WHEN GIRLS DO IT (Broadside Records)
Reissue of a terrific double LP from 1971 on Red Lightnin’ Records. Flamboyant killer blues recorded during the ‘50s and ‘60s and including mighty tunes from Junior Wells, Ike Turner, Memphis Slim, Magic Sam, Jimmy McCracklin as well as from unknown and obscure musicians like Bobby ‘Guitar’ Bennet, Little Oscar Stricklin and Donnie Jacobs. Cover of the year too! (click to enlarge)
PANAMA 2: LATIN SOUNDS, CUMBIA TROPICAL & CALYPSO FUNK ON THE ISTHMUS 1967-77 (Soundway Records)
Panama music is the forgotten music of Central America and Soundway Records did a wonderful job to adjust this injustice with a fabulous 3 volumes Panama collection. A compilation to die for!
KONKANI SONGS: MUSIC FROM GOA MADE IN BOMBAY (Trikont Records)
“What are Italian mandolines, Mexican trumpets, sounds from the south seas and Cuban son doing in India? Rare pearls of this Indian masala mix from the 1960s to 70s on this compilation”. Another quintessential Trikont release that makes the over-hyped Sublime Frequencies releases look pale in comparison with its enlightening liner notes and great pictures!
GRIND MADNESS AT THE BBC: THE EARACHE SESSIONS (Earache Records 3CD)“Without Peel, we wouldn’t be doing this interview. For me, Peel was the teacher for me. Punk was where it started but Peel opened the doors to everything else that was strange and weird but pushing boundaries. That’s what I enjoyed and what first clicked with me. This guy played what he wanted to play and was a total outsider to the rest of them on Radio 1.” (from an interview with Mick Harris) Enough said.
FIRE IN MY BONES: RAW RARE + OTHERWORLDLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOSPEL (1944-2007) (Thompkins Square 3CD)
So you thought raw gospel is music from a long lost (pre-war) time. This fabulous compilation makes you think again!