Inventions & Dimensions
Speak Like a Child
My Point of View
Hmm I've always preferred side 2 of "Lost Chord" (I agree that "Om" is probably the weakest song on side 2 but still prefer it to anything on side 1). I agree that "Question of Balance" is one of their best- I rank it 3rd after "Future Passed" and "Children's Children". And yes, "Every Good Boy" is a classic example of the amnesia-inducing album.
Oscar Peterson - Plays the Harold Arlen Song Book
These songbooks are some of my favorite Peterson. Had never really appreciated Arlen before.
Mississippi John Hurt - D.C. Blues: Library of Congress Recordings - Volume 2
Not as good as volume 1 but still holds up as the best of Hurt's 60's recordings.
The Who - The Kids Are Alright
Saw the movie in high school but never bothered with the soundtrack till now. Uneven but there's some good shit here that ranks alongside the best live stuff I've heard from them.
Gong - Continental Circus
Gong's version of Pink Floyd's early soundtrack work but even less song-based (1/2 hr and just 4 tracks, on of which being an alternate version of "Fohat Digs Holes In Space") but if you like the sound of Allen-era Gong it's worth hearing.
Zappa/Mothers - The Roxy Performances
Already posted about it. Sad that only Sam replied- there was a time when news of a "Roxy" box would have driven Babble into a frenzy. And rightly so- it's awesome.
Thelonious Monk - Live at the It Club
The best album from Monk's Columbia period (get the full show version) and his best live album after "Carnegie Hall". Amazing setlist (basically greatest hits live) and Rouse plays better than I've ever heard him. Highly recommended to all Monk fans.
Pink Anderson - Carolina Medicine Show Hokum & Blues
Anderson's albums are inconsistent so this comp is the way to go. Warm and humorous blues.
Josephine Foster - No More Lamps in the Morning
Live in the studio versions of previously released stuff. Not bad but I really want a real album from her, especially since the last one was one of her best.
The Rolling Stones - Get Your Leeds Lungs Out
Guess most Stones fans know this bootleg but I never heard it till now. Simply put, it may be the best live Stones I've ever heard. It's a toss up between this and "Ya-Ya's". This is 2 years later so they're more refined and the band is more consistent- each member brings their A-game, whereas "Ya-Ya's" is mainly Taylor's show. And you get "Sticky Fingers" material + a horn section (who knows how to hang back and not overplay). Recently officially released as part of one of the deluxe versions of "Fingers" so that's the version I got. All Stones fans need this.
Sun Ra and His Arkestra - Gilles Peterson Presents Sun Ra and His Arkestra: "To Those of Earth... and Other Worlds"
1 of 2 recent very well put-together Ra comps (the other is "The Orbit of Ra"). I obviously had a lot of this stuff already but they're nice for tying up loose ends.
Skip James - Hard Time Killing Floor Blues
His first 60's album. Ranks up there with the best stuff from the period.
The Giles Brothers - 1962-1967
Giles & Giles before Fripp. Only starts to really sound like GG&F towards the end (even includes some GG&F songs)- before that, they're doing stuff that sounds like The Everly Brothers. Not bad but for big fans only.
Donald Byrd - Free Form
'66 album with Shorter and Hancock so you already know it self-consciously sounds like Miles from this period so if you like that stuff, this is definitely worth a listen.
Principal Edwards Magic Theatre - The Asmoto Running Band
Strange group that sounds like Spirogyra doing early prog with more than a dollop of absurdity.
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra - The Nutcracker Suite
Predictably fun as #### and instantly joins the ranks of my favorite xmas albums.
Elizabeth Cotten - Vol. 2: Shake Sugaree
Not as good as the debut but if you like that one, you'll want this too.
Blind Willie McTell - Last Session
Willie was in a jovial, talkative mood here. Up there with his best.
Blue Mountain Eagle - Blue Mountain Eagle
Obscure LA psych slab from 1970. Nothing earth-shattering but of you like that sound (Spirit, Buffalo Springfield etc), this is worth a listen.
Don "Sugarcane" Harris - Cup Full of Dreams
Based on this and his "Got The Blues" album, I dig Sugarcane's earthier, less tacky spin on fusion. He definitely learned a few things from Zappa.
The Electric Banana - The Electric Banana Blows Your Mind
Demos by The Pretty Things under a pseudonym. Most of this stuff showed up on the Philippe DeBarge album so you probably shouldn't bother with this unless you know and dig that one.
Mance Lipscomb - Texas Songster
Should be more well known than he is. Like Fred McDowell and Pink Anderson, he was an old blueman who'd been playing for decades but didn't get the chance to record until the 60's and he is ####ing great. Style probably reminds me the most of Son House so if you're a fan of his, you should know about this guy.
Joe Henderson - Power to the People
One of Henderson's best. The best of his electric albums for sure (not that I've heard all that many), largely thanks to supporting cast Hancock, Carter and DeJohnette.
John Lee Hooker - Live at Cafe Au-Go-Go
Really laid back as one would expect but this is still probably about as good as live blues albums get (haven't heard many but this definitely mops the floor with the overrated "Live At The Regal").