Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Earth, Wind & Fire - Last Days And Time

Year : 1972
Label : CBS
Genre : Soul
Style : Psychedelic Soul/Funk

The third album of the band and the first for Columbia.  Maurice White is back with a completely revamped group (exept his brother Verdine), he recruits  Ronnie Laws (brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws),  Larry Dunn, Philipp Bailey and others. The cover is designed by renowed artist Mati Klarwein (also author of cover art Miles Davis' Bitches Brew 1970). Rhythm & Blues, Funk and Psychedelic Soul with short Free Jazz interludes arranged by Earth, Wind & Fire

Maurice White_drums, kalimba & vocal
Roland Bautista_guitar  
Verdine White_bass, vocal & percussion
Ronald Laws _tenor, soprano saxophone & flute
Larry Dunn_piano, clavinet & organ
Phillip Bailey_congas & percussion & vocal
Ralph Johnson_drums & percussion
Jessica Cleaves_vocal
01. Time Is On Your Side
02. Interlude
03. They Don't See
04. Interlude 
05. Make It With You
06. Power
07. Remember The Children 
08. Interlude
09. Where Have All The Flowers Gone 
10. I'd Rather Have You 
11. Mom

Jane Birkin - Serge Gainsbourg

Year : 1969
Label : Fontana
Genre : Rock
Style : Pop

Serge Gainsbourg at his summit with this Baroque pop album, his ninth LP, the first recorded with Jane Birkin (a half album Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin) which alternates songs sung by him, by Jane and by both. This emblem of the french Pop was recorded at the prestigious studio Chappell (track 2 & 6) and Fontana (track 1, 2 to 5 and 7 to 10) in London at the end of 1968. Titles includes the big hit, the Gainsbourg's anthem, Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus (first recorded in duet with Brigitte Bardot in 1967 but never released), new versions of L'Anamour (first written for french singer Françoise Hardy), Sous Le Soleil Exactement (sings by Anna Karina in 1967) and  Les Sucettes (written for France Gall in 1966). Music composed by Serge Gainsbourg except  Jane B by Chopin (Prélude n°4 op.28) and Elisa by Michel Colombier.  Arranged & conducted by Arthur Greensdale except Elisa & Manon  arranged by Michel Colombier.                 

01. Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus
02. L'Anamour
03. Orang Outan
04. Sous Le Soleil Exactement
05. 18-39
06. 69 Année Érotique
07. Jane B
08. Elisa
09. Le Canari Est Sur Le Balcon
10. Les Sucettes
11. Manon 


Pretty Purdie - Stand By Me (Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get)

Year : 1971
Label : MEGA/Flying Dutchman
Genre : Jazz, Soul
Style : Soul Jazz, Funk/Soul

Not the most interesting album of Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie but note the collaboration of lyricist, singer/rapper, Gil Scott Heron on Artificialness (a letter to Richard Nixon). Among The Playboys featuring in this album, are Chuck Rainey (bass), Cornell Dupree (guitar), Harold Wheeler (keys) and Norman Pride (bongos & congas). Bernard "Pretty" Purdie lends his voice on Stand By Me & It's Too Lateothers titles includes variation of Modern Jive & On The Outskirts Of MinitownWhatcha See Is Whatcha Get and Funky Mozart (based on Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major). Arranged & conducted by Harold Wheeler, produced by Bob Thiele.

01. Stand By Me
02. Modern Jive
03. Spanish Harlem   
04. Artificialness
05. Never Can Say Goodbye
06. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get   
07. It's Too Late
08. Funky Mozart 
09. On The Outskirts Of Minitown
10. You've Got A Friend
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