Anne Dussau
Percussion – Allan McCarthy, Ivan, Martin Cartier, Martin Cartier
Producer – Marc Durand

Rhythm of Youth, 1982 debut album from Men Without Hats, is an eccentric New Wave masterpiece. It is nearly impossible for any sane human being not to feel the incredible urge to dance to something that is so infectiously upbeat and motivational.

With a cascade of singles (‘Living in China’, ‘I Got the Message’, ‘I Like’, and their most notable success, ‘Safety Dance’) Rhythm propelled the band to success in the early 1980’s, landing them a career that spanned several decades, with two separate decades between the previous two albums spent disbanded.

Strong synth instrumentation and rapid, quirky percussion present the album with an unapologetically contagious quality. Lyrically, there is heavy focus on themes of freedom of expression, and happiness. ‘Living in China’, the first single, focuses on the Chinese Communist Revolution, with frequent references to General Mao.

‘Safety Dance’ is a popular dance track that has provides an apt representation of much of the sound that dominated 80’s music. Driven with an upbeat tempo and energetic lyrics, it holds nothing back and feels perfectly executed. The lyrics are a reference to a dancing style that came about as a result of the rising popularity of New Wave dancing, in particular a style known as ‘pogoing’ which was comprised of jumping up and down with a rigid body, and the clash of this style versus the fading Disco. To the unaccustomed person, it would appear to look unsafe. Bouncers in clubs and halls attempted to put a stop to it, often removing participant’s altogether. The song is therefore a message about Freedom of Expression.

As a New Wave album, Rhythm of Youth is, as writer and lead singer Ivan Doroschuck himself has stated, a fusion of Disco and Punk, and it holds true to that virtue from beginning to end: that punk-like defiance and primal desire for freedom is nearly rooted in every hook and in every chorus.

There is little to hold back this accomplishment, and it is a solidly composed album, but through examination there are a few oddities: in ‘I Got the Message’, the chorus breaks into French suddenly, jumping back and forth to English and seemingly random intervals. The Immediately following track is almost entirely in French save for the last line, “This is the only way.”, and it seems like an odd inconsistency. This isn’t entirely random: the band originates from Quebec, Canada, a largely French-speaking province. Yet it seems an odd artistic choice to make an album that is 90% English with a song and a half written in a completely different language entirely.

Most remarkable is how efficiently Rhythm of Youth has aged 34 years after its initial release. Messages about expression serve as relevant anecdotes to modern times, and the lyrically defiant attitude certainly appeals to modern listeners, and it’s easy to see why.

Regardless of the use of separate languages, an artistic choice that hardly holds back what has established itself as a definitive New Wave classic; just as ‘Safety Dance‘ serves as a timeless anthem that people will continue to sing for decades to come.