Saturday, July 26, 2008

Grandmaster Flash - Best Of


Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five are the pioneers of hip hop music. The song “The Message” single-handedly took hip hop into an entirely new, more political direction. Other classics that appear on this best of compilation are “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It),” “New York New York,” and “It’s Nasty (Genius Of Love).” I added my own bonus track (which I believe should have been included with the original best of), the classic beat-edit “The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On the Wheels of Steel,” which shows us why so many people revere Grandmaster Flash as one of the most original and most talented DJ’s to ever spin a record. I actually just picked up a copy of The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats, and it’s pretty insightful on Flash’s inspiration and influence. For those of you that are new to hip hop or curious as to its origins, this is the album to pick up. You look foolish if you call yourself a hip hopper and yet you don’t have any Grandmaster Flash in your collection. Don’t be a fool; pick this one up.

Track Listing:
1. Step Off Megamix - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
2. Freedom - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
3. The Birthday Party - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
4. Showdown - The Furious Five Meets The Sugarhill Gang
5. It's Nasty (Genius Of Love) - Grandmaster Flash & Furious Five
6. The Message - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
7. Scorpio - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
8. Message II (Survival) - Melle Mel & Duke Bootee
9. New York New York - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
10. White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) - Grandmaster & Melle Mel
11. Beat Street - Grandmaster Melle Mel & The Furious Five
12. The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On the Wheels of Steel (Bonus Track)

Sample it here (part 1) and here (part 2), buy it here.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Stanley Turrentine Collection

I’ve been really into Stanley Turrentine for the last month or two, so I’ve finally decided to put up a few albums that I’ve really enjoyed that I was unable to find on some of the other blogs, so hopefully you all will find something new here.


This is the first Turrentine album I’m upping… I just got it in the mail a few days ago and I love it. I believe it’s a compilation album, and they certainly chose some great material. My favorite track would have to be the song “Touching,” which you can find a live rendition of here. There are plenty of other great songs on here, and I didn’t see this anywhere else on the web so enjoy picking this one up.

Track Listing:

1. Don't Mess With Mr. T.
2. A Little Sweetness
3. I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do
4. Impressions
5. Terrible T.
6. The Island
7. Touching
8. Side Steppin'

Sample it here, buy it here.


This is one of Turrentine’s first album as the band leader, released in 1960. Contains on of his better known songs, “Little Sheri.” Look Out! contains some of his finest playing early in his early career when he was playing his tight swinging jazz, and not so much his smooth jazz style. This album is definitely worth checking out.

Track Listing:

1. Look Out!
2. Journey Into Melody
3. Return Engagment
4. Little Sheri
5. Tiny Capers
6. Minor-Chant
7. Tin Tin Deo
8. Yesterdays
9. Little Sheri (45 version)

Sample it here, buy it here.


This is one of my favorite Turrentine albums, some amazing smooth jazz and soul on here. Stanley really can play any style of jazz, from swinging bebop to scorching smooth sax solos. This album would be categorized by the latter style. This is one that all jazz fans will enjoy and appreciate. My favorite track’s would have to be “There Is A Place (Rita's Theme),” “Everybody Come On Out,” and “I’m Not In Love,” although every track on here is truly enjoyable.

Track Listing:

1. Everybody Come On Out
2. Stairway To Heaven
3. There Is A Place (Rita's Theme)
4. Many Rivers To Cross
5. Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
6. All By Myself
7. Airport Love Theme
8. I'm Not In Love

Sample it here, buy it here.


The only official live recording of Stanley Turrentine (to my knowledge), and it’s a great one. It’s an hour and a half of pure jazz greatness. The band’s playing is tight and they leave lots of room for Stanley to do his thing. This is one for all fans of music, whether they be fans of Stanley, jazz music, or just music in general. You have to pick this up.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
1. But Not For Me (Live)
2. Stanley's Time (Live)
3. Broadway (Live)
4. Yesterdays (Live)

Disc 2:
1. Later At Minton's (Live)
2. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Live)
3. Love For Sale (Live)
4. Summertime (Live)

Sample it here (part 1), here (part 2), and here (part 3). Buy it here.

