martes, 31 de marzo de 2009

· “Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)” - The Rolling Stones

“Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)” is an adequate assimilation of some of the Stones' greatest tunes before their music entered a very dark, antisocial phase during the peak of the Vietnam War. At the start, you have their trademark song “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction”, in between are the pensive “As Tears Go By” and the reflective blues number “Good Times, Bad Times”. Also present are the favorites “19th Nervous Breakdown” and what many consider to be the Stones' proclamation of supreme status as the greatest rock band ever in “Get Off of My Cloud”. At the very end is the soft yet ominous “Play with Fire”, which, with its unique arrangement of harpsichord, acoustic guitar and tambourine, commanded that the Stones, whether in hard rock or soft rock mode, could show attitude and get a message across. It is a very strong compilation. The only objection one might have is the organ intro version of “Time Is On My Side”, which seems to gel with the other tunes quite well, as opposed to the guitar one that is in the other well known version included on the Vol. 1 of the compilation I posted before. “Big Hits (High Tide & Green Grass)” was released on Apr 1, 1966 in the US. The American record company execs had tampered with the original UK design of most of the Stones albums up to this time, often releasing inferior American versions. On this one they reversed the trend and the UK design, which was released Nov 4, 1966, did not include “Paint It, Black”. The UK version substituted “Mother's Little Helper” and added 3 additional tracks (“Take It Or Leave It”, “Out Of Time”, and “What To Do”). There is an interesting story about the cover art. The photo was originally done for an album to be called “Could You Walk On The Water?”, but the concept was so controversial at that time that the photo of the Band walking on the water of a California reservoir was dropped and the photo of them standing on the bank was used. The album was renamed “Aftermath” (although the American version dropped the hyphen) and that originally intended artwork was then used for this greatest hits album.


01- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
02- Last Time
03- As Tears Go By
04- Time Is on My Side
05- It's All Over Now
06- Tell Me
07- 19th Nervous Breakdow
08- Heart of Stone
09- Get Off of My Cloud
10- Not Fade Away
11- Good Times, Bad Times
12- Play with Fire

domingo, 29 de marzo de 2009

· "Sabina Pirata" - Joaquín Sabina

Joaquín Ramón Martínez Sabina (Úbeda, Spain, 12 February 1949), known artistically as Joaquín Sabina, is a singer, songwriter, and poet. He has released fourteen studio albums, two live albums, and three compilation albums. In 1975 he wnt to live in London using a fake passport under the name Mariano Zugasti, to avoid persecution from Francisco Franco's government after throwing a Molotov Cocktail into a government building. That same year, his own father received an order to arrest Joaquin Sabina due to his anti-Franco ideals. In 1975, Sabina started writing songs and singing at local bars. In a local bar called "Mexicano-Taverna" Sabina performed in the presence of George Harrison, who was celebrating his birthday. The ex-Beatle then gave Sabina a five-pound note as tip, which Sabina still preserves to this day. When Franco's dictatorship ended in 1975, Sabina returned to Spain and was forced to join the military service but, feeling imprisoned, he got married in order to be able to sleep outside the barracks. Sabina's first album, Inventario (Inventory) was released in 1978 by a small label called Movieplay, but the album largely went unnoticed. Afterwards, he moved to the powerful CBS (today Sony) and released Malas compañías (Bad Companies). This album gave Sabina his first number-one hit single "Pongamos que hablo de Madrid" (Let's say I´m talking about Madrid), and the artist attained wide recognition. He released a live album called La mandrágora (The Mandrake), sharing the spotlight with bandmates Javier Krahe and Alberto Pérez. The trio enjoyed much popularity due to their participation in a TV program. La Mandrágora created much controversy due to the racy content of the lyrics. Sabina released his third soloist album called Ruleta Rusa (Russian Roulette) in 1983 and two years later, Juez y parte (Judge and Side). His political views led him to take part in the anti-NATO movement. He later released Joaquín Sabina y Viceversa en directo, his first live album, recorded in the Salamanca theatre in Madrid. In this album, the singer collaborates with other singers such as Javier Krahe, Javier Gurruchaga, and Luis Eduardo Aute. In 1987 he released Hotel, dulce hotel (Hotel, Sweet Hotel), which sold a large number of records in Spain. That success followed with his next album El hombre del traje gris (The Man in The Gray Suit), and followed with a successful tour of South America. This was followed by the released Mentiras piadosas (White Lies) in 1990, and two years later Física y química (Chemistry and Physics), which led to another successful tour of the Americas. His later albums Esta boca es mía (This Mouth is Mine), Yo, mi, me contigo (I, my, myself... with you) and 19 días y 500 noches (19 Days and 500 Nights), won him more recognition and multiple platinum albums, being the last probably his best work at date. After recovering from a stroke, he returned to the stage in 2002 with Dímelo en la calle (Dare to Say That Outside). He later released a double album called Diario de un peatón (A Pedestrian's Diary), which included both his previous album and 12 new songs, along with a book illustrated by him. In 2005 Sabina's released a new record Alivio de luto (Mourning Relief). The album release was accompanied by a DVD that includes interviews, music videos, acoustic versions of the songs, and home-made recordings. In 2007, he made a tour with Joan Manuel Serrat, called Dos Pájaros de un Tiro (Two birds with one stone) and they recorded a CD of this tour, which includes the DVD of the concert and a documentary. The album featured here includes out-takes, demos, collaborations, and unreleased material of any kind, hope you enjoy it.


