Monday, April 29, 2013

Various Artists - Afro-Rock Volume 1

For your consideration today I have a great little compilation album that I picked up at a record store a few years ago. Afro-Rock Vol 1 is one of many great releases by Strut Records who for a long time have put out some great compilations focusing on music from around the globe. This particular album has some great material that truly stretches throughout the whole continent of Africa from Nigeria to Zaire (Congo). The thing that really makes this album standout is that while all tracks have some killer rhythms and beats no two sound even remotely alike. Also many of the tracks on here would be a rare find even in Africa as they were unreleased demos or tapes that have long been forgotten about. Personal favorites of mine on this album are Steele Beauttah's "Africa" and Envy No Good by Mercury Dance Band. If you are even remotely interested in Afro-rock or just rock and funk in general then I highly recommend downloading this album as it will have you hooked for a long time to come.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Francoise Hardy - The Vogue Years

It has been a long time since I posted anything from one of my favorite artists.....the French music and beauty icon Francoise Hardy so I thought I would share one of my favorite compilations of her work.
The Vogue Years compiles some of the work from Francoise's early career (which in my opinion is her best) and puts it together in one great compilation. These are the songs that brought her to stardom making her an international icon and making everyone from The Rolling Stones to Bob Dylan wish they could call her "their girlfriend". For anyone who has never heard any of the great music Francoise or 60's French pop and ye-ye in general have to offer than this album will make a great introduction. Likewise this album is great for anyone who may already know Francoise Hardy and her music but just want to have it compiled in two great CD's.  
        1    Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles
    2    J'Suis D'Accord           
    3    Le temps de l'amour       
    4    Ton Meilleur Ami           
    5    La Fille Avec Toi          
    6    L'Amour S'En Va           
    7    Je Pense A Lui           
    8    Qui Aime T'il Vraiment          
    9    Le Premier Bonheur du Jour       
    10    Va Pas Prendre un Tambour           
    11    J'Aurais Voulu       
    12    Le Sais Tu         
    13    L'Amour Ne Dure Pas Toujours       
    14    Pourtant Tu M'aimes       
    15    On Se Quitte Toujours          
    16    Tour E Ramene Toi          
    17    Apprends le Moi          
    18    C'Est le Passe          
    19    Je N'Attends Plus Personne           
    20    Pas Gentille           
    21    Et Meme           
    22    Je Veux Qu'il Revienne           
    23    Mon Amie la Rose    
    24    La Nuit Est Sur La Ville           
    25    Nous Etions Amies       
    26    Dans Le Monde Entier           
    27    Dis Lui Non           
    28    Le Temps des Souvenirs           
    29    J'ai Bien du Chagrin       
    30    Bout de Lune