Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween (Random Stuff)

Not much to report, just wooooooorrrrrrkkkkkkkk! But the quarter is halfway to its end, or at least I think it is. It feels like classes have been going for four months, not one and a few weeks. Things are sort of a blur. Nevertheless, yesterday I dropped by the Dittmar Gallery at the university's Norris Center to hear Fall visiting writer in residence Ed Roberson read his work. There was supposed to be an accompanist, but s/he wasn't able to make it, so Ed created his own music, starting out with new poems before reading a series of pieces of his collection City Eclogue, which I'd read before but which felt like revelations as he read them. (He'd read before at the university, several years ago, with Cecil Giscombe, but those were earlier poems.)

Among the stalagmites of books here in Chicago I cannot locate my copy (and none were for sale), but when I do, I'll post one of the poems that most struck me this reading, about a guy in a chemistry class Ed taught years ago. He had on mismatched shoes, which signified the loss of a friend to gun violence--and what Ed does with that premise is remarkable. The thing I realized hearing him read these poems was how much life they took on through his voice; not that he performed them, per se, but his inflections and emphases made me want to return to the collection and read it more slowly, something I rarely have had time to do over the last half-decade. A colleague suggested a few years ago that everyone ought to read slowly, and I thought to myself, but how on earth then is one to keep up with the flood--literal, not figurative--of required reading, let alone everything necessary to be even passably current with contemporary literature, art, scholarship, and everything else? But back to Ed's reading, here are a few photos I took with my new phone. (I had to junk the old one, since it got to the point where my conversations with everyone were sounding--to them--like I was 20 leagues under the sea.) Aren't they much better? Maybe several years of carrying the other phone around in my pocket, with keys, coins and everything else, just scratched up its lens too badly, though I don't think it ever had a particularly great camera.

Ed reading his poems

Ed answering questions--he announced at the reading that he'd been elected to the Gwendolyn Brooks Writers Conference Hall of Fame.


At lunch yesterday one colleague asked another about my blog, and it was described as a spot where I posted translations of work that hasn't been translated elsewhere. In part that's true, though I haven't posted any translations in a while. But I recently mentioned to Reggie that some of my translations of stories from Brazilian writer Jean Wyllys's collection Aflitos are going to be published next year (spring?), and as I told him a while back, based in part on some of the translations of Alain Mabanckou's poems that appeared on here a while ago, I was invited to provide translations that were used, I believe, at the PEN International Writing Festival earlier this year. This got me thinking about how this great it is to have this resource to post the translations, even in their rawest form, and perhaps, when I have some free time, I can post some more. I may be wrong, but I don't think lots of people are translating a lot of the great non-English language work out there from across the Black diasporic literary world, whether creative or critical, so I feel that in addition to be an enduring interest of mine, it's also an important, necessary and vital form of intellectual engagement.


On Flux, a microblurb about Seismosis!

Alphabet Soup, C

Hello, Halloween, Samhain nothing of that kind here today.I have to say after weeks of re-uploading i had some withdrawel symptons today...not . Let's C choosing this way is much quicker, the only criterium is that it would come up in one of the other formats. Cinematic Orchestra is a good example in it's genre-defying quality. Their Ninja label 'bosses' Coldcut are my next offering, this cd had a bonus multimedia added on with games and software, the album itself isnt as quick and dirty as some of their mixing Not so dead Kennedy Jello Biafra lending his voice to some of the tracks.. Finally, The Chills tried many line-ups but never broke thru maybe their warm sound didnt really connect with their name.

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The Cinematic Orchestra - Every Day (02 ^ 99mb)

The Cinematic Orchestra is led by composer/programmer/multi-instrumentalist Jason Swinscoe, who formed his first group, Crabladder, in 1990 as an art student at Cardiff College. Crabladder's fusion of jazz and hardcore punk elements with experimental rhythms inspired Swinscoe to further explore the possibilities of sampling, and by the time of the group's demise in the mid-'90s, he was DJing at various clubs and pirate radio stations in the U.K. The music he recorded on his own at the time melded '60s and '70s jazz, orchestral soundtracks, rhythm loops, and live instrumentation into genre-defying compositions. The Cinematic Orchestra built on this musical blueprint, letting a group of live musicians improvise over sampled percussion or basslines. The Orchestra included saxophonist/pianist Tom Chant, bassist Phil France, and drummer Daniel Howard, who also recorded the Channel One Suite and Diabolus EPs for Ninja Tune with Swinscoe. The project's full-length debut, Motion, arrived in 1999 to great acclaim. After the collection Remixes 1998-2000, their second album, Every Day, followed in 2002, with vocal features for Fontella Bass and Roots Manuva. Man with a Movie Camera, a 2003 release on CD and DVD, offered a 1999 film score Cinematic Orchestra had provided for the reairing of a 1929 Soviet documentary, while four years later Ma Fleur was released.

With Every Day, Cinematic Orchestra move beyond the electro-jazz fusion of their debut to make a record more natural, more paced, and, surprisingly, better than the justly hyped Motion. J Swinscoe is more the arranger/conductor here than the producer, but of course, there's little need for samples or effects with such an accomplished band sharing the burden. Every Day is a textured, acoustic work, the sounds and styles heard may not be revolutionary, but instead of simply pushing stylistic boundaries, Cinematic Orchestra display a real gift in making emotional, artistic music.

01 - All That You Give (Voc. Fontella Bass) (6:40)
02 - Burn Out (9:30)
03 - Flite (6:30)
04 - Evolution (Voc. Fontella Bass) (6:30)
05 - Man With The Movie Camera (9:15)
06 - All Things To All Men (Voc. Roots Manuva) (11:10)
07 - Everyday (10:00)

Cinematic Orchestra @ Base

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Coldcut - Let Us Play (96 * 113mb)

DJs Jonathan More and Matt Black, aka Coldcut, rose to acclaim in the mid-'80s through the remix production Eric B. & Rakim's Paid in Full followed up by remix work for a number of modern rock, hip-hop, and dance outfits, including Yaz, Lisa Stansfield, Junior Reid, Blondie, and Queen Latifah. While that connection has pegged them as a product of the U.K. acid house and rave scenes, the pair's larger commitment has been to urban breakbeat styles such as hip-hop, ambient dub, and jungle; the three of which have constituted the bulk of their recorded output since their first mid-'80s white-label EP, Hey Kids, What Time Is It? More and Black have assembled an empire of U.K. breakbeat and experimental hip-hop through their Ninja Tune/Ntone labels and been a unifying force in underground experimental electronic music through their eclectic radio show, Solid Steel, and club and tour dates.

Although Coldcut was their earliest nom de plume, following a befuddled contract with Arista, the name remained in legal channels for the following few years. The intervening period found the pair no less active, releasing a flood of material under different names( Hedfunk, Hex, DJ Food ) aswell as continuing to work with young groups. The Coldcut name returned to More and Black in 1995, and the pair celebrated with a mix CD as part of the Journeys by DJ series dubbed 70 Minutes of Madness. The release was credited with bringing to wider attention the sort of freestyle mixing the pair were always known for through their radio show on KISS FM, Solid Steel, and their steady club dates, a style that has since taken off through clubs like Blech and the Heavenly Sunday Social. In 1996, Coldcut finally released another full-length, Let Us Play! Two years later, the pair followed up with the remix album Let Us Replay! Numerous mix CDs appeared before they returned in 2006 with the new album Sound Mirrors.

01 - Return To Margin (8:32)
02 - Atomic Moog 2000 (Post Nuclear Afterlife Lounge Mix) (7:06)
03 - More Beats + Pieces (Daddy Rips It Up Mix) (6:08)
04 - Rubaiyat (6:42)
05 - Pan Opticon (6:59)
06 - Music 4 No Musicians (7:02)
07 - Noah's Toilet (4:33)
08 - Space Journey (4:20)
09 - Timber (4:32)
10 - Every Home A Prison (Ft Jello Biafra) (7:03)
11 - Cloned Again (4:40)
12 - I'm Wild About That Thing (The Lost Sex Tapes: Position 1) (7:24)

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The Chills - Submarine Bells ( 90

The Chills were one of New Zealand's best and most popular bands of the '80s, making a small but consistent series of chiming, hook-laden guitar pop, interweaving guitar hooks and vocal harmonies, creating a pretty, almost lush sound without becoming sentimental. Throughout their existence, the band's personnel changed frequently -- there were more than ten different lineups -- with the only constant member being guitarist Martin Phillipps, the band's founder.

In 1982, the Chills signed with Flying Nun, the influential New Zealand independent record label, and released several singles that were never widely distributed in America and Europe. During this time, the group went through an enormous amount of members. Released on the U.K. record label Creation, the group's first album, Kaleidoscope World (1986), was a collection of their early singles.

With the lineup of Phillipps, bassist Justin Harwood, keyboardist Andrew Todd, and drummer Caroline Easther -- the group's tenth lineup -- the Chills recorded their first proper album, Brave Worlds, in 1987. produced by Mayo Thompson, the band wasn't satisfied with the final result, claiming it was too loose and under-produced. The group, particularly Phillipps, was more satisfied with their second full-length album, 1990's Submarine Bells, was recorded with yet another version of the band, with Jimmy Stephenson replacing Easther, who was suffering from tinnitus. The album was well received by critics and college radio, yet it failed to break the band into the mainstream in either America or Britain. Two years later, they released Soft Bomb, which suffered the same fate as Submarine Bells. The following year, Martin Phillipps broke up the Chills again, the group reconvened in 1996 to release Sunburnt.