01- Palabras Como Cuerpos
02- Cómo Decirte...
03- La Torre de Babel
04- Blues Tanguero
05- Cerrado por Derribo (versión argentina)
06- La Biblia y el Calefón
07- La Bien Pagá
08- Camellos
09- Feliz
10- No Puedo Enamorarme
11- Yolanda
12- Cualquier Noche Puede Salir el Sol
13- Cruz de Navajas
14- El Gorila
15- Las Manos en la Masa
16- Tango a Valdano
17- No Hago Otra Cosa que Pensar en Ti
18- Corazón de Neón
19- Fumar (?)
20- Despedida

·"Elvis Presley" (The original LP & singles) - 1956

On January 10, Presley made his first recordings for RCA in Nashville, Tennessee. The session produced "Heartbreak Hotel/I Was The One" which was released on January 27. The public reaction to "Heartbreak Hotel" prompted RCA to release it as a single in its own right (February 11). By April it had hit number one in the U.S. charts, selling in excess of one million copies.To increase the singer's exposure, Parker finally brought Presley to national television (In March 1955, Presley had failed an audition for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts). He booked six appearances on CBS-TV's Stage Show in New York, beginning January 28, 1956. Presley was introduced on the first by Cleveland DJ Bill Randle. He stayed in town and on January 30, he and the band headed for the RCA's New York Studio. The sessions yielded eight songs, including "My Baby Left Me" and "Blue Suede Shoes". The latter was the only hit single from the collection, but the recordings marked the point at which Presley started moving away from the raw, pure Sun sound to the more commercial and mainstream sound RCA had envisioned for him. On March 23, RCA Victor released Elvis Presley, his first album. Like the Sun recordings, the majority of the tracks were country songs. The album went on to top the pop album chart for 10 weeks.


01- Blue Suede Shoes
02- I'm Counting On You
03- I Got A Woman
04- One Sided Love Affair
05- I Love You Because
06- Just Because
07- Tutti Frutti
08- Tryin' To Get To You
09- I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (Over You)
10- I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')
11- Blue Moon
12- Money Honey

Bonus Tracks:

13- Heartbreak Hotel
14- I Was The One
15- Lawdy Miss Clawdy
16- Shake, Rattle and Roll
17- My Baby Left Me
18- I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

· "Covered by The Beatles - Vol. 1 - The EMI Years"

These three CDs explore the genesis of the music of The Beatles, by taking a look back at some of the early rock and roll music which influenced Lennon, Mc Cartney, Harrison and Starr. These were the artists that were their idols, and these are the songs that they covered on stage in Hamburg and at the Cavern, on the BBC, and on their early albums. In a word, these are the records the Beatles listened to the way we listen to Beatles records…

Photobucket 1 - The EMI Years.rar

01- Some Other Guy - Ritchie Barret
02- Anna [Go To Him] - Arthur Alexander
03- Chains - The Cookies
04- Boys - The Shirelles
05- Baby It's You - The Shirelles
06- A Taste Of Honey - Lenny Welch
07- Twist & Shout - The Isley Brothers
08- Till There Was You - Peggy Lee
09- Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
10- Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
11- You Really Got a Hold on Me - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
12- Devil in His Heart - The Donays
13- Money [That's What I Want] - Barret Strong
14- Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
15- Slow Down - Larry Williams
16- Matchbox - Carl Perkins
17- Rock & Roll Music - Chuck Berry
18- Mr. Moonlight - Dr. Feelgood & The Interns
19- Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey - Little Richard
20- Words of Love - Buddy Holly
21- Honey Don't - Carl Perkins
22- Everybody's Trying to Be my Baby - Carl Perkins
23- Leave My Kitten Alone - Little Willie John
24- Act Naturally - Buck Owens
25- Dizzy Miss Lizzy - Larry Williams
26- Bad Boy - Larry Williams
27- Shout - The Isley Brothers

sábado, 28 de marzo de 2009

· "El Inmortal Pichuco" - Aníbal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica 1941 (Canta: Francisco Fiorentino)

Aníbal Troilo (July 11, 1914 - May 18, 1975) was an Argentine tango musician. Anibal Troilo is widely thought of by tango listeners as the defining bandoneon player of his generation. His orquesta tipica was among the most preferred by social dancers during the golden age of tango (1940-1955), but he shifted to a concert sound by the late 1950s. Troilo's orchestra is best known for its instrumentals but it also recorded with many vocalists, such as Francisco Fiorentino, Alberto Marino, Floreal Ruiz, Roberto Goyeneche, Raul Beron, and Edmundo Rivero. As a composer, he wrote songs like "Te Aconsejo", "En Esta Tarde Gris" or "La Última Curda". The rhythmic instrumentals and the recordings with vocalist Francisco Fiorentino from 1940-41 are the favorite recordings for social dancing in contemporary tango salons (milongas), and featured here...


