THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 4.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2013-PART 4. 

LOUISIANA SATURDAY NIGHT REVISITED.

Ace Records waited an amazing twenty-three years to release the followup Another Saturday Night, which was released back in 1990. Released to critical acclaim and an appreciative audience, Another Saturday Night was one of the compilations of 1990. Everyone expected a followup to be released in 1991. That wasn’t the case. 1992 then 1993 came and went. As the years went by, it looked like there wouldn’t be a followup to Another Saturday Night. So much time passed, a new millennia dawned. Into the second decade of the new millennia, hopes of a followup to Another Saturday Night were long gone. Then earlier this year, Louisiana Saturday Night Revisited was released. 

Featuring twenty-four tracks, Louisiana Saturday Night Revisited has been well worth the twenty-three year wait. Compiler Ian Saddler has made sure of that. Every one is a winner. That’s no exaggeration. There’s strictly no musical mistakes, just quality music all the way on Louisiana Saturday Night Revisited. A musical journey through Louisiana music circa 2013, you’ll hear everything from swamp pop, Cajun, zydeco or rockabilly. Many of the artists you hear, will be new to you. I’m sure it won’t be the last you’ll want hear of them. Hopefully, Ace Records, who released Louisiana Saturday Night Revisited, will consider a followup? Let’s just hope the followup to Louisiana Saturday Night Revisited won’t be another twenty-three years in the making.

MUSIC FOR DANCEFLOORS-THE KPM MUSIC LIBRARY.

Ever since the dawn of hip hop, library music has proved a source of inspiration for sample-hungry hip hop producers and crate-digging DJs alike. Library music has also proven popular with music lovers with discerning musical tastes. Little did the founders of Chappell, Bosworth and KPM Music realise the lasting effects the music of mainly anonymous, young composers would have. It’s been heard by children growing up in the seventies, weaned on cartoons, viewers of TV quizzes and current affairs programs . Later, hip hop producers Jay-Z, Doom and Guilty Simpson, plus film producers including Quentin Tarantino and cutting-edge DJs discovered library music. It has influenced so many people’s lives. Given how wide library music’s influence is, you’d think everyone would have of this musical secret? Well, if you answered yes, you’re wrong. However, that began to change in April 2013, when Strut Records rereleased a deluxe edition of Music For Dancefloors-The KPM Music Library.

Unlike the 1999 edition of Music For Dancefloors-The KPM Music Library, the Deluxe Edition is a double album. Disc One features twenty classic tracks from KPM’s back-catalogue. On Disc Two, which is an exclusive bonus disc, where many of KPM’s original composers and musicians were reunited and London’s prestigious Jazz Cafe, for a one-off concert. Fittingly, they were billed as The KPM All-Stars. That concert was recorded, with The KPM All-Stars revisiting fourteen KPM classics. On disc one of Music For Dancefloors-The KPM Music Library are twenty library classics.

For anyone yet to discover library music, then Music For Dancefloors-The KPM Music Library, is the place to start. It’s a tantalising taste of KPM Music’s illustrious back-catalogue. These tracks could take you on a voyage of discovery. After hearing these track, you’re bound to want to dig deeper into the KPM Music Library. No wonder. There’s so much music that is just awaiting discovery. Much of this music is from composers and musicians who many people won’t yet be aware of. Granted you may have heard some of the music on television shows or sampled by hip hop producers. However, you may not be aware of John Cameron, Alan Hawkshaw or Keith Mansfield. That’s until now. After hearing the twenty tracks on Music For Dancefloors-The KPM Music Library, you’ll want to hear more of their groundbreaking. innovative and timeless music.

NEW ORLEANS FUNK VOLUME 3.

