Of course in the US, few of us are familiar with the original hits that make up this avalanche, so Cafe Tacuba gets their wish to make these songs more well known.
My first inclination was to blow this one off as a reverb-soaked, keyboard enhanced pop toss off, but it does have some bright moments and charms that make it worth wading through the over-saturated production. Advertisement Vacation Rentals Caribbean. While the fidelity is less than perfect, the charm, joy and heart of the players still comes through.
The small acoustic group plays the two major forms of Puerto Rican peasant, or jibaro, music: the seis and the aguinaldo. There are two contrasting singers: one husky voiced, the other a smooth crooner.
The songs are played on a cuatro and guitars, accompanied by the light raspy percussion of a guiro; they alternate between dramatic ballads and easy-going, bouncy tunes.
Certainly a listener needs to have a taste for the folkloric to enjoy this, but the music is meant to be accessible and has a simple, country charm. On their latest release, Sol y Canto are produced by Latin jazz's hottest star, Danilo Perez, who brings out the dynamism of this group.
The album brilliantly charts the roots of Latin American music with its African and Iberian flavours. Brian Amador's song "Tambor y guitarra" sets the tone of the proceedings. Amador, the guitar player and musical director of the band, has penned a song which recounts the flight of Gypsies from Spain and the rise of Rumba as the Gypsies mixed with the Yoruba; indeed, Amador's guitar playing itself serves to anchor the band's Spanish links.
What is really striking about Sol y Canto's music, however, is not only their percussive drive but the profound literate quality of their songs. It's intoxicating, this blend of Renato Thoms' percussion work, combined with soulful depictions of the human condition and the worth of the individual.
Los Straitjackets Upstart Records It's the first day of 90 degree heat for the summer today in New Haven, so what's more appropriate than to set some guitars to ten on the twang meter and surf over to the bar for a glass with an umbrella in it.
No surprises, just guitars, bass and drums make Los Straitjackets unfettered summertime guests bearing cliched riffs, tongue firmly in cheek, a six pack of good vibes under their arm. A welcome relief. These are highly original, elemental, sometimes risque folk blues songs from and about the streets.
He can swing fiercely, and he can sing soulfully, if sometimes a little strained or off-key. Passion is everything, and Bongo Joe's got it. Well, it sure sounds like it as this Argentine band rolls from one piece of madness to another on this wild ride of a recording.
They are the self-proclaimed "Sugar Kings," and they reign over a sound full of ska, salsa, post country punk and a touch of Monty Python.
Big horns, ripping guitars varied percussion and fat bass are laid down in track after track of latin power pop. There's even some star power to be had: Tina Wemouth and Chris Frantz prduce, Mick Jones of the Clash pops a few chords, and a bizarre toss-off of "Strawberry Fields Forever" with Debbie Harry lost but none-the-less enthusiastic.
For fans of the screwy mix of cultures espoused by bands like Les Negresses Vertes, this will be a hit. This stuff never lets up as it hurls groove after incessant groove at you, sax and trumpet blazing from a path cut by fat, no bloated, bass licks, pervasive percussion and searing solo and group vocals.
It's salsa, rumba, jazz and pop from coastal Columbia, Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York with nary a hint as to how they got there. CF Joseph Spence from Bahamas is a guitarist with wide ranging influence. His mixture of black American gospel and blues with Anglo-Caribbean folk music is unique in recorded history. He is an aquired taste, and a hard one to aquire at that, with his growling vocals and idiosycratic view of rhythm. But his charm is unmistakable. Highly successful in their native home of The Netherlands , the band quickly found an international following.
The band continues to tour extensively, mainly in Europe and Scandinavia, and record directed by Bob Kaper , himself a member since , following the former leader, Peter Schilperoort 's death on 17 November Schilperoort had led the band for more than 45 years, albeit with a five-year sabbatical from 13 September , when he left to pursue an engineering career before returning to lead the band again officially on 1 January As of January , the line-up is: Bob Kaper musical director, clarinet, altosaxophone, vocals Ton van Bergeijk banjo, guitar, vocals Keesjan Hoogeboom trumpet, vocals Maurits Woudenberg trombone Frits Kaatee clarinet, soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone Adrie Braat double bass Onno de Bruijn drums.
