Archive for October, 2011

#5: PT. Vijay Raghava Rao – In Concert – ‘Flute Classics’ – Six Traditional Compositions in Vocal Classical Style

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2011 by xxx

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This is probably my favorite record in my modest collection of Indian music. I remember buying this blindly at Amoeba Hollywood with no doubt in my mind that it was going to be great. I had never really heard Indian flute music; most of the Indian music that I’d heard had the Sitar covering melodies. Perhaps it was the peacock feathers on the front that reassured me that this was going to be a worthwhile purchase. Growing up in an area rife with peacocks or “El Pavo Real”, I am attracted to art that involves them. But enough about Peacocks…

If you are at all a fan of Indian music, you will like this record. It contains six ragas all performed in front of a live audience and all featuring the master flute-work of Pt. Vijay Raghava Rao. Like most music of this kind it’s very mellow and good for meditating, relaxing, sexing or dreaming. I don’t really know what else to say about it, so, I will let other connoisseurs speak for me:

“No substitute for his flute…the complete master” – The Hindustan Times

“A volcano of creative expression” – The Indian Express

“His flute is an unending fountain of myriad melodies, always fresh, always original…” – The Patriot

“Creator of beautiful, wide and ethereal canvasses…” – The Deccan Herald

“20th Century Renaissance Genius..” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Intensely romantic…lyrical…extremely serene…” – Rave Magazine

“Innovator in the world of music.. a versatile genius.,” -The JS Magazine

“Seeker of truth through music. One of the greatest flautists of this world” – The Times of India

“Reflective music, refreshing and genuinely haunting” – The New York Times

“Awe inspiring. Freshness and finesse in every note. Marked by gay abandon, innovativeness and imaginative vitality” – The Statesman

“Suave tonicity, lyricism, rich melodic beauty” – The Listening Post

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PS. If anyone out there knows how to speak Hindi I would love to find out what these track titles mean.

59th St. and 5th Ave

Posted in Garbage with tags , on October 4, 2011 by xxx

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#4 – The Fabulous McClevertys – Calypso!

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , on October 3, 2011 by xxx

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The Fabulous McClevertys were a Calypso group from St. Thomas, V.I. in the 1950s. This record put out on the trustworthy Verve record label is the only document of their existence that I can find. It contains their most popular “hit” song, “Don’t Blame it on Elvis”. This is a great collection of real Calypso music from a forgotten band. There are some really great songs on here rife with social commentary and humor. Put it on, turn up the mids and enjoy! Download below.

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Outside Academy LPs

Posted in Garbage with tags , on October 3, 2011 by xxx

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#3 – Don Drummond – Greatest Hits

Posted in Gold with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2011 by xxx

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Don Drummond

This is a great set of first-wave Ska instrumentals featuring legendary composer/trombonist, Don Drummond and The Skatalites. Drummond was a founding member of The Skatalites and composed many of their hits up until he was convicted of murdering his girlfriend and subsequently submitted to a mental asylum. Drummond died in the asylum a few years later. According to Wikipedia, some sources believe that Drummond was killed in the asylum for the murder he committed.

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Despite the tragic events that capped his life, Don Drummond is remembered as a leading visionary in early Jamaican Ska music of the 1960s. His musical style has influenced generations of Ska and Reggae musicians and continues to do so today.

This album is a greatest hits compilation put out on the Treasure Isle/Sonic Sounds label. The jazzy improvisational trombone work on this album lend itself to repeated listens. These songs will never get old. So do yourself a favor, put on your dancing shoes and get down to these fantastic Ska jams. This is a great record to play at your next party or even just around the house. If you are used to listening/dancing to reggae music be prepared to dance to a faster beat, this music doesn’t lend itself to being completely stoned out, but a little buzz wouldn’t hurt. For those of you who don’t live in the tropics, throw this record on to be transported to a totally different time and place. That is what great music is all about, right? Enjoy. Download below.

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