Give the Drummer Some's
Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
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Now for the good stuff...
Dave Pike Set ~ "Noisy Silence—Gentle Noise"
(Blog: Barabara Sounds)
Best Song Title: "Walkin' Down the Highway in a Red Raw Egg"
Speaking of his contribution to the iconic Indo/jazz fusion track "Mathar" on this LP, guitarist Volker Kriegel reveals in the liner notes, "I have been playing the Indian sitar for only two weeks. Here too I'm interested in first of all in the wonderful sound of the great instrument. Mathar is the village where in northern Indian where Ravi Shankar studied 14 years with his guru before performing in public. But there are three things in this: for me the word Mathar also consists of "mother" and sitar." (From the liner notes )
Eddie and the Cruisers
"What little I do know about Siagbo Dieudonne Eddie is that he was from the small African nation of Togo. Also, El Rego et Ses Commandos de Cotonou from neighboring Benin were his backing band. And I have seen one other record that he release on his own label…But that’s it." (Stuart Ellis, at Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe)
Demetrio Stratos ~ "Metrodorta"
(Blog: Inconstant Sol)
"This was Stratos' first solo release (1976) after his success with Area, and it marked some insane new territory for the voice as instrument. Stratos is raw, sometimes multitracked, but for the most part unaccompanied in the studio—pain, passion and unabashed self expression. A recording that both echoes the ancient and flabbergasts the present and future. Metrodora may not be to everyone's liking—especially at first—but give it a chance." (By WFMU's Wm. Berger, at My Castle of Quiet)
Laszlo Hortobagyi ~ "6th All-India Music Conference"
"Hortobagyi has spent the last 30 years creating the music of a world that never existed but might exist in a parallel universe. A complete Musical History of a Parallel Earth. A planet , where east and west mixed somewhat differently. Much deeper." (By Eclecticipher)
The Three Ring Circus ~ "Groovin' on the Sunshine"
"The 'Groovin on the Sunshine' single will receive an extensive promotion by RCA. A three-minute 38 second 16mm color promotion film synced to the single has been designed by RCA Records' art director Bob Jones. The film features about a thousand different images from flowers to gravestones, to stock footage from various TV programs to abstract sculpture. In a unique move by the label, the single will be serviced to radio stations throughout the country in stereo only, while consumer copies will remain monaural only. A model dressed as a mime, emulating the four-color single sleeve, will personally deliver the record to radio stations in the New York area." (Billboard, June 22, 1968 )
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