01 - Heavenly Pop Hit (3:27)
02 - Tied Up In Chain (3:15)
03 - The Oncoming Day (3:06)
04 - Part Past Part Fiction (2:55)
05 - Singing In My Sleep (2:39)
06 - I SOAR (3:04)
07 - Dead Web (2:15)
08 - Familiarity Breeds Contempt (3:20)
09 - Don't Be - Memory (4:45)
10 - Effloresce And Deliquesce (2:45)
11 - Sweet Times (0:40)
12 - Submarine Bells (3:41)

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Monday, October 29, 2007

R. B. Kitaj RIP + Film Review: Lust, Caution

I was sorry to hear of the recent passing of R(onald) B(rooks) Kitaj (1932-2007), one of the important contemporary British figurative artists (though born in the US) of the late 20th century. I associate Kitaj and his work, especially the paintings, drawings and prints, with several generations of visual artists who were closely aligned and allied with writers; in Kitaj's case, he had close links to a number of poets who came to note from the late 1950s through the 1970s (cf. the images below), and was a published poet himself. Critic Jed Perl offers a moving tribute, entitled "Impassioned," in the current New Republic; here's a quote:

Kitaj was a connector, an engager, both in the complexity of the themes that he embraced in his painting and in the richness of the social world that he inhabited. He had the old-time bohemian feeling for the life of art as an adventure to be savored, to be approached with a certain deliberateness, and maybe even with a certain sense of ceremony. Whether you were going with him to an exhibition in London or, more recently, after he moved back to the United States, having a glass of juice with him at the little table in his kitchen in Los Angeles, there was a sense that something important might happen--that feelings and ideas were in the air. His houses were themselves works of art, especially the house in LA, where rare prints hung next to art postcards and newspaper clippings and there was one room devoted to the great Jewish writers and another dedicated to Cézanne, whose lithographs were among Kitaj's treasured possessions. As he was talking he might rummage in a jam-packed bookcase and pull out some rare set of film magazines, bought years ago in London for a ridiculously small sum. He was a polymath, with a reverence for information and ideas that was all the more acute because he had learned so much of it on his own. He certainly brought the ardor of the audodidact-intellectual to his letter writing.

"A Day Book by Roger Creeley" ( Portfolio including 13 signed & numbered graphics: 8 screenprints, 4 etchings, 1 lithograph, 24 in. x 16.3 in, 1972), Viviane Bregman Fine Art.


On Saturday I went to see Ang Lee's new film Lust, Caution [Se, Jie] (2007), which has been generating a great deal of controversial over several sexually explicit scenes (and yes, they are explicit by movie standards, though in the increasingly pornotopic society we live in, most of them, save one, barely merit an eyeblink), including earning a NC-17 rating, but also mixed-to-poor reviews, like this one, or this one. After reading a few of the reviews, I have to wonder if I saw the same film. Rather than a musty historical drama or a "monotone...spy drama," Lee's film is a compelling dramatization of the dangers that fuzzy-brained idealism, especially when reason gives way to passion, which it usually does when sex is involved, and the stakes are more than theoretical. The film takes place during the Japanese occupation of China during World War II, and revolves around a small group of university students who evacuate from the mainland to Hong Kong, and start up a theater group whose aim is to build up patriotic fervor among Chinese residents and exiles of that British colony. The troop succeeds all too well, and decides, in a tragic turn at least some of them come to rue, that instead of playacting, they ought to be acting against traitors and collaborators for real. Wang Jizhi (Wei Tang, in one of the most moving performances I've seen in some time), a virginal young semi-orphan--her father has moved to Britain with her younger brother, leaving her on her own--agrees to play the fictional wife, Mrs. Mak Tai Tai, of a pseudo-businessman, in order to snare collaborator Mr. Yee (Tony Leung, the star of Wong Kar-Wai's masterpieces Happy Together, In the Mood for Love and 2046), a cool, beautiful, terrifying creature who eventually proves that no brutality is beneath him. I won't give away the plot, but events initially foil the theater troop's clumsy attempts to kill Mr. Yee, who heads off to Shanghai; when the plot resumes four years later, in Shanghai, thinks unfold in such a manner that it's clear Wang and her conspirators, which include the Chinese resistence, have no idea what they've gotten themselves into; not only bodies, but spirits are shattered by the end of the film.

Ang Lee isn't a director I look to for any sort of formal innovation, and the structure of this film bears this out; it's fiction or screenwriting 201: rather than strict linearity, the film starts in the unfolding present, jumps backwards to fill in the plot (and what a plot), then returns to the present, repeating what we've seen before just in cases, before moving towards the climax, which has been amply prepared for up to this point. But form here is only the basic container for what's most important, which is the underlying idea, stunning dramatized. As with his previous film, the landmark Brokeback Mountain, this film is about conviction, principles, desire, and love--and sex, really--under very difficult, or more aptly, impossible consequences. Here, not fully understanding the consequences spells the worst trouble, for all involved. The wannabe patriots, Wang as spy-and-lover, and even the chilling Mr. Yee, all fail to grasp the outcome of what they have dared to undertake, and the sex, as the literal objective correlative and embodiment of risk, assumes tremendous power beyond any prurience. Every moment of the over-the-top sex here is essential, especially when we hear Wang describe, to the evident dismay and regret of her fellow plotter and the disgust of the resistence chief, how it's not only physically and psychologically destroying her, but how totally compromising it is. This is nobody's playacting.

As for the acting, I focused on Wei Tang and Tony Leung, and they did not disappoint, though Joan Chen, as Leung's disengaged wife, also shines. Tang convincingly moves from ingenue to a far more complicated character, glamorous and controlled on the outside, but roiling within. Leung always appears to be roiling, his expression as tight as a tripwire, and when he explodes.... In this film that word had multiple valences, and while I don't want to find ethnocentrism under every bushel, I wonder whether if this film were set in Northern Ireland, say, and instead of Tang and Leung, it were, say, Naomi Watts and Justin Timberlake (not that he'd be qualified to play such a role, but then again, has that ever stopped Hollywood?) rolling around nude, banging and panting and nearly breaking bedframes, the critiques would be so peremptory? Lee has already suggested, perhaps too defensively, that the film would meet with negative criticism; it isn't perfect or even close, and has some clunky parts--particularly some of the historical scenes, but it is a great deal better than so much of what's out there, and the acting is one reason why.

Other critics have noted that this film is insistently political, and directly germane to our current crises in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and world; though it's set 60 years ago in a foreign country, China, that we continue to exoticize while also ignoring at our peril, it's one of the most powerful critiques of the jingoism, amateur cowboy warmaking, and failed long-term thinking of this current administration's overseas adventures I've seen in a while. If the Bush administration is the happy-go-lucky and horribly incompetent theater troupe-cum-conspirators, then I guess Wang would be our military, and, as more than a few very knowledgeable military officials, analysts and scholars have put it, our military under George Walker Bush, Dick Bruce Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and the neocons, has been, to put it bluntly, f*cked.

Around the World (03)

Hello, i'm staying with the female musical expression on the globel stage, here we have an excellent collection of singers from the Latin part of the globe to enjoy and take in, as i was recently by Lhasa de Sela and will post some of her work next week, until then there's one of her tracks on this album. Ive added a booklet with introductions to all of the singers (in english, spanish and french)

VA - Women Of Latin America (04 ^ 94mb)

The music of latin America is overflowing with soul and passion, and many of it's greatest voices are women. From bittersweet ballads of Mexico to Peruvia landos, women acros the continent sing of love, tradition and legend, carrying the spirit of their cultures in word and melody.
While there have been many internationally known female artists from Latin America over the years and their presence is increasing . Popstars like Shakira and Gloria Estafan may get much of the limelight, but a growing number of artists have been developping a strong following, at home and abroad.

Mexican-American singers Lila Downs and Lhasa de Sela represent interpret the tradional music of Mexico in a contemporary ways. Toto La Momponsina, Tania Libertad and Susana Baca play an essential role in studying and preserving the musical traditions of their native lands. Brazil's Adriana Calcanhotto, Beló Velloso and Monica salmaso are part of a new generation that has carried classic samba, bossa nova and other popular brazilian song into the 21st century

Alongside some of these internationally recognised artists are included marta Gomez,Jacqueline Fuentes and Mariana Montalvo, gifted singers and songwriters yet to be discovered by a wider audience. All of the artists on Women of Latin America create exquisite contemporary songs that reflect the richness of their traditions.

01 - Marta Gomez - La Ronda (3:45)
02 - Jacqueline Fuentes - Sinuoso Tropico (3:51)
03 - Adrinana Calcanhotto - Justo Agora (3:45)
04 - Monica Salmaso - Dancape (3:28)
05 - Mariana Montalvo - India Song (3:00)
06 - Tania Libertad - Anda Mareado (3:13)
07 - Susana Baca - Caras Lindas (3:31)
08 - Lila Downs - Icnocuicatl (3:15)
09 - Belo Velloso - Toda Sexta-Feira (3:09)
10 - Lhasa - La Frontera (3:04)
11 - Toto La Momposina - Yo Me Llamo Cumbia (4:32)

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Don't Panic ! (03)

All dead Mediafire links have been relinked, i started reuploading the Orange ones too, meanwhile 808 State, FSOL , Meat Beat Manifesto, Bola , Colourbox, Barry Adamson, The Sugarhill Story from the first Rhotations have been revived. The rest will follow this week.

A small recap of last weeks episode Fit 2

After the initial narration, the episode opens with a recap of the cliffhanger with the Vogon captain demanding what Ford and Arthur thought of his poem. They attempt to flatter him to avoid execution, but he decides to throw them off the ship anyway. Whilst being escorted to the airlock, Ford attempts to persuade the Vogon guard to give up his job, but fails.

The pair are spaced. Improbably, they are rescued after 29 seconds, by a starship. After some more improbable events they discover they have been picked up by the Starship Heart of Gold, which has been stolen by Ford's semi-cousin, and President of the Galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox. The Heart of Gold works on a basis of infinite improbability, allowing its drive to do anything for which the improbability factor is known.