01- Milongueando en el '40
02- Toda Mi Vida
03- Cachirulo
04- Te Aconsejo Que Me Olvides
05- Tabernero
06- Pájaro Ciego
07- El Bulín de la Calle Ayacucho
08- Yo Soy el Tango
09- Guapeando
10- Una Carta
11- En Esta Tarde Gris
12- Cordón de Oro
13- Total... ¿Pa' Qué Sirvo?
14- El Cuarteador
15- Maragata
16- Cautivo
17- Tinta Roja
18- No le Digas Que la Quiero

· Joan Manuel Serrat - "Catalan compilation 1965/2006"

Joan Manuel Serrat is a Spanish Catalan singer-songwriter. He is considered one of the most important figures of modern, popular music in both the Spanish and Catalan languages. Serrat became involved with music at the age of 17, when he got his first guitar, to which he dedicates one of his earliest songs: "Una guitarra." In the early 60's, the young artist participated in a pop band, playing along with classmates at Barcelona's Agronomy School and performing mainly Beatles songs and Italian 'pop-of-the-era' songs translated to Spanish. In 1965, while singing in a radio show called Radioscope, host Salvador Escamilla helped him secure a record deal with local label EDIGSA, where he recorded his first LP, as well as joining as the member number thirteen the group of Catalan songwriters called “Els Setze Jutges” (The Sixteen Judges). Joan Manuel Serrat's first live stage performance in 1967 at the Palau de la Música Catalana, served to establish him as one of the most important artists inside the Nova cançó movement in Catalonia. The following year, Spain entered Serrat in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 to sing "La, La, La" (She Gives Me Love), but he asked to sing it in Catalan, to which the Spanish authorities would not agree. This would be the first time he would come into conflict with the language politics of Francoist Spain, because of his decision to sing in his native Catalan language, repressed by dictator Francisco Franco. Defiantly, Serrat refused to sing the Spanish-language version, and was hurriedly substituted by Massiel, who went on to win the contest with her Spanish-language interpretation. As a result, Serrat's songs were banned and his records burned in the streets. He then traveled to South America and participated in the Rio de Janeiro's World Music Festival, where he took first place with the song "Penélope." In 1969, Serrat released an album containing songs with texts of Antonio Machado, a well known Spanish republican poet of late 19th-early 20th century. This album brought him immediate fame in all Spain and Latin America though, in spite of this, his decision to sing as well in Spanish was still criticized in some nationalistic Catalan circles. Regarding this and other times when his choice of language (sometimes Spanish, sometimes Catalan) raised controversy on either side of the political sphere, he once explained: "Look, I sing better in the language they forbid me." The release of the Mediterráneo LP in 1971 consolidated the artist's reputation worldwide. In late 1974, Serrat was exiled in Mexico due to his condemnation of arbitrary executions under Franco's regime. It wasn't until Franco's death November 20, 1975 that Serrat was able to return to his homeland. In 1976, Joan Manuel Serrat was acclaimed for the first time in the U.S.A., while performing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. In January 1995, the Spanish government awarded him a medal for his contribution to Hispanic culture. On November 28, 1998, Serrat performed the Cant del Barça during the FC Barcelona Centenary festival at the Camp Nou. In 2000, the Spanish Association of Authors and Editors (SGAE) awarded him with one of ten Medals of the Century. Serrat revealed in October 2004 that he had been undergoing treatment for cancer of the urinary bladder and in November that year he had to cancel a tour of Latin America and the U.S. in order to undergo surgery in Barcelona, where he still lives. His recovery was satisfactory, and in 2005 he went on tour again ("Serrat 100 X 100") around Spain and Latin America with his lifelong producer and arranger, Ricard Miralles. Serrat also recorded an album featuring symphonic versions of his songs, which was performed in several different countries and always using local symphony orchestras. In 2006 Serrat released Mô, his first album completely in Catalan in 17 years. The album title refers to the city of Mahón, capital of the Spanish island of Menorca, where he likes to get away from it all during long touring seasons.


01- Una Guitarra
02- Ara Que Tinc Vint Anys
03- Cançó de Matinada
04- Paraules d’Amor
05- La Tieta
06- Com Ho Fa el Vent
07- Marta
08- Saps
09- De Mica en Mica
10- Bon Dia
11- El Meu Carrer
12- Conillet de Vellut
13- Pare
14- Helena
15- Res No es Mesquí
16- Temps Era Temps
17- Es Quan Dormo Que Hi Veig Clar
18- Plany al Mar
19- La Consciencia
20- Seria Fantàstic
21- Barcelona i Jo
22- La Rosa de L’adéu
23- Plou al Cor

· "My Generation" Deluxe Edition - Disc 2 - The Who

The bonus material on disc 2 leans equally heavily on covers, but also contains its share of signposts to the future Who, including a rare alternate version of “Anyhow, Anyway, Anywhere” (a true collector's item) accompanied with more loads of tracks for the first-time in stereo. In fact, 28 out of the total 30 tracks on this double CD album are in stereo! Disc 2 also contains previously unreleased, full-length versions of “The Good's Gone” and “I Don't Mind”, an unreleased instrumental version of “My Generation” and the aforementioned and unspeakably rare, French EP-only alternate version of “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere”. Enjoy!


01- Leaving Here (Alternate)
02- Lubie [Come Back Home]
03- Shout And Shimmy
04- [Love is Like a] Heat Wave
05- Motoring
06- Anytime You Want Me
07- Anyhow, Anywhere, Anyway (alternate)
08- Instant Party Mixture
09- I Don't Mind (full length unedited version)
10- The Good's Gone (full length unedited version)
11- My Generation (backing track)
12- Anytime You Want Me (a Cappella version)
13- A Legal Matter
14- My Generation
15- Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere (1965 mono original single mix)

· The Kinks - "Picture Book" Part 6

Sixth and last CD from the "Picture Book" Kinks' box.



