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Sunday, February 5, 2012

V.A. - Journey Through Music (2006)

The whole story began Friday, 28/7/2006 at company’s restaurant when I went to join them for lunch. Yes I swear that I didn’t eat, damn the diet. "T" was speaking on the mobile to someone and suddenly said "Take Five" to the guy he was speaking. Immediately, as some uncontrolled power to put me forward, I start: Dave Brubeck Quartet from Time Out, composed by Paul Desmond, on the great drums solo Joe Morello. "T" stayed motionless; probably for something different he was talking on the phone and "X" starting the bla-bla with "S". The result it was the grumpiness that, so far, I wasn’t able to write for him CD with good music. When I dared to ask him what he wanted to include to this notorious CD, he passed me the ball leaving me the absolute ruler of choice. In short, made me like the fakir who has put his body in a cubic box of edge 0.50 m. The joke was that followed "S" saying "one more for me buddy", and so what to do, I said yes to the challenge. I would include in an 80 minutes CD the whole music.
I woke up early Saturday morning I put some coffee and went down to my studio. I had many time to record in real time and basically I liked the idea because it was bringing me back the old days. You see, with these goddamned PCs even the pleasure of recording is under squeezed time, with whatever this might mean for the sound quality.

After the first coffee whiff, I switched on all the equipment connected with the main console that would take part in the project to reach the proper temperature when it would start recording. After the second whiff of coffee, began the arduous task of selecting the CDs with the songs that would take part in it. Eventually after some time finally selected 15 original CD that covered almost the entire musical spectrum from rock to jazz. After about 80 minutes real recording time I had the first mixed master CD which was the matrix for all copies that honorable gentleman you have in your hands. For the reproduction of the copies I used the computer in order to have 100% compatibility with all modern players of the market, because the deck of Fostex that made the master cutting, as a professional tool, not likes all the players. Don’t worry though, because nothing lost from the original sound quality, due to the used the method "copy on the fly".

For player deck used the dual player CDN90 NUMARK which sent the sound directly to the NEUMARK Professional Digital Mixer Console PPD9000, which using like interface the Ultra High Resolution Sample Rate Converter 24Bit/96KHz SRC2496 of ULTRAMACH PRO passed the signal through the SONY High Density Linear Converter of Super Bit Mapping DAT 2000ES to come to FOSTEX CR 200 CD R which took over the final cut of the master CD.
Reproduction and transport of the signal was in 24Bit/48Kz and cutting with pure digital mixing real-time, was in 16Bit/44.1Kz, which has adapted the ULTRAMATCH PRO. Finally, it is unfair not to mention that the monitoring of the sound in my ears took a pair of headphones AKG K501.
Then the master CD was assigned to the DVD-ROM SD-R2512 TOSHIBA available to the Lap Top nx9010 of Compaq / HP, which sent the signal through port USB / 2 in NEC's External ND-3520A DVD RW for cutting. The program used for cutting was the Nero 7 Version

  1. Roger Waters - Another Brick In The Wall, Pt.2
  2. Elias Zaikos Louis – Slabo Day
  3. Santana Brothers – Luz Amor Y Vida
  4. Yello – La Habanera
  5. Joe Morton, Dan Aykroyd, John Goodman,
    Paul Shaffer, Erykah Badu & The Blues Brothers –

    Funky Nassau
  6. Jimmy Smith – Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag
  7. John Lee Hooker – Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)
  8. Eric Clapton - Double Trouble
  9. Eric Burdon – Woman Of The Rings
  10. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity – Light My Fire
  11. Gipsy Kings - Trista Pena
  12. Mina-Celentano – Acqua E Sale
  13. Ennio Morricone – Le Marginal
  14. Hiroshi Fukamura, Sadao Watanabe – Hunt Up Wind
  15. The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five

Monday, May 31, 2010

V.A. - 2009 Collection (2010)

Some new late 2009 releases. Hard to find some worthy music nowadays but exists even seldom. Excellent performances by new artists in old songs like Lisa Gerrard in "All Along The Watchtower" and Sivert Hoyem in "The House Of The Rising Sun" and old artists in new releases like Spyro Gyra in "Down The Wire" and John Scofield in "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motheless Child". Enjoy !!!

  1. Lisa Gerrard - All Along The Watchtower
  2. Bria Valente - Kept Woman
  3. Prince - Dance 4 Me
  4. Spyro Gyra - Down The Wire
  5. The Rippingtons - Black Book
  6. John Scofield - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motheless Child
  7. Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara - Fulani Coochie Man
  8. Sivert Hoyem - The House Of The Rising Sun
  9. Schenker Barden Acoustic Project - Lost
  10. Tony Allen - Secret Agent
  11. Lafayette Afro Rock Band - A.I.E. (A Mwana)
  12. Goldie Lookin Chain - Everybody Is A DJ
  13. Abstract Rude - Man Down
  14. Dub Pistols feat. Lindy Layton & Rodney P - I'm In Love
  15. Quantic and His Combo Barbaro - Mas Pan
  16. 3 Na Massa feat. Nina Becker - O Objeto
  17. La Banda Del Pepo - Habra Que Creer
  18. La Banda Del Pepo - Habra Que Creer

V.A. - Old Cellar Rock (2010)

Let's go back to our old cellar and pick up some V.S.O.P. (Very Special Old Products). Oh what a warm up jam by Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel & Charlie Musslewhite on "Cherry Jam", oh what a composition and performance by Michael Stanley on "Let's Get The Show On The Road". Enjoy also Noah and Fotheringay. A real pure stuff... Drink it fellas... Drink it !!!

