I chose to share with you ''Private Life'' from Grace Jones. This extended version remastered in 1980 is my favourite. Musically richer, with Reggae, Dub, New wave accents, and stil respects the original version sound's structure. Grace Jones was an extraordinary voice singer, muse of the photographer Jean Paule Goude, and an icon of the 80's. Surrounded by the cream of the musicians of the time, her music is strange, avant garde, sophisticated, neat, ahead of its time, almost timeless. Please enjoy.
''DRIVE MY CAR'' by the Beatles is not necessarily my favourite track but it represents a happy memory of December 1965.
A had been a fan of the band since the beginning when I heard the song for the first time during a long train trip.
One of the passengers in the compartment where I was seated was listening to it with his portable radio, loudly enough for anyone to hear it... at that time, it was common practice.
It was the sound, the bass plan, the arrangement that were completely new, different and original.
For those who have known these years, each new record of the Beatles was unmistakable and a real pleasure to discover.
8 magical years when all their masterpieces were released...
Of course, at that time, there was an explosion of English and American bands and radios would air new kind of vibes every week... but the Beatles were special, they had something different.
Each album was a new step on the stairs that led them to the best and we couldn't wait for what they would do next.
The evolution of their albums was spectacular. It's History today. DRIVE MY CAR is not the most extraordinary of their titles but I have a vivid memory of the place and moment when I heard it for the first time.
I was already a musician in a band and I have a similar memory of the first time I heard ABBEY ROAD, late September 1969, in a new club where were singing for its opening. We were installing the amps, the sound system, and preparing all our stuff before the show when the club's boss, very proud of the new record he had probably brought in London a few days earlier, put the music on.
That was like a big shock for the whole team: the incredible sound of the bass of COME TOGETHER, the first title of the A side, SOMETHING and the saturated sound of the guitar passing in a Leslie, the voices and the harmony of BECAUSE .... not to mention the rest.
Discovering the entire album, all at once, not on the radio and in an unexpected way, that was really a memory that will remain.
This Congo-Brazzaville band was formed around 1957 and inspired by Cuban rhythms. Gary Stewart (author of Rumba on the River) explains that it was at Xmas time that they chose the name Ry-co Jazz (Congolese Rhythms). During the tours that followed, they enrolled musicians like Jerry Malekani (Manu Dibango) and Jean Serge Essous (OK Jazz, Les Bantous etc), and with their resultant popularity, they were invited in 1966 to play one concert in Martinique and stayed 7 years! In my search for biguines and tumbeles it was a joy to discover this Ry-co Jazz album (also spelt Rico Jazz on the cover) with the track ‘La Madone le Jossaud' on Hit Parade. Further research revealed that there is a religious statue, originally called “Notre Dame de Boulogne” that was transported from France in 1948 to Martinique. It took on the name of the La Madone le Jossaud. It's a long story about its arrival, the pilgrimage and the apparent deceptions that followed. Whatever the truth and its religious significance, it is a strikingly beautiful tune, the rhythm is ecstatic, and Xmas seems a good time as any for the story to be told. Incidentally Radio Martiko has just released an album of their early 60s recordings, and thanks to their sleeve notes and Gary Stewart's book for information.
I had been into the musical scene of Brittany for quite some time but I was not really hooked until I heard ''An dorn''. It was so simple and yet profound: the voice of Yann-Fanch Kemener and Aldo's cello. So eventually I came to Brittany and started to learn Brezhoneg - this is how it started.
I met CDandLP team on a record fair. At that time I was looking for this track by Jean Pierre Francois as I am a big fan of the singer. Since then, I've been regularly ordering on the website as I'm also a fan of Johnny Haliday, Les Forbans, and Europe. I always find what I want and I really appreciate the team. Always available!
I selected the song ''love street'' by the Doors because it feels as light as a soft bubble that reminds us how love is our driving force.
Everything is simpler when it is done with love. Even with a rock background sound, you feel Jim's tenderness for Pam in this Californian street (Laurel Canyon) where they lived happily.
Because music is a way of moving people, I get emotional every time I listen to it.
I not only like this band for its rock influence but also because it has added other musical genres to their songs (blues, pop, funk, jazz but also flamenco).
According to me, this is the reason why this band was successful amongst so many people and was also an inspiration source for several artists.
I particularly like the song ''And I Love Her'' from the Beatles' album ''A Hard Day's Night''. I love this song. Besides it was issued in 1964, the year when my loving wife was born and when they inaugurated the monument dedicated to the 7 astronauts of the Mercury program (John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, Gordon Cooper, Deke Slayton et Scott Carpenter - 18th December 1964). Short story about the album, a quote by John Lennon in 1980: ''Hard Day's Night'' is the sexual equivalent of the beginning hysteria of a relationship.
It was pouring outside, I was wandering about... On my sofa, watching a TV program, when I suddenly heard this song. An unexpected tune that didn't fit in with the rain outside and the story of Medellin's cartel.
All of a sudden, nothing else mattered, I had to hear that song again... Fast!
I jumped on the remote, backwards... and listened to the song again and again. Who could that be ?
Remote control, forwards, credits and pause... That's it, I got it! Saved (ok I could have done it much quicker with this well known app !)
Christmas under the tropics? Never tried yet. Maybe one more line to add on Santa Claus' letter, in addition to Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacana - Sacale Brillo Teresa, which song ''El Mundo Al Reves'' I now share with you.
''Remember when'' is a song about the different steps in a lifetime. Meeting the love of your life, the haps of life, death and birth, children who fly the nest... The softness of the lyrics and the music gives me goosebumps. We aired the song for my son's wedding.