01- Heart Of Gold
02- Come Dancing (demo remix)
03- State Of Confusion
04- Do It Again
05- Living On A Thin Line
06- Summer's Gone
07- How Are You?
08- The Road (live)
09- The Million-Pound-Semi-Detached
10- Down All The Days (To 1992)
11- The Informer, The
12- Phobia
13- Only A Dream
14- Drift Away
15- Scattered
16- Do You Remember Walter? (live)
17- To The Bone (demo)

· "Les Plus Belles Chansons" - Georges Brassens

"J'ai quitté la vi' sans rancune,
j'aurai plus jamais mal aux dents,

Me v'là dans la fosse commune,
la fosse commune du temps."

"I've left this life with no rancour,
I'll never have toothache again,
Now I lie in the communal grave,
the communal grave of time."

That's a quote from Brassens' song 'Le testament' ('Last will and testament'). Georges Brassens (22 October 1921, Sète, France - 29 October 1981, Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, France) is as well-known in France today as The Beatles are in England. People whistle his melodies on the streets, pass them on through generations. His bittersweet lyrics won him the French national poetry prize. He popularised French poetry in music. People respect him as “le bon maître” (the good master) and regard him with affection as “tonton Georges” (uncle George) and “notre nounours nacional” (our national teddy bear). Brassens composed about 250 songs, but only 200 were recorded. The other 50 were unfinished. Georges Brassens quote: "I would like everyone to understand that they can be creators, that they are creators. The context isn't important, it's to help a world to exist, to be born."

Photobucket Brassens.rar

01- Chanson Pour L'Auvergnat
02- Les Trompettes de la Renommée
03- La Non-Demande en Mariage
04- J'ai Rendez-Vous Avec Vous
05- Mourir Pour Des Idées
06- Les Amoreux Des Banc Publics
07- La Femme d'Hector
08- Auprès de Mon Arbre
09- Supplique Pour Être Enterré à la Plage de Sète
10- La Mauvaise Réputation
11- La Chasse Aux Papillons
12- Les Copains D'Abord
13- Le Pornographe
14- Fernande
15- Je Me Suis Fait Tout Petit
16- Misogynie à Part

· "Break It All" - USA album - Los Shakers

Words of these “Beatles from Río de la Plata” filtered through the United States, so in mid 1965 Audio-Fidelity (a New York based label with a fetish for stereo) agreed to release their first album in USA, with the only condition that the master tape, and consequent record release, had to be stereo. Since in EMI-Odeon, Argentina, original recording sessions master tapes were destroyed once the mono mixes were done, the group had no option than recording the whole album again in order to get a stereo master. These recording sessions happened between September and October 1965, and the group also recorded some of their latest compositions in order to keep on releasing new stuff in South America some of which also ended forming part of that master sent to USA, and eventually part of that American album too. The album was called “Break It All” and though not a big seller back then (it was first released in early 1966 but passed unnoticed) most foreign Los Shakers’ fans are familiar with. Osvaldo Fattoruso says: “There’s something weird about these recordings mainly because Hugo was kind of hoarse or just couldn’t sing, so I ended up singing many of the songs he used to sing. We only ever played in South America. I recall there were talks about going to the States but personally I didn’t believe that we would ever make it up there. Even though I might not have liked their music or what they did in general terms, I had a lot of respect for foreign pop groups. I knew somehow that they were better than us for the general American audience. Remember we didn’t even know how to speak English back then. All we could do was singing “fake” English!!!”


01- Break It All - 07/9/65 *
02- What a Love - 08/9/65
03- Only in Your Eyes - 09/9/65
04- Don’t Ask Me Love - 10/9/65
05- Do Not Disturb - 29/9/65
06- Give Me - 10/9/65
07- It’s Not Bad - 28/10/65
08- For You, For Me - 09/9/65
09- Boleto Para Pasear - 18/5/65
10- Thinking - 08/9/65
11- Won’t You Please? - 21/10/65
12- Forgive Me - 09/9/65

Bonus Tracks:

13- Boleto Para Pasear (stereo mix from master tape) - 18/5/65
14- Let Me go (mono version) - 07/9/65
15- Tell Them (mono mix) - 16/12/65
16- Stop the Game (mono mix) - 26/10/65


17- Let Me go (stereo version) - 07/9/65
18- Break It All (from master tape) - 07/9/65
19- The Longest Night (stereo version) - 07/9/65
20- More (stereo version) - 07/9/65
21- Baby Yeah, Yeah (stereo version) - 07/9/65
23- Baby Do the Shake (stereo version) - 07/9/65
24- What a Love (from master tape) - 08/9/65
24- Everybody Shake (stereo version) - 08/9/65
25- Thinking (from master tape) - 08/9/65
26- Forgive Me (from master tape) - 09/9/65
27- Don’t Ask Me Love (from master tape) - 10/9/65
28- Do Not Disturb (from master tape) - 29/9/65
29- Won’t You Please? (from master tape) - 21/10/65
30- Stop the Game (stereo mix) - 26/10/65
31- Tell Them (stereo mix) - 16/12/65

* Refers to recording dates.

· The Kinks - "Picture Book" Part 5

Part 5 of six.



