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6 Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
This past week your hard-working Miner dove deep into the inky dark of music's lost history and came up cradling some shimmering gems: Rainful Days appears to be the only record ever released by West Sussex folk siren Maria Barton. The album came out on the tiny Airship label in 1980. ••• More stellar music recorded on British soil comes from Johnny and June Carter Cash, whose live performance at the London Palladium in '75 was released, replete with enchanting between-song banter. Fan sites always call attention to the IRA bomb threat announcement that interrupts June's intro to "Church in the Wildwood" (check the audio clip, below), but the tales told and tunes tendered are top notch. ••• Never really a brother-sister act, Zambia's John and Joyce Nyirongo were popular stars in their own right who occasionally performed together. Here we have a selection of their best '80s collaborations. ••• New Orleans cornetist Freddie Keppard blew loud and hot. Some say to hear his brash brass playing is the closest we'll ever get to experiencing the sound of the legendary (and legendarily unrecorded) Buddy Bolden. In 1915, Keppard passed up the chance to cut for the Victor Talking Machine Co. what would have been history's first-ever phonograph disc. ••• Cuban tres maestro Arsenio Rodríguez and ivory tickler Rubén González joined up with members of cha-cha-cha king Ninón Mondejar's group to form Orquesta América del 55. Rodríguez would evently leave Cuba to wider fame if not fortune; González never did, save for a few minutes in the Buena Vista Social Club limelight. ••• The patriots of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, who came to the aid of republican Spain in 1936, were labeled "premature anti-fascists" by their own American goverment. Compare and contrast please to the tea-party buffoons of today—calling their own American president "Hitler"!—while grooving to the these anti-fascist anthems.
Was There a Laurel Canyon in West Sussex?
Maria Barton ~ "Rainful Days"
(Blog: Time Has Told Me)
Cornet King Before Louis
Freddie Keppard ~ "The Complete Freddie Keppard Heritage"
(Blog: Music A-K-O)
From Havana with Love
La Orquesta América ~ "Los Marcianos"
(Blog: La Ostia Latin Jazz)
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