Scotty Moore – The Guitar That Changed The World (1964)

FrontCover1Winfield Scott “Scotty” Moore III (December 27, 1931 – June 28, 2016) was an American guitarist and recording engineer who formed The Blue Moon Boys in 1954, Elvis Presley’s backing band. He was studio and touring guitarist for Presley between 1954 and 1968.

Rock critic Dave Marsh credits Moore with the invention of power chording, on the 1957 Presley song “Jailhouse Rock”, the intro of which Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana, according to the latter, “copped from a ’40s swing version of ‘The Anvil Chorus’.” Moore was ranked 29th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time in 2011. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2007, and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015. The Rolling Stones’ lead guitarist Keith Richards has said of Moore:

When I heard “Heartbreak Hotel”, I knew what I wanted to do in life. It was as plain as day. All I wanted to do in the world was to be able to play and sound like that. Everyone else wanted to be Elvis, I wanted to be Scotty. (by wikipedia)

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Scotty Moore’s guitar, as represented on Elvis Presley’s Sun sides in 1954 and 1955, did help in a big way to change the world. But 1964 was definitely not the year in which for Moore or Epic Records to try and remind anyone that fact, even with Elvis alumni D.J. Fontana (drums), Bob Moore (bass), Boots Randolph (sax), Jerry Kennedy (guitar), Buddy Harman (drums), Bill Pursell (piano), and the Jordanaires aboard. The Guitar That Changed the World passed largely without notice that year, becoming a curiously mistimed attempt at a career move. Apart from its sense of timing, the album’s problems included having more of a Nashville than a Memphis sound, being a little too mid-tempo and relaxed, and having too much sax and country piano. Without Elvis’ presence, there wasn’t going to be an overabundance of sexuality, nothing like the excitement of the originals, in these re-recordings of “That’s All Right,” “Hound Dog,” “Money Honey,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Milk Cow Blues,” “Mystery Train,” and so on, but the country sound here is a little too pale, and a little too close in spirit to Chet Atkins.

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Rather than trying to pick up where he’d left off at Sun in 1955, or even recreating the pseudo-Sun sound of Elvis’ early RCA singles, Moore aimed for more of a mature, virtuoso performance — he plays beautifully and dexterously, but not with much excitement or any attempt to elicit excitement from the listener; he and the rest concentrate more on precision, and the resulting album is strong there and weak in most other departments. It’s beautifully, carefully played but nothing like spontaneous, cutting-edge rock & roll. Guitar buffs and Elvis completists will want this, but others should hear it also, if only to get a glimpse of what Elvis’ sidemen (and collaborators, in Moore’s case) could do on their own. (by Bruce Eder)

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Personnel:
D.J. Fontana (drums)
Buddy Harman (drums)
Jerry Kennedy (guitar)
Bob Moore (bass)
Scotty Moore (guitar)
Bill Pursell (piano)
Boots Randolph (saxophone)
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The Jordanaires (background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Hound Dog (Leiber/Stoller) 2.11
02. Loving You (Leiber/Stoller) 2.34
03. Money Honey (Stone) 2.12
04. My Baby Left Me (Crudup) 2.22
05. Heartbreak Hotel (Axton/Durden) 2.45
06. That’s All Right (Crudup) 2.23
07. Milkcow Blues Boogie (Arnold) 2.28
08. Don’t (Leiber/Stoller) 2.46
09. Mystery Train (Parker/Phillips) 2.02
10. Don’t Be Cruel (Blackwell) 2.02
11. Love Me Tender (Matson) 2.46
12. Mean Woman Blues (Demetruis) 2.12

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Manu Dibango – Africadelic (1972)

OriginalFrontCover1Emmanuel N’Djoké “Manu” Dibango (12 December 1933 – 24 March 2020) was a Cameroonian musician and songwriter who played saxophone and vibraphone. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. His father was a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Duala. He was best known for his 1972 single “Soul Makossa.” He died of COVID-19 on 24 March 2020.

Dibango was born in Douala, Cameroon. His father, Michel Manfred N’Djoké Dibango, was a civil servant. Son of a farmer, he met his wife travelling by pirogue to her residence, Douala. A literate woman, she was a fashion designer, running her own small business. Both her ethnic group, the Duala, and his, the Yabassi, viewed this union of different ethnic groups with some disdain. Emmanuel had no siblings, although he had a stepbrother from his father’s previous marriage[7] who was four years older than he was. In Cameroon, one’s ethnicity is dictated by one’s father, though Dibango wrote in his autobiography, Three Kilos of Coffee, that he had “never been able to identify completely with either of [his] parents.”