01- Sleepless Night
02- Father Christmas
03- Misfits
04- A Rock 'N Roll Fantasy
05- Little Bit Of Emotion
06- Attitude
07- Hidden Quality
08- A Gallon Of Gas
09- Catch Me Now I'm Falling
10- Nuclear Love (Demo)
11- Duke (Demo)
12- Maybe I Love You (Demo)
13- Stolen Away Your Heart (Demo)
14- Low Budget (live)
15- Better Things
16- Destroyer
17- Yo-Yo
18- Art Lover
19- Long Distance

viernes, 27 de marzo de 2009

· "My Generation" Deluxe Edition - Disc 1 - The Who

It's kind of odd that the Who's first album would be the last to be reissued in deluxe fashion, but, given the prominent role the late John Entwistle plays on it (his instrumental 'The Ox' was and is a sonic marvel), it's kind of fitting, too. But the real reason it took so long for the Who camp to release this is that they added so much to it! Disc one presents the original album mixed in stereo for the first time since 1965 by original producer Shel Talmy, plus single sides like 'Bald Headed Woman' and Daddy Rolling Stone.'


01- Out In The Street
02- I Don't Mind
03- The Good's Gone
04- La-La-La Lies
05- Much Too Much
06- My Generation
07- The Kids Are Alright
08- Please, Please, Please
09- It's Not True
10- I'm a Man
11- A Legal Matter
12- The Ox

Bonus Tracks:

13- I Can't Explain
14- Bald Headed Woman
15- Daddy Rolling Stone

· "Valle de Lágrimas" - Javier Krahe

Javier Krahe (Madrid, March 30, 1944) Spanish singer-songwriter with great satirical lyrics. Born in the high class district of Salamanca, in Madrid, he studied in the Colegio del Pilar, where also attended many of the current Spanish politicians. He also started studies of Business Management, but after a while he abandoned to devote himself to the movies as a director’s assistant. While he was doing the military service, he met a Canadian girl called Annick, the love of his life, so he quickly left Spain for living in Canada. In spite of this, 2 years later (in 1967) he decided that Paris was THE place to live and there he went. By those days he also started his career as an acid lyricist inspired by artists such as Georges Brassens and Leonard Cohen. His brother Jorge was who composed the music for his songs. Years later, and back in Spain, Chicho Sánchez Ferlosio contracted him for several gigs in places such as La Aurora, where he would meet Joaquín Sabina and Alberto Pérez. The three guys together, now as a trio, recorded an album called “La Mandràgora” (1981), which was also the name of the place where that album was recorded during a live performance. Anyway, before that and as a solo singer, he made his debut album called “Valle de Lágrimas” (Valley of Tears- 1980), where he shows his typical style (ironic letters, ingenious heaps, accompanied with simple music). Let’s comment that back in those days, Krahe used to name the chord F as "the difficult one", so go figure... During his following records the arrangements tend to sound more and more jazzy, turning Krahe in an usual performer at the El Café Central, in Madrid. This was the start of becoming a singer-songwriter of cult for intellectual Spanish audiences. In 1986, the Spanish official television channel (TVE) censured his song “Cuervo Ingenuo” (Naïve Crow) which was a satiric look at the ideological ambiguity showed by the Spanish socialist party. In 2004, during an interview in the Channel + TV program “Lo + Plus”, it was showed a short film called "10 Comentarios” (10 Comments) which has been made approximately thirty years ago (circa 1974) by Javier Krahe and Enrique Seseña. The film consists on a chef teaching how to cook a figure of Jesus Christ. That started a campaign of protests from part of the conservative Spanish press, and as a result Krahe was declared ‘persona non-grata’ by Jesús de Polanco, who was the president of the group PRISA (owners of Channel +). In 1999 he was co-founder of an independent record company called “18 Chulos” (18 Rascals), along with other artists as Pepín Tre, Santiago Segura, El Gran Wyoming, Faemino and Pablo Carbonell. Javier Krahe has released several albums for that label: “Dolor de garganta” (Sore Throat), “Cábalas y Cicatrices” (Cabbalas and Scars), “Cinturón Negro de Karaoke” (Black Belt of Karaoke), “Querencias y Extravíos” (Love and Losses); etc. During the years 2005, 2006 and 2007 he has been performing periodically in such small clubs as Galileo or Clamores, often in company of other such singer-songwriters like Riki López. His last album “Love and Losses”, released back in December 2007, was distributed as a pack including an interesting book featuring reflections and conversations of Krahe with the journalist Paloma Leyra. His writing shows a big care for the heap and the metrics, with an obvious influence of the world of classic literature and classical movies. Here's his first album…


01- Villatripas
02- Don Andrés Octogenario
03- El Lirón
04- La Hoguera
05- ¿Dónde se Habrá Metido Esta Mujer?
06- El Tío Marcial
07- Raúl
08- San Cucufato
09- La Oveja Negra
10- Marieta

· The Kinks - "Picture Book" Part 4

CD # 4 from six.



01- Skin And Bone
02- Alcohol Live
03- Celluloid Heroes
04- Sitting In My Hotel
05- Supersonic Rocket Ship
06- You Don't Know My Name
07- One Of The Survivors
08- Sitting In The Midday Sun
09- Sweet Lady Genevieve
10- Daylight
11- Mirror Of Love
12- Artificial Man
13- Preservation (U.S. Single)
14- Slum Kids (live)
15- Holiday Romance
16- Face In The Crowd
17- No More Looking Back
18- Sleepwalker
19- The Poseur

· "Yo Soy de Parque Patricios" - Ángel Vargas con la orquesta de Ángel D'Agostino

Pianist Angel D'Agostino and singer Angel Vargas became one of the most successful tango partnerships, working together for 15 years from 1932 to 1947. Their style is like a dry white wine - crisp, light and elegant, and perhaps an acquired taste, but very refined.
This post is specially dedicated to my friend Osvaldo Corsetti.


