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WEEK STARTING 18 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of The Blues Brothers OST - Blue Vinyl Edition by The Blues Brothers Band.

The Blues Brothers Band

The Blues Brothers OST - Blue Vinyl Edition

Comic actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd rightfully get credit for exposing many people to the music of blues, soul and R&B veterans. The soundtrack to their hugely successful musical comedy The Blues Brothers was released on June 20, 1980 as the second album by the Blues Brothers Band, which also toured that year to promote the film.

The rollicking remake of the Spencer Davis Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’” was a Billboard Top 20 hit, featuring an arrangement notable for the horn section that replaces Steve Winwood’s rumbling organ work. Ray Charles has a good time with “Shake a Tail Feather,” and he’s helped out by Jake and Elwood Blues (Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively). The cover of Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” is a lot of fun, thanks to the great overall rhythm and Elwood’s lightning-fast stage rap, while James Brown and the Reverend James Cleveland Choir provide a blast of gospel music on “Old Landmark.” Aretha Franklin’s “Think” is explosive, and Cab Calloway’s “Minnie The Moocher” is slyly irresistible.

Throughout the late 70s and early 80s Indian artist Babla & His Orchestra created a musical revolution throughout India, and then the western world. Covering famous Bollywood movie title tracks of the time and giving them the new disco touch, Babla created the 'Disco Dandia' movement which saw him tour the world and become a household name in India. Pressings of this album have become incredibly rare over the years as they were never seriously collected or preserved in India… you can rarely find this album for under £150! Babla's famously diverse musical arrangements, heavy sitar funk and moog bleeps have won him a whole host of fans from breaks collectors to modern disco beardo's. Metro Area used "Ghar Aya Mera Pardesi" on their recent Fabric mix CD!

Jimmy Lynch

Tramp Time Vol. 1 - That Funky Tramp In A Nite Club

Debut album by Jimmy "The Funky Tramp" Lynch, aka "Mr. Motion"! Having started and performed in several vocal groups since high school, Lynch spent many nights singing and dancing in clubs. One Halloween, a club owner needed someone to tell jokes. To cover up Lynch’s young age, he made himself up as a bum and the “Funky Tramp” was born!

Taking the “Funky Tramp” character to vinyl, Lynch’s comedic persona would go on to sell over a million copies of his multiple comedy albums throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Useful for producers or perfect for fans of Rudy Ray Moore and Blowfly.

These are original store stock from the 1970s and are still shrink-wrapped. Mmmm, they smell like every musty basement junk shop you've ever been record hunting in...


Jimmy Lynch

Tramp Time Vol. 4 - Funky & Funny

The fourth album by Jimmy "The Funky Tramp" Lynch, aka "Mr. Motion"! Having started and performed in several vocal groups since high school, Lynch spent many nights singing and dancing in clubs. One Halloween, a club owner needed someone to tell jokes. To cover up Lynch’s young age, he made himself up as a bum and the “Funky Tramp” was born!

Taking the “Funky Tramp” character to vinyl, Lynch’s comedic persona would go on to sell over a million copies of his multiple comedy albums throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Useful for producers or perfect for fans of Rudy Ray Moore and Blowfly.

These are original store stock from the 1970s and are still shrink-wrapped. Mmmm, they smell like every musty basement junk shop you've ever been record hunting in...

Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest

Laura Mvula With Metropole Orkest

    Brit Award nominee & Mercury Music Prize shortlisted UK diva Laura Mvula returns with a beautiful new recording and arrangement of her Top 10 debut album "Sing To The Moon", this time backed by the 52-piece Dutch Metropole Orkest, conducted by Jules Barkley and recorded at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.


    Elvis Presley

    Bossa Nova Baby - Green Vinyl Edition

      Originally featured in the Elvis movie (& soundtrack) Fun In Acapulco and released as a single in 1963, “Bossa Nova Baby” was recorded by Elvis with a legendary vocal group backing him up; The Jordanaires.

      Fast forward 47 years. In 2010, the third official posthumous album of Elvis Presley created from scratch was released: the Viva Elvis album [MOVLP233]. This highly energetic remix album of famous Elvis soundtrack songs was specially produced for the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis, complete with dance, acrobatics, live music, and video clips.

