(November 29, 2015): Richard and Linda Thompson – Justice In The Streets

From the 1979 album, Sunnyvista.  This is undoubtedly the most upbeat of the six LPs that Richard and Linda Thompson put out as a duo.  Old Fairport Convention drummer, Dave Mattacks, appears on this track.

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(November 28, 2015): Pearl Django – Boise Jump

From the 2005 album, Chasing Shadows.  This Seattle group started life as a trio in the 199os.  More of a combo these days.  It just released its 12th LP this past May.  Still focused on Gypsy jazz and Hot Club swing. Remembering lazy Saturday afternoons in the late 1980s in Boise browsing vinyl at The Record Exchange.


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(November 26, 2015): Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Happy Thanksgiving. From the A-side of the 1969 double A-side single, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) / Everybody Is A Star.  This tune was supposed to be to be included on an album that never materialized with “Star” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime”.  Instead, it made it out as a single in December 1969.  It was also included on  band’s 1970 Greatest Hits long player. This was the only single released by the band between 1969 and 1971.

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(November 23, 2015): Toe Fat – Bad Side of the Moon

K-SHE Classic.  From the 1970 self-titled album, Toe Fat.  A short lived, two album band.  sweetmeatMembers included Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake (who went on to Uriah Heep) and John Glascock (who became the third bass player in Jethro Tull).  This tune is an early Elton John & Bernie Taupin composition.  The album cover is used here, with the lamb on the beach, is the one for the Rare Earth label U.S. release.  The U.K. Parlaphone import made clear that the lamb had been stuck on to cover a nude couple looking on behind the toe heads.

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(Nov. 22, 2015): Stuff Smith – Stop, Look

From the 1958 album, Have Violin, Will Swing.  Smith (Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith) was one of the big three swing violinists (along with Grappelli and Venuti).  He broke in with Alphonso Trent and in the 1930s and 40s had his on Onxy Club band, which included Jonah Jones and Cozy Cole.  This LP was one of five records for Norman Granz in the late 1950s that brought Smith back into the spotlight.  He was teamed variously by Verve on these recordings with Grappelli, Dizzy Gillespie, and Oscar Peterson.  Later, in the mid 1960s he teamed up in a series of LPs with Herb Ellis, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Sun Ra.  Carl Perkins is on the piano here providing the rhythm.

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(November 21, 2015): Cyantific – Colour In The Shadows (Instrumental)

From the 2015 single, Colour In The Shadows.  Jonathan Stanley left Hospital Records sometime in 2013 and, until now, the biggest noise he made was remixing, including Outlines, Can’t Stop and Put Your Love On Me.  Even though Stanley is now on Viper Records, this still sounds like Hospital fare.

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(November 13, 2011): Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Cinnamon Girl

From the 1969 album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.  Happy 70th Birthday Mr. Young.

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