I’ve already uploaded two tight Stanley albums, which I’ll repost.


This is the kind of nasty, back-alley music that makes you wince in ecstasy. With Stanley Turrentine's tenor and Kenny Burrell's guitar sharing solo space, the Hammond master digs in with a blues-drenched shovel. While certainly fluent in the bop idiom, Smith's organ work maintains a direct emotional peg that reflects the swing and jump blues of a previous generation. Turrentine, a relative newcomer at this point (1960), proves a perfect foil for Smith's funky ideas, forgoing flashy bop runs in favor of soulful, expressive passages. Even on chestnuts such as "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street," the foursome boils the melodies down to their barest bluesy core. Back at the Chicken Shack is the prototypical soul-jazz recording.

This is a great introduction to the B3 Hammond playing of Jimmy Smith and the smooth tenor sax of Stanley Turrentine (also see my prior post for the album Cherry). My personal favorites on this album are “Back At The Chicken Shack” and “When I Grow Too Old To Dream,” although they’re all great tracks. A great mix of jazz, blues, and soul.

Track Listing:

1. Back at the Chicken Shack
2. When I Grow Too Old to Dream
3. Minor Chant
4. Messy Bessie
5. On the Sunny Side of the Street

Sample it here, buy it here.


This is one of the first records that got me into jazz music. I was getting into some older hip hop, and I had come across the track “My Philosophy” by the group Boogie Down Productions. I remembered hearing the saxophone sample from “Sister Sanctified” and I decided that I had to have the original as soon as possible. So I did some searching and I eventually managed to grab a copy of it. This record is a perfect blend of jazz fused with funk and soul. The first track I heard, “Sister Sanctified,” is still my favorite on this album. With Milt Jackson on vibraphone and Stanley Turrentine on sax, you really can’t go wrong. Man, that cat can blow! I’ll be sure to continue the Turrentine uploads; I know his work is extremely hard to find, and I think that everyone needs to have a little Turrentine in their collection.

Track Listing:

1. Speedball
2. I Remember You
3. Revs
4. Sister Sanctified
5. Cherry
6. Introspective
7. The More I See You (Bonus)

Sample it here, buy it here .

Hopefully this should tide the jazz fans over for a while… so I’ve had some big blues and jazz uploads, looks like I’ll have to hit up the hip hop fans next. Expect another big one coming soon.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Crucial Blues Compilations - More Blues Goodness

Here's another blues motherload. I saw that my 'Where Blues Meets Rock' albums got lots of hits, so I'm sure this will do the same. Enjoy!


This is another series of blues compilations that furthered my interest in the blues. I first came across Crucial Guitar Blues about 3 years ago, and after enjoying every song on the album, I found out that there were 8 other albums, those being Crucial Acoustic Blues, Crucial Chicago Blues, Crucial Harmonica Blues, Crucial Live Blues, Crucial Rockin’ Blues , Crucial Slide Guitar Blues, Crucial Texas Blues, and More Crucial Guitar Blues. These 9 CDs give the listener some of the best blues music that has come out of the Alligator Records catalogue, some of these artists being Albert Collins, Coco Montoya, Johnny Winter, Hound Dog Taylor, Luther Allison, Lonnie Mack (With Stevie Ray Vaughan), Tinsley Ellis, Sonny Landreth, Roy Buchanan, and many, many more. In total, over 60 bluesmen jam out to over 7 and a half hours of pure blues music. This is another set of CDs that should be in every music fans collection; whether you’re a blues aficionado or a newcomer to blues music, this is the collection for you.

Sample them:
here (part 1)
here (part 2)
here (part 3)
here (part 4)
here (part 5)
here (part 6)
here (part 7)
here (part 8)

Buy them here.