Also on the Heart of Gold are Trillian (Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur met at a party in Islington, before she left the party (and the planet) to go with Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Marvin, a depressed android. The episode ends with a post-credit announcement from Eddie the Shipboard Computer that the ship is moving into orbit around the legendary planet of Magrathea.

Third Fit (18mb)

The Third Fit

2.01 - Far Back In The Mists
2.02 - In Orbit Around It
2.03 - Arthur Dent Had Basically Assumed
2.04 - The Five Million Year Old Tape Recording
2.05 - One Of Our Heroes Sustains A Slight Bruise
2.06 - A Sperm Whale Had Suddenly Been Called
2.07 - The Mind Of A Bowl Of Petunias
2.08 - This Is Really Spooky
2.09 - The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
2.10 - Night Is Falling
2.11 - An Important And Popular Fact

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Sundaze (03)

Hello, as announced yesterday more work from Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton. Global Communication was a futuristic concept 13 years ago and these days a common everyday matter. This blog has had visitors from well over a hundred different countries and that's something that aint that special these days, yet this extend of global communications had hardly been concieved back then. The only thing to compare it with is the invention of the printing process some 500 years ago.It enabled the distribution of books/knowledge , the same thing is happening now on an until recently unimaginable scale. Back then it resulted in the roman-catholic church and their wordly representatives loosing their grip on the people. As such, this history is repeating again and as everything happens much more quickly these days this time it doesnt take centuries but decades maybe even less. The outcome is in the balance as the tools of the powers that be are much more destructive and most of them lack grounding in any morals, save those that consider themselves gods representative on earth, these are of cause the most dangerous, blinded as they are by satan(to use their lingo). Alas, we will have to expose them to themselves for what they really are, if we fail... Well this world will quickly forget about us...whats 10,000 years in the life time of a planet..a blip.

Free from the incestuous trends of the large city, Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton shape their art in their own Evolution studio, two hours south of London in Somerset. As a production team, Pritchard and Middleton have simple goals: 1) ignore convention; 2) be creative without compromise. And they are succeeding, as Global Communication, their best-known moniker, they released the critically acclaimed 76:14, their long-anticipated follow-up to Pentamerous Metamorphosis, an astounding remix CD of Chapterhouse's Blood Music album of 1993. As Reload, Pritchard and Middleton released the refreshingly original A Collection of Short Stories, a dark and eclectic album of imagery that is accompanied by pieces of short prose written exclusively for the music.

I just played these two albums back to back, 2,5 hours of aural bliss...i wish you all a good Sundaze .........and btw all  those dead mediafire links will be history tomorrow...yes !

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Reload - A Collection Of Short Stories (93 * 125mb)

Welcome to "A Collection Of Short Stories" a contemporary anthology of duo-sensory fiction.

In this volume each musical composition represents a story, in the same sense that eachis based on a set of characters, situations and experiencesfrom fact and fiction, which provoke and evoke an emotional response. far from being music, eachpiece is a portrait and a legacy.The textual stories are a selection of right justified thoughts and feelings of an individual, coorrelating with only some of the music. the gaps are created by themore personal works waiting to be enjambed by the listener. thhere is choice here, but whether you choose to acknowledge the "soundtracks" without films or 'Fables without morals' as the real 'Collection', the real short stories are the montages of moods and emotions in your own mind.
And that is the greatest fiction of all. ...Dominic Fripp

Reload, originally, was a Mark Pritchard solo project. Later, Tom Middleton joined Pritchard on some of his Reload releases, eventually, as Tom became more heavily involved on the Reload "A Collection of Short Stories" album, Reload came to mean both Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton. Reload, in its current incarnation, is again, Mark Pritchard alone.

01 - Teq (6:19)
02 - Peschi (7:00)
03 - Ahn (6:19)
04 - Rota Link (3:27)
05 - 1642 Try 621 (12:22)
06 - Ev-I-Loy (4:26)
07 - Akzinor (0:58)
08 - Mosh (5:40)
09 - Ehn (9:12)
10 - Psychophylaxis (0:30)
11 - Le Soleil Et La Mer (8:05)
12 - The Enlightenment (5:22)
13 - Event Horizon (5:58)

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Global Communcation - 76:14 (94 * 125mb)

76:14 was voted by the Guardian as the best ambient album of the nineties, and it has clearly influence a lot of musicians since its release. In the summer of 1994 Dedicated finally released Global Communication's album: rhythmic, warm, and spacious. We all stopped to listen. The anticipated 76:14 came complete with album graphics and song titles that reflect Pritchard and Middleton's intent of making music that transcends language, border, and preconception: a simple icon of an ear graces the plain white cover, album and individual tracks entitled only by their length.

Beneath the visual ambiguities of 76:14 is an expanding plain, a playground for thoughts and emotions to unfold in a number of colors. The liner notes inside 76:14 explain it all: "Use your imagination: Numbers are chosen to identify separate tracks because names tend to bias the listener by pre-defining images, places and feelings. This gives the listener the freedom of imagination to derive whatever he/she wishes from the music." Although intended to be an open canvas for the listener, ghosts of the artists travel in the shadows of 76:14, and one can't help but wonder how much of them remained behind in the mix?
76:14 is a beautiful, drifting piece of musical ambience, it's emotional, genuinely warm, moving, quiet, floating and reflective, perfect for a Sundaze.

01 - 4 02
02 - 14 31
03 - 9 25
04 - 9 39
05 - 7 39
06 - 0 54
07 - 8 07
08 - 5 23
09 - 4 14
10 - 12 18

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Into BPM (03)

Had a very busy day today, meanwhile the relinking nears the end another 30 or so, i hope Orange space will return soon otherwise i'll can go straight on relinking those. Meanwhile today i use a new spaceprovider Megashares..let me know if it works for you.

Leftfield straight away really hit it home for me, in fact most that got to hear Leftism were taken by it. It's a pity that after the second album, and all the attention and remix work they did the the spirit to go on together was gone, in a sense theyw ere too pinholed by us. How different the other duo, right from the start they opened up to and produced a range of music under different monikers today and tomorrow i will post a lot of their diverse work. Starting with the elektro funk of the Jedi Knights, who as such pop up on the Evolution label (theirs) sampler where they appear under diverse names and with some friends work, notably Matthew Herbert. They certainly showed to be ahead of the game here, and so they were with their ambient classic 76:14 under the global Communication moniker that will appear tomorrow at the Sundaze post.

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Leftfield - A Final Hit (03 * 168MB)

Leftfield were a duo of electronica artists and record producers, Paul Daley (formerly of The Rivals, A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and Neil Barnes, formed in 1989 in London, England. The name Leftfield was originally used simply by Neil Barnes for the first single Not Forgotten but after this Paul Daley was involved firstly in remixing songs and then in the creation of following music. The pair were pioneers in the fields of intelligent dance music and progressive house, being among the first to fuse house music with dub and reggae. Their first major hit was "Open Up", a collaboration with John Lydon; soon followed by their debut album, Leftism in 1995, blending dub, breakbeat, and techno especially called "UK-dub". Part of their genius lies in their ability to bring warmth and spirituality to so-called machine music.Part of Leftism's crossover - and Leftfield's retention of club cool -- can be attributed to the savvy use of guest vocalists. "Original" pits Curve's Toni Halliday against moody trip-hop, thereby inventing Garbage two years early, while the artist formerly known as Johnny Rotten's banshee prophecy of a burning Hollywood over the caning house rhythms of "Open Up" still sounds incendiary. It was shortlisted for the 1995 Mercury Music Prize but lost-out to Portishead's "Dummy". Where Leftism was sprawling, deep, seemingly all-knowing, their second album Rhythm and Stealth is ruthlessly minimal. Considering it explores the same broad range of tempos and styles (ambient, dub, hip-hop, house, techno) as its predecessor, but Rhythm and Stealth is dominated by a slavishly digital, no-frills aesthetic. The now-notorious chug of "Phat Planet" a distorted, quasi-bass rumble that doesn't so much invade your space as occupy your territory, no wonder it got used under a beercommercial then. They infamously had a number of gigs shut down and were banned from Brixton Academy due to their sound systems being way above legal noise levels, with certain basslines actually causing structural damage.2001 and after 12 years of sonic experimentation, Paul Daley and Neil Barnes decided to pull the plug on Leftfield, and pursue solo projects .

01 - Release The Pressure(voc. Earl Sixteen , Papa Dee) (3:59)
02 - Afro-Left (voc. Djum Djum )(7:34)
03 - Song Of Life (7:00)
04 - Original (voc. Toni Halliday )(4:09)
05 - Storm 3000 (5:48)
06 - Open Up (voc. John Lydon )(3:49)
07 - Dusted (voc.Roots Manuva) (4:42)
08 - Phat Planet (5:23)
09 - Afrika Shox (voc Afrika Bambaataa) (5:37)
10 - Not Forgotten (6:39)
11 - A Final Hit (3:16)
12 - Swords (voc. Nicole Willis) (5:09)
13 - Shallow Grave (4:29)
14 - Snakeblood (5:39)
15 - More Than I Know (6:42)

For those that think the edited Open Up is a bit short, here's a wildfire of 14 min

16 - Open Up - Dervish Overdrive ^ 27mb

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Jedi Knights - New School Science ( 96 * 111mb)

No other electronic dance act made so many recordings in such a wide range of styles (and with such impressive results) as the duo of Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton. After coming together in 1991, the pair began recording music whose range spanned all of electronic dance music, though many were recorded under aliases -- industrial techno as Reload, electro-funk as Jedi Knights, progressive house as Link, jungle as the Chameleon, and most famously, ambient and house as Global Communication. Their 1994 LP 76:14, recorded as Global Communication, was a notable high point of the early-'90s ambient house movement.

