Fat Trees: A Selection of Orchestre Baobab

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After a LONG interval, I’m back.  One of my favourite African bands is Orchestre BaobabTo limit such an effort to just a handful of tracks seems criminal but on the other hand some of the best things in life should be enjoyed in moderation.

Track Listing:

01 Mouhamadou Bamba

02 Coumba

03 Ledi ndieme m’bodj

04 Cabral

05 Faatu joop

06 Nijaay

07 Aline

07 Hommage À Tonton Ferrer

08 Sama Xol Bul Dem

09 Mi son

10 Liti liti

11 Boulmamine

12 On Verra Ca



Right On! Soul and Rhythm and Blues

right onDigging into the crates from a recent move. Found this Sweat Mic Records production of a very nice compilation of sweet soul and R&B.  Nothing fancy about gold standards. Just allow yourself the pleasure.

Track Listing:

01 Rock Me Baby[Otis Redding]

02  Peace & Love [Cloud 9]

03 Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home [Aretha Franklin]

03 Doggin’ Me Around [Albert Washington]

05 Call Me Darling [Lavern Baker]

06 How About Love [Chocolate Milk]

07 How Many Times [Mavis Staples]

08 After A Night Like This [Shirley Brown]

09 Baby Be Good [Joe Tex[]

10 Said I Wasn’t Gonna Give You No More Love [Shirley Brown]

11 Heading in the Right Direction [Renee Geyer]

12 Torn And Tattered [Joss Stone]

13 Human [Tommy Hunt]

14 Handa Wanda [Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band]

15 Gloomy Sunday [Lou Rawls]

16 Super Woman [The Dells]

17 I’d Rather Be Blind Cripple and Crazy [O.V.Wright]

18 Once Upon A Time(Mary Wells With Marvin Gaye)

19 Concrete Reservation [Syl Johnson]

20 Do I Have To Do [Cunnie Williams]

21 From Toys To Boys [Emotions]

22 Break Up To Make Up [The Stylistics]

23 Two Lovers [Mary Wells]

24 Stakes is High [Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul]

25 Sweet Surrender[Ollie Nightengale]

26 Spanish Moon [Phil Perry, Merry Clayton, Ricky Lawson]

27 Victim [Candi Staton]

28 Baby What’s Wrong With You [Al Green]


Bob Dylan Covers Vol. 3

dylan v 3The final version (for now!) of Bob Dylan covers. Some really good ones in here.

Track Listing:

01 Every Grain Of Sand [Emmylou Harris]

02 Tangled Up In Blue [Ben Sidran]

03 Lay Lady Lay [Isley Brothers]

04 The Times They Are A-Changin’ [Odetta]

05 To Ramona [Texas Tornados]

06 I Want You [Jeff Buckley]

07 Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) [Peter Francis and the Barefoot Truth]

08 One More Cup of Coffee [Sertab]

09 One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later) [Chip Young]

10 Chimes of Freedom [Brothers and Sisters of LA]

11 Stepchild [Solomon Burke]

12 Pressing On [Album Version] [Chicago Mass Choir]

14 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door [Van Morrison and Bob Dylan]

15 If Not For You [Richie Havens]


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Dylan Re-Imagined Vol. 2

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Volume 2 of covers of Bob Dylan.

Track Listing:

01 Blowin’ in the Wind [Lou Donaldson]

02 You Ain’t Going Nowhere [The Byrds]

03 Blind Willie McTell [The Band]

04 It Ain’t Me Babe [Nancy Sinatra]

05 Series of Dreams [Yellowbirds]

06 Just Like a Woman [Jeff Buckley]

07 Jokerman [Divana]

08 Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) [Jerry Garcia]

09 Desolation Row [Chris Smither]

10 With God on Our Side [The Neville Brothers]

11 Shelter From The Storm [Cassandra Wilson]


Bob Covered: Volume 1

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Yes, it is hard to believe but there are those who do not like Bob Dylan. Hate his voice. Hate his attitude. Hate his unpredictability. Don’t know. Just don’t get him.

But, ‘he did have a couple good songs!’ these people say.

Well here is a collection of Dylan songs by other artists which might help make the medicine go down a bit easier.

Track Listing:

01 Country Pie [Charlie Daniels]

02 Hurricane [Chicago. 26-11-2005] [Phil Lesh]

03 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [Johnny Cash]

04 Saving Grace [Aaron Neville]

05 With God On Our Side [Buddy Miller]

06 When the Ship Comes In [BBC TV 26-9-2005] [Billy Bragg]

08 Girl from the North Country [Roseanne Cash]

09 Sweetheart Like You [Craig Finn]

10 Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind [Johnny Cash]

11 Pledging My Time [Greg Brown]

12 Gotta Serve Somebody [Shirley Caesar]


Alternative Hymnal (for sceptics)


How to get to heaven. What to do when you get there.

Track Listing:

01 Go Tell It On The Mountain [Bob Marley]

02 God’s Gonna Cut You Down [Odetta]

03 The Lord Will Make A Way. [Mighty Sam Mc Clain]

04 Consideration [Don Byron]

05 King of Kings [Prince Buster All-Stars]

06 Jesus Is Using Me [Five Singing Stars with Tommy Ellison]

07 Jesus Will Fix It for You [Jesse Mae Hemphill]

08 Fun In The Church [Nat Adderley]

09 Walk Around Heaven All Day [Jackson Southernaires]

10 Wrapped Up in Jesus [Rev. Charlie Jackson]

11 Operator Operator [Sister Wynona Carr]

12 Feed Me Jesus [Swan Silvertones]

13 Don’t Drive Your Mama Away [Shirley Ceasar]

14 Jesus Christ [Paul Ngozi]

15 Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel [Paul Robeson]

16 If We Never Needed The Lord Before (We Sure Do Need Him Now) [Mahalia Jackson]

17 Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior [Bob Dylan]

18 Redemption [Johnny Cash]

19 My Last Two Tens [Porter Wagoner]

20 Sinner Man [Bob Marley]

21 Heaven In My Heart [Vusi Mahlasela]

22 Stand By Me [Sister Mathews]

24 Haunts Of Ancient Peace [Van Morrison]


Funk Mixtape


Funk. You can’t define it. But you know it when you feel it.


Track Listing:

01 Good Time (Bye Bye Mr Dynamite) [Uptown Funk Empire]

02 Kenia [Mombasa]

03 Rien Ne Va Plus [Funk Factory]

04 I Feel The Earth Move [Ivan Boogaloo Jones]

05 Big Jim [The Three Souls]

06 Game Is My Middle Name [Betty Davis]

07 Latin Goes To Ska [The Skatalites]

08 Ain’t it Funky Now [Taj Mahal]

09 My Babe [Ramsay Lewis Trio]

10 NT [Kool and the Gang]

14 That’s The Way Love Is (Duet With Johnnie Taylor) [Mavis Staples]

15 A Natural Woman [Buddy Terry]

16 Do Something for Yourself [Weldon Irvine]

17 Give Me Your love [Curtis Mayfield]

18 Heart ‘N Soul [Booker T. Averhart]

19 Bonita, I Wanna Love You Like I Need Ya [Pimps of Joytime]

20 Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further [Lee Dorsey]

21 Run Rudie Run [Lee ‘King’ Perry & the Gaylads]

22 It Ain’t No Fun To Me [Al Green]

23 Ain’t We Funkin’ Now [The Brothers Johnson]

24 She’s A Brick House [The Commodores]

25 Fug [Cymande]

27 King Tim III. [The Fatback Band]