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I LOVE Zapp…do you like the first album? Obviously it’s got More Bounce to the Ounce on but the whole album is pure gold, it’s almost country & western in places I think.

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Hardly the coolest choice of listen (though vaguely relevant in terms of recent film releases, I suppose), but I doubt I'll ever get tired of this album; one of the handful of records I inherited from my dad: 

 

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44 minutes ago, ZOK said:

I LOVE Zapp…do you like the first album? Obviously it’s got More Bounce to the Ounce on but the whole album is pure gold, it’s almost country & western in places I think.

I don’t think I have the first one. Have the Bounce 12 obviously 😀

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On 03/10/2022 at 21:15, Ste_S said:

Up there in contention for album of the year. Very much looking forward to seeing him live next month.

 

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Good to see MM rising up the ranks - I've been onboard since "In the Moment" - I can't take credit for finding him, a good friend, a massive jazz head and drummer, suggested it to me as something I'd like.

 

There have been one or two mis-steps in the releases (Highly Rare wasn't great, and Universal Beings E&F was pointless) but this new album is really good. Need to play it a bit more.

 

Live is always improvised with him isn't it? Is Jeff Parker with the touring band?

 

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1 hour ago, englishbob said:

 

Good to see MM rising up the ranks - I've been onboard since "In the Moment" - I can't take credit for finding him, a good friend, a massive jazz head and drummer, suggested it to me as something I'd like.

 

There have been one or two mis-steps in the releases (Highly Rare wasn't great, and Universal Beings E&F was pointless) but this new album is really good. Need to play it a bit more.

 

Live is always improvised with him isn't it? Is Jeff Parker with the touring band?

 

 

Not sure of his touring line-up, I hope he brings Brandee Younger on harp. I've read conflicting reports of how he plays live, someone says he re-creates the sound of the albums live. Either way, can't wait to hear.

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1 hour ago, Dr Nookie said:

Having a dig through the old comps I’ve got - the Mastercuts we’re always a great shout - especially as good and loud for playing out. 

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Probably the best series of comps anyone ever released! Number 6 was my favourite Jazz Funk. They had a perfect run over the glory years, then went to complete shit for some reason.

 

Permanent residents in my playing out box:

 

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Today's a treat, as I picked this up:

 

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I love Tribe (and not just because some of their songs — including the first b-side on this single — are sung by Terri Brosius before she was Shodan), but this is the first time I've found one of their records in the wild. A delightful addition to the collection!

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Speaking of Prince, I think I’ve got this album because he used to listen to Andreas Vollenweider in the dressing room before going on stage iirc…a funny album but you can see how it would suit the pre-mood:

 

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It turns out that Prince used to play AV over the PA before gigs during the Lovesexy tour, which prompted a re-spin of this. Not listened to it for years, and I was surprised how good it was, as it’s never been one of my go to Skipper albums. Anastasia I always thought was a bit meh, but aI was loving it last night!

 

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That led me to reminiscing about how Prince got me into Parliament / Funkadelic, and this was the first taster I ever had of them, a great little comp:

 

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Now these were pre-internet days where all the information you could ever want was at your instant fingertips. The sleeve notes on the back comprised my entire knowledge of the Clinton oeuvre for a long while, alongside a brilliant article about them I’d read in i-D magazine not too long after.


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These notes are by Blues & Soul’s Bob Kilbourn, a real treasure trove for the thirsty mind of a young funkateer.

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That somehow led to this, which I found is still a scorchingly good album (in parts, where David Z’s production is at the fore and it’s more Madhouse territory), although @englishbob will not agree:

 

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And just to end the sort-of-Princeathon, I got this off the shelf which I’ve barely ever listened to, and discovered it’s far better than I remember. So many good tracks here and dollops of that special 80s jazz funk sauce…but then the line up on this album is insane:

 

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Chaka Khan - vocals

Jimmy Bralower - drums tracks: 1, 3, 7

Rob Mounsey - keyboards tracks: 3, 6, 7, 9, 10

Ron Skies - keyboards, drums tracks: 3, 4, 6, 7

Carol Steele - percussion tracks: 1, 3, 8, 9

Omar Hakim - drums tracks: 1, 2

Paul Pesco - guitar tracks: 1, 7

Stevie Wonder - harmonica track: 1

Eddie Martinez - guitar tracks: 2, 3

Hilary Bercovici - keyboards track: 2

Steve Lindsey - keyboards track: 2

Bobby McFerrin - vocals track: 2

Brenda Russell - vocals track: 2

Cecil Womack - vocals & keyboards track: 4

Eric Leeds - saxophone track: 5

Atlanta Bliss - trumpet track: 5

Miles Davis - trumpet tracks: 5, 10

Marcus Miller - bass guitar tracks: 6, 10

Steve Ferrone - drums tracks: 6, 10

George Benson - guitar track: 6

John Tropea - guitar tracks: 6, 10

Margaret Ross - harp track: 6, 10

David Nadien - orchestra tracks: 6, 10

Dave Grusin - piano tracks: 6, 10

Warren Hill - saxophone tracks: 7, 8

Bernard Wright - keyboards track: 9

Chris Parker - percussion track: 9

Chris Jasper - keyboards, synthesizers, background vocals: 8


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This is going to be moved up to active service for sure!