The partnership began in 1991, when Pritchard and Middleton formed Evolution Records (named after a Carl Craig track) to release their own dancefloor-oriented house and techno. (Middleton had previously recorded with Aphex Twin while Pritchard had been half of the duo Shaft, responsible for the British Top Ten rave hit "Roobarb & Custard"). The first three releases on Evolution were EPs recorded as Reload by Pritchard/Middleton in 1992-1993 -- The Reload, The Autoreload, and The Biosphere. The records were excellent Detroit-inspired tracks, brooding and eerie but nonetheless highly danceable. Reload first gained fame on the Infonet label (the brief dance subsidiary launched by Creation Records) with an EP and the 1994 full-length A Collection of Short Stories. Global Communication, which matched the unsettling ambience of Reload but with a focus on warmer rhythms, debuted on Evolution 004, otherwise known as The Keongaku EP. Though Global Communication's full-length debut Pentamerous Metamorphosis followed soon after, it wasn't quite a proper album per se; it was in fact an extended remix of Chapterhouse's Blood Music LP.

With the ambient house boom in full force by 1994, Pritchard and Middleton's downtempo project became more important than Reload. They signed to Dedicated and released 76:14 in mid-1994. The album later gained an American release, and made many critics' best-of lists that year. Global Communication released Remotion in late 1995, though this album consisted of remixes also, including material from the out of print Pentamerous Metamorphosis LP along with reworkings of material by Jon Anderson, Nav Katze, and Warp 69.

Never a team to rest on their laurels, Pritchard and Middleton added another side project to their resumé in late 1994 when Jedi Knights released the debut single for nu-school electro label Clear Records. Though a full-length was more than a year in coming -- New School Science appeared in March 1996 -- the debut 12" sparked an electro revival in England. Jedi Knights also appeared on the May 1995 label retrospective The Theory of Evolution along with other Evolution projects such as Reload, Link & e621, and non-Pritchard/Middleton artists such as Jak & Stepper (aka Dave Kempston and Stevie Horn) and Matt Herbert's Wish Mountain project.

Evolution was soon replaced by Pritchard and Middleton's new label venture: Universal Language Productions, the home of new releases by Gerd, Max 404, Danny Breaks, and Droppin' Science, among others. The duo also debuted yet another project in early 1996 -- the Chameleon had first appeared in 1994 remixing Link's "Archetype Arcadian," and as jungle began to grow in popularity during 1995-1996, LTJ Bukem signed the Chameleon to his Good Looking stable for the single "Links." It appeared in January 1996, and was compiled later that year on Bukem's Logical Progression compilation.

Perhaps fearful of spreading themselves too thin, Pritchard and Middleton cut back on their side-project work by early 1997; though no LPs were forthcoming, the pair did issue two new Global Communication singles ("The Way/The Deep," "The Groove") signaling a new direction toward the lush sounds of dancefloor-friendly deep house and funk. Middleton also stepped out on his own with A Jedi's Night Out, an entry in Mixmag's series of DJ albums. By the end of the decade, both were working on solo projects (Middleton's Cosmos project produced a big Ibizan club hit during 2000 with "Summer in Space"), though they promised they'd work together again.
One of the more endearing pseudonyms of Global Communication's Tom Middleton and Mark Pritchard, Jedi Knights spearheaded Britain's electro revival of 1994-95 with the single "May the Funk Be with You." Resembling nothing so much as a fusion of electro-funk with the cantina band from Star Wars, Jedi Knights also released a rare GC-related full-length, 1995's New School Science. The duo continued to use Jedi Knights, for big-beat frenzy on singles like "Big Knockers" and "Catch the Break."

01 - May The Funk Be With You (8:20)
02 - Noddy Holder (7:42)
03 - One For M.A.W (8:30)
04 - Science Friction (10:49)
05 - The Truth (4:28)
06 - Lessons (2:34)
07 - Air Drums From Outer Bongolia (3:26)
08 - Dances Of The Naughty Knights (4:39)
09 - Human Blancmage (9:04)
10 - Solina (The Ascension) (11:04)
11 - Afterlife (3:14)

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VA - The Theory Of Evolution (95 * 134mb)

Reload, originally, was a Mark Pritchard solo project. Later, Tom Middleton joined Pritchard on some of his Reload releases, and "& E621"(the name of a chemical flavour enhancer) was added to specify Middleton's involvement/flavour enhancement on a track (similar to the set-up with "Link & E621").
Producer, Written-By - Dave Kempston (tracks: 5) , Mark Pritchard (tracks: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 to 10, 13, 14, 16 to 20,) , Matthew Herbert (tracks: 12, 15) , Stephen Horne (tracks: 3, 5, 7) , Tom Middleton (tracks: 1, 8 to 11, 13, 17 to 20)

01 - Perverted Science (Intro) (0:05)
02 - Reload - Birth Of A Disco Dancer (3:46)
03 - Horn, The - Waltz With (1:13)
04 - Reload - Sexomatic (4:03)
05 - Jak And Stepper - Send.a (0:26)
06 - Reload - Peschi (5:05)
07 - Horn, The - Election (1:14)
08 - Reload & E621 - Ptysch (4:15)
09 - Reload & E621 - The Biosphere (6:36)
10 - Reload & E621 - Nemm (4:48)
11 - Rebus Project, The - Larynx (2:28)
12 - Wishmountain - Royal Wedding (2:32)
13 - Link - Amazon Amenity (Chameleon Remix) (9:03)
14 - Link - Archetype Arcadian (4:36)
15 - Wishmountain - The Book (2:36)
16 - Mystic Institute - QA:752:LP (Reload Remix) (4:54)
17 - Jedi Knights - Pubic Funk (Live) (2:22)
18 - Link & E621 - Antacid (11:35)
19 - Link & E621 - Winna (0:48)
20 - Link & E621 - A Tribute To Peter Cook (1:06)

Mark and Tom @ Base

Note, tomorrow in Sundaze part 2 Global Communcation

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Into the groove (2)

Hello, going 50 years back in time, the start of popular music rock N roll, rhythm and blues ' wild' dancing, well good fun. Second post Marvin Gaye, the men torn between two very different worlds..the bedroom and the bible, in the end latter became the fatal one as his father-a priest- shot and killed him during an argument.(gun control who needs it ) Anyway a stunning live album, recorded 30 years ago at the London Palladium.

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VA - The Cruising Collection ( ^ 123mb)

The fifties was a watershed period for popular musi, the early half of the decade had been dominated by ballad singers and big bands, but in 54The babyboom teenagers Bill Haley releaed Shake Ratte and roll and Rock around the clock and the whole musical picture transformed. the babyboom teens got their own singers and groups to follow,people that represented their dreams , ambitions and frustrations. youmay not have heard of some of these names but they all made solid contributions to this new music scene. Some have became international stars, there's a stack of goodies here and plenty to dance to. It certainly got plenty of spins, so when i came across this cd version of the original double album i didnt hesitate and bought it, did i say all these tracks are ACE sound quality. And should you not like it (cant imagine) you can always burn a disk and surprise your old folks.

01 - Link Wray & His Ray Men - Rumble
02 - Link Wray & His Ray Men - Batman (Theme)
03 - Frankie Ford - Sea cruise
04 - Jimmy Clanton - Go Jimmy Go
05 - Jesse Belvin - Goodnight my love, pleasant dreams
06 - Dorsey Burnette - Great Shakin' Fever
07 - Huey 'Piano' Smith - High blood pressure
08 - Huey 'Piano' Smith - Don't you just know it
09 - Etta James - Good rockin' daddy
10 - Etta James - Dance with me Henry
11 - Alvin 'Red' Tyler - Snake Eyes
12 - The Everly Brothers - Leave my woman alone
13 - The Everly Brothers - When will I be loved
14 - Teen Queens - Eddie my love
15 - Bobby Lewis - Tossin' & Turnin'
16 - The Chordettes - Mr Sandman
17 - Lowell Fulsom - Tramp
18 - Johnny Tillotson - Poetry in motion
19 - Dion & The Belmonts - A teenager in love
20 - Young Jesse - Mary Lou
21 - The Cadets - Stranded in the jungle
22 - George Jones - White Lightning
23 - Dion - The Wanderer
24 - Dion - Runaround Sue

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Marvin Gaye - Live At The London Palladium (77 * 113mb)

Marvin Gaye's real name was Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.. He was born on April 2nd, 1939, & died on Arpril 1st, 1984.
This man was a master of soul but with a very troubled background. After starting his recording career as a drummer at Motown, he changed his name from Marvin Gay to Marvin Gaye, adding the 'e' to separate himself from his father's name, to stop gossiping about his sexuality and also did it in earnest of his idol, Sam Cooke, who also added an 'e' to his last name. Gaye quickly became Motown's top solo male artist and scored numerous hits during the 1960s. With his successful 1971 album What's Going On and subsequent releases including Trouble Man and Let's Get It On, Gaye, who was a part-time songwriter for Motown artists during his early years with the label, proved that he could write and produce his own singles without having to rely on the Motown system. He released several other notable albums, including Let's Get It On and I Want You, and had hits with singles such as "Let's Get It On", "Got to Give It Up", and, in the early 1980s, "Sexual Healing".

Throughout his life he was torn between the Bible and the bedroom. Heavily into drugs, involved in a failing marriage and so Gaye's career took a dive in the late 70's but then in 1982 he had a smash hit with Sexual Healing. That year, he returned to live with his parents until that fateful day, when he was shot by his father (a preacher) after a heated argument on a Sunday morning. A truly great soul singer.

