VA – Christmas Party With Eddie G (1990)

FrontCover1And here´s a very special christmas sampler:

Eddie G. (“no relation to Kenny,” as his liner notes emphasize) is a Hollywood comedy writer who gained some notoriety for his annual made-for-friends Christmas tapes. In 1990, Columbia released one of his tapes on CD, and it remains among the finest Christmas compilations on the market. Highlights include such delights as Detroit Junior’s rockin’ “Christmas Day,” the Skeletons’ innovative blend of “Do You Hear What I Hear” with the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” (taking up where the Ventures left off on their Christmas LP), and terrific contributions from Foghat (yes, Foghat!), Louis Prima, and George Jones & Tammy Wynette, who are oh-so-fine on “Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus.” Devotees still long for volume two. (by Bill Holdship)

If there is a more entertaining Christmas compilation than this CD, I have not heard it. This is a party platter that includes international Christmas greetings and amusing comedy bits from old radio in between 17 tracks of R&B, blues, country, exotica, rock, novelty, and more.

Most tracks are unavailable elsewhere on CD. From the surf sounds of Untamed Youth to the strains of Monty & Marsha Brown’s “Cajun Christmas,” this is a nonstop Christmas party. (by Dennis MacDonald)

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Tracklist:
01. The Eddie G. Singers: Here Comes Eddie (West/Gorodetsky) 0.47
02. Detroit Junior: Christmas Day (Williams) 2.15
03. Eddie Lawrence: Merry Old Philosopher #1 (Lawrence) 0.54
04. Bobby Lloyd & The Skeletons: Do You Hear What I Hear / You Really Got Me (Regney/Shane/Davies) 2.05
05. Billy West & Eddie Gorodetsky: Late Slap (West/Gorodetsky) 0.46
06. Augie Rios: Donde Esta Santa Claus (Parker/Greiner/Scheck) 2.50
07. Byron Lee & The Dragonaires: Winter Wonderland (Bernard/Smith) 2.33
08. Billy West & Eddie Gorodetsky: Eye Pokes (West/Gorodetsky) 0.44
09. Louis Prima: What Will Santa Claus Say When He Finds Everybody Swinging? (Prima) 3.08
10. Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns: All I Want For Christmas (Is A Little Bit Of Music) (Smith) 3.03
11. Billy West & Eddie Gorodetsky: Five More Slaps (West/Gorodetsky) 0.54
12. Tony Rodelle Larson: Cool Yule (Larson) 2.28
13. Untamed Youth: Santa’s Gonna Shut ‘Em Down (Dickerson) 2.15
14. Eddie Lawrence: Merry Old Philosopher #2 (Lawrence) 0.54
15. Rufus Thomas: I’ll Be Your Santa Baby (Thomas) 4.00
16. Billy West & Eddie Gorodetsky:  I Hope He Stays In Germany (West/Gorodetsky) 0.27
17. Debbie Dabney: I Want To Spend Christmas With Elvis (Heartbreak Noel) (Kirschner/Darin) 2.11
18. Foghat: All I Want For Christmas Is You (Peverett) 3.35
19. Billy West & Eddie Gorodetsky: Shemp Tribute (West/Gorodetsky) 0.37
20. The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Merry Christmas Darling (Wilson/Semiens) 4.23
21. Monty & Marsha Brown: Cajun Christmas (Brown) 2.47
22. Billy West & Eddie Gorodetsky: Our 49th State (West/Gorodetsky) 0.22
23. Arthur Lyman: Mele Kalikimaka (Anderson) 2.12
24. George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus (Montgomery/Frazier) 2.22
25. Solomon Burke: Christmas Presents (Burke) 3.12
26. NRBQ: Christmas Wish (Spampinato) 2.50
27. Billy West & Eddie Gorodetsky: A Final Try (West/Gorodetsky) 0.44
28. Eddie Lawrence: Merry Old Philosopher #3 (Lawrence) 1.11
29. The Eddie G. Singers: So Long Eddie (West/Gorodetsky) 1.03

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Sorry …

Mr. AW wrote me:

Once more let me hip you. There is some difficulty with your downloads, There arrive incomplete. I have tried both methods off downloading and the problem persists. This a difficulty with your site.