From the moment you put on Soul Jazz Records’ recent compilation New Orleans Funk Volume 3, you’re transported to the Big Easy. It’s the Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street is full of tourists desperate to experience the sights and sounds of one of America’s musical capitals. Filling the air, is a soundtrack that includes Dixieland jazz, R&B, funk, Zydeco, Afro Cuban and the brass bands that are part and parcel of New Orleans’ rich musical heritage. It’s an irresistible fusion of musical influences and genres. This is the real sound of New Orleans. It’s what the tourists listen to, whilst enjoying beignets, gumbo, jambalaya and po-boys. Just as authentic a representation of New Orleans, is the music on New Orleans Funk Volume 3, which showcases New Orleans’ rich musical heritage.

For anyone new to Soul Jazz Records’ New Orleans Funk compilation, then my suggestion is treat yourself to all three volumes. New Orleans Funk Volume 3 picks up where New Orleans Funk Volume 2 left off. The quality remains, with familiar faces, old friends and hidden gems sitting side-by-side. Each of the fourteen artists who feature on New Orleans Funk Volume 3 are part of New Orleans’ rich musical history. Among them are Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey and Eldridge Holmes. Then there’s contributions from Willie West, Betty Harris, The Explosions, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Diamond Joe. Their music ranges from Dixieland jazz, R&B, funk, Zydeco, jazz, soul and the brass bands. In many ways, it’s like a walk down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras. You’re assailed by smells and sound. This is all part of the Big Easy experience. New Orleans Funk Volume 3 is a tantalising taste of New Orleans musical heritage.

One of the musical capitals of America, it’s musical heritage goes back to the eighteenth century. Then in the 1950s, music become an important part of New Orleans’ economy. As the sixties dawned, this increased. A whole host of new labels sprung up, including labels who introduced us to some of the artists on New Orleans Funk Volume 3. Since then, music has been intertwined with New Orleans’ musical heritage. After all, who goes to New Orleans and doesn’t head down Bourbon Street? Not many. New Orleans with its diverse, eclectic and rich musical heritage, has a myriad of musical delights awaiting discovery. Many of them can be found on New Orleans Funk Volume 3, which is a perfect introduction to the music of the Big Easy, and the perfect prelude to a walk down Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.

ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU-VOLUME 3 THE SKELETAL ESSENCES OF AFRO FUNK 1969-1980.

The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou are among Analog Africa’s favorite sons. Indeed, Samy Ben Radjeb’s Analog Africa label have previously, dedicated two compilations to the funk-laden music of the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou. This started with 2008s The Vodoun Effect and 2009s Echoes Hypnotiques-Volume 2 From The Vaults of Albarika Store 1969-1979. Then in 2011, Analog Africa rereleased the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou’s 1973 debut album, entitled The 1st Album. Now, Analog Africa have returned to the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou’s back-catalogue for fourteen further tracks, which comprise The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Volume 3 The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980. This includes some of the funkiest music the Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou ever recorded during their career. 

When Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Radjeb was compiling The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Volume 3 The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980, first stop was his vast collection of African music. His collection is crammed full of records he’d collected during his previous career, which was working for a German airline. This allowed Samy to seek out and discover, countless hidden gems of African music during his monthly trips to Africa. Finding their way into Samy’s enviable record collection, were the 500 songs that The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou recorded between 1969 and 1983. 

Fourteen of these tracks feature on The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Volume 3 The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980, where you hear many sides to The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou’s music. Seamlessly, they veer between musical genres and rhythms. Everything from funk, soul, jazz, rock, Latin, Cuban and Afro-beat is combined over the fourteen tracks. It’s impossible to categorise The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou. Granted, you could refer to it as Afro-beat, but there’s much more to it than that. However, the fourteen tracks could be broken down into ten sub-genres. These are the various rhythmic styles. They range from voudoun, jerk fon, sato, pop fon and pachange. For many groups, changing rhythmic styles would present a challenge. Not for The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou. They relish the challenge, enjoying the opportunity to showcase their considerable musical prowess. Seamlessly, one rhythm style gives way to another. All the time, they’re drawing inspiration from Western, Cuban and Latin music. Quite simply, The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou were hugely talented musicians, musicians who were innovative and versatile. Not only that, but The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou enjoyed longevity and were prolific, releasing over 500 songs. 

Despite their prolificacy, The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou remain something of a musical secret, outside of Benin. Thankfully, independent record labels, including Analog Africa, run by Samy Ben Radjeb are rectifying this. He has already released two compilations of The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou’s music. Recently, that number rose to three, when Analog Africa released The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Volume 3 The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980, Of the three compilations, The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Volume 3 The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980 finds The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou not just at their funkiest, but seamlessly switching between musical genres and rhythms. For anyone whose still unfamiliar with African music’s best kept secret, then The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou-Volume 3 The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk 1969-1980 is the place to start.

OVERDOSE OF THE HOLY GHOST-COMPILED BY DAVID HILL.

Sometimes, compilations can be anodyne affairs, with record labels and compilers scared to release compilations of innovative, left-field music. This results in labels playing it safe and releasing compilations that although not innovative, will pay the bills. Thankfully, there are some labels out their willing to release innovative compilations of music. This includes musical genres that are overlooked. One musical genre that’s often overlooked is gospel music. It’s been a long time since a record company released a quality gospel compilation. Thankfully, ZR Records rectified this earlier this year, when they released Overdose Of The Holy Ghost, which was compiled by David Hill. It’s very different from what you’d expect a gospel compilation to sound like.

Overdose Of The Holy Ghost is best described as an eclectic and groundbreaking compilation of quality gospel music. It features the different sub-genres that make up gospel. These sub-genres have been influenced by many musical genres and influences. There’s every influence from boogie, disco, funk, house, jazz and soul on Overdose Of The Holy Ghost. This proves that it’s impossible to pigeonhole gospel music. It’s very different to what people expect gospel music to sound like. 

Indeed, as Overdose Of The Holy Ghost proves, there’s much more to gospel than meets the eye. Best described as eclectic and innovative compilation, maybe Overdose Of The Holy Ghost will change people’s minds about gospel music. After all, much of the music on Overdose Of The Holy Ghost is soulful, funky, dance-floor friendly and hook-laden. What more could you ask for?

PAL JOEY PRESENTS HOT MUSIC.

There aren’t many producers that have enjoyed the longevity that Joey Luongo has. As Pal Joey, he’s been producing cutting-edge, innovative music since 1990. That’s quite a feat. After all, Pal Joey has had to keep ahead of the musical curve. He’s succeeded in doing that producing music that’s unique and groundbreaking. Pal Joey hasn’t just produced one musical genre. No. Quite the opposite. His music has evolved and progressed. That’s what Pal Joey’s been doing for four decades, producing groundbreaking music. His productions have influenced a generation of producers. Much of the music Pal Joey released was on his own labels, Cabaret, Footstompin’ and Loop d’ Loop label. 

It’s on Pal Joey’s Loop d’ Loop label that he released some of the most successful and critically acclaimed music of his career. Founded in 1990, Loop d’ Loop documents the life and times of Pal Joey. To celebrate the career of Pal Joey, BBE Music released Pal Joey Presents Hot Music in October 2013. Featuring seventeen tracks, Pal Joey Presents Hot Music was the most comprehensive retrospective of Pal Joey’s career.

Part of Pal Joey’s longevity, is his ability to reinvent himself. He’s done that several times. That’s apparent by the music on Pal Joey Presents Hot Music. If Pal Joey hadn’t reinvented himself musically, he wouldn’t have enjoyed the longevity he has. There’s a reason for this though. He’s succeeded in producing music that’s unique and groundbreaking. Pal Joey hasn’t just produced one musical genre. No. Quite the opposite. His music has evolved and progressed. 

Over the past four decades, Pal Joey’s produced everything from hip hop, house, garage and even acid jazz. As for house, this includes several types of house music. This includes disco, deep, electro or garage house. He’s even headed towards the techy side of house. By not restricting himself to one musical genre, Pal Joey has enjoyed the longevity that not many producers have enjoyed. Through constantly reinventing himself and striving to innovate, Pal Joey established a reputation as an influential and groundbreaking producer. 

