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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #72 Nov-Dec 2007

Various Artists – Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

Although the out-of-towners acquit themselves well enough on Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino, the collection really gets cooking when Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste begins “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday” with a drum pattern that threatens to run off the road like a New Orleans taxi driver high on bennies and beignets. Of [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Atlantic Blues, 1949-1970

In 1949, Granville “Stick” McGhee (And His Buddies) saved Atlantic Records from Shakespeare. Stick had recorded a song called “Drinkin’ Wine”, and one of Atlantic’s distributors needed a bunch of copies but couldn’t find it. Atlantic did them one better: They found Stick and his older brother Brownie and re-recorded the tune. It became an [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

50 Years Of Stax – Hollywood Bowl (Los Angeles, CA)

It’s been a half-century since Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton founded Stax Records in an old South Memphis movie house, and Concord Records, the historic soul label’s current owner, has been making the most of the anniversary with some high-profile gigs. In March, Booker T. & the MGs played a smoking, intimate set and backed [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Florida Funk, 1968-1975

Formally, Florida Funk is a sequel to Texas Funk and Midwest Funk, Jazzman Records’ other collections of R&B rarities from the late ’60s and early ’70s. Informally, it’s part of a much longer list of recent regional funk reissues. There’s Southern Funkin’ on the Beat Goes Public label, Funky Funky Chicago and Funky Funky Detroit [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Old Town School of Folk Music Songbook, Volume 2 & 3

This double-disc follow-up to last year’s tribute to the venerable Chicago institution finds ever more obscure performers tackling ever more essential tunes — some ancient, some only sounding that way. On the first disc, Tanglewood churns up the seafaring sing-along “South Australia”; Kelly Hogan & Scott Ligon duet kindly on Tom Paxton’s “Last Thing On [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #71 Sep-Oct 2007

Various Artists – Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection

Vee-Jay Records of Chicago was not the first successful black-owned label — Duke-Peacock of Houston stakes a better claim to that title — but until Motown exploded, it was certainly the most successful. This four-disc box is unquestionably a definitive collection, far superior to 1993′s three-CD The Vee-Jay Story. Founded in Gary, Indiana, in 1953 [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Forever Changing: The Golden Age Of Elektra Records 1963-1973

How did plucky little Elektra, a Greenwich Village record label known in the 1950s for recording traditional folksingers like Jean Ritchie, stagier ones such as Theodore Bikel and Josh White, and also for a really successful line of sound-effects records, come, in the course of ten years, to be the one to introduce the MC5 [...]

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Not Fade Away - Reissue Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Tamburitza! From The Balkans To America: 1910-1950

The tamburitza is a small, pear-shaped stringed instrument, native to the Balkans, with a relatively long neck that falls somewhere between the western Italian mandolin and the eastern Turkish saz. Even in its very construction, this little instrument hints at the often troubled history of its home in the former Yugolavia. As with mandolin orchestras, [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – The Sandinista Project

When the Clash released their sprawling messterpiece Sandinista back in 1980, the general consensus was that this was a political manifesto as much as it was a musical endeavor. Perhaps this was because they named the three-record set after a communist-inspired Nicaraguan rebel group that had recently won its revolution, and had yet to be [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #70 July-August 2007

Various Artists – Anchored In Love: A Tribute To June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash came into this world as a niece to A.P. Carter, who was a giant of American music, as stoic and distant as a Civil War portrait. Her mother, Maybelle, was a beloved matriarch, not just of a gifted brood but of an entire genre of music. As if this weren’t enough to [...]

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