01- Gorriones - 1942
02- Dice Un Refrán - 1942
03- Hay Que Vivirla, Compadre - 1942
04- De Igual A Igual - 1945
05- Como El Hornero - 1944
06- Yo Soy De Parque Patricios - 1944
07- Madreselva - 1944
08- Bailarín De Contraseña - 1945
09- Ave De Paso - 1945
10- Rondando Tu Esquina - 1945
11- No Vendrá - 1945
12- Tres Esquinas - 1941
13- Agua Florida - 1941
11- Un Copetín - 1941
15- Una Pena - 1941
16- Mano Blanca - 1944
17- Demasiado Tarde - 1946
18- Adiós Arrabal - 1941
19- Madre Hay Una Sola - 1943
20- Traiga Otra Caña - 1941

· "Beat Beat Beat at the Beeb" - The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones time capsule to young inspired musicians working hard to "break" in the wake of The Beatles play with heart and soul on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The best opportunity to study the music and musicianship in their early days in the most pristine of environments minus unbalanced instruments and screaming fans through these sensational live performances at the BBC studios and their affiliates. Here we will start with CD 1 of "Beat Beat Beat at the Beeb", CD release matched against the least common denominator set of previously available recordings, "Get Satisfaction ... If You Want".




· The Kinks - "Picture Book" Part 3

The third CD from the Japanese Box-set.


01. Love Me Till The Sun Shines ('Top Gear' BBC session with Brian Matthew intro and outro)
02. The Village Green Preservation Society
03. Big Sky
04. King Kong
05. Drivin'
06. Some Mother's Son
07. Victoria
08. Shangri-La
09. Arthur
10. Got To Be Free
11. Lola (mono single version)
12. Get Back In The Line
13. The Moneygoround
14. Strangers
15. Apeman
16. God's Children
17. The Way Love Used To Be
18. Moments
19. Muswell Hillbilly
20. Oklahoma USA
21. Twentieth Century Man
22. Here Come The People In Grey

· "HELP!" LP 1987 stereo mix

Back in 1987 Sir George Martin decided that the original stereo mix from 1965 wasn't good enough for the forthcoming CD release, so he mixed the whole album again, so judge yourselves...


1987 mix:
15- Help!
16- The Night Before
17- You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
18- I Need You
19- Another Girl
20- You're Going To Lose That Girl
21- Ticket To Ride
22- Act Naturally
23- It's Only Love
24- You Like Me Too Much
25- Tell Me What You See
26- I've Just Seen a Face
27- Yesterday
28- Dizzy Miss Lizzy

· Nicola Di Bari - "Flashback"

Nicola Di Bari (29 September, 1940) is a famous Italian singer. He was born in in Zapponeta (Foggia, Apulia, Italy) as Michele Scommegna. He started his professional career in 1965 and won the San Remo Music Festival in 1971 and 1972. In 1972 he also represented Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "I giorni dell'arcobaleno". He is also a well-known singer in Latin America, specially in Argentina due to the huge quantity of Italian immigrants, and due to that reason he also recorded several albums in Spanish. Here's a compilation 50% in Italian and 50% in Spanish. I want to add that these songs were the soundtrack of my own childhood...


01- I Giorni dell'Arcobaleno
02- Paese
03- La Prima Cosa Bella
04- Se Mai Ti Parlassero di Me
05- Il Mondo Gira
06- Sai Che Bevo, Sai Che Fumo
07- Se Potessi, Amore Mio
08- Amore, Ritorna a Casa
09- Lontano, Lontano
10- La Hierba de Mi Casa
11- Vagabundo
12- Ojos Claros
13- El Corazón es un Gitano
14- Agnese
15- Como Violetas
16- Guitarra Suena Más Bajo
17- Zíngara
18- Trotamundos

· Los Shakers - "Los Shakers"

In March 1965, four Uruguayan guys (Hugo Fattoruso -21 y.o.-, Osvaldo Fattoruso -18 y.o.-, Roberto "Pelín" Capobianco -21 y.o.- and Carlos "Caio" Vila -21 y.o.-) started to record their first album at the EMI-Odeon recording studios in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Los Shakers were the most popular rock band in South America during the mid sixties and they also were part (and leaders) of the so-called "Uruguayan Invasion" in Argentina. The band was formed in mid-1964 in Montevideo (Uruguay) and modeled after The Beatles, since the movie "A Hard Day's Night" caused such an impact on these young guys that they immediatly adopted similar haircuts and clothing. The band sang and composed 95% of their stuff in English, despite their location, and gained their greatest popularity in Argentina, Uruguay, Brasil, Venezuela, Peru, Paraguay and Bolivia. They issued their first single, "Keep Searchin' / Only in Your Eyes" in 1965, but it was their second single, "Break It All / More" the one which went straight to nº 1. This LP (here with added bonus tracks and rarities), released in mid-1965, contained the A-sides of their two first singles, plus a dozen of new recordings mostly written by the Fattoruso brothers. "Los Shakers", their first LP, remains as one of the strongest albums of the beat era from anywhere in the world. As capable musics in their own right, the band was able to dissect the harmonic elements of the Beatles "A Hard Day's Night / Beatles For Sale" era writing, adding their unique jazzy-pop-latin sensibilities and a healthy shot of the infectious joie de vivre that made the early Beatles so appealing.


