Monday, August 14, 2006

More Music!

Heres another set of strange, rare, and out of print music in mp3.
Latin mix
Here's stuff to read while you listen to it:

This time focusing on music of latin origin and/or treatment. The moog record gems in here are both from a Command Records two-fer "Electronic Ececlections with Richard Hayward and Walter Sear." The record is easily my favorite moog record of all time(its nuts and hayward's drumming makes it work), and if pressured, I might divulge the entire thing since I can't even find so much as a line on the internet about the record. Esquivel makes an appearance as well, in a rare recording of "Malageuna" from the 1968 "Genius of Esquivel" that gives me chills every time. Recording quality on this particular Esquivel disc is not as noteworthy as his earlier recordings, but that spark is still there. Esquivel sounds a lot more subdued and seems to enjoy contrasting a small group with electric piano against his characteristically bombastic brass. The results are a more mature, less silly Esquivel who gives things time to play out a bit, enjoying the seduction of the listen with a soft piano passage, and then tossing the drama about on the piano. You'll have to pardon the click on Besame Mucho recording, it gives it character. Esquivel's arranging is truly some of the most brilliantly playful ever recorded, and "Genius of Esquivel" shows about as close to a dark side as Esquivel had.
Pete Terrace, "King of the Boogaloo" makes a characteristically cheesy apperance. If Mongo Santamaria and Pete Terrace got in a latin stereotype contest, who would win? I'm gonna have to say Pete Terrace, because anybody who puts obviously looped crowd noise in their record and calls it live should lose whatever contest they are in.
Howard Roberts also comes into play with a brilliantly talented and slightly cheesey arrangement of "O Barquinho." "Instrumentally speaking, he's got the newest, freshest, most exciting bossa nova sounds to swing with todays tunes since guitars hit the big time. He's wild, he's funky, he's got everybody out there listening...he's that appealing! Whats more, H. R. told this reporter, 'I'm Sincere.'" Man, jazz lost it all when it started taking itself too seriously. Go out and get yourself a copy of "Howard Roberts Guilty" and see what I mean.
Process 35 Percussion rounds out the set with the stupidly titled "Mambo Ravioli." Somehow, everything on "SPINORAMA" records comes across stupid one way or the other. At least this is a great song, fun arrangement, and a great recording with a stupid title. Typically, they get that backwards. This one feels like being chased by a marching band that is in love with you through a department store in 1965. As a bonus I threw in the track immediately following it on the record, so you could hear just how genuinely stupid this record really is. When you look at music from this era, you have to look past a lot of goofy marketting and you'll find a staggering level of musicianship.
Oh and I'd also like to add what a pleasure it is for me to hear these recordings in stereo for the first time thanks to my wonderful Torx implant!


rickdog said...

read my post at
for tons of latin mp3 links at Orkut. If you're interested I'll send you an invite.

rickdog said...

as a link: