Friday, June 29, 2007

Roy Harte and Milt Holland - Perfect Percussion

Mr Snookles is off on holiday so he's leaving you pampered darlings an extra post to enjoy while he's away. This is one of those 'Percussion' albums that we all love to listen to. Roy Harte and Milt Holland serve up a tasty mix of laid-back exotica with their range of unusual percussion instruments. Ever tried using a 'South American Scratcher'? Don't be put off by the boring cover - it really doesn't do the album justice. Here's a list of the instruments they used....

01 - The Kick
02 - Enchantment
03 - Dance Of The Siamese Children
04 - That Old Devil Moon
05 - Not Since Nineveh
06 - Misty
07 - Moonray
08 - Getting To Know You

Perfect Percussion

Mr Snookles

Yma Sumac Collection

Mr S sends a big friendly, furry vote of thanks to everyone who reponded to his plea for more of the inimitable Yma Sumac. Don't forget to check the comments, as links to some especially groovy albums can be found there. Thanks to the inimitable Lounge Tracks, and quintessential exotica buff Xtabay for their contributions.

Thanks also to the lugubrious Shadrac Blintz who pulled this gem out of a dusty corner in his attic. A 21 track retrospective entitled "The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection". Alas, only a tiny cover pic so I put a light garnishing of web images of the delectable Inca siren in the post for your further enjoyment.

01 - Taita Inty (Virgin Of The Sun God)
02 - Najala's Lament
03 - Ataypura (High Andes)
04 - Bo Mambo
05 - Kuyaway (Inca Love Song)
06 - Tumpa (Earthquake)
07 - Taki Rari
08 - Chuncho (The Forest Creatures)
09 - Monos (Monkeys)
10 - Suray Surita
11 - Wanka (The Seven Winds)
12 - Negrito Filomino
13 - Huayno
14 - Inca Waltz
15 - Babalu
16 - Wimoweh
17 - Xtabay (Lure Of The Unknown Love)
18 - La Molina
19 - Llora Corazon
20 - La Pampa Y La Puna
21 - Virgenes Del Sol

The Ultimate Yma Sumac Collection

Mr Snookles

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Lush Strings - Ebb Tide

Some soothing sounds from the Lush Strings Orchestra. Friendly oboes, jingling bells and cymbals, and of course those trademark sweeping string melodies. The stand out track is the final cut "Asleep In The Deep" with some surprisingly sophisticated orchestral writing, and a delightful, dreamy feel...

01 - Ebb Tide
02 - Cry Gypsy Cry
03 - Tango Serenata
04 - Sea Chantey
05 - Tales From the Vienna Woods
06 - Lovers Only
07 - Over The Waves
08 - Asleep In The Deep

Lush Strings - Ebb Tide

Lush Strings - Ebb Tide

Mr Snookles

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Golden Latin Brass

Smouldering Mariachi trumpets light up this compilation of Latin orchestra classics. Cha-Chas and Mambos form Messrs P. Prado, H. Spina and others really get this album rockin'. Don't be put off by the generic 'Easy Listening' cover, this is a high octane mix of Latin rhythms and swing band sounds.

Golden Latin Brass

Golden Latin Brass

Mr Snookles

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Pedro Garcia and His Del Prado Orchestra - Cha Cha Cha

Yes! Another album with the famous 'Knees in Space' cover art. This time the patellas of doom grace the cover of Pedro Garcia's Cha Cha Cha album. Like other albums in this series it features instructions on how to dance the Cha-Cha on the you can be the life of the party. The music is up-tempo Latin swing with lots of piercing Mariachi trumpets to get the joint jumpin'

Pedro Garcia and His Del Prado Orchestra - Cha Cha Cha

01 - Cha Cha Paganini.mp3
02 - Luna De Meil En Puerto Rico.mp3
03 - Las Clases De Cha Cha Cha.mp3
04 - Cha Cha Chavela.mp3
05 - Rico Vacilon.mp3
06 - Nicolasa.mp3
07 - Abrete Sesamo.mp3
08 - Senorita Catalina.mp3
09 - Pedro Y Pablo.mp3
10 - Mi Lo Dijo Adela.mp3
11 - Pimpolio.mp3
12 - Baila Mi Cha Cha Cha.mp3

Pedro Garcia and His Del Prado Orchestra - Cha Cha Cha

Pedro Garcia and His Del Prado Orchestra - Cha Cha Cha

Mr Snookles

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Mr Snookles Requests...

Check this out...found at a friend's place - the original five 78rpm disc set of the original release of Yma Sumac's "Voice of the Xtabay" Alas my efforts to restore this gem have been in vain, as the amount of surface noise is simply to great. The set is also missing one of the five disks, so it is perhaps a collecter's item rather than a piece of music to be enjoyed.

I do have a copy of this album which was uploaded to a music blog about 12 months ago. Alas the blogger in question, while no doubt beyond reproach in his intentions to share this musical wonder with the wider world, saw fit to upload it at 96 (yes 96) kbps.

So my request is...does anyone out there in the blogosphere have a high quality version of this album (and a certain blogger over in sunny Western Australia springs to mind), and if so how's about uploading it and dropping me a line in the comments with a link?

In the meantime here are some scans of the front and inside cover of "Voice of the Xtabay" to whet your appetite.

Voice of the Xtabay - Cover scans only

Mr Snookles

Sergio Mendes - Fool On The Hill

Sunshine pop with a Latin flavour...Sergio Mendes at his most relaxing best with this delightful slice of easy-listening circa 1968. The obligatory Beatles and folk-tune covers are mixed with some cruisy Latin beats to create a charming and catchy offering that will soothe away the stresses after a hard day at the office...

01 - The Fool On The Hill.mp3
02 - Fiesta.mp3
03 - Casa Forte.mp3
04 - Canto Triste.mp3
05 - Upa, Neguinho.mp3
06 - Laphina.mp3
07 - Scarborough Fair.mp3
08 - When Summer Turns to Snow.mp3
09 - Laia Ladaia.mp3

Sergio Mendes - Fool On The Hill

Sergio Mendes - Fool On The Hill

Mr Snookles

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The Goon Show

And now for something completely different....

Went to a show last weekend based on the life of Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Peter Sellars, better know as the authors of the Goon Show, a popular BBC radio show from the sixties and early seventies. In honour of the occasion I thought I'd post a couple of their classic radio shows.

The scripts were written by inspired lunatic Spike Milligan, and served as the basis for much of the classic British comedy of the seventies, notably Monty Python's Flying Circus.

So, if a bit of absurdist comedy is your bag ....

01 - The Dreaded Batter-Pudding Hurler Of Bexhill-On-Sea
02 - The Histories Of Pliny The Elder

The Goon Show

Mr Snookles

p.s. Make sure you check the comments for the Enoch Light Posts ... Some links to EL records