Memphis Gold: the Luxe Sounds of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records

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Memphis was the royal city of soul in the 1960s and 70s. Three studios—Sun, Royal and Stax—each produced more history and good vibrations than is imaginable.

Thinking of American music without the artists and sounds these little recording shops produced is nearly impossible. Their impact on the musical consciousness of an entire generation of young Americans—and others around the world—is hard to overstate.

Of the three, my favourite was Royal Studios, from whence trumpet player Willie Mitchell emerged as the producer of one of the most distinctive soul sounds ever conceived.

Hi Records was his baby and was taken to the moon and back by the Rev. Al Green, America’s sexiest voice. As this mixtape tries to highlight, Royal Studios was a magnet for artists of all types across more than 4 decades: Keith Richard, Chuck Berry, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner,  Charlie Rich and Bill Black of Elvis’ fame.

When you’re on to a good thing everyone wants to be part of it!

Get into the groove!

Track Listing

01 Nick-O-Demus [Willie Mitchelll]

02 Gotta Have Money [Willie Clayton]

03 Love Is After Me [Charile Rich]

04 Peace To The Neighborhood [Pop Staples]

05 Take Me To The River [Syl Johnson]

06 A Love Vibration [Ann Peebles]

07 Love and Happiness [Al Green]

08 Too Hot To Hold [Ike and Tina Turner]

09 Run, Run, Run [Ann Peebles]

10 I’m A Ram [Al Green]

11 I Didn’t Know The Meaning Of Pain [Otis Clay]

12 Touch of the Blues [Bobby Blue Bland]

13 I’m Leavin’ [Solomon Burke]

14 That Driving Beat [Willie Mitchell]

15 Talk Memphis [Jesse Winchester]

16 Big Enough [Keith Richards]

17 Up Above My Head [Al Green]

18 What you Laid on Me [Ann Peebles]

19 I’ve Been Waiting On You. [Al Green]

20 Jesus is Waiting [Al Green]

21 Your Good Thing Is About To end [O.V. Wright]

22 She’s About A Mover [Otis Clay]

23 You Must Believe in Yourself [O.V. Wright]

24 I Can’t Stand the Rain [Ann Peebles]

25 If I Only Knew [Tom Jones]

26 Let’s Stay Together [Al Green]

27 Rainin’ in My Heart [Al Green]

28 Baby You’re Ready [Willie Clayton]

29 Ace of Spades [O.V. Wright]

30 Sailing [Rod Stewart]

31 Drunk [Ace Cannon]

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Asha Bhosle Mix Tape

A is for Asha

Asha Bhosle, sister of Lata Mangeshkar, wife of R.D. Burman is Indian musical royalty.

An adventurous and bold singer, Asha does it all: filmi songs, ghazals, art music, pop, New Age and even some neo-disco.

Herewith a selection of 30 tracks for your listening pleasure

Vol. 1

01 Pyase Do Badan

02 Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh

03 Tu Tu Hai Wohi

04 Dialogue and Song: Mera Kuchh Samaan

05 Udi Baba

06 Yeh Salam Aakhri

07 Chura Liya Hai Tum Ne

08 One Two Three Baby

09 The Way You Dream

10 Noorie

11 Gulabi Raat Gulabi

12 Dil Cheez Kya Hai

13 Ave Maria (Om Ganesha)

14 Kam Nahin Sharab Se Shokhiyan Shabab Ki

A V1

 

Vol 2

16 Inteha Ho Gayi Intezar Ki

17 Mera Man Bhatak Raha Diwana

18 Duniya Men

20 Yeh Dhuaan

21 Mera Naam Hai Shabnam

22 Aati Rahengi Baharen

23 Tip Tip Tip

24 Dialogue and Song: Justju Jis Ki Thi

25 Kitni Thandi Pawan

26 Yeh Kya Jagah Hai Dosto

27 Log Mujhe Pagal Kehtain Hai

28 Sochta Hai Kya

29 Neeyat-E-Shauq

30 Dum Maro Dum (Take Another Toke)

B V2

Braziliero Mixtape

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A little playlist of Brazilian sounds. Enjoy as you watch the synchronized swimming.