ManuDibango01Dibango’s uncle was the leader of his extended family. Upon his death, Dibango’s father refused to take over, as he never fully initiated his son into the Yabassi’s customs. Throughout his childhood, Dibango slowly forgot the Yabassi language in favour of the Duala. However, his family did live in the Yabassi encampment on the Yabassi plateau, close to the Wouri River in central Douala. While a child, Dibango attended Protestant church every night for religious education, or nkouaida. He enjoyed studying music there, and reportedly was a fast learner.

In 1941, after being educated at his village school, Dibango was accepted into a colonial school, near his home, where he learned French. He admired the teacher, whom he described as “an extraordinary draftsman and painter.” In 1944, French president Charles de Gaulle chose this school to perform the welcoming ceremonies upon his arrival in Cameroon.

He was a member of the seminal Congolese rumba group, African Jazz, and has collaborated with many other musicians, including Fania All Stars, Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worrell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, King Sunny Adé, Don Cherry, and Sly and Robbie. He achieved a considerable following in the UK with a disco hit called “Big Blow”, originally released in 1976 and re-mixed as a 12″ single in 1978 on Island Records.

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In 1998, he recorded the album CubAfrica with Cuban artist Eliades Ochoa. At the 16th Annual Grammy Awards in 1974, he was nominated in the categories Best R&B Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition for “Soul Makossa”.

The song “Soul Makossa” on the record of the same name contains the lyrics “makossa”, which means “(I) dance” in his native tongue, the Cameroonian language Duala. It has influenced popular music hits, including Kool and the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie”[13]. The 1982 parody song “Boogie in your butt” by comedian Eddie Murphy interpolates Soul Makossa’s bassline and horn charts while “Butt Naked Booty Bless” by 1990s hip-hop group Poor Righteous Teachers heavily samples its musical bridge and drum patterns.

He served as the first chairman of the Cameroon Music Corporation, with a high profile in disputes about artists’ royalties. Dibango was appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2004.

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His song, “Reggae Makossa”, is featured on the soundtrack to the 2006 video game Scarface: The World Is Yours. In August 2009, he played the closing concert at the revived Brecon Jazz Festival. In July 2014, he made an 80th anniversary concert at Olympia, France which was broadcast by TV5Monde.

In 2009 he filed a lawsuit claiming that Rihanna’s and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” used the “Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa” hook without his permission. According to Dibango, the line is from his 1972 single “Soul Makossa”. Agence France-Presse reported that Jackson admitted that he borrowed the line for “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” and settled out of court. When Rihanna asked Jackson in 2007 for permission to sample the line, he allegedly approved the request without contacting Dibango beforehand. Dibango’s attorneys brought the case before a court in Paris, demanding €500,000 in damages and asking for Sony BMG, EMI and Warner Music to be “barred from receiving ‘mama-say mama-sa’-related income until the matter is resolved”. The judge ruled that Dibango’s claim was inadmissible: a year earlier, a different Paris-area judge had required Universal Music to include Dibango’s name in the liner notes of future French releases of “Don’t Stop the Music”, and, at the time of this earlier court appearance, Dibango had withdrawn legal action, thereby waiving his right to seek further damages.

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On 8 September 2015, Michaëlle Jean, Secretary General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, honours Manu Dibango with the title of Grand Témoin de la Francophonie aux Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Rio 2016[19] (Special Representative of Francophonia to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games).[citation needed]

Dibango died on 24 March 2020 of COVID-19. (by wikipedia)

And here is of his earl album from the Seventies. And this is the story behind mthis brilliant album:

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AFRICADELIC is the classic 1972 album composed and recorded in the span of one week by Manu Dibango, after the encouraging success of his monster hit “Soul Mokossa.” Here he continues to fuse Afro-Caribbean flavors with the contemporary Latin and funk influences of the day, resulting in a highly soulful, highly danceable album. (by AllMusic

And yes, this is an extraordinary album, by one of the finest musicians of Africa !

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Personnel:
Manu Dibango And His African Pop Group

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Tracklist:
01. Soul Fiesta 2.09
02. Africadelic 2.16
03. The Panther 2.29
04. African Battle 3.01
05. Black Beauty 2.50
06. African Carnaval 3.17
07. Moving Waves 4.03
08. Afro-Soul 2.44
09. Oriental Sunset 1.48
10. Monkey Beat 2.43
11. Wa-Wa 3.04
12. Percussion Storm 1.54

Music composed by Louis Delacour & Manu Dibango

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