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Where To Buy On the Right Track by The Skatalites At The Lowest Price?

On the Right Track by The Skatalites

Why Buy A On the Right Track by The Skatalites?
Without the killer grooves and syncopated horn blasts of the always wonderful Skatalites, life on this planet would be a far duller thing. — L.A. Daily News The Skatalites are Jamaicas answer to the Motown house band and Booker T. & The MGs combined. — Rolling Stone The Skatalites took influences from jazz, calypso and US rhythm `n blues to help create the sound that dominated Jamaican sixties music … This is a must have album for anyone interested in Jamaican music and a great introduction for those who wish to learn. — BBC.co.uk More than a band, The Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didnt merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the 50s and 60s. — All Music Guide The second wave of ska produced some good bands and some great music, the third wave fewer, but if you want to really hear the music played with respect for its deepest roots, you need to go to the source, and that is undoubtedly The Skatalites … The band is more musically sophisticated than many of its contemporaries were and than pretty much all of its present day imitators are. — PopMatters

Recorded in Byron Bay in 2006, On the Right Track mixes the coastal island vibes of Australias and Jamaicas hippest towns with a heavy jazz influence. Among a myriad of reissues and compilations, this album stands out as having the best new original material on an international Skatalites release since 1964. Studio sessions were held in the style of a classic jazz session, much like the one-take upbringing Studio 1 provided the group in the early days. From the late 50s into the 60s, The Skatalites transcended popular music, introducing and defining Jamaican music and culture to the world. Combining the best of American boogie-woogie with R&B, jazz, and big band swing, The Skatalites created the up-tempo syncopated island beat dubbed ska, which evolved into rocksteady and reggae. The original backing band for Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Toots & The Maytals, these two-time Grammy nominees have toured extensively worldwide since the 80s.

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Great introduction to The Skatalites
This is the first Skatalites album I bought, and I think it’s a great way to get into their sound. Now that I know a little more about these amazing musicians, and after hearing most of their classic 60′s records, I find this album their best since their reformation, in the 80′s.
I agree with the last review, these songs are really true to their ska roots, plus you won’t get the poor sound quality of the 60′s recordings. It’s well recorded, now you can in fact hear the bass lines and the terrific job by Lloyd Knibb on the drums. This senior citizen never got the recognition he deserves for inventing the SKA beat, which is the same beat as the reggae beat, the reggae drummers just slowed it down. I was lucky enough to see him play 2 weeks ago, with the reformed Skatalites.
The tracks sung by Doreen Shaffer are the icing on the cake.
Buy it!

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Where To Buy The One That Got Away by Thin White Rope At The Lowest Price?

The One That Got Away by Thin White Rope

Why Buy A The One That Got Away by Thin White Rope?
A posthumous live double album, Thin White Ropes The One That Got Away is too good to fall between the cracks. Over the course of the 80s, this unjustly overlooked Southern California quartet turned out five albums of twisted lyrical imagery and fiery guitar interplay. This album chronicles their last show ever in Ghent, Belgium, in June 92. The sound quality is surprisingly good, and a generous set list covers the bands own psychedelic standards (Disney Girl, Down in the Desert) as well as such appropriate covers as Cans monolithic anthem, Yoo Doo Right. – Jim DeRogatis

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Great summary of TWR for the unitiated
If you don’t know Thin White Rope, this is a great sample of what they are all about. Whether you will love or merely like them will depend on your reaction to the singer’s voice (just like some people are bugged by Bob Dylan’s voice or Neil Young’s or Tom Waits’s). An ex-girlfriend told me that she loved the songs, but hated his voice.

The TROUSER PRESS GUIDE once said that if THE TWILIGHT ZONE had a house band, TWR would be it. And this is really strange music, but anyone who loves bands like Yo La Tenga, Eleventh Dream Day, the Wipers, Television, and Galaxie 500 will definitely go for this stuff.

Live and intense
An amazing overview of Thin White Rope’s career. TWR was always better live than it was in the studio and this disc is a testament to the power and intensity of TWR’s songwriting and playing. The mix of the country-fied thumpa-thumpa bass, the drony guitars, and Guy Kyser’s wailing washes over you like a slimy tidal wave.

