Archive for October, 2007

McCoy Tyner’s Today And Tomorrow

October 31, 2007

The music on this album was recorded in 1963 and 1964. It still sounds pretty on point today. Joined by John Gilmore and two of the great Jones brothers, Elvin and Thad, on side 1, McCoy Tyner makes jazz for the ages. This is a green label Impulse from the 70s.

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Delroy Wilson

October 27, 2007

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The guy should be revered. This two CD set from Trojan (am I on their payroll? – no) is a wealth of great reggae soul moments (Better Must Come, Cool Operator, Living In The Footsteps, the devastating This Life Makes Me Wonder) with 50 tracks (value!) and even still is not definitive (not a single version of Conquer Me, one of the greatest defiant Jamaican self-promoting songs ever). He’s gone now but people will be happily discovering his music for a long, long time.

Rebel Music Volume 2

October 10, 2007

I missed Volume 1, but here is Volume 2 in all its glory, courtesy of in-limbo Trojan Records. Do you like great unheard rock steady? It’s here.

Haul And Pull Up Selecta

October 9, 2007

Within the corporate realm of UK Sanctuary, the amazing catalog of Trojan Records has been revitalized over the last 5 years or so with an unprecedented stream of essential compilations and reissues. What happens with the Trojan imprint under its new owner Universal (will it be rolled into the Island brand?) remains to be seen. In the meantime we’re still catching up with some of the great releases of recent years. Haul And Pull Up Selecta is a double disc set of late 70s and early 80s hard roots (already then starting to become known as dancehall) that digs deep for fantastic 12″ mixes by Barrington Levy, Barry Brown and others. You won’t feel bad if you’re able to track down a copy and add it to your playlist. (Choice cuts: The Viceroys: My Mission Is Impossible, They Can’t Stop Us Now)

More Trojan picks coming up this week.