  1. Barry Goldberg & Harvey Mandel - Cherry Jam
  2. Illusion - Man
  3. Redbone - Jerico
  4. Rhinoceros - Better Times
  5. The John Dummer Blues Band - Hound Dog
  6. Various Artists* - It Takes Time (Live)
  7. The Unfolding - I've Got A Zebra-She Can Fly
  8. Hookfoot - Tradin' Riffs
  9. Heart - I've Got The Music In Me (Live)
  10. Ted Neeley - Look At You, Look At Me
  11. Michael Stanley - Let's Get The Show On The Road
  12. Noah - Never Too Late
  13. Fotheringay - The Way I Feel
  14. Benitez And Nebula - Nightlife

 * Michael Bloomfield, Taj Mahal, Nick Gravenites, Bob Jones,
   Mark Naftalin, Ira Kamin, John Kahn, Dino Andino, Noel Jewkis,
   Gerald Oshita, Snookie Flowers, John Wilmeth.

V.A. - Africa Funk Vol. 2 (2010)

Keep on funkin' with some more black dynamites. Life is move, is roll, is rhythm. Dig it fellas dig it...!!!

  1. The Rwenzori's - Handsome Boy [E Wara] [Parts 1&2]
  2. Matata - I Feel Funky
  3. Ice - Time Will Tell
  4. Kongas - Anikana-O
  5. Vecchio – Nsambei
  6. Wisdom – Nefertiti
  7. Fela Anikulapo-Kuti - Roforofo Fight
  8. Tony Allen - N.E.P.A (Never Expect Power Always)
  9. Manu Dibango - Big Blow
  10. Antibalas With Jojo Quo - Uprising (Parts 1&2)
  11. Oneness Of JuJu - Too Poo/Liberation Dues
  12. Dr. King Cobra – Survival

V.A. - Africa Funk Vol. 1 (2010)

Find some rare African diamonds of rhythm and funk 'cause rhythm was born in Africa, there's no doubt about that, and after pumped by the ''civilazied world'' like clear water essential for life.

  1. Oneness Of JuJu - African Rhythms
  2. Peter King - Ajo
  3. Wali & The Afro Caravan - Hail The King
  4. Manu Dibango - African Battle
  5. Lafayette Afro - Rock Band – Malik
  6. Mombasa - African Hustle
  7. Fela Ransome Kuti & The Africa '70 – Expensive Shit
  8. Matata - Talkin' Talkin'
  9. Vecchio - Megaton
  10. Manu Dibango - Weya
  11. Mulatu Astatqe – Netsanet
  12. Ice - Racubah
  13. Tony Allen - Road Close (Dance Dub)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

V.A. - Funky Drops Vol. 2 (2010)

Add some more drops to your life and follow the rhythm of heat with Aretha Franklin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bobby Byrd and many more.

  1. Aretha Franklin - Rock Steady
  2. Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters - Hard Times
  3. Barry Jones - Do The Funky Boogaloo (Part I)
  4. Black Haze Express - Won't Nobody Listen
  5. Black Heat - No Time To Burn
  6. Bobby Byrd - Try It Again
  7. Clarence Reid - If It Was Good Enough For Daddy
  8. Earth Wind & Fire - Fan The Fire (Edit)
  9. Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin'
  10. Fabulous Counts - Jan Jan
  11. Hammer - Tuane
  12. Johnny Cameron & The Camerons - Funky John
  13. Johnny Harris - Stepping Stones
  14. Joyce Jones - Help Me Make Up My Mind
  15. King Curtis - Memphis Soul Stew (Live)
  16. Lulu - Feelin' Alright
  17. Rufus Thomas - The Memphis Train
  18. Shirley Scott - Messie Bessie
  19. The Fabulous Counts - Dirty Red
  20. The Mohawks - The Champ
  21. The Stovall Sisters - Hang On In There
  22. The T.S.U. Tornadoes - Getting The Corners
  23. Willie West – Fairchild

V.A. - Funky Drops Vol. 1 (2010)

Funk is rhythm and rhythm is funk. Put some drops either to your milk or to your liquor and move your body to the rhythm of heat !!!

  1. Black Heat - Wanaoh
  2. Brothers 7 - Evil Ways
  3. Cold Blood - Kissing My Love
  4. Cold Blood - Shop Talk (Version 1)
  5. Curtis Mayfield -If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go
  6. Dennis Coffey – Scorpio
  7. Dr. John - Right Place Wrong Time
  8. Earth Wind & Fire - C'mon Children
  9. Fabulous Counts - Lunar Funk
  10. Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns – Four Play (Promo Edit)
  11. General Crook - What Time It Is
  12. Gwen McCrae - 90% Of Me Is You
  13. Houseguests - What So Never The Dance
  14. Little Royal - Razor Blade
  15. T.J. Kirk - Soul Power, Pts. 1 & 2
  16. The Beginning Of The End – Funky Nassau, Pt. 2
  17. The Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache
  18. The Rimshots - Neighbor! Get Your Own
  19. Tower Of Power - Back On The Streets Again
  20. Wilson Pickett - Get Me Back On Time