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10 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
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Fame Studios piano hero Barry Beckett died last week at the age of 66. Lucky for us, Beckett found himself smack dab in the middle of countless critical sessions over the course of his five-decade career in music. Beckett's contributions to recordings by Aretha, Dylan, Percy Sledge and many others are legendary, but the Miner will forever appreciate him for producing Eddie Hinton's Swamp Soul classic "Very Extremely Dangerous," which Capricorn released in 1978—and then promptly went out of business.
Capricorn's demise was just one of a long string of hard-luck happenings that doomed Hinton, himself a vital Muscle Shoals sideman, who toiled on the back line for years before finally stepping out with his Beckett-produced debut. (It was Hinton who had convinced Beckett to come to Muscle Shoals in the first place, despite his friend's hankering to head to Nashville.) Though he had no chance in hell to live as long, Hinton would've turned 65 two days ago.
Eddie Never Failed to Leave It All on the Pavement
Eddie Hinton ~ "Very Extremely Dangerous"
(Blog: My Blog Too)
Throat Singing, Animal Imitating, Jews Harping
Sarymai Urchimaev ~ "Altaian"
From the album: Jelmeigen Sagal (mp3)
Pop Music Team ~ "Society Is a Shit"
(Blog: Música Ácida)
From the album: Oda a la Chica Fresa (mp3)
[7 more very extremely wonderful records, after the jump]
Called By Some "the Sly & the Family Stone of Salsa"
Azuquita Y Su Orquesta Melao ~ "Pura Salsa"
(Blog: Hippy Djkit)
Brit Improv Cats Pay Homage
John Stevens ~ "Chemistry"
(Blog: Inconstant Sol)
The Label Called Them "Girls"?
Various ~ "Sanctified Country Girls"
(Blog: Wrath of the Grapevine)
Boozy Bollywood Spy Epic
Laxmikant Pyarelal ~ "Chailla Babu" (OST)
(Blog: Music From the Third Floor)
From the album: Yaar Dildar Tujhe Kaisa Chahiye (mp3)
Her Debut at 11
Bjork Gudmundsdottir ~ "Bjork"
(Blog: Never Get Out of the Boat)
[For individual MP3 tracks, see this previous post from Lukas.]
You Don't Get to Hear a Psaltery Every Day
Dorothy Carter ~ "Troubadour"
(Blog: Mutant Sounds)
From the album: Shirt of Lace (mp3)
Almost as good as Ralph Peer's Bristol Sessions in '27
Various ~ The St. James Sessions
(Blog: Lynn Point Records)
[Many wonderful pages to click on to fully plumb this treasure trove. Click on the "Hear the songs" image to go to the MP3s.]
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