A 45 A Day (Day 14)

Day 14

Today I’m repping my home town & going for a local release. Edentree hail from Norwich & only released one 45 on the Major Minor label. “Call My Name” is the B-Side of “You Are All I Need”.  I love blue eyed soul like this track, the hammond player sounds very reminiscent of Alan Hawkshaw & overall this sounds like it was recorded earlier than 1970. It surprises me that they didn’t get past one release as this is a strong tune & really deserves more exposure.

Edentree “Call My Name”

edentree call my name

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A 45 A Day (Day 11)

Day 11

This is a collaboration between Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier, Henry is widely known for his “concrete music” & Colombier for his soundtrack composition. Psyché Rock is the track that most seek out on this EP, & it sounds very reminiscent to the theme tune to Matt Groening’s “Futurama”. I picked this EP up at a great record shop in Rennes (France) called “Blind Spot”, & I would recommend visiting the shop when you’re in that neck of the woods. “Jericho Jerk” brews a heady mix of beat & psych, with crazy organ, moog & FX’s firing off all over the place, like a Turkish delight fused with a Crunchie, that sounds wrong, but is oh so right!

Les Yper-Sound “Jericho Jerk”

jericho jerk

A 45 A Day (Day 10)

Day 10

I only discovered the Left Banke a few years ago, when a work colleague brought in a couple of their albums, so I have to say a big thanks to Derek for introducing me to them. The term “Baroque Pop” is often used to describe their sound, & actually it’s a pretty good description, as they fuse chamber music with pop music, & I’ve got a soft spot for a harpsichord!  This track features some lovely harmonies & I would recommend checking out all of their back catalogue, as it’s all great.

The Left Banke “She Will Call You Up Tonight”

left banke she may call you up tonight

A 45 A Day (Day 9)

Day 9

Few can lay claim to shaping modern music in the way Little Richard has, from playing a major part in the foundation of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to his wild on stage antics, he really deserves the title of a legend. “Hurry Sundown” features in the film of the same title, & was composed by Buddy Kaye & Hugo Montenegro. This is a beautiful song that lifts & builds, & Little Richards vocal is soaked in soul, makes you want to testify!

little richard hurry sundown

A 45 A Day (Day 8)

Day 8

The Motown catalogue has been plundered over the years, & many crimes have been committed against this legendary label (Bowie & Jaggers “Dancing In The Street” being a prime example). Mongo Santamaria takes on “Cloud Nine” (the classic Temptations track) & wins!, heavy bass, drums, percussion & mega loud cowbell backs up the brass cavalry for a full funky latin jazz onslaught. This track reminds me of the Jimmy Castor Bunch “It’s Just Begun” , I think it must be a bass & cowbell thang?.

Mongo Santamaria “Cloud Nine”

mongo santamaria cloud nine

A 45 A Day (Day 7)

Day 7

I think people are more familiar with the Mighty Clouds Of Joy’s version of “Time”, which is great, but doesn’t hold a candle to Jackie’s version. This powers along with some seriously fat drums, choppy wah wah guitar & some tight memphis sounding horns, I love this track, & I remember when I first found this single, playing it over & over again, because I couldn’t believe just how good it is!

Jackie Moore “Time”

jackie moore time

A 45 A Day (Day 4)

Day 3

Kinda messed up, as this technically is day 5, but I had to go on a road trip yesterday, so things got a bit messed up. Anyways, enough of this wittering on & lets get stuck into the music! This is the B-Side to “Maybe I’m Amazed” which is a lovely cover by Lena, but the B-Side “Feels So Good” unleashes Lena’s femme funk side, with buckets of soul & a tight ol’ brass section. Another one from the magic box that provided day 1 & 3’s offerings.

Lena Horne “Feels So Good”

lena horne feels so good