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Members Weekly Music Recommendations-June 5


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Late Spring, early Summer. Dry air, flowers blooming, nothings

turned brown yet. Good time to sharewith a picnic, outdoor game

or even some new tunes for that get together.

Format's simple: Name of artist or group, name of album, type of

music as best you can (rock, blues etc.), and recording format (cd, lp


Ya know, I listened to a bunch of stuff last week, but it was mostly

music I had mentioned before and the rest of it was not up to the

standards I try to use when offering a suggestion.

So rather then give you a bummer suggestion, for this week only, I'm

gong to go in another direction and offer up some literature:

W.P. Kinsella, "Shoeless Joe", fiction, paper and hardbound

A good chunk of "Shoeless Joe" went into the movie "Field of Dreams",

bu this novel is much more than a baseball book. Indeed in

Kinsella's hands baseball is as much a methaphor for life, times, love,

feelings, loss and redemtion then a story about baseball greats.

It's also wikedly funny, contains history and is one of those small

novels with a big heart.

Pulled it off the shelf and I'm going to re-read it myself, so give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

So what do you have to share this week

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Well Thebes, I'm still kinda stuck in the 70's but I need a breather from that evil Rock n' Roll, so here's one for you when the Twins are in one of those moods,and you don't know what to play for them...........

The Best of PARLIAMENT........Give Up The Funk............CD

Every so often things kinda get in a rut, and need to be kicked in the butt, and these are just the guys to do it, led by the Grand Poobah of Funk,George Clinton. Right when you think you've heard it all, here comes Parliament, Loud, brash, flashy, and good musicans, too Fine Band. Horns, good vocals, fine Rhythm section, with Bass that melts your speakers, Oh my, Funk like you never heard it, if a little breath of fresh air is what you want, give this a try. A rough idea of what this album is, would be kinda like, a Black Frank Zappa tripping down the road of life, Parliament Style.........Tear the Roof Off the Sucker.....indeed!!!!

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I gotta suggest this one in keeping with thebes idea of something worthy of a listen.

This band is a sorta jamband,the guitar work and song writing is quite refreshing after having to listen to classic rock most of my life to get musical satisfaction.I describe em as something like Bad Finger mixed w/the Grateful Dead if they were starting today.The quality of the recordings are some of the best I've ever heard on cd.I listen to Widespread Panic every now and again but I prefer the Moe for that classic rock ina new way thing.Its well worth a listen if you're jonesin' for somethin new in your collection.

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"Brian Eno and David Byrne's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts appears

downright visionary. With its "found" vocals, cut-and-paste

arrangements, funked-up rhythms and embrace of influences from all

around the globe, the duo's controversial work anticipated the creative

cross-pollination and technological innovation of contemporary dance

music, world music, hip hop and alternative rock. You can hear echoes

of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in the anthems Moby built around

vintage vocal samples, in the outrageously exotic beats of Missy Elliot

and Timbaland, in the Middle Eastern accented chill-out tracks of

Thievery Corporation or Bjork's otherworldly soundscapes."

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Aimee Mann "The Forgotten Arm" - Indierock/Singer-Songwriter CD.

"Full of bittersweet songcraft that has become synonymous with Mann's name, the blending of the introspective singer/songwriter aesthetic with a kind of postmodern power-pop approach feels like a further distillation and refinement of her style.

Alternately acidic and lovelorn lyrics are delivered in devastating emotion that drives home the power behind the sentiments without shoving them down the listener's throat. Ultimately, this album marks a maturation for a musician already well beyond her artistic years."


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Thebes, I am going to order Shoeless Joe on your say so.. I'll let you know. Thanks for the recommendation.

Okay, here's my musical recommendation for the week. As some of you know, I like the blues and this is a unique blues album because it is a crossover album for the young (at the time) Taj Mahal. Taj was a realtively young many when this album was recorded back in '72. He was bringing traditional downhome country Delta blues to the masses. This wasn't rock and roll borrowing heavily from the traditional blues songbook, this was much more grassroots than that. This was blues that his great grandmother and grandfather used to sing, maybe sometimes even in Church, or at a celebration.

"...Wellllll....Rise up Children, Shake the Devil out your soul!! Rise up children shake the Devil out your soul!" from A Free Song

This is banjo, conch, foot-stompin!, accoustic guitar, hand-clappin, go-to-meetin' music! This is the "real deal". The Delta blues the way it was played and sung as true folk songs of the 30s generation.

Check out the guitar and banjo track Ricochet (worth the price of the recording all by itself) that puts the famous Dueling Banjos of the movie deliverance to shame. Incredible banjo and guitar duet that just begs for a replay. Try not stoppin' your feet and clappin your hands to this one.

One side is a live Taj set, and the other side is a studio set with the Pointer Sisters singing back-up harmony. (Didin't one of them die recently?)

Listen to Taj sing "Throw your big leg over me Mama, I might not feel this good again." in Cakewalk Into Town with his signature Tubas playing the bass beat in the background.