01 - Intro Theme (2:36)
02 - All The Way 'Round (3:47)
03 - Since I Had You (4:47)
04 - Come Get To This (2:34)
05 - Let's Get It On (6:43)
06 - You're All I Need To Get By / Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing / Your Precious Love / It Takes Two / Ain't No Mountain High Enough (11:41)
07 - Distant Lover (6:38)
08 - Closing Theme / I Want You (2:47)
09 - Trouble Man (5:17)
10 - Ain't That Peculiar / You're A Wonderful One / Stubborn Kind Of Fellow / Pride And Joy / Little Darling (I Need You) / I Heard It Through The Grapevine / Hitch Hike / You / Too Busy Thinking About My Baby / How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (9:40)
11 - Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) / God Is Love / What's Going On / Save The Children (9:31)
12 - Got To Give It Up (11:48)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Eight-X (2)

Hello, a bit later then usual, got some ISP trouble, hope that will settle soon, anyway have been re-uploading a lot lately, at the moment i'm at Denmark, next week if i can keep this tempo up i'll be ready. About today,  last week i accidentally grabbed 3 items from 85, this time it's 81.

January - Ronald Reagan succeeds Jimmy Carter, becoming the 40th President of the United States. Minutes later, Iran releases the 52 Americans held for 444 days.
January - The first De Lorean DMC-12 automobile, a stainless steel sports car with gull-wing doors, rolls off the production line
February 17 - Paris Hilton, American model, heiress, and socialite is born.
March - U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C. hotel by John Hinckley, Jr
May 11 - Bob Marley, dies (b. 1945)
May - Pope John Paul II is shot and nearly killed by Mehmet Ali Ağca, a Turkish gunman, as he enters St. Peter's Square in Rome to address a general audience
August 1 - MTV (Music Television) is launched
August 8 - Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player
September - TGV high speed rail service between Paris and Lyon, France begins
November - COMDEX Fall, IBM Introduced the IBM PC. Scientific Solutions announces the first PC add-in cards
December 2 - Britney Spears born

Not a very evenful year, in the UK Adam and The Ants topped the charts for 9 ! weeks with Stand and Deliver and Prince Charming , Tainted Love Soft Cell style was the biggest singles seller of 81. This whilst in the US Betty Davis Eyes controlled the public's ears for months.

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Public Image Limited - The Flowers Of Romance (81 ^ 84mb)

Public Image Ltd. (PiL) originally was a quartet led by singer John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten, born January 31, 1956) and guitarist Keith Levene, who had been a member of the Clash in one of its early lineups. The band was filled out by bassist Jah Wobble (John Wordle) and drummer Jim Walker. It was formed in the wake of the 1978 breakup of Lydon's former group, the Sex Pistols. For the most part, it devoted itself to droning, slow-tempo, bass-heavy noise rock, overlaid by Lydon's distinctive, rant. The group's debut single, "Public Image," was more of an up-tempo pop/rock song, however, and it hit the U.K. Top Ten upon its release in October 1978. The group itself debuted on Christmas Day, shortly after the release of its first album, Public Image.

Metal Box, the band's second U.K. album, came in the form of three 12", 45 rpm discs in a film canister. It was released in the U.S. in 1980 as the double-album Second Edition. (By this time, PiL was a trio consisting of Lydon, Levene, and Wobble.) The third album, not released in the U.S., was the live Paris au Printemps (1980). Lydon and Levene, plus hired musicians, made up the group by the time of The Flowers of Romance (1981). In 1983, PiL scored its biggest U.K. hit, when "This Is Not a Love Song" , by this time, however, Levene had left, and the name from here on would be, more than anything else, a vehicle for John Lydon .

The following year saw the release of This Is What You Want...This Is What You Get, only PiL's third album to be released in the U.S., though it now had six albums out. It marked the start of Lydon's move toward a more accessible dance-rock style, a direction that would be pursued further in Album (1986) as well as on Happy? (1987) and 9 (1989). In 1990, PiL released the compilation album The Greatest Hits, So Far, and in 1991 came the new album That What Is Not. After completing his memoirs in late 1993, Lydon decided to put an end to PiL and pursue a solo career.

01 - Four Enclosed Walls (4:44)
02 - Track 8 (3:14)
03 - Phenagen (2:38)
04 - Flowers Of Romance (2:50)
05 - Under The House (4:32)
06 - Hymie's Him (3:18)
07 - Banging The Door (4:49)
08 - Go Back (3:46)
09 - Francis Massacre (3:31)

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The Psychedelic Furs - Talk Talk Talk ( 81 ^ 95mb)

The Psychedelic Furs, whose name belies their punk-influenced music, were formed in England in 1977 by brothers Richard Butler (vocals) and Tim Butler (bass), along with saxophone player Duncan Kilburn and guitarist Roger Morris. By the time they released their self-titled debut album in 1980, the group had become a sextet, adding guitarist John Ashton and drummer Vince Ely. That album, featuring Butler's hoarse voice was a successful in England.

Talk Talk Talk (1981) did better, produced two British singles chart entries, one of which was "Pretty in Pink," later also a hit in the U.S. when a new version was used as the title song of a film. Forever Now (1982) saw the band reduced to a quartet with the departure of Kilburn and Morris. The rest moved to the U.S., turned to producer Todd Rundgren, Ely left, and the remaining trio of the two Butlers and Ashton made Mirror Moves (1984), the biggest Psychedelic Furs hit yet.

The film Pretty in Pink helped spread their name further before the release of their next album, Midnight to Midnight (1987), which consequently got good sales. Book of Days (1989) marked the return of Vince Ely, but was a considerable commercial disappointment. World Outside (1991) also failed to find an audience. The Psychedelic Furs then folded up shop, and Richard Butler launched a new group, Love Spit Love.

Beautiful Chaos, a live album capturing some of the band's greatest hits from the 2001 revival tour, was issued in November 2001. Their first live album ever, Beautiful Chaos was a gift for the loyalists. It also introduced their first new song in almost ten years, a somber ballad entitled "Alive."

01 - Dumb Waiters (5:09)
02 - Pretty In Pink (3:57)
03 - I Wanna Sleep With You (3:17)
04 - No Tears (3:18)
05 - Mr. Jones (4:03)
06 - Into You Like A Train (4:09)
07 - It Goes On (3:51)
08 - So Run Down (2:52)
09 - All Of This & Nothing (6:26)
10 - She Is Mine (3:50)

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John Cooper Clarke - Me And My Big Mouth (81^ 95mb)

Often referred to as "the bard of Salford", he usually refers to himself on stage as "Johnny Clarke, the name behind the hairstyle". In the summer of 1979, when London's Comedy Store became Britain's first alternative comedy club, John Cooper Clarke was already on the front cover of NME. Clarke has opened for such acts as the Sex Pistols, The Fall, Joy Division, Buzzcocks and Elvis Costello and his set was, and still is on occasion, characterized by lively, rapid-fire renditions of his poems, which were usually performed a cappella. Clarke has often been unfairly pigeonholed as a punk poet, and although his poems do describe a similar inner-city landscape in a comparably spare and streetwise style, his importance as a writer and performer stretches far beyond the finite boundaries of seventies New Wave. Clarke's rat-a-tat rhymes are far funnier than the throwaway gags of almost any stand-up, and his dispassionate fast-forward delivery gives them a momentum that's as invigorating as the purest pop music. Yet on the printed page, his perfect couplets often seem far more wistful, as silent readers are suddenly struck by their true literary worth, which puts them right up there with Britain's finest popular verse. Ten Years In An Open Necked Shirt, first published in 1983, remains a masterful slim volume, featuring such high-rise classics as Kung Fu International and I Married A Monster From Outer Space.

01 - (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space (3:34)

The milky way she walks around
All feet firmly off the ground
Two worlds collide, two worlds collide
Here comes the future bride
Gimme a lift to the lunar base
I wanna marry a monster from outer space

I fell in love with an alien being
whose skin was jelly - whose teeth were green
she had the big bug eyes and the death-ray glare
feet like water wings - purple hair
I was over the moon - I asked her back to my place
then I married the monster - from outer space

The days were numbered - the nights were spent
in a rent free furnished oxygen tent........
...lyrics/poetry included

02 - I Don't Want To Be Nice (3:54)
03 - Valley Of The Lost Women (4:10)
04 - Thirty Six Hours (3:29)
05 - The It Man (3:43)
06 - Kung Fu International (1:46)
07 - Twat (2:22)
08 - Marjorca (2:14)
09 - Bronze Adonis (2:27)
10 - Gimmix (3:32)
11 - Beasley Street (6:44)

John Cooper @ Clarke Base

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Around The World (2)

Fado (destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. It is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade, a word describing a sentiment that is commonly considered to have no accurate translation in any other language. A similar but not accurate English translation might be a lingering, often nostalgic desire .

Some enthusiasts claim that Fado's origins are a mixture of African slave rhythms with the traditional music of Portuguese sailors and Arabic influence. There are two main varieties of fado, namely those of the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra. The Lisbon style is the most popular, while Coimbra's is the more refined style. Fado performances include only a singer, a Portuguese guitar player and a classical guitar player but more recent settings range from singer and string quartet to full orchestra

Mariza - Fado em Mim (02 ^ 95mb)

Mariza, bornin Mozambique, moved to Portugal when she was three, and was raised in one of the most traditional quarters of Lisbon, Mouraria and Alfama, where she learned how to sing fado. She has a Portuguese father but her mother hails from Mozambique. Growing up, and until she became a fado singer, Mariza sang in a wide variety of styles, including gospel, soul and jazz. Released in 2001, Mariza's first album, Fado em Mim, was an instant success in Portugal. This led to her recording company launching the disc internationally and taking advantage of the good reception that Portuguese music was enjoying at the time in Europe and in other countries, such as Mexico and Japan.

When Mariza's second album, Fado Curvo, was released in 2003, she was already considered as one of the best singers of what some call the New Fado movement. Mariza's voice, which harks back to the grand divas of the musical form, like Amália Rodrigues, and her interpretations of fado standards brought her great international recognition in a short amount of time, leading to her being the recipient, in March 2003, of BBC Radio 3's award for Best European Artist in World Music. For the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 she sang "A Thousand Years," as a duet with Sting. It was released on the official pop album of the Athens Olympics, Unity, on which fado is sung in English and Portuguese.

