Well it's that time of year again, Christmas! I will keep this post short. Here is a nice one from the one and only Merle Haggard. It features five penned songs by Haggard himself on the A side and the B Side contains 5 Christmas classics.
Dropping a nice slice of psychedelic jazz / funk from flautist (flutist) Jeremy Steig. Awesome mind blowing grooves on this one with an all star line up on Capitol Records 1970. Line includes Jan Hammer-Keys, Gene Perla-Bass, Eddie Gomez-Bass, and Don Alias-Drums/Percussion. Produced by Sonny Lester and engineered by Eddie Kramer. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios.
I've been meaning to post this one up but haven't done so because I couldnt find the LP to scan the cover so today while looking for another album I spotted it and decided to go forth upon my mission. I couldnt find much information about Shirl Milete but I do know that the LP was recorded in Nashville and was released in 1969 on Poppy Records. Shirl is very similar to the man in black Johnny Cash and I would describe this album as a crossover of country and soul for the most part. Shirl did write half of the songs on the album and several songs are composed by Townes Van Zandt along with a Dylan and Elvis cover, Definitely worth a listen if you are a fan of Johnny Cash and I also gathered that one of the songs was featured on a Country Soul compilation at some point.
In my never ending quest for all LP's dealing with Big Rigs and C.B.'s I came across this gem in my local record shop's value bin. Dating from 1976 Cledus Maggard brings us a quality album filled with tons of C.B. lingo based lyrics and comedic toned vocals. A must have for anyone into funny country songs or trucker songs in general. The album cover alone is classic in itself with Cledus portraying his many characters that appear through out the songs.
Funny that I'm dropping another country album as I'm not a huge country music fan but I just love this style of country and of course the great songwriter Tom T. Hall. Tom has written hundreds of songs and I first discovered him from a trucker song compilation LP. I rarely run into and full lengths by him but happened upon this one at our downtown area's sidewalk sales one Saturday afternoon. The lyrics on this album are just classic and also I really like the crossover psychedelic song Strawberry Farms. The cover photo is great as well and not your typical "country" image. This album dates from 1969 and sorry for the small skip on the first track side A.
Back with another 12" this time from the group High Fidelity Three. B Boys Breakdance from 1984 on Cutting Records. At the time of posting this and trying to research the High Fidelity Three I see this 12" is already posted on another blog and on youtube. I'm still gonna go ahead and post it anyway :) Nice electro hip-hop track with the beat out doing the lyrical skills.
After a few month hiatus I'm bringing you the third LP from Harlem Hip-Hop group the Boogie Boys "Romeo Knight" from 1988. The Boogie Boys had a hit in 1985 with the track "A Fly Girl"a second album in '86 and soon after Lil' Raheim left the group and the duo of Boogie Knight & Romeo J.D. drop this album on their own. This may not be an all time classic but there are definitely a few nice tracks through out. Enjoy! Original vinyl rip @ 320 mp3.