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Today's Mining the Audio Motherlode is dedicated to reader Holly from NC, who donated generously to WFMU during its annual fundraiser and "adopted" your Motherlode's Miner—again! Holly has the biggest heart and the wide-openest ears of anyone in Blogville, and we here at the Motherlode are grateful.
To the Miner's great delight, Holly's old friend Lunchbox (pictured, at left) will continue to accompany all subterranean vinyl expeditions for another year. (Man and beast have grown quite fond of one another after all.)
Three cheers to Holly and all wonderful fans of Beware of the Blog and WFMU who've contributed!
Origin Rhythm Method
"Born on June 28, 1936m in Edikwu Village, Oturkpo, Idoma Division, Benue Plateau State, Nigeria, Ray Stephen Oche comes from a family of musicians, singers and flute players. His ancestors and folks were undisputed celebrities in the intervillage festivals of music, especially in the 1930s, and Ray just followed with amazing ease and talent, the path they had so gloriously thread." (Description from the liner notes.)
Amancia D'Silva ~ Integration
(Blog: Music From All Around)
Goa, Cat, Go!
"Amancio's musical family came from Goa and his music reflected the influences of his Indian background. He grew up in Bombay, where there was a lively jazz scene, and taught himself to play jazz as a teenager. He gained such a reputation that the then Maharani of Jaipur, an ardent jazz lover, became his benefactor and bought him his first decent guitar (a Gibson). D'Silva listened and learned from jazz played on Voice of America. Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery were among his early influences. During this period D'Silva met and married his Irish wife, Joyce, who was teaching in Simla. When, in 1967, one of their three children, Stephano, became ill soon after birth, the family flew to Britain for his treatment and remained there after their son's recovery. Jonathan Miller soon introduced D'Silva to jazz producer Dennis Preston, who initiated the collaborations between D'Silva and leading British jazz musicians." (Description from The Goan Voice)
Yamasuki Singers ~ Le Monde Fabuleaux Des Yamasuki
(Blog: Hippy Djkit)
Killen Me, Softly
"For those in need of epic, exotic, metronomic and dare I say it 'proto-psychedelic-hip-hop that defies categorization' you need look and listen no further. An educational-bubblegum-multi-cultural-psych-rock-opera with lavish choral arrangements and triple-fat beats and bass-lines is the only way to describe this 1971 French/Japanese choreography LP which was designed to bridge the European and Eastern-Asian culture-gap through the power of deep and funky music. This pseudo-Japanese concept album was the brainchild of prolific French production duo Jean Kluger and Daniel Vangarde. Based on a dance named the 'Yamasuki,' it was originally released in very small quantities on the independent label Biram in 1972, inadvertently becoming a useful educational tool for French students keen to learn Japanese. Yamasuki is a collection of beautiful pop songs, sung by a Japanese choir, offset to pounding drum patterns, vibes and fuzz guitar work-outs." (Description from widely quoted promo copy.)
Eddie Callahan ~ False Ego
(Blog: Flash Strap)
Leggo My Ego
"Is there a more enduring, satisfying example of this kind of private-press secret-genius LP? I submit that there may not be-- in terms of weirdo cult-rock, it's on a level of greatness with Ya Ho Wha's Penetration, and in terms of what we might call loner or outsider pop, it's practically unbeatable. Which is not to unduly claim it as "peerless," as it certainly nestles in with the likes of Michael Farneti, Donnie and Joe Emerson, The Kaplan Brothers, Bobb Trimble (if he weren't so sort of insufferable), etc. It's just that this one is the best, the most timeless, the most accomplished and beautiful." (Description by Flash Strap)
[This wonderful record originally appeared in Mining the Audio Motherlode #49.]
Bobbie Gentry ~ Local Gentry
(Blog: One Half Hillbilly, One Half Punk)
"Capitol took swift action—they weren't about to let such a hot property slip off the map, and Bobbie had two more albums out by the year's end. Local Gentry comprised some of her best songs (the saucy 'Sittin' Pretty,' and deceptively airy, black-humoured 'Casket Vignette') with a bunch of more contemporary covers, including 'Fool on the Hill,' which became another flop single. There was also a definitive, curled-up-in-a-cosy-cabin take on Kenny Rankin's 'Peaceful.' The striking red trouser suit and confident stance on the cover must have shifted a few copies of Local Gentry, too. Stanley Dorfman at the BBC was certainly impressed and offered Bobbie her own series, with guests including The Hollies and Donovan. Hits or no, at home she also regularly featured on TV. Something of a good luck charm, she was the maiden guest on Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, and Bobby Darin's variety shows." (Description by Bob Stanley, at Croydon Municipal.)
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