Or wrestling.

Or badminton

Or discus.

 

Track Listing:

01 Bahia (Aka: Baia) [Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd]

02 Sangria [Ceu]

03 Reza [Flora Purim]

04 Brazil [Frank Sinatra]

05 Brazilica [Ramsey Lewis]

06 Roda [Sergio Mendes and Brasilia 66]

07 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) [feat. Seu Jorge]

08 Desifinado [Joao Gilberto]

09 A Novidade [Gilberto Gil]

10 Tristeza E Solidão [Baden Powell and Vincius De Moraes]

11 Ou Bola Ou Bolica [Tamba Trio]

12 River Song [Bebel Gilberto]

13 Agua de Beber [Jovem Brasa]

14 Samba Dobrado [Djavan]

15 Tamanco Na Samba [O Trio 3D]

16 Chica-Chica-Boom-Chic [Les Etoiles]

17 The Look Of Love [Sergio Mendes and Brasilia 66]

18 Na Rua da Sao Paulo [Kaboko Meu]

19 Brazilian Stomp [George Benson and Earl Klugh]

20 The Girl From Ipanema (Garota De Ipanema) [Frank Sinatra and Antonio Jobim]

 

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Bhajan and Kirtan Mixtape

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Get mystical. Get spirit filled. Raise your vibration. Rattle your bones.  Sing some bhajans and kirtans.

Track Listing:

01 Deedney Deedar Sahib []Bhai Harjinder Singhji Srinagar Wale and Sant Niranjan Singhji Jawadi Kalan Wale]

02 Shiv Rath [Rohtas Baba]

03 Nain ghat ghatatan ek ghari [Kumar Gandharva]

04 Bhajan [Unknown]

05 Kyoon Paani Mein Malmal Nahaye [Anup Halota]

06 Main To Prem Diwani [Juthika Roy]

07 Shankar Ram Gayo (Folk Song [Gulzar Bhar])

08 Govinda Bhajan [J. Mevandy]

09 Beet Gaye Din Bhajan Bina Re (Kabir) [Sanjeev Abyankar]

10 Bhajan – Malhar Mala – Badar Dekh Dari Ho – Shayam Main [Sultana Parween]

11 Shabad [Saida Begum]

12 Na Mein Dharmi [OS Arun]

13 Sodat Ki Chowk [Dr Gurnam Singh]

14 Har Har Maroonga [Prahald Singh Tipanya]

15 Ramaiya Bin Nind Na Aave [Lata Mangeshkar]

16 Hansa Re Hans Hans [Unknown]

17 Apna Aap Pahchan Re (Kabir Bhajan) [C.H. Atma]

18 Bhajan Kar Rab Da [Sardar Surjeet Singh]

19 Aisi Laagi Lagan [Anup Jalota]

20 Raga Misra Tilang – Bhajan [Kaushiki Chakrabarty]

 

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Global Gambol

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Tajikistan, Iraq, Congo, Haiti, Niger, Cuba, Syria, USA, Greece and Azerbaijan are just some countries represented herein!

Enjoy!

Track Listing:

01 Dilkash [Habil Aliev]

02 Ishtâr (Assyrian-Babylonian Goddess of Fertility) [Munir and Omar Bashir]

03 Raghuvamsasuta [Chitti Babu]

04 Modar

05 Youyou Aleli Veka [Wendo Kolosoy]

06 Seme lecon [Rodrigue Milien et Combite Creole]

07 Semsam (Assyrian) [Ibrahim Keivo]

08 Criminal Mother-In-Law [Antonis Diamantidis]

09 Ya Ra’ab [Zafa]

10 Marina [Ilham al Madfai]

11 El Microphono ]Mexican Institute of Sound]

12 Bahor omad [Mubaraksho]

13 Imidiwan Win Sahara [Tinariwen]

14 Alma Impura [Orquesta Aragon]

15 Kunglim Guli [Yulduz Usmanova]

16 Ишки пок

17 White Horse In Dark Valley [Riley Lee]

GG

Early Winter Mixtape

She Moves On

An early winter mixtape of warm comforting sounds. Featuring jazzy organ from South Africa (AM Stragglers), covers aplenty, (The Mirettes, Rueben Wilson, Georgia Soul Council) and a touch of jazz, roots, pop and fused qawwali!