That’s why Pal Joey’s music was heard in some of the most fashionable clubs by some of the most influential people in music. They were hearing tomorrows music today. That music, including the seventeen tracks on Pal Joey Presents Hot Music, is truly timeless. Twenty years after some of the music on Pal Joey Presents Hot Music was released it sounds just as good as the day it was released. That’s no surprise. After all, what do you expect from one Pal Joey, who released music hat’s been described as innovative, influential, joyous, mesmeric, uplifting and timeless?

PERU MARAVILLOSO: VINTAGE LATIN, TROPICAL AND CUMBIA.

As the sixties unfolded, British and American music was on the cusp of a revolution. This began in 1962, when The Beatles released Love Me Do. Soon, the sixties were swinging. Over the Atlantic in America, the British Invasion proved a game-changer. For the first time, British music was influencing American music. Then as the second half of the sixties took shape, another revolution took place, a psychedelic revolution. It’s documented on Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical and Cumbia, which was recently released by Tiger’s Milk Records, an imprint of Strut Records.

No longer was music gradually evolving, like it previously had. Far from it. Instead, it was revolution not evolution. It wasn’t just in Britain and America that this psychedelic revolution took place. No, it was throughout the world. This includes Peru, which was in the midst of political turmoil. Whilst psychedelia and rock music was influencing Peruvian music, Cuban communists inspired their Peruvian comrades. They used guerrilla tactics to try and win political power. With two revolutions taking place simultaneously, both Peruvian politics and music would change throughout the sixties and seventies. 

Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical and Cumbia is glimpse of Peru’s psychedelic revolution that unfolded during the sixties and seventies. Some of the tracks are a reflection of the political turmoil the country underwent. This is no different to what happened in the sixties in America. Back then, groups like Country Joe and The Fish became the voice of a generation. However, there’s more to Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical and Cumbia than politics. Much more.

What you’ll also find on Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical and Cumbia demonstrate, is a truly eclectic compilation. It reflects Peru had a rich and vibrant music scene. There’s elements of jazz, sunshine pop, psychedelia, folk and rock. Add to that cumbia, huayno, guaracha, African, Andean, Cuban, Latin and Spanish music. Musical genres seamlessly melt into one on this musical tapestry. Featuring genre-melting, eclectic and infectiously catchy music, Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical and Cumbia is lysergic, magical mystery tour with surprises aplenty in store.

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CLASSICS-THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES-VINYL EDITION.

Just a year after the release of Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes, now lovers of vinyl will be able to purchase a copy of what was one of the most anticipated box sets of 2012. While the version of Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes that was released in March 2012, this new vinyl version, which will be released on 25th March 2013, features eight heavyweight albums. For lovers of Philadelphia International Records and Tom Moulton’s remixes, then you’re in for a treat. Thirty-one remixes by Tom Moulton, including what were last year, seventeen brand new remixes. Truly, the music is stunning. 

Just like Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes, the vinyl edition is a combination of classics and new tracks. Quite simply, the music is of the highest quality. With the new tracks, Tom’s remixes are just as good as his older remixes, demonstrating that he’s still a hugely talented remixer. In fact, listening to these tracks, there much better than anything the new generation of remixers are producing. Compare these tracks, and its like master and pupil, with Tom’s remixes are streets ahead. Proof of this is the vinyl edition of  Philadelphia Classics-The Tom Moulton Remixes. It was released by Harmless Records in March 2013, and is a reminder of what  Tom Moulton, inventor of the remix, twelve inch single and remixer extraordinaire is capable of.

PHILLY REGROOVED: THE TOM MOULTON REMIXES-SPECIAL VINYL EDITION.