Forget what you’ve heard on the studio albums; these are the definitive versions.

swans plus bo diddly? even better
whatever this is–blues rock punk dirge ambient sober desert
groan, it has it’s own territory, and is great to play
cd # 2 at 4am after everyone has crashed and has begun to dream.

The greates live album ever recorded
If you love screaming guitars, fire, cowboys, the desert, terrifying lyrics, live music and have a taste for tunes from the entire 20th century, you cannot go wrong with this one.

OK, so that is a pretty diverse collection of intersts, but so is Thin White Rope. They cover tunes from Roky Erikson, swing, pop, and classic punk, while creating their own songs that belong among the best of the 20th Century.

Unfortunately, this album was the band’s Swan Song, a final concert before they disapeared into new bands (Acme Rocket Quartet, Mummy Dogs, etc.) and soil science. The music — unlike most — has held up through the years and continues to rock and interest today.

I kid you not, you cannot go wrong with this one.

The greatest live album ever?
I usually steer well clear of live albums. After all, why would I want to shell out my hard earned cash for muddy sub-standard mixes of songs I already own? The background cheering of the crowd? Hardly.

But this…. this is different. The One That Got Away is quite possibly the greatest live rock album ever. Already great songs are held up on massive walls of squalling feedback as Thin White Rope – the most criminally neglected rock band of the 80s and early 90s – go out with a bang. This is the only CD I own that someone’s asked me to stop playing because she was _frightened_ by it; not because she thought it was bad, but because she thought it was genuinely terrifying. And at times it is, but it’s also occasionally deeply, surreally funny (‘Elsie Crashed the Party’, anyone?).

The amazing thing about The One That Got Away is that, almost without exception, the live versions of the songs are _better_ than the studio originals. I’m thinking particularly of ‘Take it Home’ and ‘Triangle’, which were already breathtaking slices of American psychosis even before they were given the live once over. And then there’s the covers… If anyone knows of a more stunning version of Roadrunner, I’d like to hear it. Only the cover of Silver Machine lets them down ever so slightly.

Personally, I couldn’t do without this album. Why don’t you own it?

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Where To Buy Im Still in Love with You by Al Green At The Lowest Price?

Im Still in Love with You by Al Green

Why Buy A Im Still in Love with You by Al Green?
Following up Lets Stay Together, this is one of Greens greatest long-players. Southern souls most eccentric stylist never sang more sensuously than he did on Simply Beautiful, or on the six-and-a-half-minute country-soul meditation that is Kris Kristoffersons For The Good Times. Nor did the Hi house band sound more crisply funky than on mid-tempo beauties like the title track, Love and Happiness, or Look What You Done For Me. As rough-hewn as it is, the sound Green and his producer Willie Mitchell craft is still mighty hard to beat. –Barney Hoskyns

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If I had to choose which Al Green album had the most impact
I would have to say this one hands down!
Growing up in the south in the early 70′s and being black,
this was an album you could walk down the street and hear
playing from several houses, on the radio or 8-tracks of
passing cars, or from the poolhalls, beauty and barbershops
in my neighborhood. But Al’s sweet sensual soul was not only
a hit with black music fans, he had quite a white
following as well! He also gained a huge international
following as the years progressed.

To say that this album was HUGE, INFLUENTIAL, A SOUL MASTERPIECE,
would be to overstate the obvious!
Brother Al can weave a spell when he sings and you believe
every word of what he’s putting down!
His vocal genius is perfectly accentuated as well as
punctuated by what was known as the HI RECORDS house band!–
Which were a few of the former members of Booker T & The MG’s
(Booker T on that swirling, whirling, perculating Hammond B3 organ,
and the snappy groove-keeping brilliance of the late
Al Jackson Jr. on the drums!)
I love every song on here except his cover of the
Roy Orbison classic “Pretty Woman”, which to me,
he brought absolutely nothing to!
But everything else from the effervescent title track
with the sing-a-long outro, to the greasy fatback funky
syncopation of “Glad You’re Mine”, to the soulful classic
“Love & Happiness”, to the sublime sensuality of
“Simply Beautiful”, to the sleepy southern recitation
of “What A Wonderful Thing Love Is”, to his classic re-working
of the Kris Kristopherson classic “For The Good Times”,
which I hadn’t even heard the original version until I
became an adult, because Al’s was the only one I knew!
Then, there’s the sweet funk of “Look What You’ve Done For Me”
and “One Of These Good Ol’ Days” which closes out this
classic album with a bang!
Why this album has never been featured on that
“Classic Albums” series that comes on VH-1 Classic I Don’t know!
If you don’t have this in your collection already, GET IT IN THERE!!
The sound is simple, soulful, straight from the heart and timeless!

one of my top five favorite albums
This is great! You owe it to yourself to listen to “For the Good Times” in particular at least a dozen times a year. It may be the greatest song ever recorded.