Her third album, Transparente, was recorded in Brazil and released in 2005. Mariza was also one of the artists who performed at Live 8; she sang at the Eden Project in Cornwall. Since that time, Mariza has been invited to a large number of concerts and events to promote Portuguese culture around the whole world, from Australia to Finland, the United States and Argentina. That album eventually reached top ten in countries like Holland, Spain and Finland. Her live album Concerto em Lisboa received in 2007 a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. Not her first live release as Live at womad 2002 came limited as a bonus disc with the release i got in 2002.

01 - Loucura (3:28)
02 - Poetas (3:26)
03 - Chuva (4:04)
04 - Maria Lisboa (2:42)
05 - Ó Gente Da Minha Terra (4:02)
06 - Que Deus Me Perdoe (3:36)
07 - Há Festa Na Mouraria (3:14)
08 - Terra D'Água (2:29)
09 - Oiça Lá Ó Senhor Vinho (2:58)
10 - Por Ti! (3:29)
11 - Oxalá (2:26)
12 - Barco Negro (4:00)
13 - Ó Gente Da Minha Terra (piano) (5:54)

Mariza - Live at Womad 2002 ( 02 ^ 78mb)

14 - Loucara (4:25)
15 - Maria Lisboa (2:50)
16 - Barco Negro (4:53)
17 - Variacoes sorbre armandinho (3:59)
18 - Primawera (5:16)
19 - Há festa na mouraria (2:56)
20 - Oica lá ó Sr. Vinho (3:29)
21 - Estranha forma de vida (5:00)

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Don't Panic ! , 2nd Fit

To refresh your memory of last weeks First Fit

As the episode opens Arthur Dent is attempting to prevent the local council, represented by Mr Prosser, from bulldozing his house to make way for a bypass. Dent's friend, Ford Prefect arrives and takes him to the pub. At the pub, Ford explains that he is not from Guildford after all, but from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse, and that the world is about to end.

Meanwhile, Lady Cynthia Fitzmelton, a character unique to the radio series, has arrived at the site of Arthur Dent's house. She makes a speech about progress, and the future for the village of Cottington, and insults the residents in the process. She begins the construction of the bypass, and the demolition of Arthur Dent's house, by smashing a bottle of "very splendid and worthwhile" champagne against a yellow bulldozer. Ford and Arthur hear this, and Arthur races back to the former site of his house, Ford chasing after him after first buying some peanuts.

Shortly after Arthur and Ford return to the ruins of Arthur's house, a fleet of Vogon Constructor Ships arrives in the sky, and Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz broadcasts an announcement that they are to demolish the Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Panic ensues. Ford uses his "electronic thumb" to hitch a lift onto one of the ships, taking Arthur with him, just moments before the Earth is destroyed.

On board the Vogon Constructor Ship, Ford explains that he was a field researcher for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and had been stuck on the Earth for several more years than he originally expected. The two are soon captured by the Vogons, who take an unfriendly view of hitchhikers.

The episode ends on a cliff-hanger, after the Vogon Captain tortures them by reading them some poetry, with them due to be thrown into space afterwards.(source Wiki)

2nd Fit (18mb)

14 Far Out In The Uncharted Backwaters
15 Your Very Lives In Your Hands
16 The Girls? The Leather? The Machismo?
17 The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
18 Perhaps We Died
19 The Infinite Improbability Drive
20 5 To 1 Against And Falling
21 The Encyclopaedia Galactica
22 Select Your Own Entry Point
23 Has The Big Z Finally Flipped?
24 Glad To Be Of Service

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sundaze (2)

I came across this comment at the Inside Out Worlds post, "odditonic said... Thank you for illegally distributing my music and making it impossible for me to make a living. Your posts are THOUGHTLESS" At the next post my mediafire account was scrapped , it seems this selfcentered git was responsible for it, mind you there isnt any of his music, just the style and format i guess .I found his website, , he should have thanked me for creating interest in his niche, talk about thoughtless.

To the matter at hand, two different styles of ambient here, the post rock of Rothko and the electronic Dubscapes of FSOL and both are very worthwhile.check them out .

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FSOL - Lifeforms EP 94 ^ 87mb)

The Future Sound of London ( FSOL) has manymonikers but perhaps the best known is Amorphous Androgynous, following the breakthrough ambient dub track "Papua New Guinea", which was their first official release. Virgin Records looking for electronic bands and quickly signed them. With their newfound contract they immediately began to experiment, resulting in the Tales of Ephidrina album, released in 93 under the Amorphous Androgynous alias. Thus preceding FSOL 's first album release Lifeforms (94) a double album, which 2 months later was followed up with this albumlength EP, bit of a dubversion of the album, livened up by the Siren Elizabeth Fraser.

01 - Path 1 (4:43)
02 - Path 2 (6:49)
03 - Path 3 (5:24)
04 - Path 4 (9:03)
05 - Path 5 (6:02)
06 - Path 6 (2:48)
07 - Path 7 (4:02)

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Rothko - Forty Years To Find A Voice (00 ^ )

Rothko is a London-based instrumental ambient group. The group mainly uses bass guitars and keyboards to create their soundscapes. They derived their name from the painter Mark Rothko. They have been described as post-rock for their habit of using rock instruments to create non-rock music.Formed in 1997, the original line-up consisted of Mark Beazley, Crawford Blair, and John Meade all playing bass guitar in a variety of different ways. Rothko released 3 albums on Lo Recordings and a host of singles and EPs on other labels before Beazley disbanded the group in 2001. So this album was the last in the original line up.

Since, his first release was a collaboration with Japanese ambient master Susumu Yokota, titled ‘Waters Edge’, a 12" only EP, also on Lo Recordings. In the winter of 2001, a deal with Too Pure Records was signed and, with the help of the group Delicate AWOL, the album ‘A Continual Search For Origins’ based on Marks' travels around Switzerland, was recorded, and released.

In the summer of 2003, Mark started his own label, Trace Recordings. The first release on Trace was the critically acclaimed album ‘Wish For A World Without Hurt’ which was released in September 2003. The album was a collaboration with Washington DC based sound and visual artist, JS (Jim) Adams, otherwise known as BLK w/BEAR. 2005 sees Mark team up with Caroline Ross, of Delicate Awol, on the new album, Rothko and Caroline Ross - ‘A Place Between’ That year also saw the release of Mark's second collaboration with Susumu Yokota, the album 'Distant Sounds Of Summer' . Beazley also provided music for the Discovery Channel documentary "The Flight That Fought Back", about United Airlines Flight 93. In September 2006 the band finished their new album 'Eleven Stages Of Intervention'

01 - Open (4:45)
02 - Breatharian (3:14)
03 - Solder (3:15)
04 - Sky Blue Glow (1:29)
05 - Us To Become Sound (7:26)
06 - Shock Of Self (3:17)
07 - Dream Of Mountain Air (3:54)
08 - Herbivore (4:45)
09 - A Whole Life Of Memory (2:48)
10 - A Search For No Answer (2:44)
11 - Pencil Sketch (2:43)
12 - Flown (2:10)

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Into the BPM (2)

Hello, going into the BPM at the start of the second week of Rhotation. I have to say im a bit dissapointed feedback wise. I've been very busy re-uploading and tracking back have reached Ireland by now. As you may have noted i use several different webspace providers and i ask again here to tell me if you had any particular problems and or good download speeds, if so i wont bother with them anymore. For today i have two early techno crews, over the years 808 state's ex el has had many a spin at my place, great album, full sound , sure there's a little New Order there but thats alright with me, and Bjork well i 'm sure she got a lot of inspiration for "Debut" from working with them, on ex el she sounds awesome . Fluke managed to find their techno feet pretty quick as the bonus album, de facto their first proves. The build a massive remix catalogue as their sound was saught after, meanwhile they scored some big hits. No Atom Bomb here but Six Whheels offers a nice range of what was to come after ..

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808 State - ex:el (91 ^ 133mb)

808 State was formed in 1988 in Bury, England by Martin Price, Graham Massey and Gerald Simpson, initially to form a hip-hop group called Hit Squad Manchester. Soon after the band shifted to an acid house sound, and recorded their debut Newbuild in 1988, naming themselves 808 State honoring the impact the Roland TR-808 drummachine had on them. The album was released on Price's own record label. Simpson left the group in 1989 to form his own solo project, A Guy Called Gerald.Martin and Graham enlisted DJs. Andrew Barker and Darren Partington to record the EP Quadrastate and their next album, Ninety, was put them right in the rave culture.

For 1991 Ex:el, they brought in Bernard Sumner (New Order) and ex-Sugarcubes Björk for lyrics and vocals. The album included the hits In Yer Face, Cubik, Olympic & Lift. In 1992, Price left the group to perform solo producing, eventually forming his own label, Sun Text. The remaining members released a fourth album called Gorgeous, and after that, did some remix work for David Bowie, Soundgarden, and other performers, before returning with the album entitled Don Solaris in 1996. This album marked a change for the band who wanted to shake off their rave moniker and, with 'Don Solaris', they aimed to create a more beautiful, cinemascopic sound. They released a greatest-hits compilation named 808:88:98 in 1998-their last on record label ZTT and a 1998 remix of Pacific soared high in the charts. In 2000, their pioneering 1988 acid house album 'Newbuild' was re-released.In 2003 came their last release thusfar Outpost Transmission .

