Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
I receive today a advance Reverso 68 album... and its damn good! The album comes to me with no information at all!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Co-written by Steve Kotey and Chas Jankel - presumably as part of the Kotey Extra Band sessions - this pair of Bear Funk Gold nuggets have been reassembled with the help of the label's live-in Italian Fabrizio Mammarella. The result is a couple of cheeky tunes indeed.
"Love Sprinkle" has been spliced with the musical DNA of Arthur Russell (multiple percussion tracks and those quirky touches are evident).
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Le Pamplemousse was the brainchild of Michael Lewis and Laurin Rinder. Much like Phil Spector, a decade earlier, these producers would create outlets for their musical genius. These outlets or studio groups, would often feature the same musicians and singers. Interchangeable pieces in the master plan. The faces might change but the name and sound were constant.
Laurin Rinder was born in Los Angeles, California on April 3, 1943. He knew by the age of six that he wanted to be a musician. At seven, he was playing the trumpet. His father, who was an understudy for Bing Crosby during the 1930's and 1940's, encouraged Laurin to play and later built him a drum set out of trashcans and corrugated boxes. Soon the trumpet gave way to the saxophone and then finally the drums in his junior high school band.
He played on his first album as a session drummer in 1953 while only ten years old. During his sophomore year, he decided to drop out of high school to pursue music on a full time basis by playing with local bands around Los Angeles. The first band he played with was Dick D’Augustine And The Swingers who had a local hit with a tune called "Nancy Lynn."
At 19, Laurin enrolled in a correspondence course at The Berkeley School of Jazz and devoted his life to music. The great jazz artists of the day such as Davis, Monk and Mingus were his influences. Laurin was among the first in a small group of young musicians that played rock and roll in Hollywood during the mid-to late 1950's. There was a shortage of drummers, since little if any of the older musicians wanted to play this new style of music. Rock and roll in its infancy was essentially an amalgam of blues, R&B and country & western. During the period between 1956 to around 1963 Laurin claims to have played on roughly about half of the music that was released during that time.
In the early 1960's Laurin made the move to Detroit and was part of the early Motown history along with friend Bernard Purdy. While now based in Detroit he continued to travel and record in Philly, Miami, and the famed Muscle Schoals studios in Alabama where he played on Arthur Prysock, Anita O’Day and Billy Eckstein sessions among others. He traveled extensively with James Brown, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and John Hooker by bus throughout the South during the 1960's where he was usually the only white player in a black group. Las Vegas also figured into his travels where he even did comedy as part of "Rinder, Ryder And The Swinging Brass" around 1966-67. When asked why so many different things under his belt his only reply is, "I’m an opportunist. I look for the door and go through it." "Things got a little thin in the early 1970s when we were doing hard rock and at this time is when Michael (Lewis) comes in."
Around 1968 Laurin was living in Laguna Beach, California when he called his friend Dick Dodd, the leader singer of the group The Standells, to arrange for an audition. The Standells had scored a number 11 hit in 1966 with "Dirty Water." Michael, who hailed from Alabama, was their keyboard player and had just come from another group, We Five, which had the 1966 hit "You Were On My Mind." Michael had also performed on fellow Alabamian Percy Sledge’s "When A Man Loves A Woman." The two met and later went on to form a rock group called Joshua. The six-piece group was comprised of former members of The Righteous Brothers and Bonnie And Delaney. After several unsuccessful years the group disbanded. The bands manger, Seymour Heller who was the president of "The Conference of the Personal Managers of the World" and guided the careers of such stars as Liberace and Debbie Reynolds, had other plans for Rinder and Lewis. Heller was the owner of "Producer’s Workshop" and partners with Ray Harris in the "American Variety International" (AVI) record label.
Around 1973 that they were asked by Harris if they knew anything about "this new music called Disco." They were then asked if they would like to go into the studio and try something out. Laurin recalls, "We went in and did all this stuff and we were the first ones to do this thing. And I was putting in these sh, sh, sh hi-hat things on R&B songs that turned into Disco songs. Then I said why don’t we start using bells and whistles and I do some strange sounds like ew-ee, ew-ee…we’ll put breaks into it and play some bass drum…boom-boom and who cares…" to which everyone agreed. A very popular gay disco called Studio One was near Laurin’s home, so one night Laurin and Michael decided to stop by and see what this new Disco music was all about. The two found themselves dumbfounded.They could not help noticing that the crowd was eating it up and thought we can do this with no problem at all.
Ray Harris, who had been in contact with D.J.-producer and remixer Rick Gianatos via Chicago's Dogs Of War Record Pool, gave Rinder and Lewis their next hit. Gianatos was working at the pool and spinning at Dingbats (a local straight black club). Rick told Ray about a dance that he saw nightly at the club, the dancers did this thing called "The Spank" to Peter Brown's "Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me" and Barry White's "It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me." Rick picks up the story: "Ray Harris thought doing a record about The Spank was a fantastic idea and he and Michael Lewis flew in to Chicago the following week to hang out a little and observe the dancers carrying on to these songs. I made sure to play music appropriate for the dance when they were at the club, including both of the favorites, Peter Brown and Barry White. Ray wasn't impressed with Peter Brown, but that beat of Barry White got him excited. (Peter Brown was a more outrageous and less predictable track, for sure.) He told Michael they would go back to LA and Michael and Lauren should write something new with that Barry White groove. A few days later Ray called me and told me he had christened the concept "Le Spank," to continue in his "European Import" flavor of AVI releases." And the rest is history as they say. Laurin took the track and changed the lyrics to make it become "Le Spank" which became the first hit for the branch of Rinder/Lewis under the name Le Pamplemousse. The duo had previously released 2-12" singles as Le Pamplemousse to moderate success, 1976's "Gimme What You Got" and 1977's "Get Your Boom Boom (Around The Room Room)" before "Le Spank" hit number one in 1977. The 12" singles: "Monkey See, Monkey Do" and "Sweet Magic" followed in 1978 and the final 12" single, "Do You Have Any, Do You Know Where I Can Get Some" in 1979. The "group" had three albums between 1977 and 1979: "Le Pamplemousse" (1977), "Sweet Magic" (1978), and "Planet Of Love" (1979). The musicians listed on the credits of the Le Pamplemousse albums are fictitious. Laurin says, "None of them existed, Mike and I played all the instruments…on every album. Every single album."
