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General music chat / Bargain!
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:09:47 PM »
This 10 CD german boxset is an absolute steal at 17 pounds. Don't let the ugly cover discourage you, as the pack gathers 15 or so good-to-essential soul-jazz LPs, some of them pretty hard to find at decent prices. Heavy on Hammond organ combos, there are 3 great vocal albums too (Oscar Bown jr, Eddie Jefferson and Lou Rawls), some funky piano courtesy of Herbie Hancock, Les McCann and Horace Silver and more exotic stuff, like Herbie Mann and Chuck Mangione's debut.

General music chat / Dave Davies
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:49:28 AM »
This is likely to appeal just the most dedicated Kink-o-philes, but from what I've heard it's pretty decent stuff.

I'm talking about the last Dave Davies' comp, "Decade", made up of 13 unissued songs that Ray's brother recorded during the 70s (from 1971 to 1979, the year prior to his first proper album). Some of the tunes have been retouched recently by Dave and his son at the studio, but it isn't that apparent.

Of course, it's not in the same league as DD' 60s stuff ("Hidden treasures" is still the compilation to own), but as I said it's not half bad and as it's unlikely that 13 unreleased golden-era Kinks songs will appear in the next future, this will have to do.

General music chat / Club Beat
« on: October 11, 2018, 05:06:53 PM »
Another approach to Soho's early 60s modernist scene, these new series of compilations from specialist label Jasmine seem good value for money. The plan is to revisit the different musical genres that began to give shape to what could be loosely termed "mod music": jazz, blues, ska and early soul.

The first 2 volumes -due to appear tomorrow in Amazon- are devoted to jazz and ska. Judging by the tracklist, the latter looks much more interesting on paper, with seldom compiled numbers (Prince Buster!), some Jimmy James and Jackie Edwards' rarities and a couple of US numbers that were hugely influential in the West Indies (Rosco Gordon and Willis Jackson). Apparently the Jasmine guys even checked out the Roaring 20s playlists to make up this one!

The jazz one looks more patchy but still intriguing, with lots of numbers I've not yet listened too.

The main problem here, as it's happening with every budget reissue label, is that copyrights force them to use only pre-1963 music, so the picture remains somewhat incomplete. But for less tan 10 pounds, this is nitpicking. I'm curious about upcoming instalments.

Mod fashion and style / For ladies only
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:51:19 AM »
Very stylish women 60s-inspired clobber from la Rioja, north of Spain (pretty affordable too!):

Mod fashion and style / Keith Moon x Ben Sherman
« on: October 08, 2018, 10:18:59 AM »
The 40th anniversary of Moonie's death seems as good a chance to keep milking the cow as any, and who has eagerly jumped at the chance? No less than "mod-exploitation" specialists Ben Sherman. The result? A disgusting and pointless collection that even a comedy mod would find hard to swallow. That the whole mess is sanctioned by the Keith Moon state adds insult to injury:

Mod fashion and style / Carhartt
« on: October 04, 2018, 10:08:07 AM »
New Carhartt-Trojan Recods collab; nothing too exciting for me, but maybe someone here likes it:

Mod fashion and style / Castellano-LG shoes
« on: September 27, 2018, 06:24:38 PM »
At last, traditional spanish shoemakers Castellano-LG have updated their webstore for good. That means that now they ship worldwide and have an english language option, so it may be of interest for some here, as quality-wise they're up there with respected british brands as Loake, only cheaper.

They're specialized in loafers, so much so that many people here use the word "castellanos" instead of "mocasines (loafers)" and they're manufacturers so you can customize your shoes (up to certain extent and at an extra cost, of course). Lots of made in Spain models to choose from, as the classic pennies Solis (a better made Bass' Logan), the Alsacia derbies or the cool Mod 6. I own 4 or 5 pairs of shoes from them -there's an LG shop in Valencia- and can vouch for the quality. Only drawback are the shipping costs: 13 for most EU countries and 17 for USA and Canada.

Films / TV / Library music
« on: September 27, 2018, 04:58:17 PM »
I guess the subject matter of this upcoming book is too specialized, even for me, but I post it as I know some folks here have more than a passing interest in british cinema/TV of the 60s/70s:

General music chat / White Album
« on: September 24, 2018, 05:54:40 PM »
This looks like the definitive word on the Beatles' White Album. My question is (and I'm a Beatles' fan): is anyone willing to pay 90 (135 if you buy the 7 CD boxset) to listen to that word?

General music chat / Big Jay
« on: September 24, 2018, 10:46:23 AM »
RIP Big Jay McNeely, one of the main 50s r&b honkers. Enjoy this great interview with him:

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