01- Break It All - 12/4/65 *
02- What a Love - 23/3/65
03- Baby Yeah, Yeah - 22/6/65
04- Forgive Me - 05/5/65
05- Everybody Shake - 18/6/65
06- Thinking - 19/4/65
07- It’s My Party - 21/4/65
08- Keep Searching - 12/5/65
09- For You, For Me - 08/4/65
10- Shake in the Streets - 04/5/65
11- The Longest Night - 16/6/65
12- Baby Do the Shake - 21/5/65
13- Don’t Ask Me Love - 12/4/65
14- Give Me - 04/6/65

Bonus Tracks:

15- Only in Your Eyes - 25/3/65
16- More - 27/4/65
17- My Bonnie - 23/3/65


18- I Wanna Be Your Man - 23/3/65
19- Boleto Para Pasear (mono mix - unreleased) - 18/5/65
20- See You Later Alligator - 27/5/65
21- À Présent Tu Peux T’en Aller - 09/6/65
22- No Fuimos (stereo) - 22/7/65
23- Nena Baila Shake (stereo) - 22/7/65
24- No Fuimos (stereo + from master tape) - 22/7/65

(* Dates refer to recording dates)

· The Kinks - "Picture Book" 6 CD set - Parts 1 & 2

This is a Japanese-only 6-disc boxed set of the Kinks called "Picture Book." Apparently about a third of it is previously unreleased.
I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet, so I can't say for sure.


Limited Edition Japanese-only 2008 digitally remastered six CD set, the first ever Kinks box set, chronicling the band's 40 year career over six chronologically-ordered CDs. Each disc deals with a particular chapter in the band's history, from their 1964 breakthrough onwards. Beautifully packaged in a classic, lift-lid style box, "Picture Book" features well over a hundred tracks - a third of which are previously unreleased or new to CD. These include rare demos, mono versions, alternate mixes, archived BBC Television & session material and live renditions alongside the classic originals. This collection spans the band's entire career from their early '60s beginning right up through their final studio album in 1994.
Let's start with CDs 1 & 2...




01- Brian Matthew introduces the Kinks
02- You Really Got Me
03- I'm a Hog for You Baby
04- I Believed You
05- Long Tall Sally
06- I Don't Need You Anymore
07- Stop Your Sobbing
08- I Gotta Move
09- Don't Ever Let Me Go
10- All Day And All Of The Night
11- Tired Of Waiting For You
12- Come On Now (outtake with two false starts)
13- There Is A New World Opening For Me (Kassner Publishing demo)
14- Everybody's Gonna Be Happy
15- Who'll Be The Next In Line
16- Time Will Tell
17- Set Me Free
18- I Need You
19- See My Friend
20- Wait Till The Summer Comes Along
21- I Go To Sleep
22- A Little Bit Of Sunlight (Kassner Publishing demo)
23- This I Know (demo)
24- A Well Respected Man
25- This Strange Effect (with Brian Matthew speaking over intro)
26- Milk Cow Blues
27- Ring The Bells
28- I'm On An Island
29- Till the End Of The Day
30- Where Have All The Good Times Gone
31- All Night Stand (demo)
32- And I Will Love You
33- Sittin' On My Sofa


01- Dedicated Follower Of Fashion (alternate stereo take)
02- She's Got Everything
03- Mr. Reporter (Ray vocal take)
04- Sunny Afternoon
05- I'm Not Like Everybody Else
06- This Is Where I Belong
07- Rosie Won't You Please Come Home
08- Too Much On My Mind
09- Session Man
10- End Of The Season
11- Dead End Street (first version)
12- Village Green
13- Two Sisters
14- David Watts
15- Mr. Pleasant
16- Waterloo Sunset (mono mix)
17- Death Of A Clown
18- Lavender Hill
19- Good Luck Charm
20- Autumn Almanac
21- Susannah's Still Alive
22- Animal Farm
23- Rosemary Rose
24- Berkeley Mews
25- Lincoln County
26- Picture Book
27- Days
28- Misty Water

jueves, 26 de marzo de 2009

· Caetano Veloso - "Fina Estampa"

Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso (born August 7, 1942), better known as Caetano Veloso, is a composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist. He has been called "one of the greatest songwriters of the century" and is sometimes considered to be the Bob Dylan of Brazil. Veloso is most known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement Tropicalismo which encompassed theatre, poetry and music in the 1960s, at the beginning of the Brazilian military dictatorship. Veloso was born in Bahia, a state in the northeastern area of Brazil, but moved to Rio de Janeiro as a college student in the mid-1960s. Soon after the move, Veloso won a music contest and was signed to his first label. He became one of the founders of Tropicalismo with a group of several other musicians and artists—including his sister Maria Bethânia—in the same period. However the Brazilian government at the time viewed Veloso's music and political action as threatening, and he was arrested, along with fellow musician Gilberto Gil, in 1969. The two eventually were exiled from Brazil, and went to London, where they lived for two years. After he moved back to his home country, in 1972, Veloso once again began recording and performing, becoming popular outside of Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s. He has so far won five Latin Grammy Awards. He recorded his first all-English album, "A Foreign Sound" in 2004. The album contains many American standards. 10 years before that (in 1994) he released this record, "Fina Estampa", totally sung in Spanish and containing his own personal versions of all times Latin American standards. Enjoy it!


