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Isaac Hayes

25/4/15 – Theme From Shaft – Isaac Hayes – 1971

Whether it’s the wah-wah, the stabbing brass, the hi-hat, the arrangement or Isaac Hayes’ baritone delivery, Shaft is one of the great musical extravanganzas of the seventies. Written by Hayes and arranged by Johnny Allen, like Burt Bacharach it’s the arrangement that is key. Allen apparently also worked with Hayes on his 1969 album, Hot Buttered Soul although […]

Curtis Mayfield - Pic - 1972

24/4/15 – Curtis Mayfield – Freddie’s Dead Live – 1973

Freddie’s Dead is unusual in that it was from the soundtrack of the 1972 Blaxploitation film, Superfly of which Mayfield supplied the music. BUT the soundtrack was instrumental and this is the vocal version. It reached No.2 on the US charts selling two million copies and driving the sales of the album to the extent […]

Dead Can Dance Pic 3

13/4/15 – Dead Can Dance – Host Of The Seraphim – 1988 / Baraka – Ron Fricke – 1992

Dead Can Dance’s Host Of The Seraphim appears on the soundtrack to Ron Fricke’s beautifully shot non-narrative documentary film, Baraka. Fricke was the cinematographer on Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 film Koyaanisqatsi (music Philip Glass) and this was Fricke continuing the experiment on high quality 70mm with a soundtrack that included Dead Can Dance, Indian violinist, L. Subramaniam, David Hykes eerie […]

The Bangles with Leonard Nimoy 1984

27/2/15 – Leonard Nimoy – March 26th 1931 – February 27th – 2015 / The Bangles – Going Down To Liverpool – 1984

With the passing today of Leonard Nimoy, I marvel at how deeply his most famous character, Mr Spock has penetrated our lives. He was like The Beatles, everyone knew him, everyone loved him and you don’t have to be a Trekkie with rubber ears to be saddened by his death. If you click on the links […]


18/2/15 – Cat Stevens – Lady D’Arbanville – 1970

On the subject of cats in 1970, here’s Cat Stevens and Alun Davies singing the hit Lady D’Arbanville. The song was written about Stevens’ girlfriend Patti D’Arbanville who was a Warhol film star and model. After leaving for a trip to New York Stevens wrote the song associating her absence with her death. Despite its maudlin subejct […]

Noel Coward

18/1/15 – Noël Coward – Mad Dogs And Englishmen – 1931

“I wrestled in my mind with the complicated rhythms and rhymes of the song until finally it was complete, without even the aid of pencil and paper. I sang it triumphantly and unaccompanied to my travelling companion on the verandah of a small jungle guest house. Not only Jeffrey (Amherst), but the gecko lizards and the tree […]