Monday, October 28, 2013

V.A. Studio One - Scorcher Instrumentals

Today we have something for any lovers of reggae and jazz that may be out there. As any fan of reggae can tell you the Studio One record label is synonymous with some of the best artists and music to come out of Jamaica. One of the greatest assets of Studio One was its amazing selection of instrumental players who would put down tracks in the 1960's and 70's that to this day continue to influence the Jamaican music scene. This included  groups and musicians like The Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, The Soul Vendors, and Tommy McCook all of  which can be heard on this album. This album does an amazing job of highlighting the amazing instrumental tracks that were produced during the golden age of Jamaican music as well as demonstrating the influence that outside music had on the Jamaican music scene.The influence of jazz will clearly be seen in these tracks. Not to mention tracks like Lester Sterling's - African Beat which is clearly based on the classic Afrikkaan Beat by Bert Kaempfert. Overall this is a great album which I highly recommend as there is no way any music lover could be disappointed with these classic Studio One tracks.

The Skatalites - Coconut Rock
Cedric Im Brooks & The Sound Dimension - Mun Dun Go
The Skatalites & Tommy McCook & Richard Ace - Shockers Rock
The Soul Vendors - Ringo Rock
Jackie Mittoo & Ernest Ranglin - Jericho Skank
New Establishment - The People Skanking
Karl Bryan & The Afrokats - Money Generator
Lester Sterling - Afrikaan Beat
The Sound Dimension - Heavy Rock
Sugar Belly - In Cold Blood
The Skatalites & Don D. Junior - Heavenless
The Soul Vendors - Bugaloo
Vin Gordon - Red Blood
Pablo Black - Push Pull
Jackie Mittoo & Brentford Rockers - Sidewalk Doctor
Liberation Group - Namibia
The Brentford Road All Stars - Last Call
The Soul Defenders - Still Calling
Karl Bryan & Count Ossie - Black 


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Various Artists - Cracks in The Iron Curtain Part 1

Today's post comes from the great blog over at which I highly recommend checking out if you are a fan of pure 60's rock. This compilation basically captures what were many of the 60's era artists in Eastern Europe. Of course what one must keep in mind is that at this time period in almost any East European country playing any form of rock or western music could get you a lot of unwanted attention from the government. Records and recordings for a lot of these groups were often quite rare since the material was almost entirely homemade. If you are a fan of any type of rock music especially the classic stuff from the 60's then I highly recommend giving this compilation a listen.

01/ Franke Echo Quintett - Show-Beat (GDR)
02/ Ruth Brandin & Sputniks - Mich hat noch keiner beim Twist geküsst (GDR)
03/ Eolika – Minikleitina (RU, LAT)
04/ Henryk Fabian & Czerwono-Czarni - Nie o tobie dzisiaj myślę (PL)
05/ Frank Schöbel & Team 4 - Es gibt nicht nur Dich (GDR)
06/ Siostry Panas - Wakacyjna piosenka (PL)
07/ Miki Volek & Olympic - Skinny Minnie (CZ)
08/ Lel' - Карие глаза (RU)
09/ Pięciolinie - Roztańczone niebo (PL)
10/ Pięć Linii - Pożegnanie ze szkołą (PL)
11/ Wojciech Gąssowsk & Tajfuny - Przejdzmy Wreszcie Na Ty (PL)
12/ Mètro- Boys (HU)
13/ George & Beatovens - Why Do You Leave Me (CZ)
14/ Chochoły - Amor a kysz (PL)
15/ Polanie- Dlaczego tak traktujesz mnie (PL)
16/ Atlantis -Drága bakter úr (HU)
17/ Beatmen- Keby som bol Nór (CZ)
18/ Ada Rusowicz & Niebiesko Czarni - Nie pukaj do moich drzwi (PL)
19/ Beatings -Znám muže (CZ)
20/ Niebiesko-Czarni - Tak mi źle (PL)
21/ Illes- Little Richard (HU)
22/ Maria Mitseva & Shturcite- Pticite nyamat senki (BU)
23/ Synkopy 61 - Byl jednou jeden král (CZ)
24/ Czerwone Gitary- Cztery Pory Roku (PL)
25/ Skaldowie- Medytacje wiejskiego listonosza (PL)
26/ Koncz Zsuzsa & Illes - Szoke Anni Balladaja (HU)