The tours were the band's first with keyboardist Boom Gaspar. The trauma of Roskilde led the tour to lack performances on festivals and open floor venues. The band received much publicity for its energetic politically charged performances during the tour. Bush, wearing it at the beginning of the song and then hanging it on a mic stand to allow him to sing. The band made news when it was reported that several fans left after Vedder had "impaled" the Bush mask on his mic stand at the band's show of April 1, in Denver, Colorado show at the Pepsi Center.
Riot Act reached number five in the U. The album topped the charts in Australia,  where it went platinum  and ended among the best-selling records of the year in both and Three singles were released from Riot Act. Lead single " I Am Mine " entered the Billboard Hot at number 43, and reached number six on the Modern rock charts.
Riot Act received mixed to favorable reviews from music critics according to Metacritic , where it holds a 73 after 20 reviews. Reviewer Louis Pattison stated that " Riot Act is the sound of a band entering a powerful middle-age. They still deserve your attention.
The review said, "Pearl Jam's seventh studio album balances emotive bombast with a taut-sweaty hard-rock attack. The review called the album "An adult rock record in which nuance succeeds over bombast. Hugo Lindgren of The New York Times stated that the "record sounds as if it were made to slip quietly into the marketplace, connect with the faithful and leave everyone else alone", and that "there's no catchy single, and not even the slightest echo of anything else happening in pop music now.
In the review he stated that " Riot Act isn't one thing or the other: tracks such as "Ghost" or "Get Right" gesture towards hard rock without really putting the hammer down, while a more reflective piece like "All or None" doesn't exploit its own possibilities.
The album's singles featured three B-sides from the Riot Act recording sessions that were not included on the album: "Down", "Undone" and "Other Side". All three were included on the Lost Dogs collection of rarities, although "Undone" appeared in a slightly different form. McCready said that "Down" came out lighter than intended, and was ultimately left off Riot Act because it did not fit with the other songs on the album.
A recording of "Severed Hand", a song that appeared on the band's next studio album Pearl Jam , was attempted during the recording sessions; however the band only spent a few hours on the song before it was shelved. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pearl Jam. X , Seattle Space, Seattle. A sample of "I Am Mine", the first single released from the album. The song has a warm, acoustic sound and lyrics written by Vedder about personal freedom.
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December The Honolulu Advertiser. December 1, Archived from the original on October 28, Retrieved May 24, November Predictably, Tom Port isn't a fan. Here's his review of Metallica's Ride The Lightning , a Warner Brothers RPM album remastered at MoFi from the original analog tape: "Compressed, sucked-out mids, no deep bass and muddy mid-bass, the mastering of this album is an absolute disaster on every level.
Stereophile columnist Michael Fremer falls into this category. In October, the audio critic conducted a poll on his blog, Analog Planet , to address the hot stamper vs. The material chosen for this audio contest was RCA's "Living Stereo" recording of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade , a symphonic poem considered by audiophiles to be one of the greatest performances ever captured on vinyl.
In one corner was the prohibitive favorite: Analogue Productions' gram, RPM reissue, a record that prominent critics, including Fremer he called it "transformative" , argued was better than the original. The challenger was a vintage RCA pressing of Scheherazade that Port had personally selected from his hot stamper stash. When the votes were tallied, the new Analogue Productions version was declared the winner by a 6 percent margin.
Port dismisses the results as meaningless, blaming his hot stamper's poor showing on flawed methodology. So, the experiment was biased from the start! When it was corrected, we caught up fast. He could have left it at that, but the thought of smoldering bridges excites Port too much. Convinced that the industry high priests are aligned against him, he lashes out: "Michael Fremer once said he had six copies of Aja , and they all sounded the same.
That's impossible on a good system! Is he deaf? Fremer has since conducted several live listening sessions using the same two Scheherazade pressings. In each case, the results were, in Fremer's words, "pretty much Every hot stamper candidate gets a thorough washing before evaluation.
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