Monday, October 15, 2007

Music I Liked And Didn't - 10/4/07 - 10/15/07

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V/A: B-Music - Cross Continental Record Raid Road Trip CD (B-Music) - The record stack rummagers at B-Music return with their latest international collection of rare funk, pop, psych, and rock sounds from the 60’s and 70’s. It contains eighteen tracks which cover a lot of ground, both geographically and stylistically: ranging from a variety exploito-psych sounds (Caribbean steel drum funk, faux Middle Eastern themes, and so on) and fuzzy, Eastern European pop-rock to dated, stereotypical sounding 70’s hard rock and lightweight, jazz-influenced lounge pop stylings. Personal favorites included the Stylers excellent dose of asian psychedelic pop “For You” (which would be consistent with the material on any number of Sublime Frequencies releases!), the groovin’ sitar beat of “Da Klagar Mina Grannar” by Sweden’s Charlie & Esdor, “Un Soir Chez Norris “ a driving, exploito-psych track, featuring massively effected guitars and an ethereal space chorus, by Frenchman Pierre Cavalli, and Zafer Dilek’s swinging Andolu pop instrumental “Yekte”. Always interesting, if not uniformly successful, B-Music’s “Cross Continental Record Raid Road Trip” is, overall, another fairly satisfying fix of vintage sounds from around the globe.

Sonictroubadour readers may look forward to learning more about the efforts of the B-Music crew in the near future, as I have already ordered copies of their forthcoming “Bearded Ladies” LP (a collection of psych-tinged femme folk from luminaries of the past, such as Wendy & Bonnie, Heather Jones, and Susan Christie, as well as the revivalists of today, including Emma Tricca, Magphai, and Cate Le Bon) and the second volume in their “Welsh Rare Beat” series.

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Running Count For The Year

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