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Molienda Cafe  performed by Charlie Byrd & Aldemaro Romero  1970
Recommended by tinks [profile]

Very rhythmically complex track with gentle finger-picked guitar courtesy of Byrd. Romero was at the forefront of Venezuela's "onda nueva" movement, which was an interesting conflagration of Latin jazz, American pop, calypso & traditional Spanish styles. According to this album's liners: "The time is 3/4, but the drummer often plays 2, giving the beat a 4/4 quality. Or the measure is played in 6, spraying accents in such a way that one hasn't time to count beats to the bar." If that seems perplexing to you, you're not alone. In a 1997 interview, Byrd called this album the most challenging recording he had ever made.

from Onda Nueva/The New Wave (Columbia)


Ride On  performed by Ebony Jam  1970
Recommended by tinks [profile]

A thoroughly wild hard funk track with some great congas...this came out on the same tiny label that Bing Crosby recorded for in his final years, and it couldn't be much more diametrically opposed! I don't have any info at all about this band or their other releases, so if you do, please let me know!

from the single Ride On (Amos)



Big White Cloud  performed by John Cale  1970
Recommended by tinks [profile]

A superb song from Cale's first solo LP after leaving the Velvet Underground. Very melodic, lushly orchestrated and sophisticated, an absolutely impeccably-crafted pop song. I really love the echo effect on the whole thing, coupled with Cale's ultra-fluid viola playing. A great album from start to finish, actually.

from Vintage Violence, available on CD (Columbia)



  28 Feb 02 ·G400 Custom: Also check out 'Gideon's Bible' from this album. Soothingly poppy, but with a fantastic, soaring chorus - not usually one of Cale's strengths.
You Keep Me Hangin' On  performed by Paul Mauriat  1970
Recommended by tinks [profile]

Take a Motown classic, a French conductor, a harpsichord, a sitar and something that could be either a melodica or a kazoo, and what do you get? I'm not sure either, but it'd sound a lot like this. A truly odd version that sounds vaguely off-key the entire time (although it seems intentional). A great example of the "Now Sound".

from The Soul of Paul Mauriat (Philips)




  07 Dec 05 ·Swinging London: That's fun, Yes, very NOW!
Stormy  performed by Scott Walker  1970
Recommended by delicado [profile]

This is not a typical Scott track in any sense, but is still very enjoyable. Scott's take on the often-covered 'Stormy' is charming, breezy, and (unusually for Scott) funky. The arrangement is very full, but there is a strong rhythm section which prevent the prominent strings from becoming overbearing.

from 'til the band comes in, available on CD (BGO)



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