Buy this now!
Oh yes. Definitely my favorite Al Green album, and definitely one of the greatest soul albums in history. The opening title track gives Al yet another classic ballad, with an awesome “I-hi-hi… wrapped up in your love…” vocal hook and horns adding a lot of punch. “I’m Glad You’re Mine,” a Latin-funk crossover with a very creative string arrangement and kick-butt vocals, is just as good; and then there’s my favorite, the gospel-funk sex jam “Love and Happiness.” It’s amazing how well he milks that one groove, thanks to another incredibly creative horn arrangement, an enviable guitar riff, and the usual vocal goodness, with Al doing everything from whispering to moaning to screaming to monologuing. The organ sounds great too, and it’s got a lot of bottom. It’s also my pick for Al Green’s greatest song ever. “What a Wonderful Thing Love Is” threatens to push into sap with its slightly syrupy intro, but then Al’s vocals come in and everything turns all right. Because he’s Al Green and he’s one of the best singers ever, that’s why! The song itself isn’t a particular favorite, but Green’s vocals are enough to make it good. “Simply Beautiful,” Green singing over a guitar vamp, minimal percussion, and subdued strings, is pretty much is a showcase for Green’s vocals, and it works for the simple reason that it’s an awesome vocal performance. It’s an interesting experiment, and it works tremendously. And his cover of “Pretty Woman” is quite good – a lot better than I had expected it to be. Al Green is great at inhabiting other people’s songs, making them his own, and sometimes even improving on the originals. He also does this on his cover of the country standard “For the Good Times.” And “Look What You Done for Me” is yet another of Al’s very best tunes – he really testifies on the vocals, it’s got all kinds of hooks, and once more, the horns are awesome! And the closing “One of These Good Old Days” ends the album on a high note. This is a total classic album.

…slippin on my …
i have three of brother green’s cds… the others are greatest hits and are ALL ENCOMPOSING [darn] near of all of his important work…

…but nothing i have heard blends so [darn] well together as this disc in its entirety… simply beautiful??? this cd is more than that! this is everything you could want in soul music and more!

Just Listen
Listening to this album is an amazing and intense emotional musical experience from start to finish. There is not a song on the album that lags in any way and pretty much every song is as enjoyable as the singles from this album.
Nobody has a voice as powerful, intense, nuanced, and emotional as Al Green, and the production and arrangements on this album are flawless. The horn section is important, but not bombastic. The fact that this album remains relevant and beautiful after 30 years just makes me happy, and i’m only 20 years old. So people of all ages, if you don’t own this album, get it as soon as you can.

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Where To Buy Dig Make the Road by Walking by Menaham Street Band At The Lowest Price?

Make the Road by Walking by Menaham Street Band

Why Buy A Make the Road by Walking by Menaham Street Band?
The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, and the Budos Band brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking will be released on Dunham Records, Brenneck s new imprint of Daptone Records, a joint venture devoted to bringing the Menahan Street sound from Brennecks bedroom out into the world. Make the Road by Walking is a soulful exploration by a talented young group of musicians into the possibilities of instrumental music; an original, personal, and uncompromised creation that embodies the sound of a select group of musicians in one distinct place, at one particular moment in time. This album is kind of a window into our world on Menahan Street, says Brenneck. In a way, we re simply the streets unofficial house band.

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Daptone Records Rocks
Anything from the Daptone Label ROCKS!!! I always try to support them, because they make EXCELLENT MUSIC!!! Track one will sound familiar to anyone with a pair of ears… unless you lived under a rock for the past few years!!!

I love Daptone… BROOKLYN BABY!!!

Excellent Album
I came to know of the Menahan Street Band from the web series Botswana, USA. This is one cool album.

