Posts tagged DJ π - Soul Station π
Soul Station π: Isley Brothers 72-73

Today at the Soul Station, I present the Isley Brothers' Brother, Brother, Brother and 3+3 albums. I think these are two of their very best albums. Brother was the final studio release in their T-Neck deal with Buddah Records, though they had to give the label a double live set, too, which came out in March of 1973, almost one year after Brother. The Brother album isn't the first on which Ernie Isley plays rock influenced lead guitar, but in my estimation, it is the first one in which he is really successful and find his own way, even with many touches obviously borrowed from Hendrix. Overall the album balances the soul, funk and mighty dance grooves, with some searing guitar and perhaps the best vocal version of It's Too Late. Having moved to CBS, they reconfigured That Lady from a 1964, moody, latin inflected, brass driven track, to one featuring Ernie's searing and soaring lead guitar. Big difference, big hit. And while they continued to cover rock and pop tunes well associated with other artists and groups, the versions here of Summer Breeze and Listen To The Music really stand out! So be prepared to groove and connect with the Brothers Isley of 1972-73.

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Soul Station π: L.A. Rock 65-66

Check out my new show tonight for a snapshot of mid 1960s L.A. I feature one great, great band you may not have heard of, The Preachers. Wow are their records a revelation! Other bands included are The Arrows featuring Davie Allan/Davie Allan and the Arrows, Love and the Chocolate Watch Band. Did you know that as the Hogs, an early version of the Watch Band covered Allan's Blues Theme? Well, you can hear them both tonight. It's a rad show!

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Soul Station π: Greg Hatza & Lonnie Smith

My new show tonight at the Soul Station is all about the B3. I feature tracks from two records by Greg Hatza that he made at the end of his teens! His fellow players are Eric Gale and Grady Tate. The debut, The Wizardry of Greg Hatza tracks are mono and sound amazing! He has some moves that you will not hear on other organ jazz records from the 1960s, especially on Charlene. In between the two Greg Hatza sets, I spin tracks from Lonnie Smith's debut, also in mono. These feature King Curtis, Blue Mitchell and George Benson! Also in MONO! This is one very sizzling show. So tune in, 7pm tonight. You know where!

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Soul Station π: Standells & Count Five

My new show at the Soul Station features the Standells and the Count Five. Their music makes a very interesting comparison and contrast. Some the hits are there, but so are many other records that are not as well known and deserve attention, like the Count Five doing You Must Believe Me (Impressions) as well as a Standells original, Poor Shell Of A Man and their version of Wicked Pickett's Ninety-Nine And A Half. I also feature the original of Soul Drippin’ by the Standells, which, when covered by Chicago's The Mauds, became the closest record that band had that was a national hit! So do tune in. a rockin' must tonight at 7pm!

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Soul Station π: Special 8

US Punk and New Wave 45's 1975-76

The earliest moments of 70's Punk from the UK have already been covered on two Soul Station π events, so now, I am jumping in to play a number of important and early American records. These initial shots of Punk and Rock energy were exciting to live through, often difficult to hear and find, and they have all held up well after almost 40 years.

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Soul Station π: Chicago Rock 10

The New Colony Six, The Riddles, The Knaves and more...

This show, featuring the New Colony Six, resumes an earlier focus on 60's era Chicago Rock bands. The early New Colony Six records were released on their own label, Centaur, later changed to Sentar. Though they twice recorded the Yardbird’s Mister You’re A Better Man Than I, much of their early work is popish Folk Rock with an emphasis on the vocals. The group had several…

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Soul Station π: Special 7

John Cale 2 The Island Records Show

I did an earlier show that featured Cale's work after parting company with the Velvet Underground. Those early recordings are quite pop and feature delicate, shimmering melodies and first reveal Cale's interest in songs that have a debt to the Beach Boys. Once he had signed to Island, he began to further experiment in this vein, often using pumping piano parts that resemble…

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