And another reader of this blog wrote me yesterday

This and about the last 5 albums I have tried to download, I have gotten a message saying the archive is damaged, This is new as I have downloaded a number of albums the last couple years from you site. Thanks, I have enjoyed regularly checking out what you post.

And I have no idea … where´s the problem is …

I use since I startet this blog WINRAR 5.50 (64-Bit) … and I know that other readers can use the download links …

I will keep on searching to the find the mistake …

Once again: Sorry !

Hassan Boussou – Maalem (80´s)

FrontCover1Hassan Hakmoun is one of the most notable figures in contemporary Moroccan music.

Though schooled in the deeply traditional sounds of the Gnawa people in his native Marrakesh, since moving to the U.S. in 1987, his music has absorbed elements from a variety of popular styles, from jazz and “world music” to neo-classical contemporary Western music and cerebral pop, resulting in a diverse, award-winning and critically acclaimed body of work. His participation in such internationally renowned arts festivals as WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) and collaborations with respected artists, including David Sanborn, Peter Gabriel, Don Cherry and The Kronos Quartet, among countless others, have brought him further into the spotlight and inspired many artists from North Africa and around the globe to follow in his footsteps.

As a master musician whose vision and contributions have enabled a unique fusion and blending of traditions, cultures and genres in a world of ever-expanding global communication and exchange, his work maintains its profound and enormous capacity to joyously inspire and heal the individuals and communities it reaches, as Hakmoun undoubtedly remains a commanding and intriguing artist in the world music scene.

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Hakmoun’’s musical origins are rooted in the African folk music of the Islamic Gnawa sect, descendants from West African slaves brought to North Africa several hundred years ago. Their music combines complicated West African syncopations with long, sinuous North African melodies. Tracing their roots back to the Bilal, a freed slave known for his beautiful voice and believed to have been chosen by the Islamic prophet Mohammed to serve as the first muezzin to call the people of the faith to their prayers, Gnawa musicians often express their religious devotion through their music, using it to enter into spiritual trance states.

These rich, ancient Gnawa traditions have powerfully and intimately influenced Hakmoun’s early life and calling as a musician as his mother is a mystic healer known throughout Marrakesh for her derdeba trance ceremonies, often all-night affairs involving hypnotic playing and chanting to exorcise spirits. Steeped in Islamic mysticism and West African rhythms, the Gnawa musical form and its rituals lift the spirit and heal the sick and wounded through its songs of praise.

Hakmoun began learning Gnawa music after witnessing his first trance ceremony at the young age of four. Through a miraculous incident involving his younger sister, whose body was mysteriously touched by the spirit, covered in cigarette burns and then healed as a result of a meeting of the local Gnawa masters who proceeded to gather and conduct a ceremony of singing, drumming and playing instruments such as the sintir while asking for forgiveness and inquiring as to the cause of her ailments, Hakmoun proceeded to study percussion, as well as traditional trance-inducing dances.

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He eventually chose the sintir as his main instrument, a three-stringed lute with a body made of camel skin stretched over nutwood. The strings of the sintir are pitched low, enabling the instrument to serve as the bass foundation much like the Western string bass, while its tone is sweet, making it well-suited to carry the melodic line of a composition. By drumming on the body of the instrument, Hakmoun added his own percussion while contributing vocals, thereby creating a unique foundation for his musical explorations and growth. By the age of fourteen, he was an established musician performing at Gnawa lila ceremonies with his own ensemble.

Hakmoun made his U.S. debut in 1987 at Lincoln Center in New York City with Etian and Blanca Lee’’s Trio Gna & Nomadas dance group … (taken from his website)

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I guess this is very rare record by Hassan Boussou … I found no further informations in the internet (this is maybe a bootleg, I don´t know) … I bought it last week in Marrakesh  at the Jamaa el Fna market:

Jamaa el Fna (also Jemaa el-Fnaa, Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa) is a square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter (old city). It remains the main square of Marrakesh, used by locals and tourists.

And I guess, this were very erly recordings from the Eighties … unfortunatley the covers gives no more informations ..

