We close out this month’s theme with Ray Charles’ rousing take on the Black National Anthem, and a few thoughts on the past month’s selections.
Director Roman Polanski tapped British progressive collective Third Ear Band to compose the music for Macbeth, his first production after the murder of his wife and friends at the hands of Charles Manson. Through use of improvisation in the blending of old and new musical techniques, they provided the bleak, heavy score the film needed.
A classic rock anthem serves as the best way to kick off the unofficial start of summer.
The George Harrison estate recently launched a Digital archival label dedicated to the late Beatle’s Indian music productions and collaborations. The label’s first offering is a reissue of a rare live album first released on Harrison’s former label, Apple.
Taken from the Numero Group release, Warfaring Strangers: Acid Nightmares.
Taken from the Domino Records release, Bright Phoebus.
Woman was the debut solo album from former Scaffold talent Michael McGear; an album he intended to be a more straightforward, serious affair. Surprisingly, this album is something of a lost jewel, the delightful sound of a young talent trying on different sounds and finding his creative voice.
Kenyan-based Matata was once hailed as “the best band from Africa,” and this two-disc collection highlights an excellent band that did indeed have great promise–and it also serves to show the dangers of compromising one’s art for commercial success.
The peculiarly-named 9:30 Fly came and went without much notice, and is a sought-after Prog Rock obscurity. This reissue offers a chance to evaluate this rarity and reveals a level of promise.
A restless drifter drifts on….