01 - San Francisco (4:56)
02 - Spanish Heart (Voc. Bernard Sumner) (3:51)
03 - Leo Leo (4:01)
04 - Qmart ( Voc.Björk) (4:58)
05 - Nephatti (4:49)
06 - Lift (5:12)
07 - Ooops ( Voc.Björk) (4:41)
08 - Empire (4:20)
09 - In Yer Face (5:12)
10 - Cübik (9:28)
11 - Lambrusco Cowboy (4:05)
12 - Techno Bell (4:55)
13 - Olympic (4:21)

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Fluke - Six Wheels On My Wagon (93 * 119mb)

To date Fluke have produced five original studio albums, two "best of" compilations and two live albums. Throughout their career they have made several changes to their line-up with credited appearances attributed to Neil Davenport playing guitars, Robin Goodridge on drums and Hugh Bryder as a DJ. Formed in the late 1980's by three friends living together in London, Fluke started out making dreamy pop before the explosion of acid house influenced them. It was the growing electronica sound that influenced their early singles and their techno-rock debut album The Techno Rose Of Blighty. They signed with Virgin for their next albums Six Wheels On My Wagon (1993) and , the following year Fluke released their third album, Oto, which is the Greek for "of the ear". In terms of style, Oto was somewhat darker than Six Wheels on my Wagon, focusing on the downbeat ambient effects which were present in the second half of Six Wheels. Fluke proved to be a driving force in the progressive house and trip-hop scenes.
In 1996 they released "Atom Bomb", originally created as a soundtrack to the video game Wipeout 2097, it became the centrepiece of their next album, Risotto.It was a runaway success in 1997 and 1998, powered by the cartoony big-beat of "Atom Bomb" and the gentle breakbeat track "Reeferendum". After enjoying worldwide touring for several years, Fluke took time off to expand their already-massive remixography, releasing the retrospective Progressive History X in 2001. Their latest and most mature album, Puppy, followed in mid-2003, this time incorporating Jon Fugler and Mike Bryant only.

01 - Groovy Feeling (Make Mine A 99) (7:12)
02 - Letters (6:40)
03 - Glidub (6:15)
04 - Electric Guitar (Humbucker) (7:24)
05 - Top of the World (5:39)
06 - Slid (Pdfmone) (7:40)
07 - Slowmotion (5:10)
08 - Spacey (Catch 22 Dub) (6:08)
09 - Astrosapiens (6:48)
10 - Oh Yeah (5:46)
11 - Eko (5:21)
12 - Life Support (6:28)

Fluke - The Techno Rose Of Blighty - Limited Bonus Disc (93 ^ 99mb )

01 - Philly (7:06)
02 - Glorious (5:53)
03 - Cool Hand Flute (3:54)
04 - Joni (5:15)
05 - Easy Peasy (4:09)
06 - Phin (6:30)
07 - Jig (5:05)
08 - Taxi (4:12)
09 - Coolest (2:54)

Fluke @ Base

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Into The Groove

Hello, the weekend is coming up so we go Into the groove; R & B, Disco, Funk & Old School Hip Hop, as it happens most of my R & B, Disco, Funk is on vinyl, and i have no time at the moment to rip these, too busy re-uploading (past Japan now) . That said i do have a lot of old school rap/hip hop on cd so expect these first weeks more of that.
To the outside world rap started with Rappers Delight,, a 14 min marathon that got every hip moving. It opened up the way for generations of rappers to come, how ? Well it was clear there was money to be made with it. There were messages to be spread and there were dancefloors to be filled after disco had been cloned to death by the industry. On the other side , the new portable music gizmo's asked for street music,. With cheap samplers guys like Schooly D could free style with beats and sounds, rapping about the life around him, full of violence, drugs , bravado and making music. Some great tracks there

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Genius Of Rap, The Sugarhill Story ( 87 * 133mb)

Sugar Hill Records was the name of a rap music record label that was founded by husband and wife Joe and Sylvia Robinson with financial funding of Morris Levy, the owner of Roulette Records.The label's first record was "Rapper's Delight" (1979) by The Sugarhill Gang. This pioneering group inaugurated the history of recorded hip-hop with their multi-platinum seller and radio hit in 1979. The group was created to profit on a supposed novelty item. New Jersey-based producer and indie label owner Sylvia Robinson had become aware of the massive hip-hop block parties occurring around the New York City area during the late '70s, so she gathered three locals from her town: Guy O'Brien, who was the original Master Gee; another local rapper, Michael Wright, who called himself Wonder Mike, and non-rapper Big Bank Hank. The vocalists were then teamed up with three session musicians, including future Living Color/On U bassist Doug Wimbish. Together, they recorded all of the Sugarhill Gang’s work. Afterwards The Sequence, Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel joined the label. Sugar Hill's in-house producer and arranger was Clifton "Jiggs" Chase.

In the early 1980s, the Robinsons bought Levy out. However, problems started soon afterwards. Artists began to leave the label, a distribution deal with MCA Records fell through, and finally the label closed down in 1986 due to financial troubles.In 1995, Rhino Records purchased all the released and unreleased masters owned by the Sugar Hill label.

So get me something to dance to...

01 - Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight (14:30)
02 - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It) (7:29)
03 - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - It's Nasty (Genius Of Love) (4:18)
04 - Spoonie Gee - Spoonin' Rap (6:58)
05 - Trouble Funk - Drop The Bomb (6:56)
06 - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message (7:08)
07 - Treacherous Three - Gotta Rock (5:57)
08 - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - Jesse (6:04)
09 - Melle Mel & Duke Bootee - Message II (Survival) (6:48)
10 - Trouble Funk - Pump Me Up (6:34)

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Schoolly D - The Adventures Of Schoolly-D (87 * 118 mb)

Schoolly D is the moniker of American rapper Jesse B. Weaver. He was a pioneer of Hardcore rap and the pioneer of Gangsta Rap, being one of the first rappers to embrace an antisocial persona without explicit irony. The first record that came out along those lines was Schoolly D's "P.S.K." Musically, Schoolly D and his DJ Code Money came up with electronic hardcore beats. Long before the debate about gangsta rap lyrics became an easy way to get national newsprint, there was outrage over Schoolly D's explicit and undiluted narratives on inner city strife. Saturday Night in 1987 and Smoke Some Kill in 1988 had city officials openly endorsing removal of the albums from record stores.Later on, Schoolly embraced the afrocentric style, working together with KRS-One. He too contributed songs and music to many Abel Ferrara films He has continued in the same vein with 1993's Am I Black Enough for You and 1996's Gangster's Story. His career got a bit of a boost after the Chemical Brothers sampled him on their 1997 Dig Your Own Hole album, creating a bit of interest in a rapper few of the late '90s youth were familiar with. The Adventures Of Schoolly-D is a Japan 'only' sampler of his work up to 87, 12 "and his first to albums Achoolly D and Saturdaynight-the Album hardcore beats with a minimalistic touch (poorly lit alleys atmosphere)

01 - Dedication To All B-Boys (3:52)
02 - Do It Do It (2:27)
03 - PSK "What Does It Mean?" (6:31)
04 - Put Your Filas On (7:13)
05 - We Get Ill (4:01)
06 - Gucci Time (6:04)
07 - Get'n'Paid (2:53)
08 - Saturday Night (5:22)
09 - Free Style Rapping (6:49)
10 - I Don't Like Rock n Roll (5:53)
11 - B-Boy Rhyme and Riddle (5:02)
12 - Free Style Cutting (5:12)
13 - It's Krak (5:51)

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Alphabet Soup

Hello , Alphabet soup coming up. As i hadnt yet a theme for thursdays , when i noticed the Hitchikers series taking 26 weeks,it triggered well thats the alphabet. There are so many records that don't really fit into this or that catagory here i thought well, ill run down from A to Z with those. Aphrodites Child's 666 (apocalypse) album is such a work, originally a double album and surprisingly alowed, as the number of the beast, or man as the cover states has many a supersticious corner shiver. Anyway quiet a daring undertaking in times when prog was sci-fi/fantasy inspired, to attempt to bring home the Apocalypse in music. I think Vangelis And Rousos Aphrodite's main children did rather well, but you can judge that yourself if you want. The second offering by Barry Adamson isnt 'light' either, in fact "Moss Side Story" was a rather daring first solo album.

PS good news for my friends from Lima, i re-upped and upgraded last years (10/18/06) Wednesdays post, so Modern Eon, Scars, Will Powers and the Pi the moviesoundtrack are available once more  Wednesdays..again

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Aphrodite's Child - 666 (71 * 120mb)

When Vangelis and Rousos got together in 67 each already had some music history the plan was going to London and record there. On their way to London, they got stuck in Paris partially because they did not have the correct work permits and partially because of the strikes associated with the May 1968 events.

In Paris they signed to Mercury Records, christened "Aphrodite's Child" and released their first single "Rain and Tears", a reworking of Pachelbel's Canon in D major. With this song the band became an overnight sensation in France and several other European countries in which the single charted well, despite the song being sung in English and not French. In October of the same year, the band released their first album End of the World. The album contained an equal amount of psychedelic pop songs and ballads in the vein of Procol Harum or The Moody Blues. After extensive touring the second album, the rootsier "Let me love, let me live" came out in October, while the album It's five o'clock came out in December 1969 featuring more successful ballads (like the title song) but also songs that crossed many musical genres. The new tour was without Vangelis as he fancied staying and working in Paris.

The band began to record their magnum opus late in 1970: a musical adaptation of the biblical Book of Revelation, entitled 666. Relations between all the band members were not good at the time, and continued to worsen during the album's creation. Essentially, 666 was Vangelis' concept, created with an outside lyricist, Costas Ferris. The music that Vangelis was creating for 666 was much more psychedelic and progressive rock oriented than anything the band had done before. This did not sit well with the other band members, who wished to continue in the pop direction that had brought them success. By the time the double LP 666 finally came out in late 1971, and after having sold over 20 million albums the band split. Both Vangelis and Demis Roussos pursued successful solo careers, Roussos as a pop singer and Vangelis as one of the pioneers in electronic music.