So … listen to the magic of a real unique world of music …

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Personnel:
Hassan Boussou (lute, vocals)
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Marie le Baron et la troupe Boussou Ganga

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Tracklist:
01. Part 1 / 22.07
02. Part 2 / 36.51

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Buddy Cole – Swing Fever (1960)

FrontCover1Edwin LeMar “Buddy” Cole (December 15, 1916 – November 5, 1964), was a jazz pianist and orchestra leader. He played behind a number of pop singers, including Rosemary Clooney, Jill Corey, Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads, who recorded for Columbia Records. As “Buddy Cole and his Trio” he recorded the albums Some Fine Old Chestnuts and New Tricks with Bing Crosby.

 

Buddy Cole was born in Irving, Illinois, and started his musical career in the theater playing between movies. He moved to Hollywood and played with a couple of bands, most notably the Alvino Rey big band, before becoming a studio musician. Joining the John Scott Trotter orchestra as a pianist in 1947, he worked closely with Bing Crosby for a number of years and in 1954 he began a daily radio show with Crosby supported by a trio comprising Vince Terri on guitar, banjo etc., Don Whittaker on bass and Nick Fatool on drums. Cole played piano and electric organ. He and Crosby built up a large library of songs which could then be inserted into the show. Cole also recorded a similar library of songs with Rosemary Clooney (with whom he had previously toured) and these songs together with those of Crosby’s were employed in The Bing Crosby – Rosemary Clooney Show (1960-1962). Albums with his combo were recorded on piano and Hammond organ.

BuddyCole01Cole recorded for Capitol Records as both Buddy Cole and Eddie LaMar and His Orchestra. He did both commercial and transcription recordings for Capitol.

Although primarily known as a pianist, he had an abiding love for the organ, both Hammond and theatre organ. In his capacity as a studio musician, he worked extensively with Henry Mancini, who used his distinctive Hammond organ sound for the sound track to the TV series “Mr. Lucky”. He also recorded several albums for Warner Brothers on piano, Hammond organ and theatre pipe organ.

The theatre organ heard on these albums was the 17-rank Wurlitzer organ from the United Artists theatre plus nine ranks from a one-time radio studio Robert Morton theatre organ which he installed in the garage of a former residence in North Hollywood and on which he recorded three albums for the Columbia and Capitol labels. The combined ranks were installed in a specially built studio next to his home.

Two albums – Modern Pipe Organ and Autumn Nocturne – were recorded for Warner Brothers, as well as two albums done in conjunction with arranger Monty Kelly, one of which contained an arrangement of Richard Rodgers’ Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and the other of which contained transcriptions of big band arrangements with spaces for the organ. These two albums – for the Alshire label – were Cole’s last disc recordings.

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He married Yvonne King on 17 August 1940, member of the King Sisters, and with her had two daughters, actress Tina Cole and Cathy Cole Green. They divorced in 1953.

He married Clare Foley Woodruff on 12 November 1957, who already had two children, Jay and Jeffrey Woodruff, the latter of whom would often assist him in organ tuning. The marriage lasted until Cole’s death.

Cole had been suffering from an advanced case of heart disease for a number of years, and beginning as early as 1959, suffered a series of heart attacks as a result. On November 4, 1964, Cole was contracted to record some organ pieces featured in 20th Century Fox’s blockbuster hit The Sound of Music including sections of the “End Titles”, the reprise of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and “Processional” and “Maria”. In the early hours of November 5, after the marathon six-hour recording session had been completed for the evening, Cole headed home, went to bed and died in his sleep of a heart attack, being found the following morning by a staff member (by wikipedia)

And here´s one of his countless albums … this is not a real jazz-album but a Easy Listening album … with lot´s of all these swinging organ sounds from that period.