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1 hour ago, ZOK said:

And just to end the sort-of-Princeathon, I got this off the shelf which I’ve barely ever listened to, and discovered it’s far better than I remember. So many good tracks here and dollops of that special 80s jazz funk sauce…but then the line up on this album is insane:

 

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Chaka Khan - vocals

Jimmy Bralower - drums tracks: 1, 3, 7

Rob Mounsey - keyboards tracks: 3, 6, 7, 9, 10

Ron Skies - keyboards, drums tracks: 3, 4, 6, 7

Carol Steele - percussion tracks: 1, 3, 8, 9

Omar Hakim - drums tracks: 1, 2

Paul Pesco - guitar tracks: 1, 7

Stevie Wonder - harmonica track: 1

Eddie Martinez - guitar tracks: 2, 3

Hilary Bercovici - keyboards track: 2

Steve Lindsey - keyboards track: 2

Bobby McFerrin - vocals track: 2

Brenda Russell - vocals track: 2

Cecil Womack - vocals & keyboards track: 4

Eric Leeds - saxophone track: 5

Atlanta Bliss - trumpet track: 5

Miles Davis - trumpet tracks: 5, 10

Marcus Miller - bass guitar tracks: 6, 10

Steve Ferrone - drums tracks: 6, 10

George Benson - guitar track: 6

John Tropea - guitar tracks: 6, 10

Margaret Ross - harp track: 6, 10

David Nadien - orchestra tracks: 6, 10

Dave Grusin - piano tracks: 6, 10

Warren Hill - saxophone tracks: 7, 8

Bernard Wright - keyboards track: 9

Chris Parker - percussion track: 9

Chris Jasper - keyboards, synthesizers, background vocals: 8


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This is going to be moved up to active service for sure!

 

Had this on cassette back in the day - probably bought it for a £1 or something from WHSmiths - I'd completely forgotten it existed as an album - so will look it up again at some point. Binned all my cassettes years ago though

 

1 hour ago, ZOK said:

That somehow led to this, which I found is still a scorchingly good album (in parts, where David Z’s production is at the fore and it’s more Madhouse territory), although @englishbob will not agree:

 

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I remember at the time it felt - Eric Leeds aside- the fakest of the fake Paisley Park acts that came out. I sold my original vinyl copy absolutely ages ago on eBay - probably for about a pound. 

 

Fast forward to after his death and I discovered a fairly good condition version in a record shop for a couple of quid - even then I looked at the cover and thought - no, I don't need this again - but ended up buying it but then shelved it. I'll potentially give it another go

 

EDIT - found by searching my emails how much it sold for - but it included P+P - christ, 2013 - where does the time go! 

 

The Family PRINCE Paisley Park - Vinyl LP Gatefold sleeve - Nr Mint

Sale price:£8.50

Quantity sold:1

Sale date:16-Mar-13 18:55:11 GMT

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1 hour ago, ZOK said:

It turns out that Prince used to play AV over the PA before gigs during the Lovesexy tour, which prompted a re-spin of this. Not listened to it for years, and I was surprised how good it was, as it’s never been one of my go to Skipper albums. Anastasia I always thought was a bit meh, but aI was loving it last night!

 

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Buying that in 88 in the local WHSmiths was a bit embarring at the time

 

The Wembley Area Show in the round was awesome though

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Yes, it was amazing! I bought a t-shirt with this on it from the merch stall, but it got robbed out of the laundry of a student halls of residence I was in while staying with a mate:

 

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All about that Flowers tune. That comp maybe the only way to get a 12" version of it, although I think it's maybe the A and B side badly spliced together from memory. Goes for quite a lot these days for a bootleg! Great selection though.

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Spinning my rather knackered but sonically perfect copy of Eastern Sounds today. 
Love theme from Spartacus is sensational enough that the rest doesn’t matter tbh - but it’s all better than good. 

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One of my favourite albums! Contains Escape, also known as the Pina Colada Song…but every track on here is great, especially the title…eiventies pop jazz vibes abound:


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Sort of like pound shop Steely Dan.

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