Some of the many singers that comprised Le Pamplemousse were: Brenda, Valerie and Shirley Jones (The Jones Girls), Alexandra Brown, Patricia Hall, Mortonette Jenkins, and Laurin himself. This facet of Michael and Laurin's genius ended in 1979 as they moved into recording under their own monikers. For related releases see: El Coco, In Search Of Orchestra, St. Tropez, Tuxedo Junction, and of course Rinder & Lewis.
Michael has since continued in the music business and Laurin, who left it in the mid 1980's, is now a gallery owner and renowed artist.
AVI Part 3
Taken from the album "Le Spank" [AVL 6032] (1977),
Le Pamplemousse - Le Spank
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Maiden Voyage - A Journey Into The World Of Soul & Boogie...
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
For this post i choose the brilliant "I Cant Help It", in is pure album version, who have already a arrangement of the man of the moment, Todd Terje.
Sit down, relax, and enjoy...
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Bill Laswell & Jah Wobble - Alsema Dub
Map Of Africa - Map Of Africa
Plastic Bertrand - Stop Ou Encore (SDC Re-Edit)
Patrice Rushen - Remind Me
Brenda Taylor - You Can Have Your Cake (SDC Re-Edit)
Roy Ayers - Everybody (SDC Re-Edit)
Mudd & Pollard - Villa Stavros
Astrud Gilberto - Black Magic (Tangoterje Edit)
Sharon Redd - Can You Handle It (SDC Re-Edit)
Gaznevada - I.C. Love Affair (Munk Edit)
Kathy Diamond - All Woman
Lindstrom And Solale - Let's Practise (Wade Nichols Dub Mix)
B.W.H. - Stop (Nathan Wilkins & Midnight Mike Edit)
The The - Giant (Pilooski Edit)
Wolfmother - Love Train (Chicken Lips Malfunction Vocal)
Todd Terje - Eurodans
Eddy Grant - Time Warp (SDC Re-Edit)
Antena - Camino Del Sol (Joakim Remix)
Chilly - For your Love (SDC Re-Edit)
Donna Summer - I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Remix)
Unknown - Mary Don't Weep
Moodyman - Shades Of Jae (Part 1)
Cleavage - Barah
Cara E - Safari Ari (Re-Edit)
Hi Voltage - Somewhere Beyond (SDC Is Horny Edit)
Mel & Kim - That's The Way It Is (SDC Acid Dub)
Steve Barnes & Riley Reinhold - Odyssey
I Am A Bandit - Gimme Special Thrills (Bootleg)
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie (Wade Nichols Edit)
Sarr Band - Double Action (SDC Re-Edit)
Spandau Ballet - Chant Nº1 (US Mix)
Panama II - Long Train Running (SDC Re-Edit)
Lordy - The Watchtower (Stevie Kotey Kosmik Dub)
Dub Pistols feat. Terry Hall - Rapture (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
E.S.P. - It's You
Marlon D - Love Will Save The Day (Lounge Organ Solo)
Âme Strong - Tout Est Bleu (Francois K Remix)
Inner City - Good Life
Double - Woman Of The World (Pilooski Double Dub Edit)
Crue-L Grand Orchestra - Psyco Piano (Intro)
Mark E - Scared
Jacksons 5 - I Want you Back
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
The The's "Giant" is already an art-pop epic as the original 1983 version is over nine minutes in length, but Dirty Edits' Pilooski (or PSKI as he is more often referred to) adjusts it enough to warrant this full 12" on his infamous D.i.r.t.y. Edits / Dark & Lovely imprint.
D.i.r.t.y. Edits are always very good, but this, is one of my favorites..
Friday, June 1, 2007
New label from the people that brought us all those lovely Supersound 12's! Their first release has got Venus Gang's ultra-cosmic and itensely epic "Love To Fly" . On the flip we get the instrumental version of "Stop Ou Encore" by Plastic Bertrand (mostly known outside France for "Ca Plane Pour Moi" as covered by Sonic Youth").
Label: CLOUD (#01)
Various - The Roots Of Scandinavia Soul Jazzfunk And Boogie (2007)
01. Alex: I Gotta Feel Something
02. Henryk Lysiak: Inner City Blues
04. Calypso King & The Soul Investigators: Good Food
05. Jeannine Otis - Heikki Sarmanto : Magic Song
06. Tomas Ledin: You've got To Be Kidding
07. Nikolaj Bentzon Brotherhood: Let's Groove
08. Buki Yamaz and Debbie Cameron: Maybe We
09. Heavy Joker: Heavy Duty
10. Cox Orange: Dedication To Ironside
11. Njaal Helle: Nottingham Forest (is in my soul)
12. Debbie Cameron & Richard Boone: Time
13. Lasse Wellander: Hotel 167
14. Kirka & The Islanders: Taas Nousen Junaan
15. G-Litter: Maan Alle
16. Kjell Karlsen's Norwegian Big Band: Sunny