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Joao Donato & Seu Trio - Muito A Vontade
Joao Donato & Seu Trio
Muito A Vontade
LP | 1962 | DE | Reissue (Go! Bop!)
19,99 €*
Release:1962 / DE – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
A reissue of the legendary 1962 debut-album by Joao Donato, the legend of Brazilian jazz and Latin music. Presented are relaxed slow jazz tunes with an obvious bossa nova groove, and a leading piano that takes off from the backing rhythm by drums and standing bass. Some tunes showcase wicked piano staccato lines and a powerful rhythmical drive that are still rooted in Latin music, but shoot forward on a ray of energy.
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Kyu Sakamoto
Sukiyaki And Other Japanese Hits
LP | 1962 | EU | Reissue (Go! Bop!)
19,99 €*
Release:1962 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Pop
Preorder 12.07.2017
If you are curious how Japanese pop music sounded in the early 60s, here is one of the most popular examples. So this reissue will hopefully open new channels for fans of abundantly orchestrated 60s pop to listen to Kyu Sakamoto, who sadly perished in an aircraft accident in 1985, which is up to now the biggest event of its kind in flight history. Anyway, what do we get to hear from this man, very young but already experienced at the time? Mysterious, soulful songs with big orchestral arrangements, tunes that show elements of latin music such as bossa nova, typical elegant Doo Wop and pop ballads of the day with a heartwarming melodies, some exotic tunes that draw influence from what western people might consider Japanese music, real or fictional. The most popular tune that became a hit all over the world is certainly „Sukiyaki“, which was a big success in a German language version by The Blue Diamonds, a Dutch band of Indonesian origin. He did not spare any style popular in the 50s up to the early 60s. You'll hear elements of chanson among many others. The whole album is relaxed and beautiful with a friendly expression. The orchestra, the big band, whoever accompanies Kyu Sakamoto dresses all the compositions sung with passion and a pliable voice into a garment of absolute elegance. This album definitely gets you to feel great and joyful and fluffy. The use of Japanese language for the lyrics might more appeal to native speakers and those with a fondness for exotic aspects coming with albums but it just makes this record even more outstanding. It's a colorful and memorable effort.
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Centurions, The (Centurians)
Bullwinkle Part II: Surfers' Pajama Party Recorded Live On The U.C.L.A. Campus
LP | 1963 | EU | Reissue (Go! Bop!)
19,99 €*
Release:1963 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 12.07.2017
Some acts have a cult reputation such as The Centurians or The Centurions as they were originally called. In 1967 they changed their name to The Centurians due to legal reasons. It only matters on a minor base for the main point of interest is, that this killer tunes were originally released in 1963. Originals fetch prices of 200 US$ in semi-nice condition and due to their appearance in the classic 90s Tarantino movie „Pulp fiction“ this band gained a cult following of younger people who kept their legacy alive and even brought them to reform for a second career which lasts until today. You can definitely hear that this is a Californian band. But they seem to come from the darker, windier and dirtier part of the beach where only overly tattooed bikers get their willing victims laid and the rough sea craves for the lives of daring surf maniacs. The music is surf rock'n'roll but different to most of the fluffy good time party bands. The bass guitar plays a mean line with all the tunes to give 'em a bent out of shape spine at which the beats of the drum, the desperately howling saxophone and the gloomy twangy guitarmony get tightened with rusty wire. The performance here is excellent, the musicians belong to the best of their genre. The atmosphere is just utterly mysterious, dark and dusty and the steaming hot melodies and the fuzzed out bass and saxophone lines let you grasp for air. Most popular tracks here are for certain their Pulp Fiction hit „Bullwinkle Pt. II“ and „Comanche“ which is a famous tune from back in the day (also included on the Pulp Fiction OST in a ravaging version by The Revels). The whole record has this desperate expression, the hunger for life and love young fellows from the darker side of town had back then and still have. A proper reissue of this long lost classic was long overdue.
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Grateful Dead
It Crawled Out Of The Vaults Of KSAN 1966-1968 - Volume 1: Live At The Filmore Auditorium 11/19/66
LP | 2017 | EU | Original (Go! Bop!)
19,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder 12.07.2017
This is a recording of a cult event, The Grateful Dead live at the Filmore Auditorium on November 19th 1966. Recorded before their first album came out, this record features three primeval versions of tunes from their debut record and eight goodies, standards and originals, that were not featured on any official studio and live recording up to 1970’s “Working man’s dead”. We are right there, on this magic night in November 1966 when psychedelic rock was still something fresh and exciting and the emerging hippie movement had not exploded yet. That came half a year later with the invasion of Haight-Ashbury. But these recordings are not only of historical importance, their musical value lies on an amazing level. The band smokes on stage throughout the performance. The sound is muggy for sure but each instrument comes through as it should and the simmering duels of guitar and organ make your head swirl. This album will certainly make the young generation of 60s music aficionados go crazy. A new beautiful cover artwork and some good work on the overall sound quality restoration make this album a joyful experience. And be sure, something like this 17 + minutes version of “In the midnight hour” will have rarely hit your turntable. The overall atmosphere is just haunting. Even their official “Live / Dead” album will never reach this intensity. The release reminds of the early Doors or Iron Butterfly live recordings released in the last few years. A band at it's prime with the world to gain and nothing to lose.
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Johnny "Guitar" Watson
The Blues Soul Of Johnny "Guitar" Watson
LP | 1963 | EU | Reissue (Go! Bop!)
19,99 €*
Release:1963 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Organic Grooves
This is the reissue of the second album by Johnny Guitar Watson originally released on Chess in 1963. Johnny was already a well praised musician in the field of jazz, rhythm & blues and a popular sidekick for early rock'n'roll heroes such as Little Richard when he recorded this beautiful album. Despite the title of the album it mostly contains a swinging and accessible vocal jazz with an irresistible groove and instrumental passages. Johnny Guitar Watson does not even play guitar on this record but gets ballistic on the piano and lays down some striking vocals with his distinctive voice. The overall pace is relaxed and so is the music that has a bit of a retro feeling already being steadily rooted in the 40s and 50s swing and vocal jazz but Johnny Guitar Watson and his mates on drums and bass really pull it off with a fresh and exciting edge. A steaming song like “I'll remember April” might be an exception. But this is an instrumental with furious piano lines and a nearly Latin beat that recalls a bossa nova dance tune just played in a more hot blooded style. The overall performance is top notch and so is the clear and sappy sound. Even a creamy ballad like “Polka dots and moonbeams” has its relevance in the entire musical picture. These two songs may show the edges of his style for “The blues soul of...”. They present an inspired bandleader and musician anyway. No wonder he reinvented his own style a decade later when funk and soul started to dominate the black music scene. Still the music sounds and feels like the cover of the album shows it. Here you can see a very well dressed and styled young man playing chess alone in front of the fireplace. And the album really turns this picture into music. Well executed, well produced, perfectly styled but still spirited and passionate. Mr. Watson managed to live in both parallel worlds. The mansions and the backstreets echo his melodies. He was a visionary at each stage of his career. If you love the outstanding 1950s and 1960s vocal jazz, this will be the thing for you!
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