01- Rumba Azul
02- Pecado
03- María Bonita
04- Contigo en la Distancia
05- Recuerdos de Ypacaraí
06- Fina Estampa
07- Capullito de Alhelí
08- Un Vestido y Un Amor
09- María la O
10- Tonada de Luna Llena
11- Mi Cocodrilo Verde
12- Lamento Borincano
13- Vete de Mí
14- La Golondrina
15- Vuelvo al Sur

· Charles Aznavour - "AZNAVOUR"

Charles Aznavour, (born Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian, May 22, 1924, Paris) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter, and actor. Besides being one of France's most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the most well-known singers in the world. He is known for his characteristic short figure and unique tenor voice; clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravely and profound low notes. He has appeared in more than 60 movies, composed and recorded about 1,000 songs (including at least 150 in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German), and sold well over 10 million records. Often described as the "Frank Sinatra of France", Aznavour sings mostly about love. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and other major venues around the world. "Que C'est Triste Venise", recorded in French, Italian (Com'è Triste Venezia), Spanish (Venecia Sin Ti), English (How Sad Venice Can Be), and German (Venedig in Grau), is one of Aznavour's most famous multilingual songs. In 1974 Aznavour became a major success in the United Kingdom where his song "She" went to Number One in the charts, which 20 years later was re-recorded by Elvis Costello becoming a hit again as the main song from the movie “Notting Hill”. At the start of autumn in 2006, Aznavour initiated his farewell tour, performing in the US and Canada, and earning very positive reviews. He still sings in multiple languages and without persistent use of teleprompters, but typically sticks to just two or three (French and English being the primary two, with Spanish or perhaps Italian being the third) during most concerts. Aznavour started 2007 with concerts all over Japan and Asia. The second half of 2007 saw Aznavour return to Paris for over 20 shows at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, followed by more touring in Belgium, the Netherlands, and the rest of France. Throughout the spring of 2008, Aznavour toured South America, holding a multitude of concerts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. Summer saw him in Quebec, and a return to Latin America followed in autumn. He has repeatedly stated that this farewell tour, health permitting, will likely last beyond 2010. At 84, Aznavour is in excellent health, although admittedly 60 years on stage have made him "a little hard of hearing". Aznavour's next tour, Aznavour en liberté, will take him again across the United States and Canada. It'll start in late April 2009. He currently resides in Geneva, Switzerland.


01- La Bohème
02- Trousse Chemise
03- Avec
04- Qui?
05- Je Te Rechaufferai
06- Les Comediens
07- For Me, Formidable
08- Mourir d'Aimer
09- L'Amour C'est Comme un Jour
10- Que C'est Triste Venise
11- Il Faut Savoir
12- Et Pourtant
13- Je t'Attends
14- Bon Anniversaire
15- Aime Moi
16- Tu T'laisses Aller
17- Comme Ils Disent
18- Hier Encore
19- C'est Finí
20- She (Tous Les Visages de l'Amour)

· Dave Brubeck Quartet - "Time Out"

"Time Out" is a 1959 album by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, based upon the use of time signatures that were unusual for jazz (mainly waltz or double-waltz time, but also 9/8, and most famously 5/4).
Although the album was intended as an experiment (Columbia president Goddard Lieberson was willing to chance releasing it) and received negative reviews by critics upon its release, it became one of the best-known and biggest-selling jazz albums, reaching number two in the
U.S. Billboard "Pop Albums" chart, and produced one singlePaul Desmond's "Take Five" — that reached number five in the Billboard "Adult Contemporary" chart.
In 2005 it was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the
Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
Although the theme (and the title) of "Time Out" is non-common-time signatures, things are not quite so simple. "
Blue Rondo à la Turk" starts in 9/8 (the rhythm of the Turkish zeybek, equivalent of the Greek zeibekiko), but with the unorthodox subdivision pattern of 2+2+2+3 (the normal pattern for 9/8 is 3+3+3), and the saxophone and piano solos are in 4/4. "Strange Meadow Lark" begins with a piano solo that exhibits no clear time signature but then settles into a fairly ordinary 4/4 swing once rest of the group joins. "Take Five" ("supposed to be a Joe Morello drum solo", according to Desmond) is in 5/4 throughout. "Three to Get Ready" begins in waltz-time, after which it begins to alternate between two measures of 3/4 (the waltz-time), and two of 4/4. "Kathy's Waltz" (misspelled, but named after Brubeck's daughter, Cathy) starts in 4/4, and only later switches to double-waltz time, before merging the two. "Everybody's Jumpin' " is mainly in a very flexible 6/4, while "Pick Up Sticks" firms that up into a clear and steady 6/4.
Aside from all this, Desmond has a habit of smoothing the time into something nearer 4/4 as he plays. Partly because of this, but mainly because of the skill and jazz sensibilities of the musicians, the complex and non-jazz rhythms do not stop the music from swinging.


01- Blue Rondo a La Turk
02- Strange Meadow Lark
03- Take Five
04- Three to Get Ready
05- Kathy's Waltz
06- Everybody's Jumpin'
07- Pick Up Sticks