She may be gone but you can still smile with this.

 

Track Listing

01 This Is The Army Of Forgotten Souls [Transglobal Underground]

02 Lady Day [Georgia Soul Council]

03 Mi Confesion [Gotan Project]

04 Go Ahead [Lightning Hopkins]

05 Almost Fed Up With the Blues [John Hiatt]

06 Police [Wajha]

07 The Fisherman Leo Kottke]

08 Jungle Strut [Gene Ammons]

09 Stand by Your Man [The Mirettes]

10 Lady Marmalade [Mongo Santamaria]

11 The Cisco Kid [Rueben Wilson]

12 This Place I Call Home [George Duke]

13 She Moves On [Paul Simon]

14 For Once In My Life [Live] {The Temptations]

15 I’m a Manchild [Uptown Funk Empire]

16 The Long Road [Eddie Vedder and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan]

17 Maula Maula [Divya Lewis, Qadir Khan, Murtaza Khan, Rabani Khan]

18 Ain’t That Loving You, Baby [Robert Curtis Smith]

19 Global a Go-Go [Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros]

20 When The Trail Goes Cold [Wooden Wand]

21 Love Minus Zero [Eliza Gilkyson]

22 Blue Pumps [The A.M. Stragglers]

23 Here I am Broken Hearted [T Bone Walker, Big Joe Turner, Otis Spann]

24 Boat To Nowhere [Anoushka Shankar]

25 French Ska [Skashanas]

26 Silver Mantis [The Alpha Band]

27 Broke and Hungry [Blind Lemon Jefferson]

28 Des croissants de soleil [Emilie-Claire Barlow]

29 Good Morning Blues [Karen Dalton]

30 The Lewinsky March [Rabih Abou Khalil]

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Breakthrough Afrika

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God bless every African musician. We would all live much more miserable lives without you.

Track Listing v.1

01 Minuit [Fagaru Evolution]

02 Muxima [Os Keizos]

03 Amasco dima no [Rochereau and African Fiesta]

04 Aura moreno[ Tabu Ley Rochereau]

05 Bowao [Tiers Monde]

06 Bholen Mwana [Orchestre Negro Succes]

07 Bahole Njalo [Mahlathini]

08 Camarada Kill Bill [Paulo Flores]

09 Belga [Cesaria Evora]

10 Tezeta [Getatchew Mekurya]

11 Zunkuluke [Quatre Etoiles]

12 Saudades De Luanda [Os Keizos]

13 Tika Nasakola [Sam Mangwana]

14 K’an Ben [Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate]

15 Makono [Lobi Traore]

16 Wariko [Amadou Balake]

 

V1.

Track Listing v.2

17 Petit Sekou [Bembeya Jazz National]

18 Testament Ya Bowule [Simaro Massiya Lutumba]

19 Rhumba [The Cold Storage Band]

20 Breakthrough [The Funkees]

21 Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu [Brenda Fassie]

22 The More I See You [The Invaders]

23 Mke wa kwanza [Orcestre Simba Wanyki]

24 Awé Ho Mè [Orchestre Black Santiago]

25 Retany [Tarika]

26 Mi Guajeo [Orchestre N’guewel]

27 Almokerkum Neber [Hiru Begele]

28 Marie Lou [Tabu Ley]

29 Mr. Bull Dog (45 Version) [The MEbusas]

30 Tar Hani (My Love) [Bombino]

31 Kôté Don [Rokia Traore]

32 O Mang [Hi Hop Pantsula]

V2.