      Another four years down the line, a large global beer company decided to feature the Viva Elvis remix for “Bossa Nova Baby” in one of their epic commercials.

      This calls for an exclusive Elvis Presley 45 on beer bottle green vinyl, featuring both the original and remix of “Bossa Nova Baby”! Strictly limited to 1500 numbered copies. Party on!

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      7" Info: 45 RPM 7” single with large dinked jukebox hole. Includes original and new remix. 1500 numbered copies on beer bottle green vinyl. Just 250 for the UK

      Various Artists

      Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1

        Reissue of the first releasein the classic 'Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend' music library series sees Paul Tunkin, DJ and founder of legendary Blow Up club, taking us on a journey deep into the vaults of the KPM music library. The album features the cream of the KPM music library writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Alan Parker and Johnny Pearson, From the pounding up-tempo of 'Move, Move, Move' through the Hammond-heavy 'Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue' and 'Rocky Mountain Runabout' (versions of both featuring on the legendary Mohawks 'The Champ' album) to the sitar 60s club sound of 'Delhi Discotheque' and 'Come here Calcutta'. Most of these tracks had never been commercially available before this release. Blow Up presents Exclusive Blend Volume 1 has been continuously repressed since its release and remains a ground-breaking introduction to the world of the music library, the first in a series reflecting the diverse music that can be heard at London's legendary Blow Up club.

        Various Artists

        Blow Up Presents Exclusive Blend Volume 2

          Volume 2 sees Blow Up's founder and DJ Paul Tunkin entering the vaults of De Wolfe, Amphonic and again KPM. As with the bulk of "Exclusive Blend 1", many of these tracks were receiving their first commercial airing on this album's release. The album also introduced James Clarke's Wild Elephants to the world, which was subsequently picked up by Gap and used on the 1999 "Khaki A Go-Go" worldwide campaign. As a thank you from the writer it was re-titled "Blow Up A-Go-Go" and became the title track for the successful V2 / Blow Up compilation "Blow Up A-Go-Go! Dancefloor Classics from The Legendary Blow Up Club". This album includes tracks from many great music library theme writers including Keith Mansfield, Alan Hawkshaw and Syd Dale, and includes the Alan Moorhouse Hammond heavy classic "Soul Skimmer" and the spaced out tribal funk of Nick Ingman's "Tripwire".

          Afro and rock; now that's a pretty good combination any day of the week. But in the hands of John Cameron (founder of prog outfit CCS, composer of cult soundtracks "Kes" and "Psychomania") and Alan Parker circa 1973, the juxtaposition of these two words kicks up a boat load more breaks and funky atmospherics than can safely be navigated via the Zambezi, with or without Audrey Hepburn in tow. A quick word of warning; if you're the kind of crate digger whose heart misses a beat at phrases like 'repetitive forceful riffs' and 'aggressive Afro rhythms', you had better pre-book an ambulance before slipping this baby on to your record player and dealing with the ensuing onslaught of nasty wah wah guitars, fiery conga work outs, heavy harps (really), spacey electric piano, far out flutes and lots and lots of drums.

          Originally recorded in 1969 by legendary music library KPM for their 1000 series, "The Big Beat" is the king of library albums. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to the vinyl junkies with the fattest wallets, it represents everything that is great about the music and musicians that made up the shadowy world of Library Music.

          The album you are holding right now is without doubt the King of all library albums, it is a living legend, it is The Big Beat. Not a big beat, but THE Big Beat. Oh yes. Composed by the undisputed heavyweight champions of the genre, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, and until now only available to vinyl junkies with the deepest of pockets it represents everything that is great and good about the music, the musicians and even the fiendish record collectors that make up the shadowy world of Library Music.

          You could safely assume that an album made up of incredible Hammond organ playing, a really fat horn section, fuzz guitar solos and drum breaks would deliver the goods but this album does so much more than that. Just one listen to tracks like “Beat Me Till I’m Blue” or “Senior Thump” and you’ll know you are in the presence of something far greater than the sum of it’s parts. And when those parts are described as Pounding, Thumping, Rocking and Pulsating, you had better be prepared from a musical man handling that’ll have you smiling well in to retirement.


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