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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Quincy Jones - They Call Me Mister Tibbs (1970)

1. Call Me Mr. Tibbs (Main Title)
2. Rev. Logan (Organ Solo)
3. Blues For Mr. Tibbs
4. Fat Poppadaddy
5. Soul Flower
6. Call Me Mr. Tibbs (Main Title)
7. Black Cherry
8. Family Man
9. Side Pocket
10. Why, Daddy?
11. Call Me Mr. Tibbs (End Title)
This album features the massive hit theme from Quincy Jones, covers of which can be found on almost every 1970's tribute album. It's a superb crime funk jam, driven by organ and keyboard and backed up by a huge brass section. "Fat Poppadaddy" is a strong track too - find it for the theme alone.

Quincy Jones - The Lost Man (1969)

1. The Lost Man (Main Title: vocal by The Kids From PASLA)
2. Sweet Soul Sister (vocal: Nate Turner and the Mirettes)
3. Slum Creeper (instr.)
4. Rap, Run It On Down (vocal: Nate Turner, Venetta Fields & The Mirettes)
5. He Says He Loves Me (vocal: Ernestine Anderson & The Pree Sisters)
6. Main Squeeze (instr.)
7. Try, Try, Try (vocal: Venetta Fields and The Mirettes)
8. Need To Be Needed (instr.)
9. Up Against The Wall (instr.)
10. He'll Wash You Whiter Than Snow (vocal: The Church Choir)
11. End Title (vocal: Geraldine Janes, bass: Ray Brown, guitar: Arthur Adams)
A fairly obscure Quincy Jones score to a film featuring Julie Christie. This album has a similar feel to the The Italian Job and borrows a number of rhythmic motifs from that LP. The best track is the slow groove number "Main Squeeze", containing some great percussion and keyboard work.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Al Kooper - The Landlord (1970)

1. Brand New Day
2. The Landlord
3. Car Commercial
4. Walter G's Boogaloo
5. Croquet Game
6. Let Me Love You
7. Lainie's Theme
8. Rent Party
9. Elgar's Fantasy
10. Love Theme
11. Soul Hoedown
12. Doin' Me Dirty
13. Brand New Day
14. The Axe
15. God Bless The Children
Al Kooper plays guitar and organ on this rocky score. Other musicians of note include bassman Chuck Rainey and Steve Cropper. There's a small-group funk studio band who play three great, tight, brass-heavy tracks that are worth the price of the LP. The theme is excellent, dancefloor-friendly funk.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Osibisa - Superfly T.N.T (1973)

1. T.N.T.
2. Superfly Man
3. Prophets
4. The Vicarage
5. Oye Mama
6. Brotherhood
7. Come Closer (if you're a man)
8. Kelele
9. La Ila I La La
An interesting but not entirely satisfying album from Osibisa, a surprise choice to score the second Superfly film. The sound is African in influence with hints of funk.