Soul Station Feature:

X-Ray Spex

The Day the World Turned Day-Glo

This fabulous and still timley X-Ray Spex 45 is mostly about our "plastic, chemical, toxic world". But there are other ways to understand it and react to it. Right now, mine is something like this: 

I'd like to watch that missile strike again, while I eat my wimpy bun NOT!

Does everyone feel better now? Even the 'Nelson' response fails to capture my feelings!

Posted on April 10, 2017 .

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Soul Station Feature:

Max Roach

Nica

At the end of the 1950's, drummr Max Roach led a piano-less group that featured Julian Priester on trombone, Tommy Turrentineon trumpet and his brother Stanley on tenor sax. Stanley achieved fame and fortune on CTI doing a commercial, if not pop-r&b version of soul jazz. The high quality of his jazz contributions must not be overlooked. Like his playing with Max Roach. On Nica, written by pianist Sonny Criss about the well known jazz patron, Panonica de Koenigswarter, Turrentine takes a dry, penetrating solo that shows the influence of Sonny Rollins and hard bop. He was an original master, even this early!

Posted on April 10, 2017 .

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Soul Station Feature:

Charles Atanga & Emitas

Onguindo

Charles Atanga is a bass player from Ivory Coast. He recorded as Charles Atanga & Emitas, and made this moody, dark as deep mole sauce, track in 1975. The electric organ gives this a layer of strange texture. It is mildly funky, like some of the bleaker tracks Curtis Mayfield cut during the early 1970's. Like Right On For The Darkness. It fits well with this di and rainy morning.

Posted on April 10, 2017 .

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Soul Station Feature:

The Gaylettes

I Like Your World

Judy Mowatt might have gotten her biggest career break via the I Threes and their backing of Bob Marley when Bunny and Peter left, but she was around years before that, solo and as part of the Gaylettes, who made a number of great records for Merritone and Island in the late 1960's. This one combines soul with a 'girl group approach' and is quite successful. Mowatt sounds great, too!

Posted on March 18, 2017 .

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Soul Station Feature:

Sister Sledge

Frankie

Joni Sledge, of Sister Slege, died just a few days ago. She and her three sisters formed the singing group in the early 1970's and had many hits, while also cheering on the Pittsburgh Pirates in their World Series run in 1979. The hits more or less ended in the mid 1980's, when they released their last album for several years, When the Boys Meet the Girls. The worked with Chic's Nile Rodgers on this one, and it did yield their last major hit, Frankie (only #32 on the US r&b chart, but #1 in the UK). Frankie sounds like an early 1960's girl group disc, has a strong NOLA groove and a fantastic horn arrangement! It IS finger licking good. A fine salute to Joni, who at 60, is gone far too soon!

Posted on March 17, 2017 .

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