domingo, 21 de abril de 2013

Soul Classics - 28 Greatest Soul Hits (1991)

28 Greatest Soul Hits

Desde hace veinte años, el soul ha ido cobrando cada vez más fuerza en todo el mundo.
Todas y todos conocemos a los grandes: Otis Redding, The Supremes, Sam Cooke, The Temptations... pero éste es un género que se nutre, en gran medida, de voces casi anónimas. Canciones que pasaron casi desapercibidas para el gran público y que con los años -y en nuevas versiones, casi siempre de artistas blancos- obtuvieron el éxito internacional.
Soul Classics es precisamente eso. Una recopilación de 28 grandes clásicos del soul (ripeados de la edición original, por Dro en 1991, en LPs). Auténticas joyas que triunfaron hace más de cuarenta años y que, además, continuamente se incorporan al repertorio actual de nuestra música. Quien habló de la "fuente inagotable de recursos" estaba pensando en la música soul. 

tracks list:
01. Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves a Woman
02. Martha Reeves - Dancing In The Street
03. Clarence Carter - Slip Away
04. The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me
05. The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
06. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don´t Know Me By Now
07. The Coasters - Yakety Yak
08. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Jimmy Mack
09. Carla Thomas - Baby
10. Fontella Bass - Rescue Me
11. Betty Everett - The Shoop Shoop Song (It´s In His Kiss)
12. Mary Wells - My Guy
13. Etta James - Tell Mama
14. Barbara Lewis - Hello Stranger
15. Sam & Dave - Soul Man
16. Eddie Floyd - Knock On Wood
17. Rufus Thomas - Walking The Dog
18. Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up
19. The Impressions - It´s All Right
20. R. B. Greaves - Take A Letter Maria
21. Hank Ballard & The Mignight - The Twist
22. Clarence Carter - Patches
23. Brook Benton - Rainy Night In Georgia
24. Ben E. King - Stand By Me
25. Aaron Neville - Tell It Like It Is
26. Clarence "Frogman" Hewnry - I Don´t Know Why (But I Do)
27. Brenton Wood - Gimme Little Sign
28. Dee Clark - Raindrops


viernes, 5 de abril de 2013

Rokia Traoré - Beautiful Africa (2013)

Beautiful Africa

This is the most commercial, rock-influenced album to date by Africa's most inventive singer-songwriter, and it's dominated by sturdy riffs and bass lines. Rokia Traoré has always set out to surprise, and by choosing to work with John Parish, the producer and guitarist best known for his work with PJ Harvey, she has moved away from the acoustic or blues influences of her other recent projects. But this is still a distinctively African album, partly sung in Bambara, and with the n'goni as dominant as the guitars. And it succeeds because of the sheer quality of her singing and the thoughtful, varied songs from the light and then furious Kouma to Mélancholie, a highly personal reflection on sadness and solitude. The most powerful riff is reserved for the title track, a pounding, angry attack on the chaos in Mali and elsewhere in Africa, mixed with a love song to the continent. Memorable.