(Sept 20, 2014): Red Nichols & His Five Pennies – Whispering

From the a-side of the 1928 Shellac, 12″, 78 rpm, There’ll Come a Time / Whispering.  It was also released as the a-side in the UK as Whispering / Rocking Chair.  Paul Whiteman first popularized the song in 1920.  I remember first hearing the tune from the 1966 Winchester Cathedral album by the New Vaudeville Band.


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(Sept 19, 2014): The Selecter – Cool Blue Lady

From the 1981 album, Celebrate the Bullet.  I remember seeing the original incarnation of The Selecter with Neol Davies, Pauline Black, and Desmond Brown at Camden Palace.  What a time that was.

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(Sept 18, 2014): The A-Cads – Down The Road

From the a-side of the 1966 single, Down the Road / Nadine.  The tune also appears on another 1966 single by the band as, Sha-La-La-La-Lee / Down the Road.   The A-Cads were a Johannesburg band.  This single had the misfortune of being released the same year as the notorious judgment in the second phase of the South West Africa cases (Ethiopia v. South Africa; Liberia v. South Africa).   Popularity outside of South Africa eluded the band.  Indeed, Australia is only now just recovering from Percy Spender’s disastrous casting vote as President of the ICJ (with the likely election of James Crawford to the Bench this year as an Australia for the first time since Spender).



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(Sept 17, 2014): RJD2 – Since We Last Spoke

The title track from the 2004 album, Since We Last Spoke.  RJD2 (Ramble John Krohn) is a sampler who knows what to do with beats.  This LP is a bit moody, but does include three back to back rockers with little added on.

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(Sept 16, 2014): Grant Green – Sookie, Sookie

From the 1970 live album, Alive!  Recorded at the Cliché Lounge in Newark, NJ.  Green really grooves on this bit of funk by Don Covay and Steve Cropper.  Idris Muhammad and Ronnie Foster, who are included in this quintet, help push things along.

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(Sept 15, 2014): Roni Size – Final Days

From the 2014 album, Take Kontrol.  It is hard to believe that it has been six years since Roni Size released a long player.  Pete Josef is featured on this tune.  Tita Lau and Jay Wilcox also make appearances.


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(Sept 14, 2014): Brian Protheroe – Pinball

K-SHE Classic.  The title track from the 1974 album, Pinball. Tony Coe is on Sax.  sweetmeatProtheroe released four long players from 1974 to 1976 and in 1996 an LP of previously unreleased material came out.  Aside from at 2005 effort, Protheroe has mostly been an actor. IMDB list 53 acting credits to his name.



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