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Time Is Tight By Booker T. & The Mgs

Time Is Tight By Booker T. & The Mgs

Almost an accidental ensemble, Booker T. & the MGs came together for a functional reason–to play as the house band for Memphiss Stax Records. But organist Booker T. Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper found alchemy, transforming rhythm-section riffing into an art, slicing through air where listeners expected vocals and doing so with tremendous success on their first single, Green Onions, which was later featured on the American Graffiti –Andrew Bartlett

Why Buy A Time Is Tight By Booker T. & The Mgs?
Almost an accidental ensemble, Booker T. & the MGs came together for a functional reason–to play as the house band for Memphiss Stax Records. But organist Booker T. Jones and guitarist Steve Cropper found alchemy, transforming rhythm-section riffing into an art, slicing through air where listeners expected vocals and doing so with tremendous success on their first single, Green Onions, which was later featured on the American Graffiti soundtrack. This three-CD set captures the quartets core in plentiful doses, leading off with their 1961 first salvo and cruising through numerous attempts at remaking the soulful classic. But in tinkering with the Green Onions formula, the band found dozens of instrumental variations, much like later, all-instrumental genre straddlers like Medeski Martin & Wood. They also found countless hours of work, backing some of Memphis souls most revered artists (think Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett) and defining a backbone sound of organ and guitar layered over the increasingly vital rhythms of bassist Donald Duck Dunn and original drummer Al Jackson. They played expansive minor-key soul, as Ode to Billie Joe and many other tunes here attest, and later in the 1960s went on to churn out charting hits and great albums alike. The second CD in this set captures some great moments, especially the segments from McLemore Avenue, the quartets all-instrumental tune-for-tune riposte to Abbey Road. Later in the set you get Albert King on vocals for a gritty Born Under a Bad Sign and then Boz Scaggs and Neil Young fronting the quartet (with Steve Potts or Jim Keltner drumming in place of the long-ago murdered Jackson). This collection will leave you wanting more. –Andrew Bartlett

Customer Reviews & Opinions

I had the Greatest Hits and Melting Pot albums way back when vinyl was king, and I decided to revisit the past and putchase this set as well as Melting Pot (the downloaded mp3′s were just enough to get me hooked again). I wasn’t disappointed. It’s great from beginning to end, and the live version of Hang em High is fantastic. My only complaint is that the studio version of Time is Tight isn’t the same one as on my old LP. No matter, it’s all good. The book that comes with it is great for Booker T fanatics, packed with lots of history. A little pricey, but worth it

The best from the Best
I have grown up listening to Booker T and the MG’s. My brother brought back a huge stereo from Thailand in the 60′s (Vietnam War) with a collection of awesome soul records including Booker T. The sound from that stereo and the soul music pumping out of those speakers were about as close to heaven as a 6 year old could get. In 1967 I became a gigantic Booker T and the MG’s fan and have been ever since. I own all the originals on LP’s and have since collected them all on CD’s. I thought I had heard it all available from them but this box collection proved I hadn’t. It spans many years and has B-Sides from 45′s which I don’t have and live cuts as well. The box set is the best start or compliment to your existing great Booker T and or Stax/Memphis Soul collection.

The greatest drummer who ever lived, Al Jackson, Jr., the coolest, most persuasive bass player in the world, Donald “Duck” Dunn, the absolute superior guitar playing of the one and only Steve Cropper, and the special genius of organ/piano man and all round musical prodigy, Booker T. Jones made up a virtual “dream team” of music. Besides laying down perfectly tight, unbelievably soulful backdrops for some of the greatest artists of the 20th century, they recorded some of the best music ever made and in instrumental form to boot. This is a great box set. You get the hits from “Green Onions” to “Hip Hug-Her” to “Hang ‘Em High” to the amazing “Melting Pot”. You get great rarities like “Hole In the Wall” (originally released in ’65 under the moniker The Packers), and the beautiful, superb “Meditation” (a Booker T. Jones masterpiece, as brilliant as anything ever done from Mozart to McCartney). And you hear the band’s versatility on their remarkable range of covers. I wouldn’t do much editing; however, I would replace a good bit of the pre-Dunn era material, except a few, like the great “Soul Dressing”, with later outings. And one could argue that the entire Melting Pot album, along with the entire McLemore Avenue album merit greatest hits status. Also, soul fans will no doubt cringe at the sound of Neil Young whining his way through the Cropper penned “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”. Why this was picked to finish the collection, still baffles me. All and all, though, a fine showcase for the greatest band of all time.

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