Monday, 29 September 2014

Various Artists - Thank God It's Friday OST [1978]


1978 / Casablanca / NBLP 7099-12.98
I haven't seen the film; I was aware that the lead song won an Oscar - and I only bought this Double LP as it was approximately £1 in a Stockholm Record Store - and boy-oh-boy am I glad I did! Every track is pulsating disco at its best - featuring amongst others Donna Summer (who also as a bonus 12" includes an amazing 15 minute version of "Je T'aime, Moi Non Plus") Remastered here in its breathtaking analogue beauty!

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Lou Reed - Rock N Roll Animal [1974]


1974 / RCA / APL1-0472
I purchased this vinyl in Stockholm at the weekend and I was blown away by the dazzling heavy-rock versions that Lou provides to some of his well-known Velvets back-catalogue. This is a blistering forty minute live Rock classic. Supremely mastered for your vinyl-loving tastes...

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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Burt Bacharach - Burt Bacharach [1971]


* New Remaster September 2014*
1971 / A&M / SP 3501
Sometimes you have to indulge yourself, and no website of mine is complete without a few choice Burt Bacharach albums. If there was one era I could jump back in time to it's the era in which Burt and his groovy-lounge chord sequences were at in the hearts of minds of many pop music lovers everywhere. Anyone who says Burt is "easy" hasn't listened to the six minute version of "Wives And Lovers" or the startling "Freefall". For nice songwriting, check out "Hasbrook Heights". This is one of my alltime favourite albums.

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Monday, 1 September 2014

The Sandpipers - Guantanamera [Mono 1966]


1966 / Pye / NPL 28086
A classic album, here released in glorious unavailable-on-CD mono. The low-fi production values and mastering really suit a Mono release of this glorious spanish-tinged mid-sixties masterpiece. The sound is immaculate and so is the listening. Sit by a beach on a sunset evening and enjoy!

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Classics IV - Mamas And Papas / Soul Train [1968]


1968 / Imperial / LP-12407
Classics IV, a band responsible for three golden hits - Spooky, Traces and Stormy. All covered by a variety of stars, and here is one of their long-players, featuring Stormy and remastered for your well-educated musical tastes!

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Sade - Diamond Life [1984]


1984 / Epic / EPC 26044
Sade's original debut album and in my opinion her best. This is eighties' soulful grooves drenched in blissful analogue. There isn't a weak track here - the first side of the album is heavily worn out on my turntable. Check it out!

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '88 - Magic Lady [1979]


1979 / Elektra / 6E-214
Another Sergio Mendes album I hear you cry? Well, this is my favourite, primarily because it sounds like Sergio Mendes have taken residency aboard a disco-besieged Love Boat of the late seventies! The album is split into half forgettable rubbish and half killer! The latter being "Lonely Woman", "You Get Your Love From Me", "Yes I Love You" and "Summer Dream". Check out the Buck Rogers style synths too! Some of you will hate this! Some of you will love it! Let me know...I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT...

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Vic Damone - Strange Enchantment [Mono 1962]


1962 / EMI/Capitol / T 1681
Strange Enchantment - exactly what you get with this delightfully lush masterpiece from Vic Damone - Exotica, String, Crooning - picture the front cover of this LP and the album sounds exactly as it looks! In glorious unreleased on CD mono - much better than the Stereo version! Let me know what you think!

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Monday, 12 May 2014

The Lovin' Spoonful - Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful [Mono 1966]


1966 / Kama Sutra/MGM / T 90988
I was surprised at how good this sounds in Mono, considering the Stereo version sounds unmemorable aside from the blistering Number One Single of Summer In The City. I like to surprise you Shipwreckers with what I turn up - and I really enjoyed remastering this one! Coconut Grove is a delight too!

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Friday, 9 May 2014

The Ventures - Ventures In Space [Mono 1963]


1963 / Dolton / BLP 2027
My favourite Ventures LP, in rare Mono (the CD reissues still in print are all in stereo) and delightfully pounding it's way in a spooky, twangly, guitar instrumental sound. A time capsule of space-age, early-sixties soundtrack noise. Shipwreckers, ahoy! 

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

Mike Post - Including The "A-Team" [1984]


1984 / RCA / PL85183
Here's something that panders to my childhood - famed TV Theme Tune Composer Mike Post releases a long-player that includes his A-Team theme alongside some brilliant, Mike-Post-esque treatments of other hits such as Culture Club's Do You Really Want To Hurt Me and Jacko's Beat It. The latter sounds like it was lifted right out of an A-Team or Magnum P.I. episode! Let me know what you think!

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Astrud Gilberto - I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do [1969 Mono]


1969 / Verve / MONO VLP 9242
Not the most famous Astrud Gilberto album but one of the poppiest, most consistent lounge efforts she produced certainly. Full of warm cuts, presented here in MONO, such as "Didn't We", Nilsson's "Wailing Of The Willow" and "Without Him". My favourite is "The Sea Is My Soil" which rivals the efforts on Herb Alpert's Warm album. There are stereo rips around of this release, but this MONO version is immaculate.

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Walter Wanderley - When It Was Done [1969]


* New Remaster May 2014 *

1969 / A&M / AMLS 950
Thank heavens Walter Wanderley came to prominence in such a forgiving time – because his lounge/samba/bossa-nova albums are a comforting delight to yours truly! Deliciously blending the occasional sultry vocal with his relaxed organ sounds this is definitely one for the beach! The front cover should give you a good idea of how you will feel after listening to the eleven cuts on offer here! But don’t take my word for it…tuck in!

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Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You (1987)


* New Remaster May 2014 *

1987 / Epic / 463125
This type of Eighties production is going out of fashion lately - I heard "1-2-3" in some club in London the other night and was immediately addicted - seeking out this Gloria Estefan album and remastering a good vinyl rip for you all to enjoy. There's lots of early Estefan / Miami Sound Machine gold here - such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" and "Betcha Say That"; ultimately this is the proof that Estefan could have been the Latino Madonna in the eighties.

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