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Personnel:
Red Callender (bass)
Buddy Cole (organ)
Vince Terry (guitar)
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percussion:
Jack Costanzo – Al Stoller – Lou Singer – Milt Holland

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Tracklist:
01. Pagan Love Song (Brown/Freed) 1.36
02. Brazil (Barroso/Russell) 2.09
03. The Hour Of Parting (Khan/Spolianski) 2.15
04. The Peanut Vendor (Sunshine/Simons/Gilbert) 2.12
05. Solftly, As In The Morning Sunrise (Hammerstein/Romberg) 3.13
06. Old Devil Moon (Lane) 2.51
07. Heat Wave (Berlin) 2.07
08. La Rosita (Dupont/Stewart) 2.52
09. Frenesi (Charles/Russell/Dominguez) 2.19
10. The Moon Was Yellow (Leslie/Ahlert) 3.08
11. Poinciana (Bernier/Simon) 3.25
12, Crazy Rhythm (Caesar/Kahn/Meyer) 1,50

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Herbie Armstrong – Back Against The Wall (1985)

FrontCover1The young Herbie Armstrong spent his teens and early twenties touring Ireland and the North of England with Irish show bands, and also worked for six months in late 1967 as the lead guitarist in Screaming Lord Sutch’s backing band.

In the early 1970s, after a period living abroad in Portugal in which he ran a riding school, Armstrong founded in London the pop band Fox, with the American songwriter and musician Kenny Young (who had written the 1964 hit, ‘Under the Boardwalk’, for the Drifters) and Australian singer Noosha Fox. Fox had two major chart hits, 1974’s ‘Only You Can’ and 1976’s ‘S-S-S Single Bed’, both of which sold over 200,000 copies. While ‘Only You Can’ reached number three in the UK charts, ‘S-S-S Single Bed’ stalled at number four, but was also a number one hit in Australia. There were also three Fox albums, ‘Fox’ (1975), ‘Tails of Illusion’ (1975) and ‘Blue Hotel’ (1977).

HerbieArmstrong2When Noosha left Fox after ‘Blue Hotel’, Armstrong and Young maintained their song writing partnership and formed new wave act Yellow Dog. Yellow Dog released three albums, ‘Yellow Dog’(1977), ‘Beware of the Dog’(1978) and ‘Strangers in Paradise’(1981), and in 1978 had two chart singles, ‘Just One More Night’ and ‘Wait Until Midnight’ (the latter of which was the first single that this writer bought as a twelve year old).

Herbie Armstrong spent the late 1970s and early 1980s touring the world with his childhood friend Van Morrison, and played lead guitar on four of his albums, ‘Wavelength’(1978), ‘Into the Music’(1979), ‘Common One’(1980) and ‘Beautiful Vision’(1982). He then embarked on a solo career, which saw him release one album, ‘Back Against the Wall’, in 1983 on the short-lived Making Waves label, before he moved on from music to take up a career in management in the licensed trades.

He ran in London for a while Armstrong’s, a restaurant, whose regular customers included Yellow Dog’s old label boss Richard Branson at Virgin Records and the comedian Kenny Everett, for whom Fox had written his TV theme tune. Armstrong then went on to open two live venues in Sheffield including the renowned Boardwalk, and now runs The Fountain, an inn, live venue and restaurant in the village of Rowland’s Castle near Portsmouth. (by John Clarkson)

And here´s his first solo ablum … and it´s a superb album … This should have been so much more successful … if you like Van Morrison … than is this album a must.

A forgot hewel in the history of Irish rock, including a great band (Pee Wee Ellis !).

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Personnel:
Herbie Armstrong (guitar, vocals)
Mitch Dalton (guitar)
Pee Wee Ellis (saxophone)
Peter Van Hooke (drums, percussion)
Mark Isham (bass, keyboards, saxophone)
Patrick O’Hearn (bass, synthesizer)
Phil Palmer (guitar)
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Linda Taylor – Sharon Campbell

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Tracklist:
01. Losing You (Armsrong) 4.34
02. Horses Of Steam (Kelly/Richmond) 5.04
03. You Take Me Up (Armstrong) 4.08
04. Friday’s Child (Morrison)
05. Back Against The Wall (Armstrong) 3.55
06. Heaven Only Knows (Armstrong/Platania) 3.48
07. Josie (Armstrong) 5.17
08. Let It Run (Armstrong) 3.33
09. Save The Last Dance (Pomus/Shuman) 4.14
10. Coming In From The Rain (Armstrong) 4.38

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Herbie Armstrong in 2011