If you only got one Taj Mahal in your collection, then this one would be a good choice. he brings back a nice piece of history.

Of course I have this in 12 inch 33.3 Vinyl, but Iunderstand you can still get it in Mobile Fidelity hi-def sound.


Rock on and ride safe guys!!

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Olderster, I do have to get that one. I have Clinton performing

live at the 9:30 Club and love it. Clinton and the boys were an

awesome blend of funk and blues before Go-Go got drowned in the whole

rap thing.

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Okay, I'm gonna' double "recommend" ya' this week, to make up for Thebes being too laid back to find a decent recording in that vault of gold he's got! (LOL! Kidding Thebes!)

But I happen to have some more of my old vinyl out tonight and came across this gem and put it on the Dual, and cranked it up in DPLXII simulated surround sound.. WOW! This a lot better on my new system than it sounded on my KLH Model 5s back in 71!

This is just a fabulous album and in my opinion is one of the two best pieces of work that the Rolling Stones ever did. The other would be Sticky Fingers.

This is the Stones in the raw, with rock and blues and honky-tonk country all rolled into a smoky bar that you walk down into in dive pup down near Oxford St in London.

Again, this is the real deal, and no classic rock collection is complete without this recording. You can now buy this classic in SACD hybrid and it supposed to be fabulous. My copy on 33.3 12 inch ain't too shabby either.

Gimme Shelter, Country Honk, Let It Bleed, Midnight Rambler (I love the guitar that opens Midnight), You Got the Siver, and You Can't Always Get... and a few more. Everyone a keeper.

This qualifies for "Regulation Motorcycle Music".

Rock on and ride safe all!!

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

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When the word Funk comes up I always think of "Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.".

So with Funk on my mind and the 80's being the time where we all got upside down and inside out and round and round I offer the following CD collections by Billboard!

Billboard Top Hits 1980

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01 - Call Me - Blondie

02 - Fame - Irene Cara

03 - Working My Way Back To You, Forgive Me, Girl - The Spinners

04 - Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.

05 - Little Jeannie - Elton John

06 - Upside Down - Diana Ross

07 - He's So Shy - Pointer Sisters

08 - Please Don't Go - KC & The Sunshine Band

09 - Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille

10 - Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1 - The S.O.S. Band

Billboard Top Hits 1981

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01 - Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

02 - Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

03 - The One That You Love - Air Supply

04 - The Tide Is High - Blondie

05 - Physical - Olivia Newton-John

06 - 9 To 5 - Dolly Parton

07 - Queen Of Hearts - Juice Newton

08 - Kiss On My List - Daryl Hall & John Oates

09 - Being With You - Smokey Robinson

10 - Celebration - Kool & The Gang

Billboard Top Hits 1982

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01 - Harden My Heart - Quarterflash

02 - Rosanna - Toto

03 - Eye In The Sky - The Alan Parsons Project

04 - Gloria - Laura Branigan

05 - Who Can It Be Now - Men At Work

06 - Open Arms - Journey

07 - Don't Talk To Strangers - Rick Springfield

08 - Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates

09 - Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

10 - Centerfold - The J. Geils Band

Billboard Top Hits 1983

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01 - Down Under - Men At Work

02 - Africa - Toto

03 - Stray Cat Strut - Stray Cats

04 - Maniac - Michael Sembello

05 - Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant

06 - True - Spandau Ballet

07 - Total Eclipse Of The Heart - Bonnie Tyler

08 - Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band

09 - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club

10 - Making Love Out Of Nothing At All - Air Supply

Billboard Top Hits 1984

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01 - Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes

02 - Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.

03 - Talking In Your Sleep - The Romantics

04 - Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters

05 - Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run) - Billy Ocean

06 - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!

07 - Let's Hear It For The Boy - Deniece Williams

08 - Karma Chameleon - Culture Club

09 - Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins

10 - What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner

Playing this collection all weekend and we do feel very funky!

Oh yes... This week we are living in FunkyTown!!!

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Hi everyone [;)] long time since I've posted! My pick for the week is the self titled Walela.

Rita Coolidge (ex wife of Kris Kristopherson), Laura Satterfieldt

and Priscilla Coolidge come together for this Native American music album.

(Perfect for times when you feel the need for calming music.)

1. Is Everybody Here

2. Cherokee River

3. Wash Your Spirit Clean

4. The Warrior

5. Muddy Road

6. Cherokee

7. Cherokee Morning Song

8. Wounded Knee

9. The Whippoorwill

10. Circle of Light

11. Earth Children

12. Amazing Grace

13. I'll Turn My Radio On

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Big Band Jazz

Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass

Umbrella Records Direct to Disk 2-LP set Limited Edition (was also available on single LP volumes 1 and 2, and Umbrella CD but unfortunately abridged.) all are out of print.

There's just something about a big band playing jazz that is hard to top. Great mastering and some of the nicest trombone recording I've heard.

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