01 - The System (0:23)
02 - Babylon (2:47)
03 - Loud, Loud, Loud (2:42)
04 - The Four Horsemen (5:54)
05 - The Lamb (4:33)
06 - The Seventh Seal (1:30)
07 - Aegian Sea (5:22)
08 - Seven Bowls (1:29)
09 - The Wakening Beast (1:11)
10 - Lament (2:45)
11 - The Marching Beast (2:00)
12 - The Battle Of The Locusts (0:56)
13 - Do It (1:44)
14 - Tribulation (0:32)
15 - The Beast (2:26)
16 - Ofis (0:14)

17 - Seven Trumpets (0:35)
18 - Altamont (4:33)
19 - The Wedding Of The Lamb (3:38)
20 - The Capture Of The Beast (2:17)
21 - ∞ (5:15)
22 - Hic And Nunc (2:55)
23 - All The Seats Were Occupied (19:19)
24 - Break (2:58)

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Barry Adamson - Moss Side Story (88 ^ 114mb)

Adamson left school and shifted into graphic design but quit shortly after, favouring to venture into the exploding punk rock scene of the late '70s. He joined ex-Buzzcocks singer Howard Devoto's band Magazine, playing bass guitar Barry played on all of Magazine's albums, and contributed to Devoto's solo album and his next band, Luxuria. He also contributed to the studio band Visage, playing in the ensemble's first two albums, Visage and The Anvil. After Magazine broke up, Adamson worked with another ex-Buzzcock, Pete Shelley, before joining Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. He appeared in the first four of their albums: Then in 88 he decided to release his first solo album, Moss Side Story. His solo work is influenced by John Barry, Elmer Bernstein and Ennio Morricone. Later works have included jazz, electronica, soul, funk, and dub styles. Adamson eventually began composing soundtracks for films, including Gas Food Lodging and Lost Highway. Adamson has forged his own highly acclaimed solo career with a series of distinctive and thematically linked soundscape albums.( Moss Side Story 89, Soul Murder 92, The Negro Inside Me 93, Oedipus Schmoedipus 96, As Above, So Below 98, The Murky World of Barry Adamson 99, King of Nothing Hill 02 and Stranger on the Sofa 06.

Act One: The Ring's The Thing
01 - On The Wrong Side Of Relaxation (5:27)
02 - Under Wraps (4:27)
03 - Central Control (2:10)
04 - Round Up The Usual Suspects (0:43)
Act Two: Real Deep Cool
05 - Sounds From The Big House (6:24)
06 - Suck On The Honey Of Love (2:13)
07 - Everything Happens To Me (2:43)
08 - The Swinging Detective (5:45)
Act Three: The Final Irony
09 - Autodestruction (3:49)
10 - Intensive Care (2:42)
11 - The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
12 - Free At Last (1:23)
Act Four: For Your Ears Only
13 - Alfred Hitchcock Presents (2:24)
14 - Chocolate Milk Shake (4:24)
15 - The Man With The Golden Arm (5:13)

Barry @ a very slick base

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Hello, had to adapt my plans for today a little but it turned out the year 1985 came to the rescue . So what happened back then a small listing :

January - The first British cell phone call is made (by Ernie Wise to Vodafone).
January 7 - Lewis Hamilton , British Formula 1 Driver was born
March - Mike Tyson makes his professional debut in Albany, New York, a match which he wins by a first round knockout.
March - Mikhail Gorbachev becomes the General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and de facto leader of the Soviet Union.
May - Heysel Disaster: 38 spectators are killed in rioting on the terraces during the European Cup final between Liverpool F.C. and Juventus
July - The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior is bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents.
September - A joint American-French expedition locates the wreck of the RMS Titanic.
October - The Free Software Foundation is founded in Massachusetts, USA
October 24 - Wayne Rooney, English footballer was born.
October - Marty McFly is the first person to travel through time, to November 5, 1955, with the help of a DeLorean time machine.
November - Microsoft Corporation releases the first version of Windows, Windows 1.0.
December - American naturalist Dian Fossey is found murdered in Rwanda.

22 years ago, hmm i had a great time then and these albums were part of that.

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Matia Bazar - Melanchólia (85 ^ 106mb)

Matia Bazar was founded by Aldo Stilita in Genoa in 1975. Their first big break came with the 1978 Festival di Sanremo, where their song "E Dirsi Ciao" won an award. The festival was televised on Intervision, giving the band their first international audiences and helping to establish them in Europe, the United States, and Mexico. In 1979, they completed their first tour of Europe and South America and won an honorable mention for their song "Raggio di Luna" at the Eurovision song contest. In the early ' 80s, Piero Cassano left the group and was replaced by Sergio Cossu, who helped push the band into a new electronic phase of their career. Every aspect of their sound became electronic, with the exception of Ruggiero's vocals. Their music ranged from the electronic sounds that were gracing the discotheques of the time to the label their music, "tango-rock." The band was releasing albums and singles at a dizzying pace up through the mid-'80s: recording during the autumn and winter, releasing in the spring, and touring in the summer, every year.

1986's release Mel'o, which had been their most successful album to date, marked the end of their electronic era, and after 1988's Red Corner, Antonella Ruggiero left the band and they went on hiatus until 1991 when they changed labels and hired a new vocalist, Laura Valente. Valente had been hired as a pianist and vocalist, but she also proved to be a skilled guitarist and made a major contribution to the band's new sound. After a prolonged tour, Carlo Marrale left the group and for the first time it became a quartet. 1997 brought a successful album, Benvenuti a Sausalito, and in 1998 founding member Aldo Stilita left the group because of a long illness. Matia Bazar regrouped and in 1999 signed a new recording contract with group members Piero Cassano, Silvia Midnight, Giancarlo Golzi, and Fabio Perversi.

01 - Ti Sento (5:39)
02 - Via Col Vento (4:48)
03 - Cose (4:59)
04 - Da Qui A (4:05)
05 - Fiumi Di Parole (4:09)
06 - Amami (4:01)
07 - Angelina (4:50)
08 - Souvenir (4:35)

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Colourbox - Colourbox (85 ^ 142mb)

Formed in 1982 by brothers Martyn and Steven Young, Colourbox drew on influences as varied as blues, soul, rock, dub and funk, they combined elements from each with movie dialogue and weird and wonderful samples. Colourbox's self-titled debut EP -- a collection of dub and scratching experiments heralding their first plunge into sampling technology, edited down from three hours of studio sessions -- appeared later that same year, with the single "Say You" following in 1984. After another 12-inch, "Punch," the group issued 1985's "The Moon Is Blue," a teaser for their first full album, 'Colourbox', which garnered great reviews and topped the UK independent chart in 1985

Colourbox's idiosyncratic approach to music left journalists struggling to pin down their identity; they deliberately stayed out of the spotlight and focused on refining their sound. A string of singles followed, among them 'The Official Colourbox World Cup Theme' and a reworking of the Augustus Pablo track, 'Baby I Love You So'.

It was in 1987 that the Young brothers broke out of the indie charts as M/A/R/R/S, with the genre-defining track, 'Pump Up The Volume'. A collaboration with A.R. Kane, Chris CJ Mackintosh and Dave Dorrell, the single went from underground club anthem to UK National No.1. 'Pump Up The Volume' marked the beginning of the sampling era. Plans for a follow-up never materialized, however; stranger still, despite M/A/R/R/S' success both the Youngs and Colourbox seemed to vanish, with no future recordings forthcoming.

01 - Sleepwalker (2:15)
02 - Just Give 'Em Whiskey (4:19)
03 - Say You (3:58)
04 - The Moon Is Blue (4:37)
05 - Inside Informer (4:24)
06 - Punch (5:01)
07 - Suspicion (4:27)
08 - Manic (2:26)
09 - You Keep Me Hanging On (5:38)
10 - Arena (4:23)
11 - Edit The Dragon (2:20)
12 - Hipnition (3:29)
13 - We Walk Around The Streets (0:24)
14 - Arena II (5:03)
15 - Baby I Love You So 12inch (6:43)
16 - Looks Like We're Shy One Horse (Shoot Out) (7:58)

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1000 Mexicans - Dance Like Ammunition * (85 ^ 92mb)

1000 Mexicans (Julian Griffin, Michael Harding, Andrew Hobday)were one of the most innovative and creative independent bands of the 1980s, combining quality pop songwriting and rhythmic and harmonic richness with their unique touches of experimentalism and eccentricity.
Described by one journalist as "the musical equivalent of the 70s Dutch team with their total football", the trio of Julian Griffin, Michael Harding and Andrew Hobday exchanged vocal and instrumental duties at the drop of a sombrero, "mixing melody and mayhem in equal measure." Their first single The Art of Love provoked Melody Maker reviewer Adam Sweeting to enthuse "The way things are going it won't be long before 1000 Mexicans are the best band in the world." They went on to release 4 more singles including the classic The Last Pop Song and Under Construction, a hit in Spain and Portugal, as well as the LP Dance like Ammunition

Despite success in Europe and consistent critical acclaim, they never found favour with the UK record industry who appeared confused by their singular brand of humour and sometimes anarchic live shows. The 'hi-flying Burrito Brothers' eventually found themselves in a tangle of bad management and publishing agreements that strangled their creative momentum
and finally their will to live. * Note this is a cassette rip

01 - Something For Nothing (3:27)
02 - Teaching Fish To Swim (3:59)
03 - Amnesia (3:39)
04 - Simple Game (3:14)
05 - Dead Language (4:29)
06 - Diving For Pearls (3:32)
07 - I Hear You Whistle (3:41)
08 - Criminal! (6:01)
09 - Back To Mexico (3:46)
10 - Water Torture (1:31)

NB just noticed whilst posting that i forgot to include the artwork. I will post a link for that in comments later.
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