I may have a few more blues sets similiar to the last two I posted.... leave me a message if you want more music like this!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

NaS' latest


This is the 9th and latest studio album from one of hip hop’s greatest, NaS. Originally titled ‘Nigger,’ NaS changed it to ‘Untitled’ after much pressure from the record company. I just got this album in the mail today and after reading review after review, I figured hip hop fans should hear this. From the first few tracks I’ve heard, it sounds like NaS is finally back (Illmatic and It Was Written were classic, but we know he fell off after that). Nas studies and lyrically dissects some of the our most divisive issues: race, inequality, poverty, and power. Definitely something to pick up if you’re a fan of hip hop, particularly political hip hop.

Track Listing:
1. Queens Get The Money
2. You Can’t Stop Us Now (Featuring Eban Thomas of The Stylistics & The Last Poets)
3. Breathe
4. Make The World Go Round (Featuring Chris Brown & The Game)
5. Hero (Featuring Keri Hilson)
6. America
7. Sly Fox
8. Testify
9. N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave And The Master)
10. Untitled
11. Fried Chicken (Featuring Busta Rhymes)
12. Project Roach (Featuring The Last Poets)
13. Ya’ll My Niggas
14. We’re Not Alone (Featuring Mykel)
15. Black President (Featuring Johnny Polygon)

Sample it here, buy it here

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Southern Rock Classic

I’m back! Gonna start things back with one of my favorite classic rock records.


This is the debut album that cemented Lynyrd Skynyrd’s place in rock history. This is the album that contains what most people believe to be the greatest classic rock song of all time, “Free Bird.” My other favorites off this album are “Simple Man” and “Tuesday’s Gone,” both of which are also classic rock staples. This is definitely an album for the fans of rock music with a little southern blues flavor. If you haven’t heard “Free Bird” (for those of you living under rocks), you must check this out. Greatest. Guitar Solo. Ever.

Track Listing:
1. I Ain't The One
2. Tuesday's Gone
3. Gimme Three Steps
4. Simple Man
5. Things Goin' On
6. Mississippi Kid
7. Poison Whiskey
8. Free Bird

Sample it here, buy it here

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Where Blues Meets Rock - 6 Albums of Blues Nirvana

Well here it is; the mother-load. This is going to be my last post for the next week or so while I’m on vacation, so enjoy it.


This is what sparked my first interest in blues music; this is where it started for me. After hearing the live rendition of Walter Trout’s “Say Goodbye To The Blues,” I knew I had to hear more from him, this album, and anything and everything that involved the blues. There are currently 7 of these Where Blues Meets Rock volumes, I only have the first 6, but this shall last you quite a while. With over five and a half hours of blues power coming from over 35 different bluesmen, this will satisfy the wants of any blues or rock fan. I’m not going to list every track that’s on all 6 of these albums, however I’ll name just a few of the artists you will find on these albums: Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa, Leslie West, Dave Hole, Pat Travers, Bobby Mack, The Hamsters, Omar & The Howlers, and many other great, quality musicians. I’ve discovered many new blues talents from these compilations; these truly should be in every blues and rock fan’s collection.

Sample them here (part 1), here (part 2), here (part 3), here (part 4), here (part 5), here (part 6), here (part 7).

Buy them here.


Monday, July 7, 2008

Hip Hop Request

Saw a request for more hip hop, so he's a classic album by Gang Starr:


One of my favorite albums ever, by one of my favorite hip hop groups. DJ Premier shows off his extensive jazz knowledge on this record, with heavy jazz samples which will have everybody bobbin' their head to this. Combine that with Guru's smooth monotone style, and you have classic hip hop. Definitely one to be in everyone's collection.. if you haven't heard Gang Starr, he's a good place to start.

Track List:
1. Name Tag (Premier and the Guru)
2. Step in the Arena
3. Form of Intellect
4. Execution of a Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Part 2)
5. Who's Gonna Take the Weight?
6. Beyond Comprehension
7. Check the Technique
8. Love Sick
9. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
10. Game Plan
11. Take a Rest
12. What You Want This Time?
13. Street Ministry
14. Just to Get a Rep
15. Say Your Prayers
16. As I Read My S-A
17. Precisely the Right Rhymes
18. Meaning of the Name, The

Sample it here, buy it here