John Lee Hooker - Burning Hell
John Lee Hooker - Burning Hell
Waking up the neighborhood with some Drums of Passion. Oya, let’s go!
El Rego; Benin’s godfather of funk
Elvin Jones and Richard Davis - Heavy Sounds. Original pressing from 1967 in excellent condition.
Today is Elvin Jones’ birthday. I’ve always liked the cover of this LP. It feels like you can taste the smoke.
Amazing to head right down the road to United Record Pressing and check out our records coming straight off the presses 24/7.
Vinyl here, get it while it’s hot!
Dinah Washington - The Queen
For Bird Fans: Charlie Parker at Storyville.
This LP was originally a broadcast for a Boston radio station in 1953. It was later released on Blue Note records. It should be noted that Parker was never signed to Blue Note records. They just had the rights to the broadcast.
This LP is a great way to listen to a live recording of Bird’s later period.
Bird on Blue Note.
Fela Kuti - Expensive Shit
The text on the upper left of the LP says "The men in uniform alleged I swallowed some quantity of hemp. My shit was sent for lab test. Result-negative. Which brings us to…EXPENSIVE SHIT.”
Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
Mr. Shorter turns 81 today.
Fela Kuti - Fear Not For Man
"The secret of life is to have no fear"
Fela Kuti - Sorrow, Tears, & Blood
Musique du Benin
YES! (but I am also very jealous)
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
‘I started the shop in 1979,’ Vall explains. ‘Thirty five years ago.’ A short man with cropped grey hair, he seems much younger. Vall was born in Nema, far in the east of the country. ‘At that time, it took six days to travel to the capital,’ he says. Like so many others fleeing the drought and hardships of the countryside, Vall settled in Nouakchott. With a steady supply of music from Mali and Senegal, he built the Saphire D’Or.
‘I picked the name after the most beautiful thing, which is gold, naturally.’ Deejaying at soirées throughout the capital, Vall lists a number of the hotels and nightclubs where the Mauritanian youth partied late into the night: the Chinguetti, the Palmeri, the Maision de Jeune. Most of them no longer exist, torn down, paved over, and replaced.
Over the years, as vinyl faded into obscurity and Nouakchott’s old residents cast out their record collections, Vall was here to absorb them. ‘All the vinyl records that were in Mauritania, I pretty much have them here,’ he laughs. He began to sell dubbed cassettes. Customers could come in, browse the records and make their choice.
The Musings of Miles in 1955 was an album that finally began showcasing the future path Miles would take with his groups. The album included Red Garland and Philly Joe Jones, two-thirds of his rhythm section that rounded out the group that went on to be known as the first Great Quintet.
*It should be noted that Miles recorded an album called “Blues Moods” with Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones a month after The Musings of Miles. It was on Mingus’ short lived record label, Debut Records. It was a fairly low key release.*
This record started a very fruitful relationship between Philly Joe and Miles.