(May 6, 2019): Painter – Going Down The Road

K-SHE Classic. From the 1973 self-title album, Painter (Elektra ‎– EKS – 75071). This Danny sweetmeatLowe band from Edmonton would move to Seattle and sign with Elecktra for this debut LP. After the follow up fizzled and Electrak dropped them, they changed lineup and name to Hammersmith in 1974. “West Coast Woman” was a top 20 hit off this LP. I can recall recording the enitire album on the K-SHE the Seventh Day program when I was 13. I still have the Memorex cassette, though it is missing the pressure pad.

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(April 17, 2019): Champion Jack Dupree – Can’t Kick The Habit

From the 1958 album, Blues From the Gutter (Atlantic – 8019).  From boxer to blues man, Jack Dupree had an outsized influence on 1960s rockers, including the Rolling Stones. In his later years, he played with John Mayall, Mick Taylor, Eric Clapton and The Band.

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(April 14, 2019): The Chemical Brothers – No Geography

The title track from the 2019 album, No Geography.  Taken from the 10 track LPx3 triple album available from The Chemical Brothers website. The sleeve contains a fold-out 24″x24″ poster with credits on reverse and download code for the instrumentals of: Eve Of Destruction, The Universe Sent Me, and Catch Me I’m Falling. For some unexplained reason Sides A.B and E play at 45rpm and Sides C,D and F are 33 1/3rpm.

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(March 31, 2019): Pat Boone – Smoke on the Water

From the 1997 album, In A Metal Mood: No More Mr. Nice Guy. Much has been written about Mr. Boone’s hard rock outing. There is some good, some bad. All hilarious. Tom Scott does a nice job arranging here.

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(March 8, 2019) – Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra – This Younger Generation

From the a-side of the 1957 single, This Younger Generation / In Pursuit Of Happiness (Decca ‎– 9-30188). As it ever will be. In this case it is the flat top – where is it going to stop?

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(January 26, 2019): Testors – Together

From the 1980 single, Together / Time Is Mine – 7″ 45rpm (Drive In Music – BOP-1). The Testors, led by Sonny Vincent, were a staple of CBGBs and Max’s Kansas City in the late 1970s. This single is their sole release during the time they were performing. There have been a host of live recording compilations (bootleg and otherwise) that followed the band’s demise and another single was released in 2011, but it is unclear if it was new or old material. Anyway, this tune has a good beat and you can dance to it.

 

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(January 18, 2019): Seun Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 – Rise

The title track from the 2011 double album of the same name, Rise.  Seun Kuti is the youngest son of the legendary Fela Kuti. Egypt 80, which had been Fela Kuti’s band, became Seun’s main band after his father died in 1997. When I first saw the Knitting Factory lable on this release, I was reminded of seeing Sun Ra in 1991 at the famous Houston Street venue in New York.

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