Just over three years ago, in August 2010, Harmless Records released the first instalment in the Philly ReGrooved compilation series. Featuring twelve remixes of tracks from the Philly Grooved back-catalogue Philly ReGrooved: The Tom Moulton Remixes was released to critical acclaim. One of the best releases of 2010, fans of Philly Soul waited with bated breath to see if a second installment would follow? It did. Less that a year later, Philly ReGrooved 2: The Tom Moulton Remixes was released in May 2011. With another eleven remixes from the Godfather of the remix, Philly ReGrooved 2: The Tom Moulton Remixes enjoyed the same commercial success and critical acclaim of its predecessor. That whetted our appetite for further instalments in the series. 

2012 came and went with no sign of Volume 3. Nearly two years passed before Harmless Records announced the release of Volume 3. Unlike the first two volumes, Philly ReGrooved 3: The Tom Moulton Remixes would be a double-album. Released in June 2013, Volume 3 surpassed the first two installments. Featuring tracks from the back-catalogues of Atlantic, Atco, Buddah, Chelsea, Columbia and Roxbury, Volume 3 was crammed full of Philly Soul classics. Blue Magic, The Spinners, The Trammps, New York City and William DeVaughan, critics hailed Volume 3 as the best in the series. Plaudits, praise and critical acclaim came Tom Moulton and Harmless Records’ way for this two-disc opus. The only criticism of Volume 3 was, that it wasn’t available on vinyl. That is, until now, when Harmless Records will released another vinyl Magnus Opus.

It’s not just Philly ReGrooved 3: The Tom Moulton Remixes that can be found on Philly ReGrooved-The Tom Moulton Remixes-Special Vinyl Edition. No. There’s much, much more than that.The three volumes of Philly ReGrooved: The Tom Moulton Remixes Volumes can be found within this forty-track eight-album box set. Released in October 2013, Philly ReGrooved-The Tom Moulton Remixes-Special Vinyl Edition was a must-have for Philly Soul fans. Limited to just four-hundred box sets, this follows in the footsteps of limited edition vinyl box set of Philadelphia International Classics: The Tom Moulton Remixes, which was released by Harmless Records earlier this year.

Philly ReGrooved-The Tom Moulton Remixes-Special Vinyl Edition was released by Harmless Records on 28th October 2013. A luxurious and lovingly compiled compilation, Philly ReGrooved-The Tom Moulton Remixes-Special Vinyl Edition features some of the best Philly Soul to fill airwaves and dance-floors. Quite simply, Philly ReGrooved-The Tom Moulton Remixes-Special Vinyl Edition isn’t just an incredible compilation, but a thing of beauty. That’s almost one of the great understatements. Quite simply, Philly ReGrooved-The Tom Moulton Remixes-Special Vinyl Edition is one of the best box sets of 2013. 

PHILLY RE-GROOVED 3-TOM MOULTON REMIXES.

Philly Re-Grooved 3-Tom Moulton Remixes, features nineteen brand new remixes from Tom, plus sleeve-notes from myself. Long awaited, but well worth the wait, Philly Re-Grooved 3-Tom Moulton Remixes is a surefire bet to be one of the best compilations of 2013. After all, a Tom Moulton remix is still quite rightly perceived as a sign of quality. The nineteen tracks on Philly Re-Grooved 3-Tom Moulton Remixes are proof of this. These remixes see Tom cast his net much wider than in the first two volumes of Philly Re-Grooved.

On Philly Re-Grooved 3: The Tom Moulton Remixes Tom delves into the back-catalogues of Atlantic Records, Atco, Buddah Records, Chelsea, Columbia and Roxbury. They prove to be a veritable treasure trove for Tom. He was absolutely spoiled for choice. Eventually, he settled on nineteen tracks. This included tracks by The Spinners, The Trammps, Blue Magic, Bettye Swann, Melba Moore and Philly Devotions. Tom takes these tracks and totally transforms them. 

The remixes on Philly Re-Grooved Volume 3 Tom Moulton Remixes are the result of five decades experience and work. It takes time, experience, dedication and a huge amount of skill to create remixes as good as those on Philly Re-Grooved Volume 3-Tom Moulton Remixes. Compare these tracks to the other remixers and there’s no comparison. 

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