The Summer 2012 100 Degree Heat Mix - The Devils Music Mix Vol. 23. I asked folks to guess the tracks. A few were guessed right away and then the mix sat there dormant for months and then I got an Anonymous player who started guessing everything in site! Well, he got stuck on a few and this is one of the tracks. So for all his hard work and effort I am throwing him a bone and giving him one of the unguessed tracks. So here it is.... Track 9 from The Summer 2012 Summer 100 Degree Heat Mix, Ussery from 1973 with some great Hendrix/Trower inspired guitar rock.
Ussery - Listen To The Melody
For those that might want to try the remaining tracks or just check the mix out, you can do so HERE:
There is also an older mix I did back in May 2011 called Mind Games where i asked people to call out the tracks.... I got a few tracks guessed and then nothing. Go have a stab at it PLEASE & THANK YOU.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Another flea market find. I actually found 2 copies, one on an orange label and another on a yellow label... The group called (us) - Looks like this is semi rare "Northern" soul & mod rocker, as a few copies i've seen on the web are selling out of the UK for around 40 to 60 pounds.... not bad for a buck i'd say. Yeah mine aint mint and you can hear a few pops and crackles but it's all in the hunt....
As for the group called "us" this is from 1964 and i would guess that the liverpool thing was a direct stab at the whole beatles / britsih invasion thing but still sounds very 60's doo wop. Jimmy Ienner arrtanged & produced it who produced the Raspberries, Three Dog Night & Grand Funk in the 70's.... Other than that, you got me....
The Group Called (Us) - Promise Me
The Group Called (Us) -American Girl And Liverpool Boy
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Groop: A shortlived sunshine pop act, formed and disbanded in 1969. It consisted of Susan Musmanno, Corlynn Hanney, Brian Griffith and Richard Caruso. They recorded one self-titled LP in 1969 and this 45 was featured on the "Midnight Cowboy" movie soundtrack.
I'm down w/ the fuzz guitar...
The Groop - Tears And Joys
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Yeah, it's seen better days but hey, for 50 cents i aint complaining.... and since it is free to you, you shouldn't either...
As for the Vice-Roys.....??? Looks like they were a Seattle Washington band.... Other than that your guess is as good as mine.
Edit: Oops, per the comments of BobbyM these guys were not from the PNW but a Chicago area band. And they had a very minor hit in '63 with "Seagrams". They followed that one up with "Buzz-Bomb"....
The Vice-Roys - Buzz-Bomb
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Found this old tape of WPRB sign off from Jan. 14th 1986. I used to tape this station because they did punk rock shows. Just found a tape of a punk show from jan 13th - 14th 1986 and this old sign off was at the end. Man, it brought back some memories....
Saturday, September 8, 2012
One And Six-Tenths Shing-A-Ling
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Devil's Music quietly slipped passed 1 million hits over the labor Day Weekend and i was to busy out & about to really do any "blog" celebrating, but I did pick up this wicked Latin funk 45 for a mere 50 cents over the weekend. So here goes, in honor of my one millionth hit.... MC2 by Willie Colon from 1975 on the Fania label.
As for Mr. Colon, here is his Wiki:
William Anthony Colón (born 28 April 1950) is a Nuyorican salsa musician. Primarily a trombonist, Colón also sings, writes, produces and acts. He is also involved in municipal politics in New York City.
Willie Colón was born in the South Bronx, New York, to Puerto Rican parents. He picked up the trumpet from a young age, and later switched to trombone, inspired by the all-trombone sound of Mon Rivera and Barry Rogers. He spent some summers at his maternal grandmother’s sister’s (La finca de Celín y Ramón) farm in in the outskirts of Manatí, Puerto Rico on the road to neighboring Ciales, Puerto Rico.
He was signed to Fania Records at 15 and recorded his first album at age 17, which ultimately sold more than 300,000 copies. Due to fortuitous events, the main record producer at Fania at the time, Johnny Pacheco, recommended Héctor Lavoe to him.
Mr. Colón has been a civil rights, community and political activist since the age of 16. He has served as a member of the Latino Commission on AIDS and the United Nations Immigrant Foundation, President of the Arthur Schomburg Coalition for a Better New York, member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In 1995, Mr. Colón became the first minority to serve on the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) national board and is now a member of the ASCAP FOUNDATION.
Beyond the trombone, he has also worked as a composer, arranger, and singer, and eventually as a producer and director. Combining elements of jazz, rock, and salsa, his work incorporates the rhythms of traditional music from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and "that 'other' ancestral homeland, Africa", representing the mostly one-way flow from Puerto Rico to the New York-based diaspora. "His life and music commute back and forth between his home turf in the Bronx and his ancestral Puerto Rico, with more than casual stop-offs in other musical zones of the Caribbean." Colón "makes the relation between diaspora and Caribbean homeland the central theme of his work," particularly in his 1971 Christmas album, Asalto navideño. The lyrics and music of the songs on this album "enact the diaspora addressing the island culture in a complex, loving but at the same time mildly challenging way."
He went on to have many successful collaborations with salsa musicians and singers such as Ismael Miranda, Celia Cruz and Soledad Bravo, and singer-songwriter Rubén Blades. On his website, Colón claims to hold the "all time record for sales in the Salsa genre, [having] created 40 productions that have sold more than thirty million records worldwide."
One significant overarching theme in Colón's music, which draws from many cultures and several different styles, is an exploration of the competing associations that Puerto Ricans have with their home and with the United States. Colón uses his songs to depict and investigate the problems of living in the U.S. as a Puerto Rican, and also to imply the cultural contributions that Puerto Ricans have to offer.
Willie Colon - MC2 (Theme Realidades)