Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Skatalites - Rock Fort Rock



Arguably The Skatalites best track/composition of all time. It's a masterpiece all the way through. They just don't make music like this anymore. Respect to the originators. There are a couple of classic jazz tunes that they quickly cover/incorporate through occasional riffs in their solos but the whole track is an original overall. Amazing how much Reggae played off of American music in the early days. Borrowed the best ideas and created their own originals alongside and with the influences from America.    #tommymccook #skatalites #dub #dubreggae #jazzyreggae #soulfulreggae

Friday, April 20, 2018

Rim Kwaku Obeng : International Funk



To say this is a wonderful track is the understatement of the century! This is pure funk gold. hot fire! I recommend it. It's tough to find much information on Kwamu Obeng but all the info you really need to know is he was one of the funkiest african drummers of that era. #funkgold #funkmusic #funky #funkmajesty #funkinbeautiful #funktified #africanfunk #afrofunk #vinylcollection #vinylrecords #vinyl

Monday, April 9, 2018

X-Ray Audio: Bone Music The Documentary



Great documentary about "Bone Music". Humans will go to great lengths and risk their lives for access to music (and arts & humanities). This is a perfect example of that type of struggle. Music was illegally pressed on old x-rays as the only way to possibly make bootleg records back then in Russia. Incredible story. Great ingenuity. Impressive story. #bonemusic #RuslanBogoslowski



In post WWII Russia, Stalin banned the possession of any western music. All records allowed in the country had to be of Russian composers. But there was an underground hungry for Western popular music—everything from jazz and blues to rock & roll. But smuggling vinyl was dangerous, and acquiring the scarce material to make copies of those records that did make it into the country was expensive and very risky.

An ingenuous solution to this problem began to emerge in the form of “bone music," or sometimes called "bones 'n' ribs" music, or simply Ribs.
A young 19 year-old sound engineer Ruslan Bogoslowski in Leningrad changed the game when he created a device to bootleg western albums so he could distribute them across Russia. Problem was he couldn't find material to bootleg his pressings onto, vinyl was scare as were all petroleum products after the war. Then, one day he stumbled upon a pile of discarded X-rays. It worked. At the time, Russian law mandated that all X-rays had to be destroyed after 1 year of storage because they were flammable so he dug through trash bins and paid off orderlies for x-rays and for 20 years he handmade about 1,000,000 bootlegs onto X-ray film of everything from classical to the Beach Boys, eventually spending five years imprisoned in Siberia for this rebellion.
For over 20 years, Bone Music was the only way Russian music lovers could get western music, which they played at "music and coffee parties" in their kitchens, away from the KGB ears and eyes.
Each Rib, was handmade, and one of a kind.
Bone Music. A testament to the underground courage to subvert authority, rebellion, and the love of music. The spirit of rock n roll.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Winter in America - Gil Scott Heron



Wonderful live version of Winter in America. Gil-Scott Heron was a revolutionary and music his weapon of choice. #gilscottheron

BOHANNON - I WONDER WHY (1978)





I love this track by Bohannon off of the classic 'summertime groove' lp of theirs. A real heartbreaker but a real gorgeous one at that. I cant say it better than this Youtube comment guy from UK: 


"I am into all sorts of music from Hard house to Metal, Funk, soul, blues etc. Good music transcends all genres. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever heard. Simple tune beautifully arranged. I had the album which was stolen. Now it's going for nearly £40 on Amazon. If this tune doesn't give you a lump in your throat when you hear it you ain't human."

Hrh Fish