SYREETA – THE RITA WRIGHT YEARS: RARE MOTOWN 1967 TO 1970
Rare early material from one of the hippest singers on 70s Motown – the heavenly Syreeta, best known for her seminal work with Stevie Wonder – heard here in the years before, on a rare single and a huge amount of never-issued tracks! Syreeta first worked for Motown under the name of Rita Wright – but apart from a 1967 single on Gordy, and a handful of compilation tracks in recent years, almost all her work for the label at the time appears here for the first time ever – a massive 18 of the collection's total 24 tracks – offering up a huge look at the early days of this wonderful talent! Even at the start, Syreeta's got a style that's hipper than most – righteous currents that point the way towards the 70s, and set her apart from some of the other female singers on the label – with a vibe that's completely sublime. We're really not sure why these cuts have been hidden for so long – because on any other label, they'd be hit material – especially given that production his handled by giants like Hal Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson, and the Holland-Dozier-Holland team. One of the coolest sets of female soul you'll buy in a long, long time – with titles that include "Bad Boy", "Ain't I Gonna Win Your Love", "Beware Of A Stranger", "Love Child", "Since You Came Back", "Mind Body & Soul", "May His Love Shine Forever", "Something On My Mind", "That's What He Told Me", "It Don't Mean Nothin To Me", "Give Back The Good Things", "Can You Feel It Babe", "Save The Country", "Hurtin Me", "Love My Lovin Man", and "Where There's A Will There's A Way". ~ Dusty Groove
JIMI HENDRIX – MACHINE GUN: THE FILLMORE EAST 12/31/1969 FIRST SHOW
One of the great examples of why the revised presentation of the Jimi Hendrix legacy is such a great thing – as this legendary New Year's show from 1969 is finally restored to its full order, with a resulting 9 never-released songs thrown into the mix as well! There's a clarity to the music that's wonderful – a bold statement from Jimi's Band Of Gypsies trio – with Billy Cox on bass and Buddy Miles on drums – a group that's arguably more funky than the Experience, and which seems to have Hendrix riffing at an even sharper level too. There's a bit less freewheeling fuzz than on previous live Jimi dates – and titles include "Changes", "Hear My Train A Comin", "Lover Man", "Power Of Soul", "Machine Gun", "Bleeding Heart", "Ezy Rider", and "Earth Blues". ~ Dusty Groove
BEBO BEST & THE SUPER LOUNGE ORCHESTRA – JAZZ MAMBA
With Bebo Best & the Super Lounge Orchestra‘s new album “JazzMamba“ the music is as sophisticated as it is great fun. Bossa nu-funk meets jazz and soul, enriched this time by a dance house touch. The sound of the band’s successful 2nd album “D’Jazzonga” is back! Bebo Best & S.L.O. know how to work tight riffs and melodies that are groovy, warm and deep. The album is full of references to latin-swing music, like in title track “JazzMamba”, a retro ’60′ feel, as in the “Heroes” cover. They do not lack elements of jazz, as in “Blues Vibe“, dedicated to Brenda Boykin, whom Bebo produced in previous album “All the time in the world” featuring James Taylor on Hammond organ. ”Ocean 14“, well that could come straight from a Soderbergh film, and slow “The Cuban Jazz Song” has the influence of Cuban, African and Nu-Jazz music. “JazzMamba” is a latin jazz funk workout that is proudly retro and vibrantly soul-house alive, thanks to the new collaboration with the Top Charts producer P. Visnadi (who was on the UK, US, AUSTRALIA top ten with projects like Livin’ Joy, Alex Party), and with DJ Robert Passera, who has had huge success with “I Was A Yeye Girl“, by Doing Time.Rather than faking it with pseudo-funky or just half-sampled computerized beats, Bebo Best & S.L.O. play drums, bass, Hammond, sax, trumpet and electric guitar serves up rich, authentic rhythms and solos, and challenging anyone to hold the foot on the floor!